Monthly Archives: January 2014

Best of January 2014: Romantic Decor, Rococo, Art Deco, and More!

Our January blog posts covered subjects from romantic decor to fancy pet furniture for the furry members of the family, to a client who loves Art Deco furniture.  We’ve had a wonderful start to the new year and hope you have too! Let’s revisit some of our favorite posts from the first month of what we hope will be a beautiful 2014.

Victorian Home dining room restorationWe started by looking back at our top 12 antiques and decor blog posts of 2013. We’re lucky that many clients send photos of the antique furniture or home decor accents they’ve bought from us, showing the pieces in their new home. (Like this gorgeous Victorian restoration dining room shared by our client Sal S. in New York.) Those client spotlights are always popular, but other top posts of 2013 included home decor inspirations, travel ideas for antiques lovers, and tips on caring for antiques.

Antique table for Johnny Cash Boyhood HomeThen we looked forward to the opening of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum in Dyess, Arkansas in 2014 – especially because the museum bought this antique table from EuroLuxAntiques.com! The heavily-carved 1890 table is just like one the Cash family had in their home during Johnny Cash’s childhood, according to the music legend’s siblings.

Romantic decor in the bedroomWe started getting in the mood for Valentine’s Day by talking about romantic bedroom decor. You could fall in love with many of the design ideas in that post to create romantic decor in other rooms too.

Rococo chandelier in client's dining room.Talking of romantic decor, it’s hard to beat Rococo furniture and home accents to add a very pretty note to a room. Our client Gail L. in Colorado proved the point in our spotlight on the vintage rococo chandelier in her dining room. The photos in that post show that Gail has created a beautiful and welcoming space. I love the way she creates a slightly theatrical  mood with what looks like a heavy curtain draped across the entrance to the dining room. It’s so inviting, don’t we all want to peek behind that curtain?

Our long-time customer Betty S. in Florida enjoys Art Deco pieces, as you can see in this photo:

Art Deco clock in our client's homeBetty bought this Art Deco buffet from us for her cool 1958 home. She later added the Art Deco clock flanked by two dogs that you see on top of the buffet. (Betty’s real-life pooch obviously approves!) The post on Betty’s Art Deco decor shows the clock in close-up and tells you more about this dear client and another clock she bought from us too.

Jonathan Charles pet furnitureAs dogs have starred in two photos in this post so far (they always steal the spotlight, don’t they?) we might as well end this month’s round-up with the antique style pet furniture I found for your dogs and cats. Whether your taste is for Renaissance style, Louis XVl romantic decor, Arts & Crafts or Mid-Century Modern, you can bet I’ve sniffed out matching furniture for your four-legged friends! Most are from specialist pet furniture retailers, but we’ve got a few new pieces of pet furniture on the horizon too.

In our January Beauty at Home bookshelf we shared three new books that certainly help put the romance into your decor, whilst our travel piece on Biltmore House and Gardens might provide inspiration for a romantic weekend away. With that, it’s farewell to January but if you would like me to write on any home decor or antique furniture subjects in February… I always take requests! 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.

Antique Style Pet Furniture

Although we usually focus on antiques and home decor for humans on this blog, today I’ve been looking at some amazing antique style pet furniture for your cats and dogs. As many of our customers and readers of this blog know, Greg and I have eight fuzzy children in the gallery and at home.

Cats sleepingOur fuzzies aren’t too fussy – all our cats and dogs kick back and relax anywhere. Little Fozzy Talbot is even quite happy to make a bed out of his two buddies, Lenny & Squiggy, as you can see! But they’d probably also love some of the antique style pet furniture I found in my browse around the upscale pet furniture stores.

Renaissance sofa pet furniture3At a quick glance, you might think this Renaissance style sofa is big enough for a person. Then you see the pretty pooch and realize it’s pet furniture from The Posh Puppy Boutique for a puppy (or puss) with very discerning tastes! Our customers who buy Renaissance style furniture from us (on a human scale) will surely love this!

Upscale antique style pet furnitureThis rather grand Louis XVI style four-poster bed is for the pet who truly knows who is king around the house. The Precious Palace bed from Beyond the Crate comes in a choice of different fabrics, so you can match the colors and patterns of your home decor.

We too will start offering some Jonathan Charles pet beds this year. Jonathan Charles has only just started making this new product line, so they won’t be ready for shipping until the fall. But you can contact us now to place early orders and I’ll tell you all the options available.

For larger dogJonathan Charles dog beds, this Jonathan Charles dog bed is crafted in walnut in the form of an Irish oval peat bucket. It’s based on an original from 1760, with planked sides, a distressed finish, and patinated brass studded bands. The dog bed comes in three sizes – 25″, 32″, or 40″ in diameter. The largest size is $1495 at our discounted price, including free shipping. Dog not included! But isn’t he adorable? Many of our customers buy high-quality and beautifully crafted Jonathan Charles furniture from us – now they can treat man’s best friend too!
Jonathan Charles pet furnitureThen there’s the mahogany veneered Jonathan Charles four poster dog bed from the Buckingham collection for the very pampered pooch! This will be 28″ high and 22″ wide.

antique style pet furniture feederFor fine dining, TeaCups Puppies and Boutique sells this charming raised pet feeder. The scrolled pattern and elegant legs create an old-fashioned look that will team nicely with the traditional or antique furniture in your home. I’m not sure we’d have enough space for all our darlings though, when it’s feeding time at the zoo!  Feeding time at the zoo

Antique style pet furniture Arts & Crafts dining stationOr, if you love classic Arts & Crafts style decor, perhaps your pet (or several pets) will be delighted to lap up their dinner and water at this fancy Arts and Crafts dining station crafted by the brilliantly named Bungalow Bob’s Pet Designs.  He also has some nice Mission style pet furniture, for our customers who want to match their pet’s accessories to their own Mission style home decor.

Upscale Pet Furniture Mid Century ModernDo you have a taste for Mid-Century Modern furniture? I reckon this cat tower from The Refined Feline would blend in beautifully with your interior design scheme.  It turns a functional and fun piece of pet furniture into an attractive accent that will please the two-legged folk as much as the four-legged ones. It really is the cat’s meow!

I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at some of these antique style pet furniture photos as much as I did. But now I’ve written this post, I realize that I can’t possibly show it to Lenny, Squiggy, Ozzie, Jake, and all the rest of the EuroLux Antiques brood of pets or they’ll be hounding me to give them a home makeover.

Do you have any vintage or antique style pet furniture in your house? Tell us about it 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.

Biltmore House and Gardens Estate

Biltmore House and Gardens Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, is a National Historic Landmark and a wonderful place to visit. I believe it is the largest privately owned house in the United States. The 250-room Biltmore House with its fine gardens set in 8,000 acres offers plenty to see for those of us who love historic homes.

Biltmore House Estate

Biltmore House was built by George Vanderbilt after he visited Asheville in 1888 and decided it was a sweet spot for a country home. He called the estate Biltmore in honor of two Old Country words. ‘Bildt’ was the area in Holland that the Vanderbilts originally came from and ‘more’ is an Old English word that means rolling hills. The house opened with a family celebration on Christmas Eve of 1895. What a great Christmas gift!

Biltmore House castle style architecture

Vanderbilt was keen to model his new home on the working estates of Europe and he had the house designed in a château style, inspired by the architecture of French Renaissance châteaux in the Loire Valley. The architect was Richard Morris Hunt and as you can see he did a terrific job of copying the château look!

BIltmore House Library

Inside the house, this library is richly decorated with red upholstery and drapes, wood floors and a giant fireplace. The warm mood of the library just invites you to curl up with a good book and there are 10,000 volumes to choose from! When President William McKinley visited Biltmore House in 1897, the New York Times reported that he was especially pleased to linger in the luxurious library. We can see why.

Biltmore House dining roomThis impressive Biltmore House Banquet Hall also features red upholstery on the chairs. The glowing red adds a little warmth to the stone walls, otherwise the 70-foot-high hall could feel a little chilly! A magnificent stone fireplace and huge chandelier also help to balance out the scale of the room. The French Renaissance châteaux inspiration is very clear – right down to the stags’ heads on the walls.

During a self-guided tour of Biltmore House, visitors see antique furniture and art including John Singer Sargent paintings commissioned by Vanderbilt.

 

Biltmore House Landscape

Biltmore House offers different charms in every season but the maple, elm and oak trees make it popular with tourists in fall. Leaf-peepers go to see the spectacular changing colors against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Biltmore House landscape architect was Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed New York’s Central Park. Many motion pictures have been filmed at the house and gardens, including Forrest Gump and Last of the Mohicans.

Inn on Biltmore EstateVisitors can also stay over – although you don’t sleep in Biltmore House itself! Instead, you get a taste of the high life at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. It is literally the high life too – the boutique inn is located on a hill above Antler Hill Village and Winery, offering terrific views. After browsing the priceless treasures at Biltmore House, activities include carriage rides, horseback rides, a scout around the winery, and a float down the river.

Have you been to Biltmore House and Gardens? Tell us about it in the comments box below. And if this inspires ideas for a very special trip, you can get more ideas in my previous posts about historic hotels, castles, and houses to visit.

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.

Romantic Bedroom Decor

Vintage Valentine CardWith Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’m inspired to think about romantic bedroom decor.  Of course, romance is in the eye of the beholder. If you’ve just fallen in love then anywhere is romantic… The same goes if you are as happily married as Greg and I are. We celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary this year and we are just as in love as ever. I am still thinking up a romantic surprise for him for Valentine’s Day. (Shh! Don’t tell him!) However, it’s sometimes a challenge to find a quiet space to snuggle up with your sweetheart when you’ve got 8 cats and dogs eager to come snuggle up with you, like Greg and I do. And you know… I wouldn’t change a thing!

I enjoyed looking at the romantic bedroom decor in these photos, and I hope you get some ideas too.

Romantic Bedroom Decor White ROom This beautiful white bedroom is softly seductive and proves that you don’t have to paint a room pink to create a romantic atmosphere! The gauzy draped chairs and pure light set the tone, and a fabulous vintage chandelier adds a sultry and inviting touch. The feather boa in the cat basket on the floor gives me a chuckle. Our adorably mischievous cat Lenny would have a fine time playing with that!

traditional romantic bedroom decor

By Johns Creek Interior Designers & Decorators Janie K. Hirsch, ASID

In general, romantic bedroom decor tends to rely on pale or pastel tones – sweet lavender, delicate blue, warm peach, and yes, the very feminine pink! Layering different shades of the same color will give more depth and sophistication to the boudoir. Flowing window treatments and gently distressed furniture add to the sense of comfort.

Romantic bedroom decor with toile de jouy

By New York Interior Designers & Decorators Anthony Baratta LLC

A canopy or four-poster bed always sparks up the romance factor. (We have some gorgeous traditional beds in the gallery, including some by Ambella Home and Jonathan Charles.) Toile de Jouy is a classic choice if you want pattern in your wallpaper or bed linens but prefer to avoid florals. It immediately adds a French accent to your romantic bedroom decor. You don’t have to go as all-out toile as the photo above though.  I think it is delightful but if you prefer a lighter touch…

Romantic Bedroom Decor pink toile This French Country bedroom limits the pretty red toile fabric to the bed linens and breezy drapes, with a few matching plates as wall decorations.

Romantic bedroom decor with mural

A fairy-tale lace bed canopy and soft peachy walls provide the allure in this romantic bedroom decor. The curvy lines of the furniture add to the sensuous mood. Notice the lovely mural too. A cute white pup is optional!
Cherub light
Chalkware Guardian Angel
Cherubs and angels add a sweet note to romantic bedroom decor. The Italian cherub chandelier on the left in our gallery is made from an antique wooden cherub serenading you with a lute. The vintage gilded chalkware angel above dates to around 1950 and as it hails from France, it surely knows the language of love!
Jonathan Charles Leather ChairIf you literally want to add hearts to your bedroom, we rather like the range of new Jonathan Charles heart chairs in the gallery. Crafted in walnut and leather, the chairs add a romantic note without being too fussy. I think this green leather chair would look especially wonderful before a dressing table or vanity.

What is your idea of romantic bedroom decor? Is it about the color scheme, the fabrics, or is there some special accent that makes your heart flutter? Do you have a romantic boudoir? We’d love to see photos, or tell us about it 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.

Client Spotlight: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum

We were thrilled and honored when the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum bought an antique table from us. The new Johnny Cash Boyhood Home opens in Dyess, Arkansas, this year, and this beautifully carved table will be in the Cash family dining room!

Antique table for Johnny Cash Boyhood Home

The Mechelen oak table is in the Flemish Renaissance style, dating to 1890. It was hand-crafted in Belgium with heavily-carved details typical of antique Mechelen furniture. Carved lion heads peer out from the four corners of the carved apron, and the table stands on five massive carved legs. We found the table at an antiques market in Belgium and brought it back to the U.S. We’re very glad we did because the table is just like one that the Cash family owned.

Joanne Cash Yates and Tommy Cash, the younger siblings of Johnny Cash, are consultants for the new Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum. Both were born and raised in Dyess and they have good memories of the furnishings in their childhood home. They have described the rooms to the Arkansas Heritage Sites Office at Arkansas State University so that all the right furniture can be found.

That’s how Dr. Ruth Hawkins of Arkansas State University came to contact us. She saw that we had an antique table fitting the description of the Cash family dining table, and we shipped it to her in November.

Johnny Cash Boyhood Home DIning Room

Here it is in the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home dining room in Dyess – Dr. Hawkins said it is perfect in the house! The Cash family moved here in 1935 when President Roosevelt’s administration created the Dyess Colony in a New Deal experiment. The government built 500 colony houses for out-of-work farmers to move in, clear the land, and convert it to agriculture with the aim of eventually paying the government back. The Cash family was given a five-room house and 20 acres of land… and they did indeed pay off their debt!

Johnny Cash Boyhood Home dining room table Young Johnny Cash lived there from age 3 until he went into the Air Force in 1950. If you saw the motion picture “Walk the Line” you’ll have spotted the house in the movie. Arkansas State University now owns the house and they are busy restoring it. The last we heard, it is due to open in April 2014.

I will tell you more background on the Cash family table and the museum itself when the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home opens. Meanwhile, you can track the progress of the house at the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Facebook page.

A fascinating list of household items already gathered and others still needed is on the Johnny Cash Household Registry site. They are looking for items ranging from 1930′s mops and brooms to a flour barrel with a wooden cover. Who knows? Maybe you’ll have one of those pieces to help the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home out. Then your name will be on a donors’ plaque at the historic house!

You can also see more about the distinctive Mechelen style antique furniture in my earlier blog post.

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Things We Love: Our Clients & Art Deco Betty

I appreciate all our loyal customers, including Betty S. in Tallahassee, Florida, who especially likes Art Deco pieces. My previous client spotlight on the Art Deco buffet Betty bought from us showed photos of her cool 1958 home. I also explained that Betty is more than just a long-time customer, she is a friend.

Art Deco Dog Clock Betty’s birthday was in December and she decided to treat herself to a birthday present from EuroLuxAntiques.com. She chose this vintage 1930 German ceramic Art Deco mantel clock flanked by two terrier dogs. The Art Deco clock no longer ran, but Betty decided she would set it for 5:00 (as it’s five o’clock somewhere) and call it art!

Art Deco clock in our client's homeBetty placed the clock on top of the Art Deco buffet she purchased from us before. On the left you can see one of her pups looking very curious about what’s going on. (He thinks the photo opp is all about him, right?)

Betty Art Deco Clock 2

Another view of the Art Deco clock and buffet in Betty’s home

I appreciate that Betty keeps coming back time and again to buy herself a little something special. We celebrate our 10th year in business in 2014 and we are very flattered that we have met so many wonderful clients who choose to remain in touch with us. We hear from them periodically and they think of us when they’re looking for their next piece – whether for an antique or for some high-quality new furniture. It means a great deal to hear that we are their “go-to antiques folks” and that they like to share our story with their friends and family. It means we have earned their trust, and that is the cornerstone of our business.

We treasure every client and work hard to make sure every sale is a wonderful experience for our customers. It is not always easy, but that is why many businesses don’t provide excellent customer service these days. Often big box stores or online retailers sell in such large volumes that they don’t go the extra mile to make sure every single sale is right and every single customer is happy. Each transaction is just one of many, many sales that day, so it’s hard to treat each customer as an individual. However, because we are a small family business, we strive to make each and every customer feel special and appreciated – as if they were a guest in our home.

Vintage German Art Deco Regulator Clock

Betty also bought this very pretty German Art Deco Regulator Clock from us before. Fully working!

We are happy to spend as much time as a customer needs to help them find just the right piece. I personally oversee all of the shipping arrangements to make sure that everything gets to where it’s supposed to be. And in the rare event of a mishap or delay, I make sure it is taken care of promptly and professionally. We are proud of our track record. As well as selling directly from our EuroLuxAntiques.com gallery we also sell on Ebay. We have over 3500 unique transactions on Ebay with 100% customer satisfaction in our feedback!

Our many wonderful customers like Betty make our job very satisfying. As I said in the Art Deco buffet post, my relationship with Betty goes back more than 20 years. She was a bit of an angel in my life, encouraging my first study abroad experience in Florence, Italy. That led to me spending much more time in Europe and then launching this European antiques import business with Greg. So we’re delighted to see the new photos of Betty’s Art Deco clock alongside her other Art Deco collectibles. May those two cute dogs on the clock bring her much joy!

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: Beauty at Home

Our business is all about beauty at home, helping our clients find the antique furniture and home decor accents to create a lovely space that suits their tastes and lifestyles. These recently published books all look at ways to create beauty at home. They are gorgeously illustrated to provide plenty of inspiration!

Beauty at Home

Beauty at HomeStyle icon Aerin Lauder shares her grandmother Estée Lauder’s elegant and classic taste. In Beauty at Home, Aerin describes how Estée loved blue and white in her color scheme. She chose the fresh blue and white combination for all kinds of design details, from her jars of beauty products right down to her linens. Aerin still has Estee’s Louis XVI style dressing table and (like many of our customers!) she’s a fan of vintage French chandeliers too. Although not exactly an interior design book, Beauty at Home offers plenty of eye candy ideas for your decor. Aerin shares the influences that informed her personal style and takes a tour around her New York apartment and Estée’s former Hamptons home.

La Vie Est Belle

La Vie est BelleThis new book talks about beauty at home with a French accent! The full title is La Vie Est Belle: The Elegant Art of Living in the French Style. Of course, as so many of the pieces of antique furniture and vintage decor accents at EuroLuxAntiques.com are imported directly from France, we’re keen to find out what this book has to say. The author Henrietta Heald takes a look inside French homes in various regions, from fancy châteaux to rustic farmhouses. For each region she visits, she also describes the local French culture and lifestyle, the foods and the wines. She includes French recipes too!

Fifth Avenue Style: A Designer’s New York Apartment

Fifth Avenue StyleThe lavish photos in this book offer a fine example of beauty at home! International interior designer Howard Slatkin believes, like us, that home should be a personal refuge. In this tour of his opulent Fifth Avenue apartment, Slatkin shares his decor ideas. Function, comfort, and attention to detail are the emphasis. As the author says “You only have to please yourself, so forget about rules and dictates and what is in vogue today.” We know that our clients have their own strong sense of style and they are highly creative in adorning their homes in unique ways to suit their personal taste. (As you can see in our client spotlights.) So we guess you might enjoy the exquisite photos in this book, and the author’s practical ideas on home design. He also shares his approach to successful but relaxed entertaining.

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: Vintage Rococo Chandelier

As it is so very cold in many parts of the country right now, I hope that the photos of this vintage Rococo chandelier in its new home will add a little warm glow to your day! In this mid-winter time of long dark nights, a chandelier is especially lovely to bring a little sparkle into your decor.

Rococo chandelierOur client Gail L. in Denver, Colorado, recently purchased this fabulous vintage French Rococo chandelier from us. Dating to around 1950, the Rococo chandelier features a beautiful cast metal vase-shaped body with a pretty shell motif. An ornate leaf design adorns the arms.

Rococo chandelier in client's dining room.

Gail hung the chandelier in her dining room and kindly sent us some photographs, saying “”Received the beautiful chandelier today! Love it.” We love how it looks in her home too. As you can see, the 8-arm chandelier looks most impressive over Gail’s dining table. It is nearly 24 inches wide by 16 inches high so it fills the space nicely, complementing the scale and style of the large display cabinet and lavish drapes.

rococo chandelier in dining room

The brass tone finish on the vintage metal chandelier gives a warm glow against the wood cabinet, while the swirling Rococo chandelier style adds a luxurious flourish. The chandelier has a decorative ceiling cap or canopy and the round ceiling medallion is an extra nice touch. It looks like white plaster and Gail’s choice to hang the light fixture from the center of the medallion adds to the air of authenticity.

Vintage rococo chandelier dining room

Gail has created such a delightful dining room. Every detail enhances the traditional style and sense of welcome. I love the wall clock and the prettily decorated china cabinet at the right of the photo. I imagine that the large rectangular framed mirror also reflects more light into the room, and perhaps even the eight twinkling electric candles on the chandelier!

Christmas treetTo add to our feast of lights, Gail also sent us this photo of her Christmas tree to share with you. It is so graceful and magical with its scattering of delicate white lights. Clearly Gail knows how to make the maximum use of lights in her decor to create an enticing and cozy atmosphere.

Thanks to Gail for sending photos of her lovely home – we hope the Rococo chandelier brings her the blessing of a very sparkly 2014!  If you want to create a similar look in your own home, you can see more vintage chandeliers in our gallery at this link. 

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.

Top 12 Antiques and Decor Blog Posts 2013: Part 2

A few days ago we shared with you six of our most popular antiques and decor blog posts of 2013. Here’s the Part 2 we promised, with the remaining six of our (and your) favorite 12 posts. It’s hard to pick just 12 posts out of a whole year of tips about antiques and decor, never mind all our client spotlights showing our customers’ homes. But we hope you enjoy these – Happy new year!

7. Add Warmth and Mood to Your Interior Design with Wood

These homeowners create contrast in their natural wood decor by adding a dark French antique buffet -- EuroLuxAntiques.comThe five examples in our post on how to add warmth and mood to your home with wood included photos from our clients and from other interiors. Light-colored wood and darker finish wood each convey a natural warmth but they create different effects. This picture is from our clients Jamie and Bill. They bought the beautiful dark-toned French antique buffet from us and paired it with their exposed blonde beams to stunning effect.

8. French country furniture in Alabama

Antiques and decor idea from French Country bedroom in our client's home.On a trip to deliver an antique Louis XV bedroom set to Sandy and Brent H. in Northport, Alabama, we enjoyed seeing their gorgeous collection of French antique furniture. (We also enjoyed the delicious pot roast and cake that Sandy cooked for us. There are perks to this job!) Sandy and Brent have been customers since 2010, and it was terrific to share the photos of their interior design in my post touring their French Country decor home.

9. How to Sell Antiques and Vintage Items

Sell antiques at auction
We receive many emails from folk wondering how to sell antiques they’ve inherited or want to sell for various reasons. So I wrote up my tips on how to sell antiques and vintage items. It including finding out the value, selling options, and advice for selling online. This was a follow-up to one of our most popular 2012 antiques and decor blog posts on how to buy antique furniture online safely and without fear!

10. Victorian Restoration Dining Room

antiques and decor ideas for Victorian home Many of our clients are working on Victorian restorations and our client Sal S., a busy entrepreneur in New York, is one of them. He is doing a beautiful job restoring his Victorian home that had been neglected for years. Our client spotlight on Sal’s Victorian restoration shares how he actually took a road trip to see all our antique furniture and choose in person for his splendid Victorian dining room!  Readers of our antiques and decor blog may remember that Angela M. in Texas also had a great story to tell about why she chose antique brittany furniture for her Victorian restoration.

11. Château de Bagnols Castle Vacation

Château de Bagnols fireplaceMany of our customers enjoy travel to Europe. We wrote several posts this year about historic places to stay or visit that are decorated with wonderful antique furniture. Our post on Château de Bagnols in France provided plenty of inspiration for those of us with regal tastes, even if you don’t get to stay in this 13th century castle hotel! Closer to home, Hillwood Estate in Washington, DC, also has a fascinating story and an array of antique Fabergé and religious treasures.

12. Decorative Stair Ideas

Decorative StairWe are pretty active with our Pinterest boards and we had a lot of fun browsing around Pinterest to share this post on decorative stair ideas. They turn even the simplest staircase into a unique design feature with just a little creativity.

Copy of KittlesFinally, I can’t resist showing you this photo of Ozzy, fondly known as Mr. Kittles, that we posted on our Facebook page. He is just one of our 8 cats and dogs who ‘help’ us in the gallery. Mr. Kittles has his own special way of telling me that “It’s time to stop working! Come and play with me!”

A portion of all our sales benefit the PETS Inc. no-kill animal shelter, so we’re grateful to all our customers in 2013 who helped us help homeless pets.

I hope you enjoyed our recap of our top 12 antiques and decor blog posts of 2013, and that you and yours have a happy, healthy, and beautifully decorated 2014!

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.