Monthly Archives: April 2013

Best of April 2013: Antique Furniture at Home, Color Accents & More

In our April blog posts, we enjoyed seeing the many beautiful ways our clients use and display antique furniture they’ve found at EuroLuxAntiques.com. We also took design inspiration from clever accent colors, the humble bowl, and London hotels. Let’s revisit some of our favorite April posts.

Antique French Hunting Chairs & Thrones, vintage Spanish Renaissance table, Art Deco buffet from EuroLuxAntiques.comWe loved how Robert and Liz feature antique furniture in their decor throughout their lovely house in Johnson City, Tennessee. We especially loved seeing the antique French Hunting chairs, Art Deco buffet and Spanish Renaissance table they’d purchased from us. The fine antique furniture looks so very happily at home in their dining room!

EuroLuxAntiques Vintage Clock-001Interior designer Paul Corrie of Paul Corrie Interiors made splendid use of this gorgeous vintage Louis XV Rococo style shelf clock. He featured it in his striking design for the entry and lobby spaces of The Dresden in Washington, DC.

The Dresden is one of the fanciest condominium addresses in the capital. As you can see from the room photos in the vintage clock article, this 1950s Hermle beauty fits right in!

 

 

The London Ritz Hotel interiors are designed with a Louis XVI theme, and it's opulence all the way!We took a quick trip around some Historic Hotels of London to discover why these hotels are so legendary. It all becomes clear when you see the fantastic old buildings decorated with gorgeous vintage or reproduction antique furniture. I also shared some tidbits about the famous people who’ve stayed at these hotels.

TiffanyGlassBowl2We were bowled over to hear about the antique bowl that sold for more than $2.2 million in a New York auction. The family selling the bowl had displayed it in their living room. They had no idea of the true value! This inspired my post about pretty and practical ways to use bowls in your decor.

In another post, we looked at how to enhance your neutral decor with a pop of vintage color.

The Love Letter by Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta, 1841-1920

The Love Letter by Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta, 1841-1920

As I call this blog ‘Letters from EuroLux,’ I also explored the Vintage Art of Writing Letters. Old-fashioned? Moi? Well, we sell most of our fine antique furniture via our EuroLuxAntiques.com website, and I live on email, talking with customers and answering their questions. But it does us all good to slow down sometimes! A personal letter is sure to put a smile on someone’s face.

Don’t worry, I won’t return to snail mail to answer your questions. We pride ourselves on our prompt customer service!

Thanks for sharing April with me. We’ve got lots more to say in May about home decor, antique furniture, and living it up, vintage style!

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!

Client Spotlight: Johnson City, TN

Antique French furniture in the Hunting style is one of our specialties here at EuroLuxAntiques.com. So when a customer buys several antique French Hunting chairs and thrones – plus an Art Deco buffet and a Spanish Renaissance table – it’s lovely to see how they incorporate these treasures into their home. When we made a personal delivery to Robert and Liz in Johnson City, Tennessee, we had the chance to do just that!

Client Spotlight: Johnson City TN by EuroLuxAntiques.comRobert and Liz live in a wonderful historic home in Johnson City that was on the city’s tour of homes last year. They have quite a few antiques in their home, but it’s a beautiful house from the outside too. I could relax on that shady veranda all day!
Antique French Hunting Chairs & Thrones, vintage Spanish Renaissance table, Art Deco buffet from EuroLuxAntiques.com
They purchased from us a 1950s Spanish Renaissance table in oak, a set of six oak antique French Hunting chairs (circa. 1890) and a pair of French Hunting Thrones, also in oak, dating to 1880. The whole dining room looks magnificent. Robert and Liz also bought a pretty 1920s German Art Deco buffet.

 

French Hunting thrones at the head of the table - what a great dining room! EuroLuxAntiques.comHere’s another photo of one of the larger French Hunting thrones. The two thrones are placed at the head of the table to seat the host and hostess, or perhaps the thrones are reserved for the guests of honor?

The smaller antique French Hunting chairs line the sides of the table. This shot really shows the amazing carving on the stately thrones, complete with barley twists.

 

Art Deco buffet completes the dining room from EuroLuxAntiques.comThe 1920s German Art Deco buffet is also crafted from oak. As you can see, there is plenty of space to store all their china, silver, and table linens for when guests come to dine. I love how well the Art Deco buffet blends with the older antique French Hunting style furniture.

 

A piano is a finishing touch to the traditional decor in this very comfortable and welcoming home. EuroLuxAntiques.comA piano is a finishing touch to the traditional decor in this very comfortable and welcoming home. I can just picture everyone gathering around the piano for some after-dinner entertainment, or even a traditional sing-along.

 

 

 

Vintage Chevrolet - red for maximum va-va-voom! EuroLuxAntiques.comRobert and Liz also have an awesome old early 1950s Chevrolet parked out back that we greatly admired! They were such very nice folks and we enjoyed spending time chatting with them.

We mostly use professional companies that specialize in moving antique furniture to deliver EuroLux Antiques purchases to our customers, but sometimes Greg and I take time out of the gallery to hit the road and deliver antiques ourselves. I’m so glad we did this one personally. It was wonderful to meet Robert and Liz and to see their delightful home!

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!

The Vintage Art of Writing Letters

The Love Letter by Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta, 1841-1920

The Love Letter by Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta, 1841-1920

It may seem old-fashioned to write a proper snail mail letter in these days of text messages, emails, and social media. But it’s that old-fashioned quality – the novelty of it! – that makes it special to receive a real letter. It puts a smile on someone’s face. As Phyllis Theroux said: “To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.”

We call this blog Letters from EuroLux because it feels like we’re penning a note directly to you, our friends interested in traditional and antique furnishings and lifestyle, home decor, and design. Some people call letter writing a lost art… we prefer to call it a vintage art!

Vintage Art of Writing LettersEven if there’s no specific reason to write to someone, like a thank you letter, you can always write to people you haven’t been in touch with lately, just to tell them your news. Or send a note of appreciation to someone who had an influence on you – a mentor or teacher, perhaps. Or send a letter to a family member or friend, even if you’re frequently in touch. They’re bound to be delighted. It’s a great way to slow down and reflect on what a person means to us, and to tell them things we wouldn’t always say in the rush of an email.

Vintage French Oak Secretary Desk from EuroLuxAntiques.comLetter writing is even more of a pleasure when you have a nice pen, some attractive notepaper, and a beautiful writing desk! We love the customized stationery at Iomoi, in classic designs with a contemporary edge. (Or “tradition with a wink” as they describe it.) We also love this vintage 1950 French Oak Secretary Desk at EuroLuxAntiques.com, with beautiful carving and a fab Fleur de Lis motif. The desk has plenty of drawers, shelves, and a cubby hole to tuck away your writing gear and the letters you’ve received yourself!

Antique French Gothic Desk with Keyboard Tray from EuroLuxAntiques.comThe vintage art of writing letters meets the 21st century! If you prefer to write your letters by computer, rather than by hand, and print them out to sign and mail, the recipient will be just as pleased. This heavily carved antique French Gothic solid oak desk dating to 1850 has been updated with the addition of a pull-out keyboard tray. So you can have the traditional feel of an authentic antique desk (standing over 6 feet high – whew, that’s big enough for all your home office bits and pieces!) and all the benefits of modern communications.

Letters of the Century: America 1900-1999. Get inspiration for your letters from Mark Twain and Charlie Chaplain
For inspiration, check out the book Letters of the Century: America 1900-1999. The book features letters written by ordinary folk capturing moments in history, and letters by famous people including Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, and Charlie Chaplain.

 

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

 

Historic Hotels of London

We know many EuroLuxAntiques.com customers enjoy travel to Europe, so today’s blog post is about some of the most famous historic hotels of London, England. It might inspire your home decor too. Those Brits sure know how to live the antiques lifestyle!

Even if you don’t stay in any of these hotels, drop in for cocktails or dinner to soak up the atmosphere. Or get a taste of British heritage with a scrumptious afternoon tea. These three historic London hotels are within a few minutes walk of each other.

The Ritz

The London Ritz is built in French chateau-style, a great place to take afternoon tea! The French chateau-style architecture of The London Ritz is a sight to behold! Cesar Ritz opened the hotel in 1906, although this Piccadilly site was a stop for travelers seeking hospitality right back to days when a coaching inn stood here. The interiors are designed with a Louis XVI theme. It’s opulence all the way! The restaurant is so festooned with chandeliers that The Ritz had to reinforce the ceiling to bear the weight.

 

The London Ritz Hotel interiors are designed with a Louis XVI theme, and it's opulence all the way! When Charlie Chaplin visited The Ritz in 1921, he needed 40 British Bobbies (police officers to you and me) to escort him past the fans crowding the hotel. Churchill, de Gaulle and Eisenhower held World War II summit meetings in one of The Ritz private dining suites. In the 1950s, Tallulah Bankhead sent gossip columnists wild by sipping French Champagne from her slipper during a press conference at the Ritz.

If you visit, take afternoon tea in The Palm Court. (Make a reservation.) It’s a legendary and lavish treat. The Palm Court is a great place to watch swanky Londoners “Putting on the Ritz.”

The Dorchester Hotel

How's that for topiary? Outside London's Dorchester HotelHow’s that for topiary? Giddy up little polo pony! He looks pretty happy outside The Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane, one of the most glamorous spots in the posh Mayfair area. The hotel opened in 1931, and in its early years the famous Foyles Literary Luncheons met here. Ernest Hemingway wrote here too. Elizabeth Taylor frequently took a suite with her various husbands, and other VIP visitors include Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross. Prince Philip also celebrated his stag night here on the eve of his marriage to Queen Elizabeth. I guess if it’s good enough for a royal…

But the most important piece of history ever made here was during the Second World War. General Eisenhower set up his HQ at The Dorchester to plan the Normandy invasion.

The Lanesborough Hotel

The Lanesborough, one of the historic hotels of LondonThis 1828 building on Hyde Park Corner was once St George’s Hospital. The hospital was located here so patients could get plenty of fresh air. Hmm, that was back in the day when Knightsbridge was considered the countryside! The building was restored in the 1990s as the prestigious Lanesborough Hotel. You can peek into Buckingham Palace gardens from some rooms, and the hotel stands opposite Apsley House, the Duke of Wellington’s former home, also known as “Number One, London.” That’s an easy address to remember.

London's Lanesborough Hotel was restored to evoke 1820's EnglandThe historic hotel is packed with hand-crafted reproduction furnishings copied from original 1820s furniture, chandeliers, and textiles. (The Royal Fine Arts Commission, the Georgian Society, the Victorian Society, and English Heritage supervised the renovation to make sure they got all the details right.) Each guest at The Lanesborough Hotel gets their own personal butler. How very Downton Abbey! If you stay in the Royal Suite, you get a chauffeur too, to drive you around in a Rolls Royce. (Tip: It’s cheaper to take the Tube!)

There are so many more historic hotels of London I’d love to share with you. They will have to wait for another post. Meanwhile, tell us any of your favorite London haunts in the comments below.

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!

Vintage Color Accents in Neutral Rooms

A room decorated in neutral colors is always so relaxing. Earthy natural tones tend to be warm and welcoming, while gray or white often create a sophisticated atmosphere. But a pop of color from antique or vintage furnishings or accessories can enhance the neutral decor even more. The color accent also provides a focal point for the space. Check out these vintage color accents for inspiration!

Our customer Anuradha V. created a very moody vignette with a 1920s green enamel pitcher from EuroLuxAntiques.com Our customer Anuradha V. created a very moody vignette with a 1920s green enamel pitcher from EuroLuxAntiques.com in her home in India. The antique enamelware lends an authentic and subtle dash of color to this beautifully simple and restful space.

The entire image almost looks like a painting from a Dutch master, doesn’t it? I can imagine seeing this in a museum!

 

Red upholstery and drapes in the antique furnishings at Wimpole Estate mansion in England give it an opulent feel.On a grander scale, the colors in this reception room in the Wimpole Estate mansion in England are actually quite plain, once you look past the stately home’s imposing size and columns!  The main decor is white and the floor is natural wood. But the rich splash of red gives it an opulent feel. The glow of the swagged red drapes draw you into the room and the red upholstered antique chairs invite you to pause a while. Queen Victoria certainly paused a while. She stayed at Wimpole Hall for two nights back in 1843.

Vintage color accents in Frank Lloyd Wright's Rosenbaum House in Florence, AlabamaThis room in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Rosenbaum House in Florence, Alabama, also relies on furnishings for color accents. The fabulous spark of blue in the vintage chairs just leaps out from the rustic brick wall and wood paneling.

I’d call that a Capri blue… What do you think?

Blue and white ceramics in this simple white decor... fresh! It’s easy to inject color into a room with a collection of colorful vintage or antique pottery. I like the freshness of the blue and white ceramics in this elegant white setting. The display of bowls and vases at different levels also creates visual interest.

I always enjoy selecting classic blue and white Delft antique pottery for EuroLuxAntiques.com because it’s so pretty to look at, and it brings a timeless note of color into both contemporary and traditional decor.

Antique Blue Delft garniture clock set blue looks superb against the neutral backdrop of stone and woodOur customer Julie F. in Marquette, Michigan showed off her 1890 blue Delft garniture clock in fine style! She displayed it against a stone fireplace, as you can see in our earlier client spotlight.

The delicate blue looks superb against the neutral backdrop of stone and wood.

If you’ve used vintage or antique furnishings and accessories to add a pop of color in a neutrally decorated room, we’d love to feature it on this blog.
Send us photos of your vintage color accents!

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!

Client Spotlight: Vintage Clock Makes Prestigious DC Building Tick

We were thrilled when the acclaimed Washington, DC interior designer Paul Corrie of Paul Corrie Interiors bought a beautiful vintage Louis XV Rococo style shelf clock from EuroLuxAntiques.com. We were even more thrilled when Paul featured it in his fabulous design for the entry and lobby spaces of The Dresden, one of Washington’s most prestigious condominium addresses.

This beautiful vintage Louis XV Rococo style clock from EuroLuxAntiques.com now lives in The Dresden, one of Washington DC's most prestigious condo addressesThis is the piece Paul chose from our selection of vintage clocks. You can see how ornate it is. The tortoiseshell and brass-colored metal case is decorated with sweet little birds and a woman’s face, and and even the pendulum boasts a gorgeous starburst design.

The clock dates to the 1950s and as the movement is by the famous German manufacturer Hermle, it still works as good as new. It sounds a pretty double strike too, to help everyone at The Dresden keep their appointments on time!

 

Paul Corrie interior with EuroLuxAntiques.com vintage clockFast forward and here’s the room Paul designed with the clock – you can see it to the left of the fireplace. I love how this classic and simple space is made so striking (forgive my pun) by the vintage clock and also the fireplace screen. Just a few special details add a sense of luxury. The tile work is lovely too, and Paul creates yet more visual interest by setting the mirror to one side above the fireplace, breaking up the symmetry. He’s got a great eye!

The Dresden by Paul Corrie Interiors, although you can't see the EuroLuxAntiques.com vintage clock from this angle. The layering of cool, neutral tones gives the room an air of elegant distinction, increasing the sense of space and lightHere’s another shot of the same room at The Dresden, although you can’t see the vintage clock from this angle. The layering of cool, neutral tones gives the room an air of elegant distinction, increasing the sense of space and light. The Toile de Jouy fabric on the armchair is delightful, adding a dash of pattern in the otherwise solid and plain colored upholstery. It draws the eye, without making the room too busy.

 

Isn't this an inviting space by Paul Corrie Interiors? His name often crops up in interior design magazines including Traditional Home, Metropolitan Home, and Home & DesignIsn’t this an inviting space? Paul makes the setting welcoming with the plumped-up cushions, vases of flowers, and a casual pile of books just waiting for someone to leaf through them. I can picture myself curling up here with a magazine and a cup of tea! I’d probably find myself reading about Paul Corrie, as his name often crops up in interior design magazines including Traditional Home, Metropolitan Home, and Home & Design.

Although Paul tends towards more contemporary design, he’s also influenced by the classic and very gracious homes in the nation’s capital. He’s been quoted as saying “I always like to pull in simple, timeless furnishings with clean lines” and we can see that in these photos. Who wouldn’t feel at home in these spaces he creates? Paul has recently been selected as the designer for the new DC Center for the LGBT community – yet another feather to add to his cap. Home & Design Magazine called Paul “a rising star” back in 2008, and it looks like his star has well and truly risen!

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

Things We Love Right Now – April 2013

A home decor tip for those beautiful magnolias! Here in South Carolina, spring has sprung! The Japanese magnolias and Bradford pear trees are full of blooms and the dogwoods and azealas will pop soon too. If you have any kind of magnolia growing in your garden, one single bloom (like this one!) can decorate a home beautifully. Set it to float in an attractive bowl filled with water and place it as a centerpiece on the dining table. Your guests are sure to be enchanted. This would work with other large flowers or blossoms too.

We’re all enjoying the beautiful spring weather and looking forward to getting outdoors more!

John and Kathy EuroLuxAntiquesJohn and Kathy are excited about some of their discoveries in their genealogical searches. They’ve taken advantage of the sunny days to explore cemeteries around Spartanburg and Pacolet where Kathy has found quite a few of her ancestors buried. She recently learned that her grandmother’s great-great-grandfather and her grandfather’s great-great-great-grandfather are one and the same person! (Apparently some first cousins got married back around the 1700s!)

A vintage beer stein makes any drink taste cool! Both Therese and Greg are super-excited that the major league baseball season has just begun! Therese says that baseball is the best sport ever and she’ll be cheering on the Braves. Greg is very excited about his fantasy league baseball team. Last year he had a lot of injuries on his team but he’s got a new roster for the 2013 season. He has high hopes for two young players: Oscar Taveras, an outfielder with the St. Louis Cardinals, and Salvador Perez, a catcher with the Kansas City Royals.

Greg is really getting into his sports manager role, and he likes the idea of quaffing from this handsome vintage beer stein while cheering his team to triumph. I guess he could drown his sorrows with it too, if the season doesn’t go as well as he hopes!

EuroLuxAntiques FamilyI am looking forward to taking a trip with my mom to Hobe Sound, Florida, to visit my nieces and my best friend from college. My nieces are 10 and 11 this year – aren’t they adorable? I’m a proud aunt! We’ve booked a cabin in a state park and will go horseback riding, boating, and to the beach – the weather should be awesome. Of course, that means pulling out all my summer leisure gear. If your garage is packed to the rafters with sports and leisure equipment, these professional organizer tips on 7 steps to organize your garage might help!

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

The $2.2 Million Bowl…and Vintage Bowls For The Rest of Us

I was bowled over when I heard about the antique ceramic bowl that sold for more than $2.2 million in a New York auction. The sellers were regular folks who bought the simple white bowl for a few dollars in 2007, just because they liked it. They’ve displayed it in their family living room ever since. I bet it was a surprise when they learned it was 1,000-year-old antique pottery from the Northern Song dynasty in China!

That got me thinking about how antique and vintage bowls are such great accents to include in your decor. Aside from their decorative value, they are useful too. (None of these vintage bowls at EuroLuxAntiques.com cost $2.2 million!)

Vintage French crystal bowl for fruit, candy, potpourri...This vintage French leaded crystal bowl is made to hold fruit or candy, but it would also look sweet filled with potpourri or dried or silk flowers. Or how about shells, sea glass and other beachcombing finds?

 

 

Keep your favorite jewelry in a vintage Capodimonte bowl

 

A lidded vintage bowl like this Italian Capodimonte dish is perfect for keeping your favorite jewelry safe and easy to find. The cheerful posy of flowers on the lid makes it such a pretty decoration for any dressing table. (Hmm… Mother’s Day is coming. Maybe Mom would like this in addition to the real bouquet of flowers you’ll give her!)

 

Spring is in the air: vintage French pewter bowl with flowers and butterflyA shallow vintage bowl like this French pewter one is a lovely way to display items of sentimental value. Such as the matchbooks you’ve picked up on your world travels, the feather found on a mountain hike, or the champagne cork you popped when your grandchild was born. And talk about a conversation starter when guests come round!

Love the vibrant colors in this Dale Tiffany hand-blown art glass bowl Of course, some bowls are too beautiful to fill – they are statement pieces on their own. We love the Dale Tiffany line that we added to our product list this year, including these hand-blown art glass bowls. They are high-quality reproductions that Greg and I selected individually, and I wish you could see just how stunning they are in real life. A photo can’t quite do justice to their luxurious color and sheen.

Dale Tiffany hand-blown art glass bowl - what a stunner! $87 at EuroLuxAntiques.comThey add a great pop of color to any room. When you own a highly decorative bowl like these, I suggest letting it stand alone as a focal object. Display it on its own shelf or surface, as too many other pieces nearby can distract the eye.

Do you have any interesting ways you display or use your vintage and antique bowls? Tell us about it!

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

Bookshelf: French Accents, Artful Decor, Heirloom Style

I always enjoy seeing how creative our customers are in combining antique and vintage furnishings into their artful decor, whether they live in a cottage, a townhouse, or an urban apartment. Everyone adds their own personal touch, often mingling different eras and styles. When you bring together pieces you love, no matter how eclectic your tastes, the love will always shine through. These new books are packed with inspiration to create a welcoming home that is utterly unique to your vision.

French Accents: At Home with Parisian Objects and Details

We're definitely at home with Parisian objects at EuroLuxAntiques.com!Oh yes, we’re definitely at home with Parisian objects at EuroLuxAntiques.com! Author and stylist Erin Swift illustrates ways to add a dash of French charm and sophistication to your home, and I’m delighted that she mentions the popularity of antique furnishings in French interior design, even for hip youngsters and for homes with a more contemporary focus. As Swift writes: “Antiques aren’t just for amateur historians, and art isn’t just for collectors.” We’ve seen this eclectic approach on our antiques buying trips in Europe, and maybe that’s why French style enjoys a reputation for a certain “je ne sais quoi.” Parisians have the design confidence to select the artful decor objects they love, combining styles and eras, and present their vision with a “voilà!” Our American customers enjoy that confident flair of individuality too, as you can see in our client spotlights.

Artful Decoration

This new book explores how to combine classic looks with whimsical details to create that extra oomph of originality in your homeAndrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman explore how to combine classic looks with whimsical details to create that extra oomph of originality in your home. I notice that many rooms photographed for the book feature stunning lighting features, from ornate chandeliers to eye-catching lamps. We’re certainly fans of fabulous lighting and we always snap up our favorite chandeliers for EuroLuxAntiques.com, from Gothic to Rococo to Renaissance Revival to just “we thought this vintage piece was gorgeous, however you want to label it.” Lighting sets the mood for any room, as I mentioned in my three tips to light a home beautifully.

Heirloom Modern: Homes filled with objects bought, bequeathed, beloved, and worth handing down

We're passionate about heirloom pieces too! This book shows how antique furnishings look great in any style of homeAuthor Hollister Hovey and her photographer sister Porter are clearly our soul mates in their passion for heirloom pieces and artful decor. They show how antique and vintage furniture and accents can be beautifully integrated into any style of home, to create a sense of history and reflect the unique personality of the home-owner. With so many different people’s decor photographed for the book, I wonder if any of our customers are featured in it? I’ll have to study all the photos and see if I can spot a treasure from EuroLuxAntiques.com!

 

 

 

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

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New Container of Antique Furniture Just Arrived!

Although today is April 1st, it’s no joke that we just had an antique explosion at the EuroLux Antiques Gallery!EuroLuxGallery

Our latest container, filled to the brim with antique furniture, antique chairs, and vintage lighting, just arrived from France recently and I thought you might enjoy seeing photos of the EuroLux family unloading it!

 

Our 40 foot container was scheFrank,-James,-Greg,-Thereseduled to arrive at 8 am, but the trucker was already pulling into Newberry, SC when he called me at 7:15 am! We helped him back up to our back door and the hard work began.

Frank, on the ramp, is our Jack-of-All-Trades at EuroLux, and has been part of the family for the past 10 years. We sure appreciate him, as he has helped us unload every single container since we started our business. He brought along James and his grandson, Germaine, to help out.

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Therese-with-chairGreg usually stays in the container and helps Frank carefully pull out each piece of antique furniture, while Therese and I carry in antique chairs.

230chairs!

 

 

It normally takes us about five hours to unload a container full of antique furniture, but we hit a new record of two hours flat this time. Team score!

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More than 230 antique chairs just arrived on this container, so we will have some great sets of antique dining chairs soon. Kathy worked on unwrapping the chairs, while Frank and Germaine worked on unwrapping all of the pieces of antique furniture.

 

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Many folks don’t realize that French antique furniture normally comes apart in pieces, so that it is easier to transport and carry into your home. After a container lands, we have a giant game of memory matching up all of the tops with the bottoms and middles!

After everything was unpacked, Therese organized the chairs into sets so that we could put them away into our chair racks. Then we all went out for salad and pizza buffet to celebrate another job well done.

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AimeeAvatarAimee 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!