What is the Renaissance Henry II Style of Antique Furniture?

If you are looking for a handsome carved antique buffet or dining chairs for your traditional dining room or great room, then you will definitely want to know about the Renaissance Henry II style of antique furniture. You can also check out some regal Renaissance Henry II furniture for sale on our website.

Antique French Buffet Henry II Renaissance BuffetThe Henry II style of antique furniture was influential for much longer than the brief twelve year reign of this King of France from 1547 to his death in 1559. This important furniture style lasted through the reigns of five French monarchs. But the antique Henry II furniture we sell today in this style actually dates to the Renaissance Revival period in the late 19th century, when this very traditional look returned to favor.

Antique Henry II Dining ChairsFurniture in the Henry II style displays the values and aesthetics of the Renaissance, which means rebirth. This rebirth of classical arts and philosophies of ancient Rome and Greece arose in Italy in the 15th century and spread across Europe, influencing architecture and the decorative arts.

Typical decorative details evoked Greek and Roman mythology and architecture, with an emphasis on classical symmetry. You can see the symmetry in these lovely antique Renaissance Henry II style dining chairs crafted in wood and dating to 1900.

Furniture is also adorned with carved arches and columns, stately pediments and attractive finials. Figurative carvings include male and female figures, faces and heads. For example, this gorgeous antique French Renaissance Henry II sideboard or server boasts a crowned Queen carved at the top.

Antique French buffets or servers in the Henry II style are often crafted in beautiful oak or walnut wood, with a rich patina from more than a century of age. The typical buffet will boast columns and spindles, including spindled galleries to serve as plate racks. However, there are many varieties of decorative designs on these unusual pieces.

The furniture also was influenced by the Hunting style, which was led by the French fashion to furnish hunting lodges and chateaux with furniture carved with images of rural life.

Creative antique decor: antique French nightstand in the kitchenHere are some piece of furniture in this style that customers have bought from us. They sent us some wonderful photos showing the furniture in their homes for our customer spotlights.

Our customer Kathleen in Oklahoma bought this French antique nightstand in the Henry II style and she made the clever decision to use it as a kitchen cabinet, providing extra storage and display space.  The geometric walnut marquetry and lovely turned legs are nicely set off by the gray marble top and it looks terrific in her kitchen! See more photos and Kathleen’s full story here.

Henry II style buffets often have bas-relief figures or scenes on the doors. This is a great example, from our client spotlight: Renaissance Chairs and Buffet in Chateau Home, Illinois.

Bob H. in Prairie Grove, Illinois, bought this buffet for his French Renaissance chateau style home. The beautiful buffet is carved with a knight on horseback on the doors. Bob decorated the marble top with a vintage porcelain figure of an apothecary and antique mortar and pestle sets. Can you guess he worked as a pharmacist?

Antique French Dining ChairsIris in Texas bought these oak Henry II dining chairs from us, featuring carvings of birds, and a pair of lions gazing out from the finials. The attractive brass handles are also typical of this style. Renaissance Henry II style antique furniture is all elegant and classically appealing, showing the high quality taste of kings!

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Tobi Fairley for Woodbridge: Designer Furniture

Tobi Fairley For Woodbridge Furniture CompanyThe many talents of Interior designer Tobi Fairley have been recruited by Woodbridge Furniture Company to create a special collection that we know our customers will love!

Tobi Fairley is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed interior designer. She focuses on chic, classic, streamlined interior designs, and then gives them a major dose of glamor. She brings the same vision to the furniture she’s designed for Woodbridge.

(She’s perched here on a lacquered blue side table that you can find for sale on our website.)

Woodbridge Tobi Fairley Ellison Writing DeskIf you enjoy Hollywood Regency style, you will love the Tobi Fairley for Woodbridge collection. If you admire style icon Katherine Hepburn, you definitely have to check this collection out.  I’m convinced Ms. Hepburn with her tailored but bold taste would be the first to order some of these pieces! This stunning Tobi Fairley Ellison writing table or desk is a great example. If Hepburn were filming “Woman of the Year” today, this is the desk that would be used by the  the fast-talking journalist character she plays as she squabbles with Spencer Tracy!

Woodbridge Tobi Fairley Ellison Cocktail Table PinkTobi Fairley is known for her work with color and pattern, and you can see the results here in this decadently delicious cocktail table which is crafted with a sleek blush pink lacquered top that is accented by a gold leaf design. The base is an elegant gray, a classic combination of gray and pink that was popular in Art Deco days!

Woodbridge Tobi Fairley White Console TableSometimes the silhouette and superb finish does all the talking, without any need for color or pattern at all. This elegant new Woodbridge Tobi Fairley Gabrielle console table or hall table earns its allure from the white lacquered top on the solid hardwood construction, combined with those seductive cabriole legs which give a little French accent to the otherwise minimalist design.

Woodbridge Tobi Fairley Drop Leaf TableTobi Fairley’s designs have been featured in major magazines from House Beautiful to Traditional Home to Veranda, because her sense of style is so appealing to many different people. This drop leaf Tobi Fairley dining table is a case in point. The incredibly interesting dining table stands on eight multi ringed turned posts that open out when you want to extend the drop leaves. Otherwise the cherry veneered table with brass accents closes down to a fairly narrow profile. This is great if you need a smaller footprint table when you are not entertaining! Notice the carved claw feet that hold crystal-look balls… that is exactly the kind of attention to detail that elevates the Tobi Fairley for Woodbridge furniture designs to another level.

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Client Spotlight: Louis Philippe Sideboard

Rod and Vicki F. in Centerton, AR, sent some spectacular photos of the new Louis Philippe sideboard they bought from us. The Louis Philippe sideboard is crafted in solid wood with a wonderful dark rustic pecan finish.  It is made by one of the most reliable furniture makers that we work with and their prices are very reasonable. Here’s a photo of the sideboard:

Sideboard Philippe Dark Rustic PecanWith four doors and four drawers, the sideboard provides plenty of storage. You will also notice the wonderful French cremone hardware that gives this piece an authentic French accent! The sideboard measures nearly eight feet long at 93 inches long, so it is quite an impressive piece of furniture as well as a very practical one.

Rod and Vicki say they are thrilled with the sideboard. That lovely leather chair looks like a perfect spot to curl up with a bourbon and a good book in front of the fire!

Sideboard Louis Philippe

In general the Louis Philippe style is quite unfussy and with little ornamentation, but it puts the emphasis on the beauty of the wood and its grain, especially darker woods. The style harks back to the 19th century, and the reign of Louis Philippe between 1830 to 1848. The simpler lines create a sense of subtle and refined luxury. The Louis Philippe style works perfectly in Rod and Vicki’s home.  I love their wood floors and how beautifully the wood furniture and leather chairs and ottoman work with the flooring. It all looks very smart and luxurious but also welcoming and relaxed.

Thanks Rod and Vicki and we hope you continue to enjoy your Louis Philippe sideboard!

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Antiques Shopping in South Carolina? Visit Ashtabula Historic House

If you are antiques shopping in South Carolina, there are so many great places for you to visit along the way, including the Ashtabula Historic House. It’s about 90 minutes away from our Eurolux antiques gallery on Main Street in Historic Newberry, so once you’ve enjoyed looking around Newberry, you can drive over to Ashtabula.

Ashtabula at Christmas

Check their website for current opening hours. At time of writing, the house is open on Sunday afternoons for public tours, with private tours for six or more by appointment at any time. There are also special events. The photo above shows Ashtabula at the annual Christmas celebration and historical reenactment event. The house is dressed for the holidays and guides dressed in period costume tell you about life in the 1800s, accompanied by holiday music.

Ashtabula Plantation 1971 National Register of Historic Places

The two-story clapboard mansion stands in ten acres of grounds, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as being on the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor. It was built by Lewis Ladsen Gibbes somewhere between 1825 and 1828. He was a widely-traveled man who had studied at the Sorbonne in France and Eton in England. He and his wife wanted a home where they could benefit from the healthy climate of the foothills. The house became a self-sufficient farm and the mansion and plantation were owned by many other people before being given for restoration to The Pendleton Historic Foundation in 1961.

Ashtabula Historic Plantation House

The house is now restored and decorated with antebellum antiques, including pieces that were owned by the families who lived here. The site also includes an original well house and a 1790 brick building that was once a tavern!  As another interesting fact, this land was where the first Jersey and Hereford cattle were introduced into South Carolina.

If you plan a visit, Ashtabula Historic House is three miles east of Pendleton on SC Highway 88.

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Alden Parkes Furniture: Updated Classics

We were delighted when we started to carry new Alden Parkes furniture and home accessories, and our customers have been delighted with their purchases too! Alden Parkes is very clever at updating classic furniture designs for today’s homes. The craftsmanship is also very high quality including hand-carved details, using top notch materials including fine woods and solid brass hardware.

Alden Parkes Cocktail TableFor example, this gorgeous new hand-painted Alden Parkes Yin cocktail table or coffee table. It’s a perfect choice if you love Chinoiserie or have an Asian decor theme. The square cocktail table is crafted in wood with a traditional Asian style black finish. A design of bamboo and birds is hand-painted in antique gold on the top of the table. You can see how luxurious it looks and the distressing creates a sense of age.

Alden Parkes Asian Cocktail Table Hand PaintedEqually handsome but in a very different historical style, we love this this Alden Parkes Tudor chest.

Alden Parkes Tudor ChestPart of the fun of this piece is the secret drawer in the base panel! The chest is flanked by hand-turned and carved acacia barley twist corner posts, and it is inlaid with oak burl with a distressed finish.

Alden Parkes ConsoleSome Alden Parkes pieces are real showstoppers, like this Alden Parkes console. The demilune or semi-circular glass top is supported by a sculptural base that reminds us of ocean waves. The Champagne leaf finish is super-glamorous. This console is a wonderful focal point for your foyer or perhaps you’ll enjoy it in a bedroom or even a chic powder room!

Alden Parkes Dining Arm ChairAlso packed with glamour, this Alden Parkes dining chair or arm chair is just one of a wide selection of arm chairs, dining chairs, side chairs and occasional chairs.

Inspired by antique French furniture, this chair is beautifully decorative with its classic honeysuckle design. The mahogany chair is hand-carved and hand-painted, and upholstered in timeless Euro Linen fabric.

The chair is available in two color options: Burnished Silver with gold accents or a soft semi-gloss black with light green and gold hand painted accents. Either way, it’s a treat for your dining room or anywhere that you need a gorgeous arm chair.

In a completely different style, this new Alden Parkes cabinet is a stunning update on Mid-Century Modern furniture.

Alden Parkes MidCentury CabinetThe storage cabinet is designed with clever interlocking sliding doors and you can use it as a cabinet, sideboard, console, or dresser. It is finished with a luscious hand-rubbed walnut stain which gives a warm glow. Solid brass accents provide the perfect final touch.

As you can see, you can find Alden Parkes furniture and home accessories on our website to suit all tastes and decor styles!

I hope you’ll have a browse around and get in touch if you are looking for a specific kind of piece!  We love to help you, whether by phone, email or online chat at our website. There are pieces for your living room, dining room, bedroom or hallway, and a very unusual and decorative collection of Alden Parkes wall mirrors.

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Meet Our New Dog, Ernie!

Lost PuppyAround the 4th of July holiday I said to Greg that we wouldn’t have any more dogs when the time comes that Rudy passes on.  (Rudy is 12 now and while he’s still okay, he is getting pretty old and creaky.)

Well, apparently the Universe thought that was funny! When we got home from the gym two days later, this little scared, lost pup was literally on our doorstep. He was terrified of us and seems to have been severely abused, wincing when we tried to pet him. He also had a large bite wound on his side that seemed very infected.

A trip to the vet revealed a very high fever of over 103 degrees from the infection and he was covered in fleas and ticks. The vet gave him a high dose of antibiotics and we had to keep heat on the wound to get it to drain. It looks like he may have avoided a life as a bait dog and ended up in puppy heaven. While I REALLY don’t need another pet, how could we resist?

Puppy Ernie

After multiple vet visits, food, water, medicine and lots of tender loving care, he started to come around. He was still quite timid and unsure of people, so it was down to Minkey to befriend him. Minkey got the first tail wag from the pup and they are great friends now and beginning to play together!

Minkey and the pup

We asked people on our Facebook page to suggest names for him. We got lots of great ideas including Howard, Buddy, Rocky, Lucky, and Baby. Also Zorro, to help him find confidence and courage, and Tip, because his toes are tipped in white. Finally we decided on Ernie because Greg and I like people names for pets.  Something about him seemed like an “Ernie,” and we’ve had a lot of people really get a laugh out of it when they meet him. Ernie learned his name in a day or two and he’s a bit of a local celebrity due to the Facebook posts. People yell “Hey, Ernie!” when I’m walking him, and he always turns toward them to acknowledge the call out.

Meet ErnieHe is still shy but is starting to play like a puppy! He just had one more puppy shot and then he can be introduced to our other dogs. We think it will really help him come out of his shell when he feels like he’s part of a pack. He is exceedingly smart. It took about 2 days to house break him.

We think he’s decided he did alright stopping by our house. He gets a special diet of chicken, eggs and cheese to make him feel welcome, although we can’t wait to switch him over to regular food. Greg says, “He’s eating better than I am right now!”

Ernie the puppy

His latest fun thing is to untie Greg’s shoelaces, particularly while he’s walking!  At first we guessed he was a lab/boxer mix but now we’ve had several folks suggest that he might be a lab / Great Dane mix. Good thing we’d already fallen in love with him before we found that out!

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French Heritage Furniture for your French Style Decor

We recently started carrying French Heritage furniture and decor, so if you don’t find a piece you want in our antique French furniture, you can search the French Heritage furniture to see if there is a newly crafted antique-inspired item to your taste! French Heritage Passy Bombe Chest of Drawers

As the name suggests, the French Heritage collection is perfect for anyone who likes traditional French style decor.

French Heritage Vivienne End TableAlthough the furniture draws on classic French taste, the pieces are often given a little contemporary twist to make them perfect for today’s homes.

The French inspiration is authentic. The company’s co-founder is French and his eye for style is inspired by his childhood memories of browsing around Parisian antique markets. He married an American fashion model, so the dynamic duo decided to combine heritage French furniture design with a fashion-forward creative edge.

French Heritage Maison dining chairThe pieces are made with the same European furniture-making techniques and hand-crafted elements that have been traditional skills for centuries. Just one of these lovely pieces will evoke the French lifestyle and set the tone for your French decor.

For example, see this fine new French Heritage Maison dining chair In the always popular French Country Farmhouse or French Provincial style.

The antique cherry finish on the dining chair’s wood frame combined with the lovely striped upholstered seat and cane back make this charming chair a sure pick to become a family heirloom.

French Heritage Lilles Louis XVI BedIf you are a fan of traditional French Country style then you know that it is always elegant and graceful. Even though it is quite decorative, it is easy and comfortable to live with. This pretty new French Country Louis XVI bed is a great example. The French Heritage Maison Lilles bed features hand-carved accents and I think we can all agree that it is fit for a princess!

Kitchen IslandIf you have a French Farmhouse style kitchen, then the French Heritage kitchen islands are sure to capture your attention.

Some kitchen islands have built-in wine racks — of course! The one pictured features a painted finish that contrasts nicely with the natural wood, as well as a marble panel and a cutting board.

French Heritage Maison Gold ChairIf your French taste veers more toward the glamorous than the rustic, then there are plenty of sophisticated French Heritage choices for you.

For example, this golden side chair or dining chair looks like it should live in a chic Parisian salon, or perhaps even the Palace of Versailles!

The  gold finish of the Concerto Monkey Chair enhances the central design of a monkey playing the tambourine. The witty and whimsical design combines with classic cabriole legs and beautiful craftsmanship.

We hope that you will browse our French Heritage furniture and decor collection and find something to enhance your own French-inspired decor!

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 7 (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: Scarborough House Custom Made Bookcases

Our customers Ken and Bettyann in Nantick, MA, sent us some great photos of the Scarborough House bookcases they bought from us.  The bookcases were custom-produced so they took some time to be made. Then came the day that the bookcases were delivered to Ken and Bettyann.

Scarborough House bookcases custom made

Here they are in place, flanking the chimney breast. Ken and Bettyann ordered this pair of Scarborough House bookcases as they were just the right dimensions to fit into the two nooks on either side of the fireplace. The fireplace mantel and screen are beautiful. What a warm and inviting space to curl up with a good book!

Scarborough House custome made bookcase

I love how Bettyann has coordinated the colors of the book jackets with her accessories!  The warm red and gold tones look wonderful and the bookcases look perfectly at home.  Scarborough House Fine Furniture makes gorgeous antique-inspired furniture for every room, using traditional furniture techniques and with lovely hand-crafted details and exquisite veneers. An Englishman founded the company and as a fine furniture maker and designer he has very high standards that can be seen in his pieces.

Scarborough House bookcase

Scarborough House furniture is often very decorative, especially in the pieces that are interpretations of European antique furniture. Hand-crafted details including intricate marquetry inlay and the classic appeal of Scarborough House furniture is perfect for a traditional home.  We love seeing these custom-made bookcases in Ken and Bettyann’s home and we are sure they will become heirloom pieces!

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Bookshelf: Gardens of Style from Around the World

Now that we are deep into summer, I hope that these books about various gardens of style from around the world will help inspire you in your own garden! By now I hope your garden is blooming beautifully but if you want to look further afield for landscaping ideas, these recently published books are full of juicy images and inspiration from gardens in Italy, England and other parts of the world.

Italian Gardens of Lake Como

Italian Gardens of Lake Como

Lake Como in Italy is one of the heavenliest places on earth. Those Italians really know how to live la dolce vita! This new book on the Italian gardens of Lake Como gives a peek at some of the most beautiful villas around the lake, so we get a glimpse not just of the garden designs but also of the historic Italian architecture.

Against a backdrop of lake and mountains, the fourteen featured gardens range from Renaissance and Baroque Italian gardens to 19th century English style landscape gardens to 19th century romantic natural designs. Of course we get a glimpse of the famous Villa Carlotta and the magnificent palazzo turned luxury hotel, the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este. And now, for some strange reason, I’m really in the mood to make pasta tonight!

Gardens of Style: Private Hideaways of the Design WorldGardens of Style Private Hideaways of the Design World

Written by design, architecture and travel writer Janelle McCulloch, this lavish new book looks at the private gardens in the homes of famous movers and shakers in the design world, from fashion to interior design. It also explores how these gardens have inspired their owners in their creative pursuits. For example, fashion designer Christian Dior’s garden boasts the lavish roses that inspired his beautiful couture gowns.  The tastemakers’ gardens are all around the world, so the author takes on us a journey from the East Coast of the USA to the French Provence region, to the country manors of England, to the always elegant Milan, and to the exotic foliage of tropical Dominican Republic.

Walled Gardens

Walled Gardens

Written by BBC presenter Jules Hudson, this lovely book about English walled gardens is wonderful if you enjoy looking at photos of period gardens to get inspiration for your own garden.

Once upon a time, every English country house would have had a walled garden. The walls provided shelter from the elements as well as keeping wildlife out. The new book explores the history of walled gardens and how they were used to grow plants for food, flowers, and medicine. In the late 18th century, some gardens even had heated walls!  The book is from the National Trust, an English organization that protects the houses and gardens of many beautiful old stately homes. The National Trust has renovated many gardens that fell into disrepair in the 20th century so you can browse them in the pages of this book and take heart for your own garden renovations!

Happy gardening!

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Decorating with Bright Pink

It’s time to break out a riot of color to show you some inspiration for decorating with bright pink! My last post was about Decorating with Light Pink so now we will ramp up the color level and show that although decorating with bright pink needs some thought, it is actually adaptable for many different spaces and styles of home decor.

Let’s start with the maximum wow factor! This bright pink and gold room is in the Palais de Compiègne about 50 miles from Paris.

Pink and Gold living room

The royal and imperial palace  was built by Louis XV and Louis XVI, and remodeled by both Napoleon I and Napoleon III. None of those guys was shy about showing off and the Palais de Compiègne was a center of power and court life. Although the decor here is probably too extravagant for most of us — and who has such high ceilings and amazing architectural details anyway? — there are some lessons to be learned about decorating with bright pink from this classic room. First, the tidy, formal symmetry helps contain the exuberance of the color. The gold and the white also punctuates the color to give it form.  The pattern on the upholstery also breaks up the solid color a little. Pink Dining Room Traditional Home

Here’s the updated 21st century version of that look! This photo from Traditional Home magazine shows how you can translate the French palace grandeur to your own home. It shows designer Robin Weiss and husband Bill’s Palm Beach vacation home. You’ll notice the same sense of symmetry as the French palace and the same use of white and gold, although with a greater emphasis on white rather than gold. This gives a lovely fresh look while still keeping the nobility with the gold mirror. There is also an ornate chandelier and two wall candelabra, which are important to show that yes, we really do want a sense of flamboyance! With this much bright pink, you don’t want to pull your punches or try to squash the energy by playing safe with too small or too ordinary light fittings. The textured floor covering helps ground it all too, and it adds a contemporary touch.

Pink Choiserie Leciester Room Chatsworth House

Another way to use strong pinks is in textiles and in decorative wallpaper. This photo shows the Leicester Room at Chatsworth House in England, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The 1830s Chinese paper on the walls shows how a fairly bright pink can look fabulous when it has a surface design on it to break up the color intensity.

Here’s the 21st century version, showing how to update the strong pink wallpaper look. The Balata wallpaper in this dining room in Boston is accented by white, gold and a crystal chandelier. This combo always helps lighten up the intensity of a deep pink while keeping true to the spirit of the color!

If you want to try using bright pink in a more restrained way, check out this gorgeous home in Atlanta which uses a bold pink textured wall covering as a feature wall. The color on the far wall creates depth and visual interest for this room, which might otherwise seem rather one-dimensional, despite the many patterned surfaces.  Again, white and gold are the major colors paired with the pink, so I think we are getting some good pointers about smart ways to plan our bright pink decor!

Pink Night Stand French HeritageAnother easy way to add bright pink is with accent furniture, such as this lovely new French Heritage pink nightstand.

The maple bedside table or 3-drawer chest has brass handles and cute castors to make it easy to move around. The strong raspberry pink trim on the nightstand makes it stand out and add a dash of color to a bedroom.

Have you decorated with bright pink in your home? We’d love to see photographs or hear how you use this gorgeous and uplifting shade!

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 7 (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.