Monthly Archives: May 2014

Best of May 2014: Creative Antique Decor

It’s always great to see how our clients blend antiques into their decor. This month we also took a little journey around some historic inns that boast antique decor. Let’s revisit our favorite interior design and antique decor blog posts from May.

 

Creative antique decor: antique French nightstand in the kitchenIn our series of client spotlights, we showed how Kathleen in Oklahoma cleverly turned a French antique nightstand into a pretty kitchen table with storage! The walnut and marble nightstand in the Henry II style dates to 1900 and Kathleen has given it a whole new lease on life.

That blog post also showed other creative ways to repurpose antiques, including a Tibetan altar and a 19th-century antique English secretary. I love to see antique decor used in unusual ways. You can bet these pieces are a terrific conversation starter when guests arrive!
Art Nouveau Chandelier in antique decor dining room
Our Art Nouveau chandelier client spotlight told how commercial pilot Gary found an antique chandelier in our gallery that rivaled one he saw in Rome, Italy! The Italian antiques dealer wouldn’t negotiate the very expensive price so Gary browsed the vintage and antique lighting on our website. He liked our wide selection, high quality, and reasonable prices. Gary lives in nearby North Carolina so he visited us to choose this Art Nouveau chandelier. Doesn’t it look stunning in his elegant dining room?
Monmouth Historic InnThis gorgeous hallway is in the Monmouth Historic Inn in Natchez, MS. It was built in 1818 and the rooms are furnished with antebellum-era antiques. It’s just one of the places to visit in our post on beautiful historic inns around the country. The inns all boast delightful antique decor to add to the romance!
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In our series of posts on 2014 home decor trends, we took a look at trendy but timeless nailhead trim on furniture. These very rare antique French Hunting chairs in the gallery offer a fine example. The embossed leather panels are attached to the ornately carved oak chair frames by attractive nailheads that were crafted and placed in 1880!
Nailhead trim on Ambella Home SideboardFast forward to 2014 and even the high-quality reproduction furniture we carry looks neat with nailheads! How about this impressive Ambella Home Manhattan collection sideboard?
Thanks for sharing the month with me. I’ll be back with more antique decor and home design inspirations in June!

 

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. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Historic Newberry Main Street in the News

We were delighted to see this TV news story about some friends of ours who just renovated a loft near our gallery on Main Street, Newberry, SC. Barbara and Franklin Miller are a very entrepreneurial couple. They also opened a “pop-up” retail space which featured local artists’ works including Franklin’s beautiful paintings. That “pop-up” venture is finished now but it’s another great example of the type of innovation happening here on Main Street!

EuroLux Antiques Gallery Newberry Main StreetIn my last blog post celebrating the 10 year anniversary of EuroLux Antiques, I explained how we’d moved to Main Street in Historic Downtown Newberry about a year and a half after we started the business.

I have always been a big supporter of the City of Newberry and we’ve been very happy with our move to Main Street. The City of Newberry is very progressive and super-supportive of local merchants. I’ve served on marketing committees where the City has openly solicited feedback from merchants and engaged in a dialogue in order to listen to our ideas.

Newberry OktoberfestThe City has also provided free Wi-Fi for the convenience of shoppers downtown, and it organizes quite a few festivals throughout the year. I’ve written before about how much Greg and I enjoy Newberry Oktoberfest. It’s just one of the events that draw people to our area. Visitors soon learn why we’re known as the City of Friendly Folks!

The City’s new initiative to provide a 90% grant for local business and property owners to fix up their buildings is fantastic in my opinion. I believe more than 20 businesses have participated. Their plans have ranged from fresh coats of paint for peeling buildings to beautiful, colorful awnings that brighten up the street.

EuroLux Antiques on Newberry Main Street

Flower boxes outside EuroLux Antiques and The Computer Doctor

The City recently planted trees up and down Main Street and even started a flower box program, where large planters were placed outside of businesses up and down Main Street and filled with seasonal flowers. All we have to do is promise to water them. I’d say that is a great deal!

The City also prints a Shopping and Dining Guide featuring all the downtown merchants, and does extensive radio, television, print and billboard advertising to draw folks from surrounding areas to Downtown. Historic Newberry is simply a wonderful place to do business and a great place to call home!

Our EuroLux Antiques gallery on Main Street doesn’t have an upstairs that we can convert into a loft like the Millers did. However, we also own 1407 Main Street, next door to EuroLux Antiques, where Greg fixes computers and cell phones in his business The Computer Doctor. That building does have an upstairs loft. When we bought the building years ago we planned to renovate, like the Millers did, and convert it into an upstairs loft apartment.

Our Newberry antiques gallery

Squiggy in the window, welcoming people to the gallery!

We ended up finding our little 1920s bungalow that we’re renovating. Since it had a yard for the dogs, we decided it was a better place to live than the loft. We do plan to renovate the loft in the future though as it is a very cool space. There is a neat historic story behind our Newberry Main Street building – I’ll tell you about that another time!

If you plan to visit us in Newberry, SC, you’ll find lots of good information at the City of Newberry’s website, including all the local shops and restaurants, and the places to go antiquing. Come by and say hi!

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. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Things We Love: The First 10 Years of EuroLux Antiques

It’s been fun to look back over the past ten years of EuroLux Antiques as we celebrate our 10th anniversary and remember how far we’ve come. So much has changed – even our name and our location!

EuroLux Antiques original logoWe actually started our business as EuroLux Imports – meant to convey that we were importing hand-selected, high-quality luxury goods from Europe. Our logo was a rampant lion with our name in script lettering. The lettering was so fancy you could hardly read it.

We soon found out that most folks understood First EuroLux Antiques Building-June-2005the word “imports” as synonymous with “reproductions.”  We had a serious credibility problem with folks not believing that our pieces were true antiques. Inside of first EuroLux Antiques buildingSo we changed our name to EuroLux Antiques and that seemed to solve the problem. (Now we’re actually considering changing our name to EuroLux Home, to reflect the fact that we have started to sell much more than just antiques!)

We also originally opened our business outside of Newberry on CR Koon Highway in a large metal pole building. Here is a glimpse of the outside and the inside of our original building.

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I still remember the day our sign went up, I was so excited! It finally felt real – we really had our own business!

After a year and a half, we decided to move to Historic Downtown Newberry and we purchased our current gallery, a two story building at 1409 Main Street. All of the other antiques shops in Newberry were concentrated on Main Street, so we increased our walk-in traffic. And Downtown Newberry is so cool, we love being part of the neighborhood!

EuroLux Antiques Newberry Main Street stores

 

Also, the new gallery was much more convenient for receiving containers of European antiques. In our old space, we had to move everything to the walls so that we could unload directly into the middle of the room. Then the shop was a disaster for a week or more while we sorted everything out. Now we just unload directly into the basement level so that we don’t mess up the gallery!

We also enjoyed moving to Downtown Newberry as we joined a thriving community of other small business owners.

I was honored to serve as President of the Downtown Merchants Association for three years and Greg served as Treasurer too.

There is quite a bit happening in Downtown Newberry these days, but I’ll tell you about that another time. For now, we’re just happy to look back over our first ten years and share our journey with you. Thanks to all our customers who bought antiques from us, and who made it all such fun!

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: Creative New Use for Antique Nightstand

Antique French NightstandI love it when I see how creatively some of our customers use and display the antique furniture they buy from us. Our client Kathleen G.  in in Arcadia, OK, is a great example!

Kathleen purchased this French antique nightstand in the Henry II style and dating to 1900. The geometric walnut marquetry and lovely turned legs are nicely set off by the gray marble top. We suggested that the antique nightstand could be used not just as a bedside table, but also as an accent table in the living room or hallway. It would even look pretty in a powder room.

Kathleen went one better, and used the antique nightstand in an even more interesting way!

Antique nightstandKathleen is using the antique nightstand in her kitchen as a table with additional storage. It looks terrific against the wood floor and blends beautifully with Kathleen’s French Country style paneled cabinets.

French antique nightstandThis close-up gives you another view of how the antique nightstand looks in its new role as a kitchen cabinet. It’s such an interesting conversation piece. Inspired by Kathleen’s creative decor, I found a couple more examples of how people use antique furniture in unusual ways.

Creative placement of antique secretaireA House Beautiful magazine article showed this master bathroom designed by Paolo Moschino with a 19th-century antique English secretary. The secretary provides a lot of storage for towels and grooming products. It also looks gorgeous beside the old-fashioned tub, although I’d want good ventilation in the room in case it got too steamy and wet!

An antique Tibetan altar serves as a kitchen island in this Vermont barn house kitchen. The worn finish of the altar looks beautiful against the rustic wood floor and walls. I am sure that if they use the island to chop food they have a good chopping board on top. The altar is a unique and decorative storage space and room divider, and a nice island to gather around for coffee!
We’d love to hear from you if you’ve found a creative new use for antique or vintage furniture. 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.

Visit a Beautiful Historic Inn this Spring!

If you’re looking for a spring getaway, why not check into one of these historic inns? Some beautiful old houses around the country have been renovated to their former glory and turned into an inn. Many boast antique furniture and period decor too. It’s a great way to step into history and enjoy the antiques lifestyle!

Simpson House Historic InnSimpson House Inn in gorgeous Santa Barbara, California, is an old Victorian estate in an acre of English gardens. The guest rooms in this luxurious historic inn are scattered between the 1874 Victorian home and restored barn and garden cottages. The Victorian decor includes antique clawfoot tubs and antique beds – so romantic!

Monmouth Historic InnTucked away in Natchez, Mississippi, you’ll find the Monmouth Historic Inn. Natchez is 90 miles southwest of Jackson, MS, and it’s actually the oldest city on the Mississippi River. The Monmouth Historic Inn was built in 1818 and the rooms boast period decor and antebellum-era antiques. You really are stepping back in time!

Monmouth Historic InnThis hall in the Monmouth Historic Inn shows the detail in the period decor and antique furniture. No wonder it’s a National Historic Landmark. If you can tear yourself away to explore outside the inn, you can wander around 26 landscaped acres.

Roycroft historic inn The Roycroft Inn in East Aurora, New York, is a wonderful place for anyone who loves Arts and Crafts decor. The National Historic Landmark opened as an inn in 1905, as a hub for artists in the American Arts and Crafts Movement.

As you might expect, there is some lovely woodwork in the old inn. The library has an old stone fireplace and you can also see original Alexis Jean Fournier murals in the foyer.

The Preservation Directory lists historic inns in every state if you’d like to find one closer to home. Or tell us about your own favorite historic inn 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: Art Nouveau Chandelier

Today I want to tell you a story about a client who bought an Art Nouveau chandelier from us. I am always delighted and grateful when people send us photos for our spotlights on customers’ homes showing the furniture they have purchased from EuroLux Antiques. I don’t think we’ve had a spotlight on an Art Nouveau chandelier until Gary sent us some photos!

Gary P. lives in Cary, NC, and he is a very nice guy with wonderful taste. He is a commercial pilot and he flies all over the world. He always tries to find antique shops to visit wherever he lands. When Gary was in Rome, Italy, he found a handsome antique chandelier in a little shop, but the antique dealer wouldn’t negotiate the very expensive price.

Art Nouveau chandelier

The Art Nouveau chandelier Gary found at EuroLuxAntiques.com

Gary spent a little time researching antique chandeliers online and found our website at EuroLuxAntiques.com. As we are in South Carolina, Gary was delighted that we were within driving distance, so he decided to make a road trip with his good friend Kathryn. Gary relies upon Kathryn’s good design advice. Isn’t it great when you can trust a friend’s taste like that and know that it will match your own?

Gary was impressed with our wide selection of antique and vintage chandeliers and was also happy that our prices weren’t anywhere close to those pricey fixtures in Rome – although he insisted our quality was just as top-notch.

Art Nouveau Chandelier from EuroLuxAntiques.com Kathryn was the first to spot this outstanding Art Nouveau chandelier in alabaster. She thought it would be perfect for Gary’s dining room and he agreed. Here it is in Gary’s home. In his email, Gary said he thought the Art Nouveau chandelier looked terrific. It really does, doesn’t it? I think the dining room has a nice Italian or Mediterranean look with the elegant lemony yellow walls. The white trim around the open archway adds to the classical effect. “Thank you so much,” wrote Gary. “With Kathryn’s assistance and good decorating taste, the dining room continues to evolve.”

We’d love to see more photos of the dining room as it evolves. Meanwhile I’m sending a big “thank you” to Gary P. for sharing the photo of the Art Nouveau chandelier in its new home.

If you are a fan of the Art Nouveau style, you can see all our Art Nouveau furniture and decorative home accents here. Or just check out all our vintage and antique lighting and chandeliers in many styles.

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.

Home Decor Trends: Nailhead Trim

Nailhead trim is yet another traditional design detail that is getting a lot of attention in this year’s lists of decor trends! A Better Homes and Gardens magazine article called What We Want in Our Homes: 2014 highlighted nailhead trim. They said: “It’s an ideal trend to embrace for larger investment pieces, such as upholstered chairs and sofas, because it’s timeless.”

Even though nailhead trim is especially fashionable now it is never really out of fashion, so you don’t have to worry about it looking dated in a few years. Nailhead trim is a classic detail that goes back 400 years.Antique French Hunting chairs

Nailheads were a practical way for European craftsmen to attach fabric or leather to the wooden furniture frame. For example, we’ve got this very rare set of antique French Hunting chairs from 1880 in the gallery. We have never seen embossed leather on a set of Hunting chairs before. But you can see that the beautifully embossed leather panels on the seat and back are attached to the ornately carved oak chair frames by attractive nailheads.

Let’s have a look at some of the other nailhead trim furniture in our gallery, whether traditional or more contemporary or transitional in design!

Nailhead trim on leather sofaThis new Chesterfield leather daybed is hand-made to order in the USA by an American company we work with. As you can see, the top grain leather upholstery is accented by a beautiful nailhead trim that gives it a traditional feel. Each brass nail is hand-driven on this nicely crafted piece. Like all the other custom-made in the USA leather sofas from that company, the daybed is available in many leather colors.

Red Leather dining chair nailhead trimThe decorative nails on these newly crafted Cloister style leather dining chairs are also applied by hand. The nailhead trim serves to accent the sleek lines of the wine red leather panels. These Cloister style chairs remind me of medieval castles and churches!

It’s a specialist craft to apply the nails because they have to be perfectly spaced and you have to get it right first time to avoid damaging the upholstery. The small, family-owned company that makes these chairs employs craftsmen who know how to drive the nails by hand, of course.

Leather stool with nailhead trimBut if you are are trying to do a DIY project and you don’t have the carpentry or upholstery skills, then I know that you can buy faux nailhead trim by the yard. I would not recommend doing that to antique or high-quality furniture! Also, the faux nailhead doesn’t look as good as the real thing because you can see the strips joining the mock nails. But it might be a fun way to freshen up a cheaper piece of furniture.

This new leather stool certainly does NOT rely on faux nailhead by the yard! It is hand-crafted by Woodbridge Furniture Company and I wanted to show it to you because the nailhead trim is so integral to the design. The bold nails outline the sculptural oval back, almost acting as jewelry for the furniture.

Nailhead trim on Ambella Home SideboardIf you need any more convincing that nailhead trim works across many styles of furniture, this fabulous Ambella Home sideboard from the Manhattan collection should do the trick. The angular demi-lune shaped sideboard boasts white leather-look upholstery on the doors, studded with nickel nailheads. Polished nickel ring door handles match the nailheads. The result is classic, high-end, and sophisticated, but with a little edge! The Ambella Home Manhattan collection also includes beds, dining chairs, and other furniture with this design, so ask us about it if you love the look as much as we do!

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.