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Ask About Our Antique Furniture With Chat!

Aimee Antiques Store ownerIf you’ve visited our antiques and home accessories online store recently, you know that EuroLuxHome.com now has a snazzy new Chat function! This means you can send a quick text message through Chat to ask a question about any of the products for sale on our site, or ask if we are going to have a specific type of item in stock soon.

We frequently ship new containers of antiques from France and other parts of Europe, so if you get in touch and we have something suitable on its way, we might be able to give you the first scoop!

When you phone, email or use the Chat function to have a conversation with us, the person at the other end is usually me, Aimee. (Sometimes our many dogs and cats like to lend a helping paw too, but their typing isn’t quite fast enough for Chat yet!)

Greg often joins in on Chat too – he is the technical wizard in our family business, so if you send a Chat message, it’s just as likely to be him replying as me because he loves using Chat! Either way, we will do our best to help you, whether you are asking about one of our new pieces of hand-crafted, antique-inspired furniture or a century-old piece that Greg and I found in an antiques market in Paris and shipped back to the USA.

Aimee and Greg Antiques Store OwnersWe pride ourselves on our high level of customer service. We get 100% positive feedback and very high positive marks on all the major sites where we sell, such as eBay and Chairish. We also have the Best of Houzz awards for customer satisfaction and service for several years.

Our goal is to keep to that high standard and improve our customer service even more, making life easier for customers to find the perfect antique furniture for their home, the ideal vintage home accessory or the newly crafted piece of furniture of their dreams, something that will maybe  become a family heirloom.  So now our website offers Chat!

Customers who have used it tell us that they love the Chat function! Everybody is multi-tasking these days so they can have a conversation with us about a piece while also doing other things. And if we need to leave the phone for a minute to research an answer for them or measure some specific dimension of a piece, they can carry on doing something else with their time till we return to Chat.

The only thing we can’t really do is give appraisals. If you have a piece that you want to sell, then read my blog post How to Sell Antiques and Vintage Items. We usually direct people to Worthpoint.com to find out the value of a piece.

So, whether you phone us on our toll free number: 866-602-9394 or email us or or hop over to the website at EuroLuxHome.com to use the Chat box to ask your question…  give in to temptation and get in touch! We’d love to help!

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: Antique French Hunting Nightstand

Our creative customer Sarah K, in Seattle, WA, bought an antique French Hunting nightstand from us, but she had other plans for this lovely piece rather than put it in the bedroom. Sarah placed the French Renaissance Hunting style nightstand in her living room and we think that’s a great idea. When Sarah sent us these photos of the nightstand in her home, she said, “We love it!” We do too!

Antique French Hunting style nightstand

An antique nightstand or bedside table works beautifully as an end table, side table or accent table or as a hall table or plant stand. The cupboard provides storage and the drawer also gives you space to slip small items like coasters or perhaps your remote controls. The two levels offer plenty of space for your bedtime reading and other nighttime necessities, but if you are not using the cabinet in the bedroom then that shelf provides space for a stack of magazines or to display a pretty bowl or small collectibles.

Antique French Nightstand

This photo shows more of Sarah’s elegant living room. I love how she ties the room together with blue and green in the sofa, blanket, pillow, painting, house plant, and also that little decorative blue bowl!  This angle also shows off the decorative appeal of the barley twists on the nightstand. They give a structural look that is quite noble. The lower cabinet is framed with carved swirls and the cupboard door is accented by a square panel.

Antique French Hunting Nightstand cabinet

This gives the full gorgeous effect from the other direction! We actually have a similar antique French Hunting nightstand in the store at time of writing, so if you are interested in snapping it up for yourself, get in touch soon and ask for item number 18-16!

Sarah is not the only customer who took a creative approach to her antique nightstand. Our customer Kathleen G.  in Arcadia, OK, uses her Henry II nightstand in the kitchen. You can see how well that works in our blog post Creative New Use for Antique Nightstand.

Thank you Sarah for sending photos of your lovely home and we hope you enjoy using the antique French Hunting nightstand for many years.

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.

Rare Goumain Painted St Eustace Antique French Buffet

It’s exciting for us to tell you about this rare antique French buffet that we just had in stock. It’s the rarest antique buffet that we have ever sold! Here’s a picture of the painted buffet so you can see the full magnificence:

Goumain Antique French Buffet

Signed Goumain antique furnitureThe piece is signed by Goumain on the buffet as well as on the original sculptures, and dated to 1919.

The Maison Goumain Frères was one of the businesses of Emile Guimet, a wealthy French industrialist at the end of the 19th century. He is most famous as the founder of the Musée Guimet in Paris in 1889, a museum of the history of oriental religions and folk traditions. A large part of the museum collections is from the excavations of Antinoë, a city in middle Egypt, carried out by the archaeologist Albert Gayet during 20 years of excavations beginning in 1895.

Antique French Goumain Buffet

The Goumain Brothers specialized in furniture for museums as well as wealthy collectors. Pieces were designed to safely hold precious collections, often with many drawers, which protected the items from light.

St Eustace painting on antique buffet

The painting shows the story of Saint Eustace, a Christian martyr and soldier saint from the 2nd century AD in Rome, Italy. A Roman general called Placidus was hunting in the woods one day when he encountered a large stag with a crucifix lodged in his antlers and he heard the voice of God commanding him to become a Christian. He immediately converted himself, his wife and his two sons to Christianity and took the name of Eustace.

Painted antique French buffet St Eustace

Carved statue antique buffetSt. Eustace then suffered many trials and tribulations along the lines of Job from the Old Testament, including losing his home (the castle seen in the painting) and all of his wealth. He even thought he had lost his wife and sons for a period of time. Although he suffered, he remained constant in his faith and realized that God was testing him.

Eventually he was reunited with his wife and sons, although the entire family was later martyred when they refused to worship the Roman Gods when commanded by Emperor Trajan. The image of Saint Eustace kneeling before a stag became a popular subject in medieval religious art.

St Eustace painting Canterbury Cathedral
Interestingly, the first recorded relics of Saint Eustace were in an altar in the royal Basilica of St Denis, the first Gothic Cathedral ever built in Europe.  (We visited the cathedral in our blog post on our recent antiques buying trip in France.)

There is a large painting in Canterbury Cathedral in England featuring Saint Eustace dating to 1480 (shown left) and Greg believes it may well be the basis of the painting on this piece. Here is a close-up:

St Eustace Canterbury
Hand-Painted antique French buffetSaint Eustace is known as the patron saint of hunters, firefighters, and anyone facing adversity. An interesting tidbit is that Saint Eustace is the reference in the Jägermeister logo of a cross in between a stag’s horns, as the liquor was marketed as the drink of choice for German hunters.

He is also the patron saint of Madrid, Spain. The saint is also featured in the stained glass windows in the Cathedral of Chartres.

It is interesting to conjecture that this buffet was perhaps commissioned for a wealthy patron whose personal saint was Saint Eustace. The buffet not only held his personal material treasures, it served as a reminder that his true “wealth” was in the constancy of his own Christian faith.

We loved finding this very rare antique French buffet by the Goumain Brothers. Now it has  gone to a new home where I’m sure this rare treasure will be enjoyed every 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.

Client Spotlight: Woodbridge Table for Knight Kiplinger

This client spotlight about our Woodbridge Marseille console table is pretty neat – this is Knight Kiplinger’s home!

Knight Kiplinger is the celebrated economic journalist who heads the Kiplinger financial media company including Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and Kiplinger.com. He is also a book author and you have probably seen or heard him as a guest on many TV and radio shows like the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Diane Rehm Show, and CBS This Morning.

Woodbridge Neoclassical console tableThis is his second order with us. We guess he knows how to handle his money and make the most of every dime, so we are very happy that he decided to spend some of his hard-earned dollars with us!

His last order was for this lovely mahogany Neoclassical Woodbridge console table shown at left, our item number WB-199, for his home in Washington DC.

Woodbridge Marseille Console tableThis time he contacted me to order the elegant Marseilles console table (item WB-612, shown right) for his second home in Maryland. The console table is beautifully hand-waxed and designed with traditional French style. Made in solid wood with a rich cherry veneer, the console table features chic curving sides. The two drawers are crafted with a dovetail construction, and the console table is hand-rubbed and distressed to create an authentic-looking aged patina.  Here is a photo of the table in Knight Kiplinger’s home.

Marseille console table

Knight Kiplinger said, “It took me this long to get around to hanging some art over it, on an 11-ft wall in the upstairs hall of our 1830 Maryland home. Lovely setting, and the table is just what we needed for displaying books and objets d’art.”   I love the look of his gallery of art above the table, and the sculptures look perfect on the lower shelf.

Marseille console table hallway

This photo gives a better view of the table’s beautiful curved silhouette, and also gives you another chance to admire the statues! Mr Kiplinger asked, “You wouldn’t have, might you, an identical table, but shorter?” So now we have been working on finding him a third table! Stay tuned… we hope to bring you another perfect match.

Thank you to Knight Kiplinger for so kindly giving us a brief glimpse into his home. What can we say? We love his taste in console tables!

If you are a frequent reader of our antiques and home decor blog, you will remember that this Woodbridge Marseille console table also looked beautiful in the hallway of our customer Liz in San Francisco.

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.