Monthly Archives: June 2011

Client Spotlight: Butler, GA

One of the many great reasons to buy Antique Furniture, is that you are being ecologically conscious.  By recycling an antique piece of furniture, you are choosing not to cause more trees to be cut down and are reducing the negative impact of manufacturing processes in countries like Indonesia.  You can feel good about being Green and reducing your ecologic footprint by buying Antiques!

French Antique Furniture can also be repurposed, or used in different ways than that which it was originally intended.  For instance, a new trend for 2011 in kitchen design is using Antique Buffets, Antique Armoires, or Antique Sideboards as free-standing kitchen cabinets.  Our customer Gregory M. thought of a unique way to repurpose an Antique Bookcase into a beautiful Gun Rack for his lovely vacation home in Butler, Georgia.

This striking Antique Bookcase was easily repurposed by adapting the existing shelves and adding a rack for the gun barrels.  The same process could convert a large Antique Bookcase or Antique Buffet into a wonderful way to store your wine collection!

We would love to see photos of Antique Furniture or Accessories from EuroLux Antiques in use in your home!

Best wishes,

Aimee

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her 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.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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New Container Just Arrived!

Summer has arrived with a vengeance this year in South Carolina.  It was 95 degrees earlier this week while we unloaded our new container of Antique Furniture from Europe — whew!  Greg pauses for a photo before getting to work:

It took us five hours to unload because the French Antique Furniture was so heavy — our trusty helper, Frank, swears this was the heaviest load yet.  We brought in a quite a few Antique Sideboards, some of which took four men, straining, to carry off the container!

We have so many sets of Antique Dining Chairs that there is overflow between all five chairs racks!

Racks of smalls:  Antique Enamelware, Antique Chalkware, Antique Crucifixes, Antique Blue Delft, Antique Wall Clocks, and more!

It will take time to clean, wax, and photograph all of the French Antique Furniture, so it will be awhile before you’ll see everything on the website, but feel free to stop by our Gallery if you are in South Carolina, as all of the new pieces are available for viewing in person!

Thanks for stopping by!

Best wishes,

Aimee

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her 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.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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Client Spotlight: Asheville, NC

Most of the Antique Furniture deliveries for EuroLux Antiques are done by professional blanket-wrap vanline companies that specialize in moving Antique Furniture. However, Greg and I sometimes make our own deliveries in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. It gives us an excuse to get out of the Gallery and meet our customers in person, as 95% of our sales happen over the Internet.

Over Memorial Day weekend, we delivered a beautiful and very high quality Antique French Hunting Buffet in oak dating to 1880 to Jerry and Rhonda’s vacation home in Asheville, North Carolina. The weather was outstanding — blue skies and 75 degrees — and their neighborhood was filled with a canopy of lush, mature trees.

The large Antique French Buffet in the Hunting Style (on the back wall in the photo) perfectly complimented Rhonda’s wildlife design scheme for the dining area of a large Great Room, just off the kitchen. The Great Room is flooded with sunlight from the large windows, which look out over a pretty patio area. A stunning, antique hand-carved sculpture of a stag in solid oak with real horns from the German Black Forest lends a stately presence to this comfortable room.

French Antique Furniture in the Hunting Style is one of our specialties at EuroLux Antiques. The Hunting Style developed during the 16th century in France under the reign of King Francis I (1515 – 1547), who is known as the great French Renaissance monarch and who ruled at the same time as Henry VIII in England. King Francis wanted an exotic way to decorate his royal hunting lodges (the chateaux of the Loire Valley).  Jerry and Rhonda’s Antique French Hunting Buffet is a wonderful example of the French Hunting Style, which was very popular at the end of the 19th century.

On Antique Furniture in the Hunting Style, you will find detailed carvings of lion’s heads, winged griffins, and animal trophies, including eels, fish, rabbits, deer, boars, birds, and dogs. To further the experience of the hunt, carpenters included organic motifs with lush carvings of leaves and fruit along edges of buffets and on the backs of chairs, while table bases were often carved to represent the animals of the hunt: dogs, boars, deer, and foxes.  Notice that even the drawer pulls are carved in the shape of tree branches with leaves.

Please let me know if I can answer any questions about the French Hunting Style for you! Thanks for stopping by!

Aimee

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her 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.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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EuroLux Antiques in a TV Commercial!

A big shout out and huge THANKS to Joe Trainor, owner of Stokes-Trainor GM Superstore, who featured EuroLux Antiques and Downtown Newberry in his latest TV commercial for pre-owned vehicles.

 

Joe has been President of our Newberry Chamber of Commerce and continues to go the extra mile to support Newberry. Our local businesses here on Main Street greatly appreciate everything that Joe does to bring folks to town and focus the spotlight on Newberry.

Greg and I can personally attest to not only the great deal you’ll find at Stokes-Trainor Chevrolet, but also the integrity, sincerity, and high-level of customer service you’ll receive. Both of our EuroLux Antiques business trucks were purchased there and our family members have purchased more than a dozen cars from Stokes-Trainor GM Superstore over the years. In fact, we wouldn’t go anywhere else to purchase our next vehicle and we continue to use their service department, even after our warranties have expired.

Thanks for being such a great guy, Joe Trainor!

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her 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.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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EuroLux Antiques has Chinoserie fever!

As you may know, EuroLux Antiques has been a premier resource for exceptional European Antique Furniture and Accessories for nearly ten years. We have specialized in high-quality, ornately carved French Antique Furniture, hand-painted Majolica, unusual Vintage Lighting, Antique Clocks, and Antique Religious Treasures.

Greg and I are very excited to announce the expansion of our Antiques offerings here at EuroLux Antiques with the introduction of exceptional Antique Furniture and Accessories from China!  These amazing pieces all have the same high quality and superb craftmanship that you’ve come to expect from EuroLux Antiques.  Our first container has just arrived and we are proud to offer these beautiful, hand-crafted pieces of Chinese Antiques.

Our friends, Mike and Anita,

(Mike is also a graduate of the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business MIBS program, like us) own a business (PassageMaker China) in Shenzhen and have lived in China for more than ten years.  Mike and Anita will now be part of the EuroLux Antiques team, scouring the Chinese countryside and hand-selecting beautiful and unique Antique Chinese Furniture and Accessories.  Anita is Chinese by birth, so her native language fluency and family connections come in handy to make sure all pieces meet our EuroLux Seal of Approval.

We will specialize in Late Qing (pronounced Ching) Dynasty Chinese Antiques, which date from the end of the 19th century, just like our French Antiques.  In Europe and China, the late 1800s saw a rising merchant class that for the first time, had disposable income to spend on purchasing furniture for their homes.  They chose ornately carved and richly decorated pieces in order to convey a sense of status,  showing off their newly-found prosperity.  Late Qing Dynasty Antique Furniture is often called the people’s furniture, and is also known as Antique Chinese Country Furniture or Antique Chinese Vernacular Furniture.  This is not the furniture that would have been made for Imperial Palaces, but instead was used and cherished by the upper middle class in their homes, and was passed down from generation to generation.

Antique Chinese Country Furniture is made from softwoods that are native to China, such as elm, walnut, fir, and cypress.  Many of the pieces were originally painted with a natural tree lacquer, or with black or vibrant red lacquer, and were carved with symbols to convey meanings for the owner.  A scrolling cloud motif was quite common and conveyed good fortune.

Repeating and overlapping geometrical patterns were often used to convey a sense of unending prosperity and the concept of infinity and were frequently used for window screens, doors, and other architectural elements.

The Europeans loved Chinese Furniture and Accessories too, and the craze for the Chinese style was called Chinoserie, which was extremely popular in the middle of the 18th century.  Now you can find, and mix and match, high-quality Antique Chinese Furniture and Antique French Furniture at EuroLux Antiques.  We have Chinoserie fever!  We find the combination of Chinese Antiques with European Antiques to be very exciting and visually appealing, and we hope you will enjoy it as much as we do!

Best wishes,

Aimee

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her 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.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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Welcome to the EuroLux Antiques Blog!

Well hi there!  Thanks for dropping by.  The EuroLux Antiques Blog is a new feature of our website and I’ll post new messages on a weekly basis.  It is my goal to use this forum as a way to share my knowledge of European and Asian Antique Furniture with you and to open a dialogue so that you can ask questions.

I also plan to have a Customer Spotlight feature, where we’ll show photos of our pieces in their newly-found homes.  If you purchase a piece from EuroLux Antiques, we’d love to see it in your collection!  Please send photos! And as you’ve probably guessed – we love animals!  If you can get your pet to pose with your new piece, that’s even better!

Meet my wonderful Siamese cat, Minkey.  (My husband, Greg, doesn’t think he’s so wonderful — he likes to call him Stinky Minkey.)  If you visit us here at our Antiques Gallery in Newberry, South Carolina, you may find Minkey in his usual place, sprawled out on the front desk.  I think he’s actually smiling for the camera.

So please stop by and check out our Blog from time to time!

Aimee

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her 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.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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