Monthly Archives: May 2015

Client Spotlight: Tea Party Chandelier

I’ve shared photos before of upcycled vintage teacup and spoon chandeliers in our clients’ homes, but in today’s client spotlight the tea party chandelier takes a new twist!

This is the tea party chandelier tea party chandelier that we have in our gallery, custom-made by American artisans. It’s crafted from a vintage tea service including the teapot itself plus the silver plated spoons, a sugar bowl, creamer, tea tray and china teacups. The whole whimsical concoction is made to order and as the vintage tea service pieces are all unique, every single one of the brilliantly upcycled chandeliers is unique too.
Our clever customer Kelley F. in Houston, TX, made hers even more unique!

Coffee tea party chandelier

Spot the difference? Kelley added her own personal touch by changing out the vintage tea cups to large double espresso coffee cups. Kelley sent us the photo saying “I added my own cups to the light fixture…I’m in love!!!” She got the classic white Rhodes coffee cups from Pottery Barn, adding that she really wanted the ones that said ‘tea’ on them, but they would have been too big for the chandelier. In any case, she loves them now!

coffee tea party upcycled chandelier
Here’s another photo of the vintage tea service chandelier with the tea party transformed into a celebration of coffee! The chandelier is a substantial 23 inches high so it can hold its own as a focal point in a large space like Kelley’s open plan living room and breakfast nook.  You can tell that Kelley has a very artistic eye from the interesting array of decorative items on the shelves and also the gallery of framed images on the far wall.

cofffee tea cup upcycled chandelier

The view back toward the kitchen also shows Kelley’s eclectic and witty taste. I love the oversized fork and spoon on the wall. This looks like such a happy home. I’m delighted that  Kelley wrote, “I am sooooooooo happy with my new breakfast nook chandelier.  It works perfectly with my home and matches my personality to a T!!!”

Hmm, was that a deliberate pun, Kelley? That the tea party chandelier suits you to a T? Ha! Thank you for sharing your photos and we hope that you party on whether you choose tea or coffee for breakfast!

If you like the tea party chandelier, then you might also like to see my blog posts on the Vintage Teacup Chandelier in France or the Teacup and Spoon Chandelier in a Cambridge kitchen, or the Upcycled Chandelier Decorating a New Restaurant.

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: April Showers bring May Flowers!

Greg and I love to putter in the garden – we find it so relaxing to be outside, digging in the dirt. I like to call it yard yoga. As soon as spring starts, we can’t resist working on the landscaping for our vintage 1920s bungalow, even though we still have so much to do inside! When the weather turns so hot we can’t stand to be outside, we’ll turn back to our inside projects. We’ve come a long way over the past few years.

Here are some photos from when we first cleaned up the front yard…

FrontYardCleanedUp

…then created beds, planted baby plants, and put down grass seed in the Spring of 2012.

Yard Spring2012

The following spring in May 2013, the roses were in bloom, the grass was starting to fill in…
Spring 2013 Front Yard…and the jasmine and climbing roses were taking over the trellis. spring 2013 rose trellis

Last spring, we worked in the back yard. We hadn’t done much since 2012 when we cleared it, put up a fence, and planted baby trees:

BackyardAfterCleanup2012

In the Spring of 2014, we tore down the old dilapidated shed
and built a pretty, new shed for garden tools:

building a new shed

This is the finished shed – it matches our vintage 1920s bungalow!
Shed to match vintage bungalowWe also built two raised garden boxes and planted peach trees and fig trees: Planted garden boxes

We’ve been busy this year planting more flowers in the front yard…
Spring2015 planting the front yard…and in the side yard:
SideYard planted Spring2015We added four planters on the steps – two of which belonged to Greg’s great grandmother – family heirlooms for blooms! We also added hanging baskets, bird feeders and a couple bird baths, and I built a rose bed around the mailbox out of vintage bricks.
MailboxRoseGardenSpring2015In the backyard, we built two more raised garden boxes.
Raised boxes EarlyGarden2015We have strawberries in one bed; corn, beans, peas, and cucumbers in another; watermelon, cantalope, and zucchini in a third, and tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers in the fourth.

Raised bed garden 2015

I think we’re going to have a bumper crop of tomatoes this year!
Raised garden vegetables
Do you love to garden? Tell us about it 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.

English Castle Hotels

If you love the romance of English history, lore and legends, you’ll be pleased to know that you can experience the romance for yourself by staying in an English castle! I blogged before about how to take a castle vacation at Château de Bagnols in the Beaujolais valley and in other French castle hotels. But today we’re hopping across the Channel to sneak a peek at the English castles that could tempt us to put on our wimples and go for a visit.

Hever Castle, Kent

Stay at Hever Castle in England

Hever Castle is famous for being the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the second of King Henry VIII’s six wives. Henry was never going to win “Husband of the Year” and poor Anne came to a very unfortunate end. But first she made her mark on history by giving birth to a little girl destined to be the future Queen Elizabeth I.
This impressive double-moated medieval castle was built in 1270. It’s thanks though to the American William Waldorf Astor that the castle is so well restored today. He gave the castle a facelift and to keep it authentic his workmen use the same materials and tools that the Tudors used!

Hever Castle Inner Hall

You can stay at Hever Castle or just visit to enjoy spaces like this amazing Inner Hall with walnut panels and columns. During the Tudor years it was the Great Kitchen, cooking up feasts for the household after their hunting parties, no doubt.

Augill Castle, Cumbria

Augill Castle CumbriaIf you’re visiting the Lake District or the Yorkshire Dales in the north of England, you’ll find Augill Castle a convenient and mighty impressive place to stay! It’s been named English B&B of the year and it offers Gothic towers and turrets, antique furnishings and 20 acres of grounds with a tree house!

Augill Castle room Queen Victoria

Built in 1841 as a country residence for a Victorian gentleman, Augill Castle has a library, its own cinema, and 15 guest rooms for travelers to stay in.

This is the Pendragon room and it is said that Queen Victoria stayed in this room on her way to her Scottish country castle of Balmoral.

In addition to that stunning four poster bed, the room has a carved oak fireplace and arched leaded windows. The bathroom boasts stained glass windows and a Victorian cast iron claw footed bath.

 

 

Amberley Castle, West Sussex

Amberley Castle

Visitors should be safe in this 900-year-old castle… it’s surrounded by a 60-foot-high castle wall and a twin-tower gatehouse with a portcullis that is closed each night! During the 14th century the castle was the Bishop of Chichester’s Summer Palace. Now it’s a hotel including a restaurant with suits of armor and a 12th century barrel-vaulted ceiling.

Amberley Castle hotel room

Bedroom decor includes antique furnishings, original fireplaces, and four poster beds – one room even has access to a tower! Peacocks roam the 12 acres of grounds with 1920’s topiary and statues, and you can play tennis, old-fashioned English croquet, or golf on the 18-hole putting green.  It’s easy to stay at Amberley Castle if you are traveling though London as it’s less than 60 miles from the city. It’s also near the seaside town of Brighton which is well known for its antique shops!

If you’ve ever stayed in an English castle – or a castle in France or anywhere at all – we’d love to hear from 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.

Client Spotlight: Antique French Style Game Table

I loved seeing the photos our customer Marie-Regina S. in Mountainhome, PA sent of the antique French style game table she bought from us. We got a great glimpse into her beautifully decorated living room!
Woodbridge Game TableThis is the new Woodbridge game table that Marie-Regina chose from our range of vintage and antique-inspired game tables. The high-quality card table follows early 18th century French styling and it is crafted in solid wood with a cherry veneer.  The Woodbridge Furniture Company people are very clever with their distressing skills. The hand-rubbed finish gives an aged look that would fool a lot of people into thinking it was an original antique.
antique inspired Woodbridge games tableHere’s the antique-inspired game table in Marie-Regina’s home. This room is so inviting… it looks like a cozy place to spend a few hours playing cards! I can also imagine relaxing here with a good book or chatting with company. Notice how well Marie-Regina defines the conversation area with a large rug, while a separate rug defines the game table area.
Woodbridge Games Table Antique French styleZooming in for a closer look at the Woodbridge game table, you can see the rich sheen of the hand-waxed finish on the square table top. The careful craftsmanship extends to the shapely and typically French stylized cabriole legs. When Marie-Regina sent the photos of the table, she added, “We love it!”

I can see why… and it pairs perfectly with those handsome wood windows. Personally, I love the upholstery on the chairs. There is so much to enjoy in this room, from the framed lattice design on the far wall to the French style sideboard and the elegant lighting. Marie-Regina has immaculate taste and I’m glad she invited us into her home so we could admire it. And now for a game of cards?

If you enjoy cards, chess, and other family games (even shuffleboard!) take a look at our selection of vintage and antique-inspired game tables. We try to select tables that are gorgeous pieces of furniture in themselves, as well as being fun for entertainment after a dinner party or during a family holiday. We hope you agree with us!

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 Trends: Gold Decor Creates a Glow

A while ago I wrote a post about the current home decor trend for mixed metals but today I’m going to shine the spotlight on pure gold! A Decorilla report on the best designer trends at Maison & Objet 2015 in Paris said that gold is this year’s metal of choice.

As the “it” metal color, gold crops up in all kinds of materials and accents, not just metal itself. Let’s take a look at some golden inspirations to add a warm glow and vibrant energy to any home decor. Here comes the sun…

The bold gold approach to this powder room turns the smallest room into a sun palace!
Gold leaf or gold paint on the door, trim, and ceiling create a bright shimmer, but the dark blue wallpaper tones the look down so it isn’t too blingy. An antiqued gold console table, mirror frame, and light fixture enhance the Old World feel.

Ann Sacks Gold TileGold diggers can also use tiles to add a golden gleam to bathrooms or perhaps even a conservatory. These Ann Sacks Davlin tiles are handmade with European gold leaf fused between two pieces of glass.  The look is classic enough for traditional decor, but it would also work in a contemporary space.

Gold and white always looks elegant. Gold is the most opulent and rich-looking metal and when you dress it down with pure and simple white the result is luminous and graceful.

Here is more white and gold with a younger, fresher feel. The Modern Regency style would be so pretty for a young woman’s bedroom, perhaps a daughter or granddaughter. The graphic gold polka dots are decals, which makes it easy to remove them when you want a change of scene.  A gold vintage chandelier hangs above crisp white linens and the simple nightstand is set off with gold handles. A bedroom fit for a 21st century princess!

Jonathan Charles Gold Side TableOn the other hand, gold with black looks dramatic and luxurious, creating a chic focal point in a room.

This black and gold Jonathan Charles oval table proves the point. The 1930s style lacquer and gilt side table with a glass top is one of many gold tables in our online store and it’s one of the most striking.

You don’t need a lot of gold to pack a visual punch. Just a little to punctuate the black does the job perfectly.

Chelsea House Gold Console TableThis fine Chelsea House console table is another “gilty treat” we can all enjoy! The petite Mumford console table is just 42 inches long and a little over a foot deep, but this pretty package deserves a gold medal for its Empire styling and delicious gold accents.Gold bracket Jonathan Charles Gold Wall Hanging

 

 

 

 
A little also goes a long way in this delightful Chelsea House wall bracket (left), and in the pair of Jonathan Charles wall hangings from the Versailles collection, featuring gilding and carved decoration in the Renaissance style.

Jonathan Charles wall hangingsYou can see that the pair of gold wall hangings add that final decorative touch to the room, balancing the handsome wood display cabinet and bringing a ray of sunshine into the space.

If you’ve enjoyed browsing these photos, then you might like to see my story about the gold Woodbridge coffee table in our customer’s sunny California home, or get more inspiration from the mixed metal decor trend.

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.

Bookshelf: Paris Gardens and Inspirations

If you’re looking for some garden inspiration, these beautiful books on secret gardens and entertaining in the garden might encourage some new ideas to bloom! Even if you don’t have green thumbs, there’s nothing to stop you sighing over the alluring photos in these recently published garden books.

Garden Inspirations

Garden InspirationsWith ideas from flower arranging to table settings to using outdoor colors for interior home decor, Garden Inspirations aims to make the garden a part of your everyday life whether you are outside in the garden itself or bringing the garden indoors. The author, interior designer Charlotte Moss, takes readers on a trip through her own gardens, talks about the famous European gardens she has seen and offers tips on garden entertaining. She also collects beautiful vases to display her just-plucked blossoms… some of them are right there on the vibrant book cover! We too love blue and white ceramics, as you’ll know if you ever browsed all the antique Delft vases, plates and other pieces in our online store!

Private Gardens of Paris

Private Gardens of ParisGreg and I find most of our antiques in France so we are always happy to hop on a plane to Paris. It’s a great mixture of business and a little pleasure too. While we are there, we enjoy wandering around the stately Paris gardens. However, the ones featured in this book are private gardens… so the only way to get a glimpse is to leaf through these gorgeous photographs.

The private gardens tucked away from the bustle of the Parisian streets include fashion designers Hubert de Givenchy’s formal garden and Kenzo’s Japanese-style retreat.

In and out of Paris: Gardens of Secret Delights

Paris Gardens of Secret DelightHere’s another book about Paris gardens that was also recently published. There must be something in the air.  But you can never have too much Parisian style and there is plenty of creativity in these 30 gardens. Author Zahid Sardar, the design editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, explores projects ranging from the tiny terrace in the Marais owned by couturier Martin Grant to the rooftop in Montmartre belonging to Mexican painter MariCarmen Hernandez. (Do you think there is anything in the world more romantic than a Montmartre rooftop garden?)  American architect Michael Herrman also pays homage to Le Corbusier’s Champs Elysées garden for one of his clients.

After such a long cold winter for so many people, it’s a joy to get outside again, isn’t it? I hope these books will help you conjure up some magic for your own garden! Or leave a comment to tell us about your own favorite garden books.

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 April 2015: Art Deco and Hollywood Regency

We’ve had a glamorous month of Art Deco and Hollywood Regency style on our home decor and furniture blog. I also shared my own vintage decor tale with an update on our Bathroom Penny Tiles Project in our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation. (You’ll see a bit of glitter in there too!) Here are our favorite blog posts this month:

Ambella Home Voranado tableOur customer spotlight about this Ambella Home accent table in Nellie’s Californian home set the tone for sparkling April. The blog post shows photos of the Voronado table with its mirrored accents and gold leaf finish – it looks fab in Nellie’s handsome house!

Ambella Home Casablanca chest mirrored

This inspired me to explore more of the magic of mirrors in my post on Hollywood Regency style and mirrored furniture.   The beauty of sleek mirrored furniture is evident, but there are also practical reasons to choose and use mirrored furniture in your home. You can create clever illusions to brighten and visually expand your space.  I’ve rarely heard anyone complain about a room being TOO light and spacious!

Ambella Home Art Deco Bed Manhattan

The natural next step was to look at elegantly glossy and streamlined Art Deco furniture. My  post on the Art Deco Bedroom not only showed this incredible new Ambella Home Manhattan bed that was featured in a Houzz.com editorial on Art Deco, but I also gave a sneak peek at some antique Art Deco furniture due to arrive on our next container from France.

French Antique Grandfather ClockBetween our celebrations of the 1920s and 1930s, we turned our gaze back a few decades further. This antique Brittany clock looks amazing in my story on the antique French longcase clock in Loren’s home in Texas. The chestnut carved grandfather clock dates to about 1880 or 1900 and the floral brass detail around the enamel clock face suggests  that it was a wedding gift. See more photos and a close up of the clock in our antique Brittany clock post. 

I’ll share more photos of customers’ homes and gorgeous antiques and home decor ideas next month. If you have a question about vintage or antique furniture or lighting, home accents and accessories, I’d love to hear from you!  Send me an email or comment on this blog or head over to our EuroLux 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.