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Client Spotlight: Dale Tiffany Lamps Fly to Mexico!

Dale Tiffany Lamp Simon Table LampJeri contacted me to see if I could ship a pair of beautiful crystal and chrome Dale Tiffany lamps to her home in Mexico. This is the Dale Tiffany lamp that Jeri chose for her living room. She explained that she and her husband had retired to Puerto Vallarta so I couldn’t help but ask some questions to find out more!

It turns out that that they fell in love with Puerto Vallarta after visiting on a vacation and then returning for dental work. She and her husband sold everything and flew down to Mexico with five suitcases and a Siamese cat. What a lucky cat!

Jeri jokingly said that all of their friends and family thought they were crazy doing something so unpredictable at the age of 72.

Dale Tiffany Lamps Simon Table LampsJeri is now refurnishing her condo and spent a year searching in Mexico for just the right lamps, but couldn’t find the what she wanted. I was thrilled to help decorate her retirement condo in Mexico. You can see the pair of new Dale Tiffany lamps (item number DY-550) on the two end tables by the sofa. They look very elegant and the crystal and chrome design of the lamps reflect the light and bright feel in the room. They are a wonderful match for the  tasteful neutral decor. The two Dale Tiffany lamps also create a frame around the focal point of that terrific piece of art over the sofa.

View from our client's window of her retirement condo in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Of course, I asked to see the view out of the window that the lamps will now enjoy – and what a view it is! Jeri lives on the marina and enjoys a view of big beautiful yachts.

Thanks for sharing the photos of your home, Jeri. We don’t think you are crazy at all and we wish you many happy years in your Puerto Vallarta home, illuminated by your new Dale Tiffany lamps. Now I am dreaming of sailing away, or at least of visiting Jeri in Mexico!

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.

Traditional Irish Home Decor

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on March 17. Rather than tell you how to make green beer :-) I thought I’d share home decor inspiration from some beautiful traditional Irish houses.

Montalto House Irish Renovation

This is Montalto House, a mansion in the lovely green countryside of County Down, Northern Ireland. The house was built in 1760 and it sits in 600 acres of parkland. (I wouldn’t want to have to mow THAT lawn!)

In 2010, architects finished a major restoration on the house interiors.

This is the library – doesn’t it make you want to curl up with a good read? The burnt umber wall color creates warmth and sets the tone for the room. A roaring fire and lighting from the table lamp and wall sconces add more atmosphere. I also spy a brass or copper chandelier overhead. This room proves that good lighting from several sources makes a big difference to the feel of the space.

Here is the kitchen. It looks just as you’d think an Irish country house kitchen should look! I love the old metal chandelier and the deep farmhouse sink, also known as a Belfast sink.  Montalto House is now a venue for private events like weddings and it is full of Irish and European antiques and art.

A little more modest and more realistic for most of us, this is a very nicely designed Arts and Crafts movement house just outside Dublin. Once again we have a blazing fire! I guess it is chilly sometimes in the Emerald Isle. Heavy wood furniture, barley twist legs on the coffee table and William Morris fabric all add to the sense of traditional comfort in this period home.

Upstairs in the bedroom of the Arts and Crafts house, the rusty red textured wallpaper has only been applied below the picture rail. It was the same with the olive green walls in the living room photo. Keeping the bold color below the picture rail means that it isn’t too overwhelming. It also visually lowers the high ceilings to make the rooms a bit more cozy.

Here is another traditional home in Dublin – it welcomes us in at once! The dark brown wood style wallpaper gives an Old World feel and shows that dark walls don’t make the room itself dark if the actual lighting is good! This living room seems to enjoy tons of natural light, as well as a handsome chandelier to add a glow in the evening.

Woodbridge Irish pedestal tableLooking at the wood furniture in the Dublin living room, I think that this Woodbridge Furniture Company drinks table that we sell would fit in very nicely! The new Howth drinks table is inspired by original 18th century Irish antique furniture designs.

The patterned table top is crafted with a swirl mahogany veneer and English brown oak burl. With the fluted pedestal column too, the table looks incredibly authentic.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If we can’t make it to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day, at least we can all dream by looking at these amazing traditional Irish houses. Have you been to Ireland? What did you like about the decorative styles there?

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.

Romantic Bedroom Decor

Vintage Valentine CardWith Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’m inspired to think about romantic bedroom decor.  Of course, romance is in the eye of the beholder. If you’ve just fallen in love then anywhere is romantic… The same goes if you are as happily married as Greg and I are. We celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary this year and we are just as in love as ever. I am still thinking up a romantic surprise for him for Valentine’s Day. (Shh! Don’t tell him!) However, it’s sometimes a challenge to find a quiet space to snuggle up with your sweetheart when you’ve got 8 cats and dogs eager to come snuggle up with you, like Greg and I do. And you know… I wouldn’t change a thing!

I enjoyed looking at the romantic bedroom decor in these photos, and I hope you get some ideas too.

Romantic Bedroom Decor White ROom This beautiful white bedroom is softly seductive and proves that you don’t have to paint a room pink to create a romantic atmosphere! The gauzy draped chairs and pure light set the tone, and a fabulous vintage chandelier adds a sultry and inviting touch. The feather boa in the cat basket on the floor gives me a chuckle. Our adorably mischievous cat Lenny would have a fine time playing with that!

traditional romantic bedroom decor

By Johns Creek Interior Designers & Decorators Janie K. Hirsch, ASID

In general, romantic bedroom decor tends to rely on pale or pastel tones – sweet lavender, delicate blue, warm peach, and yes, the very feminine pink! Layering different shades of the same color will give more depth and sophistication to the boudoir. Flowing window treatments and gently distressed furniture add to the sense of comfort.

Romantic bedroom decor with toile de jouy

By New York Interior Designers & Decorators Anthony Baratta LLC

A canopy or four-poster bed always sparks up the romance factor. (We have some gorgeous traditional beds in the gallery, including some by Ambella Home and Jonathan Charles.) Toile de Jouy is a classic choice if you want pattern in your wallpaper or bed linens but prefer to avoid florals. It immediately adds a French accent to your romantic bedroom decor. You don’t have to go as all-out toile as the photo above though.  I think it is delightful but if you prefer a lighter touch…

Romantic Bedroom Decor pink toile This French Country bedroom limits the pretty red toile fabric to the bed linens and breezy drapes, with a few matching plates as wall decorations.

Romantic bedroom decor with mural

A fairy-tale lace bed canopy and soft peachy walls provide the allure in this romantic bedroom decor. The curvy lines of the furniture add to the sensuous mood. Notice the lovely mural too. A cute white pup is optional!
Cherub light
Chalkware Guardian Angel
Cherubs and angels add a sweet note to romantic bedroom decor. The Italian cherub chandelier on the left in our gallery is made from an antique wooden cherub serenading you with a lute. The vintage gilded chalkware angel above dates to around 1950 and as it hails from France, it surely knows the language of love!
Jonathan Charles Leather ChairIf you literally want to add hearts to your bedroom, we rather like the range of new Jonathan Charles heart chairs in the gallery. Crafted in walnut and leather, the chairs add a romantic note without being too fussy. I think this green leather chair would look especially wonderful before a dressing table or vanity.

What is your idea of romantic bedroom decor? Is it about the color scheme, the fabrics, or is there some special accent that makes your heart flutter? Do you have a romantic boudoir? We’d love to see photos, or tell us about it in the comments box below.

 

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

Gothic Chandeliers: Castles, Dragons, Romance

With Halloween just around the corner, we’ve been admiring the Gothic chandeliers and other spooky light fixtures in our gallery. They would make great talking points at a Halloween party, but of course vintage Gothic chandeliers add character and Old World atmosphere to a home at any time of year. Here are some of our favorite Gothic chandeliers from all the lighting in our gallery right now and others that give a sense of Gothic novel romance. Which is your favorite?

Game of Thrones Gothic ChandelierGame of Thrones fans will love the fantasy castle carved on this vintage 1930 French Brittany style chandelier. The four castle turrets rise up to create magical, mysterious drama and the castle even boasts drawbridges to support the five copper lamps. It hangs from chunky chains that look like they’ve been dragged straight from the castle dungeons!

Dragon Gothic ChandelierThere be dragons! Six carved dragons “breathe fire” into the electric candles of this fabulous 1950 French Gothic chandelier. The dragons with ornate wings suspend from metal chains from the oak ceiling cap. The dark oak wood and metal chains add to the medieval fantasy flavor, but we’ve found that the dragons are quite tame!

Eagle Gothic ChandelierFrom dragons to eagles! Six fabulous Gothic carved eagles perch atop this awesome chandelier, holding the glass shades in their beaks. The six lights cast a moody glow on the wise and powerful eagles as they watch over the world below. The 1950 French Gothic chandelier is carved in oak and the dark wood truly accents the striking silhouette of the eagles for maximum drama.

Boho style Mission chandelierHere’s a rather more romantic chandelier for Lords and Ladies of mystery. You can imagine it starring in a Gothic novel, lighting the ballroom in a mansion on the misty moors! Six decoratively wrought arms and sensuously designed curlicues and serpenting s-shapes create the thrilling allure of this quite sexy 1950 French black metal chandelier. Flowing velvet gowns are optional.

Heavy French Gothic Chandlier 1950The classic appeal of this large and heavy 1950 French Gothic chandelier is enhanced by the coachlight-style body. It summons up images of a ghostly horse-drawn coach racing through the night, driven by a shadowy black-cowled figure cracking his whip! The frosted glass lamps and spiky finials on the aged brass-tone metal all add to the cool Gothic chandelier vibe.

Don’t be a phantom! Tell us in the comments box below: Which one of these spooky, dramatic, or just plain Gothic novel romantic chandeliers gives you thrills?

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.

Light Your Home Beautifully: 3 Tips

Lighting can have a bigger impact on a room’s mood than even color or furniture. Those latter two attributes may give you a quick impression of a room’s decor — Victorian, mid-century modern, shabby cottage — but lighting can transform any design scheme from cool to warm literally with the flick of a switch.

Here are three tricks for creating mood with your home lighting.

When you choose a light fixture for your home, think not only about where you plan to locate it or the style of your decor but also about how the fixture will affect the way the light is displayed within the setting. For example, a large crystal chandelier makes a certain statement in its opulence, but it also tends to scatter bright light, which results in dazzling patterns dancing on the ceiling and walls. You can control the level of this effect by hooking your antique or vintage crystal chandelier up to a dimmer switch.

Stained glass wall sconces can create extraordinarily warm accent lighting, depending on the color of the glass. Enclosed sconces that mount flush against the wall tend to push light back against the wall, allowing only a small amount through the glass. This creates a cozy glow and sense of intimacy. Glitzy reproduction candle sconces, on the other hand, can cast a lot of light into a small area. These fixtures can help brighten large spaces.

Pendant fixtures come in an array of styles, and some of them act like sconces in that they push light toward the ceiling as well as directing light downward through the glass shade. These lights make great fixtures for entryways because they provide enough light to illuminate the darkness but also cast warm shadows onto the ceiling for a welcoming touch.

Of course, you always want to include a variety of light sources within your design scheme, including up lights that cast light up from the floor, floor and table lamps that illuminate their immediate surroundings, and chandeliers or flush-mount ceiling fixtures that cast light downward. By integrating each type of lighting into your design, you’ll be able to set any mood you desire.

 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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