Monthly Archives: May 2016

Vintage Life: Roses in Bloom

If you’ve been following our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation, you’ll know that transforming the yard from a jungle to a beautiful garden has been a major task!  It’s been worth every minute though so I thought I’d give an update on our 2016 garden so far.

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Last year a friend of ours let Greg and I come pick some of her tomatoes and they were the BEST-tasting tomatoes I’ve ever had! They were bright orangey-yellow and were very meaty with hardly any juice. I saved the seeds and planted them, along with some peppers, in early March, lovingly raising them under grow lights in our bathroom until they were ready to be planted outside in early May.

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Minkey and Rudy helped inspect my progress after I finished planting everything – a whole box just of tomatoes, another bed of mostly peppers, cucumbers, and zucchini, a third bed with mostly cucumbers and collards. The fourth bed is our strawberry patch that is already putting out sweet red fruit. Our peach trees are full of baby peaches and our fig trees are just starting to set baby figs.

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My rose bed I built around the mailbox is currently in full bloom! Those are vintage bricks around the rose bed… of course!

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I also put azealas in the front bed. They bloomed beautifully this spring!

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Squiggy enjoys hanging out on the steps to bask among the flowers and keep an eye on the planters… just in case they try to misbehave!

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Here’s another shot of the front yard showing our hanging baskets. Our Flamepoint Siamese cat Roxy is peering out from the cat patio too, but you might not see her in the photo.

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And good news – our blueberry patch seems finally be growing! It is hard to spot, but we have a few blackberry plants under the tree that are starting to form a bramble.

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That’s the tour of our garden this month! If you want to see how far we have come, check out this post about how the “garden” looked when we first moved in: Vintage LIfe: Good Fences. We were told that nobody had done any yard work for at least 10 years, and it was easy to believe. Poison ivy covered the yard and Greg and I hauled about 4.5 tons of leaves and vines away, in addition to old tree limbs. You wouldn’t believe it’s the same property!

Or check out my recent post on Great ways to decorate the garden with flower pots for more inspiration on making your outdoor space a place you love. Tell us what you are doing in your garden in the comment box – we love to hear your stories!

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.

3 Generations – Elsie, Aimee and Olivia

My beloved Grandmother, Elsie, is a hoot. I had no idea how hilarious she is while I was growing up. She was just my grandma, whom I loved very much.

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As an adult, I came to see my grandmother in an entirely different light!

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She is quite the ham and wonderful at telling funny stories, which we’ve all heard many, many times, but I still love to hear them. She has even been known to hang from trees and wear Rasta hats as you’ll see in this blog post where Elsie shared her Oyster Stew recipe.

My family threw a 90th birthday party for her earlier this year, and of course Greg and I made the trek to Maryland to join the festivities.

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My cousin, Kara, made the charming birthday cake and included a photo of Grandma that I had never seen before! This is the photo of Grandma Elsie – known affectionately by her family as “Peach”, at the age of 9 years old. IMG_0924

I had never before seen a photo of my grandmother as a child!  I was suddenly struck by how much my niece, Olivia, resembled Grandma and made a note to myself to dig out photos when I got home. However, what really knocked my socks off when I finally did get around to digging out old photos was how much I too resembled Grandma! Aimee1980Here are photos of me at 9 years old – don’t you think I look just like her?

Aimee4thgradeI have to admit that I was quite a precocious child and got into a good bit of trouble. So now I know how I’ll look at 90 – pretty great! I hope I’m at least half as fun.

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And here are a couple photos of my brother’s daughters, Olivia and Genevieve, when Olivia was 9 years old. You can definitely see who she looks like too!

100_0128Olivia can be quite the jokester in her own right…

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… so it looks like Grandma’s lively personality will carry on for another generation too!

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Aren’t I lucky? Who do you resemble in your family? We’d love to hear your comments in the comment 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 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: Georgian Desk in Historic Charleston House

House in Downtown historic CharlestonOur Georgian-style desk looked perfectly at home in our customer’s historic Charleston house.  I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed the trip!

Every once in a while, Greg and I love to skip out of town and head for Charleston as it is only a two-hour drive. I greatly enjoy taking a stroll around the Battery, smelling the salt air and admiring the gorgeous historic homes. So when Susan purchased a handsome antique-inspired desk from us on Houzz, we knew we’d make this delivery!

Susan and her family moved to Charleston several years ago, but just purchased this fantastic home in the Downtown historic district a few months ago.

Flame Mahogany Partners Desk Georgian Style Oval

This is the very grand new oval partners desk that Susan ordered from us from our selection of new and antique desks. The antique-inspired Georgian-style desk is six feet long and what an impressive six feet it is! The oval desk is crafted in rich flame mahogany with banded inlay for extra decorative effect. Three hand-tooled leather panels on the oval top, fluted detail on the pillars and classic old-fashioned handles give this elegant desk tons of traditional appeal. If we have to be practical :-) there’s lots of drawer space too!

Antique inspired desk in historic homeSusan’s home dates to 1852 but the prior owners had already done most of the renovations. The hardwood floors were still being finished in the front entry hall as we came in, but when we set the Georgian-style oval partner’s desk (Item BG-230) in place in her husband’s office, that room was finally complete!

I just loved seeing how the whole room tied together – from the original molding around the doors and the incredible 10 foot tall pocket door, to the classic brass chandelier light fixture and patterned Oriental rug. The leather-topped desk with flame-mahogany veneer looked quite at home in this stately Charlestonian mansion. If only the walls could tell stories!

We headed back to Newberry after a delicious lunch of shrimp and grits, a Charlestonian specialty!

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.

Great Ways to Decorate the Garden with Flower Pots

As spring does its thing, I found some great ways to decorate the garden with flower pots, whatever your style! Last week I made up all these flower pots for my mom for Mother’s Day.

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The bigger three on the right are full-sun for mom’s front porch and the 6 on the left are for shade on the back porch, including 2 hanging baskets and an aloe plant for summer sunburns. I also took mom out for lunch and a pedicure.

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I also cleaned up her yard for spring 3 weeks ago and put down 58 bags of mulch and 6 bags of rocks.

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Whew! That was a lot of yard yoga!  After I made up all the flower pots I was inspired to look for interesting ways to display flower pots in the garden.  I found some great ideas to share!

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This is a fairly classic way to use flower pots. The pots line a set of outdoor steps up to the front door or perhaps from the garden to patio doors.  The thing that struck me about this arrangement outside a house in Philadelphia is that the pots are graduated in size, getting larger toward the top, so they lead the eye (and the visitor!) up to the door.  It’s a nice spin on a traditional arrangement and very easy to do. The single-color flowers also add to the bold statement.

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Color plays a big part in this striking display too. Just pop a simple flower pot on top of a bright cafe chair for a very chic look. This photo was taken in France – you could have guessed, right? The French have a knack of making the simplest things look wonderful.  The combination of color, a sculptural outline, and the raised level of the flower pot make this a nice idea for a patio or deck. Maybe you have old or damaged pieces of small furniture kicking around the house or forgotten in the garage that you could repurpose as a plant holder? I wouldn’t do this with an antique chair, but for cheaper pieces or thrift shop finds, it’s a winner!

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Somebody got creative with a dead tree! It looks like they painted the trunk of the tree with a vibrant blue before stringing colorful flower pots up it and adding pretty outdoor lights too. This is such a fun idea to turn a potential eyesore into a focal point.

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Finally, this photo looks like it was taken in Tuscany, but it’s actually in Oregon! It is similar to the flower pots in the first picture as the pots are used to line an outdoor staircase, but actually I think the design idea is bigger than this. The row of pots attached to the walls on both sides create a wonderful architectural statement. You could fix flower pot holders to the walls to accent any architectural or landscape feature. How about hanging them on a wall in an eye-level row along a pathway to lead visitors through a floral vista? (Make sure the path is wide enough – you don’t want guests literally getting an eyeful of the flowers!)

Patriotic Vintage Bungalow

This is the outside of our 1920s vintage bungalow that we have been renovating. We have hanging baskets and also planters leading up the stairs to the door. Now I’ll have to think about other ways to decorate the garden with flower pots!

Have you got an interesting flower pot arrangement in your garden or patio? Tell us about it in the comments box – we love to hear from you! And if you are looking to buy planters, check out the beautiful planters on our website.

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.