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Best Of April 2015: Art Deco and Hollywood Regency

We’ve had a glamorous month of Art Deco and Hollywood Regency style on our home decor and furniture blog. I also shared my own vintage decor tale with an update on our Bathroom Penny Tiles Project in our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation. (You’ll see a bit of glitter in there too!) Here are our favorite blog posts this month:

Ambella Home Voranado tableOur customer spotlight about this Ambella Home accent table in Nellie’s Californian home set the tone for sparkling April. The blog post shows photos of the Voronado table with its mirrored accents and gold leaf finish – it looks fab in Nellie’s handsome house!

Ambella Home Casablanca chest mirrored

This inspired me to explore more of the magic of mirrors in my post on Hollywood Regency style and mirrored furniture.   The beauty of sleek mirrored furniture is evident, but there are also practical reasons to choose and use mirrored furniture in your home. You can create clever illusions to brighten and visually expand your space.  I’ve rarely heard anyone complain about a room being TOO light and spacious!

Ambella Home Art Deco Bed Manhattan

The natural next step was to look at elegantly glossy and streamlined Art Deco furniture. My  post on the Art Deco Bedroom not only showed this incredible new Ambella Home Manhattan bed that was featured in a Houzz.com editorial on Art Deco, but I also gave a sneak peek at some antique Art Deco furniture due to arrive on our next container from France.

French Antique Grandfather ClockBetween our celebrations of the 1920s and 1930s, we turned our gaze back a few decades further. This antique Brittany clock looks amazing in my story on the antique French longcase clock in Loren’s home in Texas. The chestnut carved grandfather clock dates to about 1880 or 1900 and the floral brass detail around the enamel clock face suggests  that it was a wedding gift. See more photos and a close up of the clock in our antique Brittany clock post. 

I’ll share more photos of customers’ homes and gorgeous antiques and home decor ideas next month. If you have a question about vintage or antique furniture or lighting, home accents and accessories, I’d love to hear from you!  Send me an email or comment on this blog or head over to our EuroLux Facebook page.

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.

Decorating with Mirrored Furniture

Ambella Home Voranado tableLast week, as the latest in our series of client decor spotlights, I showed you photos of Nellie V.’s home in San Diego, CA, with the Ambella Home mirrored accent table that she bought from us. Looking at the pictures of this elegant and dramatic table made me want to write more about the mirrored furniture trend!

Often you’ll see mirrored furniture in a Hollywood Regency style room, evoking Hollywood’s glamorous golden era of the 1920s and 1930s. Shiny finishes, including lacquer, gilding and (yes!) mirrors are typical of the luxurious Hollywood Regency look.

Currey Mirrored ConsoleFor example, this new Currey & Co mirrored console table features a traditional Greek key pattern on the legs, but the streamlined geometry also reminds me of Art Deco. The wrought iron table has a gleaming silver leaf and antique mirror finish and the simple lines let the shine do the talking!

Why decorate with mirrored furniture? Well, a room full of mirrored pieces would be too much dazzle (Hello, Liberace!) but a single accent piece creates a stunning focal point.

antiqued mirrored credenzaThe mirror also adds light to the room, or makes the most of every speck of light that you have. In daylight, it makes the room look brighter. If you enjoy candlelight, then the mirroring will reflect the warm glow for a romantic atmosphere. This Currey & Co credenza boasts antiqued mirroring on the doors – perfect with the faded walnut and gold highlights.

Ambella Home Casablanca chest mirrored A piece of mirrored furniture also creates the illusion of more space as it reflects the room back to you. If carefully placed, it can conjure up quite a magical effect! A mirrored chest of drawers against a wall makes a small room look bigger as it tricks the eye into thinking that the floor extends further than it does. The Morrocan style of this Ambella Home mirrored chest of drawers proves the point and also shows that mirrored furniture doesn’t have to be a Bling Fest!

Currey Kramer Drinks TableFor another subtle mirrored accent, this Kramer drinks table by Currey & Co combines modernity with classical symmetry. The antiqued mirror top sits sleekly on the warm bronze gold finished tapered pedestal.

As a general tip, I’ve talked before about the research on the value of buying better quality furniture. When you’re buying mirrored pieces it’s even more important to buy high quality furniture. Solid pieces with a decent weight and high-quality mirrored detail creates a look of luxe. But a mirrored accent piece that is cheap, tinny, and poorly made can appear more garish than glitzy.

Finally, this Solana mirrored bed made by Hooker Furniture shows that mirrored accents can really work with any style. The refined rustic bed features a decorative mirrored panel headboard with curvy, almost Art Nouveau detail. It would be the focal point of any bedroom.

Solana mirrored bed by Hooker Furniture Have you taken a shine to mirrored furniture? Tell us about it here on this blog or on our Facebook page!

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: Ambella Home Accent Table

Of all the beautiful Ambella Home console tables and accents tables that we stock, the Voronado accent table is one of the most dramatic.  So it’s great to have a chance to show it off in this customer spotlight!

Ambella Home Voranado table

Nellie V. in San Diego, CA bought the Voronado fluted accent table from us. This is the table in the catalog shot.  Glamorous, huh? It combines style with substance though. As with all Ambella Home Collection furniture, it is meticulously crafted. The solid mindi wood table features mirrored accents all around to reflect the light.

Ambella Home Mirrored table top

Here’s a close-up of the table top because it’s really hard to photograph mirrored furniture when the piece is in a room. It just reflects all the light and colors surrounding it! But this bird’s eye view shows the great shape of the sunburst design.

Ambella Home Voranado pedestal table

A close-up of the Voranado pedestal table scroll feet shows the attention to detail in the craftsmanship, as well as the textured gold leaf finish. So now let’s see the table in Nellie’s home in California…

Hollywood Regency Style at home

You can tell how shiny and clear the high-quality mirrored table top is because it reflects the leather wall panels in every intricate detail. Those handsome wall panels have a little dark gold in them, which I’m sure ties in nicely with the gold leaf table finish.

The chairs boast a lovely satin silver upholstery. “I just got them, that is why I was looking for the table with mirror,” Nellie told me. “It actually looks much better live than on the pictures.” Well, the pictures make it all look fabulous enough so the in-person effect must be stunning!

 

Voranado accent table

When I first looked at the photos Nellie sent, I was wowed by what a gorgeous floor she has. I’ve never seen wooden floors with a herringbone pattern before. I wondered if she lives in an old house… so I asked her.

Nellie said that the house is a mere 15 years old and she bought it new. The herringbone wood floors were installed 5 years during a remodeling. “We were going for the old European look throughout,” said Nellie.

Nellie also mentioned that the room is round, so that informed her choice to pick a round accent table.

The Ambella Home Voronado accent table is a piece that could fit with a variety of home decor styles, but many people would consider it a great example of Hollywood Regency style. Hollywood Regency style harkens back to the most luxurious golden era of Hollywood around the 1930s and it combined a bunch of different influences. Those influences include the most glamorous elements of English and French Regency furniture as well as the chic allure of Art Deco design. Opulent gilded finishes are typical of the look, as are reflective surfaces from lacquered finishes to glittering mirrored furniture like this Ambella Home table.

I’ll write more about the trend and especially the mirrored furniture trend in another blog post later this month. Till then, thank you Nellie for giving us a glimpse inside your home so we can enjoy your exquisite mirrored accent table!   

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.