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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!

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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!

To Upcycle or Not to Upcycle

The hot new buzzword in antiques and vintage is “upcycling.” What does it mean, exactly?

An “upcycled” object is something old that has been re-purposed into something new and functional. An upcycled object can be as simple as an old jar turned into an oil lamp, or it can be as complex as an antique sideboard turned into a dual vanity for the bathroom.

In our recent newsletter, we introduced you to a line of upcycled vintage light fixtures we’re now carrying. They’re made by Nashville artist Robbie Cook, who takes smaller vintage objects like silverplate spoons, electrical insulators, and old door plates and turns them into charming chandeliers. Here’s one example:

This “spoondelier” re-purposes 360 vintage silverplate spoons into a unique chandelier. Those spoons might otherwise have wound up in a landfill. The spoondelier may not be for everyone, but for those who enjoy their antiques with a touch of whimsy, this is a great piece. Not to mention it’s a one-of-a-kind work of art, since each one is handmade and no two are alike.

Here’s another example of Cook’s work:

Blue insulators take on new life in this fun and beautiful chandelier!

And here’s one more example of Cook’s work. This piece represents elaborate upcycling at its finest:

This delightful chandelier is a perfectly amusing piece for any cottage decor or for anyone who takes her tea with a lump of humor.

OK, upcycling small objects is one thing, but would you ever consider cutting holes in an antique server? Some designers would!

Above, interior designer Julie Murray found an antique sideboard to create a two-sink vanity for her bathroom.

And another example. This old dresser not only got its top ripped off, but it got a paint job, as well!

This upcycler did note that this particular dresser was “of no good quality.” Perhaps to ease her conscience?

I take a positive stance on upcycling. If a piece of antique furniture can’t be saved any other way, why not paint it and put a sink in it? And certainly re-purposing old insulators and silverplate spoons into fun light fixtures can’t be a bad thing. But would I ever deliberately cut holes in a fine antique French wardrobe to run cords and cables through the back? Yes, I have done it. But I saved the small hole I cut so that it could be glued back in the future. Living with antiques, I believe, means you should cherish and care for your vintage and antique pieces, but also make them useful and functional for your life today.

What’s your take on upcycling? Where are your boundaries, in terms of re-purposing antique and vintage furniture and objects?

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her 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!

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