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Creating A Beautiful Home Office

Spring is the time of year when everyone organizes their home office, tidying up files and throwing out clutter! But the best home offices are as beautiful as they are functional. Your office should be a place where you can express your personality as well as work, manage  paperwork and finances, and receive clients!

Jonathan Charles furniture home officeThis stunning home office featuring antique-inspired furniture by Jonathan Charles is packed with personality! We love the Jonathan Charles furniture and home accents we carry because each piece is crafted to look authentic and last a lifetime, often using the same techniques that furniture makers used hundreds of years ago. The deep blue walls and colorful artwork in this office create an eclectic effect paired with the traditional office furniture. The white upholstery and carpet are a little unexpected, adding another bright and sophisticated touch.

Jonathan Charles Home Office FurnitureThis home office, again decorated with a Jonathan Charles desk and other furniture is notable for its gorgeous light and a clean uncluttered look. (I bet someone has been reading
Marie Kondo’s best-selling book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up!) The modern and airy look of the room is grounded by the substantial wood furniture and bold metal hardware. It shows how traditional furniture can be given a completely unique spin by a homeowner who is willing to mix up their styles a bit and combine pieces they love. A large plant in the corner also makes an office so much more welcoming and we love the faux zebra rug for a dash of exotic character!

Traditional home office

If you want to get truly arty, then how about this amazing traditional home office in Chicago? The domed ceiling boasts a custom-painted mural of the Mediterranean – once you spot Italy on the right of the ceiling fan you can figure out how the map falls into place. This is a splendidly designed room with wood paneling, wood plank floor, and huge windows too, but even if you don’t have such a fabulous space to work in, you can take a few tips. Choose a couple of comfortable and very handsome leather sofas for relaxed business conversations, Add a colorful tapestry or rug and plenty of book on the shelves and you’re set!

This traditional home office in Washington D.C. is actually quite streamlined and simple when you look closely, but it creates a strong impression because of the club style leather chairs and the impressive antique-inspired desk.  The high vaulted ceiling helps to add architectural interest, but the main thing that creates decorative appeal at ceiling level is the large chandelier lighting.  A chandelier always makes a statement and sets the tone for a room.

I hope that these beautiful home offices have given you some ideas on how to jazz up your own office this spring! In my next post, I’ll share some of my favorite antique and antique-inspired desks and other home office furniture and decor accents to make your office beautiful and beautifully organized 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 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.

Home Trends: Gold Decor Creates a Glow

A while ago I wrote a post about the current home decor trend for mixed metals but today I’m going to shine the spotlight on pure gold! A Decorilla report on the best designer trends at Maison & Objet 2015 in Paris said that gold is this year’s metal of choice.

As the “it” metal color, gold crops up in all kinds of materials and accents, not just metal itself. Let’s take a look at some golden inspirations to add a warm glow and vibrant energy to any home decor. Here comes the sun…

The bold gold approach to this powder room turns the smallest room into a sun palace!
Gold leaf or gold paint on the door, trim, and ceiling create a bright shimmer, but the dark blue wallpaper tones the look down so it isn’t too blingy. An antiqued gold console table, mirror frame, and light fixture enhance the Old World feel.

Ann Sacks Gold TileGold diggers can also use tiles to add a golden gleam to bathrooms or perhaps even a conservatory. These Ann Sacks Davlin tiles are handmade with European gold leaf fused between two pieces of glass.  The look is classic enough for traditional decor, but it would also work in a contemporary space.

Gold and white always looks elegant. Gold is the most opulent and rich-looking metal and when you dress it down with pure and simple white the result is luminous and graceful.

Here is more white and gold with a younger, fresher feel. The Modern Regency style would be so pretty for a young woman’s bedroom, perhaps a daughter or granddaughter. The graphic gold polka dots are decals, which makes it easy to remove them when you want a change of scene.  A gold vintage chandelier hangs above crisp white linens and the simple nightstand is set off with gold handles. A bedroom fit for a 21st century princess!

Jonathan Charles Gold Side TableOn the other hand, gold with black looks dramatic and luxurious, creating a chic focal point in a room.

This black and gold Jonathan Charles oval table proves the point. The 1930s style lacquer and gilt side table with a glass top is one of many gold tables in our online store and it’s one of the most striking.

You don’t need a lot of gold to pack a visual punch. Just a little to punctuate the black does the job perfectly.

Chelsea House Gold Console TableThis fine Chelsea House console table is another “gilty treat” we can all enjoy! The petite Mumford console table is just 42 inches long and a little over a foot deep, but this pretty package deserves a gold medal for its Empire styling and delicious gold accents.Gold bracket Jonathan Charles Gold Wall Hanging

 

 

 

 
A little also goes a long way in this delightful Chelsea House wall bracket (left), and in the pair of Jonathan Charles wall hangings from the Versailles collection, featuring gilding and carved decoration in the Renaissance style.

Jonathan Charles wall hangingsYou can see that the pair of gold wall hangings add that final decorative touch to the room, balancing the handsome wood display cabinet and bringing a ray of sunshine into the space.

If you’ve enjoyed browsing these photos, then you might like to see my story about the gold Woodbridge coffee table in our customer’s sunny California home, or get more inspiration from the mixed metal decor trend.

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.

Decor Trends 2015: Paint Colors of the Year

Just because the various paint and color trend companies release their ‘Colors of the Year’, it doesn’t mean that we all want to run out and change our color scheme! But it’s great to see the colors chosen each year. Sometimes they shake up my ideas about home decor, just in case I’m falling into a rut. Even if I don’t want to use the paint color on my walls, the Colors of the Year might inspire me to try a new color as a decorative accent.  Let’s take a look at the paint Colors of the Year for 2015.

I’m starting with the paint color that I think is the most accessible for most people. Benjamin Moore’s 2015 Color of the Year is Guilford Green HC-116. It’s a serene silvery green from Benjamin Moore’s Historic Color collection. The Historic Color paints are all inspired by  colors found in buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Maybe that’s why I like it so much!

Pantone Marsala Color of the Year 2015

The next shade with broad appeal is Pantone’s Color of the Year: Marsala. It’s a deep red-brown shade that can look earthy, sophisticated, or dramatic, depending how you use it.

Ambella Home Red Wine DecorNow, excuse me for blowing my own trumpet, but I was inspired to write a post about Red Wine Colored Decor a few months ago. The rooms I showed were very similar to the Marsala shade, but I promise you I had no idea that Pantone was promoting Marsala for 2015. Hey, I’m more on-trend than I thought I was! This is one of the rooms from that Red Wine Colored Decor post.

Next up are the more adventurous hues for 2015… starting with the Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year. The paint color is called Coral Reef, and you can see why.

Sherwin Williams Coral Reef

The lively mix of pink, orange and red is probably best used in small doses, for an accent wall or a smaller room like the hallway in this photo. It looks fresh and pretty glimpsed against the softer peach of the kitchen walls and the clean white trim.

Coral pink wall cabinetSherwin-Williams also suggests that you might try using the Coral Reef color to paint a piece of furniture. We can help with that! We have many types of coral painted furniture in our gallery, like this arched coral wall cabinet.

Although the newly crafted wall cabinet is not painted with the Sherwin-Williams Coral Reef color specifically, I think it’s a pretty good match if you want the look but don’t want to paint your walls coral. An accent piece of furniture like this gives you a charming dash of the trend color without taking over the house!
Finally, the PPG PIttsburgh Paints Color of the Year is the boldly saturated Blue Paisley
.Other by Allison Park Paint & Wall Coverings PPG Pittsburgh Paints

This green-hued blue really is electric, isn’t it? A bolt of the color on an accent wall or in color blocking will give a powerful wake-up call to a room. I can imagine it creating a lush tropical mood in a beach cottage or condo. I can also picture it looking glamorous in a petite powder room, with a contrast of crisp white or sunny yellow.

What do you think of the paint Colors of the Year for 2015? Do any of them tempt you, and how might you use them in your home decor?

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.

Red Wine Colored Decor

Just as red wine is smooth on the palate, red wine decor is smooth on the interior design palette! I’m writing this post on Beaujolais Nouveau Day and if you don’t know about this annual celebration of wine you can read all about it in my Beaujolais Nouveau Day blog post from last year.

I could sure do with a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau as we just moved into our renovated vintage 1920s bungalow and there is still so much to do! But in the meanwhile, I’ve been thinking about red wine colored decor.Traditional Living Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Scott Sanders LLC

Wine colored decor is especially great in winter. It’s cozy, warming, welcoming, sophisticated, and dramatic. Wine colors vary from tawny tones with more of a rusty red hue (like aged Merlot) through to plummy purplish tones like spicy Syrah, French Bordeaux, and California’s Cabernet Sauvignon.

French Antique Hunting Chairs in our client's dining room

All of these wine colors look beautiful with wood, which is why they look great in traditional homes decorated with antique furniture. This photo comes from a Client Spotlight on Antique Hunting Chairs that our customer Howard bought from us.  Howard’s dining room in his New York home is decorated with wine colors. As you can see, the wine tone looks splendid with the aged wood of the 130-year-old oak chairs and that substantial wood table.

Wine colored decor is always a good choice for a dining room. As I’ve said in other posts about red dining rooms, any shade of the color red helps stimulate appetite and lively conversation!

Ambella Home Red Wine Decor

Red wine decor tones are also a super choice with neutrals, especially gray. Gray usually needs to be paired with a color to give it life, and the gray/wine combo is always sophisticated. This living room featuring decorative Ambella Home tables from the Antoinette collection is a good illustration of the color combination.

Wine Colored Buffet ProvenceYou’ll notice that the first two photos didn’t have floor-to-ceiling wine painted walls. Instead, they just feature the color on either the upper or lower half of the wall. That’s a good way to enjoy wine colors in smaller doses if the full walls feel too much for you. Or you can paint only a small accent wall or perhaps the interior of an alcove lined with book shelves.

Or just choose a piece of furniture in a rich burgundy color, like this tall chest of drawers or dresser in our gallery. The Chesapeake chest of drawers is crafted in hardwood with a lovely wine painted finish.

Featuring red wine colored furniture and home accents gives you all the warmth of the color to serve as a focal point in your room, without the commitment of a full decor job. I’ll drink to that!

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.

Spice Up Your Space with Orange Decor

Orange Front DoorToday I’m feeling inspired by orange décor. With Halloween on the horizon, the shops are full of pumpkins (real and fake!) and orange and black Halloween decorations. The season from now through November seems infused with beautiful tones of orange… from the bright Halloween décor to the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie and sweet potato dishes, as well as the rich fall colors outdoors. Orange creates a welcoming glow to warm us up as temperatures drop, so why not bring it into the house year-round?

I think people can be a bit scared of orange décor. That’s natural, it’s a bold shade and it can be overwhelming. Or it can look too 1970s (when that’s not your aim) or too young and urban hip (when that’s not your aim either!) But the range of shades – from coral to tangerine to rust to pumpkin – means orange décor can work well even in traditional rooms. It all depends how you use it.

OK, this might be a bit too vibrant for many of us, but let’s start with the orange-juiciest photo! Actually, this saturated orange decor (painted with Ralph Lauren’s Bold Orange IB229) Is nicely balanced by the white architectural detail cutting into the brightness a bit. The natural brown and green tones in the room help bring the design down to earth too. It’s like a scattering of autumn leaves! The painted orange ceiling makes the ceiling look taller as it continues the wall color and draws the eye upward. I can imagine this room being invigorating in the day. At night, I’d want careful lighting to mute the orange and turn it more “warm and welcoming” than “wake up!”

This breakfast room combines softer coral with burnt orange on the walls. Warm wood details and bamboo blinds ground the orange tones nicely. The light orange accents on the chairs add the finishing touches. The room feels both relaxed and elegant.

Orange is a traditional color for Asian decor. It looks terrific in this simple Asian-inspired nook. All the other details and colors are kept simple and streamlined so the alcove doesn’t seem too busy and the orange accent wall can SHINE!

If even an orange accent wall feels too much for you, you can still get a lively zing with some color-block detail on one wall. This kid’s bedroom uses a large pumpkin orange block to frame a photograph. I could see the same idea working as a frame for a display of blue and white Delftware.

Ambella Home cabinet orange decorThis warm Mediterranean orange decor shows how very rich the color can appear, which is perfect to set off an Old World decor style. For example, we stock this Ambella Home scrolled iron cabinet with a stone top and the decorative design stands beautifully against the glowing orange walls.

Rococo Orange Decor

Whether you like all-over orange (like this Rococo living room that oozes exotic allure) or just a few splashes of orange in accents to add zest to a room, we’d love to hear about your orange decor.

Or tell us which of these blog photos you like best. Is orange decor your favorite squeeze?

 

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.

2014 Trends: True Blue Decor

While reading about the latest interior design trends for 2014, I noticed that blue decor is hitting a lot of headlines! These aren’t shy and retiring shades of blue either, but true blue decor that makes a strong statement.

Dark Blue decorThis House Beautiful magazine slideshow of design trends says that navy blue will be big in 2014. Considering that people usually think of blue as a ‘cool’ color, this traditional living room still feels cozy and welcoming. I think that is because there is a lot of texture and detail in the space. The sofa is soft and inviting, with a nice variety of throw pillows scattered on it to tempt us in. The books also add visual interest and the wall sconces keep the lighting intimate.

Vintage Sideboard in its new Maryland home! EuroLuxAntiques.com

Seeing this room reminded me of a client spotlight from nearly a year ago. We shared this photo of Irene’s dining room in Maryland. Irene was clearly ahead of the trends! Or perhaps it’s just fair to say that classic style is always in fashion. Irene bought a vintage French Mid-Century Modern sideboard from us and placed it in her dining room. The dark blue decor looks so very elegant, and the Art Deco chandelier makes a stunning accent.

Antique French chairs for navy blue decorIf you’re looking for accessories for your blue decor, this set of six antique Mechelen chairs would look terrific in the dining room. They would also work as side chairs anywhere in the house. Carved in the Mechelen style in around 1900, the oak antique dining chairs from Belgium are crowned with handsome lion heads on the finials and a brass handle on the chair rails. The navy, gold, and cream upholstery has been relatively recently done and the classic stripe pattern is timelessly elegant.

Deep and saturated turquoise is another example of blue decor that’s topping the trend list this year according to Elle Decor magazine. I love the relaxed sea breeze feel of turquoise – it turns any room into an oasis.

Turquoise blue decor accent bookcaseEven if you don’t want to go all-over turquoise, a few turquoise accents can really lift a space. For example, this new Mediterranean bookcase will add a gorgeous pop of color. The distressed turquoise splatter finish on the solid oak bookcase makes it a great match for a French Country style interior or even for a cozy coastal cottage. With the turquoise detail on this bookcase, it really does feel like we’re relaxing in the south of France – a lazy sunny day image to beat the gray day blues!

Blue and White Delft

Antique Delftware always adds an airy dose of refreshing blue and white to a room, and if you group your pottery collection like this it looks even more fantastic! My post on Delftware ceramics tells you more about the history and various styles of these eternally appealing blue and white Delft treasures.

The color blue is most commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, and confidence. I guess we can all see why true blue decor is top of the interior design charts for 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.

Vintage Color Accents in Neutral Rooms

A room decorated in neutral colors is always so relaxing. Earthy natural tones tend to be warm and welcoming, while gray or white often create a sophisticated atmosphere. But a pop of color from antique or vintage furnishings or accessories can enhance the neutral decor even more. The color accent also provides a focal point for the space. Check out these vintage color accents for inspiration!

Our customer Anuradha V. created a very moody vignette with a 1920s green enamel pitcher from EuroLuxAntiques.com Our customer Anuradha V. created a very moody vignette with a 1920s green enamel pitcher from EuroLuxAntiques.com in her home in India. The antique enamelware lends an authentic and subtle dash of color to this beautifully simple and restful space.

The entire image almost looks like a painting from a Dutch master, doesn’t it? I can imagine seeing this in a museum!

 

Red upholstery and drapes in the antique furnishings at Wimpole Estate mansion in England give it an opulent feel.On a grander scale, the colors in this reception room in the Wimpole Estate mansion in England are actually quite plain, once you look past the stately home’s imposing size and columns!  The main decor is white and the floor is natural wood. But the rich splash of red gives it an opulent feel. The glow of the swagged red drapes draw you into the room and the red upholstered antique chairs invite you to pause a while. Queen Victoria certainly paused a while. She stayed at Wimpole Hall for two nights back in 1843.

Vintage color accents in Frank Lloyd Wright's Rosenbaum House in Florence, AlabamaThis room in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Rosenbaum House in Florence, Alabama, also relies on furnishings for color accents. The fabulous spark of blue in the vintage chairs just leaps out from the rustic brick wall and wood paneling.

I’d call that a Capri blue… What do you think?

Blue and white ceramics in this simple white decor... fresh! It’s easy to inject color into a room with a collection of colorful vintage or antique pottery. I like the freshness of the blue and white ceramics in this elegant white setting. The display of bowls and vases at different levels also creates visual interest.

I always enjoy selecting classic blue and white Delft antique pottery for EuroLuxAntiques.com because it’s so pretty to look at, and it brings a timeless note of color into both contemporary and traditional decor.

Antique Blue Delft garniture clock set blue looks superb against the neutral backdrop of stone and woodOur customer Julie F. in Marquette, Michigan showed off her 1890 blue Delft garniture clock in fine style! She displayed it against a stone fireplace, as you can see in our earlier client spotlight.

The delicate blue looks superb against the neutral backdrop of stone and wood.

If you’ve used vintage or antique furnishings and accessories to add a pop of color in a neutrally decorated room, we’d love to feature it on this blog.
Send us photos of your vintage color accents!

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!

Client Spotlight: Neutrals Balance Rich Color in this Successful Design Scheme

Gorgeous Art Deco clock garniture set in marble -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

This gorgeous Art Deco marble clock garniture set provides great contrast against our client’s bold red walls.

We’ve been talking about color during this month of shamrocks. So far, we’ve looked at decorating with houseplants, adding color to your decor with accessories, and how to add warmth and mood to your rooms with natural wood elements.

In today’s client spotlight, we look at color from a different perspective: How you can use neutral accents to complement strong hues on the wall, floor, or in furniture.

Our friend Dave lives in a 19th-century rowhouse, filled with inherited antiques from the 1920s. Luckily, Dave loves that era in general — and Art Deco style in particular.

A bold red room with white accents -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

To successfully go bold with color in your interior design, be sure to incorporate plenty of neutral-colored accents.

As you can see, Dave isn’t afraid of color! His bold, red walls really make a statement. But while all that red could be overwhelming, it isn’t. That’s because Dave knows how to use neutrals to balance the vibrant hue of his walls.

Note how the crown molding, mantlepiece, and built-in bookshelves all are painted white. This serves to “cool down” the red and define the shape of the walls — especially the lovely bay window at right. Dave also uses white sheer curtains on the windows to lighten up the space.

More cooling accents come in the form of blue-and-white plates hung on the wall, along with the neutral-colored marble Art Deco clock garniture set Dave purchased from us.

A warm red wall serves to frame a cool, neutral colored marble Art Deco clock garniture set on this mantelpiece -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

The red wall almost serves to frame the neutral colored Art Deco clock garniture set on the mantelpiece.

As a stone, marble exerts an intrinsic cooling influence on an interior. In this case, the marble’s tan and taupe colors also work to balance the warmth of the red wall. In fact, the red wall helps highlight the beautiful clock, acting almost as a frame around it.

I love it when people take a fearless approach to color. And this wonderful design scheme by Dave shows you can successfully use even the boldest wall color as long as you tone it down by using neutral accents. Well done!

 

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!