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Pantone Picks Pink and Blue for Interiors

A few weeks ago I blogged about the Paint Colors of the Year for 2016, which are all soft whites. The only company that has spoken out for color this year is Pantone. The international color trend experts at Pantone picked a pink and a blue for their colors of the year 2016. The colors are called Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Pantone pink and blue

Pantone chose these soft pink and blue tones for the same reason as the paint companies who chose whites!

They say it’s to create a sense of peacefulness – an escape from modern day stresses. The Pantone website says “Whether on their own or combined with other shades, the pairing of Serenity and Rose Quartz bring a feeling of calm and relaxation into the home environment.”
This is the first time Pantone picked two colors rather than one. Last year it was the deep wine color Marsala, which I thought was a very nice shade for many different styles of home decor. The light pink and blue are a bit different. Pink and blue makes some people think of picking a color to paint the nursery for the baby! Other people might be reminded of the 1980s.  But I think there are ways to work with Serenity and Rose Quartz in the home and still keep it looking grown-up and beautiful.

Blue and Pink Floral Traditional

Here is one example. It reminds me of the decor I’ve seen in some old French houses and chateaux, where the soft pastel pinks and blues were a very traditional choice. High quality materials and fine finishes are important to carry off this luxurious look. A touch of gilding adds to the sophistication too!

This is a sweet take on the same color combo. The romantic bedroom plays up the delicate tones by pairing them with flowers, bows, crystals on the light fitting, and sheer curtains. Even the image behind the bed of a rack of dresses has a floaty feel.
Aubusson Pink Blue Throw Pillow
If all-out Rose Quartz pink and Serenity blue is too much for you, a few home decor accents can capture the tranquility of these colors.

This new Aubusson throw pillow blends similar shades of pink and blue beautifully. Crafted using traditional techniques to replicate antique French Aubusson pillows, the pillow has a floral design that would look very pretty in a Victorian bedroom or in a country cottage living room.

Dale Tiffany Blue Barroque LampThe airy weightlessness of the two colors also makes me think they will look good on glass. The softness of the colors matched with the shiny translucency of glass seems like a match made in color heaven!

I think the blue on the hand-crafted art glass shade of this new Dale Tiffany Blue Baroque table lamp looks very close to the Pantone Serenity shade.

The shade is made by glass artisans using traditional copper foil techniques and the pretty glass jewels add to the light and tranquil feel.

Pink Chandelier FlorenceThis amazing new Cyan Design Florence chandelier looks like a close match for Rose Quartz pink. The Murano glass style chandelier with its cascading swirls could almost be whipped up from pink clouds at sunset! Or maybe I’m just getting all romantic and dewy-eyed from looking at Rose Quartz pink and Serenity sky blue for too long!

What do you think of the Pantone colors of the year? Would you like them in your home? Would you combine them or just stay with one shade or the other?

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.

 

August Home Decor and Antiques Roundup

The last month has been great but very busy for Greg and me! If you’ve been busy as well and you haven’t had chance to check in here on our home decor and antiques blog, here’s a roundup of the posts you missed!

Antique French Hunting ChairsFirst, save money on a treasure for your home with our discount code to get 15% off new, vintage, and antique furniture and home accents. Our End of Summer and Labor Day sale runs through September 9, 2015.

Order anything at EuroLuxHome.com and you’ll get 15% off everything (as well as our always-free shipping) when you enter the coupon code at checkout: CELEBRATE

If you need some inspiration about how to mix antique furniture into your home, this recent client spotlight about our antique Chinese opera bench shows just how easy it is! Antique Chinese opera benchOur client Suzan G. chose well when she bought the Late Qing Dynasty hand-carved bench and put it in her hallway in Santa Barbara, CA. It makes a terrific style statement and fits brilliantly into a contemporary home.

Retrofit Sink Chest French styleAnother client, the interior designer Edwin Miller, got creative with our new, antique-inspired chest of drawers.

As you can see from the Retrofit Sink Chest blog post, Edwin thought the French style chest would convert into an excellent sink chest.  He’s right – it looks great in his client’s guest bathroom!

Browse all of our client spotlights to see other beautiful homes. We love seeing these photos showing how our customers feature antique and new furniture and lighting from EuroLux Home in their spaces.

EuroLux Booth at Antique Tobacco Barn

Talking of spaces… we just expanded one of ours! We moved into a booth that is twice the size of our old one at the Antique Tobacco Barn in Asheville, NC. We also gave it a major makeover. This is the end result but you can see all the work that went into it in our blog post about our new big and bright Antique Tobacco Barn space.

Leeds Castle EnglandIf you’re thinking about a trip to London, England, any time soon, you must check out my post about the beautiful and historic Leeds Castle, packed with antiques and gorgeous architecture. If a day trip from London isn’t enough, you can even stay overnight at the castle.

Currey Shell SideboardFinally, even though summer is nearing the end, my post about Sea Shell Decor and Furniture proved that it can be summer all year round in your home.

Shell is a lovely and unique natural material. I gave examples of shells in everything from furniture like this shell-encrusted cabinet to shell-strewn chandeliers and throw pillows.

We hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend and enjoy these last days of summer.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our discount code on antiques and new furniture and home decor while doing your Labor Day shopping. You’ve got till midnight on September 9, 2015, to grab yourself a deal!

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.

Best of Summer 2015: Coastal Style, Collections & Corner Furniture

This has been a busy summer and we’ve covered a lot of ground in our antiques and home decor blog, including coastal style, corner furniture, client spotlights, and how to display collections. Let’s not forget our new cat porch! Here are the highlights of our favorite blog posts from June and July.

My series on how to display a collection showed some lovely examples of creative ways to display ceramics and jewelry, as well as the more unusual collections of vintage model trains and classic cameras.

Upcycled chandelier spoondelier 4 tiers

We were delighted to hear in July that the upcycled chandeliers that we stock were being featured on the Trashformers TV show on FYI Networks.

You can read about the Trashformers show and the upcycled chandeliers here and see some clips of the episodes too.

The chandeliers (or spoonderliers!) are custom-made by an artisan from vintage silver-plated spoons. The TV show picked them to feature as a good example of innovative upcycled design.

 

Woodbridge Neo Classic Corner TableOur most recent client spotlights both took a peek inside our customers’ homes to show how they’d used the antique-inspired tables they bought from us. We always love seeing our customers’ decor and we’re grateful that they share their photos with us… what a treat!  Bob in California ordered this Neo-Classic Woodbridge corner table from us and the photo of it in his living room inspired my post on corner furniture. These beautiful pieces make crafty use of every inch of space.

As it is high summer and the cool ocean breezes beckon, it felt like the perfect time to look at some inspiring  Beach Style Decor and Beach Style Textures and Home Accessories.

Whether you live by the water or just wish you did, you’ll find some wonderful ideas in that post about how to create your own coastal retreat!

Fozzy cat on the cat porchFinally, we are enjoying our new cat porch so much, we wonder how we ever did without it. Oh, the cats are pretty keen on it too. Here’s Fozzy looking down from on high, but the cat porch also includes perches and platforms for all our six cats, plus a fireman’s pole scratch post. Basically it’s Disney World for cats.

Our post on building a cat porch in our vintage bungalow shows how we did it with lots more photos too.

I look forward to sharing more about antiques and decor with you as we head into August. Let us know in the comments if there is a subject you would us to talk about or come visit us on our Facebook page. For now, happy August!

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.

Best of May 2015: Castles, Gold, and Chandeliers!

We’ve had a lively month here at the EuroLuxHome.com antiques and home decor blog. In fact we’ve explored the stuff of legends: Castles and gold for starters, and then there was the Tea Party Chandelier that magically turned into a Coffee Cup Chandelier! (Who agrees that tea and coffee are the stuff of legends anyway? How else are we meant to start our busy days?)

Gold decorJoin us in looking back at our favorite blog posts last month, and may the legends continue…

We started our treasure hunt with a look at the interior design trend spotted at the Maison & Objet 2015 show in Paris: gold, gold, gold!

Gold diggers will love the warm and opulent effects in the Home Trends: Gold Decor Creates a Glow story and photos. But you don’t have to go crazy with the Midas touch if you just want a little gold rather than an all-over look. A few gold accents in your decor still add a vibrant and luxurious effect.

Augill CastleNext we went hunting for English history, lore and legends by taking a peek inside some incredible English Castle Hotels. If you want a unique and romantic vacation, staying in an English castle is bound to make you feel like royalty! You can even stay in the double-moated medieval castle that was home to Anne Boleyn when she was a girl, before she became the second wife of King Henry VIII.

Spring2015 planting the front yardBack at home, our own vintage 1920s bungalow is our castle and we’re delighted with all the progress we’ve made on the renovations.

We’ve worked hard on the garden landscaping, as you can see in the before and after photos in my story on Vintage Life: April Showers bring May Flowers!

As well as adding new planters that belonged to Greg’s great grandmother – family heirlooms for blooms! – we added hanging baskets, bird feeders,  bird baths, and I built a rose bed around the mailbox out of vintage bricks. We’re also proud of the edible treasures growing in our raised bed garden boxes. See all the photos here.

Woodbridge Games Table Antique French styleI loved the photos sent by our customers for our two client spotlights this month. The first showed how wonderful this Woodbridge Game Table in antique French style looks in Marie-Regina’s home in Pennsylvania. The 18th century French style table is crafted in solid wood and hand-rubbed for a beautifully distressed finish. The photos of Marie-Regina’s living room make it look like a cozy place to spend a few hours playing cards!

cofffee tea cup upcycled chandelierFinally, clever Kelley in Texas added her own personal touch to the custom-made tea party chandelier that she bought from us. The chandelier is crafted from a vintage tea service, right down to the silver plated spoons and teacups. Kelly transformed the light by swapping the vintage tea cups for large double espresso coffee cups!

We hope you’ll stay reading through June, when we’ll show more photos of customers’ homes and share more gorgeous antiques and inspiring home decor ideas.

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.

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.

Choosing Antique-Inspired Furniture

We know from our customers that buying a piece of fine antique furniture is always a special experience. But sometimes it makes more sense to buy new antique-inspired furniture for your home. Perhaps because it’s hard to find the exact antique piece to suit your space.

demilune regency sideboardHigh-quality reproduction furniture is very impressive and easy to live with and it’s a good investment too. These pieces are often hand-crafted using the same methods as original antiques.  Look at furniture by makers like Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture, Ambella Home Collection, Woodbridge Furniture Company and Currey & Co as well as lighting by Dale Tiffany, and you’ll see why they are so in demand amongst homeowners who recognize superb design and craftsmanship.

Let’s take a look at three important elements to consider when you are choosing antique-inspired furniture.

High-Quality Materials

Dale Tiffany dragonfly lampEverything starts with high-quality materials whether we’re talking about solid wood,  exquisite flame mahogany veneers, wrought iron, or superbly cast hardware. Or how about hand-rolled art glass?

The craftsmen at Dale Tiffany use the same hand-rolled glass techniques as were used to make original Louis Comfort Tiffany lamps. They also hand-cut their unique and colorful glass to replicate the famous Tiffany stained glass designs. The Dale Tiffany table lamp in the photo shows the gorgeous effect of the fine glass… you can’t fake that! (See more about the authentic Dale Tiffany creative process including a video.)

Craftsmanship in Construction

Jonathan Charles carved deskSome of the best antique-inspired furniture is crafted with the exact same techniques that the makers used for the original European antiques. From hand-cut marquetry to intricate carved details, these reproductions are works of art in their own right. This amazing Jonathan Charles desk in the Queen Anne style shows just what we are talking about. The craftsmen and women certainly need to be as good as the craftsmen in days of yore. The only difference is that today’s furniture experts get to produce their work under decent lighting – they don’t have to work on fiddly inlays by candlelight!  (See more about traditional Jonathan Charles hand-craftsmanship including a short video.)

High-Quality and Antiqued Finishes

Ambella Home Sink Chest Hand-rubbed and carefully crafted antiqued finishes add the finishing touch to the best antique-inspired furniture. Perhaps you’ll love an ebonized finish or the welcoming allure of an aged brass or oiled bronze finish. The gleam of hand-waxed wood, antiqued mirrors, crackle glazes, distressed painted wood, polished marble… there are so many choices.

This Ambella Home sink chest shows how refined and authentic the best finishes can be, imbuing your home with a sense of substance and tradition.

If you need more convincing, take a look at some of our client spotlights and other blog posts featuring antique-inspired reproduction furniture. Or tell us about your own favorite piece of antique-inspired furniture!

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 Aspen Sideboard

I’ve often admired the Ambella Home Aspen sideboard that we sell, because it’s so handsome and chunky and rugged. It’s a James Bond of a sideboard! So I was delighted when our customer Amy B. in Wichita, KS, got in touch to tell us about the Ambella Home Aspen sideboard that she bought from us earlier this year. Before I show you how amazing Amy made the sideboard look, let me tell you a bit about the sideboard itself.

This is the Ambella Home brochure photo of the sideboard, and I like it because it’s dressed with charming blue and white ceramics. (We are big fans of antique and vintage blue and white Delft ceramics in the gallery.)Ambella Home Aspen Sideboard

The antique-inspired sideboard looks old but it’s newly crafted by Ambella Home artisans for the Aspen collection. When I think of the Rocky Mountain ski town of Aspen, Colorado, I also think of handsome and chunky and rugged. There’s just no getting away from it!

Ambella Home Aspen Sideboard Details

The Ambella Home Aspen sideboard is carved from solid hardwood with an oak veneer top. It has a rich mahogany finish that gives a lot of depth and visual interest and adds to the sense of substance.

You can see from this close-up that every detail is beautifully crafted. Ambella Home furniture-makers are very skilled at giving an aged finish to make the sideboard look like a genuine antique. They also fit the furniture with nice antique-look handles and hinges, and the sturdy nailheads stand out against the planked wood.

So now let’s see how the sideboard looks in Amy’s house. Amy bought the piece in January but she wanted to finish up accessorizing it and putting the final touches on her decor before she sent a photo to us. Ambella Home Aspen Sideboard

Wow! What a phenomenal job! I love how Amy tied the black wrought iron candle holders above the black TV screen with the table lamps, and even the black light switch! This is such a sensuous but sophisticated arrangement. It would create a wonderful focal point in an alcove or nook. And (if you take out the TV screen and electric lamps) I defy anyone to say this tableau couldn’t have appeared in an Old World house a few hundred years ago – especially a Spanish Mission style house. It’s just so evocative.  Thanks Amy for sharing your lovely photo!

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.

 

Classic Painted Floor Designs

A while ago I wrote a post on traditional painted checkerboard floors and how to paint a floor. But the checkerboard design was just the beginning. I’ve also seen some great ideas for other styles of painted floors. Some can be a bit whacky and perhaps too outrageous for most of us. I mean, you look at the floor every day and you need to be happy with your floor treatment for years, so you might get fed up with the “urban graffiti floor” look quite quickly!

But I also found some classic designs that give a beautiful look without swamping a room.

Stripes are very traditional – they are one of the painted floor styles that would have been seen way back when. (Because decorative painted floors are not a new idea in decor… they were a popular feature in American homes as long ago as the late 1700s.) The simple painted floorboards in this coastal cottage style room look clean and fresh.

Here is a similar look on a deck of a different house. It would work well in any porch or sunroom too. The nice part about painting each individual plank is that it’s a much easier job! You don’t have to figure out how to line those stripes up so they aren’t wobbly.

But if you have a hardwood floor like this one and you aren’t painting the individual floorboards as such, then you might have to reach for the painter’s tape. A tutorial on Houzz on how to paint stripes on your floor shows how this enclosed porch in New England got a facelift. There are some great tips in the tutorial and the before photos (utilitarian and uninviting) and the after photos (light and breezy) are worth seeing. (While you are on Houzz, we’d love you to pop over and see our EuroLuxHome Houzz page.)

Or how about this elegant plaid painted floor? This otherwise quite simply constructed dining room is given heaps of charm by the grey plaid design on the floor. Because the floor is painted in similar tones to the walls and other decor, it blends in without looking noisy.
Chandeliers always kick a dining room up a notch too… but I’m biased because I get to see and handle so many gorgeous antique and vintage chandeliers in our gallery each day!

I’m guessing that a lot of people look twice at this bathroom’s painted chevron stripe floor. They probably assume it is a carpet or rug at first glance. The pattern wouldn’t look out of place on a textile, so I think that’s why it works. Also, the chevron is slightly irregular, which tones down the visual punch. If all the zig-zags were the same width, it might look a bit like old-fashioned TV interference! As it is, the painted chevron floor looks light and pretty and a bit playful against the otherwise formal decor with a marble bath and swagged drapes.

If you want take it up another notch – pick a stencil! The large stylized flower pattern stenciled on this vintage kitchen floor covers up damage to the original hardwood flooring. The lovely honey tones of the fir wood floorboards still show through, but the stencils disguise the damaged sections. By the way, the original kitchen had a huge 1950s-style stove, but although the new owners couldn’t keep that, they did keep another memento from the past. The wall art came from old newspapers the owners found in the cabinets – they tore out some pictures to frame. How cool is that?

If you have painted floor designs in your home, we’d love to see the pictures! You can contact us at this blog or just show us your photos 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 Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Client Spotlight: Ambella Home Vanity & Game Room Renovation

Cathy B. bought an Ambella Home vanity from us for her home in Canyon Lake, TX. But as well as sending photos of the vanity in place, she also sent photos of other projects in her beautiful house. Cathy did a great job of describing the journey to her renovated “dream game room basement.”

before deck

Before…

Above is a ‘before’ shot of Cathy’s house. It was built in 2010 on the Guadalupe River, which is known for tubing and kayaking in the summer and trout fishing year round. Her family bought it as a weekend home in December 2012. “From the front of our house it looks like we have a two-story home,” says Cathy, “but we are on a terraced piece of property above the river and from the back we have 3 stories. The walk-in basement can only be accessed from the backyard. ”

after deck 2

…After

Cathy’s first project in May 2013 was to build a concrete deck with Santa Fe Stone topping it, as well as the existing sidewalk and patio on the ground floor. Apart from the lovely landscaping, can you spot the other major difference between the before and after shot? “One of the major things I wanted to change was the direction of the stairs,” says Cathy. “In the ‘before’ picture, they block the lower patio. I wanted a clear view when we built out the walk-in basement. In the ‘after’ picture they are out of the way. It made a world of difference.”

Bar and Games RoomThe next project, In August 2013, was to work on that unfinished walk-in basement! Cathy’s crew started to build out the bar and turn it into this incredible bar and game room called Guadaloopy’s!  Let’s see some of the transformation as it happened and I’ll let Cathy tell the story in her own words.

River View BeforeThis is how the unfinished basement started out. You wouldn’t think it was the same space, would you?  “We hired a great contractor (Trampus Smith at Smith Development in Canyon Lake) with a vision and great ideas,” says Cathy. “We wanted rustic and he found some old tin from a rusty roof.  We wanted barn wood and he found that and cut and stripped it to fit.  We wanted an old brick wall.  He located a couple of pallets in Houston and my husband and I took them to the river house.  I wanted a specific metallic epoxy floor in a very specific color and he figured that out.”
Bar renovation

He also knew a young furniture maker (Artisan Custom Crafting in Fredericksburg) and he had him design and build the bar. “They delivered it in hundreds of hand-crafted pieces and then jigsaw-puzzled it together!” Says Cathy. “They were amazing.”

Custom made home bar

Memorabilia on Home Bar Counter

Finally, Cathy and her husband wanted to put their personal memorabilia under an epoxy coating on the bar top. What a great idea and it looks terrific.

This is where EuroLux Home came into the picture! From our wide range of new Ambella Home sink chests and vanities Cathy spied one that she really liked. “We were undecided about our vanity in the bathroom until I came across this gorgeous piece and had to have it!”

Ambella Home Sink ChestThe Ambella Home vanity is crafted with a gorgeous rustic look and a vintage finish. The marble top and copper farmhouse sink was a great fit for the bathroom in Cathy’s basement bar and game room.

Ambella Home vanityHere’s the Ambella Home vanity positioned in its new home.  Doesn’t it look wonderful?  It’s a slender 36″ wide, but the chunky design and earthy marble and copper materials suit the decor perfectly.

I was so impressed by the amazing basement transformation made by Cathy and her husband. They really did a lot of work, and Cathy had a great eye for the details she wanted to make this the perfect game room and home bar for her family.

We love seeing creative home makeovers like this, so thank you Cathy for being so generous and sharing your photos and your story.  Keep us posted, Cathy…  now you’ve finished the home bar and game room, do you have any other room makeovers on your calendar?

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.

Best of September 2014: Traditional Homes

Valentino At the Emporer's TableWe took a glimpse inside some incredible traditional homes on the Letters from Eurolux blog this month. Some of those were in our series of Client Spotlights showing the home decor of our customers, with their EuroLuxHome.com purchase in place.

Others were in our Bookshelf series about new books on home decorating, antiques,  entertaining, gardens, and vintage living! Let’s look back at some of our favorite blog posts in September.

Antique Renaissance Buffet Kitchen DinerWe loved taking a little tour of Natalya’s California kitchen with our antique Renaissance buffet. The French antique Henry II Renaissance style buffet dating to 1900 is beautifully carved in walnut and it looks spectacular in Natalya’s kitchen. She also gave us the background on the gorgeous stove, decorative inlay on the wall, and cooker hood. (You can see more antique buffets on our website if you like the look.)

King Malcolm IV Johnny Cash ancestorEver since the new Johnny Cash Boyhood Home museum in Dyess, Arkansas, bought an antique table from us, we’ve looked forward to the opening of the restored house. It happened last month and Rosanne Cash said it was “completely restored to a most meticulous and historic detail.” My blog post on the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home and his Royal Scottish Heritage shows photos of the house and table.

So who is this guy in the portrait? It’s the 12th century King Malcolm IV of Scotland. And what does he have to do with Johnny Cash? Read the blog post and find out!

painted checkerboard floor in a traditional home It’s hip to be square! That was my conclusion after writing about Checkerboard Painted Wood Floors.   The look works for lots of different room moods and color schemes, as you’ll see in the photos. Painted floors were also popular in traditional homes in America as far back as the late 1700s. You can use the tutorial in that post if you are feeling arty and you want to paint a checkerboard floor yourself.

French Country Cabinet with black wash finishSpeaking of arty, our customer Richard bought this classic French Country cabinet especially to go under a fabulous abstract painting in his dining room. The new cabinet with a black finish and a marquetry wood top is nicely distressed to give the appearance of age. You can see for yourself that the antique-inspired new French Country cabinet looks wonderful in Richard’s dining room.

Cat yoga!Finally, we never posted this photo of Squiggy doing yoga on the blog, but we did share it on our EuroLux Home Facebook page as one of our regular Furry Friday posts. I just can’t resist sharing it with you here too. Do you think that Squiggy is doing Upward Facing Cat pose?

I hope you enjoyed our short overview of our favorite ‘traditional homes’ moments this month. PLUS a kitty as a bonus!

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.