Monthly Archives: July 2014

Johnny Cash Home Opens – With Our Antique Table!

Back in January I told you about the antique table that the new Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum in Dyess, Arkansas, bought from us. The good news is that the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum will have its grand opening on August 16!

Antique table for Johnny Cash Boyhood HomeMy earlier post about the Mechelen oak table in the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home explained that the heavily-carved antique table is just like one that the Cash family owned. That’s why the Arkansas Heritage Sites Office bought it from EuroLux Antiques.com to go in the restored Johnny Cash house dining room.

The antique table was crafted in Belgium in around 1890 in the Flemish Renaissance style. I asked Dr. Ruth Hawkins, director of Arkansas Heritage Sites at Arkansas State University, how the family came to own such an ornate and expensive table. I learned that the family remembers it was one of the few things that their mother brought with her to Dyess in 1935 and it was very old at that time.

Antique table from EuroLuxAntiques.com in Johnny Cash Boyhood HomeI recently saw a show called Ring of Fire at the Newberry Opera House, which tells the life of Johnny Cash through his songs. The show mentions that the ancestral Cash family had been wealthy Southern planters until the Civil War, when their home was destroyed by Union troops and the family was set adrift. It would make sense that the table came from this Southern plantation and was one of the remaining family heirlooms.

I was also interested to learn that apparently Johnny Cash was interested in his family history. He really researched his ancestry and traced it all the way back to Scotland. I’ll tell you about that in a post on another day.


This video is fun – it takes a look around the inside of Johnny Cash’s Boyhood Home. You get a quick glance of our antique table too! Look out for it in the part where they say, “Most of the furniture has to be replaced by period accurate pieces.”

The Grand Opening of the Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash will be on Saturday, August 16, 2014. That’s the day after the Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, AR.  Johnny Cash’s daughter Roseanne Cash will speak at the opening ceremony, and so will Joanne Cash Yates and Tommy Cash, the younger siblings of Johnny Cash and consultants for the museum.

It’s free to go to the opening ceremony but if you want to take a tour of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home too, tickets costs $10. Find all the information at this link and here is a schedule for the day.

You can read more about the fascinating background to the house and the Historic Dyess Colony at my previous post on the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum. If you like the striking design of the antique table, learn more about Mechelen style antique furniture. 

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her husband and 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: EuroLux in the News & Talking Business

EuroLux Antiques Newberry South CarolinaWe were delighted when The State newspaper in Columbia said we are one of the reasons to visit Newberry! The article Five reasons to spend a summer Friday evening in Newberry suggested trolling for antiques in the number one spot. The journalist said: “Head to EuroLux for fine European and Asian furnishings.” Yay! Of course, if you can’t come and see us in person, you can still visit our EuroLuxAntiques.com online gallery.

Greg and I have also been doing the speaking circuit. We were recently invited to speak at the South Carolina Municipal Association Annual Meeting of all of the mayors in South Carolina. Our session was called Clicks Supporting Bricks. It was about how even small family-run stores and mom-and-pop merchants like us can harness the power of the Internet to run their businesses.

EuroLux Antiques online sales

Greg and Aimee (front left and center) talk about Clicks Supporting Bricks

You can read some of what we said in this article about Clicks Supporting Bricks. We talked about how EuroLux Antiques switched to e-commerce soon after opening our bricks and mortar store 10 years ago, even though fine antiques are one of the hardest things to sell online. As the article says about us: “At one point, they had 2,000 items for sale, and one piece might have 70 accompanying photos to highlight its details and intricate handiwork.”

Now 95% of our sales are via the Internet because we worked hard to build an excellent reputation as a trusted seller of high-quality European antiques. We pride ourselves on our customer service. (If you are nervous about shopping for antiques on the web, read my tips on How to Buy Antique Furniture Online.)

Aimee and Greg (center) talk at USC Moore School of Business

We also spoke to students in the Professional MBA program at the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business about entrepreneurship and what it’s like to own your own business. Dr. Richard Robinson has followed our story for the past 10 years since I wrote the original business plan for EuroLux in his Entrepreneurship class while I was working on my MBA at USC. We have spoken to his students several times throughout the years and I always enjoy encouraging folks to go out and chase their dreams.

Greg and I were at the University’s Columbia site, speaking to groups simultaneously and interactively in the Charlotte, Greenville and Charleston campuses. Some students who were on the road with their jobs in various spots around the country also tuned in live.

While it was very interesting to use the technology to reach so many folks in different locations, I definitely have to say it was a bit unnerving speaking via technology rather than being directly in front of an audience. I didn’t realize how much I depend on the non-verbal cues from an audience to feel comfortable while speaking.

I guess that even though our EuroLux business depends on web technology and Greg and I  are very familiar with that, even we still have to get used to other forms of new technology!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her husband and 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.

Armchair Explorer Decor

Whether you are traveling or not this summer, armchair explorer decor can take you on a romantic journey every day! This look is also known as travel-inspired decor, but the idea of being an explorer adds a bit more of an adventurous touch, doesn’t it?

Pic: San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Adeeni Design Group

This living room is a cozy example of decor with an armchair explorer vibe. The vintage map above the sofa, the globe-like piece on the zebra ottaman, and exotic touches like the antique carved corbels flanking the map look like mementos from someone’s world travels.

Armchair Explorer decor

Room by Ankeny Interior Designers & Decorators R. Cartwright Design

Although this room is completely different in tone – it’s much more streamlined with cooler colors – it is also a nice package of armchair explorer decor.  Framed maps, an antique globe, suitcases as design accents and a trunk for a coffee table all create a well-traveled mood. See how the round wrought-iron light fixture nicely echoes the shape of the globe.

 

Travel posters, especially ones with a vintage flavor, are an easy way to create an armchair traveler mood. Mix up the textiles too, like the various patterns on these throw pillows. Indian styles, paisleys, or other ethnic designs quickly evoke the atmosphere of foreign lands. You’ll notice that the rugs in each of these rooms all add an exotic splash, drawing on Indian and Moorish designs.

Globe mini-barIf you want to create the look in your home, this handsome new globe mini-bar from our collection of globe furniture could be a good place to start your journey. The nautical map makes the wooden globe look like an antique used by 18th century explorers, but it actually opens to reveal a hidden drinks cabinet. Aubusson Zebra Throw Pillow

A zebra or other wild animal throw pillow or rug conjures up far-flung adventures. Rest assured, no zebras have been harmed in the making of this fine new Aubusson Zebra throw pillow. It is handwoven in 100% wool!

Armchair explorer decorFrom our selection of new and antique travel trunk furniture, I love this new Jonathan Charles Voyager chest of drawers. The leather and oak chest looks like an antique travel trunk, fully fitted with a removable top tray to store all your small keepsakes. Even the two small drawers and one large lower drawer are lined with vintage style maps. We also sell the matching coffee table, which is just as finely detailed.

Do you like the armchair explorer decor style? Do you have it in your home? Send us a postcard via the comments box below!

AimeeAvatarAimee 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: French Antique Hunting Chairs

We enjoyed hearing the story Howard C. from Oceanside, NY, told us about why he bought a set of antique Hunting chairs from us.

Set of French antique Hunting chairsThe set of 6 antique Hunting chairs in question date to the year 1880 and they were crafted in France. This very nice old set of oak dining chairs is intricately and heavily carved in the traditional French Hunting style.

Antique Hunting Chair
As you can see, the seat backs are carved with ivy leaves, and the chairs are adorned with barley twists and beautifully carved legs and stretchers. The lavish decorative detail on the antique Hunting chairs is enhanced by the authentic aged patina of the wood.

Antique Hunting Chair Dining Room The chairs caught Howard’s eye because he said his parents had a nearly identical set of dining chairs as he was growing up. Remembering those chairs, Howard knew he had to have this set when he found them on our EuroLuxAntiques.com website! Don’t they look terrific in his dining room?

French Antique Hunting Chairs in our client's dining room

Howard’s mom still has the pair of end chairs from her set. She is going to swap him that pair for the pair of end chairs pictured in the photo. The deep and rich red walls in this dining room make the perfect accent for the chairs and their aged oak patina. As I’ve said in other client spotlights with red dining rooms, red is a classic decor choice for dining rooms as it stimulates both the appetite and the conversation! Howard’s wife wasn’t too sure if the antique Hunting chairs would be right for the table, but he convinced her and she absolutely loves them now too!

French Antique Hunting Chairs set

Howard also told us that when the chairs arrived, they were the most well-packed item he’s ever received. We are pleased to hear that because we take great care with our shipping and pride ourselves on it. (We offer free shipping in the contiguous 48 United States and some parts of Canada, but free doesn’t mean that we cut any corners.) It was a pleasure working with Howard!

AimeeAvatarAimee 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.