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Client Spotlight: Dining Room French Country Cabinet

French Country furniture with a black wash finish is a popular choice for kitchens and dining rooms. We have a beautiful range of newly crafted but antique-inspired French Country furniture, and when the piece features a black wash finish it looks really authentic. The black finish gives the appearance of tradition and age, but it still allows the wood grain to shine through.

French Country Cabinet with black wash finishOur client Richard P. in Daniel Island, SC, seems to agree! He bought this new French Country cabinet with a black finish and a marquetry wood top for his dining room. The sideboard, server, or cabinet boasts raised panel doors and a scalloped edge which looks very decorative in a kitchen, dining room or hallway. It stands on French Country style feet and it is charming details like this that really give the winning edge to a nice piece of furniture.

French Country Cabinet detailThe distressed blackwash finish looks wonderful too, making the cabinet appear like a family heirloom… or at least an old friend of the family that has been enjoyed for years!

Richard thought that the classic French Country cabinet would look great in his dining room under a gorgeous abstract painting.

French Country Cabinet in Dining RoomThe black finish on the cabinet works great with the wrought iron light fixture. It pairs beautifully with the wrought iron legs of the dining table too. Richard had the dining table custom-made after he was inspired by marble-top restaurant tables he had seen in France. Joie de vivre!

French Country Cabinet Dining Room 2As you can see, the black wash finish turns the cabinet into a high-impact accent and it is utterly timeless… it’s like the perfect little black dress! The use of black in this dining room doesn’t seem heavy, because the black is lifted by the pale neutral walls and upholstery to a very elegant effect. Similarly, although that lovely marble-top table looks substantial and heavy, the pale marble keeps it fresh and graceful. I like the black trim (or is it dark gray?) surrounding the side chair next to the cabinet too. Little touches like that pull a room together.

It all makes a refined backdrop to showcase the stunning color of the painting.

If you like this look, then also see my recent post about the French Country counter stools in our client Stephanie’s kitchen, also boasting a black wash finish to beautiful effect.

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Client Spotlight: French Country Stools

We were really pleased to see how beautifully a French Country stool blended into our client’s kitchen. Stephanie C. already had two French Country style stools in her kitchen in Kernersville, NC.

Carved French Country Stool The two French Country stools featured a black wash finish and Stephanie needed a third one to match. This is the new counter-height stool that Stephanie chose from our selection of French Country stools at EuroLuxHome.com. Intricate floral and foliage wood carvings across the curvy chair rail and seat apron create a stunning decorative effect. The nice cabriole legs are typical of French Country style, and this stool also boasts a hand-woven rattan or rush seat. The antiqued black washed stain adds the finishing touch!

Below is the French Country stool in Stephanie’s kitchen, along with her two existing stools. Thanks Stephanie for sending the photo. I am just drooling over that kitchen – it is gorgeous!

French Country Stool in the kitchen

French country stools at kitchen islandEvery detail from the kitchen cabinets to the handsome chandelier is exquisitely chosen. It all adds up to a wonderful example of the traditional French Country look. I like the bright touches of sunny Mediterranean color too, in the mixer on the side counter, the yellow flowers, and the large pitcher above the fridge. The pretty carved shape of the back of the French Country stools makes a very inviting silhouette.

Stephanie said “It is beautiful and a perfect match to my other two! Thanks for the great service!” You can see more detail (left) of the hand-woven rattan seats which give a nice and casual country feel. I’m guessing that Stephanie likes the black wash finish on the stools to match that elegant island counter.

French country stool carved detailThis close-up shows the intricate carving on the stool apron. This is actually the same French Country stool, but with a natural dark wood finish rather than the antiqued black washed stain. Still, you get some idea of the ornately decorative effect.

The company that makes these stools specializes in high-quality Old World furniture designs created with traditional furniture techniques, like detailed carving, banded inlays and dovetail construction on drawers. So it’s not surprising that the French Country stool looks so lovely and authentic. Thanks Stephanie for sharing the photos of your to-die-for kitchen!

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Client Spotlight: Johnson City, TN

Antique French furniture in the Hunting style is one of our specialties here at EuroLuxAntiques.com. So when a customer buys several antique French Hunting chairs and thrones – plus an Art Deco buffet and a Spanish Renaissance table – it’s lovely to see how they incorporate these treasures into their home. When we made a personal delivery to Robert and Liz in Johnson City, Tennessee, we had the chance to do just that!

Client Spotlight: Johnson City TN by EuroLuxAntiques.comRobert and Liz live in a wonderful historic home in Johnson City that was on the city’s tour of homes last year. They have quite a few antiques in their home, but it’s a beautiful house from the outside too. I could relax on that shady veranda all day!
Antique French Hunting Chairs & Thrones, vintage Spanish Renaissance table, Art Deco buffet from EuroLuxAntiques.com
They purchased from us a 1950s Spanish Renaissance table in oak, a set of six oak antique French Hunting chairs (circa. 1890) and a pair of French Hunting Thrones, also in oak, dating to 1880. The whole dining room looks magnificent. Robert and Liz also bought a pretty 1920s German Art Deco buffet.

 

French Hunting thrones at the head of the table - what a great dining room! EuroLuxAntiques.comHere’s another photo of one of the larger French Hunting thrones. The two thrones are placed at the head of the table to seat the host and hostess, or perhaps the thrones are reserved for the guests of honor?

The smaller antique French Hunting chairs line the sides of the table. This shot really shows the amazing carving on the stately thrones, complete with barley twists.

 

Art Deco buffet completes the dining room from EuroLuxAntiques.comThe 1920s German Art Deco buffet is also crafted from oak. As you can see, there is plenty of space to store all their china, silver, and table linens for when guests come to dine. I love how well the Art Deco buffet blends with the older antique French Hunting style furniture.

 

A piano is a finishing touch to the traditional decor in this very comfortable and welcoming home. EuroLuxAntiques.comA piano is a finishing touch to the traditional decor in this very comfortable and welcoming home. I can just picture everyone gathering around the piano for some after-dinner entertainment, or even a traditional sing-along.

 

 

 

Vintage Chevrolet - red for maximum va-va-voom! EuroLuxAntiques.comRobert and Liz also have an awesome old early 1950s Chevrolet parked out back that we greatly admired! They were such very nice folks and we enjoyed spending time chatting with them.

We mostly use professional companies that specialize in moving antique furniture to deliver EuroLux Antiques purchases to our customers, but sometimes Greg and I take time out of the gallery to hit the road and deliver antiques ourselves. I’m so glad we did this one personally. It was wonderful to meet Robert and Liz and to see their delightful home!

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

Bookshelf: Napkin Folding, Soups & More

Part of what I love about living with antiques is the innate sense of history each piece embodies. And nowhere is this more evident than with antique or vintage French Country kitchen furniture. When I sit down at my antique kitchen table, I can almost feel the original owners gathered around, the entire family enjoying a bowl of the classic French pot au feu. Who knows how many generations ate this hearty stew and drank wine together at this very table? I love France, and my antique dining table connects me with those wonderful people on a soulful level.

So I was delighted to discover a trio of new books from Robert Rose publishing that will help you enjoy your antique furnishings during this holiday season. Two are cookbooks and one teaches you how to create elegant napkin folds — perfect for any occasion, and particularly appropriate for those planning a Victorian Christmas. Let’s dive right in!

Top 100 Step-by-Step Napkin Folds

This delightful book by Denise Vivaldo takes you through all kinds of fun and pretty napkin folds with skill levels that range from easy to challenging. Vivaldo has catered everything from the Academy Awards Governor’s Ball to Hollywood wrap parties, so she knows her stuff. The book is helpfully wire-bound so you can set it flat right next to you as you walk through the steps to create each napkin fold.

Napkin folding is kind of a lost art, yet it will make your family members and friends feel very special to sit down at a place setting that includes a folded napkin. And your holiday dinners will feel even fancier with the simple touch of a folded napkin.

In the book, Vivaldo also discusses how to choose the right napkins for any occasion, what to look for in terms of fabric (to make folding work better), and what size napkin to use for various occasions (think: cocktail napkins, luncheon napkins, dinner napkins, and even paper napkins). This is a book that will reside on your bookshelf for years to come, as you discover the fun of napkin folding.

I thought this “orchid fold” would look particularly lovely on a Victorian Christmas table. Email me for a full-size version of the photo you can print out and keep! (Note: All photos and recipes courtesy www.robertrose.ca.)

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150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the volume of cooking involved in the holidays? I know I do. So, I was pleased to discover this book of delicious (and simple!) grilled cheese sandwiches. Written by Alison Lewis, a nationally known recipe developer, 150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches includes selections that range from humble to decadent.

A little history (because antiquers always love history!): The grilled cheese sandwich dates back to about 1920. It became popular during the Great Depression as an inexpensive company supper dish and was often called the “Cheese Dream.”

If you picture the grilled cheese sandwich of your childhood and can’t stomach even the thought of the calorie load, you’ll be happy to learn Lewis’s book includes tips on how to lighten-up a grilled cheese sandwich (hint: use grainy mustards and Greek yogurt) and devotes an entire chapter to light and healthy sandwiches.

Grilled cheese sandwiches are enjoying a huge resurgence and were recently named a major trend in cooking. These sandwiches can be fun to prepare with guests, and you can even create dessert sandwiches!

One of our favorites to help us get out of the holiday turkey rut is this decadent-looking Grilled Roast Beef and Stilton sandwich.

Grilled Roast Beef and Stilton
Serves 4

You’ll need: a panini grill or large skillet. Preheat panini grill to medium, if using.

  • 8 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise or basil aioli
  • 12 oz thinly sliced roast beef
  • 1 cup arugula leaves
  • 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup crumbled Stilton cheese (or your favorite blue cheese)
  1. Brush one side of each bread slice with butter. Place on a work surface, buttered side down. Spread 4 bread slices equally with mayonnaise. Top equally with roast beef, arugula, tomatoes and cheese. Cover with remaining bread slices, buttered side up, and press together gently.
  2. Place sandwiches on preheated panini grill or in a large skillet over medium heat and cook, turning once if using a skillet, for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown and cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

300 Sensational Soups

Getting back to that pot au feu I mentioned earlier… With their classic beef stew, the French knew this truism: A good soup nourishes the heart as well as the stomach. This fabulous soup cookbook by Carla Snyder and Meredith Deeds will keep your family warm all winter. When you share the sublime soup recipes in this book, you’ll connect with friends and family members on an intimate level.

Vegetarians and vegans will be happy to know the book contains plenty of meat-free selections. There’s even a classic pot au feu recipe! But I loved this decadent lobster chowder recipe because I think it would make a beautiful first course for any holiday dinner.

Rich Lobster and Roasted Corn Chowder
Serves 6

Preheat oven to 425F. You’ll also need a large rimmed baking sheet.

  • 3 cups corn kernels (fresh or thawed frozen)
  • 1 1/2 Tbl olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 lb boiling potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups clam juice
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 Tbl unsalted butter
  • 3 cooked lobster tails (each about 10 oz), meat removed and cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 3 Tbl chopped fresh chives
  1. On a baking sheet, combine corn, oil, 1/2 tsp of the salt and 1/4 tsp of the black pepper; toss to coast evenly and spread in a single layer. Roast in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Stir and redistribute into an even layer. Roast until corn is lightly but evenly browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, saute bacon over medium heat until browned and crispy, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels. Set aside.
  3. Pour off all but 2 tbsp of the fat in the pot. Add onions and saute until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add cayenne and saute for 1 minute. Add potatoes, stock, clam juice, and the remaining salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in roasted corn and cream; return to a simmer, stirring often, until potatoes are tender, about 5 minutes. Do not let boil.
  4. In a large, heavy skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add lobster meat and saute until heated through, about 1 minute.
  5. Ladle chowder into heated bowls and top with lobster. Garnish with reserved bacon and chives.

I hope you enjoy these recipes and the napkin-folding instructions and can use these ideas for your holiday entertaining — and the cold weeks ahead! These three books from Robert Rose will make a welcome addition to your antique French Country kitchen bookshelf. (Note: We are not affiliated with Robert Rose in any way.)

What elegant, decadent, or surprising dishes do you make during the holidays? Do you salute your ethnicity through food? Please share with us in the comments!

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

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