Monthly Archives: January 2015

Best of January 2015: Vintage Homes & Decor Trends

Houzz Award badgeOur January blog posts show that we started the year in a very good mood as we had lots to celebrate. We finally moved into our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation and we completed our first 10 years in the antiques and home decor business.  We also won a Best of Houzz 2015 award for Customer Satisfaction. That was the icing on the cake!

Let’s revisit some of our favorite posts from the first month of what we hope will be a wonderful year for you, too!

Antique Renaissance Buffet Kitchen DinerWe started by looking back at our top 12 antiques and decor blog posts of 2014. It was hard to narrow down all the tours of customers’ homes, tips about antiques and decorating, and posts on travel and entertaining to just 12 favorites, but that was my task!  I hope you agree and like them too. For example, the picture above was one of the most popular photos we shared on Facebook this year – everyone loved the antique French Renaissance buffet in our customer’s California kitchen.

Sherwin Williams Coral ReefI was thinking a lot about wall paint colors this month. We always like to look at new decor trends at the beginning of the year, so we loved being inspired by the various Paint Colors of the Year for 2015. Some are pretty and fresh, some are dramatic and bold, but they are all fun to browse.

Vintage Bungalow Front Living RoomThen we had to get down to business with our own 1920s vintage bungalow renovation project. Our Vintage Life: Paint the Walls post showed how we made our house look like a home. The decorating included Greg’s creative touch to transform the original beaded board ceiling.

View from LoftFinally, we had a wonderful tour of Melinda H.’s beautiful home in Black Mountain near Asheville, NC. We delivered a prettily carved small French Country cabinet to Melinda and she graciously gave us the full tour of her house. It features so many lovely details, you just have to see for yourself in the French Country Jam Cabinet Client Spotlight.

I wasn’t sure how the first month of 2015 could have flown by so quickly. But now I look at how busy we’ve been, it’s not so surprising! I’ll be back with more blog posts on fine antiques for regular folks and other home decor inspirations in February. Let us know if there is a topic you would like me to cover.

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 Books Home Decor & Garden: Personal Flair

I’ve been browsing through Amazon.com’s list of the best books of 2014 in the Home and Garden category. I noticed how many of those books focus on the home as a place to express your unique personality.  Each book approaches the subject in a different way, so let’s take a look at these ‘best books of 2014′ – they are all quite new as they were all published last fall.

Elements of Style: Designing a Home and a LifeElements of Style Home Decor

Written by Erin Gates, an interior designer, blogger, and magazine writer, Elements of Style is a practical guide to designing a home that reflects your personality and style. Gates believes that home design and decor is “an outlet of personal expression and an exercise in self-discovery.” We’d agree with that! The book looks at rooms in the author’s own home as well as in her clients’ homes. Gates is a candid and witty writer. India Hicks described the book as, “hugely refreshing” and she commented on “the undecoratorly way this book is written.” Sounds great to us!

 

Heart and Home: Rooms That Tell Stories

heart and home decor bookI love the title of this book. Every house has a story, doesn’t it? Just like the people in it. Bring the stories together and you can create a really wonderful space. (This is what we’ve tried to do in our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation.) This book looks at the stories inside the homes of people known in the fields of interior design, architecture, fashion, and art. The rooms are decorated with character, originality, and personal meaning, from a New York loft in a 1920s factory building to an “Old Hollywood” estate in Beverly Hills. The author, design writer Linda O’Keeffe, was the creative director of Metropolitan Home magazine.

Cultivating Garden Style

Cultivating Garden StyleThe full title of this tome is: Cultivating Garden Style: Inspired Ideas and Practical Advice to Unleash Your Garden Personality. I know it’s early to think about gardening for many of us across the country – some are still deep in snow season. But spring will be here soon! Gardening writer Rochelle Greayer helps everyone develop their inner garden designer with step-by-step projects and tips.

The aim is to create charming, comfortable, and individual outdoor areas. The book features more than 1,500 color photographs to explain the 23 basic gardening styles that you can make your own.

If you’ve read any of these home decor and garden “best books” of 2014, we’d love to hear what you think of them. Or perhaps you have your own nomination for the title?

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 Wins Best of Houzz 2015 Award

Houzz Award badgeGreg and I were thrilled to hear that EuroLux Home is a winner in the Best of Houzz 2015 awards. We even get a special button to put on our website. How fancy is that? EuroLux Home was awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction. We pride ourselves on our customer service so that makes us very happy, especially as we were only invited to join the Houzz.com marketplace last summer – this is our EuroLuxHome page on Houzz

We received a press release from Houzz to distribute. I won’t take up my whole blog post by copying it all here, but this is the part about us.

“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize EuroLux Home among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Best seller Glass Cocktail TableOut of curiosity, I looked at our recent best-selling furniture and home accents on Houzz. This gorgeous new Woodbridge cocktail or coffee table has been especially popular, both in this gold leaf finish and the alternative silver tone finish. The square beveled glass cocktail table is crafted with a sturdy forged steel frame and a stunning antiqued gold leaf finish. Our previous client spotlight shows how chic the Woodbridge table looks in our customer Mary G’s Californian living room.

We’ve also featured in several editorials on Houzz recently. I already mentioned the Games People Play article about family games.

Coral pink painted cabinet

The other ones include the Houzz piece on Decorating Your Home With Coral Reef, the 2015 Sherman-Williams paint Color of the Year. Houzz mentioned this handsome new cottage style hardwood coral pink painted cabinet that we sell. Funnily enough, I also wrote a blog post last week about the various 2015 Paint Colors of the Year and I suggested in that another coral pink painted wall cabinet by the same furniture maker. It would make a nice partner to this one!

The Houzz ideabook on Sofas for Every Style also included a couple of sofas from EuroLux Home. They have excellent taste, the Houzz writers, don’t they? :-)
They featured this French Country settee, newly crafted with Old World appeal.
French Country SetteeThey also selected our luxurious new top grain leather sofa, hand-crafted in the USA with a solid wood frame.

Top Grain Leather sofa customizable

Thanks to all the Houzz editorial writers and the Houzz users and customers who have supported us with great reviews!

If you haven’t joined Houzz yet, then of course you can still browse our full inventory at our own online site: EuroLuxHome.com.

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.

 

Vintage Life: Paint the Walls!

It is amazing how a coat of paint can change a space. Or in our case, quite a few coats of paint can really start to make our three-year long 1920s vintage bungalow renovation project look like a home! But before you can appreciate the painted surfaces, I want to show you a
creative touch Greg thought up.
Vintage bungalow beadboardTrimAfter the drywall went up, we decided to add a bit more character to the walls in the front living room as well as the master bathroom. We created wainscoting from beaded board that was original to the house. You might remember that some of the ceilings had water damage and those areas had to be replaced with new beaded board. We cut out the bad spots from the original beaded board, planed it down to remove the paint, and then dovetailed it in place with the shoe molding and the chair rail trim.
Vintage Beaded Board CeilingHere is a shot of the original beaded board ceiling after it was sanded down, caulked between every board, and then painted a fresh coat of bright white! It was very labor intensive, but we think the result is fabulous! We have 10-foot beaded board ceilings throughout the whole house and most of it is original.

Vintage Bungalow Front Living Room
You’ll notice we’ve chosen 1950s pastel colors throughout the house to keep with our vintage motif. The front living room is a pretty mint green that has a nice calming effect and it really sets off the beaded board wainscoting after it was sanded, caulked between each board and painted bright white. My living room is pretty close to Guilford Green, one of the paint colors of the year that I blogged about last week, but it is definitely more minty than silvery.

Vintage 1920 bungalow FrontRoom2

Vintage bungalow fireplace

We also painted the original fireplace that had been painted dark maroon with orange walls and changed out the ugly front door with vintage Craftsman style door.

Vintage bungalow kitchen

For the kitchen and sun room at the back of the house, we chose a cheery, warm yellowish-peach color that seems to change throughout the day as the light changes.

vintage bungalow master bedroom

The master bedroom is a soft greyish-blue that feels very relaxed. We found a great 1920s vintage kitchen cabinet at the Antique Tobacco Barn in Asheville and built it into the bedroom wall. We’ll use it as a bookcase and as a place to display framed family photos and personal mementos. Here it is:

1920 Vintage Painted Bookcase

I have still have to replace the glass in the cabinet doors with seeded glass and paint the doors – it is on my very long to-do list!

I’ll show you the paint colors in other rooms as we add vintage light fixtures throughout the whole house and start on the flooring. Till then, thanks for reading about our vintage bungalow adventures. What do you think of our decor so far?

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.

Decor Trends 2015: Paint Colors of the Year

Just because the various paint and color trend companies release their ‘Colors of the Year’, it doesn’t mean that we all want to run out and change our color scheme! But it’s great to see the colors chosen each year. Sometimes they shake up my ideas about home decor, just in case I’m falling into a rut. Even if I don’t want to use the paint color on my walls, the Colors of the Year might inspire me to try a new color as a decorative accent.  Let’s take a look at the paint Colors of the Year for 2015.

I’m starting with the paint color that I think is the most accessible for most people. Benjamin Moore’s 2015 Color of the Year is Guilford Green HC-116. It’s a serene silvery green from Benjamin Moore’s Historic Color collection. The Historic Color paints are all inspired by  colors found in buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Maybe that’s why I like it so much!

Pantone Marsala Color of the Year 2015

The next shade with broad appeal is Pantone’s Color of the Year: Marsala. It’s a deep red-brown shade that can look earthy, sophisticated, or dramatic, depending how you use it.

Ambella Home Red Wine DecorNow, excuse me for blowing my own trumpet, but I was inspired to write a post about Red Wine Colored Decor a few months ago. The rooms I showed were very similar to the Marsala shade, but I promise you I had no idea that Pantone was promoting Marsala for 2015. Hey, I’m more on-trend than I thought I was! This is one of the rooms from that Red Wine Colored Decor post.

Next up are the more adventurous hues for 2015… starting with the Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year. The paint color is called Coral Reef, and you can see why.

Sherwin Williams Coral Reef

The lively mix of pink, orange and red is probably best used in small doses, for an accent wall or a smaller room like the hallway in this photo. It looks fresh and pretty glimpsed against the softer peach of the kitchen walls and the clean white trim.

Coral pink wall cabinetSherwin-Williams also suggests that you might try using the Coral Reef color to paint a piece of furniture. We can help with that! We have many types of coral painted furniture in our gallery, like this arched coral wall cabinet.

Although the newly crafted wall cabinet is not painted with the Sherwin-Williams Coral Reef color specifically, I think it’s a pretty good match if you want the look but don’t want to paint your walls coral. An accent piece of furniture like this gives you a charming dash of the trend color without taking over the house!
Finally, the PPG PIttsburgh Paints Color of the Year is the boldly saturated Blue Paisley
.Other by Allison Park Paint & Wall Coverings PPG Pittsburgh Paints

This green-hued blue really is electric, isn’t it? A bolt of the color on an accent wall or in color blocking will give a powerful wake-up call to a room. I can imagine it creating a lush tropical mood in a beach cottage or condo. I can also picture it looking glamorous in a petite powder room, with a contrast of crisp white or sunny yellow.

What do you think of the paint Colors of the Year for 2015? Do any of them tempt you, and how might you use them in your home decor?

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: French Country Jam Cabinet

Melinda H. found us on Ebay and fell in love with our prettily carved small French Country cabinet. When we found out she had a home in Black Mountain, just outside of Asheville, NC, we jumped at the chance to deliver in person. We love that area and we discovered that Melinda’s house is amazing.

French Country Jam CabinetThis is the antique-inspired new French Country Cabinet that Melinda chose. It is crafted in solid oak wood with an antiqued finish.

It’s really a jam cabinet or jelly cabinet of the type that was popular in early 19th century American homes.

The French Country style cabinet (item BG-177 on our site) features detailed carving including a carved basket filled with flowers and tied with ribbon. The scalloped detail and curvy little legs add to the French Country style of the jam cabinet. It’s 39 inches high, so it’s a nice size for many rooms and many purposes.

French Country Jam Cabinet in the Kitchen

The French Country cabinet found its new home at the edge of Melinda’s kitchen, just under the clock. Melinda and her husband Richard have built a very beautiful home with incredible long-range views – it is no wonder they were featured in a magazine!

Breakfast nook with French Country jam cabinet

Here’s a closer look at the French Country jam cabinet on the left. The breakfast nook enjoyed stunning views. It was hard to take good photos with so much light streaming in through the windows, but at least you get an idea. The chandelier is also the perfect accent.

Living AreaMelinda graciously indulged our fascination with home design and showed us around, even showing us the upstairs loft where she and Richard indulge their passion – playing Celtic music together.

View from Loft

What a great view from the loft! The space manages to be both cozy and panoramic.

Custom Stained Glass Window BathroomI absolutely loved the custom-made stained glass panel featured above the large soaking tub in the master bathroom.

Custom stained glass panelThe detail on the stained glass panel is exquisite, and the green colors so vibrant.

Black Mountain PorchWe’re envious of the view that Melinda and Richard’s little dog sees from the back porch. What a lucky dog!

We love the Asheville area, as regular readers know from our stories about antiquing in Asheville. We even have our own booth now at the Antique Tobacco Barn. So it was terrific to have a chance to deliver to Melinda’s house ourselves. Greg and I found Black Mountain so charming that we went back for a few days of vacation. Thanks Melinda for sharing photos of your lovely home – we hope you enjoy the French Country cabinet for many years to come!

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.

 

Top 12 Antiques and Home Decor Blog Posts 2014: Part 2

Last week I gave you a summary of six of our most popular antiques and home decor blog posts of 2014. Here’s Part 2 with the remaining six of our (and your) favorite 12 posts. It’s hard to choose just a few out of a whole year of tips about antiques and home decor, but we hope you enjoy these. Happy new year!

7. Renaissance Knight Mural and Window

Knight carvingIn our series of client spotlights showing our customers’ homes, I loved writing about Bob H.’s amazing French Renaissance castle style home in Illinois. Bob bought a set of antique Renaissance chairs from us and also an antique Renaissance buffet with a carving of a knight on horseback before a chateau.

Bob was so inspired by the knight carving that he had artists create a big wall mural of the same image, and then a stained glass window too. Check out the full post to see the mural and the beautiful window overlooking the armor in Bob’s large foyer!

 

8. Bar and Game Room Renovation

Bar and Games RoomCathy B. showed us before and after photos of her game room renovation in the basement of her home on the Guadalupe River in Canyon Lake, TX. She called the pub-style bar space her  “dream game room basement” and she even moved the outside staircase so it didn’t obstruct the river view. As you’ll see in the Game Room Renovation post photo tour, Cathy bought a new Ambella Home vanity from us featuring a marble top and copper farmhouse sink – it looked perfect!

9. 1920s Vintage Bungalow Renovation

vintage bungalow summer2012Our most exciting news in 2014 was that after several years of renovating our 1920s vintage bungalow, Greg and I finally moved into it just before Thanksgiving!  Thanks for all the congratulations from blog readers who have followed our Vintage Life Bungalow Renovation stories since we bought the bungalow (a.k.a. The Money Pit) in 2011.

10. Classic Painted Floor Designs

checkerboard floorI posted about Classic Painted Floor Designs as part of our series of ideas about creative home decor that gives a fresh look to a room but still has traditional appeal. The ideas ranged from stripes and stencils to checkerboards and chevrons. I shared tips on how to get the painted floor looks, too!

11. Romantic Napkin Folding Ideas

Rose Napkin FoldingMy post on Romantic Napkin Folding got a lot of shares and likes on social media. (EuroLux Home is on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.) People seemed to like the traditional appeal of these charming ideas, so I guess that elegant entertaining never goes out of style! The post was timed for Valentine’s Day but hey, we can indulge in our inner romantic any time of year, can’t we?

12. Biltmore House and Gardens Estate

Biltmore_House_in_the_FallWe want to enjoy the antiques lifestyle in every way, so I also like writing about travel to historic houses and hotels and antiques-themed destinations. Anyone who knows me and Greg knows that we love to go antiquing in Asheville, NC. We’ve even just taken a booth there at the wonderful Antique Tobacco Barn. So it’s no surprise that my post on the Biltmore House and Gardens Estate in Asheville was a stand-out travel post in 2014! The photos of this National Historic Landmark are wonderful and you can even stay at the Inn.

Finally, I have to share one last photo with you to show you the kind of hard work that goes on behind the scenes here at EuroLuxHome.comSquiggy doing yogaIs it Upward Facing Cat pose? We posted this picture (and many others of antiques and home decor, as well as photos of our 8 cats and dogs who ‘help’ us in the gallery) on our EuroLux Facebook Page. Our fuzzy friends just LOVE the attention!

That’s it for our recap of our top 12 blog posts of 2014. If you missed the first six in Part 1, you can see them here. I’ll be back with new antiques and home decor posts soon to help us all live a delightfully decorated 2015!

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.