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Bookshelf: Paris Gardens and Inspirations

If you’re looking for some garden inspiration, these beautiful books on secret gardens and entertaining in the garden might encourage some new ideas to bloom! Even if you don’t have green thumbs, there’s nothing to stop you sighing over the alluring photos in these recently published garden books.

Garden Inspirations

Garden InspirationsWith ideas from flower arranging to table settings to using outdoor colors for interior home decor, Garden Inspirations aims to make the garden a part of your everyday life whether you are outside in the garden itself or bringing the garden indoors. The author, interior designer Charlotte Moss, takes readers on a trip through her own gardens, talks about the famous European gardens she has seen and offers tips on garden entertaining. She also collects beautiful vases to display her just-plucked blossoms… some of them are right there on the vibrant book cover! We too love blue and white ceramics, as you’ll know if you ever browsed all the antique Delft vases, plates and other pieces in our online store!

Private Gardens of Paris

Private Gardens of ParisGreg and I find most of our antiques in France so we are always happy to hop on a plane to Paris. It’s a great mixture of business and a little pleasure too. While we are there, we enjoy wandering around the stately Paris gardens. However, the ones featured in this book are private gardens… so the only way to get a glimpse is to leaf through these gorgeous photographs.

The private gardens tucked away from the bustle of the Parisian streets include fashion designers Hubert de Givenchy’s formal garden and Kenzo’s Japanese-style retreat.

In and out of Paris: Gardens of Secret Delights

Paris Gardens of Secret DelightHere’s another book about Paris gardens that was also recently published. There must be something in the air.  But you can never have too much Parisian style and there is plenty of creativity in these 30 gardens. Author Zahid Sardar, the design editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, explores projects ranging from the tiny terrace in the Marais owned by couturier Martin Grant to the rooftop in Montmartre belonging to Mexican painter MariCarmen Hernandez. (Do you think there is anything in the world more romantic than a Montmartre rooftop garden?)  American architect Michael Herrman also pays homage to Le Corbusier’s Champs Elysées garden for one of his clients.

After such a long cold winter for so many people, it’s a joy to get outside again, isn’t it? I hope these books will help you conjure up some magic for your own garden! Or leave a comment to tell us about your own favorite garden books.

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.

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!

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.

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?

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.

 

 

 

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.

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!

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.

“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

Bookshelf: The Art of Outdoor Living

It is nearly the summer solstice and a lot of people are making the most of the long summer days and enjoying outdoor living! These books show gorgeous gardens and outdoor living spaces, and also provide inspiration for rustic garden craft projects.

Veranda: The Art of Outdoor Living

Veranda Outdoor LivingThe writer of this lush coffee table book is Lisa Newsom who founded Veranda magazine in 1977. So she knows what she is talking about and how to find the best outdoor living inspirations! The lavish full-page photos are a joy for anyone who loves outdoor spaces as an extension of the home. Photos include courtyards, pools, the gardens of a French chateau, and the gardens of well-known designers and gardeners. The journey takes you across the world, and what a dreamy journey it is!

Private Edens: Beautiful Country Gardens

Outdoor Living Country GardensGarden design expert Jack Staub leads readers on a tour of 20 spectacular private country gardens in this handsome book. The ‘Private Edens’ are mainly in the northeast, and the gardens are not open to the general public. In fact, they are so private that the owners’ names and exact locations are left anonymous. Still, you can have a peek at these beautifully designed sanctuaries, including the author’s own Pennsylvania farm boasting a pondside pavilion and a romantic cherry-tree walk. One highlight is an exotic Asian–inspired garden in Maryland – apparently created by a princess from a Himalayan kingdom and her American husband!

Rustic Garden Projects

Rustic garden projects for outdoor livingIf you feel like being creative in the garden yourself (and perhaps you aren’t quite as rich as a Himalayan princess!) this new book will give some ideas to enhance your outdoor living. The subtitle is: ‘Step-by-Step Backyard Décor from Trellises to Tree Swings, Stone Steps to Stained Glass.’ That pretty much says it all. The do-it-yourself garden projects range from a simple suet ball bird feeder to a more ambitious but wonderful moon gate of braided willow. Some of the easier ones might be fun to do with the kids or grandchildren too. How about a personalized walkway?

Do you have any photos of your outdoor living space to share with us? Or perhaps a garden project to tell us about? We are all ears! Tell us in the comment box below.

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.

Bookshelf: Audubon, Gardens & Elegant Decor

Everyone knows I love fine French antique furniture. But, like everyone else, my interests are diverse. I love gardening (as you can see from my Vintage Life blog series). I love the challenge of restoring a classic American bungalow. I love taking nature walks with Greg to enjoy the beauty of trees, flowers and birds.

And when I’m not living my passions, I love doing the next best thing: Reading about them.

A trio of recently released books from publisher Skira Rizzoli will feed my senses with stunning photos and engaging commentary. These books will not only make great reading, but I think they’ll look terrific on the coffee table.

The Elegant Garden by Johann Kraftner

Now that the winter doldrums have set in, are you feeling a flush of cabin fever? This book will rescue you! Lavishly illustrated, this 432-page book covers every type of garden imaginable. Whether you’re keen to fashion formal English style gardens to complement your Victorian home or you lean more towards a prairie look, this lovely tome will provide you with a visual feast and plenty of ideas to implement when the spring thaw finally enables you to get back outdoors.

The Age of Elegance by Alex Papachristidis

If you follow American interior design at all, you’ll recognize the name of designer Alex Papachristidis. Known for his love of 18th century furniture and his eclectic design style, Papachristidis rooms never fail to delight. No matter where your decorating tastes lie, this book is sure to please, with photographs of 16 residences designed by Papachristidis. Ranging from New York mansions to a beach house on Cape Cod, the interiors presented will inspire you to incorporate elegance into your own decor.

Audubon’s Aviary: The Original Watercolors for the Birds of America

Because we’ve recently added a line of high-quality reproduction aviary and botanical prints to our online collection, I was delighted to discover this sensational book that spotlights Audubon’s original watercolor paintings that were later turned into the engravings we’re all so familiar with in “Birds of America.” Truly a work of art, this coffee table book will provide you and your guests with a rare look at Audubon’s paintings and historical insight through the text by Roberta Olson.

What kinds of books do you enjoy? I could use some suggestions to fill my winter reading list!

 

 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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