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Bookshelf: Nantucket Cottages and Florida Style

This latest crop of books on home decor and house design takes us on a quick jaunt around the country! From Minnesota to Nantucket to Florida, these books give a glimpse into the architecture and home decor styles of each area, showing what makes them so great.

Minnesota’s Own: Preserving Our Grand Homes

Minnesota's Own Grand HomesThis coffee table book takes the reader on a tour of 22 grand old homes around the state of Minnesota. It tells you the history of the houses and the interesting characters who built them.  It also shows how the houses have been preserved and restored. The authentic decor in the 200 color photos is very inspiring. For example, the book describes a restored Frank Lloyd Wright property, including recently-made furniture and rugs that Wright originally designed for the house but that were never made before.

Classic Florida Style: The Houses of Taylor & Taylor

Classic Florida Style HousesI’m from Florida so I’m looking forward to seeing this book! It’s not actually published for a couple of weeks but I’ve taken a ‘look inside the book’ online and it seems great! Taylor & Taylor is a Miami Beach architecture and interior design firm. (The fact that the firm is run by a husband-and-wife team just like ours makes the book even more appealing to me.) The couple looks inside 10 Florida houses and of course there is a strong nautical feel with homes on the coast and on the gorgeous island of Key West. Some houses also draw on Spanish decor traditions while others take their cue from the Art Deco architecture of South Beach. What a summery treat!

Nantucket Cottages and Gardens: Living Large in Small, Charming Spaces

Nantucket Cottage style Nantucket cottage style is so beautiful and fresh. Apparently there are around 1200 ‘typical’ cottages on the island of Nantucket. Although this book can’t visit all of them, it does show how we can all enjoy the classic design features of the traditional Nantucket cottage home and garden. The compact space doesn’t mean limited style. Details such as weathered wood furniture and hand-crafted pieces and textiles all give character to a cottage home.

The author Leslie Linsley lives in Nantucket and she has appeared on TV shows including “Oprah” and “Good Morning America,” talking about her 60+ books on crafts, home style and decorating. So she should know what she’s talking about! Happy reading!

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Best Books Home Decor & Garden: Personal Flair

I’ve been browsing through Amazon.com’s list of the best books of 2014 in the Home and Garden category. I noticed how many of those books focus on the home as a place to express your unique personality.  Each book approaches the subject in a different way, so let’s take a look at these ‘best books of 2014′ – they are all quite new as they were all published last fall.

Elements of Style: Designing a Home and a LifeElements of Style Home Decor

Written by Erin Gates, an interior designer, blogger, and magazine writer, Elements of Style is a practical guide to designing a home that reflects your personality and style. Gates believes that home design and decor is “an outlet of personal expression and an exercise in self-discovery.” We’d agree with that! The book looks at rooms in the author’s own home as well as in her clients’ homes. Gates is a candid and witty writer. India Hicks described the book as, “hugely refreshing” and she commented on “the undecoratorly way this book is written.” Sounds great to us!

 

Heart and Home: Rooms That Tell Stories

heart and home decor bookI love the title of this book. Every house has a story, doesn’t it? Just like the people in it. Bring the stories together and you can create a really wonderful space. (This is what we’ve tried to do in our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation.) This book looks at the stories inside the homes of people known in the fields of interior design, architecture, fashion, and art. The rooms are decorated with character, originality, and personal meaning, from a New York loft in a 1920s factory building to an “Old Hollywood” estate in Beverly Hills. The author, design writer Linda O’Keeffe, was the creative director of Metropolitan Home magazine.

Cultivating Garden Style

Cultivating Garden StyleThe full title of this tome is: Cultivating Garden Style: Inspired Ideas and Practical Advice to Unleash Your Garden Personality. I know it’s early to think about gardening for many of us across the country – some are still deep in snow season. But spring will be here soon! Gardening writer Rochelle Greayer helps everyone develop their inner garden designer with step-by-step projects and tips.

The aim is to create charming, comfortable, and individual outdoor areas. The book features more than 1,500 color photographs to explain the 23 basic gardening styles that you can make your own.

If you’ve read any of these home decor and garden “best books” of 2014, we’d love to hear what you think of them. Or perhaps you have your own nomination for the title?

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Bookshelf: French Style at Home

I’ve got French style on my mind because our latest container full of antique furniture just left Europe to travel to the USA! It’s due to arrive around Thanksgiving so we’ll have a lot of new inventory of French antiques and vintage home decor soon in our online gallery at EuroLuxHome.com.  I’m so looking forward to the arrival of the pieces we are bringing across the Atlantic for you, I’ve found some new books that are all about French style at home.

Private Houses of France

Books on French style at homeIf you’re in the mood for some serious opulence, take a tour of the grand homes in Private Houses of France: Living with History. The houses and castles featured in the book all illustrate important periods in the history of French decor. The fashion designer Givenchy’s Parisian townhouse is designed in the style of Napoleon III. The fabulous Château de Champchevrier pulls out the stops with the regal French Hunting style. Our customers who love Renaissance style will enjoy the allure of Château d’Anet, where King Henry II and Diane de Poitiers had their romantic trysts. Other readers will be swept away by the beauty of a Parisian manor house… sigh!

At Home with Madame Chic

Living with French Style at HomeThis lively book is written by Jennifer Scott, a Californian who first went to Paris as a foreign exchange student, then returned to live in Paris with her family years later. (This is a bit like my own story of falling in love with Europe, except I first went on a Study Abroad program to Florence, Italy, and then 11 years later launched a European Antiques import business with Greg!)

At Home with Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life talks about the effortless style and small comfortable details that make home a wonderful place to be every day.

Home Style by City

Home Style by City: French style at homeThe full title of this book is quite a mouthful. It’s: Home Style by City: Ideas and Inspiration from Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, and Copenhagen. So it’s not JUST about French style, but it does include an evocative section on what author Ida Magntorn describes as the “nonchalant elegance” of Paris. She takes readers into the homes of her vintage-loving friends in Paris to share their home decor tips. This book has a philosophy that, “Decorating is about telling a story in order to create ambience.”  The French style story is of course chic, romantic, and artfully spontaneous. It’s gently imperfect and tousled, making it look as though nobody has tried hard at all. (A casual French shrug of the shoulders!)

I hope you enjoy reading and taking some French style inspiration. If you have a tip on how to create French style at home, please do tell us in the comments!

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Bookshelf: European Designer Decor

This month I’m stepping into the fantasy world of European designer decor for our round-up of interesting books. These books all look inside the homes of European designers and even when the style is not exactly to my taste, I can’t help but admire the joie de vivre!

Valentino at the Emperor’s Table

Valentino at the Emperor's TableValentino is best known as a fashion designer, designing glamorous clothes for some of the most famous women in the world. But the Italian designer’s new book goes behind the doors of Valentino’s own home… or should I say HOMES! He has five of them, in Rome, Paris, London, Gstaad, and New York. He also has a yacht. He entertains lavishly in all those places and the book looks at his dining rooms and table settings. It also includes recipes by his personal chefs. For example, Lime-Basil Cream Puffs with Raspberries. (Yum!)

The book isn’t out till October 1, but I bet it will be a big hit for holiday gifts among the fashionistas. As Valentino says in the introduction: “I am in love with beauty.” This photo from the book gives a colorful idea of what he means.

Valentino At the Emporer's Table
Robert Couturier: Designing Paradises

Robert Couturier Designing ParadisesFrench interior designer Robert Couturier likes mixing up Old World elegance with other influences. For example, he might bring together an antique French Louis XVI commode with a 1960s vintage lamp. He’s a man after my own heart!  The Paris-born designer opened his New York firm nearly 30 years ago and in the book he gives us a tour of his country retreat in Kent, Connecticut. As well as his own designer decor filled with European furniture and art, he also shows us some of his luxury projects for clients. Designing Paradises is a good title because Robert Couturier designed the tropical Mexican hideaway Cuixmala for tycoon Sir James Goldsmith. The lush 25,000 acre private estate is now a fancy eco-resort with guests including Tom Cruise and Madonna. It really does look like a romantic paradise!

Modern Originals: At Home with MidCentury European Designers

European Designer DecorJust as the name says, this recently-published book looks at the designer decor created by mid-century European designers for their own homes. Many of these houses aren’t open to the public so it’s great that author Leslie Williamson gives us an exclusive peek inside the private spaces of famous designers like Le Corbusier and Robin and Lucienne Day. Each chapter looks at a different house, from Studio Achille Castiglioni in Milan to Finn Juhl’s Scandinavian farmhouse. It includes all kinds of design styles from the era, not just Mid-Century Modern. For example, the photo below shows Italian designer Carlo Mollino’s sitting room in his Turin apartment.

European designer Decor Mollino

The elegant design transcends time, doesn’t it? You might be interested to know that one of Carlo Mollino’s furniture designs set a world record price for a piece of 20th century furniture. In 2005, a Mollino oak and glass table dating to 1949 was sold by Christie’s in New York for a staggering $3,824,000!

It was a simple and streamlined trestle style table and one of four glass-topped tables Mollino created between 1948 and 1950. Nobody knows where two of those tables are now… they’ve got lost somewhere along the way. So keep looking out, you never know where those two multimillion dollar tables might turn up!

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“I am in love with beauty,” he admits in the book’s opening. “I have always loved beautiful objects.” – See more at: http://www.assouline.com/9781614282938.html#sthash.0Ty74SaP.dpuf
“I am in love with beauty,” he admits in the book’s opening. “I have always loved beautiful objects.” – See more at: http://www.assouline.com/9781614282938.html#sthash.0Ty74SaP.dpuf
“I am in love with beauty,” he admits in the book’s opening. “I have always loved beautiful objects.” – See more at: http://www.assouline.com/9781614282938.html#sthash.0Ty74SaP.dpuf

Client Spotlight: Console Table in San Francisco, CA

A gorgeous console table makes a stylish and very useful addition to any home. We have a large range of console tables at EuroLuxAntiques.com and sometimes customers are spoiled for choice!

Marseille Console Table from EuroLuxAntiques.comElizabeth L. in San Francisco, CA, told me she was trying to choose between three different console tables for her long, narrow hallway, but was having a hard time picking which was the perfect one. I suggested printing out photos of each table and hanging them in the hall above the space where the table would live. That way she could walk by the choices each time she passed through the hallway, with the hope that one would jump out at her in time. Elizabeth called in the help of a friend, who immediately pointed out this Woodbridge Marseille Console Table as the clear winner.

Console Table from EuroLuxAntiques.com at home in our client's hallwayElizabeth admired her friend’s taste in design so she went with that choice and is very pleased! Doesn’t it look fantastic in her hallway? The elegant reproduction console table in a traditional French style is a generous 54 inches long, but at a slender 12 inches deep it’s a perfect fit for the narrow space. The pretty posy of flowers pops against the rich cherry veneer of the solid wood table. The table is hand-waxed and distressed to give the illusion of age and the C-curved sides and tapered legs add to the streamlined silhouette so the table doesn’t overwhelm the space. I love the way Elizabeth created a striking vignette with the mirror and art above the console table, flanking a vintage style gilded letter E!

 

Ambella Home console table from EuroLuxAntiques.com

Ambella Home console table

Console tables are very flexible pieces of furniture and can be used in so many ways. They make the maximum use of a narrow space like Elizabeth’s hallway, but can also be used as an accent table in a larger room, providing space to display your antiques and collectibles, framed family photos, or a beautiful table lamp.

Designs range from ultra modern to traditional antique looks – as you can see in this selection currently in our gallery. (Click on the photos to find out more details.)

Metro console table from EuroLuxAntiques.com

Provence console table from EuroLuxAntiques.com
A console table can also serve to visually separate and define different areas of a open-plan living area if you place it at a right angle to the wall. A console table can even double-up as a dressing table in a small scale bedroom, or provide extra space to stack guest towels and store necessities in a compact bathroom.

Walnut console table from EuroLuxAntiques.com

Demi Lune Console Table from EuroLuxAntiques.com

While most console tables are by their very nature rectangular, a demi lune or half moon curved table can look very charming and create interesting visual texture by breaking up a linear space.

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 to receive this blog in your inbox!

Designing A Royal Nursery

I’ve enjoyed seeing some of the ideas flying around for the new ‘Royal Nursery’ decor. England’s Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton, or Princess Kate as everyone seems to call her, is due to give birth any day now, and the infant prince or princess will no doubt be taken home to a splendid royal nursery. (The birth is a little behind the due date, which is highly unusual for the British monarchy as they are usually so prompt in their schedule!)

But when the baby does appear, he or she will spend the first few years of life in a royal nursery that might look like this, according to British interior design company Oliver Burns. (Click the photo if you want to see it larger on our Pinterest page.)


It’s not too surprising that the designers opted for such an elegantly traditional look for the royal nursery. However, Oliver Burns added a lovely touch of whimsy in the umbrella addition to the chandelier, which evokes images of Mary Poppins! The room has a nostalgic feel, aided by the narrow stripe wallpaper, wall lamps, and the vintage style dressers lined along one wall. The dressers add a touch of retro character to the room, rather than modern built-in closets.

This is another very traditional idea for the royal nursery, designed by Guy Goodfellow.

Guy Goodfellow interior design company in London is famous for its restoration of period houses with classic interiors. Their rather posh clients include the Duchess of Marlborough and Lord and Lady Dashwood, so they probably have a good idea of the type of decor that will suit Kensington Palace! The wallpaper in this design is by Alexander Beauchamp, with 18th century scenes of Hyde Park. The park surrounds Kensington Palace where the baby will live in the same apartment where his father Prince William and uncle Prince Harry were raised.

Here are my design tips to create a traditional style nursery like these:

  • Keep the colors in the decor fairly pale and elegant. There will be plenty of time for bright primary colors when the child is a little older and running about. Pale tones convey a vintage mood and are more restful for mother and baby to create a sanctuary together for baby’s first years.
  • The designers of both of these nurseries opted for flowing, floor-length drapes and a deep pelmet. That window treatment immediately conjures a traditional and relaxed air for a nursery. A few details like pretty vintage chandeliers, a rocking chair, or chests or dressers to hold baby’s clothes also create a vintage mood.
  • A large framed antique or reproduction mirror on the wall reflects light into the room and adds to the traditional design, and a vintage dressing table with a looking glass for mom can achieve the same effect as well as being practical.
  • Old-fashioned toys immediately encourage a sense of nostalgia, making the nursery a place where everyone wants to play! A rocking horse is the classic nursery toy, as well as teddy bears or a doll’s house or train set tucked on a shelf. Perhaps you have some heirloom toys from your own childhood to share with the new baby?
  • Of course, a four-poster or canopied crib with swathes of lace is the bed of fairy tales and is sure to add a traditional and regal touch.

Every baby is a prince or princess and I hope you’ve enjoyed some of these inspirations for your very own royal nursery!

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!

How to Create Farmhouse Style

Although few of us actually live in a farmhouse, the Farmhouse style of decor continues to appeal to urbanites and suburbanites alike. It carries a sense of nostalgia for an old-fashioned, simpler way of life before the hustle and bustle of today’s modern world. I enjoyed this Houzz.com article on 9 Ways to Create Comforting Farmhouse Style Anywhere. 
You don’t want everything to match too perfectly for a traditional Farmhouse style! It’s a decor that looks lived in, with one-off pieces that appear aged and loved.

 

Blue and white ceramics in this simple white decor... fresh!Often it takes just a few simple details to evoke Farmhouse style. A pair of rockers on the porch, a white claw-foot tub in the bathroom, an antique buffet server or hutch displaying heirloom china or pretty antique plates or vintage transferware plates. A crisp display of blue and white ceramics in a breezy white setting immediately creates a fresh and easy country look. Our vintage blue Delft ginger jars and plates fit the mood perfectly!

 

Our customer Anuradha V. created a very moody vignette with a 1920s green enamel pitcher from EuroLuxAntiques.comCountry Farmhouse style evokes pastoral living and traditional values, and home decor materials reflect those strong and earthy values, such as wood, stone, and iron. Textiles and surfaces are generally natural and matte in texture, and finishes often distressed. This photo from our client Anuradha V. shows a green vintage enamel pitcher that she bought from EuroLuxAntiques.com, set on a rustic table against a simple white plastered wall. The symmetry is so pleasing in this space, and the green pitcher provides a pop of natural color.

 

Antique Farmhouse Style Table, 1880, BrittanyA sturdy kitchen or dining room table is at the heart of the Farmhouse style. You need a place for the family to gather after the day’s work is done, to celebrate with a healthy feast! A wood table is key to this look, and a deep apron offers the subtle design detail that makes it look authentic. This handsome antique French dining table dates to 1880 and has just the right rugged appeal. It’s carved in the Brittany style, with figurines on the legs of French country men and women to add an extra dash of Farmhouse flair!

Jonathan Charles Country Farmhouse Style LoveseatWe have just added some wonderful Jonathan Charles furniture to our gallery. Greg and I selected our favorite pieces including several from the Jonathan Charles Country Farmhouse collection. To give you a sneak peek, this gorgeous Jonathan Charles loveseat is crafted from walnut wood, with rattan detailing and a creamy white seat cushion. Based on a 1900 design, this high-quality reproduction loveseat is a great example of Farmhouse style. It combines substance with simplicity – a combination that never goes out of fashion! I can picture this loveseat in a living room, as occasional seating in a bedroom, or even in a covered conservatory surrounded by leafy plants and pretty flowers.

 

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!

3 Ways to Dress Your Decor for Thanksgiving

One of the things we love about living with antiques is their versatility within any decor. Take an antique dining table. You can dress it up with fancy linens for a classic look — or leave the wood bare for a more modern look. You can create a shabby design scheme with your antiques, or you use them to go upscale. When decorating with antiques, your personal taste eclipses the objects themselves.

Here are three distinctive ways to dress up (or down) your decor for Thanksgiving.

Opulent

If you love a luxurious look, think color and texture. A thick, ivory damask tablecloth laid over an antique dining table creates a drape-y textural effect, while its color contrasts nicely with the warm wood tones of the chairs. Likewise, a neutral table cover offers the perfect backdrop to showcase a beautiful floral centerpiece in hues of orange and yellow, green and brown. The colors of fall will set a traditional tone for your holiday meal, and the varied textures of floral petals, waxy leaves, or spiky miniature cattails will serve as a counterpoint to the softness of the linens.

The opulent look also requires using heirloom china and sterling flatware. Choose simple, white plates to showcase the food, or go for ornate antique plates that may have been used during the Victorian era. Cut crystal (or glass) goblets and weighty silver flatware add a sense of specialness to the event.

Elegant Contemporary

It’s perfectly possible to incorporate antiques into modern designs, especially if you use antique accent pieces to ground and balance your contemporary space. Try using a solid color linen tablecloth and contemporary place settings for a modern feel. Then add vintage pewter candlesticks, salt cellars (or tiny vintage salt and pepper shaker sets), and antique silver-plated flatware to convey a traditional sensibility in your design. Add a touch of fun by finding flatware with real or faux horn, antler or Bakelite handles to add interesting texture to your tabletop. Using cherished heirloom glassware, linens, and accessories offers a nod to family history as relatives gather around the table.

Simple Cottage

Sometimes, the most memorable holidays are the least fussy ones. If you don’t have the time, energy, or budget to put on a Thanksgiving extravaganza, you can still enjoy the simple pleasures of good food shared with family and friends. A simple, reproduction farmhouse table sans tablecloth can serve as the ideal backdrop for your scaled-down holiday celebration. Set out vintage transferware plates for a nostalgic feel.

Make a simple centerpiece by carving a pumpkin or by using old milk bottles in their original holder to arrange flower stems cut from your own backyard.

Create a single, showstopping focal point by embellishing your chic, shabby chandelier with teacups tied with ribbons or pinecones hung with fishing line.

In the end, Thanksgiving is about expressing gratitude for the richness of life. Whether you choose to celebrate lavishly with family and friends or reflect quietly with only your significant other, you can use your antiques to help create a memorable holiday that suits your unique tastes.

 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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