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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.

Thanksgiving Antique Furniture & Decor Discount

We’re delighted to say Thank You to all our customers and blog readers in celebration of Thanksgiving and Small Business Saturday! Our gift to you is a 15% discount off everything at EuroLuxHome.com.

Starting today, November 25, until Wednesday December 2, get 15% off your entire order plus our always-free shipping when you enter the coupon code at checkout: ShopSmall

Brittany antique buffetThis gives you plenty of time to browse our fine antique French furniture, as well as vintage and new furniture including buffets, tables, chairs, beds, bookcases.

With gift-giving season upon us, it’s the perfect time to save money on a treasure for your home or a gift for your loved ones. For example, get 15% off this magnificent antique French Brittany buffet, beautifully carved in chestnut and dating to 1880. Carved scenes include French rustic folk filling their flagons from beer barrels and walking in the woods. It would make a brilliant bar or liquor cabinet, or use the ample hutch space for your serving dishes – either way it will be a talking point in your home! Or choose it as a unique wedding gift for some lucky couple getting married soon!

Vintage Flemish Chandelier BrassOr light up your life with some of our fabulous European vintage chandeliers like this 1950s vintage Flemish chandelier in the Louis XVI style. The nice shape created by eight swooping arms is enhanced by a pretty shell finial on the bottom. Shiny brass and worn white paint make this elegant Belgian vintage chandelier a real knockout!

Murano style chandelierTalking of knockout, we just starting stocking a large collection of lighting, art glass, and home accents by Cyan Design.

This lavish new Murano style glass chandelier is one of our favorite pieces. The detail on the 8-arm chandelier is incredible!

It would look perfect in a Victorian dining room or living room, a romantic bedroom, or really to add a touch of color and old-time sparkle in any room of the house.

Red glass candlestickEveryone loves candles whatever type of decor they have, so a gorgeous candlestick or candle holder is sure to delight.  Our selection includes vintage and new candlesticks in glass, ceramic and metal. For example, this stunning 15-inch-high
red glass candlestick is a perfect choice for a traditional dining room, or dare we say a sensuous boudoir or even an opulent bathroom? Priced at just $109 before the 15% discount, this gift is a beautiful treat that will be appreciated for years.

Don’t forget about our other home accents from ceramics and sculptures to tapestries and throw pillows

For the man who has everything or perhaps for a curious-minded young grandson, a telescope from our selection of telescopes, binoculars, magnifying glasses and opera glasses is a gift they’ll cherish forever.

antiqued leather telescopeWe think this new 18″ hand-held telescope is a handsome choice because of its rugged and nostalgic appeal. The price is very good:
just $129 before the 15% discount. Made of brass with an antique-looking leather overlay, leather strap and cap on both ends of telescope, it’s a boyhood dream come true!

I hope these suggestions have inspired some ideas. Now check out our full inventory at EuroLuxHome.com and take 15% off everything in your shopping basket  through December 2, 2015, when you enter the coupon code at checkout: ShopSmall

However you choose to use your 15% discount we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving and happy antiques and home decor shopping!

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: More Space at the Antique Tobacco Barn!

Greg and I are pleased with our sales of antique furniture since we opened a space at the Antique Tobacco Barn in Asheville, NC, last December. We asked for twice the amount of space and luckily the helpful folks at Antique Tobacco Barn were willing to oblige. It has been a tremendous amount of work to get our new space, B21, fixed up and looking great!

The new booth is actually two areas at the end of an aisle, so we have quite a bit of wall space – just what is needed for big antique furniture! These two photos show what the booth looked like, looking first one way…
Antique Tobacco Barn

…and then the other. You can see that the metal walls of the building were dark grey. Antique Tobacco Barn

Not only were the walls ugly, they didn’t show the furniture very well. They absorbed all the light making it difficult to see the beautiful carved details on the antique buffets and tables. Luckily, there were walls already built on the left side of the space, so we decided to build walls on the right side too and give everything a bright coat of paint.Antique Tobacco Barn

Greg worked on building the walls on the right side with wood panels we had already painted back in Newberry – here he is in action followed by the completed back wall.

Antique Tobacco Barn

I worked on painting the existing walls on the left side of the booth as well as the floor while we moved.

Antique Tobacco Barn

Once the paint was dry on the left side, we moved all of the furniture from the old booth to that side so that we could paint the floor on the right side too.

Antique Tobacco Barn

This was kinda starting to feel like performance art! Although the space was much brighter now, we also decided to hang lights to really give it a glow. Greg isn’t so fond of heights, so I did most of the work high up on the ladder.

Antique Tobacco Barn 8

First we hung chains across the space from the rafters and then we hung extension lights on the chains. We think it was definitely worth the effort!

Antique Tobacco Barn 9

Finally we moved two more loads of furniture in and then cleaned and waxed it all to make sure everything looked its best.

EuroLux Booth at Antique Tobacco Barn

The whole process took six trips to Asheville over a month’s time – whew, that was a LOT of work!
EuroLux Booth at Antique Tobacco BarnBut we think it looks great and we’re hoping for big sales. If you’re in the Asheville, NC area, be sure to stop by the Antique Tobacco Barn. It is located in the Biltmore Village, just a couple miles from the Biltmore Estate. Autumn is a gorgeous time to visit Asheville to see the beautiful fall colors of the changing leaves!

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.

Labor Day Sale 15% Off Antiques and New Home Decor

Get 15% off all new, vintage, and antique furniture and home accents in our End of Summer and Labor Day sale!

We’re celebrating Labor Day weekend with a discount to help you save money and help us clear space for all the new stock that’s arriving for fall! From now through September 9 you can get an amazing deal on fine European antique furniture, as well as on new home decor.

Order a beautiful crafted piece for your home at EuroLuxHome.com and you’ll get 15% off everything (as well as our always-free shipping) when you enter the coupon code at checkout: CELEBRATE

Need some shopping suggestions? Why not use your 15% off code to snap up one of our exceptional antiques at an even lower price?

Antique French Brittany ArmoireThis fabulous antique French Brittany armoire dating to 1880 is one way to save in style. Lavishly carved in chestnut wood and with a classic oval mirror in the door, the Brittany style armoire features carvings of French country folk including a man and woman relaxing beneath a pair of trees. The matching 1930 French Brittany full-size bed is carved with more joyful scenes of country dancers and horn and bagpipe players.

Victorian Antique Eastlake BedIf you prefer traditional American Victorian furniture, this impressive antique Eastlake bed might be more your style.

This classic American treasure dates to about 1890, crafted in mahogany with elegant floral carvings and a carved crest and floral medallion on the 7-foot-high headboard. It’s a handsome focal point for your master bedroom or guest bedroom.

The rich patina on the antique mahogany wood will look grand in your Victorian home decor.

Antique French Hunting ChairsYour formal dining room will receive many admiring comments from guests enjoying this handsome set of 6 antique French Hunting chairs.

The antique French Renaissance dining chairs were crafted around 1880 in the Hunting style, and the aged oak wood looks very rich against the neutral tone of the cane/rattan seating.

Carved barley twists always look great in a dining room, while a pair of leaf carvings on the crest rails along with other carved foliage, floral blocks and grape details add to the rustic appeal.

Dale Tiffany Dragonfly LampTo light your way into fall, why not enjoy the warm glow of this enchanting new Dale Tiffany lamp? The Dale Tiffany Reves table lamp with stylized dragonflies flying around the shade is hand-crafted with traditional Tiffany glass techniques – the colorful art glass is accented with sparkling glass jewels.
Jonathan Charles Gold nesting tablesMaybe you will plan ahead for holiday entertaining by ordering these elegant new Jonathan Charles nesting tables.  The two round nesting tables are available in distressed gold, bronze, or silver finishes over a wrought iron frame.  The gilded finish is paired with hand-painted gold borders and set off by églomisé or gilded glass top in a stunning pattern.  The tables fit together snugly until you need extra drinks tables for guests, then this pair pulls apart for maximum pzazz!

However you choose to use your 15% discount, we hope you enjoy browsing our our complete EuroLuxHome.com inventory. Then take 15% off everything in your shopping basket when you enter the coupon code: CELEBRATE

The offer is valid through Wednesday September 9, 2015. Happy Labor day weekend and happy antiques and home decor shopping!

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.

Customer Appreciation Sale 15% Off Everything

Get 15% off all new, vintage, and antique furniture and home accents in our Customer Appreciation Sale! I recently mentioned that EuroLux Home won a Best of Houzz 2015 Award. The award was for our Customer Service so we are sharing the love with all our customers for Valentine’s Day. Our special discount is valid now through February 16, 2015.

Order something you love for your home at EuroLuxHome.com and you’ll get 15% off everything (as well as our always-free shipping) when you enter the coupon code at checkout: HappyFebruary

That seductive deal is enough to make anyone swoon! Here are some ideas for your Valentine’s gift for your home.

antique French rococo bed

This Louis XV Rococo antique bed arrived recently from France, and it is rich in romance! Dating to 1900, the full-size French antique bed is intricately carved in walnut wood with a sensuous shell cartouche on the headboard. Floral carvings complete the pretty picture.

French Antique Chairs Renaissance Hunting Red Red is the color of romance and the gorgeous red upholstery on these French antique dining chairs is sure to look alluring in your dining room! The set of six antique Renaissance Hunting style dining chairs dates to 1880 and the oak chairs are hand-carved with grapes, foliage and barley twists. The antique chairs recently arrived from France so they bought the language of love with them.

Normandy Antique Armoire

What a sweetheart! Fans of French Country furniture will sigh with passion when they see this delightful oak antique French armoire in the Normandy style, dating to 1890. A carved vase of flourishing flowers catches the eye at once, but look closer on the mirrored doors and you’ll also be charmed by the sweet birds pecking at grapes or berries. We have an equally pretty Normandy antique bed to match.

Black Forest Stag Sconce lighting Combining the romantic appeal of the Old World with high-quality Made in the USA crafting, this fabulous stag sconce is part of a new line we just started to carry. The new sconces and chandeliers are based on antique Black Forest designs and cast in resin with terrific details. They look like carved wood and have a nice weight to them. They’d pair beautifully with your Hunting Style décor!

Chelsea House Covent Garden Painted Urn Finally, this stunning new Chelsea House hand-painted vase or urn is bound to bring spring into your home. You can almost smell the fragrance of the riot of flowers hand-painted across the 18-inch-high porcelain vase.

The Covent Garden urn is named after the historic Covent Garden flower market in London. Covent Garden is where Professor Henry Higgins first spotted Eliza Doolittle selling her flowers in the play Pygmalion and the Audrey Hepburn movie My Fair Lady. That truly was a romantic story worthy of Valentine’s Day!

However you choose to use your 15% discount, we hope you love the piece you buy.

For more inspiration browse our complete EuroLuxHome.com inventory. Then take 15% off everything in your shopping basket when you enter the coupon code: HappyFebruary

The offer is valid through February 16, 2015. Happy Valentine’s Day and happy shopping!

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 at Antique Tobacco Barn Asheville

I’ve talked before about how we love to go antiquing in Asheville, NC, at one of our favorite places: the Antique Tobacco Barn. Even though we run our own antiques business, we still enjoy hunting down cool, funky stuff for our 1920s vintage bungalow on our days off.

EuroLux Antiques in Asheville Antique Tobacco BarnSo I’m delighted to say that the Antique Tobacco Barn is no longer just our favorite antiques shopping spot in Asheville – but now we also have a booth there for EuroLux Home antiques! That’s it in the photo. When we took a 15′ by 22′ space for our antique furniture and home decor accents, we got busy making new price tags and we loaded up our trailer. We thought it would take two days to move into the space. How wrong can you be?

EuroLux Antique Tobacco Barn

Between planning the booth layout, then loading and unloading two full trailer loads, as well as cleaning and waxing 20 pieces of furniture and hanging 20 chandeliers it took way longer than expected to move into the Antique Tobacco Barn. It took a full six days! I’m not complaining as we love being in Asheville and all the effort we put into the booth was worth it. We managed to fit a lot of pieces in and we think it turned out great.

EuroLux Antique Tobacco Barn AshevilleWe’re honored that the Antique Tobacco Barn Facebook page has featured a few of our pieces already. The Antique Tobacco Barn has more than 75 dealers selling in 77,000 square feet of space, so it’s a true antiques emporium for every taste and at every price point. It has been named the best antique store in western North Carolina many times and the huge venue’s history as a former tobacco auction site adds to the vintage appeal.

We picked Antique Tobacco Barn as a new outlet for various reasons. Partly because we’ve now guaranteed ourselves a trip up to Asheville at least once a month, but also because the location is very close to Biltmore House and Biltmore Village and the visiting tourists who enjoy shopping for antiques.

vintage bungalow summer2012When I finally got back to Newberry, SC, last week it struck me that I needed to start thinking about my own Christmas shopping! It’s a busy time. In addition to visiting family over the holidays, we hope to finish the shower in our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation between Christmas and New Year so that we don’t have to keep commuting to bathe!

Although I loved sharing my tour of Traditional Christmas Decor in Every Room in my last blog posts, I haven’t had much chance to decorate our new home myself. I’m just proud I was able to get it cleaned up of construction dust prior to Christmas. We did install the stove last week and ate our first meal – we made (canned) biscuits on Sunday! I’ll finish moving the kitchen after the holiday so we don’t have to keep eating out every night.

This was our 10th anniversary year in the European antique furniture business and although the year is coming to an end we are celebrating two new beginnings. One at Antique Tobacco Barn, and one in our “new” vintage bungalow home. I wish you a wonderful Christmas and thank you for reading our blog.  May you have as many blessings as Greg and I do this Christmas!

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.

Things We Love: Our First Atlantique Antique Show

We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary here at EuroLux Antiques and today I’m remembering one of our “Laurel and Hardy moments” at our first Atlantique antique show. It is always fun to look back – to celebrate our successes and laugh at our follies – on our long journey that brought us to where we are today.

Our first Atlantique antique show

Our first Atlantique antique show

As I mentioned last month, we started the business by traveling to antique shows before we actually opened our Gallery. Our very first antique show in Atlanta was a disaster, but we certainly learned from our mistakes, and our next show in Charlotte was smooth sailing.

We did a few more shows in Atlanta and Charlotte before we decided to venture up north to the great big Atlantique antique show in Atlantic City, NJ, in March 2005. It was New Jersey’s largest and longest running indoor antique show with more than 500 vendors.

It was known as “the big one” among antique dealers that we met at the time and everyone said we just had to do it. We listened to the stories that old-timers like to tell newbies about wealthy customers sweeping in to the Atlantique antique show and buying up everything in a dealer’s booth. It sounded wonderful to us!

So Greg and I bought a 28-foot trailer and loaded it full of antique furniture and away we went, heading north on I-95. Our trailer for Atlantique antique showWe arrived at the Atlantic City Convention Center and were impressed at how well they coordinated the load-in of more than 500 dealers – the sheer volume of antique inventory stretched several football fields!

Atlantique Antique Show

The Art Deco Sideboard with the fated broken marble

While we were unloading a beautiful Art Deco Sideboard with three big pieces of marble, one of the pieces of marble tumbled out of its packaging and broke in half. Oh no!

Always resourceful, we went out to Lowe’s and bought supplies to repair the marble overnight in our hotel room. It was a very clean break, so we were able to glue and clamp it and set it aside to dry.

All seemed well until the next morning, when we realized that we had accidentally glued a big piece of the marble to the glass top table of our hotel room! Oh no again! Now what? (Are you laughing at us? No – we didn’t think about how the glue would ooze out of the bottom and adhere to the table! I told you we were green beans!)

We debated whether it was better to break the glass top or just abandon the marble – neither option was ideal. What to do, what to do? The Atlantique antique show was starting soon!

Our cabinet at Atlantique antique show

One of our cabinets at Atlantique

Greg decided to take a flathead screwdriver and see if he could gently pry it up without damaging either the glass top or the marble. Fingers and toes crossed and hold your breath! And suddenly, after a few minutes of careful wiggling, we heard a “ssssllllluuuurrrppp” – Greg had released the marble from the glass! What relief! We grabbed the marble and headed off the show, grateful at our dumb luck.

In the end, the Atlantique antique show went well and we did sell quite a few pieces and met some interesting folks too. But nine years later, we still laugh about how we glued that marble to that hotel room table!

Do you have any great stories to share of antique shows you attended? Tell us about them in the space below!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her husband, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Things We Love: Antique Shows & Laughs from Our First 10 Years

As we mentioned in our 10 Years of European Antique Furniture blog post last month, Greg and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary at EuroLux Antiques this year. It is hard to believe so many years have flown by! We’ve had so much fun over the years, and we can’t help but look back and laugh at some of our mistakes too. We thought you might enjoy chuckling at some of our follies along the way.

Greg unpacking antique furniture from Europe

Greg unpacking antique furniture from Europe

After we launched EuroLux Antiques and brought in our first container of amazing antique and vintage furniture from France and Belgium, we started out selling at antique shows. In the summer of 2004, our very first antique show was the Scott Antique Market in Atlanta, Georgia. What a bunch of green beans we were!

We arrived in the wee hours of the morning at our designated spot with our rented U-Haul truck slam full. Remember how I mentioned in the last post that we had to rebuild all of the antique furniture out of about a million pieces after our container arrived from Europe, and that we really weren’t very good at it yet? Well, we had the brilliant idea that if we took all the pieces apart again, we could pack more on the truck. But we didn’t realize that most of the potential buyers would be standing there while we unloaded the truck!

Our first antique show at Scott Antique Market

We discovered that frenzied interior designers who are running from one truck to the next don’t come back to see you hours later, after you’ve figured out how to put everything together again. There we were with our piles of pieces, watching as the other dealers around us sold armoire after armoire. I swear they were rolling their eyes at our mess. One of our armoires stayed in bits through the whole weekend of the antique show because we couldn’t figure out how to put it back together!

Our booth at our first antique show

I will say the booth looked great though. John had designed the space ahead of time to show where each piece would go. I spent hours putting out box after box of decorative items, known as “smalls” in antique lingo. John, Kathy, Greg and I all had matching shirts with EuroLux Antiques embroidered logos too.

Matching logo t-shirts we wore for our first antique show

With Greg, wearing our first matching logo shirts

While we did sell a piece or two that weekend, it wasn’t the blow-out for which we had hoped. This meant that the only way everything was going to fit back in our U-Haul truck was to take it all apart again. Of course, we had taken our time over the week before the show to strategically pack the truck one piece at a time. We hadn’t considered that we’d only have a couple hours to load all of it back on the truck and clear out of the building at the end of the antique show.

All of the other dealers, shaking their heads at our “newbie” mistakes, were long gone by the time we finally got it all loaded again. The poor security guard had to wait until after midnight for us to get our mess together and finally get out of the building.

We needed Minkey to help us pack up our first antique show

I wish we’d had Minkey there to help pack up from our first antique show. We needed a packing wizard cat and he loves digging in!

So although our first antique show wasn’t a smashing success, at least we had done it! We picked ourselves up and learned from our mistakes. Our next show, a month later, was the International Collectibles and Antiques Show at the Metrolina Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina. We had a great show and sold a bunch of furniture. We were on our way and so excited about it.

And then came the Atlantique show in Atlantic City, New Jersey, but that is a story for another blog post! Do you like to go to antique shows in your neck of the woods? Tell us about your favorite antique show in the comments below!

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.

Portobello Road Antiques Market

Portobello Road street signMany of our customers enjoy trips to Europe as much as we do, and if you’ve ever been to London you might have visited the Portobello Road antiques market. If you haven’t been to this famous antiques market, then it’s worth thinking about for your next visit, if only for the very British experience! Portobello Road claims to be the world’s largest antiques market.

Portobello Road London Alices antiquesThe main market happens every Saturday when dealers set up their street stalls to join the shops and arcades spread out along the road. Get there early if you want a bargain. The market generally starts at around 8:30 am but some customers start haggling even earlier, asking dealers “what’s your best on that?” even while the antiques are being unpacked! In winter, the dark mornings can be “a bit nippy” as the English say. Sometimes dealers have stood on piles of newspapers inside cardboard boxes, to insulate their frozen toes from the cold sidewalk. Portobello Road is a colorful sight to see, in so many ways!

Portobello Road antiques marketBy noon, the street is packed as everyone comes out to browse. You can hunt for everything from antique furniture to ceramics, antiques clocks, vintage jewelry and clothing, and all kinds of bric-a-brac. The hundreds of stalls can be overwhelming, but hey! That’s what makes Portobello Road antiques market such fun. Even if you come away empty-handed you’ve had a good time chatting with the locals.

Portobello Road pubWhen you need a break from the crowds, retreat to the old Earl of Lonsdale pub on the corner of Portobello Road and Westbourne Grove. This traditional Victorian pub has plenty of intimate nooks to take a rest and a big beer garden too for sunny days. Order a pint of beer and some steak and ale pie to refuel!

The Portobello Road antiques market began in the 1940s in a very humble way. London’s ‘Rag and Bone’ men began selling used household items and curios to the wealthy people who lived in the fancy terrace houses. My, how it’s grown!

If you’ve been to Portobello Road antiques market, we’d love to hear your stories about it. Tell us in the comments box below. And if you plan a London trip, check out my blog post on Historic Hotels of London!

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.

South Carolina Antique Trail & 10% Off Everything

Squiggy in the window on the antique trailWe are delighted that EuroLuxAntiques.com is on the South Carolina Antique Trail. Our Newberry, SC, gallery is on the trail map online and on the printed maps available at visitor centers and major antique shows. We hope you’ll stop by and see us on Main Street if you go antiques hunting. You can be sure that Squiggy, our kitty in the window, will give you a warm welcome too!

We are one of the stores in 10 southern states participating in the AntiqueTrail.com March Antique Trail Sale. You don’t actually have to take a road trip if you want our 10% discount. Although you won’t be disappointed if you do visit our beautiful state!

Get 10% off everything at EuroLuxAntiques.com (and our always-free shipping) when you enter the coupon code at checkout: AntiqueTrail  through March 31, 2014. Or just mention the Antique Trail if you come in person to the gallery.

Yep! That’s 10% off your entire order, on everything from fine antique furniture, vintage lighting, and home décor accents, to high-quality reproduction furniture. If you need further temptation to take advantage of our Antique Trail discount, here is just a tiny selection of pieces in the gallery right now.

Antique French SideboardThis gorgeous French antique server or sideboard in classic Henry II style dates to 1900. Walnut wood carvings combine wonderfully with a swirled red and grey marble top. The 6-foot-tall antique server will look impressive in any home bar or dining room. The ample storage and display space will be useful too!

Chinese antique armchairsWe love the lines of this pair of Chinese antique chairs. They have a hand-carved dragon medallion in the chair backs and a luscious red and black lacquer finish.  This style is properly called Antique Chinese Southern Official’s Hat Armchairs – typically used by wealthy people or government officials. I tip my hat to the timeless design!

Game of Thrones Gothic ChandelierThis amazing 1930 vintage French Brittany chandelier is carved with a fantasy castle complete with turrets. Five copper lamps hang from the drawbridges and chunky chains add to the thrill. It’s perfect for Game of Thrones fans, and anyone who loves Old World romance and mystery.

French Antique standing cross
This French antique standing cross was exquisitely crafted around the year 1900. The fine detailing struck us when we brought this crucifix to America. The porcelain Jesus Christ figure is surrounded by an intricate metal fringe and it is just one of our many antique religious treasures.
Ambella Home console table
We also carry high-quality reproduction furniture, like this artfully crafted new Ambella Home console table or hall cabinet. Scrolled ironwork and a black fossil stone top makes this an elegantly decorative choice. Adjustable shelves and three drawers keep you organized too!
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Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.