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How to Fix Scratches on Antique Furniture with Furniture Crayons

As part of our series on antique furniture restoration tips and tricks, I made this YouTube Video about how to easily fix wood blemishes, watermarks and scratches on antique furniture using furniture crayons. It is a question we hear quite often from friends and other people who have antique furniture. Perhaps they’ve accidentally scratched the wood moving the piece from room to room, or perhaps they have inherited a beloved heirloom that needs a little TLC.

In any case, we all know that we get a few wrinkles as we age! So here’s how you can do a little touch up and hide that blemish. This also works for new wood furniture that might have some superficial dings.

This is the video I made on YouTube about how to use furniture crayons to disguise scratches or other marks in the wood. I’ll also give a summary below.


There are various furniture crayons available, but Greg and I like to use Blendal sticks. Then we use Mohawk Tone Finish to set the crayons.

In the video example, I show how to use the furniture crayons to help with two different blemishes on an antique buffet or server. One is a gouge and scrape to the finish and the other one is a wear spot.

Here’s the secret: When you use your furniture crayons, you must apply several different colors, rather than try to exactly match one color of wood. This is because aged wood isn’t one color, it has earned a patina of time that is subtly beautiful. And even new furniture crafted in antique style is often distressed so the wood looks aged.

So for this antique buffet in the video, I use a dark brown furniture crayon, a red one, an even darker brown one, and a black. The black is probably the most important one!

As I work the crayons into the wood, I’m going with the grain of the wood and I keep changing colors, adding a little of one color then a little of another. I rub it in with my fingers. It’s all about being patient and keep applying color until you feel like you have really camouflaged it in.

As I said, black is important and I use it to give little grain lines, feathering it with my hand and putting a little more pressure on to smudge it in.  Don’t be afraid to mix the colors because that’s what gives you the visual depth. Antique pieces do have different layers and shades on the patina of the wood from natural aging. They are not uniform in tone, and that’s part of what makes a piece of antique furniture look so wonderful.

Be sure to always use your fingers to rub along the same grain as the wood. I keep adding layers of color until I feel like I’ve made the match. You’ll see that in the video I’m really taking my time and using a lot of colors until I feel like it’s going to blend in with what’s there. Still, I fix both marks in less then 10 minutes, so it’s pretty easy!

If you are working on an area that has a lot of carving, you might need to use a toothbrush to get into the all nooks and details of the carving.

Then I stand back and look at the whole piece.  I know I’m finished when the area I worked on doesn’t jump out at me!

Finally I use Mohawk Tone Finish to set the furniture crayons. We like to use the satin variety rather than a shiny one, because we find it blends in better.

I shake it to mix up the product and then do a test spray to make my nozzle is spraying evenly. Then I spray a really light mist. I let it set for just a minute and then give it another very light mist again.

Sometimes you have to do two passes, especially when it’s a bigger chip or ding. But after the tone finish, you can’t really see that there was a problem there at all.

When this dries, the work I’ve done really will have blended in. The blemish doesn’t jump out any more!

If you have any questions about how to fix blemishes, watermarks and scratches on antique furniture using furniture crayons, please do leave a comment in the comment box below!

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Antique of the Week

We have started to post on social media about our “Antique of the Week.” Sometimes we want to highlight a piece of antique furniture or an antique decorative object because it is especially wonderful! It’s a nice way to showcase some pieces that our customers might like to see. We use the hashtag #AntiqueOfTheWeek on our accounts on Pinterest, Facebook and Google+ so if you aren’t following those accounts already, you can search on that #AntiqueOfTheWeek hashtag.

Normandy Antique French bedWe sometimes tie the antique of the week 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 his lovely bride Meghan Markle.

Sometimes we choose a piece of antique furniture that has recently arrived on the ship after one of our antique buying trips in Europe, and we have just unwrapped it and are especially delighted to share it with you!

Here are some of favorite Antiques of the Week so far if you missed them!

Antique French Renaissance SetteeWe chose this antique French Renaissance Hunting style settee, because it has just arrived from our last buying trip in France. The gorgeous carved flourishes of foliage and floral upholstery also feel so summery. The oak settee dates to 1880 and we also have chairs available to match.

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When the clocks went forward, we chose something green to remind us that spring was just around the corner! This elegant set of 6 antique Renaissance oak dining chairs in the Henry II style and upholstered in a green fabric was crafted in Belgium around 1900,

Antique French TrunkSpring also put us in mind of vacation travel, so we chose this antique French trunk with its original iron straps & handles.  You will not want to try to check in this heavy oak trunk at the airport, but isn’t it terrific? It was originally made in 1820 for travel and it has iron caps on each corner to protect it on its voyages. Now it can serve as a rustically decorative storage box and it’s a great conversation point…imagine where this box has traveled since it was first made in France nearly 200 years ago!

Prie-dieu antique French During Holy Week, we chose this beautiful antique French prie-dieu or prayer chair. We found it in a church in Normandy on our recent antiques buying trip to France. It is carved in oak wood, dating to 1890, and we had it reupholstered in red velvet.

Mother Child Dogs statueWe celebrated moms and Mother’s Day with this beautiful 1930 French chalkware statue showing a precious moment between a tender mother, her child, and the adoring family dogs! The sweet and beautifully detailed statue is a real charmer!

Eastlake antique bed 1890 VictorianThis week our Antique of the Week paid tribute to America and American craftsmanship with this antique Eastlake bed, crafted in the USA in around 1890. This classic American treasure boasts stately architectural detailing and floral carving in the mahogany wood.

If you want to see more of our Antiques of the Week over the coming months, search on the hashtag #AntiqueOfTheWeek and treat yourself to a dose of beauty!

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: Antique Chinese Wedding Bed

We imported this exquisite antique Chinese wedding bed to the USA in 2012…. it had previously inhabited a home schedule for demolition so it was wonderful to have the chance to give the Chinese wedding bed a new life! It was finally purchased by our customer Dongming in Greenville, SC, so it has landed in a place very different to its origins in the Zhejiang Province in Eastern China!

Antique Chinese Wedding Bed

Dongming and his daughter had driven to Columbia for the day and were on their way home to Greenville, when his daughter decided she really wanted to eat at Arby’s. They got off I-26 at Newberry, and while looking for Arby’s, they ended up on Main Street. Dongming decided he wanted to stop in some antiques shops, which is how he made his way to our EuroLux Home antiques store. He is a professor of Asian Studies, specializing in Chinese literature, so when he saw the antique Chinese wedding bed in our Gallery, he stopped in his tracks! He knew exactly what it was and also knew it would fit in his master bedroom. To top it all off, it was his birthday – so of course, he took it as a sign that it was fate and he was supposed to purchase the beautiful bed!

antique Chinese wedding bed

The Late Qing Dynasty antique Chinese wedding bed in red lacquered pine dates to around 1900 and it is very ornamental and ornate. Antique Chinese wedding beds like this were once used by royalty, and were often called “Eight Step Beds.”  It is divided into two areas, one for sleeping and the other for placing shoes and personal items as you get ready for bed. A Chinese wedding bed was actually used like an entire bedroom and Chinese women spent most of their time eating, embroidering, socializing, and sleeping in this area.

Greg and I were out of town at the furniture market in North Carolina when Dongming purchased the bed, and we already had deliveries scheduled for the following week in Georgia. However, Dongming was leaving to take a group of students on a study abroad tour in China for the summer and he really wanted to have the bed delivered prior to his departure.

antique Chinese wedding bed in partsI stayed up until 4 am the night before the delivery in order to get all 50 pieces of the bed cleaned, waxed, and ready to be delivered, but I made it happen!

The bed comes apart in about 50 pieces and is completely held together with tenon and mortise joints – no hardware at all! This is a photo of about half of the bed pieces.

It took about two hours to reassemble it in Dongming’s home, but it looks great! The bed features various carvings of people and traditional Chinese symbols, gilded with a very fine layer of gold.

antique Chinese wedding bedDongming is planning to use the Late Qing Dynasty bed on a daily basis, so this very beautiful bed will continue to be loved and cherished. We’re so glad the superb antique Chinese wedding bed was saved and it found a new home!

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EuroLux Home on Pinterest

Antiques in the homeGreg and I have had a Pinterest account for EuroLuxHome.com for a long time, but recently we have been pinning a lot more. We’ve been pintastic!   If you want to pin any of the photos in this blog post. just click on the photo to be taken directly to the original Pinterest photo.

We’ve added a lot of new Pinterest home decor and stylish living boards covering all kinds of areas including Antique and Vintage for the Home, to showcase some of the best antiques from our store but also ways to live with antique furniture.

For example, this fabulous image of stylish heiress Ann Getty’s home in San Francisco. This emerald green room is packed with antique furniture and treasures, as featured in HarpersBazaar.com

Scarborough House Hall TreeWe also highlight some of our favorite new furniture, for example, this superb new Scarborough House Hall Tree or Coat Rack available in our online store, crafted in fine myrtle burl with lovely decorative carving, handsome brass accents and a large mirror.

Some of our boards are dedicated to specific spaces in the home. We have boards on beautiful bedrooms, stunning bathrooms, impressive and inviting hallways and entryways, vintage kitchens, home bars, and traditional offices.

We also have boards full of fabulous images of specific styles of antique furniture and the most popular home decor styles.

Country Farmhouse furniture and decorFor example, Rococo furniture and decor, antique French Brittany furniture, antique French Hunting style, Louis XV furniture and decor, VIctorian Style, Art Deco, and Mid-Century Modern.

Whatever your taste, you will find a style board to follow! This is an image from the Country Farmhouse Furniture board, which makes us all want to sit down at that charming table and share a glass of French wine!

We hope that if you are Pinterest you will not only follow us but leave a message on one of our images to tell us you are a customer or blog reader…. then we can make sure we follow you back!

Yellow RoomOther boards include design ideas that we love, and simply delicious food, drink and recipes. Some boards are dedicated to color schemes, for example red rooms and interiors, blue decor, and yellow rooms.

This buttery yellow formal living room works really well with the darker antique and paintings and the screen in the corner, and the paint color is Benjamin Moore HC-4 Hawthorne, if you would like to know!

We are keen gardeners, so we also have a board on beautiful gardens. This board shows some of our garden photos but mainly it is of gorgeous gardens around the world, and also great ideas for landscaping and making the garden even lovelier! This wheelbarrow planter makes me look forward to summer!

WHeelbarrow planterOf course we have a travel board too, which especially focuses on Europe because we travel so much in Europe to buy antiques to ship back to the USA!

FranceAnd yes, you know we have to have a “we love pets!” board, to show off our own furry brood of cats and dogs but also to share other pinners’ photos of cute pets. Here’s our Lenny, helping out with the laundry!Lenny CatWe hope you will follow EuroLuxHome.com on Pinterest – we look forward to seeing you there and pinning up a storm!

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Top 10 Antiques and Home Decor Blog Posts 2017: Part 1

We’ve had a lot of good news this year and shared some great photos of our antique furniture in our customers’ homes. Now, as the year turns, it’s time to remember our most popular antiques and home decor blog posts from 2017! Here is the first half of our Top 10 posts of the year…

1. Rare Goumain Antique French Buffet

Goumain Antique French BuffetLast year we sold the rarest antique piece we have ever had in stock! This rare 1919 antique French buffet is signed by Goumain on the buffet as well as on the original sculptures, and it is magnificently painted with a scene that shows the story of Saint Eustace. To see the full story of the soldier saint Saint Eustace as well as more detailed photos, see the Rare Goumain Painted St Eustace Antique French Buffet blog post.

2. Voted into the Top 30 Antique Blogs

Top 30 Antiques Blog FeedspotWe began 2017 with good news when Feedspot wrote to say that their panel had selected this Letters From EuroLux antiques blog as one of the Top 30 Antique Blogs on the web.

Greg and I were delighted, as we’ve been running the blog since 2011, talking about the antique furniture we buy in France and other parts of Europe and bring back to the USA. The blog reflects our motto “Fine antiques for regular folks!” and we also talk about general home decor.

In March, we heard that we were again named Best of Houzz Customer Service with our 100% customer satisfaction score, in addition to our Recommended badge given to the top-rated pros on Houzz. Next we celebrated when the new Hobbs Germany collection won an Honorable Mention in the European Product Design Award 2016. We’re thrilled to be U.S. distributors, and you can see the unique wine-inspired collection here.

3. Client Spotlight: Antique Brittany Buffet and Bed

French Antique Brittany BedAs part of our series of client spotlights, I wrote in February about a delivery of antique furniture Greg and I made to our customer May in Pensacola Beach, FL.

It was one of our slowest deliveries ever as May lives on the 14th floor and we had to make many trips up and down in the elevator! But what a spectacular view she has from every room in her lovely home, which is filled with European antiques.  May purchased this fine antique French Brittany bed from us as well as an antique Brittany buffet which we converted for her to accommodate a TV for viewing in her bedroom. See the full post here for more photos of May’s home and the gorgeously carved 1880 antique bed and buffet.

4. Woodbridge Table for Knight Kiplinger

Marseille console table hallwayAnother client spotlight gave us a glimpse into the home of the celebrated economic journalist and author Knight Kiplinger. You have probably seen or heard him as a guest on many TV and radio shows like the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Diane Rehm Show, and CBS This Morning.  He has ordered twice from us, once for a lovely mahogany Neoclassical Woodbridge console table for his home in Washington DC, and most recently for an elegant Woodbridge Marseilles console table for his second home in Maryland.

See the full story and more photos in my Woodbridge Table for Knight Kiplinger blog post.

5. French Country Farmhouse Style

French Country Farmhouse style continues to be popular, and for very good reasons! The comfortable look and timeless charm of the style works in many different types of home and it is a look that is easy to live with. My two posts Farmhouse Style Furniture and Home Decor and French Country Farmhouse Style: Elegant Comfort aim to provide some inspiration! They illustrate the style and explore the key elements to achieve the look in your own home.

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 2017.

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.

Thanksgiving 15% Off New & Antique Furniture & Decor

Shopping for antique furniture or vintage or new furniture or home accessories?  Now is the time to visit EuroLuxHome.com and save money with our annual Thanksgiving deal giving 15% off everything.  Now through Thursday November 30, you will get 15% off your entire order, as well as our always-free shipping, when you enter the coupon code at checkout: Gratitude

We’ve stretched our special offer till the end of November to give you plenty of time to shop at leisure, not just on Black Friday. We’re also celebrating Small Business Saturday on November 25, which encourages shoppers to support small, family-run businesses like ours! Then there is Cyber Monday. While we’re a small business, we have a big online presence. And at Thanksgiving, we like to thank our customers with a bonus discount on our already low prices.  A portion of every EuroLuxHome.com sale goes to Pets Inc., a no-kill animal shelter in Columbia, SC. So the homeless pets thank you for your purchase too!Antique French Gothic Buffet

The 15% discount code Gratitude is valid on everything from antique French furniture to vintage lighting and new furniture and home accessories for every room in the house.

Here are some ideas to tempt you!  This dramatic antique French Gothic buffet  dates to 1870 and it makes a stunning visual statement. Intricately carved in walnut with a gorgeous stained glass door, the antique French Gothic buffet is a wonderful server for your dinner gatherings and it will also look great as a home bar, to serve your favorite wines, spirits and liqueurs. See all our buffets and sideboards.

Antique French Hunting Chairs 1880 16-31This set of six antique French Hunting chairs will make a very elegant impression in your dining room. The chairs date to 1880 and they are beautifully carved in solid oak wood with rattan seats. The crest and finials on the chair back are quite grand and they give these fine dining chairs a very noble look. Browse all our new and antique dining chairs.

Leather Chair Made in USA MK-415If you are in the market for a new leather chair, we have a wonderful selection of antique-inspired and classic leather chairs in many different colors.

This club style chair is just one example. The leather chair is made in the USA and it is crafted in beautiful leather with luxurious tufting on the back. The traditional nailhead trim adds another decorative detail. Comfy? You bet! Browse all our leather chairs here. 

Scarborough House Chinoiserie Chest of Drawers SH-468 This hand-painted new Scarborough House Chinoiserie white lacquered chest of drawers is a graceful beauty from head to toe! The curvy serpentine bombe shape, the hand-painted design and the ornate brass accents all add up to make this an exquisite choice.

Flemish Chandelier 15-275

Our collection of new and vintage lighting includes chandeliers, floor lamps, ceiling lamps, wall sconces, table lamps and more!

I’ve chosen to show you this large vintage Flemish chandelier because the shape is so beautiful and the wood and brass-toned metal is so handsome. It’s sure to create a warm and welcoming mood in your home.

For more inspiration, browse our complete inventory of fine antique furniture from Europe and Asia, new furniture for every room in the house, plus antique religious treasures, ceramics, wall hangings, throw pillows and other high-quality antique-inspired home accessories. Then take 15% off everything in your shopping basket when you enter the coupon code:
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The offer is valid now through November 30, 2017. However you choose to use your 15% discount Greg and I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving and happy home decor and antiques shopping!

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California Antiques Road Trip Part 2

In my last blog post I explained how we found ourselves on a California Antiques Road Trip in a 26-foot U-Haul truck to deliver a very large order of antique furniture to a customer.

The Grand Canyon Road TripAs we left Amarillo, TX, we set our goal to reach Williams, AZ, by the end of the day. As I started researching hotels on the laptop, I realized that we would be one hour due south of the Grand Canyon! How could we be that close and not stop!

So even though it would add a few hours to the drive, we decided it was worth it.
Yoga at the Grand CanyonIMG_2694We got up at 5 am on the fourth day and headed out to the south rim of the Grand Canyon.

I couldn’t resist doing a few yoga poses on the rim with such a beautiful background behind me – I crossed off that bucket list item!

And then we turned the truck toward Monterey, CA, passing through the Mojave Desert on the way.

It was interesting how you could feel the dryness in your eyes, on your skin, and at the back of your throat while in the desert.

Antiques Road Trip to California

We were exhausted by the time we stopped – 2800 miles in 86.5 hours from Newberry, SC to Monterey, CA. All of the pieces were delivered into a storage unit, as the customer’s home is currently under renovation, but she was pleased with her purchases.

The WInchester House California MysteryAfter the delivery was completed, we decided to visit the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. Greg remembers seeing this house on “In Search Of” in the 1970s! Built in 1884 by Sarah Winchester, heiress of the Winchester Rifle fortune, this quirky 24,000 square foot house has stairs and doors that lead to nowhere and windows in the floor. Rumor has it that Sarah kept builders employed 24 hours a day for 38 years as a way to appease the spirits of those who lost their lives to the “gun that won the West.” It was definitely entertaining!

Golden Gate BridgeWe also took a six-hour bus tour of San Francisco, which included views of the Golden Gate.IMG_2752

And we took a jaunt over to Muir Woods to hug a redwood.

We spent our last day at Alcatraz and wandering around Fisherman’s Wharf hunting for more cheesy magnets to add to our growing collection.

Finally, we headed to the airport and caught the red eye flight home.

It was a busy nine days, but we really had a lot of fun too. And we were delighted to get  our customer’s big order of fabulous antique furniture to her on time.

We’d already shipped those incredible antiques across the Atlantic ocean from Europe to the USA, and now we’d driven them right across the American continent to deliver each piece ourselves.  Did I mention that we pride ourselves on our customer service? 🙂
As Greg joked afterward… “You need a truckload of antiques moved across the country on short notice? I’m your man.”

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Ask About Our Antique Furniture With Chat!

Aimee Antiques Store ownerIf you’ve visited our antiques and home accessories online store recently, you know that EuroLuxHome.com now has a snazzy new Chat function! This means you can send a quick text message through Chat to ask a question about any of the products for sale on our site, or ask if we are going to have a specific type of item in stock soon.

We frequently ship new containers of antiques from France and other parts of Europe, so if you get in touch and we have something suitable on its way, we might be able to give you the first scoop!

When you phone, email or use the Chat function to have a conversation with us, the person at the other end is usually me, Aimee. (Sometimes our many dogs and cats like to lend a helping paw too, but their typing isn’t quite fast enough for Chat yet!)

Greg often joins in on Chat too – he is the technical wizard in our family business, so if you send a Chat message, it’s just as likely to be him replying as me because he loves using Chat! Either way, we will do our best to help you, whether you are asking about one of our new pieces of hand-crafted, antique-inspired furniture or a century-old piece that Greg and I found in an antiques market in Paris and shipped back to the USA.

Aimee and Greg Antiques Store OwnersWe pride ourselves on our high level of customer service. We get 100% positive feedback and very high positive marks on all the major sites where we sell, such as eBay and Chairish. We also have the Best of Houzz awards for customer satisfaction and service for several years.

Our goal is to keep to that high standard and improve our customer service even more, making life easier for customers to find the perfect antique furniture for their home, the ideal vintage home accessory or the newly crafted piece of furniture of their dreams, something that will maybe  become a family heirloom.  So now our website offers Chat!

Customers who have used it tell us that they love the Chat function! Everybody is multi-tasking these days so they can have a conversation with us about a piece while also doing other things. And if we need to leave the phone for a minute to research an answer for them or measure some specific dimension of a piece, they can carry on doing something else with their time till we return to Chat.

The only thing we can’t really do is give appraisals. If you have a piece that you want to sell, then read my blog post How to Sell Antiques and Vintage Items. We usually direct people to Worthpoint.com to find out the value of a piece.

So, whether you phone us on our toll free number: 866-602-9394 or email us or or hop over to the website at EuroLuxHome.com to use the Chat box to ask your question…  give in to temptation and get in touch! We’d love to help!

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.

Rare Goumain Painted St Eustace Antique French Buffet

It’s exciting for us to tell you about this rare antique French buffet that we just had in stock. It’s the rarest antique buffet that we have ever sold! Here’s a picture of the painted buffet so you can see the full magnificence:

Goumain Antique French Buffet

Signed Goumain antique furnitureThe piece is signed by Goumain on the buffet as well as on the original sculptures, and dated to 1919.

The Maison Goumain Frères was one of the businesses of Emile Guimet, a wealthy French industrialist at the end of the 19th century. He is most famous as the founder of the Musée Guimet in Paris in 1889, a museum of the history of oriental religions and folk traditions. A large part of the museum collections is from the excavations of Antinoë, a city in middle Egypt, carried out by the archaeologist Albert Gayet during 20 years of excavations beginning in 1895.

Antique French Goumain Buffet

The Goumain Brothers specialized in furniture for museums as well as wealthy collectors. Pieces were designed to safely hold precious collections, often with many drawers, which protected the items from light.

St Eustace painting on antique buffet

The painting shows the story of Saint Eustace, a Christian martyr and soldier saint from the 2nd century AD in Rome, Italy. A Roman general called Placidus was hunting in the woods one day when he encountered a large stag with a crucifix lodged in his antlers and he heard the voice of God commanding him to become a Christian. He immediately converted himself, his wife and his two sons to Christianity and took the name of Eustace.

Painted antique French buffet St Eustace

Carved statue antique buffetSt. Eustace then suffered many trials and tribulations along the lines of Job from the Old Testament, including losing his home (the castle seen in the painting) and all of his wealth. He even thought he had lost his wife and sons for a period of time. Although he suffered, he remained constant in his faith and realized that God was testing him.

Eventually he was reunited with his wife and sons, although the entire family was later martyred when they refused to worship the Roman Gods when commanded by Emperor Trajan. The image of Saint Eustace kneeling before a stag became a popular subject in medieval religious art.

St Eustace painting Canterbury Cathedral
Interestingly, the first recorded relics of Saint Eustace were in an altar in the royal Basilica of St Denis, the first Gothic Cathedral ever built in Europe.  (We visited the cathedral in our blog post on our recent antiques buying trip in France.)

There is a large painting in Canterbury Cathedral in England featuring Saint Eustace dating to 1480 (shown left) and Greg believes it may well be the basis of the painting on this piece. Here is a close-up:

St Eustace Canterbury
Hand-Painted antique French buffetSaint Eustace is known as the patron saint of hunters, firefighters, and anyone facing adversity. An interesting tidbit is that Saint Eustace is the reference in the Jägermeister logo of a cross in between a stag’s horns, as the liquor was marketed as the drink of choice for German hunters.

He is also the patron saint of Madrid, Spain. The saint is also featured in the stained glass windows in the Cathedral of Chartres.

It is interesting to conjecture that this buffet was perhaps commissioned for a wealthy patron whose personal saint was Saint Eustace. The buffet not only held his personal material treasures, it served as a reminder that his true “wealth” was in the constancy of his own Christian faith.

We loved finding this very rare antique French buffet by the Goumain Brothers. Now it has  gone to a new home where I’m sure this rare treasure will be enjoyed every day!

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Newberry Eclipse Discount on Antiques and Home Accents

Newberry Solar EclipseThe August 21 solar eclipse is fast approaching and here in Newberry, South Carolina, we are in the direct line! We will get a total eclipse here at around 2:40 pm local time. The experts say that we will be in total darkness for more than two and a half minutes.

To celebrate, we are offering a 15% discount on all sales online at EuroLuxHome.com and in the store from August 18 – 22 with the coupon code ECLIPSE15. So don’t be left in the dark! Save money on new, vintage and antique furniture and home accessories, whether you can make it here for the eclipse or not.

Newberry Eclipse 2017Newberry is an official NASA designated viewing area for the eclipse and you can see all the info, events and the best viewing spots at the City of Newberry EclipseFest link.

The city is expecting to double or triple the local population of 10,000 residents over this solar eclipse weekend. We don’t really know how many people will be arriving, but fingers crossed that we will see lots of new faces! We are known as the City of Friendly Folks, so if you are in two minds about visiting for the eclipse, come on down!

Definitely come into our antiques gallery and see us too. We are 1409 Main Street in historic Downtown Newberry. We usually close on Sunday unless someone has made an appointment with us, but this Sunday August 20 we will open the store from 12 until 4 pm.

Wildwood Lamps Sun Shield MirrorUse the ECLIPSE15 coupon code in the store or online at checkout to get 15% off your entire order plus our always-free shipping for online purchases. The code is valid from August 18 through August 22, 2017 on all new, vintage, and antique furniture and home accents.

For example, this glorious gold and antiqued silver sun shield mirror by Wildwood Lamps would be a great choice to commemorate the solar eclipse! At 3 feet wide it is a stunning wall mirror.

Hand Hooked Moon RugIf you want to celebrate the moon’s part in the eclipse, perhaps you’d like this hand-hooked moon rug showing a serene landscape of cottages and cabins beneath the moon and stars.

Browse our full collection of new, vintage and antique furniture and home accessories in our online store between 8/18 through 8/22, 2017, to find a heavenly bargain at 15% off with coupon code: ECLIPSE15

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.