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Monkey Rug and Monkey Decor

Gwendi contacted me about the colorful monkey rug in our store. She explained that she actually has two furry children that happen to be monkeys and they really needed this rug for their room. Of course, I agreed that the monkeys definitely needed a monkey rug for their room! This monkey rug is especially nice because it is hand-hooked in 100% pure wool. It’s 48 inches wide and the colors and details are spectacular. Judge for yourself from the photo, and then I’ll show you a photo of Gwendi and a real live monkey!

Monkey Rug Hand Hooked WoolBuddyMonkeyGwendi lives in Texas and explained that she has two monkeys, Buddy, who is a Java macaque, and Gizmo, who is a marmoset. As I’ve never met a monkey personally before, I asked Gwendi to describe their personalities.

“Buddy is my lovebug. He hugs and kisses me. He sleeps with me every night. He is a big snuggler. And of course he loves to groom me. He is the sweetest thing – he is my furry kid, no doubt!” This is Buddy, snuggling up with Gwendi in the photograph!

Scarborough House Monkey Soap DishYou don’t have to have your own monkey at home to enjoy monkey decor! So if you like the monkey rug and you are a fan of monkeys, then maybe you like these other monkey decor pieces.

This is a charming new Scarborough House monkey soap dish featuring a cheerful and very smartly dressed monkey offering soap on a banana leaf. Crafted in brass with a brown patina and a verdigris brass patina, the monkey is more than 10 inches high and he stands on a sturdy and sleek black stone base. The monkey statue would be an elegant addition to a guest bathroom especially,  as he politely offers soap to your guests.  The details on the brass monkey are superb, right down to the details in the clothing and the expression on his face.

Standing Monkey CandleholderWe also love this noble OK Casting standing monkey candleholder. The classic style will look great in a traditional living room, dining room, hallway or bedroom.

The monkey candleholder is crafted by OK Casting in cast resin, and it is hand-cast and hand-painted with stunning details.  Every piece made by OK Casting is hand-crafted to order, and the custom-made candlestick is a generous 17.5 inches high.

Holding two candles aloft, the monkey is sure to make a bold impression.

I’ve never written a blog post about interior design for a monkey room before… it’s bananas! But I hope you’ve enjoyed a little monkey business and you can check out all our monkey decor in our online store.

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: Retrofit Sink Chest

We love it when our customers get creative with pieces they buy from us. This chest of drawers retrofit into a sink chest is a great example.

Antique French Style Chest of DrawersOur customer Edwin Miller of Edwin Miller Interiors found this new French style chest among our selection of new and antique chests of drawers and thought it would make an excellent sink chest!

The antique-inspired chest of drawers (item number BG-265) is crafted with a solid wood construction and toned brass French hardware. The curvy carved apron front and cabriole legs add to the French style charm and the gorgeous distressed finish gives the chest of drawers an authentic antique look.

Edwin had the three-drawer chest converted to a sink chest and it does look fantastic in his client’s guest bathroom!

Retrofit Sink Chest French style

The vessel sink is a perfect match for the chest of drawers and you can really see the quality of the wood finish in this photo.  Edwin Miller’s website notes that he is known for his high quality “finish selections, attention to detail and expression of client individuality, emphasizing refined sophistication.” We can see from this lovely retrofitted sink chest that he’s done it again!

If you don’t feel like converting a chest of drawers into a sink chest yourself, you might want to check out some of our beautifully crafted antique-inspired sink chests.

Ambella Home Sink Chest AugustineFor example, this Ambella Home Augustine sink chest features detailed rope carving, a white porcelain sink and a beautiful Emperador marble top.  The three-drawer petite sink chest has a rich mahogany finish.

We work with quite a few people who are building houses and the Ambella Home sink chests are always a big hit.

We can order sink chests of all sizes for our customers, from large double sinks to petite sink chests to tuck into a powder room.

Ambella Home Sink Chest Mini This mini Ambella Home sink chest may be small – a slim 23.5 inches wide, to be exact – but what it lacks in size it makes up for in looks! The antique-inspired sink chest has a mahogany frame and an Imperial Beige marble top. Swirl mahogany veneers add to the decorative effect of the very pretty sink chest. I’d team it with a pair of sconces on the wall on either side of the sink for an elegant glow.

Thanks to interior designer Edwin Miller for sending us the photo of retrofitted sink chest – we hope his clients enjoy using it for many 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.

Vintage Life: We Love Penny Tiles!

Greg and I knew from the start of our 1920s bungalow renovation that we wanted to place penny tiles in the bathrooms to keep the vintage look of our home.

Penny Tiles in Half BathroomWe started with the smallest room first: the half bath located off the living room/dining room. We chose all white tiles with a dark grey grout to emphasize the shape of the tiles.

The beadboard trim was created with original beadboard from the ceilings and it is painted a bright white while the walls are a rosy lavender – I love it! I just can’t get a good photo because the room is so small, but I’ve added a beautiful Italian vintage Capodimonte chandelier complete with pink drop roses.

Next came the upstairs guest bathroom and small side closest, where we also chose all white penny tiles.

Penny tile vintage look

I’m concentrating hard, here! This was our first experience with penny tiles and we have to say that they are a little more difficult to lay than large tiles. Penny tiles come on square sheets, but the sheets stretch, which makes it a bit difficult to get the spacing exactly even.

FInished upstairs bathroom penny tiles

Our floors aren’t perfect, but I think they show vintage charm! This is the finished upstairs bathroom. We carried the beadboard trim motif upstairs too but we had to use new beadboard sheets as we had run out of the original old beadboard. The trim is painted a bright white while the walls are a pretty green tea. It isn’t installed yet, but this is where my restored pink claw foot tub will go! What do you think?

restored pink bath tubFor the master bath, we chose marble penny tiles featuring varying shades of grey and white with hints of blue and yellow. We set it off with a dark grey grout.

MasterBath with penny tiles

We used the last of the original beadboard, painted bright white, in the alcove where my restored yellow claw foot tub will go.

yellow bath tub for vintage bungalow

We also added a bling-y vintage Rococo chandelier with sparkling crystals. Ta-da!

Master Bath with crystal vintage Rococo chandelier

Although it is not installed yet as we haven’t finished tiling the large walk-in shower and the adjoining wall, we have converted an antique Louis XV sideboard into a double vanity by removing the top and replacing it with Alabama white marble with grey veining to complement the tile floor.

Converted vanity antique French Louis 15

We’re considering placing a pair of the new Ambella Home Star Mirrors over the vanity. Here’s a photo of the mirror – let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Ambella Home Mirror Star

If you just can’t get enough tales from the tile side, our last Vintage Life: Time To Tile! blog post talked about our adventures with the pretty Mexican tile in the kitchen, sun room and utility room. Grout on!

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.

Traditional Christmas Decor Tour Part 2

In my last blog post, I started my tour of Traditional Christmas Decor in Every Room. We made our way from the front door through the foyer and peeked into several inspiring living rooms.  Now we’ll take the second part of our traditional Christmas decor tour.

First, let’s head into the kitchen to prepare the Christmas feast! This traditional kitchen invites everyone to gather round for egg nog while the figgy pudding is cooking. (However you are meant to cook figgy pudding…)

Nobody wants a cluttered kitchen, so the decorations here are cleverly kept to the kitchen island, with another display over the cabinet on the left. A Chef Santa, mini Christmas tree, and red candles in the center of the kitchen island still leave plenty of space for people to gather round for drinks and snacks. The mistletoe berries and silver festooned on the lamps create most of the merry mood – and those decorations don’t take up precious counter space at all.

Into the dining room we go to serve the turkey! Again the chandeliers are decorated with ribbons and bows to create a terrific focal point. The decorations feature an Old Gold color again, like the staircase in my previous holiday decor post. That shade seems to work beautifully with any room color scheme – almost like a rich neutral.

On the other hand, the gentle whites and deep evergreens at this holiday table look traditionally wintery but refreshingly serene. The slight Nordic style is enhanced by the reindeer decorations. The pretty birds on the plates also look festively chirpy! Soft white linens on the natural wood are set off by a trail of ivy down the center of the table, while white church pillar candles, surrounded by twinkling night lights in little holders, evoke the spiritual sense of Christmas.

Don’t forget the bedroom! Kids have their Christmas stockings but adults deserve some holiday spirit in the bedroom too. This bedroom has a few accessories added to bring in seasonal cheer: the two wreaths on the doors, the two bowls of white poinsettias in the en suite bathroom, and the two snowflake Christmas pillows on the bed. The symmetry of the pairs makes the environment feel pleasingly balanced and tranquil. If you are looking for pretty bedroom accessories, we have hand-woven traditional Christmas pillows and stockings in our online gallery.

Even the bathroom deserves a touch of festivity! The traditional Christmas decor in this classic bathroom includes mistletoe and greenery over the mirror. Red flowers and a red towel also add the ho-ho-holiday spirit. Decorative tricks like the fir cones tied with red ribbon from the wall sconces and a glass jar filled with red and silver Christmas ball ornaments are simple to do, but they pack a visual punch!

If you are looking for more Christmas decor ideas, check out my post on Christmas Table Decorations.

We’d love to hear your own traditional Christmas decor ideas and tips… tell us here or on our Facebook page.

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: Ambella Home Vanity & Game Room Renovation

Cathy B. bought an Ambella Home vanity from us for her home in Canyon Lake, TX. But as well as sending photos of the vanity in place, she also sent photos of other projects in her beautiful house. Cathy did a great job of describing the journey to her renovated “dream game room basement.”

before deck

Before…

Above is a ‘before’ shot of Cathy’s house. It was built in 2010 on the Guadalupe River, which is known for tubing and kayaking in the summer and trout fishing year round. Her family bought it as a weekend home in December 2012. “From the front of our house it looks like we have a two-story home,” says Cathy, “but we are on a terraced piece of property above the river and from the back we have 3 stories. The walk-in basement can only be accessed from the backyard. ”

after deck 2

…After

Cathy’s first project in May 2013 was to build a concrete deck with Santa Fe Stone topping it, as well as the existing sidewalk and patio on the ground floor. Apart from the lovely landscaping, can you spot the other major difference between the before and after shot? “One of the major things I wanted to change was the direction of the stairs,” says Cathy. “In the ‘before’ picture, they block the lower patio. I wanted a clear view when we built out the walk-in basement. In the ‘after’ picture they are out of the way. It made a world of difference.”

Bar and Games RoomThe next project, In August 2013, was to work on that unfinished walk-in basement! Cathy’s crew started to build out the bar and turn it into this incredible bar and game room called Guadaloopy’s!  Let’s see some of the transformation as it happened and I’ll let Cathy tell the story in her own words.

River View BeforeThis is how the unfinished basement started out. You wouldn’t think it was the same space, would you?  “We hired a great contractor (Trampus Smith at Smith Development in Canyon Lake) with a vision and great ideas,” says Cathy. “We wanted rustic and he found some old tin from a rusty roof.  We wanted barn wood and he found that and cut and stripped it to fit.  We wanted an old brick wall.  He located a couple of pallets in Houston and my husband and I took them to the river house.  I wanted a specific metallic epoxy floor in a very specific color and he figured that out.”
Bar renovation

He also knew a young furniture maker (Artisan Custom Crafting in Fredericksburg) and he had him design and build the bar. “They delivered it in hundreds of hand-crafted pieces and then jigsaw-puzzled it together!” Says Cathy. “They were amazing.”

Custom made home bar

Memorabilia on Home Bar Counter

Finally, Cathy and her husband wanted to put their personal memorabilia under an epoxy coating on the bar top. What a great idea and it looks terrific.

This is where EuroLux Home came into the picture! From our wide range of new Ambella Home sink chests and vanities Cathy spied one that she really liked. “We were undecided about our vanity in the bathroom until I came across this gorgeous piece and had to have it!”

Ambella Home Sink ChestThe Ambella Home vanity is crafted with a gorgeous rustic look and a vintage finish. The marble top and copper farmhouse sink was a great fit for the bathroom in Cathy’s basement bar and game room.

Ambella Home vanityHere’s the Ambella Home vanity positioned in its new home.  Doesn’t it look wonderful?  It’s a slender 36″ wide, but the chunky design and earthy marble and copper materials suit the decor perfectly.

I was so impressed by the amazing basement transformation made by Cathy and her husband. They really did a lot of work, and Cathy had a great eye for the details she wanted to make this the perfect game room and home bar for her family.

We love seeing creative home makeovers like this, so thank you Cathy for being so generous and sharing your photos and your story.  Keep us posted, Cathy…  now you’ve finished the home bar and game room, do you have any other room makeovers on your calendar?

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 Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Stained Glass in Home Decor Accents

Some of the ways you can enjoy stained glass in home decor might surprise you, especially if the words “stained glass” immediately make you think of old church windows! Stained glass brings a touch of luminous color into your home, which changes as the light in the room changes. Decorative stained glass designs also create a mood of tradition, luxury, and craftsmanship.

Renaissance or Victorian style rooms are especially suited to incorporating stained glass in home decor accents and furniture. But truth be told, the look can work brilliantly in any interior design scheme.

Stained glass in home decor window

A window is the most obvious way to enjoy stained glass in home decor. Our client George in New Jersey has an original stained glass window in the dining room of the Victorian house that he has restored. We spotted it while delivering the antique 1920 French Renaissance Henry II style oak buffet that you also see in the picture. (See more photos of George’s Victorian restoration home in our earlier post.)

Bathroom stained glass in home decorIf you don’t have an original stained glass window, you can still add one to your home. This elegant window offers a lovely contrast to the ocean-blue tile and copper bath. It creates a bathroom that blends a traditional flavor with a touch of contemporary chic.

Mechelen buffet to add stained glass in home decorArchitectural details aren’t the only way to enjoy stained glass. It’s easy to add a splash of stained glass style if you choose certain styles of antique furniture. This oak Mechelen buffet in our gallery dates to 1900 and it features original red, green and amber stained glass in a decorative floral design on the doors. It’s remarkable to think that this glass was crafted over a century ago! You will often see stained glass details in Mechelen pieces, as you can see in our post: What is Mechelen Style Antique Furniture? 

Stained glass in home decor accents

Lighting offers another way to enjoy stained glass in home decor accents. This Dale Tiffany Amber Monarch wall sconce in our gallery is hand-crafted in art glass. The period-style geometric pattern in welcoming amber tones is nicely set off by a mica bronze finish. It looks like an antique stained glass wall sconce, but with a very modern benefit. You have the option of mounting the shade in two ways. Either uplit, as shown in the picture, or hanging down to shine the light below, perhaps as a reading lamp or in an entryway. The video in our post on Dale Tiffany lamps shows how the artisans craft each piece of stained glass by hand, using the same techniques as the original master glass artist: Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Shower curtain: Stained glass in home decor accentYou can even incorporate the look of stained glass in home decor accessories without using actual stained glass! This shower curtain from Café Press creates a clever illusion of colorful stained glass.

And we love these fabrics printed with stained glass designs by a company called Spoonflower in Durham, North Carolina. They work with different designers and the digital prints are available in various types of fabric from cottons to silks. Stained glass fabrics include graceful Art Nouveau designs, Frank Lloyd Wright styles, and a few that truly are based on old church windows. Some can be ordered in wallpapers, gift wrap, and decals too!

Stained glass in home decor fabricStained glass in home decor fabric
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Wow! We hope that gives you some food for thought on how you can enjoy stained glass in home decor… without having to buy a church! Do you have any stained glass in your home, either in windows or doors or in decorative accessories? What do you like about it? Tell us in the comments box 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.