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Client Spotlight: Buffet Carved with Famous Painting

This is an unusual story about an antique French buffet with a carving inspired by a well-known French painting.  Our customer Saul in Gurnee, IL, bought the antique Renaissance buffet from us last year while he and his wife were building a new home. Now they are settled in, Saul got in touch to purchase a bench from us and he also sent us a photo of the buffet in place. So let’s take a look!
Carved Antique Renaissance BuffetThis is the gorgeous antique Renaissance buffet, fabulously carved in walnut and dating to about 1900. On the top center door, there is a carving of two lovers on a swing under a tree, based on the 1873 painting titled Le Printemps (Springtime) by Pierre-Auguste Cot. I first saw the buffet at an antiques market in France and I was wowed by the carving of the lovers, so we had it shipped home to the gallery. The patina of the walnut is very nice – it has a warm glow. The Renaissance Revival Henry II-style buffet is also carved with other Renaissance-style flourishes, fruit, and faces.

Lovers on a swing carving

On this close-up of the door you see the lovers better. Isn’t it romantic and exquisitely carved? You can almost feel the breeze wafting through the folds of their robes.  Here’s the original Le Printemps so you can see how well the carving capture the painting, but in three dimensions:

Le Printemps

The artist  Pierre Auguste Cot lived from 1837 to 1883 and among his many prizes and medals he was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. Le Printemps was one of his two most famous paintings. It is now on display in New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art .

Antique Renaissance Buffet in client home

And finally… here’s the buffet in Saul’s home. He says that he loves it! I noticed the nice table too with figure carvings on the legs. Saul told me it was an antique and be bought it because he liked it. I would guess that it may be French Renaissance dating to the turn of the century and I think it is also made in walnut,  so it is the perfect complement to the buffet.

leather window seat BG-225Saul also just bought this handsome new bench or window seat from us. It’s a very good match for the antique Renaissance pieces he has, with the leather upholstery, nailhead trim, decorative stretcher and a blackwash finish. I hope we’ll get a photo of this piece in your lovely new home too, Saul! I can’t wait to see how you continue to curate the furnishings and other decor as you obviously have a very clear vision in mind and it all looks terrific so far!

We’d love to hear readers’ comments about the carving of the painting. What do you think? Share your opinion in the 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 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.

August Home Decor and Antiques Roundup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EuroLux Booth at Antique Tobacco Barn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Of April 2015: Art Deco and Hollywood Regency

We’ve had a glamorous month of Art Deco and Hollywood Regency style on our home decor and furniture blog. I also shared my own vintage decor tale with an update on our Bathroom Penny Tiles Project in our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation. (You’ll see a bit of glitter in there too!) Here are our favorite blog posts this month:

Ambella Home Voranado tableOur customer spotlight about this Ambella Home accent table in Nellie’s Californian home set the tone for sparkling April. The blog post shows photos of the Voronado table with its mirrored accents and gold leaf finish – it looks fab in Nellie’s handsome house!

Ambella Home Casablanca chest mirrored

This inspired me to explore more of the magic of mirrors in my post on Hollywood Regency style and mirrored furniture.   The beauty of sleek mirrored furniture is evident, but there are also practical reasons to choose and use mirrored furniture in your home. You can create clever illusions to brighten and visually expand your space.  I’ve rarely heard anyone complain about a room being TOO light and spacious!

Ambella Home Art Deco Bed Manhattan

The natural next step was to look at elegantly glossy and streamlined Art Deco furniture. My  post on the Art Deco Bedroom not only showed this incredible new Ambella Home Manhattan bed that was featured in a Houzz.com editorial on Art Deco, but I also gave a sneak peek at some antique Art Deco furniture due to arrive on our next container from France.

French Antique Grandfather ClockBetween our celebrations of the 1920s and 1930s, we turned our gaze back a few decades further. This antique Brittany clock looks amazing in my story on the antique French longcase clock in Loren’s home in Texas. The chestnut carved grandfather clock dates to about 1880 or 1900 and the floral brass detail around the enamel clock face suggests  that it was a wedding gift. See more photos and a close up of the clock in our antique Brittany clock post. 

I’ll share more photos of customers’ homes and gorgeous antiques and home decor ideas next month. If you have a question about vintage or antique furniture or lighting, home accents and accessories, I’d love to hear from you!  Send me an email or comment on this blog or head over to our EuroLux Facebook page.

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

Best of March 2015: Traditions, Trends, Tile

In this month of transition from winter to spring we had a blast talking about traditions and trends in home decor. We also shared our latest tiling project on our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation! Here are highlights from some our of favorite blog posts of the month.

Antique chinese altar tableThis antique Chinese altar table traveled a long way from its original home in Shanxi Province, China, to Ft. Myers, Florida. It made the transition beautifully. The timeless grace of the circa 1900 antique table also translated well as a console table in the 21st century. See more photos of the antique Chinese altar table in Richard’s home and learn the symbolism of the carved scrolling cloud design.

Home Decor Trends Mixed MetalsMixed metals are a strong home decor trend for 2015, although one glance at our antique and vintage home accents shows that mixing metals has always been popular!

I hope you find some inspiration in our blog post on Home Decor Trends: Mixed Metals as well as ways to think about how to layer warm-toned metals with cool ones.

Irish house traditional decor libraryWe celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in March by taking a look around houses featuring traditional Irish home decor.  They are so romantic and Old World and comfortably gorgeous. The kind of rooms that make you want to write poetry or whip up a classic Emerald Isle dish like Boxty. Boxty is a kind of potato pancake but I can’t help you with how to make it! I just know that it mixes mashed and grated potatoes, like hash browns. The main thing is that the name Boxty is so great, isn’t it? So are these rooms.

Hand-painted easter eggsFinally, I enjoyed celebrating this most important time of year with a blog post about Easter table decor.

From elegant Victorian table settings to wowza springtime fantasies, there has to be something in that blog post to inspire your creative eye when entertaining or just sharing a beautiful Easter meal with the family.

What next? I’ve got some great home decor ideas and info on antique furniture to share with you in our April blog posts, so stay tuned! I’m always happy to hear from you with questions about vintage or antique furniture or lighting, home accents and accessories.  Send me an email or comment on this blog or our EuroLux Facebook page.

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

Best of February 2015: Vintage Decor and Romance

February is the month of romance, and our client spotlight posts about vintage decor this month were certainly full of romance. February also ended on a romantic note for Greg and me – we took a break away from business with a trip to Hot Springs, North Carolina! Here are highlights from some our of favorite blog posts of the month.

Vintage teaspoon chandelier in kitchenOur customer Marie-Louise in Haute-Normandie, France, bought a vintage teacup and spoon chandelier from us. You can see all the photos Marie-Louise sent us of the chandelier in her gorgeous vintage French kitchen in the story about The Vintage Teacup Chandelier. This is just one of our many upcycled chandeliers, hand-crafted and custom-made for us by an artisan using vintage silver plate spoons. Marie-Louise’s home is dreamily romantic, inside and out!

Vintage French Sheepbone Chairs

Closer to home, Veritta in California sent photos of her dining room featuring the set of six vintage French dining chairs she bought from us. The upholstered oak chairs date to about 1950 and they are carved in the sheepbone style. Veritta told us that she bought the dining table 10 years ago but she has been waiting all this time for just the right chairs. We think it was worth waiting for the perfect love match, don’t you? See for yourself in the Vintage French Sheepbone Chairs story and photos.

California Victoria Inn Parlor RoomAlso in February, I told you about these Four Romantic Victorian Inns around the country so you can plan a romantic getaway any time of year, not just on Valentine’s day.  All the inns are decorated with period Victorian or Victorian style decor, including the one in the photo. This is The Victorian Inn in Ferndale, CA, built in 1890 and convenient for California Redwood Forest. An antique armoire and a red velvet Victorian couch add to the appeal of the inviting Victorian Parlor room.

Gray flower and bird pillowDale Tiffany Peacock Lamp

I often talk about home decor trends in this blog, and one romantic trend that I’ve noticed for 2015 is bird imagery and bird themes on furniture, textiles, ceramics, and home accents. My article called Home Decor Trends: Birds Take Flight shares bird decor inspiration from the charming and rustic to the elegantly sophisticated.

Let me know if there is a topic you would like me to cover in the March blog posts, whether it’s about antique furniture, vintage decor, or home decor trends. Or anything else related to making a beautiful home – we love to hear from you!

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

Best of January 2015: Vintage Homes & Decor Trends

Houzz Award badgeOur January blog posts show that we started the year in a very good mood as we had lots to celebrate. We finally moved into our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation and we completed our first 10 years in the antiques and home decor business.  We also won a Best of Houzz 2015 award for Customer Satisfaction. That was the icing on the cake!

Let’s revisit some of our favorite posts from the first month of what we hope will be a wonderful year for you, too!

Antique Renaissance Buffet Kitchen DinerWe started by looking back at our top 12 antiques and decor blog posts of 2014. It was hard to narrow down all the tours of customers’ homes, tips about antiques and decorating, and posts on travel and entertaining to just 12 favorites, but that was my task!  I hope you agree and like them too. For example, the picture above was one of the most popular photos we shared on Facebook this year – everyone loved the antique French Renaissance buffet in our customer’s California kitchen.

Sherwin Williams Coral ReefI was thinking a lot about wall paint colors this month. We always like to look at new decor trends at the beginning of the year, so we loved being inspired by the various Paint Colors of the Year for 2015. Some are pretty and fresh, some are dramatic and bold, but they are all fun to browse.

Vintage Bungalow Front Living RoomThen we had to get down to business with our own 1920s vintage bungalow renovation project. Our Vintage Life: Paint the Walls post showed how we made our house look like a home. The decorating included Greg’s creative touch to transform the original beaded board ceiling.

View from LoftFinally, we had a wonderful tour of Melinda H.’s beautiful home in Black Mountain near Asheville, NC. We delivered a prettily carved small French Country cabinet to Melinda and she graciously gave us the full tour of her house. It features so many lovely details, you just have to see for yourself in the French Country Jam Cabinet Client Spotlight.

I wasn’t sure how the first month of 2015 could have flown by so quickly. But now I look at how busy we’ve been, it’s not so surprising! I’ll be back with more blog posts on fine antiques for regular folks and other home decor inspirations in February. Let us know if there is a topic you would like me to cover.

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 12 Antiques and Home Decor Blog Posts 2014: Part 2

Last week I gave you a summary of six of our most popular antiques and home decor blog posts of 2014. Here’s Part 2 with the remaining six of our (and your) favorite 12 posts. It’s hard to choose just a few out of a whole year of tips about antiques and home decor, but we hope you enjoy these. Happy new year!

7. Renaissance Knight Mural and Window

Knight carvingIn our series of client spotlights showing our customers’ homes, I loved writing about Bob H.’s amazing French Renaissance castle style home in Illinois. Bob bought a set of antique Renaissance chairs from us and also an antique Renaissance buffet with a carving of a knight on horseback before a chateau.

Bob was so inspired by the knight carving that he had artists create a big wall mural of the same image, and then a stained glass window too. Check out the full post to see the mural and the beautiful window overlooking the armor in Bob’s large foyer!

 

8. Bar and Game Room Renovation

Bar and Games RoomCathy B. showed us before and after photos of her game room renovation in the basement of her home on the Guadalupe River in Canyon Lake, TX. She called the pub-style bar space her  “dream game room basement” and she even moved the outside staircase so it didn’t obstruct the river view. As you’ll see in the Game Room Renovation post photo tour, Cathy bought a new Ambella Home vanity from us featuring a marble top and copper farmhouse sink – it looked perfect!

9. 1920s Vintage Bungalow Renovation

vintage bungalow summer2012Our most exciting news in 2014 was that after several years of renovating our 1920s vintage bungalow, Greg and I finally moved into it just before Thanksgiving!  Thanks for all the congratulations from blog readers who have followed our Vintage Life Bungalow Renovation stories since we bought the bungalow (a.k.a. The Money Pit) in 2011.

10. Classic Painted Floor Designs

checkerboard floorI posted about Classic Painted Floor Designs as part of our series of ideas about creative home decor that gives a fresh look to a room but still has traditional appeal. The ideas ranged from stripes and stencils to checkerboards and chevrons. I shared tips on how to get the painted floor looks, too!

11. Romantic Napkin Folding Ideas

Rose Napkin FoldingMy post on Romantic Napkin Folding got a lot of shares and likes on social media. (EuroLux Home is on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.) People seemed to like the traditional appeal of these charming ideas, so I guess that elegant entertaining never goes out of style! The post was timed for Valentine’s Day but hey, we can indulge in our inner romantic any time of year, can’t we?

12. Biltmore House and Gardens Estate

Biltmore_House_in_the_FallWe want to enjoy the antiques lifestyle in every way, so I also like writing about travel to historic houses and hotels and antiques-themed destinations. Anyone who knows me and Greg knows that we love to go antiquing in Asheville, NC. We’ve even just taken a booth there at the wonderful Antique Tobacco Barn. So it’s no surprise that my post on the Biltmore House and Gardens Estate in Asheville was a stand-out travel post in 2014! The photos of this National Historic Landmark are wonderful and you can even stay at the Inn.

Finally, I have to share one last photo with you to show you the kind of hard work that goes on behind the scenes here at EuroLuxHome.comSquiggy doing yogaIs it Upward Facing Cat pose? We posted this picture (and many others of antiques and home decor, as well as photos of our 8 cats and dogs who ‘help’ us in the gallery) on our EuroLux Facebook Page. Our fuzzy friends just LOVE the attention!

That’s it for our recap of our top 12 blog posts of 2014. If you missed the first six in Part 1, you can see them here. I’ll be back with new antiques and home decor posts soon to help us all live a delightfully decorated 2015!

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 12 Antiques and Home Decor Blog Posts 2014: Part 1

Once again it’s time to look back over our most popular antiques and home decor blog posts of 2014. What a year it has been, with lots of changes and good news. As always, we are very grateful to our wonderful customers who not only return to us time and again to buy antique, vintage, and new furniture and home decor accents, but they also send us photos so we can see how the pieces look in their home!

Let’s start with the first of our favorite 12 antiques and home decor blog posts of 2014. We’ll share the rest in our next post to welcome the new year!

1. Antique Furniture in a Castle in Charleston

Client's home: A Castle in CharlestonIt’s hard to pick just a few of the many client spotlights I’ve featured this year, but this story about Brittany’s Castle in Charleston, SC, still stands out in my mind! Brittany and her husband Greg were looking for furniture with lions to furnish their beautiful new home. It looks just like an old French castle, and the full post shows the inside too, including the furniture carved with lions that they bought from us.

2. Antique Renaissance Buffet in a California Kitchen

Antique Renaissance Buffet Kitchen DinerThis is another client spotlight we enjoyed because our client Natalya gave us a tour of all the decor details in her gorgeous kitchen in Palo Alto, CA. Natalya bought the pretty antique French Renaissance buffet on the left of the photo from us. It dates to 1900 and is elaborately carved in walnut wood with flourishes and fruit. See more photos of Natalya’s family kitchen in the Antique Renaissance Buffet post.

3. Our Antique Table in Johnny Cash Boyhood Home

Antique table from EuroLuxAntiques.com in Johnny Cash Boyhood HomeWe were thrilled when the new Johnny Cash Boyhood Home museum in Dyess, Arkansas, bought an antique table from us. The heavily-carved 1890 Mechelen oak antique table is just like one owned by the Cash family. In these posts on the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home I talked about the house history and restoration, the museum opening, and the reaction from Roseanne Cash to her dad’s childhood home. The singer’s Scottish ancestry is pretty fascinating too!

4. EuroLux 10 Year Anniversary in Antiques and Home Decor

Aimee & Greg at EuroLux2014 was the 10th anniversary of our business and Greg and I had fun remembering that first decade. In our 10 Year Anniversary posts I shared some of the newbie mistakes we made at our first antique shows. We can look back and laugh now but we had some nerve-rattling moments, especially when we accidentally glued furniture to our hotel room!

We also changed our name this year from EuroLux Antiques to EuroLux Home. This is because we now offer much more than just antiques, including antique-inspired new furniture and finely crafted home decor accents.

5. Eclectic Decor

eclectic-entrywayAmong my 2014 posts on creative home decorating, the post on Eclectic Decor: Freedom from Matchy-Matchy Furniture really hit home for a lot of people. That’s probably because our customers (and blog readers) don’t want predictable “Rooms-To-Go” – and neither do we!

6. Visit a Historic Inn

Monmouth historic inn 2I loved writing about these three historic inns around the country. They are great for a  getaway as they are not only rich in history, they are also decorated with antique furniture and period decor.

Jake the dog and PoohFinally, I just have to add this photo of Jake that we posted on our Facebook page. We found Jake taking a snooze with one of his favorite toys – Winnie the Pooh! He also loves Barney, Snoopy, and Curious George. Go figure! 

Happy new year everyone. If you enjoyed this, see the rest of our picks for the year! Here’s the link for the “Part 2″ final six of our top 12 antiques and decor blog posts of 2014.

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: Renaissance Knight Buffet, Mural & Window

Last year I wrote about Bob H. in Prairie Grove, Illinois, who bought a set of ten antique Renaissance chairs from us. We had a wonderful photo tour of his amazing French Renaissance chateau style home, inspired by European castles.

Renaissance Buffet with Lladro figure in our client's home. EuroLuxAntiques.comBob enjoys medieval and Renaissance armor and he also bought a marble-top French Renaissance buffet, carved with a knight on horseback. Bob was so inspired by the knight on horseback carving that he had artists create a mural based on the carving, and then a stained glass window too. Let’s start at the beginning!

This is the antique Renaissance buffet Bob chose. Bob has been a pharmacist for 30 years, so he decorated the walnut wood buffet with a vintage Lladro Spanish porcelain figure of a pharmacist and antique mortars and pestles.

French Renaissance Buffet

Knight carvingThis close-up of the upper part of the buffet shows the Renaissance knight on the center door, riding his horse before the old castle.

This is the image that inspired Bob to have a mural painted by an artist, for an alcove in an upstairs hallway.

The mural came out looking like this…

 

 Renaissance Mural

It’s so fantastic and such a great likeness to the carving! But Bob still wasn’t done. The Renaissance knight was called upon again to serve his lord and master, Sir Bob.  This time, the knight would ride across a stained glass window. To keep you in suspense just a little longer, here’s the commissioned artist at work on the window.

Stained Glass Window Artist

What an incredible job she did. You can see the result in the photo below, as we unveil Bob’s Renaissance knight stained glass window to the world. (You can almost hear the heraldic blare of Renaissance court trumpets, can’t you?)

Renaissance Knight Stained Glass Window

The stained glass window is beautiful and the colors so bright and pure. What a jewel! It’s big too, at six feet tall and 2 feet wide. The window is installed in the foyer above Bob’s front door entry.

Renaissance Glass Window Foyer

The suit of armor in the foyer is a nice early 20th century reproduction, but the rapier sword with the suit is an original from the 17th century. There are so many gorgeous details in this space, let’s take a look from some other angles.

Renaissance EntryWay

This is the view from the top of the stairs, with that chunky iron chandelier making the perfect accent to the window.

Renaissance tapestry chandelier

On the left wall of the foyer, a large tapestry or wall hanging adds another authentic touch to the medieval Renaissance style.  I mentioned ten leather-upholstered antique Renaissance chairs dating to 1900 that Bob also bought from us. Here they are in his splendid kitchen paired with a custom table that Bob had made by Amish craftsmen to match the chairs.

Renaissance Chairs Set Table

Bob is one of our visionary clients who has a great knack for creative décor and we so appreciate him keeping us posted of the knight’s latest journey. What’s next, Sir Bob? A stone-carved knight fountain, perhaps? We can’t wait 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 never miss a post if you sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.