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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.