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Florida Road Trip 3: Antique Henry II Dining Chairs

After Greg and I decided to take a road trip to Florida to make a delivery to the Orlando area, Katrina in Alva, FL, purchased this handsome set of six antique Henry II dining chairs in our Etsy store. We were delighted that we could include this delivery to the Ft. Myers area on the way to visit my home town of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

antique French Henry II dining chairs

We love this style of antique Renaissance Henry II dining chairs and buy as many sets as we can find during our antiques buying trips to France. We recently sold a similar set to the television show, Ozark, and you can read about that delivery trip here.

This particular set of antique Henry II dining chairs is especially nice as the scale is a bit larger than most. These antique chairs are carved in walnut and they show the patina of age on the wood frames. This is the kind of finish that you cannot buy in new furniture. The dining chairs date to around 1890 so they have certainly earned their patina!

embossed leather on antique Henry II dining chairs

The original embossed leather featured was especially detailed. There are scrolls, floral elements, roaring lion faces and even dragonflies!

When we pulled up to this amazing estate right on the river, we were stunned by the absolutely beautiful location! Katrina explained she is the caretaker of her brother’s estate and the whole family lives on the compound – her children were out mowing the grass when we pulled up. There is a huge pool with a water slide and waterfall on the side of this palatial home that faces the river.

And what a stunning view indeed! It seemed like paradise to us. Katrina explained that her brother had won the lottery after much hardship in his life and he has given her free reign to decorate the estate. Luckily for us, Katrina loves heavily-carved antique furniture – our specialty.

embossed leather on antique Henry II dining chairs

We ooohed and ahhhed over several pieces in her home on the way to place these regal chairs at a wrought iron table in the middle of the great room, right off of the kitchen. They fit right in with her Renaissance style decor!

antique Henry II dining chairs in dining room

She had recently painted the wall black and it really does create quite a dramatic effect with the marble floors and ornate, hand-carved built-in bookcases and mantel. The dark leather on the antique dining chairs blends in nicely with the black leather upholstery on the sofas in the great room.

Greg and I reminded ourselves to stop and buy a lottery ticket as we drove out of the compound gates! Next stop was my hometown of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida!

As we drove away from the family living in their beautiful estate, we were delighted to know that the set of French antique Henry II dining chairs had found such a happy home.

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

Paint Color Decor Trends 2018: Bold Strong Jewels and Spice

For 2018 paint color trends, some paint companies have opted for bold and strong colors as their 2018 Color of the Year. I recently blogged about the Nautical Greens and Blues as Colors of the Year chosen by some paint companies, but there is a whole other rainbow of colors out there too! These include spicy red and jeweled purple, and even deep black.

Benjamin Moore Caliente red dining room

Nobody is expected to redecorate just to incorporate the annual Colors of the Year, but it’s good to see the new color picks and think about how they might enliven our own decor, even just in accents and details.

Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, Caliente AF-290, is a strong and radiant red that provides an injection of energy. Red is a traditional color for a dining room as it is said to stimulate appetite.

The color also gives a sense of warmth and drama to this bathroom. We can imagine Caliente working beautifully in a traditional home, but it would also look clean and strong in a contemporary interior design scheme too.

Benjamin Moore Caliente in Bathroom

Pantone has gone purple crazy with its 2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet.

Pantone Ultra Violet Color of the Year

In interiors, this expressive color can create an Old World intense cocoon mood if used on multiple walls, or it can conjure up a romantic Boho feel. In a modern interior it could look dramatic and a little bit edgy. It will certainly draw attention to itself, whether used as a wall color or as an accent in furniture or throw cushions and drapes.

Deep Onyx Color of the Year

Glidden opted for the dark charcoal grey tone called Deep Onyx as its Color of the Year.  The color looks crisp and clean in a modern setting, especially paired with white. But, as with the Ultra Violet color, we can also see it as a great choice for a traditional home that wants to evoke an Old World feel. Picture it creating a slightly Dickensian London look in a library or masculine home office!  It is a good idea to hang sizeable art or other decorative elements on the walls to punctuate the Deep Onyx color, otherwise too large an expanse of black could look heavy. The dining room above does a great job with the white plates hanging on the wall. In a traditional room you could hang gilt framed artwork.

What do you think of these bold and strong colors? Do you have colors like this in your home? We’d love to see photos!

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.