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Client Spotlight: Georgian Desk in Historic Charleston House

House in Downtown historic CharlestonOur Georgian-style desk looked perfectly at home in our customer’s historic Charleston house.  I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed the trip!

Every once in a while, Greg and I love to skip out of town and head for Charleston as it is only a two-hour drive. I greatly enjoy taking a stroll around the Battery, smelling the salt air and admiring the gorgeous historic homes. So when Susan purchased a handsome antique-inspired desk from us on Houzz, we knew we’d make this delivery!

Susan and her family moved to Charleston several years ago, but just purchased this fantastic home in the Downtown historic district a few months ago.

Flame Mahogany Partners Desk Georgian Style Oval

This is the very grand new oval partners desk that Susan ordered from us from our selection of new and antique desks. The antique-inspired Georgian-style desk is six feet long and what an impressive six feet it is! The oval desk is crafted in rich flame mahogany with banded inlay for extra decorative effect. Three hand-tooled leather panels on the oval top, fluted detail on the pillars and classic old-fashioned handles give this elegant desk tons of traditional appeal. If we have to be practical :-) there’s lots of drawer space too!

Antique inspired desk in historic homeSusan’s home dates to 1852 but the prior owners had already done most of the renovations. The hardwood floors were still being finished in the front entry hall as we came in, but when we set the Georgian-style oval partner’s desk (Item BG-230) in place in her husband’s office, that room was finally complete!

I just loved seeing how the whole room tied together – from the original molding around the doors and the incredible 10 foot tall pocket door, to the classic brass chandelier light fixture and patterned Oriental rug. The leather-topped desk with flame-mahogany veneer looked quite at home in this stately Charlestonian mansion. If only the walls could tell stories!

We headed back to Newberry after a delicious lunch of shrimp and grits, a Charlestonian specialty!

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.

Vintage Life: We’re Floored!

The renovation of our 1920s bungalow has truly been a labor of love. You’ve seen the tile floors go down and penny tiles in the bathroom.  We replaced the roof too as well as building a cat porch. Now we’re excited to put down laminate flooring.

Laminate2 We had originally thought that we’d refinish the original hardwood floors, but most of the boards were dry-rotted and had to be completely removed.

We chose a dark walnut laminate rather than true hardwood floors because of the durability against scratches from the dogs’ nails.

We liked this particular laminate because it had staggered sizes of boards and it has a textural wood grain feel. It also has a vintage or distressed look to it, and it has a very thick attached padding to the underside.

Greg worked with our handyman, Frank, to put down the laminate, which we had never done before. They started in the front living room.
Laminate Floor FrontRoomIt really went pretty fast! Greg and Frank were able to lay the laminate in the front living room and dining room in one day.

Laminate floor DiningRoom

In this shot of the dining room, you’re getting an early peep at the kitchen. I’ll show you how the kitchen came together in the next Vintage Life blog. Next came the master bedroom:

Laminate floor MasterBedroom

And then the closet:

Laminate Closet Do you like my vintage Capodimonte light fixture in the closet? I love it!

IkeaClosetNow that the floors were down, we could build the closets that we purchased from Ikea. Ikea does know how to provide a great amount of storage space in a small area. Our master closet is now in the same footprint as the only original bathroom in the house.

Now that we actually had flooring throughout the entire house, we could start bringing in furniture, which made us feel like we were really making progress!

We started with the vintage green leather English sofa and chair set that we had purchased in Asheville.

 

Vintage Leather furniture

Next we brought over our bed…

Headboard

…and our antique dining room table and chairs.
antique dining table and chairsStay tuned! The kitchen is the last piece that is truly needed before we can move in and that will be the next Vintage Life blog post!

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.

Vintage Life: Raise the Roof!

Removing the old shinglesIn the continuing story of As the Bungalow Renovation Turns – a.k.a. the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow – now that we had the walls up and painted and had laid most of the ceramic tile floors, unfortunately we found that the roof had started to leak in the sun room.

When we purchased the house, we thought we had about 5 years left in the existing roof, but it turns out it was only about 3 years.  And so we needed to replace the roof.

Although Greg is extremely handy, and I am a delightful assistant, we decided not to attempt a roofing job ourselves as Greg does not like heights. We hired a crew and they set to work removing all of the old roofing shingles. as you can see in the photo above.
Tarpaper Vintage BungalowThere were quite a few areas where the wood underneath the shingles needed to be replaced too.
Replace Wooden Roof on our Vintage BungalowSince we had a crew up on the roof, we decided to go ahead and punch three large skylights in the roof for more light in the upstairs converted attic space. We’re glad we did – it turned out great! Here you can see the skylights being opened up…
Skylights added to vintage bungalowHere are the finished skylights. They are perfect to bring in the light and give us a glimpse of sky.
Skylights on vintage bungalow

After just two days, the new roof was completed and looked good.This is the view from the back of the house:

New Roof on 1920s Vintage Bungalow

We choose a reddish-colored roof shingle that matched the reddish-paint on the brick foundation around the bottom of the house. It’s a very patriotic combination with the blue paint and white trim! Patriotic Vintage BungalowWe are delighted that it looks so great. We could have done without an extra roofing job but it all turned out for the best! We were so lucky that our little vintage bungalow stayed nice and dry when Hurricane Joachim blew through.

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.

Vintage Life: Building a Cat Porch

BowlOGreensWe didn’t intend to have eight fuzzy babies, it just worked out that way. We know we have a cat overpopulation situation, so as we worked on the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow, we made sure we created a special space for the cats too. This is how we ended up building a “cat paradise” screened porch for everyone to enjoy.

Here are four of the cats. I keep them supplied with a pot of cat grass so they can happily graze all day!

 

Before we built the cat porch

This shows our porch after we hung new exterior siding, but before we screened it in.
We thought it would really make the porch look nice to tile it…

Tiling the cat porch

…and of course we needed a great vintage screened door, which we found at the Antique Tobacco Barn in Asheville, NC, where we also have a booth.

vintage door for cat porch

Then we added a very interesting oyster chandelier. We have oyster chandeliers for sale in case you like it as much as we do and are interested in buying one!

OysterChandelier in cat porch

There are two cat doors on either side of our front door leading out to the screened front porch so that everyone can come and go as they please – which they do all day and night. We constantly hear “flap, flap, flap” from the cats going in and out.

cats on the cat porchWe built steps up to corner platforms on each side of the porch and then more steps up to walkways along the top of the porch and over the screened door, so that there are plenty of spots for all six cats to enjoy the porch at the same time. We also built a fireman’s pole out of sisal rope so that they could climb up and down it like a tree and use it for a scratch post.

Sunset on the cat patioMinkey and Fozzy take their perches to enjoy the view at sunset.
Fozzy cat on the cat porchFozzy knows we can’t reach him up there.

Evening on the Cat PorchLenny, Fozzy and Minkey checking out the neighborhood after the sun has set. Everyone really enjoys “cat paradise” on the patio – even Greg and I like to kick back on the porch with a couple beers after a long day.

Have you “spoiled” your fuzzy babies with something built especially for them them? Tell us about it in the comments or show us with a photo on our Facebook page.

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.

Vintage Life: April Showers bring May Flowers!

Greg and I love to putter in the garden – we find it so relaxing to be outside, digging in the dirt. I like to call it yard yoga. As soon as spring starts, we can’t resist working on the landscaping for our vintage 1920s bungalow, even though we still have so much to do inside! When the weather turns so hot we can’t stand to be outside, we’ll turn back to our inside projects. We’ve come a long way over the past few years.

Here are some photos from when we first cleaned up the front yard…

FrontYardCleanedUp

…then created beds, planted baby plants, and put down grass seed in the Spring of 2012.

Yard Spring2012

The following spring in May 2013, the roses were in bloom, the grass was starting to fill in…
Spring 2013 Front Yard…and the jasmine and climbing roses were taking over the trellis. spring 2013 rose trellis

Last spring, we worked in the back yard. We hadn’t done much since 2012 when we cleared it, put up a fence, and planted baby trees:

BackyardAfterCleanup2012

In the Spring of 2014, we tore down the old dilapidated shed
and built a pretty, new shed for garden tools:

building a new shed

This is the finished shed – it matches our vintage 1920s bungalow!
Shed to match vintage bungalowWe also built two raised garden boxes and planted peach trees and fig trees: Planted garden boxes

We’ve been busy this year planting more flowers in the front yard…
Spring2015 planting the front yard…and in the side yard:
SideYard planted Spring2015We added four planters on the steps – two of which belonged to Greg’s great grandmother – family heirlooms for blooms! We also added hanging baskets, bird feeders and a couple bird baths, and I built a rose bed around the mailbox out of vintage bricks.
MailboxRoseGardenSpring2015In the backyard, we built two more raised garden boxes.
Raised boxes EarlyGarden2015We have strawberries in one bed; corn, beans, peas, and cucumbers in another; watermelon, cantalope, and zucchini in a third, and tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers in the fourth.

Raised bed garden 2015

I think we’re going to have a bumper crop of tomatoes this year!
Raised garden vegetables
Do you love to garden? Tell us about it 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 EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

South Carolina Antique Trail & 10% Off Everything

Squiggy in the window on the antique trailWe are delighted that EuroLuxAntiques.com is on the South Carolina Antique Trail. Our Newberry, SC, gallery is on the trail map online and on the printed maps available at visitor centers and major antique shows. We hope you’ll stop by and see us on Main Street if you go antiques hunting. You can be sure that Squiggy, our kitty in the window, will give you a warm welcome too!

We are one of the stores in 10 southern states participating in the AntiqueTrail.com March Antique Trail Sale. You don’t actually have to take a road trip if you want our 10% discount. Although you won’t be disappointed if you do visit our beautiful state!

Get 10% off everything at EuroLuxAntiques.com (and our always-free shipping) when you enter the coupon code at checkout: AntiqueTrail  through March 31, 2014. Or just mention the Antique Trail if you come in person to the gallery.

Yep! That’s 10% off your entire order, on everything from fine antique furniture, vintage lighting, and home décor accents, to high-quality reproduction furniture. If you need further temptation to take advantage of our Antique Trail discount, here is just a tiny selection of pieces in the gallery right now.

Antique French SideboardThis gorgeous French antique server or sideboard in classic Henry II style dates to 1900. Walnut wood carvings combine wonderfully with a swirled red and grey marble top. The 6-foot-tall antique server will look impressive in any home bar or dining room. The ample storage and display space will be useful too!

Chinese antique armchairsWe love the lines of this pair of Chinese antique chairs. They have a hand-carved dragon medallion in the chair backs and a luscious red and black lacquer finish.  This style is properly called Antique Chinese Southern Official’s Hat Armchairs – typically used by wealthy people or government officials. I tip my hat to the timeless design!

Game of Thrones Gothic ChandelierThis amazing 1930 vintage French Brittany chandelier is carved with a fantasy castle complete with turrets. Five copper lamps hang from the drawbridges and chunky chains add to the thrill. It’s perfect for Game of Thrones fans, and anyone who loves Old World romance and mystery.

French Antique standing cross
This French antique standing cross was exquisitely crafted around the year 1900. The fine detailing struck us when we brought this crucifix to America. The porcelain Jesus Christ figure is surrounded by an intricate metal fringe and it is just one of our many antique religious treasures.
Ambella Home console table
We also carry high-quality reproduction furniture, like this artfully crafted new Ambella Home console table or hall cabinet. Scrolled ironwork and a black fossil stone top makes this an elegantly decorative choice. Adjustable shelves and three drawers keep you organized too!
For more inspiration on the Antique Trail, browse our complete inventory.
Then take 10% off everything in your shopping basket when you enter the coupon code: AntiqueTrail
The offer is valid until March 31, 2014.
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.

Things We Love Right Now – May 2013

Our rose trellis in Newberry South Carolina. EuroLuxAntiques.comHere in Newberry, South Carolina, Greg is enjoying getting the yard cleaned up and ready for the growing season. Last year we built a trellis on the side of the porch and planted a climbing rose bush and jasmine vines. The rose bush is blooming like crazy! It will take a while for the jasmine to fill in, but we’re pleased with how it turned out.

 

 

We also plantedFuzzy young peaches on our tree in Newberry South Carolina. EuroLuxAntiques.com 2 peach trees and a fig tree last fall and the peach tree has quarter-size little fuzzy peaches coming in. (We’ve had so much rain lately in South Carolina that the grass is really growing too.) Did you know that peaches as a decorative motif on antique furniture represent longevity? I talked about Symbolism and Chinese Antique Furniture in a previous blog post.

Aimee and Mom, from EuroLuxAntiques.com in Newberry South CarolinaI’m looking forward to spending Mother’s Day with my mom, Linda. We’re going out for brunch and then will spend the afternoon chatting and catching up. She lives about an hour away from me, so I try to go over to see her every three weeks or so. I plan to surprise her with a pretty hanging basket of hot pink geraniums for her back porch. Isn’t it funny how the older you get, your mom becomes more of a best friend than a mom? At least that’s how it feels to me. We’ve shared so much through the years – the ups and the downs – she has always been there with a shoulder to cry on or to cheer my success. I love you mom – thanks for everything.

Lever Farms Strawberries in South Carolina

Lever Farms Strawberries

Therese is loving the beautiful 70 degree days and opening the windows to bring in the fresh air. She has especially enjoyed some lazy weekend mornings, eating breakfast out on her screened porch. Her favorite thing to make? French toast with fresh sliced strawberries! Strawberry season is in full bloom here in Newberry. If you’re in the area, be sure to visit Lever Farms as you can pick your own strawberries. Their fields are ripe for the picking, or you can buy baskets already picked if you don’t want to do it yourself.

 

Strawberries with balsamic vinegar and pepper recipeIf you’d like to try something different, Strawberries in Balsamic Vinegar taste amazing! The dish is also amazingly simple to make. Sprinkle 16 ounces of strawberries (hulled and chopped in half or quarters, depending on the size) with about 2 tablespoons of good quality balsamic vinegar, and a quarter cup of white sugar. Stir lightly, and for an extra touch of spice, add a few grinds of black pepper! Marinade for an hour or more, so the balsamic and pepper can mingle and really bring out the flavor of the strawberries. Serve in a green salad, or as  dessert with ice cream, whipped cream, panna cotta or mascarpone. This strawberry sensation also tastes great drizzled over pound cake. It’s fun for a dinner party. Guests wonder what on earth you are serving up…. until they take the first bite!

Aimee 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. Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

Things We Love Right Now – April 2013

A home decor tip for those beautiful magnolias! Here in South Carolina, spring has sprung! The Japanese magnolias and Bradford pear trees are full of blooms and the dogwoods and azealas will pop soon too. If you have any kind of magnolia growing in your garden, one single bloom (like this one!) can decorate a home beautifully. Set it to float in an attractive bowl filled with water and place it as a centerpiece on the dining table. Your guests are sure to be enchanted. This would work with other large flowers or blossoms too.

We’re all enjoying the beautiful spring weather and looking forward to getting outdoors more!

John and Kathy EuroLuxAntiquesJohn and Kathy are excited about some of their discoveries in their genealogical searches. They’ve taken advantage of the sunny days to explore cemeteries around Spartanburg and Pacolet where Kathy has found quite a few of her ancestors buried. She recently learned that her grandmother’s great-great-grandfather and her grandfather’s great-great-great-grandfather are one and the same person! (Apparently some first cousins got married back around the 1700s!)

A vintage beer stein makes any drink taste cool! Both Therese and Greg are super-excited that the major league baseball season has just begun! Therese says that baseball is the best sport ever and she’ll be cheering on the Braves. Greg is very excited about his fantasy league baseball team. Last year he had a lot of injuries on his team but he’s got a new roster for the 2013 season. He has high hopes for two young players: Oscar Taveras, an outfielder with the St. Louis Cardinals, and Salvador Perez, a catcher with the Kansas City Royals.

Greg is really getting into his sports manager role, and he likes the idea of quaffing from this handsome vintage beer stein while cheering his team to triumph. I guess he could drown his sorrows with it too, if the season doesn’t go as well as he hopes!

EuroLuxAntiques FamilyI am looking forward to taking a trip with my mom to Hobe Sound, Florida, to visit my nieces and my best friend from college. My nieces are 10 and 11 this year – aren’t they adorable? I’m a proud aunt! We’ve booked a cabin in a state park and will go horseback riding, boating, and to the beach – the weather should be awesome. Of course, that means pulling out all my summer leisure gear. If your garage is packed to the rafters with sports and leisure equipment, these professional organizer tips on 7 steps to organize your garage might help!

Aimee 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. Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

Things We Love Right Now – December 2012

Did you have a good turkey day? We enjoyed a fun family holiday at home. Then, right after Thanksgiving, Greg and I ran away to Hot Springs, North Carolina, for a quiet weekend before the busy season. As you can see below, we had a wonderful time there!

We came back in time to enjoy our local holiday parade. Newberry, South Carolina, puts on quite a show! People enjoyed our large gallery window, “decorated” by two of our gallery cats, Lenny and Minky. Therese put up a tree in the window and decorated it with her collection of antique fans, scarves, and gloves. Even her Great Aunt’s shoes made it into the vignette!

Things We Love

With the festive season well upon us, all of us here at EuroLux are reflecting on what we love in December. Last month, we introduced you to Greg’s mom, Kathy, who repairs items that arrive damaged in the cargo containers from Europe. Here’s a photo of Kathy at work. Later this month, she’ll share some tips with you on how you can fix any of your ceramics that get broken during the holidays.

Kathy says one of her favorite things about December is decorating for the holidays. She creates an elaborate mantel display using magnolia leaves, not unlike the magnolia wreath below.

Of course, it wouldn’t be the holidays without gifts. Greg loves giving and receiving presents. This year, he’s hoping for a Fender Squier guitar to connect to our Xbox. Greg and I like to unwind by rocking out to the game Rockband. I sing, while Greg plays drums and guitar.

As for me, one thing I love about December is the flurry of holiday cards that arrive in the mailbox. I love both writing and receiving cards. It helps me re-connect with old friends I may only hear from once a year.

I love the colorful display the cards make, whether piled in a wicker basket or artfully arranged on the mantel. In keeping with this theme, I’ll be sharing some information this month about how color and antique furniture can work together to create a unique look for your home. I’ll also be writing about antique furniture as legacy — a theme that’s especially appropriate during this holiday season when we miss those family members no longer with us to celebrate. How fortunate we can fill our homes with heirlooms that remind us of these loved ones every day of the year.

Also coming up this month, I’ll be alerting you to some new decorating trends (antique furniture makes House Beautiful’s “What’s Hot in 2013″ list!), sharing some books you might find useful, and spotlighting one of our valued clients.

The main thing we love during December is YOU. We love your emails and phone calls. And we sincerely value your business.

What things do you love about December or the holiday season, in general?

 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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Client Spotlight: Charleston, SC

Back in January, Greg and I delivered a beautiful Antique French Gothic Buffet to the home of Jami and Bill F. on James Island near Charleston, South Carolina. The warm patina of the walnut and the intricate, Gothic style carvings make this Antique Buffet a truly special and unique piece. Jami’s very friendly Doberman pinscher posed in front and smiled for the camera.

 

We decided to stay overnight and spend the next day strolling around Charleston soaking up the ambiance. If you’ve never been to the Holy City as her residents affectionately call her, you must go – Charleston is a bucket-list type of place to visit.

After wandering the charming streets, admiring the architecture and the old trees, we eventually ended up sitting on a bench on the Battery overlooking the harbor. The ocean breeze gently rustled the palm fronds above us as the sun kissed our cheeks and we enjoyed an exceptionally beautiful 75 degree day at the end of January. What a great way to relax.

Thanks for stopping by the EuroLux Antiques’ Blog!

Aimee

 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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