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2012 Holiday Gift Guide

We normally use this blog to share decorating tips and design inspiration to help you enjoy living with your antiques. But perhaps you’ll indulge us during this festive season to shamelessly self-promote for a moment.

During our Black Friday sale, which begins today and runs through Monday, November 26, we’re offering 20% off everything in our gallery, plus our usual free shipping!  Since many of our readers are only just getting to know us, we thought we’d share some holiday gift ideas from our own inventory. All of our antiques are one-of-a-kind, of course, and we also offer high-quality reproduction furniture and accessories that suit all tastes and budgets.

Here are some great ideas for all the people on your Nice (and Very Nice) List this year. Use code SHOPSMALL at checkout to receive your discount. Happy shopping!

For the Antique Furniture Lover

French Brittany Armoire/Bookcase/China Cabinet

This lovely cabinet dates to 1880. You might use it to display your heirloom china, books, or collectibles this holiday season.

French Art Deco Buffet/Server

Burled walnut veneers and a mirrored back add the “wow factor” to this lovely server, which dates to 1920. Picture it sitting in your dining area, wrapped with a big, red ribbon!

We have antique furniture choices to suit every taste and budget. Find them here.

For the Collector

Vintage French Art Deco Pink Tulip Chandelier

One of our favorites, this delicate chandelier features its original paint. It makes a lovely gift for your loved one.

Antique Goddess Figural Mantel Clock

As featured in our newsletter, this sensational mantel clock will make an impressive gift and a stunning display piece for any clock collector or bronze sculpture enthusiast.

Vintage Goddess & Unicorn Majolica Medallion

If you prefer your goddesses with unicorns (and who doesn’t, really?), this sensational medallion or plate will wow you. A thoughtful gift for any unicorn-lover on your list!

For the Eclectic Decorator

Who among us doesn’t have to cope with the issue of mixing inherited pieces of various vintages with items that reflect our own taste? The items featured here help bridge the gap between antique and modern decorating schemes.

Dale Tiffany Gold Plated Chandelier with Crystals

Traditional in form but modern and upscale in its gold plated finish, this high-quality reproduction chandelier is your ticket to fine living. Heirloom quality, this chandelier is the item your kids will fight over when you’re gone.

Polished Nickel Console Table with White Stone Top

Traditional French design gets an update in the shiny, polished nickel finish and white stone top. Makes a great gift for the young person who’s living with a bunch of hand-me-down ’70s furniture and could use something shiny to cheer up their decor.

For the Budget Conscious

We said we have something for every price point, and here’s the proof!

Vintage Seagers Gin Tray

Straight from Old Blighty comes this sensational old advertising tray. This would make an excellent host/hostess gift for your next holiday cocktail party! And it’s yours for a mere $41.60 after applying the Black Friday discount!

Vintage Transferware Blue Delft Plate

Seasonally appropriate and perfect for any skating enthusiast on your gift list, this lovely vintage plate also will please any collector of blue-and-white ware. You can get it for just $47.20 after the Black Friday discount.

Vintage Belgian Butterfly Beer Glasses

Another fantastic host/hostess gift, this pair of vintage beer glasses dates to 1950. Know any home brewers? They’ll be delighted to receive these! Only you will know you spent just $23.20 after the Black Friday discount.

For Small Spaces

If you long to live the antiques lifestyle but find yourself inhabiting a cramped urban loft, pied a terre, or cottage, you’ll be happy to know today’s exceptionally high-quality reproduction antiques are sized to fit your space perfectly.

Mirrored Accent Chest

Traditional styling meets modern sizing in this petite chest that measures just three feet wide by 32 inches high. The fun deco-inspired design and mirrored finish will add an antique touch to your small space.

French Versailles-Style 3-Drawer Chest

This sensational chest of drawers looks just like a real antique, but it’s actually a high-quality reproduction. Yes, that’s hand carving on the front! Best of all, this little chest measures a petite 32 inches wide by 35 inches high, so it will fit into your apartment, condo, or loft.

You’ll find 63 more small-scale items by searching “petite” at our website!

Thanks for shopping EuroLuxAntiques.com. We welcome your comments, questions, and phone calls!

 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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3 Ways to Dress Your Decor for Thanksgiving

One of the things we love about living with antiques is their versatility within any decor. Take an antique dining table. You can dress it up with fancy linens for a classic look — or leave the wood bare for a more modern look. You can create a shabby design scheme with your antiques, or you use them to go upscale. When decorating with antiques, your personal taste eclipses the objects themselves.

Here are three distinctive ways to dress up (or down) your decor for Thanksgiving.

Opulent

If you love a luxurious look, think color and texture. A thick, ivory damask tablecloth laid over an antique dining table creates a drape-y textural effect, while its color contrasts nicely with the warm wood tones of the chairs. Likewise, a neutral table cover offers the perfect backdrop to showcase a beautiful floral centerpiece in hues of orange and yellow, green and brown. The colors of fall will set a traditional tone for your holiday meal, and the varied textures of floral petals, waxy leaves, or spiky miniature cattails will serve as a counterpoint to the softness of the linens.

The opulent look also requires using heirloom china and sterling flatware. Choose simple, white plates to showcase the food, or go for ornate antique plates that may have been used during the Victorian era. Cut crystal (or glass) goblets and weighty silver flatware add a sense of specialness to the event.

Elegant Contemporary

It’s perfectly possible to incorporate antiques into modern designs, especially if you use antique accent pieces to ground and balance your contemporary space. Try using a solid color linen tablecloth and contemporary place settings for a modern feel. Then add vintage pewter candlesticks, salt cellars (or tiny vintage salt and pepper shaker sets), and antique silver-plated flatware to convey a traditional sensibility in your design. Add a touch of fun by finding flatware with real or faux horn, antler or Bakelite handles to add interesting texture to your tabletop. Using cherished heirloom glassware, linens, and accessories offers a nod to family history as relatives gather around the table.

Simple Cottage

Sometimes, the most memorable holidays are the least fussy ones. If you don’t have the time, energy, or budget to put on a Thanksgiving extravaganza, you can still enjoy the simple pleasures of good food shared with family and friends. A simple, reproduction farmhouse table sans tablecloth can serve as the ideal backdrop for your scaled-down holiday celebration. Set out vintage transferware plates for a nostalgic feel.

Make a simple centerpiece by carving a pumpkin or by using old milk bottles in their original holder to arrange flower stems cut from your own backyard.

Create a single, showstopping focal point by embellishing your chic, shabby chandelier with teacups tied with ribbons or pinecones hung with fishing line.

In the end, Thanksgiving is about expressing gratitude for the richness of life. Whether you choose to celebrate lavishly with family and friends or reflect quietly with only your significant other, you can use your antiques to help create a memorable holiday that suits your unique tastes.

 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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Thanksgiving Wine Guide

Planning to pop a bottle of bubbly with your bird? Or perhaps you’ll opt to lift a glass of chardonnay or chenin blanc when toasting your friends and relations this Thanksgiving? If so, you won’t be alone. Experts say more wine is sold for Thanksgiving than for any other holiday.

But the question remains what to serve and how to serve it. This Better Homes & Gardens wine guide offers tips on finding the perfect white, red, bubbly, or dessert wine for your feast.

Looking for a more specific recommendation? Gayot serves up the 2012 edition of its trendy wine list for your holiday, complete with specific label and vintage choices.

Trend Alert: Wine Goes Au Naturel

We don’t generally think of wine as an additive-laden food, but according to The Food Channel‘s October 2012 Trend Wire (not yet available online), “the more sizable industrial wineries today manipulate their wines much more extensively than small players” by adding “stuff like Mega Purple or Ultra Red–grape concentrates used in red wines to darken color or improve the texture.”

If you’d prefer your wine a bit more on the natural side, try going with selections from smaller wineries, like Bonny Doon Vineyard in Santa Cruz, California, which is now printing ingredients on the label (above), so you can see exactly what you’re getting.

How to Serve Wine

Once you’ve got the wine, you have to serve it. And the last thing you want to deal with just as everyone sits down to dine is a recalcitrant bottle, a broken-off cork, or some other oenological disaster. Wine Spectator comes to the rescue with this handy guide called “How to Serve Wine 101.”

Speaking of serving, exactly how fussy do you have to be about matching the glass style to the type of wine? This handy guide from the Wall Street Journal tells you exactly How to Select a Good Wine Glass.

Of course, we recommend sipping wine from antique stemware. Despite the risks (namely, breakage), enjoying wine from an antique glass represents one more way to truly live with your antiques. The Magazine Antiques talks about old glass making techniques and collecting old glasses in their article Old Glass for Old Wine.

Don’t Forget Dessert (Wine)

And remember wine isn’t just for the meal. Turn your Thanksgiving into a memorable event by creating a dessert and dessert wine pairing (or two) for your guests. Many Americans don’t bother with dessert wines, but Avalon Wine makes it easy for you to enjoy a sweet ending to your meal by sharing several dessert recipes, like Chocolate Mousse Cake with Cinnamon Cream and Frozen Praline Souffles, along with the perfect wine pairing for each.

This Thanksgiving, lift a glass of wine with confidence to toast your cherished family and friends.

 

 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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Things We Love Right Now – November 2012

As summer slinks out the backdoor, autumn enters boldly through the front and redecorates nature’s home in hues of red and gold — with a blanket of white in some places! The crisp breezes of fall make us wistful for warm summer nights, but they also portend the festive season to come. And that season begins in a few short weeks with Thanksgiving.

November is the month of gratitude, of giving thanks, of celebrating all the people and things we love. Here are some of the things we love right now.

Kathy, our Mrs. Fixit, loves her collection of Pilgrim people. After years spent amassing 200-300 Pilgrim figures, Kathy creatively displays them in a huge group for maximum impact and enjoyment. Here’s a photo of just a part of Kathy’s collection of Pilgrim figures, displayed in our front shop window.

Even if you don’t have a storefront to show off your collection of Blue Delft (or anything else!), you can create eye-catching displays. Learn how to showcase your collectibles in creative ways by viewing this slideshow from House Beautiful.

John does our bookkeeping and loves to take fall drives through the North Carolina mountains to enjoy the amazing range of leaf colors. Somehow, Mother Nature always knows exactly how to mix-and-match colors to the best effect!

Mother Nature knows a pop of color can transform any space. Learn how to add deep ruby accents to warm up your room for fall.

Therese, who ably mans (womans?) our shop, looks forward to spending time with family during the Thanksgiving holiday. Good company and good food enjoyed in a warm, inviting setting — what could be better?

This festive holiday table uses floral bouquets as place cards. Check out some easy-to-make fall centerpieces that will make your Thanksgiving table memorable.

Throughout November, we’ll be exploring themes of gratitude: For families and feasts, for co-workers and clients, for antiques and decorating. Let us know how you switch up your home decor for the festive season.

Note: We’ve made all of these images pinnable for you. Feel free to add them to your Pinterest boards!

 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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