Monthly Archives: September 2016

Walk for the Animals & How Greg and I Met

KenDeniseBabiesDenise is a good friend who introduced Greg and me to each other back at summer camp in 1985 when we were 13. Denise works at the Seattle Humane Society and she’s participating in the Walk for the Animals on October 2.  EuroLux donates every year to support her.

She is a huge animal lover just like us. She and her husband Ken have a zoo too, as you can see from the holiday picture on the right. They have 5 dogs plus they often foster babies from the shelter.

Although I was very precocious as a child, by the time I hit middle school I had become extremely shy. My parents felt I needed a push to get over my lack of confidence so when I brought home a flyer about the Cullowhee Experience summer camp at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, for the summer before ninth grade, they thought it was a fantastic idea. They signed me up even though it was a long trip from my home in Florida.

Aimee DeniseRoommatesThe first day of summer camp was painful. I didn’t know anyone and was too shy to start conversations. We were all gathered together to go to a dance in the gymnasium on the first night and I was delighted when a bubbly strawberry blonde from Tennessee smiled widely at me and introduced herself as Denise in her charming Southern accent. She was so friendly and kind and I immediately tagged along with her.

When we arrived at the gymnasium, she said she’d introduce me to all her friends, as she had been there the previous summer.

AimeeGreg1985She bounced us over to a cute guy with blondish-brown hair and a mouth full of braces and introduced him as her friend, Greg from South Carolina. That is when I remember meeting Greg. However, I must have been such a wallflower that I didn’t make much of an impression because Greg doesn’t remember that at all.

Greg remembers meeting me a few days later when we were all taken to a local carnival for the afternoon. I was standing at the bottom of the Ferris wheel when Greg walked up to me and asked if I wanted to ride. That was a pretty smooth line for a 13-year-old! I agreed, but he said I had to promise not to rock it because he didn’t really like heights. Of course, I swore that I would definitely not rock it and gave him a big smile. He really must have thought I was pretty cute, because in hindsight, I now know that Greg is terrified of heights.  (Remember our Antiquing and Ziplining in Asheville post?)

Ferris wheelAlthough I was shy, I have always loved to play practical jokes. While I swore I would not rock the Ferris wheel, I had absolutely no intention of keeping that promise. Amazingly, Denise snapped a photo of us on the Ferris wheel on the way up to the top. When we reached the very tippy-top, I began kicking my legs with all my might and really got the bench swinging – I found it hilarious that Greg just hung on with white knuckles, telling me to knock it off. And that is how Greg remembers meeting me – I really made an impression on that day! He still swears he will never ride a Ferris wheel with me again.

cullowhee friendsThat Cullowhee Experience summer was so magical. We lived in the dorms, ate at the cafeteria, attended classes and activities, and roamed around the campus. We played truth or dare in the cemetery at night, scaring each other and laughing non-stop. It was my first taste of true independence and I loved it. We all counted down the days until the next summer.

 

Aimee&DeniseWe went back the next two years and Denise was my roommate and best camp friend. After camp was over, Greg, Denise and I all kept in touch with letters. Ten years later, Greg and I reconnected and you know how that turned out.

Twenty-five years after Denise introduced me to Greg, we all got a chance to see each other in person again in 2010. Greg and I made a large delivery to a new bed and breakfast in Walla Walla, Washington and stopped to see Denise.

AimeeDenise2010She had recently met Ken, moved to Seattle, and started working at the Seattle Animal Shelter. She is a huge animal lover.

Denise Walk for the Animals

Besides all the great work the Seattle Animal Shelter does on a regular basis, they hold an annual Walk for the Animals, and we support Denise during her walk.

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If you would like to contribute, click here to donate to Walk for the Animals.
EuroLuxHome.com also supports our local no-kill shelter, Pets, Inc. with a portion of each sale. You can donate too to Pets. Inc 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 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.

Scarborough House Beautiful Bedrooms

Our Scarborough House bedroom furniture has been really popular lately, Sales have taken off and our customers love their Scarborough House beds – especially the king size beds. Well, when you have such magnificent antique-inspired bed designs and construction, you feel like you’re sleeping in a king’s bed anyway…  so you might as well go for the large and comfy king size!

Scarborough House Canopy King Bed SH-272This is great example of one of our popular Scarborough House beds. The canopy bed is crafted in crotch mahogany with regal brass accents. Scarborough House Fine Furniture creates antique-inspired pieces that are hand-crafted using age-old techniques. The company even makes its own brass hardware to ensure high quality and perfect styling. Scarborough House was founded by an Englishman who was a fine furniture designer and maker. The attention to detail is just as amazing as you’d expect from such a heritage!

Scarborough House Four Poster Bed SH-255Scarborough House is well known for its wood veneers that make each item of furniture a center piece in a room. The fine crotch mahogany on this king size four poster bed shows the level of craftsmanship.  I bet that this bed will become a family heirloom.

Scarborough House King Bed SH-254This is the other Scarborough House king size bed that our customers are loving right now. You can see why. The silhouette is so chic that it will work in any style of bedroom decor, and the handsome crotch mahogany adds a sense of substance and luxury. Scarborough House Chest of Drawers SH-194 We have a large selection of Scarborough House chests of drawers, but this beauty is winning a lot of hearts lately! Crafted in crotch mahogany with brass handles, the chest of drawers is a lovely match for the king beds. The traditional techniques used by the high-quality furniture makers means that the drawers are constructed with good old-fashioned dovetail joinery.  I am curious about how each customer will dress the top of the chest of drawers. A small mirror or vase of flowers on top would be charming. Some small decorative boxes or silver-framed photos would look good too.

Scarborough House Drum Table SH-51As a finishing touch, this Scarborough House drum table is also selling well — for bedrooms, living rooms, entry ways, and really anywhere that you want an exquisite accent table. We have a wide choice of Scarborough House tables to browse, all of them as attractive as this delightful 26-inch-wide round drum table crafted in crotch mahogany with a leather top and opulent brass accents.

You can browse all our Scarborough House furniture at this link, including chairs, cabinets, desks and sideboards. We have beautiful pieces of antique-inspired furniture for every room in the house!

But as it is fall and a great time to prepare a cozy and sumptuous bedroom to see us through the winter months ahead, I am pleased that our Scarborough House beds are so popular with our customers. I think that sweet dreams are guaranteed with such elegant bedroom furniture…  What do you think? Which bed is your favorite?

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.

EuroLux in the News & Newberry Oktoberfest

Talbots EuroLux Antique storeEuroLux Home has been getting a lot of media coverage lately. First, the Newberry Observer ran an article “Passion = Career” about how Greg and I fell in love – and at the same time fell in love with antique furniture! The newspaper followed up with another article about EuroLux Home and how we started our antique furniture business.

Then we appeared on TWC News when “Around Carolina” visited Newberry, SC,  to tell viewers about all the attractions in our historic town. We were thrilled that our EuroLux antiques store was included in their places to go! They stopped in and talked to me, as you can see in the video clip.

The filming happened in a flash. I think I spent more time making the guy move the camera around to get an angle that I liked than we spent on the actual interview itself. He probably didn’t have anyone else demand to see his screen prior to filming! I then promptly spilled coffee all down the front of my shirt as soon as the interview was over.

“Around Carolina” also featured my very favorite restaurant, Fusion. I love the Bangkok noodles with vegetables and cashews and Greg always gets the Basil Duck.  Papasan is shown in the video and he is a wonderful host! The whole staff is very welcoming and friendly, the food is fantastic, and sometimes Papasan even gives me a sake on the house!  They have great reviews on Trip Advisor.

Cabana Café is another excellent restaurant in Newberry.  I usually order the prime rib with shrimp and scallops as it is excellent. Cabana Café is a great place for a special celebration like a birthday or anniversary or as a treat before a show at the Newberry Opera House. The new Opera House schedule is out and we’re looking forward to seeing Yacht Rock Revue this year – a tribute to 70s light rock like Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, etc.

Oktoberfest in Newberry SCYet another great reason to visit Newberry, aside from the great antiques shopping, dining and entertainment, is the annual Oktoberfest! I’ve told you about Oktoberfest before in my posts Newberry Oktoberfest: Liver Nips, Polka, and Puppets and Happy Oktoberfest in Newberry, SC!

Oktoberfest is on October 1 this year and the city is doing a new costume contest which should be a hoot!

OktoberfestDowntown Newberry SC

As we’re on Main Street in Historic Downtown Newberry, we’re right in the middle of Oktoberfest! Of course our doors will be open all day and we enjoy talking to all of the folks that drop by. Kathy will be decorating the front window with her pilgrim collection. (Get a sneak peek of Kathy’s 700-strong Thanksgiving Pilgrim Collection.)

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We usually like to find something good to eat like a brat and sauerkraut at the food vendors around the main square and Greg usually can’t resist buying something scrumptious for dessert like a slice of home-made red velvet cake from the local church bake sale tables!

OktoberfestAdoptDog

The Humane society sets up a large area with many puppies and kitties that need homes, and I always like to go snuggle a few fuzzy babies – I’m just not allowed to bring any more home. :-)

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.

A Tale of Three Cats: Pumpkin grows up!

Cat that Hurricane Joachmin blew inPumpkin the cat has been with us for nearly a year now. I wrote about how she blew in after Hurricane Joachim in my post National Cat Day – Meet Pumpkin!

The little tiger cat showed up on our gallery doorstep all wet and bedraggled. When I opened the door she pranced right in as if she knew she’d found a family. Well, she was right!

People have asked how Pumpkin is doing, so here’s the update. We kept Pumpkin for a while (so named because she turned up in October) but we already had two dogs and six cats so we had our hands full.

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Everything turned out perfectly when Greg’s parents John and Kathy fell for Pumpkin and took her home to their house to live with their cats, Corky and Harper.

Here is Pumpkin all grown up. She promptly took over John and Kathy’s house and is living high on the hog.

She is very happy and she knows how to kick back and relax in her cozy new digs.

IMG_0855Her tummy is shaved in the photo because she had just been spayed.  There’s a story to tell about her two new siblings, too.

Harper IMG_0790This is Harper, Pumpkin’s new sister. About 8 years ago, Greg and I were out for a walk on Harper Street in Newberry and we heard a pitiful wailing. Following the noise, I found the cutest little black and white kitten who had a broken toe and was in a great deal of pain.

We carried her back to our Gallery on Main Street and Kathy took her to the vet. Kathy and John had never had a cat before, and since I already had two cats and two dogs at that point (and thought I couldn’t possibly take in another one – ha!) John and Kathy took her home.

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She did come to work for a while at the Gallery, so I have some sweet old photos of Ozzy and Harper together.

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Although Harper liked to come to the gallery to hang out with Ozzy when she was a kitten, after a while, she didn’t care so much for the commute, so John and Kathy left her home by herself during the day. By the time she was three, she was quite anti-social and shy. I suggested that perhaps a friend was just what was needed to make her a bit more social.

Enter Corkie, who was adopted from the local humane society about five years ago.

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Baby Corkie was very sweet, and always happy to be cuddled. Here he is with Greg.

Corkie and Greg

Corkie is very out-going and friendly and really wanted to be very best friends with Harper. However, it turned out that Harper did NOT want a very best friend. She hissed at Corkie for quite a while. Since Harper didn’t give him the warmest of welcomes, Corkie did his best to show his affection for her by sneaking up on her from behind in surprise attack or dive-bombing on top of her from a perch on the bed!

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Harper finally begrudgingly accepted that Corkie could live with John and Kathy. And now Pumpkin has joined them too and she has definitely become Top Cat!

Because we have so many pets that were strays and rescues we always support our local animal shelter. A portion of every sale from EuroLuxHome.com is donated to help homeless pets at Pets Inc., a no-kill animal shelter in Columbia, SC.

National Cat Day on October 29 also encourages people to help the 4 million cats who wind up in shelters each year, either by adopting a cat or making a donation to a shelter. Cat adoption is truly worth it… as you can see from our photos of our own family’s fuzzy brood!

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.