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Walk for the Animals & How Greg and I Met

KenDeniseBabiesDenise is a good friend who introduced Greg and me to each other back at summer camp in 1985 when we were 13. Denise works at the Seattle Humane Society and she’s participating in the Walk for the Animals on October 2.  EuroLux donates every year to support her.

She is a huge animal lover just like us. She and her husband Ken have a zoo too, as you can see from the holiday picture on the right. They have 5 dogs plus they often foster babies from the shelter.

Although I was very precocious as a child, by the time I hit middle school I had become extremely shy. My parents felt I needed a push to get over my lack of confidence so when I brought home a flyer about the Cullowhee Experience summer camp at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, for the summer before ninth grade, they thought it was a fantastic idea. They signed me up even though it was a long trip from my home in Florida.

Aimee DeniseRoommatesThe first day of summer camp was painful. I didn’t know anyone and was too shy to start conversations. We were all gathered together to go to a dance in the gymnasium on the first night and I was delighted when a bubbly strawberry blonde from Tennessee smiled widely at me and introduced herself as Denise in her charming Southern accent. She was so friendly and kind and I immediately tagged along with her.

When we arrived at the gymnasium, she said she’d introduce me to all her friends, as she had been there the previous summer.

AimeeGreg1985She bounced us over to a cute guy with blondish-brown hair and a mouth full of braces and introduced him as her friend, Greg from South Carolina. That is when I remember meeting Greg. However, I must have been such a wallflower that I didn’t make much of an impression because Greg doesn’t remember that at all.

Greg remembers meeting me a few days later when we were all taken to a local carnival for the afternoon. I was standing at the bottom of the Ferris wheel when Greg walked up to me and asked if I wanted to ride. That was a pretty smooth line for a 13-year-old! I agreed, but he said I had to promise not to rock it because he didn’t really like heights. Of course, I swore that I would definitely not rock it and gave him a big smile. He really must have thought I was pretty cute, because in hindsight, I now know that Greg is terrified of heights.  (Remember our Antiquing and Ziplining in Asheville post?)

Ferris wheelAlthough I was shy, I have always loved to play practical jokes. While I swore I would not rock the Ferris wheel, I had absolutely no intention of keeping that promise. Amazingly, Denise snapped a photo of us on the Ferris wheel on the way up to the top. When we reached the very tippy-top, I began kicking my legs with all my might and really got the bench swinging – I found it hilarious that Greg just hung on with white knuckles, telling me to knock it off. And that is how Greg remembers meeting me – I really made an impression on that day! He still swears he will never ride a Ferris wheel with me again.

cullowhee friendsThat Cullowhee Experience summer was so magical. We lived in the dorms, ate at the cafeteria, attended classes and activities, and roamed around the campus. We played truth or dare in the cemetery at night, scaring each other and laughing non-stop. It was my first taste of true independence and I loved it. We all counted down the days until the next summer.

 

Aimee&DeniseWe went back the next two years and Denise was my roommate and best camp friend. After camp was over, Greg, Denise and I all kept in touch with letters. Ten years later, Greg and I reconnected and you know how that turned out.

Twenty-five years after Denise introduced me to Greg, we all got a chance to see each other in person again in 2010. Greg and I made a large delivery to a new bed and breakfast in Walla Walla, Washington and stopped to see Denise.

AimeeDenise2010She had recently met Ken, moved to Seattle, and started working at the Seattle Animal Shelter. She is a huge animal lover.

Denise Walk for the Animals

Besides all the great work the Seattle Animal Shelter does on a regular basis, they hold an annual Walk for the Animals, and we support Denise during her walk.

Walk for Animals
If you would like to contribute, click here to donate to Walk for the Animals.
EuroLuxHome.com also supports our local no-kill shelter, Pets, Inc. with a portion of each sale. You can donate too to Pets. Inc 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 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.

A Tale of Three Cats: Pumpkin grows up!

Cat that Hurricane Joachmin blew inPumpkin the cat has been with us for nearly a year now. I wrote about how she blew in after Hurricane Joachim in my post National Cat Day – Meet Pumpkin!

The little tiger cat showed up on our gallery doorstep all wet and bedraggled. When I opened the door she pranced right in as if she knew she’d found a family. Well, she was right!

People have asked how Pumpkin is doing, so here’s the update. We kept Pumpkin for a while (so named because she turned up in October) but we already had two dogs and six cats so we had our hands full.

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Everything turned out perfectly when Greg’s parents John and Kathy fell for Pumpkin and took her home to their house to live with their cats, Corky and Harper.

Here is Pumpkin all grown up. She promptly took over John and Kathy’s house and is living high on the hog.

She is very happy and she knows how to kick back and relax in her cozy new digs.

IMG_0855Her tummy is shaved in the photo because she had just been spayed.  There’s a story to tell about her two new siblings, too.

Harper IMG_0790This is Harper, Pumpkin’s new sister. About 8 years ago, Greg and I were out for a walk on Harper Street in Newberry and we heard a pitiful wailing. Following the noise, I found the cutest little black and white kitten who had a broken toe and was in a great deal of pain.

We carried her back to our Gallery on Main Street and Kathy took her to the vet. Kathy and John had never had a cat before, and since I already had two cats and two dogs at that point (and thought I couldn’t possibly take in another one – ha!) John and Kathy took her home.

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She did come to work for a while at the Gallery, so I have some sweet old photos of Ozzy and Harper together.

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Although Harper liked to come to the gallery to hang out with Ozzy when she was a kitten, after a while, she didn’t care so much for the commute, so John and Kathy left her home by herself during the day. By the time she was three, she was quite anti-social and shy. I suggested that perhaps a friend was just what was needed to make her a bit more social.

Enter Corkie, who was adopted from the local humane society about five years ago.

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Baby Corkie was very sweet, and always happy to be cuddled. Here he is with Greg.

Corkie and Greg

Corkie is very out-going and friendly and really wanted to be very best friends with Harper. However, it turned out that Harper did NOT want a very best friend. She hissed at Corkie for quite a while. Since Harper didn’t give him the warmest of welcomes, Corkie did his best to show his affection for her by sneaking up on her from behind in surprise attack or dive-bombing on top of her from a perch on the bed!

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Harper finally begrudgingly accepted that Corkie could live with John and Kathy. And now Pumpkin has joined them too and she has definitely become Top Cat!

Because we have so many pets that were strays and rescues we always support our local animal shelter. A portion of every sale from EuroLuxHome.com is donated to help homeless pets at Pets Inc., a no-kill animal shelter in Columbia, SC.

National Cat Day on October 29 also encourages people to help the 4 million cats who wind up in shelters each year, either by adopting a cat or making a donation to a shelter. Cat adoption is truly worth it… as you can see from our photos of our own family’s fuzzy brood!

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.

National Cat Day – Meet Pumpkin!

October 29 is National Cat Day so it’s the perfect time to introduce you to our new cat and also share some cute and funny photos of our brood of fur babies!

helpful squiggy

National Cat Day celebrates all cats but it draws attention to the 4 million cats who wind up in shelters each year. We can all help homeless cats find the perfect lap to purr on by adopting cats rather buying them in shops. Or make a donation to a shelter for National Cat Day.

Greg and I have 9 cats and dogs now. (This is Squiggy on the left… he’s always ready for a snuggle!) Because we have so many pets that were strays and rescues we are passionate about supporting our local animal shelter. We donate a portion of every sale from EuroLuxHome.com to help homeless pets at Pets Inc., a no-kill animal shelter in Columbia, SC.

Cat that Hurricane Joachmin blew inWhich brings me to my exciting news about the latest fur baby to join the family.  Meet Pumpkin!

Pumpkin turned up after Hurricane Joachim. Greg and I were fine after surviving 18″ of rain in Newberry over one weekend, but our hearts went out to everyone displaced by the devastating floods throughout South Carolina.

In the middle of it all, here’s what Hurricane Joachim blew in! The little tiger cat showed up on our doorstep all wet and bedraggled. I opened the door and she pranced right in as if she knew this was where she belonged. I swear those hobo cats are marking the sidewalk out in front of our gallery.

Another Hobo cat

She soon fell asleep with a full belly. How could we resist?

Pumpkin cat exploring the galleryHere she is exploring the gallery and workshop. At first we thought we might call her Biscuit because she is constantly “making biscuits” and kneading with her paws. But no… Her name turned out to be Pumpkin because she showed up in October.

Pumpkin the catPumpkin is a very sweet puss and you can see how much she is filling out already from being well-fed. But she is really not very helpful with processing invoices!

Evening on the Cat PorchAs our friends on our EuroLux Facebook Page said, Pumpkin has landed in kitty heaven with all her new brothers and sisters, and also our new cat porch to explore.

We often share photos of our cats and dogs on our Facebook page (as well as posts about antiques and home decor :-) ) so if you want to keep up-to-date we’d love it if you Liked our page, or follow us on Google+. Here are some photos we posted of the furry family:

Squiggy cat

Squiggy thinks it’s time for me to stop working!

Minkey Cat Stop Working

Then Minkey our Sealpoint Siamese cat joins in. Minkey says: “Look deep into my eyes… You are feeling sleepy… Stop working… Feed me…” 

Snuffalupagus

Meanwhile, Jake is busy taking care of Snuffalupagus – his newest favorite toy. He likes it so much that he has one at work and one at home. 

Dachshund puppies

These dachshund puppies aren’t actually mine – my mom adopted Hansel and Gretel over the summer, so I guess these two cuties are my siblings! 

Cat twinsFinally, our twin cats Lenny and Squiggy strike a pose for National Cat Day. Squiggy (eyes open) and Lenny (cool Clint Eastwood eyes closed) perch on the edge of what will eventually be the two-person shower in our master bathroom.

If you are in the Newberry, South Carolina area, drop in to see us ALL in the EuroLux Home gallery. We don’t mind if your real reason is to see Lenny, Squiggy, Ozzie, Minkey, Roxy, Fozzy, Jake, Rudy, and now Pumpkin. Greg and I are used to it!

(Update a year later: See what Pumpkin’s up to now in my update post: A Tale of Three Cats: Pumpkin Grows Up)

Happy National Cat Day – give your cat a little extra treat to celebrate!

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.

Best of the Month: November 2012

As November winds down, I thought I’d round up the most popular blog posts of the month, items from our Facebook page, and stuff we loved around the web. Enjoy!

Cheap Magazines

If you love to read about decorating, you might be interested in this offer from Hearst Magazines (which we originally ran on our Facebook page). Through December 13, 2012, you can give or get a subscription to any of their 18 titles for just $5 per year! Wowser. Take your pick of popular decorating magazines like Elle Decor and Country Living, lifestyle magazines like Town & Country and Cosmopolitan, and guy titles like Car & Driver and Popular Mechanics. Note this isn’t an affiliate link. It’s just a good deal I’d thought I’d pass along!

Vintage Life: To Side or Not to Side

In the continuing adventure of our bungalow renovation, this post about our decision to re-side the house with HardiPlank generated helpful comments and advice from readers. Oh, and did we mention when we pulled the old siding down we found termites? Great.

Upcycling: Fine China as Flowerpots

 

I’m a fan of re-using and re-purposing old objects, including furniture, to suit modern needs. I loved this idea from Domino Magazine (shared on their Facebook page) to use china as flowerpots. Although the chinaware shown isn’t old, you certainly could use old pieces, which would add still more charm to your vintage interior. By the way, did you know we carry upcycled light fixtures? Check out these this line of chandeliers and light fixtures hand crafted by artists in Tennessee from old silver tea sets, silver spoons, vintage electrical insulators, and old key plates!

 

Wine Guide 2012

Readers told me they enjoyed our Thanksgiving wine guide, which of course will work for any occasion!

Customer Spotlight: Whitmire, South Carolina

Many people tell me they struggle with how to work fine antique French furniture into their decor. It can seem like a challenge, especially if you’ve inherited or purchased various styles over the years. Our clients Julie and Bruce V. of Whitmire, South Carolina, do an excellent job at combining old and new pieces into their design scheme. We featured their home recently in our customer spotlight.

Kitties!

Lastly, I leave you with this. As you wrap, pack, and ship your presents this holiday season, do you get “help” from a furry friend? This handsome fellow, shared by Cute Animals on Facebook, garnered a lot of comments from our friends and fans. Did you know a portion of all our sales goes to PETS, Inc.? We’re passionate about animal welfare, and we love supporting PETS, Inc. Pet lovers won’t find a more worthy charity to support during this holiday season.

December is fast upon us. I’ll see you next week with some Things We Love. What do you love at this time of year?

 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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