Monthly Archives: July 2013

Best of July 2013: High Style for High Summer

We’ve explored high style for high summer in many of our July blog posts. Topics included the glitzy design of a French palace, traditional royal nursery decor, and a star-studded antique armoire in our gallery. But high style comes in many guises, so let’s revisit some of our favorite July posts.

High Style with a 1710 Louis XIV armoire owned by late movie critic Gene Siskel. On consignment at EUROLUXANTIQUES.COMI was thrilled to write the story behind this month’s Star Buy Louis XIV Armoire. Dating to 1710, the wonderful antique Louis XIV armoire currently on consignment in our gallery was owned by the late movie critic, Gene Siskel. He bought it at the Biennale de Paris art festival. The walnut armoire or closet is beautifully decorated with a star design in relief on each of the two doors. As the armoire was crafted in France 300 years ago during the reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV, I started thinking about Louis XIV’s great legacy: The Palace of Versailles. The palace is on on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and visitors from all over the world still flock to see it. Greg and I went too! The interiors are jaw-dropping, as you see in my post on Palace of Versailles historic interiors.

1900 Mechelen Buffet Stained Glass DoorThe French don’t have a monopoly on high style, although Mechelen style antique furniture was influenced by the French Hunting style. Mechelen furniture hails from the Belgian city of Mechelen and it is heavily-carved with exotic details like lions’ heads. I explained the history and how to recognize these lovely antiques in my post What is Mechelen Style Antique Furniture? I also looked at traditional and comforting farmhouse decor, which appeals to city-dwellers as much as it does to those who live in the country. The farmhouse look often relies on a few simple details, as described in my tips on how to create farmhouse style.

The world’s media was all abuzz over the arrival of Princess Kate and Prince William’s first baby. Every baby is a prince or princess, even if it’s not heir to a throne and I gave ideas on designing a traditional style nursery. I was inspired by interior designers’ pictures of how the new royal nursery might look.

High style upcycled chandelier crafted with 360 vintage silverplate spoons. EuroLuxAntiques.comUpcycled chandeliers were the topic of one of our client spotlights this month. We helped the new Tupelo Honey Cafe that recently opened Greenville, SC, by providing an upcycled chandelier to add to the restaurant’s smart contemporary decor. The chandelier really is high style in more ways than one – you have to look up to see it! The upcycled chandeliers in our gallery illustrate the upcycling trend perfectly. Upcycling is a creative way of taking vintage items to refashion them into something completely different. For example, the spoondelier in this picture was custom-made by an artist using 360 vintage silverplate spoons.

Antique chairs get a new sense of high style after reupholstery. EuroLuxAntiques.comOn a similar note, we enjoyed hearing about this antique chair upholstery makeover by our client Susan. She gave new life to a set of twelve oak Renaissance style chairs she purchased from us. Our descriptions of the antique chairs at EuroLuxAntiques.com always mention if the upholstery needs replacing, and those chairs offer great value for money. They also offer the opportunity to add your own high style stamp by choosing your own upholstery fabric and colors.

I hope as we head into the high summer month of August, you’re enjoying high style in your own home, however that looks to 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 you can sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

What is Mechelen Style Antique Furniture?

Mechelen style antique furniture is very distinctive and exotic. It is heavily hand-carved with foliage and typically a pride of roaring lion heads too! People who know the Mechelen look often fall in love with it, but many Americans are not that familiar with this Flemish furniture style.

Mechelen Style Antique Furniture - this buffet dates to 1900This wonderful antique buffet currently in our gallery is an excellent example of the Mechelen style. It dates to 1900 and is superbly carved with winged lions on the side. Lions’ heads on the cabinets are embellished with metal rings and the craftsmen added carved figures and faces of people, as an extra decorative touch. Mechelen style antique furniture typically features dark woods, like the rich oak in this sideboard or sometimes walnut. You’ll often see stained glass as well. The original stained glass in the doors on this buffet features a striking floral design.

So how did the Mechelen style develop? In the early 16th century, Mechelen in Belgium was the capital of the Low Countries. We know these countries today as the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Mechelen enjoyed prosperity and power thanks to its cloth trade. But in 1572 the city was sacked and burned during the Eighty Years’ War. Brussels, about 15 miles away, became the new capital.

You’d think that would be the end of Mechelen, yet the city rose from the ashes and grew famous for its furniture. Furniture crafted in Mechelen at the end of the 16th century was heavily carved as a Belgian take on the Hunting Style popular in France to decorate hunting lodges and castles for royalty and aristocrats.

1920 Oak Dining Table is typical of Mechelen style antique furnitureUsing imagery from the natural world and the hunt, Mechelen style antique furniture is lavishly adorned with stylized leaves, berries and fruit, and often boasts handsomely carved lion heads, as you can see in these pictures. This Mechelen oak dining table from 1920 boasts lions on each corner, and foliage and flowers on the apron and legs. The 5-leg table has a center pedestal that eliminates the need for stretchers, so your guests have more room to stretch their own legs!

Petite Oak Buffet is a fine example of Mechelen style antique furnitureIn the 19th century, the Dutch-speaking city of Mechelen played an important role as a hub in the new-fangled European railway network. Mechelen’s beautifully crafted and ornate furniture became even more popular as it was easy to send it by rail to customers far and wide! This petite antique oak buffet is from that era, dating to 1900 and carved with leaves, flowers, and acorns or nuts, as well as the traditional lions’ heads.1900 Mechelen Buffet Stained Glass Door
The pretty floral stained glass on the upper door is original and it’s quite amazing to think that this glass has survived over a century! Although Mechelen style antique furniture is always sturdy, this sideboard is unusual in its trim size. At just over 3 feet wide it is nicely proportioned to fit a modern home if you don’t have a hunting lodge or chateau at your disposal!

I’d love to hear what you think about this look. Is it new to you or are you a fan already? Ask me any questions about Mechelen style antique furniture in the comment box 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 you can sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

Palace of Versailles Historic Interiors

I blogged earlier this month about a Louis XIV armoire formerly owned by late movie critic Gene Siskel. The walnut armoire dates to 1710 and is currently for sale in our gallery. That got me thinking about Louis XIV who was on the throne of France at the time this antique armoire was crafted. One of the greatest achievements of Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, is the fabulous Château de Versailles or Palace of Versailles in France.

Greg and I loved our trip to the Palace of Versailles and fondly remember promenading through the Hall of Mirrors.

Palace of Versailles Hall of Mirrors

You can see why it’s called the Hall of Mirrors! The Château was originally a hunting lodge for King Louis XIII. But it was his son, Louis XIV who expanded it and transformed it into a beautiful palace. He moved the entire court and government from Paris to Versailles in 1682, and the Hall of Mirrors was the place where Louis XIV impressed guests with his opulent display of royal power and wealth.
Marie Antionette Gilded Study Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles remained the center of political power until the French Revolution in 1789, during the reign of Louis XIV’s descendent King Louis XVI and his wife Queen Marie Antoinette. This is the Gilded Study or Le Cabinet Doré. It’s the private chamber where Marie Antoinette played music and relaxed with her children and friends. The room was decorated this way in 1783, and contains items owned by Marie Antoinette including a Sevres vase and a Riesener chest of drawers.

 

 

The Palace of VersaiPalace of Versailles Queen's Chamberlles is a visual feast, as you can tell by this picture of the Queen’s Chamber. It’s a perfect example of the Palace’s lavish design. Just imagine: all the ornate embroidery on those tapestries and canopy would have been stitched by hand. With the golden textiles and gilding shimmering all over the room, you wonder how anyone could sleep in there at all! Those guys didn’t believe in understatement, did they?

We know many of our customers are keen travelers to Europe, so if you’re heading to France this year, the Palace of Versailles is well worth a visit, just a short hop southwest of Paris.

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 you can sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

Client Spotlight: Antique Chair Upholstery Makeover in Illinois

We often find vintage or antique chairs on our buying trips that are perfectly gorgeous, but the upholstered seat is showing its age! The seat caning needs to be fixed or the upholstery needs to be replaced. If the chair frame is beautiful quality and in good shape, then we go ahead and buy the chair anyway. We know someone will love to get their hands on it as we often work with customers and interior designers who just know their own taste. They look past the old upholstery or broken caning, and can see that an upholstery makeover will give the antique chair frames a whole new life.

Antique Chair with Lion Carvings and HandlesHere’s a case in point! Our client Susan D. in Metamora, IL purchased a set of twelve Renaissance style chairs from us. The Belgian chairs date to 1900 and feature regal lion carvings and metal handles. The sturdy oak frames were in superb condition, but seven of the twelve chairs needed to be reupholstered. As you can see from the photos, they turned out wonderfully! Susan did a terrific job in having these dining chairs reupholstered to suit her taste. The rich red looks gloriously opulent against the dark oak wood.

 

Set of 12 Antique Chairs in the Renaissance Style. EuroLuxAntiques.com

Antique Chair 1900 Belgium Renaissance StyleAntique chairs after reupholstery. EuroLuxAntiques.com
By the way, the color red is often recommended for dining rooms, as it is meant to stimulate the appetite – as well as conversation! (For more red inspirations, see our spotlight on Julie and Bruce in Whitmire, SC, who enjoy decorating with red including in the dining room.)

Vintage Hubert Bequet Chandelier. EuroLuxAntiques.comSusan just purchased this lovely vintage chandelier to hang over the dining table and match the red in the chairs. The Belgian chandelier by Hubert Bequet dates to 1950 and I think we can all see that the deep burgundy red of the ceramic body will look fabulous in Susan’s dining room!

Although most of the antique chairs at EuroLuxAntiques.com are in good shape on the upholstery and caning, we almost always have a few that would welcome some TLC. It’s just a fact of life that upholstery wears out when you’re dealing with very old, original antique chairs. But they offer great value for money and give you the chance to add your own style stamp. You can upholster all the chairs the same way, or get creative and design smaller sets: Two sets of six or three sets of four.

If you don’t want to find a specialist to reupholster your chairs, this HGTV DIY tutorial shows How to Re-Cover a Dining Room Chair and Better Homes and Gardens has a Chair Upholstery Step-By-Step Guide.

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!

Designing A Royal Nursery

I’ve enjoyed seeing some of the ideas flying around for the new ‘Royal Nursery’ decor. England’s Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton, or Princess Kate as everyone seems to call her, is due to give birth any day now, and the infant prince or princess will no doubt be taken home to a splendid royal nursery. (The birth is a little behind the due date, which is highly unusual for the British monarchy as they are usually so prompt in their schedule!)

But when the baby does appear, he or she will spend the first few years of life in a royal nursery that might look like this, according to British interior design company Oliver Burns. (Click the photo if you want to see it larger on our Pinterest page.)


It’s not too surprising that the designers opted for such an elegantly traditional look for the royal nursery. However, Oliver Burns added a lovely touch of whimsy in the umbrella addition to the chandelier, which evokes images of Mary Poppins! The room has a nostalgic feel, aided by the narrow stripe wallpaper, wall lamps, and the vintage style dressers lined along one wall. The dressers add a touch of retro character to the room, rather than modern built-in closets.

This is another very traditional idea for the royal nursery, designed by Guy Goodfellow.

Guy Goodfellow interior design company in London is famous for its restoration of period houses with classic interiors. Their rather posh clients include the Duchess of Marlborough and Lord and Lady Dashwood, so they probably have a good idea of the type of decor that will suit Kensington Palace! The wallpaper in this design is by Alexander Beauchamp, with 18th century scenes of Hyde Park. The park surrounds Kensington Palace where the baby will live in the same apartment where his father Prince William and uncle Prince Harry were raised.

Here are my design tips to create a traditional style nursery like these:

  • Keep the colors in the decor fairly pale and elegant. There will be plenty of time for bright primary colors when the child is a little older and running about. Pale tones convey a vintage mood and are more restful for mother and baby to create a sanctuary together for baby’s first years.
  • The designers of both of these nurseries opted for flowing, floor-length drapes and a deep pelmet. That window treatment immediately conjures a traditional and relaxed air for a nursery. A few details like pretty vintage chandeliers, a rocking chair, or chests or dressers to hold baby’s clothes also create a vintage mood.
  • A large framed antique or reproduction mirror on the wall reflects light into the room and adds to the traditional design, and a vintage dressing table with a looking glass for mom can achieve the same effect as well as being practical.
  • Old-fashioned toys immediately encourage a sense of nostalgia, making the nursery a place where everyone wants to play! A rocking horse is the classic nursery toy, as well as teddy bears or a doll’s house or train set tucked on a shelf. Perhaps you have some heirloom toys from your own childhood to share with the new baby?
  • Of course, a four-poster or canopied crib with swathes of lace is the bed of fairy tales and is sure to add a traditional and regal touch.

Every baby is a prince or princess and I hope you’ve enjoyed some of these inspirations for your very own royal nursery!

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: Upcycled Chandelier for New Restaurant

Follow the honey! A new restaurant called Tupelo Honey Cafe opened last month in Greenville, SC, and we helped them out with an unusual addition to their interior decor: an upcycled chandelier!

Tupelo Honey Cafe started out in Asheville, NC, and it has a couple of locations in Tennessee, but the Downtown Greenville restaurant is the first South Carolina location.  The restaurant already has some awesome reviews for their food on Yelp, but we haven’t eaten there – yet! The menu offers a fresh twist on Southern food, or as they say: “Fluent Flavor Spoken Here.” Sounds like the perfect date night for me and Greg.

TupeloHoney-Cafe-upcycled-chandelierWe helped the restaurant with a custom-made upcycled chandelier created out of a vintage tea service in time for their grand opening. They included the above photo of it on the Tupelo Honey Greenville website. You can’t see the detail very well from below, but it is very similar to the one in this photo:

Upcycled chandelier with vintage tea cups. EuroLuxAntiques.com

The upcycled chandeliers at EuroLuxAntiques.com are part of the whole upcycling trend and are custom-made by an artist for us. Upcycling just means taking something old and repurposing it into a new and beautiful object. Each item carries its vintage history into its newly crafted incarnation and, of course, each piece is unique.

Here are some of the other wonderful upcycled chandeliers we have in the gallery. They are all hand-crafted by a very talented artist and can be custom-designed to order.

A Spoondelier! Upcycled chandelier crafted with 360 vintage silverplate spoons This is a custom art spoondelier. It’s crafted from 360 vintage silverplate spoons into four tiers in the same style as a classic crystal chandelier. It’s a great whimsical touch for a dining room or kitchen, and a sweet addition to shabby vintage decor. It’s large too. At 40 inches high you can’t miss it and the artisan chandelier will certainly break the ice on conversation at a dinner party. I definitely want a spoondelier for our vintage 1920s bungalow, whenever we finally finish renovations!
Upcycled chandelier with vintage door platesOr does this colorful pendant lamp have the key to my heart? Look closely and you’ll see it’s made of vintage door plates, complete with keyholes and brass hardware. Once upon a time door plates like these would be consigned to landfill. Thanks to the creativity and vision of the artist they get a new lease on life. I can’t help but wonder about the doors these plates originally came from. It opens the door on my imagination!

 

Upcycled Chandelier made from vintage electrical insulatorsCan you guess what this bar-style light fixture is made from? I had to think twice when I first saw it. It’s made from 9 vintage electrical insulators… proving that just about anything can be upcycled deliciously if the artist is clever enough! It’s 5 feet long and designed to cast a subtle light over a dining table, bar or even a pool table. This one is shown in Morse blue, but a clear insulator option is also available.

Thanks to our client Tupelo Honey Cafe for inspiring this post… if their food is as good as their taste in decor, we’re bound to become loyal customers!

What everyday items would you like to see used to create an upcycled chandelier?

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!

Star Buy: Louis XIV Armoire Owned By Movie Critic Gene Siskel

I rarely shine the spotlight on just one item from the EuroLuxAntiques.com gallery, but this fabulous Louis XIV armoire has such a great story behind it, I’m excited to share it with you.

1710 Louis XIV armoire purchased by movie critic Gene Siskel at Biennale de Paris. On consignment at EUROLUXANTIQUES.COMThe walnut Louis XIV armoire dates to 1710, and was owned by the late movie critic, Gene Siskel. He hand-selected it for his home at the prestigious Biennale de Paris art festival in France. Greg and I were deeply honored that Mr. Siskel’s widow chose to trust the armoire to us – it’s on consignment now in our gallery.

Just imagine: This French antique was crafted more than three centuries ago when King Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, was on the throne of France. It’s an extremely impressive cabinet with a rich patina on the walnut wood and a striking star design in relief on each of the two doors. It’s a star-studded armoire in every sense!

 

Louis XIV Armoire Star DoorsHere’s a close-up of those stars on the doors – or étoiles in French. You can really see the beauty of the walnut wood grain and patina. The timeless elegance of the Louis XIV armoire means that it would look perfectly at home in either a contemporary setting or in more traditional decor, surrounded by other antiques.

Of course, it would also be a great conversation starter when guests visit and you tell them about its unique history.

 

Louis XIV Armoire Interior
At nearly 7.5 feet high and more than 5 feet wide, the large armoire makes quite a style statement. The deep crown molding is exceptionally fine and the armoire rests on handsome bun feet. But let’s not be so swept away by beauty that we forget about function! The shelf space inside the large armoire provides plenty of room to store your treasures, whether you use it for family keepsakes, your best linens or your favorite cashmere sweaters and scarves.

Delivering 1710 Louis XIV Armoire to the EuroLuxAntiques.com GalleryHere’s a photo of Greg and Frank moving the wonderful period Louis XIV armoire into the gallery – drive it carefully boys, it’s precious cargo! Greg and I are movie buffs and we grew up watching Siskel and Ebert, so it is especially wonderful to help find this exceptional armoire a new home.

If you’re interested in owning this historic antique and adding the next part of the story to its journey across three centuries and two continents, you can see more details about the Louis XIV armoire at our website. In any case, I hope you enjoy the photos and the story behind it as much as I do!

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 – July 2013

We hope that when our customers buy fine antique furniture, vintage home decor accents, and high-quality reproductions from EuroLuxAntiques.com, those treasures will become family heirlooms! Heirloom pieces always have a story to tell, and they add so much character to a home. Greg’s parents John and Kathy have been hunting out their own family heirlooms to share with us.

Family Heirloom chairJohn's childhood chair used as a plow

John is our genius accountant and gallery greeter, and this child’s chair once belonged to his paternal grandfather. It is about 130 years old and was originally a rocker. As a child, John had a lot of fun turning the chair upside down and using it as a “plow.” Farming was what he knew, so farming was part of his play! You can see how the finials on the top and the ends of the arms are worn down due to his diligent farmhand efforts.

German enamelware coffee setThis German enamelware coffee set was purchased in Germany in about 1954 by John’s dad, who was in the military. (John followed in dad’s footsteps, and flew P3 Orions in the US Navy.) Supposedly, the coffee set was an antique already when John’s father bought it as a gift for John’s mom.

Family Heirloom Walking CaneThis handsome walking cane belonged to John’s great-great-grandfather, John William Talbott, who was born in Kentucky in 1831. His initials are engraved in the top of the handle, making it a very personal family heirloom. I bet this cane has some stories to tell about the places it’s been and the changes it’s seen over more than a century.

Family heirloom Bavarian cream pitcherKathy is our Director of Restoration Services. She’s a wizard at rewiring our vintage chandeliers, touching up furniture and restoring ceramics! This pretty cream pitcher belonged to Kathy’s maternal grandmother who said her family brought it to America when they came over from Germany. It’s marked ‘Bavaria’ on the bottom. Obviously Kathy’s grandmother treasured it. “She had it and took special care of it as long as I can remember,” says Kathy.

 

 

Confederate BondThis Confederate Bond is also a family heirloom from Kathy’s grandmother. “It was kept in her cedar chest and she would take it out and show it to me when I was a child,” says Kathy. Grandma promised Kathy that she could have it when she grew up. And so it came true! Although it was just a folded piece of paper when Kathy received it, she had the Confederate Bond mounted and framed when she lived in Florida in about 1968.

 

 

Family heirloom chest of drawers made by a member of Kathy's familySomeone in Kathy’s maternal grandfather’s family made this chest of drawers. Kathy recalls it in her grandparents’ bathroom as far back as she can remember. They used it to hold towels and other linen, and the small drawers at the top were dusty with bath powder. The chest of drawers continues to be a very special piece of furniture to Kathy.

Do you have a family heirloom that you especially treasure? Tell us about it in the comment box below!

 

 

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!

How to Create Farmhouse Style

Although few of us actually live in a farmhouse, the Farmhouse style of decor continues to appeal to urbanites and suburbanites alike. It carries a sense of nostalgia for an old-fashioned, simpler way of life before the hustle and bustle of today’s modern world. I enjoyed this Houzz.com article on 9 Ways to Create Comforting Farmhouse Style Anywhere. 
You don’t want everything to match too perfectly for a traditional Farmhouse style! It’s a decor that looks lived in, with one-off pieces that appear aged and loved.

 

Blue and white ceramics in this simple white decor... fresh!Often it takes just a few simple details to evoke Farmhouse style. A pair of rockers on the porch, a white claw-foot tub in the bathroom, an antique buffet server or hutch displaying heirloom china or pretty antique plates or vintage transferware plates. A crisp display of blue and white ceramics in a breezy white setting immediately creates a fresh and easy country look. Our vintage blue Delft ginger jars and plates fit the mood perfectly!

 

Our customer Anuradha V. created a very moody vignette with a 1920s green enamel pitcher from EuroLuxAntiques.comCountry Farmhouse style evokes pastoral living and traditional values, and home decor materials reflect those strong and earthy values, such as wood, stone, and iron. Textiles and surfaces are generally natural and matte in texture, and finishes often distressed. This photo from our client Anuradha V. shows a green vintage enamel pitcher that she bought from EuroLuxAntiques.com, set on a rustic table against a simple white plastered wall. The symmetry is so pleasing in this space, and the green pitcher provides a pop of natural color.

 

Antique Farmhouse Style Table, 1880, BrittanyA sturdy kitchen or dining room table is at the heart of the Farmhouse style. You need a place for the family to gather after the day’s work is done, to celebrate with a healthy feast! A wood table is key to this look, and a deep apron offers the subtle design detail that makes it look authentic. This handsome antique French dining table dates to 1880 and has just the right rugged appeal. It’s carved in the Brittany style, with figurines on the legs of French country men and women to add an extra dash of Farmhouse flair!

Jonathan Charles Country Farmhouse Style LoveseatWe have just added some wonderful Jonathan Charles furniture to our gallery. Greg and I selected our favorite pieces including several from the Jonathan Charles Country Farmhouse collection. To give you a sneak peek, this gorgeous Jonathan Charles loveseat is crafted from walnut wood, with rattan detailing and a creamy white seat cushion. Based on a 1900 design, this high-quality reproduction loveseat is a great example of Farmhouse style. It combines substance with simplicity – a combination that never goes out of fashion! I can picture this loveseat in a living room, as occasional seating in a bedroom, or even in a covered conservatory surrounded by leafy plants and pretty flowers.

 

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!