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Best of August 2014: Heirloom Furniture

We’re always talking about heirloom furniture on this blog. The antiques we sell are already heirlooms, and the high-quality and beautifully crafted new furniture is destined to become an heirloom one day! This month, as well as talking about heirloom furniture and home accessories, we tipped our hat to heirloom tomatoes too…

Jonathan Charles chairs at EuroLux HomeWe started the month proudly announcing that we have changed our name to EuroLux Home. This is because we are doing so much business these days with antique-inspired new furniture, so the broader name shows that we offer much more than just antiques now. At EuroLuxHome.com you’ll find a wide range of new, antique-inspired furniture and home accents. For example, collections by Jonathan Charles, exquisitely crafted using the same techniques as original antique English and French furniture. French Country Stool in the kitchen

You can see exactly what we mean about the high quality of our new, antique-inspired furniture in our French Country Stools Client Spotlight. Stephanie was looking for a counter-height French Country stool for her gorgeous kitchen, and she found just want she wanted in one of our French Country style stools with intricate carvings, a hand-woven rattan seat, and antiqued black washed stain. See the full story for more photos and close-up details.

Client's home: A Castle in CharlestonIn other client spotlight, we delivered antique furniture to Brittany and Greg who live in this amazing castle style home in Charleston, SC.  The couple wanted furniture with lions on it, so we knew that the Mechelen style of furniture would be a roaring success with them! (Flemish Mechelen furniture often boasts handsomely carved lion heads.) Sure enough, they chose an antique Mechelen stained glass buffet with lots of noble lions. They also picked a monumental 1880 antique Renaissance sideboard with massive lion’s paw feet.  See the photos of the lion furniture inside the house in the Castle in Charleston Client Spotlight.

Ambella Home Rockefeller fireplace screen with copper accentsI’m confident that the furniture and accessories I featured in my article Warm Up Your Decor With Copper Accents will become family heirlooms.

From vintage copper plates and coal scuttle planters, to new upcycled lamps and a stunning copper backsplash, copper always creates an inviting atmosphere and a warm  glow.  Check out the post for some surprising ways to enjoy versatile copper in your decor, whether your taste is traditional, modern, or exotic.

Caprese in a shot glassFinally, what about the heirloom tomato post I mentioned? I shared a little about the history of ‘love apples’ and also suggested a wonderfully refreshing and easy recipe for gazpacho. Let’s not forget my Uncle’s fantastic Bloody Mary recipe and a chic party treat of mini insalata caprese in a shot glass.

Thank you for reading our EuroLux Home blog. I’ll be back in September with lots more to say about antique decor, home furnishings, interior design inspirations and living the antiques and vintage lifestyle!  If there is a topic you would like me to write about – from a particular antique furniture style to home decor tips – just email me.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.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.

Client Spotlight: Castle in Charleston

I first heard from Brittany through our EuroLux Etsy store. She mentioned she was looking for furniture with lions and I told her she had come to the right place! She and her husband Greg drove over from Charleston, SC, in order to pick out a few pieces for their beautiful brand new home, which looks like it was plucked right out of the Loire Valley in France.

Client's home: A Castle in Charleston

Outfitting your own castle is a big job! Brittany and Greg are just getting started, but they want to take their time and find just the right antique pieces that speak to them.

Mechelen BuffetThe first piece that said, “Bring me home!” was a gorgeous antique Mechelen stained glass buffet with lots of carvings and lion’s heads. The buffet dates to 1900 and it boasts the original red, green and amber stained glass doors with a floral design.

The winged lions on the side supports are exceptionally pretty and the high-quality carvings on both the upper and lower cabinets of this buffet include many regal lions’ heads, some with a brass or gold toned ring, as well as male and female figures and faces.

Its new home is in the dining room just off Brittany’s gorgeous kitchen. The large dining table and chairs haven’t arrived yet, but you can imagine how grand the dinner parties will be! The view from the kitchen and dining room looks out over an inter-coastal marsh – imagine the beautiful sunsets Brittany and Greg will enjoy while dining.

Antique Mechelen buffet in castle home

Another handsome piece that whispered to Greg was a monumental Renaissance sideboard with massive lion’s paw feet. This piece will now reside in the formal living room, which is the first thing one sees after entering up the front stairs and through the double, solid-wood castle doors. It’s more than 8 feet long, so it makes quite an impression:

Antique sideboard Eventually Brittany and Greg will find the perfect piece of art or perhaps a gorgeous mirror to go over the French 1880 sideboard. Here’s another view of the antique Mechelen buffet. It looks so splendid against the rich wood floors and that ornate chandelier.

Mechelen antique buffet in castle homeWe love that Brittany and Greg are taking their time and filling their home with just the right pieces rather than buying everything at once. A layered, lived in look is so much more interesting. And in November, Brittany and Greg are expecting little Italia – baby will make three in their castle by the sea! We wish you both a big congratulations and will keep an eye out for more gorgeous pieces for your beautiful home!

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.

Warm Up Your Decor With Copper Accents

I was reading an Elle Decor article called ‘Why You Should Decorate With Copper this Year.’ The article was actually written at the end of December 2013, but as copper has stayed popular for centuries, I don’t think it will fall out of fashion favor too fast! The article urges readers to “Try a new metallic this season… It’s a perfect way to add some winter warmth to a festive home.” That is true, although copper looks rich and welcoming all year, thanks to the beautiful color and reflective glow.

Ambella Home Rockefeller fireplace screen with copper accents

Ambella Home fireplace screen with copper accents

It got me thinking about the many ways to enjoy copper accents in your décor. Copper is so versatile, it can look traditional, modern, or exotic. It can appear perfectly at home in an ultra-glamorous urban setting or in a rustic Farmhouse kitchen.

copper accent vintage French coal scuttle planterCopper always looks great in traditional room designs, especially if you have an old piece that has developed a patina on the surface of the copper. For example, this vintage French coal scuttle with a blue and white Delft handle. The lions’ heads on the handles add to the charm of this nice piece, and it would make an attractive planter if you don’t want to display it by a fireplace.

In old European pubs you often see copper plates, jugs, and pitchers displayed on the walls. Decorative copperware is especially traditional in English and Welsh taverns. The vintage copper plate below conjures up the jovial atmosphere perfectly! Vintage copper accent in a Flemish copper plateThis large vintage copper wall plate actually hails from Belgium. The Flemish plate shows a group of merry villagers quaffing ale around a pub table, and it would look great hanging on a kitchen or dining room wall. The burnished tones of the plate add to the appeal.

Copper is often used in the kitchen of course. As I said in my blog post on Downton Abbey Kitchen Style, the warm glow and sturdiness of copper creates a unique sense of tradition and comfort. Copper is a good fit for kitchenware as it also has antibacterial properties. Bacteria doesn’t last very long on copper!

This photo shows a more unusual treatment of copper in the kitchen. It’s not just for pots and pans! The copper backsplash looks fabulous against the stainless steel appliances and the reclaimed wood floor. Downlighting beneath the wall cabinets are the perfect choice to bring out the luxurious and inviting tones of the copper. The highly polished surface bounces the light and the photo proves that copper looks elegant in more modern settings too. Copper in contemporary decor usually looks best if you choose streamlined shapes.

copper accent upcycled lampHere’s a way to see copper in a whole new light…. literally! The upcycled table lamp is hand-crafted to order and made with a pierced shade and recycled clear or blue glass insulators from old telephone poles.

The light shines through the pierced shade to create a delightful ambience in your office or study.

Hammered copper always looks so earthy yet so exotic. The sensuous hammered finish is a superb match for the rich burnt tones of the copper, as you can see in this  new Ambella Home sink chest from the Rustico collection. The hammered copper vessel sink stands out on the antiqued Travertine counter to evoke a romantic mood of yesteryear.

Ambella Home copper sink chest Do you have copper accents in your home decor? Where and how do you use copper? We’d love to hear about it. AimeeAvatar

Aimee 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: Antiquing and Ziplining

Greg and I have just taken a five-day vacation in Asheville, NC, for Greg’s birthday. We arrived in good time at Campfire Lodgings so we could get the tent up before sunset.
Camping in Asheville, NC

We had found a very funky restaurant called the Stoney Knob Café in Weaverville on Trip Advisor, so we headed over there for dinner. The food was awesome and the desserts were even better. Then we kicked back beneath the night sky with some beers beside the fire. The next morning we enjoyed a fantastic view with our breakfast.

Beautiful view in Asheville NC
Then we went antiquing in Asheville, starting at one of our favorite places – the Antique Tobacco Barn. It sounds like a busman’s holiday, I know, but we’re on the lookout for cool, funky stuff for our bungalow. We also visited a very cool antiques shop called Oddfellows Antiques and chatted with the owner Kelly for awhile. We bought this awesome 3 piece 1960s vintage green leather chesterfield sofa and 2 chairs. The complete vintage leather set hails from England. We love it!

vintage leather sofa

Our other buys from this trip included this beautiful hand-painted sign and a very cool oyster shell light fixture for our new bathroom.

Hand-painted sign

photo 2

It sure was nice to get away for a few days. We felt so adventurous we even went ziplining! We left the phones in the truck as we didn’t want to drop them, so we don’t have any photos. But you can get an idea from the photo at the Wildwater Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures website. 

Jennifer Lawrence ziplined here while filming the Hunger Games. Greg has been afraid of heights as long as I’ve known him, but he said he would try ziplining. Campfire in Asheville NC

Around the third zip, our guide tried to make small talk with Greg. (I think he noticed the sweat on Greg’s forehead too.)
He asked which hobbies Greg enjoyed and Greg responded, “Ummm, living. Yeah, just staying alive.” Apparently that was what was on his mind while ziplining! LOL. In the end Greg said he enjoyed it and that he might do it again!

We enjoyed a campfire every night and I know Greg loved that. A campfire is the best giant birthday candle anyone can have. Happy birthday Greg!

If you are tempted to visit to Asheville, NC, too, check out my previous blog post on the Biltmore House and Gardens Estate.  The photos are pretty impressive.

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.

Client Spotlight: French Country Stools

We were really pleased to see how beautifully a French Country stool blended into our client’s kitchen. Stephanie C. already had two French Country style stools in her kitchen in Kernersville, NC.

Carved French Country Stool The two French Country stools featured a black wash finish and Stephanie needed a third one to match. This is the new counter-height stool that Stephanie chose from our selection of French Country stools at EuroLuxHome.com. Intricate floral and foliage wood carvings across the curvy chair rail and seat apron create a stunning decorative effect. The nice cabriole legs are typical of French Country style, and this stool also boasts a hand-woven rattan or rush seat. The antiqued black washed stain adds the finishing touch!

Below is the French Country stool in Stephanie’s kitchen, along with her two existing stools. Thanks Stephanie for sending the photo. I am just drooling over that kitchen – it is gorgeous!

French Country Stool in the kitchen

French country stools at kitchen islandEvery detail from the kitchen cabinets to the handsome chandelier is exquisitely chosen. It all adds up to a wonderful example of the traditional French Country look. I like the bright touches of sunny Mediterranean color too, in the mixer on the side counter, the yellow flowers, and the large pitcher above the fridge. The pretty carved shape of the back of the French Country stools makes a very inviting silhouette.

Stephanie said “It is beautiful and a perfect match to my other two! Thanks for the great service!” You can see more detail (left) of the hand-woven rattan seats which give a nice and casual country feel. I’m guessing that Stephanie likes the black wash finish on the stools to match that elegant island counter.

French country stool carved detailThis close-up shows the intricate carving on the stool apron. This is actually the same French Country stool, but with a natural dark wood finish rather than the antiqued black washed stain. Still, you get some idea of the ornately decorative effect.

The company that makes these stools specializes in high-quality Old World furniture designs created with traditional furniture techniques, like detailed carving, banded inlays and dovetail construction on drawers. So it’s not surprising that the French Country stool looks so lovely and authentic. Thanks Stephanie for sharing the photos of your to-die-for kitchen!

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.

Heirloom Tomato Harvest

HeirloomTomatoesThere are so many delicious ways to enjoy the tomato harvest. Heirloom tomatoes are especially fun to cook with and they look beautiful displayed in a rustic wooden bowl on a kitchen counter. Or if you choose heirloom tomato varieties with different colors, create a vibrant centerpiece just by arranging them in a simple glass dish on the dining table.

Tomatoes have a long and interesting history. The fruit (yes, tomatoes are technically a fruit if you didn’t know that already) was already being enjoyed by the Aztecs more than 1300 years ago. The Aztecs called it ‘tomatl’  – that’s where our modern day name comes from.

But tomatoes have also been known as Love Apples and Poison Apples. It’s crazy how the humble tomato can have two such different reputations!

TomatoharvestSpanish conquistadors and explorers introduced the tomato to Europe in the early 16th century, and that’s when rich Europeans started to dub the fruit ‘poison apples.’ People got sick and died after eating them. However, it wasn’t the tomatoes making the rich folk sick. It was the pewter plates they ate from. Tomatoes have a high acidity which reacted with the pewter to leach the lead out, causing lead poisoning.

The French called tomatoes pommes d’amour meaning love apples, because they thought the tomatoes were aphrodisiacs. (Then again, is there ANYTHING that the French don’t make romantic?)

A simple gazpacho with tomatoes is perfect for hot summer days. The cold soup is refreshing and helps keep you hydrated. For extra flavor, it’s great to throw a few heirloom tomatoes in too. There are many gazpacho recipes, but here’s the simple version we like.

Gazpacho Soup Recipe:

5 pounds ripe and juicy tomatoes
1 cup of diced red onions
1 large cucumber
1/3 cup of chopped basil leaves
Juice of 1 or 2 limes
Salt, pepper, and finely diced chile peppers to taste.

Skin the tomatoes. (Drop them in hot water for a few seconds till the skins wrinkle and you can slip them off with your thumbs.) Then core and seed the tomatoes – if you do that over a sieve over a bowl, it will catch the seeds but let the juice go through. You don’t want to waste a drop of that delicious juice! Roughly chop about half of the tomatoes. Put the other half in a blender and liquidize to soup consistency.
Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise and take out the seeds with a spoon, then dice the cucumber. (Skin the cucumber first with a potato peeler if it is very rough skin.)
Then combine all the ingredients, and let chill for an hour or overnight. Go light on the seasoning – once the flavors have blended you can taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve with crusty bread and enjoy!

Caprese in a shot glassAlthough these don’t look like heirloom tomatoes, these mini insalata caprese in shot glasses are so adorable. They’d be great for a party or a wedding. Just pour some tomato juice in a shot glass (spiked with vodka or not!) and then add the skewered tomato, flourish of basil leaves, and mozzarella ball.

If you like a Bloody Mary, then also check out my Uncle Dick’s Bloody Mary recipe.

There are so many different types of heirloom tomato, and the colorful ones often seem to be the most tasty. Try the black-tinted Black Prince tomato, the stripy Green Zebra tomatoes, or the golden pear-shaped Beam’s yellow pear heirloom tomato, which dates to the early 1800s.

red and yellow heirloom tomatoThe Italian word for tomatoes – pomodoro – actually means golden apple. Some say that is because the earliest types of tomato taken to Italy were the golden yellow varieties. The red tomato became more popular later.

You say to-MAY-to and I say to-MAR-to….. However you say it, I hope you’re enjoying the tomato harvest this year. If you have any heirloom tomato recipes you love, share them with us in the comments box below!

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.

EuroLux Antiques Announces EuroLux Home

We have some exciting news to share. Greg and I are doing so much business these days with antique-inspired new furniture, we have decided to expand our collection and broaden our name to EuroLux Home.

Ambella Home furniture at EuroLux HomeThe new name reflects the fact that we offer much more than just antiques now. We do of course still have our personally selected antique furniture that we bring from Europe. But now, in addition to EuroLux Antiques at our website, you’ll find an even greater range of EuroLux Home finely crafted high-quality new furniture and home décor accents. We have heirloom-quality furniture for every room in the house!

We are just as choosy about the antique-inspired new furniture as we are about our century-old French furniture. We only stock creations by the finest furniture craftspeople. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular items that our customers love from our collections at EuroLuxHome.com.

The stunning fireplace above is one of many Ambella Home fireplaces we supply. Intricately carved detail on the cast stone Ambella Home Brookstone fireplace is accented by a luscious black fossil stone top. Many people know Ambella Home as the company that made sink chests popular. We have many Ambella Home sink chests in our online store, including the gorgeous WInslow sink chest below, boasting a golden agate fossil stone counter and etched brass details. It looks like a real antique chest, doesn’t it? Ambella Home sink chest at EuroLux Home Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture is beautifully hand-crafted using the same techniques as original antique English and French furniture. I blogged about Jonathan Charles furniture a while ago, including a video showing how these pieces are painstakingly crafted.
Jonathan Charles chairs at EuroLux HomeThese ladderback Jonathan Charles dining chairs in traditional Country Farmhouse style have wowed our customers this summer. They are crafted in walnut and the nice details and rich finish make it easy to see why they are such a hit!

Mahogany Partners Desk at EuroLux HomeFinally, this amazing new partners desk is a superb example of the new antique-inspired furniture designed with Old World flair. The oval desk is crafted in rich flame mahogany and it features a decorative banded inlay and three hand-tooled leather panels on the desk surface. Packed with classic elegance to blend with your traditional decor, the new partners desk in our online gallery impresses everyone who sees it. The reasonable price impresses them too!

Take a look at EuroLuxHome.com or EuroLuxAntiques.com (both links take you to the same place!) and you might be surprised by our expanded collections. We choose everything from handwoven Aubusson throw pillows to hand-blown Dale Tiffany glass vases with one thought in mind: how can we make your home beautiful today?

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.

Top Antiques and Decor Blog Posts Summer 2014

It’s time to look back at our most popular décor and antiques blog posts from the summer. In June and July people are often thinking about garden landscaping and lounging on the patio or deck. That’s why we highlighted some new books about outdoor living in our recent bookshelf post. But turning our attention back to indoor décor and antiques, here are some of the posts that got the most hits!

Antiques and decorAs part of our series of client spotlights, we all enjoyed hearing the story of why Howard C. in Oceanside, NY, bought a set of heavily-carved antique chairs from us. You can read the story about the French Antique Hunting Chairs for yourself, and see more photos of them in Howard’s dining room.

Armchair explorer decorSummer inspires dreams of far-flung places and exotic travels. Our post about armchair explorer décor proves that you can take a romantic journey every day, without leaving your own home! A few clever details are often enough to evoke the nostalgic atmosphere of this décor style. Get some inspiration from the rooms and home décor accents in the Armchair Explorer Décor post.

antiques and decor eclectic roomOur customers love eclectic decor and so do we. “I don’t want things that are matchy-matchy,” they tell me. They don’t want Rooms-To-Go! Our post on Eclectic Décor looked at various real-life rooms that really mix different styles of antiques and décor beautifully. It’s great to see how folks make unique and personal design statements in their home.
antiques and decorThis is the perfect time of year to be thinking ahead to the lighting you’ll want in your home when the cozy fall days roll around. Chandeliers always make a gorgeous focal point in a space as well as adding sparkle or warmth. Not all chandeliers have to be glitzy, as you can see from my post on Chandelier Lighting for Every Room and Style. True to its title, the post looks at different chandelier designs that would work in all kinds of different rooms. Some are true vintage chandeliers, others are crafted by contemporary artists. All are sure to add a unique touch to your home!

We hope you enjoyed browsing this round-up of our most popular antiques and décor posts from June and July. Let us know if there is a topic you would like covered in future on this blog. As long as it is about antiques, home décor or living the vintage life, we would love to hear about your ideas!

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.