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Vintage Life: Roses in Bloom

If you’ve been following our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation, you’ll know that transforming the yard from a jungle to a beautiful garden has been a major task!  It’s been worth every minute though so I thought I’d give an update on our 2016 garden so far.

Seedlings in pots

Last year a friend of ours let Greg and I come pick some of her tomatoes and they were the BEST-tasting tomatoes I’ve ever had! They were bright orangey-yellow and were very meaty with hardly any juice. I saved the seeds and planted them, along with some peppers, in early March, lovingly raising them under grow lights in our bathroom until they were ready to be planted outside in early May.

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Minkey and Rudy helped inspect my progress after I finished planting everything – a whole box just of tomatoes, another bed of mostly peppers, cucumbers, and zucchini, a third bed with mostly cucumbers and collards. The fourth bed is our strawberry patch that is already putting out sweet red fruit. Our peach trees are full of baby peaches and our fig trees are just starting to set baby figs.

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My rose bed I built around the mailbox is currently in full bloom! Those are vintage bricks around the rose bed… of course!

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I also put azealas in the front bed. They bloomed beautifully this spring!

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Squiggy enjoys hanging out on the steps to bask among the flowers and keep an eye on the planters… just in case they try to misbehave!

Squiggy cat enjoying flowers

Here’s another shot of the front yard showing our hanging baskets. Our Flamepoint Siamese cat Roxy is peering out from the cat patio too, but you might not see her in the photo.

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And good news – our blueberry patch seems finally be growing! It is hard to spot, but we have a few blackberry plants under the tree that are starting to form a bramble.

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That’s the tour of our garden this month! If you want to see how far we have come, check out this post about how the “garden” looked when we first moved in: Vintage LIfe: Good Fences. We were told that nobody had done any yard work for at least 10 years, and it was easy to believe. Poison ivy covered the yard and Greg and I hauled about 4.5 tons of leaves and vines away, in addition to old tree limbs. You wouldn’t believe it’s the same property!

Or check out my recent post on Great ways to decorate the garden with flower pots for more inspiration on making your outdoor space a place you love. Tell us what you are doing in your garden in the comment box – we love to hear your stories!

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.

Vintage Life: Building a Cat Porch

BowlOGreensWe didn’t intend to have eight fuzzy babies, it just worked out that way. We know we have a cat overpopulation situation, so as we worked on the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow, we made sure we created a special space for the cats too. This is how we ended up building a “cat paradise” screened porch for everyone to enjoy.

Here are four of the cats. I keep them supplied with a pot of cat grass so they can happily graze all day!

 

Before we built the cat porch

This shows our porch after we hung new exterior siding, but before we screened it in.
We thought it would really make the porch look nice to tile it…

Tiling the cat porch

…and of course we needed a great vintage screened door, which we found at the Antique Tobacco Barn in Asheville, NC, where we also have a booth.

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Then we added a very interesting oyster chandelier. We have oyster chandeliers for sale in case you like it as much as we do and are interested in buying one!

OysterChandelier in cat porch

There are two cat doors on either side of our front door leading out to the screened front porch so that everyone can come and go as they please – which they do all day and night. We constantly hear “flap, flap, flap” from the cats going in and out.

cats on the cat porchWe built steps up to corner platforms on each side of the porch and then more steps up to walkways along the top of the porch and over the screened door, so that there are plenty of spots for all six cats to enjoy the porch at the same time. We also built a fireman’s pole out of sisal rope so that they could climb up and down it like a tree and use it for a scratch post.

Sunset on the cat patioMinkey and Fozzy take their perches to enjoy the view at sunset.
Fozzy cat on the cat porchFozzy knows we can’t reach him up there.

Evening on the Cat PorchLenny, Fozzy and Minkey checking out the neighborhood after the sun has set. Everyone really enjoys “cat paradise” on the patio – even Greg and I like to kick back on the porch with a couple beers after a long day.

Have you “spoiled” your fuzzy babies with something built especially for them them? Tell us about it in the comments or show us with a photo 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.

Best of May 2015: Castles, Gold, and Chandeliers!

We’ve had a lively month here at the EuroLuxHome.com antiques and home decor blog. In fact we’ve explored the stuff of legends: Castles and gold for starters, and then there was the Tea Party Chandelier that magically turned into a Coffee Cup Chandelier! (Who agrees that tea and coffee are the stuff of legends anyway? How else are we meant to start our busy days?)

Gold decorJoin us in looking back at our favorite blog posts last month, and may the legends continue…

We started our treasure hunt with a look at the interior design trend spotted at the Maison & Objet 2015 show in Paris: gold, gold, gold!

Gold diggers will love the warm and opulent effects in the Home Trends: Gold Decor Creates a Glow story and photos. But you don’t have to go crazy with the Midas touch if you just want a little gold rather than an all-over look. A few gold accents in your decor still add a vibrant and luxurious effect.

Augill CastleNext we went hunting for English history, lore and legends by taking a peek inside some incredible English Castle Hotels. If you want a unique and romantic vacation, staying in an English castle is bound to make you feel like royalty! You can even stay in the double-moated medieval castle that was home to Anne Boleyn when she was a girl, before she became the second wife of King Henry VIII.

Spring2015 planting the front yardBack at home, our own vintage 1920s bungalow is our castle and we’re delighted with all the progress we’ve made on the renovations.

We’ve worked hard on the garden landscaping, as you can see in the before and after photos in my story on Vintage Life: April Showers bring May Flowers!

As well as adding new planters that belonged to Greg’s great grandmother – family heirlooms for blooms! – we added hanging baskets, bird feeders,  bird baths, and I built a rose bed around the mailbox out of vintage bricks. We’re also proud of the edible treasures growing in our raised bed garden boxes. See all the photos here.

Woodbridge Games Table Antique French styleI loved the photos sent by our customers for our two client spotlights this month. The first showed how wonderful this Woodbridge Game Table in antique French style looks in Marie-Regina’s home in Pennsylvania. The 18th century French style table is crafted in solid wood and hand-rubbed for a beautifully distressed finish. The photos of Marie-Regina’s living room make it look like a cozy place to spend a few hours playing cards!

cofffee tea cup upcycled chandelierFinally, clever Kelley in Texas added her own personal touch to the custom-made tea party chandelier that she bought from us. The chandelier is crafted from a vintage tea service, right down to the silver plated spoons and teacups. Kelly transformed the light by swapping the vintage tea cups for large double espresso coffee cups!

We hope you’ll stay reading through June, when we’ll show more photos of customers’ homes and share more gorgeous antiques and inspiring home decor 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 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.

Vintage Life: April Showers bring May Flowers!

Greg and I love to putter in the garden – we find it so relaxing to be outside, digging in the dirt. I like to call it yard yoga. As soon as spring starts, we can’t resist working on the landscaping for our vintage 1920s bungalow, even though we still have so much to do inside! When the weather turns so hot we can’t stand to be outside, we’ll turn back to our inside projects. We’ve come a long way over the past few years.

Here are some photos from when we first cleaned up the front yard…

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…then created beds, planted baby plants, and put down grass seed in the Spring of 2012.

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The following spring in May 2013, the roses were in bloom, the grass was starting to fill in…
Spring 2013 Front Yard…and the jasmine and climbing roses were taking over the trellis. spring 2013 rose trellis

Last spring, we worked in the back yard. We hadn’t done much since 2012 when we cleared it, put up a fence, and planted baby trees:

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In the Spring of 2014, we tore down the old dilapidated shed
and built a pretty, new shed for garden tools:

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This is the finished shed – it matches our vintage 1920s bungalow!
Shed to match vintage bungalowWe also built two raised garden boxes and planted peach trees and fig trees: Planted garden boxes

We’ve been busy this year planting more flowers in the front yard…
Spring2015 planting the front yard…and in the side yard:
SideYard planted Spring2015We added four planters on the steps – two of which belonged to Greg’s great grandmother – family heirlooms for blooms! We also added hanging baskets, bird feeders and a couple bird baths, and I built a rose bed around the mailbox out of vintage bricks.
MailboxRoseGardenSpring2015In the backyard, we built two more raised garden boxes.
Raised boxes EarlyGarden2015We have strawberries in one bed; corn, beans, peas, and cucumbers in another; watermelon, cantalope, and zucchini in a third, and tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers in the fourth.

Raised bed garden 2015

I think we’re going to have a bumper crop of tomatoes this year!
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Do you love to garden? 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.

Vintage Life: Mucho Mulch

 

Cleaning up the jungle that was the yard of our 1920s bungalow was a tremendous effort.  However, the work didn’t stop there.  Greg and I plan to refinance (fingers crossed) next year, and wanted to make sure we worked on the curb appeal too.  We started by painting the red bricks around the bottom of the house.

Next we tilled up the entire front yard and put down lime to improve the ph of the soil.  Then we put down zoysia grass seed and crossed our fingers that it would take, as that is a much cheaper option than sod.

Next we put in large beds on either side of the front porch and in a big heart-shaped area underneath a huge, old oak tree where it is always shady.  We planted hydrangeas around the oak tree and added more azealas to help fill out the existing hedge. I also planted 250+ shade-loving bulbs: caladiums in multi-colors, ferns, hostas, and white and pink astilbes.

Offset from the front porch, we also added a circular bed where we planted a Bradford pear tree in the middle surrounded by pink crepe myrtles.

After we put in the beds, I put down landscaping fabric and Greg ran an above-ground sprinkler system in the beds that will run automatically.  Finally, we shoveled, and shoveled, and shoveled (18 cubic yards! of) mulch.  Here is the mulch pile, which Greg claimed was taunting him.

And a finished product: beautiful, mulched bed with sprinklers running!  In the far bed by the fence, you can see gardenias under the existing Japanese magnolia.

 

  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 sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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