Paint Decor Trends 2017: Taupe, Gray & Honey Glow

Recently I told you that many big paint companies have declared purple to be important for home decor this year, in my post: Paint Color Decor Trends 2017: Purple Reigns!  Those purplish hues are subtle but they still aren’t for everyone. If you’re looking for more inspiring colors, these are the other major paint company color trends for 2017. The focus here is on neutral taupe and gray, warmed up with a delicious honey glow!

Sherwin Williams Poised Taupe

Sherwin-Williams named Poised Taupe SW 6039 as the color to define 2017. They like the warm and calming taupe because it “creates a cozy lifestyle and brings a sense of sanctuary into our homes.”  They also mention the beauty found in “lived-in” homes. Homes that “are allowed to age gracefully and show the wear and tear of everyday life. Every scratch, crack and mark records a story, a memory.” Greg and I agree with that. We have the same feeling about our french antique furniture, where each piece has been loved for a long time before we buy it and ship it to the USA to sell to our customers. Each piece tells a story.

Kettleman paint

Kelly-Moore Paints chose this sophisticated gray called Kettleman as the company’s 2017 paint color of the year. Although this photo shows it in a contemporary decor room, I can imagine this easily in a traditional library where it would look classically masculine, like those Old English rooms that we see in historical dramas. Just pop a traditional leather sofa or chair in the room and an antique-inspired desk and it would be very cozy! I can also see Kettleman paint working with vintage Hollywood Regency style decor. A bit of silver chrome and shiny surfaces like mirrored furniture would create dramatic glamour!

Honey Glow paint

Dunn-Edwards Paints named Honey Glow as its 2017 Color of the Year. This warm golden yellow is full of happy energy. It is probably best used in small doses, to create an accent wall or for trim, or in color blocks to frame a specific area of wall. The best thing is that the paint company will donate 10 percent of sales of paint tinted in Honey Glow to HoneyLove.org, a nonprofit organization that supports urban beekeeping and shows us how to make our gardens bee-friendly. Very cool. I hope this creates quite a BUZZ! (That was impossible to resist!)

We’d love to hear from you in the comments box. What do you think of the home decor paint colors for 2017?

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Client Spotlight: Chelsea House Lisa Kahn Mirror

Our customer Barbara ordered this beautiful Chelsea House Lisa Kahn collection mirror for her bathroom. I think the antiqued glass looks wonderful in her bathroom in Riverwoods, IL.  It really ties in with the marble counters and pretty nickel sconces.

Chelsea House Lisa Kahn mirrorThe iron arched fretworkwall mirror that Barbara chose is from the Chelsea House Lisa Kahn collection and it has an antique gold leaf finish. The mirror is more than 4 feet high and it also comes with an antiqued silver leaf finish.  It brings a sense of elegant grandeur to the room and it pairs perfectly with Barbara’s light fixtures.

Lisa Kahn Chelsea House chandelier Chelsea House is the decorative home accessories label of Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture and the company introduced the Lisa Kahn Collection a few years ago.

Kahn is a renowned interior designer in Naples, Florida, and the head of the Kahn Design Group. She has a fresh and feminine take on traditional, classic and serene interiors and now her signature look is available to everyone, even if we can’t afford Lisa Kahn to design our entire home!

This lovely Lisa Kahn for Chelsea House chandelier  with a sleek nickel finish and delicate lines gives you a sense of her graceful design aesthetic.

Tracery is a popular theme in the Lisa Kahn collection as you can see in this Gothic tracery cocktail table.

Lisa Kahn Chelsea House tracery cocktail table

The cocktail table would match beautifully with the Lisa Kahn tracery mirror below.

Lisa Kahn Chelse House tracery metal mirrorThe metal Lisa Kahn wall mirror features a glowing gold leaf finish. As it is five feet high, it becomes a decorative focal point any room, as well as being a practical mirror.  Again, the mirror is available with a silver leaf finish. You can see our entire Chelsea House Lisa Kahn collection at this link.

I think Barbara chose the perfect mirror for her bathroom. The traditional luxury and understated glamour of her elegant mirror works terrifically with her decor! Thanks for the photo Barbara, we hope you enjoy the Lisa Kahn mirror for many years!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Client Spotlight: Antique Brittany Buffet and Bed

Deliver Antique Brittany BedGreg and I just delivered a French antique Brittany buffet and Brittany bed to our customer May in Pensacola Beach, FL.

It was one of our slowest deliveries because we had to make a bunch of trips up and down the elevator as May lives on the 14th floor.

But what a spectacular view she has from every room in her lovely home, which is filled with European antiques!

May retired to Pensacola Beach from Connecticut, but in her corporate life, she traveled frequently to Europe.

Pensacola ViewThat is how she fell in love with European interior design, and Paris is her very favorite place to be.

May bought a couple of pieces of furniture from EuroLuxHome.com. The first was an 1880 French Brittany antique bed.

French Antique Brittany Bed

The antique Brittany bed is heavily carved in chestnut wood, with wonderful scenes in traditional Brittany style. The top of the headboard is carved with a man and women relaxing beneath a windmill. You can almost see the sails turning on the windmill because the carving is so detailed! The footboard panel depicts merry country villagers celebrating. Floral carvings and ship wheels also adorn the bed. You can see close-ups of similar carvings in the antique French Brittany furniture currently for sale on our website.

Antique French Brittany Buffet

The antique French Brittany style buffet also dates to 1880 and it is also elaborately hand-carved with scenes of rural life. Figures of a man and woman act as support columns and add a whimsical touch to this beautiful antique buffet.

French Antique Brittany Buffet

These French country folk know how to enjoy themselves! Here they gather round a wine barrel to enjoy themselves after a long day working in the fields!  May contacted me to ask if we could have the Brittany buffet altered to accommodate a TV for viewing in her bedroom.

Converted Antique Brittany Buffet

We had a local restoration company remove the central support in between the left and center upper doors, and attach it to the end of the left door. They did a wonderful job.

The Brittany buffet and bed looked fantastic in May’s bedroom and they now enjoy a fantastic view of the ocean and bay. Bo, May’s charming whippet, was very helpful during the whole delivery. I wish I had taken a photo of him! He was such a pretty dog.

Then we left to drive on to New Orleans… More about that in another blog post! For now, thanks to May for letting us share her stunning views and photos of the antique Brittany bed and buffet in her home.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Paint Color Decor Trends 2017: Purple Reigns!

While 2016′s paint color trends were all about the whites, for 2017 many of the big paint companies have declared that purple reigns! Don’t worry, these aren’t vivid purples that would look more at home in a 1970′s nightclub. These are soft, moody and muted tones that are restful on the eye. While nobody is going to redecorate just because of a new year of color trends, we always enjoy seeing the color picks and how they might enliven our own decor, even in just as a few accent details.Shadow Benjamin Moore Dining RoomBenjamin Moore nominated Shadow as its 2017 Color of the Year. This is the most intense purple of all the paint companies and they call it “a rich, royal amethyst” but it looks to me as if it still has lots of gray in it.  The white lifts it and I think it needs a little bling too — gold or silver accessories or some sparkling crystal. Here you see a crystal chandelier and a gilt framed mirror. Benjamin Moore describes Shadow as, “A master of ambiance…sophisticated, provocative and poetic.”

Glidden Byzantine Blue Hallway

Glidden paint named Byzantine Blue as its 2017 Color of the Year. The company says: “The name may say blue, but Byzantine Blue is truly a purple in disguise.” I do wonder why they called it blue in the first place, then… all these paint colors are confusing enough as it is! Anyway, it looks very elegant in this hallway. Quite serene and classic but bringing a nice dose of color. This purple definitely brings in blue and gray tones, so the look will change according to the colors you pair it with.

Violet Verbena PPG Paints

PPG Pittsburgh Paints added to the passion for purple with its selection of Violet Verbena as 2017 color of the year. Another gray-purple hue, Violet Verbena would look good in a traditional space like this beautiful bedroom. PPG describes it as a “nuanced update on a classic shade” and I agree with them that it will blends a masculine and feminine note. This makes it a good choice for a guest bedroom. It will appeal to both male and female visitors. But whoever is sleeping there, I suggest they move the bedside table next to the bed! Cloudberry Color of the Year

Olympic Paints & Stains named Cloudberry as its 2017 Color of the Year, and this one looks the most obviously purple of them all, as far as I can tell from the photos. This soft violet seems the most feminine of all the purples, making it a sweet tone for a lady’s boudoir or dressing room, or for a powder room. But paint hues always change according to the colors they are teamed with, and the pinks in this living room photo will certainly bring out the blush in the Cloudberry wall color. Paired with gray or white, the look would be quite different, and paired with black it would be very dramatic and seductive. I think this is a great color for someone with Hollywood Regency style decor!

Tell us in the comments box what you think of these colors. We’d love to hear about your own decorating plans for 2017.

If you are tempted to pick up some purple accessories or furniture for your home, find them at EuroLuxHome.com at this purple decor link.

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EuroLux Home in Top 30 Antique Blogs

Top 30 Antiques Blog FeedspotGreg and I had a very nice start to the year when  Feedspot wrote to say that their panel had selected our Letters From EuroLux antiques blog as one of the Top 30 Antique Blogs on the web.

We were happy to receive their congratulations! We have been running the Letters From EuroLux antiques blog since June 2011, talking about the antique furniture we buy in France and other parts of Europe and bring back to the USA. We also talk about general home decor.

Antique French Hunting BedOur motto is: “Fine antiques for regular folks!” We also sell antique-inspired new furniture by high-quality furniture makers at our EuroLuxHome.com online store, usually with a hand-crafted element.

If you are new to our blog, let me give you a little introductory tour.

(Click on any photo to go to the full blog post and more pictures!)
Antique Renaissance Buffet Kitchen DinerOur client spotlights are extremely popular with readers. They show photos of customer homes with the new or antique furniture the customer bought from us, and we often get a mini tour of the rest of the house too!
Patriotic Vintage Bungalow

 

We also talk about our own Vintage Life : The Renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow.  This has been a HUGE job, transforming the house and the garden from top to toe. We’ve raised the roof, designed our dream vintage kitchen, laid penny tiles in the bathroom, created a cat porch for our fuzzy family and so much more!

To see how our vintage bungalow has evolved from a neglected mess with a wildly overgrown garden, just scroll back through the vintage bungalow renovation posts!

antique French brittany chair carvingWe love to help our readers who love antique furniture learn about furniture history and styles.  For example, if you don’t know how to tell the difference between Mechelen style furniture and antique Brittany style furniture, we’ve got you covered! Or perhaps you’d like to find out about Symbolism and Chinese Antique Furniture?

Use the search box (top right) to see if we have already written about a style of antique furniture. And if you have an antique furniture style that you’d like to understand better, tell us in the comments box below!

 

Leeds Castle EnglandWe know our customers and readers love to travel. Our antique-inspired travel blog posts focus on places to stay that have a historic interest, from magnificent castles to charming Victorian B&B inns, or hotels that are decorated with antique furniture.

We hope that you enjoy exploring our blog about antique furniture and home decor!

Rudy Helping OutAlthough it’s always my name that you see on our blog posts, I just do the more fun ‘front of stage’ stuff.
My clever husband Greg does all the behind-the-scenes heavy lifting on the blog, making sure that the technical stuff works right. And of course, our 8 cats and dogs like to “help” too when I am writing a blog post… :-)

Ozzy helping me check emails

Thank you again to Feedspot for selecting our Letters From EuroLux antiques blog as one of the Top 30 Antique Blogs on the web. We appreciate it more than you know!

Please tell us in the comments box if there is a topic about antique furniture or home decor that you would like us to cover in future. Or sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

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Top 12 Antiques and Home Decor Blog Posts 2016: Part 2

In my last blog post I gave you a roundup of six of our favorite home decor and antiques blog posts of 2016. Here’s Part 2 with the remaining six of our top 12 posts from last year. It’s been interesting remembering all the things we talked about in 2016 – we hope you enjoy seeing the highlights too!

7. EuroLux is Exclusive US Distributor for Hobbs Germany

Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Wine Kitchen IslandWe ended the year with the terrific news that EuroLuxHome.com became the exclusive US distributor for a very cool new line of furniture, Hobbs Germany!
The wine-inspired Bordeaux collection from Hobbs Germany features genuine upcycled wine crates from the Bordeaux region of France. The stamps of the wine houses appear on the drawers so these are unique pieces of furniture.

We met the designer, British gentleman David Hobbs, and felt that his high-quality pieces with wooden tops made of European reclaimed oak and Italian granite tops for the kitchen islands were a great fit with our French antiques! See more about Hobbs Germany in our blog post, or browse the full Hobbs Germany collection here.

8. Client Spotlight: Renaissance Buffet in Historic South Carolina Home

South Carolina Historic Home PictureWe delivered a handsome antique Renaissance buffet to a lovely couple who live in this gorgeous historic home built in 1810 in Winnsboro, SC.

Check out the client spotlight blog post to see photographs of the interior including our intricately carved antique French Renaissance buffet in the lovely dining room and several of our vintage chandeliers in other spaces.

9. Vintage Life: My Dream Vintage Kitchen

Love my vintage kitchenRegular readers have been following the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow.  One of the most exciting rooms to work on was the kitchen. I wanted a gorgeous and unique kitchen – unlike anything you would see in most homes. I wanted colorful, painted cabinets that looked vintage and had a great deal of character. We also had an awesome vintage double sink to put to good use.  (The sink still has the original Sears catalogue sticker from 1952.)

You can see how it all came together, complete with vintage chandeliers, in my blog post: Vintage Life: My Dream Vintage Kitchen

10. Our Silver Spoon Chandelier in Consumer Reports

Vintage teaspoon chandelier in kitchenWe were delighted to see that Consumer Reports featured one of our chandeliers in their Kitchen Planning and Buying Guide last spring.

They showed the Silver Spoon Pendant Chandelier Light Fixture, hand-made by an artisan right here in the United States and crafted with up to 80 vintage silver plate spoons. Some chandeliers also feature teacups or other vintage items. Each piece is custom made to order and each is unique. The upcycled light fixture collection is also very popular with our customers so we had fun showing a round-up of photos of the silver spoon chandeliers in our customers’ homes.

11. Classic Art Deco Style

Art Deco BuffetLast summer we received a container shipped from France with some beautiful antique Art Deco buffets.  They were such fine examples of Art Deco, I took the opportunity to write a post about Classic Art Deco Style. The post was part of our series to help readers learn the history and identify styles of different types of antique furniture and decor.

Art Deco style was popular in the 1920s and 1930s, reflecting the Jazz Age and a new taste for sleek and streamlined furniture and architecture. Nearly a century on, it’s still a popular and influential look today!

12.  A Tale of Three Cats: Pumpkin grows up!

Cat that Hurricane Joachmin blew inPumpkin the cat blew in after Hurricane Joachim in October 2015. The little tiger cat showed up on our gallery doorstep all wet and bedraggled. When I opened the door she pranced right in as if she knew she’d found a family.

Pumpkin was right… however, there is a twist in the tale! Greg and I already had two dogs and six cats so we had our hands full, but Greg’s parents fell in love with Pumpkin and the feeling was mutual.  A year after Pumpkin blew in, I updated the news about her and her two new siblings, Corkie and Harper.

From our family — the humans AND all the fuzzy children — to you and your family, we hope you enjoy a thriving 2017!

If you missed Part 1 of our top 12 blog posts of 2016, you can see the other six here.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Top 12 Antiques and Home Decor Blog Posts 2016: Part 1

As we step into 2017, it’s time to remember our most popular antiques and home decor blog posts from 2016! We’ve had a lot of good news this year, and we’ve loved hearing from our customers too. Not only do many customers return to us time and again to buy antique, vintage, and new furniture and home decor accents, but they also send us photographs for our client spotlights so we can see how their purchases look in their home!

We’ll start with the first of our favorite 12 antiques and home decor blog posts of 2016.

1.  Antique Chairs & Aztec Calendar Stone Table

Antique Chairs and TableOur customer Bernard really caught our attention when he told us a story featuring antique French Renaissance chairs, the famous Aztec calendar stone and the singer Axl Rose, of the band Guns N’ Roses!

Bernard lives in Hawaii, so his house happens to enjoy fantastic views too. See more photos and read the whole story here.

2. Antique French Hunting Bed Converted in Size

French Antique Bed Converted in sizeWhen our customer Erin was moving from Arkansas to Colorado, she has us ship an antique French Hunting bed to her new home. She also needed the bed size converted from full size to queen size. We were happy to oblige!
The lavishly carved antique bed looks wonderful in Erin’s new bedroom, as you can see in the full Antique French Hunting Bed story here.

3. Antique Furniture in the Kitchen

Antique Renaissance Buffet Kitchen DinerMost people don’t think about the kitchen when they are looking for antique furniture, but there are many ways to enjoy antiques as part of your kitchen furniture. When I was writing about the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow kitchen, I was inspired to write about using antique furniture in the room that is for many the heart of a house.
The resulting Antique Furniture in the Kitchen blog post shows how some of our customers have done just that!

4. Leather Furniture Care and Top-Grain vs. Split-Grain Leather

Leather sofas, chairs, stools and benchesAT-4 Leather Chesterfield Settee are among our top sellers in our new furniture collections. People love the high-quality, traditional look and the durability of leather in everyday use. One of the leather furniture makers we work with is a small family business, and they gave me some great info for my blog post about different types of leather and leather care.
We got lots of good feedback on this post!

5. EuroLux In the News

Talbots EuroLux Antique storeEuroLux Home got quite a lot of media coverage in 2016. This included two articles in the Newberry Observer about how Greg and I fell in love – and at the same time fell in love with antique furniture! – and then how we started our antique furniture business.

We also appeared on TWC News when “Around Carolina” filmed in our antiques gallery in Newberry, SC, to highlight us as one of the places to visit in our historic town.  My blog post about EuroLux in the News and Newberry Attractions including Newberry Oktoberfest gives links to the video and the articles.

6. Charming Victorian Inns

Hamilton-Turner InnOur blog readers and customers love antiques and beautiful interior design, but they also love to travel! Greg and I love to travel too, so I often write about places to stay that have a historical aspect or inns and hotels that are furnished with antiques. My blog post about Charming Victorian Inns for a Cozy Getaway was a favorite this year. Even if you can’t visit these destinations, you can take inspiration from the photos!

Happy new year to everyone! If you enjoyed this, see the rest of our picks for the year! Here’s the link for the Part 2 final six of our top 12 decor and antiques blog posts of 2016.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

15% Off Wine-Inspired Furniture, French Antiques, Vintage and New

In my blog posts New Hobbs Germany Wine-Inspired Furniture and Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Collection: The Story I told you that EuroLuxHome.com is now the exclusive U.S. distributor for the cool new Hobbs Germany line of wine-inspired furniture. My video below shows you more about this unique collection, but if you were eyeing up the Hobbs Germany pieces or any antique French furniture or vintage decor or new lighting in our store, now is the time to save with a 15% discount as our holiday gift to you.

You’ve bought gifts for everyone else for Christmas, haven’t you? So now it’s time to treat yourself and your home to something special for the new year!
Take 15% off everything in our online store now through December 31 when you use this code at checkout:
Celebrate2017

Perhaps you will choose a piece from the beautiful Hobbs Germany line, which upcycles authentic wine crates stamped by French Bordeaux wineries as drawers.  I tell you more about the furniture in this video.

Browse all the collection, including one-of-a-kind kitchen islands, coffee tables, end tables, wine cabinets, coolers and more, at our Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Collection page. The collection is currently available in limited quantities. We’re now accepting pre-sales of inventory arriving in early 2017!

Shipping is always free on the the Hobbs Germany Bordeaux collection and everything in our store, as long as we are delivering to the continental USA, and some parts of Canada.

Antique French Renaissance Buffet Open GalleryIf you are looking for fine antique French furniture, then you also have plenty of opportunities to save!

For example, save 15% on this antique French Renaissance buffet or server dating to the year 1900.

Crafted in solid walnut with a gorgeous patina, this finely carved Renaissance style buffet includes fluted columns, and a carving of a Grecian style urn garlanded with flourishing florals. An open gallery offers plenty of space to display heirloom china or collectibles. You could serve a full meal to your guests from this antique French Renaissance style buffet, or use it as a splendid display case in your living area or hallway.

Antique Chinese TableOr perhaps you are looking for a stunning antique Chinese table like this late Qing Dynasty accent table or chest of drawers, dating to 1900. The table is elaborately carved in elm with hand-carved horses, symbolizing endurance and loyalty, deer for good fortune and bats for good luck. The 5-drawer antique Chinese table measures nearly 42 inches wide, making it a nice size for many uses from a hall table to a sofa table to a bedside table!

Large Vintage Flemish ChandelierIf you’re feeling in the mood for new lighting to brighten up your dark winter nights, browse our vintage and new table lamps, chandeliers, and other lighting.

For example, this large vintage Flemish chandelier will add a warm glow to your living room or dining room or bedroom. The sculptural shape makes a dramatic statement in richly crafted wood and brass-tone metal.  Measuring more than 31 inches wide, the classic vintage Belgian chandelier vase and ball design will suit any home.

Aubusson Handwoven Throw Pillow Hunting HoundSmaller home decor items will also cheer up your new year, from hand-woven throw pillows to beautifully crafted candlesticks, boxes, and bookends.

Have a look at our full inventory at EuroLuxHome.com where shipping is always free, and take 15% off your order through December 31, 2016, when you enter the coupon code at checkout: Celebrate2017

However you choose to use your 15% discount on antique furniture or vintage or new home decor, we wish you a very merry Christmas!

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Client Spotlight: Jonathan Charles Marquetry Table

We were greeted with a friendly woof at the door of Erin’s beautiful home in Arlington, VA! Bo, the charming Golden Retriever, had his favorite toy in his mouth and wanted to share it with me. We were there to deliver a gorgeous round center table from the high quality manufacturer, Jonathan Charles, and I think you’ll agree it looks smashing in its new home.

Jonathan Charles round accent table marquetry
The veneered top of the beautiful new Jonathan Charles center table (item JC-429 on our EuroLuxHome.com website) is spectacular with its hand-crafted, intricate design. Each piece of the parquetry inlaid design of intertwined ribbons is carefully hand-applied. Here is a bird’s-eye view of the Jonathan Charles round table top. This will give you a better idea of the intricate detail on the marquetry veneer:

Jonathan Charles marquetry table hand-crafted

And here is another close-up of the Jonathan Charles center table or accent table, with its lower tier shelf and curvy saber legs. It’s a very striking design, isn’t it?

Jonathan Charles marquetry tableI especially love how Erin arranged this space so that the curved design of the light walnut table echoes the curved design of the handsome vintage Art Deco grandfather clock on the back wall.  The clock was brought back from Germany by family members.

hallway with Jonathan Charles round accent tableThe warm walnut wood tones of both pieces are a perfect complement in the space with the dramatic painted navy walls and bright white molding and trim. It is obvious that Erin has a flair for interior design. Her choice of rugs in both the foreground, and in the living room behind, and even the throw pillows on the sofa, tie all of the colors in the two spaces together and draw the viewer’s eye into her lovely home.

The beautiful piece of art on the wall is part of the family’s growing art collection and was found on a vacation in Louisiana and shipped home. What a warm and inviting entryway space with living room beyond – we’re impressed!

Thanks for letting us share photos of your lovely home, Erin, and thanks to Bo for greeting us so warmly too!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Things We Love: German Christmas Markets

One of the things I miss the most about living in Germany, especially at this time of year, is browsing around the Christmas markets, or Weihnachtsmarkte, that are found in big cities and small towns across Germany. You may have even heard of the most famous Christmas markets in Nurnberg or Munich, but my favorite Christmas market is in Cologne.Cologne Christmas Market

Sitting at the base of the huge Gothic Cathedral, the Christmas market fills the large town square with booth-after-twinkling-booth of things to delight your eye!

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A large Christmas tree stands above the concert stage in the middle of the market, which is always filled with carol singers accompanied by musicians. There are booths filled with sparkling glass Christmas ornaments in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

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There are booths filled with hand-crafted wooden toys, jolly wooden nutcrackers and smokers, and all sorts of gifts to take home to your family and friends.

Christmas Toys at CologneMarket
There are booths filled with giant cookies that say Ich Liebe Dich! (I love you!) and roasted nuts that smell incredible as you walk by.

CologneMarket Christmas nuts and cookies

Even bundled up in winter coats, scarves and mittens, eventually you begin to feel the cold as you wander through the booths, each more colorful and inviting than the next. It’s time for Gluhwein!

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Spiced warm wine, or hot chocolate if you prefer, in souvenir mugs is just the thing to warm your hands – and, after a couple of mugs, your toes and nose too!

But my absolute favorite is the booth with the chocolate dipped fruit! Christmas-Market-Chocolate Fruit

Skewers of chocolate-dipped fresh fruit – pieces of bananas, pineapples, grapes, strawberries – dipped in white chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate – it is divine!

Although not found at the Christmas markets, my favorite meal at this time of year in Germany is Christmas goose.

ChristmasGooseDinnerIf you’ve never had goose, you’ve missed out. It is mouth-wateringly delicious! It tastes similar to duck and is traditionally served with Klopse (round steamed potato dumplings), rotkohl (pickled red cabbage) and roasted chestnuts – my all-time favorite German meal.

Gluhwein recipe

Although I’ll miss out on the Christmas goose and chocolate-covered fruit this year, I’ll be reminiscing while trying out this Gluhwein recipe I found on Pinterest!

It calls for 1 bottle of dry red wine, 1 cup of brandy, 1 sliced lemon, and 3 sliced oranges. To add the spice, stir in 6 sticks of cinnamon, 8 to 10 cloves, and 3 to 5 whole anis. Mix in 3 tablespoons of sugar then simmer for 45 minutes.

Prost!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.