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Best of September 2014: Traditional Homes

Valentino At the Emporer's TableWe took a glimpse inside some incredible traditional homes on the Letters from Eurolux blog this month. Some of those were in our series of Client Spotlights showing the home decor of our customers, with their EuroLuxHome.com purchase in place.

Others were in our Bookshelf series about new books on home decorating, antiques,  entertaining, gardens, and vintage living! Let’s look back at some of our favorite blog posts in September.

Antique Renaissance Buffet Kitchen DinerWe loved taking a little tour of Natalya’s California kitchen with our antique Renaissance buffet. The French antique Henry II Renaissance style buffet dating to 1900 is beautifully carved in walnut and it looks spectacular in Natalya’s kitchen. She also gave us the background on the gorgeous stove, decorative inlay on the wall, and cooker hood. (You can see more antique buffets on our website if you like the look.)

King Malcolm IV Johnny Cash ancestorEver since the new Johnny Cash Boyhood Home museum in Dyess, Arkansas, bought an antique table from us, we’ve looked forward to the opening of the restored house. It happened last month and Rosanne Cash said it was “completely restored to a most meticulous and historic detail.” My blog post on the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home and his Royal Scottish Heritage shows photos of the house and table.

So who is this guy in the portrait? It’s the 12th century King Malcolm IV of Scotland. And what does he have to do with Johnny Cash? Read the blog post and find out!

painted checkerboard floor in a traditional home It’s hip to be square! That was my conclusion after writing about Checkerboard Painted Wood Floors.   The look works for lots of different room moods and color schemes, as you’ll see in the photos. Painted floors were also popular in traditional homes in America as far back as the late 1700s. You can use the tutorial in that post if you are feeling arty and you want to paint a checkerboard floor yourself.

French Country Cabinet with black wash finishSpeaking of arty, our customer Richard bought this classic French Country cabinet especially to go under a fabulous abstract painting in his dining room. The new cabinet with a black finish and a marquetry wood top is nicely distressed to give the appearance of age. You can see for yourself that the antique-inspired new French Country cabinet looks wonderful in Richard’s dining room.

Cat yoga!Finally, we never posted this photo of Squiggy doing yoga on the blog, but we did share it on our EuroLux Home Facebook page as one of our regular Furry Friday posts. I just can’t resist sharing it with you here too. Do you think that Squiggy is doing Upward Facing Cat pose?

I hope you enjoyed our short overview of our favorite ‘traditional homes’ moments this month. PLUS a kitty as a bonus!

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.

Best of August 2014: Heirloom Furniture

We’re always talking about heirloom furniture on this blog. The antiques we sell are already heirlooms, and the high-quality and beautifully crafted new furniture is destined to become an heirloom one day! This month, as well as talking about heirloom furniture and home accessories, we tipped our hat to heirloom tomatoes too…

Jonathan Charles chairs at EuroLux HomeWe started the month proudly announcing that we have changed our name to EuroLux Home. This is because we are doing so much business these days with antique-inspired new furniture, so the broader name shows that we offer much more than just antiques now. At EuroLuxHome.com you’ll find a wide range of new, antique-inspired furniture and home accents. For example, collections by Jonathan Charles, exquisitely crafted using the same techniques as original antique English and French furniture. French Country Stool in the kitchen

You can see exactly what we mean about the high quality of our new, antique-inspired furniture in our French Country Stools Client Spotlight. Stephanie was looking for a counter-height French Country stool for her gorgeous kitchen, and she found just want she wanted in one of our French Country style stools with intricate carvings, a hand-woven rattan seat, and antiqued black washed stain. See the full story for more photos and close-up details.

Client's home: A Castle in CharlestonIn other client spotlight, we delivered antique furniture to Brittany and Greg who live in this amazing castle style home in Charleston, SC.  The couple wanted furniture with lions on it, so we knew that the Mechelen style of furniture would be a roaring success with them! (Flemish Mechelen furniture often boasts handsomely carved lion heads.) Sure enough, they chose an antique Mechelen stained glass buffet with lots of noble lions. They also picked a monumental 1880 antique Renaissance sideboard with massive lion’s paw feet.  See the photos of the lion furniture inside the house in the Castle in Charleston Client Spotlight.

Ambella Home Rockefeller fireplace screen with copper accentsI’m confident that the furniture and accessories I featured in my article Warm Up Your Decor With Copper Accents will become family heirlooms.

From vintage copper plates and coal scuttle planters, to new upcycled lamps and a stunning copper backsplash, copper always creates an inviting atmosphere and a warm  glow.  Check out the post for some surprising ways to enjoy versatile copper in your decor, whether your taste is traditional, modern, or exotic.

Caprese in a shot glassFinally, what about the heirloom tomato post I mentioned? I shared a little about the history of ‘love apples’ and also suggested a wonderfully refreshing and easy recipe for gazpacho. Let’s not forget my Uncle’s fantastic Bloody Mary recipe and a chic party treat of mini insalata caprese in a shot glass.

Thank you for reading our EuroLux Home blog. I’ll be back in September with lots more to say about antique decor, home furnishings, interior design inspirations and living the antiques and vintage lifestyle!  If there is a topic you would like me to write about – from a particular antique furniture style to home decor tips – just email me.

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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