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Bookshelf: Timeless Home Style

When you work all day surrounded by beautiful antique furniture like I do, you know all about timeless home decor! I am always admiring these classic pieces that just look as gorgeous in a house today as they did in the era they were crafted. Actually, they often look better. Age gives them even more character to lend a unique touch to a living room, dining room, or bedroom. Now that fall is well and truly here, we’re looking forward to curling up on the couch with the cats and reading some of these new books about timeless home style.

Alidad: The Timeless Home

AlidadI’m especially looking forward to this book as the cover is so inviting and cozy. It’s a joy to see a row of blue and white Delft vases or ginger jars lined up in the nooks. (At the top of the cover.) Greg and I are big fans of Delftware, and we have many pieces of antique Delft pottery for sale in the gallery. The London interior designer Alidad is well-known for combining contemporary and antique furniture and textiles to create a comfortable but elegant mood. The book shows all kind of projects by the designer, from beach homes to Paris apartments. His tasteful use of color is just lovely – warm and rich without being too overwhelming. Perfect for this time of year!

Timeless Style

Timeless home decor in Timeless Style! Take a shake of Southern charm, add a pinch of European chic! Inspirations for the rooms in this book draw from many sources, which suits our taste for eclectic and timeless home decor. The author, Atlanta-based interior designer Suzanne Kasler, has been named one of the top 100 designers by House Beautiful magazine. She likes mixing antique furniture with modern decor, as we know many of our customers do. The blend of styles and eras adds layers of visual interest to a home. Although the book cover looks a little stark to my eye, inside there are some truly delightful classic rooms with a more traditional feel. As Kasler says: “Age has its advantage when it comes to furniture.”

An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Lucé

French chateau timeless home decor If you’re looking for timeless home decor inspiration, what could be more timeless than a French castle? Interior designer Timothy Corrigan restored this 18th century Loire Valley mansion and wrote a book about it. The subtitle is Decorating a Great French Country House. Indeed it is great and it’s superbly decorated! Corrigan brings in a little Californian comfort too. If you love traveling to France as much as we do on our antiques buying trips, you might like to know that families or wedding parties can stay at Chateau du Grand-Lucé by the week. Or for more ideas for a legendary European vacation, take a look at my posts on French castle hotels and historic London hotels.

 

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.

Color in Your Interior Design

In thinking about interior design colors for the 1920s bungalow we’re restoring, I came across this great article at Freshome Design & Architecture: Room Color and How it Affects Your Mood. And then, in a moment of serendipity, an email newsletter from Traditional Home magazine landed in my inbox. The newsletter contains three links to slideshows:

Each of these interior design blog posts and photo galleries deals with the use of color in home decorating. So guess what today’s blog topic is?

Dazzling array of paint chips in orange and green -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

I don’t know anyone who hasn’t struggled at one time or another with paint colors. Using paint chips is great, but it’s often hard to tell what that gorgeous tangerine on the card will look like covering a 10×14-foot wall!

Of course, wall paint represents just one way to incorporate color into your interior design. And sometimes going with neutrals is not only the easiest choice but the one that enables you to showcase your collections (such as blue Delft ware), accessories (such as a vintage Capodimonte chandelier), or fine furniture (such as an antique Rococo dining table with ornate carvings).

Cozy fireplace sitting area in a tranquil blue and white palette -- EuroLuxAntiques

This cozy fireplace sitting area features a blue and white design, with a celadon-colored door for interest. Colorful cushions on the chairs add movement to the space. I love the little pair of sconces that flank a pair of stacked prints above the mantel. This symmetrical design gives the space a formal feel, while the cushions keep things a bit contemporary. And I love the round table! A designer once said “every room should have at least one round table,” and I couldn’t agree more.

 

 

Toile accented dining room -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

This dining room combines reds and blues for a French Country style interior design. I love how the decorator carried the blue toile used in the valances to the interior of the open china cabinet in the corner. Brilliant! The sheer curtains create a romantic ambiance, and the rust red color in the tablecloth gives the space warmth. Ditto for the warm wood floors you can see peeking out at the corner of the rug. As a final touch, the decorator added colorful fresh-cut flowers for a pop of yellow and purple. All in all, this room represents a great use of color in interior design!

 

Neutral dining room with blue green furniture -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

Here’s a great example of how a neutral color palette can serve your interior design. The walls, drapes, dining chairs, and area rug all are done in shades of beige. This draws the eye first to the rich, brown dining table. Next, you notice the pretty purple irises in clear vases on the table. Finally, your eye wanders to the gorgeous blue china cabinet. The simple wire-frame chandelier seems to float in the space; an ornate, crystal chandelier here might overwhelm the design.

 

 

As you can see, you don’t need to fear color in your interior design. If you don’t feel bold, go neutral and accent with colors you love. If you’re fearless, crank up the paint sprayer and refresh your walls with something vibrant!

Are you fearless when it comes to color in your decor? Give us your thoughts in the comments!

 

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!

2012 Holiday Gift Guide

We normally use this blog to share decorating tips and design inspiration to help you enjoy living with your antiques. But perhaps you’ll indulge us during this festive season to shamelessly self-promote for a moment.

During our Black Friday sale, which begins today and runs through Monday, November 26, we’re offering 20% off everything in our gallery, plus our usual free shipping!  Since many of our readers are only just getting to know us, we thought we’d share some holiday gift ideas from our own inventory. All of our antiques are one-of-a-kind, of course, and we also offer high-quality reproduction furniture and accessories that suit all tastes and budgets.

Here are some great ideas for all the people on your Nice (and Very Nice) List this year. Use code SHOPSMALL at checkout to receive your discount. Happy shopping!

For the Antique Furniture Lover

French Brittany Armoire/Bookcase/China Cabinet

This lovely cabinet dates to 1880. You might use it to display your heirloom china, books, or collectibles this holiday season.

French Art Deco Buffet/Server

Burled walnut veneers and a mirrored back add the “wow factor” to this lovely server, which dates to 1920. Picture it sitting in your dining area, wrapped with a big, red ribbon!

We have antique furniture choices to suit every taste and budget. Find them here.

For the Collector

Vintage French Art Deco Pink Tulip Chandelier

One of our favorites, this delicate chandelier features its original paint. It makes a lovely gift for your loved one.

Antique Goddess Figural Mantel Clock

As featured in our newsletter, this sensational mantel clock will make an impressive gift and a stunning display piece for any clock collector or bronze sculpture enthusiast.

Vintage Goddess & Unicorn Majolica Medallion

If you prefer your goddesses with unicorns (and who doesn’t, really?), this sensational medallion or plate will wow you. A thoughtful gift for any unicorn-lover on your list!

For the Eclectic Decorator

Who among us doesn’t have to cope with the issue of mixing inherited pieces of various vintages with items that reflect our own taste? The items featured here help bridge the gap between antique and modern decorating schemes.

Dale Tiffany Gold Plated Chandelier with Crystals

Traditional in form but modern and upscale in its gold plated finish, this high-quality reproduction chandelier is your ticket to fine living. Heirloom quality, this chandelier is the item your kids will fight over when you’re gone.

Polished Nickel Console Table with White Stone Top

Traditional French design gets an update in the shiny, polished nickel finish and white stone top. Makes a great gift for the young person who’s living with a bunch of hand-me-down ’70s furniture and could use something shiny to cheer up their decor.

For the Budget Conscious

We said we have something for every price point, and here’s the proof!

Vintage Seagers Gin Tray

Straight from Old Blighty comes this sensational old advertising tray. This would make an excellent host/hostess gift for your next holiday cocktail party! And it’s yours for a mere $41.60 after applying the Black Friday discount!

Vintage Transferware Blue Delft Plate

Seasonally appropriate and perfect for any skating enthusiast on your gift list, this lovely vintage plate also will please any collector of blue-and-white ware. You can get it for just $47.20 after the Black Friday discount.

Vintage Belgian Butterfly Beer Glasses

Another fantastic host/hostess gift, this pair of vintage beer glasses dates to 1950. Know any home brewers? They’ll be delighted to receive these! Only you will know you spent just $23.20 after the Black Friday discount.

For Small Spaces

If you long to live the antiques lifestyle but find yourself inhabiting a cramped urban loft, pied a terre, or cottage, you’ll be happy to know today’s exceptionally high-quality reproduction antiques are sized to fit your space perfectly.

Mirrored Accent Chest

Traditional styling meets modern sizing in this petite chest that measures just three feet wide by 32 inches high. The fun deco-inspired design and mirrored finish will add an antique touch to your small space.

French Versailles-Style 3-Drawer Chest

This sensational chest of drawers looks just like a real antique, but it’s actually a high-quality reproduction. Yes, that’s hand carving on the front! Best of all, this little chest measures a petite 32 inches wide by 35 inches high, so it will fit into your apartment, condo, or loft.

You’ll find 63 more small-scale items by searching “petite” at our website!

Thanks for shopping EuroLuxAntiques.com. We welcome your comments, questions, and phone calls!

 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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