Monthly Archives: November 2014

New Antiques Container Just Arrived & Holiday Discount

Antique Buffet stained glassOur latest container of beautiful antique furniture just arrived from France and we’ve combined all our holiday promotions into one and then s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d the promotion even further. That means our blog readers get a 15% discount on all antiques and home decor at EuroLuxHome.com until December 8, 2014.

Get 15% off everything in our stock – whether antique, vintage, or new, when you enter the coupon code at checkout: ShopSmall

Choose from antique, vintage, and new furniture, including buffets, tables, chairs, beds, bookcases, and chandeliers and other lighting. Or browse our gorgeous home accents from ceramics to tapestries and from throw pillows to pewter plates.

We are especially excited about our fabulous new selection of antiques.  We’re unpacking the antiques that just arrived from France even as you read this.

Antique French Gothic BuffetOne highlight is this magnificent antique French Gothic buffet. Dating to 1880 and intricately carved in walnut wood, the 9-foot-high buffet is sure to be a stunning focal point in anyone’s home. The noble pediment and arched stained glass windows are truly impressive. We’ve got a sturdy oak  antique French Gothic bench too, also carved around 1880.

Antique French Gothic Bench

Vintage French Rococo Dining ChairsIf your taste runs more to French Rococo style, I think you will love this set of six vintage French Rococo dining chairs. The 1950 vintage mahogany chairs are packed with sensuous allure for your sparkling dinner party. After your elegant soiree, retire to your antique French Rococo bed!

antique French rococo bed

I suspect that this incredibly handsome antique French dining table in the Renaissance Hunting style will not last long in our store but I want to show it to you anyway!

Antique French Hunting Table

The antique French Hunting table is a wonderful addition to a Renaissance style dining room, crafted in France in around 1880 and richly carved with animals on the chunky pedestal, including a hound and a fox.

For more inspiration, browse our complete inventory of fine antique, vintage, and high-quality new furniture and home decor accents. Then take 15% off everything in your shopping basket when you enter the coupon code: ShopSmall

The offer is valid from 28 to December 8, 2014. Happy shopping!

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 EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Client Spotlight: Ambella Home Aspen Sideboard

I’ve often admired the Ambella Home Aspen sideboard that we sell, because it’s so handsome and chunky and rugged. It’s a James Bond of a sideboard! So I was delighted when our customer Amy B. in Wichita, KS, got in touch to tell us about the Ambella Home Aspen sideboard that she bought from us earlier this year. Before I show you how amazing Amy made the sideboard look, let me tell you a bit about the sideboard itself.

This is the Ambella Home brochure photo of the sideboard, and I like it because it’s dressed with charming blue and white ceramics. (We are big fans of antique and vintage blue and white Delft ceramics in the gallery.)Ambella Home Aspen Sideboard

The antique-inspired sideboard looks old but it’s newly crafted by Ambella Home artisans for the Aspen collection. When I think of the Rocky Mountain ski town of Aspen, Colorado, I also think of handsome and chunky and rugged. There’s just no getting away from it!

Ambella Home Aspen Sideboard Details

The Ambella Home Aspen sideboard is carved from solid hardwood with an oak veneer top. It has a rich mahogany finish that gives a lot of depth and visual interest and adds to the sense of substance.

You can see from this close-up that every detail is beautifully crafted. Ambella Home furniture-makers are very skilled at giving an aged finish to make the sideboard look like a genuine antique. They also fit the furniture with nice antique-look handles and hinges, and the sturdy nailheads stand out against the planked wood.

So now let’s see how the sideboard looks in Amy’s house. Amy bought the piece in January but she wanted to finish up accessorizing it and putting the final touches on her decor before she sent a photo to us. Ambella Home Aspen Sideboard

Wow! What a phenomenal job! I love how Amy tied the black wrought iron candle holders above the black TV screen with the table lamps, and even the black light switch! This is such a sensuous but sophisticated arrangement. It would create a wonderful focal point in an alcove or nook. And (if you take out the TV screen and electric lamps) I defy anyone to say this tableau couldn’t have appeared in an Old World house a few hundred years ago – especially a Spanish Mission style house. It’s just so evocative.  Thanks Amy for sharing your lovely photo!

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.

 

Red Wine Colored Decor

Just as red wine is smooth on the palate, red wine decor is smooth on the interior design palette! I’m writing this post on Beaujolais Nouveau Day and if you don’t know about this annual celebration of wine you can read all about it in my Beaujolais Nouveau Day blog post from last year.

I could sure do with a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau as we just moved into our renovated vintage 1920s bungalow and there is still so much to do! But in the meanwhile, I’ve been thinking about red wine colored decor.Traditional Living Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Scott Sanders LLC

Wine colored decor is especially great in winter. It’s cozy, warming, welcoming, sophisticated, and dramatic. Wine colors vary from tawny tones with more of a rusty red hue (like aged Merlot) through to plummy purplish tones like spicy Syrah, French Bordeaux, and California’s Cabernet Sauvignon.

French Antique Hunting Chairs in our client's dining room

All of these wine colors look beautiful with wood, which is why they look great in traditional homes decorated with antique furniture. This photo comes from a Client Spotlight on Antique Hunting Chairs that our customer Howard bought from us.  Howard’s dining room in his New York home is decorated with wine colors. As you can see, the wine tone looks splendid with the aged wood of the 130-year-old oak chairs and that substantial wood table.

Wine colored decor is always a good choice for a dining room. As I’ve said in other posts about red dining rooms, any shade of the color red helps stimulate appetite and lively conversation!

Ambella Home Red Wine Decor

Red wine decor tones are also a super choice with neutrals, especially gray. Gray usually needs to be paired with a color to give it life, and the gray/wine combo is always sophisticated. This living room featuring decorative Ambella Home tables from the Antoinette collection is a good illustration of the color combination.

Wine Colored Buffet ProvenceYou’ll notice that the first two photos didn’t have floor-to-ceiling wine painted walls. Instead, they just feature the color on either the upper or lower half of the wall. That’s a good way to enjoy wine colors in smaller doses if the full walls feel too much for you. Or you can paint only a small accent wall or perhaps the interior of an alcove lined with book shelves.

Or just choose a piece of furniture in a rich burgundy color, like this tall chest of drawers or dresser in our gallery. The Chesapeake chest of drawers is crafted in hardwood with a lovely wine painted finish.

Featuring red wine colored furniture and home accents gives you all the warmth of the color to serve as a focal point in your room, without the commitment of a full decor job. I’ll drink to that!

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.

Classic Painted Floor Designs

A while ago I wrote a post on traditional painted checkerboard floors and how to paint a floor. But the checkerboard design was just the beginning. I’ve also seen some great ideas for other styles of painted floors. Some can be a bit whacky and perhaps too outrageous for most of us. I mean, you look at the floor every day and you need to be happy with your floor treatment for years, so you might get fed up with the “urban graffiti floor” look quite quickly!

But I also found some classic designs that give a beautiful look without swamping a room.

Stripes are very traditional – they are one of the painted floor styles that would have been seen way back when. (Because decorative painted floors are not a new idea in decor… they were a popular feature in American homes as long ago as the late 1700s.) The simple painted floorboards in this coastal cottage style room look clean and fresh.

Here is a similar look on a deck of a different house. It would work well in any porch or sunroom too. The nice part about painting each individual plank is that it’s a much easier job! You don’t have to figure out how to line those stripes up so they aren’t wobbly.

But if you have a hardwood floor like this one and you aren’t painting the individual floorboards as such, then you might have to reach for the painter’s tape. A tutorial on Houzz on how to paint stripes on your floor shows how this enclosed porch in New England got a facelift. There are some great tips in the tutorial and the before photos (utilitarian and uninviting) and the after photos (light and breezy) are worth seeing. (While you are on Houzz, we’d love you to pop over and see our EuroLuxHome Houzz page.)

Or how about this elegant plaid painted floor? This otherwise quite simply constructed dining room is given heaps of charm by the grey plaid design on the floor. Because the floor is painted in similar tones to the walls and other decor, it blends in without looking noisy.
Chandeliers always kick a dining room up a notch too… but I’m biased because I get to see and handle so many gorgeous antique and vintage chandeliers in our gallery each day!

I’m guessing that a lot of people look twice at this bathroom’s painted chevron stripe floor. They probably assume it is a carpet or rug at first glance. The pattern wouldn’t look out of place on a textile, so I think that’s why it works. Also, the chevron is slightly irregular, which tones down the visual punch. If all the zig-zags were the same width, it might look a bit like old-fashioned TV interference! As it is, the painted chevron floor looks light and pretty and a bit playful against the otherwise formal decor with a marble bath and swagged drapes.

If you want take it up another notch – pick a stencil! The large stylized flower pattern stenciled on this vintage kitchen floor covers up damage to the original hardwood flooring. The lovely honey tones of the fir wood floorboards still show through, but the stencils disguise the damaged sections. By the way, the original kitchen had a huge 1950s-style stove, but although the new owners couldn’t keep that, they did keep another memento from the past. The wall art came from old newspapers the owners found in the cabinets – they tore out some pictures to frame. How cool is that?

If you have painted floor designs in your home, we’d love to see the pictures! You can contact us at this blog or just show us your photos on our Facebook page.

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.

Vintage Life: Bungalow Renovation HVAC, Insulation & Drywall

As we are about to move into our 1920s vintage bungalow, I’ve been updating blog readers about the renovations we’ve done since we first saw the house for sale in historic Newberry, SC, in 2011. It was in desperate need of love, as you can see from my two recent posts about the first stages of the vintage bungalow renovation and the second stages of the vintage bungalow renovation.

This is how it looked in summer 2012, soon after we’d done all the landscaping and also added beautiful new siding.

vintage bungalow summer2012

Looks pretty, doesn’t it? But the inside was a whole other picture! Then we took about a year off from working on our little bungalow. Life got busy and home renovation funds ran low. Also, Greg’s carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome in both hands reached the point where he couldn’t hold tools without his hands going numb, which obviously put a damper on progress. Three surgeries and a re-financing later, by January 2014 we could get back on track with the bungalow!HVAC

The first order of business was HVAC. We had ripped out all of the old ductwork, so we ran new ductwork throughout the house and up to the new upstairs space that used to be the attic.AC-Unit for vintage renovation

Luckily the existing AC unit looked to be in good condition, so it just needed to be serviced.

insulation

When we originally pulled down the walls, we were surprised to find that the house did not have any insulation whatsoever. We debated doing foam insulation, but in the end we found a great deal on Craig’s List for enough roll insulation to do the whole house.

radiant barrier in vintage bungalow renovatoin

We did add a foil radiant barrier and foam board behind the insulation for a little extra warmth.

insulationupreadyfor-drywal

Here’s the insulation up, and ready for the drywall. Soon it WILL look wonderful!

Install drywall 2Greg is amazingly accurate with materials calculation. He figured we needed 202 eight-foot sheets of drywall, but all of the contractors who came to quote the drywall job thought it was way too much.

installing drywall7

We hired a company to hang and mud the drywall for us in order to speed up the renovation. With the walls going up, we finally felt we were making progress toward finishing this project. In the end, Greg totally nailed it with his calculations.  It took exactly 202 sheets of drywall to put walls up in the entire house!

upstairswithwalls2

This is the upstairs with the walls in place. Next up is painting inside and out and a new roof!

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 EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Client Spotlight: Renaissance Knight Buffet, Mural & Window

Last year I wrote about Bob H. in Prairie Grove, Illinois, who bought a set of ten antique Renaissance chairs from us. We had a wonderful photo tour of his amazing French Renaissance chateau style home, inspired by European castles.

Renaissance Buffet with Lladro figure in our client's home. EuroLuxAntiques.comBob enjoys medieval and Renaissance armor and he also bought a marble-top French Renaissance buffet, carved with a knight on horseback. Bob was so inspired by the knight on horseback carving that he had artists create a mural based on the carving, and then a stained glass window too. Let’s start at the beginning!

This is the antique Renaissance buffet Bob chose. Bob has been a pharmacist for 30 years, so he decorated the walnut wood buffet with a vintage Lladro Spanish porcelain figure of a pharmacist and antique mortars and pestles.

French Renaissance Buffet

Knight carvingThis close-up of the upper part of the buffet shows the Renaissance knight on the center door, riding his horse before the old castle.

This is the image that inspired Bob to have a mural painted by an artist, for an alcove in an upstairs hallway.

The mural came out looking like this…

 

 Renaissance Mural

It’s so fantastic and such a great likeness to the carving! But Bob still wasn’t done. The Renaissance knight was called upon again to serve his lord and master, Sir Bob.  This time, the knight would ride across a stained glass window. To keep you in suspense just a little longer, here’s the commissioned artist at work on the window.

Stained Glass Window Artist

What an incredible job she did. You can see the result in the photo below, as we unveil Bob’s Renaissance knight stained glass window to the world. (You can almost hear the heraldic blare of Renaissance court trumpets, can’t you?)

Renaissance Knight Stained Glass Window

The stained glass window is beautiful and the colors so bright and pure. What a jewel! It’s big too, at six feet tall and 2 feet wide. The window is installed in the foyer above Bob’s front door entry.

Renaissance Glass Window Foyer

The suit of armor in the foyer is a nice early 20th century reproduction, but the rapier sword with the suit is an original from the 17th century. There are so many gorgeous details in this space, let’s take a look from some other angles.

Renaissance EntryWay

This is the view from the top of the stairs, with that chunky iron chandelier making the perfect accent to the window.

Renaissance tapestry chandelier

On the left wall of the foyer, a large tapestry or wall hanging adds another authentic touch to the medieval Renaissance style.  I mentioned ten leather-upholstered antique Renaissance chairs dating to 1900 that Bob also bought from us. Here they are in his splendid kitchen paired with a custom table that Bob had made by Amish craftsmen to match the chairs.

Renaissance Chairs Set Table

Bob is one of our visionary clients who has a great knack for creative décor and we so appreciate him keeping us posted of the knight’s latest journey. What’s next, Sir Bob? A stone-carved knight fountain, perhaps? We can’t wait to hear!

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 EuroLux on Google+. Or never miss a post if you sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Bookshelf: French Style at Home

I’ve got French style on my mind because our latest container full of antique furniture just left Europe to travel to the USA! It’s due to arrive around Thanksgiving so we’ll have a lot of new inventory of French antiques and vintage home decor soon in our online gallery at EuroLuxHome.com.  I’m so looking forward to the arrival of the pieces we are bringing across the Atlantic for you, I’ve found some new books that are all about French style at home.

Private Houses of France

Books on French style at homeIf you’re in the mood for some serious opulence, take a tour of the grand homes in Private Houses of France: Living with History. The houses and castles featured in the book all illustrate important periods in the history of French decor. The fashion designer Givenchy’s Parisian townhouse is designed in the style of Napoleon III. The fabulous Château de Champchevrier pulls out the stops with the regal French Hunting style. Our customers who love Renaissance style will enjoy the allure of Château d’Anet, where King Henry II and Diane de Poitiers had their romantic trysts. Other readers will be swept away by the beauty of a Parisian manor house… sigh!

At Home with Madame Chic

Living with French Style at HomeThis lively book is written by Jennifer Scott, a Californian who first went to Paris as a foreign exchange student, then returned to live in Paris with her family years later. (This is a bit like my own story of falling in love with Europe, except I first went on a Study Abroad program to Florence, Italy, and then 11 years later launched a European Antiques import business with Greg!)

At Home with Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life talks about the effortless style and small comfortable details that make home a wonderful place to be every day.

Home Style by City

Home Style by City: French style at homeThe full title of this book is quite a mouthful. It’s: Home Style by City: Ideas and Inspiration from Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, and Copenhagen. So it’s not JUST about French style, but it does include an evocative section on what author Ida Magntorn describes as the “nonchalant elegance” of Paris. She takes readers into the homes of her vintage-loving friends in Paris to share their home decor tips. This book has a philosophy that, “Decorating is about telling a story in order to create ambience.”  The French style story is of course chic, romantic, and artfully spontaneous. It’s gently imperfect and tousled, making it look as though nobody has tried hard at all. (A casual French shrug of the shoulders!)

I hope you enjoy reading and taking some French style inspiration. If you have a tip on how to create French style at home, please do tell us in the comments!

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.