Monthly Archives: November 2012

Best of the Month: November 2012

As November winds down, I thought I’d round up the most popular blog posts of the month, items from our Facebook page, and stuff we loved around the web. Enjoy!

Cheap Magazines

If you love to read about decorating, you might be interested in this offer from Hearst Magazines (which we originally ran on our Facebook page). Through December 13, 2012, you can give or get a subscription to any of their 18 titles for just $5 per year! Wowser. Take your pick of popular decorating magazines like Elle Decor and Country Living, lifestyle magazines like Town & Country and Cosmopolitan, and guy titles like Car & Driver and Popular Mechanics. Note this isn’t an affiliate link. It’s just a good deal I’d thought I’d pass along!

Vintage Life: To Side or Not to Side

In the continuing adventure of our bungalow renovation, this post about our decision to re-side the house with HardiPlank generated helpful comments and advice from readers. Oh, and did we mention when we pulled the old siding down we found termites? Great.

Upcycling: Fine China as Flowerpots

 

I’m a fan of re-using and re-purposing old objects, including furniture, to suit modern needs. I loved this idea from Domino Magazine (shared on their Facebook page) to use china as flowerpots. Although the chinaware shown isn’t old, you certainly could use old pieces, which would add still more charm to your vintage interior. By the way, did you know we carry upcycled light fixtures? Check out these this line of chandeliers and light fixtures hand crafted by artists in Tennessee from old silver tea sets, silver spoons, vintage electrical insulators, and old key plates!

 

Wine Guide 2012

Readers told me they enjoyed our Thanksgiving wine guide, which of course will work for any occasion!

Customer Spotlight: Whitmire, South Carolina

Many people tell me they struggle with how to work fine antique French furniture into their decor. It can seem like a challenge, especially if you’ve inherited or purchased various styles over the years. Our clients Julie and Bruce V. of Whitmire, South Carolina, do an excellent job at combining old and new pieces into their design scheme. We featured their home recently in our customer spotlight.

Kitties!

Lastly, I leave you with this. As you wrap, pack, and ship your presents this holiday season, do you get “help” from a furry friend? This handsome fellow, shared by Cute Animals on Facebook, garnered a lot of comments from our friends and fans. Did you know a portion of all our sales goes to PETS, Inc.? We’re passionate about animal welfare, and we love supporting PETS, Inc. Pet lovers won’t find a more worthy charity to support during this holiday season.

December is fast upon us. I’ll see you next week with some Things We Love. What do you love at this time of year?

 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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Mantels & Entryways: Holiday Decorating Ideas

I love decorating for the holidays. Putting up the Christmas tree and stringing lights and garlands helps me get into the holiday spirit. After the decorations are up, I finally begin to truly anticipate the wonderful family time to come.

Inspired by this “Decorating: Holiday Mantels” slideshow at Traditional Home magazine’s website, I’ve put together a group of photos to inspire you in adorning your home for the holidays. Whether you’re decorating an antique Victorian mantel or the rustic fireplace at your Christmas cabin, you’ll find ideas you can use or adapt to fit your decor. As a bonus, I’ve included a few exterior treatments, as well, to show how you can showcase the front of your stately Victorian or cozy cottage for the holidays. Enjoy!

Simplicity

A beautiful mantel doesn’t have to be fussy. Here, a small nativity set literally framed by a black picture frame hung with simple red ornaments creates a lovely display with a faux, lighted garland. A very stylish and classy look!

Tradition

This traditional parlor looks very festive with its classical carved fireplace surround swagged with beads and topped with a wreath. I love the way the antique mirrors flank the fireplace for symmetry. And note the beautiful antique demilune table to the right. This classic treatment will work well in your Victorian home.

Lodge

Heading up to your cabin for the holidays? Let this fun, lodge-style holiday decor inspire you! The cow skull wrapped with silver beaded wire creates a festive look, while the garland brings the outdoors inside. Hanging stockings complete the traditional look. This design, which could look kitschy in a different setting, looks very natural here.

Opulent

This antique fireplace gets a spectacular holiday makeover using just two colors: white and green. The key here is over-the-top styling. Mounds of white poinsettias ground the vignette, while the faux snow sculpture inside the fireplace box creates an unexpected and delightful surprise. On the mantel, large green ornaments, white snowflake decorations, and a white beaded strand top a thick natural garland. You could really wow your guests by pulling off this look!

Sensational Entryways

You can make a splash outdoors, too. Let your exterior decor complement your home’s style for maximum impact.

Bold Traditional

Here, a city house gets a bold, traditional treatment by running a lighted garland up the railing to the front door. Classic red bows start at the top of the house and continue all the way to the street. This design isn’t overwhelming because it’s scaled to the size of the house. Very appealing!

Stately Victorian

The U.S. Park Service knows decorating. They style the stately Karlan Mansion in a manner befitting the 1877 brick Victorian. Simple red garlands wrap the front columns like candycanes, while traditional pine wreaths with a red ribbon dot each window. This understated design really proves the adage “less is more.”

Charming Cottage

Cottage style is all about the eclectic combination of colors, patterns, and textures, along with a mix of old — and older! — furnishings. Here, the decorator takes cottage style outdoors by creating a garden of light. The green verge defines the garden’s edge, while lavender lights create perhaps a lilac bush, and gold lights along the ground evoke a carpet of daffodils. The wispy holiday lights capture the essence of breezy cottage style. Well done!

We’d love to see how you decorate your home for the holidays, both indoors and out! Send us your photos or link to them in the comments.

 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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Vintage Life: Good Fences…

We’ve knocked out quite a few big projects during our 1920s bungalow renovation.  At the same time, we’ve also been trying to get the yard under control.  I’ll post a few photos to remind you how much the yard resembled a jungle.  The next-door-neighbor swears absolutely no yard work was done for about 10 years.

Although you might not notice it, that is poison ivy underneath the handicap ramp and completely covering the back yard.

Greg and I estimate we hauled about 9,000 pounds (4.5 tons) of leaves and vines, in addition to all of the limbs, from the back yard to the front yard.  We actually got in a fight with the City of Newberry about how much landscaping debris is allowed to be picked up from a residence.  We argued that since the former owner did not put out any debris for years, we had a credit coming to us, and besides, didn’t the City *want* us to clean up this property?  In the end, our neighbors on either side allowed us to divide the piles into thirds, and then the City had to pick it all up.  #Winning.

Yes, you may have noticed that we also put up a privacy fence along the left property line that joined to an existing privacy fence along the back.  There is currently a chain link fence along the right property line that we plan to replace in the future.  We also planted small arborvitae evergreen trees along the sides of the backyard, which should grow 15+ feet tall.

This shot was obviously taken before we put up the new exterior siding.  I wanted to show you how it looked after we cleaned up the front yard, but before we started landscaping – in the next blog.

  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: Whitmire, SC

Julie and Bruce V. of nearby Whitmire, SC, love color and aren’t afraid to show it in their wonderful, old historic home.  They recently purchased two pieces, a large 1890 Louis XV oak buffet for their dining room and a highly carved antique Brittany armoire for their master bedroom.  Let’s look at how Julie and Bruce skilfully combine fine antiques with more modern furniture to seamlessly create an interior design that reflects their unique taste.

Julie and Bruce create a warm, inviting dining area using both antique and modern pieces.  The fantastic, heavy oak Louis XV buffet that they purchased from EuroLux Antiques is beautifully framed by centering it on the wall.  Note how the red hue of the wall burnishes the warm brown finish of the oak.  Stunning!  It always amazes me what a key role color plays — be it in the finish of the antiques or the colors in a room — in setting a mood.  This dining area has a welcoming look that invites a person to stay awhile.  Also note how Julie and Bruce play off the style of the gorgeous crystal chandelier by incorporating candlesticks with crystal pendants.  Small touches like this reinforce the design scheme.  Well done!

In the master bedroom, Julie and Bruce found a place for this sensational, carved chestnut Brittany armoire.  I want to point out how beautifully the color and finish of the antique armoire match the modern bed posts.  This bedroom is an absolutely great example of how it’s possible to seamlessly incorporate fine antiques (the Brittany armoire dates to 1890) into a modern home with new, fine furniture.

Here’s a wider shot of the master bedroom so you can see more of the design scheme.  Obviously, Julie and Bruce love red, and they know how to use it to bring a warm “pop” to each room.  Note, too, how the mirrored front of the buffet reflects the light to beautiful effect.

This blog post could have been titled “red done right” because Julie and Bruce never overwhelm their decor with their favorite color.  They use it judiciously to create an appealing environment for themselves — and their 7 (or is it 8 by now, Julie?) children!  Yes, you can live the antiques lifestyle with small children.  Julie and Bruce’s family is living proof of it!

Many thanks to Julie and Bruce for “inviting” all of us into their home by sharing photos of their lovely interior.  One of the best things about this business is finding great homes for old treasures and then hearing from our clients how they are putting these beautiful antiques to use in their lives.

If you’d like to see your decor featured on our blog, just drop us an e-mail! We’d love to hear from you.

 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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2012 Holiday Gift Guide

We normally use this blog to share decorating tips and design inspiration to help you enjoy living with your antiques. But perhaps you’ll indulge us during this festive season to shamelessly self-promote for a moment.

During our Black Friday sale, which begins today and runs through Monday, November 26, we’re offering 20% off everything in our gallery, plus our usual free shipping!  Since many of our readers are only just getting to know us, we thought we’d share some holiday gift ideas from our own inventory. All of our antiques are one-of-a-kind, of course, and we also offer high-quality reproduction furniture and accessories that suit all tastes and budgets.

Here are some great ideas for all the people on your Nice (and Very Nice) List this year. Use code SHOPSMALL at checkout to receive your discount. Happy shopping!

For the Antique Furniture Lover

French Brittany Armoire/Bookcase/China Cabinet

This lovely cabinet dates to 1880. You might use it to display your heirloom china, books, or collectibles this holiday season.

French Art Deco Buffet/Server

Burled walnut veneers and a mirrored back add the “wow factor” to this lovely server, which dates to 1920. Picture it sitting in your dining area, wrapped with a big, red ribbon!

We have antique furniture choices to suit every taste and budget. Find them here.

For the Collector

Vintage French Art Deco Pink Tulip Chandelier

One of our favorites, this delicate chandelier features its original paint. It makes a lovely gift for your loved one.

Antique Goddess Figural Mantel Clock

As featured in our newsletter, this sensational mantel clock will make an impressive gift and a stunning display piece for any clock collector or bronze sculpture enthusiast.

Vintage Goddess & Unicorn Majolica Medallion

If you prefer your goddesses with unicorns (and who doesn’t, really?), this sensational medallion or plate will wow you. A thoughtful gift for any unicorn-lover on your list!

For the Eclectic Decorator

Who among us doesn’t have to cope with the issue of mixing inherited pieces of various vintages with items that reflect our own taste? The items featured here help bridge the gap between antique and modern decorating schemes.

Dale Tiffany Gold Plated Chandelier with Crystals

Traditional in form but modern and upscale in its gold plated finish, this high-quality reproduction chandelier is your ticket to fine living. Heirloom quality, this chandelier is the item your kids will fight over when you’re gone.

Polished Nickel Console Table with White Stone Top

Traditional French design gets an update in the shiny, polished nickel finish and white stone top. Makes a great gift for the young person who’s living with a bunch of hand-me-down ’70s furniture and could use something shiny to cheer up their decor.

For the Budget Conscious

We said we have something for every price point, and here’s the proof!

Vintage Seagers Gin Tray

Straight from Old Blighty comes this sensational old advertising tray. This would make an excellent host/hostess gift for your next holiday cocktail party! And it’s yours for a mere $41.60 after applying the Black Friday discount!

Vintage Transferware Blue Delft Plate

Seasonally appropriate and perfect for any skating enthusiast on your gift list, this lovely vintage plate also will please any collector of blue-and-white ware. You can get it for just $47.20 after the Black Friday discount.

Vintage Belgian Butterfly Beer Glasses

Another fantastic host/hostess gift, this pair of vintage beer glasses dates to 1950. Know any home brewers? They’ll be delighted to receive these! Only you will know you spent just $23.20 after the Black Friday discount.

For Small Spaces

If you long to live the antiques lifestyle but find yourself inhabiting a cramped urban loft, pied a terre, or cottage, you’ll be happy to know today’s exceptionally high-quality reproduction antiques are sized to fit your space perfectly.

Mirrored Accent Chest

Traditional styling meets modern sizing in this petite chest that measures just three feet wide by 32 inches high. The fun deco-inspired design and mirrored finish will add an antique touch to your small space.

French Versailles-Style 3-Drawer Chest

This sensational chest of drawers looks just like a real antique, but it’s actually a high-quality reproduction. Yes, that’s hand carving on the front! Best of all, this little chest measures a petite 32 inches wide by 35 inches high, so it will fit into your apartment, condo, or loft.

You’ll find 63 more small-scale items by searching “petite” at our website!

Thanks for shopping EuroLuxAntiques.com. We welcome your comments, questions, and phone calls!

 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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Vintage Life: Up with New Siding!

 

After we pulled down all of the original, dilapidated lap siding and repaired the termite damage to the front sill, we put up OSB all around the house.

The next step was to put up felt paper, which acts as a water barrier, and then hang the new primed HardiPlank lap siding.

 

And at long last, we finished the exterior siding project!  We think the house looks a million times better already.

 

 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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Light Your Home Beautifully: 3 Tips

Lighting can have a bigger impact on a room’s mood than even color or furniture. Those latter two attributes may give you a quick impression of a room’s decor — Victorian, mid-century modern, shabby cottage — but lighting can transform any design scheme from cool to warm literally with the flick of a switch.

Here are three tricks for creating mood with your home lighting.

When you choose a light fixture for your home, think not only about where you plan to locate it or the style of your decor but also about how the fixture will affect the way the light is displayed within the setting. For example, a large crystal chandelier makes a certain statement in its opulence, but it also tends to scatter bright light, which results in dazzling patterns dancing on the ceiling and walls. You can control the level of this effect by hooking your antique or vintage crystal chandelier up to a dimmer switch.

Stained glass wall sconces can create extraordinarily warm accent lighting, depending on the color of the glass. Enclosed sconces that mount flush against the wall tend to push light back against the wall, allowing only a small amount through the glass. This creates a cozy glow and sense of intimacy. Glitzy reproduction candle sconces, on the other hand, can cast a lot of light into a small area. These fixtures can help brighten large spaces.

Pendant fixtures come in an array of styles, and some of them act like sconces in that they push light toward the ceiling as well as directing light downward through the glass shade. These lights make great fixtures for entryways because they provide enough light to illuminate the darkness but also cast warm shadows onto the ceiling for a welcoming touch.

Of course, you always want to include a variety of light sources within your design scheme, including up lights that cast light up from the floor, floor and table lamps that illuminate their immediate surroundings, and chandeliers or flush-mount ceiling fixtures that cast light downward. By integrating each type of lighting into your design, you’ll be able to set any mood you desire.

 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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3 Updated Recipes for Your Thanksgiving

As the big day approaches, have you considered what you’re going to serve on Thanksgiving? We love the traditional trimmings, along with the turkey, but sometimes it’s nice to add a new dish into the rotation. Something that puts an interesting spin on the same-old, same-old. We rounded up a few fun dishes for your consideration this Thanksgiving.

Cranberry Royale Sorbet

Photo of cranberry sorbet in ice cream machine

Joy is a self-described Taiwanese-American girl living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After a recent cranberry-picking expedition, she made this beautiful recipe from the book Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home. If you’re tired of cranberry sauce or cranberry relish, this cranberry sorbet might add just the twist you’ve been looking for. As an added bonus, Joy’s blog includes not only the recipe for Cranberry Royale Sorbet but her own version of Oslo Ambrosia: a meringue topped with Cranberry Royale, which is in turn topped with raspberry preserves and coconut whipped cream. Cranberries as dessert! Who knew?

Sweet Potato Hummus

Photo of sweet potato hummus in white fluted cup

Some people love baked sweet potatoes (also called yams), while others enjoy the traditional sweet potato casserole, complete with syrupy sauce and marshmallow topping. Flickr user Kari Sullivan brings the humble sweet potato into the modern era with this recipe for yam-based hummus. What an interesting appetizer. We can see using leftover baked sweet potatoes for this and enjoying it as a snack on Black Friday.

Roasted Pears with Bleu Cheese

Photo of pear halves stuffed with bleu cheese and nuts on a baking sheet

Pumpkin pie? Sure. Pecan pie? Definitely! But if you’re craving a new dessert this Thanksgiving, check out Roasted Pears with Bleu Cheese. From one of the Barefoot Contessa’s cookbooks, this recipe gets a bit of a spin from Adam Roberts at his blog, The Amateur Gourmet. Simultaneously sweet and savory, these roasted pears cover the dessert and cheese courses all in one!

Serving for a Crowd

After you’ve decided on your delicious menu for Thanksgiving, you may be faced with the time-honored conundrum of how to serve them all. We’ve got you covered. An antique or vintage buffet, server or console table like the one pictured adds extra space and a beautiful design touch to your interior.

We’re looking forward to the company of family this holiday, coupled with great food. What delectable dishes do you plan to serve this year?

 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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Vintage Life: Uh-oh, Termites!

 

Although we thought we were finished with the demolition phase of our 1920s bungalow renovation, we realized we weren’t quite done.  The original wood lap siding was in terrible condition, so we decided that had to go too.

We had quite a few people slamming on their brakes while driving past our little bungalow.  It’s not often you can see straight through a house.

Of course, we’ve also learned to expect the unexpected.  (Wait – wasn’t the replacing of the siding unexpected in the first place?  Yep, is the answer to that.)  So we weren’t surprised to find that the front sill had significant termite damage.

Yikes – those termites had been munching out for quite awhile!  Unfortunately we forgot to take the after photos – I think we were too tired from jacking up the supports, cutting out the bad parts, and replacing it with a nice, new sill.  

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Vintage Life: To Side or Not to Side

 

When we purchased our 1920s bungalow, we knew we had a ton of work to do:  demolition, moving walls, rewiring, replumbing, et cetera.  However, the original wood lap siding looked like it was in pretty good shape.

We knew we had areas that would need some repair and patching.

And of course the whole house would have to be scraped and repainted, especially because of the ivy jungle on one side.  This is a reason NOT to let ivy grow on your house.

However, once we had finished all of the demolition and pulled down the walls inside the house, we realized that pretty much all of the siding was in very poor shape.  It would be more labor intensive to patch it than to just pull it all down and start again.  That seems to be a common answer to unexpected problems in our renovation process.

We decided to go with HardiPlank lap siding rather than regular wood siding as it doesn’t rot, doesn’t burn, and supposedly paint adheres to it very well, reducing the required maintenance.  Although you can order it already painted, we didn’t really care for any of the stock colors.  So here is our giant pile of HardiPlank siding in yellow primer waiting for us to get started – in the next blog post.

 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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