Monthly Archives: August 2016

Bookshelf: Elements of Style

These three new interior design books look so gorgeous and lavish and stylish, they are sure to provide home decor inspiration!

The Four Elements of Design: Interiors Inspired By Earth, Water, Air and Fire

the-four-elements-of-design-featured-imageInterior designer Vicente Wolf has very classic taste and in this book he turns to the classic elements of earth, water, air, and fire as a basis for home decor.

For example, Earth inspires interiors featuring natural materials such as wood and stone. Fire revels in dramatic reds and Air creates a light and open atmosphere. I’m guessing the image on the front cover is Air, don’t you think? Lots of luminous white and shiny surfaces, accents of transparency and reflection. I don’t know how we’d keep this room so pristine bearing in mind our brood of 8 cats and dogs, but it sure is pretty to look at!

Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style

Beautiful All-American DecoratingInterior designer Mark D. Sikes celebrates American style in all its classic and eclectic glory. Sikes offers suggestions for all kind of looks, from bright and breezy “Blue and White Forever” casual spaces to “Timeless Neutrals” — semiformal rooms adorned with French chairs, chinoiserie, gilt, glass, mirrors, and banquettes.  It really is America the Beautiful!

Film director Nancy Meyers wrote the book’s foreword, saying that Sikes shows “how classic can look fresh, how style and comfort go hand-in-hand.” That’s what we like!

 

Around That Time: Horst at Home in Vogue

Around that TimeThis book looks so incredibly glamorous, and it’s not surprising. Horst P. Horst was a top fashion photographer for Vogue and when he turned his lens on some of the world’s most stunning homes, his chic-o-meter was just as strong! From the 1960s through the 1980s,  he created opulent images of the homes of the world’s movers and shakers. Essays by Valentine Lawford give further insight into the houses and the people who lived in them.

Horst is famous for saying: “Fashion is an expression of the times. Elegance is something else again.” Perfect and timeless!

I feel like I ought to be wearing a cocktail hat and a designer outfit just to open the cover of Horst’s book. But shh… it will be a lovely guilty pleasure to read it curled up on the sofa in  my Elvis pajamas!

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.

Antique Furniture in the Kitchen

Antique furniture in the kitchen is not everyone’s first thought when they imagine how they might enjoy antiques in their home. But you’d be surprised! A few weeks ago when I was writing about the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow kitchen and then how my dream vintage kitchen  worked out, I realized that antique furnishings in the kitchen is a big part of what makes the space feel so lived in, so comfortable, so inviting, and so uniquely personal.

Let’s take a look at how some of our customers have used antique furniture in the kitchen.

Antique Renaissance Buffet Kitchen Diner

Natalya S. in Palo Alto, CA, bought this very pretty Henry II Renaissance style antique French buffet from us and it makes a wonderful statement in her kitchen. See the full story and more photos here. Elaborate walnut carvings add a decorative touch, along with leafy waterjet inlay design on the wall above the stove. The storage space in the big antique buffet makes it as practical for Natalya’s family as it is handsome.

Creative antique decor: antique French nightstand in the kitchen

Our creative customer Kathleen G.  in in Arcadia, OK, cleverly saw that this French antique nightstand in the Henry II style would work perfectly in her kitchen as a small table offering extra storage space. Dating to 1900, the antique nightstand has a gray marble top which is a good match for a kitchen, and it will keep the fruit platter cool too! See more about Kathleen’s kitchen here.

Vintage Renaissance Table in Dining Room

Our antique French Renaissance style furniture is clearly a popular choice for kitchens! Crystal B. in Harlem, Georgia, hunted for the perfect table for her large, open kitchen for four years before she found this vintage Renaissance table of ours to buy! The sturdy table was crafted around 1950 with a beautiful golden parquet top and an ornate wrought iron stretcher that adds to the Renaissance feel. It’s the kind of welcoming kitchen table that invites everyone to gather around and chat. See more about Crystal’s Renaissance kitchen.

Vintage teaspoon chandelier in kitchen

This upcycled chandelier is one of our most popular light fittings. Although it is not antique, it is hand-crafted by an artisan using vintage silver plate spoons and teacups. It adds a great touch of old-fashioned whimsy in a kitchen. We have quite a selection of upcycled chandeliers with different designs using vintage components, and one of our silver spoon chandeliers was recently featured in Consumer Reports magazine. See how the different chandeliers look  in several of our customers’ kitchens!Modern KitchenPhoto by Lankford Design GroupMore eclectic kitchen ideas

This antique dresser or hutch once lived in Germany where it was a bookcase in a gentleman’s office. But doesn’t it look amazing in this otherwise very modern stainless steel kitchen? It shows that antique furniture can work in any style of kitchen decor. This kind of design imagination creates a completely unique space.

Nob Hill: French Victorian

Another imaginative person repurposed an antique French sideboard into a kitchen island.
I would hesitate to do this with some fine antique furniture, but it does look amazing!

I hope this post has inspired you to think about how you could use antique furniture in your own kitchen! Or do you have some antique furniture, large or small, in your kitchen already? Tell us about it in the comments box – we’d love to hear!

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.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail & Mary Todd Lincoln Home

We had a great time recently when we hit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and visited the Mary Todd Lincoln home – it’s full of antique furniture!

A&GIt all started when our nephew, Matthew, came and stayed with us for about 10 days this summer. He spent a good deal of time hanging out with Greg and learning to fix computers and cell phones. We drove him back to Columbus, Ohio, and then took a few days making our way home as a summer vacation.

Greg is a huge baseball fan. One of his bucket list items is to see a game in every national stadium, so of course, we stopped in Cincinnati at the Great American Ballpark to catch a Reds game.

Bourbon

We drove on to Lexington, Kentucky, to hit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail! Greg and I love small batch bourbons and are on a quest to find our favorites.  This is our second trip along the Kentucky Bourbon trail, as we visited the Maker’s Mark distillery several years ago.

Bourbon barrels

This time we stopped at Woodford Reserve, Wild Turkey, Buffalo Trace and Willet Distillery. It is very interesting to tour the production facilities and see how each business operates.

Copper StillEven better, we get to experience the tastings at the end of the tour!  So far my absolute favorite is Basil Hayden, with Maker’s Mark a close second. Greg really likes Wild Turkey 101 and Maker’s Mark, but he says he still has many yet to try before he can call a winner.

Mary Todd Lincoln Home Dining RoomWe also toured the Mary Todd Lincoln House. It was the first house museum site restored purely to honor a First Lady and it is filled with beautiful antique furniture. This is the dining room. I actually never knew that Mary Todd came from a very wealthy and politically connected family before she married Abraham Lincoln, so it was fascinating to see her childhood home.

Mary Todd Lincoln Home parlor This is the Mary Todd Lincoln House parlor. The house was originally built in 1803 as an inn, before it became a private home in 1832. I always love a good historic home museum, and I can highly recommend this one if you’re in Lexington, Kentucky. I found it on Trip Advisor, my favorite travel mobile app.

Sanders Cafe

Finally, we stopped at the Sanders Cafe in Corbin, Kentucky, home to Colonel Sanders and Kentucky Fried Chicken!

KFC Kitchen

You can actually see the original kitchen where the Colonel worked out his original recipe, and of course you can eat lunch there.

Aimee and the ColonelEntrepreneurship is near and dear to my heart, and Colonel Sanders is one of my business heroes, so I greatly enjoyed this stop.

I admire that Colonel Sanders never gave up. He didn’t actually make his fortune until later in life, years after he sold his original cafe, hotel, and gas station in order to break even with his debts.

It was a fascinating end to a short but sweet summer vacation!

Where have you been traveling to this summer? Have you hit any historic sites? Tell us in the comments… we’d love to hear about it!

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.

Sports Decor – Olympic Inspiration at Home!

With the Rio 2016 Olympic Games catching everyone’s attention, I thought it would be fun to look at some arty and nostalgic sports decor that will fit gracefully into your home, even if you’re not the sporty type! But it you DO play tennis or golf or love watching the gymnasts do their thing, you’ll definitely like these!

Vintage Tennis art printAnyone for tennis? I love this Edwardian style couple ready to serve up in a game of mixed doubles. How on earth did women play tennis in skirts like that? Let alone the wasp waist corset and the perky little hat! This is one of the amazing vintage art prints we’ve started to stock from a collection of vintage art.

The vintage prints are restored and digitally reprinted and they are available framed and printed on fine art paper (Giclee) and canvas. We have so many different images with so many subjects, the easiest way to find one is to do a search by topic on our antiques and home decor website.

vintage Delft clock sailing boatsHistorically, when you look back over more than a century to 1896, the USA along with Great Britain have won many more medals for sailing than any other country competing in the Olympic Games,  This charming vintage Delft clock dating to around 1950 celebrates sailing with a hand-painted vista of a sailing regatta. The vintage clock is perfect for a boating enthusiast or to decorate a coastal home.

Cycle Vintage Art PrintThe USA has already won a gold medal for road cycling at the 2016 Olympics, but I don’t think the road cycling at the games is quite the same as the rather racy cycling in this vintage art print.  I’m pretty sure the competitors don’t get to ride along with their arm on the shoulder of a motorcyclist!

Still, this fantastic Art Deco Favor cycling print is so streamlined and chic, I had to show it to you.

 

Polo horse player bookends

Horseback polo is no longer part of the Olympics, but it was an Olympic sport from 1900 to 1936. I wonder why they dropped it when there are still so many other equestrian events? Anyway, here’s an interesting fact for you: The United States did actually compete in those games and won several medals for polo! The new polo player bookends in the photo are hand-cast and hand-painted as a custom order. The resin bookends are beautifully detailed. Gymnasts sculpture cast iron

Our American gymnasts have done brilliantly at the Olympics, and the sculpture of these two male gymnasts shows the grace, strength and poise typical of the best gymnasts.

The new sculpture is cast in iron and it stands on a marble base. It’s an elegant 34 inches high,  so it makes a great focal point for a space that can take a narrow but nearly 3 feet tall signature piece.

The style is reminiscent of classic sculptures and it has a wonderful sense of aspiration. It is weighty in its substance but somehow also light and heart-lifting.
I could look at this piece all day!

Golfer BookendsWe have a lot of home decor for golfers in our online store, probably because it’s such a popular sport.

Our pieces include golf statues and bookends and other golf decor including wall sconces, vases, and vintage art prints.

I saw that a British golfer just scored the first ever hole-in-one at the Olympic Games – how cool is that? He must be very pleased with himself.

This vintage style chap is certainly swinging for a hole-in-one! The hand-cast and hand-painted bookends are a wonderful gift for any golfer.

Vintage Art Print Golf Monte CarloAnd for the lady golfers, this young woman also looks like she’s aiming for a medal. She’s very determined.

The Monte Carlo golf vintage art print has such a wonderful feel to it, with her billowing white skirt, the bright blue sea and the puffy clouds in the sky.  It’s just very exhilarating and it takes us back to a more innocent era. Also, an era when she probably had a servant to launder her white clothes and keep them so immaculately white after a day on the golf course :-) But let’s not let our nostalgia get bogged down with reality. This vintage art is pure wonderful escapism!

But do you think this guy can escape….?

Vintage Wrestler Headlock Art printHeld in a headlock, I wonder if this guy can get away from his wrestling opponent? This is one of several vintage art prints of wrestlers that we stock – it’s marvelous, isn’t it?
As this post is published, we are going in to a weekend of wrestling competitions at the Rio Games. The USA has many wrestlers competing, so good luck to them and GO USA!
At the very least, I hope they give their opponents some attitude like this wrestler does.

What’s your favorite sport at the games?  Do you have an sport themed decor in your home? We’d love to hear about it… just tell us 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.