Kentucky Bourbon Trail & Mary Todd Lincoln Home

We had a great time recently when we hit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and visited the Mary Todd Lincoln home – it’s full of antique furniture!

A&GIt all started when our nephew, Matthew, came and stayed with us for about 10 days this summer. He spent a good deal of time hanging out with Greg and learning to fix computers and cell phones. We drove him back to Columbus, Ohio, and then took a few days making our way home as a summer vacation.

Greg is a huge baseball fan. One of his bucket list items is to see a game in every national stadium, so of course, we stopped in Cincinnati at the Great American Ballpark to catch a Reds game.

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We drove on to Lexington, Kentucky, to hit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail! Greg and I love small batch bourbons and are on a quest to find our favorites.  This is our second trip along the Kentucky Bourbon trail, as we visited the Maker’s Mark distillery several years ago.

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This time we stopped at Woodford Reserve, Wild Turkey, Buffalo Trace and Willet Distillery. It is very interesting to tour the production facilities and see how each business operates.

Copper StillEven better, we get to experience the tastings at the end of the tour!  So far my absolute favorite is Basil Hayden, with Maker’s Mark a close second. Greg really likes Wild Turkey 101 and Maker’s Mark, but he says he still has many yet to try before he can call a winner.

Mary Todd Lincoln Home Dining RoomWe also toured the Mary Todd Lincoln House. It was the first house museum site restored purely to honor a First Lady and it is filled with beautiful antique furniture. This is the dining room. I actually never knew that Mary Todd came from a very wealthy and politically connected family before she married Abraham Lincoln, so it was fascinating to see her childhood home.

Mary Todd Lincoln Home parlor This is the Mary Todd Lincoln House parlor. The house was originally built in 1803 as an inn, before it became a private home in 1832. I always love a good historic home museum, and I can highly recommend this one if you’re in Lexington, Kentucky. I found it on Trip Advisor, my favorite travel mobile app.

Sanders Cafe

Finally, we stopped at the Sanders Cafe in Corbin, Kentucky, home to Colonel Sanders and Kentucky Fried Chicken!

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You can actually see the original kitchen where the Colonel worked out his original recipe, and of course you can eat lunch there.

Aimee and the ColonelEntrepreneurship is near and dear to my heart, and Colonel Sanders is one of my business heroes, so I greatly enjoyed this stop.

I admire that Colonel Sanders never gave up. He didn’t actually make his fortune until later in life, years after he sold his original cafe, hotel, and gas station in order to break even with his debts.

It was a fascinating end to a short but sweet summer vacation!

Where have you been traveling to this summer? Have you hit any historic sites? Tell us in the comments… we’d love to hear about it!

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Sports Decor – Olympic Inspiration at Home!

With the Rio 2016 Olympic Games catching everyone’s attention, I thought it would be fun to look at some arty and nostalgic sports decor that will fit gracefully into your home, even if you’re not the sporty type! But it you DO play tennis or golf or love watching the gymnasts do their thing, you’ll definitely like these!

Vintage Tennis art printAnyone for tennis? I love this Edwardian style couple ready to serve up in a game of mixed doubles. How on earth did women play tennis in skirts like that? Let alone the wasp waist corset and the perky little hat! This is one of the amazing vintage art prints we’ve started to stock from a collection of vintage art.

The vintage prints are restored and digitally reprinted and they are available framed and printed on fine art paper (Giclee) and canvas. We have so many different images with so many subjects, the easiest way to find one is to do a search by topic on our antiques and home decor website.

vintage Delft clock sailing boatsHistorically, when you look back over more than a century to 1896, the USA along with Great Britain have won many more medals for sailing than any other country competing in the Olympic Games,  This charming vintage Delft clock dating to around 1950 celebrates sailing with a hand-painted vista of a sailing regatta. The vintage clock is perfect for a boating enthusiast or to decorate a coastal home.

Cycle Vintage Art PrintThe USA has already won a gold medal for road cycling at the 2016 Olympics, but I don’t think the road cycling at the games is quite the same as the rather racy cycling in this vintage art print.  I’m pretty sure the competitors don’t get to ride along with their arm on the shoulder of a motorcyclist!

Still, this fantastic Art Deco Favor cycling print is so streamlined and chic, I had to show it to you.

 

Polo horse player bookends

Horseback polo is no longer part of the Olympics, but it was an Olympic sport from 1900 to 1936. I wonder why they dropped it when there are still so many other equestrian events? Anyway, here’s an interesting fact for you: The United States did actually compete in those games and won several medals for polo! The new polo player bookends in the photo are hand-cast and hand-painted as a custom order. The resin bookends are beautifully detailed. Gymnasts sculpture cast iron

Our American gymnasts have done brilliantly at the Olympics, and the sculpture of these two male gymnasts shows the grace, strength and poise typical of the best gymnasts.

The new sculpture is cast in iron and it stands on a marble base. It’s an elegant 34 inches high,  so it makes a great focal point for a space that can take a narrow but nearly 3 feet tall signature piece.

The style is reminiscent of classic sculptures and it has a wonderful sense of aspiration. It is weighty in its substance but somehow also light and heart-lifting.
I could look at this piece all day!

Golfer BookendsWe have a lot of home decor for golfers in our online store, probably because it’s such a popular sport.

Our pieces include golf statues and bookends and other golf decor including wall sconces, vases, and vintage art prints.

I saw that a British golfer just scored the first ever hole-in-one at the Olympic Games – how cool is that? He must be very pleased with himself.

This vintage style chap is certainly swinging for a hole-in-one! The hand-cast and hand-painted bookends are a wonderful gift for any golfer.

Vintage Art Print Golf Monte CarloAnd for the lady golfers, this young woman also looks like she’s aiming for a medal. She’s very determined.

The Monte Carlo golf vintage art print has such a wonderful feel to it, with her billowing white skirt, the bright blue sea and the puffy clouds in the sky.  It’s just very exhilarating and it takes us back to a more innocent era. Also, an era when she probably had a servant to launder her white clothes and keep them so immaculately white after a day on the golf course :-) But let’s not let our nostalgia get bogged down with reality. This vintage art is pure wonderful escapism!

But do you think this guy can escape….?

Vintage Wrestler Headlock Art printHeld in a headlock, I wonder if this guy can get away from his wrestling opponent? This is one of several vintage art prints of wrestlers that we stock – it’s marvelous, isn’t it?
As this post is published, we are going in to a weekend of wrestling competitions at the Rio Games. The USA has many wrestlers competing, so good luck to them and GO USA!
At the very least, I hope they give their opponents some attitude like this wrestler does.

What’s your favorite sport at the games?  Do you have an sport themed decor in your home? We’d love to hear about it… just tell us in the comment box.

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Vintage Life: My Dream Vintage Kitchen

In my previous Kitchen Krazy blog post, I explained our design inspirations and some of our furniture ideas for the kitchen in our 1920s vintage bungalow. Let’s see how it worked out!

Vintage Cabinets Greg sanded down the kitchen cabinet door frames that we had repurposed from the spare doors on an antique cabinet we bought to use as a bedroom bookcase.

(You can see the finished bookcase here.)  I cut new glass panels using seeded glass that looks like old glass.

We knew those would be the upper cabinet doors on either side of the sink. From there, John Hopfensperger of Cayce Custom Cabinetry designed the kitchen cabinets.

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John’s designs included all of our wish list items such as a rack for plates, shelves next to the window for growing herbs, a lazy Susan corner cabinet for pots and pans, a slide-out garbage can, and a spot for the microwave off the counter. The vintage light fixtures were hung first.

vintage style cabinets

In addition to kitchen cabinets, I also wanted to use an antique buffet in the kitchen to add even more character to the space. We found an 1920s Arts & Crafts antique buffet in France several years ago and knew it was the perfect piece! It was even painted on the inside with the same blue-green color that I wanted for the cabinets and it has wonderful antique glass doors. Although the top would normally sit on the bottom cabinet, we wanted to hang the top on the wall in order to create more counter space.

Antique French buffet

I held my breath while Greg and the cabinet installers hung it!

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The hardware on this cabinet also inspired the choice of hardware for the rest of the kitchen.
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I haven’t completely moved everything in yet nor finished decorating my wonderful kitchen, but here are some early “after” photos.

Love my vintage kitchen

Of course, I am also not planning to have plywood counter tops. I want copper counters, but that is still a project we haven’t finished yet. We also have work to do for a backsplash. Don’t worry – you’ll see finished photos eventually!

Love my vintage kitchen
Although the house is far from finished, with the installation of the kitchen, we were finally ready to move in – after three years of hard work!

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Vintage Life: Kitchen Krazy!

Before we started the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow, Greg and I talked about which things were most important to each of us. Greg (the music lover) wanted the whole house to be wired for media so that he could listen to his favorite tunes in surround sound, no matter which room he was in.

As for me, I wanted a gorgeous and unique kitchen – unlike anything you would see in most homes. Although I know it is very trendy, I really didn’t see myself in a kitchen with dark wood cabinets and granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. I wanted colorful, painted cabinets that looked vintage and had a great deal of character.

Deruta DishesStock kitchen cabinets were out of the question so we hired a local craftsman, John Hopfensperger of Cayce Custom Cabinetry.  I fell in love with his ability to create custom paint finishes with as much distressing as I’d like. I wanted the aqua green-blue color that you see on vintage 1957 Chevrolets because it matched my hand-painted Italian Deruta dishes that we bought in San Gimignano when we lived in Europe.  I know the vibrant colors are not for everyone, but I love it!

Finished bookcase with doors

The style of the kitchen cabinets were influenced by  this antique kitchen cabinet that we found at the Antique Tobacco Barn in Asheville. We actually bought that cabinet to be a built-in bookcase in our bedroom so I can use it to display my favorite books and family photos. (It’s not full yet in this photo… I’m still working on it!) The three upper areas have glass doors and the three lower areas have solid wood doors.

Glass doors from vintage cabinetThere were four extra glass doors that came with this bookcase, and we decided those would make great kitchen cabinet doors.

vintage Kitchen SinkYou might remember that I blogged about an awesome vintage double sink (it still has the original Sears catalogue sticker from 1952 inside) that we found at a ReStore when we were antiques shopping in Asheville. We had it completely restored and here it is mostly installed.

That’s the background story, I’ll show you in my next post how it all turned out!

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Antique Furniture Discount & New Arrivals From France

antique French Rococo Chest of DrawersWe’re delighted to have finished unpacking all the amazing antique furniture that arrived on our latest container from France. Everything is listed on our antiques website now… see all the new arrivals of antique furniture from France!

To make your summer even better, you can enjoy a 15% discount on the new arrivals and everything else new, vintage and antique at EuroLuxHome.com through July 18.

Take 15% off your entire order and enjoy our always-free shipping too, when you enter the coupon code at checkout: SummerFun

That code is good for everything on our site, including furniture and lighting as well as home decor from wall art and throw pillows to candlesticks. The mahogany antique French Rococo Louis XV vanity and chest of drawers pictured above is from the new container. It dates to 1900 and boasts a luxurious white marble top. We have a pair of matching nightstands too!

We always have beautifully carved furniture in the gallery, but this shipment of antique furniture knocked our socks off! There are some exquisite pieces and every antique is of course hand-crafted and unique.  Let’s take a look at some more of my favorites.

Antique French Gothic BuffetThis spectacular 1870 antique French Gothic buffet will be the star of the room, intricately carved in walnut with a beautiful stained glass door. Fit for a cathedral or a castle, the magnificent Gothic buffet would make a great server when you entertain. It would make an impressive home bar too, displaying your favorite wines, spirits and liqueurs!

Carved antique buffet French Renaissance

Carved dog antique french buffet

I love this 1880 antique French Hunting buffet, carved with dogs and birds. The oak buffet stands more than 9 feet tall, crowned by a curved top crest with two birds flanking a regal shield. The detail on their carved feathers is gorgeous, as is the exquisite carving on the doors of a heron with a fish in its beak and a game bird pecking at berries.

Antique French Brittany chairsantique French brittany chair carvingThis set of 6 antique French Brittany chairs is a real conversation starter! Dating to 1880, the six chestnut chairs are carved with different images of traditionally dressed French country men and woman in the seat back.

I had to lighten these images a little so you can see the detailed carving on the seat backs. For that reason they don’t look nearly as rich as the actual aged chestnut wood. You can see detailed close-ups of all the carved characters on the antique Brittany chair listing on our website. Here is one of the guys sauntering through his rustic village just to give you an idea of the quality of the carving and the charm of the chairs! The ship wheel spindles on the crest rail honor Brittany’s maritime history.

Dale Tiffany Carnation LampFinally, this Dale Tiffany lamp is NOT an antique that just arrived on our latest container of antiques from France!

It is newly hand-crafted by Dale Tiffany artisans, inspired by an original antique Tiffany design, with each piece of glass individually crafted using the same copper-foiled technique pioneered by the glass maestro Louis Comfort Tiffany!

The Dale Tiffany carnation accent lamp will put a beautiful spot of summery color into your living room or bedroom all year round.

I’m just showing it to remind you that our discount code is valid on everything on our website.

For more inspiration, browse our complete inventory of fine antique, vintage, and high-quality new furniture and home decor accents. Then take 15% off everything in your shopping basket when you enter the coupon code: SummerFun

The offer is valid through July 18, 2016. Happy home decor and antiques shopping!

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Client Spotlight: French Country Sideboard

Eric S. purchased this beautiful French Country sideboard in black finish, and when we saw his address in the Washington D.C. area, we knew we’d be delivering this one! He only lives about 45 minutes away from my grandmother’s house.

French Country Sideboard blackwashThe antique-inspired French Country sideboard (item BG-65 on our website) is beautifully crafted using traditional joinery techniques. The distressed blackwash finish accents the intricate carving on the raised panels and gives the appearance of age. Detailed hardware creates an authentic French Country look too.

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Eric recently moved to the Washington D.C. area and has been busy decorating his lovely home. He proudly gave us a tour of the whole house and said he didn’t mind my snapping photos along the way!

We delivered the new French Country sideboard into the central hall of his home.

The sideboard sits right by the front door and under a gorgeous crystal chandelier. The pretty grey paint creates an elegant impression as you walk in, nicely accented by the design of the rug.
French Country SideboardI couldn’t resist taking a shot showing his grand piano in the muted blue music parlor just off the hallway. The piano finish ties so nicely with the sideboard.

IMG_1131The fantastic view across the back porch is what Eric sees from his home office – I don’t know how he gets anything done with that incredibly relaxing view!

IMG_1133This same view is seen through the floor to ceiling windows at the rear of the kitchen, although my photo is backlit and a little grainy.

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However, my shot of his gorgeous painted white kitchen cabinets with a black finished island and bar stools and black countertops shows how deftly Eric and his wife have used black as a color motif throughout their home. They juxtapose bold, dynamic black with softer grays, blues and greens and crisp, clean white trim.

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I couldn’t resist taking the photo in the dining room as the chandelier had amazing multi-colored crystals in all the colors of the room. I even noticed that the fresh floral arrangement matched the painting above the fireplace!

Every detail is just so nicely considered. I’m sure there will be many happy dinners and gatherings in Eric’s new home in years to come. It is such a welcoming and beautiful space.

Thanks Eric, for giving a glimpse into your traditional-style home with such elegant use of color!

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And of course, thanks to Grandma who put us up for the night and took us out for dinner and ice cream to boot! :)


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Vintage Summer Style and Antique Furniture

We have just crossed the halfway point of the year (can you believe it?) and it seems like a good time to look back on our best vintage summer style and antique furniture posts from the last four months. Here are our favorite home decor stories to inspire you!

Silver Spoon Chandelier Pendant Light FixtureEarly in the spring we heard that Consumer Reports magazine would feature one of our upcycled vintage chandeliers in their Kitchen Planning and Buying Guide.

We were delighted as our spoondeliers and pretty vintage teacup and spoon chandeliers are very popular and they are made by an artisan right here in the USA.

Read the whole Silver Spoon Chandelier in Consumer Reports story with photos from client homes.

Antique Chairs and TableIt’s always a joy to write our client spotlights about the new and antique furniture our customers bought from us and how great it looks in their homes. This one really caught our attention though, with antique French Renaissance chairs, the famous Aztec calendar stone and the singer Axl Rose, of the band Guns N’ Roses! To top it off, our client Bernard, who told us this great story, also lives in Hawaii with fantastic views.

Art Deco Buffet 18-33We recently received a container of antique furniture from France that included some amazing Art Deco buffets. We chose these buffets and sideboards because we love the look of Art Deco furniture and the pieces are exceptional.

They all have the spirited glamor and glitz of the Art Deco era, as well as the sophistication and craftsmanship that we expect from French furniture makers of the 1930s.

So I wrote a post about Classic Art Deco Style using these Art Deco buffets as examples to point up the features of this period of furniture. I’d love to hear if you enjoy this style as much as we do!

Jonathan Charles Home Office FurnitureWhen everyone was busy with spring cleaning and tax time (yay – that’s behind us for another year!) I wrote a series of blog posts about beautiful home office decor.

It was fun to think about how to create an enjoyable home office, from picking the perfect desk to choosing home office accents.

Top Grain Leather Sofa Antique LookI also got lucky and picked up some great tips about different types of leather and leather furniture care from one of the leather furniture makers that we work with.

They are a small family business and so they have time to chat and correspond with me and give me info and advice. So I passed that on to our blog readers in my post about Top-Grain vs. Split-Grain Leather and Leather Furniture Care. Read that and you’ll know how to take care of your favorite leather furniture. You’d be surprised at some of the mistakes people make!

mediterraneanflowerpotMy final favorite blog post recently was inspired by Mother’s Day! I made up a bunch of flower pots and hanging baskets for my mom and that made me think about Great Ways to Decorate the Garden with Flower Pots.

I hope you enjoy browsing through my favorite vintage style and antique furniture blog posts as much as I enjoy sharing them with you!

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Client Spotlight: Antique French Buffet Louis XV

Antique Buffet Louis XV Rococo 1890Melodie A. of Raja Interiors in Chico, CA, wanted to find a gorgeous, antique Louis XV buffet to place in one of her client’s homes. We went searching for the perfect piece and located this beauty in France!

It is delightfully carved with Rococo styling in walnut wood with a lovely grain and rich patina and it dates to 1890.

When we found the buffet in France, there was a crack all the way through the glass in the right upper corner of the large glass door.

Perhaps a little wrinkle is not such a surprise for a buffet that is about 120 years old! What is more surprising is that we find so many of our antique buffets with the glass still in excellent shape. Those French craftsmen made furniture to last!

broken glass

We knew we would replace that glass panel prior to shipping, but we had no idea that it would take a specialist to cut and hand-grind the bevel. We took the broken pieces to our local glass store and they explained that due to the unusual shape of the glass (it sort of resembles a paisley), their machines could not possibly cut a bevel all the way around the piece. We also didn’t want to just replace it with flat glass, as that would take away from the beauty of the buffet.

After much searching and networking, I finally located a true artist, Charles Offutt, at Artisan in Glass, in Canton, Georgia. I sent the pieces to him and he said it took an entire day to hand-grind the beveled edge of the replacement glass. He is truly a miracle-worker in glass! If I didn’t know which panel had been replaced, I would never be able to tell. Here’s the buffet with the restored glass in its new home.

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Melodie was very patient during this process and she contacted me to say that she received the buffet in good condition and both she and her client are very pleased. We are always glad to hear from happy customers! At more than 8 feet tall, the antique Louis XV buffet is definitely the grand dame of the space. That white ceramic pitcher sets it off so gracefully too. You could say: “It’s pitcher perfect!” Groan…

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

AT-4 Leather Chesterfield SetteeIn my recent customer spotlight about interior designer Charity and the new antiqued leather settee she bought from us,  I mentioned that leather sofas, chairs, stools and benches are among our top sellers.

One of the leather furniture makers that we work with is a small family business, and they gave me some great info about the different types of leather and the care of leather.Top Grain cream leather sofa

My first lesson was about the difference between top-grain and split-grain leather. Full-grain leather is the natural whole hide, but that whole hide is usually split into layers for making furniture upholstery. (Think of it like peeling two slices of bread apart!)
Both cuts of leather are true 100% leather and each one is wonderful for different purposes, looks, type of furniture and price points.

Red Leather Cloister counter stoolThe top-grain is the cut from the hair side of the leather. It is the most common type of leather used in high-end leather products as it is smooth and pliable.
The traditional top-grain leather look is shiny and smooth and soft to the touch, with natural color and texture variations.  Many of our sofas and chairs are top-grain leather.

The split-grain is from the flesh side. It is a tougher and thicker cut of leather and it is usually at a slightly lower price point. After the split is made, this layer of leather has a fuzzy suede look on both sides and it is light in color. Then it is finished to give it the look and feel of top-grain leather. Usually this includes applying color and a clear protective top coat.

Leather Furniture Care

Leather is porous and it’s made up of around 12-14% water which keeps it so luxuriously supple. But even though it is such a sturdy and timeless upholstery material, you do need to avoid things that will dry the leather out. For example, it’s best to keep it away from a heater or from direct sun right beneath a window.

Top Grain Leather sofa hand-made in USATo clean leather furniture, only use a water based leather cleaner. Before my leather lesson from the furniture makers, I didn’t know how bad the leather conditioners are that you can buy in supermarkets and chain stores. I never thought about it for leather, but it is just like all of those furniture sprays that are also bad for your furniture and create a waxy build-up.

New Madison Leather Club ChairMy leather expert said never to use regular household products to clean and care for leather. This includes products containing oils, waxes or silicones, as they dry out the leather big time! Most “conditioners” contain waxes or oils while furniture polish contains silicones. These all ruin the leather finish. Car cleaners with oils or waxes can leave residue that acts like a magnet to dirt, creating a build-up and finally cracking of the leather. Chemicals in many leather wipes also destroy the finish and dry out the hide so it peels.

Baby wipes are terrible for leather too as is dishwashing liquid as it has a high salt content and will ruin your finish. What about Saddle Soap? That should be OK, right? Wrong! The finish on beautiful leather furniture is not the same as saddle leather, so keep the saddle soap in the stable!

Top Grain Leather Sofa Antique LookAfter cleaning with a water based leather cleaner and nothing else, treat the leather furniture with a good water based leather protector. This creates a protective barrier, preventing dirt and stains from soaking into the leather.

Regularly wiping the leather with a damp cloth helps to clean dirt and body oils from the furniture in addition to helping rehydrate the leather – it’s nature’s own moisturizer! Take care of your top-grain or split-grain leather furniture and it will be look handsome and feel great for years!

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Art Deco Buffets: Classic Art Deco Style

Art Deco Buffet 18-33A while ago I wrote about how to identify Art Deco furniture and decorative items in my post: What is the Art Deco Style of Antiques?   We recently had a container shipped from France with some beautiful antique Art Deco buffets and they are such fine examples of Art Deco, I’m using those pieces to show you more details of the style.

As a reminder, the Art Deco style was popular in the 1920s and 1930s, reflecting the modern thinking of the Jazz Age and a new taste for sleek and streamlined furniture and architecture.

Prominent and well-defined curves and lines are key elements of the style. This curvy 1920 Art Deco buffet (right, item 18-33) is a fabulous example, 

Art Deco Buffet 18-25The hotels of Miami’s South Beach and Manhattan’s iconic Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building are great examples of Art Deco architecture. Applied decoration is also important to the Art Deco look, including stylized floral designs, sunbursts, and geometrics.

This 1920 buffet (item 18-25) from our recent shipment creates a striking architectural silhouette with the curved posts supporting the upper hutch. Elegant floral carvings across the doors add a decorative accent, as do the dramatic metal handles. It is simply impossible to ignore the attention-grabbing allure of an authentic Art Deco buffet. Although the style is streamlined, it is not shy!

Art Deco Buffet Antique 18-38Part of the sleek appeal of Art Deco furniture lies in the use of glossy and shiny materials, including glass, mirror, lacquered finishes and metals. That reflective edge creates much of the glamor we associate with Art Deco. It always looks ready for a party! This walnut buffet dating to 1920 (item 18-38) has plenty of gloss in the mirror-backed upper hutch with a glass door. The mirror panel in the center of the buffet behind the posts reflects light too, above the impressive red/black/grey marble counter. Shine up your chrome cocktail shaker and dress up in your finest Roaring Twenties outfit!

French Art Deco Buffet 18-35Marble had been used in architecture since ancient times, of course, but when Art Deco furniture makers started using it, it added that opulence we expect of Art Deco. It is luxurious, but in a very modern way. This French Art Deco buffet (item 18-35) boasts three slabs of black marble as counters in addition to the mirrored back and glass-front cabinet. By now, you’ll recognize that the bold linear design on the cabinet front, topped by carved exotic foliage, is typical of the Art Deco style.

Marble on Art Deco Buffet 18-35Here’s a close-up of the black marble, so you can see how attractive the pattern is against the curving carved posts.

To see more of the exceptional design details from this era, take a look at all our antique Art Deco Buffets. It’s is appropriate that they are French buffets because Art Deco was named after the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs held in Paris in 1925. This event showcased many of the exciting new designs.

You might also enjoy my post about our customer Betty in Florida who bought an Art Deco buffet for her unusual vintage home!

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