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Chandelier Lighting for Every Room and Style

Chandelier lighting makes a wonderful design statement in any room. Some people think you have to have a formal dining room to show off a chandelier. (For example, see the dining rooms in our client spotlights on Gail’s French vintage Rococo chandelier or Gary’s Art Nouveau chandelier.) Others like to use chandelier lighting in an entry way or foyer. A little razzle dazzle creates a sparkling welcome!

But you can enjoy the beauty of a chandelier in any room from the bedroom to the powder room. The crystal swagged chandelier in this traditional kitchen adds a very individual touch, doesn’t it?

We stock a huge selection of chandelier lighting in our online gallery. The choices range from antique and vintage chandeliers to new chandeliers hand-crafted by artisans. Let’s have a look at some of the chandelier style options for every room and every taste.

Vintage chandelier lighting Do you prefer streamlined shapes rather than the more elaborate swoops, swags and flourishes of fancier Rococo styles? Then this 1950 vintage French chandelier shows you can have ornate style without the frou-frou details! The metal chandelier is crafted with a light golden finish. The 6 arms boast a graceful leaf motif. The body has an ornate embossed look too. It’s stately and elegant, and would look terrific in a living area or dining room, or even in a hallway. When hanging chandelier lighting in areas where people will walk beneath, be sure to leave at least 7 feet from the ground. If you have a tall visitor with a bouncy step, you don’t want them banging their head!

Vintage Capodimonte chandelier lighting

If bling is simply not your thing, a ceramic chandelier like this darling vintage Capodimonte one is a pretty choice for a Victorian home or cottage. Or even for a modern shabby romantic bedroom or dressing room! The Italian chandelier is a petite 20 inches wide and 17 inches tall so it will fit nicely into a smaller space. But even though it is petite, the yellow 1950 vintage Capodimonte chandelier is full of cheer, painted with flowery panels.

Dale Tiffany chandelier lighting Mission styleBelieve it or not, this Dale Tiffany Mission style chandelier is not actually an antique. It is crafted by Dale Tiffany artisans in hand-rolled art glass with a bronzed metal base. The size and heavy look make this light a good fit for a larger room. Think about a great room or a high-ceiling foyer where it will balance the room scale nicely.

Rustic carved chandelier lightingThis rustic hand-carved chandelier is also newly crafted. The style is so adaptable that we could see it in a Scandinavian design scheme or in the decor of someone with a taste for folk art. Picture it in a country cabin, a Farmhouse kitchen, a Boho chic boudoir… the possibilities are endless. Each of the 8 hand-carved scroll arms supports a narrow shelf with candle cups and electric candles. Charming!

If you hang this or any chandelier over a dining table, allow at least 30 to 33 inches clearance above the table top.

Upcycled vintage spoon chandelier Finally, those of you with eclectic taste (or a love for tea!) will enjoy this upcycled vintage spoon chandelier. It is hand-crafted by an artist using vintage silver plate spoons.  You can see how fabulous it looks in our customer spotlight about Barbara’s kitchen featuring a custom-made spoon chandelier.

Fun and unique, the upcycled lighting would look delightful in a breakfast nook or your cottage kitchen. I can also imagine it as an entertaining addition to a guest bedroom. It will bring a smile to any visitor’s face and make them feel quite special and welcome!

I hope this post has inspired you to think about chandelier lighting in a new light!  (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)
So here’s the Chandelier Challenge – just for fun. Describe your room or show us a picture and we’ll suggest a chandelier to suit it!

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.

Best of February 2014: Antique and Chic Home Accents

In our February blog posts we took a peek inside some of our clients’ homes and explored antique furniture and chic home accents. This shortest month of the year has just zoomed by, but we’ve made the most of every day. We hope you have too! Let’s revisit some of our favorite February posts.

Upcycled home accent - a vintage spoon chandelierWe started the month enjoying tea in our client Barbara’s kitchen. Well, we didn’t literally go to visit her in Cambridge, MA, but when we saw the photos of her kitchen we certainly wanted to! Barbara has this beautiful teacup and spoon chandelier hanging over her Farmhouse style sink. The chandelier is just one of many hand-made upcycled light fixtures in our gallery, and they all make unique home accents. This one is crafted by an artisan using vintage silver plate spoons. It blends perfectly with the other classic elements in Barbara’s decor. You can see more photos of her lovely kitchen in our client spotlight on the vintage spoon chandelier.

antique renaissance styleFrom the kitchen to the dining room! Our client Tracy bought this oak Renaissance buffet dating to 1900 from us and shared how it looks in his home. The finely carved buffet looks wonderful against his sophisticated dark green walls. That post also gave me the chance to tell you more about the background and typical features of classic Renaissance style. See more photos and learn about antique Renaissance style furniture.

Our first European buying trip for antiques and home accents.Greg and I celebrate 10 years of EuroLux Antiques in 2014. Here I am scouting for antique furniture and home accents on our first European buying trip. We had just quit our corporate jobs and put our life savings into following our dream. We believed that regular folks like us would love hand-selected, high-quality European antique furniture as much as we did. We also had faith that they would buy it online, especially as we could offer very competitive prices compared to fancy big city galleries. We had no idea of what was ahead of us! It has been an amazing journey and you can read about our first steps in my post on 10 Years of European Antique Furniture.

Woodbridge coffee table - a classic home accentWhile most of our furniture and home accents are antique, we also choose some finely crafted, high-quality reproduction pieces to offer to our customers. This stunning Woodbridge coffee table from the Madeleine collection is a great example. The antiqued gold leaf finish and glass top looks perfect in our client Mary’s chic living room. See more of Mary’s sunny California home in our Woodbridge coffee table post.

 

Celebrity antiques: Clooney dining roomJust in time for the Oscars – are you ready for your close-up, Mr. Clooney? In our blog post on celebrity antiques lovers, we had fun talking about the Academy Awards stars who love antique furnishings in their decor just as much as the rest of us. We found that George Clooney, Sandra Bullock, and Ellen DeGeneres have more in common than just great talent. Clooney, for example, seems keen on antique Mission style lighting, as he has decorated the dining rooms in two of his homes with them.

I’ll be back in March to talk more about antique furniture and home accents. Till then, I’m stocking up on popcorn for Oscar night!

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: Teacup and Spoon Chandelier

Barbara E. in Cambridge, MA, sent us some wonderful photos of her kitchen with the charming teacup and spoon chandelier that she ordered from us. Barbara said: “I love the chandelier and get many, many compliments on it.” Let’s take a look and see why the custom-made spoon chandelier is so popular in Barbara’s kitchen!

Teacup and spoon chandelierThis is the silver spoon chandelier that we offer in the gallery. It is hand-crafted for us by an artisan who uses vintage silver plate spoons for his amazing creation. The spoons are bent into handles – so in fact you can hang any collectibles you want from it. Teacups look exceptionally pretty. Because each spoon chandelier is made-to-order, no two are exactly alike. And if you wish, you can also customize it, which is exactly what Barbara did!

Upcycled spoon chandelier Here is the teacup and spoon chandelier hanging in Barbara’s kitchen. Barbara ordered the chandelier to be modified so it only has one tier of spoons rather than two.The unusual design creates a nice cozy vintage mood, and I bet it’s a conversation-starter when guests visit.

Kitchen with spoon chandelier

This bigger view shows how the teacup and spoon chandelier works so beautifully in Barbara’s kitchen. Someone with a less keen eye than Barbara might worry that the old-fashioned style of the spoon chandelier would clash with the more modern light fixtures. But in fact it all lives very happily together, perhaps because the silver plate spoons blend nicely with the other silver-tone lights. Barbara is obviously one of our many design-wise customers who are confident enough to mix eclectic decor elements and create their own unique style – a smashing success in my book!

Kitchen with spoon chandelier

It all looks just as gorgeous in the daytime. What an inviting space, opening out into the living area. I love the marble top counter and especially the vintage feel of the farmhouse sink and open shelves stacked with bowls. I hope that the teacup and spoon chandelier gives Barbara a smile as she works over the sink. It certainly inspires the cheerful feeling that any time is tea time!

A Spoondelier!High style upcycled chandelier crafted with 360 vintage silverplate spoons. EuroLuxAntiques.comThe custom-made chandelier is part of the whole upcycling trend where artisans take vintage objects and refashion them into something new and beautiful. We have many different upcycled light fixtures in the gallery for you to browse.  I’ve also posted before on this blog about upcycled decor – like this client spotlight on an upcycled chandelier we provided to a restaurant, created out of a whole vintage tea service.

We’re fans of upcycling because it combines craftsmanship and originality and gives new life to objects that might otherwise be discarded. It also creates a sense of authenticity in home decor. So thanks Barbara for sharing your photos of how you display your teacup and spoon chandelier in your lovely kitchen. I know we all want to come round for a cup of tea later!

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: 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.

Gothic Chandeliers: Castles, Dragons, Romance

With Halloween just around the corner, we’ve been admiring the Gothic chandeliers and other spooky light fixtures in our gallery. They would make great talking points at a Halloween party, but of course vintage Gothic chandeliers add character and Old World atmosphere to a home at any time of year. Here are some of our favorite Gothic chandeliers from all the lighting in our gallery right now and others that give a sense of Gothic novel romance. Which is your favorite?

Game of Thrones Gothic ChandelierGame of Thrones fans will love the fantasy castle carved on this vintage 1930 French Brittany style chandelier. The four castle turrets rise up to create magical, mysterious drama and the castle even boasts drawbridges to support the five copper lamps. It hangs from chunky chains that look like they’ve been dragged straight from the castle dungeons!

Dragon Gothic ChandelierThere be dragons! Six carved dragons “breathe fire” into the electric candles of this fabulous 1950 French Gothic chandelier. The dragons with ornate wings suspend from metal chains from the oak ceiling cap. The dark oak wood and metal chains add to the medieval fantasy flavor, but we’ve found that the dragons are quite tame!

Eagle Gothic ChandelierFrom dragons to eagles! Six fabulous Gothic carved eagles perch atop this awesome chandelier, holding the glass shades in their beaks. The six lights cast a moody glow on the wise and powerful eagles as they watch over the world below. The 1950 French Gothic chandelier is carved in oak and the dark wood truly accents the striking silhouette of the eagles for maximum drama.

Boho style Mission chandelierHere’s a rather more romantic chandelier for Lords and Ladies of mystery. You can imagine it starring in a Gothic novel, lighting the ballroom in a mansion on the misty moors! Six decoratively wrought arms and sensuously designed curlicues and serpenting s-shapes create the thrilling allure of this quite sexy 1950 French black metal chandelier. Flowing velvet gowns are optional.

Heavy French Gothic Chandlier 1950The classic appeal of this large and heavy 1950 French Gothic chandelier is enhanced by the coachlight-style body. It summons up images of a ghostly horse-drawn coach racing through the night, driven by a shadowy black-cowled figure cracking his whip! The frosted glass lamps and spiky finials on the aged brass-tone metal all add to the cool Gothic chandelier vibe.

Don’t be a phantom! Tell us in the comments box below: Which one of these spooky, dramatic, or just plain Gothic novel romantic chandeliers gives you thrills?

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!

Hand-Crafted Home: Heavily Carved Antique Furniture

It was no surprise to me when I saw a design expert in an issue of Oprah magazine talk about the home decor trend for mixing heavily carved antique furniture with contemporary furnishings. I guess it’s no surprise to our customers either! Carved wood buffets, tables, chairs, and other home decor accents are among the most popular items at EuroLuxAntiques.com.

First there’s the pleasure of owning an exclusive, one-off antique, lovingly-created by master craftsmen. Then you have the decorative impact of an ornately carved piece in beautiful aged wood. That’s true whether you enjoy it in a traditional style home, or blended with your modern decor. Either way, the choice shows off your unique personality and taste. Really, it’s hand-crafted history!

This high-quality antique French Renaissance Hunting Buffet (circa 1880) looks great in Susan B.'s living roomWe loved how Susan B. displayed this antique French Renaissance Hunting Buffet (circa 1880) in her living room. It looks great next to an oil painting of Venice, Italy. When we delivered the buffet to Susan in Spartanburg, SC, we learned she chose it because the carved wolf or hunting dog at the top reminded her of her lovely pair of German Shepherds. (See other pictures of Susan’s home and her heavily carved antique furniture in our customer spotlight.)
French Brittany style antique buffet (1880) in highly carved chestnut. EuroLuxAntiques.com

Michelangelo said:
“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” The craftsman who created this Brittany style buffet server or hutch dating to 1880 took his inspiration from the scenes of daily life he saw around him in France. The rich chestnut wood is highly carved with a water scene and depictions of people working the fields, spinning yarn, and even walking with an umbrella! You can read more about heavily carved antique furniture in the Brittany style in my earlier blog post.

Antique French buffet (1880) carved with birds, fish, and the monogram EM or ME! EuroLuxAntiques.comThis French Hunting Style buffet is lavishly carved with game birds and fish. It also has those gorgeous barley twists down each side. The 1880 antique French buffet is also carved with the monogram ME or EM. That’s because it was commissioned to be made for a specific family. How amazing is that? I suppose if your initials don’t match, you could just go with the ME version. As in: “I deserve this beauty for ME!”

 

 

 

Awesome vintage French Gothic Style chandelier with 6 regal eagles! EuroLuxAntiques.comBuffets and sideboards are perhaps the most popular ways for people to incorporate heavily carved antique furniture into their homes. But this awesome French Gothic Style chandelier draws the eye upwards to the ceiling! The 6 regal eagles are splendidly carved in dark oak. Each one holds a glass shade in its beak. Dating to 1950 France, this unusual chandelier is definitely a conversation piece!

It’s hard to find craftsmanship like this any more. Fortunately we do it for you in our antiques buying trips to Europe!

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!

Client Spotlight: Center Ossipee, NH

For me, one of the best parts of my job at EuroLuxAntiques.com is interacting with interesting people from all around the world. Many of our customers have historical homes and are looking for antique furniture or vintage chandeliers in order to honor the spirit of their homes.

They desire to immerse themselves in a rich, historical environment for a variety of reasons – for the love of history, for an appreciation of the quality of antique and vintage things, for the desire to re-use and re-purpose objects that carry a sense of history with them.

Whether it is a conscious turning away from our “disposable” technology-driven society for our clients, or rather a whole-hearted embracement of their dreams and passions, it is very rewarding to me to be able to help a beautiful antique piece find a new home – a new family to whom to belong, where ‘he or she’ will be treasured for years to come.

Mary and Adam S. in Center Ossipee, New Hampshire, have created a truly remarkable 18th century home, filled with personally meaningful treasures, through tireless persistence, diligent hard work, and a beautiful love story at the heart of their tale.

You can read all the wonderful details and follow Mary’s exceptional blog, An Historical Lady, which describes the charming and interesting life Mary and Adam lead. If you read just one post, read this inspirational one.

We are thrilled that EuroLuxAntiques.com helped Mary and Adam find the perfect vintage chandelier in the Double Hapsburg style for their dining room above. And as I know you are wondering what the rest of their amazing home looks like, I will share a few photos, with Mary’s permission.

Notice the incredible hand-crafted windows in 17th century style with wavy glass and some panes of pale green glass above and the soapstone countertops and sink below, which were designed by Mary and Adam. Rather than lamps, they have electrified antique lanterns throughout their home to create a warm and authentic atmosphere.

Mary and Adam recently added a stunning Antique English Court Cupboard to their living room that dates to 1689 and is covered head to toe in abundant, heavy carvings. I really love this piece!

Be sure to notice the treen hanging candle holder and authentic beeswax tapers in the photo above, which can be purchased on Mary’s website, The Country Lady Antiques.

If you’re intrigued and would like to see more photos, Tour the 1785 Mill House. As you can tell, I greatly admire Mary and Adam and wish them much happiness and success in their endeavors. I’ll leave you with one last photo of their adorable yorkies! Thanks for stopping by the EuroLux Antiques blog! Next up, I’ve decided to share photos of our own renovation project – a 1920s bungalow.

 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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Antiques Buying Trip Day 6: Chandeliers!

If you’ve been following our Antiques Buying Trip video series, you’ll know that we’ve been on the hunt for interesting and unusual vintage lighting.  On the 6th day of the trip, we find vintage chandeliers aplenty!  Some of the warehouses we visit are so full of antiques and vintage pieces that we literally have to crawl our way through like a rat in a maze, and this is one of them.  This particular antiques dealer in Belgium clears houses when someone dies and the family doesn’t want or need their possessions, so we never know what we’ll find there.

By the end of our Antiques Buying Trip in Europe, we found 135 wonderful antique and vintage chandeliers!  It will take us some time to get them all checked out to make sure they are working properly, photograph them, and then upload them to our website.  In the meantime, check out our collection of vintage chandeliers

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