Monthly Archives: June 2014

Bookshelf: The Art of Outdoor Living

It is nearly the summer solstice and a lot of people are making the most of the long summer days and enjoying outdoor living! These books show gorgeous gardens and outdoor living spaces, and also provide inspiration for rustic garden craft projects.

Veranda: The Art of Outdoor Living

Veranda Outdoor LivingThe writer of this lush coffee table book is Lisa Newsom who founded Veranda magazine in 1977. So she knows what she is talking about and how to find the best outdoor living inspirations! The lavish full-page photos are a joy for anyone who loves outdoor spaces as an extension of the home. Photos include courtyards, pools, the gardens of a French chateau, and the gardens of well-known designers and gardeners. The journey takes you across the world, and what a dreamy journey it is!

Private Edens: Beautiful Country Gardens

Outdoor Living Country GardensGarden design expert Jack Staub leads readers on a tour of 20 spectacular private country gardens in this handsome book. The ‘Private Edens’ are mainly in the northeast, and the gardens are not open to the general public. In fact, they are so private that the owners’ names and exact locations are left anonymous. Still, you can have a peek at these beautifully designed sanctuaries, including the author’s own Pennsylvania farm boasting a pondside pavilion and a romantic cherry-tree walk. One highlight is an exotic Asian–inspired garden in Maryland – apparently created by a princess from a Himalayan kingdom and her American husband!

Rustic Garden Projects

Rustic garden projects for outdoor livingIf you feel like being creative in the garden yourself (and perhaps you aren’t quite as rich as a Himalayan princess!) this new book will give some ideas to enhance your outdoor living. The subtitle is: ‘Step-by-Step Backyard Décor from Trellises to Tree Swings, Stone Steps to Stained Glass.’ That pretty much says it all. The do-it-yourself garden projects range from a simple suet ball bird feeder to a more ambitious but wonderful moon gate of braided willow. Some of the easier ones might be fun to do with the kids or grandchildren too. How about a personalized walkway?

Do you have any photos of your outdoor living space to share with us? Or perhaps a garden project to tell us about? We are all ears! Tell us 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. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Client Spotlight: Art Deco Dale Tiffany Lamp

Today I’ve got a gorgeous Dale Tiffany lamp to show you in our customer Gail’s living room!

Regular readers of our blog say they enjoy our series of client spotlights featuring our customers’ homes. I love writing those posts too, and I appreciate that people send us their photos. It lets me see how our antique furniture or high-quality reproduction furniture and home accents work in people’s decor. I’ve often spent time on the phone and email helping people choose a piece. So seeing photos of their purchase in its new home is like hearing the end of the story, you know?

Art Deco Dale Tiffany LampGail L. in Madison, CT, chose this stunning Art Deco style Dale Tiffany lamp for the side table in her living room. The Dale Tiffany lamp is more than two feet high and it is typical of the sleek glamor of the Art Deco period. The shiny polished nickel base is topped with a spectacular shade crafted with long concave pieces of solid crystal. The two bulbs operate via pull chains. The lamp casts a beautiful light and it would make a terrific accent lamp in an Art Deco room or any contemporary design scheme.

Below you can see the Dale Tiffany lamp looking wonderful on the side table in Gail’s living room.

Dale Tiffany Lamp Art Deco crystal

Now I see the design of her living room, I realize that Gail was probably so drawn to the polished nickel finish of the table lamp because it matches the sideboard under the TV. I can’t see the detail perfectly, but I think it might also match the frame of the coffee table.

Dale Tiffany Crystal chandelier Dale Tiffany is famous for exquisite hand-made lighting. The designs often replicate the antique stained glass designs of Louis Comfort Tiffany lamps. (I blogged about the creative process for those unique art glass Tiffany replica lamps here.)  But the Dale Tiffany artisans also craft many lead crystal lamps, chandeliers and wall sconces too.

This dazzling polished chrome and crystal Dale Tiffany chandelier from the Massa collection is a fine example. It also replicates an original Louis Comfort Tiffany antique light design, using the same techniques of high-quality craftsmanship. Crystal always adds sparkle to your life!

Thanks to Gail for sending a photo of her Dale Tiffany lamp. It’s great to see how that classic Art Deco style is so timeless it blends beautifully into a 21st century living room!

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.

Chandelier Lighting for Every Room and Style

Chandelier lighting makes a wonderful design statement in any room. Some people think you have to have a formal dining room to show off a chandelier. (For example, see the dining rooms in our client spotlights on Gail’s French vintage Rococo chandelier or Gary’s Art Nouveau chandelier.) Others like to use chandelier lighting in an entry way or foyer. A little razzle dazzle creates a sparkling welcome!

But you can enjoy the beauty of a chandelier in any room from the bedroom to the powder room. The crystal swagged chandelier in this traditional kitchen adds a very individual touch, doesn’t it?

We stock a huge selection of chandelier lighting in our online gallery. The choices range from antique and vintage chandeliers to new chandeliers hand-crafted by artisans. Let’s have a look at some of the chandelier style options for every room and every taste.

Vintage chandelier lighting Do you prefer streamlined shapes rather than the more elaborate swoops, swags and flourishes of fancier Rococo styles? Then this 1950 vintage French chandelier shows you can have ornate style without the frou-frou details! The metal chandelier is crafted with a light golden finish. The 6 arms boast a graceful leaf motif. The body has an ornate embossed look too. It’s stately and elegant, and would look terrific in a living area or dining room, or even in a hallway. When hanging chandelier lighting in areas where people will walk beneath, be sure to leave at least 7 feet from the ground. If you have a tall visitor with a bouncy step, you don’t want them banging their head!

Vintage Capodimonte chandelier lighting

If bling is simply not your thing, a ceramic chandelier like this darling vintage Capodimonte one is a pretty choice for a Victorian home or cottage. Or even for a modern shabby romantic bedroom or dressing room! The Italian chandelier is a petite 20 inches wide and 17 inches tall so it will fit nicely into a smaller space. But even though it is petite, the yellow 1950 vintage Capodimonte chandelier is full of cheer, painted with flowery panels.

Dale Tiffany chandelier lighting Mission styleBelieve it or not, this Dale Tiffany Mission style chandelier is not actually an antique. It is crafted by Dale Tiffany artisans in hand-rolled art glass with a bronzed metal base. The size and heavy look make this light a good fit for a larger room. Think about a great room or a high-ceiling foyer where it will balance the room scale nicely.

Rustic carved chandelier lightingThis rustic hand-carved chandelier is also newly crafted. The style is so adaptable that we could see it in a Scandinavian design scheme or in the decor of someone with a taste for folk art. Picture it in a country cabin, a Farmhouse kitchen, a Boho chic boudoir… the possibilities are endless. Each of the 8 hand-carved scroll arms supports a narrow shelf with candle cups and electric candles. Charming!

If you hang this or any chandelier over a dining table, allow at least 30 to 33 inches clearance above the table top.

Upcycled vintage spoon chandelier Finally, those of you with eclectic taste (or a love for tea!) will enjoy this upcycled vintage spoon chandelier. It is hand-crafted by an artist using vintage silver plate spoons.  You can see how fabulous it looks in our customer spotlight about Barbara’s kitchen featuring a custom-made spoon chandelier.

Fun and unique, the upcycled lighting would look delightful in a breakfast nook or your cottage kitchen. I can also imagine it as an entertaining addition to a guest bedroom. It will bring a smile to any visitor’s face and make them feel quite special and welcome!

I hope this post has inspired you to think about chandelier lighting in a new light!  (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)
So here’s the Chandelier Challenge – just for fun. Describe your room or show us a picture and we’ll suggest a chandelier to suit it!

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.

Eclectic Decor: Freedom from Matchy-Matchy Furniture!

Our customers enjoy eclectic decor and so do we. “I don’t want things that are matchy-matchy,” they say to me. They don’t want Rooms-To-Go!

Dining room eclectic decor I love chatting with people who have the confidence to just pick things they are drawn to.  I always say: “If you see something you like, get it!” Don’t worry about everything matching in a room. It will come together if you trust your taste. That takes courage and boldness, but I like things to look unique and I also like the juxtaposition of different styles, color tones, and wood styles.

Rick and Cheri’s dining room is a great example. We took a tour of their home in our Antique Carved Furniture Fusion Client Spotlight. Rick and Cheri purchased several pieces from us over the years, including the 1900 French Renaissance buffet pictured here. But they also bought antique furniture in the French Hunting style, the Flemish Mechelen style, the American Eastlake style, and the French Brittany style! All the pieces are beautifully carved and they create a wonderful (and very individual) fusion.

Eclectic Decor

Many of our customers are interested in having chairs that don’t exactly match. This graceful eclectic decor dining area shows how interesting it is to have a mix of seating and upholstery fabrics. The two antique chairs don’t match, but they complement each other with their traditional French styling.  The sofa looks more modern but still classic, and the shaping of the back means that it blends nicely with the antiques. With the pretty mix of fabric prints and the fancy chandelier, this space looks charming!

Eclectic decor foyer

This entry foyer is another great example of eclectic decor. The space is so inviting I’d be tempted to stop here and go no further! This house is filled with antiques in different styles. Although the comfy old chair looks quite French in style, there are also nomadic African  influences in the carpet and the display of pottery.

Eclectic decor traditional bedroom

This bedroom is unusual. At first glance it has an antique French look to it, in the sofa, chair, and console table. The pale blue sofa upholstery coloring is also typical of antique French decor and the sculptures are very Old World classic. But look closer and you’ll notice that the two small tables before the sofa have a square geometric design that looks quite modern.  The rectangular table lamp, blingy chandelier, and the simple, almost Scandinavian four-poster bed are also not in keeping with the period and style of the other furniture. But doesn’t it all come together to set a lovely scene in this bedroom?

The last three photos in this post come from Houzz, and we’re delighted to say that we have been invited by Houzz to join their marketplace! You can find our furniture and home accents at EuroLuxHome on Houzz and check out our 5 Star reviews. Of course, you can still browse our full inventory at our own online gallery site: EuroLuxAntiques.com.

Tell us your tips on how you create unique and eclectic decor in your home!

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.