Monthly Archives: July 2015

Beach Style Decor & Home Accessories

Following on from my last post about Beautiful Beach Style Decor, let’s take a look at the materials, textures and home decor accents that help create a happy and summery beach style in your home all year round. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t like this look… it’s just so comfortable but crisp and clean. It’s truly an all-American design style to appeal to everyone.

In my previous blog post about beach style decor I mentioned how rattan and wicker furniture immediately conjures up a laid-back beach mood! Rope details do the same thing – I can almost smell the salt air in this entryway, can’t you? Just a simple rope bannister provides the perfect detail, contrasting with the white wainscoting, wood plank floor, and a few fishing rods thrown casually into a tall vase.

The rope step ladder on these bunk beds is sure to delight the kids when bedtime rolls around! The ship bells hung over each bed adds another lure to the youngsters… you won’t be able to keep them from rushing to brush their teeth and climb into bed. I just hope for the adults’ sake that the bells don’t have real clappers inside them. But then again, where’s the fun in that? All aboard, mateys!Rope and Iron sconce lighting

In general the rough textures of rope, wicker and rattan make a great contrast to crisp white cotton textiles and the sharp lines of navy and white striped upholstery.

You don’t have to festoon the house with rope. A small detail like this unusual Currey & Company wall sconce sets the tone. The iron and rope sconce light is understated but the simple circle of rope and the iron fixture makes us think of ships, lighthouses, and life by the sea.

Driftwood stoolA day of beachcombing is bound to turn up some driftwood,  Bleached driftwood furniture and decorative details add to the weathered look that that makes beach style so comfortable and distinctive.

For example, this driftwood stool is made from genuinely worn reclaimed old wood. The iron rings accent the beachy feel and make the stool easy to carry around for wherever you need it. At 24 inches high, the nicely shaped stool can also be used as a convenient side table for drinks when friends come to visit after a day of fun in the sun and sand.

Finally, choose some decorative finishing touches that evoke the beach and ocean life. Maybe add a jar of shells or a coconut scented candle or get creative with your old surf board.

This clever homeowner in Orlando, FL, turned a surf board into a bar for the final touch to their beach style house. Notice the driftwood toned floor and all the beautiful turquoise and white to give that lazy summer day feel.

Coral Reef Ocean Needlepoint pillowIf a surf board bar is a step too far, then some throw pillows with vistas of sea life will do the trick.

This handmade needlepoint pillow is one of a selection of ocean life pillows we stock. It’s made with pure wool with a velvet back and the color and detail of the handmade needlepoint pillow is gorgeous. The coral reef and the angel fish look lifelike enough that I feel I should be wearing a scuba mask!

Have you decorated your home with beach style? Or maybe you actually have a beach home and you’ve had fun decorating it? 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.

 

 

Beautiful Beach Style Decor

Whether you live near the ocean or are enjoying summer in the city, beach style decor is always a refreshing and comfortable look.  I’ve been thinking about the elements of beach style that make this relaxed and cheerful look work. Here are some tips for year-round summer beach style.

Let’s start with blue and white… of course! These classic nautical colors quickly make any space look crisp and breezy.

This home on Whidbey Island in Washington has a wonderful view and a telescope to explore every inch of that view. But even if you aren’t lucky enough to overlook the water, I can also imagine curling up cozily on the window seat and watching the the clouds or reading a book. Blue and white stripes add another nautical touch. A ship’s wheel design on the pillow also looks cute. Telescope and maritime decorFans of Brittany style antique furniture will know that the ship wheel is a popular motif for the sea-faring French region too.

The telescope in the Whidbey Island house looks so authentic… here’s a reminder that we have some antique-style telescopes in our online store if you are looking to buy one!

Pale blue also works fabulously for beach style. There’s a reason that they call it aqua! The delicate blue color in this Calgary bathroom is Gossamer Blue by Benjamin Moore Paints. The clean white trim and white wainscoting also lends a beach cottage feel. White beadboard always looks so fresh.

Stanley saltbox white nightstand beachyIn a similar vein, this new Stanley Furniture nightstand is a perfect choice for a beach style bedroom, or even as a handy side table in a bathroom or hallway. The white louvered cabinet doors remind us of shutters on coastal houses. The nightstand is also available in other beachy colors: teal blue, tropical Spanish orange, and Gloucester gray.

This beach style decor in this turn-of-the-century cottage once again shows the summery mood created by blue and white. It’s so easy, yet so elegant! White wainscoting and a brick fireplace create visual texture, as do the wicker chairs.

Rattan armchair beach styleWicker and rattan are always practical and attractive choices for a coastal home.  This new rattan armchair that we stock has a rustic and casual feel that will be a great match for beach style decor. Pop it on the porch or use it as an accent chair in the living room. Or just relax in the rattan armchair in your tropically inspired bar area! It’s such a versatile piece. That’s part of the beauty of beach style decor… it works well for all kinds of spaces and all kinds of people.

In my next blog post I’ll look more at the materials and textures that quickly create beach style in your home, as well as the finishing touches of beach style home accessories. Till then, mind the waves!

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: Jonathan Charles Buckingham Console Table

Linda K. sent some photos of her new living room in Wayne, PA, featuring the beautiful new Jonathan Charles console table that she bought from us.
Jonathan Charles console table Buckingham
The mahogany console table from the Jonathan Charles Buckingham collection is crafted in Late Regency style with an antiqued finish. The elegant wood detailing, ornate drawer handles, and fluted and tapered legs capture the Regency style perfectly.
Jonathan Charles Console Table BuckinghamHere’s the Buckingham console table in its new home. Linda has been doing a lot of work on the room although she ruefully added that her new living room project was going very slowly. Linda, tell us about it! We’ve been working on our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation for several years and we know how long these things take.

We think the room looks great already, with those gorgeous floors and the striking piece of art creating a focal point over the console table. It also looks like the windows are huge! Lots of lovely light in that room!
Jonathan Charles Buckingham Console Table
Linda says, ” The living room is starting to come together but we still need a rug, sconces on the wall, ficus trees in the corners with lighting, new window treatments AND the new beautiful couches came in the wrong fabric!” Linda order her new couches from a high-end chain and the sofas came in a light green or sea foam color.

“They were supposed to be much darker in color with a more olive green background, along with some beiges and browns,” Linda said. She was waiting for the chain to put the new order in so she could get the new couches in June sometime. I hope they’ve arrived with you by now, Linda!

In any case, Linda is very philosophical about it all. I guess we have to be sometimes, or we’d go crazy. Linda said, “At any rate, it’s small problems – just been a headache. Glad our console table was a breeze!”

We enjoyed dealing with Linda too. She found us on Bonanza.com and was very pleasant to work with. Here is a link to our Bonanza store.  Of course, you can also find this Jonathan Charles console table and all our fine antique French furniture and antique-inspired new furniture and lighting on our EuroLuxHome.com website 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.

Our Upcycled Chandeliers on TV’s Trashformers

EuroLux Upcycled Spoondeliers on TrashformersWe were thrilled when a media company emailed us to say that our upcycled chandeliers were being featured on the Trashformers TV show on FYI Networks.

Trashformers stars four designers who are challenged to upcycle all kinds of crazy items. Our Spoondelier chandeliers were shown as an example of innovative upcycled design. Here are several spoondeliers from our selection of upcycled spoon chandeliers:

Upcycled chandelier spoondelier

The spoondeliers are custom-made to order for us by a skilled artisan using vintage silver-plated spoons. This means that each chandelier is unique and you can also tailor the details and number of tiers.

Upcycled chandelier spoondelier 4 tiers

The light through the gleaming spoons creates fantastic shadows on the wall. It’s perfect in the dining room for a romantic dinner for two or for a dramatic dinner party.

Teacup vintage spoon chandelier

You can see how the upcycled chandeliers look in our clients’ homes in these spoondelier client spotlights. Some are made only from spoons, others use vintage teacups too.

On Trashformers, four designers who are experts in upcycling had only three days to transform a school bus, airplane and ferris wheel into high end, high value products that people might buy. They were guided by host Brooks Atwood who advised on style and construction, and then judged by a panel of retail experts who estimated a value for the upcycled products. The team earning the highest sum of money wins the game!
Here is the trailer to give you a taste of the show, which was broadcast earlier this month.

The designers did a great job of turning trash into treasure, as you can see in these Trashformer video clips. (You can also get access to full episodes at the link if you enter you TV provider.)

Thought Bubble Bus

Challenges included salvaging an old school bus to create new upcycled items. The transformation of an old ferris wheel into a zen-like sculpture as a cool piece of garden art is especially impressive.

Upcycled Guitar

Another challenge involved turning the parts of a broken down plane into high-end products including bags, lamps, and even a guitar.

Some people are so creative and that’s why we love stocking the upcycled chandeliers from our artisan friends! Do you enjoy upcycled decor in your home? 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.