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Easter Table Decor

Hand-painted easter eggsWith Easter approaching I’ve been looking for some Easter table decor inspiration. After the long hard winter that many people have endured this year, it’s so uplifting to see traditional Easter table settings with all their color and pretty floral arrangements and even chicks and bunnies.

The design on these sweet hand-painted Easter eggs would be easy for anyone with an artistic eye to copy! They are larger wooden eggs, the ostrich size, and they are perfect to scatter across a tea table not just at Easter but for a wedding or mother’s day too.

Victorian Easter Table Decor

This Easter table setting looks very Victorian style to me. A tall glass vase (this is a hurricane vase) is filled with decorative faux eggs and then placed inside a vintage birdcage.  More eggs and chocolate bunnies are sprinkled around the table. The green table cloth and plates, as well as the large palm plant in the back, add to the ‘natural’ backdrop.

Easter flower glasses

This is another simple and fresh Easter table setting that reminds us that spring is here! This look could also work well on a bathroom shelf or window sill or on a console table in a French Country bedroom. The glass tumblers are filled with pebble-sized fake eggs and the center glass has a candle too. Four sprigs of flowers are tied to each glass with a white ribbon, and each glass is placed on a colorful saucer or glass coaster. How easy is that?

At the other extreme, here’s a lavish Easter table setting with every bell and whistle imaginable! We’ve got bunnies and eggs and butterflies and birds in nests and fancy cut crystal and decorative plates and placemats and ornate candelabra and twisting candles and big pink flowers and colored glasses and… It’s one of those brilliant designs that works because it is so over the top. If the designer had held back on a few things it could risk looking merely cluttered and fussy. But they went ALL OUT with springtime exuberance, so the table looks whimsical and feminine and fun.

Along the same lines, this glamorous Easter table in Los Angeles celebrates with bright color and bold pattern. Who can go wrong with a riot of flowers? The table setting avoids looking too messy because each bouquet is a single color, taming the wildness with a tailored look.

If you prefer a softer look, this Easter table also relies on flowers to create a charming springtime mood but everything else is kept very stripped down. A pure white table and bistro chairs are teamed with white linen napkins and humble Mason jars to create a dreamy-clean canvas so the daffodils and lilacs can star! Wispy chandeliers add to the delicate mood.

If you will have your Easter brunch or dinner outdoors, candy-colored Chinese lanterns keep the Easter feeling. They look a little like Easter eggs floating in the air and the pretty paper lanterns are usually easy to find in the Chinatown area of your town or online.

I hope that these Easter table decorations have give you some ideas! And if you are looking for an Easter gift for yourself or a loved one, check out our vintage and antique religious treasures, from holy water fonts and Madonnas to crucifixes and standing crosses.

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.

Traditional Christmas Decor Tour Part 2

In my last blog post, I started my tour of Traditional Christmas Decor in Every Room. We made our way from the front door through the foyer and peeked into several inspiring living rooms.  Now we’ll take the second part of our traditional Christmas decor tour.

First, let’s head into the kitchen to prepare the Christmas feast! This traditional kitchen invites everyone to gather round for egg nog while the figgy pudding is cooking. (However you are meant to cook figgy pudding…)

Nobody wants a cluttered kitchen, so the decorations here are cleverly kept to the kitchen island, with another display over the cabinet on the left. A Chef Santa, mini Christmas tree, and red candles in the center of the kitchen island still leave plenty of space for people to gather round for drinks and snacks. The mistletoe berries and silver festooned on the lamps create most of the merry mood – and those decorations don’t take up precious counter space at all.

Into the dining room we go to serve the turkey! Again the chandeliers are decorated with ribbons and bows to create a terrific focal point. The decorations feature an Old Gold color again, like the staircase in my previous holiday decor post. That shade seems to work beautifully with any room color scheme – almost like a rich neutral.

On the other hand, the gentle whites and deep evergreens at this holiday table look traditionally wintery but refreshingly serene. The slight Nordic style is enhanced by the reindeer decorations. The pretty birds on the plates also look festively chirpy! Soft white linens on the natural wood are set off by a trail of ivy down the center of the table, while white church pillar candles, surrounded by twinkling night lights in little holders, evoke the spiritual sense of Christmas.

Don’t forget the bedroom! Kids have their Christmas stockings but adults deserve some holiday spirit in the bedroom too. This bedroom has a few accessories added to bring in seasonal cheer: the two wreaths on the doors, the two bowls of white poinsettias in the en suite bathroom, and the two snowflake Christmas pillows on the bed. The symmetry of the pairs makes the environment feel pleasingly balanced and tranquil. If you are looking for pretty bedroom accessories, we have hand-woven traditional Christmas pillows and stockings in our online gallery.

Even the bathroom deserves a touch of festivity! The traditional Christmas decor in this classic bathroom includes mistletoe and greenery over the mirror. Red flowers and a red towel also add the ho-ho-holiday spirit. Decorative tricks like the fir cones tied with red ribbon from the wall sconces and a glass jar filled with red and silver Christmas ball ornaments are simple to do, but they pack a visual punch!

If you are looking for more Christmas decor ideas, check out my post on Christmas Table Decorations.

We’d love to hear your own traditional Christmas decor ideas and tips… tell us here or on our Facebook page.

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.

Traditional Christmas Decor in Every Room

Don’t just deck the halls with boughs of holly… add the Christmas touch to every room!
I hope that my mini tour of different homes with their holiday decor will provide you with inspiration for traditional Christmas decor in every room.

Let’s start our tour with the front door. This handsome front door in Atlanta, GA, is decorated with traditional greenery and red ribbons. But the black and white check ribbon adds a crisp touch and makes a great accent for the black door. It all looks charmingly vintage.

Moving into the foyer, the Christmas decorations on this splendid staircase in a home in Houston, TX, could be overwhelming as the scene is so ornate. But the single color tone – a lovely Old Gold – unifies the design and makes it look rich and harmonious rather than fussy.

If you don’t have such a huge and sweeping staircase in your foyer, then you can still make a small section of the stairway look wonderful. The key here is: Don’t hold back on the swags and flourishes! And speaking of don’t hold back…

The flamboyant “more is more” approach of this Grand Colonial style living room is so festive that it is like a Christmas movie. Where are the carol singers and the trays of hot buttered rum? How could any child (or adult) fail to feel the joy of the season if they spent one minute  in this celebratory living room? The decorations framing the armoire are amazing. Of course, we love the antique armoires in our gallery so we are biased.

Do you prefer living room decorations that are a little simpler, while still keeping a sense of tradition? Perhaps this fireplace in Seattle, WA, will inspire you. The fireplace is decorated with traditional elements, for sure. You have the red and green holiday colors, plus Christmas ornaments, logs and a wreath, and old-fashioned lamps with candles. But the styling is streamlined, which creates an updated and sleek mood. The symmetry of the design adds to the feel too.

Or you can take a completely different approach and stick with traditional design elements – the bauble-lavished tree, the garland draped across the fireplace – but give it a fresh twist with non-traditional colors. The ultra-feminine pink and turquoise color palette in this living room creates a fantasy land mood. White deer statues add more magic to the fantasy.

In Part 2 of our Traditional Christmas Decor Tour we look at the kitchen, dining room, bedroom, and bathroom, all decorated with festive spirit!

These photos are from Houzz. You can find EuroLux Home on Houzz.com too.

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.

Gifts for Pet Lovers and Pets Need Presents Too!

We are spoiling our cats with our new cat paradise front porch – it’s their gift just in time for the holidays. I have gift ideas for pet lovers too!

Hand-painted cat pillowBefore I take you on a tour of the cat porch, I have to show you these hand-painted pictures of our pride and joys.

We’re so excited to feature these gorgeous hand-made silk or linen pillows as a new EuroLuxHome.com service. The custom-made pillows are painted completely by hand from your photo of your pet. (They are not digitized or scanned!)

Here’s the pillow of our Sealpoint Siamese cat Minkey, including the photo we provided to the artist inset on the left.

Hand-painted dog pillow in silkThis is the photo we sent of Rudy and Jake, inset on the hand-painted pillow. You can see the high-quality of the artwork. The dogs look so lifelike I almost want to stroke them!

Choose the pillow size (14″ x 18″, 16″‘ x 16″, or 16″ x 20″), the fabric (silk or linen), and the trim (cord, flange, or tassels). Prices start at just $295, including free shipping!

This custom-made line is so new in our store, we don’t even have the pillows on our website yet. So email us your favorite pet photo and we’ll take care of the rest. Of course, you could always give a gift certificate to a friend or family member if you aren’t sure which photo to use!

Pets Need Presents Too

Regular readers of this blog know that Greg and I finally moved into our renovated 1920s vintage bungalow last month. On our first night in our new home our dogs Rudy and Jake (pictured above on the pillow) patrolled the house all night long. Good dogs! They were guarding to keep us safe. But they kept us awake with the clicking of their nails on the laminate floors. We had to schedule toenail clips at once!

KittyParadiseCatPorch

The cats have been making the transition to the new house in stages as it’s important that we are more settled first. But I was so excited for them to see their new cat paradise front porch. The pole on the left will be wrapped with rope so they can climb it like a tree. They have kitty doors so they can go out whenever they want.

The jumping and perching platforms haven’t been painted yet, but we’ll show the finished porch in an upcoming blog. You should have seen our handyman’s face when I described what I wanted him to build. He couldn’t stop laughing!

Dog Bed Furniture Jonathan CharlesI guess that as the cats have their special porch, we might need to treat the dogs to a holiday gift too. We stock a wonderful range of antique-inspired Jonathan Charles pet beds that make great gifts for pampered pooches. In different sizes to fit toy dogs to big boys, these pet beds are beautifully crafted. This walnut wood Jonathan Charles dog bed for larger dogs reproduces an original 1760 Irish peat bucket. The Jonathan Charles Country Farmhouse dog bed features distressed planked sides and patinated brass studded bands.

Jonathan Charles dog bed furnitureSmaller dogs will look très chic lounging in the mahogany veneered Jonathan Charles four poster dog bed from the Buckingham collection.  The fancy dog bed is easy for petite fluffy friends to hop in and out of, and it boasts fine carving to the uprights and turned finials.

You can see all our other dog themed gifts (for pets and their people) at the link.

I hope you enjoyed my pet gift post – tell us in the comments about your own pets! We can woof and meow about our fuzzy family all day.  As a portion of all our sales benefit the PETS Inc. no-kill animal shelter, we’re grateful to any customers who buy their pet-lover gifts from us so we can help more homeless pets.

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.

 

Family Games for the Holidays

Jonathan Charles Games TableA couple of weeks ago I got an email from Houzz.com saying “Hi Aimee, Congratulations! You were hand-picked by one of our writers to be featured in an editorial ideabook on the homepage of Houzz.”  That was a great way to start the day! The article is called Games People Play and it featured this Jonathan Charles games table that we stock. We sell the games table on our website, as well as from our EuroLux Houzz.com page. The square games table on a nicely carved barley twist column is crafted in walnut wood with oyster veneer. An inlaid top forms the chess board.

Inspired by that mention on Houzz, I thought it would be fun to write a post on family games for the holidays.  I also want to show you some of the superb games furniture we have in stock. Greg and I love to play trivia at a local sports bar in Columbia, SC. Therese, Greg’s aunt that used to work with us, and her boyfriend, Bill, join us every Tuesday evening. Our team is called The Info Junkies and if I can brag a bit – we win quite frequently!

French vintage Games tableNo, we do NOT play trivia night at this fabulous vintage games table, but I wish we did! The table just arrived from France, and the mahogany and green leather set of Regency style table and four chairs dates to 1960. I can picture the Rat Pack seated around it playing poker. I doubt the Rat Pack was any more competitive than we are on trivia nights though!

Chess set Game GlobeBoth Greg and Bill are fonts of useless knowledge and usually amaze us with the randomness of what they know. Therese and I help out too, but we definitely don’t have the stockpile of trivia that Greg and Bill do. Greg has a particularly deep knowledge of music from the 1970s to 1990s and we can both recite the names of the English Monarchy – in order!

For people who prefer to play a civilized game of chess rather than try to remember the name of every member of The Partridge Family,  this new chess set globe is a winner! It is printed with an antique nautical world map and replica frescoes. The chess board is removable so you can play it outside the globe for an out-of-this-world game! (Groan.)  Ambella Home Shuffleboard

Shuffleboard is such a great holiday game for all the family, and this new Ambella Home shuffleboard table is sure to evoke nostalgia. The Elegant Scroll shuffleboard table is finely crafted with handsome decorative details, so it will fit right in to your traditional decor.

Ambella Home foosball table

The matching new Ambella Home foosball table is bound to be fun too in your games room. The old-fashioned and ornate design is crafted with a fine patina and it looks like a games table out of an old pub.

We love the traditional family games, but we also love the newer games and puzzles too. John is a whiz at Sudoku and crossword puzzles and both Kathy and Greg love to play Bejeweled Blitz on their iPads.

Do you love darts, cards, pool, or charades? Tell us the about family games you enjoy for the holidays!

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.

New Antiques Container Just Arrived & Holiday Discount

Antique Buffet stained glassOur latest container of beautiful antique furniture just arrived from France and we’ve combined all our holiday promotions into one and then s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d the promotion even further. That means our blog readers get a 15% discount on all antiques and home decor at EuroLuxHome.com until December 8, 2014.

Get 15% off everything in our stock – whether antique, vintage, or new, when you enter the coupon code at checkout: ShopSmall

Choose from antique, vintage, and new furniture, including buffets, tables, chairs, beds, bookcases, and chandeliers and other lighting. Or browse our gorgeous home accents from ceramics to tapestries and from throw pillows to pewter plates.

We are especially excited about our fabulous new selection of antiques.  We’re unpacking the antiques that just arrived from France even as you read this.

Antique French Gothic BuffetOne highlight is this magnificent antique French Gothic buffet. Dating to 1880 and intricately carved in walnut wood, the 9-foot-high buffet is sure to be a stunning focal point in anyone’s home. The noble pediment and arched stained glass windows are truly impressive. We’ve got a sturdy oak  antique French Gothic bench too, also carved around 1880.

Antique French Gothic Bench

Vintage French Rococo Dining ChairsIf your taste runs more to French Rococo style, I think you will love this set of six vintage French Rococo dining chairs. The 1950 vintage mahogany chairs are packed with sensuous allure for your sparkling dinner party. After your elegant soiree, retire to your antique French Rococo bed!

antique French rococo bed

I suspect that this incredibly handsome antique French dining table in the Renaissance Hunting style will not last long in our store but I want to show it to you anyway!

Antique French Hunting Table

The antique French Hunting table is a wonderful addition to a Renaissance style dining room, crafted in France in around 1880 and richly carved with animals on the chunky pedestal, including a hound and a fox.

For more inspiration, browse our complete inventory of fine antique, vintage, and high-quality new furniture and home decor accents. Then take 15% off everything in your shopping basket when you enter the coupon code: ShopSmall

The offer is valid from 28 to December 8, 2014. Happy shopping!

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.

Elegant Halloween Decor: Black and White Thrills

As I said last year in my Vintage Halloween post, Greg and I don’t make a big celebration of Halloween, although we usually watch a creepy movie. But even those of us who don’t want to festoon our homes with plastic spiders can still get ‘into the spirit’ of Halloween with these elegant Halloween decor ideas.

An easy way to create grown-up and elegant Halloween decor is to strip out the orange plastic, the red blood, and the green Zombie brain slime! Go for monochrome with black, white, or black and white.

black and white table setting

elegant halloween table setting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black is Gothic, white is eerie and ethereal, and the two together always look stunning, providing a dash of vintage glamour. The table on the right is very simple, with just empty bottles for candlesticks. To create the look, use as many bottles as you can find of different heights.

Eclectic Living Room by St. John’s Interior Designers & Decorators Seaside Interiors
Here’s another example of how a simple black and white arrangement keeps all the Halloween elements (spider, pumpkin, bat, and boo!) but still looks chic. You probably already have some black and white decor items around the home… just pull them all together in one display.

Elegant halloween batmobileHow about this for a different type of bat-mobile? It’s very easy to make with a branch and card, using the bat templates and instructions by clever Martha Stewart. Hanging in a window, it adds a traditional but still elegant Halloween touch to your home.

I love the nostalgic vintage appeal of this spooky wreath! Make it with some twisted vines draped with white net fabric and old-fashioned Halloween ornaments and sepia photographs. Paint Boo! onto a piece of scrap wood for the finishing touch.

You can even add black and white to the traditional orange pumpkin to make it a bit different. Paint a pumpkin with a circle of chalkboard paint and then let your inner Picasso out! For a Halloween party, it would be fun to have the pumpkins painted with the black, and then give your guests a piece of chalk to create their own fantasy face.

blackberry-mr-hyde-cocktail-elegant-halloweenFor an elegant Halloween cocktail, this blackberry infused Mr. Hyde Potion is perfect for dark and mysterious strangers. It’s not exactly black and white, but it’s near enough. The Mr. Hyde Potion cocktail mixes vodka with parfait amour liqueur, blackberry liqueur, and tarragon and lavender syrups. Wow. You can get the recipe from HGTV. Serve the cocktail (or any cocktail) in an apothecary style jar to add to the Halloween atmosphere.

Or, for a bit more color, you could play Dracula and mix up a Bloody Mary to sink your fangs into. My Uncle Dick’s Bloody Mary recipe is always a monster hit!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these elegant black and white Halloween decor ideas I scared up for you! If you have any more to share, let us know. You can post your photos on our Facebook page too.

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 Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Romantic Bedroom Decor

Vintage Valentine CardWith Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’m inspired to think about romantic bedroom decor.  Of course, romance is in the eye of the beholder. If you’ve just fallen in love then anywhere is romantic… The same goes if you are as happily married as Greg and I are. We celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary this year and we are just as in love as ever. I am still thinking up a romantic surprise for him for Valentine’s Day. (Shh! Don’t tell him!) However, it’s sometimes a challenge to find a quiet space to snuggle up with your sweetheart when you’ve got 8 cats and dogs eager to come snuggle up with you, like Greg and I do. And you know… I wouldn’t change a thing!

I enjoyed looking at the romantic bedroom decor in these photos, and I hope you get some ideas too.

Romantic Bedroom Decor White ROom This beautiful white bedroom is softly seductive and proves that you don’t have to paint a room pink to create a romantic atmosphere! The gauzy draped chairs and pure light set the tone, and a fabulous vintage chandelier adds a sultry and inviting touch. The feather boa in the cat basket on the floor gives me a chuckle. Our adorably mischievous cat Lenny would have a fine time playing with that!

traditional romantic bedroom decor

By Johns Creek Interior Designers & Decorators Janie K. Hirsch, ASID

In general, romantic bedroom decor tends to rely on pale or pastel tones – sweet lavender, delicate blue, warm peach, and yes, the very feminine pink! Layering different shades of the same color will give more depth and sophistication to the boudoir. Flowing window treatments and gently distressed furniture add to the sense of comfort.

Romantic bedroom decor with toile de jouy

By New York Interior Designers & Decorators Anthony Baratta LLC

A canopy or four-poster bed always sparks up the romance factor. (We have some gorgeous traditional beds in the gallery, including some by Ambella Home and Jonathan Charles.) Toile de Jouy is a classic choice if you want pattern in your wallpaper or bed linens but prefer to avoid florals. It immediately adds a French accent to your romantic bedroom decor. You don’t have to go as all-out toile as the photo above though.  I think it is delightful but if you prefer a lighter touch…

Romantic Bedroom Decor pink toile This French Country bedroom limits the pretty red toile fabric to the bed linens and breezy drapes, with a few matching plates as wall decorations.

Romantic bedroom decor with mural

A fairy-tale lace bed canopy and soft peachy walls provide the allure in this romantic bedroom decor. The curvy lines of the furniture add to the sensuous mood. Notice the lovely mural too. A cute white pup is optional!
Cherub light
Chalkware Guardian Angel
Cherubs and angels add a sweet note to romantic bedroom decor. The Italian cherub chandelier on the left in our gallery is made from an antique wooden cherub serenading you with a lute. The vintage gilded chalkware angel above dates to around 1950 and as it hails from France, it surely knows the language of love!
Jonathan Charles Leather ChairIf you literally want to add hearts to your bedroom, we rather like the range of new Jonathan Charles heart chairs in the gallery. Crafted in walnut and leather, the chairs add a romantic note without being too fussy. I think this green leather chair would look especially wonderful before a dressing table or vanity.

What is your idea of romantic bedroom decor? Is it about the color scheme, the fabrics, or is there some special accent that makes your heart flutter? Do you have a romantic boudoir? We’d love to see photos, or tell us about it in the comments box below.

 

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her 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. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Things We Love: Homemade Christmas Fragrance

We’ve already shared some of our favorite recipes for Christmas cookies. Now we’ll make the house smell delicious with our homemade Christmas fragrance!

SnowmanGreg’s mom Kathy loves having all of the family come home for Christmas. Greg’s sister, Laura, and her family moved to Ohio several years ago, so it is great to have everyone back in South Carolina for the week surrounding Christmas. They enjoy coming south to get out of the snow! This is my brother-in-law, Mike, and my nephew, Matthew, with the snowman they made last week. We all love Kathy’s baking and she loves to bake – so it works out great!

Christmas Haystacks CookiesIn addition to Kathy’s recipes for Christmas cookies that I blogged about before, Kathy also makes Haystacks with chow mein noodles and peanuts in melted butterscotch bits. They look so festive on her lovely platter.

I readily admit – I am not much of a baker. I once made a “No Bake Strawberry Pie” for Greg. He took one bite and chokingly asked, “You didn’t bake the crust?” Nowhere in the stupid recipe did it say to bake the pie crust and the name of the recipe is “No Bake Strawberry Pie” – I rest my case! I haven’t attempted baking since.

As there isn’t much chance of any cookies baking at my house, I do like to add our special homemade Christmas fragrance at this time of the year. I learned this treat from Kathy – it is a wonderful way to make the house smell Christmas-y.

Talbot’s Homemade Christmas Fragrance

1 box whole cloves
1 box cinnamon sticks
2 bay leaves
Rind of 1 lemon – sliced
Rind of 1 orange – sliced

Throw all the ingredients in a small pot and cover them with water. Simmer the blend gently on a back burner during the holidays to make the house smell good. Top up the water as needed!

The homemade Christmas fragrance creates a festive holiday mood very quickly. The scent takes me back to some fond memories of Christmas past!

Kitten ChristmasHere’s a photo of me with Ozzie, affectionately known as Mr. Kittles, when he was a baby kitten a few years ago. We’re in front of the Christmas tree at Kathy’s house and I do love the way Kathy displays her red and green candles in vintage candlestick holders on the mantle.

Aimee First Christmas and Dad Going even further back to when I was a baby, here I am with my dad on my very first Christmas in 1971. Yep, I really wanted to get my hands on that stacking rings toy. But I’ll smile nicely at the camera if it means I can get to the goodies quicker!

Greg at ChristmasHere’s Greg at about 16 months old, opening presents in the middle of Christmas chaos. Any boy with a puppy, a ball, and a cowboy outfit has to be in seventh heaven, right?

If you try our family’s homemade Christmas fragrance, I’d love to hear if you enjoy it! Tell us in the comments box below, or share your own favorite holiday scents.

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her 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. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Christmas Cookies and Franklin Nut Cake

We are so lucky at this time of year! Kathy makes tray after tray after tray of Christmas cookies – she likes to give out gifts of cookies to the neighbors. Kathy is Greg’s mom and also our Mrs Fixit who handles all our restorations. Of course, she can’t stand the idea of her family not being able to eat as many cookies as humanly possible.

Kathy makes sugar cookies, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter blossoms, magic cookie bars, gingerbread, the Christmas cookies list goes on and on. However, Greg’s dad John and I agree on our favorite cookie – the white chocolate peanut butter sandwiches. In case you have never tried this scrumptious treat, here is Kathy’s recipe.

Chocolate Peanut Christmas Cookies

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwiches

Decide how many cookies you want to make – you’ll need twice that number of Ritz crackers. Spread peanut butter on half the Ritz crackers and use the other half as sandwich tops. Melt white chocolate in a double boiler. Carefully dip each peanut butter sandwich into the melted chocolate until it is coated, then set on wax paper and top with a pecan. Allow to dry. (Hide them from the family until you want to serve them as they tend to disappear quickly.)

Magic Christmas Cookie BarsGreg’s favorite Christmas cookies are Magic Cookie Bars. These are also pretty darn good, especially if you like coconut.

Kathy’s Magic Cookie Bars

1/2 cup margarine or butter
1 1/2 cups Graham cracker crumbs
1 can sweetened condensed milk
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees for a glass dish). Melt the margarine in the oven in a 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Sprinkle Graham crumbs over the margarine. Pour the condensed milk evenly over the crumbs and then top evenly with remaining ingredients. Press down firmly and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Chill if desired. Cut into bars. Store the cookie bars loosely covered at room temperature.

Franklin Nut Cake

However, Kathy doesn’t stop at just Christmas cookies. She also makes fruit cakes and my favorite, Franklin Nut Cake. Greg’s sister Laura and I agree that Franklin Nut Cake is fantastic for breakfast with a steaming cup of coffee – especially if you want to curl up with a good book while you nibble and sip. Franklin Nut Cake is actually a very old family recipe, handed down from Kathy’s mother, Margaret.

Margaret’s Franklin Nut Cake

1 lb. butter
2 cups sugar
6 eggs
4 cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 lb. chopped candied cherries (red and green)
1/2 lb. chopped candied pineapple
1 lb. chopped pecans
2 teaspoons vanilla
NOTE: Save a few whole cherries and pecan halves to decorate the top of the cake.

Cream the butter and sugar, then add the beaten eggs. Add 3 cups of the flour sifted with the baking powder and salt. Mix remaining cup of flour with chopped cherries, pineapple, and nuts. Stir into batter and then add vanilla. Pour into a tube pan that has been heavily greased and floured. Decorate with saved cherries and nuts. Bake in a preheated oven at 250 degrees for 3 hours. Let the cake cool in the pan.

This cake is really rich, moist, and tasty! Even people who don’t like fruit cake love this. John is a case in point.

If you try these Christmas cookies and cake recipes, we’d love to know if you enjoy them! Tell us in the comments box below… or share your own Christmas cookies recipes.

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her 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. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.