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Bookshelf: Nantucket Cottages and Florida Style

This latest crop of books on home decor and house design takes us on a quick jaunt around the country! From Minnesota to Nantucket to Florida, these books give a glimpse into the architecture and home decor styles of each area, showing what makes them so great.

Minnesota’s Own: Preserving Our Grand Homes

Minnesota's Own Grand HomesThis coffee table book takes the reader on a tour of 22 grand old homes around the state of Minnesota. It tells you the history of the houses and the interesting characters who built them.  It also shows how the houses have been preserved and restored. The authentic decor in the 200 color photos is very inspiring. For example, the book describes a restored Frank Lloyd Wright property, including recently-made furniture and rugs that Wright originally designed for the house but that were never made before.

Classic Florida Style: The Houses of Taylor & Taylor

Classic Florida Style HousesI’m from Florida so I’m looking forward to seeing this book! It’s not actually published for a couple of weeks but I’ve taken a ‘look inside the book’ online and it seems great! Taylor & Taylor is a Miami Beach architecture and interior design firm. (The fact that the firm is run by a husband-and-wife team just like ours makes the book even more appealing to me.) The couple looks inside 10 Florida houses and of course there is a strong nautical feel with homes on the coast and on the gorgeous island of Key West. Some houses also draw on Spanish decor traditions while others take their cue from the Art Deco architecture of South Beach. What a summery treat!

Nantucket Cottages and Gardens: Living Large in Small, Charming Spaces

Nantucket Cottage style Nantucket cottage style is so beautiful and fresh. Apparently there are around 1200 ‘typical’ cottages on the island of Nantucket. Although this book can’t visit all of them, it does show how we can all enjoy the classic design features of the traditional Nantucket cottage home and garden. The compact space doesn’t mean limited style. Details such as weathered wood furniture and hand-crafted pieces and textiles all give character to a cottage home.

The author Leslie Linsley lives in Nantucket and she has appeared on TV shows including “Oprah” and “Good Morning America,” talking about her 60+ books on crafts, home style and decorating. So she should know what she’s talking about! Happy reading!

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.

Mantels & Entryways: Holiday Decorating Ideas

I love decorating for the holidays. Putting up the Christmas tree and stringing lights and garlands helps me get into the holiday spirit. After the decorations are up, I finally begin to truly anticipate the wonderful family time to come.

Inspired by this “Decorating: Holiday Mantels” slideshow at Traditional Home magazine’s website, I’ve put together a group of photos to inspire you in adorning your home for the holidays. Whether you’re decorating an antique Victorian mantel or the rustic fireplace at your Christmas cabin, you’ll find ideas you can use or adapt to fit your decor. As a bonus, I’ve included a few exterior treatments, as well, to show how you can showcase the front of your stately Victorian or cozy cottage for the holidays. Enjoy!


A beautiful mantel doesn’t have to be fussy. Here, a small nativity set literally framed by a black picture frame hung with simple red ornaments creates a lovely display with a faux, lighted garland. A very stylish and classy look!


This traditional parlor looks very festive with its classical carved fireplace surround swagged with beads and topped with a wreath. I love the way the antique mirrors flank the fireplace for symmetry. And note the beautiful antique demilune table to the right. This classic treatment will work well in your Victorian home.


Heading up to your cabin for the holidays? Let this fun, lodge-style holiday decor inspire you! The cow skull wrapped with silver beaded wire creates a festive look, while the garland brings the outdoors inside. Hanging stockings complete the traditional look. This design, which could look kitschy in a different setting, looks very natural here.


This antique fireplace gets a spectacular holiday makeover using just two colors: white and green. The key here is over-the-top styling. Mounds of white poinsettias ground the vignette, while the faux snow sculpture inside the fireplace box creates an unexpected and delightful surprise. On the mantel, large green ornaments, white snowflake decorations, and a white beaded strand top a thick natural garland. You could really wow your guests by pulling off this look!

Sensational Entryways

You can make a splash outdoors, too. Let your exterior decor complement your home’s style for maximum impact.

Bold Traditional

Here, a city house gets a bold, traditional treatment by running a lighted garland up the railing to the front door. Classic red bows start at the top of the house and continue all the way to the street. This design isn’t overwhelming because it’s scaled to the size of the house. Very appealing!

Stately Victorian

The U.S. Park Service knows decorating. They style the stately Karlan Mansion in a manner befitting the 1877 brick Victorian. Simple red garlands wrap the front columns like candycanes, while traditional pine wreaths with a red ribbon dot each window. This understated design really proves the adage “less is more.”

Charming Cottage

Cottage style is all about the eclectic combination of colors, patterns, and textures, along with a mix of old — and older! — furnishings. Here, the decorator takes cottage style outdoors by creating a garden of light. The green verge defines the garden’s edge, while lavender lights create perhaps a lilac bush, and gold lights along the ground evoke a carpet of daffodils. The wispy holiday lights capture the essence of breezy cottage style. Well done!

We’d love to see how you decorate your home for the holidays, both indoors and out! Send us your photos or link to them in the comments.

 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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