Client Spotlight: Antique Saddle Leather Settee

After we sold a newly crafted leather settee to Susan R. in Rocky River, OH, I was delighted when she sent a photo of the sofa in her home. The antique saddle leather settee is one of the most popular pieces in our large selection of new leather settees and sofas, and it always looks wonderful whenever we see client photos of it. It blends with many different styles of decor and its graceful lines bring a lovely sense of elegance into any room.

Leather settee

Here’s the antique saddle leather settee. With its handsome looks and high-quality craftsmanship. It’s perfect for an entryway or as seating in your dining room or living room. The settee is sturdily crafted with a solid birch wood frame finished with a rich dark walnut stain that is applied by hand. The settee is upholstered with antiqued saddle brown split grain leather which works beautifully with the walnut finish. A hand-applied nailhead trim highlights the refined lines.

Leather settee nook

Here is the settee in Susan’s home. Susan asked me to hold shipping as she was about to take off on a European adventure for two months. I was happy to oblige and made sure the settee arrived just after the world-traveler returned home. I love the artwork surrounding the settee – what a cozy spot to read a few letters or chat on the phone!

Thank you for sending the photo of the leather settee, Susan. We hope it gives you many years of comfort!

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.

Bubble Wrap Day Discount on New and Antique Furniture

Discount on antiques for bubble wrap appreciation dayNow through February 4, we’re offering a 15% discount on everything at EuroLuxHome.com with our special promo code to celebrate Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day!

January 28 is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. As you can imagine, we use a LOT of bubble wrap in packaging antiques for delivery around the country. Our dogs and cats love it too… here’s Minkey (our shipping manager!) taking charge of our enormous roll of bubble wrap!

So to celebrate bubble wrap, we’re offering 15% off everything at EuroLuxHome.com now through February 4 when you use this code at checkout:  PoppityPop

It’s the perfect time to find a unique antique treasure that you love! Or think ahead to summer wedding gifts and other gifts for family and friends this year. The discount is valid on everything in our gallery, including fine European antiques, vintage decor and high-quality new furniture and lighting,  As always, shipping is free in the Continental US and some parts of Canada.

We’ve just had a new container of antique furniture arrive from France, filled with goodies that we selected on our last European antiques buying trip.   You could use your discount on any of these wonderful pieces, including….

Antique French Henry II Zephyr Buffet

This antique Renaissance Henry II style buffet features stunning carvings evoking the seasons of the year. The cheerful face of Zephyr, the Greek god of the west wind breathes out a warm spring breeze at the top of the cabinet. You will almost feel the gentle breeze wafting through the room as you admire the ornate carvings on the walnut buffet, dating to 1900.  The large buffet also offers lots of practical storage, in addition to being a work of art that will look amazing in your traditional dining room, kitchen or great room.

Antique French Hunting Desk

The carved winged beasts keeping guard over this antique French Hunting style desk look like the famous mythological griffins, with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. The Hunting style desk was made in France around 1880 in solid oak wood and it will look stunning in your home office or library.

Antique French Henry II dining chairs

This set of 6 Renaissance Henry II style dining chairs is crafted in walnut wood and upholstered with embossed leather. Dating to 1900, the dining chairs or side chairs have a lovely open and airy profile due to the slightly longer than usual turned spindles along the chair back. The elegant armless dining chairs have a timeless appeal, and they would look beautiful as side chairs in any room of the house.

Vintage French Rococo Chandelier

When we found this vintage 1950 Rococo style chandelier on our latest antiques buying trip in Europe, we knew someone back in the USA would love it! Sparkling gloriously from top to bottom, this incredible vintage French chandelier in the Rococo style boasts 12 electric candles that glimmer with a beautiful light reflected in the glass crystals.

Browse our full inventory at EuroLuxHome.com and take 15% off everything in your shopping basket through February 4, 2019, when you enter the discount coupon code at checkout:  PoppityPop

Happy shopping!

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.

The Hygge Home: Cozy Serenity

January is the perfect time to think about the Hygge home! Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a sense of cozy well-being… a mood of peaceful comfort and contentment. In a troubled world, It’s not surprising that Hygge is a big trend. It is so comforting and lets us take a relaxing and replenishing escape from the busy world!
Here’s Lenny taking a Hygge moment, just to show the humans how to do it!

Hygge Cat Blanket

The style is associated with Nordic interior design, but even if you don’t like Nordic style you can add elements of Hygge style into your space. Here are my tips to get a sense of Hygge at home. The word is pronounced hoo-ga  – which already makes me smile as it is pretty fun to say!

Hygge Farrow and Ball fireplace

The easiest way to get into the Hygge frame of mind is to think warmth, candlelight, fireplaces, and snuggling up with a delicious hot drink and a deep conversation with a few close friends, or perhaps a quiet evening curled up with a great book! This photo from the Farrow and Ball paint company evokes the feeling perfectly, and their dark blue paint (called Oval Room Blue) adds to the appeal of the roaring fire. The antique-style mirror helps reflect light back into the room even in winter’s dark nights.

Cyan Design Kalliope CandlestickAnother nice way to bring pretty light into the room is to pull out the Christmas string lights and drape them across the mantel, an antique buffet or sideboard, a shelf, or an architectural feature to give a firefly glow.

Candles are essential to the Hygge look. Gather all your candlesticks to make an eclectic display, or use votives or tea lights. This Cyan Design Kalliope candle holder from our selection of new and vintage candlesticks is a great choice. The natural oak and dimpled glass evoke a sense of simple serenity.

Also think about soft and cozy textiles, with tons of texture. For example, sheepskin throws, chunky cable knit blankets, cuddly cushions and pillows, and snuggly hand-hooked rugs, like the selection of rugs by Michaelian Home in our online store.

Definitely you’ll want to put away your phone and other technology for your few hours of Hygge well-being!

Whether you spend some self-care time alone or share a more social gathering with friends, turn off the beeping, buzzing, and constant online notifications! Unplug from the virtual world and make a soul connection with the people around you by sharing memories, discussing your favorite books or movies, or playing good old-fashioned games!  Whether your game of choice is Trivial Pursuits, Monopoly, checkers, or chess, games are a great way for young and old alike to bond and share a real connection.

Then whip up some homemade cookies or cake, make some delicious hot tea or cocoa or another warming drink, and enjoy every Hygge moment!

How do you create the Hygge mood and decor in your home? 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.

Top 10 Antiques and Home Decor Blog Posts 2018: Part 2

In my last blog post I gave you a roundup of the first of our top home decor and antiques blog posts of 2018. Here’s Part 2 with the remaining five of our favorite 10 posts from last year. It’s been fun to recall some of the things we talked about in 2018. I hope you enjoy seeing the highlights too!

6.   Customer Spotlight: Cam Davis Mansion

Greco-Roman mansion in Newberry, SCWe were thrilled to see a feature about our customer Tamra’s home in Columbia Living Magazine. The article mentioned some of the antique furniture Tamra purchased from us and we found out more about Tamra’s house, this beautifully restored Greco-Roman mansion in Newberry, SC.

See the full story and more photos of the inside of the house in the blog post Customer’s Newberry Cam Davis Mansion and Antiques in Magazine.

2.   How to Repurpose Antique Furniture

Creative antique decor: antique French nightstand in the kitchenSome of our customers have been very creative in the way they’ve repurposed the antique furniture they bought from us.   Lifestyles have changed over a century, so our home decor and storage needs have changed too. But our love for beautifully made and hand-carved furniture doesn’t change!

Perhaps a piece was first crafted as an armoire, nightstand or buffet, but there is no reason that you can’t use it for a very different purpose.This Repurposed Antique Furniture blog post shows how our clients have thought creatively to adapt an antique piece to their needs!

3.   Meet Our New Dog, Ernie!

Puppy ErnieLast July a scared, lost pup turned up literally on our doorstep. He was terrified and seems to have been severely abused, with a large infected bite wound on his side. A trip to the vet revealed a very high fever of over 103 degrees. We guessed that he may have escaped a life as a bait dog.

Well, after a few weeks of TLC, he was all healed up…. and he’d also found himself a new home! While we REALLY didn’t need another pet, how could we resist?  See the full story and more photos, including his first introduction to Minkey the cat, in the blog post Meet Our New Dog, Ernie!

4.   The Greek Key Pattern in Home Decor

The Greek Key pattern is one of the most elegant designs in home decor and furniture. The classic angular design is very harmonious and it has remained popular for thousands of years.

It works with all styles of interior design schemes too! So in my blog post Greek Key Pattern in Furniture and Decor I tell you a bit about the history of the design and also show lots of ways to incorporate the pattern into your home.

From textiles to tiles, from furniture to light fittings, the Greek Key pattern always looks chic and interesting.

 

5.   Customer Spotlight: Antique Brittany Buffet and Jadeite

Antique French Brittany Buffet with Jadeite Fire KingOur customer Debbie found a very beautiful antique Brittany buffet in our gallery that was on the smaller side and so it was the perfect fit for her kitchen. It was also the perfect piece to display Debbie’s Jadeite Fire King collection.  The Jadeite dishes were made by Anchor Hocking in the 1940s and Debbie started collecting them a few years ago because she loves the jade green color. It looks fabulous against the dark wood of the buffet!

In my blog post Antique French Brittany Buffet with Jadeite Fire King  we take a look around Debbie’s lovely home in Charleston, SC.

We are looking forward to another year exploring the best in antiques and home decor, and also taking tours of our customers’ homes! We hope that you have a wonderful 2019 too!

If you missed Part 1 of our top 10 antiques and home decor blog posts of 2018, you can see the other five at the link.

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.

Top 10 Antiques and Home Decor Blog Posts 2018: Part 1

As we head into the new year, it’s time for our annual round-up of our most popular antiques and home decor blog posts from 2018! Here is the first half of our Top 10 posts of the year…

1.   Client Spotlight: Antique Chinese Wedding Bed

antique Chinese wedding bed

As part of our series of client spotlights, I wrote in May about this exquisite antique Chinese wedding bed that had been due for demolition before we rescued it! You will also enjoy the unusual story of how it found a new home with our customer in Greenville, SC. It had traveled a long way from its origins in the Zhejiang Province in Eastern China, and it was all thanks to our customer’s daughter’s craving for Arby’s that it landed in Greenville! Read the whole story about the beautiful Late Qing Dynasty bed with its twist of fate in my blog post about the Antique Chinese Wedding Bed.

2.   How to Fix Scratches on Antique Furniture

This year I made a video showing how to fix wood blemishes, watermarks and scratches on antique furniture using furniture crayons. It is an easy process to solve the problem we hear quite often from people who have antique furniture. Perhaps they’ve accidentally scratched the wood or maybe they’ve inherited an heirloom that needs some superficial dings tidied up. Along with the video in my How to Fix Scratches on Antique Furniture post  I’ve also given a written summary of the simple process. This was part of our series on antique furniture restoration tips and tricks.

3.    Decorating with Pink

Pink Choiserie Leciester Room Chatsworth HouseSometimes people can be wary of decorating with pink because they fear it might look too young and girly or sugary sweet, but in fact pink is an incredibly versatile shade that can be used in lots of sophisticated ways.

I wrote two blog posts to give you some inspiration about how to work pink into your interior design scheme. The first one was Decorating with Light Pink and I followed up with Decorating with Bright Pink.

This shows lots of ways to bring a blush of pink into your home, from the subtlety of ballet slipper pink to the elegance of rose or a rich jolt of fuchsia.

4.    What is the Renaissance Henry II Style of Antique Furniture?

Antique French Buffet Henry II Renaissance Buffet

Renaissance Henry II furniture is always in demand. In fact, this is one of the most popular styles of furniture in our EuroLuxHome.com online store. The noble Henry II style is very classic and beautifully carved, usually in oak or walnut wood. In my blog post What is the Renaissance Henry II Style of Antique Furniture? I tell you all about the history of the style and how to identify it.

I also share some photos of pieces of Henry II style furniture in our customers’ homes so you can see for yourself just how handsome it looks!  This is part of my series of posts on the history and styles of antique furniture.

 

5.    Antique of the Week

Normandy Antique French bedWe had a lot of fun this year with a new series of social media posts about our “Antique of the Week.”

The #AntiqueOfTheWeek hashtag is our way of showcasing some pieces that our customers might like to see because they are especially wonderful, unusual and interesting.

Sometimes we highlighted a piece of antique furniture or an antique decorative object because it tied into the season or topical events.  For example, we chose this beautiful romantic French antique bed as our Antique of the Week to honor the royal wedding when Prince Harry married Meghan Markle.

We use the hashtag #AntiqueOfTheWeek on our accounts on on Pinterest, Facebook and Google+ so if you aren’t following those accounts already, you can search on that #AntiqueOfTheWeek hashtag.

Happy new year to everyone! If you enjoyed this, see the rest of our picks for the year at this link for the Part 2 of our top 10 decor and antiques blog posts of 2018.

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: Hand-Painted Mantle Clock Made In America

When our customer Fredrick A. in Hartwell, GA, bought a new hand-painted mantle clock from us created by OK Casting, he didn’t just love the style of the clock, he also appreciated the fact that the clock was made in America.

American made Mantle clock camel back hand paintedThis is the new mantle clock made by OK Casting. The clock is a classic camelback design that brings a lovely sense of nostalgia to any room. These custom-made clocks, along with other OK Casting products, are hand-made and painted at the time of order. It’s a custom-made product and each one is going to be unique! The high-quality new clock has a battery-operated quartz movement and it is cast in a resin that looks fantastically authentic.

Here you can see the mantle clock on Fredrick’s mantle. It looks so warm and inviting and we love the Christmas stockings hanging above the cozy fire!  This looks like a great place to celebrate the true spirit of Christmas!

Army Veteran Fredrick said: ” The clock is absolutely beautiful. I also love the fact that the clock was made right here in America and built by Americans, I will cherish this clock for decades to come and I am super proud to display it on my mantle.”

That’s awesome! We are so delighted to hear that, Fredrick, and thank you for sending us the photo of the OK Casting clock in your wonderful home.

In addition to clocks, OK Casting offers many delightfully designed home accessories. Each hand-crafted American resin OK Casting piece is custom-made to order and they make great gifts for others or as an addition to your own home. The pieces also look far more expensive than their very reasonable price point! The collection includes candlesticks, boxes, bookends and sculptures, as well as lighting from ceiling lamps and chandeliers to table lamps, wall lamps and sconces.  You can browse the entire OK Casting collection on our website at this link. 

Merry Christmas, Fredrick, and we hope that your OK Casting Made-in-America mantle clock continues to  bring you joy for many years to come!

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.

Have Yourself a Merry Christmas: Home Decor, Food, Fragrance

Have yourself a merry little Christmas in the best place on planet Earth: Your own home!

We’ve been posting about the best of Christmas home decor and food for years and we’ve also shared our special Christmas home fragrance recipe! If you’ve missed those blog posts, we hope you will enjoy this round-up of our favorite Merry Christmas posts to help you celebrate the holidays in the coziest and jolliest way possible!

Traditional Christmas Decor in Every Room

Deck The halls christmas hall decorDon’t just deck the halls with boughs of holly… add the Christmas touch to every room!

I hope that my mini tour of different homes with their Christmas decor will provide you with inspiration for traditional Christmas decor in every room.

Even if you don’t have such a huge and sweeping staircase in your foyer, then you can still make other areas of your home look wonderful.

Traditional Christmas Decor Tour Part 2

Christmas bedroom decorFabulous Christmas decorations also look wonderful in the dining room, bathroom, and kitchen. Why hold back on the bling?

And don’t forget the bedroom! Kids have their Christmas stockings to make their sleeping space extra special, but adults deserve some holiday spirit in the bedroom too. Look at our great ideas for Christmas decor in every room. 

Christmas Table Decorations 

Red and White Christmas table decorationsDreaming up new ideas for our Christmas table decorations is great fun, and a lovely way to get into the festive spirit.

These creative Christmas table decorations will help inspire your ho-ho-ho-holiday spirit too!

We also loved sharing our recipe for our family’s homemade Christmas fragrance.

I promise, this is an easy way to make your house feel very welcoming and festive!

Christmas Cookies and Franklin Nut Cake

Speaking of recipes… We have some Talbot family recipes for delicious cookies and cake! Greg’s mom Kathy, who is also in charge of all our antique restorations, is a genius in the kitchen!

Find her recipes for her amazing Franklin Nut Cake, her Kathy’s Magic Cookie Bars, and White Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwiches in our Christmas Cookies and Cake post.

And don’t blame me if you can’t resist eating it all the minute you have cooked it! These are tried and tested recipes that satisfy our very hungry family!

German Christmas Markets and Gluhwein Recipe

Cologne Christmas MarketOne thing I miss the most about living in Germany is visiting the festive Christmas markets. My favorite Christmas market is in Cologne, held beneath the huge Gothic Cathedral.

In this German Christmas Markets blog post I give you a tour of the Cologne market and the food and drink you might see there, including a recipe for warming, delicious, traditional Gluhwein!

A Traditional English Christmas 

Christmas puddingThere’s something nostalgic about an old-time English Christmas. I guess it must be all those Masterpiece Theatre shows as well as holiday stories like A Christmas Carol, and of course our more recent favorite, Downton Abbey!

This blog post   explains all the traditions of an English Christmas, and gives a recipe for Yorkshire Pudding too!

Looking farther afield in Europe, you can read our blog post about Old World Christmas Traditions in France and Italy too. Did you know that instead of hanging up a stocking for Santa Claus, children in France often leave shoes out by the fireplace for le Père Noël to fill?

I hope that you enjoy our festive blog posts to help you with your own Merry Little Christmas! If you have any suggestions for us about Christmas home decor or food, or perhaps your own special holiday fragrance that you cook up each year…. we’d love to hear about it! Tell us in the comments box!

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 Art Nouveau Buffet

We were delighted to have an unusual antique Art Nouveau buffet in our gallery, and we were even more delighted that it found such a great home!

Kevin and Candice in Summerville, SC, had been looking for years for the perfect piece to put in the hallway of their new home by the South Carolina coast. Kevin reports that Candice is normally slow to decide on big purchases, so he didn’t expect to find anything when they stopped in our EuroLux Home antiques store in Newberry. However, when Candice spotted the gorgeous Art Nouveau buffet, she stopped in her tracks.

French antique Art Nouveau Buffet

It was the right size and the right color of walnut to match with their collection of Arts and Crafts furniture. It didn’t take Candice very long at all to decide this was exactly the right piece – taking Kevin completely by surprise! Doesn’t it look wonderful in their home?

Antique French Art Nouveau Buffet

We don’t see Art Nouveau buffets very often, as the style was only prominent from approximately 1890 to 1910 before the Art Deco style swept the scene. The Art Nouveau style of furniture is quite feminine and pretty. It features organic motifs, such as flowers, vines, leaves, or fruit, and it is especially known for dramatic curves and swirls. The focus was on craftsmanship as a reaction against growing industrialization and mass production at the end of the 19th century. These rare pieces are especially beautiful and the patina of the walnut on this particular Art Nouveau buffet is just stunning.

vintage Louis XV French Country dining chairs

Kevin and Candice also picked out this set of pretty vintage Louis XV French Country dining chairs for the dining room off the hallway. The vintage chairs date to 1930. The charming chairs are crafted in oak wood and they are upholstered in yellow gold velveteen. The Louis XV chairs boast a delicately shaped back with sweet and subtle carving as well as lovely French cabriole legs.

vintage Rococo chandelier

Finally, Kevin and Candice chose a dramatic vintage French Rococo chandelier to light up the entryway. The 10-light metal chandelier dates to around 1950 and it is lavishly adorned with the decorative embellishments and curvy bracket arms that you’d expect from the Rococo style. What a pretty sight it will all make when the chandelier is hung!

Thank you Kevin and Candice for sending the photos of the antique Art Nouveau buffet in your lovely home. We hope it brings you many years of joy!

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

Historic Newberry South Carolina Holiday Open House

If you’ve wanted to go antiquing in Newberry, South Carolina, now is the time as we celebrate the holiday season with a Holiday Open House in Historic Downtown! The Newberry Holiday Open House runs from the evening of Thursday November 15 through Sunday November 18, 2018.  EuroLuxHome.com is joining the party with a 15% discount on all the antiques at our EuroLux antiques store on Main Street. Newberry SC Holiday open house

Businesses participating in the Open House roll out the welcome mat with refreshments, drawings, door prizes and sale prices. If you are looking for a Thanksgiving centerpiece or the perfect gift for a relative, this is the time to explore Main Street and the Historic District.

If you’re making your list and checking it twice, the Newberry Holiday Open House helps you get ahead on shopping for holiday gifts. Many business will offer longer opening hours to welcome in the holidays. Also enjoy a meal at a restaurant to help you get into the festive spirit before shopping… or afterward to celebrate your wonderful purchases!

Newberry SC Christmas tree lighting

As the icing on the Christmas cake, don’t miss the Main Street Lights and the lighting of the Christmas tree on Friday November 16, 2018. We get into a nostalgic holiday mood between 5 pm and 6 pm, listening to caroling at the tree by members of the Southern Victorian Society, dressed in full replica Victorian era clothing. The official lighting ceremony begins at 6:15 pm, showcasing local school choirs, then we join in the countdown to light the town at 6:30 pm!  Wandering carolers from the Newberry College Madrigal Choir add to the magic all evening. You can also stop by for a FREE showing of the movie Polar Express at the Ritz Theater at 7:30 pm.

Kathy with her collection of Thanksgiving pilgrims

Here at EuroLux Home antiques store at 1409 Main Street, we’ll offer a 15% discount throughout the Holiday Open House. You will easily recognize us by Kathy’s collection of Thanksgiving pilgrims in our store windows!

We have lots of beautiful antique French furniture that we’ve brought back from our antiques buying trips in Europe, as well as smaller pieces of home decor from vintage chandeliers to kitchenware.

The hours for the Historic Downtown Newberry’s Holiday Open House 2018 are:

  • Thursday November 15: From 5 pm – 8 pm
  • Friday November 16:  From 10 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday November 17: From 10 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday November 18: From 1 pm  -6 pm

If you don’t live nearby so you can’t join in the Holiday Open House and come antiquing in Newberry, keep watching our blog to hear about a cool holiday discount at our online store. That way, you can find the perfect unique piece of furniture or decorative accessory for your home wherever you live!

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.

A Victorian Thanksgiving

We have the Victorians to thank for our modern day Thanksgivings! Communities across the country had carried out their own Thanksgiving celebrations since the 1600s.  But there wasn’t a unified American Thanksgiving until Abraham Lincoln’s presidential proclamation in 1863 called for an official Thanksgiving Day in all states.  The traditions established in those Victorian Thanksgivings live on today.

Victorian Thanksgiving card

The Victorians loved sending cards, so of course they sent Thanksgiving cards too, just like this one. The cards were often illustrated with pumpkins and turkeys – the same images we have today of Thanksgiving! The tradition of serving turkey for the T-Day meal was quickly adopted in honor of the early settlers who found wild turkey to eat. Even the party games on Thanksgiving night after dinner might include Pin the Tail on the Turkey!

Turkey was first stuffed with simple fillings like seasoned bread and corn meal, but the Victorian cooks got creative with stuffings, adding oysters, chestnuts, cranberries and other fruits.

Photo by A.HICKMAN DesignThanksgiving Table Setting

The Victorians often used natural elements to decorate their Thanksgiving table, such as autumn leaves, ferns, nuts, fruits and grasses. This table setting evokes the style and it is easy to recreate, with its beautiful natural centerpiece, a candle inside a lamp, and your best decorative stemware, and patterned china. It doesn’t matter if the plates or glasses don’t match. A mix of patterns or cut glass stemware creates an attractive vintage look.

Although the Victorian Thanksgiving meal was similar to ours, they also served some dishes that haven’t survived as traditional today, like boiled onions, clams and mincemeat pies! They did love their turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, though, just like us.

You can wash down your Thanksgiving feast with a traditional Victorian punch, like this one created by Charles Dickens. It combines rum, cognac, black tea, lemons and sugar for a very warming treat!

Dessert for Thanksgiving

If you want another dessert in addition to pies, then why not create a festive Charlotte Russe? It was a favorite of the Victorians, and often served at functions in Abraham Lincoln’s White House. Here is a Charlotte Russe recipe from the Great British Baking Show’s episode about Victorian baking!

The jelly and the bavarois filling in the Charlotte Russe is heavy on the gelatin because gelatin was a new discovery in Victorian times, making life a lot easier for cooks. They experimented with many gelatin dishes. And, just like us, they had to get creative with leftovers, resulting in dishes like Turkey in Savory Jelly! Display for desserts

This is a charming way to serve your desserts if you don’t have an antique server or buffet. Empty out a display cabinet or hutch and make a pretty display of your desserts, fruits and candies!

We know that many of our customers live in Victorian homes and love Victorian decor. I hope that this blog post about Victorian Thanksgiving gives you some inspiration for your own holiday feast. Happy Thanksgiving!

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.