This blog post should actually be titled, “An Ode to Betty S.” Betty purchased a beautiful Antique Art Deco Buffet from EuroLux Antiques as a birthday present to herself at the end of last year. Outstanding Art Deco carvings with a floral motif, original Art Deco brass hardware, and a pretty red striated marble top, make this Art Deco Buffet a knock-out!
Betty placed this great piece in her very cool home in Tallahassee, Florida, and it actually acts as a “wall” to separate her kitchen from her laundry room, while providing extra storage space in the kitchen. We always enjoy seeing creative uses for antique and vintage furniture!
You can’t quite appreciate it from this photo, but you are actually looking at the interior of a 1958 Midway trailer that is at the center of Betty’s funky abode! It was parked in 1966, the original owners added on an addition in 1971, and Betty has added her own additions over time, including a deck and porch, so there is now a mobile home in the middle of the house. From the outside you can see the area on the right is the front of the mobile home and to the left is permanent house.
Here is a photo from inside the front door looking through a window on the side of the mobile home into Betty’s kitchen!
I am very envious of this great retro patio furniture set with glider! What a wonderful place to chill out with a cold beer or glass of wine.
Many of our customers at EuroLux Antiques have historic homes, but this one is truly funky and cool – thanks for sharing your vintage lifestyle with us! Of course, we couldn’t forget to mention that Betty does her part to save homeless pets, a cause near and dear to our own hearts. Aren’t her fuzzy children adorable?
Betty gave us such nice compliments that we just have to share them here:
Dear Aimee and Greg,
Thank you so much. The beautiful Art Deco oak buffet looks great in my kitchen/eat-in area and has exceeded my dreams of how good it would look in my funky 1958 home. I’d especially like to praise EuroLux for going that extra mile—from staining the back of it for me, to rubbing on a protective coat of furniture wax, to custom-making two brackets, and for packing it in such a manner that it made the eight hundred mile trek to my house with absolutely no damage—not even a scratch. (Hats off to your shipping company!)
It was a pleasure doing business with EuroLux. Mom and Pop shops are disappearing from the American landscape and I’m happy to have found yours. Your personal, friendly service, the quality of your pieces, and the fact that you truly care about your customers made for a lovely shopping and buying experience.
With best wishes, Betty
However, I have to explain to you how particularly special this sale was to me. I’ve known Betty for 20 years, having met her back in 1992 in a tiny office (in the maze of the Williams building) on the campus of Florida State University while I was an undergraduate student. I didn’t know then what a tremendous impact Betty would have on my life. You see, Betty handed me a one-page flyer about the Florida State University Study Abroad program in Florence, Italy, and even went the extra mile to help me line up a small scholarship to go on the program.
The world opened up to me in such a profound way during that study abroad semester that it truly changed my life’s path. My new-found interest in Italian Renaissance Art led to a Masters degree in Humanities and another trip back to Italy, this time as a counselor for the Florida State University International Programs in Florence. I became hooked on European history and living abroad, and was determined to somehow get back to Europe.
Betty became my colleague after I landed a job after graduation with FSU International Programs. I saw first-hand that not only has Betty positively influenced my life, but she has spent her entire career helping thousands of students have incredible study abroad experiences across the globe.
I was very sad to leave my friends in Tallahassee a couple years later, but I decided to pursue an MBA in International Business in order to open doors to get back to Europe. And, to shorten an already long story, eleven years after my first study abroad experience in Florence, my husband and I launched a European Antiques import business – none of which would have happened had I not wandered into Betty’s office twenty years ago.
So thank you, Betty, for the role you’ve played in my life, for being one of those friends that stick with you, and for being one of EuroLux Antiques’ most loyal fans! You don’t know how much it truly meant to me to make you happy!
Okay, sniff, sniff, I can’t help that I’m a bit emotional. But I do believe you should always take the opportunity to thank those who have made a difference in your life, and Betty S. – you surely did! Thank You!
Update on July 9, 2012:
Betty S. bought a very pretty Vintage German Art Deco Regulator Clock – check it out!
and she wrote such a nice customer testimonial that I have to share it here:
Dear EuroLux Team, You did it again! You made me a happy camper again. A German Regulator clock cannot compare with an oak buffet but the service certainly did compare. Top notch, five star treatment! Wrapped with extreme care (and I mean extreme), with prompt shipping, no hassle fetch-it from the bus station delivery to my state. I didn’t really expect an eighty year old clock from Europe to keep good time–I will admit it. It was pretty enough that if it didn’t keep time, I would just set the hands to 5pm and pretend it was happy hour somewhere and call it art. You said it worked and I believed that. It didn’t mean it worked well. There you go and surprise me again. It’s keeping great time! Two weeks later. Amazing. The informational sheet you provided on the care of a key wound clock was much appreciated. I learned a few things and apologized to my two other clocks for not knowing better. To top it off, you included a small level. Perfect. Throw in some candy. Why should anyone ever walk into a brick and mortar store again with that kind of service? You know I’ve been in your shop so I know what’s going on, but I didn’t know everything. My visit a few years back affirmed my belief that I had a ‘good student done well’ story. I didn’t necessarily think I’d become a customer. Two purchases later, two appreciative smiles later, and all I can say is please give attaboys and attagirls to your team. You guys are so many steps ahead of the service I’ve come to expect from an internet purchase that I can’t say enough good things. You guys are amazing. Thank you so much. Again.
My best, Betty
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 Aimee on Google+ or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!