Monthly Archives: January 2018

Paint Color Decor Trends 2018: Nautical Greens and Blues

For 2018 paint color trends, many of the big paint companies have opted for beautiful nautical greens and bold blues as wall as cooler blues. These colors that have been chosen as the 2018 Colors of the Year will look terrific in a nautical style decor or for a beach or coastal home, as you can see from the photos below. Of course, nobody is going to redecorate just to be fashionable with the new paint color trends! But as blue and green are always popular paint colors, it’s interesting to see these rich shades to check out if they might shake up some of our home decor ideas!

Sherwin Williams Oceanside

Sherwin-Williams selected Oceanside as their 2018 Color of the Year. This is  lovely jeweled  blue with a hint of green. This marine blue green would obviously look terrific in a coastal home or in any interior design scheme that has a nautical or beech feel. It would work with any kind of home decor style, from a cozy Traditional library to a Mid-Century Modern living room to a Mediterranean style dining room or Contemporary bedroom.

Dunn_Edwards_The Green Hour

Dunn-Edwards also opted for a moody shade of blue-green called The Green Hour as its 2018 Color of the Year. This cozy tone will work well in an Art Deco home, according to Dunn-Edwards, and they recommend pairing it with typical Art Deco contrast tones such as rose pink and light cool gray. For a Craftsman era look, the contrast tones would be chocolate brown, beige, mustard or rust.

Behr In the Moment paint

Behr chose a lighter and cooler shade of greenish spruce blue in its 2018 Color of the Year: In the Moment. This refined but relaxed color looks very versatile for a room where you want a hint of color without feeling overwhelmed by it. It creates a serene look. Again, it would look terrific in a nautical style decor or for a breezy coastal look.

Pratt and Lambert Paint Heron

Pratt & Lambert Paints announced Heron as the brand’s 2018 Color of the Year. This is a deep midnight blue, intended to inspire a sense of tranquility and sanctuary. It makes quite a statement, so some people would prefer to keep it for an accent wall or perhaps to paint an alcove or other architectural detail. A crisp white or elegant gray will work well with Heron, and we can also imagine how great it would look with metallic accents such as a brass vintage chandelier or silver or bronze vases.

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 Renaissance Dining Chairs

We really admired this set of four antique French Renaissance dining chairs when we bought them and had them shipped back from Europe to America. We were delighted when Iris L. in Texas bought the antique French dining chairs and sent us a photo of them in her home.

Antique French Renaissance Dining Chairs

These are the antique French chairs carved in the Renaissance or Henry II style. The dining chairs date to about 1900 and they are very handsomely designed and carved in solid oak wood. We were impressed by the carvings of two birds nestled in the intricate flower design on the chair back. The pair of lions gazing out from the finials topping the chair posts also add a noble touch. The attractive brass handles on the top of the chairs are typical of antique French Renaissance chairs. In this photo, you can also see the legs with a carved bell or tassel just below the seat. These legs look wonderfully regal!

Antique French Dining Chairs

Iris sent us this photo of the four antique French Renaissance dining chairs in her dining room, and we love how they look! Iris agreed… she said “Love the Chairs.”
The chairs are the perfect match for Iris’ dining room, with that lovely wood floor and the very nice dining table. The traditional appeal of this dining room is hard to beat. The brass handles on the chairs create a nice silhouette ad the gallery of spindles set in the backs of the chairs also make a decorative statement. Overall – it’s a winner!

We are delighted that these beautiful antique French Renaissance dining chairs found such an elegant home. Thanks Iris for giving us a peek into your home!

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.

Repurposed Antique Furniture: The Old Becomes New

Some of our customers have been very creative in the way they’ve repurposed antique furniture they bought from us. When you buy a piece of antique furniture, that piece was lovingly hand-crafted for a specific use. Perhaps it was made as an armoire or a nightstand or a buffet or server, but there is no reason that you can’t use it for a very different purpose.

Repurposed Antique Furniture: French nightstand in the kitchenLifestyles 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! So one of my favorite tips for incorporating stunning antique furniture into your home is to think creatively!

Here are some examples from our customers, starting with this terrific French antique nightstand that our customer Kathleen in Oklahoma used as a kitchen side table. The nightstand in the Henry II style dates to 1900 and the walnut marquetry and turned legs are nicely set off by the gray marble top. It gives Kathleen extra storage space in the drawer and cabinet and display space on the marble top and the lower shelf. Read more about this Creative New Use for Antique Nightstand in my previous blog post.

Repurposed  Antique French NightstandSarah in Seattle also saw the potential in an antique nightstand. She turned this fabulous antique French Renaissance Hunting style nightstand into a side table in her living room. Sarah said “We love it!” We agree!

An antique nightstand makes a wonderful end table, side table, accent table or plant stand. The cupboard and the drawer offer storage for small items and the two levels are perfect for extra display or storage.

The decorative appeal of the carved nightstand with its twist posts and marble tops is hard to beat! See more photos of Sarah’s living room with the repurposed antique French nightstand.

Erin wanted a pretty antique bed for her new home in Colorado, but she also wanted a queen size bed and the one she liked on our EuroLuxHome.com antiques online store was a full size bed. It is typical for antique beds to be smaller in size than our beds are today, but we can often convert the bed frame to a larger size. That’s exactly what we did for Erin!

French Antique Bed Converted in size

This is the final result. The antique French Hunting style bed that Erin chose is converted to a queen size bed. It dates to about 1900 and it is opulently  carved in beautifully aged wood. See more photos of the converted antique French Hunting Bed in my earlier blog post.

repurposed Antique French Brittany BuffetOur customer May in Florida ordered a French antique Brittany buffet and an antique Brittany bed from us for her delightful 14th floor Pensacola home.

May contacted me to ask if we could have the Brittany buffet altered to accommodate a TV for viewing in her bedroom. We were delighted to oblige!

See the full blog post showing May’s bedroom suite and how we repurposed the antique French Brittany buffet into a useful TV cabinet for May.

 

repurposed Antique French Provincial Armoire repurposed

Our customers Paul and Lane in South Carolina bought this gorgeous antique French Provincial armoire from us to repurpose into a unique gun cabinet. They were looking for a nice piece of antique furniture that they could use to store Paul’s gun collection. Lane liked the decorative carving on the 1890 Normandy style armoire. She also liked the mirrored doors that would hide the gun collection while giving her a wonderful full-length mirror in the master bedroom. Read more about the repurposed antique French armoire.

If you have repurposed a piece of antique furniture, we would love to hear about it! Tell us in the comments box below.

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.

Tasty Treats on the Road in Europe

We had some very tasty treats while we were on the road in France, Belgium and England on our big European antiques buying trip last summer. We did a lot of driving around hunting for antique furniture and vintage chandeliers and we kept our strength up with all kinds of delicious food.  The antiques we bought are now arriving in the gallery, having been shipped back to the USA. Each piece that I unwrap makes me think of the food we had on our European trip. Here are some of the tasty treats that we enjoyed on the road:

France Pastries in Case

We enjoyed many different delicious French pastries while we were on our Antiques Buying Trip in France,  As you can see from this lovely patisserie display, it’s hard to pick just one.

Market Day 2 near Saint Hilaire de Harcouet

On a slightly healthier note, we also loved browsing the fresh produce at the food markets that you’ll see in any French city or village. This is a photo of market day near Saint Hilaire de Harcouet during our Antiques Hunting trip in Normandy.

Market Day 3 near Saint Hilaire de Harcouet

The same market had a wide array of fantastic cheeses.

Market Day near Saint Hilaire de Harcouet

If you like cooking seafood, you would have some tempting choices at the Normandy market. Because we were on a road trip, it wasn’t very practical for us to buy fresh seafood to prepare, but we certainly had some great restaurant meals!

Pastries and cafe au lait in France

I remember taking this photo on our last day in France before heading for England. I was going to miss the delicious French pastries and cafe au lait at breakfast!

English Breakfast

But on the bright side… while we were hunting around to Find Antique English Grandfather Clocks  we got to enjoy the full English breakfast that they fill up on in England, complete with baked beans and mushrooms. I’m not sure why they added a slice of watermelon, it isn’t traditional, but it was nice and refreshing!

England Candy shop Lincoln

One of our favorite stops was Antiques Hunting around Lincoln Cathedral.  We strolled through the charming medieval town and were astonished at the beauty of Lincoln Cathedral. We couldn’t resist a bite of home-made clotted cream fudge while hiking up Steep Hill. (Definitely worth the calories!) This candy store also sold Eton Mess, which is a mix of meringue, strawberries and whipped cream.

Ketchup Chips

Our other European adventure was buying vintage chandeliers in Belgium. We always have a lot of fun trying out the different flavors of potato chips. Only in Belgium…Ketchup Chips! We get them every time we are in Belgium because they are the best chips anywhere. Why Lays does not sell these in the US is beyond us!

Burger flavored chips

The next day’s chip selection…Classic Burger flavor! Strange but good!

Beer Choices Beer Choices What to pick

The July 4th holiday happened while we were busy hunting for Antique Religious Treasures in Belgium.  Even though we were far from hom, we had to celebrate Independence Day, so we headed for a supermarket to find a celebratory bottle of beer. But what to choose? There was such a huge selection.

Happy 4th of July from Belgium beer

It was so hard to narrow down the Belgian beers to just one, so this was our final selection of choices. I picked two! Happy 4th July from Belgium!

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.