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Top 12 Antiques and Home Decor Blog Posts 2014: Part 1

Once again it’s time to look back over our most popular antiques and home decor blog posts of 2014. What a year it has been, with lots of changes and good news. As always, we are very grateful to our wonderful customers who not only return to us time and again to buy antique, vintage, and new furniture and home decor accents, but they also send us photos so we can see how the pieces look in their home!

Let’s start with the first of our favorite 12 antiques and home decor blog posts of 2014. We’ll share the rest in our next post to welcome the new year!

1. Antique Furniture in a Castle in Charleston

Client's home: A Castle in CharlestonIt’s hard to pick just a few of the many client spotlights I’ve featured this year, but this story about Brittany’s Castle in Charleston, SC, still stands out in my mind! Brittany and her husband Greg were looking for furniture with lions to furnish their beautiful new home. It looks just like an old French castle, and the full post shows the inside too, including the furniture carved with lions that they bought from us.

2. Antique Renaissance Buffet in a California Kitchen

Antique Renaissance Buffet Kitchen DinerThis is another client spotlight we enjoyed because our client Natalya gave us a tour of all the decor details in her gorgeous kitchen in Palo Alto, CA. Natalya bought the pretty antique French Renaissance buffet on the left of the photo from us. It dates to 1900 and is elaborately carved in walnut wood with flourishes and fruit. See more photos of Natalya’s family kitchen in the Antique Renaissance Buffet post.

3. Our Antique Table in Johnny Cash Boyhood Home

Antique table from EuroLuxAntiques.com in Johnny Cash Boyhood HomeWe were thrilled when the new Johnny Cash Boyhood Home museum in Dyess, Arkansas, bought an antique table from us. The heavily-carved 1890 Mechelen oak antique table is just like one owned by the Cash family. In these posts on the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home I talked about the house history and restoration, the museum opening, and the reaction from Roseanne Cash to her dad’s childhood home. The singer’s Scottish ancestry is pretty fascinating too!

4. EuroLux 10 Year Anniversary in Antiques and Home Decor

Aimee & Greg at EuroLux2014 was the 10th anniversary of our business and Greg and I had fun remembering that first decade. In our 10 Year Anniversary posts I shared some of the newbie mistakes we made at our first antique shows. We can look back and laugh now but we had some nerve-rattling moments, especially when we accidentally glued furniture to our hotel room!

We also changed our name this year from EuroLux Antiques to EuroLux Home. This is because we now offer much more than just antiques, including antique-inspired new furniture and finely crafted home decor accents.

5. Eclectic Decor

eclectic-entrywayAmong my 2014 posts on creative home decorating, the post on Eclectic Decor: Freedom from Matchy-Matchy Furniture really hit home for a lot of people. That’s probably because our customers (and blog readers) don’t want predictable “Rooms-To-Go” – and neither do we!

6. Visit a Historic Inn

Monmouth historic inn 2I loved writing about these three historic inns around the country. They are great for a  getaway as they are not only rich in history, they are also decorated with antique furniture and period decor.

Jake the dog and PoohFinally, I just have to add this photo of Jake that we posted on our Facebook page. We found Jake taking a snooze with one of his favorite toys – Winnie the Pooh! He also loves Barney, Snoopy, and Curious George. Go figure! 

Happy new year everyone. If you enjoyed this, see the rest of our picks for the year! Here’s the link for the “Part 2″ final six of our top 12 antiques and decor blog posts of 2014.

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.

EuroLux Home at Antique Tobacco Barn Asheville

I’ve talked before about how we love to go antiquing in Asheville, NC, at one of our favorite places: the Antique Tobacco Barn. Even though we run our own antiques business, we still enjoy hunting down cool, funky stuff for our 1920s vintage bungalow on our days off.

EuroLux Antiques in Asheville Antique Tobacco BarnSo I’m delighted to say that the Antique Tobacco Barn is no longer just our favorite antiques shopping spot in Asheville – but now we also have a booth there for EuroLux Home antiques! That’s it in the photo. When we took a 15′ by 22′ space for our antique furniture and home decor accents, we got busy making new price tags and we loaded up our trailer. We thought it would take two days to move into the space. How wrong can you be?

EuroLux Antique Tobacco Barn

Between planning the booth layout, then loading and unloading two full trailer loads, as well as cleaning and waxing 20 pieces of furniture and hanging 20 chandeliers it took way longer than expected to move into the Antique Tobacco Barn. It took a full six days! I’m not complaining as we love being in Asheville and all the effort we put into the booth was worth it. We managed to fit a lot of pieces in and we think it turned out great.

EuroLux Antique Tobacco Barn AshevilleWe’re honored that the Antique Tobacco Barn Facebook page has featured a few of our pieces already. The Antique Tobacco Barn has more than 75 dealers selling in 77,000 square feet of space, so it’s a true antiques emporium for every taste and at every price point. It has been named the best antique store in western North Carolina many times and the huge venue’s history as a former tobacco auction site adds to the vintage appeal.

We picked Antique Tobacco Barn as a new outlet for various reasons. Partly because we’ve now guaranteed ourselves a trip up to Asheville at least once a month, but also because the location is very close to Biltmore House and Biltmore Village and the visiting tourists who enjoy shopping for antiques.

vintage bungalow summer2012When I finally got back to Newberry, SC, last week it struck me that I needed to start thinking about my own Christmas shopping! It’s a busy time. In addition to visiting family over the holidays, we hope to finish the shower in our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation between Christmas and New Year so that we don’t have to keep commuting to bathe!

Although I loved sharing my tour of Traditional Christmas Decor in Every Room in my last blog posts, I haven’t had much chance to decorate our new home myself. I’m just proud I was able to get it cleaned up of construction dust prior to Christmas. We did install the stove last week and ate our first meal – we made (canned) biscuits on Sunday! I’ll finish moving the kitchen after the holiday so we don’t have to keep eating out every night.

This was our 10th anniversary year in the European antique furniture business and although the year is coming to an end we are celebrating two new beginnings. One at Antique Tobacco Barn, and one in our “new” vintage bungalow home. I wish you a wonderful Christmas and thank you for reading our blog.  May you have as many blessings as Greg and I do this Christmas!

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.

Traditional Christmas Decor Tour Part 2

In my last blog post, I started my tour of Traditional Christmas Decor in Every Room. We made our way from the front door through the foyer and peeked into several inspiring living rooms.  Now we’ll take the second part of our traditional Christmas decor tour.

First, let’s head into the kitchen to prepare the Christmas feast! This traditional kitchen invites everyone to gather round for egg nog while the figgy pudding is cooking. (However you are meant to cook figgy pudding…)

Nobody wants a cluttered kitchen, so the decorations here are cleverly kept to the kitchen island, with another display over the cabinet on the left. A Chef Santa, mini Christmas tree, and red candles in the center of the kitchen island still leave plenty of space for people to gather round for drinks and snacks. The mistletoe berries and silver festooned on the lamps create most of the merry mood – and those decorations don’t take up precious counter space at all.

Into the dining room we go to serve the turkey! Again the chandeliers are decorated with ribbons and bows to create a terrific focal point. The decorations feature an Old Gold color again, like the staircase in my previous holiday decor post. That shade seems to work beautifully with any room color scheme – almost like a rich neutral.

On the other hand, the gentle whites and deep evergreens at this holiday table look traditionally wintery but refreshingly serene. The slight Nordic style is enhanced by the reindeer decorations. The pretty birds on the plates also look festively chirpy! Soft white linens on the natural wood are set off by a trail of ivy down the center of the table, while white church pillar candles, surrounded by twinkling night lights in little holders, evoke the spiritual sense of Christmas.

Don’t forget the bedroom! Kids have their Christmas stockings but adults deserve some holiday spirit in the bedroom too. This bedroom has a few accessories added to bring in seasonal cheer: the two wreaths on the doors, the two bowls of white poinsettias in the en suite bathroom, and the two snowflake Christmas pillows on the bed. The symmetry of the pairs makes the environment feel pleasingly balanced and tranquil. If you are looking for pretty bedroom accessories, we have hand-woven traditional Christmas pillows and stockings in our online gallery.

Even the bathroom deserves a touch of festivity! The traditional Christmas decor in this classic bathroom includes mistletoe and greenery over the mirror. Red flowers and a red towel also add the ho-ho-holiday spirit. Decorative tricks like the fir cones tied with red ribbon from the wall sconces and a glass jar filled with red and silver Christmas ball ornaments are simple to do, but they pack a visual punch!

If you are looking for more Christmas decor ideas, check out my post on Christmas Table Decorations.

We’d love to hear your own traditional Christmas decor ideas and tips… tell us here or 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 EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Traditional Christmas Decor in Every Room

Don’t just deck the halls with boughs of holly… add the Christmas touch to every room!
I hope that my mini tour of different homes with their holiday decor will provide you with inspiration for traditional Christmas decor in every room.

Let’s start our tour with the front door. This handsome front door in Atlanta, GA, is decorated with traditional greenery and red ribbons. But the black and white check ribbon adds a crisp touch and makes a great accent for the black door. It all looks charmingly vintage.

Moving into the foyer, the Christmas decorations on this splendid staircase in a home in Houston, TX, could be overwhelming as the scene is so ornate. But the single color tone – a lovely Old Gold – unifies the design and makes it look rich and harmonious rather than fussy.

If you don’t have such a huge and sweeping staircase in your foyer, then you can still make a small section of the stairway look wonderful. The key here is: Don’t hold back on the swags and flourishes! And speaking of don’t hold back…

The flamboyant “more is more” approach of this Grand Colonial style living room is so festive that it is like a Christmas movie. Where are the carol singers and the trays of hot buttered rum? How could any child (or adult) fail to feel the joy of the season if they spent one minute  in this celebratory living room? The decorations framing the armoire are amazing. Of course, we love the antique armoires in our gallery so we are biased.

Do you prefer living room decorations that are a little simpler, while still keeping a sense of tradition? Perhaps this fireplace in Seattle, WA, will inspire you. The fireplace is decorated with traditional elements, for sure. You have the red and green holiday colors, plus Christmas ornaments, logs and a wreath, and old-fashioned lamps with candles. But the styling is streamlined, which creates an updated and sleek mood. The symmetry of the design adds to the feel too.

Or you can take a completely different approach and stick with traditional design elements – the bauble-lavished tree, the garland draped across the fireplace – but give it a fresh twist with non-traditional colors. The ultra-feminine pink and turquoise color palette in this living room creates a fantasy land mood. White deer statues add more magic to the fantasy.

In Part 2 of our Traditional Christmas Decor Tour we look at the kitchen, dining room, bedroom, and bathroom, all decorated with festive spirit!

These photos are from Houzz. You can find EuroLux Home on Houzz.com too.

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.

Gifts for Pet Lovers and Pets Need Presents Too!

We are spoiling our cats with our new cat paradise front porch – it’s their gift just in time for the holidays. I have gift ideas for pet lovers too!

Hand-painted cat pillowBefore I take you on a tour of the cat porch, I have to show you these hand-painted pictures of our pride and joys.

We’re so excited to feature these gorgeous hand-made silk or linen pillows as a new EuroLuxHome.com service. The custom-made pillows are painted completely by hand from your photo of your pet. (They are not digitized or scanned!)

Here’s the pillow of our Sealpoint Siamese cat Minkey, including the photo we provided to the artist inset on the left.

Hand-painted dog pillow in silkThis is the photo we sent of Rudy and Jake, inset on the hand-painted pillow. You can see the high-quality of the artwork. The dogs look so lifelike I almost want to stroke them!

Choose the pillow size (14″ x 18″, 16″‘ x 16″, or 16″ x 20″), the fabric (silk or linen), and the trim (cord, flange, or tassels). Prices start at just $295, including free shipping!

This custom-made line is so new in our store, we don’t even have the pillows on our website yet. So email us your favorite pet photo and we’ll take care of the rest. Of course, you could always give a gift certificate to a friend or family member if you aren’t sure which photo to use!

Pets Need Presents Too

Regular readers of this blog know that Greg and I finally moved into our renovated 1920s vintage bungalow last month. On our first night in our new home our dogs Rudy and Jake (pictured above on the pillow) patrolled the house all night long. Good dogs! They were guarding to keep us safe. But they kept us awake with the clicking of their nails on the laminate floors. We had to schedule toenail clips at once!

KittyParadiseCatPorch

The cats have been making the transition to the new house in stages as it’s important that we are more settled first. But I was so excited for them to see their new cat paradise front porch. The pole on the left will be wrapped with rope so they can climb it like a tree. They have kitty doors so they can go out whenever they want.

The jumping and perching platforms haven’t been painted yet, but we’ll show the finished porch in an upcoming blog. You should have seen our handyman’s face when I described what I wanted him to build. He couldn’t stop laughing!

Dog Bed Furniture Jonathan CharlesI guess that as the cats have their special porch, we might need to treat the dogs to a holiday gift too. We stock a wonderful range of antique-inspired Jonathan Charles pet beds that make great gifts for pampered pooches. In different sizes to fit toy dogs to big boys, these pet beds are beautifully crafted. This walnut wood Jonathan Charles dog bed for larger dogs reproduces an original 1760 Irish peat bucket. The Jonathan Charles Country Farmhouse dog bed features distressed planked sides and patinated brass studded bands.

Jonathan Charles dog bed furnitureSmaller dogs will look très chic lounging in the mahogany veneered Jonathan Charles four poster dog bed from the Buckingham collection.  The fancy dog bed is easy for petite fluffy friends to hop in and out of, and it boasts fine carving to the uprights and turned finials.

You can see all our other dog themed gifts (for pets and their people) at the link.

I hope you enjoyed my pet gift post – tell us in the comments about your own pets! We can woof and meow about our fuzzy family all day.  As a portion of all our sales benefit the PETS Inc. no-kill animal shelter, we’re grateful to any customers who buy their pet-lover gifts from us so we can help more homeless pets.

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.

 

Family Games for the Holidays

Jonathan Charles Games TableA couple of weeks ago I got an email from Houzz.com saying “Hi Aimee, Congratulations! You were hand-picked by one of our writers to be featured in an editorial ideabook on the homepage of Houzz.”  That was a great way to start the day! The article is called Games People Play and it featured this Jonathan Charles games table that we stock. We sell the games table on our website, as well as from our EuroLux Houzz.com page. The square games table on a nicely carved barley twist column is crafted in walnut wood with oyster veneer. An inlaid top forms the chess board.

Inspired by that mention on Houzz, I thought it would be fun to write a post on family games for the holidays.  I also want to show you some of the superb games furniture we have in stock. Greg and I love to play trivia at a local sports bar in Columbia, SC. Therese, Greg’s aunt that used to work with us, and her boyfriend, Bill, join us every Tuesday evening. Our team is called The Info Junkies and if I can brag a bit – we win quite frequently!

French vintage Games tableNo, we do NOT play trivia night at this fabulous vintage games table, but I wish we did! The table just arrived from France, and the mahogany and green leather set of Regency style table and four chairs dates to 1960. I can picture the Rat Pack seated around it playing poker. I doubt the Rat Pack was any more competitive than we are on trivia nights though!

Chess set Game GlobeBoth Greg and Bill are fonts of useless knowledge and usually amaze us with the randomness of what they know. Therese and I help out too, but we definitely don’t have the stockpile of trivia that Greg and Bill do. Greg has a particularly deep knowledge of music from the 1970s to 1990s and we can both recite the names of the English Monarchy – in order!

For people who prefer to play a civilized game of chess rather than try to remember the name of every member of The Partridge Family,  this new chess set globe is a winner! It is printed with an antique nautical world map and replica frescoes. The chess board is removable so you can play it outside the globe for an out-of-this-world game! (Groan.)  Ambella Home Shuffleboard

Shuffleboard is such a great holiday game for all the family, and this new Ambella Home shuffleboard table is sure to evoke nostalgia. The Elegant Scroll shuffleboard table is finely crafted with handsome decorative details, so it will fit right in to your traditional decor.

Ambella Home foosball table

The matching new Ambella Home foosball table is bound to be fun too in your games room. The old-fashioned and ornate design is crafted with a fine patina and it looks like a games table out of an old pub.

We love the traditional family games, but we also love the newer games and puzzles too. John is a whiz at Sudoku and crossword puzzles and both Kathy and Greg love to play Bejeweled Blitz on their iPads.

Do you love darts, cards, pool, or charades? Tell us the about family games you enjoy for the holidays!

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.

Best of November 2014: Creative Home Decor

Antique French Gothic BuffetIt’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we’ve also seen some wonderful examples of creative home decor in our blog posts this month. If you missed my post on our latest antiques container that just arrived from France and our holiday discount, then I hope you’ll go and have a look at the link. We have some beautiful pieces of antique furniture and we’re still unpacking it all!

Our 15% discount on everything (antiques, vintage, and new) in our EuroLuxHome.com inventory is valid through December 8. We include free shipping too – just as we always do. Now there’s a holiday gift to make Santa smile! Simply enter the coupon code at checkout (chosen to celebrate small businesses like ours): ShopSmall

Among our favorite antiques and creative home decor blog posts from November,  our story about Bob H.’s Renaissance Knight Buffet, Mural, and Window has to be one of the most memorable.

Renaissance Glass Window FoyerBob was so inspired by the Renaissance knight on horseback carved on an antique buffet he bought from us, he had a mural made to match, and then a matching stained glass window  for his impressive foyer. His Illinois home evokes European castles so the Knight theme is fitting. See the mural, window details, and more photos of Bob’s home in this blog post.

Ambella Home Aspen SideboardIn another in our series of client spotlights, Amy B. in Wichita, KS, got in touch to show us photos of the Ambella Home Aspen sideboard in Amy’s home. She bought the sideboard from us earlier this year and did a wonderful job in accessorizing it.

For readers who are getting ready to redecorate soon, I shared some creative home decor ideas in my stories on Classic Painted Floor Designs and Red Wine Colored Decor. Whether you are painting floors or walls, I hope that you find some useful inspiration!

The most exciting story for us personally this month is that we finally moved into our our 1920s vintage bungalow.

vintage bungalow summer2012Regular readers of this blog know that Greg and I have been renovating our darling 1920s bungalow (a.k.a. The Money Pit) since we bought it in October 2011. That vintage house has had a complete makeover from top to bottom since then! We’ve shared our Vintage Life Bungalow Renovation stories  along the way, and we still have plenty of work ahead of us. We’ll share that with you too. But for now, as we moved into the house just before Thanksgiving, we are just very thankful to be living in our new home.

I look forward to sharing more creative home decor news with you through the month of December, and hearing about your own antiques and creative decorating too!

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.