Category Archives: Learn History & Styles

Transitional Style Decor: The Best of Both Worlds

One of the most popular and versatile interior decor styles, the Transitional style is elegant and harmonious, drawing on the best of both traditional decor and contemporary looks. This school of design offers both the warmth and classic appeal of traditional homes, but updates the look with contemporary clean lines.

Alden Parkes Transitional Dining ChairStreamlined silhouettes and gentle curves create a sophisticated atmosphere that strikes a nice balance between casual and formal, masculine and feminine.

Furniture such as chairs, tables and sideboards will feel familiar and comfortable in that they draw on traditional furniture, but the profile, finishes and upholstery will be pared down to give that contemporary edge.

The furniture will create interest through the use of high-quality materials and crisp and strong design, like this Alden Parkes dining chair in our online store and the San Maria gray Transitional console below.

San Maria Console Transitional
There are no fancy curlicues and frilly or ornate carvings and embellishments in the Transitional style!

The color palette tends to be neutral, including cream, taupes and browns, gray, and grayed out greens and blues. Monochromatic color schemes are tonally layered to create interest without visual clutter.

Jonathan Charles Wine TableThe understated effect might be given a hint of color with a few artworks or accessories, such as a bold jewel color or a tangy citrus tone or a pretty pastel on a throw pillow, lamps, or vase. But this is kept to the minimum rather than having many pops of color punctuating the space.

This bold red Jonathan Charles wine table is a perfect example of Transitional style.

Furniture Classics Bar StoolTextiles and upholstery are usually a solid color or very subtle design, rather than a big or fussy pattern. The design interest comes from textures!

Fabrics for upholstery and soft furnishings often combine textures including natural fabrics, slubbed linens and coarse weaves, and the mixture of matte and shiny surfaces. In this way, though the neutral colors might be the same, the effect is layered. This creates a lot of depth and an inviting mood.

This Furniture Classics bar stool with a chocolate brown weave is a perfect example of the textured neutral look.

Displays of ornaments and artwork treasures are usually fairly restrained, with a well-edited display of a few pieces that serve as focal points, rather than the more traditional approach of displaying a lot of pieces across many surfaces.

Strong, simple and serene are the watchwords for this light and easy Transitional decor style. We have many beautiful pieces of high-quality Transitional style furniture and home accessories in our online store, so browse around and get inspired!

Do you like Transitional style? Leave a comment in the comment box and tell us about your Transitional style decor!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 7 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

 

Mid-Century Modern: Retro Comfort and Streamlined Style

Theodore Alexander Mid-Century Modern Table TA-2751The popularity of Mid-Century Modern furniture and home decor style seems to grow every day, partly because it is so easy to live with. Younger generations of home owners have adopted the look with great enthusiasm, especially if they have watched the TV series Mad Men which promoted the sophistication and optimism of the interior design style.

Other customers who remember the look the first time around from their parents’ or grandparents’ homes find comfort in Mid-Mod as it evokes a sense of nostalgia and stability. This new Theodore Alexander Keno Bros. occasional table with gorgeous rosewood veneers is a typical example.

Mid-Century Modern design dates to exactly the period implied in the name. It draws on the era from the end of World War II in 1945 through the early 1970s with an emphasis on the 1950s. Of course, this was a period of great change socially and in design and manufacturing. The streamlined profiles of furniture in this period reflects the reaction against the old society and the exciting possibilities of the new! The excitement of the space age and airplane travel were part of the buoyant and forward-thinking mood. This new light washed oak and leather Jonathan Charles Mid-Century Modern chest looks like it is about to rocket to the moon!

Jonathan Charles Mid Century Modern Chest JC-3649Mid-Century Modern furniture and home accessories were designed with pared-down shapes and organic and ergonomic forms. The streamlined straight, angled, and gently curved shapes avoided any ornate decoration. Surface embellishments or other ornamental flourishes are not a part of this look. The design interest purely came from strong silhouettes, interesting materials and often quite bold colors.

Theodore Alexander Keno Bros Panel Screen TA-2718Geometrics were important and they gave a graphic punch whether used as a shape for furniture or as a decorative print on textiles. This stunning new Theodore Alexander Keno Bros. panel screen is a terrific example.

Theodore Alexander Keno Bros Lamp TA-2711Amidst the uncluttered look, statement lighting had a chance to shine in more ways than one! A pendant lamp with a simple organic shape is often a focal point in this kind of decor style, giving the impression that it is a space satellite or cloud floating across the room.

The wavy floating shelf on this new stainless steel and walnut veneer Mid-Century Modern style floor lamp by Theodore Alexander and the Keno Brothers shows the kind of statement we mean!

Materials combine natural woods such as teak with the new materials that the latest technology provided, such as Lucite, plastic, and molded fiberglass and plywood, Ground-breaking furniture designers in the Mid-Century Modern style include Ray and Charles Eames. George Nelson, Eero Saarinen, and Isamu Noguchi.

The new pieces in Mid-Century Modern style in our online furniture store show the finest design of this type, superbly crafted by today’s furniture makers. You might especially like to check out the full Theodore Alexander Keno Brothers collection of Mid-Century Modern styles designed in partnership with the antiques celebrities, the Keno Brothers.

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.

Regency Style Furniture: Timeless British Majesty

We have many antique-inspired pieces in our online furniture store that draw on the classic Regency style. This new furniture is either based on actual antique Regency pieces, or it takes its design cues from the style. So what is Regency style? It is named for the time in England in the early 1800s when George IV served as Prince Regent. This meant that he ran the country on behalf of his father who was unfit to carry out his duties as king due to mental health issues. George IV became king himself later, but the name Regency style has stuck as a way to describe furniture crafted during this era.

The furniture developed its look from Neoclassical Georgian furniture but it went even further with themes and motifs inspired by ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian architecture and design. It has a majestic look, but it is not overly fussy.

THeodore Alexander Regency CabinetThe furniture is generally large with a stately and monumental feel. It is usually made in dark woods to add to the imposing effect, like this new Theodore Alexander Regency cabinet above, crafted with mahogany and satinwood veneers with brass moldings.

Jonathan Charles Regency Console TableMahogany was highly popular with furniture makers, and rosewood and zebrawood veneers also added impressive surface effects. The new mahogany Jonathan Charles late Regency console table above shows how great mahogany can look, especially with classic banding. The new mahogany Jonathan Charles Regency style chest of drawers  below is another example.

Regency Chest of Drawers Jonathan CharlesAlthough designed to impress, the furniture profile tended to be fairly streamlined with clean edges. There were no frills, rather a more masculine approach of straight lines, crisp arches, and geometric shapes. The clean-edged look was sometimes ornamented by brass ring handles.  Stanley Furniture Regency Mirror

Other decorative motifs included classical symbols such as laurel wreathes, acanthus leaves, rosettes, masks, and mythological beasts including the Egyptian sphinx and griffins. The draping on this new Stanley Furniture Regency mirror with its gold and champagne silver leaf finish shows the regal pomp!

This style also featured ornate gold ormolu mounts and classical and military motifs. Brass accents and inlays were frequent decorations, and we also see metal paw feel on chairs and tables or claw and ball feet.

This new Jonathan Charles Regency style chair is a good example of how dramatic yet restrained the gilded look can be, especially against the chair’s ebonized black paint finish.  If you want gold in your space without it being too feminine, the Regency style is a great choice for you! Regency Chair Jonathan Charles Brass ring handles sometimes featured lion heads to add to the sense of majesty, as in this new mahogany and brass Theodore Alexander Regency style occasional table adorned with lion masks.

Theodore Alexander Lion Regency TableThe Regency style is often reproduced today by contemporary furniture makers with wonderful attention to detail. They look like original furniture of the period, but they are often scaled down in size to suit the size of today’s homes.  Check out all our new Regency style furniture and if you have an interior design scheme in this style, we’d love to 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 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.

French Country Farmhouse Style: Elegant Comfort

The timeless French Country Farmhouse style of furniture is rich in nostalgia, and it is one of the most popular styles in our EuroLuxHome.com online store. Whether our customers choose genuine antique French Country Farmhouse furniture imported from France or newly crafted pieces inspired by the style, they love the refined but comfortable look!

As the name suggests, there is a rustic element to French Country Farmhouse style that celebrates the natural beauty of rural France. This design style places a great emphasis on traditional craftsmanship, natural materials and a sense of harmony and balance.

Imagine walking into a charming old French farmhouse deep in the hills of a wine region or one surrounded by fields of golden corn. The kind of decor and furnishings you might see are exactly the kind we expect of this design style.

You might see a large wooden table in the kitchen, possibly crafted in pine or another light or medium wood. Simple furniture features graceful lines and a slightly weathered look, or you will see cabinets with a distressed paint finish.

Things are not too matchy matchy, no matched sets of furniture, yet everything works together. The furniture and accessories have the look of being collected over the years, combining family heirlooms with newer pieces.

Everything is effortless, nothing is trying too hard to impress. Nothing is shiny or too crisp and perfect. These homes look lived in and you know that the people living there are very happy and content indeed!

We have a lot of new, vintage and antique French Country Farmhouse pieces in our online EuroLuxHome.com furniture and home accents store and shipping is always free. For example, this fine walnut vintage French Country sideboard hits all the style points!

Vintage French Country Sideboard Chairs with a ladder back are also ideal for this look, and chairs and benches often feature woven rush or rattan seats. These new French Country dining chairs in our store have intricate carvings in the walnut wood and hand-woven rattan seats.

French Country dining chairLayered textures with rustic and distressed finishes add a great deal to the effect, and layered fabrics such as gingham and florals in varying scales also add to the effortless look. Toile de Jouy is a classic for French Country Farmhouse linens and other soft furnishings.

French Heritage French Country Louis XVI bedChickens and roosters and other farmyard animals are a popular motif, as seen on this hand-woven wool Aubusson throw pillow!

Rooster Aubusson Throw Pillow HandwovenIn addition to French Country Farmhouse antique furniture and newly crafted pieces, we are pleased to stock all kinds of vintage and new home accessories that look perfect with this style of decor.

Earlier this year I mentioned that Farmhouse style is a leading decor trend right now and I am not surprised! It is more than just a fleeting fashion. There is a timeless, serene and nurturing quality to this interior design look that is comforting in our rapidly changing and stressful times!

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.

Eglomise Glass Furniture and Home Decor

Antiqued Mirror Gold EglomiseWe have added more églomisé glass furniture and decor to our online EuroLuxHome.com gallery recently. This is a very special technique that takes a lot of expertise for craftsmen and women to achieve. The results are breathtakingly beautiful!

The verre églomisé technique sometimes gives an aged or antiqued look to glass or a mirror, and sometimes it gives a very pretty and decorative effect.

Verre églomisé is a French phrase, and the term means that the glass (verre in French) has a design or gilding applied on the rear of the glass to create a mirror finish.

This antiqued gilt and eglomise wall mirror in our store is a good example.

You can see how the églomisé effect applied to the back of the glass makes the wall mirror look naturally aged.

Another way of applying the églomisé technique is in a very decorative piece, like this superb new John-Richard églomisé credenza.

Eglomise CredenzaThe John-Richard credenza is extraordinary with its antiqued gold and abstract pattern. We reckon that this piece would work in so many interior design styles. It is perfect for a glamorous Art Deco interior, and it will also pack a punch in a Mid-Century Modern, Modern or Contemporary home. The artisans at John-Richard have really outdone themselves.

Eglomise screenThis is also a John-Richard piece. The John-Richard églomisé floor screen is less overtly ornate in the design of the glass than the credenza above, but it shows how an églomisé finish can turn a simple piece of glass into a fairyland! It also turns it semi-opaque, which is very useful if you are the person getting dressed behind the screen!

Scarborough House Eglomise Center TableThe gold leaf églomisé table top on this incredible Scarborough House center table almost plays second fiddle to the ornately hand-carved base. But not quite!

The beautiful gold leaf églomisé top is the perfect complement to the hand-carved wood. A plain glass top here might look as if something was a little out of balance… the heavily carved table needs a top that can stand up to it! The decorative reverse painted gold leaf glass top does exactly that.  If you want to create a handsome focal point for your foyer, living room or great room, this table has you covered!

There is something quite magical about églomisé glass furniture and decor that simply takes my breath away. It has a delicate and slightly mysterious quality. I hope that you feel the same way after our little tour! To see all the églomisé glass furniture and decor on our website, just click the link and extend your tour of wonderland.

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.

Distressed Furniture

If you are looking for distressed furniture styles, then obviously our antique French furniture is naturally distressed from at least once century of being loved and used!  Sometimes though, our customers want new pieces that just look old… they want antique-inspired furniture that is newly crafted but with an aged and distressed look.  We have plenty of options for new furniture and home decor on our website so we are happy to help out!  Today I’m going to tell you how some of our furniture makers work their magic to achieve their distressed furniture finishes.

Jonathan Charles Distressed Desk Some of the best antique-inspired furniture is crafted using the same techniques that were used for the original antiques. Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture is a good example – their reproductions include hand-cut marquetry and intricate carved details. Then their pieces are aged to look like an antique.  This Jonathan Charles distressed bureau in the Queen Anne style gives you a taste of their skills!

Jonathan Sowter, founder of the company and a cabinet maker since he was 12 years old, says: “If you take a piece of furniture and finish it fantastically, people could imagine it’s an antique. It’s all in the finish.”

Jonathan Charles distressed desk

That requires special knowledge to get the distressed furniture look. Sowter says that his craftsmen understand where a piece of furniture would have bangs and knocks and scrapes after years of use, and where it wouldn’t.

“Even shading around the handle,” Sowter says, “because when you clean antiques for hundreds of years you don’t always clean in and around the handle!”

This close-up of a section of the oak bureau shows what he means. The bureau is a replica of Queen Anne desk designs dating to 1710, more than 300 years ago. The desk looks incredibly authentic, you could certainly believe that it’s been used for three centuries.

Scarborough House Distressed CabinetAnother way that distressed furniture gets its aged look is through hand-planing. The furniture makers at Scarborough House are brilliant at this.

This heavily distressed Scarborough House chest cabinet is one of their many hand-planed pieces. Combining a rustic look with beautiful parquetry for visual and textural interest, the sturdy and heavily distressed cabinet is cleverly planed by hand to give that genuinely old look. It’s the kind of technique that takes years to perfect!

Another way that distressed furniture gets its antiqued look is through hand-rubbed finishes. This Ambella Home Bonita king bed has a hand-rubbed antique ebony finish that makes it look far more interesting than if the black finish looked too perfectly “new.”

Ambella Home Bonita Bed Hand Rubbed KingWoodbridge Side Table Distressed

Woodbridge Furniture Company makers are also masters at distressed furniture, with their hand-rubbed and waxed finishes.

This lovely little Woodbridge side table with a dovetail construction drawer is crafted in solid wood and finished with a hand-rubbed distressed cherry veneer. It is not only a very practical side table (I can imagine it as a bedside table too!) but it looks great because the gently aged appeal is very charming.

Whenever you buy distressed furniture, you don’t want the distressing to be too obvious otherwise everyone can spot that bad distressing a mile away and they know it’s a new piece. The best distressed furniture keeps everyone guessing!

Here are more examples of beautifully distressed furniture on our website. Prepare yourself to be seduced!

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.

Farmhouse Style Furniture and Home Decor Trend

I came across a reference to Farmhouse style furniture and decor while I was reading Home Accents Today. The article referenced this piece that talks about top home trends for 2017 according to Pinterest. We love the French Country Farmhouse furniture in our store and we have a good time browsing Pinterest too… just like everyone else who loves home decor! See our antique furniture and home decor Pinterest page here.

The article said that the trend for rustic farmhouse interior styles is up 40% since last year because the look has us “feeling at home the second we walk through the door.”  It’s true, and you can get a glimpse of what they mean with this lovely French Country Farmhouse settee with its blackwash finish and hand-woven rattan seat. Doesn’t this settee just whisper welcome at you, and invite you to come and relax a moment, leaving your worries behind?

 

French Country SetteeThe comforting Farmhouse style gives a sense of nostalgia for an old-fashioned, simpler way of life before the hustle and busy-ness of today’s modern world.

Jonathan Charles French Country Farmhouse chairsThese painted French Country Farmhouse style dining chairs by Jonathan Charles give an idea of what I’m talking about. Doesn’t this dining room with its ladderback Farmhouse style chairs just make you want to go and kick back over a chatty meal with friends?

The Home Accents Today article mentioned that the huge popularity of Joanna and Chip Gaines on HGTV’s Fixer Upper is also driving so much interest in the Farmhouse style. Let’s take a look at a few more examples from our own clients.

French Country Stool in the kitchen

Stephanie C. in Kernersville, NC. chose a French Country Farmhouse counter stool from our selection, and the look is perfect for her kitchen. Detailed floral wood carvings across the curvy chair rail and seat apron create a stunning decorative effect. The nice cabriole legs are typical of French Country style, and this stool also boasts a hand-woven rattan or rush seat. You can see more about Stephanie’s gorgeous French Country Farmhouse kitchen here.

Jonathan Charles Country Farmhouse Shelves

Talking of kitchens, we think that this charming new Jonathan Charles Country Farmhouse painted shelf unit would be a wonderful addition to a kitchen as a basis for creating a Farmhouse look.  There are so many ways you could decorate those shelves, don’t you think? And what great storage too, including the drawers and pegs to hang mugs, jugs, or towels.

French Country Sideboard blackwashOur customer Eric purchased this handsome new French Country Farmhouse sideboard in blackwash finish, beautifully crafted using traditional joinery techniques. You can see more photos of how it looks in his house and also glimpse his fantastic views from his porch in our French Country Sideboard customer spotlight.

We’d love to see any photos of your Farmhouse decor or tell us what you think about the look 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 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.

 

 

Art Deco Buffets: Classic Art Deco Style

Art Deco Buffet 18-33A while ago I wrote about how to identify Art Deco furniture and decorative items in my post: What is the Art Deco Style of Antiques?   We recently had a container shipped from France with some beautiful antique Art Deco buffets and they are such fine examples of Art Deco, I’m using those pieces to show you more details of the style.

As a reminder, the Art Deco style was popular in the 1920s and 1930s, reflecting the modern thinking of the Jazz Age and a new taste for sleek and streamlined furniture and architecture.

Prominent and well-defined curves and lines are key elements of the style. This curvy 1920 Art Deco buffet (right, item 18-33) is a fabulous example, 

Art Deco Buffet 18-25The hotels of Miami’s South Beach and Manhattan’s iconic Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building are great examples of Art Deco architecture. Applied decoration is also important to the Art Deco look, including stylized floral designs, sunbursts, and geometrics.

This 1920 buffet (item 18-25) from our recent shipment creates a striking architectural silhouette with the curved posts supporting the upper hutch. Elegant floral carvings across the doors add a decorative accent, as do the dramatic metal handles. It is simply impossible to ignore the attention-grabbing allure of an authentic Art Deco buffet. Although the style is streamlined, it is not shy!

Art Deco Buffet Antique 18-38Part of the sleek appeal of Art Deco furniture lies in the use of glossy and shiny materials, including glass, mirror, lacquered finishes and metals. That reflective edge creates much of the glamor we associate with Art Deco. It always looks ready for a party! This walnut buffet dating to 1920 (item 18-38) has plenty of gloss in the mirror-backed upper hutch with a glass door. The mirror panel in the center of the buffet behind the posts reflects light too, above the impressive red/black/grey marble counter. Shine up your chrome cocktail shaker and dress up in your finest Roaring Twenties outfit!

French Art Deco Buffet 18-35Marble had been used in architecture since ancient times, of course, but when Art Deco furniture makers started using it, it added that opulence we expect of Art Deco. It is luxurious, but in a very modern way. This French Art Deco buffet (item 18-35) boasts three slabs of black marble as counters in addition to the mirrored back and glass-front cabinet. By now, you’ll recognize that the bold linear design on the cabinet front, topped by carved exotic foliage, is typical of the Art Deco style.

Marble on Art Deco Buffet 18-35Here’s a close-up of the black marble, so you can see how attractive the pattern is against the curving carved posts.

To see more of the exceptional design details from this era, take a look at all our antique Art Deco Buffets. It’s is appropriate that they are French buffets because Art Deco was named after the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs held in Paris in 1925. This event showcased many of the exciting new designs.

You might also enjoy my post about our customer Betty in Florida who bought an Art Deco buffet for her unusual vintage 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 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.

The Fleur-de-Lis in Home Decor

Many of the French antiques and antique-inspired home accessories that pass through our hands at EuroLuxHome.com feature the fleur-de-lis motif. The fleur-de-lis is one of the most enduring symbols in furniture and home decor and it has appeared in art, architecture, and heraldic designs for many centuries. Here’s some background on the fleur-de-lis and some ideas on how to incorporate this elegant symbol into your own decor around the house.

In French, ‘fleur’ means flower and ‘lis’ means lily, so a fleur-de-lis is a stylized lily. The one on this iron gate in New Orleans is a perfect example. It’s also sometimes spelled as fleur-de-lys.

Red Handwoven Pillow Fleur de LisAlthough the fleur-de-lis has cropped up in architecture, arts, flags and heraldry all over Europe, it is especially linked to France and to the French monarchy.

It has appeared on French flags and coats of arms for around a thousand years, and later it adorned French postage stamps too. The king of Spain and the Grand Duke of Luxembourg also display the motif in their coats of arms.

This new handwoven Aubusson throw pillow (one of our selection of fleur-de-lis pillows) shows how regal the motif looks, especially in rich colors like gold and red. It’s perfect for Renaissance style decor! The fleur-de-lis also works beautifully with French Country style.

Antique French Gothic BenchThere are various stories about the origins of the fleur-de-lis symbol, which also links it with the wild iris, but it was certainly used as a decorative or symbolic motif by the earliest civilizations as well as throughout European history.

The universal image also has religious meaning as a reference to the holy Mother Mary and it represents purity and chastity. With its 3 “petals”, the fleur-de-lis also symbolizes the Holy Trinity. Not surprisingly, it is often seen in Christian religious art and on antique religious objects.

This 1880 French Gothic antique bench is heavily carved in oak with flowery details including a gallery of fleur-de-lis along the top of the bench back.

Because the classic lines of the fleur-de-lis work with any kind of design scheme, you can add a touch of regal style anywhere in the home.

Here the fleur-de-lis is hand-painted by an artist on the stove hood of a Tuscan style kitchen in San Francisco.

The symbol is stately but still quite subtle on the floor of this traditional pool house.

The flourishing symbol also glitters overhead in this glass transom over a doorway. What a flamboyant way to greet visitors!

The fleur-de-lis translates nicely to finials on wood or iron curtain rods. These style of rod for drapes is so popular, we are all familiar with seeing it,  but not everyone knows that it’s a fleur-de-lis design.

Now you will start seeing fleur-de-lis designs everywhere!

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.

Decorating with Mirrored Furniture

Ambella Home Voranado tableLast week, as the latest in our series of client decor spotlights, I showed you photos of Nellie V.’s home in San Diego, CA, with the Ambella Home mirrored accent table that she bought from us. Looking at the pictures of this elegant and dramatic table made me want to write more about the mirrored furniture trend!

Often you’ll see mirrored furniture in a Hollywood Regency style room, evoking Hollywood’s glamorous golden era of the 1920s and 1930s. Shiny finishes, including lacquer, gilding and (yes!) mirrors are typical of the luxurious Hollywood Regency look.

Currey Mirrored ConsoleFor example, this new Currey & Co mirrored console table features a traditional Greek key pattern on the legs, but the streamlined geometry also reminds me of Art Deco. The wrought iron table has a gleaming silver leaf and antique mirror finish and the simple lines let the shine do the talking!

Why decorate with mirrored furniture? Well, a room full of mirrored pieces would be too much dazzle (Hello, Liberace!) but a single accent piece creates a stunning focal point.

antiqued mirrored credenzaThe mirror also adds light to the room, or makes the most of every speck of light that you have. In daylight, it makes the room look brighter. If you enjoy candlelight, then the mirroring will reflect the warm glow for a romantic atmosphere. This Currey & Co credenza boasts antiqued mirroring on the doors – perfect with the faded walnut and gold highlights.

Ambella Home Casablanca chest mirrored A piece of mirrored furniture also creates the illusion of more space as it reflects the room back to you. If carefully placed, it can conjure up quite a magical effect! A mirrored chest of drawers against a wall makes a small room look bigger as it tricks the eye into thinking that the floor extends further than it does. The Morrocan style of this Ambella Home mirrored chest of drawers proves the point and also shows that mirrored furniture doesn’t have to be a Bling Fest!

Currey Kramer Drinks TableFor another subtle mirrored accent, this Kramer drinks table by Currey & Co combines modernity with classical symmetry. The antiqued mirror top sits sleekly on the warm bronze gold finished tapered pedestal.

As a general tip, I’ve talked before about the research on the value of buying better quality furniture. When you’re buying mirrored pieces it’s even more important to buy high quality furniture. Solid pieces with a decent weight and high-quality mirrored detail creates a look of luxe. But a mirrored accent piece that is cheap, tinny, and poorly made can appear more garish than glitzy.

Finally, this Solana mirrored bed made by Hooker Furniture shows that mirrored accents can really work with any style. The refined rustic bed features a decorative mirrored panel headboard with curvy, almost Art Nouveau detail. It would be the focal point of any bedroom.

Solana mirrored bed by Hooker Furniture Have you taken a shine to mirrored furniture? Tell us about it here on this blog 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.