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Client Spotlight: Antique French Buffet Louis XV

Antique Buffet Louis XV Rococo 1890Melodie A. of Raja Interiors in Chico, CA, wanted to find a gorgeous, antique Louis XV buffet to place in one of her client’s homes. We went searching for the perfect piece and located this beauty in France!

It is delightfully carved with Rococo styling in walnut wood with a lovely grain and rich patina and it dates to 1890.

When we found the buffet in France, there was a crack all the way through the glass in the right upper corner of the large glass door.

Perhaps a little wrinkle is not such a surprise for a buffet that is about 120 years old! What is more surprising is that we find so many of our antique buffets with the glass still in excellent shape. Those French craftsmen made furniture to last!

broken glass

We knew we would replace that glass panel prior to shipping, but we had no idea that it would take a specialist to cut and hand-grind the bevel. We took the broken pieces to our local glass store and they explained that due to the unusual shape of the glass (it sort of resembles a paisley), their machines could not possibly cut a bevel all the way around the piece. We also didn’t want to just replace it with flat glass, as that would take away from the beauty of the buffet.

After much searching and networking, I finally located a true artist, Charles Offutt, at Artisan in Glass, in Canton, Georgia. I sent the pieces to him and he said it took an entire day to hand-grind the beveled edge of the replacement glass. He is truly a miracle-worker in glass! If I didn’t know which panel had been replaced, I would never be able to tell. Here’s the buffet with the restored glass in its new home.

French Antique Buffet 1890

Melodie was very patient during this process and she contacted me to say that she received the buffet in good condition and both she and her client are very pleased. We are always glad to hear from happy customers! At more than 8 feet tall, the antique Louis XV buffet is definitely the grand dame of the space. That white ceramic pitcher sets it off so gracefully too. You could say: “It’s pitcher perfect!” Groan…

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.

 

Antique French Furniture in Classic Newberry Mansion

Today I have some photos of antique French furniture and Mechelen buffets that are a real treat to see in our customer Tamra’s classic but eclectic home. The outside of her Greco-Roman mansion in Newberry, SC, is gorgeous too! Outside of Newberry House

You may think the dining room looks a little familiar as this home used to be owned by our good customers, Roger and Peggy. S. They recently sold their elegant 1890s home, built when Newberry was a booming textile mill town at the turn of the century, to a wonderful new caretaker – Tamra!

Antique French Table Chairs dining room

Roger and Peggy left the French Country sideboard in place in the dining room because it fit so well on that wall under the stained glass windows and they didn’t have a spot large enough for it in their new home. Tamra chose a 1930s French Country Louis XV refectory table in walnut which is super-useful as it extends to 9.5 feet long – great for a dinner party! She also bought two sets of Hunting chairs dating to the 1880s in slightly different color oak finishes in order to mix things up.

French Antique Dining Room

Tamra also had her eye on an antique Hunting Buffet for the dining room. The original glass had been damaged on this handsome oak heavily carved Hunting Buffet dating to 1880, so we had replaced it with chicken wire to give a slightly rustic feel to the piece.

Antique French Hunting buffet

It works great in Tamra’s new dining room as there is an interesting juxtaposition of formality with the classic fireplace mantel, moldings, and crystal chandelier and the touch of rustic country with the less formal French Country pieces mixed with the chicken wire in the Hunting buffet.

This close-up of the antique French Hunting buffet shows more detail of the carved oak and the heraldic crest. There’s plenty of space for Tamra to store all the dishes and stemware and silver that she’ll need to feed everyone gathered around the large table!

Tamra also fell in love with another heavily carved Hunting Buffet for the hallway at the base of her stairs. Antique French Carved Hunting Buffet

Tamra has a wonderful eclectic touch and paired antique Chinese arm chairs from her husband’s travels next to the antique French buffet. The flamboyant carvings on the oak buffet portray mythical griffins, oak leaves, fruits, and birds (right down to their feathery details!) The 1880 French buffet boasts its original wavy glass doors.

Antique French Hunting Buffet

As we were delivering Tamra’s furniture, she pointed out that she was still looking for a pair of interesting pieces to go on either side of the huge front door in the front hall. I knew exactly what would fit the bill! I recommended a matched pair of narrow antique Mechelen buffets which still have their original stained glass even though they are a century old.

Antique Mechelen buffet stained glass

This shot of the stained glass shows just how intricate it is, surrounded by oak carvings. The Flemish Mechelen style was a Belgian interpretation of the French Hunting style, so I knew these pieces would work well with the other antique furniture Tamra bought from us.

Antique Mechelen Buffet

Here is one buffet in place. The stained glass catches the light beautifully as it streams through the sidelights on either side of the massive front door.
Pair of antique Mechelen buffetsAnd this is the pair of Mechelen buffets creating a magnificent entrance. The lovely dining room and the whole house is a reflection of Tamra herself – very classy yet down-to-earth and fun! Welcome to Newberry, Tamra – we’re glad you’re here!

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.

Vintage Life: We Love Penny Tiles!

Greg and I knew from the start of our 1920s bungalow renovation that we wanted to place penny tiles in the bathrooms to keep the vintage look of our home.

Penny Tiles in Half BathroomWe started with the smallest room first: the half bath located off the living room/dining room. We chose all white tiles with a dark grey grout to emphasize the shape of the tiles.

The beadboard trim was created with original beadboard from the ceilings and it is painted a bright white while the walls are a rosy lavender – I love it! I just can’t get a good photo because the room is so small, but I’ve added a beautiful Italian vintage Capodimonte chandelier complete with pink drop roses.

Next came the upstairs guest bathroom and small side closest, where we also chose all white penny tiles.

Penny tile vintage look

I’m concentrating hard, here! This was our first experience with penny tiles and we have to say that they are a little more difficult to lay than large tiles. Penny tiles come on square sheets, but the sheets stretch, which makes it a bit difficult to get the spacing exactly even.

FInished upstairs bathroom penny tiles

Our floors aren’t perfect, but I think they show vintage charm! This is the finished upstairs bathroom. We carried the beadboard trim motif upstairs too but we had to use new beadboard sheets as we had run out of the original old beadboard. The trim is painted a bright white while the walls are a pretty green tea. It isn’t installed yet, but this is where my restored pink claw foot tub will go! What do you think?

restored pink bath tubFor the master bath, we chose marble penny tiles featuring varying shades of grey and white with hints of blue and yellow. We set it off with a dark grey grout.

MasterBath with penny tiles

We used the last of the original beadboard, painted bright white, in the alcove where my restored yellow claw foot tub will go.

yellow bath tub for vintage bungalow

We also added a bling-y vintage Rococo chandelier with sparkling crystals. Ta-da!

Master Bath with crystal vintage Rococo chandelier

Although it is not installed yet as we haven’t finished tiling the large walk-in shower and the adjoining wall, we have converted an antique Louis XV sideboard into a double vanity by removing the top and replacing it with Alabama white marble with grey veining to complement the tile floor.

Converted vanity antique French Louis 15

We’re considering placing a pair of the new Ambella Home Star Mirrors over the vanity. Here’s a photo of the mirror – let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Ambella Home Mirror Star

If you just can’t get enough tales from the tile side, our last Vintage Life: Time To Tile! blog post talked about our adventures with the pretty Mexican tile in the kitchen, sun room and utility room. Grout on!

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: Vintage Louis XV French Country Sideboard

Brenda D. in Auburn, AL, found our EuroLux Home page on Houzz and purchased a very pretty vintage Louis XV French Country sideboard. She was looking for the perfect piece to go with her Eddie Bauer dining table and I think she made a great choice!

This is the vintage Louis XV French Country sideboard or server carved in golden oak and dating to about 1950.

Vintage Louis XV French Country sideboard

We chose to bring it over from France because we thought the decorative detail was so delightful. It has a carved foliage and flower motif on the doors and apron. A scallop shell tops the attractive back panel, which could also be used to display plates. The lovely little cabriole legs and ornate hardware add the finishing touches.

Vintage Louis XV sideboard  in the dining room

Here is the vintage Louis XV French Country sideboard in Brenda’s dining room. It looks charming beneath the large wall mirror. The shape and style of the mirror frame pair nicely with the carved panel designs on the sideboard. The large chandelier casts a lovely light to set this scene off to perfection. And the sideboard does indeed go with the Eddie Bauer dining table, just as Brenda wished.

Vintage Louis XV dresser

This picture from a little farther back shows the tray ceiling, which I just love! The indented ‘tray’ looks like it is octagonal and the color scheme on the painted ceiling is wonderful. It feels sophisticated, but also cozy and comfortable. The colors conjure up the atmosphere of a restaurant in France. (Not to put any pressure on your cooking, Brenda! I bet you have some great dinner gatherings in this dining room!)

Inside Vintage Louis XV server

The vintage Louis XV French Country sideboard is more than seven feet long so it is as practical as it is pleasing to the eye. The four doors and two drawers provide significant storage space for serving dishes, silverware, napkins, and all the other bits and pieces you want to keep conveniently to hand when entertaining.

If you want to browse around to find a lovely piece like this for yourself, you don’t have to be on Houzz. We have lots of other vintage and antique sideboards and buffets on our EuroLuxHome.com website .

Thanks for sending us the photos of the sideboard in your dining room, Brenda. We’re glad to know that are happy with your choice!

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

Client Spotlight: Vintage Clock Makes Prestigious DC Building Tick

We were thrilled when the acclaimed Washington, DC interior designer Paul Corrie of Paul Corrie Interiors bought a beautiful vintage Louis XV Rococo style shelf clock from EuroLuxAntiques.com. We were even more thrilled when Paul featured it in his fabulous design for the entry and lobby spaces of The Dresden, one of Washington’s most prestigious condominium addresses.

This beautiful vintage Louis XV Rococo style clock from EuroLuxAntiques.com now lives in The Dresden, one of Washington DC's most prestigious condo addressesThis is the piece Paul chose from our selection of vintage clocks. You can see how ornate it is. The tortoiseshell and brass-colored metal case is decorated with sweet little birds and a woman’s face, and and even the pendulum boasts a gorgeous starburst design.

The clock dates to the 1950s and as the movement is by the famous German manufacturer Hermle, it still works as good as new. It sounds a pretty double strike too, to help everyone at The Dresden keep their appointments on time!

 

Paul Corrie interior with EuroLuxAntiques.com vintage clockFast forward and here’s the room Paul designed with the clock – you can see it to the left of the fireplace. I love how this classic and simple space is made so striking (forgive my pun) by the vintage clock and also the fireplace screen. Just a few special details add a sense of luxury. The tile work is lovely too, and Paul creates yet more visual interest by setting the mirror to one side above the fireplace, breaking up the symmetry. He’s got a great eye!

The Dresden by Paul Corrie Interiors, although you can't see the EuroLuxAntiques.com vintage clock from this angle. The layering of cool, neutral tones gives the room an air of elegant distinction, increasing the sense of space and lightHere’s another shot of the same room at The Dresden, although you can’t see the vintage clock from this angle. The layering of cool, neutral tones gives the room an air of elegant distinction, increasing the sense of space and light. The Toile de Jouy fabric on the armchair is delightful, adding a dash of pattern in the otherwise solid and plain colored upholstery. It draws the eye, without making the room too busy.

 

Isn't this an inviting space by Paul Corrie Interiors? His name often crops up in interior design magazines including Traditional Home, Metropolitan Home, and Home & DesignIsn’t this an inviting space? Paul makes the setting welcoming with the plumped-up cushions, vases of flowers, and a casual pile of books just waiting for someone to leaf through them. I can picture myself curling up here with a magazine and a cup of tea! I’d probably find myself reading about Paul Corrie, as his name often crops up in interior design magazines including Traditional Home, Metropolitan Home, and Home & Design.

Although Paul tends towards more contemporary design, he’s also influenced by the classic and very gracious homes in the nation’s capital. He’s been quoted as saying “I always like to pull in simple, timeless furnishings with clean lines” and we can see that in these photos. Who wouldn’t feel at home in these spaces he creates? Paul has recently been selected as the designer for the new DC Center for the LGBT community – yet another feather to add to his cap. Home & Design Magazine called Paul “a rising star” back in 2008, and it looks like his star has well and truly risen!

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 sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

Client Spotlight: Whitmire, SC

Julie and Bruce V. of nearby Whitmire, SC, love color and aren’t afraid to show it in their wonderful, old historic home.  They recently purchased two pieces, a large 1890 Louis XV oak buffet for their dining room and a highly carved antique Brittany armoire for their master bedroom.  Let’s look at how Julie and Bruce skilfully combine fine antiques with more modern furniture to seamlessly create an interior design that reflects their unique taste.

Julie and Bruce create a warm, inviting dining area using both antique and modern pieces.  The fantastic, heavy oak Louis XV buffet that they purchased from EuroLux Antiques is beautifully framed by centering it on the wall.  Note how the red hue of the wall burnishes the warm brown finish of the oak.  Stunning!  It always amazes me what a key role color plays — be it in the finish of the antiques or the colors in a room — in setting a mood.  This dining area has a welcoming look that invites a person to stay awhile.  Also note how Julie and Bruce play off the style of the gorgeous crystal chandelier by incorporating candlesticks with crystal pendants.  Small touches like this reinforce the design scheme.  Well done!

In the master bedroom, Julie and Bruce found a place for this sensational, carved chestnut Brittany armoire.  I want to point out how beautifully the color and finish of the antique armoire match the modern bed posts.  This bedroom is an absolutely great example of how it’s possible to seamlessly incorporate fine antiques (the Brittany armoire dates to 1890) into a modern home with new, fine furniture.

Here’s a wider shot of the master bedroom so you can see more of the design scheme.  Obviously, Julie and Bruce love red, and they know how to use it to bring a warm “pop” to each room.  Note, too, how the mirrored front of the buffet reflects the light to beautiful effect.

This blog post could have been titled “red done right” because Julie and Bruce never overwhelm their decor with their favorite color.  They use it judiciously to create an appealing environment for themselves — and their 7 (or is it 8 by now, Julie?) children!  Yes, you can live the antiques lifestyle with small children.  Julie and Bruce’s family is living proof of it!

Many thanks to Julie and Bruce for “inviting” all of us into their home by sharing photos of their lovely interior.  One of the best things about this business is finding great homes for old treasures and then hearing from our clients how they are putting these beautiful antiques to use in their lives.

If you’d like to see your decor featured on our blog, just drop us an e-mail! We’d love to hear from you.

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

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