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Paris Ritz Renovates Traditional Antique French Decor

I am pleased that the Paris Ritz renovation is finally completed and the hotel is open again! Here at EuroLuxHome.com we import all our fine antique furniture from Europe (hence the name!) and although some of the furniture comes from other European countries, most is from France. Paris is close to our hearts and the Paris Ritz is an icon. The building on Place Vendôme is beautiful and it is packed with antique furniture. So let’s see how it looks now, because even if we can’t all afford to stay there, we can enjoy the beautiful antique décor.

Ritz Paris Windsor SuiteThe photo above of the Windsor Suite gives a taste of what to expect. When Swiss hotelier César Ritz bought this private palace built in the early 18th century, he planned to turn it into a luxury hotel with: “All the refinement that a prince could desire in his own home.” He did a good job of it because when the Ritz opened in 1898 the most influential people started to stay there.  The Ritz boasted a private bathroom with each guest room! In those days, this was an unheard-of amenity. Boy, how times have changed. Even a Motel 6 room has its own bathroom now!

Paris Ritz Imperial Suite

In 2012 the current owner closed the Paris Ritz in order to restore it back to its former glory. The hotel is famous for its traditional 18th-century French décor, splendid and opulent, but the antique furniture and decorative items needed some work.

Ritz Paris suiteThey had craftsmen restore the antique furniture and light fixtures, and apparently the hotel expected a lot from the artisans who did the restorations. For example, some of the antique chairs were repainted 15 times to restore them to their original authentic colors!

Marie Antoinette Room Paris RitzAntique objects and art still fill the Ritz Paris after the renovation, and some of the suites replicate the furnishings that reflect the décor styles of the famous names that once stayed at the hotel. For example, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Coco Chanel, and Marcel Proust all had their individual styles. This is the Salon Proust:

salon Proust Paris Ritz

The New York-based French architect and designer Thierry W. Despont was in charge of this precious renovation. Yikes, he had to carry a lot of responsibility. He had to keep the essence of the hotel but also allow for modern technology to be included, and hey… as a New York architect he certainly knew that they had to upgrade the air-conditioning system!

It seems that the renovations at the Paris Ritz have been very popular. It looks like they did a great job of it. If you’ve stayed at the Paris Ritz since it reopened, tell us about it on the blog or even send some photos… we’d love to see them!

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.

Historic Newberry Main Street in the News

We were delighted to see this TV news story about some friends of ours who just renovated a loft near our gallery on Main Street, Newberry, SC. Barbara and Franklin Miller are a very entrepreneurial couple. They also opened a “pop-up” retail space which featured local artists’ works including Franklin’s beautiful paintings. That “pop-up” venture is finished now but it’s another great example of the type of innovation happening here on Main Street!

EuroLux Antiques Gallery Newberry Main StreetIn my last blog post celebrating the 10 year anniversary of EuroLux Antiques, I explained how we’d moved to Main Street in Historic Downtown Newberry about a year and a half after we started the business.

I have always been a big supporter of the City of Newberry and we’ve been very happy with our move to Main Street. The City of Newberry is very progressive and super-supportive of local merchants. I’ve served on marketing committees where the City has openly solicited feedback from merchants and engaged in a dialogue in order to listen to our ideas.

Newberry OktoberfestThe City has also provided free Wi-Fi for the convenience of shoppers downtown, and it organizes quite a few festivals throughout the year. I’ve written before about how much Greg and I enjoy Newberry Oktoberfest. It’s just one of the events that draw people to our area. Visitors soon learn why we’re known as the City of Friendly Folks!

The City’s new initiative to provide a 90% grant for local business and property owners to fix up their buildings is fantastic in my opinion. I believe more than 20 businesses have participated. Their plans have ranged from fresh coats of paint for peeling buildings to beautiful, colorful awnings that brighten up the street.

EuroLux Antiques on Newberry Main Street

Flower boxes outside EuroLux Antiques and The Computer Doctor

The City recently planted trees up and down Main Street and even started a flower box program, where large planters were placed outside of businesses up and down Main Street and filled with seasonal flowers. All we have to do is promise to water them. I’d say that is a great deal!

The City also prints a Shopping and Dining Guide featuring all the downtown merchants, and does extensive radio, television, print and billboard advertising to draw folks from surrounding areas to Downtown. Historic Newberry is simply a wonderful place to do business and a great place to call home!

Our EuroLux Antiques gallery on Main Street doesn’t have an upstairs that we can convert into a loft like the Millers did. However, we also own 1407 Main Street, next door to EuroLux Antiques, where Greg fixes computers and cell phones in his business The Computer Doctor. That building does have an upstairs loft. When we bought the building years ago we planned to renovate, like the Millers did, and convert it into an upstairs loft apartment.

Our Newberry antiques gallery

Squiggy in the window, welcoming people to the gallery!

We ended up finding our little 1920s bungalow that we’re renovating. Since it had a yard for the dogs, we decided it was a better place to live than the loft. We do plan to renovate the loft in the future though as it is a very cool space. There is a neat historic story behind our Newberry Main Street building – I’ll tell you about that another time!

If you plan to visit us in Newberry, SC, you’ll find lots of good information at the City of Newberry’s website, including all the local shops and restaurants, and the places to go antiquing. Come by and say hi!

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. Find us on Facebook or 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!

Client Spotlight: Antique Chair Upholstery Makeover in Illinois

We often find vintage or antique chairs on our buying trips that are perfectly gorgeous, but the upholstered seat is showing its age! The seat caning needs to be fixed or the upholstery needs to be replaced. If the chair frame is beautiful quality and in good shape, then we go ahead and buy the chair anyway. We know someone will love to get their hands on it as we often work with customers and interior designers who just know their own taste. They look past the old upholstery or broken caning, and can see that an upholstery makeover will give the antique chair frames a whole new life.

Antique Chair with Lion Carvings and HandlesHere’s a case in point! Our client Susan D. in Metamora, IL purchased a set of twelve Renaissance style chairs from us. The Belgian chairs date to 1900 and feature regal lion carvings and metal handles. The sturdy oak frames were in superb condition, but seven of the twelve chairs needed to be reupholstered. As you can see from the photos, they turned out wonderfully! Susan did a terrific job in having these dining chairs reupholstered to suit her taste. The rich red looks gloriously opulent against the dark oak wood.

 

Set of 12 Antique Chairs in the Renaissance Style. EuroLuxAntiques.com

Antique Chair 1900 Belgium Renaissance StyleAntique chairs after reupholstery. EuroLuxAntiques.com
By the way, the color red is often recommended for dining rooms, as it is meant to stimulate the appetite – as well as conversation! (For more red inspirations, see our spotlight on Julie and Bruce in Whitmire, SC, who enjoy decorating with red including in the dining room.)

Vintage Hubert Bequet Chandelier. EuroLuxAntiques.comSusan just purchased this lovely vintage chandelier to hang over the dining table and match the red in the chairs. The Belgian chandelier by Hubert Bequet dates to 1950 and I think we can all see that the deep burgundy red of the ceramic body will look fabulous in Susan’s dining room!

Although most of the antique chairs at EuroLuxAntiques.com are in good shape on the upholstery and caning, we almost always have a few that would welcome some TLC. It’s just a fact of life that upholstery wears out when you’re dealing with very old, original antique chairs. But they offer great value for money and give you the chance to add your own style stamp. You can upholster all the chairs the same way, or get creative and design smaller sets: Two sets of six or three sets of four.

If you don’t want to find a specialist to reupholster your chairs, this HGTV DIY tutorial shows How to Re-Cover a Dining Room Chair and Better Homes and Gardens has a Chair Upholstery Step-By-Step Guide.

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!

Best of the Month: November 2012

As November winds down, I thought I’d round up the most popular blog posts of the month, items from our Facebook page, and stuff we loved around the web. Enjoy!

Cheap Magazines

If you love to read about decorating, you might be interested in this offer from Hearst Magazines (which we originally ran on our Facebook page). Through December 13, 2012, you can give or get a subscription to any of their 18 titles for just $5 per year! Wowser. Take your pick of popular decorating magazines like Elle Decor and Country Living, lifestyle magazines like Town & Country and Cosmopolitan, and guy titles like Car & Driver and Popular Mechanics. Note this isn’t an affiliate link. It’s just a good deal I’d thought I’d pass along!

Vintage Life: To Side or Not to Side

In the continuing adventure of our bungalow renovation, this post about our decision to re-side the house with HardiPlank generated helpful comments and advice from readers. Oh, and did we mention when we pulled the old siding down we found termites? Great.

Upcycling: Fine China as Flowerpots

 

I’m a fan of re-using and re-purposing old objects, including furniture, to suit modern needs. I loved this idea from Domino Magazine (shared on their Facebook page) to use china as flowerpots. Although the chinaware shown isn’t old, you certainly could use old pieces, which would add still more charm to your vintage interior. By the way, did you know we carry upcycled light fixtures? Check out these this line of chandeliers and light fixtures hand crafted by artists in Tennessee from old silver tea sets, silver spoons, vintage electrical insulators, and old key plates!

 

Wine Guide 2012

Readers told me they enjoyed our Thanksgiving wine guide, which of course will work for any occasion!

Customer Spotlight: Whitmire, South Carolina

Many people tell me they struggle with how to work fine antique French furniture into their decor. It can seem like a challenge, especially if you’ve inherited or purchased various styles over the years. Our clients Julie and Bruce V. of Whitmire, South Carolina, do an excellent job at combining old and new pieces into their design scheme. We featured their home recently in our customer spotlight.

Kitties!

Lastly, I leave you with this. As you wrap, pack, and ship your presents this holiday season, do you get “help” from a furry friend? This handsome fellow, shared by Cute Animals on Facebook, garnered a lot of comments from our friends and fans. Did you know a portion of all our sales goes to PETS, Inc.? We’re passionate about animal welfare, and we love supporting PETS, Inc. Pet lovers won’t find a more worthy charity to support during this holiday season.

December is fast upon us. I’ll see you next week with some Things We Love. What do you love at this time of 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 sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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