Monthly Archives: June 2015

Vintage Life: Building a Cat Porch

BowlOGreensWe didn’t intend to have eight fuzzy babies, it just worked out that way. We know we have a cat overpopulation situation, so as we worked on the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow, we made sure we created a special space for the cats too. This is how we ended up building a “cat paradise” screened porch for everyone to enjoy.

Here are four of the cats. I keep them supplied with a pot of cat grass so they can happily graze all day!

 

Before we built the cat porch

This shows our porch after we hung new exterior siding, but before we screened it in.
We thought it would really make the porch look nice to tile it…

Tiling the cat porch

…and of course we needed a great vintage screened door, which we found at the Antique Tobacco Barn in Asheville, NC, where we also have a booth.

vintage door for cat porch

Then we added a very interesting oyster chandelier. We have oyster chandeliers for sale in case you like it as much as we do and are interested in buying one!

OysterChandelier in cat porch

There are two cat doors on either side of our front door leading out to the screened front porch so that everyone can come and go as they please – which they do all day and night. We constantly hear “flap, flap, flap” from the cats going in and out.

cats on the cat porchWe built steps up to corner platforms on each side of the porch and then more steps up to walkways along the top of the porch and over the screened door, so that there are plenty of spots for all six cats to enjoy the porch at the same time. We also built a fireman’s pole out of sisal rope so that they could climb up and down it like a tree and use it for a scratch post.

Sunset on the cat patioMinkey and Fozzy take their perches to enjoy the view at sunset.
Fozzy cat on the cat porchFozzy knows we can’t reach him up there.

Evening on the Cat PorchLenny, Fozzy and Minkey checking out the neighborhood after the sun has set. Everyone really enjoys “cat paradise” on the patio – even Greg and I like to kick back on the porch with a couple beers after a long day.

Have you “spoiled” your fuzzy babies with something built especially for them them? Tell us about it in the comments or show us with a photo 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.

Client Spotlight: Woodbridge Corner Table

After our customer Bob sent a photo of the Woodbridge corner table he bought from us, I started looking at other creative ways to make the most of every inch of space with corner furniture.  Bob S. in Castro Valley, CA, ordered this Neo-Classic corner table: Woodbridge Neo Classic Corner TableThe new Woodbridge Furniture Company corner table is beautifully crafted with a solid wood construction and hand-distressed cherry veneers. Woodbridge Corner table The elegant design is inspired by 19th century Neo-Classic originals and it’s a neat 3 feet wide.  Bob emailed us to say “It looks great in the living room.” You can see how well it tucks into the corner!

Bob is using the table for his lovely lamp but you could also use it as an accent table in a hallway, as a TV stand for a small flat screen TV in a guest room, or even as a corner nightstand in a cozy cottage bedroom. The two drawers and lower shelf provide plenty of storage options or a place to stack your magazines, even in a compact space!

Here are some more ideas for corner furniture.

Ambella Home Agatha Corner cabinetThis new Ambella Home corner cabinet from the Agatha Contempo collection makes a very handsome statement. It is nearly 8 feet tall and shows how a corner cabinet creates extra display options in a room that perhaps doesn’t have much wall space. You could enjoy this fine piece of furniture as a china cabinet too. A corner cabinet can be used to create a focal point in a room, or perhaps to soften the angles of a very square or linear space.

Jonathan Charles Corner ChairA corner chair makes an unusual addition to a home, like this new Jonathan Charles corner chair from the Country Farmhouse collection, superbly crafted in walnut wood. It makes maximum use of any neglected corner and the rich barley twists and classic finials guarantee that the corner chair will be a great visual accent too. The rush seat suits a Country Farmhouse living room or kitchen or any traditional or rustic decor. It’s a super chair for a small entryway too, making it easy to change your boots without taking up tons of space!

Finally, this traditional kitchen in Minneapolis shows that even the kitchen sink can benefit from the corner treatment! The deep farmhouse sink allows the best views from that large corner window. Putting the sink in the corner also frees up more counter space for people to work at.

Do you enjoy using corner furniture in your home? Do you use it to make maximum use of your space or just because you love the look? We’d love to hear your 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.

Organize your Jewelry in Vintage Style!

My last posts were about decorative ways to display a collection and ways to display a ceramics collection. I’ve saved the sparkliest till last! Today I’m sharing some fabulous ideas to organize and display your jewelry collection in vintage style.  vintage style jewelry display

This idea from the Better Homes & Gardens blog is charming. It’s also easy to do. The framed jewelry display at the back is just a vintage style picture frame. You can paint any decorative frame you find in a flea market or thrift store. The back could be metal mesh or chicken wire backed with toile fabric for a French Country look. Or perhaps choose a heavyweight canvas – anything you can use to hook your earrings to the backing and pin up your necklaces.

Find a pretty vintage cake stand, either a metal one or a ceramic cake stand or another kind of tiered tray to add the finishing touch to the dressing table tableau!

You can also make your own cake jewelry holder from vintage china. This tutorial on Houzz shows you how. It looks like a vintage cake stand with a twist! I think it would pair perfectly in the boudoir with our custom-made vintage tea service chandeliers.

PIcture Frame Jewelry DisplayFor a more formal take on the picture frame idea, check out this Better Homes & Gardens suggestion. They’ve created a picture gallery of jewels! This would look at home in a Victorian bedroom. I guess the arrangement works best with a theme in each framed group. Put all your pearls in one frame, all your brooches in another, or perhaps group jewelry by color.

Or go completely crazy and deck a whole wall with baubles and beads! This jewelery display in a 1926 bungalow in Seattle looks just right for the space. It’s also very practical as it’s easy to spot the piece you want, then see how it looks in the ornate gilded mirror.

A dress form or mannequin is another vintage-inspired display idea that always looks pretty and romantic. Layer on necklaces of different lengths and a few brooches for maximum effect. You can also use a dress form to hold long silky scarves, or perhaps your favorite vintage hat of the moment.

Vintage brooch treeIf you have a collection of vintage brooches or earrings, cluster them closely together on a simple jewelry tree and let the jewelry itself do the talking… and the sparkling!

Jake's dog bed of toys

I can’t finish this mini series about ways to display your collections without sharing this photo of Jake. He seems to be going with the “cluster everything together” theory to show off his collection of toys. I promise you that our real-life dog is in there somewhere!

If you have a collection featured in your home decor, we’d love to hear how you display it. You can also post a photo on 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.

Ways to Display Your Ceramics Collection

My last post was about decorative ways to display a collection. That included vintage teapots, cameras, and model trains, amongst other collectibles. The Welsh Dresser style hutch that I showed in that post is a classic way to display china and ceramics  – our antique buffets are great for this too! But today I’m sharing some other ways to display your ceramics collection.

Blue and white ceramics Delft

Blue and white ceramics, especially antique Delftware, always look fantastic grouped together. This photo from my earlier post about Blue and White Delftware proves it!  Remember that if you have three or more of any one type of item – or even three or more different objects in the same color – you immediately have a collection. Group them together for maximum impact.

This photo is also a good reminder to USE your ceramics collection whenever possible. Take your blue and white ginger jars and vases down off the shelf and flaunt them in a stunning table setting like this. Just add a few simple white flowers and wait for the admiring comments!

Usually you see blue and white vases and ginger jars displayed on a shelf or table, all on the same level. What I love about this photo is that the jars are clustered both on the console table and below it, creating more dimension in a double layer of visual interest.   The tasteful blue and white looks crisp and elegant against the mellow wood table and flooring.

Create a gallery display of your collection of plates to add a beautiful dash of color to a room.  This example blends traditional blue and white plates in all shapes and sizes with some punches of lively red. It’s the perfect combination for the rustic beachy feel of this space, or for a breezy maritime look in an ocean cottage. Before hammering any nails in the wall to hang plates in a gallery display, it’s best to get your layout arranged. Place the plates on a large table or on the floor for a test run!

Looking for a completely different way to display your collection of plates? The creative couple in this 1980s ranch style home used an antique picture frame to show off their plates. The picture frame is about four feet wide and the flourishing silhouette makes a focal point of the plates.  I think this display would look fabulous with our vintage teacup and spoon chandeliers!

To finish up this mini-series about displaying your collections, I’ll be back soon with a post about storing and displaying jewelry in creative ways to enhance your home decor.

If you’ve got any examples of great ways to display your ceramics, jewelry, or collections of anything else, send them my way! Tell us in the comments or on our EuroLux Home 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.

Decorative Ways to Display a Collection

I love seeing how creative people are about displaying their collections of antiques, vintage pieces, or other collectibles. If you’re looking for inspiration to display your own collections, take a look at these decorative ways to display! Let’s start with a couple of traditional display options…

A classic Welsh Dresser or hutch makes any kitchen look cozy. In this VIctorian cottage kitchen the hutch is home to a collection of vintage teapots, teacups, and other ceramics and canisters. The teapots look especially charming grouped together on the top shelf. Although the shelves are very busy, that’s part of the friendly appeal – inviting us to come in and relax over a cup of tea.  Everything framing the dresser looks fairly clean-lined and clutter-free, so the dresser is the focal point here.

Jonathan Charles China Book Display CabinetFor a more formal living room, dining room or library, a display cabinet with glass doors is a traditional choice for displaying rare books and small antique objects and statues. This new Jonathan Charles cabinet from our antique and antique-inspired china and display cabinets  is a handsome example. The Jonathan Charles Windsor cabinet is crafted with crotch walnut and starburst inlaid doors, as well as adjustable lighting to highlight your precious collectibles. The angled shape of the cabinet shows off every single piece within, while glass doors keep everything dust-free and safe from spills and knocks.

How about this for a fun way to display a collection of vintage model trains? The bright colors and varying lengths of the trains could have looked a bit messy, but the creative homeowner in California tamed and streamlined the look by perching the trains on symmetrical white floating shelves. The trains add a lovely dash of color and whimsy to the otherwise traditional decor.

Vintage camera displayOur customers Aly & Bruce in Oregon were also clever and creative about displaying their collection of vintage cameras. When I wrote a customer spotlight about the antique Chinese cabinet they bought from us (the Late Qing Dynasty cabinet front left of this photo) the story of how the couple bought it was romantic enough. But then we got a bonus with a glimpse of their gorgeous line-up of cameras. Can you spot the cameras, in the arched alcoves above the book shelves?

vintage camera collection

Here’s a close-up (no pun intended!) of some of the cameras. They look wonderful arranged in simple rows about the books. Even this small space has been put to good use with lots of evocative visual impact, so it’s always worth thinking about how you can make use of even a sliver of shelf space. Perhaps you have a ledge above a doorway or a plate rail in the dining room that would work perfectly for your collection of vintage apothecary bottles?

I’ve got some more ideas to share about displaying ceramics so I’ll save those till next time. TIll then, I’d love to hear about your own decorative ways to display your collection. Tell us in the comments or on our EuroLux Home 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.

Best of May 2015: Castles, Gold, and Chandeliers!

We’ve had a lively month here at the EuroLuxHome.com antiques and home decor blog. In fact we’ve explored the stuff of legends: Castles and gold for starters, and then there was the Tea Party Chandelier that magically turned into a Coffee Cup Chandelier! (Who agrees that tea and coffee are the stuff of legends anyway? How else are we meant to start our busy days?)

Gold decorJoin us in looking back at our favorite blog posts last month, and may the legends continue…

We started our treasure hunt with a look at the interior design trend spotted at the Maison & Objet 2015 show in Paris: gold, gold, gold!

Gold diggers will love the warm and opulent effects in the Home Trends: Gold Decor Creates a Glow story and photos. But you don’t have to go crazy with the Midas touch if you just want a little gold rather than an all-over look. A few gold accents in your decor still add a vibrant and luxurious effect.

Augill CastleNext we went hunting for English history, lore and legends by taking a peek inside some incredible English Castle Hotels. If you want a unique and romantic vacation, staying in an English castle is bound to make you feel like royalty! You can even stay in the double-moated medieval castle that was home to Anne Boleyn when she was a girl, before she became the second wife of King Henry VIII.

Spring2015 planting the front yardBack at home, our own vintage 1920s bungalow is our castle and we’re delighted with all the progress we’ve made on the renovations.

We’ve worked hard on the garden landscaping, as you can see in the before and after photos in my story on Vintage Life: April Showers bring May Flowers!

As well as adding new planters that belonged to Greg’s great grandmother – family heirlooms for blooms! – we added hanging baskets, bird feeders,  bird baths, and I built a rose bed around the mailbox out of vintage bricks. We’re also proud of the edible treasures growing in our raised bed garden boxes. See all the photos here.

Woodbridge Games Table Antique French styleI loved the photos sent by our customers for our two client spotlights this month. The first showed how wonderful this Woodbridge Game Table in antique French style looks in Marie-Regina’s home in Pennsylvania. The 18th century French style table is crafted in solid wood and hand-rubbed for a beautifully distressed finish. The photos of Marie-Regina’s living room make it look like a cozy place to spend a few hours playing cards!

cofffee tea cup upcycled chandelierFinally, clever Kelley in Texas added her own personal touch to the custom-made tea party chandelier that she bought from us. The chandelier is crafted from a vintage tea service, right down to the silver plated spoons and teacups. Kelly transformed the light by swapping the vintage tea cups for large double espresso coffee cups!

We hope you’ll stay reading through June, when we’ll show more photos of customers’ homes and share more gorgeous antiques and inspiring home decor ideas.

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.