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Distressed Furniture

If you are looking for distressed furniture styles, then obviously our antique French furniture is naturally distressed from at least once century of being loved and used!  Sometimes though, our customers want new pieces that just look old… they want antique-inspired furniture that is newly crafted but with an aged and distressed look.  We have plenty of options for new furniture and home decor on our website so we are happy to help out!  Today I’m going to tell you how some of our furniture makers work their magic to achieve their distressed furniture finishes.

Jonathan Charles Distressed Desk Some of the best antique-inspired furniture is crafted using the same techniques that were used for the original antiques. Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture is a good example – their reproductions include hand-cut marquetry and intricate carved details. Then their pieces are aged to look like an antique.  This Jonathan Charles distressed bureau in the Queen Anne style gives you a taste of their skills!

Jonathan Sowter, founder of the company and a cabinet maker since he was 12 years old, says: “If you take a piece of furniture and finish it fantastically, people could imagine it’s an antique. It’s all in the finish.”

Jonathan Charles distressed desk

That requires special knowledge to get the distressed furniture look. Sowter says that his craftsmen understand where a piece of furniture would have bangs and knocks and scrapes after years of use, and where it wouldn’t.

“Even shading around the handle,” Sowter says, “because when you clean antiques for hundreds of years you don’t always clean in and around the handle!”

This close-up of a section of the oak bureau shows what he means. The bureau is a replica of Queen Anne desk designs dating to 1710, more than 300 years ago. The desk looks incredibly authentic, you could certainly believe that it’s been used for three centuries.

Scarborough House Distressed CabinetAnother way that distressed furniture gets its aged look is through hand-planing. The furniture makers at Scarborough House are brilliant at this.

This heavily distressed Scarborough House chest cabinet is one of their many hand-planed pieces. Combining a rustic look with beautiful parquetry for visual and textural interest, the sturdy and heavily distressed cabinet is cleverly planed by hand to give that genuinely old look. It’s the kind of technique that takes years to perfect!

Another way that distressed furniture gets its antiqued look is through hand-rubbed finishes. This Ambella Home Bonita king bed has a hand-rubbed antique ebony finish that makes it look far more interesting than if the black finish looked too perfectly “new.”

Ambella Home Bonita Bed Hand Rubbed KingWoodbridge Side Table Distressed

Woodbridge Furniture Company makers are also masters at distressed furniture, with their hand-rubbed and waxed finishes.

This lovely little Woodbridge side table with a dovetail construction drawer is crafted in solid wood and finished with a hand-rubbed distressed cherry veneer. It is not only a very practical side table (I can imagine it as a bedside table too!) but it looks great because the gently aged appeal is very charming.

Whenever you buy distressed furniture, you don’t want the distressing to be too obvious otherwise everyone can spot that bad distressing a mile away and they know it’s a new piece. The best distressed furniture keeps everyone guessing!

Here are more examples of beautifully distressed furniture on our website. Prepare yourself to be seduced!

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.

Best of Summer 2015: Coastal Style, Collections & Corner Furniture

This has been a busy summer and we’ve covered a lot of ground in our antiques and home decor blog, including coastal style, corner furniture, client spotlights, and how to display collections. Let’s not forget our new cat porch! Here are the highlights of our favorite blog posts from June and July.

My series on how to display a collection showed some lovely examples of creative ways to display ceramics and jewelry, as well as the more unusual collections of vintage model trains and classic cameras.

Upcycled chandelier spoondelier 4 tiers

We were delighted to hear in July that the upcycled chandeliers that we stock were being featured on the Trashformers TV show on FYI Networks.

You can read about the Trashformers show and the upcycled chandeliers here and see some clips of the episodes too.

The chandeliers (or spoonderliers!) are custom-made by an artisan from vintage silver-plated spoons. The TV show picked them to feature as a good example of innovative upcycled design.

 

Woodbridge Neo Classic Corner TableOur most recent client spotlights both took a peek inside our customers’ homes to show how they’d used the antique-inspired tables they bought from us. We always love seeing our customers’ decor and we’re grateful that they share their photos with us… what a treat!  Bob in California ordered this Neo-Classic Woodbridge corner table from us and the photo of it in his living room inspired my post on corner furniture. These beautiful pieces make crafty use of every inch of space.

As it is high summer and the cool ocean breezes beckon, it felt like the perfect time to look at some inspiring  Beach Style Decor and Beach Style Textures and Home Accessories.

Whether you live by the water or just wish you did, you’ll find some wonderful ideas in that post about how to create your own coastal retreat!

Fozzy cat on the cat porchFinally, we are enjoying our new cat porch so much, we wonder how we ever did without it. Oh, the cats are pretty keen on it too. Here’s Fozzy looking down from on high, but the cat porch also includes perches and platforms for all our six cats, plus a fireman’s pole scratch post. Basically it’s Disney World for cats.

Our post on building a cat porch in our vintage bungalow shows how we did it with lots more photos too.

I look forward to sharing more about antiques and decor with you as we head into August. Let us know in the comments if there is a subject you would us to talk about or come visit us on our Facebook page. For now, happy August!

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: Woodbridge Corner Table

After our customer Bob sent a photo of the Woodbridge corner table he bought from us, I started looking at other creative ways to make the most of every inch of space with corner furniture.  Bob S. in Castro Valley, CA, ordered this Neo-Classic corner table: Woodbridge Neo Classic Corner TableThe new Woodbridge Furniture Company corner table is beautifully crafted with a solid wood construction and hand-distressed cherry veneers. Woodbridge Corner table The elegant design is inspired by 19th century Neo-Classic originals and it’s a neat 3 feet wide.  Bob emailed us to say “It looks great in the living room.” You can see how well it tucks into the corner!

Bob is using the table for his lovely lamp but you could also use it as an accent table in a hallway, as a TV stand for a small flat screen TV in a guest room, or even as a corner nightstand in a cozy cottage bedroom. The two drawers and lower shelf provide plenty of storage options or a place to stack your magazines, even in a compact space!

Here are some more ideas for corner furniture.

Ambella Home Agatha Corner cabinetThis new Ambella Home corner cabinet from the Agatha Contempo collection makes a very handsome statement. It is nearly 8 feet tall and shows how a corner cabinet creates extra display options in a room that perhaps doesn’t have much wall space. You could enjoy this fine piece of furniture as a china cabinet too. A corner cabinet can be used to create a focal point in a room, or perhaps to soften the angles of a very square or linear space.

Jonathan Charles Corner ChairA corner chair makes an unusual addition to a home, like this new Jonathan Charles corner chair from the Country Farmhouse collection, superbly crafted in walnut wood. It makes maximum use of any neglected corner and the rich barley twists and classic finials guarantee that the corner chair will be a great visual accent too. The rush seat suits a Country Farmhouse living room or kitchen or any traditional or rustic decor. It’s a super chair for a small entryway too, making it easy to change your boots without taking up tons of space!

Finally, this traditional kitchen in Minneapolis shows that even the kitchen sink can benefit from the corner treatment! The deep farmhouse sink allows the best views from that large corner window. Putting the sink in the corner also frees up more counter space for people to work at.

Do you enjoy using corner furniture in your home? Do you use it to make maximum use of your space or just because you love the look? We’d love to hear your 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.

Best of May 2015: Castles, Gold, and Chandeliers!

We’ve had a lively month here at the EuroLuxHome.com antiques and home decor blog. In fact we’ve explored the stuff of legends: Castles and gold for starters, and then there was the Tea Party Chandelier that magically turned into a Coffee Cup Chandelier! (Who agrees that tea and coffee are the stuff of legends anyway? How else are we meant to start our busy days?)

Gold decorJoin us in looking back at our favorite blog posts last month, and may the legends continue…

We started our treasure hunt with a look at the interior design trend spotted at the Maison & Objet 2015 show in Paris: gold, gold, gold!

Gold diggers will love the warm and opulent effects in the Home Trends: Gold Decor Creates a Glow story and photos. But you don’t have to go crazy with the Midas touch if you just want a little gold rather than an all-over look. A few gold accents in your decor still add a vibrant and luxurious effect.

Augill CastleNext we went hunting for English history, lore and legends by taking a peek inside some incredible English Castle Hotels. If you want a unique and romantic vacation, staying in an English castle is bound to make you feel like royalty! You can even stay in the double-moated medieval castle that was home to Anne Boleyn when she was a girl, before she became the second wife of King Henry VIII.

Spring2015 planting the front yardBack at home, our own vintage 1920s bungalow is our castle and we’re delighted with all the progress we’ve made on the renovations.

We’ve worked hard on the garden landscaping, as you can see in the before and after photos in my story on Vintage Life: April Showers bring May Flowers!

As well as adding new planters that belonged to Greg’s great grandmother – family heirlooms for blooms! – we added hanging baskets, bird feeders,  bird baths, and I built a rose bed around the mailbox out of vintage bricks. We’re also proud of the edible treasures growing in our raised bed garden boxes. See all the photos here.

Woodbridge Games Table Antique French styleI loved the photos sent by our customers for our two client spotlights this month. The first showed how wonderful this Woodbridge Game Table in antique French style looks in Marie-Regina’s home in Pennsylvania. The 18th century French style table is crafted in solid wood and hand-rubbed for a beautifully distressed finish. The photos of Marie-Regina’s living room make it look like a cozy place to spend a few hours playing cards!

cofffee tea cup upcycled chandelierFinally, clever Kelley in Texas added her own personal touch to the custom-made tea party chandelier that she bought from us. The chandelier is crafted from a vintage tea service, right down to the silver plated spoons and teacups. Kelly transformed the light by swapping the vintage tea cups for large double espresso coffee cups!

We hope you’ll stay reading through June, when we’ll show more photos of customers’ homes and share more gorgeous antiques and inspiring home decor ideas.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Client Spotlight: Antique French Style Game Table

I loved seeing the photos our customer Marie-Regina S. in Mountainhome, PA sent of the antique French style game table she bought from us. We got a great glimpse into her beautifully decorated living room!
Woodbridge Game TableThis is the new Woodbridge game table that Marie-Regina chose from our range of vintage and antique-inspired game tables. The high-quality card table follows early 18th century French styling and it is crafted in solid wood with a cherry veneer.  The Woodbridge Furniture Company people are very clever with their distressing skills. The hand-rubbed finish gives an aged look that would fool a lot of people into thinking it was an original antique.
antique inspired Woodbridge games tableHere’s the antique-inspired game table in Marie-Regina’s home. This room is so inviting… it looks like a cozy place to spend a few hours playing cards! I can also imagine relaxing here with a good book or chatting with company. Notice how well Marie-Regina defines the conversation area with a large rug, while a separate rug defines the game table area.
Woodbridge Games Table Antique French styleZooming in for a closer look at the Woodbridge game table, you can see the rich sheen of the hand-waxed finish on the square table top. The careful craftsmanship extends to the shapely and typically French stylized cabriole legs. When Marie-Regina sent the photos of the table, she added, “We love it!”

I can see why… and it pairs perfectly with those handsome wood windows. Personally, I love the upholstery on the chairs. There is so much to enjoy in this room, from the framed lattice design on the far wall to the French style sideboard and the elegant lighting. Marie-Regina has immaculate taste and I’m glad she invited us into her home so we could admire it. And now for a game of cards?

If you enjoy cards, chess, and other family games (even shuffleboard!) take a look at our selection of vintage and antique-inspired game tables. We try to select tables that are gorgeous pieces of furniture in themselves, as well as being fun for entertainment after a dinner party or during a family holiday. We hope you agree with us!

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.

 

 

Traditional Irish Home Decor

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on March 17. Rather than tell you how to make green beer :-) I thought I’d share home decor inspiration from some beautiful traditional Irish houses.

Montalto House Irish Renovation

This is Montalto House, a mansion in the lovely green countryside of County Down, Northern Ireland. The house was built in 1760 and it sits in 600 acres of parkland. (I wouldn’t want to have to mow THAT lawn!)

In 2010, architects finished a major restoration on the house interiors.

This is the library – doesn’t it make you want to curl up with a good read? The burnt umber wall color creates warmth and sets the tone for the room. A roaring fire and lighting from the table lamp and wall sconces add more atmosphere. I also spy a brass or copper chandelier overhead. This room proves that good lighting from several sources makes a big difference to the feel of the space.

Here is the kitchen. It looks just as you’d think an Irish country house kitchen should look! I love the old metal chandelier and the deep farmhouse sink, also known as a Belfast sink.  Montalto House is now a venue for private events like weddings and it is full of Irish and European antiques and art.

A little more modest and more realistic for most of us, this is a very nicely designed Arts and Crafts movement house just outside Dublin. Once again we have a blazing fire! I guess it is chilly sometimes in the Emerald Isle. Heavy wood furniture, barley twist legs on the coffee table and William Morris fabric all add to the sense of traditional comfort in this period home.

Upstairs in the bedroom of the Arts and Crafts house, the rusty red textured wallpaper has only been applied below the picture rail. It was the same with the olive green walls in the living room photo. Keeping the bold color below the picture rail means that it isn’t too overwhelming. It also visually lowers the high ceilings to make the rooms a bit more cozy.

Here is another traditional home in Dublin – it welcomes us in at once! The dark brown wood style wallpaper gives an Old World feel and shows that dark walls don’t make the room itself dark if the actual lighting is good! This living room seems to enjoy tons of natural light, as well as a handsome chandelier to add a glow in the evening.

Woodbridge Irish pedestal tableLooking at the wood furniture in the Dublin living room, I think that this Woodbridge Furniture Company drinks table that we sell would fit in very nicely! The new Howth drinks table is inspired by original 18th century Irish antique furniture designs.

The patterned table top is crafted with a swirl mahogany veneer and English brown oak burl. With the fluted pedestal column too, the table looks incredibly authentic.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If we can’t make it to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day, at least we can all dream by looking at these amazing traditional Irish houses. Have you been to Ireland? What did you like about the decorative styles there?

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.

Home Decor Trends: Nailhead Trim

Nailhead trim is yet another traditional design detail that is getting a lot of attention in this year’s lists of decor trends! A Better Homes and Gardens magazine article called What We Want in Our Homes: 2014 highlighted nailhead trim. They said: “It’s an ideal trend to embrace for larger investment pieces, such as upholstered chairs and sofas, because it’s timeless.”

Even though nailhead trim is especially fashionable now it is never really out of fashion, so you don’t have to worry about it looking dated in a few years. Nailhead trim is a classic detail that goes back 400 years.Antique French Hunting chairs

Nailheads were a practical way for European craftsmen to attach fabric or leather to the wooden furniture frame. For example, we’ve got this very rare set of antique French Hunting chairs from 1880 in the gallery. We have never seen embossed leather on a set of Hunting chairs before. But you can see that the beautifully embossed leather panels on the seat and back are attached to the ornately carved oak chair frames by attractive nailheads.

Let’s have a look at some of the other nailhead trim furniture in our gallery, whether traditional or more contemporary or transitional in design!

Nailhead trim on leather sofaThis new Chesterfield leather daybed is hand-made to order in the USA by an American company we work with. As you can see, the top grain leather upholstery is accented by a beautiful nailhead trim that gives it a traditional feel. Each brass nail is hand-driven on this nicely crafted piece. Like all the other custom-made in the USA leather sofas from that company, the daybed is available in many leather colors.

Red Leather dining chair nailhead trimThe decorative nails on these newly crafted Cloister style leather dining chairs are also applied by hand. The nailhead trim serves to accent the sleek lines of the wine red leather panels. These Cloister style chairs remind me of medieval castles and churches!

It’s a specialist craft to apply the nails because they have to be perfectly spaced and you have to get it right first time to avoid damaging the upholstery. The small, family-owned company that makes these chairs employs craftsmen who know how to drive the nails by hand, of course.

Leather stool with nailhead trimBut if you are are trying to do a DIY project and you don’t have the carpentry or upholstery skills, then I know that you can buy faux nailhead trim by the yard. I would not recommend doing that to antique or high-quality furniture! Also, the faux nailhead doesn’t look as good as the real thing because you can see the strips joining the mock nails. But it might be a fun way to freshen up a cheaper piece of furniture.

This new leather stool certainly does NOT rely on faux nailhead by the yard! It is hand-crafted by Woodbridge Furniture Company and I wanted to show it to you because the nailhead trim is so integral to the design. The bold nails outline the sculptural oval back, almost acting as jewelry for the furniture.

Nailhead trim on Ambella Home SideboardIf you need any more convincing that nailhead trim works across many styles of furniture, this fabulous Ambella Home sideboard from the Manhattan collection should do the trick. The angular demi-lune shaped sideboard boasts white leather-look upholstery on the doors, studded with nickel nailheads. Polished nickel ring door handles match the nailheads. The result is classic, high-end, and sophisticated, but with a little edge! The Ambella Home Manhattan collection also includes beds, dining chairs, and other furniture with this design, so ask us about it if you love the look as much as we do!

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.

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: Woodbridge Coffee Table

We were delighted that our client Mary G. in Point Arena, CA, sent photos of the new Woodbridge coffee table she bought from us. The chic table looks fantastic in her lovely sunny living room and we were thrilled that she added: “Thank you for your help. The table is beautiful!”

Woodbridge Coffee Table glassThis is the new Woodbridge coffee table Mary chose from the Madeleine collection. Although we are best known for our antique furniture, Greg and I also carry some new furniture in the gallery. We select finely crafted, high-quality reproduction pieces, which is why we are proud to feature Woodbridge Furniture Company designs. This classic Woodbridge coffee table has a sturdy forged steel frame with a gorgeous antiqued gold leaf finish. (The table is also available with a silver leaf finish.) The square beveled glass top adds to the refined glamour.

Woodbridge coffee table in living roomThe Woodbridge coffee table looks just perfect in Mary’s elegant living room. I love how the  California sunshine streams into the room through those large windows. A bulky coffee table in the middle of the room would interrupt that beautiful flow of light, but the glass coffee table with its sleek frame enhances the bright and airy mood.  Woodbridge Coffee table in living room

This close-up shows more detail of the gilded frame and its graceful silhouette which pairs so nicely with Mary’s smart armchairs. A pretty posy of flowers and a couple of white candles are all you need! Of course, the coffee table can be used as a cocktail table too. Although Mary has kept the lower shelf clear, you could display small collectibles on that shelf or tuck your glossy magazines on it. Notice how the light reflects off the thick beveled edge of the Woodbridge coffee table – lovely! You probably can’t see the detail of the antiqued patina on the gold leaf finish, but the rich tone is a great accent to the room.

Woodbridge coffee table Madeleine

Looking back to the dining area and kitchen, you get the full and fabulous effect. I like the way Mary has cleverly combined stripes, solids, and houndstooth checks on the chairs’ upholstery. It’s so sophisticated against the deliciously patterned carpet. In our online gallery description of the Woodbridge Madeleine table, we wrote: “It’s the Katharine Hepburn of tables!” There is something about Mary’s whole space that reminds me of Hepburn’s refined and gracious style – so we think we found the perfect customer for the table!

Thanks Mary for giving us a glimpse into your living room with the Woodbridge coffee table.  You’ve got a great designer’s eye!

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: Windsor Counter Stools

Wendy C. in California told us how she came to buy the Windsor counter stools we shipped to her recently. She is a very smart shopper! Wendy did what we keep hearing so many retailers lament about. She “showroomed” or shopped on her smartphone while browsing for Windsor counter stools in a bricks and mortar store near her home in Trabuco Canyon.

Windsor counter stool in antique style with a modern swivel seatWendy found the same brand-new, high-quality counter stool in the Windsor style by Woodbridge Furniture Company on our website, but our price was better! She gave us a call and decided she was willing to wait for us to ship a pair of stools because of the savings. Remember: we offer free shipping on all items! Wendy also liked the idea of buying directly from a “mom and pop” store on Main Street rather than from a big department store. Even though we have a virtual gallery on the web, we are indeed a family-run business here at our Main Street store in Newberry, South Carolina. Without big city overheads, we can offer antique and high-quality reproduction furniture at a small-town price. That’s why Wendy found our Woodbridge Windsor counter stool was so much cheaper. We’re glad she found us too!
Windsor counter stool in our client's kitchenHere is the pair of swivel seat Windsor counter stools in Wendy’s lovely kitchen. The stools match perfectly with her Windsor dining chairs, and they look exceptional against the dark veining in the counter top. Although the stools look authentically antique, they’ve got built-in modern convenience as the carved saddle seat turns on a heavy-duty swivel mechanism. This stool is also available as a Windsor bar height stool.

Windsor counter stool in our client's California kitchenThe curve of the counter stool works beautifully with the curve of Wendy’s kitchen counter and the wood tone blends with the cabinets. The stools also accent the curvy silhouette of the white lidded bowl and the elegant light fixtures.  Windsor style chairs and stools originated in Great Britain, as you might guess. The basic spindle back design like wheel spokes was seen by the 16th century. However, a more sophisticated version became easier to craft during the 18th century, when steam was used to create the bow-back typical of the chairs. The earliest chairs made in this way came from the small town of Windsor, in Berkshire, England. (Windsor is also quite well-known for its castle!) The name stuck.
Thanks to Wendy for letting us take a peek inside her kitchen – it’s a beauty!

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.