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Best of April 2014: National Decorating Month

April was National Decorating Month and I hope that our blog posts helped inspire ideas for your home!  Let’s revisit some of our favorite antiques and decor posts from April.

National Decorating Month gray decorGray popped up as a hot decor trend for 2014, so in National Decorating Month I wrote a post on Gray Decor in the bedroom & living room. Gray is so adaptable. It works well with natural materials in a rustic country setting and in sophisticated city rooms. It’s great with exotic or heavy textures too, like this Castilian themed Ambella Home bedroom.
Madrid dining chair set
Our Madrid dining chairs client spotlight about Heidi’s chic dining room also emphasized the beauty of neutral colors. Heidi has a set of our linen-upholstered Spanish style chairs in her dining room.  The  pale gray paint on the walls and the light tones of the carpet and  chairs give a fresh twist to the room’s traditional Spanish Mission style influence. Heidi’s dining room is perfectly timeless but also perfectly NOW!
Hand-painted ceramics add a colorful touch in National Decorating MonthFor a splash of color, you don’t always need a big decorating project. I think it keeps the spirit of National Decorating Month to use smaller accents and creative touches to ring the changes in your home. For example, our client Bunny sent us this photo of her kitchen adorned with old Italian Deruta ceramics she bought from us. See more in our post on the sunny Mediterranean style of hand-painted Vintage Deruta Ceramics.

 

Antiques deals in National Decorating MonthDuring National Decorating Month, Greg and I worked hard at spring cleaning and sorting some of our older stock. The good news for you is that we’ve slashed prices by about 40% (or more!) on some beautiful antiques and vintage pieces that are still waiting for a good home. See some of our favorite bargains in our Spring Cleaning Antiques Deals post. Or visit EuroLuxAntiques.com to browse for deals on antique furniture, lighting, clocks, ceramics, and other smaller items.
Atlantique Antique Show
Finally, we celebrate our 10th anniversary in 2014 and we’re having great fun remembering highlights from our early years. If you want to know what NOT to do when a slab of marble on an Art Deco sideboard breaks just before a major antiques show, read this post on our First Atlantique Antique Show. We had a Laurel and Hardy moment involving the marble, too much glue, and a glass-topped hotel table. It’s funny to look back on, even if it wasn’t so funny at the time!

 

Thanks for spending National Decorating Month with us. We’ll share more ideas and inspiration about antiques and home decor in May.

 

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her husband, 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 First Atlantique Antique Show

We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary here at EuroLux Antiques and today I’m remembering one of our “Laurel and Hardy moments” at our first Atlantique antique show. It is always fun to look back – to celebrate our successes and laugh at our follies – on our long journey that brought us to where we are today.

Our first Atlantique antique show

Our first Atlantique antique show

As I mentioned last month, we started the business by traveling to antique shows before we actually opened our Gallery. Our very first antique show in Atlanta was a disaster, but we certainly learned from our mistakes, and our next show in Charlotte was smooth sailing.

We did a few more shows in Atlanta and Charlotte before we decided to venture up north to the great big Atlantique antique show in Atlantic City, NJ, in March 2005. It was New Jersey’s largest and longest running indoor antique show with more than 500 vendors.

It was known as “the big one” among antique dealers that we met at the time and everyone said we just had to do it. We listened to the stories that old-timers like to tell newbies about wealthy customers sweeping in to the Atlantique antique show and buying up everything in a dealer’s booth. It sounded wonderful to us!

So Greg and I bought a 28-foot trailer and loaded it full of antique furniture and away we went, heading north on I-95. Our trailer for Atlantique antique showWe arrived at the Atlantic City Convention Center and were impressed at how well they coordinated the load-in of more than 500 dealers – the sheer volume of antique inventory stretched several football fields!

Atlantique Antique Show

The Art Deco Sideboard with the fated broken marble

While we were unloading a beautiful Art Deco Sideboard with three big pieces of marble, one of the pieces of marble tumbled out of its packaging and broke in half. Oh no!

Always resourceful, we went out to Lowe’s and bought supplies to repair the marble overnight in our hotel room. It was a very clean break, so we were able to glue and clamp it and set it aside to dry.

All seemed well until the next morning, when we realized that we had accidentally glued a big piece of the marble to the glass top table of our hotel room! Oh no again! Now what? (Are you laughing at us? No – we didn’t think about how the glue would ooze out of the bottom and adhere to the table! I told you we were green beans!)

We debated whether it was better to break the glass top or just abandon the marble – neither option was ideal. What to do, what to do? The Atlantique antique show was starting soon!

Our cabinet at Atlantique antique show

One of our cabinets at Atlantique

Greg decided to take a flathead screwdriver and see if he could gently pry it up without damaging either the glass top or the marble. Fingers and toes crossed and hold your breath! And suddenly, after a few minutes of careful wiggling, we heard a “ssssllllluuuurrrppp” – Greg had released the marble from the glass! What relief! We grabbed the marble and headed off the show, grateful at our dumb luck.

In the end, the Atlantique antique show went well and we did sell quite a few pieces and met some interesting folks too. But nine years later, we still laugh about how we glued that marble to that hotel room table!

Do you have any great stories to share of antique shows you attended? Tell us about them in the space below!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her husband, 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: Spanish Style Madrid Dining Chairs

It’s always great to see how our customers’ homes look with the furniture they have purchased from us. Heidi’s chic dining room featuring our Madrid dining chairs is no exception!

Madrid Dining Chairs Spanish Style linen Heidi B. in North Attleboro, MA, purchased a set of ten Madrid dining chairs from us. Although the chairs are new, they are packed with Old World appeal.  The chairs are made with solid kiln-dried wood and crafted with traditional joinery and hand construction techniques. (We only work with reproduction furniture companies who meet our high standards for quality, finish, and value. Yes, we’re picky – but in the best possible way!)

As you can guess from the name, the Madrid dining chairs are influenced by traditional Spanish styling. The silhouette of the chair back and the turned spindle shaping of the front legs and stretcher help create the mood. A bold nailhead trim around the linen upholstery adds another authentic touch. The Madrid dining chairs are a perfect match for Spanish Mission style decor.

Madrid dining chair set

The Madrid dining chairs look amazing in Heidi’s home. The dining room continues that Old World Spanish feel with the big spiral candlesticks and a standing cross on the sideboard. Large glass pendant lights hung by chunky chains from the ceiling are a lovely feature too. The two lights are perfectly proportioned. They have enough heft to balance the substance of the dining table and chairs while also creating an alluringly luminous glow. The neutral linen fabric on the Madrid dining chairs pairs beautifully with the pale patterned carpet, and I think the nailhead trim on the chairs is one of those subtle details that helps pull the whole look together. Just delightful!

I bet Heidi and her husband are wonderful hosts and I can only imagine the festive dinner parties that take place in this inviting setting. I’m picturing tapas and a nice Spanish wine to continue the Old World flavor, but honestly I’d say yes to pizza and juice too! Thanks to Heidi for sharing this photo of her new Madrid dining chairs.

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.

Spring Cleaning Antiques Deals

Greg and I are busy spring cleaning and sorting out some of our older inventory, which means you can pick up some great antiques deals as we cut prices on pieces that are still waiting for a good home! If you’ve had your eye on something you liked, now is the time to mosey on over to EuroLuxAntiques.com and see if we’ve reduced the price. Discounts on selected treasures are mostly around 40% off – sometimes more!

Our spring cleaning antiques deals include furniture, vintage lighting and other smaller items and decorative accents too.

Renaissance buffet in our spring cleaning antiques deals Although spring cleaning usually sounds like a chore, we’re really enjoying sorting through our stock. We always pride ourselves on our good value, but during the 10th anniversary year of our business we’ve got even more excuse to say ‘thank you’ to our cherished customers with some superb antiques deals.

For example, this fine antique French Renaissance Henry II buffet dating to 1900 has been significantly reduced to $2,820. When you consider the price of a modern buffet or serving hutch, we think that this beautifully carved oak antique buffet is a steal! At nearly nine feet high and six feet wide, the large Renaissance style buffet offers tons of serving and storage space, including a full-length plate rack. The swags and floral and medallion carvings on the doors make this a very nicely crafted piece.

Our Antiques deals include this amazing vintage French chandelier I’m sure that someone with a taste for romance will quickly snap up this amazing French vintage Rococo chandelier in the Marie Theresa style. One of my favorite spring cleaning antiques deals, the sparkly glass and metal 6-arm chandelier drips with clear jewel pendants and it’s studded with pretty rosettes. Delightful for a bedroom, foyer, or even a fancy master bath, the 25″ high vintage chandelier has now been ‘spring cleaned’ down to $580. That’s nearly half price!

 

Mueller ClockSmart investors might take note of this very rare antique clock signed by the famous clock manufacturer Nicholas Mueller’s Sons. The intricate antique Rococo clock is dated April 25 1882 on the works and it still runs and strikes the hour too! The highly detailed sculpture of a woman carrying wheat and feeding a lamb is probably the Greek goddess Demeter or the Roman Ceres, both goddesses of the harvest and fertility. We’ve slashed the price of the metal and black marble Nicholas Mueller’s Sons clock to $2,610. I might regret it tomorrow, but for now I’m in spring cleaning frenzy!

Delft and Ceramics antiques dealsI’m even taking a clean sweep to selected antique and vintage Delft, Majolica, and ceramics.  I’ll miss some of these lovely pieces as they are so decorative around the gallery, but I’m consoled by knowing they will brighten someone’s home!

To see all our spring cleaning antiques deals, browse our online EuroLuxAntiques.com gallery. The final discount price doesn’t always show on the home page, so click through to the individual item details to see the lowest spring fling price! Don’t forget our always-free shipping in the Continental US and much of Canada. Happy shopping and happy Easter!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her husband, 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: Vintage Crafts

There are so many books coming out about vintage crafts. Old-fashioned skills like quilting, embroidery, crochet, and knitting are popular partly because they offer a way to create personalized items to wear or to enjoy in our decor. But also it’s just lovely to give a hand-made gift and to create heirlooms to pass down through the family. These recently published vintage crafts books provide both inspiration and practical advice!

Vintage Quilt Revival

Vintage Crafts Vintage Quilt Revival bookIs there anything cozier and more inviting than a beautiful quilt? Giving a fresh twist on tradition, this new Vintage Quilt Revival book is subtitled 22 Modern Designs from Classic Blocks.  As well as bed quilts, the projects include a table runner and a bag. Patterns range from the Mayflower block to the Exploding Star, Dove at the Window, and Double Windmill. I love the romantic names!

Quilting is one of those vintage crafts that seems never to go out of fashion. Crafty types can get really creative with their quilts, using fabrics and patterns to reflect their individuality and their decor.

 

Maison Sajou Sewing Book

Vintage crafts sewing bookMaison Sajou is a famous haberdashery and sewing crafts store in Paris. The old shop first thread its needle in 1857 and it is still going strong supplying chic French seamstresses with fancy laces, ribbons, and embroidery silks. This new book describes 20 Maison Sajou projects to make at home.

Ideas include decorative napkins, a vintage style clutch bag, a charming silk slipper bag, a French Country style tablecloth, a nautical tote bag, and a pulled threadwork linen bolster. You don’t have to be an expert either. The projects with illustrated instructions start with basic embroideries all the way through to more intricate concoctions.

Sew Your Own Vintage Keepsakes

Vintage Crafts sewing keepsakesA treasure trove of ideas to make gifts, mementos and accessories that may become heirlooms! The book is heavily inspired by vintage crafts and decor and the author herself lives in an old Victorian townhouse. The 40 projects are paired with photos and step-by-step instructions to make all kinds of keepsakes from a calico doll to a christening gown, and from a drawstring bag to a fabric-lined basket. Although a reissue of an older book, this could be a keeper if you like making keepsakes!

Do you knit, sew, embroider, conjure up quilts or enjoy other traditional vintage crafts? Tell us about your favorite project 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.

2014 Trends: Elegant Gray Decor

Gray decor is apparently rocking the trends lists for 2014. I don’t think it was ever off-trend! As April is National Decorating Month we’ve all got an excuse to rethink our interiors. Maybe even try some new and creative decorating techniques.

Greg and I been working to get our drywall up in our 1920s bungalow renovation project. We also finally finished the HVAC a few weeks ago after interruptions with freak snowstorms! We’re not ready to think about finishing touches on the interiors yet. But if you plan to paint any rooms in your home, gray decor is a great way to go.

Gray Decor by Benjamin MooreGray is the new black, according to Realtor magazine’s 10 hottest home design trends for 2014. I also remember when gray was the new brown, and then the new white. Funny how gray can’t just be the old gray that we love already! The serene living room above features Benjamin Moore‘s Thunder color paint on the walls. It shows how beautifully gray works with natural materials. It’s a perfect match for wood, stone, and natural fabrics like linen.

FarrowBallGrayDecorThis gray decor in this classic and inviting living room is created with Farrow and Ball’s French Gray on the walls and London Stone trim. That French Gray tone was also popular in 19th century wallpapers.

Victorian Gray decor wallpaper

The Victorian style floral wallpaper in our Victorian Bed and Breakfast client spotlight is a great example.Our customers Kathy and Tim renovated a beautiful Victorian mansion in Walla Walla, Washington, and opened it as the Vine and Roses Bed & Breakfast. We helped them furnish it with antiques including this French Country dresser. The dresser looks fabulous against the gray wallpaper accented with vivid red flowers.
In Victorian times, gray decor was also often seen in entry halls, hallways and staircases. Supposedly the simple gray wouldn’t compete with the surrounding rooms. I suspect it held its own quite well!

Gray decor bedroom with furniture by Ambella Home

Gray decor is sophisticated and soothing in a bedroom too. Because gray is such a subtle tone it can take a lot of texture. The textured gray walls and patterned linens in this bedroom prove the point. Anyone who worries that gray will be too staid will be reassured by this elegantly exotic room, featuring the Ambella Home Castilian king bed and chest of drawers that we stock in the gallery.

French Provincial dining chairs for gray decorIf you don’t want to decorate completely in gray, a few gray accents still create the mood. This set of 6 new French Country dining chairs looks authentically rustic, but with a nod to contemporary color. Crafted in solid mahogany, the chairs have a soft gray wash finish to make them look well-loved and well-worn. The gray complements the natural color of the handwoven rush seating perfectly.

Do you have gray decor in your home? We’d love to hear what you like 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: Vintage Deruta Ceramics

Our customer, Bunny J., in nearby Chapin, SC, sent us a photo of her kitchen decked out in Italian vintage Deruta ceramics from EuroLuxAntiques.com.  Bunny has been a great customer for many years. In the past she’s purchased an armoire, a set of 8 chairs, and lots of vintage majolica and pewter pieces.

Vintage Deruta ceramics in our client's kitchen

I love how Bunny has created a nice sense of balance with her display of ceramics. That large yellow and blue plate is a cheerful focal point in the attractive tile nook. Old hand-painted majolica always adds a welcoming note in a kitchen. While Capodimonte is probably Italy’s most famous porcelain manufacturer, collectors in the know also look out for vintage Deruta majolica.

Vintage Deruta pot

This vintage Deruta pot is a nice example, and it’s one of the antique and vintage ceramics and majolica pieces in our gallery right now. Majolica means a hand-painted earthenware pottery with a tin glaze and it is named for the Spanish island of Majorca. The style spread to Italy, including to the medieval town of Deruta in Umbria. The local clay around Deruta was so good for ceramics that craftsmen were firing up their kilns by the early Middle Ages. They really hit their artistic stride in the 15th and early 16th centuries.

The vintage Deruta pharmacy pot dates to the 1950s, hand-painted with a Renaissance design.  It was found in a European antiques market. We think it would be lovely in a kitchen as a canister for flour, sugar, salt, or spices.

Italian Deruta ceramic fountainI can’t resist showing you this incredible Italian fountain that we have in the gallery too. Deruta ceramics are still being made and although the hand-made fountain is not vintage Deruta it is a beautiful example of the style.

The Deruta fountain shows the Moorish influence of majolica’s Spanish heritage and the doves and flowers are also typical of Italian majolica. The doves are taking a drink from the running water that pours from the spout into the sink below

When I first saw the fountain, I was delighted by how very Italian it is in spirit. How can we see the lemons and grapes on the fountain and not think about living La Dolce Vita?

The fountain looks like a pedestal sink, but really this colorful new hand-painted fountain is meant for a garden, patio, porch or sunroom. It’s more than 6 feet tall – that’s a lot of Italian style! .

The use of blue, orange and yellow are also typical of Deruta majolica. Those sunny Mediterranean colors always bring a smile to my face and they perk up any space.

Thanks to Bunny for inspiring us with the vintage Deruta ceramics in her kitchen! If you have any old (or even new) Deruta majolica, I’d love to hear what 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.