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Client Spotlight: Antique French Renaissance Dining Chairs

We really admired this set of four antique French Renaissance dining chairs when we bought them and had them shipped back from Europe to America. We were delighted when Iris L. in Texas bought the antique French dining chairs and sent us a photo of them in her home.

Antique French Renaissance Dining Chairs

These are the antique French chairs carved in the Renaissance or Henry II style. The dining chairs date to about 1900 and they are very handsomely designed and carved in solid oak wood. We were impressed by the carvings of two birds nestled in the intricate flower design on the chair back. The pair of lions gazing out from the finials topping the chair posts also add a noble touch. The attractive brass handles on the top of the chairs are typical of antique French Renaissance chairs. In this photo, you can also see the legs with a carved bell or tassel just below the seat. These legs look wonderfully regal!

Antique French Dining Chairs

Iris sent us this photo of the four antique French Renaissance dining chairs in her dining room, and we love how they look! Iris agreed… she said “Love the Chairs.”
The chairs are the perfect match for Iris’ dining room, with that lovely wood floor and the very nice dining table. The traditional appeal of this dining room is hard to beat. The brass handles on the chairs create a nice silhouette ad the gallery of spindles set in the backs of the chairs also make a decorative statement. Overall – it’s a winner!

We are delighted that these beautiful antique French Renaissance dining chairs found such an elegant home. Thanks Iris for giving us a peek into your home!

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: Antique Chairs & Aztec Calendar Stone Table

I’ve got a great story for you today, one involving antique French Renaissance chairs, the famous Aztec calendar stone, and singer Axl Rose, of the band Guns N’ Roses!
Yep, it’s hard to see how those all fit together, but read on… I’ll start from the beginning.

Antique French Renaissance ChairsI met Bernard M. through our antique furniture store on Etsy. He asked about this set of antique French Renaissance chairs but he needed 8 chairs not 6.

The antique French Renaissance chairs Bernard liked are finely crafted in walnut wood with embossed leather upholstery. The 6 chairs date to 1900, carved with shells and swags. They have a lovely floral nailhead trim. So far, so good, but Bernard wanted 8 chairs not 6, so I suggested combining a similar set of antique Renaissance chairs that also featured embossed leather, spindle carvings, and those sexy curvy stretchers. He said yes!

Antique French Chairs in Hawaii

It turns out that all 12 chairs fit around his massive table that came with his new home in Hawaii. Bernard and Carol were in the process of moving from Switzerland to the Big Island, so we had to time the shipping of the chairs to arrive at approximately the same time as their load of furniture. Antique Chairs and Table

When Bernard shared the photos of the chairs, I had to find out about the unique table and he told me that the table is a reduced-scale (7ft diameter) reproduction of the Piedra del Sol. (See this Wikipedia entry for the history of the Aztec sun stone or calendar stone, one of the most famous works of Aztec sculpture.)

“We were told it was a gift — a housewarming present, perhaps — from Axl Rose, of the band Guns N’ Roses, to his band manager, the original owner of the house, which would make it about 25 years old,” said Bernard. “Obviously, unlike the original, it’s not stone! It’s not any synthetic stone either: it’s hollow metal, to keep the weight manageable and to render the very deep indentations of the original, painted to make it look like stone. (I am glad they did not attempt to paint it the way the original was thought to have been painted with very bright reds — for blood – plus blues and yellows, etc.)

Antique Chairs in Hawaii with kitten

“The pedestal does not really fit the style (it’s a classic motif of intertwined leafy branches), but it’s inconspicuous and so it’s OK,” continued Bernard. “There is no “original” for a pedestal for a round table from Aztec culture anyway.

“It was one of the two pieces of furniture from the sellers that we asked remain with the house — as the sellers themselves had obviously done when they had bought the house from the original owner,” said Bernard. “It is not a “comfortable” piece: it looks stunning in the space, but, once one looks at the designs on the top, it becomes disturbing.”
I guess that doesn’t bother the cute kitty stretched out on the antique Renaissance chairs!

Kitchen Window View in Hawaii

Bernard added: “The views are fantastic — I am attaching a pure view picture, taken from the window at the kitchen sink (makes washing dishes more pleasant, but slows down the pace ;-)

I love the view too — That would be the life! Thanks Bernard for telling us the story of the table. Your home is beautiful and we hope you continue to enjoy the antique French Renaissance chairs. They look terrific around the dining table. I think you’ll agree those are some well-traveled chairs (France to South Carolina to Hawaii) and that is one lucky cat!

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: French Antique Chairs in Sandoval Restaurant

A couple of years ago we sold a set of antique Renaissance chairs to Bart D.,  the director of Business Development for Richard Sandoval Restaurants. He was in charge of opening a new location of La Biblioteca, a tequila bar that offers more than 350 tequilas in Denver, CO.

Antique French Renaissance ChairsI’m delighted to hear that La Biblioteca has been a great success, and I’m even more delighted to think that our antique chairs feature as part of the décor in the bar and restaurant!

This is one chair from the set of six antique French Renaissance dining chairs.

They date to 1900 and each sturdy walnut chair boasts the original embossed dark brown leather on the seat and back, accented by a chunky nailhead trim.

Antique Renaissance Embossed Leather Chair

The leather is embossed with a decorative design of flowers and ribbons in the Louis XVI style. The rail of entwined ovals carved in the seat back add another strikingly ornamental touch that works well in a contemporary dining room.

French Antique chairs in restaurantHere are the antique French chairs in La Biblioteca restaurant in Denver. It’s near the Millennium Bridge in Denver’s RiverFront Park neighborhood and it’s the brainchild of international restaurateur, television personality and cookbook author, Chef Richard Sandoval. The original La Biblioteca location is in New York City on 3rd Avenue in Manhatten.

La Biblioteca Tequila LibraryBoth venues are based on Chef Sandoval’s “Library of Tequila” concept, serving up a menu of Latin-Asian cuisine and a collection of Sandoval’s personal favorite tequila selections including some aged up to 25 years.

I guess in Tequila Land that counts as a mellow old antique, so it’s fitting that diners get to enjoy some mellow antique furniture too!

La Biblioteca has received some wonderful press coverage. For example, Food And Wine magazine included the restaurant in their list of 7 Places to Drink Really Good Tequila.

The magazine added, “Sandoval’s superior menu includes guacamole with smoked trout, and tacos stuffed with skirt steak, Wagyu and chorizo.”

Mmm. Is there any chance that some Denver customers want Greg and me to personally deliver some antique furniture soon? That way we can stop over and try the tastes of La Biblioteca for ourselves. If you are one of our Colorado readers and you’ve been to La Biblioteca, we’d love to hear about it!

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 Decor Blog Posts 2013: Part 1

At the end of the year, it’s fun to look back over our most popular antiques and decor blog posts of 2013. We hope you’ve found useful tips about antiques and vintage furniture and home decor accents. We’re especially grateful to our customers who shared their home photos with us all. Their stories are a great source of decor inspiration to readers who subscribe to the blog by email or who follow us on our Facebook page. We love seeing our readers’ and fans’ comments too!

Here are the first of our (and your) favorite 12 antiques and decor blog posts of 2013. We’ll share the rest in our next post to welcome the new year!

1. How to Clean and Wax Antique Furniture

In our series on restoration tips and tricks we showed how to clean and wax antique furniture. Folks often think they have to strip and refinish their antique furniture. We say NO! Back away from that antique treasure! Stripping and refinishing will actually decrease the furniture’s value. Usually a proper clean is enough to refresh the beauty of the furniture and Greg walks you through how to clean antique furniture easily to give it the best TLC. (This series has been a real hit on our EuroLux Antiques YouTube channel too!)

2.  Heavily-Carved Antique Furniture Trend

French Brittany style chestnut buffet (1880) is a fab way to mix heavily carved antique furniture into your eclectic decor. EuroLuxAntiques.comInspired by an article in Oprah magazine about the home decor trend for mixing heavily carved antique furniture with contemporary furnishings, I wrote this post on heavily carved antique furniture. There are many different carved furniture styles, and the post showcased ways to blend carved furniture and accents into your home as unique pieces of hand-crafted history!

3. Upcycled Chandeliers!

A Spoondelier!High style upcycled chandelier crafted with 360 vintage silverplate spoons. EuroLuxAntiques.comI wrote about upcycled chandeliers after Tupelo Honey Cafe bought one from us for one of their new restaurants. These unique light fixtures are custom-made for us by an artist. The chandelier for the restaurant was actually created out of a vintage tea service, and you can see photos of it and others in our gallery in the upcycled chandeliers post. It was one of our most popular blog posts on Pinterest – the photos got lots of repins from our Pinterest boards.

4. Renaissance Chairs & Buffet in Chateau Home

French Renaissance Living RoomOur client spotlights showing our customers’ homes always rank among our most popular antiques and decor posts! Bob H. in Illinois lives in a gorgeous French Renaissance chateau style home and we loved sharing his story. Our Renaissance Chairs in Chateau Home post shows how the antique furniture he bought from us blended with the amazing armor and other design details in Bob’s home.

5. Red Renaissance Dining Room

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Susan D’s stunning red dining room inspired another popular client spotlight. Susan bought a set of 12 antique dining room chairs from us dating to 1900 with lion carvings and metal handles. The sturdy oak frames were in great shape but some of the chairs needed an upholstery makeover. You can see the finished effect, complete with a vintage chandelier and other great decor details in our post on Susan’s Renaissance dining room.

6. Stained glass in home decor

Stained glass in home decor windowIf the words “stained glass” remind you of old church windows – think again! Our post on stained glass in home decor showed how to enjoy the luminous color of stained glass in many delightful ways. Our related Dale Tiffany Lamps article explained how the Dale Tiffany lights we carry in our gallery are hand-crafted by glass artisans using traditional Louis Comfort Tiffany techniques, including a video of the artists at work!

BoxOKittlesAs a bonus, we just had to share this photo of Ozzy that we posted on our Facebook page along with other updates from our 8 furry friends who bring us so much joy in the gallery! Our cats and dogs often enjoy playing with our discarded packaging. But Ozzy, also known as Mr. Kittles, went one paw further when he found this grocery carton.  As Mr. Kittles says: “Sometimes you have to think outside the box!”

Browse the remaining six of our top 12 antiques and decor blog posts of 2013 at this link. We’d love to know which are your favorites! Meanwhile, everyone in the EuroLuxAntiques.com family wishes you a wonderful New Year!

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: Red Renaissance Dining Room

We recently mentioned that our client Susan D. in Metamora, IL, bought a set of twelve dining chairs from us for her Renaissance dining room. In that Antique Chair Upholstery Makeover post, we said we sometimes find vintage or antique chairs with a beautiful frame but the upholstery is worn. These chairs provide a great opportunity to our customers to update the upholstery to suit their own décor and taste. Or they can just reupholster the antique chairs in the original style to give the chairs a new lease on life.

Renaissance dining room chair

Antique Renaissance Dining ChairThis is exactly what Susan did so beautifully with the Renaissance dining room chairs dating to 1900. Seven of the twelve chairs needed new upholstery. As you can see, Susan did a great job and she also bought a vintage chandelier from us. Now she has sent us more photos of her handsome red Renaissance dining room with the chandelier hung and all the finishing touches in place. What a feast for the eyes!

Renaissance Dining Room in our client's homeThe Belgian oak chairs feature regal lion carvings and metal handles and they look terrific around her dining room table. The formal Renaissance dining room looks welcoming and opulent. It’s a wonderful example of décor that evokes the spirit of the original Renaissance Revival style, popular more than a century ago. European nobility and wealthy families loved the classic Renaissance aesthetic that first flourished in 15th century Italy. So they filled their homes with impressive and heavily-carved furniture crafted in that style. That’s how these fine chairs came into creation!

Vintage Hubert Bequet ChandelierThe vintagBequet Chandelier Glass Beadse Hubert Bequet chandelier Susan chose from our collection of vintage lighting suspends over the dining table. Also from Belgium, the 1950 burgundy chandelier fits perfectly with the Renaissance dining room décor. At two feet high and two feet wide, the scale is just right for the dining table. The Bequet chandelier has a sculptural ceramic body and the wine red color, painted with a floral design, looks warm and rich in the red dining room. Each ceramic candle cup on the eight metal arms is adorned with glass beads for a jewel-like effect. Lavish and lovely!

Renaissance Dining Room in our client's homeSusan has decorated her sideboard with a tapestry style runner that enhances the authentic air of the Renaissance dining room. The wine rack, candelabra, pitcher, and punch bowl add more touches of antiquity to the room décor. They are also practical when Susan is entertaining.

Red is a classic choice for dining room décor as it stimulates the appetite and conversation.  Renaissance dining room furniture always inspires a mood of gracious hospitality. By combining the two, Susan has created an inviting room that we are sure will be the venue for many elegant meals.

If you’re tempted by this splendid Renaissance dining room, give in to temptation and browse the selection of antique Renaissance style furniture in our gallery!

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!