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Bookshelf: Living With Antiques

In every one of our client spotlights you can see how beautifully our customers live with antiques or antique-inspired furniture. These three new home design books offer more inspiration on how to live with antiques in a modern world!

Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques

Past Present Living with Antiques“Antiques add the touch of time and the human hand,” says author Susan Sully. Her new book shows how every antique piece, “tells a story that began long ago and hasn’t ended yet. There are no rules about living with them, except to take what’s old and keep it young by making it part of daily life.”  That’s exactly what we think!

Sully’s book shows how to blend heirlooms and antiques into contemporary homes. Photographs include rooms decorated by collectors, antiques dealers and design professionals to create lively settings for today’s lifestyle.

Rooms for Living: A Style for Today with Things from the Past

Rooms for LivingThe book title says it all! Interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein shows how well she can translate traditional style into something fresh, whether for casual or format interiors.

The examples she shows include how to turn a neglected living room turned into a space for reading and writing and how to use color to dress up an entryway. If you love the look of timeless elegance but want to keep a relaxed and inviting atmosphere for your real-life family to enjoy, Rooms for Living is worth a browse!

 

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Ellen HomeEllen DeGeneres says that she is passionate about interior design. She might even have been a designer herself if she hadn’t made such a wonderful career for herself in show business.

She has renovated and decorated nearly a dozen homes and she’s a big fan of antique furniture.

All of Ellen’s houses that I’ve read about include antique furniture, from antique French furniture to exotic antique rugs and carpets and from Spanish colonial benches to Rococo Bergere armchairs.
She also seems keen on using antique architectural elements in her home decor. It all creates a Ellen Home bookwonderfully eclectic effect, combining Mid-Century Modern and Louis XVI, traditional French and colorful Asian pieces.

Ellen’s wit and character shines through in the way she juxtaposes pieces that she loves. She really does have a good design eye and is a great ambassador to show how to live with antiques.

I hope you find some inspiration for how to live with antiques in your own particular style!

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 9 (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: Past Perfect Antiques and Stylish Details

These three new interior decor books have beautiful covers that make me want to step right into the rooms they portray! They focus on antiques as an essential part of the personality of a home, as well as examining the important details that add the finishing touches.

Past Perfect

Past Parfect Antiques Book Written by a designer and antiquarian in partnership with an editor at Architectural Digest magazine, this hunky new book has a strong emphasis on Old World style.

The featured homes evoke past eras with rooms designed with more than a dash of European personality. They are decorated with antiques (of course!) and they also show how easy it is to live with antique furniture and decorative items,  creating a unique space that reflects your personality. The cover shot is so inviting – I love the way the art is arranged around the large mirror on the wall!

It’s the Little Things

It's the Little Things Home Decor bookThe subtitle of this stunning book is: Creating Big Moments in Your Home Through The Stylish Small Stuff. Don’t we all want that? This decorating book offers inspiration from designers including Alessandra Branca, Bunny Williams and India Hicks, showing how small touches in a room can create a stylish vignette that reflects your individuality and interests. Some of the photographs in the book are of full rooms, others give examples of how designers and homeowners arrange their art, objects, and beloved possessions. The author intends to help readers “to slow down and pay attention to the details that can add richness and personality to any interior.” I second that!

Patina Farm

Farmhouse and antiques decor bookAlthough the Californian farm home featured in this unusual book is newly built, the style signature is all about antiques and traditional looks. The authors are an architect and an interior decorator. When the couple decided to leave their suburban home to start life afresh on a farm, they first traveled through France and Belgium in search of ideas and antiques. More than 200 photographs and architectural drawings show the inspirations for the house and the process of pulling it all together from the building materials to the decorative details. I’m guessing that if you love Farmhouse style and French antiques, you’ll enjoy taking a tour around Patina Farm!

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Bookshelf: French Country Style and Decor

These new books about vintage French Country style look like great gifts for the holidays! Or treat yourself and your home to a touch of French style… I recommend indulging in a croissant dipped in café au lait while reading these books. It will help you get in the mood, right?

Charles Faudree Country French Legacy

Charles Faudree French Country LegacyCharles Faudree was a wonderful American interior designer based in Tulsa. Just like us he loved everything French – from the landscapes to the architecture and (of course) the stylish decor. Faudree died in 2013 but this book celebrates his legacy as a champion of French Country decor.

Author and photographer Jennifer Jordan shows us a selection of Charles Faudree’s decorating projects – kind of a ‘best of French Country by Faudree’ compilation! Clients also tell stories about working with him. What a wonderful tribute and great inspiration for all of us who love French Country style in our homes!

New Vintage French Interiors

Vintage French Interiors Get tips on how to create French Country style interiors in eclectic and interesting ways by combining vintage and antique French furniture with new and modern pieces. Decor ideas include displays of antique gardening tools across a wall, and other unique touches that lend a home tons of character and charm. The houses in the book connect to their natural environment by featuring earthy tones and natural materials like stone and wood. Author Sébastien Siraudeau has written several other books including Vintage French Interiors and French Country Style at Home, Here he takes us on a fresh new French Country trip!

My Stylish French Girlfriends

My Stylish French GirlfriendsHere’s a glimpse inside a world that I bet many of us would like to try… even if just for a week or two! The author Sharon Santoni-Smith writes the blog My French Country Home about her life in Normandy, France. (Sharon is from England but she moved to France after she married a French man.) In this new book she writes not only about life in rural France but also about the chic tastes of her French girlfriends. She introduces us to 20 French women and takes us into their homes all over the French countryside, from grand chateaux to enchanting French country cottages. The coffee table book with beautiful photos shows how her friends dress, decorate and entertain in true French style.

After all that delightful French Country decor, you can indulge in even more if like. Just check out our own blog posts on French Country style or browse the French Country furniture and decor in our gallery!

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 9 (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: Brittany Antique Longcase Clock

Antique Brittany ClockTick tock, tick tock! A few months have passed since our customer Loren G. in McKinney, TX, sent photos of the antique Brittany clock that she bought from us. Now it’s time to show you Loren’s lovely home where the antique French longcase clock marks the days in style.

This is the French Breton-style grandfather clock, dating to about 1880 or 1900 and crafted in chestnut wood with an elaborately hand-carved case. The gorgeous antique clock shows scenes from daily life in Brittany, France, as is typical of Brittany style antique furniture.

Around the enamel clock face, pressed brass decorative detail depicting bouquets of flowers suggest that it might have been made as a wedding gift for some lucky couple.  Here is the clock in Loren’s house.

French Antique Clock

The pendulum is adorned with glorious sunflowers and the lower door features carved grape leaves, symbolizing joie de vivre and abundant good wishes for the married couple.
I love how authentic it looks against those Belle Epoque style swagged red drapes.

French Antique Grandfather Clock

This photo shows the longcase clock with the other furniture in the room. Loren has done a delightful job in her pairing of the dining table and chairs and the clock, as well as with her perfect choice of accessories. That chandelier! Those candles! And that handsome wood floor too! It provides the perfect backdrop for the space.


The antique French clock strikes the hour and half hour and if you want to hear what the strike sounds like, you can hear it on our YouTube video. It’s only 23 seconds long but we got a bit arty with that video and the French backing music! The clock strike is very pretty.

Antique Clock being packed for transitWhen Loren purchased the antique Brittany clock from us, we crated it very carefully to make sure it arrived safely. This photo shows the packing process. You can see that there was NO WAY we were going to let any harm come to that precious cargo on its way to Texas. I’m only surprised that one of the cats didn’t end up traveling WITH the clock. You know how they are about jumping into any box to make it home!

A big thank you to Loren for sending us photos of this impressive grandfather clock looking so wonderful in its new home.

If you like the Brittany traditional decor style, then browse more of my blog posts about Brittany antique furniture. If you are looking for a clock, you’re sure to find something that will tick with your decor in our selection of antique-inspired, vintage and antique clocks.

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.

Tapestries at Wedmore Place Hotel Williamsburg Winery

European Style Tapestries inspired by antique wall hangingsWedmore Place is a country hotel at the Williamsburg Winery in Virginia. We noticed that some of the tapestries adorning their guest rooms are made by the same company as the tapestries we stock!

Just to rewind a moment, we recently began selling some stunning new tapestries, inspired by formal European tapestries but made by a family-owned American company. The photo on the right gives you an idea of their incredible detail. They also make more casual linen artwork with a Parisian flea market vibe, as well as gorgeous pillows in classic and modern designs.

Apparently the Wedmore Place Country Hotel shares our good taste in tapestries! Located on 300 acres overlooking the James River, in an area known as the Wessex Hundred, the property was once a farm and it was settled in 1615. By 1781, it appeared on military maps.

Wedmore Place HotelThe hotel features wall tapestries in some of its 28 rooms and suites, each room inspired by a different European province and era. The European country estate style hotel is decorated with period European antiques and furniture. Rooms also have wood-burning fireplaces, and fancy European bedding.

Brittany Room Wedmore Place

This new tapestry is the Brittany room, which also boasts an antique French armoire, dough chest, and dresser. I can’t be sure, but I think the pillows on that fabulous carved four-poster bed might be made by the same company as the tapestries – they look similar in style to the ones we have on our EuroLuxHome.com site.

Burgundy wine harvest tapestry

The adjoining Williamsburg Winery was established much more recently, but it’s not surprising that the hotel chose this tapestry for their Burgundy room. It shows a grape harvest in the French wine-growing region of Burgundy. The room’s antique armoire and dresser date from the early 1800s and are from the Chateau de Sauvan. I love the old copper bed warmer over the fireplace.

Wedmore Place at the Williamsburg Winery is located three miles from Historic Williamsburg, VA.  It also offers spa services, a pool, and a 19th century British style library. Sound relaxing, much?

If you like the tapestries, check out our entire collection of tapestries at EuroLuxHome.com. We carry too many to show you them all here, but these are a couple of my favorites:

Palm Landscape Tapestry

Royal Garden tapestry

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.

Top Antiques and Decor Blog Posts Summer 2014

It’s time to look back at our most popular décor and antiques blog posts from the summer. In June and July people are often thinking about garden landscaping and lounging on the patio or deck. That’s why we highlighted some new books about outdoor living in our recent bookshelf post. But turning our attention back to indoor décor and antiques, here are some of the posts that got the most hits!

Antiques and decorAs part of our series of client spotlights, we all enjoyed hearing the story of why Howard C. in Oceanside, NY, bought a set of heavily-carved antique chairs from us. You can read the story about the French Antique Hunting Chairs for yourself, and see more photos of them in Howard’s dining room.

Armchair explorer decorSummer inspires dreams of far-flung places and exotic travels. Our post about armchair explorer décor proves that you can take a romantic journey every day, without leaving your own home! A few clever details are often enough to evoke the nostalgic atmosphere of this décor style. Get some inspiration from the rooms and home décor accents in the Armchair Explorer Décor post.

antiques and decor eclectic roomOur customers love eclectic decor and so do we. “I don’t want things that are matchy-matchy,” they tell me. They don’t want Rooms-To-Go! Our post on Eclectic Décor looked at various real-life rooms that really mix different styles of antiques and décor beautifully. It’s great to see how folks make unique and personal design statements in their home.
antiques and decorThis is the perfect time of year to be thinking ahead to the lighting you’ll want in your home when the cozy fall days roll around. Chandeliers always make a gorgeous focal point in a space as well as adding sparkle or warmth. Not all chandeliers have to be glitzy, as you can see from my post on Chandelier Lighting for Every Room and Style. True to its title, the post looks at different chandelier designs that would work in all kinds of different rooms. Some are true vintage chandeliers, others are crafted by contemporary artists. All are sure to add a unique touch to your home!

We hope you enjoyed browsing this round-up of our most popular antiques and décor posts from June and July. Let us know if there is a topic you would like covered in future on this blog. As long as it is about antiques, home décor or living the vintage life, we would love to hear about your ideas!

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Client Spotlight: French Antique Hunting Chairs

We enjoyed hearing the story Howard C. from Oceanside, NY, told us about why he bought a set of antique Hunting chairs from us.

Set of French antique Hunting chairsThe set of 6 antique Hunting chairs in question date to the year 1880 and they were crafted in France. This very nice old set of oak dining chairs is intricately and heavily carved in the traditional French Hunting style.

Antique Hunting Chair
As you can see, the seat backs are carved with ivy leaves, and the chairs are adorned with barley twists and beautifully carved legs and stretchers. The lavish decorative detail on the antique Hunting chairs is enhanced by the authentic aged patina of the wood.

Antique Hunting Chair Dining Room The chairs caught Howard’s eye because he said his parents had a nearly identical set of dining chairs as he was growing up. Remembering those chairs, Howard knew he had to have this set when he found them on our EuroLuxAntiques.com website! Don’t they look terrific in his dining room?

French Antique Hunting Chairs in our client's dining room

Howard’s mom still has the pair of end chairs from her set. She is going to swap him that pair for the pair of end chairs pictured in the photo. The deep and rich red walls in this dining room make the perfect accent for the chairs and their aged oak patina. As I’ve said in other client spotlights with red dining rooms, red is a classic decor choice for dining rooms as it stimulates both the appetite and the conversation! Howard’s wife wasn’t too sure if the antique Hunting chairs would be right for the table, but he convinced her and she absolutely loves them now too!

French Antique Hunting Chairs set

Howard also told us that when the chairs arrived, they were the most well-packed item he’s ever received. We are pleased to hear that because we take great care with our shipping and pride ourselves on it. (We offer free shipping in the contiguous 48 United States and some parts of Canada, but free doesn’t mean that we cut any corners.) It was a pleasure working with Howard!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Best of May 2014: Creative Antique Decor

It’s always great to see how our clients blend antiques into their decor. This month we also took a little journey around some historic inns that boast antique decor. Let’s revisit our favorite interior design and antique decor blog posts from May.

 

Creative antique decor: antique French nightstand in the kitchenIn our series of client spotlights, we showed how Kathleen in Oklahoma cleverly turned a French antique nightstand into a pretty kitchen table with storage! The walnut and marble nightstand in the Henry II style dates to 1900 and Kathleen has given it a whole new lease on life.

That blog post also showed other creative ways to repurpose antiques, including a Tibetan altar and a 19th-century antique English secretary. I love to see antique decor used in unusual ways. You can bet these pieces are a terrific conversation starter when guests arrive!
Art Nouveau Chandelier in antique decor dining room
Our Art Nouveau chandelier client spotlight told how commercial pilot Gary found an antique chandelier in our gallery that rivaled one he saw in Rome, Italy! The Italian antiques dealer wouldn’t negotiate the very expensive price so Gary browsed the vintage and antique lighting on our website. He liked our wide selection, high quality, and reasonable prices. Gary lives in nearby North Carolina so he visited us to choose this Art Nouveau chandelier. Doesn’t it look stunning in his elegant dining room?
Monmouth Historic InnThis gorgeous hallway is in the Monmouth Historic Inn in Natchez, MS. It was built in 1818 and the rooms are furnished with antebellum-era antiques. It’s just one of the places to visit in our post on beautiful historic inns around the country. The inns all boast delightful antique decor to add to the romance!
antique decor
In our series of posts on 2014 home decor trends, we took a look at trendy but timeless nailhead trim on furniture. These very rare antique French Hunting chairs in the gallery offer a fine example. The embossed leather panels are attached to the ornately carved oak chair frames by attractive nailheads that were crafted and placed in 1880!
Nailhead trim on Ambella Home SideboardFast forward to 2014 and even the high-quality reproduction furniture we carry looks neat with nailheads! How about this impressive Ambella Home Manhattan collection sideboard?
Thanks for sharing the month with me. I’ll be back with more antique decor and home design inspirations in June!

 

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Client Spotlight: Vintage Rococo Chandelier

As it is so very cold in many parts of the country right now, I hope that the photos of this vintage Rococo chandelier in its new home will add a little warm glow to your day! In this mid-winter time of long dark nights, a chandelier is especially lovely to bring a little sparkle into your decor.

Rococo chandelierOur client Gail L. in Denver, Colorado, recently purchased this fabulous vintage French Rococo chandelier from us. Dating to around 1950, the Rococo chandelier features a beautiful cast metal vase-shaped body with a pretty shell motif. An ornate leaf design adorns the arms.

Rococo chandelier in client's dining room.

Gail hung the chandelier in her dining room and kindly sent us some photographs, saying “”Received the beautiful chandelier today! Love it.” We love how it looks in her home too. As you can see, the 8-arm chandelier looks most impressive over Gail’s dining table. It is nearly 24 inches wide by 16 inches high so it fills the space nicely, complementing the scale and style of the large display cabinet and lavish drapes.

rococo chandelier in dining room

The brass tone finish on the vintage metal chandelier gives a warm glow against the wood cabinet, while the swirling Rococo chandelier style adds a luxurious flourish. The chandelier has a decorative ceiling cap or canopy and the round ceiling medallion is an extra nice touch. It looks like white plaster and Gail’s choice to hang the light fixture from the center of the medallion adds to the air of authenticity.

Vintage rococo chandelier dining room

Gail has created such a delightful dining room. Every detail enhances the traditional style and sense of welcome. I love the wall clock and the prettily decorated china cabinet at the right of the photo. I imagine that the large rectangular framed mirror also reflects more light into the room, and perhaps even the eight twinkling electric candles on the chandelier!

Christmas treetTo add to our feast of lights, Gail also sent us this photo of her Christmas tree to share with you. It is so graceful and magical with its scattering of delicate white lights. Clearly Gail knows how to make the maximum use of lights in her decor to create an enticing and cozy atmosphere.

Thanks to Gail for sending photos of her lovely home – we hope the Rococo chandelier brings her the blessing of a very sparkly 2014!  If you want to create a similar look in your own home, you can see more vintage chandeliers in our gallery at this link. 

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.

Downton Abbey Kitchen Style

Downton Abbey posterSo many people are counting down to Downton Abbey’s return to PBS in America in January 2014. I could do a blog post on every room in Downton Abbey! Each one offers such visual delight and tons of inspiration for home decor. But I was fascinated by this article in Antique Trader that says people are clamoring for antique kitchen wares inspired by the Downton Abbey kitchen.

It’s not surprising that the Downton Abbey kitchen is so popular. You can’t deny the visual appeal of all that comforting copper and brass. The sense of authenticity and nostalgia, of a simpler world, is a reassuring contrast to our hustle-bustle high-tech lives. (Although it’s maybe not so much fun to be a servant hard at work downstairs in the Downton Abbey kitchen, under the eagle eye of cook Mrs. Patmore!)

Downton Abbey kitchenFortunately, we can have it all in our homes in the 21st century. Labor-saving gadgets and eye-candy decor! I guess that is why Antique Trader reported that: “Downton Abbey magic continues to seed interest in a broad swath of antique kitchen utensils and artifacts.”

To capture a taste of Downton Abbey kitchen style for your own home, look for old-fashioned utensils like meat grinders and rustic old pitchers. Fill chunky salt pots or salt cellars with large grain or rock salt. The materials are important too… brass, copper, wood, clay… these all give an authentic flavor to your decor.

Vintage copper scuttleCopper creates the perfect accent for a Downton Abbey kitchen. The burnished glow and sturdiness of copper creates a unique sense of warmth. This vintage French copper scuttle in our gallery gives you an idea. It would make a terrific planter too, with the winged dragon detail on the side.

Vintage copper brass pitcher

Display a few well-loved pitchers like this vintage copper and brass pitcher on your Downton Abbey kitchen table or shelves to add yet more Old World charm. The simple Country style and warm-hued metal is timeless, and the occasional small ding is part of the authentic allure. It proves that this long-ago crafted pitcher hasn’t just dropped off a shelf in a big box store, but has a history of its own.

antique enamelware kettle You can’t have a Downton Abbey kitchen without a genuine tea kettle. Those Brits are crazy for their tea, and with all that drama going on in the house, they need all the reviving tea they can get! In any case, a kettle always adds a welcoming note to kitchen decor. We found this 1920s enamelware kettle with gold stripes at an antiques market in France. Enamelware is always a good choice for an antique-style kitchen as it is so cozy and homey.

The charming antique French Country copper kettle below is more than a century old! It dates to 1900, and I wonder what stories it could tell about who has enjoyed the many cups of tea it has served from that pretty spout.antique copper kettle

Again, it has the genuine old-fashioned appeal to add a distinctive touch to someone’s Downton Abbey kitchen. I can just imagine Mrs. Patmore putting that tea kettle on the hob while she teaches Daisy how to make pie crust (they call it pastry in England) or gives Thomas a piece of her mind!

Do you like the Downton Abbey kitchen style? Are you especially inspired by antique kitchen wares? Perhaps you have an heirloom piece from your grandmother handed down that you still use today? Tell us about it in the comments box below.

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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.