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French Heritage Furniture for your French Style Decor

We recently started carrying French Heritage furniture and decor, so if you don’t find a piece you want in our antique French furniture, you can search the French Heritage furniture to see if there is a newly crafted antique-inspired item to your taste! French Heritage Passy Bombe Chest of Drawers

As the name suggests, the French Heritage collection is perfect for anyone who likes traditional French style decor.

French Heritage Vivienne End TableAlthough the furniture draws on classic French taste, the pieces are often given a little contemporary twist to make them perfect for today’s homes.

The French inspiration is authentic. The company’s co-founder is French and his eye for style is inspired by his childhood memories of browsing around Parisian antique markets. He married an American fashion model, so the dynamic duo decided to combine heritage French furniture design with a fashion-forward creative edge.

French Heritage Maison dining chairThe pieces are made with the same European furniture-making techniques and hand-crafted elements that have been traditional skills for centuries. Just one of these lovely pieces will evoke the French lifestyle and set the tone for your French decor.

For example, see this fine new French Heritage Maison dining chair In the always popular French Country Farmhouse or French Provincial style.

The antique cherry finish on the dining chair’s wood frame combined with the lovely striped upholstered seat and cane back make this charming chair a sure pick to become a family heirloom.

French Heritage Lilles Louis XVI BedIf you are a fan of traditional French Country style then you know that it is always elegant and graceful. Even though it is quite decorative, it is easy and comfortable to live with. This pretty new French Country Louis XVI bed is a great example. The French Heritage Maison Lilles bed features hand-carved accents and I think we can all agree that it is fit for a princess!

Kitchen IslandIf you have a French Farmhouse style kitchen, then the French Heritage kitchen islands are sure to capture your attention.

Some kitchen islands have built-in wine racks — of course! The one pictured features a painted finish that contrasts nicely with the natural wood, as well as a marble panel and a cutting board.

French Heritage Maison Gold ChairIf your French taste veers more toward the glamorous than the rustic, then there are plenty of sophisticated French Heritage choices for you.

For example, this golden side chair or dining chair looks like it should live in a chic Parisian salon, or perhaps even the Palace of Versailles!

The  gold finish of the Concerto Monkey Chair enhances the central design of a monkey playing the tambourine. The witty and whimsical design combines with classic cabriole legs and beautiful craftsmanship.

We hope that you will browse our French Heritage furniture and decor collection and find something to enhance your own French-inspired decor!

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 7 (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: Scarborough House Custom Made Bookcases

Our customers Ken and Bettyann in Nantick, MA, sent us some great photos of the Scarborough House bookcases they bought from us.  The bookcases were custom-produced so they took some time to be made. Then came the day that the bookcases were delivered to Ken and Bettyann.

Scarborough House bookcases custom made

Here they are in place, flanking the chimney breast. Ken and Bettyann ordered this pair of Scarborough House bookcases as they were just the right dimensions to fit into the two nooks on either side of the fireplace. The fireplace mantel and screen are beautiful. What a warm and inviting space to curl up with a good book!

Scarborough House custome made bookcase

I love how Bettyann has coordinated the colors of the book jackets with her accessories!  The warm red and gold tones look wonderful and the bookcases look perfectly at home.  Scarborough House Fine Furniture makes gorgeous antique-inspired furniture for every room, using traditional furniture techniques and with lovely hand-crafted details and exquisite veneers. An Englishman founded the company and as a fine furniture maker and designer he has very high standards that can be seen in his pieces.

Scarborough House bookcase

Scarborough House furniture is often very decorative, especially in the pieces that are interpretations of European antique furniture. Hand-crafted details including intricate marquetry inlay and the classic appeal of Scarborough House furniture is perfect for a traditional home.  We love seeing these custom-made bookcases in Ken and Bettyann’s home and we are sure they will become heirloom pieces!

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 7 (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.

Bookshelf: Gardens of Style from Around the World

Now that we are deep into summer, I hope that these books about various gardens of style from around the world will help inspire you in your own garden! By now I hope your garden is blooming beautifully but if you want to look further afield for landscaping ideas, these recently published books are full of juicy images and inspiration from gardens in Italy, England and other parts of the world.

Italian Gardens of Lake Como

Italian Gardens of Lake Como

Lake Como in Italy is one of the heavenliest places on earth. Those Italians really know how to live la dolce vita! This new book on the Italian gardens of Lake Como gives a peek at some of the most beautiful villas around the lake, so we get a glimpse not just of the garden designs but also of the historic Italian architecture.

Against a backdrop of lake and mountains, the fourteen featured gardens range from Renaissance and Baroque Italian gardens to 19th century English style landscape gardens to 19th century romantic natural designs. Of course we get a glimpse of the famous Villa Carlotta and the magnificent palazzo turned luxury hotel, the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este. And now, for some strange reason, I’m really in the mood to make pasta tonight!

Gardens of Style: Private Hideaways of the Design WorldGardens of Style Private Hideaways of the Design World

Written by design, architecture and travel writer Janelle McCulloch, this lavish new book looks at the private gardens in the homes of famous movers and shakers in the design world, from fashion to interior design. It also explores how these gardens have inspired their owners in their creative pursuits. For example, fashion designer Christian Dior’s garden boasts the lavish roses that inspired his beautiful couture gowns.  The tastemakers’ gardens are all around the world, so the author takes on us a journey from the East Coast of the USA to the French Provence region, to the country manors of England, to the always elegant Milan, and to the exotic foliage of tropical Dominican Republic.

Walled Gardens

Walled Gardens

Written by BBC presenter Jules Hudson, this lovely book about English walled gardens is wonderful if you enjoy looking at photos of period gardens to get inspiration for your own garden.

Once upon a time, every English country house would have had a walled garden. The walls provided shelter from the elements as well as keeping wildlife out. The new book explores the history of walled gardens and how they were used to grow plants for food, flowers, and medicine. In the late 18th century, some gardens even had heated walls!  The book is from the National Trust, an English organization that protects the houses and gardens of many beautiful old stately homes. The National Trust has renovated many gardens that fell into disrepair in the 20th century so you can browse them in the pages of this book and take heart for your own garden renovations!

Happy gardening!

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 7 (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.

 

 

 

 

 

Decorating with Bright Pink

It’s time to break out a riot of color to show you some inspiration for decorating with bright pink! My last post was about Decorating with Light Pink so now we will ramp up the color level and show that although decorating with bright pink needs some thought, it is actually adaptable for many different spaces and styles of home decor.

Let’s start with the maximum wow factor! This bright pink and gold room is in the Palais de Compiègne about 50 miles from Paris.

Pink and Gold living room

The royal and imperial palace  was built by Louis XV and Louis XVI, and remodeled by both Napoleon I and Napoleon III. None of those guys was shy about showing off and the Palais de Compiègne was a center of power and court life. Although the decor here is probably too extravagant for most of us — and who has such high ceilings and amazing architectural details anyway? — there are some lessons to be learned about decorating with bright pink from this classic room. First, the tidy, formal symmetry helps contain the exuberance of the color. The gold and the white also punctuates the color to give it form.  The pattern on the upholstery also breaks up the solid color a little. Pink Dining Room Traditional Home

Here’s the updated 21st century version of that look! This photo from Traditional Home magazine shows how you can translate the French palace grandeur to your own home. It shows designer Robin Weiss and husband Bill’s Palm Beach vacation home. You’ll notice the same sense of symmetry as the French palace and the same use of white and gold, although with a greater emphasis on white rather than gold. This gives a lovely fresh look while still keeping the nobility with the gold mirror. There is also an ornate chandelier and two wall candelabra, which are important to show that yes, we really do want a sense of flamboyance! With this much bright pink, you don’t want to pull your punches or try to squash the energy by playing safe with too small or too ordinary light fittings. The textured floor covering helps ground it all too, and it adds a contemporary touch.

Pink Choiserie Leciester Room Chatsworth House

Another way to use strong pinks is in textiles and in decorative wallpaper. This photo shows the Leicester Room at Chatsworth House in England, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The 1830s Chinese paper on the walls shows how a fairly bright pink can look fabulous when it has a surface design on it to break up the color intensity.

Here’s the 21st century version, showing how to update the strong pink wallpaper look. The Balata wallpaper in this dining room in Boston is accented by white, gold and a crystal chandelier. This combo always helps lighten up the intensity of a deep pink while keeping true to the spirit of the color!

If you want to try using bright pink in a more restrained way, check out this gorgeous home in Atlanta which uses a bold pink textured wall covering as a feature wall. The color on the far wall creates depth and visual interest for this room, which might otherwise seem rather one-dimensional, despite the many patterned surfaces.  Again, white and gold are the major colors paired with the pink, so I think we are getting some good pointers about smart ways to plan our bright pink decor!

Pink Night Stand French HeritageAnother easy way to add bright pink is with accent furniture, such as this lovely new French Heritage pink nightstand.

The maple bedside table or 3-drawer chest has brass handles and cute castors to make it easy to move around. The strong raspberry pink trim on the nightstand makes it stand out and add a dash of color to a bedroom.

Have you decorated with bright pink in your home? We’d love to see photographs or hear how you use this gorgeous and uplifting shade!

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 7 (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.

 

 

Decorating with Pink : Light Pink

I’ve been seeing a lot about decorating with pink this summer. Sometimes people can be wary of decorating with pink because they fear it might look too girly or sugary, but in fact pink is an incredibly versatile shade that can be used in lots of sophisticated ways. Whether you like the subtlety of ballet slipper pink or the elegance of rose, the softness of blush or a rich jolt of fuchsia, I’ve found some ideas to inspire you. In this first blog post I’m going to focus on decorating with light pink. Next time I’ll look at the livelier bright pinks!

UK Textile Designer Kate Forman English Country Charm

To prove just how elegant and yet comfortable pink can be, here’s a wonderful Country style living room with textiles by UK textile designer Kate Forman. She’s got the English country charm completely sewn up! Notice the pink ticking upholstery on the sofa and how it echoes the linear design in the rug and even the folds in the drapes, providing a sense of structure that makes this pink look very grown-up! Then Forman layers different prints in the cushions in a way that gently softens this quite formal space.

Black works brilliantly with a soft pink, including the slightly grayed out tones of the fashionable Millennial pink. As you can see from the otherwise quite traditional Farmhouse style bedroom in Boston, the black gives an edge to the pink and grounds it, removing any hint of saccharine sweetness and keeping the whole look fresh.

The black chair and sharp angles of the graphic black frames also ground this pink living room in Atlanta,  which looks a little like a sitting corner in a French boudoir to me, it is so inviting and arty! The pink chandelier really sets this space off. It’s a little like some of the pink chandeliers we have for sale on our website, including this nice new Cyan Design new Cyan Design Florence chandelier crafted in Murano glass style with cascading swirls.

Pink Chandelier FlorenceStepping up the color voltage a little, the living room cleverly mixes a soft pretty pink on the walls with darker tones of pink and pinky red to create a lot of depth and texture.

The eclectic feel of the room is wonderful and feminine and if you like that pink on the walls it is Sherwin Williams Paint Color Bella Pink. The pink is offset by green cushions, which is a classic color combination and you often see pink and green together in Art Deco design.

Pink Bathroom romantic

Decorating with pink can be a short cut to setting a romantic mood, as in this delightful pink bathroom. I think I might add a few more fresh flowers or a large plant in the corner, but the pink tub and the handsome fireplace already set establish a romantic Old World mood.

The ballet slipper pink wallpaper by Ralph Lauren also evokes an elegant turn of the century feel in the in the powder room of this Victorian home in Minneapolis. I’d probably want to choose a slightly larger wall sconce with a bit more decorative impact, but the overall impression is serene and graceful.

I hope that this post about light pinks has got you “in the pink” about decorating with pink. In my next post I’ll show you some bright pink decor schemes and how to update the classic bright pinks for today’s homes!

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 7 (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.

 

Model Ships by Old Modern Handicrafts : Ship Ahoy!

If you or any of the people in your life are sailors, boat lovers, historians, military collectors or lovers of the sea, you will want to know about the hand-crafted model ships we now stock from Old Modern Handicrafts.  This is the USS Constitution…. isn’t she wonderful?

USS Constitution Model ShipThese high-quality Old Modern Handicrafts model ships are hand-built to scale using traditional techniques such as the old-school plank on frame or plank on bulk head methods. It can take the craftsmen hundreds of hours to build a ship.  The Modern part of the Old Modern Handicrafts name is because, in combination with the hand-crafted methods, the company also uses the high technology of laser machines to replicate the ship details to the exact scale of the original. Some models are built to museum-quality level and some are exclusive editions with a unique serial number.

Uss Constitution Model Ship Close Up

Here’s a close up of the USS Constitution model ship, otherwise known as Old Ironsides. A legend in the War of 1812, the three-mast frigate had a hull that was 21 inches thick and Paul Revere forged the copper spikes and bolts that held the planks together. The Constitution is now a national landmark and museum, docked in Boston.

HMS Victory Model ShipThis exceptional copper-bottomed ship is the HMS Victory, Admiral Horatio Nelson’s flagship at the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar.  The three large masts are secured using advanced rigging and lines that are knotted and fastened by hand, while the hand-stitched rolled-up sails are made of fine linen.

HMS VIctory Close Up Model Ship

Here is a close up of the deck of the HMS Victory, including the metal cannons!  Every detail is complete right down to the metal anchors and lanterns, a wooden rudder, and lifeboats.

Other model ships include The Titanic, The Cutty Sark, Chinese junk boats, sailing boats, motor boats, and all kinds of other famous ships from around the world. This is the Queen Mary, a very jaunty and decorative cruise ship indeed! Queen Mary Model Ship The Queen Mary took her maiden voyage in 1936, the flagship of the Cunard Line. The thousand foot passenger ship was built to the height of luxury and set a new standard for Transatlantic travel. She may look dignified and majestic, but Queen Mary was fast! During World War II, the Germans apparently offered a huge reward to anyone who could sink the ship because she was too speedy for their submarines to keep up with her!

Viking Longboat Model ShipOther interesting model ships include this replica of the Drakkar Viking long boat, a classic boat used by the Vikings between the 7th and 10th centuries.

This 25-inch model packs a punch with its striped sail, rows of shields along both sides, wooden oars and brass nameplate. The Drakkar, or Viking Longships, had a  maximal speed of around 15 knots, and they were also known as ‘dragonships’ due to the carved dragon-shaped bow, as you can see here.

The Old Modern Handicrafts hand-crafted model ships are built with woods including rosewood, mahogany, teak and Western red cedar, and the metal fittings and details feature chrome, brass or cast metal. They are very good value for money for this very high quality. Each model ship listing on our website includes many photos of the details so you can see just how intricate and true to life the replicas are.

If you have a coastal home or enjoy a nautical interior design scheme, the model ships are also a fabulous choice as decoration, as well as a great conversation starter when you have visitors.  Find all the Old Modern Handicrafts model ships and other nautical accessories on our website. Ship ahoy!

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 7 (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 Brittany Buffet with Jadeite Fire King

We delivered an antique French Brittany buffet to our customers in Charleston, SC, last month. Debbie and Drew visited our Gallery recently as their daughter attends Bob Jones University in Greenville, and Newberry is on the way home to Charleston on I-26. They both immediately fell in love with many of the pieces in our Gallery but their lower ceilings prevented them from buying many of the pieces they loved. However, Debbie found a very beautiful antique Brittany buffet that is on the diminutive side. It fit exactly on a wall in her kitchen and was the perfect piece to display her Jadeite Fire King collection.

Antique French Brittany Buffet with Jadeite Fire King

The Jadeite Fire King collection was made by Anchor Hocking in the 1940s. Debbie says that she first saw the Jadeite dishes on Martha Stewart’s show and she just loved the jade green color so she started collecting it couple of years ago. “Most of my finding has been in various antique shops around South Carolina,” said Debbie. “I actually found some measuring cups in your town before we came into your shop and purchase the buffet. I don’t have a large collection of the Jadeite, but am always on the lookout to add to my collection.”

Antique French Brittany BuffetWhen she sent us the photos of the buffet in her home, she added “We love it!”

We think it looks wonderful too! The antique Brittany buffet is heavily carved with scenes of French village life on the doors.

It is topped with a ship’s wheel which is a traditional symbol carved on Brittany style furniture as a tribute to French province’s maritime history.

Debbie loves ornate furniture and also stained glass lamps and unique light fixtures as you can see from these photos.

Antique French Brittany Buffet in the kitchen diner

We were especially grateful to Debbie as she loves to cook and makes everything from scratch with organic ingredients. She made us each our own loaf of cinnamon bread and had it piping hot right out of the oven to give to us after we delivered the buffet! Of course, we ate both loaves right away and hardly waited for them to cool down – they were delicious! We hope we’ll be able to visit Debbie and Drew again – that bread was phenomenal! :)

Antique French Brittany buffet

If you enjoyed seeing this antique French Brittany Buffet, you can read more about this unique style in my blog post: What is Brittany Style Antique Furniture? The post includes close up photos of the gorgeous carvings of country people and scenes typical of Brittany style furniture.

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 7 (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.

How to Fix Scratches on Antique Furniture with Furniture Crayons

As part of our series on antique furniture restoration tips and tricks, I made this YouTube Video about how to easily fix wood blemishes, watermarks and scratches on antique furniture using furniture crayons. It is a question we hear quite often from friends and other people who have antique furniture. Perhaps they’ve accidentally scratched the wood moving the piece from room to room, or perhaps they have inherited a beloved heirloom that needs a little TLC.

In any case, we all know that we get a few wrinkles as we age! So here’s how you can do a little touch up and hide that blemish. This also works for new wood furniture that might have some superficial dings.

This is the video I made on YouTube about how to use furniture crayons to disguise scratches or other marks in the wood. I’ll also give a summary below.

There are various furniture crayons available, but Greg and I like to use Blendal sticks. Then we use Mohawk Tone Finish to set the crayons.

In the video example, I show how to use the furniture crayons to help with two different blemishes on an antique buffet or server. One is a gouge and scrape to the finish and the other one is a wear spot.

Here’s the secret: When you use your furniture crayons, you must apply several different colors, rather than try to exactly match one color of wood. This is because aged wood isn’t one color, it has earned a patina of time that is subtly beautiful. And even new furniture crafted in antique style is often distressed so the wood looks aged.

So for this antique buffet in the video, I use a dark brown furniture crayon, a red one, an even darker brown one, and a black. The black is probably the most important one!

As I work the crayons into the wood, I’m going with the grain of the wood and I keep changing colors, adding a little of one color then a little of another. I rub it in with my fingers. It’s all about being patient and keep applying color until you feel like you have really camouflaged it in.

As I said, black is important and I use it to give little grain lines, feathering it with my hand and putting a little more pressure on to smudge it in.  Don’t be afraid to mix the colors because that’s what gives you the visual depth. Antique pieces do have different layers and shades on the patina of the wood from natural aging. They are not uniform in tone, and that’s part of what makes a piece of antique furniture look so wonderful.

Be sure to always use your fingers to rub along the same grain as the wood. I keep adding layers of color until I feel like I’ve made the match. You’ll see that in the video I’m really taking my time and using a lot of colors until I feel like it’s going to blend in with what’s there. Still, I fix both marks in less then 10 minutes, so it’s pretty easy!

If you are working on an area that has a lot of carving, you might need to use a toothbrush to get into the all nooks and details of the carving.

Then I stand back and look at the whole piece.  I know I’m finished when the area I worked on doesn’t jump out at me!

Finally I use Mohawk Tone Finish to set the furniture crayons. We like to use the satin variety rather than a shiny one, because we find it blends in better.

I shake it to mix up the product and then do a test spray to make my nozzle is spraying evenly. Then I spray a really light mist. I let it set for just a minute and then give it another very light mist again.

Sometimes you have to do two passes, especially when it’s a bigger chip or ding. But after the tone finish, you can’t really see that there was a problem there at all.

When this dries, the work I’ve done really will have blended in. The blemish doesn’t jump out any more!

If you have any questions about how to fix blemishes, watermarks and scratches on antique furniture using furniture crayons, please do leave a comment in the comment box below!

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 7 (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 of the Week

We have started to post on social media about our “Antique of the Week.” Sometimes we want to highlight a piece of antique furniture or an antique decorative object because it is especially wonderful! It’s a nice way to showcase some pieces that our customers might like to see. We use the hashtag #AntiqueOfTheWeek on our accounts on Pinterest, Facebook and Google+ so if you aren’t following those accounts already, you can search on that #AntiqueOfTheWeek hashtag.

Normandy Antique French bedWe sometimes tie the antique of the week into the season or topical events. For example, we chose this beautiful romantic French antique bed as our Antique of the Week to honor the royal wedding when  Prince Harry married his lovely bride Meghan Markle.

Sometimes we choose a piece of antique furniture that has recently arrived on the ship after one of our antique buying trips in Europe, and we have just unwrapped it and are especially delighted to share it with you!

Here are some of favorite Antiques of the Week so far if you missed them!

Antique French Renaissance SetteeWe chose this antique French Renaissance Hunting style settee, because it has just arrived from our last buying trip in France. The gorgeous carved flourishes of foliage and floral upholstery also feel so summery. The oak settee dates to 1880 and we also have chairs available to match.

antique Dining chairs flemish

When the clocks went forward, we chose something green to remind us that spring was just around the corner! This elegant set of 6 antique Renaissance oak dining chairs in the Henry II style and upholstered in a green fabric was crafted in Belgium around 1900,

Antique French TrunkSpring also put us in mind of vacation travel, so we chose this antique French trunk with its original iron straps & handles.  You will not want to try to check in this heavy oak trunk at the airport, but isn’t it terrific? It was originally made in 1820 for travel and it has iron caps on each corner to protect it on its voyages. Now it can serve as a rustically decorative storage box and it’s a great conversation point…imagine where this box has traveled since it was first made in France nearly 200 years ago!

Prie-dieu antique French During Holy Week, we chose this beautiful antique French prie-dieu or prayer chair. We found it in a church in Normandy on our recent antiques buying trip to France. It is carved in oak wood, dating to 1890, and we had it reupholstered in red velvet.

Mother Child Dogs statueWe celebrated moms and Mother’s Day with this beautiful 1930 French chalkware statue showing a precious moment between a tender mother, her child, and the adoring family dogs! The sweet and beautifully detailed statue is a real charmer!

Eastlake antique bed 1890 VictorianThis week our Antique of the Week paid tribute to America and American craftsmanship with this antique Eastlake bed, crafted in the USA in around 1890. This classic American treasure boasts stately architectural detailing and floral carving in the mahogany wood.

If you want to see more of our Antiques of the Week over the coming months, search on the hashtag #AntiqueOfTheWeek and treat yourself to a dose of beauty!

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 7 (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.

Bookshelf: Historic American Gardens

Looking for some garden design inspiration now that it’s time for us to all get out in the garden? These beautiful books on historic American gardens will help some new ideas to blossom. The final book in this trio of recently published garden books will help you put your inspirations into action to create your own gorgeous American garden!

Ellen Shipman and the American Garden

Ellen Shipman and the American GardenEllen Shipman designed more than 600 gardens in the United States between 1914 and 1950. This book celebrates her work creating gorgeous formal American gardens for famous clients including the Fords, the Edisons, the Astors, and the du Ponts. She drew on the Colonial Revival and Arts and Crafts movements, with an original approach to color.

You can see the results in her gardens in places including the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida; the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron, Ohio; the Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans, and Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University.

Seeking Eden

Seeking EdenThis new book celebrates the rich garden heritage of the state of Georgia, with the stories of nearly thirty public and private gardens. These include Colonial Revival gardens, historic town squares, college campuses, a conservation garden, rock gardens and ornamental 19th century parterres.

The book looks at the evolution of the gardens over the last couple of centuries, right through to the present day, with photographs to help bring their histories alive! If you want some inspiration from the luscious old gardens you’ve seen in Georgia, here’s the answer!

Garden Renovation: Transform Your Yard Into the Garden of Your Dreams

Garden RenovationI love that subtitle, as Greg and I have been working for the last few years on just that dream in our Newberry, South Carolina garden. You can see some of our landscaping and gardening challenges and successes for our vintage 1920 bungalow renovation in my blog posts: The “before” jungle of a garden  when we moved in and The “after” garden: Roses in bloom.

We could have used this Garden Renovation book earlier! It’s written by garden designer Bobbie Schwartz, who takes a practical approach to transforming a problem child yard into a delightful garden paradise. She shares tips, ideas on how to plan the landscape and tackle planting choices and also shows her ideas in action with case studies and before and after photos of her own clients’ yards, featuring American gardens from across the country.

Happy gardening!

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 7 (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.