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Good News for Eurolux: Houzz and Design Awards

We are celebrating a lot of good news, including the Best of Houzz Customer Service badge and hearing that Hobbs Germany was honored in the European Product Design Award! Plus, our vintage home with its cat patio was featured in Houzz editorial. This month truly has been the cat’s pajamas!

Hobbs Germany Wine RackThe big news is that the new Hobbs Germany collection won an Honorable Mention in the European Product Design Award 2016. We’re thrilled to be the exclusive U.S. distributors – congratulations to the brilliant designer David Hobbs!

See the full Hobbs Germany collection with unique and beautifully crafted cabinets, tables, wine bars and kitchen islands with drawers made from genuine wine crates from French Bordeaux wineries.  You can also read more about this gorgeous wine-inspired furniture in my blog post here.

Eurolux Best Customer Service Houzz 2017We also heard that we were named Best of Houzz Customer Service 2017 with our 100% customer satisfaction score! We won the same award from Houzz before for our customer satisfaction and service, and also received the Recommended badge which is given to the top-rated pros on Houzz and the Houzz Influencer Badge for retailers whose  “advice and knowledgeable posts are most appreciated by the Houzz community.”

It’s a delight to know that Houzz customers are still giving us such a great thumbs up! You can browse all our Houzz listings here and of course the same items are also for sale in our own EuroLuxHome.com website.

Sunset on the cat patioFinally we (and our entire family of furry friends) were delighted to see that cats rule! There was an article about cat patios or catios on Houzz and our own cat patio or porch was included in the catio article.  If you want to see our original blog post about the catio when we built it in our vintage 1920s bungalow, that description of our cat patio with photos is here.

It has only been a few weeks since we heard that Feedspot selected our Letters From EuroLux antiques blog as one of the Top 30 Antique Blogs on the web. We were very happy with that news, and now we have so much more good news, we hope you understand why Greg and I are grinning from ear to ear!

Between the good news, we are here to serve you so you can find beautiful antique French furniture, high-quality new furniture with hand-crafted details, and stunning home decor. Browse our EuroLuxHome.com website and feel welcome to let us know if you are looking for something special… we’ll do everything we can to help!

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.

Houzz Furniture and Home Decor Favorites

We have been selling on Houzz.com for less than two years but we’ve already found an enthusiastic following of home decor lovers who are quick to snap up our antiques imported from France, as well as our high-quality and hand-crafted antique-inspired furniture. We already won several home decor honors from Houzz including a Best of Houzz award for our customer satisfaction and service.

So I thought that for today’s blog post I’d share with you three of the most popular items we’ve been selling recently on Houzz. It’s a good way to take the temperature of the kind of things that Houzz folk are interested in right now in terms of home decor.

Leather Sofas and settees and leather chairs are very popular with the style-wise Houzzers, probably because leather upholstery looks good with any style of decor and stands up to tough punishment in daily wear. For example, this elegant but comfortable new Madison leather accent chair, superbly crafted with a solid wood frame featuring hand-applied nailhead trim. The weathered brown leather gives a classic aged effect. All you need is a good book or the remote control and a glass of wine and you are settled in for the evening!

Aubusson hand-embroidered throw pillow

Our new Aubusson hand-crafted throw pillows are also being snapped up left and right. We have many different designs in our wide selection of Aubusson throw pillows but they all of exceptionally high quality and craftsmanship. This 20″ x 20″ hand-embroidered throw pillow in traditional Aubusson style is a good example. The large embroidered flowers are perfect for a French Country living room or bedroom, and the pretty design is set off by a luxurious frame of green and bronze tassels. A zippered velvet fabric and a down and feather insert add to the comfort! A set of handsome throw pillows always adds a wonderful decorative touch to a room and the design of the pillows can really help pull together a color scheme.

Woodbridge Marseille console table

Design savvy Houzz fans are also buying a lot of console tables from us.  A console table is so versatile and it can be used in many different ways in every room of the house. It can be a convenient storage table in a narrow hallway, a beautiful display table placed against the wall in a living room, or it can be placed as a visual divider between different areas of a room. One of our most popular console tables is this gorgeous solid wood Woodbridge Marseille console table with a hand-waxed cherry veneer.

I think that a good leather chair or sofa, attractive throw pillows and an eye-catching console table are all practical and beautiful investments in any home. Apparently the Houzz community agrees! What do you think?

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.

September Home Decor & Antiques Roundup

If you’ve been too busy to read our home decor and antiques blog recently, you missed some great Customer Home Spotlights and other news.  Here’s a quick “antiques roundup” of our September posts, linked to the original stories so you can go back to see them for yourself!

French Antique chairs in restaurantA couple of years ago we sold a set of antique Renaissance chairs to La Biblioteca, a tequila bar that offers more than 350 tequilas in Denver, CO. It’s part of the empire of Richard Sandoval Restaurants so we were delighted to see how great our chairs looked in this gorgeous bar and to read the rave reviews of La Biblioteca in the press. See more about the antique French chairs and the restaurant in the full blog post.

antique French dining chairs RenaissanceOur customers Lenore and John recently purchased a charming old cottage next to a babbling brook and they bought several pieces of antique furniture from us to furnish it. This photo shows a beautifully carved antique French Henry II buffet and a set of vintage French Renaissance dining chairs dating to about 1930. Read the whole Cottage Style with Antique Furniture post to see more about this room, plus the master bedroom where Lenore creatively used a pretty Louis XVI buffet as part of the bedroom suite!

Loft of store with vintage signCloser to home we took a trip down memory lane by sharing the historic story of our buildings on Main Street, Newberry, SC.

The plot of the story explains the mystery behind the sign on the wall of our antiques store. It dates back to the 1930s and it’s a tale of rivalry and a good idea gone wrong. This story ends with a bang!

Read about it in the post: Vintage Life: The Mystery Behind the Sign.

Houzz Recommended BadgeWe also shared two pieces of good news. Houzz has awarded us a Recommended badge (given to the top-rated pros on Houzz.com) and an Influencer badge, given to pros on Houzz whose “advice and knowledgeable posts are most appreciated by the Houzz community.”  We already received a Best of Houzz 2015 award for our customer service. If you want to see me brag (and also wonder about Clint Eastwood’s role in all of this) check out the Houzz Home Decor Honors post.

New Writing Chest Antique styleFinally, I happily announced that we now sell home decor from two wonderful makers: Aidan Gray and Sarreid.

Aidan Gray Chandelier

The unusual and very high quality antique-inspired furniture and home accessories from these two superb  companies are a perfect addition to our existing collections.

Find out more and have a preview of some of their stylish pieces in our post on Antique-Inspired Home Decor from Aidan Gray and Sarreid.

 

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.

The Art Deco Bedroom

Our EuroLux Home Houzz page has already been featured in many Houzz.com ideabooks and we’ve even won a Best of Houzz 2015 award for our customer service! But it’s still a thrill when I receive an email saying “Hi Aimee, Congratulations! You were hand-picked by one of our writers to be featured in an editorial ideabook on the homepage of Houzz.”

Ambella Home Art Deco Bed ManhattanThe latest piece of happy news from Houzz was to inform us that this Ambella Home bed from the Manhattan collection was featured in an ideabook on The Beguiling Art Deco Bedroom. Who could resist that title? The article talks about how Art Deco “exuded both opulence and minimalism” with glittering finishes and stark style lines.  Ambella Home Bed Headboard Manhattan

The Ambella Home Manhattan bed, which comes in both king and queen sizes, clearly reflects the Art Deco look perfectly! Glamour comes calling in the beautifully crafted white leather-like headboard upholstery, studded with a classic pattern in silver-tone nickel nailheads. The wood base makes a sleek partner to the headboard.

People say that styles come back around every 50 and 100 years, and Art Deco is definitely “hot” right now. You can see the Art Deco influence in the Hollywood Regency furniture I’ve written about recently. Our own 1920s vintage bungalow dates to the same era.

French Art Deco Buffet

We have some great Art Deco buffets and other furniture coming soon on our next container of antiques from France.

That transatlantic ship should arrive in a month or two, and we can’t wait to unwrap the pieces of antique French furniture that we bought!

This is a photo of my favorite Art Deco buffet due to arrive in that next delivery of French antiques. The beautifully carved lines make it so distinctive and you really can’t replicate the warm and mellow tones of the aged wood.

This unusual Art Deco bar cabinet will arrive in the same container of antiques. It is photographed against a strange hot pink wall, but please don’t hold that against it!
Art Deco Bar Cabinet Antique

The carvings and gleaming mirror and glass are all gorgeous. And looking at this, it’s crazy to think that the excitement of the jazz age was really a whole century ago…

I’ll write a blog post about Art Deco soon as part of my series about learning furniture history and styles. Then I can talk more about the details and feel of the Art Deco style and show you more fantastically decadent photos.

Till then, you can browse the entire Houzz ideabook on The Beguiling Art Deco Bedroom. Sweet dreams!

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.

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!

To Upcycle or Not to Upcycle

The hot new buzzword in antiques and vintage is “upcycling.” What does it mean, exactly?

An “upcycled” object is something old that has been re-purposed into something new and functional. An upcycled object can be as simple as an old jar turned into an oil lamp, or it can be as complex as an antique sideboard turned into a dual vanity for the bathroom.

In our recent newsletter, we introduced you to a line of upcycled vintage light fixtures we’re now carrying. They’re made by Nashville artist Robbie Cook, who takes smaller vintage objects like silverplate spoons, electrical insulators, and old door plates and turns them into charming chandeliers. Here’s one example:

This “spoondelier” re-purposes 360 vintage silverplate spoons into a unique chandelier. Those spoons might otherwise have wound up in a landfill. The spoondelier may not be for everyone, but for those who enjoy their antiques with a touch of whimsy, this is a great piece. Not to mention it’s a one-of-a-kind work of art, since each one is handmade and no two are alike.

Here’s another example of Cook’s work:

Blue insulators take on new life in this fun and beautiful chandelier!

And here’s one more example of Cook’s work. This piece represents elaborate upcycling at its finest:

This delightful chandelier is a perfectly amusing piece for any cottage decor or for anyone who takes her tea with a lump of humor.

OK, upcycling small objects is one thing, but would you ever consider cutting holes in an antique server? Some designers would!

Above, interior designer Julie Murray found an antique sideboard to create a two-sink vanity for her bathroom.

And another example. This old dresser not only got its top ripped off, but it got a paint job, as well!

This upcycler did note that this particular dresser was “of no good quality.” Perhaps to ease her conscience?

I take a positive stance on upcycling. If a piece of antique furniture can’t be saved any other way, why not paint it and put a sink in it? And certainly re-purposing old insulators and silverplate spoons into fun light fixtures can’t be a bad thing. But would I ever deliberately cut holes in a fine antique French wardrobe to run cords and cables through the back? Yes, I have done it. But I saved the small hole I cut so that it could be glued back in the future. Living with antiques, I believe, means you should cherish and care for your vintage and antique pieces, but also make them useful and functional for your life today.

What’s your take on upcycling? Where are your boundaries, in terms of re-purposing antique and vintage furniture and objects?

 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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