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The Hygge Home: Cozy Serenity

January is the perfect time to think about the Hygge home! Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a sense of cozy well-being… a mood of peaceful comfort and contentment. In a troubled world, It’s not surprising that Hygge is a big trend. It is so comforting and lets us take a relaxing and replenishing escape from the busy world!
Here’s Lenny taking a Hygge moment, just to show the humans how to do it!

Hygge Cat Blanket

The style is associated with Nordic interior design, but even if you don’t like Nordic style you can add elements of Hygge style into your space. Here are my tips to get a sense of Hygge at home. The word is pronounced hoo-ga  – which already makes me smile as it is pretty fun to say!

Hygge Farrow and Ball fireplace

The easiest way to get into the Hygge frame of mind is to think warmth, candlelight, fireplaces, and snuggling up with a delicious hot drink and a deep conversation with a few close friends, or perhaps a quiet evening curled up with a great book! This photo from the Farrow and Ball paint company evokes the feeling perfectly, and their dark blue paint (called Oval Room Blue) adds to the appeal of the roaring fire. The antique-style mirror helps reflect light back into the room even in winter’s dark nights.

Cyan Design Kalliope CandlestickAnother nice way to bring pretty light into the room is to pull out the Christmas string lights and drape them across the mantel, an antique buffet or sideboard, a shelf, or an architectural feature to give a firefly glow.

Candles are essential to the Hygge look. Gather all your candlesticks to make an eclectic display, or use votives or tea lights. This Cyan Design Kalliope candle holder from our selection of new and vintage candlesticks is a great choice. The natural oak and dimpled glass evoke a sense of simple serenity.

Also think about soft and cozy textiles, with tons of texture. For example, sheepskin throws, chunky cable knit blankets, cuddly cushions and pillows, and snuggly hand-hooked rugs, like the selection of rugs by Michaelian Home in our online store.

Definitely you’ll want to put away your phone and other technology for your few hours of Hygge well-being!

Whether you spend some self-care time alone or share a more social gathering with friends, turn off the beeping, buzzing, and constant online notifications! Unplug from the virtual world and make a soul connection with the people around you by sharing memories, discussing your favorite books or movies, or playing good old-fashioned games!  Whether your game of choice is Trivial Pursuits, Monopoly, checkers, or chess, games are a great way for young and old alike to bond and share a real connection.

Then whip up some homemade cookies or cake, make some delicious hot tea or cocoa or another warming drink, and enjoy every Hygge moment!

How do you create the Hygge mood and decor in your home? Tell us about it in the comments!

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.

Top 10 Antiques and Home Decor Blog Posts 2018: Part 2

In my last blog post I gave you a roundup of the first of our top home decor and antiques blog posts of 2018. Here’s Part 2 with the remaining five of our favorite 10 posts from last year. It’s been fun to recall some of the things we talked about in 2018. I hope you enjoy seeing the highlights too!

6.   Customer Spotlight: Cam Davis Mansion

Greco-Roman mansion in Newberry, SCWe were thrilled to see a feature about our customer Tamra’s home in Columbia Living Magazine. The article mentioned some of the antique furniture Tamra purchased from us and we found out more about Tamra’s house, this beautifully restored Greco-Roman mansion in Newberry, SC.

See the full story and more photos of the inside of the house in the blog post Customer’s Newberry Cam Davis Mansion and Antiques in Magazine.

2.   How to Repurpose Antique Furniture

Creative antique decor: antique French nightstand in the kitchenSome of our customers have been very creative in the way they’ve repurposed the antique furniture they bought from us.   Lifestyles 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!

Perhaps a piece was first crafted as an armoire, nightstand or buffet, but there is no reason that you can’t use it for a very different purpose.This Repurposed Antique Furniture blog post shows how our clients have thought creatively to adapt an antique piece to their needs!

3.   Meet Our New Dog, Ernie!

Puppy ErnieLast July a scared, lost pup turned up literally on our doorstep. He was terrified and seems to have been severely abused, with a large infected bite wound on his side. A trip to the vet revealed a very high fever of over 103 degrees. We guessed that he may have escaped a life as a bait dog.

Well, after a few weeks of TLC, he was all healed up…. and he’d also found himself a new home! While we REALLY didn’t need another pet, how could we resist?  See the full story and more photos, including his first introduction to Minkey the cat, in the blog post Meet Our New Dog, Ernie!

4.   The Greek Key Pattern in Home Decor

The Greek Key pattern is one of the most elegant designs in home decor and furniture. The classic angular design is very harmonious and it has remained popular for thousands of years.

It works with all styles of interior design schemes too! So in my blog post Greek Key Pattern in Furniture and Decor I tell you a bit about the history of the design and also show lots of ways to incorporate the pattern into your home.

From textiles to tiles, from furniture to light fittings, the Greek Key pattern always looks chic and interesting.

 

5.   Customer Spotlight: Antique Brittany Buffet and Jadeite

Antique French Brittany Buffet with Jadeite Fire KingOur customer Debbie found a very beautiful antique Brittany buffet in our gallery that was on the smaller side and so it was the perfect fit for her kitchen. It was also the perfect piece to display Debbie’s Jadeite Fire King collection.  The Jadeite dishes were made by Anchor Hocking in the 1940s and Debbie started collecting them a few years ago because she loves the jade green color. It looks fabulous against the dark wood of the buffet!

In my blog post Antique French Brittany Buffet with Jadeite Fire King  we take a look around Debbie’s lovely home in Charleston, SC.

We are looking forward to another year exploring the best in antiques and home decor, and also taking tours of our customers’ homes! We hope that you have a wonderful 2019 too!

If you missed Part 1 of our top 10 antiques and home decor blog posts of 2018, you can see the other five at the link.

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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.

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Autumn Home Decor: Fruits and Grapes

In his poem “To Autumn” the English romantic poet John Keats described it as the “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.” He wrote that poem nearly 200 years ago but it is as evocative today as it ever was – the perfect description of fall!  As we all enjoy this cozy time of year, making apple sauce and stocking up on the last of the bounty from the farmers’ markets,  I wanted to share some of my favorite pieces in our online antiques and home accessory store that also celebrate the fruits of the harvest! Art Deco Buffet Vintage 1920

Art Deco buffet carved doorA lot of the antique furniture that we import from France is carved with rustic and rural motifs that pay tribute to the harvest, including this gorgeous oak wood Art Deco buffet (item 18-36) dating to 1920,

The buffet is carved across both the upper and lower oak cabinets with fruits and pretty bunches of grapes…. perfect for wine lovers!

The close up of the door (left) shows just how lovely and detailed the carvings are. Accented by silver-toned handles, the Art Deco cabinet will make quite a nice centerpiece for a dining room or kitchen.

Our customer Natalya S. showed us just how wonderful an antique buffet can look in a kitchen when she sent this photo of an antique Renaissance style buffet she bought from us, now starring in her kitchen in California!

Antique Renaissance Buffet Kitchen Diner

The French antique Henry II Renaissance style buffet dating to 1900 is crafted in walnut and it boasts elaborate carvings of abundant fruit. The design is ideal for a kitchen where the buffet also provides useful storage and display space. What a welcoming kitchen, and I bet it is especially cozy and comfortable in this fall season! 

Aubusson Throw Pillow Fruits and Grapes

On a smaller scale, this delicious new Aubusson throw pillow also helps us harvest the fruits of summer!

Crafted using traditional techniques in the style of antique French Aubusson pillows, the new large square Aubusson throw pillow is about 20 inches wide and it depicts luscious grapes and orchard fruits.

The muted green background will blend beautifully into any color scheme and the bright fruit colors will add a warm accent.

Italian Majolica ceramic bowl fruit and grapes

This vibrant hand-painted new Majolica ceramic bowl also adds a dash of color and a charming celebration of the harvest.

The bowl was crafted and hand-painted in Italy, and you can see the Italian love of food in the flamboyant design of harvest fruits and bunches of juicy purple grapes.

The fruit is set off by large leaves spreading across the top of the stylish blue bowl. It measures about 13 inches wide and it would look terrific as a centerpiece on your rustic kitchen table.

Welcome to autumn and I hope you enjoy browsing around our website to find other fall related furniture and home accessories. If you type a word into the search box in our EuroLuxHome.com online store — for example grapes, vines, fruit, flowers etc. — you will see lots of beautiful pieces appear!

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Greek Key Pattern in Furniture and Decor

The Greek Key pattern is one of the most elegant designs in home decor and furniture. The pattern is a linear design that keeps folding back on itself in a pattern of right angles. The simplicity is very harmonious. It is very popular for any style of home, and it has remained popular for thousands of years!

Photo above by Tracy Murdock Allied ASID      Photo below by Abbe Fenimore Studio Ten 25

The geometric pattern was frequently seen on ancient Greek architecture, tiles, vases and other objects – hence the name. The picture above shows the Greek Key in tiling on a contemporary bath in Los Angeles and the classic effect is lovely.

But despite the name, this motif has actually been seen in many other places, even before the ancient Greeks adopted it! It’s popped up in ancient Egypt and China as well as some older South American cultures.

People probably weren’t reading home decor blogs back in those days! So it seems that the geometric design has a natural appeal for many different people in different ages.

The original name for the Greek Key is a meander pattern, inspired by the very winding River Maeander in Turkey. It is often used as a border for tiling, ceramics, curtains, rugs, cushions and other textiles. But it can also be a filled pattern covering a complete surface. And of course it looks great on traditional architecture, like this fireplace.

There is a lot of Greek Key design and its variations in this photo: in the fireplace, the cushions, the mirror frame. Some might find it a little too much, but it shows how the geometric element can be used and combined in multiple ways. Also, the bold pattern cleverly pulls together an otherwise simple design scheme with a neutral palette.

Console Table with Greek Key pattern

The Greek Key design also looks terrific on furniture. We have several pieces of Greek Key furniture in our online store, including this terrific new Greek Key console table with a rustic pecan finish. It is also available in white and an antiqued walnut finish.

Chelsea House Console Table Gold Greek KeyVariations on the design often turn up in Hollywood Regency style interiors.  I can easily imagine this stunning Chelsea House gold leaf console table with a dimpled glass top in a Hollywood Regency design scheme. The table is quite simple, but the Greek Key accents give it a chic and refined design twist.

Greek Key Wall Sconce Currey and CompanyThe meander motif is easy to add to your home with lighting or other smaller home accessories. This terrific new Currey & Company wall sconce offers an elegant interpretation of the design. With the sleek design and antiqued brass finish, a pair would look superb in a bathroom, powder room, bedroom or hallway.

The decorative and classic Greek Key design works for both more masculine or more feminine design schemes, whether contemporary or traditional. It is often seen in black on white, but any color combinations work, as do tone on tone variations like the sconce here where the raised key gives a textural effect.

What do you think of the Greek Key pattern? Do you have it in your home? Tell us about it 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.

Decorating with Bright Pink

It’s time to break out a riot of color to show you some inspiration for decorating with bright pink! My last post was about Decorating with Light Pink so now we will ramp up the color level and show that although decorating with bright pink needs some thought, it is actually adaptable for many different spaces and styles of home decor.

Let’s start with the maximum wow factor! This bright pink and gold room is in the Palais de Compiègne about 50 miles from Paris.

Pink and Gold living room

The royal and imperial palace  was built by Louis XV and Louis XVI, and remodeled by both Napoleon I and Napoleon III. None of those guys was shy about showing off and the Palais de Compiègne was a center of power and court life. Although the decor here is probably too extravagant for most of us — and who has such high ceilings and amazing architectural details anyway? — there are some lessons to be learned about decorating with bright pink from this classic room. First, the tidy, formal symmetry helps contain the exuberance of the color. The gold and the white also punctuates the color to give it form.  The pattern on the upholstery also breaks up the solid color a little. Pink Dining Room Traditional Home

Here’s the updated 21st century version of that look! This photo from Traditional Home magazine shows how you can translate the French palace grandeur to your own home. It shows designer Robin Weiss and husband Bill’s Palm Beach vacation home. You’ll notice the same sense of symmetry as the French palace and the same use of white and gold, although with a greater emphasis on white rather than gold. This gives a lovely fresh look while still keeping the nobility with the gold mirror. There is also an ornate chandelier and two wall candelabra, which are important to show that yes, we really do want a sense of flamboyance! With this much bright pink, you don’t want to pull your punches or try to squash the energy by playing safe with too small or too ordinary light fittings. The textured floor covering helps ground it all too, and it adds a contemporary touch.

Pink Choiserie Leciester Room Chatsworth House

Another way to use strong pinks is in textiles and in decorative wallpaper. This photo shows the Leicester Room at Chatsworth House in England, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The 1830s Chinese paper on the walls shows how a fairly bright pink can look fabulous when it has a surface design on it to break up the color intensity.

Here’s the 21st century version, showing how to update the strong pink wallpaper look. The Balata wallpaper in this dining room in Boston is accented by white, gold and a crystal chandelier. This combo always helps lighten up the intensity of a deep pink while keeping true to the spirit of the color!

If you want to try using bright pink in a more restrained way, check out this gorgeous home in Atlanta which uses a bold pink textured wall covering as a feature wall. The color on the far wall creates depth and visual interest for this room, which might otherwise seem rather one-dimensional, despite the many patterned surfaces.  Again, white and gold are the major colors paired with the pink, so I think we are getting some good pointers about smart ways to plan our bright pink decor!

Pink Night Stand French HeritageAnother easy way to add bright pink is with accent furniture, such as this lovely new French Heritage pink nightstand.

The maple bedside table or 3-drawer chest has brass handles and cute castors to make it easy to move around. The strong raspberry pink trim on the nightstand makes it stand out and add a dash of color to a bedroom.

Have you decorated with bright pink in your home? We’d love to see photographs or hear how you use this gorgeous and uplifting shade!

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.

 

 

Decorating with Pink : Light Pink

I’ve been seeing a lot about decorating with pink this summer. Sometimes people can be wary of decorating with pink because they fear it might look too girly or sugary, but in fact pink is an incredibly versatile shade that can be used in lots of sophisticated ways. Whether you like the subtlety of ballet slipper pink or the elegance of rose, the softness of blush or a rich jolt of fuchsia, I’ve found some ideas to inspire you. In this first blog post I’m going to focus on decorating with light pink. Next time I’ll look at the livelier bright pinks!

UK Textile Designer Kate Forman English Country Charm

To prove just how elegant and yet comfortable pink can be, here’s a wonderful Country style living room with textiles by UK textile designer Kate Forman. She’s got the English country charm completely sewn up! Notice the pink ticking upholstery on the sofa and how it echoes the linear design in the rug and even the folds in the drapes, providing a sense of structure that makes this pink look very grown-up! Then Forman layers different prints in the cushions in a way that gently softens this quite formal space.

Black works brilliantly with a soft pink, including the slightly grayed out tones of the fashionable Millennial pink. As you can see from the otherwise quite traditional Farmhouse style bedroom in Boston, the black gives an edge to the pink and grounds it, removing any hint of saccharine sweetness and keeping the whole look fresh.

The black chair and sharp angles of the graphic black frames also ground this pink living room in Atlanta,  which looks a little like a sitting corner in a French boudoir to me, it is so inviting and arty! The pink chandelier really sets this space off. It’s a little like some of the pink chandeliers we have for sale on our website, including this nice new Cyan Design new Cyan Design Florence chandelier crafted in Murano glass style with cascading swirls.

Pink Chandelier FlorenceStepping up the color voltage a little, the living room cleverly mixes a soft pretty pink on the walls with darker tones of pink and pinky red to create a lot of depth and texture.

The eclectic feel of the room is wonderful and feminine and if you like that pink on the walls it is Sherwin Williams Paint Color Bella Pink. The pink is offset by green cushions, which is a classic color combination and you often see pink and green together in Art Deco design.

Pink Bathroom romantic

Decorating with pink can be a short cut to setting a romantic mood, as in this delightful pink bathroom. I think I might add a few more fresh flowers or a large plant in the corner, but the pink tub and the handsome fireplace already set establish a romantic Old World mood.

The ballet slipper pink wallpaper by Ralph Lauren also evokes an elegant turn of the century feel in the in the powder room of this Victorian home in Minneapolis. I’d probably want to choose a slightly larger wall sconce with a bit more decorative impact, but the overall impression is serene and graceful.

I hope that this post about light pinks has got you “in the pink” about decorating with pink. In my next post I’ll show you some bright pink decor schemes and how to update the classic bright pinks for today’s homes!

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.

 

Paint Color Decor Trends 2018: Bold Strong Jewels and Spice

For 2018 paint color trends, some paint companies have opted for bold and strong colors as their 2018 Color of the Year. I recently blogged about the Nautical Greens and Blues as Colors of the Year chosen by some paint companies, but there is a whole other rainbow of colors out there too! These include spicy red and jeweled purple, and even deep black.

Benjamin Moore Caliente red dining room

Nobody is expected to redecorate just to incorporate the annual Colors of the Year, but it’s good to see the new color picks and think about how they might enliven our own decor, even just in accents and details.

Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, Caliente AF-290, is a strong and radiant red that provides an injection of energy. Red is a traditional color for a dining room as it is said to stimulate appetite.

The color also gives a sense of warmth and drama to this bathroom. We can imagine Caliente working beautifully in a traditional home, but it would also look clean and strong in a contemporary interior design scheme too.

Benjamin Moore Caliente in Bathroom

Pantone has gone purple crazy with its 2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet.

Pantone Ultra Violet Color of the Year

In interiors, this expressive color can create an Old World intense cocoon mood if used on multiple walls, or it can conjure up a romantic Boho feel. In a modern interior it could look dramatic and a little bit edgy. It will certainly draw attention to itself, whether used as a wall color or as an accent in furniture or throw cushions and drapes.

Deep Onyx Color of the Year

Glidden opted for the dark charcoal grey tone called Deep Onyx as its Color of the Year.  The color looks crisp and clean in a modern setting, especially paired with white. But, as with the Ultra Violet color, we can also see it as a great choice for a traditional home that wants to evoke an Old World feel. Picture it creating a slightly Dickensian London look in a library or masculine home office!  It is a good idea to hang sizeable art or other decorative elements on the walls to punctuate the Deep Onyx color, otherwise too large an expanse of black could look heavy. The dining room above does a great job with the white plates hanging on the wall. In a traditional room you could hang gilt framed artwork.

What do you think of these bold and strong colors? Do you have colors like this in your home? We’d love to see photos!

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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.

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.