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Unique Gifts for Father’s Day

If you are looking for a unique gift for Father’s Day… we’ve got your back! Of course you want to give dad something special, something that says Thank You for everything he’s given you over the years. Choosing a thoughtful and unusual gift or something hand-crafted shows him how much he is appreciated. He’ll love knowing that you searched out something a bit different that would really suit his taste and interests. Don’t forget our always-free shipping on every item large or small, within the contiguous 48 United States!

Antique French Hunting DeskIf you want to give dad a big treat, our selection of beautiful antique French furniture offers lots of options including handsome antique desks. Every piece is unique because every piece was handmade more than a century ago in the era that prized fine craftsmanship.

For example, this antique French Hunting style desk which dates to around 1880. The oak desk boasts carved winged beasts that look like mythological griffins, with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. It’s a stunning choice for dad’s home office or library.

Golfer BookendsBut you don’t need to splash out on a big piece to find a unique gift for Father’s Day.
OK Casting is one of our vendors of newly hand-crafted pieces and the prices are very reasonable for such high-quality pieces. Every piece is also made right here in the USA, which is another thing for dad to love!

For example, the company offers an exceptional collection of handsome bookends like these golfer bookends. Other choices include dogs, horses, wild animals, birds, golfers, polo players, fishermen, and even Chief Sitting Bull!   You’ll be able to find a set of bookends to match dad’s interests and every piece is hand-cast in resin and hand-painted at the time you order it. They are crafted with incredible detail and as they are hand-painted, each one is unique.  Other OK Casting options include clocks, lamps and desk accessories.

USS Constitution Model ShipIf dad loves sailing or the nautical life, one of the most unique gifts you could give him is one of the hand-crafted model ships we stock from Old Modern Handicrafts.

These model ships are hand-built to scale using traditional techniques. It can take the craftsmen hundreds of hours to build a ship.  Some models are built to museum-quality level and some are exclusive editions with a unique serial number.

This is the model of the USS Constitution. also known as Old Ironsides. A legendary ship in the War of 1812, the frigate is now a national landmark, docked in Boston. The model is full of amazing detail… isn’t it terrific?

antiqued leather telescopeFor the man who has everything, a telescope from our selection of telescopes, binoculars, magnifying glasses and opera glasses is a gift he’ll enjoy forever.

This hand-held telescope is one of our recommendations, and it is very reasonably priced at only $119 at time of writing. The telescope is made of high quality brass, with each component crafted with the finest craftsmanship. It comes safely nestled in an antique-looking leather overlay, leather carrying strap and cap on both ends of telescope.

If dad is a wine connoisseur or an elephant lover, then this wonderful new Scarborough House brass elephant wine bottle holder will be the ideal unique gift for him. The verdigris brass elephant is sure to bring a smile to his face every time he uses it, and the cheerful elephant rests on an inclined black stone inlaid base, to keep the wine bottle at just the right angle.

The elephant is beautifully crafted with every attention to realistic detail by the brass workers at Scarborough House and the verdigris effect on the brass gives an aged effect.

Whatever you choose as a unique gift for dad, we wish you and  your family a very happy Father’s Day!

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.

Bubble Wrap Day Discount on New and Antique Furniture

Discount on antiques for bubble wrap appreciation dayNow through February 4, we’re offering a 15% discount on everything at EuroLuxHome.com with our special promo code to celebrate Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day!

January 28 is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. As you can imagine, we use a LOT of bubble wrap in packaging antiques for delivery around the country. Our dogs and cats love it too… here’s Minkey (our shipping manager!) taking charge of our enormous roll of bubble wrap!

So to celebrate bubble wrap, we’re offering 15% off everything at EuroLuxHome.com now through February 4 when you use this code at checkout:  PoppityPop

It’s the perfect time to find a unique antique treasure that you love! Or think ahead to summer wedding gifts and other gifts for family and friends this year. The discount is valid on everything in our gallery, including fine European antiques, vintage decor and high-quality new furniture and lighting,  As always, shipping is free in the Continental US and some parts of Canada.

We’ve just had a new container of antique furniture arrive from France, filled with goodies that we selected on our last European antiques buying trip.   You could use your discount on any of these wonderful pieces, including….

Antique French Henry II Zephyr Buffet

This antique Renaissance Henry II style buffet features stunning carvings evoking the seasons of the year. The cheerful face of Zephyr, the Greek god of the west wind breathes out a warm spring breeze at the top of the cabinet. You will almost feel the gentle breeze wafting through the room as you admire the ornate carvings on the walnut buffet, dating to 1900.  The large buffet also offers lots of practical storage, in addition to being a work of art that will look amazing in your traditional dining room, kitchen or great room.

Antique French Hunting Desk

The carved winged beasts keeping guard over this antique French Hunting style desk look like the famous mythological griffins, with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. The Hunting style desk was made in France around 1880 in solid oak wood and it will look stunning in your home office or library.

Antique French Henry II dining chairs

This set of 6 Renaissance Henry II style dining chairs is crafted in walnut wood and upholstered with embossed leather. Dating to 1900, the dining chairs or side chairs have a lovely open and airy profile due to the slightly longer than usual turned spindles along the chair back. The elegant armless dining chairs have a timeless appeal, and they would look beautiful as side chairs in any room of the house.

Vintage French Rococo Chandelier

When we found this vintage 1950 Rococo style chandelier on our latest antiques buying trip in Europe, we knew someone back in the USA would love it! Sparkling gloriously from top to bottom, this incredible vintage French chandelier in the Rococo style boasts 12 electric candles that glimmer with a beautiful light reflected in the glass crystals.

Browse our full inventory at EuroLuxHome.com and take 15% off everything in your shopping basket through February 4, 2019, when you enter the discount coupon code at checkout:  PoppityPop

Happy shopping!

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: Vintage Chair in Home Office

Many people buy antique and vintage chairs for their dining rooms, but a single vintage chair is a wonderful addition to a home office too. An antique or vintage chair looks superb in your office, study, writing studio or other work space, whether you have a traditional office decor or a more eclectic look in your study. Our customer William in Knoxville, TN, proves the point.
Vintage Leather Renaissance ChairWilliam bought this lovely French vintage dining chair or accent chair from us to team with an antique desk he already owned.

The vintage chair from France is designed in the Renaissance  Henry II style and it dates to 1930. The chair still boasts its original brown leather upholstery on the back of the chair, embossed with a flourishing floral design. The bottom seat cushion had already been reupholstered.

This nicely carved chair has attractive detailing on the legs and nail head trim on the brown leather upholstery. It looks very regal and the traditional style is great for William’s home.

 

Vintage Chair in Home Office Study

Here is the chair paired with William’s very handsome French Renaissance antique desk.  The combination of aged wood and leather really creates a lovely luxurious and traditional atmosphere in a room. You will notice that the embossed leather on the vintage chair at the desk ties in with the leather arm chair and the two leather sofas. I love the color of those blue leather sofas! The wood-framed fireplace also looks wonderful and William’s statues and figurines adorning the space create elegant decorative accents.

William’s study looks like a very welcoming place to write letter or curl up and read books on a rainy day!

Often we have antique and vintage chairs available in singles as well as sets, and the single chairs are well-priced. We also have pairs of chairs available, so you can buy one for your own desk chair and another for your clients or visitors. It looks very cool and unusual to have a genuine antique or vintage chair from France in your work space and it’s a great conversation starter!

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.

Picking the Perfect Desk For Your Traditional Home Office

My last blog post was about Creating a Beautiful Home Office and today I’ll zone in on picking the perfect desk, whether you have a home office or not! A desk needs to combine function with good looks.  There’s no point have a desk that looks amazing if it doesn’t provide the storage and work space you need. It’s also miserable having a desk that is adequately functional if you don’t take pleasure every single time you sit down to use it. Life is too short!

Antique French Gothic DeskThe Unique Antique DeskIf you love antiques and want a true original in your home office, then an antique desk is a joy to use as it carries so much history. This one is an antique French Gothic desk that we currently have in stock, dating to 1850 and heavily carved in solid oak. It hides a little surprise as the antique Gothic desk has been gently modernized for the 21st century. Someone added a slide-out wooden keyboard tray that blends so well, you’d think it was original!

Vintage French Country DeskThe Vintage French Desk. If you love French Country style and prefer a lighter wood desk, this gorgeous 1950 vintage French Country secretary desk is a great choice. The golden oak is very nicely carved and it’s well-sized for today’s interiors at just under 3 feet wide. If you want a French Country desk, then features to look for include sweet little cabriole legs, and elegant but simple carvings like the heart-shaped swag on this pull-down desk front.

Scarborough House Partners DeskThe Partners Desk. Sometimes only a very substantial partners desk will do! We now carry antique-inspired furniture by Scarborough House. Their high-quality, hand-crafted pieces include a wide choice of desks like this oval Scarborough House partners desk. The handsome brass handles, crotch mahogany and a leather surface make it an impressive addition to your study, home office or professional office.  If you buy a partners desk, always pick the handsomest and highest quality desk that you can as it will pay you back over the years. A good desk endorses your professional image to clients and business colleagues.

Ambella Home Modesto DeskThe Versatile Desk. If you don’t have a home office as such, then you might want a desk that blends in with your living space. This Ambella Home Modesto desk is a good example. The antique-inspired desk features lots of ornate carving detail, a generous desk surface and drawer storage space to keep the room free from clutter. But when you aren’t writing at your desk it just looks like a lovely decorative piece of furniture. Pop a bowl of flowers on top to add to the accent table effect!

carborough House Sheraton DeskThe Lots of Nooks and Crannies Desk. Sometimes you don’t need tons of storage space but you do want lots of separate compartments to keep everything well organized! This Scarborough House Sheraton Writing Desk is a charming example. Aside from all the drawers and cubbies, the exquisitely crafted crotch mahogany desk looks amazing. The brass handles and leather writing surface make it seem so authentic. I think that Jane Austen would have been at home writing Pride and Prejudice at this desk!

Handpainted desk Jonathan CharlesThe Artist’s Desk. If beauty triumphs over all in your home office, then you are probably looking for a highly decorative desk that makes you smile at its craftsmanship. (You’ll be happy to keep your documents tucked out of sight in a filing cabinet as long as the desk looks fantastic!) In that case, you have to admire this superb Jonathan Charles desk from the Kensington collection. The French style desk is hand-painted by Jonathan Charles artisans with gold floral detail across the pretty curved apron and legs. A dark leather inlaid writing surface tempts you to stay all day. There is one drawer to keep your favorite pens and essential notes, but this gilded desk is more like a French Haute Couture dress. You buy it for the sheer wicked pleasure of it and because it makes you look so good!

Boy, now I am feeling very bored with my own desk that I’m writing this at! I hope you enjoy picking your perfect desk whatever style you like. Please leave a note in the comment box to tell me YOUR idea of a perfect desk!

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 9 (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.

Creating A Beautiful Home Office

Spring is the time of year when everyone organizes their home office, tidying up files and throwing out clutter! But the best home offices are as beautiful as they are functional. Your office should be a place where you can express your personality as well as work, manage  paperwork and finances, and receive clients!

Jonathan Charles furniture home officeThis stunning home office featuring antique-inspired furniture by Jonathan Charles is packed with personality! We love the Jonathan Charles furniture and home accents we carry because each piece is crafted to look authentic and last a lifetime, often using the same techniques that furniture makers used hundreds of years ago. The deep blue walls and colorful artwork in this office create an eclectic effect paired with the traditional office furniture. The white upholstery and carpet are a little unexpected, adding another bright and sophisticated touch.

Jonathan Charles Home Office FurnitureThis home office, again decorated with a Jonathan Charles desk and other furniture is notable for its gorgeous light and a clean uncluttered look. (I bet someone has been reading
Marie Kondo’s best-selling book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up!) The modern and airy look of the room is grounded by the substantial wood furniture and bold metal hardware. It shows how traditional furniture can be given a completely unique spin by a homeowner who is willing to mix up their styles a bit and combine pieces they love. A large plant in the corner also makes an office so much more welcoming and we love the faux zebra rug for a dash of exotic character!

Traditional home office

If you want to get truly arty, then how about this amazing traditional home office in Chicago? The domed ceiling boasts a custom-painted mural of the Mediterranean – once you spot Italy on the right of the ceiling fan you can figure out how the map falls into place. This is a splendidly designed room with wood paneling, wood plank floor, and huge windows too, but even if you don’t have such a fabulous space to work in, you can take a few tips. Choose a couple of comfortable and very handsome leather sofas for relaxed business conversations, Add a colorful tapestry or rug and plenty of book on the shelves and you’re set!

This traditional home office in Washington D.C. is actually quite streamlined and simple when you look closely, but it creates a strong impression because of the club style leather chairs and the impressive antique-inspired desk.  The high vaulted ceiling helps to add architectural interest, but the main thing that creates decorative appeal at ceiling level is the large chandelier lighting.  A chandelier always makes a statement and sets the tone for a room.

I hope that these beautiful home offices have given you some ideas on how to jazz up your own office this spring! In my next post, I’ll share some of my favorite antique and antique-inspired desks and other home office furniture and decor accents to make your office beautiful and beautifully organized too!

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 9 (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: French Country Antique Furniture in Alabama

EuroLuxAntiques.com clients Sandy and Brent gravitate toward French Country and Arts and Crafts styles furniture.

Sandy and Brent H. in Northport, Alabama, are wonderful, truly hospitable Southern folks. They’ve been customers for several years now. As you can see in this photo, their home is filled with quite a large collection of beautiful French antique furniture. They especially gravitate toward French Country and Arts and Crafts styles.

 

French Country Secretary Desk and Louis XVI style armchair. EuroLuxAntiques.comWe first met Sandy and Brent back in 2010 when they purchased a charming French Country Secretary Desk. (It’s the perfect place to practice the vintage art of letter writing!) The secretary desk looks wonderful in a corner of one of the bedrooms, paired with a Louis XVI style armchair.

 

Louis XV Bed in this French Country style guest bedroom. EuroLuxAntiques.comSandy & Brent tell us they’ve enjoyed receiving our newsletters ever since that first purchase, and in a 2012 newsletter they spotted a Louis XV Bed that now occupies one of their guest rooms. When we said we also had a matching armoire and vanity with a pretty orangey-red marble top, they just couldn’t resist bringing the whole set home.

French Country style antique vanity and a Louis XV bed. EuroLuxAntiques.comDue to the fragile nature of the vanity mirror and because Sandy and Brent were within driving distance, Greg and I decided to personally deliver the antique Louis XV bedroom set. Sometimes it is nice to get out of the office and meet our customers in person!

Heavily carved antique hall bench beneath the stained glass panels - and a great collection of cowboy hats! EuroLuxAntiques.com

 

 

Sandy recognized us immediately from our photos on the website and was a very gracious hostess. We couldn’t help ooohing and aaahing over her collection, and particularly liked the heavily carved antique Hall Bench in the foyer with antique stained glass panels hung above. Can you tell Brent hails from Texas with his cowboy hats on display?

Antique Louis XV nightstand to match our client's French Country bedroom suite. EuroLuxAntiques.com

 

That bedroom set didn’t have a nightstand, so Sandy and Brent asked us to keep an eye out for an antique Louis XV nightstand that would match their French Country bedroom suite. About six months later, we found a gorgeous green-marble topped nightstand that was a wonderful match. We sent the photo to Sandy & Brent while we waited for the container to arrive in the US. The photo showed the whole Louis XV bedroom suite – and it happened again! Sandy and Brent fell in love with the whole set and just had to bring that one home too!

Louis XV marble-topped vanity and bed This new set included an armoire, full-size bed, green marble-topped vanity, and nightstand. Brent and Sandy already had another Louis XV bed set up in their second guest room, but were planning to move it to a room that was currently being used as an office. We set up the armoire in the office room and then set up the vanity in the second guest room. We left the bed against the wall at their request.

Louis XV bed, part of an antique French Country style bedroom suite. EuroLuxAntiques.comSandy just sent us a photo of the bed set up in its new home with beautiful green striped bedding that matches the marble on the vanity and nightstand.

 

Of course the biggest surprise was that Sandy had dinner waiting for us upon our arrival! She prepared a delicious pot roast with carrots and potatoes and even baked a cake with scrumptious home-made icing. What a fantastic treat for us and how very kind and thoughtful of Sandy! We truly appreciate our customers at EuroLux Antiques – another big shout out of thanks to Sandy and Brent!

Browse our current selection of fine antique furniture, including many gorgeous French Country style pieces. To receive our monthly newsletter showcasing the latest antique furniture, vintage lighting, high-quality reproduction furniture, and home decor accents, join our mailing list at EuroLuxAntiques.com.

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.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. Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

The Vintage Art of Writing Letters

The Love Letter by Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta, 1841-1920

The Love Letter by Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta, 1841-1920

It may seem old-fashioned to write a proper snail mail letter in these days of text messages, emails, and social media. But it’s that old-fashioned quality – the novelty of it! – that makes it special to receive a real letter. It puts a smile on someone’s face. As Phyllis Theroux said: “To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.”

We call this blog Letters from EuroLux because it feels like we’re penning a note directly to you, our friends interested in traditional and antique furnishings and lifestyle, home decor, and design. Some people call letter writing a lost art… we prefer to call it a vintage art!

Vintage Art of Writing LettersEven if there’s no specific reason to write to someone, like a thank you letter, you can always write to people you haven’t been in touch with lately, just to tell them your news. Or send a note of appreciation to someone who had an influence on you – a mentor or teacher, perhaps. Or send a letter to a family member or friend, even if you’re frequently in touch. They’re bound to be delighted. It’s a great way to slow down and reflect on what a person means to us, and to tell them things we wouldn’t always say in the rush of an email.

Vintage French Oak Secretary Desk from EuroLuxAntiques.comLetter writing is even more of a pleasure when you have a nice pen, some attractive notepaper, and a beautiful writing desk! We love the customized stationery at Iomoi, in classic designs with a contemporary edge. (Or “tradition with a wink” as they describe it.) We also love this vintage 1950 French Oak Secretary Desk at EuroLuxAntiques.com, with beautiful carving and a fab Fleur de Lis motif. The desk has plenty of drawers, shelves, and a cubby hole to tuck away your writing gear and the letters you’ve received yourself!

Antique French Gothic Desk with Keyboard Tray from EuroLuxAntiques.comThe vintage art of writing letters meets the 21st century! If you prefer to write your letters by computer, rather than by hand, and print them out to sign and mail, the recipient will be just as pleased. This heavily carved antique French Gothic solid oak desk dating to 1850 has been updated with the addition of a pull-out keyboard tray. So you can have the traditional feel of an authentic antique desk (standing over 6 feet high – whew, that’s big enough for all your home office bits and pieces!) and all the benefits of modern communications.

Letters of the Century: America 1900-1999. Get inspiration for your letters from Mark Twain and Charlie Chaplain
For inspiration, check out the book Letters of the Century: America 1900-1999. The book features letters written by ordinary folk capturing moments in history, and letters by famous people including Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, and Charlie Chaplain.

 

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.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. Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!