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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.

Checkerboard Painted Wood Floors for Traditional Style

Painted wood floors add such a lot of character to a home and a traditional checkerboard painted design can be a very effective way to cheer up worn wood floors.

Recently I mentioned that we were invited to join the Houzz marketplace. (We’re at EuroLuxHome on Houzz.) This means I’ve been spending a lot more time on Houzz answering customer questions, so I get to see all  the great home decor photos flying by on the screen!  Some of my recent favorites show how a checkerboard painted design on a wood floor gives a room an instant facelift. Doesn’t this neutral checkerboard design in a traditional bathroom look fresh and elegant?

Although painted wood floors might seem like a modern idea, they are actually a traditional choice. Painted floors featuring decorative patterns were popular in American homes by the late 1700s. Often they replicated tile designs, and the black and white painted checkerboard pattern remains a classic choice for painted wood floors. But you don’t have to stick to black and white and neutrals.

This smart red and green painted checkerboard floor adds a little color to the mix! The floor is in a restored 1850 plantation house in Texas. The bold colors might be slightly strong for a living room, but they are a good choice for a hallway like this as they create a sense of energy and movement as you travel between rooms.

This Charleston, SC, room is gloriously inviting! Notice how the softly distressed blue and honey-colored checkerboard pattern painted on the floor doesn’t go right up to the edges. The plain border around the edge gives the illusion of an area rug. The border also creates a breathing space for the eye – a brief transition before you pass into another room with a different floor design. Also notice the real Palmetto Trees in the bookcases! Crazy, huh?

If you don’t want to paint your floors, try a wood stain instead. This splendid entryway in Philadelphia has a diamond or checkerboard floor pattern, but in more subtle wood tones. The painted checkerboard floor look works for every style of traditional home and for modern homes too. If you want to try it for yourself, this helpful Houzz tutorial on How to Paint Your Hardwood Floors should get you started.

This Old House also has a detailed How to Paint a Floor tutorial with specific instructions for a painted checkerboard floor design.

I’ve got some more ideas to share for painted wood floor designs that are just as beautiful and just as classic as the checkerboard design, but that is for another blog post! If you have a checkerboard painted wood floor, please tell us about or (or even share a 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.

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.

Eclectic Decor: Freedom from Matchy-Matchy Furniture!

Our customers enjoy eclectic decor and so do we. “I don’t want things that are matchy-matchy,” they say to me. They don’t want Rooms-To-Go!

Dining room eclectic decor I love chatting with people who have the confidence to just pick things they are drawn to.  I always say: “If you see something you like, get it!” Don’t worry about everything matching in a room. It will come together if you trust your taste. That takes courage and boldness, but I like things to look unique and I also like the juxtaposition of different styles, color tones, and wood styles.

Rick and Cheri’s dining room is a great example. We took a tour of their home in our Antique Carved Furniture Fusion Client Spotlight. Rick and Cheri purchased several pieces from us over the years, including the 1900 French Renaissance buffet pictured here. But they also bought antique furniture in the French Hunting style, the Flemish Mechelen style, the American Eastlake style, and the French Brittany style! All the pieces are beautifully carved and they create a wonderful (and very individual) fusion.

Eclectic Decor

Many of our customers are interested in having chairs that don’t exactly match. This graceful eclectic decor dining area shows how interesting it is to have a mix of seating and upholstery fabrics. The two antique chairs don’t match, but they complement each other with their traditional French styling.  The sofa looks more modern but still classic, and the shaping of the back means that it blends nicely with the antiques. With the pretty mix of fabric prints and the fancy chandelier, this space looks charming!

Eclectic decor foyer

This entry foyer is another great example of eclectic decor. The space is so inviting I’d be tempted to stop here and go no further! This house is filled with antiques in different styles. Although the comfy old chair looks quite French in style, there are also nomadic African  influences in the carpet and the display of pottery.

Eclectic decor traditional bedroom

This bedroom is unusual. At first glance it has an antique French look to it, in the sofa, chair, and console table. The pale blue sofa upholstery coloring is also typical of antique French decor and the sculptures are very Old World classic. But look closer and you’ll notice that the two small tables before the sofa have a square geometric design that looks quite modern.  The rectangular table lamp, blingy chandelier, and the simple, almost Scandinavian four-poster bed are also not in keeping with the period and style of the other furniture. But doesn’t it all come together to set a lovely scene in this bedroom?

The last three photos in this post come from Houzz, and we’re delighted to say that we have been invited by Houzz to join their marketplace! You can find our furniture and home accents at EuroLuxHome on Houzz and check out our 5 Star reviews. Of course, you can still browse our full inventory at our own online gallery site: EuroLuxAntiques.com.

Tell us your tips on how you create unique and eclectic decor in your 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. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

5 Interior Design and Decorating Websites We Love

Like you, I’m always on the prowl for design inspiration. Especially now that we’re renovating a classic bungalow, I love finding websites I can rely on for home decorating information and style inspiration! Here are five sites we love right now.

1. Houzz

Browse Accessories And Decor on Houzz- For Example:





With photos of literally thousands of professionally designed rooms as well as amateur interior designs, Houzz covers all the home decorating bases. Whether your style runs from shabby or cottage to Victorian revival to modern/contemporary, Houzz will get your creative juices flowing!

2. Elle Decor

020513_elle_decor_red_bedroomI love this venerable home decorating magazine and website because of its breadth. Sure, a lot of the designs covered in Elle Decor run on the high end, but anyone can take those designs and recreate them with a mixture of fine antiques and affordable (yet high-quality) reproduction pieces. Check out their current slideshow on Valentine’s Day Decor, including the red bedroom shown here.

3. Eddie Ross

020513_eddie_ross_designer_room_makeoverAn alumnus of Bravo’s “Top Design” program, interior designer Eddie Ross maintains a wonderful blog that covers great breadth in styles. I especially love Eddie’s “Before and After” category, which takes the reader through an entire process of designing and decorating a room. Plus, Eddie’s site is chockablock with mouth-watering design photos. What’s not to love?

4. Apartment Therapy

020513_apartment_therapy_pinterest_room“Saving the world, one room at a time” since 2007, Apartment Therapy now covers a wide array of interior design and home decorating beyond just apartments. For your cabin, cottage, or home, Apartment Therapy offers design inspiration from do-it-yourself projects to small-space design. This lovely room from Apartment Therapy’s Pinterest page illustrates a creative way to display antique plates.

5. The Shabby Nest

020513_shabbynest_pallet_signIf your taste leans toward chic design that maintains its shabby style, this blog is for you! This blog contains a lot of do-it-yourself decorating projects (like this pallet sign), including how to repurpose or upcycle antique and vintage finds.

 

 

What are your go-to websites for design inspiration? Leave a note in the comments!

 

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

Client Spotlight: Creativity in Marquette, MI

I love how creative our customers get when decorating with antiques! This pair of photos from Julie F. in Marquette, Michigan, is a great example.

Julie picked up a Blue Delft garniture clock set that dates to 1890. I was thrilled when we discovered it was in working condition. The garniture candleabra add a romantic touch.

I love how Julie displays this antique garniture set on her wood slab mantel against a stone fireplace. The contrast between the rustic backdrop and the fine Blue Delft looks amazing, don’t you think?

Antique Blue Delft clock garniture set candleabra

Julie also made creative use of a vintage 1920 German lithograph by hanging it above the headboard of her antique brass bed. The lithograph not only adds some color and provides a focal point on the wall, but it provides an authentic antique feel to this room, as if you’re stepping back in time when you enter. Very nicely done!

Vintage German lithograph circa 1920 cherubs swan nighttime

The theme of this lithograph is so appropriate for a bedroom: a night scene with a napping woman and cherubs. How sweet!

I’d love to see your photos, too. Feel free to e-mail me pictures of creative ways you use antiques in your decor, and we’ll try to feature you here on the blog. Share your decorating skills with us!

Wishing you a happy and peaceful holiday season from everyone here at EuroLux.

 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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