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The Fleur-de-Lis in Home Decor

Many of the French antiques and antique-inspired home accessories that pass through our hands at EuroLuxHome.com feature the fleur-de-lis motif. The fleur-de-lis is one of the most enduring symbols in furniture and home decor and it has appeared in art, architecture, and heraldic designs for many centuries. Here’s some background on the fleur-de-lis and some ideas on how to incorporate this elegant symbol into your own decor around the house.

In French, ‘fleur’ means flower and ‘lis’ means lily, so a fleur-de-lis is a stylized lily. The one on this iron gate in New Orleans is a perfect example. It’s also sometimes spelled as fleur-de-lys.

Red Handwoven Pillow Fleur de LisAlthough the fleur-de-lis has cropped up in architecture, arts, flags and heraldry all over Europe, it is especially linked to France and to the French monarchy.

It has appeared on French flags and coats of arms for around a thousand years, and later it adorned French postage stamps too. The king of Spain and the Grand Duke of Luxembourg also display the motif in their coats of arms.

This new handwoven Aubusson throw pillow (one of our selection of fleur-de-lis pillows) shows how regal the motif looks, especially in rich colors like gold and red. It’s perfect for Renaissance style decor! The fleur-de-lis also works beautifully with French Country style.

Antique French Gothic BenchThere are various stories about the origins of the fleur-de-lis symbol, which also links it with the wild iris, but it was certainly used as a decorative or symbolic motif by the earliest civilizations as well as throughout European history.

The universal image also has religious meaning as a reference to the holy Mother Mary and it represents purity and chastity. With its 3 “petals”, the fleur-de-lis also symbolizes the Holy Trinity. Not surprisingly, it is often seen in Christian religious art and on antique religious objects.

This 1880 French Gothic antique bench is heavily carved in oak with flowery details including a gallery of fleur-de-lis along the top of the bench back.

Because the classic lines of the fleur-de-lis work with any kind of design scheme, you can add a touch of regal style anywhere in the home.

Here the fleur-de-lis is hand-painted by an artist on the stove hood of a Tuscan style kitchen in San Francisco.

The symbol is stately but still quite subtle on the floor of this traditional pool house.

The flourishing symbol also glitters overhead in this glass transom over a doorway. What a flamboyant way to greet visitors!

The fleur-de-lis translates nicely to finials on wood or iron curtain rods. These style of rod for drapes is so popular, we are all familiar with seeing it,  but not everyone knows that it’s a fleur-de-lis design.

Now you will start seeing fleur-de-lis designs everywhere!

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.

Beach Style Decor & Home Accessories

Following on from my last post about Beautiful Beach Style Decor, let’s take a look at the materials, textures and home decor accents that help create a happy and summery beach style in your home all year round. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t like this look… it’s just so comfortable but crisp and clean. It’s truly an all-American design style to appeal to everyone.

In my previous blog post about beach style decor I mentioned how rattan and wicker furniture immediately conjures up a laid-back beach mood! Rope details do the same thing – I can almost smell the salt air in this entryway, can’t you? Just a simple rope bannister provides the perfect detail, contrasting with the white wainscoting, wood plank floor, and a few fishing rods thrown casually into a tall vase.

The rope step ladder on these bunk beds is sure to delight the kids when bedtime rolls around! The ship bells hung over each bed adds another lure to the youngsters… you won’t be able to keep them from rushing to brush their teeth and climb into bed. I just hope for the adults’ sake that the bells don’t have real clappers inside them. But then again, where’s the fun in that? All aboard, mateys!Rope and Iron sconce lighting

In general the rough textures of rope, wicker and rattan make a great contrast to crisp white cotton textiles and the sharp lines of navy and white striped upholstery.

You don’t have to festoon the house with rope. A small detail like this unusual Currey & Company wall sconce sets the tone. The iron and rope sconce light is understated but the simple circle of rope and the iron fixture makes us think of ships, lighthouses, and life by the sea.

Driftwood stoolA day of beachcombing is bound to turn up some driftwood,  Bleached driftwood furniture and decorative details add to the weathered look that that makes beach style so comfortable and distinctive.

For example, this driftwood stool is made from genuinely worn reclaimed old wood. The iron rings accent the beachy feel and make the stool easy to carry around for wherever you need it. At 24 inches high, the nicely shaped stool can also be used as a convenient side table for drinks when friends come to visit after a day of fun in the sun and sand.

Finally, choose some decorative finishing touches that evoke the beach and ocean life. Maybe add a jar of shells or a coconut scented candle or get creative with your old surf board.

This clever homeowner in Orlando, FL, turned a surf board into a bar for the final touch to their beach style house. Notice the driftwood toned floor and all the beautiful turquoise and white to give that lazy summer day feel.

Coral Reef Ocean Needlepoint pillowIf a surf board bar is a step too far, then some throw pillows with vistas of sea life will do the trick.

This handmade needlepoint pillow is one of a selection of ocean life pillows we stock. It’s made with pure wool with a velvet back and the color and detail of the handmade needlepoint pillow is gorgeous. The coral reef and the angel fish look lifelike enough that I feel I should be wearing a scuba mask!

Have you decorated your home with beach style? Or maybe you actually have a beach home and you’ve had fun decorating it? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Beautiful Beach Style Decor

Whether you live near the ocean or are enjoying summer in the city, beach style decor is always a refreshing and comfortable look.  I’ve been thinking about the elements of beach style that make this relaxed and cheerful look work. Here are some tips for year-round summer beach style.

Let’s start with blue and white… of course! These classic nautical colors quickly make any space look crisp and breezy.

This home on Whidbey Island in Washington has a wonderful view and a telescope to explore every inch of that view. But even if you aren’t lucky enough to overlook the water, I can also imagine curling up cozily on the window seat and watching the the clouds or reading a book. Blue and white stripes add another nautical touch. A ship’s wheel design on the pillow also looks cute. Telescope and maritime decorFans of Brittany style antique furniture will know that the ship wheel is a popular motif for the sea-faring French region too.

The telescope in the Whidbey Island house looks so authentic… here’s a reminder that we have some antique-style telescopes in our online store if you are looking to buy one!

Pale blue also works fabulously for beach style. There’s a reason that they call it aqua! The delicate blue color in this Calgary bathroom is Gossamer Blue by Benjamin Moore Paints. The clean white trim and white wainscoting also lends a beach cottage feel. White beadboard always looks so fresh.

Stanley saltbox white nightstand beachyIn a similar vein, this new Stanley Furniture nightstand is a perfect choice for a beach style bedroom, or even as a handy side table in a bathroom or hallway. The white louvered cabinet doors remind us of shutters on coastal houses. The nightstand is also available in other beachy colors: teal blue, tropical Spanish orange, and Gloucester gray.

This beach style decor in this turn-of-the-century cottage once again shows the summery mood created by blue and white. It’s so easy, yet so elegant! White wainscoting and a brick fireplace create visual texture, as do the wicker chairs.

Rattan armchair beach styleWicker and rattan are always practical and attractive choices for a coastal home.  This new rattan armchair that we stock has a rustic and casual feel that will be a great match for beach style decor. Pop it on the porch or use it as an accent chair in the living room. Or just relax in the rattan armchair in your tropically inspired bar area! It’s such a versatile piece. That’s part of the beauty of beach style decor… it works well for all kinds of spaces and all kinds of people.

In my next blog post I’ll look more at the materials and textures that quickly create beach style in your home, as well as the finishing touches of beach style home accessories. Till then, mind the waves!

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 Trends: Gold Decor Creates a Glow

A while ago I wrote a post about the current home decor trend for mixed metals but today I’m going to shine the spotlight on pure gold! A Decorilla report on the best designer trends at Maison & Objet 2015 in Paris said that gold is this year’s metal of choice.

As the “it” metal color, gold crops up in all kinds of materials and accents, not just metal itself. Let’s take a look at some golden inspirations to add a warm glow and vibrant energy to any home decor. Here comes the sun…

The bold gold approach to this powder room turns the smallest room into a sun palace!
Gold leaf or gold paint on the door, trim, and ceiling create a bright shimmer, but the dark blue wallpaper tones the look down so it isn’t too blingy. An antiqued gold console table, mirror frame, and light fixture enhance the Old World feel.

Ann Sacks Gold TileGold diggers can also use tiles to add a golden gleam to bathrooms or perhaps even a conservatory. These Ann Sacks Davlin tiles are handmade with European gold leaf fused between two pieces of glass.  The look is classic enough for traditional decor, but it would also work in a contemporary space.

Gold and white always looks elegant. Gold is the most opulent and rich-looking metal and when you dress it down with pure and simple white the result is luminous and graceful.

Here is more white and gold with a younger, fresher feel. The Modern Regency style would be so pretty for a young woman’s bedroom, perhaps a daughter or granddaughter. The graphic gold polka dots are decals, which makes it easy to remove them when you want a change of scene.  A gold vintage chandelier hangs above crisp white linens and the simple nightstand is set off with gold handles. A bedroom fit for a 21st century princess!

Jonathan Charles Gold Side TableOn the other hand, gold with black looks dramatic and luxurious, creating a chic focal point in a room.

This black and gold Jonathan Charles oval table proves the point. The 1930s style lacquer and gilt side table with a glass top is one of many gold tables in our online store and it’s one of the most striking.

You don’t need a lot of gold to pack a visual punch. Just a little to punctuate the black does the job perfectly.

Chelsea House Gold Console TableThis fine Chelsea House console table is another “gilty treat” we can all enjoy! The petite Mumford console table is just 42 inches long and a little over a foot deep, but this pretty package deserves a gold medal for its Empire styling and delicious gold accents.Gold bracket Jonathan Charles Gold Wall Hanging

 

 

 

 
A little also goes a long way in this delightful Chelsea House wall bracket (left), and in the pair of Jonathan Charles wall hangings from the Versailles collection, featuring gilding and carved decoration in the Renaissance style.

Jonathan Charles wall hangingsYou can see that the pair of gold wall hangings add that final decorative touch to the room, balancing the handsome wood display cabinet and bringing a ray of sunshine into the space.

If you’ve enjoyed browsing these photos, then you might like to see my story about the gold Woodbridge coffee table in our customer’s sunny California home, or get more inspiration from the mixed metal decor trend.

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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!

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Warm Up Your Decor With Copper Accents

I was reading an Elle Decor article called ‘Why You Should Decorate With Copper this Year.’ The article was actually written at the end of December 2013, but as copper has stayed popular for centuries, I don’t think it will fall out of fashion favor too fast! The article urges readers to “Try a new metallic this season… It’s a perfect way to add some winter warmth to a festive home.” That is true, although copper looks rich and welcoming all year, thanks to the beautiful color and reflective glow.

Ambella Home Rockefeller fireplace screen with copper accents

Ambella Home fireplace screen with copper accents

It got me thinking about the many ways to enjoy copper accents in your décor. Copper is so versatile, it can look traditional, modern, or exotic. It can appear perfectly at home in an ultra-glamorous urban setting or in a rustic Farmhouse kitchen.

copper accent vintage French coal scuttle planterCopper always looks great in traditional room designs, especially if you have an old piece that has developed a patina on the surface of the copper. For example, this vintage French coal scuttle with a blue and white Delft handle. The lions’ heads on the handles add to the charm of this nice piece, and it would make an attractive planter if you don’t want to display it by a fireplace.

In old European pubs you often see copper plates, jugs, and pitchers displayed on the walls. Decorative copperware is especially traditional in English and Welsh taverns. The vintage copper plate below conjures up the jovial atmosphere perfectly! Vintage copper accent in a Flemish copper plateThis large vintage copper wall plate actually hails from Belgium. The Flemish plate shows a group of merry villagers quaffing ale around a pub table, and it would look great hanging on a kitchen or dining room wall. The burnished tones of the plate add to the appeal.

Copper is often used in the kitchen of course. As I said in my blog post on Downton Abbey Kitchen Style, the warm glow and sturdiness of copper creates a unique sense of tradition and comfort. Copper is a good fit for kitchenware as it also has antibacterial properties. Bacteria doesn’t last very long on copper!

This photo shows a more unusual treatment of copper in the kitchen. It’s not just for pots and pans! The copper backsplash looks fabulous against the stainless steel appliances and the reclaimed wood floor. Downlighting beneath the wall cabinets are the perfect choice to bring out the luxurious and inviting tones of the copper. The highly polished surface bounces the light and the photo proves that copper looks elegant in more modern settings too. Copper in contemporary decor usually looks best if you choose streamlined shapes.

copper accent upcycled lampHere’s a way to see copper in a whole new light…. literally! The upcycled table lamp is hand-crafted to order and made with a pierced shade and recycled clear or blue glass insulators from old telephone poles.

The light shines through the pierced shade to create a delightful ambience in your office or study.

Hammered copper always looks so earthy yet so exotic. The sensuous hammered finish is a superb match for the rich burnt tones of the copper, as you can see in this  new Ambella Home sink chest from the Rustico collection. The hammered copper vessel sink stands out on the antiqued Travertine counter to evoke a romantic mood of yesteryear.

Ambella Home copper sink chest Do you have copper accents in your home decor? Where and how do you use copper? We’d love to hear about it. AimeeAvatar

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. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Armchair Explorer Decor

Whether you are traveling or not this summer, armchair explorer decor can take you on a romantic journey every day! This look is also known as travel-inspired decor, but the idea of being an explorer adds a bit more of an adventurous touch, doesn’t it?

Pic: San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Adeeni Design Group

This living room is a cozy example of decor with an armchair explorer vibe. The vintage map above the sofa, the globe-like piece on the zebra ottaman, and exotic touches like the antique carved corbels flanking the map look like mementos from someone’s world travels.

Armchair Explorer decor

Room by Ankeny Interior Designers & Decorators R. Cartwright Design

Although this room is completely different in tone – it’s much more streamlined with cooler colors – it is also a nice package of armchair explorer decor.  Framed maps, an antique globe, suitcases as design accents and a trunk for a coffee table all create a well-traveled mood. See how the round wrought-iron light fixture nicely echoes the shape of the globe.

 

Travel posters, especially ones with a vintage flavor, are an easy way to create an armchair traveler mood. Mix up the textiles too, like the various patterns on these throw pillows. Indian styles, paisleys, or other ethnic designs quickly evoke the atmosphere of foreign lands. You’ll notice that the rugs in each of these rooms all add an exotic splash, drawing on Indian and Moorish designs.

Globe mini-barIf you want to create the look in your home, this handsome new globe mini-bar from our collection of globe furniture could be a good place to start your journey. The nautical map makes the wooden globe look like an antique used by 18th century explorers, but it actually opens to reveal a hidden drinks cabinet. Aubusson Zebra Throw Pillow

A zebra or other wild animal throw pillow or rug conjures up far-flung adventures. Rest assured, no zebras have been harmed in the making of this fine new Aubusson Zebra throw pillow. It is handwoven in 100% wool!

Armchair explorer decorFrom our selection of new and antique travel trunk furniture, I love this new Jonathan Charles Voyager chest of drawers. The leather and oak chest looks like an antique travel trunk, fully fitted with a removable top tray to store all your small keepsakes. Even the two small drawers and one large lower drawer are lined with vintage style maps. We also sell the matching coffee table, which is just as finely detailed.

Do you like the armchair explorer decor style? Do you have it in your home? Send us a postcard via the comments box below!

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 April 2014: National Decorating Month

April was National Decorating Month and I hope that our blog posts helped inspire ideas for your home!  Let’s revisit some of our favorite antiques and decor posts from April.

National Decorating Month gray decorGray popped up as a hot decor trend for 2014, so in National Decorating Month I wrote a post on Gray Decor in the bedroom & living room. Gray is so adaptable. It works well with natural materials in a rustic country setting and in sophisticated city rooms. It’s great with exotic or heavy textures too, like this Castilian themed Ambella Home bedroom.
Madrid dining chair set
Our Madrid dining chairs client spotlight about Heidi’s chic dining room also emphasized the beauty of neutral colors. Heidi has a set of our linen-upholstered Spanish style chairs in her dining room.  The  pale gray paint on the walls and the light tones of the carpet and  chairs give a fresh twist to the room’s traditional Spanish Mission style influence. Heidi’s dining room is perfectly timeless but also perfectly NOW!
Hand-painted ceramics add a colorful touch in National Decorating MonthFor a splash of color, you don’t always need a big decorating project. I think it keeps the spirit of National Decorating Month to use smaller accents and creative touches to ring the changes in your home. For example, our client Bunny sent us this photo of her kitchen adorned with old Italian Deruta ceramics she bought from us. See more in our post on the sunny Mediterranean style of hand-painted Vintage Deruta Ceramics.

 

Antiques deals in National Decorating MonthDuring National Decorating Month, Greg and I worked hard at spring cleaning and sorting some of our older stock. The good news for you is that we’ve slashed prices by about 40% (or more!) on some beautiful antiques and vintage pieces that are still waiting for a good home. See some of our favorite bargains in our Spring Cleaning Antiques Deals post. Or visit EuroLuxAntiques.com to browse for deals on antique furniture, lighting, clocks, ceramics, and other smaller items.
Atlantique Antique Show
Finally, we celebrate our 10th anniversary in 2014 and we’re having great fun remembering highlights from our early years. If you want to know what NOT to do when a slab of marble on an Art Deco sideboard breaks just before a major antiques show, read this post on our First Atlantique Antique Show. We had a Laurel and Hardy moment involving the marble, too much glue, and a glass-topped hotel table. It’s funny to look back on, even if it wasn’t so funny at the time!

 

Thanks for spending National Decorating Month with us. We’ll share more ideas and inspiration about antiques and home decor in May.

 

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her husband, 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.

Bookshelf: Vintage Crafts

There are so many books coming out about vintage crafts. Old-fashioned skills like quilting, embroidery, crochet, and knitting are popular partly because they offer a way to create personalized items to wear or to enjoy in our decor. But also it’s just lovely to give a hand-made gift and to create heirlooms to pass down through the family. These recently published vintage crafts books provide both inspiration and practical advice!

Vintage Quilt Revival

Vintage Crafts Vintage Quilt Revival bookIs there anything cozier and more inviting than a beautiful quilt? Giving a fresh twist on tradition, this new Vintage Quilt Revival book is subtitled 22 Modern Designs from Classic Blocks.  As well as bed quilts, the projects include a table runner and a bag. Patterns range from the Mayflower block to the Exploding Star, Dove at the Window, and Double Windmill. I love the romantic names!

Quilting is one of those vintage crafts that seems never to go out of fashion. Crafty types can get really creative with their quilts, using fabrics and patterns to reflect their individuality and their decor.

 

Maison Sajou Sewing Book

Vintage crafts sewing bookMaison Sajou is a famous haberdashery and sewing crafts store in Paris. The old shop first thread its needle in 1857 and it is still going strong supplying chic French seamstresses with fancy laces, ribbons, and embroidery silks. This new book describes 20 Maison Sajou projects to make at home.

Ideas include decorative napkins, a vintage style clutch bag, a charming silk slipper bag, a French Country style tablecloth, a nautical tote bag, and a pulled threadwork linen bolster. You don’t have to be an expert either. The projects with illustrated instructions start with basic embroideries all the way through to more intricate concoctions.

Sew Your Own Vintage Keepsakes

Vintage Crafts sewing keepsakesA treasure trove of ideas to make gifts, mementos and accessories that may become heirlooms! The book is heavily inspired by vintage crafts and decor and the author herself lives in an old Victorian townhouse. The 40 projects are paired with photos and step-by-step instructions to make all kinds of keepsakes from a calico doll to a christening gown, and from a drawstring bag to a fabric-lined basket. Although a reissue of an older book, this could be a keeper if you like making keepsakes!

Do you knit, sew, embroider, conjure up quilts or enjoy other traditional vintage crafts? Tell us about your favorite project 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.

Client Spotlight: Vintage Deruta Ceramics

Our customer, Bunny J., in nearby Chapin, SC, sent us a photo of her kitchen decked out in Italian vintage Deruta ceramics from EuroLuxAntiques.com.  Bunny has been a great customer for many years. In the past she’s purchased an armoire, a set of 8 chairs, and lots of vintage majolica and pewter pieces.

Vintage Deruta ceramics in our client's kitchen

I love how Bunny has created a nice sense of balance with her display of ceramics. That large yellow and blue plate is a cheerful focal point in the attractive tile nook. Old hand-painted majolica always adds a welcoming note in a kitchen. While Capodimonte is probably Italy’s most famous porcelain manufacturer, collectors in the know also look out for vintage Deruta majolica.

Vintage Deruta pot

This vintage Deruta pot is a nice example, and it’s one of the antique and vintage ceramics and majolica pieces in our gallery right now. Majolica means a hand-painted earthenware pottery with a tin glaze and it is named for the Spanish island of Majorca. The style spread to Italy, including to the medieval town of Deruta in Umbria. The local clay around Deruta was so good for ceramics that craftsmen were firing up their kilns by the early Middle Ages. They really hit their artistic stride in the 15th and early 16th centuries.

The vintage Deruta pharmacy pot dates to the 1950s, hand-painted with a Renaissance design.  It was found in a European antiques market. We think it would be lovely in a kitchen as a canister for flour, sugar, salt, or spices.

Italian Deruta ceramic fountainI can’t resist showing you this incredible Italian fountain that we have in the gallery too. Deruta ceramics are still being made and although the hand-made fountain is not vintage Deruta it is a beautiful example of the style.

The Deruta fountain shows the Moorish influence of majolica’s Spanish heritage and the doves and flowers are also typical of Italian majolica. The doves are taking a drink from the running water that pours from the spout into the sink below

When I first saw the fountain, I was delighted by how very Italian it is in spirit. How can we see the lemons and grapes on the fountain and not think about living La Dolce Vita?

The fountain looks like a pedestal sink, but really this colorful new hand-painted fountain is meant for a garden, patio, porch or sunroom. It’s more than 6 feet tall – that’s a lot of Italian style! .

The use of blue, orange and yellow are also typical of Deruta majolica. Those sunny Mediterranean colors always bring a smile to my face and they perk up any space.

Thanks to Bunny for inspiring us with the vintage Deruta ceramics in her kitchen! If you have any old (or even new) Deruta majolica, I’d love to hear what you like about it. Tell us 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.