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Home Decor in Fabulous February

On this Leap Day 2016, a glance back over our home decor and antiques blog for February proves that the shortest month still gave us plenty to talk about. Here are our favorite blog posts from fabulous February!

HeadboardFirst, let’s start with our fabulous floor! As part of our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation our next job was to tackle the floor. We put the new flooring down in the living room, dining room and other rooms. It went quite quickly, using a realistic-looking laminate to replace the rotted hardwood floor.  This is the bedroom when we finished, with the antique headboard ready to have the bed attached. See the full Vintage Life New Floor story at the link.

Brown distressed Leather chairI also wrote about three of our most popular items on Houzz  – at least as far as our recent sales go! The bestsellers in recent months have been:
1) Leather chairs and sofas
2) Aubusson hand-crafted throw pillows
3) Console tables in all kinds of designs.
It’s interesting to see the items that design-savvy Houzz fans choose. It shows the ‘essentials’ that people want in their homes. Console tables and leather chairs and sofas are classic pieces that always have a beautiful and useful place in a house, and a hand-made throw pillow is also a wonderful investment.

White traditional Living Room

Soft whites have been chosen by several paint companies as Paint Colors of the Year for 2016 so I took a look at decorating with white to show how to keep white looking elegant and welcoming rather than cold and clinical. I hope you enjoy the tips, including layering whites, exploring textures and contrasting with warm wood.

The final favorite of the month was a travel post. A lot of us can see spring is coming just around the corner, and after this long and cold winter we’re ready to dream of trips to new places! This lead to my post about Graceful Getaways in New England. Mayflower hotel with antiques

The three hotels I highlighted have historic stories to tell or they are decorated with antique furniture and art. This is the Mayflower Grace Hotel in Connecticut, featuring antique rugs and antique four-poster beds as well as 18th and 19th century art on the walls. Who’d want to leave their hotel room?

Join me again next month to read about great home decor ideas and info on antique furniture. I’m always happy to hear from you with questions about vintage or antique furniture or lighting, home accents and accessories.  Send me an email or comment on this blog or our EuroLux 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 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.

 

Decorating With White

I wrote a while ago about all the elegant and soft whites that have been picked as Paint Colors of the Year for 2016.    White is such a classic color, it works in traditional rooms and modern rooms and with styles from French Country to Farmhouse to Scandinavian to Hollywood Regency and Art Deco!  But it also risks looking clinical and cold if it’s not handled well.

This white living room in the English countryside avoids looking stark — despite the high ceilings and large expanses of white walls — due to the soft furnishings. The white sofa slip covers and squashy throw pillows make it look comfy. Soft furnishings are important to balance the hard surfaces which can make a white room look unwelcoming. Wood floors and furniture warm the space up too. That view out of the window is stunning, but sadly we can’t all replicate that!

A beautiful dark wood floor also helps to ground this bright white living room in Minnesota. You are unlikely to redo the entire floor of a room to match the white walls! But if you have a room with wood floors already, then it could be a good candidate for white decor. Or use new or antique wood furniture to create the same effect, warming the space up and contrasting nicely with the airy white.

White bamboo chairAnother way to create a sanctuary of peaceful white is to look for off-white textiles and white furniture so you can layer the tones for a richer impression.  The easiest trick of all is to use a wide variety of textures to create visual interest. For example, bamboo, wicker, and rattan furniture or woven rattan baskets all create immediate texture.

This white Woodbridge dining chair is actually faux bamboo – it is crafted in hardwood but turned in a bamboo-like fashion. But you can see how much texture and dimension it adds to the fabulous hand-rubbed finish in antique white paint.

French Style White Bench

Carved detail will also soften the look of a piece of white furniture and create tons of visual interest. The decorative style of this exquisite new French style window bench is enhanced by the antiqued whitewash finish on the pretty details: the rosettes and the reeded and turned legs. The bench is upholstered in white/cream linen. Linen always has such a lovely texture too. Can you see the distressed finish on the bench? The extra visual layering and texture take an already beautiful piece of white furniture into an even more interesting zone!

White Ladderback chair French Country

Here’s another example of artful distressing on a new  white French Country dining chair or side chair. The distressing by Woodbridge Furniture Company artisans is created by hand-rubbing. It is quite a skill to know exactly where an antique piece of furniture would have been worn by use, and therefore create an aged and antique effect!

The result is lovely and authentic. You can see how the distressing adds visual dimension and warmth to the white ladderback chair. (Underneath the white paint finish, the chairs are solid wood and very sturdy.)

If you imagine the chair without the hand-distressing it would still be a very handsome chair, but you can see what I mean about the importance of visual layers of color and texture.

Of course, if you have lots of pets or children around, you might want to be strategic in your use of white furniture, but distressed pieces absorb and disguise the impact of ‘real life’ very well!

Do you have a room decorated in white? We’d love to hear from you in the comments box, or even see photos!

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.

Houzz Furniture and Home Decor Favorites

We have been selling on Houzz.com for less than two years but we’ve already found an enthusiastic following of home decor lovers who are quick to snap up our antiques imported from France, as well as our high-quality and hand-crafted antique-inspired furniture. We already won several home decor honors from Houzz including a Best of Houzz award for our customer satisfaction and service.

So I thought that for today’s blog post I’d share with you three of the most popular items we’ve been selling recently on Houzz. It’s a good way to take the temperature of the kind of things that Houzz folk are interested in right now in terms of home decor.

Leather Sofas and settees and leather chairs are very popular with the style-wise Houzzers, probably because leather upholstery looks good with any style of decor and stands up to tough punishment in daily wear. For example, this elegant but comfortable new Madison leather accent chair, superbly crafted with a solid wood frame featuring hand-applied nailhead trim. The weathered brown leather gives a classic aged effect. All you need is a good book or the remote control and a glass of wine and you are settled in for the evening!

Aubusson hand-embroidered throw pillow

Our new Aubusson hand-crafted throw pillows are also being snapped up left and right. We have many different designs in our wide selection of Aubusson throw pillows but they all of exceptionally high quality and craftsmanship. This 20″ x 20″ hand-embroidered throw pillow in traditional Aubusson style is a good example. The large embroidered flowers are perfect for a French Country living room or bedroom, and the pretty design is set off by a luxurious frame of green and bronze tassels. A zippered velvet fabric and a down and feather insert add to the comfort! A set of handsome throw pillows always adds a wonderful decorative touch to a room and the design of the pillows can really help pull together a color scheme.

Woodbridge Marseille console table

Design savvy Houzz fans are also buying a lot of console tables from us.  A console table is so versatile and it can be used in many different ways in every room of the house. It can be a convenient storage table in a narrow hallway, a beautiful display table placed against the wall in a living room, or it can be placed as a visual divider between different areas of a room. One of our most popular console tables is this gorgeous solid wood Woodbridge Marseille console table with a hand-waxed cherry veneer.

I think that a good leather chair or sofa, attractive throw pillows and an eye-catching console table are all practical and beautiful investments in any home. Apparently the Houzz community agrees! What do you think?

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.

Pantone Picks Pink and Blue for Interiors

A few weeks ago I blogged about the Paint Colors of the Year for 2016, which are all soft whites. The only company that has spoken out for color this year is Pantone. The international color trend experts at Pantone picked a pink and a blue for their colors of the year 2016. The colors are called Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Pantone pink and blue

Pantone chose these soft pink and blue tones for the same reason as the paint companies who chose whites!

They say it’s to create a sense of peacefulness – an escape from modern day stresses. The Pantone website says “Whether on their own or combined with other shades, the pairing of Serenity and Rose Quartz bring a feeling of calm and relaxation into the home environment.”
This is the first time Pantone picked two colors rather than one. Last year it was the deep wine color Marsala, which I thought was a very nice shade for many different styles of home decor. The light pink and blue are a bit different. Pink and blue makes some people think of picking a color to paint the nursery for the baby! Other people might be reminded of the 1980s.  But I think there are ways to work with Serenity and Rose Quartz in the home and still keep it looking grown-up and beautiful.

Blue and Pink Floral Traditional

Here is one example. It reminds me of the decor I’ve seen in some old French houses and chateaux, where the soft pastel pinks and blues were a very traditional choice. High quality materials and fine finishes are important to carry off this luxurious look. A touch of gilding adds to the sophistication too!

This is a sweet take on the same color combo. The romantic bedroom plays up the delicate tones by pairing them with flowers, bows, crystals on the light fitting, and sheer curtains. Even the image behind the bed of a rack of dresses has a floaty feel.
Aubusson Pink Blue Throw Pillow
If all-out Rose Quartz pink and Serenity blue is too much for you, a few home decor accents can capture the tranquility of these colors.

This new Aubusson throw pillow blends similar shades of pink and blue beautifully. Crafted using traditional techniques to replicate antique French Aubusson pillows, the pillow has a floral design that would look very pretty in a Victorian bedroom or in a country cottage living room.

Dale Tiffany Blue Barroque LampThe airy weightlessness of the two colors also makes me think they will look good on glass. The softness of the colors matched with the shiny translucency of glass seems like a match made in color heaven!

I think the blue on the hand-crafted art glass shade of this new Dale Tiffany Blue Baroque table lamp looks very close to the Pantone Serenity shade.

The shade is made by glass artisans using traditional copper foil techniques and the pretty glass jewels add to the light and tranquil feel.

Pink Chandelier FlorenceThis amazing new Cyan Design Florence chandelier looks like a close match for Rose Quartz pink. The Murano glass style chandelier with its cascading swirls could almost be whipped up from pink clouds at sunset! Or maybe I’m just getting all romantic and dewy-eyed from looking at Rose Quartz pink and Serenity sky blue for too long!

What do you think of the Pantone colors of the year? Would you like them in your home? Would you combine them or just stay with one shade or the other?

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.

 

Top 12 Antiques and Home Decor Blog Posts 2015: Part 2

Last week I gave you a roundup of six of our most popular home decor and antiques blog posts of 2015. Here’s Part 2 with the remaining six of our (and your) favorite 12 posts from last year. It’s been fun seeing all the things we talked about in 2015 – we hope you enjoy seeing the highlights too. Happy new year!

7. Romantic Teacup and Spoon Chandelier

Vintage teaspoon chandelier in kitchenEveryone loved seeing our customer Marie-Louise’s romantic vintage kitchen in Haute-Normandie, France. Marie-Louise bought a new, custom-made vintage teacup and spoon chandelier from us. (It’s one of our many upcycled chandeliers, hand-crafted for us by an artisan from vintage components.)

See the photos of her characterful French kitchen in the story about The Vintage Teacup Chandelier.

Kelley in Houston, TX, was another customer who bought one of the whimsical chandeliers, but as this story shows, she changed out the vintage tea cups for large double espresso coffee cups!

8. Charming Cottage style

antique French dining chairs RenaissanceThis charming old cottage next to a babbling brook is owned by our customers Lenore and John. They only bought it recently and they picked several pieces of antique furniture from us to furnish it. Their selection included a beautifully carved antique French Henry II buffet, vintage French Renaissance dining chairs, and a pretty Louis XVI buffet for the bedroom suite.

It all looks very impressive — as well as very cozy — against the exposed logs in the mountain cabin, as you can see from the photos in the Cottage Style with Antique Furniture post.

 

9. Choosing Antique-Inspired Furniture

demilune regency sideboardI’ve written before about how to buy antique furniture online, but sometimes people need advice on buying high-quality reproduction or antique-inspired furniture too. It can be overwhelming to know what to look for as a sign of good quality. My post on Choosing Antique-Inspired Furniture describes three important elements to consider when you are shopping!

 

10. Beach Style Decor

Beach Style Living RoomThis summer I was inspired to write a series of posts about Beach Style Decor from sea shell decor to coastal cottage accents. This breezy series is full of ideas to create your nautical home, or perhaps just a single room that feels like a vacation… with a refreshing dash of casual chic and a sunny atmosphere to cheer even the coldest day!

 

11. English Castle Hotels

Leeds Castle EnglandSpeaking of vacations, I had a great time (and spent a lot of imaginary travel dollars) writing about English Castle Hotels. These unique locations are full of English history, lore and legends for a very special overnight stay. Everyone feels like royalty! I also wrote about ways to stay at Leeds Castle in England. This incredible castle, sometimes called “The Loveliest Castle in the World,” needed a whole post to itself to do it justice!

12. Yard Yoga at our Vintage Bungalow

Spring2015 planting the front yardBack in the U.S.A., our own vintage 1920s bungalow in historic Newberry, South Carolina is our castle!  We’re pleased with all our progress on our “new” old home, as you can see in our series on The Vintage Life. Blog readers and friends of our page on Facebook have been very encouraging,  making positive comments on everything from our tiling adventures to the cat porch we built.

But as it’s the middle of winter, I’m going to pick out a summery landscaping post: April Showers bring May Flowers to show off just how lovely the garden has grown! Greg and I love puttering in the garden – it’s so relaxing to be outside, digging in the dirt. I like to call it yard yoga. We’re looking forward to this year’s yard yoga and this year’s flowers… we hope you have a flourishing 2016 too!

If you missed Part 1 of our top 12 blog posts of 2015, you can see the other six here.

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.

Top 12 Antiques and Home Decor Blog Posts 2015: Part 1

It’s that time again! We’re reviewing our antiques and home decor blog posts from 2015 and it’s very hard to pick just a dozen of the most popular stories of the year.

Before we start, we’re grateful for all our good news this year. We received many honors from Houzz.com including a Best of Houzz 2015 award for customer satisfaction and service. Our upcycled vintage spoon chandeliers were featured on a TV show and we expanded and beautified our booth at the Antique Tobacco Barn in Asheville, NC.

There’s more good news too, but let’s look at the first six of our favorite 12 antiques and home decor blog posts of 2015. We’ll share the rest in our next post welcoming the new year.

1. Antique French Furniture in Newberry Mansion

Greco-Roman mansion in Newberry, SCWe always appreciate customers who return to us to buy antique, vintage, and new furniture and home decor accents, and then send us photos for our series of client  spotlights so we can see how their purchases look in their home!

Of the many that stand out from 2015, one is this gorgeous mansion filled with antique furniture chosen by our customer Tamra. In the blog post about the Newberry Mansion you’ll see the inside tour with pieces Tamra bought from us including a French Country table, antique Hunting chairs and antique Mechelen buffets.

2. The Search for the Perfect Vintage French Sheepbone Chairs

Vintage French Sheepbone ChairsThe story about the 1950 vintage French Sheepbone chairs in Veritta’s home in California was also a happy one for us because Veritta said she bought her dining table 10 years ago but she has been waiting all this time to find the perfect chairs!
See for yourself how right she was to wait for the perfect match, and also find out about the carved sheepbone style and why it’s named that way!

3. Vintage Life Cat Porch: Build It and The Cats Will Come

Evening on the Cat PorchIn our ongoing saga about the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow, we made sure we created a special space for the cats too! Our story and photos about our cat porch was one of the most popular posts this year. Everyone enjoys sitting in this “cat paradise” screened porch.

Since then we also adopted a new little tiger cat, Pumpkin to join our family of (now) 9 cats and dogs. Meet her and read about how Pumpkin arrived during Hurricane Joachim.

4. Romantic Victorian Inns

The Oaks Victorian InnJust in time for Valentine’s Day I took a virtual trip to Romantic Victorian Inns around the country. These four inns are great for a romantic getaway at any time of the year. The inns are decorated with period Victorian or Victorian style decor, adding to the charm of your stay!

5. Decorating with Mirrored Furniture

Ambella Home Casablanca chest mirroredTying in with the Hollywood Regency trend and the always-popular Art Deco look, I took the opportunity to shine a light on Decorating with Mirrored Furniture.

As you’ll see in the story, mirrored furniture can be subtle, it doesn’t have to be a bling-fest. Sophisticated new or antique mirrored furniture not only looks sleek and luxurious, it can also create clever illusions to brighten and expand a room.

 

6. How to Display a Collection

Pic: Other Metro Media/Bloggers Go Make Me

Pic: Other Metro Media/Bloggers Go Make Me

I enjoyed putting together this series on how to display a collection. It gave me the chance to explore the very creative ways different people organize and display their ceramics, jewelry, and other collections from vintage model trains to classic cameras.

Later, we also had a chance to show off my mother-in-law Kathy’s huge collection of pilgrims and other Thanksgiving-themed objects. You can see Kathy’s impressive collection of more than 700 pieces at the link.

I hope these highlights of the year provide you with some inspiration or just a little fun as you browse through.

Happy new year everyone! If you enjoyed this, see the rest of our picks for the year! Here’s the link for the Part 2 final six of our top 12 decor and antiques blog posts of 2015.

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.

Paint Color Decor Trends 2016: Whites Win!

While last year’s paint color trends were quite bright and bold, for 2016 many of the big paint companies are turning to a serene state of mind and picking dreamy shades of white! Of course, we’re not all going to strip the paint off the walls and redecorate just to please the paint companies. Still it is interesting to see how similar the colors are this year and the reasons given by the paint companies for choosing these classic whites are all the same too: to create a tranquil sanctuary away from our fast-paced world!

Benjamin Moore Simply White

Benjamin Moore nominated Simply White as their 2016 Color of the Year. This photo shows how beautifully the layered white tones diffuse light and create a sense of peace and harmony. These white-washed walls make a gorgeous backdrop for the richly toned wood furniture and hand-hewn beams.

SW paint Color of Year Alabaster

Sherwin-WIlliams chooses Alabaster (SW 7008) as Paint Color of the Year for 2016. It is a symbol of new beginnings but the main reason cited by Sherwin-Williams for giving Alabaster a place on the pedestal is as an escape from the noise of the modern world. “Alabaster offers a sense of personal solace and revival to weary minds. It is the true neutral to set the tone for 2016.”  It certainly looks graceful in this living room, and the mirror, glass, and silvery reflective surfaces all add to the light and luxurious feeling created by the Alabaster white.

Another oasis of calm is created by the Glidden paint company’s 2016 Color of the Year: Cappuccino White.  The creamy off-white creates a soft and relaxing atmosphere, as you can see in this traditional San Francisco living room.

It is always great to get design inspiration for using classic whites, and these pure tones will work on walls in any room of the house and with any decor style.

http://www.euroluxhome.com/products/new-jonathan-charles-china-cabinet-country-farmhouse-painted-dusty-white-jc-1567.htmlWood furniture always looks great against painted white walls but sometimes people like to choose white furniture too for some white walls. This continues the visual flow and sense of spaciousness.

For example, this new white Jonathan Charles French Country Farmhouse cabinet will look very elegant on a white or other pale wall.

Even though the china cabinet is a stunning 7 feet tall, the white painted wood keeps the airy feeling going in a white room, and the glass doors add to the lightness.

Browse all our white new and antique furniture for more bright white ideas!

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.

 

 

Marble Decor – A Classic Trend

We sell quite a lot of new and antique marble furniture. A buffet or nightstand with a marble top is always popular but we also have a nice range of sink chests with marble tops. We love the marble effect in decor and it seems like we’re in good company. Many design magazines and other decor media are saying that marble is very on trend right now.

Red Marble Eastlake VanityCertainly this month’s High Point Market – a huge and influential furniture market – showed a lot of marble finishes including marbled paper effects.  We think marble never went out of fashion, it’s been a design classic for centuries! But it’s great to know that it’s back in vogue again, whether it’s genuine marble or marble looks on everything from wallpaper to textiles. Here are some ideas of how to enjoy this elegant material in your home, starting with the real thing!

This fantastic 1890 American mahogany antique vanity or dressing table in the Eastlake style that we have in stock right now is topped with rose or red colored marble. The marble is  practical but it also gives an upscale look as well as a pretty burst of vintage color. You might also enjoy seeing this blog post about how our customer Kathleen made creative use of an antique French marble-top nightstand in her kitchen.

Safe House USA Marble Print duvet coverAnd this is even more creative – although of course it’s not real marble. (Brr, that would be chilly!)

The white marble print duvet cover from Safe House USA looks incredibly convincing but it’s really printed on a sanded poplin fabric.

The marble pattern looks fresh and airy and I think it could go with many traditional bedroom styles as well as with a more modern bedroom.

Dibbern Carrara TeacupIn the morning, you’ll want to be woken up with a cup of tea sipped from this Dibbern Carrara teacup.

Carrara is the Italian city famous for the marble quarried there, and this cup is part  of the Carrara range of fine bone china tableware with the subtle marble design. It’s made in Germany and sold by Dibbern retailers in the United States.

You can even find faux marble wallpapers, although I think it’s hard to beat this beautiful marble effect by Calico Wallpaper.

Calico Marble Wallpaper

I’ll keep looking out for marble finishes in home decor and if you spot the marble look cropping up somewhere unexpected, tell us in the comments box!

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.

Sea Shell Decor and Furniture

I loved writing my recent blog posts about beach style decor. As we’re now in the last days of summer I want to finish off the beach theme with a post about shell decor. Shells in furniture and lighting are such a unique natural material and they create a distinctive look that is full of light.  I hope that all you beachcombers enjoy scouring the ideas in this blog post, even if you live many miles inland!

Shell collections always look gorgeous displayed in glass jars, as you can see in this Los Angeles beach style bedroom. Shell adds a nautical atmosphere which is a great match for a seaside condo or coastal cottage. Shell also tends to reflect light and one big shell as a centerpiece on a dining table looks pretty by candlelight.

Shell sconceAnyone can enjoy shell decor and furnishings even if you live far from the ocean. For example, this tropical shell sconce light in our online store adds a touch of color and whimsy to a living room, bedroom or hallway. The shell sconce would look pretty in a bathroom too… for all you mermaids!

Currey Shell SideboardImagine teaming a pair of orange shell sconces with this fantastic Currey & Company natural shell sideboard. The intricate detail of the shell-encrusted cabinet is amazing. It’s perfect for your Mediterranean grotto bathroom!

Oyster Shell ChandelierMoving on to the dining room, can you picture this oyster shell chandelier hanging over your dining table? The Aiden Gray chandelier featuring genuine oyster shells is crafted with rustic rope details. Whether you like eating oysters or not, you can enjoy their famous aphrodisiac benefits. The eight electric candles create a truly romantic and unusual glow in your home!

Dale Tiffany Nautilus Shell LampAlthough this exquisite Dale Tiffany lamp is not actually made of shell, I have to mention it because it is hand-made in glass and styled with the sleek lines of a nautilus shell. The new Dale Tiffany Nautilus table lamp is crafted using traditional Tiffany glass techniques and each piece of hand-rolled art glass is hand cut, pieced and soldered by a glass artist. The sleek lines and opulent color ensure that the Tiffany table lamp will be a focal point for your room.
Orange shell throw pillow

Finally, If you’re really going shell crazy, add a throw pillow! This French textile and USA finished shell throw pillow is boldly and beautifully designed with orange coral and large white shells.

The detail is lovely and at a plumply generous 19 inches wide, the square throw pillow makes a gorgeous impact as a finishing touch to your decor.

I hope that I’ve provided a little inspiration to help you come out of your shell… (Groan!) Summer doesn’t have to go away just because the nights are getting shorter. I love the cheerful look of shell decor, as well as the natural beauty. Do you collect sea shells? Tell us about it in the comments!

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.

 

Best of Summer 2015: Coastal Style, Collections & Corner Furniture

This has been a busy summer and we’ve covered a lot of ground in our antiques and home decor blog, including coastal style, corner furniture, client spotlights, and how to display collections. Let’s not forget our new cat porch! Here are the highlights of our favorite blog posts from June and July.

My series on how to display a collection showed some lovely examples of creative ways to display ceramics and jewelry, as well as the more unusual collections of vintage model trains and classic cameras.

Upcycled chandelier spoondelier 4 tiers

We were delighted to hear in July that the upcycled chandeliers that we stock were being featured on the Trashformers TV show on FYI Networks.

You can read about the Trashformers show and the upcycled chandeliers here and see some clips of the episodes too.

The chandeliers (or spoonderliers!) are custom-made by an artisan from vintage silver-plated spoons. The TV show picked them to feature as a good example of innovative upcycled design.

 

Woodbridge Neo Classic Corner TableOur most recent client spotlights both took a peek inside our customers’ homes to show how they’d used the antique-inspired tables they bought from us. We always love seeing our customers’ decor and we’re grateful that they share their photos with us… what a treat!  Bob in California ordered this Neo-Classic Woodbridge corner table from us and the photo of it in his living room inspired my post on corner furniture. These beautiful pieces make crafty use of every inch of space.

As it is high summer and the cool ocean breezes beckon, it felt like the perfect time to look at some inspiring  Beach Style Decor and Beach Style Textures and Home Accessories.

Whether you live by the water or just wish you did, you’ll find some wonderful ideas in that post about how to create your own coastal retreat!

Fozzy cat on the cat porchFinally, we are enjoying our new cat porch so much, we wonder how we ever did without it. Oh, the cats are pretty keen on it too. Here’s Fozzy looking down from on high, but the cat porch also includes perches and platforms for all our six cats, plus a fireman’s pole scratch post. Basically it’s Disney World for cats.

Our post on building a cat porch in our vintage bungalow shows how we did it with lots more photos too.

I look forward to sharing more about antiques and decor with you as we head into August. Let us know in the comments if there is a subject you would us to talk about or come visit us on our Facebook page. For now, happy August!

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.