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See Our Antique Furniture in Customer Homes

Our series of client spotlight blog posts shows how our antique furniture and lighting look in our customers’ homes.  These are some of our most popular blog posts among people who read our antiques blog! Anyone who is interested in home decor enjoys a sneak peek inside someone else’s house. It’s also a good way to see how other people live with antiques and incorporate them into today’s homes. Plus, thanks to the kindness of our customers, we get a mini tour of some mighty fine homes!

Here is a roundup of our antique furniture customer spotlights for the last six months, in case you missed seeing them. Click the links to read the full story and see more photos.

South Carolina Historic Home PictureThis is an example of one of those mighty fine homes I was telling you about! We delivered a handsome antique French Renaissance buffet to the this gorgeous historic home built in 1810 in Winnsboro, SC.  Read the antique Renaissance buffet blog post to see photographs of the interior including our intricately carved antique buffet in the charming dining room and several of our vintage chandeliers hanging in other rooms.

French Antique Brittany Bed

Greg and I personally delivered a stunning French antique Brittany bed and a Brittany buffet to our customer May in Pensacola Beach, FL. May retired here but she used to travel a lot to Europe and she loves Paris, so she especially enjoys buying antique French furniture. May bought an 1880 chestnut wood French Brittany antique bed, heavily carved with scenes of villagers and windmills. She also bought a Brittany style buffet dating to the same year, and asked us if we could alter the buffet to fit a TV for her bedroom. We could and we did! See more photos of the converted buffet and of May’s 14th floor apartment with its lovely views in the Antique Brittany Buffet and Bed blog post.

Vintage French Rococo Dining ChairsFran P. in Concord, NC, bought this beautiful set of vintage French Rococo dining chairs for her dining room. The six mahogany vintage French dining chairs date to 1950 and the chairs feature curvy lines from the cabriole legs to the carved curlicues.

The soft pinky beige fabric upholstery is also pretty in Fran’s dining room. It blends very well with the colors in her rug and the gilded Rococo mirror,

See more of the story and photos at my Vintage French Rococo Chairs blog post.

 

Antique French Provincial Armoire repurposedWe delivered a handsome antique French Provincial armoire to our customers Paul and Lane near Clemson, SC.  for them to repurpose into a unique gun cabinet!

The armoire is carved in the Normandy style, dating to 1890, with a large carved vase of flowers on the top and many carvings of birds.

Paul is going to convert the armoire himself. Lane is pleased to have a terrific full-length mirror in the master bedroom and she likes the fact that the mirrored doors will hide the gun collection.

See our blog post Antique Armoire Repurposed as a Gun Cabinet for more pictures including the antique Louis XV Buffet the couple bought from us for their dining room and another example of how a bookcase was repurposed as a gun cabinet!

See more client spotlights at this link, including new, vintage, and antique furniture and 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.

Client Spotlight: Antique Brittany Buffet and Bed

Deliver Antique Brittany BedGreg and I just delivered a French antique Brittany buffet and Brittany bed to our customer May in Pensacola Beach, FL.

It was one of our slowest deliveries because we had to make a bunch of trips up and down the elevator as May lives on the 14th floor.

But what a spectacular view she has from every room in her lovely home, which is filled with European antiques!

May retired to Pensacola Beach from Connecticut, but in her corporate life, she traveled frequently to Europe.

Pensacola ViewThat is how she fell in love with European interior design, and Paris is her very favorite place to be.

May bought a couple of pieces of furniture from EuroLuxHome.com. The first was an 1880 French Brittany antique bed.

French Antique Brittany Bed

The antique Brittany bed is heavily carved in chestnut wood, with wonderful scenes in traditional Brittany style. The top of the headboard is carved with a man and women relaxing beneath a windmill. You can almost see the sails turning on the windmill because the carving is so detailed! The footboard panel depicts merry country villagers celebrating. Floral carvings and ship wheels also adorn the bed. You can see close-ups of similar carvings in the antique French Brittany furniture currently for sale on our website.

Antique French Brittany Buffet

The antique French Brittany style buffet also dates to 1880 and it is also elaborately hand-carved with scenes of rural life. Figures of a man and woman act as support columns and add a whimsical touch to this beautiful antique buffet.

French Antique Brittany Buffet

These French country folk know how to enjoy themselves! Here they gather round a wine barrel to enjoy themselves after a long day working in the fields!  May contacted me to ask if we could have the Brittany buffet altered to accommodate a TV for viewing in her bedroom.

Converted Antique Brittany Buffet

We had a local restoration company remove the central support in between the left and center upper doors, and attach it to the end of the left door. They did a wonderful job.

The Brittany buffet and bed looked fantastic in May’s bedroom and they now enjoy a fantastic view of the ocean and bay. Bo, May’s charming whippet, was very helpful during the whole delivery. I wish I had taken a photo of him! He was such a pretty dog.

Then we left to drive on to New Orleans… More about that in another blog post! For now, thanks to May for letting us share her stunning views and photos of the antique Brittany bed and buffet in her home.

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.

Antique Furniture Discount & New Arrivals From France

antique French Rococo Chest of DrawersWe’re delighted to have finished unpacking all the amazing antique furniture that arrived on our latest container from France. Everything is listed on our antiques website now… see all the new arrivals of antique furniture from France!

To make your summer even better, you can enjoy a 15% discount on the new arrivals and everything else new, vintage and antique at EuroLuxHome.com through July 18.

Take 15% off your entire order and enjoy our always-free shipping too, when you enter the coupon code at checkout: SummerFun

That code is good for everything on our site, including furniture and lighting as well as home decor from wall art and throw pillows to candlesticks. The mahogany antique French Rococo Louis XV vanity and chest of drawers pictured above is from the new container. It dates to 1900 and boasts a luxurious white marble top. We have a pair of matching nightstands too!

We always have beautifully carved furniture in the gallery, but this shipment of antique furniture knocked our socks off! There are some exquisite pieces and every antique is of course hand-crafted and unique.  Let’s take a look at some more of my favorites.

Antique French Gothic BuffetThis spectacular 1870 antique French Gothic buffet will be the star of the room, intricately carved in walnut with a beautiful stained glass door. Fit for a cathedral or a castle, the magnificent Gothic buffet would make a great server when you entertain. It would make an impressive home bar too, displaying your favorite wines, spirits and liqueurs!

Carved antique buffet French Renaissance

Carved dog antique french buffet

I love this 1880 antique French Hunting buffet, carved with dogs and birds. The oak buffet stands more than 9 feet tall, crowned by a curved top crest with two birds flanking a regal shield. The detail on their carved feathers is gorgeous, as is the exquisite carving on the doors of a heron with a fish in its beak and a game bird pecking at berries.

Antique French Brittany chairsantique French brittany chair carvingThis set of 6 antique French Brittany chairs is a real conversation starter! Dating to 1880, the six chestnut chairs are carved with different images of traditionally dressed French country men and woman in the seat back.

I had to lighten these images a little so you can see the detailed carving on the seat backs. For that reason they don’t look nearly as rich as the actual aged chestnut wood. You can see detailed close-ups of all the carved characters on the antique Brittany chair listing on our website. Here is one of the guys sauntering through his rustic village just to give you an idea of the quality of the carving and the charm of the chairs! The ship wheel spindles on the crest rail honor Brittany’s maritime history.

Dale Tiffany Carnation LampFinally, this Dale Tiffany lamp is NOT an antique that just arrived on our latest container of antiques from France!

It is newly hand-crafted by Dale Tiffany artisans, inspired by an original antique Tiffany design, with each piece of glass individually crafted using the same copper-foiled technique pioneered by the glass maestro Louis Comfort Tiffany!

The Dale Tiffany carnation accent lamp will put a beautiful spot of summery color into your living room or bedroom all year round.

I’m just showing it to remind you that our discount code is valid on everything on our website.

For more inspiration, browse our complete inventory of fine antique, vintage, and high-quality new furniture and home decor accents. Then take 15% off everything in your shopping basket when you enter the coupon code: SummerFun

The offer is valid through July 18, 2016. Happy home decor and antiques 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.

Client Spotlight: Brittany Antique Longcase Clock

Antique Brittany ClockTick tock, tick tock! A few months have passed since our customer Loren G. in McKinney, TX, sent photos of the antique Brittany clock that she bought from us. Now it’s time to show you Loren’s lovely home where the antique French longcase clock marks the days in style.

This is the French Breton-style grandfather clock, dating to about 1880 or 1900 and crafted in chestnut wood with an elaborately hand-carved case. The gorgeous antique clock shows scenes from daily life in Brittany, France, as is typical of Brittany style antique furniture.

Around the enamel clock face, pressed brass decorative detail depicting bouquets of flowers suggest that it might have been made as a wedding gift for some lucky couple.  Here is the clock in Loren’s house.

French Antique Clock

The pendulum is adorned with glorious sunflowers and the lower door features carved grape leaves, symbolizing joie de vivre and abundant good wishes for the married couple.
I love how authentic it looks against those Belle Epoque style swagged red drapes.

French Antique Grandfather Clock

This photo shows the longcase clock with the other furniture in the room. Loren has done a delightful job in her pairing of the dining table and chairs and the clock, as well as with her perfect choice of accessories. That chandelier! Those candles! And that handsome wood floor too! It provides the perfect backdrop for the space.


The antique French clock strikes the hour and half hour and if you want to hear what the strike sounds like, you can hear it on our YouTube video. It’s only 23 seconds long but we got a bit arty with that video and the French backing music! The clock strike is very pretty.

Antique Clock being packed for transitWhen Loren purchased the antique Brittany clock from us, we crated it very carefully to make sure it arrived safely. This photo shows the packing process. You can see that there was NO WAY we were going to let any harm come to that precious cargo on its way to Texas. I’m only surprised that one of the cats didn’t end up traveling WITH the clock. You know how they are about jumping into any box to make it home!

A big thank you to Loren for sending us photos of this impressive grandfather clock looking so wonderful in its new home.

If you like the Brittany traditional decor style, then browse more of my blog posts about Brittany antique furniture. If you are looking for a clock, you’re sure to find something that will tick with your decor in our selection of antique-inspired, vintage and antique clocks.

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: Antique Brittany Furniture for Victorian Restoration

Angela M. recently bought several pieces of antique Brittany furniture from our gallery for the beautiful Victorian house that she is restoring in Galveston, TX.  The 1890 Victorian was almost completely gutted by fire about two decades ago. Here is the photo Angela sent us of the outside of the house as it looked nearly 120 years ago in the year 1894.

Our client's Victorian restoration home as looked in 1894

And below is a photo of the house “under new management” last year. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Front closeup

Angela says that the house is known for the lovely detailing around the porch of mariner’s wheels.  The white paint on the porch really makes those wheels stand out! Antique Brittany furniture is a perfect choice for the interior. The Brittany style often features maritime details such as ship’s wheels in tribute to coastal Brittany’s sea-faring history.

Brittany armoire 14-2A-1This is one of the pieces of antique Brittany furniture Angela chose for the house. It’s a display cabinet or bookcase dating to 1880, carved in chestnut with a beveled glass door. You can see the large ship’s wheel at the top of the French cabinet, tying in with the maritime theme of the house porch. The two galleries of spindles along the top and bottom of the bookcase are typical of Brittany style furniture. So are the hand-carved rosettes adorning the bottom drawer.
Antique Brittany Table KC-33A-1Angela also picked this Brittany style chestnut dining table dating to 1880. It’s a real stunner and the French craftsmanship is superb. Each leg boasts a carved figurine of a man or a woman wearing period regional costume. Carved figures of French country folk like these often decorate antique Brittany furniture. They are one of the most delightful characteristics of the style. The central stretcher beneath the table once again features a carved ship’s wheel.

Antique Brittany chairs KC-33B-1To match the table, Angela chose this splendid set of six Brittany dining chairs. Crafted in France in around 1880, the chestnut chairs are carved with an arched gallery of spindles on the crest rail. Each chair back features a carving of a French man or woman in happy pastoral scenes. Some of them are playing bagpipes. If you’re wondering why French country folk are playing bagpipes – an instrument that normally makes us think of Scotland – here’s the reason. Brittany is historically a Celtic nation, like Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Similar Celtic traditions and symbols appear in all those regions as they had such close cultural ties. Hence the bagpipes, which are often portrayed on antique Brittany furniture.

Due to Angela’s arthritis, she is having much of the Victorian restoration work done for her. We all know these things take time! But we hope she sends us photos of the antique Brittany furniture in place once the house is further along. Angela says “I should have waited a while to buy furniture, but I love the Brittany style and just couldn’t resist!”

We’re glad she gave in to temptation. She chose some exceptional furniture that will blend perfectly into the stately Victorian house and stay true to the exterior’s maritime theme.

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.

What is Brittany Style Antique Furniture?

Do you like very heavily carved and dark antique furniture?  Do you collect or admire Folk Art?  Do you love Quimper pottery (the hand-painted style of ceramics from northwest France)?  The Brittany Style of antique furniture is not for everyone, but chances are if you like ornate and elaborately hand-carved furniture and appreciate the rustic quality of Folk Art, you will love antique furniture in the Brittany Style.

Located in the northwestern corner of France, the French province of Brittany, also known as Bretagne, was once an independent kingdom called Lesser Britain.  Brittany is still recognized as one of the six Celtic nations in the world today, as the Celtic language, Breton, is still spoken there and many Celtic traditions still survive today.  Drawing on the ornate and symbolic nature of Celtic Art, antique furniture produced in Brittany at the end of the 19th century was heavily carved and told a story through its symbolic carvings.

The rise in popularity of Brittany Style antique furniture can be attributed to a collection of Breton songs, known as The Ballads of Brittany, that was published in 1839 by Théodore Hersart de la Villemarqué.  This collection was put together based on the centuries old oral tradition that had been handed down from generation to generation in Brittany and its intention was to preserve traditional folk tales, legends, and music.

This collection of songs created new interest in the history of the Celtic tradition in Brittany and sparked a great demand throughout France for locally-produced, hand-made Brittany Style furniture.  The Brittany Style of antique furniture is distinctive and easily recognizable due to its very ornate carvings.  The local economy in Brittany was heavily dependent on fishing and maritime activities, so one often finds circles and ship’s wheels as a common decorative motif in the Brittany Style of antique furniture.

Most antique furniture in the Brittany Style was carved out of chestnut, a wood with a very dark finish. A hallmark feature of the Brittany Style of French Country Antique Furniture is the symbolic use of men and women in traditional Celtic dress to represent a strong work ethic, piety, and the enjoyment of life.

Reaping the wheat in the fields with a windmill in the background

Spinning wool into yarn outside a small, thatched cottage

Heads bowed in prayer in thanks for a crop of potatoes at sunset

Another prayer of thanks for the blessings of the field, with a view of the town’s cathedral in the distance

Enjoying a pipe, and each other’s company, at the end of a long day

On the way to the local pub to enjoy a beer or glass of wine, and perhaps a little smooching…

Relaxing at the end of the day and enjoying music played on a flute or the bagpipes…

The Brittany Style harkened back to the romantic ideal of a simpler time of days long gone.  Even at the end of the 19th century, it seems our ancestors looked back fondly on the old days.  Antique Furniture in the Brittany Style, while expertly carved by hand, has a rather primitive or rustic nature to it, both in subject matter and style, that elicits the sense that it truly should be classified as Folk Art.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the distinctive French Country Brittany Style of antique furniture. It is one of our favorites at EuroLux Antiques!  Please let me know if I can answer any questions for you.

Thanks for stopping by the EuroLux Antiques’ Blog!

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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