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Bookshelf: French Style at Home

I’ve got French style on my mind because our latest container full of antique furniture just left Europe to travel to the USA! It’s due to arrive around Thanksgiving so we’ll have a lot of new inventory of French antiques and vintage home decor soon in our online gallery at EuroLuxHome.com.  I’m so looking forward to the arrival of the pieces we are bringing across the Atlantic for you, I’ve found some new books that are all about French style at home.

Private Houses of France

Books on French style at homeIf you’re in the mood for some serious opulence, take a tour of the grand homes in Private Houses of France: Living with History. The houses and castles featured in the book all illustrate important periods in the history of French decor. The fashion designer Givenchy’s Parisian townhouse is designed in the style of Napoleon III. The fabulous Château de Champchevrier pulls out the stops with the regal French Hunting style. Our customers who love Renaissance style will enjoy the allure of Château d’Anet, where King Henry II and Diane de Poitiers had their romantic trysts. Other readers will be swept away by the beauty of a Parisian manor house… sigh!

At Home with Madame Chic

Living with French Style at HomeThis lively book is written by Jennifer Scott, a Californian who first went to Paris as a foreign exchange student, then returned to live in Paris with her family years later. (This is a bit like my own story of falling in love with Europe, except I first went on a Study Abroad program to Florence, Italy, and then 11 years later launched a European Antiques import business with Greg!)

At Home with Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life talks about the effortless style and small comfortable details that make home a wonderful place to be every day.

Home Style by City

Home Style by City: French style at homeThe full title of this book is quite a mouthful. It’s: Home Style by City: Ideas and Inspiration from Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, and Copenhagen. So it’s not JUST about French style, but it does include an evocative section on what author Ida Magntorn describes as the “nonchalant elegance” of Paris. She takes readers into the homes of her vintage-loving friends in Paris to share their home decor tips. This book has a philosophy that, “Decorating is about telling a story in order to create ambience.”  The French style story is of course chic, romantic, and artfully spontaneous. It’s gently imperfect and tousled, making it look as though nobody has tried hard at all. (A casual French shrug of the shoulders!)

I hope you enjoy reading and taking some French style inspiration. If you have a tip on how to create French style at home, please do tell us 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 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: Spanish Style Madrid Dining Chairs

It’s always great to see how our customers’ homes look with the furniture they have purchased from us. Heidi’s chic dining room featuring our Madrid dining chairs is no exception!

Madrid Dining Chairs Spanish Style linen Heidi B. in North Attleboro, MA, purchased a set of ten Madrid dining chairs from us. Although the chairs are new, they are packed with Old World appeal.  The chairs are made with solid kiln-dried wood and crafted with traditional joinery and hand construction techniques. (We only work with reproduction furniture companies who meet our high standards for quality, finish, and value. Yes, we’re picky – but in the best possible way!)

As you can guess from the name, the Madrid dining chairs are influenced by traditional Spanish styling. The silhouette of the chair back and the turned spindle shaping of the front legs and stretcher help create the mood. A bold nailhead trim around the linen upholstery adds another authentic touch. The Madrid dining chairs are a perfect match for Spanish Mission style decor.

Madrid dining chair set

The Madrid dining chairs look amazing in Heidi’s home. The dining room continues that Old World Spanish feel with the big spiral candlesticks and a standing cross on the sideboard. Large glass pendant lights hung by chunky chains from the ceiling are a lovely feature too. The two lights are perfectly proportioned. They have enough heft to balance the substance of the dining table and chairs while also creating an alluringly luminous glow. The neutral linen fabric on the Madrid dining chairs pairs beautifully with the pale patterned carpet, and I think the nailhead trim on the chairs is one of those subtle details that helps pull the whole look together. Just delightful!

I bet Heidi and her husband are wonderful hosts and I can only imagine the festive dinner parties that take place in this inviting setting. I’m picturing tapas and a nice Spanish wine to continue the Old World flavor, but honestly I’d say yes to pizza and juice too! Thanks to Heidi for sharing this photo of her new Madrid dining chairs.

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.