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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.

Johnny Cash Boyhood Home and Royal Scottish Heritage

Antique table for Johnny Cash Boyhood HomeEver since the new Johnny Cash Boyhood Home museum in Dyess, Arkansas, bought an antique table from us, it’s been great to follow the progress of the house restoration. My first blog post about the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum described the history of the table and of the Dyess Colony. The Cash family moved there in 1935 as part of a New Deal experiment and they worked hard on the land to pay back their debt to the government.

My second blog post about the opening of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home includes a quick video tour around the inside of the restored house. You get a glimpse of our 1890 antique Mechelen table too! Johnny’s siblings Joanne Cash Yates and Tommy Cash remember having a table just like this in their childhood home. That blog post also explained how the family might have come to own such a valuable antique Mechelen table.

Antique table from EuroLuxAntiques.com in Johnny Cash Boyhood Home

Now the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home has opened, it is getting rave reviews!
“If Dad walked into the house today, he would have been overcome,” said Johnny’s eldest daughter Rosanne Cash in a Billboard.com article. She praised the fact that the house is “completely restored to a most meticulous and historic detail, because my Aunt Joanne and Uncle Tom have such great memories. They remember everything from the pots and pans, the curtains, and the linoleum on the floor.”

King Malcolm IV Johnny Cash ancestor

King Malcolm IV of Scotland

Johnny Cash was very interested in his family history going back even further than his childhood. The country music star researched his ancestry and traced it all the way back to Scotland. The man who wrote “King of the Hill” discovered that he was related to a real king: King Malcolm IV of Scotland.

In the year 1160, Malcolm IV’s niece – who was named either Cash or Cashel – married the Earl of Fife. Johnny learned that many roads and farms in Fife still carried the Cash name, and he visited to see for himself. He even recorded a Christmas special show there in 1981. You can imagine how surprised the local Scottish people were to see legendary Johnny Cash wandering around their town along with singer Andy Williams!

Fife also had a big linoleum industry, prompting the Scottish newspaper The Daily Record to make the joke that Cash’s hit song I Walk the Line should be renamed I Walk the Lino!

You can find out how to visit the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess, Arkansas at this link. Don’t forget to admire our antique table in the family dining room!

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: Castle in Charleston

I first heard from Brittany through our EuroLux Etsy store. She mentioned she was looking for furniture with lions and I told her she had come to the right place! She and her husband Greg drove over from Charleston, SC, in order to pick out a few pieces for their beautiful brand new home, which looks like it was plucked right out of the Loire Valley in France.

Client's home: A Castle in Charleston

Outfitting your own castle is a big job! Brittany and Greg are just getting started, but they want to take their time and find just the right antique pieces that speak to them.

Mechelen BuffetThe first piece that said, “Bring me home!” was a gorgeous antique Mechelen stained glass buffet with lots of carvings and lion’s heads. The buffet dates to 1900 and it boasts the original red, green and amber stained glass doors with a floral design.

The winged lions on the side supports are exceptionally pretty and the high-quality carvings on both the upper and lower cabinets of this buffet include many regal lions’ heads, some with a brass or gold toned ring, as well as male and female figures and faces.

Its new home is in the dining room just off Brittany’s gorgeous kitchen. The large dining table and chairs haven’t arrived yet, but you can imagine how grand the dinner parties will be! The view from the kitchen and dining room looks out over an inter-coastal marsh – imagine the beautiful sunsets Brittany and Greg will enjoy while dining.

Antique Mechelen buffet in castle home

Another handsome piece that whispered to Greg was a monumental Renaissance sideboard with massive lion’s paw feet. This piece will now reside in the formal living room, which is the first thing one sees after entering up the front stairs and through the double, solid-wood castle doors. It’s more than 8 feet long, so it makes quite an impression:

Antique sideboard Eventually Brittany and Greg will find the perfect piece of art or perhaps a gorgeous mirror to go over the French 1880 sideboard. Here’s another view of the antique Mechelen buffet. It looks so splendid against the rich wood floors and that ornate chandelier.

Mechelen antique buffet in castle homeWe love that Brittany and Greg are taking their time and filling their home with just the right pieces rather than buying everything at once. A layered, lived in look is so much more interesting. And in November, Brittany and Greg are expecting little Italia – baby will make three in their castle by the sea! We wish you both a big congratulations and will keep an eye out for more gorgeous pieces for your beautiful home!

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.

Johnny Cash Home Opens – With Our Antique Table!

Back in January I told you about the antique table that the new Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum in Dyess, Arkansas, bought from us. The good news is that the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum will have its grand opening on August 16!

Antique table for Johnny Cash Boyhood HomeMy earlier post about the Mechelen oak table in the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home explained that the heavily-carved antique table is just like one that the Cash family owned. That’s why the Arkansas Heritage Sites Office bought it from EuroLux Antiques.com to go in the restored Johnny Cash house dining room.

The antique table was crafted in Belgium in around 1890 in the Flemish Renaissance style. I asked Dr. Ruth Hawkins, director of Arkansas Heritage Sites at Arkansas State University, how the family came to own such an ornate and expensive table. I learned that the family remembers it was one of the few things that their mother brought with her to Dyess in 1935 and it was very old at that time.

Antique table from EuroLuxAntiques.com in Johnny Cash Boyhood HomeI recently saw a show called Ring of Fire at the Newberry Opera House, which tells the life of Johnny Cash through his songs. The show mentions that the ancestral Cash family had been wealthy Southern planters until the Civil War, when their home was destroyed by Union troops and the family was set adrift. It would make sense that the table came from this Southern plantation and was one of the remaining family heirlooms.

I was also interested to learn that apparently Johnny Cash was interested in his family history. He really researched his ancestry and traced it all the way back to Scotland. I’ll tell you about that in a post on another day.


This video is fun – it takes a look around the inside of Johnny Cash’s Boyhood Home. You get a quick glance of our antique table too! Look out for it in the part where they say, “Most of the furniture has to be replaced by period accurate pieces.”

The Grand Opening of the Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash will be on Saturday, August 16, 2014. That’s the day after the Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, AR.  Johnny Cash’s daughter Roseanne Cash will speak at the opening ceremony, and so will Joanne Cash Yates and Tommy Cash, the younger siblings of Johnny Cash and consultants for the museum.

It’s free to go to the opening ceremony but if you want to take a tour of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home too, tickets costs $10. Find all the information at this link and here is a schedule for the day.

You can read more about the fascinating background to the house and the Historic Dyess Colony at my previous post on the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum. If you like the striking design of the antique table, learn more about Mechelen style antique furniture. 

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.

Client Spotlight: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum

We were thrilled and honored when the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum bought an antique table from us. The new Johnny Cash Boyhood Home opens in Dyess, Arkansas, this year, and this beautifully carved table will be in the Cash family dining room!

Antique table for Johnny Cash Boyhood Home

The Mechelen oak table is in the Flemish Renaissance style, dating to 1890. It was hand-crafted in Belgium with heavily-carved details typical of antique Mechelen furniture. Carved lion heads peer out from the four corners of the carved apron, and the table stands on five massive carved legs. We found the table at an antiques market in Belgium and brought it back to the U.S. We’re very glad we did because the table is just like one that the Cash family owned.

Joanne Cash Yates and Tommy Cash, the younger siblings of Johnny Cash, are consultants for the new Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum. Both were born and raised in Dyess and they have good memories of the furnishings in their childhood home. They have described the rooms to the Arkansas Heritage Sites Office at Arkansas State University so that all the right furniture can be found.

That’s how Dr. Ruth Hawkins of Arkansas State University came to contact us. She saw that we had an antique table fitting the description of the Cash family dining table, and we shipped it to her in November.

Johnny Cash Boyhood Home DIning Room

Here it is in the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home dining room in Dyess – Dr. Hawkins said it is perfect in the house! The Cash family moved here in 1935 when President Roosevelt’s administration created the Dyess Colony in a New Deal experiment. The government built 500 colony houses for out-of-work farmers to move in, clear the land, and convert it to agriculture with the aim of eventually paying the government back. The Cash family was given a five-room house and 20 acres of land… and they did indeed pay off their debt!

Johnny Cash Boyhood Home dining room table Young Johnny Cash lived there from age 3 until he went into the Air Force in 1950. If you saw the motion picture “Walk the Line” you’ll have spotted the house in the movie. Arkansas State University now owns the house and they are busy restoring it. The last we heard, it is due to open in April 2014.

I will tell you more background on the Cash family table and the museum itself when the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home opens. Meanwhile, you can track the progress of the house at the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Facebook page.

A fascinating list of household items already gathered and others still needed is on the Johnny Cash Household Registry site. They are looking for items ranging from 1930′s mops and brooms to a flour barrel with a wooden cover. Who knows? Maybe you’ll have one of those pieces to help the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home out. Then your name will be on a donors’ plaque at the historic house!

You can also see more about the distinctive Mechelen style antique furniture in my earlier blog post.

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.

Client Spotlight: Antique Carved Furniture Fusion

Rick and Cheri J. enjoy visiting our little town of Newberry! They enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, small town charm, and our wonderful Newberry Opera House. They usually try to plan a weekend get-away to Newberry several times a year to catch a few shows and enjoy prime rib or shrimp and grits at one of our local restaurants, Cabana Cafe. Of course, they also spend some time visiting our EuroLux Antiques gallery on Main street.

Rick and Cheri have purchased quite a few pieces from us over the years. I love the fact that they have a strong sense of their own taste… they follow their hearts in choosing furniture for their home. They aren’t restricted by some idea that they must select pieces all in the same style. They do like antique carved pieces, but they are bold in mixing up styles to create a unique furniture fusion! Let me show you what I mean.

Antique carved French Renaissance buffet

Rick and Cheri chose this beautiful 1900 French Renaissance buffet in walnut with a marble top. The antique carved buffet boasts whimsical jesters at the top. The buffet graces a wall adjacent to the dining table. Notice the table is set and is complete with a bottle of champagne!

Antique carved buffet

Antique carved French 1880 Hunting style vanity

They also chose an antique carved Hunting style vanity for the bedroom. The 1880 French vanity table in walnut features barley twist legs, bun feet, and a lovely marble top.

Antique carved 1880 French vanity

Their beloved Akita guards the vanity in its new home in Rick and Cheri’s bedroom! I can’t decide which is more gorgeous – the dog or the vanity! Together they make an adorable tableau.

The couple also recently purchased a Flemish Renaissance Mechelen table. The antique carved oak table dates to 1900. Splendid carved lions’ heads keep watch from each corner, and the deep apron is adorned with a carved pattern to set off the floral design on the five nicely turned legs.

Antique carved Mechelen table Rick and Cheri plan to use the table as a desk, paired with this handsome Eastlake Chair that they bought from us. The very fine arrow-shaped silhouette on the crest rail is just one highlight of the antique carved walnut Eastlake chair. The chair was crafted in the USA circa 1900, and it is typical of the Eastlake style that was so popular in America in that era.

Antique carved Eastlake chair

Antique carved French Brittany 1880 nightstand with marble topFinally, although he wasn’t sure where it would go in their home yet, Rick picked out a chestnut nightstand in the Brittany style. The French nightstand features an enchanting red marble top. It’s rare to find such ornate decoration on the back rail, but this antique carved nightstand dating to 1880 has it all! Two figures of a man and a woman recline in a pastoral scene beneath trees, a farm house, and a windmill, and the door medallion contains a cameo of a dashing male figure.

Although from around the same era, all these antique carved pieces are in different styles: Eastlake, Brittany, Renaissance, and Mechelen. And they all work brilliantly together in a fantastic furniture fusion!

 

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

Best of July 2013: High Style for High Summer

We’ve explored high style for high summer in many of our July blog posts. Topics included the glitzy design of a French palace, traditional royal nursery decor, and a star-studded antique armoire in our gallery. But high style comes in many guises, so let’s revisit some of our favorite July posts.

High Style with a 1710 Louis XIV armoire owned by late movie critic Gene Siskel. On consignment at EUROLUXANTIQUES.COMI was thrilled to write the story behind this month’s Star Buy Louis XIV Armoire. Dating to 1710, the wonderful antique Louis XIV armoire currently on consignment in our gallery was owned by the late movie critic, Gene Siskel. He bought it at the Biennale de Paris art festival. The walnut armoire or closet is beautifully decorated with a star design in relief on each of the two doors. As the armoire was crafted in France 300 years ago during the reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV, I started thinking about Louis XIV’s great legacy: The Palace of Versailles. The palace is on on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and visitors from all over the world still flock to see it. Greg and I went too! The interiors are jaw-dropping, as you see in my post on Palace of Versailles historic interiors.

1900 Mechelen Buffet Stained Glass DoorThe French don’t have a monopoly on high style, although Mechelen style antique furniture was influenced by the French Hunting style. Mechelen furniture hails from the Belgian city of Mechelen and it is heavily-carved with exotic details like lions’ heads. I explained the history and how to recognize these lovely antiques in my post What is Mechelen Style Antique Furniture? I also looked at traditional and comforting farmhouse decor, which appeals to city-dwellers as much as it does to those who live in the country. The farmhouse look often relies on a few simple details, as described in my tips on how to create farmhouse style.

The world’s media was all abuzz over the arrival of Princess Kate and Prince William’s first baby. Every baby is a prince or princess, even if it’s not heir to a throne and I gave ideas on designing a traditional style nursery. I was inspired by interior designers’ pictures of how the new royal nursery might look.

High style upcycled chandelier crafted with 360 vintage silverplate spoons. EuroLuxAntiques.comUpcycled chandeliers were the topic of one of our client spotlights this month. We helped the new Tupelo Honey Cafe that recently opened Greenville, SC, by providing an upcycled chandelier to add to the restaurant’s smart contemporary decor. The chandelier really is high style in more ways than one – you have to look up to see it! The upcycled chandeliers in our gallery illustrate the upcycling trend perfectly. Upcycling is a creative way of taking vintage items to refashion them into something completely different. For example, the spoondelier in this picture was custom-made by an artist using 360 vintage silverplate spoons.

Antique chairs get a new sense of high style after reupholstery. EuroLuxAntiques.comOn a similar note, we enjoyed hearing about this antique chair upholstery makeover by our client Susan. She gave new life to a set of twelve oak Renaissance style chairs she purchased from us. Our descriptions of the antique chairs at EuroLuxAntiques.com always mention if the upholstery needs replacing, and those chairs offer great value for money. They also offer the opportunity to add your own high style stamp by choosing your own upholstery fabric and colors.

I hope as we head into the high summer month of August, you’re enjoying high style in your own home, however that looks to 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 you can sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

What is Mechelen Style Antique Furniture?

Mechelen style antique furniture is very distinctive and exotic. It is heavily hand-carved with foliage and typically a pride of roaring lion heads too! People who know the Mechelen look often fall in love with it, but many Americans are not that familiar with this Flemish furniture style.

Mechelen Style Antique Furniture - this buffet dates to 1900This wonderful antique buffet currently in our gallery is an excellent example of the Mechelen style. It dates to 1900 and is superbly carved with winged lions on the side. Lions’ heads on the cabinets are embellished with metal rings and the craftsmen added carved figures and faces of people, as an extra decorative touch. Mechelen style antique furniture typically features dark woods, like the rich oak in this sideboard or sometimes walnut. You’ll often see stained glass as well. The original stained glass in the doors on this buffet features a striking floral design.

So how did the Mechelen style develop? In the early 16th century, Mechelen in Belgium was the capital of the Low Countries. We know these countries today as the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Mechelen enjoyed prosperity and power thanks to its cloth trade. But in 1572 the city was sacked and burned during the Eighty Years’ War. Brussels, about 15 miles away, became the new capital.

You’d think that would be the end of Mechelen, yet the city rose from the ashes and grew famous for its furniture. Furniture crafted in Mechelen at the end of the 16th century was heavily carved as a Belgian take on the Hunting Style popular in France to decorate hunting lodges and castles for royalty and aristocrats.

1920 Oak Dining Table is typical of Mechelen style antique furnitureUsing imagery from the natural world and the hunt, Mechelen style antique furniture is lavishly adorned with stylized leaves, berries and fruit, and often boasts handsomely carved lion heads, as you can see in these pictures. This Mechelen oak dining table from 1920 boasts lions on each corner, and foliage and flowers on the apron and legs. The 5-leg table has a center pedestal that eliminates the need for stretchers, so your guests have more room to stretch their own legs!

Petite Oak Buffet is a fine example of Mechelen style antique furnitureIn the 19th century, the Dutch-speaking city of Mechelen played an important role as a hub in the new-fangled European railway network. Mechelen’s beautifully crafted and ornate furniture became even more popular as it was easy to send it by rail to customers far and wide! This petite antique oak buffet is from that era, dating to 1900 and carved with leaves, flowers, and acorns or nuts, as well as the traditional lions’ heads.1900 Mechelen Buffet Stained Glass Door
The pretty floral stained glass on the upper door is original and it’s quite amazing to think that this glass has survived over a century! Although Mechelen style antique furniture is always sturdy, this sideboard is unusual in its trim size. At just over 3 feet wide it is nicely proportioned to fit a modern home if you don’t have a hunting lodge or chateau at your disposal!

I’d love to hear what you think about this look. Is it new to you or are you a fan already? Ask me any questions about Mechelen style antique furniture in the comment 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 to receive this blog in your inbox!