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Dale Tiffany Lamps: The Creative Process

EuroLuxAntiques.com has carried Dale Tiffany lamps, chandeliers, and other light fixtures since summer 2012. These stunning hand-made glass lights often replicate the original stained glass designs of Louis Comfort Tiffany lamps. The creative process behind Dale Tiffany lamps is a wonder to behold so I was delighted to see this video showing how the artisans hand-craft each piece. Eye candy alert! You’ll see some gorgeous lamps in this video.

All Dale Tiffany lamps are unique pieces. The craftsmanship starts by creating the art glass. True art glass is made by hand-blending a palette of molten glass tones to conjure up unique colors. Then the glass is hand-cut and each piece is individually edged with copper foil. This technique was developed by Louis Comfort Tiffany more than a century ago for his famously ornate glass mosaics.

Table lamp from a selection of Dale Tiffany lamps at EuroLuxAntiques.comDale Tiffany Fringed Lamp

Finally, the artisans hand-assemble the pieces of glass into the mosaic design of the shade. The mosaic is soldered together and given a superbly authentic antique finish. Metal filigree might be added to accent details such as dragonfly wings. Hundreds of pieces of glass are used in the designs, and some shades feature more than 1,000 individual glass segments.

Nautilus lamp from a selection of Dale Tiffany lamps at EuroLuxAntiques.comDale Tiffany chandelier from EuroLuxAntiques.com

You can see the full selection of Dale Tiffany lighting in our online gallery or click on any of the pictures for more details. In addition to reproductions of original antique Tiffany lamps, Dale Tiffany has created some designs inspired by Tiffany style and traditional techniques, but reflecting contemporary tastes in home decor.  Dale Tiffany fruit chandelier from EuroLuxAntiques.com

Greg and I are very selective about the reproduction product lines we offer to our customers. The high quality and skilled craftsmanship of Dale Tiffany lamps and chandeliers meet our exacting standards! We know our clients want the benefit of beautiful heirloom-quality lighting at a much lower price than the original antiques.

Louis C. Tiffany broke new ground in designing with glass, but his designs were limited to the wealthy.  Not any longer! It’s wonderful to see the tradition of Tiffany lamps continue as Dale Tiffany creates the antiques of tomorrow.

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!

Star Buy: Louis XIV Armoire Owned By Movie Critic Gene Siskel

I rarely shine the spotlight on just one item from the EuroLuxAntiques.com gallery, but this fabulous Louis XIV armoire has such a great story behind it, I’m excited to share it with you.

1710 Louis XIV armoire purchased by movie critic Gene Siskel at Biennale de Paris. On consignment at EUROLUXANTIQUES.COMThe walnut Louis XIV armoire dates to 1710, and was owned by the late movie critic, Gene Siskel. He hand-selected it for his home at the prestigious Biennale de Paris art festival in France. Greg and I were deeply honored that Mr. Siskel’s widow chose to trust the armoire to us – it’s on consignment now in our gallery.

Just imagine: This French antique was crafted more than three centuries ago when King Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, was on the throne of France. It’s an extremely impressive cabinet with a rich patina on the walnut wood and a striking star design in relief on each of the two doors. It’s a star-studded armoire in every sense!

 

Louis XIV Armoire Star DoorsHere’s a close-up of those stars on the doors – or étoiles in French. You can really see the beauty of the walnut wood grain and patina. The timeless elegance of the Louis XIV armoire means that it would look perfectly at home in either a contemporary setting or in more traditional decor, surrounded by other antiques.

Of course, it would also be a great conversation starter when guests visit and you tell them about its unique history.

 

Louis XIV Armoire Interior
At nearly 7.5 feet high and more than 5 feet wide, the large armoire makes quite a style statement. The deep crown molding is exceptionally fine and the armoire rests on handsome bun feet. But let’s not be so swept away by beauty that we forget about function! The shelf space inside the large armoire provides plenty of room to store your treasures, whether you use it for family keepsakes, your best linens or your favorite cashmere sweaters and scarves.

Delivering 1710 Louis XIV Armoire to the EuroLuxAntiques.com GalleryHere’s a photo of Greg and Frank moving the wonderful period Louis XIV armoire into the gallery – drive it carefully boys, it’s precious cargo! Greg and I are movie buffs and we grew up watching Siskel and Ebert, so it is especially wonderful to help find this exceptional armoire a new home.

If you’re interested in owning this historic antique and adding the next part of the story to its journey across three centuries and two continents, you can see more details about the Louis XIV armoire at our website. In any case, I hope you enjoy the photos and the story behind it as much as I do!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.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.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

Lighten Up! Summer Solstice and Chandelier Lighting

At the summer solstice, we’re all enjoying the light for the longest day of the year! Different cultures and countries celebrate the solstice in different ways. In England, crowds gather to watch the sun rise over Stonehenge. In France, they light bonfires for Feux de la Saint-Jean celebrations. But whatever the party, it’s all about the light!

As we’ve just received our latest container with more than 150 vintage French chandeliers (enough to light up the Eiffel Tower!) we’re thinking how lucky we are that we can sparkle up even the darkest days with decorative  chandelier lighting.

I don’t recommend hanging any of our EuroLux Antiques vintage chandeliers outside for a long period of time, but this gorgeous array of chandelier lighting for a vintage-themed wedding took my breath away. (My post on vintage weddings gave more wedding decor and gift ideas.)

Greg hanging our latest vintage chandelier lighting from France. EuroLuxAntiques.comHere’s my hunky husband Greg hanging up chandeliers in the gallery. We always check the wiring on all our vintage lighting, and rewire any that are a little frayed or worn, before putting them out for sale. The new container from Europe kept him busy!

 

Vintage French Chandelier Lighting, 1950 with 12 arms, glass pendants. EuroLuxAntiques.com

Vintage 1950 French Chandelier

A stylish chandelier always adds character to a room, but people sometimes wonder about the best size to buy. They don’t want a chandelier that swamps the room, but a too small chandelier can look a bit lost in a space.

Summery Vintage French Chandelier Lighting

Pretty vintage 1950 French Chandelier – Very summery!

 

 

My advice is to take the size of your room, for example 15 feet by 21 feet, and add the two together. The sum here is 36. Translate that to inches (in this case 36 inches) and you’ve got a good guideline for the approximate diameter of chandelier to choose. If in doubt, veer towards a larger size chandelier. When suspending the chandelier lighting over a dining table, it usually looks best if the chandelier is 50% or more of the table width. Allow for it to hang with at least 30 to 33 inches clearance above the table top. See my other tips to light your home beautifully, with chandeliers, wall sconces, and pendant fixtures.

How are you celebrating the summer solstice? Tell us in the comments 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.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

Client Spotlight: Antique Hunting Thrones & Brittany Style Furniture

Our very first advertisement for the opening of EuroLuxAntiques.com 2004We will always have a soft spot in our hearts for Gene and Lyn, as we met Gene on the very first day that we opened our doors back in 2004. Our first advertisement that we ran in our local Lake Murray Magazine caught Gene’s attention – here it is with the tag line Your New Connection to the Olde World! When I dug this ad up from our archives, I realized that the pair of antique Hunting Thrones that Gene and Lyn later purchased were featured in that debut ad!

Since then, we’ve changed our logo, our name (from EuroLux Imports to EuroLux Antiques),and even our location (from outside Newberry to Downtown Newberry on Main Street). But we still specialize in beautiful, hand-selected European antique furniture.

Antique Hunting Thrones in the sun porchLyn was busy on our opening day, but Gene brought her back soon afterwards as he knew she would enjoy browsing in our gallery. It was filled to the brim with the spoils of our very first imported container. Those fantastic antique Hunting Thrones would soon find a new home on Gene and Lyn’s sun porch overlooking the lake, followed soon afterwards by an elegantly carved antique Brittany Bench. You can see the antique Hunting Thrones with their marvelous barley twists and carvings here on their sun porch, along with the Brittany Bench displaying that lovely vase of flowers.

Antique French Brittany Bench. EuroLuxAntiques.comHere’s a close-up of the Brittany Bench, which is very typical of our Brittany style furniture. It features ship wheel carvings to honor the maritime history of the Brittany region, and carvings of French country folk. I still remember that Gene and Lyn opened a bottle of delicious wine when we delivered the thrones, and insisted that we have a few glasses to help them celebrate their “new” acquisitions! That afternoon we discovered that we had quite a bit in common with Gene and Lyn. They had started their marriage as newlyweds in Europe, just as we had. They told us stories of Gene’s teaching stint in Scotland, and we made them laugh with stories of our adventures living in Germany. We laughed and talked for hours and it turned into the beginning of a wonderful friendship!

Antique French Hunting Buffet displaying our client's collection of antique pewter. EuroLuxAntiques.comOver the years, Gene and Lyn have continued to find “new” antique pieces at EuroLux Antiques for their handsome home, often as a way to celebrate a birthday or an anniversary. A large and heavily-carved antique Hunting Buffet holds Lyn’s collection of antique and vintage pewter in the great room. The pewter looks superb against the antique wood of the carved buffet, so beautifully mellowed with age.

Antique French Hunting Chairs in our client's great room with a Hunting Buffet. EuroLuxAntiques.comGene and Lyn’s great room is an open concept area connecting the kitchen with a dining area and living room. A set of antique French Hunting chairs was added too, as you can see in the great room around the marble table.

Antique Brittany bedroom suite in our client's home. EuroLuxAntiques.comLyn fell in love with a very high-quality antique Brittany bedroom suite, including a 3-door armoire, bed, and nightstand. I love the red floral bedspread with the dark chestnut wood – it just adds to the French provincial feel of their lovely bedroom.  If you admire this look as much as I do, we have an awesome Brittany Bed and 3-Door Armoire that just came into the gallery, and some wonderful Brittany chairs too.

Gene and Lyn are both retired and keep very busy schedules, but we’re always happy to see them when the wind blows them through our doors here in Newberry!

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!

Vintage Weddings

Every bride wants her wedding day to be unique! The trend for vintage weddings and weddings with recycled or DIY crafted decor make that dream easier to achieve, offering the perfect opportunity to add a highly personal touch to the special day. So here are some great wedding ideas to add to your I Do list!

We’ve also got suggestions of terrific wedding gifts that are as unique as the happy couple. If nobody in your family is getting married soon, these gifts would work just as well for a wedding anniversary, and the wedding inspirations would translate to your parties and other entertaining.

Vintage key escort cards are a charming idea for a vintage wedding theme

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These vintage key escort cards are a charming idea for a vintage wedding. Escort cards tell guests which table to look for at the reception, to save everyone wandering around trying to find their table. It looks beautiful and as every key is different, the guests feel very special with their own personal key! They can take the keys home too, as a memento of the day. Hunt at thrift stores and flea markets for old keys, or find old keys or vintage style keys lots on eBay.

Cones made from vintage style wallpaper make pretty containers for your confetti, rice, or even for rose petals to shower over the happy couple! Use paper punches from a crafts store to decorate the cone tops, and tuck the cones in an old-fashioned floral tea cup. Andrea at eWedding.com gives more ideas for a vintage wedding theme.

 

 

 

I love these DIY paper fortune cookies! They look exquisite and you can personalize the ‘fortunes’ with a wish from the newlyweds. Find some decorative paper and follow the simple instructions on how to make the fortune cookies.

For other crafty ideas, check out these 101 tutorials for hand-crafted wedding ideas. Tutorials include how to make a vintage tea tin ring holder, an heirloom brooch bouquet, and free vintage ‘Save the Date’ postcards to print out with your own photo.

Vintage French Nightstands 1930 with His-and-Hers carved figures. EuroLuxAntiques.comThis pair of vintage French nightstands or bedside tables dating to 1930 would make a unique wedding or wedding anniversary gift. Carved in the Brittany style, one chestnut bedside table boasts a female figure on the cabinet door, and the other a male figure. It’s the perfect his-and-hers gift!

Unusual antique Chinese traditional Wedding Suitcase, 1880, would have been used by a new bride to transport her belongings to her new home. EuroLuxAntiques.comDating to 1880, this unusual antique Chinese traditional “Wedding Suitcase” would have been used by a new bride to transport her belongings to her new home with her husband’s family. You can bet that a modern American bride would love it too, as storage for personal items. You can also bet that this one-off gift will not go the way of the six duplicate toasters…

 

1930 French Brittany bed carved with merry country folk dancing across the footboard. EuroLuxAntiques.com
Eat, Drink and Be Married! This fabulous 1930 French Brittany style full-size bed is finely carved with a scene of merry country folk rejoicing and dancing across the footboard. Figurines of a man and a woman gaze out from the corners. The solid chestnut bed is a celebration in itself, and with such a happy vista surrounding the newlyweds, sweet dreams are guaranteed!

Do you have any inspirations for a crafty or vintage wedding or even any photos of your own wedding to share? Tell us about it 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.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

Client Spotlight: The New York Reproduction Barstool With a Story

Although EuroLuxAntiques.com is best-known for its beautiful antique furniture from France and other parts of Europe, did you know that Greg and I also personally select high-quality reproduction pieces for our gallery? We pick out our favorite lighting, furniture, and other home accents, and yes, sometimes even a fantastic reproduction barstool!

A barstool should always have a tale to tell, so we were very pleased to learn the story from our client Margaret behind this superbly crafted barstool. It has quite a history for a newly-made reproduction!

Reproduction Barstool from EuroLuxAntiques.comMargaret, a board member and resident of a high-rise building in New York City, has been searching for nearly two years for just the right barstool for their doorman to use in the lobby of this building. Apparently the discerning board members just couldn’t agree on the right stool until Margaret found our website. Then she discovered our large selection of high-quality reproduction barstools.

Margaret chose an armless swivel seat barstool in a waxed cherry finish with black leather upholstery and brass nailhead trim. With a bowtie backsplat and hand-rubbed distressing for an antique look, the stool has just the right timeless appeal to suit this classic lobby.

 

Reproduction barstool from EuroLuxAntiques.com in the lobby of an NYC buildingIt has turned out to be a wonderful fit with the custom-designed desk of oak and marble with brushed brass, and it perfectly matches the lobby fixtures. After such a long wait, Margaret remained patient as we sorted out a shipping delay with the Greyhound courier service, but in the end, she was very happy.

She wrote, “I am delighted, and the member of the board who volunteered to help ratchet up the pressure and get this through, came sailing down to the lobby in his bare feet and hopped right on the stool, grinning from ear to ear. The barstool is really classy and is six steps up from all of the other stools we had considered over the years. Thank you, Aimee!”

Well, thank YOU Margaret! We’re delighted to know that the barstool, crafted by Woodbridge Furniture Company, is gracing the lobby of your lovely building in NYC. We hope your doorman enjoys it too  – comfort is important in that job!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.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. Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

Things We Love Right Now – June 2013

Father’s Day is on June 16 and this post is dedicated to dads! As a family business, we’ve been on a family photograph treasure hunt. I also have some Father’s Day gift suggestions, if you haven’t found the perfect gift for dad yet.

This family photograph shows Greg aged 2Greg’s mom Kathy (our Director of Restoration Services) kicked off our family photograph treasure hunt while working on her scrapbooking albums. She found this photo of Greg as a 2- year-old on a horse with his aunt Therese. The horse’s name was Peppermint Patty. I find it a riot that Therese actually kept two horses in a suburban backyard! I doubt you could get away with that now, but hey… it was the 1970s!

 

Family photograph of Kathy (our Director of Restoration Services) with her dad at Duncan Park in Spartanburg, 1951. EuroLuxAntiques.comThat gave me the idea to ask everyone for photos of their dads. Kathy’s dad was John Wallace Weathers, known as “Big John” and this photo is from when she was around 10 years old in 1951. They are at Duncan Park in Spartanburg, a minor league baseball stadium where the Spartanburg Peaches used to play. Kathy has fond memories of going to baseball games with her dad. He always insisted that Kathy would go to college and his wish came true. In fact she was the first to graduate from both high school and college on her dad’s side of the family.

Family Photograph EuroLuxAntiques.comJohn is our gallery greeter and champion accountant, and this is him aged about 6 with his dad John Henry Talbot Sr. in Lawton, Oklahoma in 1949. John Jr.’s grandfather, Max Vern Talbot, is also in this photo with John’s younger brother. This is John’s first memory of meeting his grandfather, who lived in Florida. His grandfather was quite a “cut-up” and taught John to play cribbage. John fondly remembers many hours spent playing cribbage, and later, a deep sea fishing trip adventure with his grandfather.

Family photograph of Greg in a cowboy hat in Texas, aged 5. EuroLuxAntiques.com
My husband Greg looks so cute in his cowboy hat! He was 5 years old in this 1977 photo with his dad John. They lived in Lubbock, Texas, and Greg particularly remembers going to the Texas Rangers museum and going horseback riding down into the canyon. Greg associates music with different periods of his life and seeing that photo reminds him of Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams and Undercover Angel by Allen O’Day.

Therese cJohnTherese1963-2ounts Shipping Manager among her many jobs at EuroLuxAntiques.com. Here she is with her dad, John Sr. in 1963 when she was about 5 years old. They are on Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC and she is very fashionably modeling her favorite dress of the time! Later, she and her dad did horse shows together and she remembers many afternoons happily spent reviewing the results of the horse shows.

 

 

Family photograph Aimee and dad at Disneyland 1975. EuroLuxAntiques.comThis is me, Aimee, and my dad, Robert Thomas Legore (Bob) riding the Dumbo ride at Disneyland in California in 1975 when I was about 5 years old. The family moved to California from Florida in a big blue station wagon while Bob helped develop the F16 jet engine at Edwards Airforce base. I was always a “daddy’s girl” and recall snuggling on the sofa to watch Star Trek with dad when he got home from work.


If you’re looking for a super gift for Father’s Day, check out some of these ideas!

This aAntique English Regency Tallcase Grandfather Clock. EuroLuxAntiques.comntique English Regency Tallcase Grandfather Clock is a great gift for dad or granddad. It’s signed by clockmaker, James Green, who worked in Liverpool between 1800 and 1829, dating this clock to the King George IV era. The mahogany clock is topped by a dramatic eagle with outstretched wings, and the Moonroller feature above the clock face marks the phases of the moon. It also features hand-painted sailing ships on the sea, in tribute to Liverpool’s maritime history. The working clock still chimes on the hour!

Etagere à vin (wine rack) crafted in the Louis XV style. EuroLuxAntiques.comIf dad’s a wine buff, this high-quality reproduction etagere à vin (wine rack) is perfectly sized for the modern home. It holds nearly two cases of wine and he can keep his corkscrew, coasters, and wine accessories in the two drawers. The etagere à vin is crafted in the Louis XV style, with a hand-rubbed distressed finish on the rich cherry veneer for an authentic antique look.

Antique chalkware sculpture circa 1900, Saint Joseph and the Christ Child. EuroLuxAntiques.comThis antique chalkware sculpture is a truly unique and meaningful gift for dad. Dating to 1900, it portrays a poignant moment between Saint Joseph and his son Jesus Christ as a child. The touching encounter is beautifully rendered in this 18 inch high sculpture, right down to the expression on the Christ child’s face.

Do you have any special plans for Father’s Day? Tell us in the comments box below. I’d also love to hear about your own family photograph treasure hunt. Photos bring back such great memories – do you have a favorite family photograph in the album?

 

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!

Bookshelf: Elegant Rooms, Southern Style, Flower Recipe

The definition of an elegant room varies according to each person, but I’d say that no matter how elegant the space, it needs to be easy to live in too. Welcoming, practical, and somewhere that people can relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Who wants to sit bolt upright all evening, terrified to touch anything or pick up a magazine for fear of disturbing the overly groomed ‘interior design’? Not me. And certainly not our 8 cats and dogs!

These three recently published books provide some great inspiration for elegant rooms that real people can live in.

Elegant Rooms that Work

Great inspiration for your elegant room design! EuroLuxAntiques.comAuthor Stephanie Stokes is an art historian and interior designer. In her new book she explores ‘Fantasy and Function in Interior Design.’ She gives tips on how to plan your space without sacrificing style and atmosphere. Stokes is keen on creating multipurpose spaces too, to make the most of every inch of your home! All her expert advice aims to create a practical but beautiful environment. Many of the elegant rooms photographed feature lovely antique furniture and accessories.

 

 

This French Provincial style dining room is designed by Stephanie Stokes. I love the way that the large chandelier helps to balance out the high ceiling in this light and airy room. Plus, it’s a statement piece in itself. If you like the look, check out the vintage chandeliers in our gallery.

Houses with Charm: Simple Southern Style

Ideas for a Southern style elegant room. EuroLuxAntiques.comGracious living and warm hospitality are the focus in this new coffee table book. Writer Susan Sully is an expert on Southern style – her articles appear in magazines including Veranda and Martha Stewart Living. The book celebrates traditional Southern architecture and interior design with homes spanning eras from the 18th century to the present day. Some are cozy and romantic. Others are rather grander, such as the Louisiana plantation house filled with antiques. In all cases the homes capture the essence of the Southern lifestyle – elegant but laid-back.

The Flower Recipe Book

Floral arrangement ideas to create a welcoming and elegant roomA beautiful vase of flowers immediately adds an elegant and welcoming touch to any space… and despite this book’s title, it isn’t about cooking with edible flowers! (Although if you enjoy cooking, I recently blogged about delightful ways to serve up summer herbs in style.) Instead, this lavish book gives “flower recipes” to create gorgeous floral arrangements. Subtitled 100 Magical, Sculptural, Seasonal Arrangements, the book is written by the women who run Studio Choo, the fashionable San Francisco floral design studio. Their bright ideas for different styles of flower arrangement range from sensationally wild to elegantly formal. 400 colorful photos offer plenty of inspiration. Pop any of these floral arrangements on one of our antique dining tables and your work is done!

What’s your definition of an elegant room? Let us know 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.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

Best of May 2013: Home Decor Inspirations and More

Looking back over our May blog posts I can see this was a very busy month! We’ve been out and about making deliveries to customers, returning with lots of photos to share how our clients use and display antique furniture in their home decor. Let’s revisit some of our favorite May posts, starting with how we took style inspiration from Hollywood.

I was inspired by the new movie of The Great Gatsby to have fun with this post about Great Gatsby style decor. I spend a lot of time talking with customers about how certain pieces might work in their home decor. So it wasn’t too much of a leap to make some guesses at the antique furniture and accent pieces that Jay Gatsby and Tom and Daisy Buchanan might choose to reflect their own unique personalities and tastes!

Paul-RevereOn our 2900 Mile Road Trip to Boston Greg and I mixed business with pleasure! We made some deliveries to customers and visited a furniture market to select high-quality antique reproduction furniture for the gallery. We also visited my grandma, spending hours chatting and picking crabs – a real family tradition! Then Greg and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary, sightseeing on the Freedom Trail and visiting The House of Seven Gables.

 

 

Antique French bedroom suite takes pride of place in our client's home decor. EuroLuxAntiques.comWe visited our clients Sandy and Brent in Northport, AL, to deliver a fabulous Louis XV bedroom suite, and shared lots of pictures of the beautiful French antique furniture that they enjoy in their home. Sandy and Brent have been EuroLux Antiques customers for several years, and it’s wonderful to see how they incorporate antiques into their home decor with such timeless grace.

Mid-Century Modern sideboard is a very pretty example of the kind of vintage furniture I loveIn the Client Spotlight post Vintage French Sideboard at Home in Maryland we showed how Irene made a terrific feature of this vintage French Mid-Century Modern sideboard in her elegant dark blue dining room.

 

Strawberries with balsamic vinegar and pepper recipeAs the sunny days arrived, my mind turned to fresh summer produce to enjoy during leisurely dinners in the long, light evenings. I shared a simple but delicious recipe for Strawberries in Balsamic Vinegar and also blogged about how to Serve Up Summer Herbs in Style…The Old-Fashioned Way.

 

Tudor Place in Washington, DC is packed with beautiful antique furniture, open to public tours. EuroLuxAntiques.comWe also took a peek at Historic Tudor Place in Washington, DC. It’s a National Historic Landmark built in 1816, and it was home to six generations of Martha Washington’s descendents. It’s a gorgeous house and it’s packed with a huge collection of antique furniture, ceramics, and silver.

 

This high-quality antique French Renaissance Hunting Buffet (circa 1880) looks great in Susan B.'s living roomFor anyone who enjoys a sense of history in their own home (even if it’s probably a bit smaller than Tudor Place!) check out my post on Heavily Carved Antique Furniture. I showcased some exceptionally beautiful pieces that really lend a unique, hand-crafted touch to your home decor. You can bet that you’re not going to see these one-of-a-kind buffets in anyone else’s home! You certainly won’t see the magnificent eagle-adorned French Gothic Style chandelier that I mentioned in the same post, for people who are looking for something a little special in their lighting.

I’ll have more to say about home decor and living the antiques lifestyle in June… just as soon as I’ve finished unpacking the latest EuroLuxAntiques.com container of antique and vintage furniture from France. It’s a great workout!

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!

Client Spotlight: French Country Antique Furniture in Alabama

EuroLuxAntiques.com clients Sandy and Brent gravitate toward French Country and Arts and Crafts styles furniture.

Sandy and Brent H. in Northport, Alabama, are wonderful, truly hospitable Southern folks. They’ve been customers for several years now. As you can see in this photo, their home is filled with quite a large collection of beautiful French antique furniture. They especially gravitate toward French Country and Arts and Crafts styles.

 

French Country Secretary Desk and Louis XVI style armchair. EuroLuxAntiques.comWe first met Sandy and Brent back in 2010 when they purchased a charming French Country Secretary Desk. (It’s the perfect place to practice the vintage art of letter writing!) The secretary desk looks wonderful in a corner of one of the bedrooms, paired with a Louis XVI style armchair.

 

Louis XV Bed in this French Country style guest bedroom. EuroLuxAntiques.comSandy & Brent tell us they’ve enjoyed receiving our newsletters ever since that first purchase, and in a 2012 newsletter they spotted a Louis XV Bed that now occupies one of their guest rooms. When we said we also had a matching armoire and vanity with a pretty orangey-red marble top, they just couldn’t resist bringing the whole set home.

French Country style antique vanity and a Louis XV bed. EuroLuxAntiques.comDue to the fragile nature of the vanity mirror and because Sandy and Brent were within driving distance, Greg and I decided to personally deliver the antique Louis XV bedroom set. Sometimes it is nice to get out of the office and meet our customers in person!

Heavily carved antique hall bench beneath the stained glass panels - and a great collection of cowboy hats! EuroLuxAntiques.com

 

 

Sandy recognized us immediately from our photos on the website and was a very gracious hostess. We couldn’t help ooohing and aaahing over her collection, and particularly liked the heavily carved antique Hall Bench in the foyer with antique stained glass panels hung above. Can you tell Brent hails from Texas with his cowboy hats on display?

Antique Louis XV nightstand to match our client's French Country bedroom suite. EuroLuxAntiques.com

 

That bedroom set didn’t have a nightstand, so Sandy and Brent asked us to keep an eye out for an antique Louis XV nightstand that would match their French Country bedroom suite. About six months later, we found a gorgeous green-marble topped nightstand that was a wonderful match. We sent the photo to Sandy & Brent while we waited for the container to arrive in the US. The photo showed the whole Louis XV bedroom suite – and it happened again! Sandy and Brent fell in love with the whole set and just had to bring that one home too!

Louis XV marble-topped vanity and bed This new set included an armoire, full-size bed, green marble-topped vanity, and nightstand. Brent and Sandy already had another Louis XV bed set up in their second guest room, but were planning to move it to a room that was currently being used as an office. We set up the armoire in the office room and then set up the vanity in the second guest room. We left the bed against the wall at their request.

Louis XV bed, part of an antique French Country style bedroom suite. EuroLuxAntiques.comSandy just sent us a photo of the bed set up in its new home with beautiful green striped bedding that matches the marble on the vanity and nightstand.

 

Of course the biggest surprise was that Sandy had dinner waiting for us upon our arrival! She prepared a delicious pot roast with carrots and potatoes and even baked a cake with scrumptious home-made icing. What a fantastic treat for us and how very kind and thoughtful of Sandy! We truly appreciate our customers at EuroLux Antiques – another big shout out of thanks to Sandy and Brent!

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Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.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. Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!