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What is the Louis XV Style of Antique Furniture?

The Louis XV style of antique furniture is a romantic and lavishly decorative style of furniture that emerged in the reign of Louis XV, also known as Louis Quinze in French. The style is forever popular and for a very good reason.  It is beautiful and ornate but light in spirit and in form. This style is all about the curve! Sensuous lines and intricate carvings create an impressive decorative effect, but they are not so overwhelming in scale or opulence that they overwhelm any space smaller than a palace!

Vintage Louis XV chestThese looks can easily translate to our homes today, whether you decorate an entire house or room in Louis XV style, or simply add a few antique pieces to bestow a romantic and feminine touch on a more eclectic design scheme. For example, the above bedroom at a customer’s home in Sarasota includes a vintage Louis XV vanity chest of drawers that they bought from us, which gives a very pretty look. You can read more about the Louis XV Vanity Chest of Drawers in this Client Spotlight blog post.

French Antique Buffet 1890

This lavish look rose to popularity in the 1700s, and it was also influenced by the king’s favorite mistress Madame du Pompadour. During this Golden Age of decorative style in France, the new look was attractive to the king’s court.

Typical features of this French Rococo Louis XV style include ornate carvings including shells and wavy or watery shapes that look almost like frills. The shell is probably one of the most famous motifs of this period, often seen crowning a buffet or a bed headboard or on a chair rail. Read my Antique French Louis XV Buffet Client Spotlight to see more about this stunning 1890 beauty pictured left, which we found in France at the request of a customer in California.

Flowing scroll shapes and flourishes often look like the letters S and C.   Carved Acanthus leaves are also common as well as birds, flowers and fruit. The carvings on Louis XV furniture were often asymmetric, which was refreshingly new in this period of design.

Louis XV Vintage French Rococo Chairs Curves are again important in the S-shaping of cabriole legs on chairs and tables. (You’ve got to love the cabriole legs on this set of vintage French Louis XV dining chairs!) Chair backs were often shaped like a cartouche, which is basically a rounded oval, topped with carvings.

A greater emphasis on comfort in this era led to seat backs being very slightly angled, allowing the user to relax back, rather than having to sit bolt upright! Antique Louis XV style furniture invites people to relax and chat in comfort.

Convex curved shaping on the front of sideboards, cabinets and consoles added to the wavy sensuality, and this new innovation became known as the bombe shape. Marquetry, gilding, lacquering inspired by Chinoiserie, and other painted finishes added to the ornamental appeal.

Louis XV Bed in this French Country style guest bedroom. EuroLuxAntiques.com

if you want to see more Louis XV furniture in our customer’s home,  check out this Client Spotlight about a Louis XV antique bedroom suite that Sandy and Brent bought from us for the guest room in their home in Alabama, including an armoire, full-size bed, marble-topped vanity, and nightstand. It looks fabulous and gives the guest room a cohesive and charming look.

We hope that this gives you an idea of the Louis XV style of antique furniture. If this romantic look has seduced you, as it does so many others, then check out our Louis XV antique, vintage and new furniture for sale on our website.

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.

Bookshelf: French Country House Style

Who doesn’t wish they could live in a French Country house? If we can’t actually move to France to live in the beautiful rolling countryside, then we can at least recreate this timeless and charming style in our home decor. The French Country look is elegant but still comfortable, welcoming and easy to live with. These recently published books explore what gives your home the French Country look and summon up the easy-going Country House style.

French Country Cottage

French Country CottageAuthor Courtney Allison shows the story of how she renovated her 1940’s cottage in California with a romantic interpretation of French Country style.  The rural cottage had been abandoned before Allison brought her magic touch to it, filling it with a combination of rustic and refined element to evoke the feeling of a French Country home.

Allison includes antique furniture in her home… of course! Antiques and vintage pieces are important to this look to give the romantic aged effect of heirlooms and things collected over the years. Other key elements include a muted color palette and fixtures such as vintage door knobs. Allison also believes that every room should have a beautiful chandelier! We agree with you, Allison!

French Country: Collected & Timeless Charm

French Country Collected and Timeless CharmMore than 100 photographs of genuine French homes are sure to inspire readers with plenty of ways to add the French Country look to their own homes.

The dreamy color palettes, antique furniture, vintage styling and gorgeous details add up to a wonderful sense of visual delight and relaxed living,  As well as interiors, the book explores the open-air lifestyle in French gardens too.

Nora Murphy’s Country House Style: Making your Home a Country House

Country House StyleAlthough Murphy’s book doesn’t focus solely on French Country style, she does show readers the universal elements of the comforting and laid-back country living look. These translate to any country house influenced interior.  Murphy shows how she has used the style in her own home as well as in other homes, from the city to the village, from the sea to the woods and the mountains.

Sometimes it is the little things that make all the big difference in a room. Murphy’s book is packed with inspiration for a relaxed and refined countrified space.

 

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: Mountain Cabin Coffee Table

Our gorgeous antique-inspired new Glenbrook coffee table turned out to be the perfect choice for John and Mindy’s mountain cabin in Landrum, S.C.

This is the new Glenbrook coffee table, item BG-428 in our online store. It is a four-foot-wide round coffee table in solid wood with a rustic pecan hand-planed finish.  It is also available with a darker rustic pecan finish and an antiqued black finish. Either way it is a beautifully sturdy coffee table with wonderful Old World appeal. So let’s meet John and Mindy…

Glenbrook Coffee Table

John and Mindy have recently moved to South Carolina from Texas, and they are now nestling into their new home in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Doesn’t it look like a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the beautiful natural environment and great views?

Mountain Cabin Home

John is a baseball and golf fanatic and he has been busy designing his “man nook” in the downstairs. With a handsome curved sectional in the corner, he and Mindy thought that a round coffee table with a bit of a rustic style fit the bill perfectly!  Enter the Glenbrook table, which has just the right amount of distressing to look right at home in a mountain cabin.

Mountain Cabin living room

To the right of the sofa is a smart display case with a black finish that proudly displays John’s collection of baseball and golf treasures and trophies, while a vintage black-framed photograph of a golfer adds to the ambiance. What a comfortable spot kick up your feet and peruse the newspaper, read a good book, or watch a baseball or golf game on TV on a Saturday afternoon! The Glenbrook coffee table fits right in! Supported by sturdy and attractively shaped legs, the round table features a shaped lower shelf that adds to the visual interest.

The table is perfect for anyone who has traditional Old World taste but lives a relaxed American lifestyle, and we hope that John enjoys it 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.

Sneak Peak: Antique French Furniture Arriving Soon

Our new container of French antique furniture has not yet arrived, but if you love beautiful antiques we’re giving you a sneak peek at the beauties now sailing across the Atlantic Ocean! We personally selected these fabulous antiques (read more about our antiques buying trips in Europe here) because we think our customers in the USA will love them.

Antique Art Nouveau Buffet Sideboard You can see all the new container furniture here. The pieces are available for pre-order now so you can snap them up first. As usual, you will get free shipping in the Continental USA and some parts of Canada.

Or why not browse through some of our favorite pieces in this blog post, starting with this gorgeous antique Art Nouveau server or sideboard.

Dating to 1900, the Art Nouveau cabinet is unusual and versatile.
It’s perfect as a dining room server, but you could also use it as a home bar or — thanks to the mirror back — even as a vanity in your bedroom.

We also have the matching Art Nouveau buffet, table and chairs, if you want a complete set!

Heavily Carved antique French cabinet

We are so blown away by this antique French cabinet or buffet with its impressive jester carvings…we almost don’t want to let it go! The walnut buffet dates to 1900 and the whimsical carved figure on the top cabinet door looks like a playful jester, while the ornate carvings also include two faces gazing out to keep watch over your family! A red marble counter top provides a handsome space for your serving dishes or cheese board while the plate rack is the perfect place display your favorite platters. This outstanding antique French cabinet or buffet is sure to become a family heirloom.

1920 Rococo French Chairs

We also have these six vintage French Louis XV Rococo dining chairs with red upholstery on their way to us from France.

These flirty darlings are sure to seduce you! Made of walnut wood in 1920, the charming Rococo chairs look like they’ve come from a Parisian salon where ladies lunch, laugh, and talk about the last fashions.  They’ll look chic in your dining room, or as occasional seating in the living room, a lady’s boudoir or guest bedrooms

 

Antique French Hunting Sofa

This ornate antique French Hunting style sofa was crafted in oak in about 1880 and it is handsomely carved all over. The antique oak sofa will look incredible in your living room or great room, or imagine it as seating in your large foyer or entryway. Opulently carved flourishes, finials and barley twist posts make this a decadent delight. The upholstery could be updated to suit your own decor, creating a custom look!

These are just a few of our favorite things… see all the sneak peak French antiques at this link. We can’t wait for them to arrive!

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.