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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!

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.

Eclectic Decor: Freedom from Matchy-Matchy Furniture!

Our customers enjoy eclectic decor and so do we. “I don’t want things that are matchy-matchy,” they say to me. They don’t want Rooms-To-Go!

Dining room eclectic decor I love chatting with people who have the confidence to just pick things they are drawn to.  I always say: “If you see something you like, get it!” Don’t worry about everything matching in a room. It will come together if you trust your taste. That takes courage and boldness, but I like things to look unique and I also like the juxtaposition of different styles, color tones, and wood styles.

Rick and Cheri’s dining room is a great example. We took a tour of their home in our Antique Carved Furniture Fusion Client Spotlight. Rick and Cheri purchased several pieces from us over the years, including the 1900 French Renaissance buffet pictured here. But they also bought antique furniture in the French Hunting style, the Flemish Mechelen style, the American Eastlake style, and the French Brittany style! All the pieces are beautifully carved and they create a wonderful (and very individual) fusion.

Eclectic Decor

Many of our customers are interested in having chairs that don’t exactly match. This graceful eclectic decor dining area shows how interesting it is to have a mix of seating and upholstery fabrics. The two antique chairs don’t match, but they complement each other with their traditional French styling.  The sofa looks more modern but still classic, and the shaping of the back means that it blends nicely with the antiques. With the pretty mix of fabric prints and the fancy chandelier, this space looks charming!

Eclectic decor foyer

This entry foyer is another great example of eclectic decor. The space is so inviting I’d be tempted to stop here and go no further! This house is filled with antiques in different styles. Although the comfy old chair looks quite French in style, there are also nomadic African  influences in the carpet and the display of pottery.

Eclectic decor traditional bedroom

This bedroom is unusual. At first glance it has an antique French look to it, in the sofa, chair, and console table. The pale blue sofa upholstery coloring is also typical of antique French decor and the sculptures are very Old World classic. But look closer and you’ll notice that the two small tables before the sofa have a square geometric design that looks quite modern.  The rectangular table lamp, blingy chandelier, and the simple, almost Scandinavian four-poster bed are also not in keeping with the period and style of the other furniture. But doesn’t it all come together to set a lovely scene in this bedroom?

The last three photos in this post come from Houzz, and we’re delighted to say that we have been invited by Houzz to join their marketplace! You can find our furniture and home accents at EuroLuxHome on Houzz and check out our 5 Star reviews. Of course, you can still browse our full inventory at our own online gallery site: EuroLuxAntiques.com.

Tell us your tips on how you create unique and eclectic decor in your home!

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. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here 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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