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Antique Furniture in the Kitchen

Antique furniture in the kitchen is not everyone’s first thought when they imagine how they might enjoy antiques in their home. But you’d be surprised! A few weeks ago when I was writing about the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow kitchen and then how my dream vintage kitchen  worked out, I realized that antique furnishings in the kitchen is a big part of what makes the space feel so lived in, so comfortable, so inviting, and so uniquely personal.

Let’s take a look at how some of our customers have used antique furniture in the kitchen.

Antique Renaissance Buffet Kitchen Diner

Natalya S. in Palo Alto, CA, bought this very pretty Henry II Renaissance style antique French buffet from us and it makes a wonderful statement in her kitchen. See the full story and more photos here. Elaborate walnut carvings add a decorative touch, along with leafy waterjet inlay design on the wall above the stove. The storage space in the big antique buffet makes it as practical for Natalya’s family as it is handsome.

Creative antique decor: antique French nightstand in the kitchen

Our creative customer Kathleen G.  in in Arcadia, OK, cleverly saw that this French antique nightstand in the Henry II style would work perfectly in her kitchen as a small table offering extra storage space. Dating to 1900, the antique nightstand has a gray marble top which is a good match for a kitchen, and it will keep the fruit platter cool too! See more about Kathleen’s kitchen here.

Vintage Renaissance Table in Dining Room

Our antique French Renaissance style furniture is clearly a popular choice for kitchens! Crystal B. in Harlem, Georgia, hunted for the perfect table for her large, open kitchen for four years before she found this vintage Renaissance table of ours to buy! The sturdy table was crafted around 1950 with a beautiful golden parquet top and an ornate wrought iron stretcher that adds to the Renaissance feel. It’s the kind of welcoming kitchen table that invites everyone to gather around and chat. See more about Crystal’s Renaissance kitchen.

Vintage teaspoon chandelier in kitchen

This upcycled chandelier is one of our most popular light fittings. Although it is not antique, it is hand-crafted by an artisan using vintage silver plate spoons and teacups. It adds a great touch of old-fashioned whimsy in a kitchen. We have quite a selection of upcycled chandeliers with different designs using vintage components, and one of our silver spoon chandeliers was recently featured in Consumer Reports magazine. See how the different chandeliers look  in several of our customers’ kitchens!Modern KitchenPhoto by Lankford Design GroupMore eclectic kitchen ideas

This antique dresser or hutch once lived in Germany where it was a bookcase in a gentleman’s office. But doesn’t it look amazing in this otherwise very modern stainless steel kitchen? It shows that antique furniture can work in any style of kitchen decor. This kind of design imagination creates a completely unique space.

Nob Hill: French Victorian

Another imaginative person repurposed an antique French sideboard into a kitchen island.
I would hesitate to do this with some fine antique furniture, but it does look amazing!

I hope this post has inspired you to think about how you could use antique furniture in your own kitchen! Or do you have some antique furniture, large or small, in your kitchen already? Tell us about it in the comments box – we’d love to hear!

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.

Celebrity Antiques Lovers at the Oscars

With the Academy Awards coming up on March 2, I was curious to see which celebrity antiques lovers would be on the red carpet at this year’s Oscars. It turns out that quite a few famous names go hunting for antiques. That includes the stars of the movie Gravity, which is up for best picture award at the 2014 Oscars, as well as other honors.

Sandra Bullock, a best actress nominee for her role in Gravity, has been spotted shopping in antiques shops in Texas and California. (We haven’t seen her in our Newberry, South Carolina store yet – check out our EuroLuxAntiques.com website, Sandra!)

Celebrity antiques: Clooney dining roomHer co-star George Clooney, mixes antique furniture in with his very tasteful decor, including vintage chairs and lighting. He seems to have a taste for Mission style chandeliers. You can see a rather fine one just over his shoulder in the dining room of his Los Angeles home, above what looks like a Renaissance style table and chairs. (Get the full house tour in the CBS News Person-to-Person with George Clooney.)  We have a very similar large Mission style vintage chandelier in the gallery.

Celebrity antiques: George Clooney antique chandelierClooney’s Baja peninsula Mexican villa also has an antique wrought iron chandelier over the otherwise modern dining room table, as featured in Architectural Digest.
Among many reasons to admire George Clooney, I like that he adopted his dog Einstein from a shelter. (A portion of all our sales benefits the PETS Inc. no-kill animal shelter, so it’s great to see a movie star helping homeless pets too.) Clooney got the cocker spaniel to love him at first sight (or first sniff) by rubbing meatballs on his shoes. Way to a dog’s heart, huh?

Ellen degeneres homeEllen DeGeneres hosts this year’s Oscars, and this celebrity antiques collector is fond of mid-20th-century antique French furniture, according to an Elle Decor article and slideshow. Her Santa Monica ranch is scattered with antiques like these 19th-century Windsor chairs. The Jonathan Charles Windsor chair that we stock in gray would also look at home in Ellen’s Country decor.

Other celebrity antiques lovers at the 2014 Oscars include Sandra Bullock’s fellow best actress nominee Meryl Streep (August: Osage County). Ms. Streep is apparently a frequent buyer of fine European antiques. She’s welcome to drop in at our gallery too, although I’d probably be speechless if she did. Only one of those ladies can win an Oscar on Sunday, or maybe one of the other actresses will scoop them both, but at least they have a passion for antiques in common!

While talking Hollywood, we are proud to count a five-time Emmy Award winner amongst our customers. You can read about him in our client spotlight on his French antique chairs.

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: Whitmire, SC

Julie and Bruce V. of nearby Whitmire, SC, love color and aren’t afraid to show it in their wonderful, old historic home.  They recently purchased two pieces, a large 1890 Louis XV oak buffet for their dining room and a highly carved antique Brittany armoire for their master bedroom.  Let’s look at how Julie and Bruce skilfully combine fine antiques with more modern furniture to seamlessly create an interior design that reflects their unique taste.

Julie and Bruce create a warm, inviting dining area using both antique and modern pieces.  The fantastic, heavy oak Louis XV buffet that they purchased from EuroLux Antiques is beautifully framed by centering it on the wall.  Note how the red hue of the wall burnishes the warm brown finish of the oak.  Stunning!  It always amazes me what a key role color plays — be it in the finish of the antiques or the colors in a room — in setting a mood.  This dining area has a welcoming look that invites a person to stay awhile.  Also note how Julie and Bruce play off the style of the gorgeous crystal chandelier by incorporating candlesticks with crystal pendants.  Small touches like this reinforce the design scheme.  Well done!

In the master bedroom, Julie and Bruce found a place for this sensational, carved chestnut Brittany armoire.  I want to point out how beautifully the color and finish of the antique armoire match the modern bed posts.  This bedroom is an absolutely great example of how it’s possible to seamlessly incorporate fine antiques (the Brittany armoire dates to 1890) into a modern home with new, fine furniture.

Here’s a wider shot of the master bedroom so you can see more of the design scheme.  Obviously, Julie and Bruce love red, and they know how to use it to bring a warm “pop” to each room.  Note, too, how the mirrored front of the buffet reflects the light to beautiful effect.

This blog post could have been titled “red done right” because Julie and Bruce never overwhelm their decor with their favorite color.  They use it judiciously to create an appealing environment for themselves — and their 7 (or is it 8 by now, Julie?) children!  Yes, you can live the antiques lifestyle with small children.  Julie and Bruce’s family is living proof of it!

Many thanks to Julie and Bruce for “inviting” all of us into their home by sharing photos of their lovely interior.  One of the best things about this business is finding great homes for old treasures and then hearing from our clients how they are putting these beautiful antiques to use in their lives.

If you’d like to see your decor featured on our blog, just drop us an e-mail! We’d love to hear from you.

 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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