Our 12 Favorite Posts from 2012

As the year comes to a close, I’d like to thank you all for reading our blog. I hope you’ve taken away useful information about antiques and vintage furniture. I’m grateful to all our customers who shared their photos with us (and with you!) to provide home decorating inspiration to everyone who visits this page or subscribes to the blog by email.

I’d also like to thank all of our Facebook fans who like, share, and comment on items we post there. It’s fun to get your feedback. And remember: You can post your home decor photos directly to our Facebook page, too!

In the spirit of new beginnings, I’d like to take a look back at ours (and your) 12 favorite blog posts and Facebook items over the past year.

1. Blue & White Delftware is Still a Delight!

I talked about the history of Delft ware, the classic blue and white ceramics, and also about the evolution of polychrome ceramic ware from Holland. Did you know China influenced the evolution of Holland’s Delft designs as early as the 1600s? Here’s a beautiful example of classic Blue Delft for you to enjoy.

2. Find EuroLux Antiques on YouTube

When Greg and I decided to start a video blog on YouTube, we weren’t sure what to expect. A year later, with over 16,000 views of our videos, we consider the experiment a success! For items on our website with video descriptions, you’ll find a video embedded directly on the item page. You also can feel free to browse and subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notified instantly when we post something new. This video about how Greg and I met and how EuroLux Antiques came to be garnered over 10,000 views!

3. Antiques Buying Trip Day 3: Street Markets

People always ask us where we get our fine French antique furniture and other items. We feel we have an advantage in that Greg and I actually lived in Europe for several years, so we know the ins and outs of finding great items. Our methodology is a lot like what you see Mike and Frank doing on American Pickers: We rent a van and drive around Europe, entering people’s houses and buying directly from them. But we also seek out the better street markets. This blog post includes a video that shows how we do what we do.

4. Antiques Buying Trip Day 10: WWII Nazi Camp

Why did Greg and I become antiques dealers? Because we love history. We have a passion for it. And sometimes that means taking the ugly with the beautiful. On the tenth day of our spring antiques buying trip, we visited the fully intact Nazi work camp in Breendonk, Belgium. We found it an eerie place. Our trip to Breendonk was emotional, and we captured the experience on video, which is embedded in the post.

5. Vintage Life: Our 1920s Bungalow Renovation

On a much lighter note, in June 2012 we began chronicling our adventures in renovating a ramshackle 1920s bungalow here in Newberry, South Carolina. This blog post marks our fist in the Vintage Life series, which has been very popular with our readers.

6. Gallery cats Lenny Bean and Fozzy Capture Hearts on Facebook

Regular readers know Greg and I love pets. Our own fuzzy family numbers eight so far! This photo of two of our gallery cats wishing everyone a “fuzzy weekend” captured everyone’s heart on Facebook.

7. Vintage Life: To the Floor Joists

We have discovered DIY home renovation isn’t for the faint of heart. So far, Greg has suffered a pair of broken ribs, while I’ve endured nasty bruises. Scorecard: Bungalow 2, Greg & Aimee: 0.

8. House Beautiful Called It: Antique Furniture is Coming Back as a Major Trend in 2013

Back at Facebook, our most popular post of 2012 was this one, which linked to our blog post on 2013 decorating trends. I talked about House Beautiful magazine’s Top 10 Trends, plus what the renowned Boston Design Center had to say on the topic.

9. Vintage French Country Louis XV Painted Cabinet Wardrobe on Pinterest

We’re just getting started on Pinterest, that addictive little site that lets you create virtual bulletin boards of all your favorite things. From recipes to design ideas, you’ll find tons of inspiration on Pinterest. This painted cabinet garnered over 20 “re-pins” by admirers.

10. Mantels & Entryways: Holiday Decorating Ideas

Beginning in November, I revamped the blog to include more inspiration and information on living the vintage lifestyle. This post with ideas for decorating your cottage, Victorian, or city house seemed to strike a chord with readers.

11. How to Buy Fine French Antique Furniture Online without Losing Your Mind

One of our most popular Facebook posts of the year was this link to our blog post about how to buy fine antique furniture online without fear. Some people think it’s crazy to buy antique furniture over the internet, but our informational post about how to vet a seller and what questions to ask proved to be a hit with our Facebook fans!

12. Antiques Buying Trip: Homecoming

Greg and I love traveling to Europe to meet wonderful people, buy antiques, and bring them home for you to enjoy. But we also love the day we fly home and reunite with Greg’s parents and our fuzzy family of eight. Nothing compares to the unconditional love of a pet, which is why we donate a portion of all sales to PETS, Inc. Here, Greg and Rudy get reacquainted after our buying trip.

We hope your 2012 was filled with dazzling highlights of life at its best, and we wish you a beautiful and happy 2013 going forward! Thanks for being our clients and friends.

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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