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Regency Style Furniture: Timeless British Majesty

We have many antique-inspired pieces in our online furniture store that draw on the classic Regency style. This new furniture is either based on actual antique Regency pieces, or it takes its design cues from the style. So what is Regency style? It is named for the time in England in the early 1800s when George IV served as Prince Regent. This meant that he ran the country on behalf of his father who was unfit to carry out his duties as king due to mental health issues. George IV became king himself later, but the name Regency style has stuck as a way to describe furniture crafted during this era.

The furniture developed its look from Neoclassical Georgian furniture but it went even further with themes and motifs inspired by ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian architecture and design. It has a majestic look, but it is not overly fussy.

THeodore Alexander Regency CabinetThe furniture is generally large with a stately and monumental feel. It is usually made in dark woods to add to the imposing effect, like this new Theodore Alexander Regency cabinet above, crafted with mahogany and satinwood veneers with brass moldings.

Jonathan Charles Regency Console TableMahogany was highly popular with furniture makers, and rosewood and zebrawood veneers also added impressive surface effects. The new mahogany Jonathan Charles late Regency console table above shows how great mahogany can look, especially with classic banding. The new mahogany Jonathan Charles Regency style chest of drawers  below is another example.

Regency Chest of Drawers Jonathan CharlesAlthough designed to impress, the furniture profile tended to be fairly streamlined with clean edges. There were no frills, rather a more masculine approach of straight lines, crisp arches, and geometric shapes. The clean-edged look was sometimes ornamented by brass ring handles.  Stanley Furniture Regency Mirror

Other decorative motifs included classical symbols such as laurel wreathes, acanthus leaves, rosettes, masks, and mythological beasts including the Egyptian sphinx and griffins. The draping on this new Stanley Furniture Regency mirror with its gold and champagne silver leaf finish shows the regal pomp!

This style also featured ornate gold ormolu mounts and classical and military motifs. Brass accents and inlays were frequent decorations, and we also see metal paw feel on chairs and tables or claw and ball feet.

This new Jonathan Charles Regency style chair is a good example of how dramatic yet restrained the gilded look can be, especially against the chair’s ebonized black paint finish.  If you want gold in your space without it being too feminine, the Regency style is a great choice for you! Regency Chair Jonathan Charles Brass ring handles sometimes featured lion heads to add to the sense of majesty, as in this new mahogany and brass Theodore Alexander Regency style occasional table adorned with lion masks.

Theodore Alexander Lion Regency TableThe Regency style is often reproduced today by contemporary furniture makers with wonderful attention to detail. They look like original furniture of the period, but they are often scaled down in size to suit the size of today’s homes.  Check out all our new Regency style furniture and if you have an interior design scheme in this style, we’d love to see photos!

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.

Distressed Furniture

If you are looking for distressed furniture styles, then obviously our antique French furniture is naturally distressed from at least once century of being loved and used!  Sometimes though, our customers want new pieces that just look old… they want antique-inspired furniture that is newly crafted but with an aged and distressed look.  We have plenty of options for new furniture and home decor on our website so we are happy to help out!  Today I’m going to tell you how some of our furniture makers work their magic to achieve their distressed furniture finishes.

Jonathan Charles Distressed Desk Some of the best antique-inspired furniture is crafted using the same techniques that were used for the original antiques. Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture is a good example – their reproductions include hand-cut marquetry and intricate carved details. Then their pieces are aged to look like an antique.  This Jonathan Charles distressed bureau in the Queen Anne style gives you a taste of their skills!

Jonathan Sowter, founder of the company and a cabinet maker since he was 12 years old, says: “If you take a piece of furniture and finish it fantastically, people could imagine it’s an antique. It’s all in the finish.”

Jonathan Charles distressed desk

That requires special knowledge to get the distressed furniture look. Sowter says that his craftsmen understand where a piece of furniture would have bangs and knocks and scrapes after years of use, and where it wouldn’t.

“Even shading around the handle,” Sowter says, “because when you clean antiques for hundreds of years you don’t always clean in and around the handle!”

This close-up of a section of the oak bureau shows what he means. The bureau is a replica of Queen Anne desk designs dating to 1710, more than 300 years ago. The desk looks incredibly authentic, you could certainly believe that it’s been used for three centuries.

Scarborough House Distressed CabinetAnother way that distressed furniture gets its aged look is through hand-planing. The furniture makers at Scarborough House are brilliant at this.

This heavily distressed Scarborough House chest cabinet is one of their many hand-planed pieces. Combining a rustic look with beautiful parquetry for visual and textural interest, the sturdy and heavily distressed cabinet is cleverly planed by hand to give that genuinely old look. It’s the kind of technique that takes years to perfect!

Another way that distressed furniture gets its antiqued look is through hand-rubbed finishes. This Ambella Home Bonita king bed has a hand-rubbed antique ebony finish that makes it look far more interesting than if the black finish looked too perfectly “new.”

Ambella Home Bonita Bed Hand Rubbed KingWoodbridge Side Table Distressed

Woodbridge Furniture Company makers are also masters at distressed furniture, with their hand-rubbed and waxed finishes.

This lovely little Woodbridge side table with a dovetail construction drawer is crafted in solid wood and finished with a hand-rubbed distressed cherry veneer. It is not only a very practical side table (I can imagine it as a bedside table too!) but it looks great because the gently aged appeal is very charming.

Whenever you buy distressed furniture, you don’t want the distressing to be too obvious otherwise everyone can spot that bad distressing a mile away and they know it’s a new piece. The best distressed furniture keeps everyone guessing!

Here are more examples of beautifully distressed furniture on our website. Prepare yourself to be seduced!

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: Jonathan Charles Marquetry Table

We were greeted with a friendly woof at the door of Erin’s beautiful home in Arlington, VA! Bo, the charming Golden Retriever, had his favorite toy in his mouth and wanted to share it with me. We were there to deliver a gorgeous round center table from the high quality manufacturer, Jonathan Charles, and I think you’ll agree it looks smashing in its new home.

Jonathan Charles round accent table marquetry
The veneered top of the beautiful new Jonathan Charles center table (item JC-429 on our EuroLuxHome.com website) is spectacular with its hand-crafted, intricate design. Each piece of the parquetry inlaid design of intertwined ribbons is carefully hand-applied. Here is a bird’s-eye view of the Jonathan Charles round table top. This will give you a better idea of the intricate detail on the marquetry veneer:

Jonathan Charles marquetry table hand-crafted

And here is another close-up of the Jonathan Charles center table or accent table, with its lower tier shelf and curvy saber legs. It’s a very striking design, isn’t it?

Jonathan Charles marquetry tableI especially love how Erin arranged this space so that the curved design of the light walnut table echoes the curved design of the handsome vintage Art Deco grandfather clock on the back wall.  The clock was brought back from Germany by family members.

hallway with Jonathan Charles round accent tableThe warm walnut wood tones of both pieces are a perfect complement in the space with the dramatic painted navy walls and bright white molding and trim. It is obvious that Erin has a flair for interior design. Her choice of rugs in both the foreground, and in the living room behind, and even the throw pillows on the sofa, tie all of the colors in the two spaces together and draw the viewer’s eye into her lovely home.

The beautiful piece of art on the wall is part of the family’s growing art collection and was found on a vacation in Louisiana and shipped home. What a warm and inviting entryway space with living room beyond – we’re impressed!

Thanks for letting us share photos of your lovely home, Erin, and thanks to Bo for greeting us so warmly too!

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 Office Accessories and Decor Accents

To end my series of blog posts about stylish home offices, I want to look at a few of the home office accessories and decor accents that I love.  I already wrote about Creating a Beautiful Home Office and then Picking the Perfect Desk to suit your style. Now it’s time to look at the finishing touches. I mean, those little details that help you keep organized but that are also lovely in design so they please you every time you use them or see them.
A functional home office isn’t any good unless it’s gorgeous too, right?

Jonathan Charles Buckingham Letter TrayEveryone needs a letter tray or other system to organize the work-in-progress and the inbox and outbox. This wonderful antique-inspired letter tray by Jonathan Charles is crafted to replicate a Victorian style letter tray. The crossbanded crotch mahogany letter tray has 3 tiers to keep the paperwork organized, and patinated brass decorative plates on the front of each tray let you label them in fine old-fashioned style.

Pen Holder FoxYou’ll need somewhere to rest your pen. Rather than losing it in a drawer, why not make a design statement with a handsomely crafted pen holder? We recently started carrying pieces made by OK Casting – all made in the USA and cast in resin with incredible detail. This fox pen holder is one of their pieces and it is hand-painted for a unique effect. Other designs include pheasants – perfect for your country themed office!

Dog BookendsThe same American company makes fantastic bookends. We have many traditional bookends on our website, including wooden chess piece bookends by Jonathan Charles and a large selection of decorative cast resin bookends by OK Casting. These are amazingly realistic, featuring dogs, horses, wild animals, birds, golfers, polo players, fishermen, kids, even Chief Sitting Bull!  A decorative bookend is a great way to reflect your personality in your office, as well as being practical.
Dale Tiffany Desk LampYou will probably want a desk lamp or table lamp in your home office. Everyone needs a task light to help them see what they are signing! An attractive lamp also adds a lot of character to an office, whether you are looking for a warm glow or a sophisticated beam of light across your desk.

This chic Dale Tiffany Abbeville Desk Lamp combines classic styling with modern sleekness. It is crafted using solid crystal decoration that sparkles deliciously against the polished chrome of the base. It looks much more expensive than you’d think, so it will impress your business clients as well as making every day a joy when you light up your office!

What desk accessories do you think are essential? What kind of decor accents do you enjoy in your home office? We’d love to hear about it – tell us in the comments box!

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.

Picking the Perfect Desk For Your Traditional Home Office

My last blog post was about Creating a Beautiful Home Office and today I’ll zone in on picking the perfect desk, whether you have a home office or not! A desk needs to combine function with good looks.  There’s no point have a desk that looks amazing if it doesn’t provide the storage and work space you need. It’s also miserable having a desk that is adequately functional if you don’t take pleasure every single time you sit down to use it. Life is too short!

Antique French Gothic DeskThe Unique Antique DeskIf you love antiques and want a true original in your home office, then an antique desk is a joy to use as it carries so much history. This one is an antique French Gothic desk that we currently have in stock, dating to 1850 and heavily carved in solid oak. It hides a little surprise as the antique Gothic desk has been gently modernized for the 21st century. Someone added a slide-out wooden keyboard tray that blends so well, you’d think it was original!

Vintage French Country DeskThe Vintage French Desk. If you love French Country style and prefer a lighter wood desk, this gorgeous 1950 vintage French Country secretary desk is a great choice. The golden oak is very nicely carved and it’s well-sized for today’s interiors at just under 3 feet wide. If you want a French Country desk, then features to look for include sweet little cabriole legs, and elegant but simple carvings like the heart-shaped swag on this pull-down desk front.

Scarborough House Partners DeskThe Partners Desk. Sometimes only a very substantial partners desk will do! We now carry antique-inspired furniture by Scarborough House. Their high-quality, hand-crafted pieces include a wide choice of desks like this oval Scarborough House partners desk. The handsome brass handles, crotch mahogany and a leather surface make it an impressive addition to your study, home office or professional office.  If you buy a partners desk, always pick the handsomest and highest quality desk that you can as it will pay you back over the years. A good desk endorses your professional image to clients and business colleagues.

Ambella Home Modesto DeskThe Versatile Desk. If you don’t have a home office as such, then you might want a desk that blends in with your living space. This Ambella Home Modesto desk is a good example. The antique-inspired desk features lots of ornate carving detail, a generous desk surface and drawer storage space to keep the room free from clutter. But when you aren’t writing at your desk it just looks like a lovely decorative piece of furniture. Pop a bowl of flowers on top to add to the accent table effect!

carborough House Sheraton DeskThe Lots of Nooks and Crannies Desk. Sometimes you don’t need tons of storage space but you do want lots of separate compartments to keep everything well organized! This Scarborough House Sheraton Writing Desk is a charming example. Aside from all the drawers and cubbies, the exquisitely crafted crotch mahogany desk looks amazing. The brass handles and leather writing surface make it seem so authentic. I think that Jane Austen would have been at home writing Pride and Prejudice at this desk!

Handpainted desk Jonathan CharlesThe Artist’s Desk. If beauty triumphs over all in your home office, then you are probably looking for a highly decorative desk that makes you smile at its craftsmanship. (You’ll be happy to keep your documents tucked out of sight in a filing cabinet as long as the desk looks fantastic!) In that case, you have to admire this superb Jonathan Charles desk from the Kensington collection. The French style desk is hand-painted by Jonathan Charles artisans with gold floral detail across the pretty curved apron and legs. A dark leather inlaid writing surface tempts you to stay all day. There is one drawer to keep your favorite pens and essential notes, but this gilded desk is more like a French Haute Couture dress. You buy it for the sheer wicked pleasure of it and because it makes you look so good!

Boy, now I am feeling very bored with my own desk that I’m writing this at! I hope you enjoy picking your perfect desk whatever style you like. Please leave a note in the comment box to tell me YOUR idea of a perfect desk!

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.

Creating A Beautiful Home Office

Spring is the time of year when everyone organizes their home office, tidying up files and throwing out clutter! But the best home offices are as beautiful as they are functional. Your office should be a place where you can express your personality as well as work, manage  paperwork and finances, and receive clients!

Jonathan Charles furniture home officeThis stunning home office featuring antique-inspired furniture by Jonathan Charles is packed with personality! We love the Jonathan Charles furniture and home accents we carry because each piece is crafted to look authentic and last a lifetime, often using the same techniques that furniture makers used hundreds of years ago. The deep blue walls and colorful artwork in this office create an eclectic effect paired with the traditional office furniture. The white upholstery and carpet are a little unexpected, adding another bright and sophisticated touch.

Jonathan Charles Home Office FurnitureThis home office, again decorated with a Jonathan Charles desk and other furniture is notable for its gorgeous light and a clean uncluttered look. (I bet someone has been reading
Marie Kondo’s best-selling book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up!) The modern and airy look of the room is grounded by the substantial wood furniture and bold metal hardware. It shows how traditional furniture can be given a completely unique spin by a homeowner who is willing to mix up their styles a bit and combine pieces they love. A large plant in the corner also makes an office so much more welcoming and we love the faux zebra rug for a dash of exotic character!

Traditional home office

If you want to get truly arty, then how about this amazing traditional home office in Chicago? The domed ceiling boasts a custom-painted mural of the Mediterranean – once you spot Italy on the right of the ceiling fan you can figure out how the map falls into place. This is a splendidly designed room with wood paneling, wood plank floor, and huge windows too, but even if you don’t have such a fabulous space to work in, you can take a few tips. Choose a couple of comfortable and very handsome leather sofas for relaxed business conversations, Add a colorful tapestry or rug and plenty of book on the shelves and you’re set!

This traditional home office in Washington D.C. is actually quite streamlined and simple when you look closely, but it creates a strong impression because of the club style leather chairs and the impressive antique-inspired desk.  The high vaulted ceiling helps to add architectural interest, but the main thing that creates decorative appeal at ceiling level is the large chandelier lighting.  A chandelier always makes a statement and sets the tone for a room.

I hope that these beautiful home offices have given you some ideas on how to jazz up your own office this spring! In my next post, I’ll share some of my favorite antique and antique-inspired desks and other home office furniture and decor accents to make your office beautiful and beautifully organized too!

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.

Labor Day Sale 15% Off Antiques and New Home Decor

Get 15% off all new, vintage, and antique furniture and home accents in our End of Summer and Labor Day sale!

We’re celebrating Labor Day weekend with a discount to help you save money and help us clear space for all the new stock that’s arriving for fall! From now through September 9 you can get an amazing deal on fine European antique furniture, as well as on new home decor.

Order a beautiful crafted piece for your home 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

Need some shopping suggestions? Why not use your 15% off code to snap up one of our exceptional antiques at an even lower price?

Antique French Brittany ArmoireThis fabulous antique French Brittany armoire dating to 1880 is one way to save in style. Lavishly carved in chestnut wood and with a classic oval mirror in the door, the Brittany style armoire features carvings of French country folk including a man and woman relaxing beneath a pair of trees. The matching 1930 French Brittany full-size bed is carved with more joyful scenes of country dancers and horn and bagpipe players.

Victorian Antique Eastlake BedIf you prefer traditional American Victorian furniture, this impressive antique Eastlake bed might be more your style.

This classic American treasure dates to about 1890, crafted in mahogany with elegant floral carvings and a carved crest and floral medallion on the 7-foot-high headboard. It’s a handsome focal point for your master bedroom or guest bedroom.

The rich patina on the antique mahogany wood will look grand in your Victorian home decor.

Antique French Hunting ChairsYour formal dining room will receive many admiring comments from guests enjoying this handsome set of 6 antique French Hunting chairs.

The antique French Renaissance dining chairs were crafted around 1880 in the Hunting style, and the aged oak wood looks very rich against the neutral tone of the cane/rattan seating.

Carved barley twists always look great in a dining room, while a pair of leaf carvings on the crest rails along with other carved foliage, floral blocks and grape details add to the rustic appeal.

Dale Tiffany Dragonfly LampTo light your way into fall, why not enjoy the warm glow of this enchanting new Dale Tiffany lamp? The Dale Tiffany Reves table lamp with stylized dragonflies flying around the shade is hand-crafted with traditional Tiffany glass techniques – the colorful art glass is accented with sparkling glass jewels.
Jonathan Charles Gold nesting tablesMaybe you will plan ahead for holiday entertaining by ordering these elegant new Jonathan Charles nesting tables.  The two round nesting tables are available in distressed gold, bronze, or silver finishes over a wrought iron frame.  The gilded finish is paired with hand-painted gold borders and set off by églomisé or gilded glass top in a stunning pattern.  The tables fit together snugly until you need extra drinks tables for guests, then this pair pulls apart for maximum pzazz!

However you choose to use your 15% discount, we hope you enjoy browsing our our complete EuroLuxHome.com inventory. Then take 15% off everything in your shopping basket when you enter the coupon code: CELEBRATE

The offer is valid through Wednesday September 9, 2015. Happy Labor day weekend and happy antiques and home decor shopping!

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: Jonathan Charles Buckingham Console Table

Linda K. sent some photos of her new living room in Wayne, PA, featuring the beautiful new Jonathan Charles console table that she bought from us.
Jonathan Charles console table Buckingham
The mahogany console table from the Jonathan Charles Buckingham collection is crafted in Late Regency style with an antiqued finish. The elegant wood detailing, ornate drawer handles, and fluted and tapered legs capture the Regency style perfectly.
Jonathan Charles Console Table BuckinghamHere’s the Buckingham console table in its new home. Linda has been doing a lot of work on the room although she ruefully added that her new living room project was going very slowly. Linda, tell us about it! We’ve been working on our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation for several years and we know how long these things take.

We think the room looks great already, with those gorgeous floors and the striking piece of art creating a focal point over the console table. It also looks like the windows are huge! Lots of lovely light in that room!
Jonathan Charles Buckingham Console Table
Linda says, ” The living room is starting to come together but we still need a rug, sconces on the wall, ficus trees in the corners with lighting, new window treatments AND the new beautiful couches came in the wrong fabric!” Linda order her new couches from a high-end chain and the sofas came in a light green or sea foam color.

“They were supposed to be much darker in color with a more olive green background, along with some beiges and browns,” Linda said. She was waiting for the chain to put the new order in so she could get the new couches in June sometime. I hope they’ve arrived with you by now, Linda!

In any case, Linda is very philosophical about it all. I guess we have to be sometimes, or we’d go crazy. Linda said, “At any rate, it’s small problems – just been a headache. Glad our console table was a breeze!”

We enjoyed dealing with Linda too. She found us on Bonanza.com and was very pleasant to work with. Here is a link to our Bonanza store.  Of course, you can also find this Jonathan Charles console table and all our fine antique French furniture and antique-inspired new furniture and lighting on our EuroLuxHome.com website too.

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: Woodbridge Corner Table

After our customer Bob sent a photo of the Woodbridge corner table he bought from us, I started looking at other creative ways to make the most of every inch of space with corner furniture.  Bob S. in Castro Valley, CA, ordered this Neo-Classic corner table: Woodbridge Neo Classic Corner TableThe new Woodbridge Furniture Company corner table is beautifully crafted with a solid wood construction and hand-distressed cherry veneers. Woodbridge Corner table The elegant design is inspired by 19th century Neo-Classic originals and it’s a neat 3 feet wide.  Bob emailed us to say “It looks great in the living room.” You can see how well it tucks into the corner!

Bob is using the table for his lovely lamp but you could also use it as an accent table in a hallway, as a TV stand for a small flat screen TV in a guest room, or even as a corner nightstand in a cozy cottage bedroom. The two drawers and lower shelf provide plenty of storage options or a place to stack your magazines, even in a compact space!

Here are some more ideas for corner furniture.

Ambella Home Agatha Corner cabinetThis new Ambella Home corner cabinet from the Agatha Contempo collection makes a very handsome statement. It is nearly 8 feet tall and shows how a corner cabinet creates extra display options in a room that perhaps doesn’t have much wall space. You could enjoy this fine piece of furniture as a china cabinet too. A corner cabinet can be used to create a focal point in a room, or perhaps to soften the angles of a very square or linear space.

Jonathan Charles Corner ChairA corner chair makes an unusual addition to a home, like this new Jonathan Charles corner chair from the Country Farmhouse collection, superbly crafted in walnut wood. It makes maximum use of any neglected corner and the rich barley twists and classic finials guarantee that the corner chair will be a great visual accent too. The rush seat suits a Country Farmhouse living room or kitchen or any traditional or rustic decor. It’s a super chair for a small entryway too, making it easy to change your boots without taking up tons of space!

Finally, this traditional kitchen in Minneapolis shows that even the kitchen sink can benefit from the corner treatment! The deep farmhouse sink allows the best views from that large corner window. Putting the sink in the corner also frees up more counter space for people to work at.

Do you enjoy using corner furniture in your home? Do you use it to make maximum use of your space or just because you love the look? We’d love to hear your comments!

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.