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Meet Our New Dog, Ernie!

Lost PuppyAround the 4th of July holiday I said to Greg that we wouldn’t have any more dogs when the time comes that Rudy passes on.  (Rudy is 12 now and while he’s still okay, he is getting pretty old and creaky.)

Well, apparently the Universe thought that was funny! When we got home from the gym two days later, this little scared, lost pup was literally on our doorstep. He was terrified of us and seems to have been severely abused, wincing when we tried to pet him. He also had a large bite wound on his side that seemed very infected.

A trip to the vet revealed a very high fever of over 103 degrees from the infection and he was covered in fleas and ticks. The vet gave him a high dose of antibiotics and we had to keep heat on the wound to get it to drain. It looks like he may have avoided a life as a bait dog and ended up in puppy heaven. While I REALLY don’t need another pet, how could we resist?

Puppy Ernie

After multiple vet visits, food, water, medicine and lots of tender loving care, he started to come around. He was still quite timid and unsure of people, so it was down to Minkey to befriend him. Minkey got the first tail wag from the pup and they are great friends now and beginning to play together!

Minkey and the pup

We asked people on our Facebook page to suggest names for him. We got lots of great ideas including Howard, Buddy, Rocky, Lucky, and Baby. Also Zorro, to help him find confidence and courage, and Tip, because his toes are tipped in white. Finally we decided on Ernie because Greg and I like people names for pets.  Something about him seemed like an “Ernie,” and we’ve had a lot of people really get a laugh out of it when they meet him. Ernie learned his name in a day or two and he’s a bit of a local celebrity due to the Facebook posts. People yell “Hey, Ernie!” when I’m walking him, and he always turns toward them to acknowledge the call out.

Meet ErnieHe is still shy but is starting to play like a puppy! He just had one more puppy shot and then he can be introduced to our other dogs. We think it will really help him come out of his shell when he feels like he’s part of a pack. He is exceedingly smart. It took about 2 days to house break him.

We think he’s decided he did alright stopping by our house. He gets a special diet of chicken, eggs and cheese to make him feel welcome, although we can’t wait to switch him over to regular food. Greg says, “He’s eating better than I am right now!”

Ernie the puppy

His latest fun thing is to untie Greg’s shoelaces, particularly while he’s walking!  At first we guessed he was a lab/boxer mix but now we’ve had several folks suggest that he might be a lab / Great Dane mix. Good thing we’d already fallen in love with him before we found that out!

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.

 

Walk for the Animals & How Greg and I Met

KenDeniseBabiesDenise is a good friend who introduced Greg and me to each other back at summer camp in 1985 when we were 13. Denise works at the Seattle Humane Society and she’s participating in the Walk for the Animals on October 2.  EuroLux donates every year to support her.

She is a huge animal lover just like us. She and her husband Ken have a zoo too, as you can see from the holiday picture on the right. They have 5 dogs plus they often foster babies from the shelter.

Although I was very precocious as a child, by the time I hit middle school I had become extremely shy. My parents felt I needed a push to get over my lack of confidence so when I brought home a flyer about the Cullowhee Experience summer camp at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, for the summer before ninth grade, they thought it was a fantastic idea. They signed me up even though it was a long trip from my home in Florida.

Aimee DeniseRoommatesThe first day of summer camp was painful. I didn’t know anyone and was too shy to start conversations. We were all gathered together to go to a dance in the gymnasium on the first night and I was delighted when a bubbly strawberry blonde from Tennessee smiled widely at me and introduced herself as Denise in her charming Southern accent. She was so friendly and kind and I immediately tagged along with her.

When we arrived at the gymnasium, she said she’d introduce me to all her friends, as she had been there the previous summer.

AimeeGreg1985She bounced us over to a cute guy with blondish-brown hair and a mouth full of braces and introduced him as her friend, Greg from South Carolina. That is when I remember meeting Greg. However, I must have been such a wallflower that I didn’t make much of an impression because Greg doesn’t remember that at all.

Greg remembers meeting me a few days later when we were all taken to a local carnival for the afternoon. I was standing at the bottom of the Ferris wheel when Greg walked up to me and asked if I wanted to ride. That was a pretty smooth line for a 13-year-old! I agreed, but he said I had to promise not to rock it because he didn’t really like heights. Of course, I swore that I would definitely not rock it and gave him a big smile. He really must have thought I was pretty cute, because in hindsight, I now know that Greg is terrified of heights.  (Remember our Antiquing and Ziplining in Asheville post?)

Ferris wheelAlthough I was shy, I have always loved to play practical jokes. While I swore I would not rock the Ferris wheel, I had absolutely no intention of keeping that promise. Amazingly, Denise snapped a photo of us on the Ferris wheel on the way up to the top. When we reached the very tippy-top, I began kicking my legs with all my might and really got the bench swinging – I found it hilarious that Greg just hung on with white knuckles, telling me to knock it off. And that is how Greg remembers meeting me – I really made an impression on that day! He still swears he will never ride a Ferris wheel with me again.

cullowhee friendsThat Cullowhee Experience summer was so magical. We lived in the dorms, ate at the cafeteria, attended classes and activities, and roamed around the campus. We played truth or dare in the cemetery at night, scaring each other and laughing non-stop. It was my first taste of true independence and I loved it. We all counted down the days until the next summer.

 

Aimee&DeniseWe went back the next two years and Denise was my roommate and best camp friend. After camp was over, Greg, Denise and I all kept in touch with letters. Ten years later, Greg and I reconnected and you know how that turned out.

Twenty-five years after Denise introduced me to Greg, we all got a chance to see each other in person again in 2010. Greg and I made a large delivery to a new bed and breakfast in Walla Walla, Washington and stopped to see Denise.

AimeeDenise2010She had recently met Ken, moved to Seattle, and started working at the Seattle Animal Shelter. She is a huge animal lover.

Denise Walk for the Animals

Besides all the great work the Seattle Animal Shelter does on a regular basis, they hold an annual Walk for the Animals, and we support Denise during her walk.

Walk for Animals
If you would like to contribute, click here to donate to Walk for the Animals.
EuroLuxHome.com also supports our local no-kill shelter, Pets, Inc. with a portion of each sale. You can donate too to Pets. Inc here.

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.

A Tale of Three Cats: Pumpkin grows up!

Cat that Hurricane Joachmin blew inPumpkin the cat has been with us for nearly a year now. I wrote about how she blew in after Hurricane Joachim in my post National Cat Day – Meet Pumpkin!

The little tiger cat showed up on our gallery doorstep all wet and bedraggled. When I opened the door she pranced right in as if she knew she’d found a family. Well, she was right!

People have asked how Pumpkin is doing, so here’s the update. We kept Pumpkin for a while (so named because she turned up in October) but we already had two dogs and six cats so we had our hands full.

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Everything turned out perfectly when Greg’s parents John and Kathy fell for Pumpkin and took her home to their house to live with their cats, Corky and Harper.

Here is Pumpkin all grown up. She promptly took over John and Kathy’s house and is living high on the hog.

She is very happy and she knows how to kick back and relax in her cozy new digs.

IMG_0855Her tummy is shaved in the photo because she had just been spayed.  There’s a story to tell about her two new siblings, too.

Harper IMG_0790This is Harper, Pumpkin’s new sister. About 8 years ago, Greg and I were out for a walk on Harper Street in Newberry and we heard a pitiful wailing. Following the noise, I found the cutest little black and white kitten who had a broken toe and was in a great deal of pain.

We carried her back to our Gallery on Main Street and Kathy took her to the vet. Kathy and John had never had a cat before, and since I already had two cats and two dogs at that point (and thought I couldn’t possibly take in another one – ha!) John and Kathy took her home.

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She did come to work for a while at the Gallery, so I have some sweet old photos of Ozzy and Harper together.

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Although Harper liked to come to the gallery to hang out with Ozzy when she was a kitten, after a while, she didn’t care so much for the commute, so John and Kathy left her home by herself during the day. By the time she was three, she was quite anti-social and shy. I suggested that perhaps a friend was just what was needed to make her a bit more social.

Enter Corkie, who was adopted from the local humane society about five years ago.

BabyCorkie

Baby Corkie was very sweet, and always happy to be cuddled. Here he is with Greg.

Corkie and Greg

Corkie is very out-going and friendly and really wanted to be very best friends with Harper. However, it turned out that Harper did NOT want a very best friend. She hissed at Corkie for quite a while. Since Harper didn’t give him the warmest of welcomes, Corkie did his best to show his affection for her by sneaking up on her from behind in surprise attack or dive-bombing on top of her from a perch on the bed!

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Harper finally begrudgingly accepted that Corkie could live with John and Kathy. And now Pumpkin has joined them too and she has definitely become Top Cat!

Because we have so many pets that were strays and rescues we always support our local animal shelter. A portion of every sale from EuroLuxHome.com is donated to help homeless pets at Pets Inc., a no-kill animal shelter in Columbia, SC.

National Cat Day on October 29 also encourages people to help the 4 million cats who wind up in shelters each year, either by adopting a cat or making a donation to a shelter. Cat adoption is truly worth it… as you can see from our photos of our own family’s fuzzy brood!

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.

October Home Decor & Antiques Roundup

We hope you enjoy this quick “antiques roundup” of highlights from our October blog posts, linked to the original stories so you can go back to see them for yourself!

We had quite a busy month, including adopting a new cat and ooh-ing and aah-ing over the photos in our spotlight on our customer’s gorgeous Greco-Roman mansion home.

Greco-Roman mansion in Newberry, SCThis is the outside of that lovely house and the inside is just as amazing, filled with antique furniture chosen by our customer Tamra. She chose some beautiful pieces from us, including a French Country Louis XV refectory table, antique Hunting chairs and Hunting buffets, and a couple of antique Mechelen buffets. You really have to see this mini tour, so take a look at the full blog post about Antique French Furniture in a Classic Newberry Mansion.

Cat that Hurricane Joachmin blew inOur happiest news this month was the arrival of our new little tiger cat Pumpkin. She turned up on our doorstep looking wet and bedraggled after Hurricane Joachim dumped 18″ of rain in Newberry over one weekend.

When I opened the door, she pranced in as if she belonged here and pretty soon she did! She arrived just in time to be the star of my National Cat Day post.

You can see how she’s been making herself at home all over the gallery, and we’ve also shared recent cute photos of some of our other fur babies.

Welcome Pumpkin… named for the month you arrived!

Replace Wooden Roof on our Vintage BungalowWe were less happy a while ago when we found that the roof was leaking in the sun room of our 1920s vintage bungalow. During all our renovations, we hoped that we had about 5 years left in the existing roof but it turned out to be only 3 years. There was nothing for it but to Raise the Roof! As you can see in the post, we also added some skylights and chose a patriotic shingle and paint combo, so it all worked out just fine!

Safe House USA Marble Print duvet coverThe final highlight that I’d like to mention of our home decor blog posts this month is about the Marble Decor Trend. Marble in furnishings and architecture is, of course, a classic favorite, but now it’s getting a new boost of appreciation from the interior design world.

Aside from furniture featuring marble details, the current trend has inspired faux marble looks on everything from textiles to wallpaper! This marble print duvet cover is a great example of a fresh take on an eternally elegant material.

I look forward to spending November with you, sharing more ideas and stories about antique furniture and home decor. Stay cozy!

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.

National Cat Day – Meet Pumpkin!

October 29 is National Cat Day so it’s the perfect time to introduce you to our new cat and also share some cute and funny photos of our brood of fur babies!

helpful squiggy

National Cat Day celebrates all cats but it draws attention to the 4 million cats who wind up in shelters each year. We can all help homeless cats find the perfect lap to purr on by adopting cats rather buying them in shops. Or make a donation to a shelter for National Cat Day.

Greg and I have 9 cats and dogs now. (This is Squiggy on the left… he’s always ready for a snuggle!) Because we have so many pets that were strays and rescues we are passionate about supporting our local animal shelter. We donate a portion of every sale from EuroLuxHome.com to help homeless pets at Pets Inc., a no-kill animal shelter in Columbia, SC.

Cat that Hurricane Joachmin blew inWhich brings me to my exciting news about the latest fur baby to join the family.  Meet Pumpkin!

Pumpkin turned up after Hurricane Joachim. Greg and I were fine after surviving 18″ of rain in Newberry over one weekend, but our hearts went out to everyone displaced by the devastating floods throughout South Carolina.

In the middle of it all, here’s what Hurricane Joachim blew in! The little tiger cat showed up on our doorstep all wet and bedraggled. I opened the door and she pranced right in as if she knew this was where she belonged. I swear those hobo cats are marking the sidewalk out in front of our gallery.

Another Hobo cat

She soon fell asleep with a full belly. How could we resist?

Pumpkin cat exploring the galleryHere she is exploring the gallery and workshop. At first we thought we might call her Biscuit because she is constantly “making biscuits” and kneading with her paws. But no… Her name turned out to be Pumpkin because she showed up in October.

Pumpkin the catPumpkin is a very sweet puss and you can see how much she is filling out already from being well-fed. But she is really not very helpful with processing invoices!

Evening on the Cat PorchAs our friends on our EuroLux Facebook Page said, Pumpkin has landed in kitty heaven with all her new brothers and sisters, and also our new cat porch to explore.

We often share photos of our cats and dogs on our Facebook page (as well as posts about antiques and home decor 🙂 ) so if you want to keep up-to-date we’d love it if you Liked our page, or follow us on Google+. Here are some photos we posted of the furry family:

Squiggy cat

Squiggy thinks it’s time for me to stop working!

Minkey Cat Stop Working

Then Minkey our Sealpoint Siamese cat joins in. Minkey says: “Look deep into my eyes… You are feeling sleepy… Stop working… Feed me…” 

Snuffalupagus

Meanwhile, Jake is busy taking care of Snuffalupagus – his newest favorite toy. He likes it so much that he has one at work and one at home. 

Dachshund puppies

These dachshund puppies aren’t actually mine – my mom adopted Hansel and Gretel over the summer, so I guess these two cuties are my siblings! 

Cat twinsFinally, our twin cats Lenny and Squiggy strike a pose for National Cat Day. Squiggy (eyes open) and Lenny (cool Clint Eastwood eyes closed) perch on the edge of what will eventually be the two-person shower in our master bathroom.

If you are in the Newberry, South Carolina area, drop in to see us ALL in the EuroLux Home gallery. We don’t mind if your real reason is to see Lenny, Squiggy, Ozzie, Minkey, Roxy, Fozzy, Jake, Rudy, and now Pumpkin. Greg and I are used to it!

(Update a year later: See what Pumpkin’s up to now in my update post: A Tale of Three Cats: Pumpkin Grows Up)

Happy National Cat Day – give your cat a little extra treat to celebrate!

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.

Vintage Life: Building a Cat Porch

BowlOGreensWe didn’t intend to have eight fuzzy babies, it just worked out that way. We know we have a cat overpopulation situation, so as we worked on the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow, we made sure we created a special space for the cats too. This is how we ended up building a “cat paradise” screened porch for everyone to enjoy.

Here are four of the cats. I keep them supplied with a pot of cat grass so they can happily graze all day!

 

Before we built the cat porch

This shows our porch after we hung new exterior siding, but before we screened it in.
We thought it would really make the porch look nice to tile it…

Tiling the cat porch

…and of course we needed a great vintage screened door, which we found at the Antique Tobacco Barn in Asheville, NC, where we also have a booth.

vintage door for cat porch

Then we added a very interesting oyster chandelier. We have oyster chandeliers for sale in case you like it as much as we do and are interested in buying one!

OysterChandelier in cat porch

There are two cat doors on either side of our front door leading out to the screened front porch so that everyone can come and go as they please – which they do all day and night. We constantly hear “flap, flap, flap” from the cats going in and out.

cats on the cat porchWe built steps up to corner platforms on each side of the porch and then more steps up to walkways along the top of the porch and over the screened door, so that there are plenty of spots for all six cats to enjoy the porch at the same time. We also built a fireman’s pole out of sisal rope so that they could climb up and down it like a tree and use it for a scratch post.

Sunset on the cat patioMinkey and Fozzy take their perches to enjoy the view at sunset.
Fozzy cat on the cat porchFozzy knows we can’t reach him up there.

Evening on the Cat PorchLenny, Fozzy and Minkey checking out the neighborhood after the sun has set. Everyone really enjoys “cat paradise” on the patio – even Greg and I like to kick back on the porch with a couple beers after a long day.

Have you “spoiled” your fuzzy babies with something built especially for them them? Tell us about it in the comments or show us with a photo on our Facebook page.

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.

Gifts for Pet Lovers and Pets Need Presents Too!

We are spoiling our cats with our new cat paradise front porch – it’s their gift just in time for the holidays. I have gift ideas for pet lovers too!

Hand-painted cat pillowBefore I take you on a tour of the cat porch, I have to show you these hand-painted pictures of our pride and joys.

We’re so excited to feature these gorgeous hand-made silk or linen pillows as a new EuroLuxHome.com service. The custom-made pillows are painted completely by hand from your photo of your pet. (They are not digitized or scanned!)

Here’s the pillow of our Sealpoint Siamese cat Minkey, including the photo we provided to the artist inset on the left.

Hand-painted dog pillow in silkThis is the photo we sent of Rudy and Jake, inset on the hand-painted pillow. You can see the high-quality of the artwork. The dogs look so lifelike I almost want to stroke them!

Choose the pillow size (14″ x 18″, 16″‘ x 16″, or 16″ x 20″), the fabric (silk or linen), and the trim (cord, flange, or tassels). Prices start at just $295, including free shipping!

This custom-made line is so new in our store, we don’t even have the pillows on our website yet. So email us your favorite pet photo and we’ll take care of the rest. Of course, you could always give a gift certificate to a friend or family member if you aren’t sure which photo to use!

Pets Need Presents Too

Regular readers of this blog know that Greg and I finally moved into our renovated 1920s vintage bungalow last month. On our first night in our new home our dogs Rudy and Jake (pictured above on the pillow) patrolled the house all night long. Good dogs! They were guarding to keep us safe. But they kept us awake with the clicking of their nails on the laminate floors. We had to schedule toenail clips at once!

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The cats have been making the transition to the new house in stages as it’s important that we are more settled first. But I was so excited for them to see their new cat paradise front porch. The pole on the left will be wrapped with rope so they can climb it like a tree. They have kitty doors so they can go out whenever they want.

The jumping and perching platforms haven’t been painted yet, but we’ll show the finished porch in an upcoming blog. You should have seen our handyman’s face when I described what I wanted him to build. He couldn’t stop laughing!

Dog Bed Furniture Jonathan CharlesI guess that as the cats have their special porch, we might need to treat the dogs to a holiday gift too. We stock a wonderful range of antique-inspired Jonathan Charles pet beds that make great gifts for pampered pooches. In different sizes to fit toy dogs to big boys, these pet beds are beautifully crafted. This walnut wood Jonathan Charles dog bed for larger dogs reproduces an original 1760 Irish peat bucket. The Jonathan Charles Country Farmhouse dog bed features distressed planked sides and patinated brass studded bands.

Jonathan Charles dog bed furnitureSmaller dogs will look très chic lounging in the mahogany veneered Jonathan Charles four poster dog bed from the Buckingham collection.  The fancy dog bed is easy for petite fluffy friends to hop in and out of, and it boasts fine carving to the uprights and turned finials.

You can see all our other dog themed gifts (for pets and their people) at the link.

I hope you enjoyed my pet gift post – tell us in the comments about your own pets! We can woof and meow about our fuzzy family all day.  As a portion of all our sales benefit the PETS Inc. no-kill animal shelter, we’re grateful to any customers who buy their pet-lover gifts from us so we can help more homeless pets.

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.

 

Things We Love: Antique Shows & Laughs from Our First 10 Years

As we mentioned in our 10 Years of European Antique Furniture blog post last month, Greg and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary at EuroLux Antiques this year. It is hard to believe so many years have flown by! We’ve had so much fun over the years, and we can’t help but look back and laugh at some of our mistakes too. We thought you might enjoy chuckling at some of our follies along the way.

Greg unpacking antique furniture from Europe

Greg unpacking antique furniture from Europe

After we launched EuroLux Antiques and brought in our first container of amazing antique and vintage furniture from France and Belgium, we started out selling at antique shows. In the summer of 2004, our very first antique show was the Scott Antique Market in Atlanta, Georgia. What a bunch of green beans we were!

We arrived in the wee hours of the morning at our designated spot with our rented U-Haul truck slam full. Remember how I mentioned in the last post that we had to rebuild all of the antique furniture out of about a million pieces after our container arrived from Europe, and that we really weren’t very good at it yet? Well, we had the brilliant idea that if we took all the pieces apart again, we could pack more on the truck. But we didn’t realize that most of the potential buyers would be standing there while we unloaded the truck!

Our first antique show at Scott Antique Market

We discovered that frenzied interior designers who are running from one truck to the next don’t come back to see you hours later, after you’ve figured out how to put everything together again. There we were with our piles of pieces, watching as the other dealers around us sold armoire after armoire. I swear they were rolling their eyes at our mess. One of our armoires stayed in bits through the whole weekend of the antique show because we couldn’t figure out how to put it back together!

Our booth at our first antique show

I will say the booth looked great though. John had designed the space ahead of time to show where each piece would go. I spent hours putting out box after box of decorative items, known as “smalls” in antique lingo. John, Kathy, Greg and I all had matching shirts with EuroLux Antiques embroidered logos too.

Matching logo t-shirts we wore for our first antique show

With Greg, wearing our first matching logo shirts

While we did sell a piece or two that weekend, it wasn’t the blow-out for which we had hoped. This meant that the only way everything was going to fit back in our U-Haul truck was to take it all apart again. Of course, we had taken our time over the week before the show to strategically pack the truck one piece at a time. We hadn’t considered that we’d only have a couple hours to load all of it back on the truck and clear out of the building at the end of the antique show.

All of the other dealers, shaking their heads at our “newbie” mistakes, were long gone by the time we finally got it all loaded again. The poor security guard had to wait until after midnight for us to get our mess together and finally get out of the building.

We needed Minkey to help us pack up our first antique show

I wish we’d had Minkey there to help pack up from our first antique show. We needed a packing wizard cat and he loves digging in!

So although our first antique show wasn’t a smashing success, at least we had done it! We picked ourselves up and learned from our mistakes. Our next show, a month later, was the International Collectibles and Antiques Show at the Metrolina Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina. We had a great show and sold a bunch of furniture. We were on our way and so excited about it.

And then came the Atlantique show in Atlantic City, New Jersey, but that is a story for another blog post! Do you like to go to antique shows in your neck of the woods? Tell us about your favorite antique show in the comments below!

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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Things We Love: Our Clients & Art Deco Betty

I appreciate all our loyal customers, including Betty S. in Tallahassee, Florida, who especially likes Art Deco pieces. My previous client spotlight on the Art Deco buffet Betty bought from us showed photos of her cool 1958 home. I also explained that Betty is more than just a long-time customer, she is a friend.

Art Deco Dog Clock Betty’s birthday was in December and she decided to treat herself to a birthday present from EuroLuxAntiques.com. She chose this vintage 1930 German ceramic Art Deco mantel clock flanked by two terrier dogs. The Art Deco clock no longer ran, but Betty decided she would set it for 5:00 (as it’s five o’clock somewhere) and call it art!

Art Deco clock in our client's homeBetty placed the clock on top of the Art Deco buffet she purchased from us before. On the left you can see one of her pups looking very curious about what’s going on. (He thinks the photo opp is all about him, right?)

Betty Art Deco Clock 2

Another view of the Art Deco clock and buffet in Betty’s home

I appreciate that Betty keeps coming back time and again to buy herself a little something special. We celebrate our 10th year in business in 2014 and we are very flattered that we have met so many wonderful clients who choose to remain in touch with us. We hear from them periodically and they think of us when they’re looking for their next piece – whether for an antique or for some high-quality new furniture. It means a great deal to hear that we are their “go-to antiques folks” and that they like to share our story with their friends and family. It means we have earned their trust, and that is the cornerstone of our business.

We treasure every client and work hard to make sure every sale is a wonderful experience for our customers. It is not always easy, but that is why many businesses don’t provide excellent customer service these days. Often big box stores or online retailers sell in such large volumes that they don’t go the extra mile to make sure every single sale is right and every single customer is happy. Each transaction is just one of many, many sales that day, so it’s hard to treat each customer as an individual. However, because we are a small family business, we strive to make each and every customer feel special and appreciated – as if they were a guest in our home.

Vintage German Art Deco Regulator Clock

Betty also bought this very pretty German Art Deco Regulator Clock from us before. Fully working!

We are happy to spend as much time as a customer needs to help them find just the right piece. I personally oversee all of the shipping arrangements to make sure that everything gets to where it’s supposed to be. And in the rare event of a mishap or delay, I make sure it is taken care of promptly and professionally. We are proud of our track record. As well as selling directly from our EuroLuxAntiques.com gallery we also sell on Ebay. We have over 3500 unique transactions on Ebay with 100% customer satisfaction in our feedback!

Our many wonderful customers like Betty make our job very satisfying. As I said in the Art Deco buffet post, my relationship with Betty goes back more than 20 years. She was a bit of an angel in my life, encouraging my first study abroad experience in Florence, Italy. That led to me spending much more time in Europe and then launching this European antiques import business with Greg. So we’re delighted to see the new photos of Betty’s Art Deco clock alongside her other Art Deco collectibles. May those two cute dogs on the clock bring her much joy!

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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Vintage Halloween!

As the spookiest day of the year approaches, Greg and I been looking at some of our vintage Halloween costumes from our childhoods! I’ve also been checking out free pumpkin carving stencils to share with you and some fun photos of dogs in Halloween costume.

Vintage Halloween costumeI had to go over to my mom’s house to dig these vintage Halloween photos up. Mom and I had a great time flipping through old photo albums to find some from when I was a kid. Yep, that little girl is me! For my very first Halloween costume I was a bunny rabbit, but I refused to wear the mask. My mom, Linda, is modeling it in her vintage 1970s dungarees. 😉 We’re scary, huh?

Vintage Halloween ballerina costumeOf course every little girl wants to be a ballerina, and, believe it or not, I still have that tutu in a box somewhere because I loved it so much as a child. That’s my younger brother, Rob, next to me as a tiger.
Vintage Halloween kimono

 

My dad traveled to Japan for business and brought me back this beautiful, bright red kimono that I loved! I wore it all the time – not just for Halloween. I wish I still had it, but I haven’t seen it in many years – I’ll have to ask my mom if she still has it.

 

Vintage Halloween photo

Then we asked Greg’s mom Kathy for some photos. Kathy is our Mrs Fixit who handles all our restorations. (See her tips on how to fix broken ceramics.)  Kathy knew right where her Halloween photos were. Kathy actually made that cheetah costume that Greg is wearing and his sister Laura wore it too. He was obviously a very cool and laid-back cheetah!

 

Vintage Halloween Vampire photo

 

 

Of course, as Greg got older, a scary vampire costume was his preferred choice. I think young Greg looks pretty dashing in that black satin cape. Maybe we’ll have to track down a cape for him this year!

 

 

 

 

Vintage Halloween PumpkinI found some great free pumpkin stencils at Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Download the printable stencils to help you carve some really cool pumpkin designs. Decorate your home with a traditional Jack-O’-Lantern, or get a little craftier with flame designs, a howling wolf, or templates of cats and dogs. I spotted a chic fleur-de-lis pattern that will appeal to fans of antique French furniture. Log on to the magazine’s website, then prick out the stencil shape with a pin on your pumpkin. You’re ready to carve!

We don’t celebrate Halloween in any big way, although we usually watch a scary movie to mark the occasion. I don’t dress up my pets – with eight cats and dogs I’d have to start planning the costumes in July! And no doubt our twin cats Lenny and Squiggy would vie for who had the most dramatic costume. Both cats have such big personalities.

But I did just see this funny link to pugs in Halloween costume. As they say on that photo gallery: Halloween was MADE for pugs! My favorite is the Pugtato. The Lord of the Pugs – taking off Gandalf in Lord of the Rings – is hilariously convincing too!

Game of Thrones Gothic ChandelierIf you’re looking for some vintage Halloween lighting to help set the mood, my recent post on Gothic chandeliers and other light fixtures might provide inspiration. It’s too late for us to deliver these beauties to you by Halloween 2013, but these romantic and dramatic lights add character and Old World atmosphere to a home all year round.

Wishing you a wonderful vintage Halloween, however you celebrate! Do tell us your plans in the comment box below.

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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.