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Rare Goumain Painted St Eustace Antique French Buffet

It’s exciting for us to tell you about this rare antique French buffet that we just had in stock. It’s the rarest antique buffet that we have ever sold! Here’s a picture of the painted buffet so you can see the full magnificence:

Goumain Antique French Buffet

Signed Goumain antique furnitureThe piece is signed by Goumain on the buffet as well as on the original sculptures, and dated to 1919.

The Maison Goumain Frères was one of the businesses of Emile Guimet, a wealthy French industrialist at the end of the 19th century. He is most famous as the founder of the Musée Guimet in Paris in 1889, a museum of the history of oriental religions and folk traditions. A large part of the museum collections is from the excavations of Antinoë, a city in middle Egypt, carried out by the archaeologist Albert Gayet during 20 years of excavations beginning in 1895.

Antique French Goumain Buffet

The Goumain Brothers specialized in furniture for museums as well as wealthy collectors. Pieces were designed to safely hold precious collections, often with many drawers, which protected the items from light.

St Eustace painting on antique buffet

The painting shows the story of Saint Eustace, a Christian martyr and soldier saint from the 2nd century AD in Rome, Italy. A Roman general called Placidus was hunting in the woods one day when he encountered a large stag with a crucifix lodged in his antlers and he heard the voice of God commanding him to become a Christian. He immediately converted himself, his wife and his two sons to Christianity and took the name of Eustace.

Painted antique French buffet St Eustace

Carved statue antique buffetSt. Eustace then suffered many trials and tribulations along the lines of Job from the Old Testament, including losing his home (the castle seen in the painting) and all of his wealth. He even thought he had lost his wife and sons for a period of time. Although he suffered, he remained constant in his faith and realized that God was testing him.

Eventually he was reunited with his wife and sons, although the entire family was later martyred when they refused to worship the Roman Gods when commanded by Emperor Trajan. The image of Saint Eustace kneeling before a stag became a popular subject in medieval religious art.

St Eustace painting Canterbury Cathedral
Interestingly, the first recorded relics of Saint Eustace were in an altar in the royal Basilica of St Denis, the first Gothic Cathedral ever built in Europe.  (We visited the cathedral in our blog post on our recent antiques buying trip in France.)

There is a large painting in Canterbury Cathedral in England featuring Saint Eustace dating to 1480 (shown left) and Greg believes it may well be the basis of the painting on this piece. Here is a close-up:

St Eustace Canterbury
Hand-Painted antique French buffetSaint Eustace is known as the patron saint of hunters, firefighters, and anyone facing adversity. An interesting tidbit is that Saint Eustace is the reference in the Jägermeister logo of a cross in between a stag’s horns, as the liquor was marketed as the drink of choice for German hunters.

He is also the patron saint of Madrid, Spain. The saint is also featured in the stained glass windows in the Cathedral of Chartres.

It is interesting to conjecture that this buffet was perhaps commissioned for a wealthy patron whose personal saint was Saint Eustace. The buffet not only held his personal material treasures, it served as a reminder that his true “wealth” was in the constancy of his own Christian faith.

We loved finding this very rare antique French buffet by the Goumain Brothers. Now it has  gone to a new home where I’m sure this rare treasure will be enjoyed every day!

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.

Client Spotlight: Woodbridge Table for Knight Kiplinger

This client spotlight about our Woodbridge Marseille console table is pretty neat – this is Knight Kiplinger’s home!

Knight Kiplinger is the celebrated economic journalist who heads the Kiplinger financial media company including Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and Kiplinger.com. He is also a book author and you have probably seen or heard him as a guest on many TV and radio shows like the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Diane Rehm Show, and CBS This Morning.

Woodbridge Neoclassical console tableThis is his second order with us. We guess he knows how to handle his money and make the most of every dime, so we are very happy that he decided to spend some of his hard-earned dollars with us!

His last order was for this lovely mahogany Neoclassical Woodbridge console table shown at left, our item number WB-199, for his home in Washington DC.

Woodbridge Marseille Console tableThis time he contacted me to order the elegant Marseilles console table (item WB-612, shown right) for his second home in Maryland. The console table is beautifully hand-waxed and designed with traditional French style. Made in solid wood with a rich cherry veneer, the console table features chic curving sides. The two drawers are crafted with a dovetail construction, and the console table is hand-rubbed and distressed to create an authentic-looking aged patina.  Here is a photo of the table in Knight Kiplinger’s home.

Marseille console table

Knight Kiplinger said, “It took me this long to get around to hanging some art over it, on an 11-ft wall in the upstairs hall of our 1830 Maryland home. Lovely setting, and the table is just what we needed for displaying books and objets d’art.”   I love the look of his gallery of art above the table, and the sculptures look perfect on the lower shelf.

Marseille console table hallway

This photo gives a better view of the table’s beautiful curved silhouette, and also gives you another chance to admire the statues! Mr Kiplinger asked, “You wouldn’t have, might you, an identical table, but shorter?” So now we have been working on finding him a third table! Stay tuned… we hope to bring you another perfect match.

Thank you to Knight Kiplinger for so kindly giving us a brief glimpse into his home. What can we say? We love his taste in console tables!

If you are a frequent reader of our antiques and home decor blog, you will remember that this Woodbridge Marseille console table also looked beautiful in the hallway of our customer Liz in San Francisco.

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.

Client Spotlight: Scarborough House Bookcase

We are delighted that a superbly crafted new Scarborough House bookcase looks so great in our customer’s home in California, especially because this is a tale of a false start that transformed into a happy ending!

Christine B. in Pebble Beach, CA, originally found me on Ebay and ordered a Woodbridge Furniture Company bookcase. The one she chose was on back order so she decided to switch to this Scarborough House bookcase.

Scarborough House Country BookcaseThe handsome and sturdy new Scarborough House bookcase is hand-planed by Scarborough House craftsmen for a beautiful texture and a heavily distressed finish on the wood that looks authentically aged. Touch dimmer lighting inside the bookcase illuminates books or other items and collectibles on display behind the glass doors. The solid brass handles and long brass hinges add another decorative touch to this high-quality bookcase. Here it is in Christine’s home:

Scarborough House Bookcase in client home

To give you an idea of scale, the bookcase is nearly 6 feet long. Doesn’t it look wonderful? I love the way that Christine has arranged her gallery of wall art above the bookcase. The grid of images is a nice echo of the grid look of the front of the glass door cabinet. The look is orderly, serene and classic.

Scarborough House Distressed bookcase

This view of Christine’s hallway is just breathtaking. I love the archway, the wood plank floor and the iron lanterns. I want to walk down the hallway and enjoy the views into each room that I’m sure are equally as elegant. The purity of line in this photo shows what a great eye Christine has for interior design!

Christine received the bookcase on July 4, of all celebratory dates, so it arrived with happy Independence Day vibes! Christine wrote to us: “Dear Aimee, the Scarborough Bookcase was just delivered and looks fantastic! Delivery was AAA+++. Thank you very much!”

So, it seems that the way things turned out is just perfect, even though this is a different bookcase than the one Christine originally intended to order. Sometimes, fate has its own ideas about home decor! Thank you Christine for sending these fine photos and we hope you enjoy the bookcase for many years.

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.

Princess Diana Family Home Althorp Furniture

Althorp House furniture inspirationThe Althorp Living History collection of furniture is based on the antique furniture from Princess Diana’s ancestral home in England. We are delighted that we are now supplying this elegant collection to our customers. Each piece is beautifully hand-crafted by Theodore Alexander furniture makers.

This is Althorp, the childhood home and final resting place of the late Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales. Her brother Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer, still lives there and he has allowed Theodore Alexander access to make the Althorp furniture collection.

Althorp Furniture: Marlborough Room

The house was built in 1508 by the Spencer family, set in 550 acres of parkland near Northampton, 70 miles north of London. Althorp has 90 rooms that are all beautifully decorated with antiques added to the house by generations of Princess Diana’s ancestors over five centuries. This is the Marlborough Room. The Victorian rosewood dining table pulls extends to seat up to 42 guests!

Theodore Alexander Althorp BedEvery piece in the Theodore Alexander Althorp furniture collection is either an exact reproduction of furniture in the Althorp estate, or is inspired by it. What an amazing and exciting challenge that must have been for the master craftsmen at Theodore Alexander!

These pieces, like all Theodore Alexander furniture, are hand-crafted with superb finishes.

For example, this four-poster Althorp bed in the style of George III is crafted in handsome mahogany with a gorgeous flame mahogany veneer design and brass accents. The acanthus leaf motif, carved columns and spiral pine cone finials create a very luxurious impression.

Theodore Alexander Althorp DeskThis Althorp Living History desk is an absolutely darling piece of furniture. Imagine sitting down before the Louis XV Rococo style desk to write your journal or your correspondence!

This fine Althorp desk is crafted in mahogany and rosewood with cast brass accents on the cabriole legs. The serpentine top adds to the seductive appeal!

Theodore Alexander Althorp Sofa SetteeYou will have a great conversational starter when you welcome your guests to take a seat in this Theodore Alexander Althorp settee! Your friends will love to hear the story of its origins. The mahogany settee with leather upholstery is crafted in the Georgian style with shapely cabriole legs and a waisted back. It’s a charming settee and a real steal on the price for a settee with such a fine heritage. At time of writing it is $1759 with our always free shipping.

It’s an honor to supply this regal line of Theodore Alexander Althorp Living History furniture and home accessories to our customers. We hope you will browse our Althorp furniture here and let your imagination take flight!

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.

 

Monkey Rug and Monkey Decor

Gwendi contacted me about the colorful monkey rug in our store. She explained that she actually has two furry children that happen to be monkeys and they really needed this rug for their room. Of course, I agreed that the monkeys definitely needed a monkey rug for their room! This monkey rug is especially nice because it is hand-hooked in 100% pure wool. It’s 48 inches wide and the colors and details are spectacular. Judge for yourself from the photo, and then I’ll show you a photo of Gwendi and a real live monkey!

Monkey Rug Hand Hooked WoolBuddyMonkeyGwendi lives in Texas and explained that she has two monkeys, Buddy, who is a Java macaque, and Gizmo, who is a marmoset. As I’ve never met a monkey personally before, I asked Gwendi to describe their personalities.

“Buddy is my lovebug. He hugs and kisses me. He sleeps with me every night. He is a big snuggler. And of course he loves to groom me. He is the sweetest thing – he is my furry kid, no doubt!” This is Buddy, snuggling up with Gwendi in the photograph!

Scarborough House Monkey Soap DishYou don’t have to have your own monkey at home to enjoy monkey decor! So if you like the monkey rug and you are a fan of monkeys, then maybe you like these other monkey decor pieces.

This is a charming new Scarborough House monkey soap dish featuring a cheerful and very smartly dressed monkey offering soap on a banana leaf. Crafted in brass with a brown patina and a verdigris brass patina, the monkey is more than 10 inches high and he stands on a sturdy and sleek black stone base. The monkey statue would be an elegant addition to a guest bathroom especially,  as he politely offers soap to your guests.  The details on the brass monkey are superb, right down to the details in the clothing and the expression on his face.

Standing Monkey CandleholderWe also love this noble OK Casting standing monkey candleholder. The classic style will look great in a traditional living room, dining room, hallway or bedroom.

The monkey candleholder is crafted by OK Casting in cast resin, and it is hand-cast and hand-painted with stunning details.  Every piece made by OK Casting is hand-crafted to order, and the custom-made candlestick is a generous 17.5 inches high.

Holding two candles aloft, the monkey is sure to make a bold impression.

I’ve never written a blog post about interior design for a monkey room before… it’s bananas! But I hope you’ve enjoyed a little monkey business and you can check out all our monkey decor in our online store.

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.

Eglomise Glass Furniture and Home Decor

Antiqued Mirror Gold EglomiseWe have added more églomisé glass furniture and decor to our online EuroLuxHome.com gallery recently. This is a very special technique that takes a lot of expertise for craftsmen and women to achieve. The results are breathtakingly beautiful!

The verre églomisé technique sometimes gives an aged or antiqued look to glass or a mirror, and sometimes it gives a very pretty and decorative effect.

Verre églomisé is a French phrase, and the term means that the glass (verre in French) has a design or gilding applied on the rear of the glass to create a mirror finish.

This antiqued gilt and eglomise wall mirror in our store is a good example.

You can see how the églomisé effect applied to the back of the glass makes the wall mirror look naturally aged.

Another way of applying the églomisé technique is in a very decorative piece, like this superb new John-Richard églomisé credenza.

Eglomise CredenzaThe John-Richard credenza is extraordinary with its antiqued gold and abstract pattern. We reckon that this piece would work in so many interior design styles. It is perfect for a glamorous Art Deco interior, and it will also pack a punch in a Mid-Century Modern, Modern or Contemporary home. The artisans at John-Richard have really outdone themselves.

Eglomise screenThis is also a John-Richard piece. The John-Richard églomisé floor screen is less overtly ornate in the design of the glass than the credenza above, but it shows how an églomisé finish can turn a simple piece of glass into a fairyland! It also turns it semi-opaque, which is very useful if you are the person getting dressed behind the screen!

Scarborough House Eglomise Center TableThe gold leaf églomisé table top on this incredible Scarborough House center table almost plays second fiddle to the ornately hand-carved base. But not quite!

The beautiful gold leaf églomisé top is the perfect complement to the hand-carved wood. A plain glass top here might look as if something was a little out of balance… the heavily carved table needs a top that can stand up to it! The decorative reverse painted gold leaf glass top does exactly that.  If you want to create a handsome focal point for your foyer, living room or great room, this table has you covered!

There is something quite magical about églomisé glass furniture and decor that simply takes my breath away. It has a delicate and slightly mysterious quality. I hope that you feel the same way after our little tour! To see all the églomisé glass furniture and decor on our website, just click the link and extend your tour of wonderland.

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.

Verdigris and Rusted Metal Decor

Aged metal including verdigris and rusted metal decor brings a very unique look to a home. Obviously if you leave a piece of metal or glass outside for long enough it will start looked naturally aged, rusted and weathered. But most of us don’t have the patience for that, and also we don’t want to leave a beautiful chandelier or mirror out in the elements! Fortunately, there are lots of options to buy new metal decor and lighting that is already aged for you!

Oxidized iron chandelierThis impressive new 8-arm chandelier made by China WInd is a great example of how convincing rusted metal can look. First, the turned wood center column of the chandelier is hand-painted with rustic gold tones and distressed to create the illusion of age. Then the iron arms holding the electric candles are given an oxidized finish which gives the chandelier a ton of character. The rusted look is very authentic, making this a perfect choice for shabby romantic decor, or a nautical style room.

Chelsea House Erusticated Metal SconceThis erusticated sconce by Chelsea House has a completely different look to the chandelier, but the erusticated metal finish on the acanthus leaf sconce again makes it look as if you found it in a vintage store. In fact, it’s newly crafted by Chelsea House but cleverly weathered. The places where it is worn are exactly the places that would grow worn and erusticated over time.

Scarborough House Frog StatueVerdigris is the term used to describe the bluish-green patina that naturally forms on copper or brass when it has been exposed to the air and moisture over many decades.

Verdigris is a lovely effect that works in all traditional decor styles and it has a charming and homely look to it.

This new Scarborough House frog statue shows just how attractive a verdigris finish can be. The brass statue boasts a verdigris finish on the frog, replicating the green skin of real frogs. The frog is rowing a shoe, of course! This statue is perfect for people who like a little whimsy. The brass shoe doesn’t have a verdigris finish and the contrast with Mr Frog is delightful.
Wildwood Gold Leaf Table LampThis wonderful new Wildwood Lamps table lamp also has a lovely aged metal finish. This is created by aged gold leaf on the lamp base, which is designed as a stylized pineapple. The pineapple was a popular motif in antique French and European furniture, symbolizing wealth and abundance. The aged gold leaf makes the lamp look like an antique even though it is new, and visually it also softens the gold leaf. If the gold were left unaged, then it could look a bit too bright and blingy, couldn’t it? The aged gold leaf gives a very tasteful effect.

Antiqued Sconce Mirror

Finally, I just want to mention antiqued glass in mirrors. When a furniture maker ages the glass in a mirror, it creates a much softer effect, just like the aged gold leaf lamp above.

For example, this new China Wind Antiqued mirror sconce shows just what a little clever aging on the mirror can do! The antiqued mirror is a better match for the distressed gold and blue mirror frame and electric candle holders. It could ruin the overall distressed look if the mirror were too shiny!

But also the antiqued mirror creates a softness that will give a more gentle reflection of the sconce light. The mood is immediately nostalgic and romantic. It’s a perfect piece for a boudoir or a Victorian or Boho hallway.

If you enjoyed this post, then take a look at my other posts in this series on techniques used to create distressed furniture and how furniture makers create weathered furniture to give effects including driftwood, bleached, and weathered paint.

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.

Weathered Furniture for Casual Decor Appeal

Weathered furniture looks wonderfully authentic in any beach style decor or coastal cottage. But the relaxed look of weathered furniture can work with any home decor style. It always adds a lived-in charm that looks comfortable, casual, and welcoming. You can hunt around to find vintage furniture that is naturally weathered by the years, but you can also find lots of new weathered furniture in many styles. Kick back and enjoy some inspiration for new weathered furniture crafted with different techniques. These pieces are so convincing, you will believe that they have been naturally aged by the elements!

Painted Weathered Furniture

Rubbed Paint Sideboard BlueThe skillful rubbed finish on this teal blue painted sideboard by Furniture Classics  shows how effective a weathered painted finish can be! The sideboard would look wonderful in a rustic kitchen or dining room, whether it is decorated in a coastal style or with a romantic Boho look, or perhaps in a Mediterranean style. Either way, the sideboard adds a splash of color and tons of character.

Distressed gray carved sconceThe weathered hand-painted finish on this carved wood sconce looks incredible. You could easily believe that the sconce was found in an abandoned castle in the countryside somewhere in Europe.

The carved and hand-painted China Wind sconce is crafted with decadent style, in a charcoal gray finish that will work beautifully in many color schemes.

It is nicely sized at 20 inches high and the hand-painted weathered finish on the carved wood is enhanced by the rusted metal arms.  It’s perfect for a nautical interior design scheme!

Weathered Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed Elm Furniture Classics CabinetReclaimed wood is a great choice to give a weathered look as the wood is already naturally weathered and aged.

This Furniture Classics reclaimed elm cabinet  is a perfect example. The reclaimed elm wood looks beautifully aged and weathered as though it has been a family favorite for many years.

The cabinet would look happily at home in any rustic style decor, including Farmhouse style. The metal hardware adds to the sense of substance.

The reclaimed wood with its textured grain would also look great in a Scandinavian style room. It is packed with Hygge appeal – the Danish style that symbolizes homestyle comfort and cosiness. There is no pretentiousness here, just a sturdy cabinet that is easy to live with.

 

Driftwood finish pine coffee tableAlso crafted in reclaimed wood, this time pine, this new Furniture Classics coffee table            has a driftwood finish that makes it especially great for a coastal cottage or condo. The stripped finish is brushed and then allowed to age in a natural state to get a driftwood effect. Chunky baluster style legs are the perfect complement to the planked table. This reclaimed pine table invites everyone to gather round and relax!

Weathered Bleached and Driftwood Furniture

Weathered Scarborough House Side TableIf you like the driftwood look, then in addition to the reclaimed wood table above, you will admire the weathered driftwood finish on this new Scarborough House pedestal side table. The weathered parchment finish gives a driftwood effect.

The pale distressed patina is so versatile, this side table would work as well in a contemporary room as it would in a more rustic or Farmhouse setting.

I can picture it being a terrific match for your Scandinavian style decor too!

 

Scarborough House Weathered wood side tableWe also love this other new Scarborough House weathered side table that has a completely different look.

It is crafted with a bleached wood top and lower shelf, creating the weathered effect. It looks like the table has been left out in the sun to naturally age! The rust finish on the metal legs adds to the natural maritime appeal. It’s a lovely table for your rustic cabin or beach house, and we think it would be a nice fit for a conservatory or covered patio area too.

Writing this post makes me look forward to summer even more than I was already! But for any time of year, weathered furniture creates character in a casual home decor scheme. It immediately sends the message: “We care more about living well and enjoying our home, than making sure everything is perfectly pristine!”

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.

Distressed Furniture

If you are looking for distressed furniture styles, then obviously our antique French furniture is naturally distressed from at least once century of being loved and used!  Sometimes though, our customers want new pieces that just look old… they want antique-inspired furniture that is newly crafted but with an aged and distressed look.  We have plenty of options for new furniture and home decor on our website so we are happy to help out!  Today I’m going to tell you how some of our furniture makers work their magic to achieve their distressed furniture finishes.

Jonathan Charles Distressed Desk Some of the best antique-inspired furniture is crafted using the same techniques that were used for the original antiques. Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture is a good example – their reproductions include hand-cut marquetry and intricate carved details. Then their pieces are aged to look like an antique.  This Jonathan Charles distressed bureau in the Queen Anne style gives you a taste of their skills!

Jonathan Sowter, founder of the company and a cabinet maker since he was 12 years old, says: “If you take a piece of furniture and finish it fantastically, people could imagine it’s an antique. It’s all in the finish.”

Jonathan Charles distressed desk

That requires special knowledge to get the distressed furniture look. Sowter says that his craftsmen understand where a piece of furniture would have bangs and knocks and scrapes after years of use, and where it wouldn’t.

“Even shading around the handle,” Sowter says, “because when you clean antiques for hundreds of years you don’t always clean in and around the handle!”

This close-up of a section of the oak bureau shows what he means. The bureau is a replica of Queen Anne desk designs dating to 1710, more than 300 years ago. The desk looks incredibly authentic, you could certainly believe that it’s been used for three centuries.

Scarborough House Distressed CabinetAnother way that distressed furniture gets its aged look is through hand-planing. The furniture makers at Scarborough House are brilliant at this.

This heavily distressed Scarborough House chest cabinet is one of their many hand-planed pieces. Combining a rustic look with beautiful parquetry for visual and textural interest, the sturdy and heavily distressed cabinet is cleverly planed by hand to give that genuinely old look. It’s the kind of technique that takes years to perfect!

Another way that distressed furniture gets its antiqued look is through hand-rubbed finishes. This Ambella Home Bonita king bed has a hand-rubbed antique ebony finish that makes it look far more interesting than if the black finish looked too perfectly “new.”

Ambella Home Bonita Bed Hand Rubbed KingWoodbridge Side Table Distressed

Woodbridge Furniture Company makers are also masters at distressed furniture, with their hand-rubbed and waxed finishes.

This lovely little Woodbridge side table with a dovetail construction drawer is crafted in solid wood and finished with a hand-rubbed distressed cherry veneer. It is not only a very practical side table (I can imagine it as a bedside table too!) but it looks great because the gently aged appeal is very charming.

Whenever you buy distressed furniture, you don’t want the distressing to be too obvious otherwise everyone can spot that bad distressing a mile away and they know it’s a new piece. The best distressed furniture keeps everyone guessing!

Here are more examples of beautifully distressed furniture on our website. Prepare yourself to be seduced!

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.

Home Decor Trends: Nailhead Trim

Nailhead trim is yet another traditional design detail that is getting a lot of attention in this year’s lists of decor trends! A Better Homes and Gardens magazine article called What We Want in Our Homes: 2014 highlighted nailhead trim. They said: “It’s an ideal trend to embrace for larger investment pieces, such as upholstered chairs and sofas, because it’s timeless.”

Even though nailhead trim is especially fashionable now it is never really out of fashion, so you don’t have to worry about it looking dated in a few years. Nailhead trim is a classic detail that goes back 400 years.Antique French Hunting chairs

Nailheads were a practical way for European craftsmen to attach fabric or leather to the wooden furniture frame. For example, we’ve got this very rare set of antique French Hunting chairs from 1880 in the gallery. We have never seen embossed leather on a set of Hunting chairs before. But you can see that the beautifully embossed leather panels on the seat and back are attached to the ornately carved oak chair frames by attractive nailheads.

Let’s have a look at some of the other nailhead trim furniture in our gallery, whether traditional or more contemporary or transitional in design!

Nailhead trim on leather sofaThis new Chesterfield leather daybed is hand-made to order in the USA by an American company we work with. As you can see, the top grain leather upholstery is accented by a beautiful nailhead trim that gives it a traditional feel. Each brass nail is hand-driven on this nicely crafted piece. Like all the other custom-made in the USA leather sofas from that company, the daybed is available in many leather colors.

Red Leather dining chair nailhead trimThe decorative nails on these newly crafted Cloister style leather dining chairs are also applied by hand. The nailhead trim serves to accent the sleek lines of the wine red leather panels. These Cloister style chairs remind me of medieval castles and churches!

It’s a specialist craft to apply the nails because they have to be perfectly spaced and you have to get it right first time to avoid damaging the upholstery. The small, family-owned company that makes these chairs employs craftsmen who know how to drive the nails by hand, of course.

Leather stool with nailhead trimBut if you are are trying to do a DIY project and you don’t have the carpentry or upholstery skills, then I know that you can buy faux nailhead trim by the yard. I would not recommend doing that to antique or high-quality furniture! Also, the faux nailhead doesn’t look as good as the real thing because you can see the strips joining the mock nails. But it might be a fun way to freshen up a cheaper piece of furniture.

This new leather stool certainly does NOT rely on faux nailhead by the yard! It is hand-crafted by Woodbridge Furniture Company and I wanted to show it to you because the nailhead trim is so integral to the design. The bold nails outline the sculptural oval back, almost acting as jewelry for the furniture.

Nailhead trim on Ambella Home SideboardIf you need any more convincing that nailhead trim works across many styles of furniture, this fabulous Ambella Home sideboard from the Manhattan collection should do the trick. The angular demi-lune shaped sideboard boasts white leather-look upholstery on the doors, studded with nickel nailheads. Polished nickel ring door handles match the nailheads. The result is classic, high-end, and sophisticated, but with a little edge! The Ambella Home Manhattan collection also includes beds, dining chairs, and other furniture with this design, so ask us about it if you love the look as much as we do!

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.