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Client Spotlight: Castle in Charleston

I first heard from Brittany through our EuroLux Etsy store. She mentioned she was looking for furniture with lions and I told her she had come to the right place! She and her husband Greg drove over from Charleston, SC, in order to pick out a few pieces for their beautiful brand new home, which looks like it was plucked right out of the Loire Valley in France.

Client's home: A Castle in Charleston

Outfitting your own castle is a big job! Brittany and Greg are just getting started, but they want to take their time and find just the right antique pieces that speak to them.

Mechelen BuffetThe first piece that said, “Bring me home!” was a gorgeous antique Mechelen stained glass buffet with lots of carvings and lion’s heads. The buffet dates to 1900 and it boasts the original red, green and amber stained glass doors with a floral design.

The winged lions on the side supports are exceptionally pretty and the high-quality carvings on both the upper and lower cabinets of this buffet include many regal lions’ heads, some with a brass or gold toned ring, as well as male and female figures and faces.

Its new home is in the dining room just off Brittany’s gorgeous kitchen. The large dining table and chairs haven’t arrived yet, but you can imagine how grand the dinner parties will be! The view from the kitchen and dining room looks out over an inter-coastal marsh – imagine the beautiful sunsets Brittany and Greg will enjoy while dining.

Antique Mechelen buffet in castle home

Another handsome piece that whispered to Greg was a monumental Renaissance sideboard with massive lion’s paw feet. This piece will now reside in the formal living room, which is the first thing one sees after entering up the front stairs and through the double, solid-wood castle doors. It’s more than 8 feet long, so it makes quite an impression:

Antique sideboard Eventually Brittany and Greg will find the perfect piece of art or perhaps a gorgeous mirror to go over the French 1880 sideboard. Here’s another view of the antique Mechelen buffet. It looks so splendid against the rich wood floors and that ornate chandelier.

Mechelen antique buffet in castle homeWe love that Brittany and Greg are taking their time and filling their home with just the right pieces rather than buying everything at once. A layered, lived in look is so much more interesting. And in November, Brittany and Greg are expecting little Italia – baby will make three in their castle by the sea! We wish you both a big congratulations and will keep an eye out for more gorgeous pieces for your beautiful home!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.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 Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Spring Cleaning Antiques Deals

Greg and I are busy spring cleaning and sorting out some of our older inventory, which means you can pick up some great antiques deals as we cut prices on pieces that are still waiting for a good home! If you’ve had your eye on something you liked, now is the time to mosey on over to EuroLuxAntiques.com and see if we’ve reduced the price. Discounts on selected treasures are mostly around 40% off – sometimes more!

Our spring cleaning antiques deals include furniture, vintage lighting and other smaller items and decorative accents too.

Renaissance buffet in our spring cleaning antiques deals Although spring cleaning usually sounds like a chore, we’re really enjoying sorting through our stock. We always pride ourselves on our good value, but during the 10th anniversary year of our business we’ve got even more excuse to say ‘thank you’ to our cherished customers with some superb antiques deals.

For example, this fine antique French Renaissance Henry II buffet dating to 1900 has been significantly reduced to $2,820. When you consider the price of a modern buffet or serving hutch, we think that this beautifully carved oak antique buffet is a steal! At nearly nine feet high and six feet wide, the large Renaissance style buffet offers tons of serving and storage space, including a full-length plate rack. The swags and floral and medallion carvings on the doors make this a very nicely crafted piece.

Our Antiques deals include this amazing vintage French chandelier I’m sure that someone with a taste for romance will quickly snap up this amazing French vintage Rococo chandelier in the Marie Theresa style. One of my favorite spring cleaning antiques deals, the sparkly glass and metal 6-arm chandelier drips with clear jewel pendants and it’s studded with pretty rosettes. Delightful for a bedroom, foyer, or even a fancy master bath, the 25″ high vintage chandelier has now been ‘spring cleaned’ down to $580. That’s nearly half price!

 

Mueller ClockSmart investors might take note of this very rare antique clock signed by the famous clock manufacturer Nicholas Mueller’s Sons. The intricate antique Rococo clock is dated April 25 1882 on the works and it still runs and strikes the hour too! The highly detailed sculpture of a woman carrying wheat and feeding a lamb is probably the Greek goddess Demeter or the Roman Ceres, both goddesses of the harvest and fertility. We’ve slashed the price of the metal and black marble Nicholas Mueller’s Sons clock to $2,610. I might regret it tomorrow, but for now I’m in spring cleaning frenzy!

Delft and Ceramics antiques dealsI’m even taking a clean sweep to selected antique and vintage Delft, Majolica, and ceramics.  I’ll miss some of these lovely pieces as they are so decorative around the gallery, but I’m consoled by knowing they will brighten someone’s home!

To see all our spring cleaning antiques deals, browse our online EuroLuxAntiques.com gallery. The final discount price doesn’t always show on the home page, so click through to the individual item details to see the lowest spring fling price! Don’t forget our always-free shipping in the Continental US and much of Canada. Happy shopping and happy Easter!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her husband, 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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Client Spotlight: Renaissance Buffet & Antique Renaissance Style

I just came across these photos from a client who bought an antique Renaissance style buffet. As it is the 10th anniversary of EuroLux Antiques this year, I’ve been digging through quite a lot of old files, and I realized I’ve never shared these photos with you.

Tracy R. from Oxford, Alabama, bought this antique Renaissance style buffet some years ago. He came to pick up the oak buffet from us in the gallery, then he kindly sent these photos.

antique renaissance style

The antique Renaissance style buffet dating to 1900 looks wonderful in Tracy’s dining room. It looks so elegant against his dark green walls with the oval table and handsome dining chairs. Two glass candle holders on the table add an authentic finishing touch. The buffet or server is typical of antique Renaissance style furniture, featuring beautiful carvings on the doors and on the posts that support the upper part of the hutch.

Antique Renaissance style buffet

This second photo zooms out a little so you can see how the arm chair is upholstered in the same striped fabric as the dining chairs. That upholstery stripe is charming – classic but adding a great pop of color!

We carry a lot of antique Renaissance style furniture in the gallery, as well as some finely crafted reproductions. Typical pieces include buffets, chairs, tables, and chandeliers – so the style is especially popular for dining rooms. It creates a rather stately atmosphere for a dinner party! The Renaissance Revival style flourished in Europe from the 1830s to the end of the 19th century. At this time, furniture makers and craftsmen drew on classic Renaissance style that originated in Florence, Italy, in the 15th century.

antique Renaissance style buffet or server

They reinterpreted the style with their own creativity, but still the furniture showed the trademark antique Renaissance style details. The heavily-carved furniture tended towards large proportions and ornate carvings of classical motifs. Designs included scrollwork, arabesques, garlands of flowers and fruit, pediments, and columns. References to Greek and Roman mythology might include faces and cherubs.

This large antique Renaissance style buffet currently in our gallery is a fine example. Crafted in France in around 1900 in highly grained oak, the carved buffet is adorned with diamond medallions and foliage on the lower doors. The upper cabinet doors are carved with fabric swags and florals. At nearly nine feet high and six feet wide, the antique Renaissance Henry II buffet hutch is topped by a decorative crown. It offers plenty of serving and storage space and also has a full-length plate rack and two drawers for silverware. Pretty splendid, huh?

You can see more about this style, including photos of clients’ homes, in my other blog posts about antique Renaissance style furniture and decor. Or just browse the posts on antique Renaissance buffets. 

 

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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

We Love Our Customers: 15% Off EuroLux Antiques

That’s right – 15% off everything! We love our customers so much that we’re sharing the Valentine’s Day love with a customer appreciation sale. But you have plenty of time to spend with your sweetheart and shop for a sweet deal. You can get our special Valentine discount now through Monday February 24, 2014.

Get 15% off everything at EuroLuxAntiques.com (as well as our always-free shipping) when you enter the coupon code at checkout: WeLoveYou!

That’s 15% off your entire order, on everything from fine antique furniture and reproductions to home decor accents. Consider it our Valentine’s gift to you. Need inspiration? These ideas will surely seduce you into treating yourself, your honey, or your home!

Antique 1920 Louis XVI ChairsThis set of 6 French antique Louis XVI style dining chairs dating to 1920 looks so romantic with pink striped upholstery. Velvety ribbons and floral damask on the delightfully carved solid oak chairs make them perfect for a traditional home… and a modern romance!

Or maybe you want to light up someone’s eyes with a fabulous antique chandelier or a beautifully crafted new Dale Tiffany lamp? The 15% off code is valid on all our fine antique and new lighting.

 

Vintage chandelier glass
For example, this vintage French chandelier will make your heart beat faster if you love the glamour of Rococo style. Dating to 1950, the 12-arm chandelier is crafted of rich gold-tone metal. Electric candles sparkle against cut glass cups and chunky glass pendants. This very affordable chandelier offers tons of luxury for the price, and it’s a big beauty at 28″ high.
Antique BuffetDetailed carvings of florals, feathers and fans give this antique 1900 French walnut buffet a wonderfully elegant decorative effect. The nine-pane lead glass central door creates the perfect spot to display your fine China or collectibles too, and the plate rack could also be used to hold antique books.
Art Deco Madonna
For a smaller piece, we love this very nice Art Deco Madonna and Christ Child statue dating to 1930. The Madonna stands more than a foot tall, with beautiful blue and white coloring on her robes. Our price is only $117 before the 15% off discount for this stunning Madonna. It would make a lovely gift for your wife for a wedding anniversary gift, or for mom (everyone’s other sweetheart) on Mother’s Day.
Or browse our selection of other antique religious treasures.

 

Perhaps you’ll fall in love with a new piece from Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture or the Ambella Home Collection. We carry their high-quality reproduction furniture as the craftsmanship, finish, and fabulous designs meet our high standards. Now you get 15% off our already low prices!

Ambella Home sink chestThe stately styling on this Ambella Home Ball & Claw sink chest is a great match for our antiques-loving customers. Gold highlights glow against the lavish carvings in rich mahogany. It’s all finished off with a black granite top and porcelain sink.
For more inspiration, browse our complete inventory.
Then take 15% off everything in your shopping basket when you enter the coupon code: WeLoveYou!
The offer is valid until February 24, 2014. Happy Valentine’s Day and happy shopping!

 

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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Thanksgiving Thank You: 20% Off at EuroLux Antiques

I’m thrilled to announce our annual Black Friday deal giving 20% off everything at EuroLuxAntiques.com. But we’ve stretched our special offer over a whole week! Starting today, November 24, until Tuesday December 3 you will get 20% off your entire order (as well as our always-free shipping) when you enter the coupon code at checkout: HappyHolidays 

EuroLux Antiques Greg and I want to give you plenty of time to shop at leisure, not just on Black Friday. Small Business Saturday on November 30 encourages shoppers to support small, family-run businesses…like ours! Then there is Cyber Monday. While we’re a small business, we have a big online presence. And at Thanksgiving, we like to thank our customers with a bonus discount on our already low prices. A portion of every sale goes to Pets Inc., a no-kill animal shelter in Columbia, SC. So the homeless pets thank you for your custom too!

Here are some ideas for unique gifts for your loved ones, or just for your own home. The 20% discount code HappyHolidays is valid on everything from fine antique furniture to home decor accents.

antique buffetThe classic style of this antique French Renaissance oak buffet or sideboard will fit beautifully into any decor. We love the playful princes or courtiers carved on the upper doors – they’ll bring a touch of regal fun to any dinner party! The impressive 1920 sideboard stands more than 8 feet tall, with ample drawer and cupboard space and a spindle rail just above the serving surface to display your blue and white Delftware plates or other collectibles.

Antique French nightstandThe gray marble top on this antique French nightstand looks so pretty against the walnut marquetry. Dating to 1900, the nightstand would be lovely at your bedside or in the guest bedroom, with a useful drawer and cupboard and a lower shelf for your bedtime reading. But it’s also a delightful accent table in a living room or hallway – even the powder room!

antique French clockFound at an antiques market in France, this antique Rococo clock was made in 1890. It’s a great pick for a wine fans as the farmer figure standing on the black marble base is admiring the fruits of his labor – clusters of juicy grapes! The clock is still in working order and it is signed by the maker, Ferlet. It is also marked with the name of the French village where it was created: Brienon.

Aubusson Pillows
We’ve just started carrying these gorgeous new handmade Aubusson throw pillows.  They are the perfect complement to the antique furniture in our gallery, crafted with the same centuries-old techniques used by historic French Aubusson weavers. These are just a few of our many classic handmade Aubusson throw pillows. Click the links for details on:
1)  Hand-Woven Silk Floral Throw Pillow
2) Hand-Embroidered Long Throw Pillow
3) Dog Throw Pillow (we’ve got pillows with horses, ducks, and chickens too!)
4) Hand-Woven Classic Square Throw Pillow
5) Hand-Woven Red Fleur-De-Lis Throw Pillow
6) Hand-Woven Wool Floral Long Throw Pillow

 

tiffany lamp

This classic Wisteria Dale Tiffany lamp is hand-crafted with the same techniques used by the master glass artist himself: Louis Comfort Tiffany. The bronze base with an antique verde finish is artfully designed to look like a tree trunk. The hand-rolled art glass canopy of leaves and petals falls gracefully into a delicately shaped edge. The heirloom-quality lamp is bound to add a touch of natural beauty to your living room or bedroom… and dare we say romance too? Know any newly-weds?

USS Constitution Model Ship

 

 

A hand-crafted model of the U.S.S. Constitution makes a terrific gift for the sailor or history fan in your life! This museum-quality model of “Old Ironsides” is more than two feet high, with its own unique serial number. Yes, it does come fully assembled! Made by family business artisans, each ship takes the craftsman hundreds of hours to make by hand, using the same plank-on-frame method used for real ships. Every detail is true-to-life, including the brass fittings and metal cannons.

For more inspiration, browse our complete inventory of fine antique furniture from Europe and Asia, vintage chandeliers, antique religious treasures, Ambella Home Collection furnishings, and other high-quality reproduction furniture. Then take 20% off everything in your shopping basket when you enter the coupon code HappyHolidays

The offer is valid from November 24 to December 3, 2013. Happy shopping!

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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Client Spotlight: Antique Buffet at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Mary Ann H. contacted me to help her find an exceptional and impressive antique buffet for the lobby of the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, MA. It’s one of the largest evangelical seminaries in North America and a donor had graciously given funds to decorate the lobby.

Antique Buffet Henry II Renaissance styleWe looked at all the antique buffets and sideboards in our gallery, and recommended this gorgeous Henry II Renaissance-style buffet dating to 1900. The French buffet is a stately nine feet tall, carved in walnut with a wonderful, warm patina. The antique buffet boasts elaborately carved details including coats of arms, urns and floral accents on the doors and pediment. Scroll cut railings, fluted posts, and pine cone finials add to the buffet’s majesty. The carved head of a Renaissance courtier smiles down above the glass-front center door. Thanks to its height and substance, the antique buffet stands proud to fill even the largest space. It was the perfect choice for a classic and dignified lobby area!

 

Antique buffet in seminary lobby

Here is the antique buffet in its new Boston home. It does indeed look stunning filled with bound books and decorated with transferware plates! On the day of the ribbon-cutting ceremony with the generous donor who made the new lobby space possible, Mary Ann wrote to thank us for our help. “As you can see, it adds so much charm and architectural interest to a lobby with little visual interest and no external windows,” said Mary Ann. “We are thrilled with the results!”

We were thrilled too when Mary Ann added: “You find such beautiful items on your forays across France. It was a pleasure working with you and seeing how committed you are to customer service. Thanks again so much for your care and professionalism. I’m sure it is this approach which has won you many loyal customers.”

Antique buffet in Seminary lobby

On the other side of the room, Mary Ann placed a classic Chesterfield sofa with traditional upholstered chairs. She also added an interesting barley twist console table over an Oriental rug with soft, muted colors. The whole interior design of the lobby is elegant and inviting. We are delighted that the more than 100-year-old antique buffet found such a beautiful and inspiring place to spend its next century!

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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Best of September 2013: Antique Dining Rooms & Elvis Fest

We covered an eclectic mix of subjects in our September blog posts, including spotlights on antique dining room furniture in two clients’ homes, a tutorial on how to mend broken ceramics, and a fun celebration of Elvis Presley. I guess that is fitting for the harvest season, as we gather in all the fruits and veggies and enjoy an abundant and diverse feast!

We certainly took inspiration from the wide range of creative options in our item on decorative stair ideas. Check out the photos in the post and tell us what you think! Let’s revisit some of our other most popular September posts.

Antique dining room furniture in our client's homeIt’s always great to see photos of our customers’ homes, featuring antique furniture and other home decor accents they’ve bought from us. Our client spotlights are a great source of home design ideas and beautiful ways to blend antiques into decor. This month we got a glimpse of Susan’s gorgeous red dining room, featuring 12 Renaissance dining room chairs she found in our gallery. Susan reupholstered some of the chairs and she also bought a vintage chandelier to hang over the dining room table. The red ceramic Hubert Bequet chandelier is the perfect finishing touch and it proves that a relatively simple decor accent can really pull the whole look of the room together!

Antique dining room furniture in our client's Victorian houseContinuing the antique dining rooms theme, we looked at the Victorian dining room of our client Sal S. in New York. Sal is a busy entrepreneur and he is restoring a Victorian house with the help of an interior designer. The designer suggested Sal check out our online antiques store. Sal went one better, and drove all the way to South Carolina to visit our gallery in person. Thank goodness the shopping trip proved successful! Sal added an antique French Renaissance Buffet, ten upholstered Hunting chairs, and a Renaissance style server or sideboard to his Victorian home.
ceramic-restoration-tipsFrom a Victorian restoration to ceramic restoration… In our blog post on How to Fix a Broken Ceramic, Kathy gave a video tutorial, using a broken ceramic figurine as an example. The figurine, a.k.a. Prudence, belongs to a friend of ours and poor Prudence had a broken arm. Kathy did her magic and repaired Prudence, sharing her ceramic-fixing tips in a short video as she worked. Those tips are also written up in the post if you prefer to read them.

 

Ready for the South Carolina Elvis FestivalWe enjoyed a celebration of Elvis Presley this month, as Greg and I recently visited Tupelo, MS, for a furniture show and stopped in to see Elvis Presley’s birthplace. You can see our photos of Elvis’ childhood home in the post. Whilst there, I bought these awesome Elvis jumpsuit pajamas in the gift shop. So when the South Carolina Elvis Festival came to our town of Newberry a few weeks later, I already had the perfect outfit to celebrate Elvis The King!

Thanks for sharing September with me. We’ve got lots more to say about home decor, antique furniture, and living it up, vintage style! Sign up here to receive our blog posts, and you can follow us on Facebook too!

 

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.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. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Client Spotlight: Victorian Restoration Dining Room

We know many of our clients are working on Victorian restorations and it’s wonderful to see how they bring their homes back to their original style and beauty. Here’s a case in point.

Our client Sal S. in New York is restoring a beautiful Victorian home that had been neglected through the years. He’s returning her to her former glory and doing a terrific job of it. Sal knows his own tastes but he is working with an interior designer to help tie it all together. He is a busy entrepreneur so he needs some help to get all the work done that goes into a tackling a Victorian restoration.

Sal’s designer found our EuroLuxAntiques.com website and sent him down to check out our gallery. He actually took a road trip from New York with his mother to come visit us in person in Newberry, South Carolina. He couldn’t make a decision between all of the Renaissance buffets we had in stock!

Antique Renaissance Buffet for our client's Victorian Restoration DIning Room

He ended up picking out a wonderful antique Renaissance Buffet in walnut wood. The antique French buffet is heavily carved with an acorn motif symbolizing strength, power, and endurance. How fitting! Anyone involved with a Victorian restoration needs endurance, and any entrepreneur like Sal is bound to be gifted with the qualities of strength and power! The buffet dates to 1900 and it is 9 feet tall with an ornate pediment, crown molding, and lovely brass handles on the two drawers.

10 Hunting Chairs for our client's Victorian Restoration dining room

Sal also selected this set of 10 beautifully upholstered Hunting chairs. The antique French chairs date to 1880 with fantastic carvings of leaves and grapes. Carved in oak with chunky barley twists, they are pretty heavy. Each chair weighs nearly 17 pounds! The physical weight is nicely balanced though by the visual lightness in the pierced splat. The floral tapestry upholstery works well with the French Hunting style frame and also fits nicely with the style of Sal’s Victorian restoration dining room.

Antique server or sideboard for our client's Victorian Restoration house

Sal finished his antiques shopping trip by choosing this gorgeous Renaissance style server in walnut with handsome grey-green marble.The 1900 French server or sideboard features rich carvings of leaves, crests, and rope, as well as turned spindles. The plate rail sits above the 4-foot-long veined marble top.

SalStrazzaeri Here’s how the buffet and chairs look in Sal’s Victorian restoration dining room. It isn’t spectacular? I love the decorated ceiling, and how about those elegant drapes? The aged patina of the walnut and oak looks wonderful against the pale green wallpapers. It all fits delightfully into the Victorian style. Obviously Sal took as much care in choosing the decor accents as he did in selecting the furniture from us. All of the wallpaper and curtains are new and I believe that is an antique chandelier hanging above the table.

The only thing this Victorian restoration dining room needs now is a dinner party to celebrate its return to its original grace and style. I suspect Sal might have taken care of that already!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.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. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox!

Client Spotlight: Renaissance Chairs and Buffet in Chateau Home, Illinois

Antique French Renaissance Chairs from EuroLuxAntiques.comBob H. in Prairie Grove, Illinois, found us on One Kings Lane. His neighbor (who is a designer) saw our set of ten antique Renaissance chairs with rich buttery leather upholstery. She thought the wonderful aged patina on the leather looked like an old football! She also thought the Renaissance chairs dating to 1900 would be perfect for Bob’s French Renaissance chateau style home, inspired by European castles.

French Renaissance Chairs from EuroLuxAntiques.comBob wanted a table with legs that exactly matched the Renaissance chairs, so he had one custom designed by Amish craftsmen at Valley View Oak. The custom table is solid walnut to match the chairs and Bob had the stretchers under the table matched to the chair stretchers too. The Renaissance chairs and table ensemble does look fantastic in his open kitchen. If you turn around with your back facing the edge of the table, the kitchen opens into the great room.

Antique French Renaissance Buffet from EuroLuxAntiques.comBob is especially fascinated by medieval and Renaissance armor and weaponry and has quite a collection. I know this interest drew him to the beautiful marble-top French Renaissance buffet on our website, carved with a knight on horseback.

Renaissance Buffet with Lladro figure in our client's home. EuroLuxAntiques.com

Bob’s designer neighbor helped him find the perfect spot in his home for the buffet. It now lives in a large, wide hallway that connects the great room to the entry foyer.

Renaissance Buffet and tapestryA colorful medieval style tapestry hangs on the wall opposite the walnut buffet, adding another authentic touch!

French Renaissance Buffet

Bob decorated the buffet with a vintage Lladro Spanish porcelain figure of a pharmacist as that has been his profession for 30 years. He continued the apothecary theme with antique mortar and pestle sets.

Antique armor in our client's home. EuroLuxAntiques.comThis suit of armor in his entry hallway is a perfect accent to the foyer’s marble floor and curved oak staircase. The suit of armor is an early 20th century reproduction, although the rapier sword with the suit is an original from the 17th century. One expert offered Bob a substantial sum for the rapier sword alone, but Bob decided he wanted to keep it with the armor.

 

 

 

 

French Renaissance Living RoomBob’s great room, adjoining the open kitchen, has a dramatic baronial feel, with its two-story high windows and stone fireplace and more suits of armor! Bob’s collection also includes 16th century carved bone powder horns that were used to contain gunpowder. “One of these has a knight in a suit of armor with a coat of arms and various swords carved on it,” says Bob. “The other has a knight on a horse hunting a wild boar.”

Bob’s home is truly original and such a thoughtful reflection of his personality and interests. So it’s no surprise that it is featured in Crystal Lake’s 39th Annual Housewalk on September 27, 2013. You can see the exterior of the Hurley Residence in McHenry Country Living’s Housewalk preview. A big thank you to Bob for letting us take our own mini-tour of his fabulous home!

If you enjoy this decor style as much as we do, you can browse in our EuroLuxHome.com online gallery for French Renaissance chairs, buffets, and other furniture currently in our inventory.

UPDATE: Bob later sent us a mural he had created, based on the knight carvings on the antique buffet. See the photo in our Renaissance Mural post!

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 you can sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

What is Mechelen Style Antique Furniture?

Mechelen style antique furniture is very distinctive and exotic. It is heavily hand-carved with foliage and typically a pride of roaring lion heads too! People who know the Mechelen look often fall in love with it, but many Americans are not that familiar with this Flemish furniture style.

Mechelen Style Antique Furniture - this buffet dates to 1900This wonderful antique buffet currently in our gallery is an excellent example of the Mechelen style. It dates to 1900 and is superbly carved with winged lions on the side. Lions’ heads on the cabinets are embellished with metal rings and the craftsmen added carved figures and faces of people, as an extra decorative touch. Mechelen style antique furniture typically features dark woods, like the rich oak in this sideboard or sometimes walnut. You’ll often see stained glass as well. The original stained glass in the doors on this buffet features a striking floral design.

So how did the Mechelen style develop? In the early 16th century, Mechelen in Belgium was the capital of the Low Countries. We know these countries today as the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Mechelen enjoyed prosperity and power thanks to its cloth trade. But in 1572 the city was sacked and burned during the Eighty Years’ War. Brussels, about 15 miles away, became the new capital.

You’d think that would be the end of Mechelen, yet the city rose from the ashes and grew famous for its furniture. Furniture crafted in Mechelen at the end of the 16th century was heavily carved as a Belgian take on the Hunting Style popular in France to decorate hunting lodges and castles for royalty and aristocrats.

1920 Oak Dining Table is typical of Mechelen style antique furnitureUsing imagery from the natural world and the hunt, Mechelen style antique furniture is lavishly adorned with stylized leaves, berries and fruit, and often boasts handsomely carved lion heads, as you can see in these pictures. This Mechelen oak dining table from 1920 boasts lions on each corner, and foliage and flowers on the apron and legs. The 5-leg table has a center pedestal that eliminates the need for stretchers, so your guests have more room to stretch their own legs!

Petite Oak Buffet is a fine example of Mechelen style antique furnitureIn the 19th century, the Dutch-speaking city of Mechelen played an important role as a hub in the new-fangled European railway network. Mechelen’s beautifully crafted and ornate furniture became even more popular as it was easy to send it by rail to customers far and wide! This petite antique oak buffet is from that era, dating to 1900 and carved with leaves, flowers, and acorns or nuts, as well as the traditional lions’ heads.1900 Mechelen Buffet Stained Glass Door
The pretty floral stained glass on the upper door is original and it’s quite amazing to think that this glass has survived over a century! Although Mechelen style antique furniture is always sturdy, this sideboard is unusual in its trim size. At just over 3 feet wide it is nicely proportioned to fit a modern home if you don’t have a hunting lodge or chateau at your disposal!

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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 you can sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!