Monthly Archives: February 2015

Best of February 2015: Vintage Decor and Romance

February is the month of romance, and our client spotlight posts about vintage decor this month were certainly full of romance. February also ended on a romantic note for Greg and me – we took a break away from business with a trip to Hot Springs, North Carolina! Here are highlights from some our of favorite blog posts of the month.

Vintage teaspoon chandelier in kitchenOur customer Marie-Louise in Haute-Normandie, France, bought a vintage teacup and spoon chandelier from us. You can see all the photos Marie-Louise sent us of the chandelier in her gorgeous vintage French kitchen in the story about The Vintage Teacup Chandelier. This is just one of our many upcycled chandeliers, hand-crafted and custom-made for us by an artisan using vintage silver plate spoons. Marie-Louise’s home is dreamily romantic, inside and out!

Vintage French Sheepbone Chairs

Closer to home, Veritta in California sent photos of her dining room featuring the set of six vintage French dining chairs she bought from us. The upholstered oak chairs date to about 1950 and they are carved in the sheepbone style. Veritta told us that she bought the dining table 10 years ago but she has been waiting all this time for just the right chairs. We think it was worth waiting for the perfect love match, don’t you? See for yourself in the Vintage French Sheepbone Chairs story and photos.

California Victoria Inn Parlor RoomAlso in February, I told you about these Four Romantic Victorian Inns around the country so you can plan a romantic getaway any time of year, not just on Valentine’s day.  All the inns are decorated with period Victorian or Victorian style decor, including the one in the photo. This is The Victorian Inn in Ferndale, CA, built in 1890 and convenient for California Redwood Forest. An antique armoire and a red velvet Victorian couch add to the appeal of the inviting Victorian Parlor room.

Gray flower and bird pillowDale Tiffany Peacock Lamp

I often talk about home decor trends in this blog, and one romantic trend that I’ve noticed for 2015 is bird imagery and bird themes on furniture, textiles, ceramics, and home accents. My article called Home Decor Trends: Birds Take Flight shares bird decor inspiration from the charming and rustic to the elegantly sophisticated.

Let me know if there is a topic you would like me to cover in the March blog posts, whether it’s about antique furniture, vintage decor, or home decor trends. Or anything else related to making a beautiful home – we love to hear from you!

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Client Spotlight: Vintage French Sheepbone Chairs

We often have wonderful sets of antique and vintage French sheepbone chairs in stock but I don’t recall ever writing a client spotlight about sheepbone chairs. That’s about the change, thanks to Veritta H. in Clovis, CA!  Veritta sent some beautiful photos of her dining room after she purchased a set of six vintage sheepbone chairs from us.

French Vintage Sheepbone chairIf you don’t know the sheepbone chair style, this photo of one of the dining chairs in Veritta’s set shows you what to look for. The sheepbone refers to the shapely legs, also called ‘os de mouton’ in French, which simply translates as bone of the sheep because it looks like a lamb’s leg. The legs are joined by curvy stretchers. The upholstered French dining chairs date to around 1950 and they are crafted in solid oak.

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The six sheepbone chairs look fantastic in Veritta’s dining room!  Veritta says that she built her home 11 years and bought the dining table 10 years ago but she has been waiting for just the right chairs. I’m glad she found them at last! Veritta tracked them down on our OneKingsLane.com shop, but you can also find our many new, vintage, and antique dining chairs on our own EuroLuxHome.com website.

Vintage French Sheepbone Chairs

Veritta says that the sideboard is an antique but the table is antique-inspired. She has done a fantastic job accessorizing her dining room and it looks like she collects wine corks from her favorite bottles! This photo shows the handsome nailhead trim on the vintage sheepbone chairs, which adds another touch of luxury and Old World elegance. The pale upholstery of the chairs highlights the rich wood tones of the table and the old oak chairs.

Vintage French Dining Chairs sheepbone style

Here’s another view of the dining room with a very powerful piece of art on the far wall.
I love that chandelier too – it’s the perfect lighting for the space.

Thanks Veritta for inviting us into your lovely dining room and for giving us the chance to talk about the sheepbone chair style. It is a classic look that works well with all kinds of decor, from traditional French Country to more eclectic design schemes – and it never goes out of style!

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.

Things We Love: Hot Springs, North Carolina

As small business owners, it is sometimes hard to get away from the business and just take a few days off to relax. But we’ve arranged a belated Valentine’s getaway for ourselves. We’ll spend a night in Asheville and re-stock our booth at the Antique Tobacco Barn. I’ve been meaning to “get on the bus” for the LaZoom Comedy Tours of Asheville – it looks hilarious!

Then we’re off to our favorite spot in the woods – Hot Springs, North Carolina. We love to stay at the Iron Horse Station Inn which is actually three adjoining historic buildings right on Main Street.

Iron Horse Station Inn The original inn was built in 1929 while today’s restaurant and tavern was originally built prior to 1890 and was formerly a haberdashery and later a movie theatre. We love the original brick exposed walls, the heart-of-pine flooring and the stamped tin ceilings throughout the cozy Inn and Tavern.

Iron Horse Station Tavern

The food is very good and they always have an interesting selection of hand-crafted, local North Carolina beers on draught. I once had a super delicious Oyster Stout there that I just can’t seem to find again – maybe this time!

Our agenda is to relax! As you’ve probably guessed, Hot Springs is famous for the natural hot mineral water springs.

Hot Springs North CarolinaSince 1778, folks have been traveling to the Hot Springs just to soak in these natural mineral baths, which range from 100 to 104 degrees year-round. It was even a popular stopping point for travelers during the American Revolution. The water is pumped into your own private Jacuzzi tub in secluded open cabins with views of Spring Creek and the French Broad River.

Hot Springs is actually one of the few towns actually on the Appalachian Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I recently read Cheryl Strayed’s book “Wild” and was very inspired by her memoir of walking the Pacific Coast Trail. (If you haven’t seen Reese Witherspoon’s performance in the movie version of Wild you should – it is Oscar-nominated!) It has been one of my bucket-list goals to walk at least part of the Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of St. James, which is a medieval pilgrimage route from Paris, France to the Western coast of Spain. I think that would make a great 50th birthday trip in a few years! So perhaps we’ll also officially start training and do a little hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

MaxPatch Appalachian Trail

There is a spot not too far from town called Max Patch, which is on the Appalachian Trail. It is a very steep hike to an elevation of 4629 feet with 360 degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We last visited three years ago but I’m looking forward to climbing it again. A relaxing soak in the hot springs, gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and my sweetheart by my side – sounds like my kind of belated Valentine’s getaway!

At MaxPatch Appalachian Trail

If you’re looking for your own getaway inspiration, you’ll find some ideas in my recent post on Romantic Victorian Inns or in our other posts on historic getaway destinations from Bed & Breakfast Inns to European castles.

Or tell us all about your favorite get-away spot 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 EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

 

 

Home Decor Trends: Birds Take Flight

I’ve noticed that birds are popping up a lot in the home decor trends for 2015. We like the look so I’ve done some bird-spotting to share bird decor images and inspiration with you. Our six cats like the bird decor trend too but hmm… I think maybe for a different reason!

Decorilla’s reviewAntique French Armoire carved bird of best design trends at Maison & Objet’s 2015 show in Paris said: “Birds are everywhere – textile patterns, porcelain, crystal, plastic, paper…” A little bird told me that bird themes also rocked the 2015 Las Vegas Market. Of course, birds aren’t new in home decor. We often see carved birds on our antique furniture, like this detail on an 1890 antique French armoire in the Normandy style.

Vintage Bequet vaseSimilarly, this vintage Bequet vase (in our gallery now) is hand-painted with the bluebird of happiness. For thousands of years the bluebird of happiness has been a symbol of prosperity, cheerfulness, good health, and renewal of springtime.

The extravagant blue, white, and gold hand-painted vase, dating to the 1950s and signed by the famous Belgian ceramics manufacturer Bequet, reminds us that a beautiful bird will always look classic.

But everything that’s old is new again, right? Now birds are flying into home decor in every way you can imagine and in every style.Galbraith & Paul wallpaperThis Galbraith & Paul bird wallpaper shows just how enchanting the effect can be. I love this for an accent wall or perhaps in a hallway so you walk through an aviary of birds as you move through the house. The wallpaper might be a bit too busy for a large room, though.

Bird Tapestry DecorWe just started stocking new high-quality tapestries and this timeless tapestry caught my eye. The bird tapestry is designed by an English artist and the thing I like about tapestries is that they are so flexible in your decor. You can move it between rooms to give a fresh look to different spaces, and even take it with you when you move. (Tricky to do with wallpaper!)

Gray flower and bird pillowA throw pillow is another soft furnishing that just invites a bird motif if you are feeling nesty! This bird throw pillow (created with a French textile, but finished in the United States) comes in several colors and it would charm the birds out of the trees in any style of decor.

Dale Tiffany Peacock LampDesigner Rachel McCann said that while birds of all types would be important in accessories in 2015, the peacock would be one of the strongest motifs.  Peacocks are so classic and elegant, as in this sculptural peacock Dale Tiffany table lamp with a peacock cast bronze base. The hand-rolled art glass shade with a peacock feather design adds to the theme.

pheasant hunting style chandelierWe just started carrying some beautiful chandeliers and sconces based on antique Black Forest designs. I’m not surprised that I found one flaunting pheasants! Made in the USA, they are cast in resin with gorgeous details as you can see in the foliage and feathers of these handsome pheasants. The chandeliers look like carved wood and they have a nice weight to them – perfect for your Hunting Style decor!

Quail bird bookendsThe same company also casts bookends with very realistic decorative designs. This pair of quail bookends shows just one of the many types of wild animals, birds, dogs, and horses.

Bird of Paradise hand-painted VaseFinally, I just have to show you this beautiful new hand-painted Bird of Paradise vase or urn. It’s from the Chelsea House collection that we are also now stocking, which is part of Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture. The lidded porcelain vase stands 19″ high and the hand-painted birds make a stunningly colorful impact.

I’d never suggest that anyone should flock to buy bird decor just because it’s a trend. But to me it’s not a trend that will ever fly out of fashion. Bird designs are timeless, chic, and always alluring. What do you think? Does bird decor sing for you?

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.

Romantic Victorian Inns

These romantic Victorian Inns aren’t just for Valentine’s Day – you can enjoy them all year round. The Victorian era was one of the most romantic in terms of architecture and home decor, although I’m not sure I’d do so well without our modern-day amenities. Thankfully, visitors to these four Victorian inns get all the romance AND the Wi-Fi!

The Oaks Victorian Inn, VirginiaThe Oaks Victorian Inn

The Oaks Victorian Inn on Main Street in Christiansburg, VA, has a very romantic story to tell. Major W.L. Pierce built the inn in the late 1800s for his bride, Julia. They lived happily ever after and had seven children. This is the Julia Pierce Room at the Inn, which was once Julia’s own bedroom. It’s been decorated with a Victorian bed and a hand-painted slate fireplace and the bedroom boasts a Jacuzzi tub big enough for you and your sweetie. Outside, you’ll find a garden with 300-year-old oak trees and a pretty porch.

The Victorian Inn, CaliforniaCalifornia Victoria Inn Parlor Room

The Victorian Inn in the Victorian village of Ferndale, CA, makes a delightful base to explore California Redwood Forest. Built in 1890, the Inn boasts boasts vintage fixtures and furnishings in its rooms. This is the Victorian Parlor room with an antique armoire and a red velvet Victorian couch in the bay window sitting area.  The VI Restaurant steps into the 21st Century with a mix of classic and contemporary Californian cuisine. That’s probably just as well, as Victorian food isn’t always a good fit for our taste buds today!

The Victoria Inn, Maine

Romantic Bed in Victoria Inn Bethel Maine

This charming bed in The Victoria Inn in Bethel, ME, looks so tempting. The romantic inn is a restored 19th century building filled with period Victorian decor and furnishings including lace-draped beds just like this one. Bethel became a vacation destination way back in the 1800s when city dwellers visited to enjoy the refreshing mountain air. The allure is apparently timeless; Ski Magazine said that The Victoria Inn was one of the 10 best inns in New England.

Innisfree Bed & Breakfast By-The-Lake, North Carolina

Romantic Victorian Innisfree Inn NCThis is nearly in our backyard! The Innisfree Bed & Breakfast By-The-Lake is a AAA Four Diamond property overlooking Lake Glenville near Cashiers and Highlands, NC.  It is perfectly placed to explore the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains but I reckon it would be hard to tear yourself away from the house itself and the 12 acres of grounds filled with gardens and woods.

Barrett Suite Innisfree Victorian Inn North Carolina

Rooms at the Innisfree are named after Victorian personalities, including one named for the queen herself: Victoria’s Grand Suite with a mahogany four-poster bed. Then you’ll find the Lord Tennyson suite with a private veranda, chandeliers, a fireplace, and a tub for two overlooking the garden, and the Barrett Suite, shown above. This romantic boudoir boasts a canopied four-poster bed with French lace and a fireplace. During the day, guests relax in the sunny parlor, and by evening Irish coffee is served beside the cozy fireplace. Guests go for dinner in the inn’s octagonal Tower Dining Room lit by chandelier.

If you want to give your spouse or significant other a hint for a romantic weekend away, just send them a link to this blog post. (Hello Greg!)

We’d love to hear about your favorite romantic Victorian inns too. Meanwhile, don’t forget our Valentine’s discount for your special person or just as a gift for your home.

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.

 

 

Customer Appreciation Sale 15% Off Everything

Get 15% off all new, vintage, and antique furniture and home accents in our Customer Appreciation Sale! I recently mentioned that EuroLux Home won a Best of Houzz 2015 Award. The award was for our Customer Service so we are sharing the love with all our customers for Valentine’s Day. Our special discount is valid now through February 16, 2015.

Order something you love for your home at EuroLuxHome.com and you’ll get 15% off everything (as well as our always-free shipping) when you enter the coupon code at checkout: HappyFebruary

That seductive deal is enough to make anyone swoon! Here are some ideas for your Valentine’s gift for your home.

antique French rococo bed

This Louis XV Rococo antique bed arrived recently from France, and it is rich in romance! Dating to 1900, the full-size French antique bed is intricately carved in walnut wood with a sensuous shell cartouche on the headboard. Floral carvings complete the pretty picture.

French Antique Chairs Renaissance Hunting Red Red is the color of romance and the gorgeous red upholstery on these French antique dining chairs is sure to look alluring in your dining room! The set of six antique Renaissance Hunting style dining chairs dates to 1880 and the oak chairs are hand-carved with grapes, foliage and barley twists. The antique chairs recently arrived from France so they bought the language of love with them.

Normandy Antique Armoire

What a sweetheart! Fans of French Country furniture will sigh with passion when they see this delightful oak antique French armoire in the Normandy style, dating to 1890. A carved vase of flourishing flowers catches the eye at once, but look closer on the mirrored doors and you’ll also be charmed by the sweet birds pecking at grapes or berries. We have an equally pretty Normandy antique bed to match.

Black Forest Stag Sconce lighting Combining the romantic appeal of the Old World with high-quality Made in the USA crafting, this fabulous stag sconce is part of a new line we just started to carry. The new sconces and chandeliers are based on antique Black Forest designs and cast in resin with terrific details. They look like carved wood and have a nice weight to them. They’d pair beautifully with your Hunting Style décor!

Chelsea House Covent Garden Painted Urn Finally, this stunning new Chelsea House hand-painted vase or urn is bound to bring spring into your home. You can almost smell the fragrance of the riot of flowers hand-painted across the 18-inch-high porcelain vase.

The Covent Garden urn is named after the historic Covent Garden flower market in London. Covent Garden is where Professor Henry Higgins first spotted Eliza Doolittle selling her flowers in the play Pygmalion and the Audrey Hepburn movie My Fair Lady. That truly was a romantic story worthy of Valentine’s Day!

However you choose to use your 15% discount, we hope you love the piece you buy.

For more inspiration browse our complete EuroLuxHome.com inventory. Then take 15% off everything in your shopping basket when you enter the coupon code: HappyFebruary

The offer is valid through February 16, 2015. Happy Valentine’s Day and 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: Vintage Teacup Chandelier in France

Check out how great these photos are from our customer Marie-Louise in Haute-Normandie, France! Marie-Louise bought a vintage teacup and spoon chandelier from us, and now the pretty chandelier graces her kitchen far across the Atlantic ocean.

This is the Teacup vintage spoon chandelierteacup and silver spoon chandelier Marie-Louise chose from our selection of upcycled chandeliers. It’s  hand-crafted for us by an artisan using vintage silver plate spoons for each unique creation. The whimsical teacup chandelier  is literally unique as every piece is custom-made using vintage pieces, so each chandelier is slightly different.  People can customize the chandelier further if they want to. For example, by opting for just one tier rather than two.  Vintage teaspoon chandelier in kitchen

The chandelier looks fabulous hanging in Marie-Louise’s home in Haute-Normandie, France.  Her vintage kitchen is full of French character and the unusual chandelier adds another dash of personality. The pans hanging over the range look like copper – beautiful! This is such a welcoming and cozy kitchen, it makes me want to pull up a chair at the table and have a good long chat over a croissant and a steaming café au lait. :-)

vintage silver spoon chandelier in French kitchen

The chandelier is very well traveled. Instead of shipping it directly to France as the duties are quite high, Marie-Louise opted to ship to her second home in Dubai and carry the chandelier back to France on the plane. We think it was worth the effort! The vintage floral designs on the teacups look delightful against Marie-Louise’s rose-strewn window blinds.

vintage French kitchen teacup chandelier

The teacup and spoon chandelier (or spoondelier as some people call it!) looks wonderful lit up at night. It has a sculptural effect with every cup and spoon outlined by the light.

Vintage French Kitchen cup and spoon chandelier

This shows a little more of the evening sparkle as the light glints off the vintage silver plate spoons.

Exterior French House vintage kitchen I love that she included the photo of the outside looking in to the kitchen as I couldn’t help wondering how charming the outside must be with such a gorgeous vintage kitchen.  Marilou invited us to stop in on our next trip to France – we just might take her up on the gracious offer!

Marie-Louise is not the only customer who has kindly shared photos of the chandelier in her home. There is something about the teacup chandelier that makes everyone want to show it off! Here are some other client spotlights showing custom-made teacup and spoon chandeliers.

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.