Walk for the Animals & How Greg and I Met

KenDeniseBabiesDenise is a good friend who introduced Greg and me to each other back at summer camp in 1985 when we were 13. Denise works at the Seattle Humane Society and she’s participating in the Walk for the Animals on October 2.  EuroLux donates every year to support her.

She is a huge animal lover just like us. She and her husband Ken have a zoo too, as you can see from the holiday picture on the right. They have 5 dogs plus they often foster babies from the shelter.

Although I was very precocious as a child, by the time I hit middle school I had become extremely shy. My parents felt I needed a push to get over my lack of confidence so when I brought home a flyer about the Cullowhee Experience summer camp at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, for the summer before ninth grade, they thought it was a fantastic idea. They signed me up even though it was a long trip from my home in Florida.

Aimee DeniseRoommatesThe first day of summer camp was painful. I didn’t know anyone and was too shy to start conversations. We were all gathered together to go to a dance in the gymnasium on the first night and I was delighted when a bubbly strawberry blonde from Tennessee smiled widely at me and introduced herself as Denise in her charming Southern accent. She was so friendly and kind and I immediately tagged along with her.

When we arrived at the gymnasium, she said she’d introduce me to all her friends, as she had been there the previous summer.

AimeeGreg1985She bounced us over to a cute guy with blondish-brown hair and a mouth full of braces and introduced him as her friend, Greg from South Carolina. That is when I remember meeting Greg. However, I must have been such a wallflower that I didn’t make much of an impression because Greg doesn’t remember that at all.

Greg remembers meeting me a few days later when we were all taken to a local carnival for the afternoon. I was standing at the bottom of the Ferris wheel when Greg walked up to me and asked if I wanted to ride. That was a pretty smooth line for a 13-year-old! I agreed, but he said I had to promise not to rock it because he didn’t really like heights. Of course, I swore that I would definitely not rock it and gave him a big smile. He really must have thought I was pretty cute, because in hindsight, I now know that Greg is terrified of heights.  (Remember our Antiquing and Ziplining in Asheville post?)

Ferris wheelAlthough I was shy, I have always loved to play practical jokes. While I swore I would not rock the Ferris wheel, I had absolutely no intention of keeping that promise. Amazingly, Denise snapped a photo of us on the Ferris wheel on the way up to the top. When we reached the very tippy-top, I began kicking my legs with all my might and really got the bench swinging – I found it hilarious that Greg just hung on with white knuckles, telling me to knock it off. And that is how Greg remembers meeting me – I really made an impression on that day! He still swears he will never ride a Ferris wheel with me again.

cullowhee friendsThat Cullowhee Experience summer was so magical. We lived in the dorms, ate at the cafeteria, attended classes and activities, and roamed around the campus. We played truth or dare in the cemetery at night, scaring each other and laughing non-stop. It was my first taste of true independence and I loved it. We all counted down the days until the next summer.

 

Aimee&DeniseWe went back the next two years and Denise was my roommate and best camp friend. After camp was over, Greg, Denise and I all kept in touch with letters. Ten years later, Greg and I reconnected and you know how that turned out.

Twenty-five years after Denise introduced me to Greg, we all got a chance to see each other in person again in 2010. Greg and I made a large delivery to a new bed and breakfast in Walla Walla, Washington and stopped to see Denise.

AimeeDenise2010She had recently met Ken, moved to Seattle, and started working at the Seattle Animal Shelter. She is a huge animal lover.

Denise Walk for the Animals

Besides all the great work the Seattle Animal Shelter does on a regular basis, they hold an annual Walk for the Animals, and we support Denise during her walk.

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If you would like to contribute, click here to donate to Walk for the Animals.
EuroLuxHome.com also supports our local no-kill shelter, Pets, Inc. with a portion of each sale. You can donate too to Pets. Inc here.

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Scarborough House Beautiful Bedrooms

Our Scarborough House bedroom furniture has been really popular lately, Sales have taken off and our customers love their Scarborough House beds – especially the king size beds. Well, when you have such magnificent antique-inspired bed designs and construction, you feel like you’re sleeping in a king’s bed anyway…  so you might as well go for the large and comfy king size!

Scarborough House Canopy King Bed SH-272This is great example of one of our popular Scarborough House beds. The canopy bed is crafted in crotch mahogany with regal brass accents. Scarborough House Fine Furniture creates antique-inspired pieces that are hand-crafted using age-old techniques. The company even makes its own brass hardware to ensure high quality and perfect styling. Scarborough House was founded by an Englishman who was a fine furniture designer and maker. The attention to detail is just as amazing as you’d expect from such a heritage!

Scarborough House Four Poster Bed SH-255Scarborough House is well known for its wood veneers that make each item of furniture a center piece in a room. The fine crotch mahogany on this king size four poster bed shows the level of craftsmanship.  I bet that this bed will become a family heirloom.

Scarborough House King Bed SH-254This is the other Scarborough House king size bed that our customers are loving right now. You can see why. The silhouette is so chic that it will work in any style of bedroom decor, and the handsome crotch mahogany adds a sense of substance and luxury. Scarborough House Chest of Drawers SH-194 We have a large selection of Scarborough House chests of drawers, but this beauty is winning a lot of hearts lately! Crafted in crotch mahogany with brass handles, the chest of drawers is a lovely match for the king beds. The traditional techniques used by the high-quality furniture makers means that the drawers are constructed with good old-fashioned dovetail joinery.  I am curious about how each customer will dress the top of the chest of drawers. A small mirror or vase of flowers on top would be charming. Some small decorative boxes or silver-framed photos would look good too.

Scarborough House Drum Table SH-51As a finishing touch, this Scarborough House drum table is also selling well — for bedrooms, living rooms, entry ways, and really anywhere that you want an exquisite accent table. We have a wide choice of Scarborough House tables to browse, all of them as attractive as this delightful 26-inch-wide round drum table crafted in crotch mahogany with a leather top and opulent brass accents.

You can browse all our Scarborough House furniture at this link, including chairs, cabinets, desks and sideboards. We have beautiful pieces of antique-inspired furniture for every room in the house!

But as it is fall and a great time to prepare a cozy and sumptuous bedroom to see us through the winter months ahead, I am pleased that our Scarborough House beds are so popular with our customers. I think that sweet dreams are guaranteed with such elegant bedroom furniture…  What do you think? Which bed is your favorite?

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.

EuroLux in the News & Newberry Oktoberfest

Talbots EuroLux Antique storeEuroLux Home has been getting a lot of media coverage lately. First, the Newberry Observer ran an article “Passion = Career” about how Greg and I fell in love – and at the same time fell in love with antique furniture! The newspaper followed up with another article about EuroLux Home and how we started our antique furniture business.

Then we appeared on TWC News when “Around Carolina” visited Newberry, SC,  to tell viewers about all the attractions in our historic town. We were thrilled that our EuroLux antiques store was included in their places to go! They stopped in and talked to me, as you can see in the video clip.

The filming happened in a flash. I think I spent more time making the guy move the camera around to get an angle that I liked than we spent on the actual interview itself. He probably didn’t have anyone else demand to see his screen prior to filming! I then promptly spilled coffee all down the front of my shirt as soon as the interview was over.

“Around Carolina” also featured my very favorite restaurant, Fusion. I love the Bangkok noodles with vegetables and cashews and Greg always gets the Basil Duck.  Papasan is shown in the video and he is a wonderful host! The whole staff is very welcoming and friendly, the food is fantastic, and sometimes Papasan even gives me a sake on the house!  They have great reviews on Trip Advisor.

Cabana Café is another excellent restaurant in Newberry.  I usually order the prime rib with shrimp and scallops as it is excellent. Cabana Café is a great place for a special celebration like a birthday or anniversary or as a treat before a show at the Newberry Opera House. The new Opera House schedule is out and we’re looking forward to seeing Yacht Rock Revue this year – a tribute to 70s light rock like Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, etc.

Oktoberfest in Newberry SCYet another great reason to visit Newberry, aside from the great antiques shopping, dining and entertainment, is the annual Oktoberfest! I’ve told you about Oktoberfest before in my posts Newberry Oktoberfest: Liver Nips, Polka, and Puppets and Happy Oktoberfest in Newberry, SC!

Oktoberfest is on October 1 this year and the city is doing a new costume contest which should be a hoot!

OktoberfestDowntown Newberry SC

As we’re on Main Street in Historic Downtown Newberry, we’re right in the middle of Oktoberfest! Of course our doors will be open all day and we enjoy talking to all of the folks that drop by. Kathy will be decorating the front window with her pilgrim collection. (Get a sneak peek of Kathy’s 700-strong Thanksgiving Pilgrim Collection.)

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We usually like to find something good to eat like a brat and sauerkraut at the food vendors around the main square and Greg usually can’t resist buying something scrumptious for dessert like a slice of home-made red velvet cake from the local church bake sale tables!

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The Humane society sets up a large area with many puppies and kitties that need homes, and I always like to go snuggle a few fuzzy babies – I’m just not allowed to bring any more home. :-)

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A Tale of Three Cats: Pumpkin grows up!

Cat that Hurricane Joachmin blew inPumpkin the cat has been with us for nearly a year now. I wrote about how she blew in after Hurricane Joachim in my post National Cat Day – Meet Pumpkin!

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. Well, she was right!

People have asked how Pumpkin is doing, so here’s the update. We kept Pumpkin for a while (so named because she turned up in October) but we already had two dogs and six cats so we had our hands full.

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Everything turned out perfectly when Greg’s parents John and Kathy fell for Pumpkin and took her home to their house to live with their cats, Corky and Harper.

Here is Pumpkin all grown up. She promptly took over John and Kathy’s house and is living high on the hog.

She is very happy and she knows how to kick back and relax in her cozy new digs.

IMG_0855Her tummy is shaved in the photo because she had just been spayed.  There’s a story to tell about her two new siblings, too.

Harper IMG_0790This is Harper, Pumpkin’s new sister. About 8 years ago, Greg and I were out for a walk on Harper Street in Newberry and we heard a pitiful wailing. Following the noise, I found the cutest little black and white kitten who had a broken toe and was in a great deal of pain.

We carried her back to our Gallery on Main Street and Kathy took her to the vet. Kathy and John had never had a cat before, and since I already had two cats and two dogs at that point (and thought I couldn’t possibly take in another one – ha!) John and Kathy took her home.

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She did come to work for a while at the Gallery, so I have some sweet old photos of Ozzy and Harper together.

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Although Harper liked to come to the gallery to hang out with Ozzy when she was a kitten, after a while, she didn’t care so much for the commute, so John and Kathy left her home by herself during the day. By the time she was three, she was quite anti-social and shy. I suggested that perhaps a friend was just what was needed to make her a bit more social.

Enter Corkie, who was adopted from the local humane society about five years ago.

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Baby Corkie was very sweet, and always happy to be cuddled. Here he is with Greg.

Corkie and Greg

Corkie is very out-going and friendly and really wanted to be very best friends with Harper. However, it turned out that Harper did NOT want a very best friend. She hissed at Corkie for quite a while. Since Harper didn’t give him the warmest of welcomes, Corkie did his best to show his affection for her by sneaking up on her from behind in surprise attack or dive-bombing on top of her from a perch on the bed!

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Harper finally begrudgingly accepted that Corkie could live with John and Kathy. And now Pumpkin has joined them too and she has definitely become Top Cat!

Because we have so many pets that were strays and rescues we always support our local animal shelter. A portion of every sale from EuroLuxHome.com is donated to help homeless pets at Pets Inc., a no-kill animal shelter in Columbia, SC.

National Cat Day on October 29 also encourages people to help the 4 million cats who wind up in shelters each year, either by adopting a cat or making a donation to a shelter. Cat adoption is truly worth it… as you can see from our photos of our own family’s fuzzy brood!

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.

Bookshelf: Elements of Style

These three new interior design books look so gorgeous and lavish and stylish, they are sure to provide home decor inspiration!

The Four Elements of Design: Interiors Inspired By Earth, Water, Air and Fire

the-four-elements-of-design-featured-imageInterior designer Vicente Wolf has very classic taste and in this book he turns to the classic elements of earth, water, air, and fire as a basis for home decor.

For example, Earth inspires interiors featuring natural materials such as wood and stone. Fire revels in dramatic reds and Air creates a light and open atmosphere. I’m guessing the image on the front cover is Air, don’t you think? Lots of luminous white and shiny surfaces, accents of transparency and reflection. I don’t know how we’d keep this room so pristine bearing in mind our brood of 8 cats and dogs, but it sure is pretty to look at!

Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style

Beautiful All-American DecoratingInterior designer Mark D. Sikes celebrates American style in all its classic and eclectic glory. Sikes offers suggestions for all kind of looks, from bright and breezy “Blue and White Forever” casual spaces to “Timeless Neutrals” — semiformal rooms adorned with French chairs, chinoiserie, gilt, glass, mirrors, and banquettes.  It really is America the Beautiful!

Film director Nancy Meyers wrote the book’s foreword, saying that Sikes shows “how classic can look fresh, how style and comfort go hand-in-hand.” That’s what we like!

 

Around That Time: Horst at Home in Vogue

Around that TimeThis book looks so incredibly glamorous, and it’s not surprising. Horst P. Horst was a top fashion photographer for Vogue and when he turned his lens on some of the world’s most stunning homes, his chic-o-meter was just as strong! From the 1960s through the 1980s,  he created opulent images of the homes of the world’s movers and shakers. Essays by Valentine Lawford give further insight into the houses and the people who lived in them.

Horst is famous for saying: “Fashion is an expression of the times. Elegance is something else again.” Perfect and timeless!

I feel like I ought to be wearing a cocktail hat and a designer outfit just to open the cover of Horst’s book. But shh… it will be a lovely guilty pleasure to read it curled up on the sofa in  my Elvis pajamas!

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.

Antique Furniture in the Kitchen

Antique furniture in the kitchen is not everyone’s first thought when they imagine how they might enjoy antiques in their home. But you’d be surprised! A few weeks ago when I was writing about the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow kitchen and then how my dream vintage kitchen  worked out, I realized that antique furnishings in the kitchen is a big part of what makes the space feel so lived in, so comfortable, so inviting, and so uniquely personal.

Let’s take a look at how some of our customers have used antique furniture in the kitchen.

Antique Renaissance Buffet Kitchen Diner

Natalya S. in Palo Alto, CA, bought this very pretty Henry II Renaissance style antique French buffet from us and it makes a wonderful statement in her kitchen. See the full story and more photos here. Elaborate walnut carvings add a decorative touch, along with leafy waterjet inlay design on the wall above the stove. The storage space in the big antique buffet makes it as practical for Natalya’s family as it is handsome.

Creative antique decor: antique French nightstand in the kitchen

Our creative customer Kathleen G.  in in Arcadia, OK, cleverly saw that this French antique nightstand in the Henry II style would work perfectly in her kitchen as a small table offering extra storage space. Dating to 1900, the antique nightstand has a gray marble top which is a good match for a kitchen, and it will keep the fruit platter cool too! See more about Kathleen’s kitchen here.

Vintage Renaissance Table in Dining Room

Our antique French Renaissance style furniture is clearly a popular choice for kitchens! Crystal B. in Harlem, Georgia, hunted for the perfect table for her large, open kitchen for four years before she found this vintage Renaissance table of ours to buy! The sturdy table was crafted around 1950 with a beautiful golden parquet top and an ornate wrought iron stretcher that adds to the Renaissance feel. It’s the kind of welcoming kitchen table that invites everyone to gather around and chat. See more about Crystal’s Renaissance kitchen.

Vintage teaspoon chandelier in kitchen

This upcycled chandelier is one of our most popular light fittings. Although it is not antique, it is hand-crafted by an artisan using vintage silver plate spoons and teacups. It adds a great touch of old-fashioned whimsy in a kitchen. We have quite a selection of upcycled chandeliers with different designs using vintage components, and one of our silver spoon chandeliers was recently featured in Consumer Reports magazine. See how the different chandeliers look  in several of our customers’ kitchens!Modern KitchenPhoto by Lankford Design GroupMore eclectic kitchen ideas

This antique dresser or hutch once lived in Germany where it was a bookcase in a gentleman’s office. But doesn’t it look amazing in this otherwise very modern stainless steel kitchen? It shows that antique furniture can work in any style of kitchen decor. This kind of design imagination creates a completely unique space.

Nob Hill: French Victorian

Another imaginative person repurposed an antique French sideboard into a kitchen island.
I would hesitate to do this with some fine antique furniture, but it does look amazing!

I hope this post has inspired you to think about how you could use antique furniture in your own kitchen! Or do you have some antique furniture, large or small, in your kitchen already? Tell us about it in the comments box – we’d love to hear!

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.

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.

Bourbon

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.

Bourbon barrels

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!

KFC Kitchen

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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!

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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!

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.

 

 

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!

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.