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Easy Living with French Country Farmhouse Style

Many of our customers love French Country Farmhouse style, whether they are buying our antique French Country furniture or newly-crafted pieces that stay true to the look. French Country Farmhouse style promises easy living all year round. In summer, the relaxed and casual feel is perfect for long hot days when we want to kick back and feel cool and close to nature. In winter, the cozy and comfortable appeal of this look ensures that you will want to snuggle up and surround yourself with family and friends… and probably lots of lovely warming food, too, as would befit a farmhouse!

This French Country Farmhouse kitchen in Louisville, KY, is a great example of the look, with the traditional rooster on the island. Roosters and chickens are typical of this rustic French decor style, and the look is also associated with good, nourishing food and a relaxed rural way of life. Family and friends are always welcome, and everything is designed to be easy to live with… distressed finishes mean that you don’t have to be precious about your furniture!

For this reason, the style is especially well-suited to kitchens and dining rooms. It’s where everyone gathers to make memories… whether you are sharing small everyday moments over a cup of coffee and a slice of cake, or enjoying a lively feast for in a bigger celebration.

French Country Stool in the kitchenThis photo of our customer Stephanie C.’s kitchen in Kernersville, NC, includes a counter stool from our selection of French Country stools at EuroLuxHome.com.  The newly-crafted stool is beautifully made, with intricate wood carvings, a hand-woven rattan or rush seat, an antiqued blackwashed stain, and the curvy cabriole legs that are typical of French Country style. The silhouette of the stool looks stunning and creates exactly the right mood!

Thanks to the welcoming quality of the French Country Farmhouse style, it also looks great in an entryway or foyer. Notice the muted colors, especially the soft dusky blue which is perfect for the rustic and serene atmosphere. Also notice the combination of natural textures, with woven baskets, a throw pillow on the chair that looks like hessian or flour-sack canvas, a woven rattan seat on the chair, an open weave lampshade, and a wood planked floor.

To find out more about the typical features of this style and how to recreate it in your own home, read my blog post:  Elegant Comfort: French Country Farmhouse Style.

Do you love the French Country Farmhouse look? Tell us in the comments box and share your own photos with us too!

And if you are looking for some pieces to freshen up your own home, remember that we always stock a lovely selection of new, vintage and antique French Country Farmhouse furniture and home accents in our online EuroLuxHome.com store and shipping is always free.

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.

Strong Curves in Furniture Trends

Strong curves in furniture were a key trend in both the 2019 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and the last Las Vegas Winter Market, according to Houzz. The curves might be in a more traditional piece of furniture or in a modern and streamlined piece. Either way the strong curved shapes break up the hard edges of straight lines and angles and give a softer and more welcoming look.

Antique Art Nouveau Buffet SideboardLet’s take a look at some great examples of curvy furniture available in our online new and antique furniture store.

We recently found this gorgeous antique Art Nouveau server or sideboard in France and shipped it back to the USA to put in the store. Dating to 1900, the beautiful walnut wood Art Nouveau cabinet boasts curvy side rails in the flowing style typical of Art Nouveau, framing the many useful shelves.

This versatile piece is perfect as a dining room server, but you could also use it as a home bar or — thanks to the mirror back — even as a vanity in your bedroom.

Theodore Alexander Chest of DrawersThis Theodore Alexander bowfront chest of drawers features a bold curved front that creates a fabulous profile. The chest is based on original Louis XVI style furniture and it is crafted in burl with brass engraved panels. You can picture two of these flanking a doorway, window, or other architectural feature where the strong curve of the bowfront will create visual interest in a room otherwise full of straight lines.

La Rochelle settee

If you are looking for curves, you look to Rococo! The swirling Rococo style of furniture is full of seduction, as you can see from this newly crafted La Rochelle settee. The new settee is designed in the French Rococo style with a solid wood construction and black velvet upholstery. The eye immediately goes to the settee back with its curves and flourishes and intricate lace carving. The French cabriole legs also add a softness to the settee, which has an antique gold finish to add to the glamour and romance.

Curved Settee Handcrafted USAIf you are looking for something with a more contemporary silhouette, this new blue settee is hand-crafted in the USA with a wood frame and blue leather upholstery. The lines are clean and modern with a back that slopes down into curved arms.  This is a more architectural and tailored interpretation of the strong curves trend. If you wanted to keep the tailored feel, you would add a couple of square throw pillows, perhaps in a bold contrast color like red or black. To soften the look, a chunky knit cream throw draped over one side would add texture.

Dovetail Chaise Longue Mid ModFinally, this new Dovetail Furniture James chaise is even more spare in design, letting the curve of the chaise do all the talking! This chaise is a great choice for a Contemporary, Modern or Mid-Century Modern style space, and it is beautifully made and hand-finished. It is crafted with a chrome plated steel frame and hand-finished vintage look leather upholstery.

So… think outside the box! Whether you prefer minimalist structures or more flamboyant traditional styles, there is a piece of furniture with strong curves that will suit your interior design scheme and give a new twist to your decor.

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.

French Country Farmhouse Style: Elegant Comfort

The timeless French Country Farmhouse style of furniture is rich in nostalgia, and it is one of the most popular styles in our EuroLuxHome.com online store. Whether our customers choose genuine antique French Country Farmhouse furniture imported from France or newly crafted pieces inspired by the style, they love the refined but comfortable look!

As the name suggests, there is a rustic element to French Country Farmhouse style that celebrates the natural beauty of rural France. This design style places a great emphasis on traditional craftsmanship, natural materials and a sense of harmony and balance.

Imagine walking into a charming old French farmhouse deep in the hills of a wine region or one surrounded by fields of golden corn. The kind of decor and furnishings you might see are exactly the kind we expect of this design style.

You might see a large wooden table in the kitchen, possibly crafted in pine or another light or medium wood. Simple furniture features graceful lines and a slightly weathered look, or you will see cabinets with a distressed paint finish.

Things are not too matchy matchy, no matched sets of furniture, yet everything works together. The furniture and accessories have the look of being collected over the years, combining family heirlooms with newer pieces.

Everything is effortless, nothing is trying too hard to impress. Nothing is shiny or too crisp and perfect. These homes look lived in and you know that the people living there are very happy and content indeed!

We have a lot of new, vintage and antique French Country Farmhouse pieces in our online EuroLuxHome.com furniture and home accents store and shipping is always free. For example, this fine walnut vintage French Country sideboard hits all the style points!

Vintage French Country Sideboard Chairs with a ladder back are also ideal for this look, and chairs and benches often feature woven rush or rattan seats. These new French Country dining chairs in our store have intricate carvings in the walnut wood and hand-woven rattan seats.

French Country dining chairLayered textures with rustic and distressed finishes add a great deal to the effect, and layered fabrics such as gingham and florals in varying scales also add to the effortless look. Toile de Jouy is a classic for French Country Farmhouse linens and other soft furnishings.

French Heritage French Country Louis XVI bedChickens and roosters and other farmyard animals are a popular motif, as seen on this hand-woven wool Aubusson throw pillow!

Rooster Aubusson Throw Pillow HandwovenIn addition to French Country Farmhouse antique furniture and newly crafted pieces, we are pleased to stock all kinds of vintage and new home accessories that look perfect with this style of decor.

Earlier this year I mentioned that Farmhouse style is a leading decor trend right now and I am not surprised! It is more than just a fleeting fashion. There is a timeless, serene and nurturing quality to this interior design look that is comforting in our rapidly changing and stressful times!

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.

How to Create Farmhouse Style

Although few of us actually live in a farmhouse, the Farmhouse style of decor continues to appeal to urbanites and suburbanites alike. It carries a sense of nostalgia for an old-fashioned, simpler way of life before the hustle and bustle of today’s modern world. I enjoyed this Houzz.com article on 9 Ways to Create Comforting Farmhouse Style Anywhere. 
You don’t want everything to match too perfectly for a traditional Farmhouse style! It’s a decor that looks lived in, with one-off pieces that appear aged and loved.

 

Blue and white ceramics in this simple white decor... fresh!Often it takes just a few simple details to evoke Farmhouse style. A pair of rockers on the porch, a white claw-foot tub in the bathroom, an antique buffet server or hutch displaying heirloom china or pretty antique plates or vintage transferware plates. A crisp display of blue and white ceramics in a breezy white setting immediately creates a fresh and easy country look. Our vintage blue Delft ginger jars and plates fit the mood perfectly!

 

Our customer Anuradha V. created a very moody vignette with a 1920s green enamel pitcher from EuroLuxAntiques.comCountry Farmhouse style evokes pastoral living and traditional values, and home decor materials reflect those strong and earthy values, such as wood, stone, and iron. Textiles and surfaces are generally natural and matte in texture, and finishes often distressed. This photo from our client Anuradha V. shows a green vintage enamel pitcher that she bought from EuroLuxAntiques.com, set on a rustic table against a simple white plastered wall. The symmetry is so pleasing in this space, and the green pitcher provides a pop of natural color.

 

Antique Farmhouse Style Table, 1880, BrittanyA sturdy kitchen or dining room table is at the heart of the Farmhouse style. You need a place for the family to gather after the day’s work is done, to celebrate with a healthy feast! A wood table is key to this look, and a deep apron offers the subtle design detail that makes it look authentic. This handsome antique French dining table dates to 1880 and has just the right rugged appeal. It’s carved in the Brittany style, with figurines on the legs of French country men and women to add an extra dash of Farmhouse flair!

Jonathan Charles Country Farmhouse Style LoveseatWe have just added some wonderful Jonathan Charles furniture to our gallery. Greg and I selected our favorite pieces including several from the Jonathan Charles Country Farmhouse collection. To give you a sneak peek, this gorgeous Jonathan Charles loveseat is crafted from walnut wood, with rattan detailing and a creamy white seat cushion. Based on a 1900 design, this high-quality reproduction loveseat is a great example of Farmhouse style. It combines substance with simplicity – a combination that never goes out of fashion! I can picture this loveseat in a living room, as occasional seating in a bedroom, or even in a covered conservatory surrounded by leafy plants and pretty flowers.

 

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!

Things We Love Right Now – December 2012

Did you have a good turkey day? We enjoyed a fun family holiday at home. Then, right after Thanksgiving, Greg and I ran away to Hot Springs, North Carolina, for a quiet weekend before the busy season. As you can see below, we had a wonderful time there!

We came back in time to enjoy our local holiday parade. Newberry, South Carolina, puts on quite a show! People enjoyed our large gallery window, “decorated” by two of our gallery cats, Lenny and Minky. Therese put up a tree in the window and decorated it with her collection of antique fans, scarves, and gloves. Even her Great Aunt’s shoes made it into the vignette!

Things We Love

With the festive season well upon us, all of us here at EuroLux are reflecting on what we love in December. Last month, we introduced you to Greg’s mom, Kathy, who repairs items that arrive damaged in the cargo containers from Europe. Here’s a photo of Kathy at work. Later this month, she’ll share some tips with you on how you can fix any of your ceramics that get broken during the holidays.

Kathy says one of her favorite things about December is decorating for the holidays. She creates an elaborate mantel display using magnolia leaves, not unlike the magnolia wreath below.

Of course, it wouldn’t be the holidays without gifts. Greg loves giving and receiving presents. This year, he’s hoping for a Fender Squier guitar to connect to our Xbox. Greg and I like to unwind by rocking out to the game Rockband. I sing, while Greg plays drums and guitar.

As for me, one thing I love about December is the flurry of holiday cards that arrive in the mailbox. I love both writing and receiving cards. It helps me re-connect with old friends I may only hear from once a year.

I love the colorful display the cards make, whether piled in a wicker basket or artfully arranged on the mantel. In keeping with this theme, I’ll be sharing some information this month about how color and antique furniture can work together to create a unique look for your home. I’ll also be writing about antique furniture as legacy — a theme that’s especially appropriate during this holiday season when we miss those family members no longer with us to celebrate. How fortunate we can fill our homes with heirlooms that remind us of these loved ones every day of the year.

Also coming up this month, I’ll be alerting you to some new decorating trends (antique furniture makes House Beautiful’s “What’s Hot in 2013” list!), sharing some books you might find useful, and spotlighting one of our valued clients.

The main thing we love during December is YOU. We love your emails and phone calls. And we sincerely value your business.

What things do you love about December or the holiday season, in general?

 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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