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Vintage Life: My Dream Vintage Kitchen

In my previous Kitchen Krazy blog post, I explained our design inspirations and some of our furniture ideas for the kitchen in our 1920s vintage bungalow. Let’s see how it worked out!

Vintage Cabinets Greg sanded down the kitchen cabinet door frames that we had repurposed from the spare doors on an antique cabinet we bought to use as a bedroom bookcase.

(You can see the finished bookcase here.)  I cut new glass panels using seeded glass that looks like old glass.

We knew those would be the upper cabinet doors on either side of the sink. From there, John Hopfensperger of Cayce Custom Cabinetry designed the kitchen cabinets.

vintage style cabinets

John’s designs included all of our wish list items such as a rack for plates, shelves next to the window for growing herbs, a lazy Susan corner cabinet for pots and pans, a slide-out garbage can, and a spot for the microwave off the counter. The vintage light fixtures were hung first.

vintage style cabinets

In addition to kitchen cabinets, I also wanted to use an antique buffet in the kitchen to add even more character to the space. We found an 1920s Arts & Crafts antique buffet in France several years ago and knew it was the perfect piece! It was even painted on the inside with the same blue-green color that I wanted for the cabinets and it has wonderful antique glass doors. Although the top would normally sit on the bottom cabinet, we wanted to hang the top on the wall in order to create more counter space.

Antique French buffet

I held my breath while Greg and the cabinet installers hung it!

antique french buffet

The hardware on this cabinet also inspired the choice of hardware for the rest of the kitchen.
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I haven’t completely moved everything in yet nor finished decorating my wonderful kitchen, but here are some early “after” photos.

Love my vintage kitchen

Of course, I am also not planning to have plywood counter tops. I want copper counters, but that is still a project we haven’t finished yet. We also have work to do for a backsplash. Don’t worry – you’ll see finished photos eventually!

Love my vintage kitchen
Although the house is far from finished, with the installation of the kitchen, we were finally ready to move in – after three years of hard work!

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Vintage Life: Kitchen Krazy!

Before we started the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow, Greg and I talked about which things were most important to each of us. Greg (the music lover) wanted the whole house to be wired for media so that he could listen to his favorite tunes in surround sound, no matter which room he was in.

As for me, I wanted a gorgeous and unique kitchen – unlike anything you would see in most homes. Although I know it is very trendy, I really didn’t see myself in a kitchen with dark wood cabinets and granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. I wanted colorful, painted cabinets that looked vintage and had a great deal of character.

Deruta DishesStock kitchen cabinets were out of the question so we hired a local craftsman, John Hopfensperger of Cayce Custom Cabinetry.  I fell in love with his ability to create custom paint finishes with as much distressing as I’d like. I wanted the aqua green-blue color that you see on vintage 1957 Chevrolets because it matched my hand-painted Italian Deruta dishes that we bought in San Gimignano when we lived in Europe.  I know the vibrant colors are not for everyone, but I love it!

Finished bookcase with doors

The style of the kitchen cabinets were influenced by  this antique kitchen cabinet that we found at the Antique Tobacco Barn in Asheville. We actually bought that cabinet to be a built-in bookcase in our bedroom so I can use it to display my favorite books and family photos. (It’s not full yet in this photo… I’m still working on it!) The three upper areas have glass doors and the three lower areas have solid wood doors.

Glass doors from vintage cabinetThere were four extra glass doors that came with this bookcase, and we decided those would make great kitchen cabinet doors.

vintage Kitchen SinkYou might remember that I blogged about an awesome vintage double sink (it still has the original Sears catalogue sticker from 1952 inside) that we found at a ReStore when we were antiques shopping in Asheville. We had it completely restored and here it is mostly installed.

That’s the background story, I’ll show you in my next post how it all turned out!

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November Home Decor & Antiques Roundup

Thanksgiving trayWe hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you were so busy shopping, cooking and decorating for Thanksgiving that you didn’t have chance to drop by and see us on the blog, here are highlights from November so you can go back and read the stories in full. (And next year, check out our post on Easy Decor Ideas for your Traditional Thanksgiving Table. It might make life a bit simpler!)

Vintage Renaissance Table in Dining RoomMy favorite posts each month are always our client spotlights when we take a little tour of a customer’s home and see how they use the piece of furniture or decor that they bought from us. Last month was no exception as we visited Crystal B.’s Georgia kitchen to deliver a large 1950s vintage French dining table. Crystal has been hunting for the perfect table for her spacious open kitchen for 4 years and we were thrilled that this chunky Renaissance style table was the solution! See the full story and more photos of the vintage Renaissance table as well as Crystal’s lovely wrought iron pot rack packed with vintage appeal.

Kathy with her collection of Thanksgiving pilgrimsTalking of vintage appeal, we got a great response on our Facebook Page and other social media to our post about Kathy’s collection of Thanksgiving pilgrims. My mother-in-law has collected pilgrims and other Thanksgiving-themed objects for more than 30 years and her collection has grown to more than 700 pieces! We display this wonderful collection in our EuroLux Gallery window on Main Street, Newberry, SC, from October through Thanksgiving every year. People love seeing the pilgrims peeking out of our window! My Collection of Thanksgiving Pilgrims post tells you how the collection started and shows more photos.

traditional-bedroom French styleVisitors often come to stay through the holiday season so I started a series of posts about how to create a gorgeous guest room. The photos are SO inspiring and I hope that the posts help you think about how to make the guest bedroom inviting, comfortable and practical for your dear family and friends.

So far I’ve written two posts on this subject. One was about the essentials needed for a Beautiful Traditional Style Guest Room. The other focused on Stylish Seating Options for a Guest Bedroom, whether you have tons of space or a more compact nest for your visitors.

I hope that you find some useful home decor ideas or inspirational images in these recent highlights from our blog. Please come back and see us next month or sign up to receive blog posts by email. Let me know if there is a subject you would like me to write about… we love all comments and questions!

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.

Organize your Jewelry in Vintage Style!

My last posts were about decorative ways to display a collection and ways to display a ceramics collection. I’ve saved the sparkliest till last! Today I’m sharing some fabulous ideas to organize and display your jewelry collection in vintage style.  vintage style jewelry display

This idea from the Better Homes & Gardens blog is charming. It’s also easy to do. The framed jewelry display at the back is just a vintage style picture frame. You can paint any decorative frame you find in a flea market or thrift store. The back could be metal mesh or chicken wire backed with toile fabric for a French Country look. Or perhaps choose a heavyweight canvas – anything you can use to hook your earrings to the backing and pin up your necklaces.

Find a pretty vintage cake stand, either a metal one or a ceramic cake stand or another kind of tiered tray to add the finishing touch to the dressing table tableau!

You can also make your own cake jewelry holder from vintage china. This tutorial on Houzz shows you how. It looks like a vintage cake stand with a twist! I think it would pair perfectly in the boudoir with our custom-made vintage tea service chandeliers.

PIcture Frame Jewelry DisplayFor a more formal take on the picture frame idea, check out this Better Homes & Gardens suggestion. They’ve created a picture gallery of jewels! This would look at home in a Victorian bedroom. I guess the arrangement works best with a theme in each framed group. Put all your pearls in one frame, all your brooches in another, or perhaps group jewelry by color.

Or go completely crazy and deck a whole wall with baubles and beads! This jewelery display in a 1926 bungalow in Seattle looks just right for the space. It’s also very practical as it’s easy to spot the piece you want, then see how it looks in the ornate gilded mirror.

A dress form or mannequin is another vintage-inspired display idea that always looks pretty and romantic. Layer on necklaces of different lengths and a few brooches for maximum effect. You can also use a dress form to hold long silky scarves, or perhaps your favorite vintage hat of the moment.

Vintage brooch treeIf you have a collection of vintage brooches or earrings, cluster them closely together on a simple jewelry tree and let the jewelry itself do the talking… and the sparkling!

Jake's dog bed of toys

I can’t finish this mini series about ways to display your collections without sharing this photo of Jake. He seems to be going with the “cluster everything together” theory to show off his collection of toys. I promise you that our real-life dog is in there somewhere!

If you have a collection featured in your home decor, we’d love to hear how you display it. You can also post a photo on our EuroLux 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.

Client Spotlight: Vintage Louis XV French Country Sideboard

Brenda D. in Auburn, AL, found our EuroLux Home page on Houzz and purchased a very pretty vintage Louis XV French Country sideboard. She was looking for the perfect piece to go with her Eddie Bauer dining table and I think she made a great choice!

This is the vintage Louis XV French Country sideboard or server carved in golden oak and dating to about 1950.

Vintage Louis XV French Country sideboard

We chose to bring it over from France because we thought the decorative detail was so delightful. It has a carved foliage and flower motif on the doors and apron. A scallop shell tops the attractive back panel, which could also be used to display plates. The lovely little cabriole legs and ornate hardware add the finishing touches.

Vintage Louis XV sideboard  in the dining room

Here is the vintage Louis XV French Country sideboard in Brenda’s dining room. It looks charming beneath the large wall mirror. The shape and style of the mirror frame pair nicely with the carved panel designs on the sideboard. The large chandelier casts a lovely light to set this scene off to perfection. And the sideboard does indeed go with the Eddie Bauer dining table, just as Brenda wished.

Vintage Louis XV dresser

This picture from a little farther back shows the tray ceiling, which I just love! The indented ‘tray’ looks like it is octagonal and the color scheme on the painted ceiling is wonderful. It feels sophisticated, but also cozy and comfortable. The colors conjure up the atmosphere of a restaurant in France. (Not to put any pressure on your cooking, Brenda! I bet you have some great dinner gatherings in this dining room!)

Inside Vintage Louis XV server

The vintage Louis XV French Country sideboard is more than seven feet long so it is as practical as it is pleasing to the eye. The four doors and two drawers provide significant storage space for serving dishes, silverware, napkins, and all the other bits and pieces you want to keep conveniently to hand when entertaining.

If you want to browse around to find a lovely piece like this for yourself, you don’t have to be on Houzz. We have lots of other vintage and antique sideboards and buffets on our EuroLuxHome.com website .

Thanks for sending us the photos of the sideboard in your dining room, Brenda. We’re glad to know that are happy with your choice!

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Client Spotlight: Vintage Rococo Chandelier

As it is so very cold in many parts of the country right now, I hope that the photos of this vintage Rococo chandelier in its new home will add a little warm glow to your day! In this mid-winter time of long dark nights, a chandelier is especially lovely to bring a little sparkle into your decor.

Rococo chandelierOur client Gail L. in Denver, Colorado, recently purchased this fabulous vintage French Rococo chandelier from us. Dating to around 1950, the Rococo chandelier features a beautiful cast metal vase-shaped body with a pretty shell motif. An ornate leaf design adorns the arms.

Rococo chandelier in client's dining room.

Gail hung the chandelier in her dining room and kindly sent us some photographs, saying “”Received the beautiful chandelier today! Love it.” We love how it looks in her home too. As you can see, the 8-arm chandelier looks most impressive over Gail’s dining table. It is nearly 24 inches wide by 16 inches high so it fills the space nicely, complementing the scale and style of the large display cabinet and lavish drapes.

rococo chandelier in dining room

The brass tone finish on the vintage metal chandelier gives a warm glow against the wood cabinet, while the swirling Rococo chandelier style adds a luxurious flourish. The chandelier has a decorative ceiling cap or canopy and the round ceiling medallion is an extra nice touch. It looks like white plaster and Gail’s choice to hang the light fixture from the center of the medallion adds to the air of authenticity.

Vintage rococo chandelier dining room

Gail has created such a delightful dining room. Every detail enhances the traditional style and sense of welcome. I love the wall clock and the prettily decorated china cabinet at the right of the photo. I imagine that the large rectangular framed mirror also reflects more light into the room, and perhaps even the eight twinkling electric candles on the chandelier!

Christmas treetTo add to our feast of lights, Gail also sent us this photo of her Christmas tree to share with you. It is so graceful and magical with its scattering of delicate white lights. Clearly Gail knows how to make the maximum use of lights in her decor to create an enticing and cozy atmosphere.

Thanks to Gail for sending photos of her lovely home – we hope the Rococo chandelier brings her the blessing of a very sparkly 2014!  If you want to create a similar look in your own home, you can see more vintage chandeliers in our gallery at this link. 

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.

Downton Abbey Kitchen Style

Downton Abbey posterSo many people are counting down to Downton Abbey’s return to PBS in America in January 2014. I could do a blog post on every room in Downton Abbey! Each one offers such visual delight and tons of inspiration for home decor. But I was fascinated by this article in Antique Trader that says people are clamoring for antique kitchen wares inspired by the Downton Abbey kitchen.

It’s not surprising that the Downton Abbey kitchen is so popular. You can’t deny the visual appeal of all that comforting copper and brass. The sense of authenticity and nostalgia, of a simpler world, is a reassuring contrast to our hustle-bustle high-tech lives. (Although it’s maybe not so much fun to be a servant hard at work downstairs in the Downton Abbey kitchen, under the eagle eye of cook Mrs. Patmore!)

Downton Abbey kitchenFortunately, we can have it all in our homes in the 21st century. Labor-saving gadgets and eye-candy decor! I guess that is why Antique Trader reported that: “Downton Abbey magic continues to seed interest in a broad swath of antique kitchen utensils and artifacts.”

To capture a taste of Downton Abbey kitchen style for your own home, look for old-fashioned utensils like meat grinders and rustic old pitchers. Fill chunky salt pots or salt cellars with large grain or rock salt. The materials are important too… brass, copper, wood, clay… these all give an authentic flavor to your decor.

Vintage copper scuttleCopper creates the perfect accent for a Downton Abbey kitchen. The burnished glow and sturdiness of copper creates a unique sense of warmth. This vintage French copper scuttle in our gallery gives you an idea. It would make a terrific planter too, with the winged dragon detail on the side.

Vintage copper brass pitcher

Display a few well-loved pitchers like this vintage copper and brass pitcher on your Downton Abbey kitchen table or shelves to add yet more Old World charm. The simple Country style and warm-hued metal is timeless, and the occasional small ding is part of the authentic allure. It proves that this long-ago crafted pitcher hasn’t just dropped off a shelf in a big box store, but has a history of its own.

antique enamelware kettle You can’t have a Downton Abbey kitchen without a genuine tea kettle. Those Brits are crazy for their tea, and with all that drama going on in the house, they need all the reviving tea they can get! In any case, a kettle always adds a welcoming note to kitchen decor. We found this 1920s enamelware kettle with gold stripes at an antiques market in France. Enamelware is always a good choice for an antique-style kitchen as it is so cozy and homey.

The charming antique French Country copper kettle below is more than a century old! It dates to 1900, and I wonder what stories it could tell about who has enjoyed the many cups of tea it has served from that pretty spout.antique copper kettle

Again, it has the genuine old-fashioned appeal to add a distinctive touch to someone’s Downton Abbey kitchen. I can just imagine Mrs. Patmore putting that tea kettle on the hob while she teaches Daisy how to make pie crust (they call it pastry in England) or gives Thomas a piece of her mind!

Do you like the Downton Abbey kitchen style? Are you especially inspired by antique kitchen wares? Perhaps you have an heirloom piece from your grandmother handed down that you still use today? Tell us about it in the comments box below.

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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Things We Love Right Now: South Carolina Elvis Festival

Elvis Presley is coming to Newberry, South Carolina! Or rather, many Elvis tribute artists will descend upon our town for the South Carolina Elvis Festival. By coincidence, Greg and I visited Tupelo, MS, a few weeks ago for a furniture show. We stopped in to see Elvis Presley’s birthplace and really enjoyed our visit.

We’re delighted at the chance of another Elvis fix at the South Carolina Elvis Festival at the Newberry Opera House from September 12-15, 2013. The entertainment includes the Ultimate Elvis Contest. You can’t get more fun than dueling Elvi!

Young Elvis statue at Tupelo in honor of the South Carolina Elvis Festival

During our trip to Tupelo, we saw this sculpture of young Elvis outside the house where he was born. Who would have thought that this young man was destined to become a legend? Who would have thought he’d swap his overalls for fabulous spangled suits that you could probably spot from outer space? Denim overalls were all his parents could afford and apparently it put Elvis off denim for life. I imagine we’ll see some wild outfits at the South Carolina Elvis Festival. I can almost see the rhinestones flashing in the distance as the performers head toward Newberry!

Elvis Presley House, TupeloIt was amazing to see where the superstar Elvis Presley came from. This is Elvis’ house in Tupelo. His father borrowed $180 to buy materials to build the two room house himself. It just has a bedroom and a kitchen. Sadly, the house was foreclosed three years later as he couldn’t make the payments. The family drifted around Tupelo until Elvis was 13. They left in the middle of the night to go to Nashville in the hope of a better life – a true American Dream story.

Elvis Presley photo with parents

This Roots of Elvis photo shows Elvis with his parents and it hangs in the bedroom of the Tupelo home.

Elvis suit - ready for the South Carolina Elvis Festival

Ready for the South Carolina Elvis Festival

We enjoyed spending the afternoon touring the home, his boyhood church, and of course, browsing the gift shop! I have a kitschy souvenir collection so when I saw this awesome pair of Elvis pajamas that look like one of Elvis’ jumpsuits – complete with belt buckle – I couldn’t resist!

Fried Green Tomatoes CafeOn the way back to South Carolina, we stopped outside Birmingham, AL, at the Irondale Cafe, a.k.a. the original Whistlestop Café where the movie Fried Green Tomatoes was filmed. The movie was based on Fannie Flagg’s terrific book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Café. I had fried green tomatoes, fried catfish with hushpuppies, green beans, cabbage, and sweet tea. The fried green tomatoes were the best part!

If you’re going to the South Carolina Elvis Festival in Newberry, stop in and say hello to us at the gallery! You’ll find us at 1409 Main Street, Newberry and you can see a taste of our vintage style at the EuroLuxAntiques.com furniture and home decor accents online gallery.

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her husband, 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!

Decorative Stair Ideas

We’ve been looking at decorative stair ideas that give you the chance to express your creativity in this most humble and functional area of the home. Although our 1920s bungalow renovation is still in progress, I’m getting a lot of inspiration for my own decorative stairs! One of them might work for our upstairs area dedicated to Greg’s ‘man loft’ and the guest bedroom.

Check out these decorative stair ideas that we’ve pinned on our Pinterest page. They elevate (excuse the pun) a simple staircase from pure function to a unique design feature


Graphic and gorgeous! Music fans will enjoy these elegantly decorative stairs, painted with piano keys. This would be a fantastic way to lead visitors up to your music room.


Don’t neglect the stair risers! These decorative stairs feature a selection of pretty floral wallpapers on the risers. It’s a great idea for a country cottage or to enhance a Victorian decor home. You could of course use all the same wallpaper on each riser. But I rather like the unmatched and eclectic feel of this approach. It adds to the vintage mood.


Here’s a fine way to upcycle some old wooden rulers. You have to look quite closely to see that they are indeed old-fashioned rulers glued to the stair risers. The various tones of the wood and the styles of the ruler markings create a unique effect.


Tile on the stair risers might be a more tricky DIY job. You need to ensure the tiles are exactly the same height as the risers. But look how fresh and appealing the tile looks! I can picture this working beautifully in a coastal home, with the breezy blue and white tile, accented by one red riser. It could also be rather fabulous with Art Nouveau design tile.


This clever home-owner has used decals on the risers to create a butterfly and bird vignette. The surrounding walls and stair rail are kept quite simple and clean. I think this is generally a good idea so the decorative stair design is framed without too much other distraction.


If you want a simpler but still very decorative stair approach, the subtle gradation of color on these stair risers looks highly sophisticated. It’s a rainbow of blue!


Turning our gaze to the other side of the stairs, shelves on the underside of an open staircase are a great way to display your books, collectibles, and small antique or vintage items.

If you have any decorative stair techniques or ideas, we’d love to hear about them. Tell us in the comments box below!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her husband, 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!