Bob H. in Prairie Grove, Illinois, found us on One Kings Lane. His neighbor (who is a designer) saw our set of ten antique Renaissance chairs with rich buttery leather upholstery. She thought the wonderful aged patina on the leather looked like an old football! She also thought the Renaissance chairs dating to 1900 would be perfect for Bob’s French Renaissance chateau style home, inspired by European castles.
Bob wanted a table with legs that exactly matched the Renaissance chairs, so he had one custom designed by Amish craftsmen at Valley View Oak. The custom table is solid walnut to match the chairs and Bob had the stretchers under the table matched to the chair stretchers too. The Renaissance chairs and table ensemble does look fantastic in his open kitchen. If you turn around with your back facing the edge of the table, the kitchen opens into the great room.
Bob is especially fascinated by medieval and Renaissance armor and weaponry and has quite a collection. I know this interest drew him to the beautiful marble-top French Renaissance buffet on our website, carved with a knight on horseback.
Bob’s designer neighbor helped him find the perfect spot in his home for the buffet. It now lives in a large, wide hallway that connects the great room to the entry foyer.
A colorful medieval style tapestry hangs on the wall opposite the walnut buffet, adding another authentic touch!
Bob decorated the buffet with a vintage Lladro Spanish porcelain figure of a pharmacist as that has been his profession for 30 years. He continued the apothecary theme with antique mortar and pestle sets.
This suit of armor in his entry hallway is a perfect accent to the foyer’s marble floor and curved oak staircase. The suit of armor is an early 20th century reproduction, although the rapier sword with the suit is an original from the 17th century. One expert offered Bob a substantial sum for the rapier sword alone, but Bob decided he wanted to keep it with the armor.
Bob’s great room, adjoining the open kitchen, has a dramatic baronial feel, with its two-story high windows and stone fireplace and more suits of armor! Bob’s collection also includes 16th century carved bone powder horns that were used to contain gunpowder. “One of these has a knight in a suit of armor with a coat of arms and various swords carved on it,” says Bob. “The other has a knight on a horse hunting a wild boar.”
Bob’s home is truly original and such a thoughtful reflection of his personality and interests. So it’s no surprise that it is featured in Crystal Lake’s 39th Annual Housewalk on September 27, 2013. You can see the exterior of the Hurley Residence in McHenry Country Living’s Housewalk preview. A big thank you to Bob for letting us take our own mini-tour of his fabulous home!
If you enjoy this decor style as much as we do, you can browse in our EuroLuxHome.com online gallery for French Renaissance chairs, buffets, and other furniture currently in our inventory.
UPDATE: Bob later sent us a mural he had created, based on the knight carvings on the antique buffet. See the photo in our Renaissance Mural 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 Aimee on Google+ or you can sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!