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Antique Furniture in the Kitchen

Antique furniture in the kitchen is not everyone’s first thought when they imagine how they might enjoy antiques in their home. But you’d be surprised! A few weeks ago when I was writing about the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow kitchen and then how my dream vintage kitchen  worked out, I realized that antique furnishings in the kitchen is a big part of what makes the space feel so lived in, so comfortable, so inviting, and so uniquely personal.

Let’s take a look at how some of our customers have used antique furniture in the kitchen.

Antique Renaissance Buffet Kitchen Diner

Natalya S. in Palo Alto, CA, bought this very pretty Henry II Renaissance style antique French buffet from us and it makes a wonderful statement in her kitchen. See the full story and more photos here. Elaborate walnut carvings add a decorative touch, along with leafy waterjet inlay design on the wall above the stove. The storage space in the big antique buffet makes it as practical for Natalya’s family as it is handsome.

Creative antique decor: antique French nightstand in the kitchen

Our creative customer Kathleen G.  in in Arcadia, OK, cleverly saw that this French antique nightstand in the Henry II style would work perfectly in her kitchen as a small table offering extra storage space. Dating to 1900, the antique nightstand has a gray marble top which is a good match for a kitchen, and it will keep the fruit platter cool too! See more about Kathleen’s kitchen here.

Vintage Renaissance Table in Dining Room

Our antique French Renaissance style furniture is clearly a popular choice for kitchens! Crystal B. in Harlem, Georgia, hunted for the perfect table for her large, open kitchen for four years before she found this vintage Renaissance table of ours to buy! The sturdy table was crafted around 1950 with a beautiful golden parquet top and an ornate wrought iron stretcher that adds to the Renaissance feel. It’s the kind of welcoming kitchen table that invites everyone to gather around and chat. See more about Crystal’s Renaissance kitchen.

Vintage teaspoon chandelier in kitchen

This upcycled chandelier is one of our most popular light fittings. Although it is not antique, it is hand-crafted by an artisan using vintage silver plate spoons and teacups. It adds a great touch of old-fashioned whimsy in a kitchen. We have quite a selection of upcycled chandeliers with different designs using vintage components, and one of our silver spoon chandeliers was recently featured in Consumer Reports magazine. See how the different chandeliers look  in several of our customers’ kitchens!Modern KitchenPhoto by Lankford Design GroupMore eclectic kitchen ideas

This antique dresser or hutch once lived in Germany where it was a bookcase in a gentleman’s office. But doesn’t it look amazing in this otherwise very modern stainless steel kitchen? It shows that antique furniture can work in any style of kitchen decor. This kind of design imagination creates a completely unique space.

Nob Hill: French Victorian

Another imaginative person repurposed an antique French sideboard into a kitchen island.
I would hesitate to do this with some fine antique furniture, but it does look amazing!

I hope this post has inspired you to think about how you could use antique furniture in your own kitchen! Or do you have some antique furniture, large or small, in your kitchen already? Tell us about it in the comments box – we’d love to hear!

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.

Beautiful Guest Rooms with Traditional Style

Around the holidays there are so many visitors coming and going, I thought it was a good time to look at some beautiful guest rooms designed with traditional style. These inviting guest bedrooms all offer a warm welcome and the practical comforts to keep your favorite friends and family coming back for more!

Let’s start with the essentials. A gorgeous bed makes your guest feel special before they even open their suitcase. This room with French style decor and antique furniture is a perfect example. (You can find some fabulous new, vintage and antique beds on our website.) The pale pastel blues make this a very serene guest room.

Traditional Bedroom by Easton Interior Designers & Decorators Bountiful

A pair of traditional nightstands beside the bed provides pleasing visual balance as well as a useful place for your guests to keep their bits and pieces organized. If you’ve ever slept in a makeshift bedroom without a bedside table, you’ll know that it’s a bit like injuring your thumb. You don’t realize how much you use it till you can’t! A well-dressed bedside table will have a lamp, some tissues easily to hand and an alarm clock. (A cell phone clock is just not the same when you have to hunt around for it in the middle of the night!) A pitcher of water, a notepad and pan, and a few magazines or books are always appreciated too.

Of course you want some easy-to-reach lighting by the bed. This Mediterranean guest bedroom with an antique-inspired bed features charming wall lamps. This is a great idea as it keeps the bedside table top clear. However, the wall sconce approach is best if you will only ever have the bed in one place. Otherwise you’ll be rewiring every time you move the furniture around!

Dale Tiffany Genoa Table LampMany people opt for a table lamp for more flexibility. Our collection includes this stunning new Dale Tiffany bedside lamp with a hand-crafted glass shade.

The dragonfly design is designed to replicate the dragonfly designs on original Louis Comfort Tiffany antique lamps. A built-in nightlight glows through the glass base to silhouette the pretty dragonflies, making it a lovely finishing touch to comfort a child who is staying over for the night. Or, let’s admit it, the nightlight will be great for adults too. We all know what it’s like to wake up and fumble around in a dark room when we’re staying in a strange place!

The next ‘essential’ for a guest bedroom is something to put your suitcase on. It gets very old very quickly when you are digging around in a suitcase on the floor to find something. You can buy a suitcase rack of the type found in hotels and whip that out every time friends arrive, folding it up neatly in a closet the rest of the time. The wooden luggage rack under the window in this very traditional French Country bedroom manages to blend in well enough.  In any case, our eyes are on the gorgeous toile bed linens, the window treatments and that delicious painted armoire! (If you are looking for a wardrobe, we have some equally lovely new and antique armoires on our website.)

Amish Wooden BenchOr use a nice wooden bench like this new Amish bench for travel bags. As long as the bench is big enough to support a suitcase, you then have the option to use the bench as a useful piece of furniture when nobody is visiting. The main thing is to choose an easy-to-clean surface. Wood or metal are good, but you don’t want an upholstered bench to double up as a suitcase rack for the same reason you don’t want people putting their suitcases on the bed. Dirt alert!

These are the basic pieces of furniture for a beautiful traditional style guest bedroom. In my next post I look at stylish guest room seating ideas to ensure your visitors are always comfortable!

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.

Client Spotlight: Vintage Renaissance Dining Table

We just delivered a massive vintage Renaissance dining table to Crystal B. in Harlem, Georgia. Crystal found us on Ebay and let us know that she had been searching for the perfect table for her large, open kitchen for the past 4 years! It’s a charming kitchen so let’s take a look at the table and its new home..

1950 Vintage Renaissance Dining TableThis is the large Renaissance style vintage French dining table Crystal bought from our selection of new, vintage and antique dining tables. It was crafted circa 1950 with a beautiful golden parquet top and an ornate wrought iron stretcher that adds to the Renaissance feel.

Parquet top vintage dining tableThis end view might give you a better look at the square parquet design on the table top. You can also see how the darker wood base and legs are carved with traditional rope, leaf, and scroll motifs.

Vintage Renaissance Table in Dining Room

Here’s the vintage Renaissance table in Crystal’s kitchen. We’re glad we were able to help her find the perfect piece to complement her décor! Take a look at the beautiful window treatments, which Crystal made herself — freehand! — and notice how the black, green and mauve fabric ties it all together. And what a gorgeous view this handsome vintage Renaissance table with its massive carved legs will enjoy through the three large, nearly floor-to-ceiling windows! It is hard to tell in the photograph, but in person we could see that the leaves were beginning to show the full range of vibrant autumn colors – reds, yellows and oranges.

Vintage Renaissance Table and iron pot rack

The black wrought iron stretcher under the vintage table ties in with this stunning black wrought iron pot rack over Crystal’s island.  This traditional kitchen is packed with “welcome home” appeal, combining handsome looks with warm comfort. What a lovely spot to enjoy a cup of coffee and perhaps a hearty bowl of oatmeal for breakfast!

Thank you Crystal for giving us a glimpse into your home. We agree that you DID find the perfect table at last and we hope you enjoy it for many years!

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.

Client Spotlight: Charming Cottage Style

We met Lenore and John M. at the Antique Tobacco Barn in Asheville, NC, while we were there restocking our booth. Lenore and John recently purchased a very charming cottage in Sapphire, NC, that dates to the turn of the century and sits next to a babbling brook.

Antique French Hunting BuffetLenore fell in love with two buffets in our booth and then went on our website and found a beautiful set of chairs to match!

Lenore wanted an impressive buffet for the open dining area to fit with the rustic nature of the exposed logs in the mountain cabin.

I think the antique Hunting Buffet makes an excellent choice! The stunning carved scene of a hunter and stag on the upper cabinet makes this antique French Henry II buffet a work of art as well as a beautiful piece of furniture. The two lower cabinet doors are carved with mythical, dragon-like creatures.
Antique French Carved Henry II BuffetHere is the 8-feet-tall antique Henry II style oak buffet in Lenore’s home. Made in France in 1920, the buffet makes an eye-catching statement with practical storage and serving space. Vintage French Chairs

Peeking into the bottom of the photo you can see the vintage French Renaissance dining chairs Lenore chose.

The set of six French Renaissance dining chairs was made in about 1930. The vintage chairs are beautifully upholstered in red and cream brocade and the spiral turning on the oak legs adds another decorative detail.

Let’s take a better look at the vintage chairs together with the antique buffet in Lenore’s dining area…

antique French dining chairs Renaissance

Doesn’t it look amazing? The red patterned upholstery on the antique Renaissance style chairs adds a pop of color and provides comfortable seating around the long plank-top dining table.

Vintage French Buffet Louis XVI CarvedLenore also chose a pretty Louis XVI buffet for the master bedroom. The vintage French buffet is carved with delightful ribbons, floral designs and coats of arms. The unusual vintage buffet with a rich golden patina on the aged oak was crafted in France in 1930 and nearly the entire front is carved in with beautiful detail. Lenore saw that the mirrored doors and open display shelves of this sideboard made it the perfect candidate for a subtle French translation…. she got creative and turned it into a piece of bedroom furniture!

What a magnificent and unique dresser, with so much space to tuck away your jewels and silk scarves and other favorite pieces of clothing.

Louis XVI antique sideboard bedroomThe bedroom is just off a sitting room with a large fireplace – a wonderful place to enjoy a bottle of wine! The four poster bed is also an antique that came from the personal collection of the original owner of the Grove Park Inn in Asheville. We think the feminine elements on the Louis XVI buffet in combination with the gorgeous four-poster bed combine to make a very romantic master bedroom indeed.

We love it when our customers get creative with using antique furniture in their homes.
Many thanks to Lenore and John for inviting us into your lovely home for a tour!

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.

Top Antiques and Decor Blog Posts Summer 2014

It’s time to look back at our most popular décor and antiques blog posts from the summer. In June and July people are often thinking about garden landscaping and lounging on the patio or deck. That’s why we highlighted some new books about outdoor living in our recent bookshelf post. But turning our attention back to indoor décor and antiques, here are some of the posts that got the most hits!

Antiques and decorAs part of our series of client spotlights, we all enjoyed hearing the story of why Howard C. in Oceanside, NY, bought a set of heavily-carved antique chairs from us. You can read the story about the French Antique Hunting Chairs for yourself, and see more photos of them in Howard’s dining room.

Armchair explorer decorSummer inspires dreams of far-flung places and exotic travels. Our post about armchair explorer décor proves that you can take a romantic journey every day, without leaving your own home! A few clever details are often enough to evoke the nostalgic atmosphere of this décor style. Get some inspiration from the rooms and home décor accents in the Armchair Explorer Décor post.

antiques and decor eclectic roomOur customers love eclectic decor and so do we. “I don’t want things that are matchy-matchy,” they tell me. They don’t want Rooms-To-Go! Our post on Eclectic Décor looked at various real-life rooms that really mix different styles of antiques and décor beautifully. It’s great to see how folks make unique and personal design statements in their home.
antiques and decorThis is the perfect time of year to be thinking ahead to the lighting you’ll want in your home when the cozy fall days roll around. Chandeliers always make a gorgeous focal point in a space as well as adding sparkle or warmth. Not all chandeliers have to be glitzy, as you can see from my post on Chandelier Lighting for Every Room and Style. True to its title, the post looks at different chandelier designs that would work in all kinds of different rooms. Some are true vintage chandeliers, others are crafted by contemporary artists. All are sure to add a unique touch to your home!

We hope you enjoyed browsing this round-up of our most popular antiques and décor posts from June and July. Let us know if there is a topic you would like covered in future on this blog. As long as it is about antiques, home décor or living the vintage life, we would love to hear about your ideas!

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

Best of May 2014: Creative Antique Decor

It’s always great to see how our clients blend antiques into their decor. This month we also took a little journey around some historic inns that boast antique decor. Let’s revisit our favorite interior design and antique decor blog posts from May.

 

Creative antique decor: antique French nightstand in the kitchenIn our series of client spotlights, we showed how Kathleen in Oklahoma cleverly turned a French antique nightstand into a pretty kitchen table with storage! The walnut and marble nightstand in the Henry II style dates to 1900 and Kathleen has given it a whole new lease on life.

That blog post also showed other creative ways to repurpose antiques, including a Tibetan altar and a 19th-century antique English secretary. I love to see antique decor used in unusual ways. You can bet these pieces are a terrific conversation starter when guests arrive!
Art Nouveau Chandelier in antique decor dining room
Our Art Nouveau chandelier client spotlight told how commercial pilot Gary found an antique chandelier in our gallery that rivaled one he saw in Rome, Italy! The Italian antiques dealer wouldn’t negotiate the very expensive price so Gary browsed the vintage and antique lighting on our website. He liked our wide selection, high quality, and reasonable prices. Gary lives in nearby North Carolina so he visited us to choose this Art Nouveau chandelier. Doesn’t it look stunning in his elegant dining room?
Monmouth Historic InnThis gorgeous hallway is in the Monmouth Historic Inn in Natchez, MS. It was built in 1818 and the rooms are furnished with antebellum-era antiques. It’s just one of the places to visit in our post on beautiful historic inns around the country. The inns all boast delightful antique decor to add to the romance!
antique decor
In our series of posts on 2014 home decor trends, we took a look at trendy but timeless nailhead trim on furniture. These very rare antique French Hunting chairs in the gallery offer a fine example. The embossed leather panels are attached to the ornately carved oak chair frames by attractive nailheads that were crafted and placed in 1880!
Nailhead trim on Ambella Home SideboardFast forward to 2014 and even the high-quality reproduction furniture we carry looks neat with nailheads! How about this impressive Ambella Home Manhattan collection sideboard?
Thanks for sharing the month with me. I’ll be back with more antique decor and home design inspirations in June!

 

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.

Client Spotlight: Creative New Use for Antique Nightstand

Antique French NightstandI love it when I see how creatively some of our customers use and display the antique furniture they buy from us. Our client Kathleen G.  in in Arcadia, OK, is a great example!

Kathleen purchased this French antique nightstand in the Henry II style and dating to 1900. The geometric walnut marquetry and lovely turned legs are nicely set off by the gray marble top. We suggested that the antique nightstand could be used not just as a bedside table, but also as an accent table in the living room or hallway. It would even look pretty in a powder room.

Kathleen went one better, and used the antique nightstand in an even more interesting way!

Antique nightstandKathleen is using the antique nightstand in her kitchen as a table with additional storage. It looks terrific against the wood floor and blends beautifully with Kathleen’s French Country style paneled cabinets.

French antique nightstandThis close-up gives you another view of how the antique nightstand looks in its new role as a kitchen cabinet. It’s such an interesting conversation piece. Inspired by Kathleen’s creative decor, I found a couple more examples of how people use antique furniture in unusual ways.

Creative placement of antique secretaireA House Beautiful magazine article showed this master bathroom designed by Paolo Moschino with a 19th-century antique English secretary. The secretary provides a lot of storage for towels and grooming products. It also looks gorgeous beside the old-fashioned tub, although I’d want good ventilation in the room in case it got too steamy and wet!

An antique Tibetan altar serves as a kitchen island in this Vermont barn house kitchen. The worn finish of the altar looks beautiful against the rustic wood floor and walls. I am sure that if they use the island to chop food they have a good chopping board on top. The altar is a unique and decorative storage space and room divider, and a nice island to gather around for coffee!
We’d love to hear from you if you’ve found a creative new use for antique or vintage furniture. 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.

Downton Abbey Kitchen Style

Downton Abbey posterSo many people are counting down to Downton Abbey’s return to PBS in America in January 2014. I could do a blog post on every room in Downton Abbey! Each one offers such visual delight and tons of inspiration for home decor. But I was fascinated by this article in Antique Trader that says people are clamoring for antique kitchen wares inspired by the Downton Abbey kitchen.

It’s not surprising that the Downton Abbey kitchen is so popular. You can’t deny the visual appeal of all that comforting copper and brass. The sense of authenticity and nostalgia, of a simpler world, is a reassuring contrast to our hustle-bustle high-tech lives. (Although it’s maybe not so much fun to be a servant hard at work downstairs in the Downton Abbey kitchen, under the eagle eye of cook Mrs. Patmore!)

Downton Abbey kitchenFortunately, we can have it all in our homes in the 21st century. Labor-saving gadgets and eye-candy decor! I guess that is why Antique Trader reported that: “Downton Abbey magic continues to seed interest in a broad swath of antique kitchen utensils and artifacts.”

To capture a taste of Downton Abbey kitchen style for your own home, look for old-fashioned utensils like meat grinders and rustic old pitchers. Fill chunky salt pots or salt cellars with large grain or rock salt. The materials are important too… brass, copper, wood, clay… these all give an authentic flavor to your decor.

Vintage copper scuttleCopper creates the perfect accent for a Downton Abbey kitchen. The burnished glow and sturdiness of copper creates a unique sense of warmth. This vintage French copper scuttle in our gallery gives you an idea. It would make a terrific planter too, with the winged dragon detail on the side.

Vintage copper brass pitcher

Display a few well-loved pitchers like this vintage copper and brass pitcher on your Downton Abbey kitchen table or shelves to add yet more Old World charm. The simple Country style and warm-hued metal is timeless, and the occasional small ding is part of the authentic allure. It proves that this long-ago crafted pitcher hasn’t just dropped off a shelf in a big box store, but has a history of its own.

antique enamelware kettle You can’t have a Downton Abbey kitchen without a genuine tea kettle. Those Brits are crazy for their tea, and with all that drama going on in the house, they need all the reviving tea they can get! In any case, a kettle always adds a welcoming note to kitchen decor. We found this 1920s enamelware kettle with gold stripes at an antiques market in France. Enamelware is always a good choice for an antique-style kitchen as it is so cozy and homey.

The charming antique French Country copper kettle below is more than a century old! It dates to 1900, and I wonder what stories it could tell about who has enjoyed the many cups of tea it has served from that pretty spout.antique copper kettle

Again, it has the genuine old-fashioned appeal to add a distinctive touch to someone’s Downton Abbey kitchen. I can just imagine Mrs. Patmore putting that tea kettle on the hob while she teaches Daisy how to make pie crust (they call it pastry in England) or gives Thomas a piece of her mind!

Do you like the Downton Abbey kitchen style? Are you especially inspired by antique kitchen wares? Perhaps you have an heirloom piece from your grandmother handed down that you still use today? Tell us about it in the comments box below.

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. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Best of September 2013: Antique Dining Rooms & Elvis Fest

We covered an eclectic mix of subjects in our September blog posts, including spotlights on antique dining room furniture in two clients’ homes, a tutorial on how to mend broken ceramics, and a fun celebration of Elvis Presley. I guess that is fitting for the harvest season, as we gather in all the fruits and veggies and enjoy an abundant and diverse feast!

We certainly took inspiration from the wide range of creative options in our item on decorative stair ideas. Check out the photos in the post and tell us what you think! Let’s revisit some of our other most popular September posts.

Antique dining room furniture in our client's homeIt’s always great to see photos of our customers’ homes, featuring antique furniture and other home decor accents they’ve bought from us. Our client spotlights are a great source of home design ideas and beautiful ways to blend antiques into decor. This month we got a glimpse of Susan’s gorgeous red dining room, featuring 12 Renaissance dining room chairs she found in our gallery. Susan reupholstered some of the chairs and she also bought a vintage chandelier to hang over the dining room table. The red ceramic Hubert Bequet chandelier is the perfect finishing touch and it proves that a relatively simple decor accent can really pull the whole look of the room together!

Antique dining room furniture in our client's Victorian houseContinuing the antique dining rooms theme, we looked at the Victorian dining room of our client Sal S. in New York. Sal is a busy entrepreneur and he is restoring a Victorian house with the help of an interior designer. The designer suggested Sal check out our online antiques store. Sal went one better, and drove all the way to South Carolina to visit our gallery in person. Thank goodness the shopping trip proved successful! Sal added an antique French Renaissance Buffet, ten upholstered Hunting chairs, and a Renaissance style server or sideboard to his Victorian home.
ceramic-restoration-tipsFrom a Victorian restoration to ceramic restoration… In our blog post on How to Fix a Broken Ceramic, Kathy gave a video tutorial, using a broken ceramic figurine as an example. The figurine, a.k.a. Prudence, belongs to a friend of ours and poor Prudence had a broken arm. Kathy did her magic and repaired Prudence, sharing her ceramic-fixing tips in a short video as she worked. Those tips are also written up in the post if you prefer to read them.

 

Ready for the South Carolina Elvis FestivalWe enjoyed a celebration of Elvis Presley this month, as Greg and I recently visited Tupelo, MS, for a furniture show and stopped in to see Elvis Presley’s birthplace. You can see our photos of Elvis’ childhood home in the post. Whilst there, I bought these awesome Elvis jumpsuit pajamas in the gift shop. So when the South Carolina Elvis Festival came to our town of Newberry a few weeks later, I already had the perfect outfit to celebrate Elvis The King!

Thanks for sharing September with me. We’ve got lots more to say about home decor, antique furniture, and living it up, vintage style! Sign up here to receive our blog posts, and you can follow us on Facebook too!

 

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. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Lighten Up! Summer Solstice and Chandelier Lighting

At the summer solstice, we’re all enjoying the light for the longest day of the year! Different cultures and countries celebrate the solstice in different ways. In England, crowds gather to watch the sun rise over Stonehenge. In France, they light bonfires for Feux de la Saint-Jean celebrations. But whatever the party, it’s all about the light!

As we’ve just received our latest container with more than 150 vintage French chandeliers (enough to light up the Eiffel Tower!) we’re thinking how lucky we are that we can sparkle up even the darkest days with decorative  chandelier lighting.

I don’t recommend hanging any of our EuroLux Antiques vintage chandeliers outside for a long period of time, but this gorgeous array of chandelier lighting for a vintage-themed wedding took my breath away. (My post on vintage weddings gave more wedding decor and gift ideas.)

Greg hanging our latest vintage chandelier lighting from France. EuroLuxAntiques.comHere’s my hunky husband Greg hanging up chandeliers in the gallery. We always check the wiring on all our vintage lighting, and rewire any that are a little frayed or worn, before putting them out for sale. The new container from Europe kept him busy!

 

Vintage French Chandelier Lighting, 1950 with 12 arms, glass pendants. EuroLuxAntiques.com

Vintage 1950 French Chandelier

A stylish chandelier always adds character to a room, but people sometimes wonder about the best size to buy. They don’t want a chandelier that swamps the room, but a too small chandelier can look a bit lost in a space.

Summery Vintage French Chandelier Lighting

Pretty vintage 1950 French Chandelier – Very summery!

 

 

My advice is to take the size of your room, for example 15 feet by 21 feet, and add the two together. The sum here is 36. Translate that to inches (in this case 36 inches) and you’ve got a good guideline for the approximate diameter of chandelier to choose. If in doubt, veer towards a larger size chandelier. When suspending the chandelier lighting over a dining table, it usually looks best if the chandelier is 50% or more of the table width. Allow for it to hang with at least 30 to 33 inches clearance above the table top. See my other tips to light your home beautifully, with chandeliers, wall sconces, and pendant fixtures.

How are you celebrating the summer solstice? 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 sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!