Monthly Archives: July 2018

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!

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.

 

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!

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.

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!

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.