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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!

Client Spotlight: Antique Chair Upholstery Makeover in Illinois

We often find vintage or antique chairs on our buying trips that are perfectly gorgeous, but the upholstered seat is showing its age! The seat caning needs to be fixed or the upholstery needs to be replaced. If the chair frame is beautiful quality and in good shape, then we go ahead and buy the chair anyway. We know someone will love to get their hands on it as we often work with customers and interior designers who just know their own taste. They look past the old upholstery or broken caning, and can see that an upholstery makeover will give the antique chair frames a whole new life.

Antique Chair with Lion Carvings and HandlesHere’s a case in point! Our client Susan D. in Metamora, IL purchased a set of twelve Renaissance style chairs from us. The Belgian chairs date to 1900 and feature regal lion carvings and metal handles. The sturdy oak frames were in superb condition, but seven of the twelve chairs needed to be reupholstered. As you can see from the photos, they turned out wonderfully! Susan did a terrific job in having these dining chairs reupholstered to suit her taste. The rich red looks gloriously opulent against the dark oak wood.

 

Set of 12 Antique Chairs in the Renaissance Style. EuroLuxAntiques.com

Antique Chair 1900 Belgium Renaissance StyleAntique chairs after reupholstery. EuroLuxAntiques.com
By the way, the color red is often recommended for dining rooms, as it is meant to stimulate the appetite – as well as conversation! (For more red inspirations, see our spotlight on Julie and Bruce in Whitmire, SC, who enjoy decorating with red including in the dining room.)

Vintage Hubert Bequet Chandelier. EuroLuxAntiques.comSusan just purchased this lovely vintage chandelier to hang over the dining table and match the red in the chairs. The Belgian chandelier by Hubert Bequet dates to 1950 and I think we can all see that the deep burgundy red of the ceramic body will look fabulous in Susan’s dining room!

Although most of the antique chairs at EuroLuxAntiques.com are in good shape on the upholstery and caning, we almost always have a few that would welcome some TLC. It’s just a fact of life that upholstery wears out when you’re dealing with very old, original antique chairs. But they offer great value for money and give you the chance to add your own style stamp. You can upholster all the chairs the same way, or get creative and design smaller sets: Two sets of six or three sets of four.

If you don’t want to find a specialist to reupholster your chairs, this HGTV DIY tutorial shows How to Re-Cover a Dining Room Chair and Better Homes and Gardens has a Chair Upholstery Step-By-Step Guide.

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!

Client Spotlight: Johnson City, TN

Antique French furniture in the Hunting style is one of our specialties here at EuroLuxAntiques.com. So when a customer buys several antique French Hunting chairs and thrones – plus an Art Deco buffet and a Spanish Renaissance table – it’s lovely to see how they incorporate these treasures into their home. When we made a personal delivery to Robert and Liz in Johnson City, Tennessee, we had the chance to do just that!

Client Spotlight: Johnson City TN by EuroLuxAntiques.comRobert and Liz live in a wonderful historic home in Johnson City that was on the city’s tour of homes last year. They have quite a few antiques in their home, but it’s a beautiful house from the outside too. I could relax on that shady veranda all day!
Antique French Hunting Chairs & Thrones, vintage Spanish Renaissance table, Art Deco buffet from EuroLuxAntiques.com
They purchased from us a 1950s Spanish Renaissance table in oak, a set of six oak antique French Hunting chairs (circa. 1890) and a pair of French Hunting Thrones, also in oak, dating to 1880. The whole dining room looks magnificent. Robert and Liz also bought a pretty 1920s German Art Deco buffet.

 

French Hunting thrones at the head of the table - what a great dining room! EuroLuxAntiques.comHere’s another photo of one of the larger French Hunting thrones. The two thrones are placed at the head of the table to seat the host and hostess, or perhaps the thrones are reserved for the guests of honor?

The smaller antique French Hunting chairs line the sides of the table. This shot really shows the amazing carving on the stately thrones, complete with barley twists.

 

Art Deco buffet completes the dining room from EuroLuxAntiques.comThe 1920s German Art Deco buffet is also crafted from oak. As you can see, there is plenty of space to store all their china, silver, and table linens for when guests come to dine. I love how well the Art Deco buffet blends with the older antique French Hunting style furniture.

 

A piano is a finishing touch to the traditional decor in this very comfortable and welcoming home. EuroLuxAntiques.comA piano is a finishing touch to the traditional decor in this very comfortable and welcoming home. I can just picture everyone gathering around the piano for some after-dinner entertainment, or even a traditional sing-along.

 

 

 

Vintage Chevrolet - red for maximum va-va-voom! EuroLuxAntiques.comRobert and Liz also have an awesome old early 1950s Chevrolet parked out back that we greatly admired! They were such very nice folks and we enjoyed spending time chatting with them.

We mostly use professional companies that specialize in moving antique furniture to deliver EuroLux Antiques purchases to our customers, but sometimes Greg and I take time out of the gallery to hit the road and deliver antiques ourselves. I’m so glad we did this one personally. It was wonderful to meet Robert and Liz and to see their delightful home!

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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New Container of Antique Furniture Just Arrived!

Although today is April 1st, it’s no joke that we just had an antique explosion at the EuroLux Antiques Gallery!EuroLuxGallery

Our latest container, filled to the brim with antique furniture, antique chairs, and vintage lighting, just arrived from France recently and I thought you might enjoy seeing photos of the EuroLux family unloading it!

 

Our 40 foot container was scheFrank,-James,-Greg,-Thereseduled to arrive at 8 am, but the trucker was already pulling into Newberry, SC when he called me at 7:15 am! We helped him back up to our back door and the hard work began.

Frank, on the ramp, is our Jack-of-All-Trades at EuroLux, and has been part of the family for the past 10 years. We sure appreciate him, as he has helped us unload every single container since we started our business. He brought along James and his grandson, Germaine, to help out.

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Therese-with-chairGreg usually stays in the container and helps Frank carefully pull out each piece of antique furniture, while Therese and I carry in antique chairs.

230chairs!

 

 

It normally takes us about five hours to unload a container full of antique furniture, but we hit a new record of two hours flat this time. Team score!

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More than 230 antique chairs just arrived on this container, so we will have some great sets of antique dining chairs soon. Kathy worked on unwrapping the chairs, while Frank and Germaine worked on unwrapping all of the pieces of antique furniture.

 

Antique Furniture

Many folks don’t realize that French antique furniture normally comes apart in pieces, so that it is easier to transport and carry into your home. After a container lands, we have a giant game of memory matching up all of the tops with the bottoms and middles!

After everything was unpacked, Therese organized the chairs into sets so that we could put them away into our chair racks. Then we all went out for salad and pizza buffet to celebrate another job well done.

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AimeeAvatarAimee 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!

Antiques Buying Trip Day 4: Counting Cubes

After a few days on the road buying antiques in Europe, Aimee and Greg at EuroLux Antiques count how many cubes of antique furniture and vintage chandeliers they’ve purchased.  If we decide to bring in a 45 foot container, we still have quite a bit of space left to fill. 

Guess we’ll have to keep buying!  Aimee shows off a beautiful antique Renaissance-style dining room suite carved in solid walnut:  a large, heavily-carved buffet, a marble-top server, a set of 6 embossed leather chairs, and a dining table.

Thanks for tagging along on our European Antiques Buying Trip!  Stay tuned for the next episode!

 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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