Monthly Archives: October 2015

Marble Decor – A Classic Trend

We sell quite a lot of new and antique marble furniture. A buffet or nightstand with a marble top is always popular but we also have a nice range of sink chests with marble tops. We love the marble effect in decor and it seems like we’re in good company. Many design magazines and other decor media are saying that marble is very on trend right now.

Red Marble Eastlake VanityCertainly this month’s High Point Market – a huge and influential furniture market – showed a lot of marble finishes including marbled paper effects.  We think marble never went out of fashion, it’s been a design classic for centuries! But it’s great to know that it’s back in vogue again, whether it’s genuine marble or marble looks on everything from wallpaper to textiles. Here are some ideas of how to enjoy this elegant material in your home, starting with the real thing!

This fantastic 1890 American mahogany antique vanity or dressing table in the Eastlake style that we have in stock right now is topped with rose or red colored marble. The marble is  practical but it also gives an upscale look as well as a pretty burst of vintage color. You might also enjoy seeing this blog post about how our customer Kathleen made creative use of an antique French marble-top nightstand in her kitchen.

Safe House USA Marble Print duvet coverAnd this is even more creative – although of course it’s not real marble. (Brr, that would be chilly!)

The white marble print duvet cover from Safe House USA looks incredibly convincing but it’s really printed on a sanded poplin fabric.

The marble pattern looks fresh and airy and I think it could go with many traditional bedroom styles as well as with a more modern bedroom.

Dibbern Carrara TeacupIn the morning, you’ll want to be woken up with a cup of tea sipped from this Dibbern Carrara teacup.

Carrara is the Italian city famous for the marble quarried there, and this cup is part  of the Carrara range of fine bone china tableware with the subtle marble design. It’s made in Germany and sold by Dibbern retailers in the United States.

You can even find faux marble wallpapers, although I think it’s hard to beat this beautiful marble effect by Calico Wallpaper.

Calico Marble Wallpaper

I’ll keep looking out for marble finishes in home decor and if you spot the marble look cropping up somewhere unexpected, tell us in the comments box!

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 9 (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: French Country Style and Decor

These new books about vintage French Country style look like great gifts for the holidays! Or treat yourself and your home to a touch of French style… I recommend indulging in a croissant dipped in café au lait while reading these books. It will help you get in the mood, right?

Charles Faudree Country French Legacy

Charles Faudree French Country LegacyCharles Faudree was a wonderful American interior designer based in Tulsa. Just like us he loved everything French – from the landscapes to the architecture and (of course) the stylish decor. Faudree died in 2013 but this book celebrates his legacy as a champion of French Country decor.

Author and photographer Jennifer Jordan shows us a selection of Charles Faudree’s decorating projects – kind of a ‘best of French Country by Faudree’ compilation! Clients also tell stories about working with him. What a wonderful tribute and great inspiration for all of us who love French Country style in our homes!

New Vintage French Interiors

Vintage French Interiors Get tips on how to create French Country style interiors in eclectic and interesting ways by combining vintage and antique French furniture with new and modern pieces. Decor ideas include displays of antique gardening tools across a wall, and other unique touches that lend a home tons of character and charm. The houses in the book connect to their natural environment by featuring earthy tones and natural materials like stone and wood. Author Sébastien Siraudeau has written several other books including Vintage French Interiors and French Country Style at Home, Here he takes us on a fresh new French Country trip!

My Stylish French Girlfriends

My Stylish French GirlfriendsHere’s a glimpse inside a world that I bet many of us would like to try… even if just for a week or two! The author Sharon Santoni-Smith writes the blog My French Country Home about her life in Normandy, France. (Sharon is from England but she moved to France after she married a French man.) In this new book she writes not only about life in rural France but also about the chic tastes of her French girlfriends. She introduces us to 20 French women and takes us into their homes all over the French countryside, from grand chateaux to enchanting French country cottages. The coffee table book with beautiful photos shows how her friends dress, decorate and entertain in true French style.

After all that delightful French Country decor, you can indulge in even more if like. Just check out our own blog posts on French Country style or browse the French Country furniture and decor in our gallery!

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 9 (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: Raise the Roof!

Removing the old shinglesIn the continuing story of As the Bungalow Renovation Turns – a.k.a. the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow – now that we had the walls up and painted and had laid most of the ceramic tile floors, unfortunately we found that the roof had started to leak in the sun room.

When we purchased the house, we thought we had about 5 years left in the existing roof, but it turns out it was only about 3 years.  And so we needed to replace the roof.

Although Greg is extremely handy, and I am a delightful assistant, we decided not to attempt a roofing job ourselves as Greg does not like heights. We hired a crew and they set to work removing all of the old roofing shingles. as you can see in the photo above.
Tarpaper Vintage BungalowThere were quite a few areas where the wood underneath the shingles needed to be replaced too.
Replace Wooden Roof on our Vintage BungalowSince we had a crew up on the roof, we decided to go ahead and punch three large skylights in the roof for more light in the upstairs converted attic space. We’re glad we did – it turned out great! Here you can see the skylights being opened up…
Skylights added to vintage bungalowHere are the finished skylights. They are perfect to bring in the light and give us a glimpse of sky.
Skylights on vintage bungalow

After just two days, the new roof was completed and looked good.This is the view from the back of the house:

New Roof on 1920s Vintage Bungalow

We choose a reddish-colored roof shingle that matched the reddish-paint on the brick foundation around the bottom of the house. It’s a very patriotic combination with the blue paint and white trim! Patriotic Vintage BungalowWe are delighted that it looks so great. We could have done without an extra roofing job but it all turned out for the best! We were so lucky that our little vintage bungalow stayed nice and dry when Hurricane Joachim blew through.

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 9 (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.

Antique French Furniture in Classic Newberry Mansion

Today I have some photos of antique French furniture and Mechelen buffets that are a real treat to see in our customer Tamra’s classic but eclectic home. The outside of her Greco-Roman mansion in Newberry, SC, is gorgeous too! Outside of Newberry House

You may think the dining room looks a little familiar as this home used to be owned by our good customers, Roger and Peggy. S. They recently sold their elegant 1890s home, built when Newberry was a booming textile mill town at the turn of the century, to a wonderful new caretaker – Tamra!

Antique French Table Chairs dining room

Roger and Peggy left the French Country sideboard in place in the dining room because it fit so well on that wall under the stained glass windows and they didn’t have a spot large enough for it in their new home. Tamra chose a 1930s French Country Louis XV refectory table in walnut which is super-useful as it extends to 9.5 feet long – great for a dinner party! She also bought two sets of Hunting chairs dating to the 1880s in slightly different color oak finishes in order to mix things up.

French Antique Dining Room

Tamra also had her eye on an antique Hunting Buffet for the dining room. The original glass had been damaged on this handsome oak heavily carved Hunting Buffet dating to 1880, so we had replaced it with chicken wire to give a slightly rustic feel to the piece.

Antique French Hunting buffet

It works great in Tamra’s new dining room as there is an interesting juxtaposition of formality with the classic fireplace mantel, moldings, and crystal chandelier and the touch of rustic country with the less formal French Country pieces mixed with the chicken wire in the Hunting buffet.

This close-up of the antique French Hunting buffet shows more detail of the carved oak and the heraldic crest. There’s plenty of space for Tamra to store all the dishes and stemware and silver that she’ll need to feed everyone gathered around the large table!

Tamra also fell in love with another heavily carved Hunting Buffet for the hallway at the base of her stairs. Antique French Carved Hunting Buffet

Tamra has a wonderful eclectic touch and paired antique Chinese arm chairs from her husband’s travels next to the antique French buffet. The flamboyant carvings on the oak buffet portray mythical griffins, oak leaves, fruits, and birds (right down to their feathery details!) The 1880 French buffet boasts its original wavy glass doors.

Antique French Hunting Buffet

As we were delivering Tamra’s furniture, she pointed out that she was still looking for a pair of interesting pieces to go on either side of the huge front door in the front hall. I knew exactly what would fit the bill! I recommended a matched pair of narrow antique Mechelen buffets which still have their original stained glass even though they are a century old.

Antique Mechelen buffet stained glass

This shot of the stained glass shows just how intricate it is, surrounded by oak carvings. The Flemish Mechelen style was a Belgian interpretation of the French Hunting style, so I knew these pieces would work well with the other antique furniture Tamra bought from us.

Antique Mechelen Buffet

Here is one buffet in place. The stained glass catches the light beautifully as it streams through the sidelights on either side of the massive front door.
Pair of antique Mechelen buffetsAnd this is the pair of Mechelen buffets creating a magnificent entrance. The lovely dining room and the whole house is a reflection of Tamra herself – very classy yet down-to-earth and fun! Welcome to Newberry, Tamra – we’re glad you’re here!

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 9 (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.

National Cat Day – Meet Pumpkin!

October 29 is National Cat Day so it’s the perfect time to introduce you to our new cat and also share some cute and funny photos of our brood of fur babies!

helpful squiggy

National Cat Day celebrates all cats but it draws attention to the 4 million cats who wind up in shelters each year. We can all help homeless cats find the perfect lap to purr on by adopting cats rather buying them in shops. Or make a donation to a shelter for National Cat Day.

Greg and I have 9 cats and dogs now. (This is Squiggy on the left… he’s always ready for a snuggle!) Because we have so many pets that were strays and rescues we are passionate about supporting our local animal shelter. We donate a portion of every sale from EuroLuxHome.com to help homeless pets at Pets Inc., a no-kill animal shelter in Columbia, SC.

Cat that Hurricane Joachmin blew inWhich brings me to my exciting news about the latest fur baby to join the family.  Meet Pumpkin!

Pumpkin turned up after Hurricane Joachim. Greg and I were fine after surviving 18″ of rain in Newberry over one weekend, but our hearts went out to everyone displaced by the devastating floods throughout South Carolina.

In the middle of it all, here’s what Hurricane Joachim blew in! The little tiger cat showed up on our doorstep all wet and bedraggled. I opened the door and she pranced right in as if she knew this was where she belonged. I swear those hobo cats are marking the sidewalk out in front of our gallery.

Another Hobo cat

She soon fell asleep with a full belly. How could we resist?

Pumpkin cat exploring the galleryHere she is exploring the gallery and workshop. At first we thought we might call her Biscuit because she is constantly “making biscuits” and kneading with her paws. But no… Her name turned out to be Pumpkin because she showed up in October.

Pumpkin the catPumpkin is a very sweet puss and you can see how much she is filling out already from being well-fed. But she is really not very helpful with processing invoices!

Evening on the Cat PorchAs our friends on our EuroLux Facebook Page said, Pumpkin has landed in kitty heaven with all her new brothers and sisters, and also our new cat porch to explore.

We often share photos of our cats and dogs on our Facebook page (as well as posts about antiques and home decor :-) ) so if you want to keep up-to-date we’d love it if you Liked our page, or follow us on Google+. Here are some photos we posted of the furry family:

Squiggy cat

Squiggy thinks it’s time for me to stop working!

Minkey Cat Stop Working

Then Minkey our Sealpoint Siamese cat joins in. Minkey says: “Look deep into my eyes… You are feeling sleepy… Stop working… Feed me…” 

Snuffalupagus

Meanwhile, Jake is busy taking care of Snuffalupagus – his newest favorite toy. He likes it so much that he has one at work and one at home. 

Dachshund puppies

These dachshund puppies aren’t actually mine – my mom adopted Hansel and Gretel over the summer, so I guess these two cuties are my siblings! 

Cat twinsFinally, our twin cats Lenny and Squiggy strike a pose for National Cat Day. Squiggy (eyes open) and Lenny (cool Clint Eastwood eyes closed) perch on the edge of what will eventually be the two-person shower in our master bathroom.

If you are in the Newberry, South Carolina area, drop in to see us ALL in the EuroLux Home gallery. We don’t mind if your real reason is to see Lenny, Squiggy, Ozzie, Minkey, Roxy, Fozzy, Jake, Rudy, and now Pumpkin. Greg and I are used to it!

(Update a year later: See what Pumpkin’s up to now in my update post: A Tale of Three Cats: Pumpkin Grows Up)

Happy National Cat Day – give your cat a little extra treat to celebrate!

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 9 (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.

September Home Decor & Antiques Roundup

If you’ve been too busy to read our home decor and antiques blog recently, you missed some great Customer Home Spotlights and other news.  Here’s a quick “antiques roundup” of our September posts, linked to the original stories so you can go back to see them for yourself!

French Antique chairs in restaurantA couple of years ago we sold a set of antique Renaissance chairs to La Biblioteca, a tequila bar that offers more than 350 tequilas in Denver, CO. It’s part of the empire of Richard Sandoval Restaurants so we were delighted to see how great our chairs looked in this gorgeous bar and to read the rave reviews of La Biblioteca in the press. See more about the antique French chairs and the restaurant in the full blog post.

antique French dining chairs RenaissanceOur customers Lenore and John recently purchased a charming old cottage next to a babbling brook and they bought several pieces of antique furniture from us to furnish it. This photo shows a beautifully carved antique French Henry II buffet and a set of vintage French Renaissance dining chairs dating to about 1930. Read the whole Cottage Style with Antique Furniture post to see more about this room, plus the master bedroom where Lenore creatively used a pretty Louis XVI buffet as part of the bedroom suite!

Loft of store with vintage signCloser to home we took a trip down memory lane by sharing the historic story of our buildings on Main Street, Newberry, SC.

The plot of the story explains the mystery behind the sign on the wall of our antiques store. It dates back to the 1930s and it’s a tale of rivalry and a good idea gone wrong. This story ends with a bang!

Read about it in the post: Vintage Life: The Mystery Behind the Sign.

Houzz Recommended BadgeWe also shared two pieces of good news. Houzz has awarded us a Recommended badge (given to the top-rated pros on Houzz.com) and an Influencer badge, given to pros on Houzz whose “advice and knowledgeable posts are most appreciated by the Houzz community.”  We already received a Best of Houzz 2015 award for our customer service. If you want to see me brag (and also wonder about Clint Eastwood’s role in all of this) check out the Houzz Home Decor Honors post.

New Writing Chest Antique styleFinally, I happily announced that we now sell home decor from two wonderful makers: Aidan Gray and Sarreid.

Aidan Gray Chandelier

The unusual and very high quality antique-inspired furniture and home accessories from these two superb  companies are a perfect addition to our existing collections.

Find out more and have a preview of some of their stylish pieces in our post on Antique-Inspired Home Decor from Aidan Gray and Sarreid.

 

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.