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Client Spotlight: Antique Chairs & Aztec Calendar Stone Table

I’ve got a great story for you today, one involving antique French Renaissance chairs, the famous Aztec calendar stone, and singer Axl Rose, of the band Guns N’ Roses!
Yep, it’s hard to see how those all fit together, but read on… I’ll start from the beginning.

Antique French Renaissance ChairsI met Bernard M. through our antique furniture store on Etsy. He asked about this set of antique French Renaissance chairs but he needed 8 chairs not 6.

The antique French Renaissance chairs Bernard liked are finely crafted in walnut wood with embossed leather upholstery. The 6 chairs date to 1900, carved with shells and swags. They have a lovely floral nailhead trim. So far, so good, but Bernard wanted 8 chairs not 6, so I suggested combining a similar set of antique Renaissance chairs that also featured embossed leather, spindle carvings, and those sexy curvy stretchers. He said yes!

Antique French Chairs in Hawaii

It turns out that all 12 chairs fit around his massive table that came with his new home in Hawaii. Bernard and Carol were in the process of moving from Switzerland to the Big Island, so we had to time the shipping of the chairs to arrive at approximately the same time as their load of furniture. Antique Chairs and Table

When Bernard shared the photos of the chairs, I had to find out about the unique table and he told me that the table is a reduced-scale (7ft diameter) reproduction of the Piedra del Sol. (See this Wikipedia entry for the history of the Aztec sun stone or calendar stone, one of the most famous works of Aztec sculpture.)

“We were told it was a gift — a housewarming present, perhaps — from Axl Rose, of the band Guns N’ Roses, to his band manager, the original owner of the house, which would make it about 25 years old,” said Bernard. “Obviously, unlike the original, it’s not stone! It’s not any synthetic stone either: it’s hollow metal, to keep the weight manageable and to render the very deep indentations of the original, painted to make it look like stone. (I am glad they did not attempt to paint it the way the original was thought to have been painted with very bright reds — for blood – plus blues and yellows, etc.)

Antique Chairs in Hawaii with kitten

“The pedestal does not really fit the style (it’s a classic motif of intertwined leafy branches), but it’s inconspicuous and so it’s OK,” continued Bernard. “There is no “original” for a pedestal for a round table from Aztec culture anyway.

“It was one of the two pieces of furniture from the sellers that we asked remain with the house — as the sellers themselves had obviously done when they had bought the house from the original owner,” said Bernard. “It is not a “comfortable” piece: it looks stunning in the space, but, once one looks at the designs on the top, it becomes disturbing.”
I guess that doesn’t bother the cute kitty stretched out on the antique Renaissance chairs!

Kitchen Window View in Hawaii

Bernard added: “The views are fantastic — I am attaching a pure view picture, taken from the window at the kitchen sink (makes washing dishes more pleasant, but slows down the pace ;-)

I love the view too — That would be the life! Thanks Bernard for telling us the story of the table. Your home is beautiful and we hope you continue to enjoy the antique French Renaissance chairs. They look terrific around the dining table. I think you’ll agree those are some well-traveled chairs (France to South Carolina to Hawaii) and that is one lucky cat!

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 January 2016: Beautiful Homes & Decor

We jumped into 2016 in a very busy way, unpacking a new container of antique furniture that arrived from France just before Christmas! We were busy on our Letters from EuroLux antiques and home decor blog too, admiring our customer’s houses, exploring the new color trends for the year, and cooking up some traditional soups to keep us all warm!

Vintage teaspoon chandelier in kitchenHere’s a round-up of our January blog posts in case you were too busy to see them at the time. You can turn the year back a few notches already and check them out now!

We started January by glancing back at our top 12 antiques and decor blog posts of 2015.

It was hard to choose just a few of our tours of customers’ homes and posts about antiques, home decor and other things that interest us like antiques-inspired travel and elegant entertaining, We hope you like the ones that we thought were the cream of the crop!

Lion Fountain CourtyardThen we gave you a mini tour of this lovely house in Georgia that has the look of a French chateau. We delivered a Regency style vintage French games table and chairs set here to our customers Nita and Walter and we took the opportunity to admire the house inside and out! The courtyard pictured left has a charming lion’s head fountain on the attractive brick wall. Step inside and see the rest!

Pella Victorian VillaOur second client spotlight this month took us to the historic Pella Victorian Villa in Iowa.

We sold two antique tables and some handsome antique French Hunting chairs to the homeowner Stan and we took the time to find out more about the interesting history of the house. We also learned about Pella Historical Village, which (true to its Dutch heritage) is home of the annual Tulip Time tulip festival. Read all about it in the Pella Victorian Villa Client Spotlight.

Blue and Pink Floral TraditionalI always like to write about home decor trends but especially at the beginning of the year it’s fun to look at the latest ideas for the year ahead. In my series of posts on color trends I took a look at the Pantone pink and blue colors of the year for 2016 and the interesting ways you can use these tranquil tones in home decor.

Scarborough House Demilune tableWe also welcomed two new collections of furniture and home accents to our online store so I introduced you to the Stunning Home Decor from Scarborough House and Cyan Design.

These exceptional collections include hand-crafted and antique-inspired furniture with the finest veneers, plus spectacular lighting that has been featured in Elle Decor magazine!

Dowager enjoys soupFinally, as part of the country braced against winter storms and much of the country settled in to enjoy the final season of Downton Abbey, we took the advice of the Dowager Countess of Grantham who famously said, “Every good lady’s maid should know how to make a restorative broth.” No, I didn’t get myself a lady’s maid, but I did blog about some traditional Old Country soups from Europe to warm everyone up! Try Cock-A-Leekie, Beef and Barley, hearty Flemish Waterzooi and more in the Traditional European Soups post.

I hope 2016 will be a wonderful year for you – keep checking back to read more about traditional decor and fine antiques for regular folks!

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.

Client Spotlight: Antique Furniture in Victorian Villa

Pella Victorian VillaWe were pretty thrilled when Stan V. in Pella, IA, bought some antique furniture from us to furnish a historical house. The Pella Victorian Villa was built in 1871 and as an Iowa historic site it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Right now this grand villa is being renovated so it is not open for tours, but thanks to the internet (which never needs renovations!) you can still see photos of the rooms in the Pella Victorian Villa online virtual tour.

This is a photo of the dining room in the Pella Victorian Villa.

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You can see the handsome antique French Hunting chairs and a large antique table that came from us at EuroLuxHome.com. Later we shipped another set of chairs and another table to the villa so we look forward to seeing how those are featured in the old house.

The house was built by John Voorhees for his family, and there is an interesting story about the bricks. They were all made in a kiln on the property with clay from local clay pits and because the mortar was the same color as the bricks the builders painted white lines on the mortar between each brick. What a painstaking task that must have been! But they did a good job of it because the bricks and the mortar are still in great condition.

Apparently the house cost about $10,000 to $13,000 to build and this was double the amount Mr. Voorhees intended to pay. Tell us about it! Houses always cost more than we expect, don’t they? (We have our own stories about our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation.)

Stan and Alma purchased the house in 2011 with the aim of preserving it and they decorated it with period pieces like the antique furniture that they bought from us.

The Pella Historical Village looks like a beautiful place to go visit, especially if you want to explore the village’s Dutch Heritage.

Pella Historical Museum Tulip TIme

Pella Historical Museum at Tulip Time

Attractions include the Scholte House Museum, built in 1848 and filled with antiques, and the Vermeer Windmill – an authentic working Dutch mill.  The annual Tulip Time tulip festival also looks like a lot of fun!

We’ll revisit the Pella Victorian Villa when the renovations are complete so we can see how our antique furniture looks in the ‘new’ old house! Meanwhile, you can see our antique furniture in another historic house in our spotlight on the Johnny Cash Boyhood home.

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.

Top 12 Antiques and Home Decor Blog Posts 2015: Part 2

Last week I gave you a roundup of six of our most popular home decor and antiques blog posts of 2015. Here’s Part 2 with the remaining six of our (and your) favorite 12 posts from last year. It’s been fun seeing all the things we talked about in 2015 – we hope you enjoy seeing the highlights too. Happy new year!

7. Romantic Teacup and Spoon Chandelier

Vintage teaspoon chandelier in kitchenEveryone loved seeing our customer Marie-Louise’s romantic vintage kitchen in Haute-Normandie, France. Marie-Louise bought a new, custom-made vintage teacup and spoon chandelier from us. (It’s one of our many upcycled chandeliers, hand-crafted for us by an artisan from vintage components.)

See the photos of her characterful French kitchen in the story about The Vintage Teacup Chandelier.

Kelley in Houston, TX, was another customer who bought one of the whimsical chandeliers, but as this story shows, she changed out the vintage tea cups for large double espresso coffee cups!

8. Charming Cottage style

antique French dining chairs RenaissanceThis charming old cottage next to a babbling brook is owned by our customers Lenore and John. They only bought it recently and they picked several pieces of antique furniture from us to furnish it. Their selection included a beautifully carved antique French Henry II buffet, vintage French Renaissance dining chairs, and a pretty Louis XVI buffet for the bedroom suite.

It all looks very impressive — as well as very cozy — against the exposed logs in the mountain cabin, as you can see from the photos in the Cottage Style with Antique Furniture post.

 

9. Choosing Antique-Inspired Furniture

demilune regency sideboardI’ve written before about how to buy antique furniture online, but sometimes people need advice on buying high-quality reproduction or antique-inspired furniture too. It can be overwhelming to know what to look for as a sign of good quality. My post on Choosing Antique-Inspired Furniture describes three important elements to consider when you are shopping!

 

10. Beach Style Decor

Beach Style Living RoomThis summer I was inspired to write a series of posts about Beach Style Decor from sea shell decor to coastal cottage accents. This breezy series is full of ideas to create your nautical home, or perhaps just a single room that feels like a vacation… with a refreshing dash of casual chic and a sunny atmosphere to cheer even the coldest day!

 

11. English Castle Hotels

Leeds Castle EnglandSpeaking of vacations, I had a great time (and spent a lot of imaginary travel dollars) writing about English Castle Hotels. These unique locations are full of English history, lore and legends for a very special overnight stay. Everyone feels like royalty! I also wrote about ways to stay at Leeds Castle in England. This incredible castle, sometimes called “The Loveliest Castle in the World,” needed a whole post to itself to do it justice!

12. Yard Yoga at our Vintage Bungalow

Spring2015 planting the front yardBack in the U.S.A., our own vintage 1920s bungalow in historic Newberry, South Carolina is our castle!  We’re pleased with all our progress on our “new” old home, as you can see in our series on The Vintage Life. Blog readers and friends of our page on Facebook have been very encouraging,  making positive comments on everything from our tiling adventures to the cat porch we built.

But as it’s the middle of winter, I’m going to pick out a summery landscaping post: April Showers bring May Flowers to show off just how lovely the garden has grown! Greg and I love puttering in the garden – it’s so relaxing to be outside, digging in the dirt. I like to call it yard yoga. We’re looking forward to this year’s yard yoga and this year’s flowers… we hope you have a flourishing 2016 too!

If you missed Part 1 of our top 12 blog posts of 2015, you can see the other six 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 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.

Top 12 Antiques and Home Decor Blog Posts 2015: Part 1

It’s that time again! We’re reviewing our antiques and home decor blog posts from 2015 and it’s very hard to pick just a dozen of the most popular stories of the year.

Before we start, we’re grateful for all our good news this year. We received many honors from Houzz.com including a Best of Houzz 2015 award for customer satisfaction and service. Our upcycled vintage spoon chandeliers were featured on a TV show and we expanded and beautified our booth at the Antique Tobacco Barn in Asheville, NC.

There’s more good news too, but let’s look at the first six of our favorite 12 antiques and home decor blog posts of 2015. We’ll share the rest in our next post welcoming the new year.

1. Antique French Furniture in Newberry Mansion

Greco-Roman mansion in Newberry, SCWe always appreciate customers who return to us to buy antique, vintage, and new furniture and home decor accents, and then send us photos for our series of client  spotlights so we can see how their purchases look in their home!

Of the many that stand out from 2015, one is this gorgeous mansion filled with antique furniture chosen by our customer Tamra. In the blog post about the Newberry Mansion you’ll see the inside tour with pieces Tamra bought from us including a French Country table, antique Hunting chairs and antique Mechelen buffets.

2. The Search for the Perfect Vintage French Sheepbone Chairs

Vintage French Sheepbone ChairsThe story about the 1950 vintage French Sheepbone chairs in Veritta’s home in California was also a happy one for us because Veritta said she bought her dining table 10 years ago but she has been waiting all this time to find the perfect chairs!
See for yourself how right she was to wait for the perfect match, and also find out about the carved sheepbone style and why it’s named that way!

3. Vintage Life Cat Porch: Build It and The Cats Will Come

Evening on the Cat PorchIn our ongoing saga about the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow, we made sure we created a special space for the cats too! Our story and photos about our cat porch was one of the most popular posts this year. Everyone enjoys sitting in this “cat paradise” screened porch.

Since then we also adopted a new little tiger cat, Pumpkin to join our family of (now) 9 cats and dogs. Meet her and read about how Pumpkin arrived during Hurricane Joachim.

4. Romantic Victorian Inns

The Oaks Victorian InnJust in time for Valentine’s Day I took a virtual trip to Romantic Victorian Inns around the country. These four inns are great for a romantic getaway at any time of the year. The inns are decorated with period Victorian or Victorian style decor, adding to the charm of your stay!

5. Decorating with Mirrored Furniture

Ambella Home Casablanca chest mirroredTying in with the Hollywood Regency trend and the always-popular Art Deco look, I took the opportunity to shine a light on Decorating with Mirrored Furniture.

As you’ll see in the story, mirrored furniture can be subtle, it doesn’t have to be a bling-fest. Sophisticated new or antique mirrored furniture not only looks sleek and luxurious, it can also create clever illusions to brighten and expand a room.

 

6. How to Display a Collection

Pic: Other Metro Media/Bloggers Go Make Me

Pic: Other Metro Media/Bloggers Go Make Me

I enjoyed putting together this series on how to display a collection. It gave me the chance to explore the very creative ways different people organize and display their ceramics, jewelry, and other collections from vintage model trains to classic cameras.

Later, we also had a chance to show off my mother-in-law Kathy’s huge collection of pilgrims and other Thanksgiving-themed objects. You can see Kathy’s impressive collection of more than 700 pieces at the link.

I hope these highlights of the year provide you with some inspiration or just a little fun as you browse through.

Happy new year everyone! If you enjoyed this, see the rest of our picks for the year! Here’s the link for the Part 2 final six of our top 12 decor and antiques blog posts of 2015.

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.

Things We Love: New Container of Antiques for Christmas!

Container of French Antique FurnitureChristmas came early at EuroLux this year! When a new container of antique furniture from France lands with us, it is like Christmas – and this time, it happened at Christmas!

We’ve been waiting with excitement for our latest selection of vintage and antique furniture to sail its way across the Atlantic ocean and finally the boat arrived.

It quickly cleared customs and we were told the container was on its way to us for the final leg of its long journey.

The 40-foot container arrived as promised and right on time at 8 a.m.

Container of Antiques from France

We were ready to start unpacking  and it took four of us about three and a half hours to unload it – I think that was a new record for us!

Unpacking French Antique furniture

We had quite a few sets of French antique chairs arriving on the container. At a rough calculation, I think we bought about 45 chairs in all. Here’s Greg carrying one of the chairs inside, He’s still smiling at this point. One chair down, another 44 to go!

Unwrapping antique French furniture

While Greg, Frank and John Earl finished carrying all the furniture off the container, I set to work unwrapping everything.

French Antique Furniture just arrived from France

It actually looks like an antique explosion happened because all of the large furniture comes apart in pieces and each piece is meticulously wrapped in bubble wrap, corrugated cardboard and tied with twine.

Antique Furniture just arrived from France

We put in a full day’s work, but it will take another two weeks to get it all unwrapped, cleaned, waxed, and rebuilt in the EuroLux Home Gallery. We’ll tell you more later about the amazing pieces we received including some fabulous Art Deco buffets! But for now it will have to wait because it really is Christmas week! At time of writing, Greg and I are sneaking off to our favorite getaway for a few days of much-needed R & R and then we’ll spend the rest of the week with family.

I hope you enjoy your holidays too!

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.

Client Spotlight: Buffet Carved with Famous Painting

This is an unusual story about an antique French buffet with a carving inspired by a well-known French painting.  Our customer Saul in Gurnee, IL, bought the antique Renaissance buffet from us last year while he and his wife were building a new home. Now they are settled in, Saul got in touch to purchase a bench from us and he also sent us a photo of the buffet in place. So let’s take a look!
Carved Antique Renaissance BuffetThis is the gorgeous antique Renaissance buffet, fabulously carved in walnut and dating to about 1900. On the top center door, there is a carving of two lovers on a swing under a tree, based on the 1873 painting titled Le Printemps (Springtime) by Pierre-Auguste Cot. I first saw the buffet at an antiques market in France and I was wowed by the carving of the lovers, so we had it shipped home to the gallery. The patina of the walnut is very nice – it has a warm glow. The Renaissance Revival Henry II-style buffet is also carved with other Renaissance-style flourishes, fruit, and faces.

Lovers on a swing carving

On this close-up of the door you see the lovers better. Isn’t it romantic and exquisitely carved? You can almost feel the breeze wafting through the folds of their robes.  Here’s the original Le Printemps so you can see how well the carving capture the painting, but in three dimensions:

Le Printemps

The artist  Pierre Auguste Cot lived from 1837 to 1883 and among his many prizes and medals he was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. Le Printemps was one of his two most famous paintings. It is now on display in New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art .

Antique Renaissance Buffet in client home

And finally… here’s the buffet in Saul’s home. He says that he loves it! I noticed the nice table too with figure carvings on the legs. Saul told me it was an antique and be bought it because he liked it. I would guess that it may be French Renaissance dating to the turn of the century and I think it is also made in walnut,  so it is the perfect complement to the buffet.

leather window seat BG-225Saul also just bought this handsome new bench or window seat from us. It’s a very good match for the antique Renaissance pieces he has, with the leather upholstery, nailhead trim, decorative stretcher and a blackwash finish. I hope we’ll get a photo of this piece in your lovely new home too, Saul! I can’t wait to see how you continue to curate the furnishings and other decor as you obviously have a very clear vision in mind and it all looks terrific so far!

We’d love to hear readers’ comments about the carving of the painting. What do you think? Share your opinion 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 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.

Beautiful Guest Rooms with Traditional Style

Around the holidays there are so many visitors coming and going, I thought it was a good time to look at some beautiful guest rooms designed with traditional style. These inviting guest bedrooms all offer a warm welcome and the practical comforts to keep your favorite friends and family coming back for more!

Let’s start with the essentials. A gorgeous bed makes your guest feel special before they even open their suitcase. This room with French style decor and antique furniture is a perfect example. (You can find some fabulous new, vintage and antique beds on our website.) The pale pastel blues make this a very serene guest room.

Traditional Bedroom by Easton Interior Designers & Decorators Bountiful

A pair of traditional nightstands beside the bed provides pleasing visual balance as well as a useful place for your guests to keep their bits and pieces organized. If you’ve ever slept in a makeshift bedroom without a bedside table, you’ll know that it’s a bit like injuring your thumb. You don’t realize how much you use it till you can’t! A well-dressed bedside table will have a lamp, some tissues easily to hand and an alarm clock. (A cell phone clock is just not the same when you have to hunt around for it in the middle of the night!) A pitcher of water, a notepad and pan, and a few magazines or books are always appreciated too.

Of course you want some easy-to-reach lighting by the bed. This Mediterranean guest bedroom with an antique-inspired bed features charming wall lamps. This is a great idea as it keeps the bedside table top clear. However, the wall sconce approach is best if you will only ever have the bed in one place. Otherwise you’ll be rewiring every time you move the furniture around!

Dale Tiffany Genoa Table LampMany people opt for a table lamp for more flexibility. Our collection includes this stunning new Dale Tiffany bedside lamp with a hand-crafted glass shade.

The dragonfly design is designed to replicate the dragonfly designs on original Louis Comfort Tiffany antique lamps. A built-in nightlight glows through the glass base to silhouette the pretty dragonflies, making it a lovely finishing touch to comfort a child who is staying over for the night. Or, let’s admit it, the nightlight will be great for adults too. We all know what it’s like to wake up and fumble around in a dark room when we’re staying in a strange place!

The next ‘essential’ for a guest bedroom is something to put your suitcase on. It gets very old very quickly when you are digging around in a suitcase on the floor to find something. You can buy a suitcase rack of the type found in hotels and whip that out every time friends arrive, folding it up neatly in a closet the rest of the time. The wooden luggage rack under the window in this very traditional French Country bedroom manages to blend in well enough.  In any case, our eyes are on the gorgeous toile bed linens, the window treatments and that delicious painted armoire! (If you are looking for a wardrobe, we have some equally lovely new and antique armoires on our website.)

Amish Wooden BenchOr use a nice wooden bench like this new Amish bench for travel bags. As long as the bench is big enough to support a suitcase, you then have the option to use the bench as a useful piece of furniture when nobody is visiting. The main thing is to choose an easy-to-clean surface. Wood or metal are good, but you don’t want an upholstered bench to double up as a suitcase rack for the same reason you don’t want people putting their suitcases on the bed. Dirt alert!

These are the basic pieces of furniture for a beautiful traditional style guest bedroom. In my next post I look at stylish guest room seating ideas to ensure your visitors are always comfortable!

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.

Client Spotlight: Charming Cottage Style

We met Lenore and John M. at the Antique Tobacco Barn in Asheville, NC, while we were there restocking our booth. Lenore and John recently purchased a very charming cottage in Sapphire, NC, that dates to the turn of the century and sits next to a babbling brook.

Antique French Hunting BuffetLenore fell in love with two buffets in our booth and then went on our website and found a beautiful set of chairs to match!

Lenore wanted an impressive buffet for the open dining area to fit with the rustic nature of the exposed logs in the mountain cabin.

I think the antique Hunting Buffet makes an excellent choice! The stunning carved scene of a hunter and stag on the upper cabinet makes this antique French Henry II buffet a work of art as well as a beautiful piece of furniture. The two lower cabinet doors are carved with mythical, dragon-like creatures.
Antique French Carved Henry II BuffetHere is the 8-feet-tall antique Henry II style oak buffet in Lenore’s home. Made in France in 1920, the buffet makes an eye-catching statement with practical storage and serving space. Vintage French Chairs

Peeking into the bottom of the photo you can see the vintage French Renaissance dining chairs Lenore chose.

The set of six French Renaissance dining chairs was made in about 1930. The vintage chairs are beautifully upholstered in red and cream brocade and the spiral turning on the oak legs adds another decorative detail.

Let’s take a better look at the vintage chairs together with the antique buffet in Lenore’s dining area…

antique French dining chairs Renaissance

Doesn’t it look amazing? The red patterned upholstery on the antique Renaissance style chairs adds a pop of color and provides comfortable seating around the long plank-top dining table.

Vintage French Buffet Louis XVI CarvedLenore also chose a pretty Louis XVI buffet for the master bedroom. The vintage French buffet is carved with delightful ribbons, floral designs and coats of arms. The unusual vintage buffet with a rich golden patina on the aged oak was crafted in France in 1930 and nearly the entire front is carved in with beautiful detail. Lenore saw that the mirrored doors and open display shelves of this sideboard made it the perfect candidate for a subtle French translation…. she got creative and turned it into a piece of bedroom furniture!

What a magnificent and unique dresser, with so much space to tuck away your jewels and silk scarves and other favorite pieces of clothing.

Louis XVI antique sideboard bedroomThe bedroom is just off a sitting room with a large fireplace – a wonderful place to enjoy a bottle of wine! The four poster bed is also an antique that came from the personal collection of the original owner of the Grove Park Inn in Asheville. We think the feminine elements on the Louis XVI buffet in combination with the gorgeous four-poster bed combine to make a very romantic master bedroom indeed.

We love it when our customers get creative with using antique furniture in their homes.
Many thanks to Lenore and John for inviting us into your lovely home for a tour!

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.

Client Spotlight: French Antique Chairs in Sandoval Restaurant

A couple of years ago we sold a set of antique Renaissance chairs to Bart D.,  the director of Business Development for Richard Sandoval Restaurants. He was in charge of opening a new location of La Biblioteca, a tequila bar that offers more than 350 tequilas in Denver, CO.

Antique French Renaissance ChairsI’m delighted to hear that La Biblioteca has been a great success, and I’m even more delighted to think that our antique chairs feature as part of the décor in the bar and restaurant!

This is one chair from the set of six antique French Renaissance dining chairs.

They date to 1900 and each sturdy walnut chair boasts the original embossed dark brown leather on the seat and back, accented by a chunky nailhead trim.

Antique Renaissance Embossed Leather Chair

The leather is embossed with a decorative design of flowers and ribbons in the Louis XVI style. The rail of entwined ovals carved in the seat back add another strikingly ornamental touch that works well in a contemporary dining room.

French Antique chairs in restaurantHere are the antique French chairs in La Biblioteca restaurant in Denver. It’s near the Millennium Bridge in Denver’s RiverFront Park neighborhood and it’s the brainchild of international restaurateur, television personality and cookbook author, Chef Richard Sandoval. The original La Biblioteca location is in New York City on 3rd Avenue in Manhatten.

La Biblioteca Tequila LibraryBoth venues are based on Chef Sandoval’s “Library of Tequila” concept, serving up a menu of Latin-Asian cuisine and a collection of Sandoval’s personal favorite tequila selections including some aged up to 25 years.

I guess in Tequila Land that counts as a mellow old antique, so it’s fitting that diners get to enjoy some mellow antique furniture too!

La Biblioteca has received some wonderful press coverage. For example, Food And Wine magazine included the restaurant in their list of 7 Places to Drink Really Good Tequila.

The magazine added, “Sandoval’s superior menu includes guacamole with smoked trout, and tacos stuffed with skirt steak, Wagyu and chorizo.”

Mmm. Is there any chance that some Denver customers want Greg and me to personally deliver some antique furniture soon? That way we can stop over and try the tastes of La Biblioteca for ourselves. If you are one of our Colorado readers and you’ve been to La Biblioteca, we’d love to hear about it!

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.