Monthly Archives: August 2017

Client Spotlight: Louis XV Vanity Chest of Drawers

Vintage Louis XV Vanity ChestInterior designer Debbie at DMS Interiors in Sarasota, FL, found our Houzz.com listing for this pretty vintage Louis XV marble-top vanity chest of drawers with mirror.

Debbie thought it was the perfect fit for her client’s project in Sarasota. The family wanted to change one of their guest rooms to have a bit more of a feminine aesthetic for a new guest, a close friend of the daughter.

The 1930 vintage French Rococo mahogany chest of drawers with its beautiful white marble top, charming ornate metal handles, curvy shaping and scrolled feet was a wonderful touch for the room!

As the daughter’s friend was arriving the following week, Debbie wanted to know if we could expedite the shipping rather than take the normal three or four week time frame for white glove delivery. We always try to do everything we can for our customers so we decided to make it happen! Customer home in FloridaDelivering antique furniture We left early in the morning and made it to the family’s address in Sarasota just before 7 pm. The client’s home has a gorgeous view of the water and quite a wonderful pool too. The guest bedroom is upstairs to the right, overlooking the pool. However, the flight of 20 steps was a bit of work with such a heavy vintage vanity chest of drawers!

Luckily the marble and mirror come off the chest for safe transport. Greg and I took out the drawers too to make it a bit more manageable for me. I may only be 5 foot 2 inches, but I can carry furniture when I need to!

Vintage Louis XV chest

We hefted it up the stairs and put it in place, where it will enjoy a beautiful view for years to come. This is such a delightful room and the Louis XV vanity chest of drawers looks terrific. This is the view from the house:

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Since we were in Florida, Greg and I decided to visit Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando before heading home. Greg went with family when he was two years old, so he didn’t remember much. I grew up in Florida and have been many times, but a day at Disney is always fun. We hit all the highlights – Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion (Greg’s favorite), Jungle Cruise and my favorite, the Enchanted Tiki Room.

Disney's Magic Kingdom in Orlando

Much has changed in Fantasy Land since I was there last year, and the changes were interesting to see. My secret tip if you happen to be traveling to Disney, is to stop in Gatson’s Tavern in Fantasy Land. They have created a very delicious apple cider slush drink called LeFou’s Brew that is not to be missed on a hot Florida day!

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.

Newberry Oktoberfest: Celebrating in South Carolina

Newberry Oktoberfest takes to the streets on the first Saturday of every October, which means that for 2017, we are celebrating Oktoberfest on October 7. I’ve said before that I think Newberry Oktoberfest is the best in the whole of South Carolina and I took some photos last year to show you that I’m right! Or come and visit us and find out for yourself.

Newberry Oktoberfest

The town of Newberry is rich with history and Oktoberfest gives the town the chance to celebrate its German heritage in historic Downtown.

We are known as the City of Friendly Folks and we have that small town vibe where everybody knows everybody and everyone is quick to smile and wave.

 

Newberry Oktoberfest German CostumeThe Oktoberfest festival is a wonderful oompah party and the Rocktoberfest Stage with live music gives us all a chance to dance to bands including the Three Dot Polka Band.

There is also a Best Traditional German Dress Contest where the competition is steep! Many people dress up even if they don’t enter the costume contest.

There are lots of activities in Kindertown for children, with puppet shows at the Ritz Theater, an inflatable fun park, a craft tent, balloon animals and lots more. One of the favorite things on everyone’s list is a ride on the carousel!

Newberry Oktoberfest carousel

Newberry Oktoberfest German foodOur favorite part of the festivities is the German food and the Biergarten with German beers! We have one day to try as many treats as we can, including schnitzel, sauerkraut, bratwurst, liver nips (liver dumplings) German potato salad, and more!

There is a lot of fabulous German baking and the home-baked cakes are delicious.

German Cakes at Newberry Oktoberfest

There will be a classic and muscle car show too – Greg loves classic cars so he will definitely head there early! The streets will also be filled with arts and crafts vendors selling all kinds of interesting things.

arts and crafts at Newberry Oktoberfest

Our EuroLuxHome.com antiques store will be open too, so you can browse our genuine European antique furniture and vintage home accessories.Eurolux Antiques Gallery Newberry SCWe are right in the heart of the action on Newberry Main Street, so come by and say hello or “Guten Tag!” Our Art Deco building dates to 1910 and it’s hard to miss us as we have a big sign outside that says “Antiques.”

See you at Newberry Oktoberfest… Prost!

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.

Antiques Buying Trip: English Grandfather Clocks

Antiques buying trip Greg DrivingIf you’ve been following the story of our antiques buying trip in France and Belgium, you’ll remember that on our last stop we arrived in England where our hotel overlooked the fantastically beautiful Lincoln Cathedral.

Now it was time to hit the road and go antiques hunting!  Greg managed to drive us around all day on the wrong side of the road from the wrong side of the rental car and not hit anything!

Grandfather clocks July 11

We were in Lincoln to meet up with antique clock dealers, and we were especially on the hunt for handsome antique grandfather clocks. We found them!

Antique Grandfather Clocks

We also visited Hardwick Hall, built in the 1590s by Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury, or Bess of Hardwick as she is often known. Bess of Hardwick is one of my favorite historical figures as she was the second wealthiest woman in England after Elizabeth I, which was unheard of during Elizabethan times.

Hardwick Hall, England

Bess of Hardwick“Hardwick Hall, more glass than wall” is a local saying, because it was so rare for houses to have glass windows back in Elizabethan England.  Glass was very expensive and of course it is fragile, so you had to have lots of money to afford it.

Bess of Hardwick was a shrewd businesswoman and she had both the cash and the vision for this innovative house. You can just about see her initials ES on top of the turrets of the house. This is a portrait of her.

July 13 bed

 
Inside the house there are many fine Elizabethan tapestries and embroidered textiles, Ming dynasty ceramics, 17th and 18th century tester beds and other antiques.

The Sea-Dog Table is one famous piece, made in Paris in about 1570. It is ornately carved in walnut with mythical beasts — winged dogs with fishes’ tails

Antique French Table

Bletchley ParkFast forward from the 16th century to the 20th century… During our trip to England we also enjoyed a day off with a visit to Bletchley Park where Alan Turing and the code breakers worked during World War II.  It used to be a top-secret location but now it’s open to the public.  It’s a very different house to Hardwick Hall and a very different piece of history, but just as fascinating.

I can’t wait to share photos with you of the antique clocks and furniture and vintage chandeliers we bought in Europe on our buying trip, but that will have to wait until the container arrives and we can unpack everything!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Newberry Eclipse Discount on Antiques and Home Accents

Newberry Solar EclipseThe August 21 solar eclipse is fast approaching and here in Newberry, South Carolina, we are in the direct line! We will get a total eclipse here at around 2:40 pm local time. The experts say that we will be in total darkness for more than two and a half minutes.

To celebrate, we are offering a 15% discount on all sales online at EuroLuxHome.com and in the store from August 18 – 22 with the coupon code ECLIPSE15. So don’t be left in the dark! Save money on new, vintage and antique furniture and home accessories, whether you can make it here for the eclipse or not.

Newberry Eclipse 2017Newberry is an official NASA designated viewing area for the eclipse and you can see all the info, events and the best viewing spots at the City of Newberry EclipseFest link.

The city is expecting to double or triple the local population of 10,000 residents over this solar eclipse weekend. We don’t really know how many people will be arriving, but fingers crossed that we will see lots of new faces! We are known as the City of Friendly Folks, so if you are in two minds about visiting for the eclipse, come on down!

Definitely come into our antiques gallery and see us too. We are 1409 Main Street in historic Downtown Newberry. We usually close on Sunday unless someone has made an appointment with us, but this Sunday August 20 we will open the store from 12 until 4 pm.

Wildwood Lamps Sun Shield MirrorUse the ECLIPSE15 coupon code in the store or online at checkout to get 15% off your entire order plus our always-free shipping for online purchases. The code is valid from August 18 through August 22, 2017 on all new, vintage, and antique furniture and home accents.

For example, this glorious gold and antiqued silver sun shield mirror by Wildwood Lamps would be a great choice to commemorate the solar eclipse! At 3 feet wide it is a stunning wall mirror.

Hand Hooked Moon RugIf you want to celebrate the moon’s part in the eclipse, perhaps you’d like this hand-hooked moon rug showing a serene landscape of cottages and cabins beneath the moon and stars.

Browse our full collection of new, vintage and antique furniture and home accessories in our online store between 8/18 through 8/22, 2017, to find a heavenly bargain at 15% off with coupon code: ECLIPSE15

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.