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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.

Things We Love: Hot Springs, North Carolina

As small business owners, it is sometimes hard to get away from the business and just take a few days off to relax. But we’ve arranged a belated Valentine’s getaway for ourselves. We’ll spend a night in Asheville and re-stock our booth at the Antique Tobacco Barn. I’ve been meaning to “get on the bus” for the LaZoom Comedy Tours of Asheville – it looks hilarious!

Then we’re off to our favorite spot in the woods – Hot Springs, North Carolina. We love to stay at the Iron Horse Station Inn which is actually three adjoining historic buildings right on Main Street.

Iron Horse Station Inn The original inn was built in 1929 while today’s restaurant and tavern was originally built prior to 1890 and was formerly a haberdashery and later a movie theatre. We love the original brick exposed walls, the heart-of-pine flooring and the stamped tin ceilings throughout the cozy Inn and Tavern.

Iron Horse Station Tavern

The food is very good and they always have an interesting selection of hand-crafted, local North Carolina beers on draught. I once had a super delicious Oyster Stout there that I just can’t seem to find again – maybe this time!

Our agenda is to relax! As you’ve probably guessed, Hot Springs is famous for the natural hot mineral water springs.

Hot Springs North CarolinaSince 1778, folks have been traveling to the Hot Springs just to soak in these natural mineral baths, which range from 100 to 104 degrees year-round. It was even a popular stopping point for travelers during the American Revolution. The water is pumped into your own private Jacuzzi tub in secluded open cabins with views of Spring Creek and the French Broad River.

Hot Springs is actually one of the few towns actually on the Appalachian Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I recently read Cheryl Strayed’s book “Wild” and was very inspired by her memoir of walking the Pacific Coast Trail. (If you haven’t seen Reese Witherspoon’s performance in the movie version of Wild you should – it is Oscar-nominated!) It has been one of my bucket-list goals to walk at least part of the Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of St. James, which is a medieval pilgrimage route from Paris, France to the Western coast of Spain. I think that would make a great 50th birthday trip in a few years! So perhaps we’ll also officially start training and do a little hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

MaxPatch Appalachian Trail

There is a spot not too far from town called Max Patch, which is on the Appalachian Trail. It is a very steep hike to an elevation of 4629 feet with 360 degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We last visited three years ago but I’m looking forward to climbing it again. A relaxing soak in the hot springs, gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and my sweetheart by my side – sounds like my kind of belated Valentine’s getaway!

At MaxPatch Appalachian Trail

If you’re looking for your own getaway inspiration, you’ll find some ideas in my recent post on Romantic Victorian Inns or in our other posts on historic getaway destinations from Bed & Breakfast Inns to European castles.

Or tell us all about your favorite get-away spot 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 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: Antiquing and Ziplining

Greg and I have just taken a five-day vacation in Asheville, NC, for Greg’s birthday. We arrived in good time at Campfire Lodgings so we could get the tent up before sunset.
Camping in Asheville, NC

We had found a very funky restaurant called the Stoney Knob Café in Weaverville on Trip Advisor, so we headed over there for dinner. The food was awesome and the desserts were even better. Then we kicked back beneath the night sky with some beers beside the fire. The next morning we enjoyed a fantastic view with our breakfast.

Beautiful view in Asheville NC
Then we went antiquing in Asheville, starting at one of our favorite places – the Antique Tobacco Barn. It sounds like a busman’s holiday, I know, but we’re on the lookout for cool, funky stuff for our bungalow. We also visited a very cool antiques shop called Oddfellows Antiques and chatted with the owner Kelly for awhile. We bought this awesome 3 piece 1960s vintage green leather chesterfield sofa and 2 chairs. The complete vintage leather set hails from England. We love it!

vintage leather sofa

Our other buys from this trip included this beautiful hand-painted sign and a very cool oyster shell light fixture for our new bathroom.

Hand-painted sign

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It sure was nice to get away for a few days. We felt so adventurous we even went ziplining! We left the phones in the truck as we didn’t want to drop them, so we don’t have any photos. But you can get an idea from the photo at the Wildwater Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures website. 

Jennifer Lawrence ziplined here while filming the Hunger Games. Greg has been afraid of heights as long as I’ve known him, but he said he would try ziplining. Campfire in Asheville NC

Around the third zip, our guide tried to make small talk with Greg. (I think he noticed the sweat on Greg’s forehead too.)
He asked which hobbies Greg enjoyed and Greg responded, “Ummm, living. Yeah, just staying alive.” Apparently that was what was on his mind while ziplining! LOL. In the end Greg said he enjoyed it and that he might do it again!

We enjoyed a campfire every night and I know Greg loved that. A campfire is the best giant birthday candle anyone can have. Happy birthday Greg!

If you are tempted to visit to Asheville, NC, too, check out my previous blog post on the Biltmore House and Gardens Estate.  The photos are pretty impressive.

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.

Biltmore House and Gardens Estate

Biltmore House and Gardens Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, is a National Historic Landmark and a wonderful place to visit. I believe it is the largest privately owned house in the United States. The 250-room Biltmore House with its fine gardens set in 8,000 acres offers plenty to see for those of us who love historic homes.

Biltmore House Estate

Biltmore House was built by George Vanderbilt after he visited Asheville in 1888 and decided it was a sweet spot for a country home. He called the estate Biltmore in honor of two Old Country words. ‘Bildt’ was the area in Holland that the Vanderbilts originally came from and ‘more’ is an Old English word that means rolling hills. The house opened with a family celebration on Christmas Eve of 1895. What a great Christmas gift!

Biltmore House castle style architecture

Vanderbilt was keen to model his new home on the working estates of Europe and he had the house designed in a château style, inspired by the architecture of French Renaissance châteaux in the Loire Valley. The architect was Richard Morris Hunt and as you can see he did a terrific job of copying the château look!

BIltmore House Library

Inside the house, this library is richly decorated with red upholstery and drapes, wood floors and a giant fireplace. The warm mood of the library just invites you to curl up with a good book and there are 10,000 volumes to choose from! When President William McKinley visited Biltmore House in 1897, the New York Times reported that he was especially pleased to linger in the luxurious library. We can see why.

Biltmore House dining roomThis impressive Biltmore House Banquet Hall also features red upholstery on the chairs. The glowing red adds a little warmth to the stone walls, otherwise the 70-foot-high hall could feel a little chilly! A magnificent stone fireplace and huge chandelier also help to balance out the scale of the room. The French Renaissance châteaux inspiration is very clear – right down to the stags’ heads on the walls.

During a self-guided tour of Biltmore House, visitors see antique furniture and art including John Singer Sargent paintings commissioned by Vanderbilt.

 

Biltmore House Landscape

Biltmore House offers different charms in every season but the maple, elm and oak trees make it popular with tourists in fall. Leaf-peepers go to see the spectacular changing colors against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Biltmore House landscape architect was Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed New York’s Central Park. Many motion pictures have been filmed at the house and gardens, including Forrest Gump and Last of the Mohicans.

Inn on Biltmore EstateVisitors can also stay over – although you don’t sleep in Biltmore House itself! Instead, you get a taste of the high life at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. It is literally the high life too – the boutique inn is located on a hill above Antler Hill Village and Winery, offering terrific views. After browsing the priceless treasures at Biltmore House, activities include carriage rides, horseback rides, a scout around the winery, and a float down the river.

Have you been to Biltmore House and Gardens? Tell us about it in the comments box below. And if this inspires ideas for a very special trip, you can get more ideas in my previous posts about historic hotels, castles, and houses to visit.

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: Asheville, NC

Most of the Antique Furniture deliveries for EuroLux Antiques are done by professional blanket-wrap vanline companies that specialize in moving Antique Furniture. However, Greg and I sometimes make our own deliveries in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. It gives us an excuse to get out of the Gallery and meet our customers in person, as 95% of our sales happen over the Internet.

Over Memorial Day weekend, we delivered a beautiful and very high quality Antique French Hunting Buffet in oak dating to 1880 to Jerry and Rhonda’s vacation home in Asheville, North Carolina. The weather was outstanding — blue skies and 75 degrees — and their neighborhood was filled with a canopy of lush, mature trees.

The large Antique French Buffet in the Hunting Style (on the back wall in the photo) perfectly complimented Rhonda’s wildlife design scheme for the dining area of a large Great Room, just off the kitchen. The Great Room is flooded with sunlight from the large windows, which look out over a pretty patio area. A stunning, antique hand-carved sculpture of a stag in solid oak with real horns from the German Black Forest lends a stately presence to this comfortable room.

French Antique Furniture in the Hunting Style is one of our specialties at EuroLux Antiques. The Hunting Style developed during the 16th century in France under the reign of King Francis I (1515 – 1547), who is known as the great French Renaissance monarch and who ruled at the same time as Henry VIII in England. King Francis wanted an exotic way to decorate his royal hunting lodges (the chateaux of the Loire Valley).  Jerry and Rhonda’s Antique French Hunting Buffet is a wonderful example of the French Hunting Style, which was very popular at the end of the 19th century.

On Antique Furniture in the Hunting Style, you will find detailed carvings of lion’s heads, winged griffins, and animal trophies, including eels, fish, rabbits, deer, boars, birds, and dogs. To further the experience of the hunt, carpenters included organic motifs with lush carvings of leaves and fruit along edges of buffets and on the backs of chairs, while table bases were often carved to represent the animals of the hunt: dogs, boars, deer, and foxes.  Notice that even the drawer pulls are carved in the shape of tree branches with leaves.

Please let me know if I can answer any questions about the French Hunting Style for you! Thanks for stopping by!

Aimee

 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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