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Best of October 2013: Victorian Restoration, Home Accessories and More!

Where did this month go? We went from harvest to Halloween in our October blog posts, starting with polka and liver nips at the Newberry Oktoberfest through to our vintage Halloween photos! Along the way we talked about some gorgeous antique furniture and home decor inspirations. Let’s revisit some of our favorite October posts.

Antique Brittany Furniture for Victorian Restoration

Our client Angela M. is restoring this beautiful 1890 Victorian house in Galveston, TX.  The white porch is adorned with mariner’s wheels details and Angela bought several pieces of French Brittany furniture from us to continue the maritime theme. See more about Angela’s Victorian restoration and the antique Brittany furniture!
Boho style Mission chandelier
With Halloween on the horizon, we took a tour of the Gothic chandeliers and other magical light fixtures in our gallery. Check out the dragons, eagles, and castles in our Gothic Chandelier post! Of course, vintage Gothic chandeliers add character and Old World atmosphere to a home all year round. They offer a dash of drama, fantasy, romance and mystery. They’re great for period-style homes, but also perfect for people who love an eclectic element in their home decor.
Stained glass in home decor accentsSpeaking of eclectic, we also looked at the many ways you can use stained glass in home decor accents.  If you think stained glass is only for church windows… think again! Of course we looked at some lovely examples of stained glass in home windows, but also explored ways to add a touch of luminous stained glass color in furniture and lighting too. And we found stained glass patterns in fabrics, wallpaper, decals, and even a shower curtain!
We also turned our client spotlight on this antique buffet we provided to the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, MA.
Antique buffet in seminary lobby
The seminary is one of the largest evangelical seminaries in North America and a donor  generously gave funds to decorate the lobby. Mary Ann asked us to help her find an impressive antique buffet suitable for the space, and this elaborately carved Henry II Renaissance-style buffet dating to 1900 did the trick! See more about the 9-foot-tall sideboard and the new lobby decor in our antique buffet post.

Windsor counter stool in our client's California kitchenOur Windsor Counter Stool client spotlight described how Wendy in California saved money with us when she was searching for stools for her kitchen. Wendy is a very smart shopper! The Woodbridge Windsor counter stools look perfect in Wendy’s lovely kitchen and although they are hand-crafted to appear authentically antique, they offer the modern convenience of a swivel seat!
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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 here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Stained Glass in Home Decor Accents

Some of the ways you can enjoy stained glass in home decor might surprise you, especially if the words “stained glass” immediately make you think of old church windows! Stained glass brings a touch of luminous color into your home, which changes as the light in the room changes. Decorative stained glass designs also create a mood of tradition, luxury, and craftsmanship.

Renaissance or Victorian style rooms are especially suited to incorporating stained glass in home decor accents and furniture. But truth be told, the look can work brilliantly in any interior design scheme.

Stained glass in home decor window

A window is the most obvious way to enjoy stained glass in home decor. Our client George in New Jersey has an original stained glass window in the dining room of the Victorian house that he has restored. We spotted it while delivering the antique 1920 French Renaissance Henry II style oak buffet that you also see in the picture. (See more photos of George’s Victorian restoration home in our earlier post.)

Bathroom stained glass in home decorIf you don’t have an original stained glass window, you can still add one to your home. This elegant window offers a lovely contrast to the ocean-blue tile and copper bath. It creates a bathroom that blends a traditional flavor with a touch of contemporary chic.

Mechelen buffet to add stained glass in home decorArchitectural details aren’t the only way to enjoy stained glass. It’s easy to add a splash of stained glass style if you choose certain styles of antique furniture. This oak Mechelen buffet in our gallery dates to 1900 and it features original red, green and amber stained glass in a decorative floral design on the doors. It’s remarkable to think that this glass was crafted over a century ago! You will often see stained glass details in Mechelen pieces, as you can see in our post: What is Mechelen Style Antique Furniture? 

Stained glass in home decor accents

Lighting offers another way to enjoy stained glass in home decor accents. This Dale Tiffany Amber Monarch wall sconce in our gallery is hand-crafted in art glass. The period-style geometric pattern in welcoming amber tones is nicely set off by a mica bronze finish. It looks like an antique stained glass wall sconce, but with a very modern benefit. You have the option of mounting the shade in two ways. Either uplit, as shown in the picture, or hanging down to shine the light below, perhaps as a reading lamp or in an entryway. The video in our post on Dale Tiffany lamps shows how the artisans craft each piece of stained glass by hand, using the same techniques as the original master glass artist: Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Shower curtain: Stained glass in home decor accentYou can even incorporate the look of stained glass in home decor accessories without using actual stained glass! This shower curtain from Café Press creates a clever illusion of colorful stained glass.

And we love these fabrics printed with stained glass designs by a company called Spoonflower in Durham, North Carolina. They work with different designers and the digital prints are available in various types of fabric from cottons to silks. Stained glass fabrics include graceful Art Nouveau designs, Frank Lloyd Wright styles, and a few that truly are based on old church windows. Some can be ordered in wallpapers, gift wrap, and decals too!

Stained glass in home decor fabricStained glass in home decor fabric
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Wow! We hope that gives you some food for thought on how you can enjoy stained glass in home decor… without having to buy a church! Do you have any stained glass in your home, either in windows or doors or in decorative accessories? What do you like about it? Tell us in the comments 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 here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Vintage Halloween!

As the spookiest day of the year approaches, Greg and I been looking at some of our vintage Halloween costumes from our childhoods! I’ve also been checking out free pumpkin carving stencils to share with you and some fun photos of dogs in Halloween costume.

Vintage Halloween costumeI had to go over to my mom’s house to dig these vintage Halloween photos up. Mom and I had a great time flipping through old photo albums to find some from when I was a kid. Yep, that little girl is me! For my very first Halloween costume I was a bunny rabbit, but I refused to wear the mask. My mom, Linda, is modeling it in her vintage 1970s dungarees. ;) We’re scary, huh?

Vintage Halloween ballerina costumeOf course every little girl wants to be a ballerina, and, believe it or not, I still have that tutu in a box somewhere because I loved it so much as a child. That’s my younger brother, Rob, next to me as a tiger.
Vintage Halloween kimono

 

My dad traveled to Japan for business and brought me back this beautiful, bright red kimono that I loved! I wore it all the time – not just for Halloween. I wish I still had it, but I haven’t seen it in many years – I’ll have to ask my mom if she still has it.

 

Vintage Halloween photo

Then we asked Greg’s mom Kathy for some photos. Kathy is our Mrs Fixit who handles all our restorations. (See her tips on how to fix broken ceramics.)  Kathy knew right where her Halloween photos were. Kathy actually made that cheetah costume that Greg is wearing and his sister Laura wore it too. He was obviously a very cool and laid-back cheetah!

 

Vintage Halloween Vampire photo

 

 

Of course, as Greg got older, a scary vampire costume was his preferred choice. I think young Greg looks pretty dashing in that black satin cape. Maybe we’ll have to track down a cape for him this year!

 

 

 

 

Vintage Halloween PumpkinI found some great free pumpkin stencils at Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Download the printable stencils to help you carve some really cool pumpkin designs. Decorate your home with a traditional Jack-O’-Lantern, or get a little craftier with flame designs, a howling wolf, or templates of cats and dogs. I spotted a chic fleur-de-lis pattern that will appeal to fans of antique French furniture. Log on to the magazine’s website, then prick out the stencil shape with a pin on your pumpkin. You’re ready to carve!

We don’t celebrate Halloween in any big way, although we usually watch a scary movie to mark the occasion. I don’t dress up my pets – with eight cats and dogs I’d have to start planning the costumes in July! And no doubt our twin cats Lenny and Squiggy would vie for who had the most dramatic costume. Both cats have such big personalities.

But I did just see this funny link to pugs in Halloween costume. As they say on that photo gallery: Halloween was MADE for pugs! My favorite is the Pugtato. The Lord of the Pugs – taking off Gandalf in Lord of the Rings – is hilariously convincing too!

Game of Thrones Gothic ChandelierIf you’re looking for some vintage Halloween lighting to help set the mood, my recent post on Gothic chandeliers and other light fixtures might provide inspiration. It’s too late for us to deliver these beauties to you by Halloween 2013, but these romantic and dramatic lights add character and Old World atmosphere to a home all year round.

Wishing you a wonderful vintage Halloween, however you celebrate! Do tell us your plans 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 here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Client Spotlight: Antique Buffet at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Mary Ann H. contacted me to help her find an exceptional and impressive antique buffet for the lobby of the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, MA. It’s one of the largest evangelical seminaries in North America and a donor had graciously given funds to decorate the lobby.

Antique Buffet Henry II Renaissance styleWe looked at all the antique buffets and sideboards in our gallery, and recommended this gorgeous Henry II Renaissance-style buffet dating to 1900. The French buffet is a stately nine feet tall, carved in walnut with a wonderful, warm patina. The antique buffet boasts elaborately carved details including coats of arms, urns and floral accents on the doors and pediment. Scroll cut railings, fluted posts, and pine cone finials add to the buffet’s majesty. The carved head of a Renaissance courtier smiles down above the glass-front center door. Thanks to its height and substance, the antique buffet stands proud to fill even the largest space. It was the perfect choice for a classic and dignified lobby area!

 

Antique buffet in seminary lobby

Here is the antique buffet in its new Boston home. It does indeed look stunning filled with bound books and decorated with transferware plates! On the day of the ribbon-cutting ceremony with the generous donor who made the new lobby space possible, Mary Ann wrote to thank us for our help. “As you can see, it adds so much charm and architectural interest to a lobby with little visual interest and no external windows,” said Mary Ann. “We are thrilled with the results!”

We were thrilled too when Mary Ann added: “You find such beautiful items on your forays across France. It was a pleasure working with you and seeing how committed you are to customer service. Thanks again so much for your care and professionalism. I’m sure it is this approach which has won you many loyal customers.”

Antique buffet in Seminary lobby

On the other side of the room, Mary Ann placed a classic Chesterfield sofa with traditional upholstered chairs. She also added an interesting barley twist console table over an Oriental rug with soft, muted colors. The whole interior design of the lobby is elegant and inviting. We are delighted that the more than 100-year-old antique buffet found such a beautiful and inspiring place to spend its next century!

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 here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Hillwood Estate Antique Treasures

A while ago I mentioned the Hillwood Estate in Washington, DC., in a post about new books including one called Living Artfully At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post. Ms. Post was the founder of General Foods and as a wealthy society hostess she became quite famous for her parties. She was also a keen collector of Russian and French antiques and art. Hillwood Estate was one of her homes and it is open for the public to visit. I was so intrigued that I wanted to find out more about her and her house.

Hillwood Estate

This view of the Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens is enough to make anyone want to throw a garden party! Ms. Post bought the 1920′s neo-Georgian mansion in 1955 and she would spend spring and fall here. She headed to her Camp Topridge home in the Adirondacks for summer and stayed warm in winter at her Palm Beach villa.

Hillwood Estate Interior

The grand piano is the focal point in this room. It proves that even a wealthy heiress and businesswoman still wants to show off her  family photos! Marjorie Merriweather Post was a big fan of 18th century French decorating style, and had the house refurbished and furnished to reflect her tastes. I love the gracious combination of the large ginger jar, needlepoint arm chair, and dainty round side table.

Hillwood Estate Faberge EggThis gorgeous Catherine the Great Fabergé Easter egg is one of the treasures on display at Hillwood Estate.  The Fabergé egg  was made for Emperor Nicholas II, the last monarch of Russia, to give to his mother on Easter morning in 1914. It is known as the Catherine the Great egg because it once had a mechanical sedan chair inside it, carrying Catherine the Great. That part of the egg has since been lost. But still, it’s more than impressive! The pink enamel and gold egg, encrusted with diamonds and pearls, is a pretty feast for the eyes. The egg was given to Marjorie Merriweather Post by her daughter in 1931. It was the second Fabergé piece in her collection… by the time she died she had nearly 90! Obviously she developed a taste for the stuff. The Fabergé is all on display at Hillwood Estate.

Hillwood Estate Trinity ChaliceThis magnificent chalice was commissioned by Catherine the Great in 1790 as part of a liturgical set. She presented it to the Trinity Cathedral in St. Petersburg. The gold and diamonds came from the State Treasury and Catherine provided the craftsman with her own carved gems depicting scenes from the life of Christ. One is a 13th century cameo of the Archangel Michael. The chalice became part of Ms. Post’s collection. Isn’t it a wonderful piece? If you’re feeling inspired, we have some very fine antique religious treasures in our gallery, and I promise they are all a lot easier on the pocket than this regal beauty!

As the hostess of legendary parties, Ms. Post was keen on punctuality and was careful about tracking her menus so she didn’t repeat them. But as the founder of General Foods she didn’t hesitate to serve up her own company’s foods as part of the fancy meal. Posh debutantes and powerful politicos would find themselves eating Jell-O!

Adirondack Pie Gateau Mille CrepesHer signature dish was Adirondack Pie. As far as I can gather, this was a sweet dish of 10 to 15 large and thin pancakes – like French crêpes – layered with butter, maple syrup and maple sugar. Then you slice the entire stack like a pie. (You can top the whole thing with whipped cream too.) The dish is still served at the Hillwood Estate Café. It sounds very much like the French dish Gâteau Mille Crêpes, pictured here.

Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens is located in northwest Washington, D.C. Have you visited? Tell us about it 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 here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Bookshelf: Timeless Home Style

When you work all day surrounded by beautiful antique furniture like I do, you know all about timeless home decor! I am always admiring these classic pieces that just look as gorgeous in a house today as they did in the era they were crafted. Actually, they often look better. Age gives them even more character to lend a unique touch to a living room, dining room, or bedroom. Now that fall is well and truly here, we’re looking forward to curling up on the couch with the cats and reading some of these new books about timeless home style.

Alidad: The Timeless Home

AlidadI’m especially looking forward to this book as the cover is so inviting and cozy. It’s a joy to see a row of blue and white Delft vases or ginger jars lined up in the nooks. (At the top of the cover.) Greg and I are big fans of Delftware, and we have many pieces of antique Delft pottery for sale in the gallery. The London interior designer Alidad is well-known for combining contemporary and antique furniture and textiles to create a comfortable but elegant mood. The book shows all kind of projects by the designer, from beach homes to Paris apartments. His tasteful use of color is just lovely – warm and rich without being too overwhelming. Perfect for this time of year!

Timeless Style

Timeless home decor in Timeless Style! Take a shake of Southern charm, add a pinch of European chic! Inspirations for the rooms in this book draw from many sources, which suits our taste for eclectic and timeless home decor. The author, Atlanta-based interior designer Suzanne Kasler, has been named one of the top 100 designers by House Beautiful magazine. She likes mixing antique furniture with modern decor, as we know many of our customers do. The blend of styles and eras adds layers of visual interest to a home. Although the book cover looks a little stark to my eye, inside there are some truly delightful classic rooms with a more traditional feel. As Kasler says: “Age has its advantage when it comes to furniture.”

An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Lucé

French chateau timeless home decor If you’re looking for timeless home decor inspiration, what could be more timeless than a French castle? Interior designer Timothy Corrigan restored this 18th century Loire Valley mansion and wrote a book about it. The subtitle is Decorating a Great French Country House. Indeed it is great and it’s superbly decorated! Corrigan brings in a little Californian comfort too. If you love traveling to France as much as we do on our antiques buying trips, you might like to know that families or wedding parties can stay at Chateau du Grand-Lucé by the week. Or for more ideas for a legendary European vacation, take a look at my posts on French castle hotels and historic London hotels.

 

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 here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Client Spotlight: Antique Brittany Furniture for Victorian Restoration

Angela M. recently bought several pieces of antique Brittany furniture from our gallery for the beautiful Victorian house that she is restoring in Galveston, TX.  The 1890 Victorian was almost completely gutted by fire about two decades ago. Here is the photo Angela sent us of the outside of the house as it looked nearly 120 years ago in the year 1894.

Our client's Victorian restoration home as looked in 1894

And below is a photo of the house “under new management” last year. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Front closeup

Angela says that the house is known for the lovely detailing around the porch of mariner’s wheels.  The white paint on the porch really makes those wheels stand out! Antique Brittany furniture is a perfect choice for the interior. The Brittany style often features maritime details such as ship’s wheels in tribute to coastal Brittany’s sea-faring history.

Brittany armoire 14-2A-1This is one of the pieces of antique Brittany furniture Angela chose for the house. It’s a display cabinet or bookcase dating to 1880, carved in chestnut with a beveled glass door. You can see the large ship’s wheel at the top of the French cabinet, tying in with the maritime theme of the house porch. The two galleries of spindles along the top and bottom of the bookcase are typical of Brittany style furniture. So are the hand-carved rosettes adorning the bottom drawer.
Antique Brittany Table KC-33A-1Angela also picked this Brittany style chestnut dining table dating to 1880. It’s a real stunner and the French craftsmanship is superb. Each leg boasts a carved figurine of a man or a woman wearing period regional costume. Carved figures of French country folk like these often decorate antique Brittany furniture. They are one of the most delightful characteristics of the style. The central stretcher beneath the table once again features a carved ship’s wheel.

Antique Brittany chairs KC-33B-1To match the table, Angela chose this splendid set of six Brittany dining chairs. Crafted in France in around 1880, the chestnut chairs are carved with an arched gallery of spindles on the crest rail. Each chair back features a carving of a French man or woman in happy pastoral scenes. Some of them are playing bagpipes. If you’re wondering why French country folk are playing bagpipes – an instrument that normally makes us think of Scotland – here’s the reason. Brittany is historically a Celtic nation, like Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Similar Celtic traditions and symbols appear in all those regions as they had such close cultural ties. Hence the bagpipes, which are often portrayed on antique Brittany furniture.

Due to Angela’s arthritis, she is having much of the Victorian restoration work done for her. We all know these things take time! But we hope she sends us photos of the antique Brittany furniture in place once the house is further along. Angela says “I should have waited a while to buy furniture, but I love the Brittany style and just couldn’t resist!”

We’re glad she gave in to temptation. She chose some exceptional furniture that will blend perfectly into the stately Victorian house and stay true to the exterior’s maritime theme.

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 here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Gothic Chandeliers: Castles, Dragons, Romance

With Halloween just around the corner, we’ve been admiring the Gothic chandeliers and other spooky light fixtures in our gallery. They would make great talking points at a Halloween party, but of course vintage Gothic chandeliers add character and Old World atmosphere to a home at any time of year. Here are some of our favorite Gothic chandeliers from all the lighting in our gallery right now and others that give a sense of Gothic novel romance. Which is your favorite?

Game of Thrones Gothic ChandelierGame of Thrones fans will love the fantasy castle carved on this vintage 1930 French Brittany style chandelier. The four castle turrets rise up to create magical, mysterious drama and the castle even boasts drawbridges to support the five copper lamps. It hangs from chunky chains that look like they’ve been dragged straight from the castle dungeons!

Dragon Gothic ChandelierThere be dragons! Six carved dragons “breathe fire” into the electric candles of this fabulous 1950 French Gothic chandelier. The dragons with ornate wings suspend from metal chains from the oak ceiling cap. The dark oak wood and metal chains add to the medieval fantasy flavor, but we’ve found that the dragons are quite tame!

Eagle Gothic ChandelierFrom dragons to eagles! Six fabulous Gothic carved eagles perch atop this awesome chandelier, holding the glass shades in their beaks. The six lights cast a moody glow on the wise and powerful eagles as they watch over the world below. The 1950 French Gothic chandelier is carved in oak and the dark wood truly accents the striking silhouette of the eagles for maximum drama.

Boho style Mission chandelierHere’s a rather more romantic chandelier for Lords and Ladies of mystery. You can imagine it starring in a Gothic novel, lighting the ballroom in a mansion on the misty moors! Six decoratively wrought arms and sensuously designed curlicues and serpenting s-shapes create the thrilling allure of this quite sexy 1950 French black metal chandelier. Flowing velvet gowns are optional.

Heavy French Gothic Chandlier 1950The classic appeal of this large and heavy 1950 French Gothic chandelier is enhanced by the coachlight-style body. It summons up images of a ghostly horse-drawn coach racing through the night, driven by a shadowy black-cowled figure cracking his whip! The frosted glass lamps and spiky finials on the aged brass-tone metal all add to the cool Gothic chandelier vibe.

Don’t be a phantom! Tell us in the comments box below: Which one of these spooky, dramatic, or just plain Gothic novel romantic chandeliers gives you thrills?

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 here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Client Spotlight: Windsor Counter Stools

Wendy C. in California told us how she came to buy the Windsor counter stools we shipped to her recently. She is a very smart shopper! Wendy did what we keep hearing so many retailers lament about. She “showroomed” or shopped on her smartphone while browsing for Windsor counter stools in a bricks and mortar store near her home in Trabuco Canyon.

Windsor counter stool in antique style with a modern swivel seatWendy found the same brand-new, high-quality counter stool in the Windsor style by Woodbridge Furniture Company on our website, but our price was better! She gave us a call and decided she was willing to wait for us to ship a pair of stools because of the savings. Remember: we offer free shipping on all items! Wendy also liked the idea of buying directly from a “mom and pop” store on Main Street rather than from a big department store. Even though we have a virtual gallery on the web, we are indeed a family-run business here at our Main Street store in Newberry, South Carolina. Without big city overheads, we can offer antique and high-quality reproduction furniture at a small-town price. That’s why Wendy found our Woodbridge Windsor counter stool was so much cheaper. We’re glad she found us too!
Windsor counter stool in our client's kitchenHere is the pair of swivel seat Windsor counter stools in Wendy’s lovely kitchen. The stools match perfectly with her Windsor dining chairs, and they look exceptional against the dark veining in the counter top. Although the stools look authentically antique, they’ve got built-in modern convenience as the carved saddle seat turns on a heavy-duty swivel mechanism. This stool is also available as a Windsor bar height stool.

Windsor counter stool in our client's California kitchenThe curve of the counter stool works beautifully with the curve of Wendy’s kitchen counter and the wood tone blends with the cabinets. The stools also accent the curvy silhouette of the white lidded bowl and the elegant light fixtures.  Windsor style chairs and stools originated in Great Britain, as you might guess. The basic spindle back design like wheel spokes was seen by the 16th century. However, a more sophisticated version became easier to craft during the 18th century, when steam was used to create the bow-back typical of the chairs. The earliest chairs made in this way came from the small town of Windsor, in Berkshire, England. (Windsor is also quite well-known for its castle!) The name stuck.
Thanks to Wendy for letting us take a peek inside her kitchen – it’s a beauty!

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 here to receive this blog in your inbox.