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Renaissance Buffet in Historic South Carolina Home

Historic House South CarolinaWe delivered a handsome oak Renaissance buffet to a lovely couple who live nearby in Winnsboro, SC.  Deborah and David own a gorgeous historic home. This is a photo of the house in 1810 when it was completed. (Thanks to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History for that nostalgic and rather wintry photo!)

And here is the house today in a much more green and summery time:

South Carolina Historic Home Picture

Deborah and David first found us online, but were excited to discover that we’re only about an hour away from their home in Winnsboro, SC.  Deborah is from the area and moved back home when her mother became ill a few years ago. She lovingly cared for her mother until she passed recently. We were so sorry to hear of her loss, but we understand that Deborah has now thrown herself into restoring their wonderful old home.

Antique French Renaissance BuffetDavid is also now retired and was busy at work on the back porch when we arrived to deliver the beautiful Renaissance buffet.

The oak Renaissance buffet dates to 1900 with carved fabric swags and florals on the upper cabinet doors. The lower doors of the antique Renaissance Henry II buffet hutch are equally well ornamented with diamond medallions surrounded by foliage. In addition to a spacious serving area, the buffet has a full-length plate rack and drawers for silverware.

Deborah and David have already done a great amount of work on their home, including leveling the gorgeous original wood floors. Deborah thought the Renaissance buffet would look wonderful in the dining room and I have to agree!

Antique French Renaissance Buffet

There was so much natural light streaming in through the big windows, that it is somewhat hard to see the color tones in the photos, but the buffet worked very well with the dining table and chairs and the corner cabinet. I loved the beautiful antique chandelier Deborah found to go over the dining room table!

Antique French Buffet in Dining room

The entrance hallway of Deborah and David’s home features a large gilded chandelier that we found at an antique market in France. It is a perfect fit for the space and I love the decorative molding on the ceiling around the cap. The other antique pieces in the hallway and the vintage art on the walls make for such a warm, inviting space.

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Off to the right from the hallway, you can just make out a huge Champion gun safe in the corner of what is the billiards room. I didn’t snap a photo, but a beautiful antique pool table fills up the parlor! I understand David is quite the pool shark, so I didn’t wager a bet.

gilded chandelier from French antiques market

The stairs at the back of the grand hall lead to the upstairs bedrooms. Deborah found a space for a Flemish chandelier from our collection for the upstairs hallway, which features a handsome roll-top antique desk and chair. Beyond the double doors is a wonderful second story porch – the perfect place to enjoy a mint julep and watch the fireflies!

Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us and our readers, Deborah and David!

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 Bed Size Converted

Erin S. found our EuroLuxHome.com website as she was looking for an interesting antique bed for her new home in Colorado. She was moving from Arkansas, so we held the bed for her for a few months until she was ready for us to ship it to her new home.  She also wanted us to convert the bed from full size to queen size.

antique French Hunting Bed converted in size

This is the antique French Hunting style bed that Erin chose, lavishly carved in beautifully aged wood and dating to around the year 1900. Antique beds are typically always full size and most of the time will accommodate a standard full-size mattress and box spring set. However, they can be converted to a queen size if the headboard is around 60 inches wide. This one was, so we converted the bed from full size to queen size for Erin.

French Antique Bed Converted in size

Here is the antique bed in Erin’s home! Isn’t it stunning?  The bed is richly carved including a large medallion on the headboard surrounded by intricate swirls, and French heraldic motifs on the foot board. Chunky barley twist bed posts are crowned with turned finials. Even the side rails boast a striking and heavily textured carved pattern.

Antique French Hunting Bed

I love the rich color combination of red and gold that Erin has chosen to complement the dark oak of the antique Hunting bed and the heavy carvings are right at home in Colorado! The antique screen with a floral print to the right of the bed and the antique trunk beneath are lovely additions to this warm and cozy room. I think Erin will be as snug as a bug during the upcoming winter!

Thanks for sharing photos of your lovely bedroom, Erin. We can tell you have a great design eye and I bet the rest of your new home is shaping up beautifully too.

Blog readers who like this antique furnishing style can enjoy some more eye candy by checking out our antique French Hunting style furniture, all direct imports from France. Or create a bedroom as beautiful as Erin’s by browsing all our new and antique beds.

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: Dale Tiffany Lamps Fly to Mexico!

Dale Tiffany Lamp Simon Table LampJeri contacted me to see if I could ship a pair of beautiful crystal and chrome Dale Tiffany lamps to her home in Mexico. This is the Dale Tiffany lamp that Jeri chose for her living room. She explained that she and her husband had retired to Puerto Vallarta so I couldn’t help but ask some questions to find out more!

It turns out that that they fell in love with Puerto Vallarta after visiting on a vacation and then returning for dental work. She and her husband sold everything and flew down to Mexico with five suitcases and a Siamese cat. What a lucky cat!

Jeri jokingly said that all of their friends and family thought they were crazy doing something so unpredictable at the age of 72.

Dale Tiffany Lamps Simon Table LampsJeri is now refurnishing her condo and spent a year searching in Mexico for just the right lamps, but couldn’t find the what she wanted. I was thrilled to help decorate her retirement condo in Mexico. You can see the pair of new Dale Tiffany lamps (item number DY-550) on the two end tables by the sofa. They look very elegant and the crystal and chrome design of the lamps reflect the light and bright feel in the room. They are a wonderful match for the  tasteful neutral decor. The two Dale Tiffany lamps also create a frame around the focal point of that terrific piece of art over the sofa.

View from our client's window of her retirement condo in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Of course, I asked to see the view out of the window that the lamps will now enjoy – and what a view it is! Jeri lives on the marina and enjoys a view of big beautiful yachts.

Thanks for sharing the photos of your home, Jeri. We don’t think you are crazy at all and we wish you many happy years in your Puerto Vallarta home, illuminated by your new Dale Tiffany lamps. Now I am dreaming of sailing away, or at least of visiting Jeri in Mexico!

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: French Country Sideboard

Eric S. purchased this beautiful French Country sideboard in black finish, and when we saw his address in the Washington D.C. area, we knew we’d be delivering this one! He only lives about 45 minutes away from my grandmother’s house.

French Country Sideboard blackwashThe antique-inspired French Country sideboard (item BG-65 on our website) is beautifully crafted using traditional joinery techniques. The distressed blackwash finish accents the intricate carving on the raised panels and gives the appearance of age. Detailed hardware creates an authentic French Country look too.

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Eric recently moved to the Washington D.C. area and has been busy decorating his lovely home. He proudly gave us a tour of the whole house and said he didn’t mind my snapping photos along the way!

We delivered the new French Country sideboard into the central hall of his home.

The sideboard sits right by the front door and under a gorgeous crystal chandelier. The pretty grey paint creates an elegant impression as you walk in, nicely accented by the design of the rug.
French Country SideboardI couldn’t resist taking a shot showing his grand piano in the muted blue music parlor just off the hallway. The piano finish ties so nicely with the sideboard.

IMG_1131The fantastic view across the back porch is what Eric sees from his home office – I don’t know how he gets anything done with that incredibly relaxing view!

IMG_1133This same view is seen through the floor to ceiling windows at the rear of the kitchen, although my photo is backlit and a little grainy.

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However, my shot of his gorgeous painted white kitchen cabinets with a black finished island and bar stools and black countertops shows how deftly Eric and his wife have used black as a color motif throughout their home. They juxtapose bold, dynamic black with softer grays, blues and greens and crisp, clean white trim.

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I couldn’t resist taking the photo in the dining room as the chandelier had amazing multi-colored crystals in all the colors of the room. I even noticed that the fresh floral arrangement matched the painting above the fireplace!

Every detail is just so nicely considered. I’m sure there will be many happy dinners and gatherings in Eric’s new home in years to come. It is such a welcoming and beautiful space.

Thanks Eric, for giving a glimpse into your traditional-style home with such elegant use of color!

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And of course, thanks to Grandma who put us up for the night and took us out for dinner and ice cream to boot! :)


Aimee 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 Buffet Louis XV

Antique Buffet Louis XV Rococo 1890Melodie A. of Raja Interiors in Chico, CA, wanted to find a gorgeous, antique Louis XV buffet to place in one of her client’s homes. We went searching for the perfect piece and located this beauty in France!

It is delightfully carved with Rococo styling in walnut wood with a lovely grain and rich patina and it dates to 1890.

When we found the buffet in France, there was a crack all the way through the glass in the right upper corner of the large glass door.

Perhaps a little wrinkle is not such a surprise for a buffet that is about 120 years old! What is more surprising is that we find so many of our antique buffets with the glass still in excellent shape. Those French craftsmen made furniture to last!

broken glass

We knew we would replace that glass panel prior to shipping, but we had no idea that it would take a specialist to cut and hand-grind the bevel. We took the broken pieces to our local glass store and they explained that due to the unusual shape of the glass (it sort of resembles a paisley), their machines could not possibly cut a bevel all the way around the piece. We also didn’t want to just replace it with flat glass, as that would take away from the beauty of the buffet.

After much searching and networking, I finally located a true artist, Charles Offutt, at Artisan in Glass, in Canton, Georgia. I sent the pieces to him and he said it took an entire day to hand-grind the beveled edge of the replacement glass. He is truly a miracle-worker in glass! If I didn’t know which panel had been replaced, I would never be able to tell. Here’s the buffet with the restored glass in its new home.

French Antique Buffet 1890

Melodie was very patient during this process and she contacted me to say that she received the buffet in good condition and both she and her client are very pleased. We are always glad to hear from happy customers! At more than 8 feet tall, the antique Louis XV buffet is definitely the grand dame of the space. That white ceramic pitcher sets it off so gracefully too. You could say: “It’s pitcher perfect!” Groan…

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: Georgian Desk in Historic Charleston House

House in Downtown historic CharlestonOur Georgian-style desk looked perfectly at home in our customer’s historic Charleston house.  I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed the trip!

Every once in a while, Greg and I love to skip out of town and head for Charleston as it is only a two-hour drive. I greatly enjoy taking a stroll around the Battery, smelling the salt air and admiring the gorgeous historic homes. So when Susan purchased a handsome antique-inspired desk from us on Houzz, we knew we’d make this delivery!

Susan and her family moved to Charleston several years ago, but just purchased this fantastic home in the Downtown historic district a few months ago.

Flame Mahogany Partners Desk Georgian Style Oval

This is the very grand new oval partners desk that Susan ordered from us from our selection of new and antique desks. The antique-inspired Georgian-style desk is six feet long and what an impressive six feet it is! The oval desk is crafted in rich flame mahogany with banded inlay for extra decorative effect. Three hand-tooled leather panels on the oval top, fluted detail on the pillars and classic old-fashioned handles give this elegant desk tons of traditional appeal. If we have to be practical :-) there’s lots of drawer space too!

Antique inspired desk in historic homeSusan’s home dates to 1852 but the prior owners had already done most of the renovations. The hardwood floors were still being finished in the front entry hall as we came in, but when we set the Georgian-style oval partner’s desk (Item BG-230) in place in her husband’s office, that room was finally complete!

I just loved seeing how the whole room tied together – from the original molding around the doors and the incredible 10 foot tall pocket door, to the classic brass chandelier light fixture and patterned Oriental rug. The leather-topped desk with flame-mahogany veneer looked quite at home in this stately Charlestonian mansion. If only the walls could tell stories!

We headed back to Newberry after a delicious lunch of shrimp and grits, a Charlestonian specialty!

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: Antiqued Leather Settee

Our interior designer customer Charity bought a new antiqued leather settee from us. As it’s one of our most popular leather settees, we wanted to show you how great it looks in its new home: A Chicago high-rise office. Old meets new with wonderful results!AT-4 Leather Chesterfield SetteeThis handsome new leather settee is one of our top sellers. The tufted button back is typical of traditional Chesterfield sofas and it is created with lots of hand-crafted elements by a family-owned company. (It’s item AT-4 on our website.) The upholstery is a beautiful antiqued saddle leather that looks just like an old football or an old horse saddle. You can see how the broken-in leather is accented by the hand-applied nailhead trim and the rich luster of the hand-stained wood legs. For a modern safety touch, the settee is made with high density fire-retardant foam,

Antiqued Leather Settee

As Charity is an interior designer, she obviously saw the style, quality and superb attention to detail in the antiqued leather settee.  She ordered it for her client in the Financial Services industry. Here it is in her client’s high rise office building in Chicago. The building had very stringent requirements for delivery, but our white glove carrier, Sun Delivery, made it happen!

AT-7 Leather Club Chair DistreI have to show off a couple of other pieces made by the same small family-owned company. These are also very popular with our customers. The first is this comfy new leather club chair, which would pair very nicely with the leather settee. Sturdily crafted with a solid wood frame, the Madison accent chair also boasts a luxurious hand-applied nailhead trim to highlight the curved shape.

Manchester Antique Saddle Leather Settee AT66As an alternative to the more relaxed Chesterfield style settee, this elegant Manchester Antique Saddle Leather settee has been wowing our customers! In addition to our satisfied customers who have bought it, an incredible 271 people so far have saved it to their Houzz Ideabook.

Everyone loves it, probably because of the graceful lines and high-quality craftsmanship. It’s perfect for an entryway or as seating in your dining room or living room.

Thank you Charity for sending us the photo of the settee in your client’s office. We hope that they love the blend of styles as much as we do. An antiqued leather settee in a modern office will always make a great impression!

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 9 (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 Chairs & Aztec Calendar Stone Table

I’ve got a great story for you today, one involving antique French Renaissance chairs, the famous Aztec calendar stone, and singer Axl Rose, of the band Guns N’ Roses!
Yep, it’s hard to see how those all fit together, but read on… I’ll start from the beginning.

Antique French Renaissance ChairsI met Bernard M. through our antique furniture store on Etsy. He asked about this set of antique French Renaissance chairs but he needed 8 chairs not 6.

The antique French Renaissance chairs Bernard liked are finely crafted in walnut wood with embossed leather upholstery. The 6 chairs date to 1900, carved with shells and swags. They have a lovely floral nailhead trim. So far, so good, but Bernard wanted 8 chairs not 6, so I suggested combining a similar set of antique Renaissance chairs that also featured embossed leather, spindle carvings, and those sexy curvy stretchers. He said yes!

Antique French Chairs in Hawaii

It turns out that all 12 chairs fit around his massive table that came with his new home in Hawaii. Bernard and Carol were in the process of moving from Switzerland to the Big Island, so we had to time the shipping of the chairs to arrive at approximately the same time as their load of furniture. Antique Chairs and Table

When Bernard shared the photos of the chairs, I had to find out about the unique table and he told me that the table is a reduced-scale (7ft diameter) reproduction of the Piedra del Sol. (See this Wikipedia entry for the history of the Aztec sun stone or calendar stone, one of the most famous works of Aztec sculpture.)

“We were told it was a gift — a housewarming present, perhaps — from Axl Rose, of the band Guns N’ Roses, to his band manager, the original owner of the house, which would make it about 25 years old,” said Bernard. “Obviously, unlike the original, it’s not stone! It’s not any synthetic stone either: it’s hollow metal, to keep the weight manageable and to render the very deep indentations of the original, painted to make it look like stone. (I am glad they did not attempt to paint it the way the original was thought to have been painted with very bright reds — for blood – plus blues and yellows, etc.)

Antique Chairs in Hawaii with kitten

“The pedestal does not really fit the style (it’s a classic motif of intertwined leafy branches), but it’s inconspicuous and so it’s OK,” continued Bernard. “There is no “original” for a pedestal for a round table from Aztec culture anyway.

“It was one of the two pieces of furniture from the sellers that we asked remain with the house — as the sellers themselves had obviously done when they had bought the house from the original owner,” said Bernard. “It is not a “comfortable” piece: it looks stunning in the space, but, once one looks at the designs on the top, it becomes disturbing.”
I guess that doesn’t bother the cute kitty stretched out on the antique Renaissance chairs!

Kitchen Window View in Hawaii

Bernard added: “The views are fantastic — I am attaching a pure view picture, taken from the window at the kitchen sink (makes washing dishes more pleasant, but slows down the pace ;-)

I love the view too — That would be the life! Thanks Bernard for telling us the story of the table. Your home is beautiful and we hope you continue to enjoy the antique French Renaissance chairs. They look terrific around the dining table. I think you’ll agree those are some well-traveled chairs (France to South Carolina to Hawaii) and that is one lucky cat!

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 9 (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 Furniture in Victorian Villa

Pella Victorian VillaWe were pretty thrilled when Stan V. in Pella, IA, bought some antique furniture from us to furnish a historical house. The Pella Victorian Villa was built in 1871 and as an Iowa historic site it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Right now this grand villa is being renovated so it is not open for tours, but thanks to the internet (which never needs renovations!) you can still see photos of the rooms in the Pella Victorian Villa online virtual tour.

This is a photo of the dining room in the Pella Victorian Villa.

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You can see the handsome antique French Hunting chairs and a large antique table that came from us at EuroLuxHome.com. Later we shipped another set of chairs and another table to the villa so we look forward to seeing how those are featured in the old house.

The house was built by John Voorhees for his family, and there is an interesting story about the bricks. They were all made in a kiln on the property with clay from local clay pits and because the mortar was the same color as the bricks the builders painted white lines on the mortar between each brick. What a painstaking task that must have been! But they did a good job of it because the bricks and the mortar are still in great condition.

Apparently the house cost about $10,000 to $13,000 to build and this was double the amount Mr. Voorhees intended to pay. Tell us about it! Houses always cost more than we expect, don’t they? (We have our own stories about our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation.)

Stan and Alma purchased the house in 2011 with the aim of preserving it and they decorated it with period pieces like the antique furniture that they bought from us.

The Pella Historical Village looks like a beautiful place to go visit, especially if you want to explore the village’s Dutch Heritage.

Pella Historical Museum Tulip TIme

Pella Historical Museum at Tulip Time

Attractions include the Scholte House Museum, built in 1848 and filled with antiques, and the Vermeer Windmill – an authentic working Dutch mill.  The annual Tulip Time tulip festival also looks like a lot of fun!

We’ll revisit the Pella Victorian Villa when the renovations are complete so we can see how our antique furniture looks in the ‘new’ old house! Meanwhile, you can see our antique furniture in another historic house in our spotlight on the Johnny Cash Boyhood 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 9 (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: Vintage French Games Table in Chateau

At the beginning of December we made a delivery of a vintage French games table to a gorgeous house in Georgia that has the look of a French chateau.

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This is the vintage French games table that Nita and her husband Walter purchased.

The Regency style table set with four chairs was made in France in about 1960 and you can see that the round table has drawers to store your cards and dice. The gold design on the green leather top and the handsome matching tufted chairs make the set look especially debonair, as if it came from a chic casino in Paris or Cannes.

We made the delivery to Nita and Walter in their beautiful home in Augusta, GA. There are so many lovely details to the house, it really resembles a French chateau from the outside.

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I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the gorgeous courtyard that one encounters after entering the wrought iron gate:

Lion Fountain Courtyard

The fountain that runs from the lion’s mouth on the brick wall had been turned off as we were starting to have evening temperatures that dropped below freezing.  What a lovely spot to enjoy coffee and croissants, or a bottle of wine at the end of the day!

Vintage Games table in room

We delivered the vintage French games table to a large living area at the rear of the home, off the large kitchen. The floor-to-ceiling fireplace crafted in natural stone is absolutely stunning in person. The vintage games table in mahogany has a beautiful green leather playing surface that pairs superbly with the four green leather upholstered chairs with a Mid-Century Modern look. The green leather is the perfect complement to the olive green in the large Oriental rug.

Vintage French Games table room

The ceilings were so high that I couldn’t quite catch them in the room view, but they are hand-planed wooden planks, framed by massive wooden support beams. The natural light pouring through the windows floods this cozy nook.

I don’t know how to play bridge, but this looks like an ideal spot for fun times spent with family and friends near a warm fire this winter season! Thank you Nita and Walter for letting us see inside your lovely home. We hope that the vintage French games table brings you many years of good fun and good luck!

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 9 (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.