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Top-Grain vs. Split-Grain Leather and Leather Furniture Care

AT-4 Leather Chesterfield SetteeIn my recent customer spotlight about interior designer Charity and the new antiqued leather settee she bought from us,  I mentioned that leather sofas, chairs, stools and benches are among our top sellers.

One of the leather furniture makers that we work with is a small family business, and they gave me some great info about the different types of leather and the care of leather.Top Grain cream leather sofa

My first lesson was about the difference between top-grain and split-grain leather. Full-grain leather is the natural whole hide, but that whole hide is usually split into layers for making furniture upholstery. (Think of it like peeling two slices of bread apart!)
Both cuts of leather are true 100% leather and each one is wonderful for different purposes, looks, type of furniture and price points.

Red Leather Cloister counter stoolThe top-grain is the cut from the hair side of the leather. It is the most common type of leather used in high-end leather products as it is smooth and pliable.
The traditional top-grain leather look is shiny and smooth and soft to the touch, with natural color and texture variations.  Many of our sofas and chairs are top-grain leather.

The split-grain is from the flesh side. It is a tougher and thicker cut of leather and it is usually at a slightly lower price point. After the split is made, this layer of leather has a fuzzy suede look on both sides and it is light in color. Then it is finished to give it the look and feel of top-grain leather. Usually this includes applying color and a clear protective top coat.

Leather Furniture Care

Leather is porous and it’s made up of around 12-14% water which keeps it so luxuriously supple. But even though it is such a sturdy and timeless upholstery material, you do need to avoid things that will dry the leather out. For example, it’s best to keep it away from a heater or from direct sun right beneath a window.

Top Grain Leather sofa hand-made in USATo clean leather furniture, only use a water based leather cleaner. Before my leather lesson from the furniture makers, I didn’t know how bad the leather conditioners are that you can buy in supermarkets and chain stores. I never thought about it for leather, but it is just like all of those furniture sprays that are also bad for your furniture and create a waxy build-up.

New Madison Leather Club ChairMy leather expert said never to use regular household products to clean and care for leather. This includes products containing oils, waxes or silicones, as they dry out the leather big time! Most “conditioners” contain waxes or oils while furniture polish contains silicones. These all ruin the leather finish. Car cleaners with oils or waxes can leave residue that acts like a magnet to dirt, creating a build-up and finally cracking of the leather. Chemicals in many leather wipes also destroy the finish and dry out the hide so it peels.

Baby wipes are terrible for leather too as is dishwashing liquid as it has a high salt content and will ruin your finish. What about Saddle Soap? That should be OK, right? Wrong! The finish on beautiful leather furniture is not the same as saddle leather, so keep the saddle soap in the stable!

Top Grain Leather Sofa Antique LookAfter cleaning with a water based leather cleaner and nothing else, treat the leather furniture with a good water based leather protector. This creates a protective barrier, preventing dirt and stains from soaking into the leather.

Regularly wiping the leather with a damp cloth helps to clean dirt and body oils from the furniture in addition to helping rehydrate the leather – it’s nature’s own moisturizer! Take care of your top-grain or split-grain leather furniture and it will be look handsome and feel great for years!

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.

September Home Decor & Antiques Roundup

If you’ve been too busy to read our home decor and antiques blog recently, you missed some great Customer Home Spotlights and other news.  Here’s a quick “antiques roundup” of our September posts, linked to the original stories so you can go back to see them for yourself!

French Antique chairs in restaurantA couple of years ago we sold a set of antique Renaissance chairs to La Biblioteca, a tequila bar that offers more than 350 tequilas in Denver, CO. It’s part of the empire of Richard Sandoval Restaurants so we were delighted to see how great our chairs looked in this gorgeous bar and to read the rave reviews of La Biblioteca in the press. See more about the antique French chairs and the restaurant in the full blog post.

antique French dining chairs RenaissanceOur customers Lenore and John recently purchased a charming old cottage next to a babbling brook and they bought several pieces of antique furniture from us to furnish it. This photo shows a beautifully carved antique French Henry II buffet and a set of vintage French Renaissance dining chairs dating to about 1930. Read the whole Cottage Style with Antique Furniture post to see more about this room, plus the master bedroom where Lenore creatively used a pretty Louis XVI buffet as part of the bedroom suite!

Loft of store with vintage signCloser to home we took a trip down memory lane by sharing the historic story of our buildings on Main Street, Newberry, SC.

The plot of the story explains the mystery behind the sign on the wall of our antiques store. It dates back to the 1930s and it’s a tale of rivalry and a good idea gone wrong. This story ends with a bang!

Read about it in the post: Vintage Life: The Mystery Behind the Sign.

Houzz Recommended BadgeWe also shared two pieces of good news. Houzz has awarded us a Recommended badge (given to the top-rated pros on Houzz.com) and an Influencer badge, given to pros on Houzz whose “advice and knowledgeable posts are most appreciated by the Houzz community.”  We already received a Best of Houzz 2015 award for our customer service. If you want to see me brag (and also wonder about Clint Eastwood’s role in all of this) check out the Houzz Home Decor Honors post.

New Writing Chest Antique styleFinally, I happily announced that we now sell home decor from two wonderful makers: Aidan Gray and Sarreid.

Aidan Gray Chandelier

The unusual and very high quality antique-inspired furniture and home accessories from these two superb  companies are a perfect addition to our existing collections.

Find out more and have a preview of some of their stylish pieces in our post on Antique-Inspired Home Decor from Aidan Gray and Sarreid.

 

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.

Houzz Home Decor Honors for EuroLux Home

Houzz Award badgeWe only started selling on Houzz.com last summer but already we’ve been blown away by the great interior design community there and the great home decor advice. We were especially pleased to receive a congratulations email from Houzz saying that EuroLux Home had been awarded more honors!

Houzz Recommended BadgeIn January I posted that EuroLux Home won a Best of Houzz 2015 award for our customer satisfaction and service. That was terrific, but now we’ve got more good news to celebrate as we’ve received two new badges. We received the Recommended badge which is given to the top-rated pros on Houzz.

Houzz Influencer Badge We also received The Influencer badge, given to pros on Houzz whose “advice and knowledgeable posts are most appreciated by the Houzz community.” I love that title… “The Influencer.” It sounds like a movie starring Clint Eastwood!Clint Eastwood

I don’t know if  Clint is very big on home decor, but I’m sure that Greg will be happy to stand in for him as The Influencer. He’ll be thrilled to play THAT role!

Joking aside, we are very grateful that the Houzz community enjoys what we do. Our new and antique furniture and home decor accents have also been featured in many Houzz editorials.

Just out of interest, I checked on our last few sales in our EuroLux Home Houzz shop. Our Houzz customers are a very diverse group of people with a wide range of tastes.

Bench by EuroLuxHome
Recent customers have bought sets of antique dining chairs, a beautiful cast resin pointer dog sculpture, some exquisite hand-crafted Aubusson throw pillows, and this handsome new French Country style bench boasting a hand-woven rattan seat.

Our lighting collections are also very popular with Houzz style-seekers including lighting by Jonathan Charles, Dale Tiffany, and Currey and Company.

We hope that you’ll come and follow EuroLux Home on Houzz if you have an account. (It’s free, of course.) Check out our customer projects too.

Meanwhile, we’ll carry on chatting with our home decor friends on Houzz and we’ll enjoy our new role as The Influencer!

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: Jonathan Charles Buckingham Console Table

Linda K. sent some photos of her new living room in Wayne, PA, featuring the beautiful new Jonathan Charles console table that she bought from us.
Jonathan Charles console table Buckingham
The mahogany console table from the Jonathan Charles Buckingham collection is crafted in Late Regency style with an antiqued finish. The elegant wood detailing, ornate drawer handles, and fluted and tapered legs capture the Regency style perfectly.
Jonathan Charles Console Table BuckinghamHere’s the Buckingham console table in its new home. Linda has been doing a lot of work on the room although she ruefully added that her new living room project was going very slowly. Linda, tell us about it! We’ve been working on our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation for several years and we know how long these things take.

We think the room looks great already, with those gorgeous floors and the striking piece of art creating a focal point over the console table. It also looks like the windows are huge! Lots of lovely light in that room!
Jonathan Charles Buckingham Console Table
Linda says, ” The living room is starting to come together but we still need a rug, sconces on the wall, ficus trees in the corners with lighting, new window treatments AND the new beautiful couches came in the wrong fabric!” Linda order her new couches from a high-end chain and the sofas came in a light green or sea foam color.

“They were supposed to be much darker in color with a more olive green background, along with some beiges and browns,” Linda said. She was waiting for the chain to put the new order in so she could get the new couches in June sometime. I hope they’ve arrived with you by now, Linda!

In any case, Linda is very philosophical about it all. I guess we have to be sometimes, or we’d go crazy. Linda said, “At any rate, it’s small problems – just been a headache. Glad our console table was a breeze!”

We enjoyed dealing with Linda too. She found us on Bonanza.com and was very pleasant to work with. Here is a link to our Bonanza store.  Of course, you can also find this Jonathan Charles console table and all our fine antique French furniture and antique-inspired new furniture and lighting on our EuroLuxHome.com website 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 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.

Choosing Antique-Inspired Furniture

We know from our customers that buying a piece of fine antique furniture is always a special experience. But sometimes it makes more sense to buy new antique-inspired furniture for your home. Perhaps because it’s hard to find the exact antique piece to suit your space.

demilune regency sideboardHigh-quality reproduction furniture is very impressive and easy to live with and it’s a good investment too. These pieces are often hand-crafted using the same methods as original antiques.  Look at furniture by makers like Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture, Ambella Home Collection, Woodbridge Furniture Company and Currey & Co as well as lighting by Dale Tiffany, and you’ll see why they are so in demand amongst homeowners who recognize superb design and craftsmanship.

Let’s take a look at three important elements to consider when you are choosing antique-inspired furniture.

High-Quality Materials

Dale Tiffany dragonfly lampEverything starts with high-quality materials whether we’re talking about solid wood,  exquisite flame mahogany veneers, wrought iron, or superbly cast hardware. Or how about hand-rolled art glass?

The craftsmen at Dale Tiffany use the same hand-rolled glass techniques as were used to make original Louis Comfort Tiffany lamps. They also hand-cut their unique and colorful glass to replicate the famous Tiffany stained glass designs. The Dale Tiffany table lamp in the photo shows the gorgeous effect of the fine glass… you can’t fake that! (See more about the authentic Dale Tiffany creative process including a video.)

Craftsmanship in Construction

Jonathan Charles carved deskSome of the best antique-inspired furniture is crafted with the exact same techniques that the makers used for the original European antiques. From hand-cut marquetry to intricate carved details, these reproductions are works of art in their own right. This amazing Jonathan Charles desk in the Queen Anne style shows just what we are talking about. The craftsmen and women certainly need to be as good as the craftsmen in days of yore. The only difference is that today’s furniture experts get to produce their work under decent lighting – they don’t have to work on fiddly inlays by candlelight!  (See more about traditional Jonathan Charles hand-craftsmanship including a short video.)

High-Quality and Antiqued Finishes

Ambella Home Sink Chest Hand-rubbed and carefully crafted antiqued finishes add the finishing touch to the best antique-inspired furniture. Perhaps you’ll love an ebonized finish or the welcoming allure of an aged brass or oiled bronze finish. The gleam of hand-waxed wood, antiqued mirrors, crackle glazes, distressed painted wood, polished marble… there are so many choices.

This Ambella Home sink chest shows how refined and authentic the best finishes can be, imbuing your home with a sense of substance and tradition.

If you need more convincing, take a look at some of our client spotlights and other blog posts featuring antique-inspired reproduction furniture. Or tell us about your own favorite piece of antique-inspired furniture!

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.

EuroLux Home Wins Best of Houzz 2015 Award

Houzz Award badgeGreg and I were thrilled to hear that EuroLux Home is a winner in the Best of Houzz 2015 awards. We even get a special button to put on our website. How fancy is that? EuroLux Home was awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction. We pride ourselves on our customer service so that makes us very happy, especially as we were only invited to join the Houzz.com marketplace last summer – this is our EuroLuxHome page on Houzz

We received a press release from Houzz to distribute. I won’t take up my whole blog post by copying it all here, but this is the part about us.

“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize EuroLux Home among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Best seller Glass Cocktail TableOut of curiosity, I looked at our recent best-selling furniture and home accents on Houzz. This gorgeous new Woodbridge cocktail or coffee table has been especially popular, both in this gold leaf finish and the alternative silver tone finish. The square beveled glass cocktail table is crafted with a sturdy forged steel frame and a stunning antiqued gold leaf finish. Our previous client spotlight shows how chic the Woodbridge table looks in our customer Mary G’s Californian living room.

We’ve also featured in several editorials on Houzz recently. I already mentioned the Games People Play article about family games.

Coral pink painted cabinet

The other ones include the Houzz piece on Decorating Your Home With Coral Reef, the 2015 Sherman-Williams paint Color of the Year. Houzz mentioned this handsome new cottage style hardwood coral pink painted cabinet that we sell. Funnily enough, I also wrote a blog post last week about the various 2015 Paint Colors of the Year and I suggested in that another coral pink painted wall cabinet by the same furniture maker. It would make a nice partner to this one!

The Houzz ideabook on Sofas for Every Style also included a couple of sofas from EuroLux Home. They have excellent taste, the Houzz writers, don’t they? :-)
They featured this French Country settee, newly crafted with Old World appeal.
French Country SetteeThey also selected our luxurious new top grain leather sofa, hand-crafted in the USA with a solid wood frame.

Top Grain Leather sofa customizable

Thanks to all the Houzz editorial writers and the Houzz users and customers who have supported us with great reviews!

If you haven’t joined Houzz yet, then of course you can still browse our full inventory at our own online site: EuroLuxHome.com.

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.

 

Family Games for the Holidays

Jonathan Charles Games TableA couple of weeks ago I got an email from Houzz.com saying “Hi Aimee, Congratulations! You were hand-picked by one of our writers to be featured in an editorial ideabook on the homepage of Houzz.”  That was a great way to start the day! The article is called Games People Play and it featured this Jonathan Charles games table that we stock. We sell the games table on our website, as well as from our EuroLux Houzz.com page. The square games table on a nicely carved barley twist column is crafted in walnut wood with oyster veneer. An inlaid top forms the chess board.

Inspired by that mention on Houzz, I thought it would be fun to write a post on family games for the holidays.  I also want to show you some of the superb games furniture we have in stock. Greg and I love to play trivia at a local sports bar in Columbia, SC. Therese, Greg’s aunt that used to work with us, and her boyfriend, Bill, join us every Tuesday evening. Our team is called The Info Junkies and if I can brag a bit – we win quite frequently!

French vintage Games tableNo, we do NOT play trivia night at this fabulous vintage games table, but I wish we did! The table just arrived from France, and the mahogany and green leather set of Regency style table and four chairs dates to 1960. I can picture the Rat Pack seated around it playing poker. I doubt the Rat Pack was any more competitive than we are on trivia nights though!

Chess set Game GlobeBoth Greg and Bill are fonts of useless knowledge and usually amaze us with the randomness of what they know. Therese and I help out too, but we definitely don’t have the stockpile of trivia that Greg and Bill do. Greg has a particularly deep knowledge of music from the 1970s to 1990s and we can both recite the names of the English Monarchy – in order!

For people who prefer to play a civilized game of chess rather than try to remember the name of every member of The Partridge Family,  this new chess set globe is a winner! It is printed with an antique nautical world map and replica frescoes. The chess board is removable so you can play it outside the globe for an out-of-this-world game! (Groan.)  Ambella Home Shuffleboard

Shuffleboard is such a great holiday game for all the family, and this new Ambella Home shuffleboard table is sure to evoke nostalgia. The Elegant Scroll shuffleboard table is finely crafted with handsome decorative details, so it will fit right in to your traditional decor.

Ambella Home foosball table

The matching new Ambella Home foosball table is bound to be fun too in your games room. The old-fashioned and ornate design is crafted with a fine patina and it looks like a games table out of an old pub.

We love the traditional family games, but we also love the newer games and puzzles too. John is a whiz at Sudoku and crossword puzzles and both Kathy and Greg love to play Bejeweled Blitz on their iPads.

Do you love darts, cards, pool, or charades? Tell us the about family games you enjoy for the holidays!

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.

EuroLux Antiques Announces EuroLux Home

We have some exciting news to share. Greg and I are doing so much business these days with antique-inspired new furniture, we have decided to expand our collection and broaden our name to EuroLux Home.

Ambella Home furniture at EuroLux HomeThe new name reflects the fact that we offer much more than just antiques now. We do of course still have our personally selected antique furniture that we bring from Europe. But now, in addition to EuroLux Antiques at our website, you’ll find an even greater range of EuroLux Home finely crafted high-quality new furniture and home décor accents. We have heirloom-quality furniture for every room in the house!

We are just as choosy about the antique-inspired new furniture as we are about our century-old French furniture. We only stock creations by the finest furniture craftspeople. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular items that our customers love from our collections at EuroLuxHome.com.

The stunning fireplace above is one of many Ambella Home fireplaces we supply. Intricately carved detail on the cast stone Ambella Home Brookstone fireplace is accented by a luscious black fossil stone top. Many people know Ambella Home as the company that made sink chests popular. We have many Ambella Home sink chests in our online store, including the gorgeous WInslow sink chest below, boasting a golden agate fossil stone counter and etched brass details. It looks like a real antique chest, doesn’t it? Ambella Home sink chest at EuroLux Home Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture is beautifully hand-crafted using the same techniques as original antique English and French furniture. I blogged about Jonathan Charles furniture a while ago, including a video showing how these pieces are painstakingly crafted.
Jonathan Charles chairs at EuroLux HomeThese ladderback Jonathan Charles dining chairs in traditional Country Farmhouse style have wowed our customers this summer. They are crafted in walnut and the nice details and rich finish make it easy to see why they are such a hit!

Mahogany Partners Desk at EuroLux HomeFinally, this amazing new partners desk is a superb example of the new antique-inspired furniture designed with Old World flair. The oval desk is crafted in rich flame mahogany and it features a decorative banded inlay and three hand-tooled leather panels on the desk surface. Packed with classic elegance to blend with your traditional decor, the new partners desk in our online gallery impresses everyone who sees it. The reasonable price impresses them too!

Take a look at EuroLuxHome.com or EuroLuxAntiques.com (both links take you to the same place!) and you might be surprised by our expanded collections. We choose everything from handwoven Aubusson throw pillows to hand-blown Dale Tiffany glass vases with one thought in mind: how can we make your home beautiful today?

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Jonathan Charles Furniture: Hand-Crafted in Traditional Style

EuroLuxAntiques.com started selling Jonathan Charles furniture last year as the craftsmanship and traditional designs meet our high standards. Each piece is skillfully hand-crafted using the same techniques as original antique English and French furniture.  We are very impressed with the high-quality construction and beautiful finishes that make even antique dealers take a second look to see if it is new or antique.

This video shows the attention to detail and traditional craftsmanship involved. No wonder our customers love their Jonathan Charles pieces!

The video is narrated by Jonathan Sowter, founder of Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture. He explains that most of the company’s furniture designs are based on famous antiques and the furniture found in stately homes of Europe.

Sideboard by Jonathan Charles FurnitureFrom intricate carvings to hand-painted details to genuine hand-cut marquetry, Sowter says that his highly skilled craftsmen (and women!) use the same techniques that were used back in the day. “That way it’s easier to look like the original antiques,” says Sowter. “We’re lucky enough to have the skills to do that.”

You can see the result in this gorgeous Jonathan Charles sideboard from the Buckingham collection, crafted in English Regency style. The figured fine crotch mahogany veneers and crossbanding are nicely paired with the patinated brass rail

Buckingham Bed by Jonathan Charles Furniture With the amount of work involved in each piece, requiring skills that have largely died out these days, there truly is a “wow!” factor.

For example, this regal and romantic four-poster Jonathan Charles king-sized bed is based on designs by the 18th century English furniture master Thomas Chippendale. The mahogany flame veneer detail is wonderful. We would all sleep like kings and queens in that beauty!

Trying to find exactly the right authentic hardware is difficult, so Jonathan Charles Furniture has its own foundry to make every unique handle or pin.

Jonathan Charles Furniture DeskSowter describes furniture hardware as: “Jewelry, the finishing touch that just makes a great piece of furniture fantastic.” Yep, we see it in the stunning and intricate antique-inspired handles and hinges on this Jonathan Charles Furniture secretaire or secretary desk.

Behind the doors of the William and Mary style walnut cabinet you’ll find églomisé detail in the fully fitted interior. There are plenty of drawers and pigeonholes for all your treasures too!

Oh, I wanted to tell you about the fantastic Jonathan Charles tables, chairs, mirrors, and other kinds of home accents. But that will have to wait for another day. Meanwhile, you can browse all the Jonathan Charles in our inventory and see for yourself why we are proud to carry heirloom-quality Jonathan Charles furniture.

Don’t forget that because we’re on the South Carolina Antique Trail, we’re offering 10% off everything (and our always-free shipping) when you enter the coupon code at checkout: AntiqueTrail  through March 31, 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.

 

The 2900 Mile Road Trip to Boston

blue crabEvery once in awhile, it is nice to get out of the office and take a road trip to make a few deliveries. Most of the time, we only meet our customers via email and phone. However, if something is particularly fragile and within driving distance, Greg and I will sometimes personally deliver it so that we can meet our customers face-to-face.

We also tend to deliver pieces in Virginia and Maryland, as Aimee’s 86-year-old grandmother lives there and we like to go visit her, especially when blue crabs are available in the Chesapeake Bay.

We had already planned to go to the High Point furniture market in North Carolina to source more high-quality antique reproduction furniture. We didn’t know that it would turn into a 2900 mile road trip to Boston, via Alabama!

Sandy and Brent H. in Alabama have been wonderful customers for quite a few years now. They had purchased a fantastic antique Louis XV bedroom suite that included a very fragile antique Louis XV marble-top vanity, so we decided to personally deliver their set on our way to High Point. You’ll have to wait for another blog post to see more photos of their lovely home, but I promise it will be worth the wait.

We wore our feet out walking around the High Point furniture market for three days, but we are excited about the new vendors of antique reproduction furniture with whom we will shortly begin working. Here is just one tantalizing example of what is to come in the next few months as we add these exceptional pieces to our website!

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We scheduled a delivery of a very beautiful mid-century modern sideboard purchased by Irene G. in Maryland for the day after the High Point show. Again, you’ll have to wait to see the photos from Irene’s handsome blue dining room in a separate blog post.

Greg and I will celebrate our 12th anniversary this weekend, so we decided to include a couple days sightseeing in Boston to the road trip – since we were already this far north and we’ve always wanted to see the city!JohnAdamsBirthplace

We started our exploration of Boston by visiting our 2nd President, John Adams’ birthplace (as well as that of his son and our 5th President, John Quincy Adams), their retirement home, Peacefield, and their burial sites in Braintree. Greg is a huge Revolutionary War buff and he has always felt that the role John Adams played in our nation’s founding has long been under-appreciated.

Our next stop was the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston. Paul-RevereIt was fascinating to follow in the footsteps of our founding fathers – to see where they met to plan the Boston Tea Party, where the Boston Massacre happened, where Paul Revere lived, and the steeple in the Old North Church where the lantern was hung to give the sign that the British were on their way to Lexington and Concord.

We arrived in Boston the week after the terrible terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon and found Boston Strong signs everywhere. We also found everyone to be exceptionally friendly – we’re not sure if Bostonians are always friendly or if it was a result of the attack, but we surely felt welcome to be there.

Fenway

Watching a baseball game at Fenway park has long been on Greg’s bucket list, so we were able to check that off the list on this trip – complete with a dinner of hot dogs, a pretzel, and peanuts! The Red Sox beat the Astros, so that made up for walking around lost for an hour after the game – so much for the short-cut to avoid the crowds on the subway!

Constitution

 

We finished walking the Freedom Tour the next morning by visiting a few cemeteries (all of the pretty yellow daffodils were in bloom!), exploring the old Italian neighborhood of the North End, and then touring the USS Constitution, which was very fun and interesting as it is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world.

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We ended the afternoon in Salem, which was on my list of things to do. We toured The House of Seven Gables, made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel of the same name. Built in 1668, it is the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion in New England, and it has a wonderful collection of antique furniture. We browsed through the witch-themed giftshops and took an evening walking tour led by a witch. I even had a psychic reading, which was quite an experience.

crabsWe stopped at Grandma’s house on the way home and my Dad brought a bushel of crabs for dinner! We spent hours talking and picking crabs – one of my favorite family traditions. We also visited with some folks in Pennsylvania that lived in Germany for several years and had amassed quite a collection of European antique furniture. We loaded up our trailer and will put these pieces on consignment in our Gallery.

AimeeGreg

It was a long road trip to Boston and back, especially since we drove 2900 miles in essentially 6 days, but we enjoyed it.

Happy Anniversary, Greg – I love you!

(The psychic says you’ll have to put up with me for quite a few more years!)