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Top Antiques and Decor Blog Posts Summer 2014

It’s time to look back at our most popular décor and antiques blog posts from the summer. In June and July people are often thinking about garden landscaping and lounging on the patio or deck. That’s why we highlighted some new books about outdoor living in our recent bookshelf post. But turning our attention back to indoor décor and antiques, here are some of the posts that got the most hits!

Antiques and decorAs part of our series of client spotlights, we all enjoyed hearing the story of why Howard C. in Oceanside, NY, bought a set of heavily-carved antique chairs from us. You can read the story about the French Antique Hunting Chairs for yourself, and see more photos of them in Howard’s dining room.

Armchair explorer decorSummer inspires dreams of far-flung places and exotic travels. Our post about armchair explorer décor proves that you can take a romantic journey every day, without leaving your own home! A few clever details are often enough to evoke the nostalgic atmosphere of this décor style. Get some inspiration from the rooms and home décor accents in the Armchair Explorer Décor post.

antiques and decor eclectic roomOur customers love eclectic decor and so do we. “I don’t want things that are matchy-matchy,” they tell me. They don’t want Rooms-To-Go! Our post on Eclectic Décor looked at various real-life rooms that really mix different styles of antiques and décor beautifully. It’s great to see how folks make unique and personal design statements in their home.
antiques and decorThis is the perfect time of year to be thinking ahead to the lighting you’ll want in your home when the cozy fall days roll around. Chandeliers always make a gorgeous focal point in a space as well as adding sparkle or warmth. Not all chandeliers have to be glitzy, as you can see from my post on Chandelier Lighting for Every Room and Style. True to its title, the post looks at different chandelier designs that would work in all kinds of different rooms. Some are true vintage chandeliers, others are crafted by contemporary artists. All are sure to add a unique touch to your home!

We hope you enjoyed browsing this round-up of our most popular antiques and décor posts from June and July. Let us know if there is a topic you would like covered in future on this blog. As long as it is about antiques, home décor or living the vintage life, we would love to hear about your ideas!

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.

Eclectic Decor: Freedom from Matchy-Matchy Furniture!

Our customers enjoy eclectic decor and so do we. “I don’t want things that are matchy-matchy,” they say to me. They don’t want Rooms-To-Go!

Dining room eclectic decor I love chatting with people who have the confidence to just pick things they are drawn to.  I always say: “If you see something you like, get it!” Don’t worry about everything matching in a room. It will come together if you trust your taste. That takes courage and boldness, but I like things to look unique and I also like the juxtaposition of different styles, color tones, and wood styles.

Rick and Cheri’s dining room is a great example. We took a tour of their home in our Antique Carved Furniture Fusion Client Spotlight. Rick and Cheri purchased several pieces from us over the years, including the 1900 French Renaissance buffet pictured here. But they also bought antique furniture in the French Hunting style, the Flemish Mechelen style, the American Eastlake style, and the French Brittany style! All the pieces are beautifully carved and they create a wonderful (and very individual) fusion.

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Many of our customers are interested in having chairs that don’t exactly match. This graceful eclectic decor dining area shows how interesting it is to have a mix of seating and upholstery fabrics. The two antique chairs don’t match, but they complement each other with their traditional French styling.  The sofa looks more modern but still classic, and the shaping of the back means that it blends nicely with the antiques. With the pretty mix of fabric prints and the fancy chandelier, this space looks charming!

Eclectic decor foyer

This entry foyer is another great example of eclectic decor. The space is so inviting I’d be tempted to stop here and go no further! This house is filled with antiques in different styles. Although the comfy old chair looks quite French in style, there are also nomadic African  influences in the carpet and the display of pottery.

Eclectic decor traditional bedroom

This bedroom is unusual. At first glance it has an antique French look to it, in the sofa, chair, and console table. The pale blue sofa upholstery coloring is also typical of antique French decor and the sculptures are very Old World classic. But look closer and you’ll notice that the two small tables before the sofa have a square geometric design that looks quite modern.  The rectangular table lamp, blingy chandelier, and the simple, almost Scandinavian four-poster bed are also not in keeping with the period and style of the other furniture. But doesn’t it all come together to set a lovely scene in this bedroom?

The last three photos in this post come from Houzz, and we’re delighted to say that we have been invited by Houzz to join their marketplace! You can find our furniture and home accents at EuroLuxHome on Houzz and check out our 5 Star reviews. Of course, you can still browse our full inventory at our own online gallery site: EuroLuxAntiques.com.

Tell us your tips on how you create unique and eclectic decor in your 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. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Best of May 2014: Creative Antique Decor

It’s always great to see how our clients blend antiques into their decor. This month we also took a little journey around some historic inns that boast antique decor. Let’s revisit our favorite interior design and antique decor blog posts from May.

 

Creative antique decor: antique French nightstand in the kitchenIn our series of client spotlights, we showed how Kathleen in Oklahoma cleverly turned a French antique nightstand into a pretty kitchen table with storage! The walnut and marble nightstand in the Henry II style dates to 1900 and Kathleen has given it a whole new lease on life.

That blog post also showed other creative ways to repurpose antiques, including a Tibetan altar and a 19th-century antique English secretary. I love to see antique decor used in unusual ways. You can bet these pieces are a terrific conversation starter when guests arrive!
Art Nouveau Chandelier in antique decor dining room
Our Art Nouveau chandelier client spotlight told how commercial pilot Gary found an antique chandelier in our gallery that rivaled one he saw in Rome, Italy! The Italian antiques dealer wouldn’t negotiate the very expensive price so Gary browsed the vintage and antique lighting on our website. He liked our wide selection, high quality, and reasonable prices. Gary lives in nearby North Carolina so he visited us to choose this Art Nouveau chandelier. Doesn’t it look stunning in his elegant dining room?
Monmouth Historic InnThis gorgeous hallway is in the Monmouth Historic Inn in Natchez, MS. It was built in 1818 and the rooms are furnished with antebellum-era antiques. It’s just one of the places to visit in our post on beautiful historic inns around the country. The inns all boast delightful antique decor to add to the romance!
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In our series of posts on 2014 home decor trends, we took a look at trendy but timeless nailhead trim on furniture. These very rare antique French Hunting chairs in the gallery offer a fine example. The embossed leather panels are attached to the ornately carved oak chair frames by attractive nailheads that were crafted and placed in 1880!
Nailhead trim on Ambella Home SideboardFast forward to 2014 and even the high-quality reproduction furniture we carry looks neat with nailheads! How about this impressive Ambella Home Manhattan collection sideboard?
Thanks for sharing the month with me. I’ll be back with more antique decor and home design inspirations in June!

 

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. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Celebrity Antiques Lovers at the Oscars

With the Academy Awards coming up on March 2, I was curious to see which celebrity antiques lovers would be on the red carpet at this year’s Oscars. It turns out that quite a few famous names go hunting for antiques. That includes the stars of the movie Gravity, which is up for best picture award at the 2014 Oscars, as well as other honors.

Sandra Bullock, a best actress nominee for her role in Gravity, has been spotted shopping in antiques shops in Texas and California. (We haven’t seen her in our Newberry, South Carolina store yet – check out our EuroLuxAntiques.com website, Sandra!)

Celebrity antiques: Clooney dining roomHer co-star George Clooney, mixes antique furniture in with his very tasteful decor, including vintage chairs and lighting. He seems to have a taste for Mission style chandeliers. You can see a rather fine one just over his shoulder in the dining room of his Los Angeles home, above what looks like a Renaissance style table and chairs. (Get the full house tour in the CBS News Person-to-Person with George Clooney.)  We have a very similar large Mission style vintage chandelier in the gallery.

Celebrity antiques: George Clooney antique chandelierClooney’s Baja peninsula Mexican villa also has an antique wrought iron chandelier over the otherwise modern dining room table, as featured in Architectural Digest.
Among many reasons to admire George Clooney, I like that he adopted his dog Einstein from a shelter. (A portion of all our sales benefits the PETS Inc. no-kill animal shelter, so it’s great to see a movie star helping homeless pets too.) Clooney got the cocker spaniel to love him at first sight (or first sniff) by rubbing meatballs on his shoes. Way to a dog’s heart, huh?

Ellen degeneres homeEllen DeGeneres hosts this year’s Oscars, and this celebrity antiques collector is fond of mid-20th-century antique French furniture, according to an Elle Decor article and slideshow. Her Santa Monica ranch is scattered with antiques like these 19th-century Windsor chairs. The Jonathan Charles Windsor chair that we stock in gray would also look at home in Ellen’s Country decor.

Other celebrity antiques lovers at the 2014 Oscars include Sandra Bullock’s fellow best actress nominee Meryl Streep (August: Osage County). Ms. Streep is apparently a frequent buyer of fine European antiques. She’s welcome to drop in at our gallery too, although I’d probably be speechless if she did. Only one of those ladies can win an Oscar on Sunday, or maybe one of the other actresses will scoop them both, but at least they have a passion for antiques in common!

While talking Hollywood, we are proud to count a five-time Emmy Award winner amongst our customers. You can read about him in our client spotlight on his French antique chairs.

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.

Top 12 Antiques and Decor Blog Posts 2013: Part 2

A few days ago we shared with you six of our most popular antiques and decor blog posts of 2013. Here’s the Part 2 we promised, with the remaining six of our (and your) favorite 12 posts. It’s hard to pick just 12 posts out of a whole year of tips about antiques and decor, never mind all our client spotlights showing our customers’ homes. But we hope you enjoy these – Happy new year!

7. Add Warmth and Mood to Your Interior Design with Wood

These homeowners create contrast in their natural wood decor by adding a dark French antique buffet -- EuroLuxAntiques.comThe five examples in our post on how to add warmth and mood to your home with wood included photos from our clients and from other interiors. Light-colored wood and darker finish wood each convey a natural warmth but they create different effects. This picture is from our clients Jamie and Bill. They bought the beautiful dark-toned French antique buffet from us and paired it with their exposed blonde beams to stunning effect.

8. French country furniture in Alabama

Antiques and decor idea from French Country bedroom in our client's home.On a trip to deliver an antique Louis XV bedroom set to Sandy and Brent H. in Northport, Alabama, we enjoyed seeing their gorgeous collection of French antique furniture. (We also enjoyed the delicious pot roast and cake that Sandy cooked for us. There are perks to this job!) Sandy and Brent have been customers since 2010, and it was terrific to share the photos of their interior design in my post touring their French Country decor home.

9. How to Sell Antiques and Vintage Items

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We receive many emails from folk wondering how to sell antiques they’ve inherited or want to sell for various reasons. So I wrote up my tips on how to sell antiques and vintage items. It including finding out the value, selling options, and advice for selling online. This was a follow-up to one of our most popular 2012 antiques and decor blog posts on how to buy antique furniture online safely and without fear!

10. Victorian Restoration Dining Room

antiques and decor ideas for Victorian home Many of our clients are working on Victorian restorations and our client Sal S., a busy entrepreneur in New York, is one of them. He is doing a beautiful job restoring his Victorian home that had been neglected for years. Our client spotlight on Sal’s Victorian restoration shares how he actually took a road trip to see all our antique furniture and choose in person for his splendid Victorian dining room!  Readers of our antiques and decor blog may remember that Angela M. in Texas also had a great story to tell about why she chose antique brittany furniture for her Victorian restoration.

11. Château de Bagnols Castle Vacation

Château de Bagnols fireplaceMany of our customers enjoy travel to Europe. We wrote several posts this year about historic places to stay or visit that are decorated with wonderful antique furniture. Our post on Château de Bagnols in France provided plenty of inspiration for those of us with regal tastes, even if you don’t get to stay in this 13th century castle hotel! Closer to home, Hillwood Estate in Washington, DC, also has a fascinating story and an array of antique Fabergé and religious treasures.

12. Decorative Stair Ideas

Decorative StairWe are pretty active with our Pinterest boards and we had a lot of fun browsing around Pinterest to share this post on decorative stair ideas. They turn even the simplest staircase into a unique design feature with just a little creativity.

Copy of KittlesFinally, I can’t resist showing you this photo of Ozzy, fondly known as Mr. Kittles, that we posted on our Facebook page. He is just one of our 8 cats and dogs who ‘help’ us in the gallery. Mr. Kittles has his own special way of telling me that “It’s time to stop working! Come and play with me!”

A portion of all our sales benefit the PETS Inc. no-kill animal shelter, so we’re grateful to all our customers in 2013 who helped us help homeless pets.

I hope you enjoyed our recap of our top 12 antiques and decor blog posts of 2013, and that you and yours have a happy, healthy, and beautifully decorated 2014!

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: Fine French Antiques in Peoria, IL

I always love it when our customers take the time to photograph their purchases to show us how they’re using them. And I especially love it when they include pictures of their sweet furbabies!

About a year ago, Isabelle J., who is herself from France but now resides in Peoria, Illinois, bought a set of six antique Louis XVI dining chairs to match her existing antique French dining table. Doesn’t this set look beautiful?

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You can tell Isabelle has taken great care to build her French antique interior decor by selectively adding pieces over the years. Note the beautiful antique server, at top-left in the photo, and the brass candelabra. Stunning! You can also see Isabelle’s adorable pooch, the aptly named “Angel” (who speaks fluent French, by the way!).

Here’s another view of the solid walnut chairs paired with Isabelle’s gorgeous trestle table.

In the background, you’ll see an antique buffet. I love the way Isabelle showcases her collection of light-colored china on the shelves. The contrast between the warm wood tone and the creamy china really draws the eye to the plates. And that Art Deco sculpture is sensational. Although Isabelle didn’t purchase that sculpture from us, we do carry similar ones.

As we corresponded, Isabelle wanted to make the point that these chairs are very comfortable. She said, “We have found the chairs beautiful and comfortable, and this is very important for American people, who think the French stay too long at the table.” I can only smile at that! Stay too long, lingering over dinner with friends? Impossible!

Just look at the gorgeous patina on that table top! I can practically feel the table’s history. And the chair set works so well with the antique trestle table. Note how great the Art Deco clock looks on the wall. Although from a slightly different period (probably the 1930s, while the chairs and table date to 1920 or earlier), the antique regulator clock looks right at home in this setting. It just goes to show how easy it is to blend eras as long as you take care to match color or some other element within the overall design. It’s worth noting the tapestry hanging on the wall at left is a reproduction similar to those we carry. That particular tapestry is based on an 18th century inlaid panel on a cabinet that belonged to George IV and hung in his Carlton Palace. The original panel now resides in Buckingham Palace.

Lastly, here is chère Angel:

On that adorable note, we’ll bid you adieu!

I thank Isabelle for sending us such wonderful photos and allowing us to showcase her beautiful home on this blog. Please send me your decorating photos so I can share them, as well! I love seeing the many ways people live with antique furnishings.

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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 sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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