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Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Wine Crate Furniture : The Story

Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Collection FurnitureIn my last post I explained that EuroLuxHome.com is now the exclusive US distributor for Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Wine-Inspired Furniture. These pieces are very cool. The European reclaimed oak wood furniture is very high-quality and it is unique as it features drawers made from genuine upcycled wine crates from the Bordeaux region of France.

Trendy Wine Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Coffee Table

 

 

 

 

This Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Coffee Table was the #Trendy20 Best Design Nominee at the High Point Market Fall 2016. You can browse the Hobbs Germany collection on our website, and we are still adding new pieces.

Hobbs Germany Custom Restaurant Wine furniture

This was a custom order of the Hobbs Germany Bordeaux cabinets for a restaurant. It looks amazing, and the upcycled wine crate drawers are sturdily mounted on a steel base. I explained more about the furniture construction in my previous post.

Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Wine Cabinets Custom Restaurant

This is another shot of the custom order for the restaurant. If it is strong enough to stand up to restaurant use, it certainly has the muscle to last a long time in a domestic kitchen!

David & HenryIIThe designer, David Hobbs, is a British gentleman who moved to Germany in 1971 on active duty with the British military. He met Angelika, who is from Ramstein in Rheinland Pfalz. They married and decided to settle in Germany. They began importing British antiques into Germany in the 1970s and then moved into French antiques, specializing in sales to the US military community. Over time, David also began designing furniture and built his own company, Lifestyle Furniture, in 1981.

However, the Bordeaux Collection, launched three years ago, has become his true love and passion. The Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Collection is currently available in seven Finke stores throughout Germany. Finke is a high-end home goods and design store. David and Angelika are actively expanding distribution throughout Europe.

LeoHobbsEuroLux Home is now the exclusive distributor for Hobbs Germany in the United States.

On a personal note, David and Angelika also are animal lovers and they have just adopted two baby brother kittens. Their 16-year old Siamese, Kerri-Lee, will most likely not be happy! The kitten making himself at home in this photograph is Leo Hobbs.
Apparently Leo likes crystal!

Angelika

Angelika Hobbs is also a gourmet hobby cook who almost made it to the US TV show Iron Chef! She came in 2nd place in a competition of hobby chefs in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.

Angelika says cooking is her absolute favorite thing to do! We can’t wait until we have a chance to visit David and Angelika at their home next year and enjoy a gourmet meal!

Until then, we hope you enjoy browsing the new Hobbs Germany Bordeaux collection on our website. Feel free to ask any questions too… we love to talk about this gorgeous new wine-inspired line!

 

Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Wine Bar Cabinet

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New Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Wine-Inspired Furniture

EuroLuxHome.com is now the exclusive US distributor for a very cool new line of furniture, Hobbs Germany!  We met David and Angelika at the High Point, NC, furniture market and fell in love with these unique pieces. They were looking for a US distributor who could handle shipments from Europe and a drop-ship model of business – voila! That’s us!

Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Wine Kitchen IslandThe wine-inspired furniture has a heavy-duty steel construction that is welded together for strength. The wooden tops are solid, European reclaimed oak. The kitchen islands have beautiful tops made of granite from Italy. But the coolest part is that the drawers, with heavy duty slide construction, are made from upcycled wine crates from the Bordeaux region of France. The stamps of the wine houses will of course vary from piece to piece but are all authentic. These are very high quality pieces and we felt they would be a great fit with our French antiques! See the full Hobbs Germany collection here.

Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Wine Bar CabinetAs the wood is reclaimed (perfect for the environmentally conscious and those who love upcycling!) there is heavy distressing that is a natural part of the product and will vary from piece to piece. The solid oak tops are stained a medium brown, which can also vary from piece to piece, as the natural wood soaks in the stain at different rates. The wood is then sealed and has a wax finish that is nice and smooth to the touch. The black Italian granite slabs used in the kitchen islands have a greyish brown veining.

Hobbs Germany Wine RackThe upcycled wine crates range in age to 10 – 15 years old and are actual wine shipping crates from true vineyards in the Bordeaux region of France with the stamps of the vineyards on the crates. The crates sit on and are adhered to solid oak shelves with heavy-duty, high-quality thick metal drawer slides.

Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Wine Box HutchCustomers may fill the drawers with 12 wine bottles without worry that the shelves cannot hold the weight. Also, as the crates are solidly attached to the oak shelves, they cannot be accidentally pulled out of the unit. For instance if a child were to pull a drawer of 12 wine bottle out on top of himself, he could be seriously injured. However, that could not happen with these drawers. Definitely German engineering. ;)

Trendy Wine Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Coffee TableThe Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Coffee Table pictured above was the #Trendy20 Best Design Nominee at the High Point Market Spring 2016.

Lamp Table with WheelsIn addition to the larger pieces which are wonderful for a dining room, kitchen, or home bar, the Hobbs Germany Bordeaux collection includes smaller pieces of furniture like this two-drawer lamp table. Very charming in your French-inspired decor!

In my blog post on the the story behind Hobbs Germany I share more photos and tell you about the British gentleman and his German chef wife who created Hobbs Germany. Till then, we are delighted that EuroLuxHome.com is the exclusive distributor for Hobbs Germany in the United States.
You can browse the full Hobbs Germany collection and wine-inspired furniture here.

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: 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.

Client Spotlight: Renaissance Knight Buffet, Mural & Window

Last year I wrote about Bob H. in Prairie Grove, Illinois, who bought a set of ten antique Renaissance chairs from us. We had a wonderful photo tour of his amazing French Renaissance chateau style home, inspired by European castles.

Renaissance Buffet with Lladro figure in our client's home. EuroLuxAntiques.comBob enjoys medieval and Renaissance armor and he also bought a marble-top French Renaissance buffet, carved with a knight on horseback. Bob was so inspired by the knight on horseback carving that he had artists create a mural based on the carving, and then a stained glass window too. Let’s start at the beginning!

This is the antique Renaissance buffet Bob chose. Bob has been a pharmacist for 30 years, so he decorated the walnut wood buffet with a vintage Lladro Spanish porcelain figure of a pharmacist and antique mortars and pestles.

French Renaissance Buffet

Knight carvingThis close-up of the upper part of the buffet shows the Renaissance knight on the center door, riding his horse before the old castle.

This is the image that inspired Bob to have a mural painted by an artist, for an alcove in an upstairs hallway.

The mural came out looking like this…

 

 Renaissance Mural

It’s so fantastic and such a great likeness to the carving! But Bob still wasn’t done. The Renaissance knight was called upon again to serve his lord and master, Sir Bob.  This time, the knight would ride across a stained glass window. To keep you in suspense just a little longer, here’s the commissioned artist at work on the window.

Stained Glass Window Artist

What an incredible job she did. You can see the result in the photo below, as we unveil Bob’s Renaissance knight stained glass window to the world. (You can almost hear the heraldic blare of Renaissance court trumpets, can’t you?)

Renaissance Knight Stained Glass Window

The stained glass window is beautiful and the colors so bright and pure. What a jewel! It’s big too, at six feet tall and 2 feet wide. The window is installed in the foyer above Bob’s front door entry.

Renaissance Glass Window Foyer

The suit of armor in the foyer is a nice early 20th century reproduction, but the rapier sword with the suit is an original from the 17th century. There are so many gorgeous details in this space, let’s take a look from some other angles.

Renaissance EntryWay

This is the view from the top of the stairs, with that chunky iron chandelier making the perfect accent to the window.

Renaissance tapestry chandelier

On the left wall of the foyer, a large tapestry or wall hanging adds another authentic touch to the medieval Renaissance style.  I mentioned ten leather-upholstered antique Renaissance chairs dating to 1900 that Bob also bought from us. Here they are in his splendid kitchen paired with a custom table that Bob had made by Amish craftsmen to match the chairs.

Renaissance Chairs Set Table

Bob is one of our visionary clients who has a great knack for creative décor and we so appreciate him keeping us posted of the knight’s latest journey. What’s next, Sir Bob? A stone-carved knight fountain, perhaps? We can’t wait to hear!

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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.

Romantic Bedroom Decor

Vintage Valentine CardWith Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’m inspired to think about romantic bedroom decor.  Of course, romance is in the eye of the beholder. If you’ve just fallen in love then anywhere is romantic… The same goes if you are as happily married as Greg and I are. We celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary this year and we are just as in love as ever. I am still thinking up a romantic surprise for him for Valentine’s Day. (Shh! Don’t tell him!) However, it’s sometimes a challenge to find a quiet space to snuggle up with your sweetheart when you’ve got 8 cats and dogs eager to come snuggle up with you, like Greg and I do. And you know… I wouldn’t change a thing!

I enjoyed looking at the romantic bedroom decor in these photos, and I hope you get some ideas too.

Romantic Bedroom Decor White ROom This beautiful white bedroom is softly seductive and proves that you don’t have to paint a room pink to create a romantic atmosphere! The gauzy draped chairs and pure light set the tone, and a fabulous vintage chandelier adds a sultry and inviting touch. The feather boa in the cat basket on the floor gives me a chuckle. Our adorably mischievous cat Lenny would have a fine time playing with that!

traditional romantic bedroom decor

By Johns Creek Interior Designers & Decorators Janie K. Hirsch, ASID

In general, romantic bedroom decor tends to rely on pale or pastel tones – sweet lavender, delicate blue, warm peach, and yes, the very feminine pink! Layering different shades of the same color will give more depth and sophistication to the boudoir. Flowing window treatments and gently distressed furniture add to the sense of comfort.

Romantic bedroom decor with toile de jouy

By New York Interior Designers & Decorators Anthony Baratta LLC

A canopy or four-poster bed always sparks up the romance factor. (We have some gorgeous traditional beds in the gallery, including some by Ambella Home and Jonathan Charles.) Toile de Jouy is a classic choice if you want pattern in your wallpaper or bed linens but prefer to avoid florals. It immediately adds a French accent to your romantic bedroom decor. You don’t have to go as all-out toile as the photo above though.  I think it is delightful but if you prefer a lighter touch…

Romantic Bedroom Decor pink toile This French Country bedroom limits the pretty red toile fabric to the bed linens and breezy drapes, with a few matching plates as wall decorations.

Romantic bedroom decor with mural

A fairy-tale lace bed canopy and soft peachy walls provide the allure in this romantic bedroom decor. The curvy lines of the furniture add to the sensuous mood. Notice the lovely mural too. A cute white pup is optional!
Cherub light
Chalkware Guardian Angel
Cherubs and angels add a sweet note to romantic bedroom decor. The Italian cherub chandelier on the left in our gallery is made from an antique wooden cherub serenading you with a lute. The vintage gilded chalkware angel above dates to around 1950 and as it hails from France, it surely knows the language of love!
Jonathan Charles Leather ChairIf you literally want to add hearts to your bedroom, we rather like the range of new Jonathan Charles heart chairs in the gallery. Crafted in walnut and leather, the chairs add a romantic note without being too fussy. I think this green leather chair would look especially wonderful before a dressing table or vanity.

What is your idea of romantic bedroom decor? Is it about the color scheme, the fabrics, or is there some special accent that makes your heart flutter? Do you have a romantic boudoir? We’d love to see photos, or tell us about it 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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Castle Vacation: Château de Bagnols

A few months ago I blogged about French castle hotels. These centuries-old châteaux offer a unique vacation experience and you find them all over France. As we just mentioned Beaujolais Nouveau Day, I couldn’t resist telling you about another French castle you can stay in: Château de Bagnols. Built in the 13th century, it overlooks the Beaujolais valley and it’s one of the grandest 5 star French castle hotels, with stunning interiors.

Bagnol outside

A vineyard was added to Château de Bagnols in 1820 and it’s still surrounded by vines and gorgeous formal French gardens. Over the centuries, different owners have added to Château de Bagnols, but it was in pretty poor shape until a 1987 renovation. The English Lady Hamlyn spent more than $16 million restoring it to its glory! It boasts medieval towers, a moat, original frescoes, an outdoor heated Roman swimming pool, and a 100-year old lime tree terrace.

Château de Bagnols fireplace

The rooms are furnished with original antiques, like many other French castle hotels. And as you can see from the photos, the Château de Bagnols offers luxury all the way! Not many of us have a living room with such exceptional architecture, but we can all take inspiration from the decor style. The welcoming nature of this room is enhanced by warm red upholstery and dark wood furniture. Just a lamp, vase of flowers, a decorative bowl, and a few favorite books on the table create a pleasing vignette.

Château de Bagnols bedroom

This bedroom makes great use of an arched alcove.  Imagine how cozy it would be, nestled into that bed under the crimson velvet bedspread! This is actually a former chapel dedicated to St. Hieronymus, and the wall paintings were created in the 1620s. Up-lighting adds to the atmosphere. You could recreate that intimate mood with wall sconces or Dale Tiffany torchiere lamps.

Château de Bagnols bedroom This delightful boudoir was once the command point for the 15th century drawbridge! The yellow damask hangings on the Louis XVI style bed adds to the glow of the fireplace. This bedroom is also furnished with a 19th century carved Henry II style chair, similar to some of the Henry II French Renaissance chairs in our gallery.

Château de Bagnols has 22 rooms and suites and the listed historic castle is about a 30-minute drive from Lyon. Previous guests at the castle include King Charles VIII, who stayed in 1490. The Treasurer of France lived there during the 17th Century. Madame de Sévigné, famous for her witty letters, visited in 1673. So if you take a trip to Beaujolais and stay at Château de Bagnols, you’ll be in good company!

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.

 

French Castle Hotels: Live the Legend

View from Château d'Esclimont French castle hotelDo you enjoy visiting historic castles? Then why not go one step further on your next trip to France and stay in one of the many French castle hotels? These centuries-old castles offer a truly legendary experience as well as the chance to indulge your inner knight or princess! Many French castle hotels are family-run, and each one is unique. Rooms tend to be traditionally decorated with antique furniture and period details. The gardens are often gorgeous and you know the restaurant food will be fit for a king!

You can find a château to call home (at least for the night) in every French region. Castle Hotels of France is a helpful site to search, and the Bienvenue au Château organization is another great resource to find French castle hotels and other stately mansions. You don’t usually have to pay a king’s ransom. Room rates vary but are often very competitive with an ordinary hotel.

Here are some examples of French castle hotels that look pretty tempting to us…

Château des Réaux French castle hotelBuilding started at the Château des Réaux in 1435 on the site of an even older fortress in the Loire valley. It’s about 3 hours drive from Paris. The Renaissance castle is surrounded by a moat and gardens, and the five guest rooms include one with stained-glass windows. Another guest room is decked out with a hunting theme.


Château d'Esclimont is a fairytale French castle hotelChâteau d’Esclimont
is a fairytale château complete with turrets, a moat, and stone bridges. Built in 1543 by Etienne de Poncher, archbishop of Tours, the castle is set in 150 lush acres, less than an hour from Paris. The Renaissance château is handily situated as it’s midway between the Palace of Versailles and Chartres cathedral. That’s assuming you can ever bear to leave the grounds!

Château d'Esclimont French castle hotel suiteThis suite at the Château d’Esclimont is beautifully decorated with a dazzling chandelier and floral drapes and bed linens.

Château d'Esclimont

If you can tear yourself away from your room to visit the hotel restaurant, you can see that the attention to period detail is just as lovely. As mentioned in our previous client spotlights on red dining rooms, red always looks inviting, It stimulates appetite and conversation too. At the hotel, the red paneled walls are richly accented by the gilt chandelier.

Chateau de Montvillargenne French castle hotelChâteau de Montvillargenne claims to be the largest French castle hotel, with 120 guest rooms. Although not as old as some châteaux, it’s pretty spectacular! Built in 1900 by Baroness Jeanne Léonino de Rothschild, the Norman-style château is set in 15 acres of parkland in Chantilly, about 20 miles north of Paris. The four star hotel rooms include the pyramid-shaped Egyptian Prestige Room, decorated with reproductions of Egyptian treasures you can see in the Louvre.

We always enjoy our buying trips to France and we know many of our customers love visiting France too. Tell us in the comments box below if you’ve ever stayed in a French castle hotel, or if it’s on your bucket 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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox!

Client Spotlight: Renaissance Chairs and Buffet in Chateau Home, Illinois

Antique French Renaissance Chairs from EuroLuxAntiques.comBob H. in Prairie Grove, Illinois, found us on One Kings Lane. His neighbor (who is a designer) saw our set of ten antique Renaissance chairs with rich buttery leather upholstery. She thought the wonderful aged patina on the leather looked like an old football! She also thought the Renaissance chairs dating to 1900 would be perfect for Bob’s French Renaissance chateau style home, inspired by European castles.

French Renaissance Chairs from EuroLuxAntiques.comBob wanted a table with legs that exactly matched the Renaissance chairs, so he had one custom designed by Amish craftsmen at Valley View Oak. The custom table is solid walnut to match the chairs and Bob had the stretchers under the table matched to the chair stretchers too. The Renaissance chairs and table ensemble does look fantastic in his open kitchen. If you turn around with your back facing the edge of the table, the kitchen opens into the great room.

Antique French Renaissance Buffet from EuroLuxAntiques.comBob is especially fascinated by medieval and Renaissance armor and weaponry and has quite a collection. I know this interest drew him to the beautiful marble-top French Renaissance buffet on our website, carved with a knight on horseback.

Renaissance Buffet with Lladro figure in our client's home. EuroLuxAntiques.com

Bob’s designer neighbor helped him find the perfect spot in his home for the buffet. It now lives in a large, wide hallway that connects the great room to the entry foyer.

Renaissance Buffet and tapestryA colorful medieval style tapestry hangs on the wall opposite the walnut buffet, adding another authentic touch!

French Renaissance Buffet

Bob decorated the buffet with a vintage Lladro Spanish porcelain figure of a pharmacist as that has been his profession for 30 years. He continued the apothecary theme with antique mortar and pestle sets.

Antique armor in our client's home. EuroLuxAntiques.comThis suit of armor in his entry hallway is a perfect accent to the foyer’s marble floor and curved oak staircase. The suit of armor is an early 20th century reproduction, although the rapier sword with the suit is an original from the 17th century. One expert offered Bob a substantial sum for the rapier sword alone, but Bob decided he wanted to keep it with the armor.

 

 

 

 

French Renaissance Living RoomBob’s great room, adjoining the open kitchen, has a dramatic baronial feel, with its two-story high windows and stone fireplace and more suits of armor! Bob’s collection also includes 16th century carved bone powder horns that were used to contain gunpowder. “One of these has a knight in a suit of armor with a coat of arms and various swords carved on it,” says Bob. “The other has a knight on a horse hunting a wild boar.”

Bob’s home is truly original and such a thoughtful reflection of his personality and interests. So it’s no surprise that it is featured in Crystal Lake’s 39th Annual Housewalk on September 27, 2013. You can see the exterior of the Hurley Residence in McHenry Country Living’s Housewalk preview. A big thank you to Bob for letting us take our own mini-tour of his fabulous home!

If you enjoy this decor style as much as we do, you can browse in our EuroLuxHome.com online gallery for French Renaissance chairs, buffets, and other furniture currently in our inventory.

UPDATE: Bob later sent us a mural he had created, based on the knight carvings on the antique buffet. See the photo in our Renaissance Mural post!

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!