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Client Spotlight: Antique Furniture in Victorian Villa

Pella Victorian VillaWe were pretty thrilled when Stan V. in Pella, IA, bought some antique furniture from us to furnish a historical house. The Pella Victorian Villa was built in 1871 and as an Iowa historic site it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Right now this grand villa is being renovated so it is not open for tours, but thanks to the internet (which never needs renovations!) you can still see photos of the rooms in the Pella Victorian Villa online virtual tour.

This is a photo of the dining room in the Pella Victorian Villa.

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You can see the handsome antique French Hunting chairs and a large antique table that came from us at EuroLuxHome.com. Later we shipped another set of chairs and another table to the villa so we look forward to seeing how those are featured in the old house.

The house was built by John Voorhees for his family, and there is an interesting story about the bricks. They were all made in a kiln on the property with clay from local clay pits and because the mortar was the same color as the bricks the builders painted white lines on the mortar between each brick. What a painstaking task that must have been! But they did a good job of it because the bricks and the mortar are still in great condition.

Apparently the house cost about $10,000 to $13,000 to build and this was double the amount Mr. Voorhees intended to pay. Tell us about it! Houses always cost more than we expect, don’t they? (We have our own stories about our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation.)

Stan and Alma purchased the house in 2011 with the aim of preserving it and they decorated it with period pieces like the antique furniture that they bought from us.

The Pella Historical Village looks like a beautiful place to go visit, especially if you want to explore the village’s Dutch Heritage.

Pella Historical Museum Tulip TIme

Pella Historical Museum at Tulip Time

Attractions include the Scholte House Museum, built in 1848 and filled with antiques, and the Vermeer Windmill – an authentic working Dutch mill.  The annual Tulip Time tulip festival also looks like a lot of fun!

We’ll revisit the Pella Victorian Villa when the renovations are complete so we can see how our antique furniture looks in the ‘new’ old house! Meanwhile, you can see our antique furniture in another historic house in our spotlight on the Johnny Cash Boyhood home.

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.

Antique French Furniture in Classic Newberry Mansion

Today I have some photos of antique French furniture and Mechelen buffets that are a real treat to see in our customer Tamra’s classic but eclectic home. The outside of her Greco-Roman mansion in Newberry, SC, is gorgeous too! Outside of Newberry House

You may think the dining room looks a little familiar as this home used to be owned by our good customers, Roger and Peggy. S. They recently sold their elegant 1890s home, built when Newberry was a booming textile mill town at the turn of the century, to a wonderful new caretaker – Tamra!

Antique French Table Chairs dining room

Roger and Peggy left the French Country sideboard in place in the dining room because it fit so well on that wall under the stained glass windows and they didn’t have a spot large enough for it in their new home. Tamra chose a 1930s French Country Louis XV refectory table in walnut which is super-useful as it extends to 9.5 feet long – great for a dinner party! She also bought two sets of Hunting chairs dating to the 1880s in slightly different color oak finishes in order to mix things up.

French Antique Dining Room

Tamra also had her eye on an antique Hunting Buffet for the dining room. The original glass had been damaged on this handsome oak heavily carved Hunting Buffet dating to 1880, so we had replaced it with chicken wire to give a slightly rustic feel to the piece.

Antique French Hunting buffet

It works great in Tamra’s new dining room as there is an interesting juxtaposition of formality with the classic fireplace mantel, moldings, and crystal chandelier and the touch of rustic country with the less formal French Country pieces mixed with the chicken wire in the Hunting buffet.

This close-up of the antique French Hunting buffet shows more detail of the carved oak and the heraldic crest. There’s plenty of space for Tamra to store all the dishes and stemware and silver that she’ll need to feed everyone gathered around the large table!

Tamra also fell in love with another heavily carved Hunting Buffet for the hallway at the base of her stairs. Antique French Carved Hunting Buffet

Tamra has a wonderful eclectic touch and paired antique Chinese arm chairs from her husband’s travels next to the antique French buffet. The flamboyant carvings on the oak buffet portray mythical griffins, oak leaves, fruits, and birds (right down to their feathery details!) The 1880 French buffet boasts its original wavy glass doors.

Antique French Hunting Buffet

As we were delivering Tamra’s furniture, she pointed out that she was still looking for a pair of interesting pieces to go on either side of the huge front door in the front hall. I knew exactly what would fit the bill! I recommended a matched pair of narrow antique Mechelen buffets which still have their original stained glass even though they are a century old.

Antique Mechelen buffet stained glass

This shot of the stained glass shows just how intricate it is, surrounded by oak carvings. The Flemish Mechelen style was a Belgian interpretation of the French Hunting style, so I knew these pieces would work well with the other antique furniture Tamra bought from us.

Antique Mechelen Buffet

Here is one buffet in place. The stained glass catches the light beautifully as it streams through the sidelights on either side of the massive front door.
Pair of antique Mechelen buffetsAnd this is the pair of Mechelen buffets creating a magnificent entrance. The lovely dining room and the whole house is a reflection of Tamra herself – very classy yet down-to-earth and fun! Welcome to Newberry, Tamra – we’re glad you’re 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 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.

Client Spotlight: Charming Cottage Style

We met Lenore and John M. at the Antique Tobacco Barn in Asheville, NC, while we were there restocking our booth. Lenore and John recently purchased a very charming cottage in Sapphire, NC, that dates to the turn of the century and sits next to a babbling brook.

Antique French Hunting BuffetLenore fell in love with two buffets in our booth and then went on our website and found a beautiful set of chairs to match!

Lenore wanted an impressive buffet for the open dining area to fit with the rustic nature of the exposed logs in the mountain cabin.

I think the antique Hunting Buffet makes an excellent choice! The stunning carved scene of a hunter and stag on the upper cabinet makes this antique French Henry II buffet a work of art as well as a beautiful piece of furniture. The two lower cabinet doors are carved with mythical, dragon-like creatures.
Antique French Carved Henry II BuffetHere is the 8-feet-tall antique Henry II style oak buffet in Lenore’s home. Made in France in 1920, the buffet makes an eye-catching statement with practical storage and serving space. Vintage French Chairs

Peeking into the bottom of the photo you can see the vintage French Renaissance dining chairs Lenore chose.

The set of six French Renaissance dining chairs was made in about 1930. The vintage chairs are beautifully upholstered in red and cream brocade and the spiral turning on the oak legs adds another decorative detail.

Let’s take a better look at the vintage chairs together with the antique buffet in Lenore’s dining area…

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Doesn’t it look amazing? The red patterned upholstery on the antique Renaissance style chairs adds a pop of color and provides comfortable seating around the long plank-top dining table.

Vintage French Buffet Louis XVI CarvedLenore also chose a pretty Louis XVI buffet for the master bedroom. The vintage French buffet is carved with delightful ribbons, floral designs and coats of arms. The unusual vintage buffet with a rich golden patina on the aged oak was crafted in France in 1930 and nearly the entire front is carved in with beautiful detail. Lenore saw that the mirrored doors and open display shelves of this sideboard made it the perfect candidate for a subtle French translation…. she got creative and turned it into a piece of bedroom furniture!

What a magnificent and unique dresser, with so much space to tuck away your jewels and silk scarves and other favorite pieces of clothing.

Louis XVI antique sideboard bedroomThe bedroom is just off a sitting room with a large fireplace – a wonderful place to enjoy a bottle of wine! The four poster bed is also an antique that came from the personal collection of the original owner of the Grove Park Inn in Asheville. We think the feminine elements on the Louis XVI buffet in combination with the gorgeous four-poster bed combine to make a very romantic master bedroom indeed.

We love it when our customers get creative with using antique furniture in their homes.
Many thanks to Lenore and John for inviting us into your lovely home for a tour!

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.

Easter Table Decor

Hand-painted easter eggsWith Easter approaching I’ve been looking for some Easter table decor inspiration. After the long hard winter that many people have endured this year, it’s so uplifting to see traditional Easter table settings with all their color and pretty floral arrangements and even chicks and bunnies.

The design on these sweet hand-painted Easter eggs would be easy for anyone with an artistic eye to copy! They are larger wooden eggs, the ostrich size, and they are perfect to scatter across a tea table not just at Easter but for a wedding or mother’s day too.

Victorian Easter Table Decor

This Easter table setting looks very Victorian style to me. A tall glass vase (this is a hurricane vase) is filled with decorative faux eggs and then placed inside a vintage birdcage.  More eggs and chocolate bunnies are sprinkled around the table. The green table cloth and plates, as well as the large palm plant in the back, add to the ‘natural’ backdrop.

Easter flower glasses

This is another simple and fresh Easter table setting that reminds us that spring is here! This look could also work well on a bathroom shelf or window sill or on a console table in a French Country bedroom. The glass tumblers are filled with pebble-sized fake eggs and the center glass has a candle too. Four sprigs of flowers are tied to each glass with a white ribbon, and each glass is placed on a colorful saucer or glass coaster. How easy is that?

At the other extreme, here’s a lavish Easter table setting with every bell and whistle imaginable! We’ve got bunnies and eggs and butterflies and birds in nests and fancy cut crystal and decorative plates and placemats and ornate candelabra and twisting candles and big pink flowers and colored glasses and… It’s one of those brilliant designs that works because it is so over the top. If the designer had held back on a few things it could risk looking merely cluttered and fussy. But they went ALL OUT with springtime exuberance, so the table looks whimsical and feminine and fun.

Along the same lines, this glamorous Easter table in Los Angeles celebrates with bright color and bold pattern. Who can go wrong with a riot of flowers? The table setting avoids looking too messy because each bouquet is a single color, taming the wildness with a tailored look.

If you prefer a softer look, this Easter table also relies on flowers to create a charming springtime mood but everything else is kept very stripped down. A pure white table and bistro chairs are teamed with white linen napkins and humble Mason jars to create a dreamy-clean canvas so the daffodils and lilacs can star! Wispy chandeliers add to the delicate mood.

If you will have your Easter brunch or dinner outdoors, candy-colored Chinese lanterns keep the Easter feeling. They look a little like Easter eggs floating in the air and the pretty paper lanterns are usually easy to find in the Chinatown area of your town or online.

I hope that these Easter table decorations have give you some ideas! And if you are looking for an Easter gift for yourself or a loved one, check out our vintage and antique religious treasures, from holy water fonts and Madonnas to crucifixes and standing crosses.

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.

Client Spotlight: Vintage French Sheepbone Chairs

We often have wonderful sets of antique and vintage French sheepbone chairs in stock but I don’t recall ever writing a client spotlight about sheepbone chairs. That’s about the change, thanks to Veritta H. in Clovis, CA!  Veritta sent some beautiful photos of her dining room after she purchased a set of six vintage sheepbone chairs from us.

French Vintage Sheepbone chairIf you don’t know the sheepbone chair style, this photo of one of the dining chairs in Veritta’s set shows you what to look for. The sheepbone refers to the shapely legs, also called ‘os de mouton’ in French, which simply translates as bone of the sheep because it looks like a lamb’s leg. The legs are joined by curvy stretchers. The upholstered French dining chairs date to around 1950 and they are crafted in solid oak.

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The six sheepbone chairs look fantastic in Veritta’s dining room!  Veritta says that she built her home 11 years and bought the dining table 10 years ago but she has been waiting for just the right chairs. I’m glad she found them at last! Veritta tracked them down on our OneKingsLane.com shop, but you can also find our many new, vintage, and antique dining chairs on our own EuroLuxHome.com website.

Vintage French Sheepbone Chairs

Veritta says that the sideboard is an antique but the table is antique-inspired. She has done a fantastic job accessorizing her dining room and it looks like she collects wine corks from her favorite bottles! This photo shows the handsome nailhead trim on the vintage sheepbone chairs, which adds another touch of luxury and Old World elegance. The pale upholstery of the chairs highlights the rich wood tones of the table and the old oak chairs.

Vintage French Dining Chairs sheepbone style

Here’s another view of the dining room with a very powerful piece of art on the far wall.
I love that chandelier too – it’s the perfect lighting for the space.

Thanks Veritta for inviting us into your lovely dining room and for giving us the chance to talk about the sheepbone chair style. It is a classic look that works well with all kinds of decor, from traditional French Country to more eclectic design schemes – and it never goes out of style!

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.

Client Spotlight: French Country Jam Cabinet

Melinda H. found us on Ebay and fell in love with our prettily carved small French Country cabinet. When we found out she had a home in Black Mountain, just outside of Asheville, NC, we jumped at the chance to deliver in person. We love that area and we discovered that Melinda’s house is amazing.

French Country Jam CabinetThis is the antique-inspired new French Country Cabinet that Melinda chose. It is crafted in solid oak wood with an antiqued finish.

It’s really a jam cabinet or jelly cabinet of the type that was popular in early 19th century American homes.

The French Country style cabinet (item BG-177 on our site) features detailed carving including a carved basket filled with flowers and tied with ribbon. The scalloped detail and curvy little legs add to the French Country style of the jam cabinet. It’s 39 inches high, so it’s a nice size for many rooms and many purposes.

French Country Jam Cabinet in the Kitchen

The French Country cabinet found its new home at the edge of Melinda’s kitchen, just under the clock. Melinda and her husband Richard have built a very beautiful home with incredible long-range views – it is no wonder they were featured in a magazine!

Breakfast nook with French Country jam cabinet

Here’s a closer look at the French Country jam cabinet on the left. The breakfast nook enjoyed stunning views. It was hard to take good photos with so much light streaming in through the windows, but at least you get an idea. The chandelier is also the perfect accent.

Living AreaMelinda graciously indulged our fascination with home design and showed us around, even showing us the upstairs loft where she and Richard indulge their passion – playing Celtic music together.

View from Loft

What a great view from the loft! The space manages to be both cozy and panoramic.

Custom Stained Glass Window BathroomI absolutely loved the custom-made stained glass panel featured above the large soaking tub in the master bathroom.

Custom stained glass panelThe detail on the stained glass panel is exquisite, and the green colors so vibrant.

Black Mountain PorchWe’re envious of the view that Melinda and Richard’s little dog sees from the back porch. What a lucky dog!

We love the Asheville area, as regular readers know from our stories about antiquing in Asheville. We even have our own booth now at the Antique Tobacco Barn. So it was terrific to have a chance to deliver to Melinda’s house ourselves. Greg and I found Black Mountain so charming that we went back for a few days of vacation. Thanks Melinda for sharing photos of your lovely home – we hope you enjoy the French Country cabinet for many years to come!

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.

 

Best of October 2014: Inspiring Home Decor

We saw some inspiring home decor on the Letters from Eurolux blog this month. Two of my favorite October blog posts were from our series of Client Spotlights, showing furniture customers bought from us in their homes. Let’s start with those as we take a look back at some of our favorite blog posts of the month.

Cathy B. in Canyon Lake, TX, sent us lots of lovely photos of her game room renovation, in the basement of her home on the Guadalupe River. She called the pub-style bar space her  “dream game room basement” and we could see why from the photos!

Bar and Games RoomCathy went above and beyond in her renovation, even moving the outside staircase so it didn’t obstruct the view. Cathy bought a new Ambella Home vanity from us. The rustic look of the marble top and copper farmhouse sink was a perfect match for the basement bar and game room. See all the before and after photos of Cathy’s house inside and out, and her inspiring home decor in the Game Room Renovation post.

Brenda D. in Auburn, AL,  bought this charming carved oak vintage Louis XV French Country sideboard from us for her dining room.

Vintage Louis XV French Country sideboardWe found Brenda’s home decor inspiring not JUST because she bought this fine piece from us! I was interested to hear that Brenda was looking for the ideal piece of furniture to go with her Eddie Bauer dining table. She is one of our many customers with the taste and confidence to blend different styles, mixing new and antique furniture.  (More about that in my blog post: Eclectic Decor: Freedom from Matchy-Matchy Furniture.) As you’ll see from the photos of the vintage Louis XV French Country sideboard in the dining room, Brenda chose well!

Brittany Room Wedmore PlaceWedmore Place country hotel at the Williamsburg Winery in Virginia is not actually our customer, but it could be as they have rooms decorated with the same tapestries that we stock at EuroLuxHome.com. My blog post on the Tapestries at Wedmore Place Hotel tells you about this lovely 300-acre property on a historic site, and shows a few more tapestries too!

Rococo Orange DecorOur other favorite blog post this month showed some sizzling fall-inspired home decor.

Spice Up Your Space with Orange Decor showed how to create a welcoming glow with this warm color.  Ideas range from juicy orange rooms to vibrant accents walls, with hues from zesty tangerine to soft coral and warm pumpkin.

elegant halloween table settingTalking of pumpkins, our post on Elegant Halloween Decor put a focus on black and white as a grown-up way to enjoy the scariest day! No tricks, just lots of treats!

We hope you enjoy our Letters from EuroLux blog and our news and ideas about antique furniture and home decor.

If you’d like us to cover something about antiques or an antiques style or maker, or give ideas about a specific type of home decorating or interior design, let us know. Thanks for reading, and Happy Halloween!

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Client Spotlight: Vintage Louis XV French Country Sideboard

Brenda D. in Auburn, AL, found our EuroLux Home page on Houzz and purchased a very pretty vintage Louis XV French Country sideboard. She was looking for the perfect piece to go with her Eddie Bauer dining table and I think she made a great choice!

This is the vintage Louis XV French Country sideboard or server carved in golden oak and dating to about 1950.

Vintage Louis XV French Country sideboard

We chose to bring it over from France because we thought the decorative detail was so delightful. It has a carved foliage and flower motif on the doors and apron. A scallop shell tops the attractive back panel, which could also be used to display plates. The lovely little cabriole legs and ornate hardware add the finishing touches.

Vintage Louis XV sideboard  in the dining room

Here is the vintage Louis XV French Country sideboard in Brenda’s dining room. It looks charming beneath the large wall mirror. The shape and style of the mirror frame pair nicely with the carved panel designs on the sideboard. The large chandelier casts a lovely light to set this scene off to perfection. And the sideboard does indeed go with the Eddie Bauer dining table, just as Brenda wished.

Vintage Louis XV dresser

This picture from a little farther back shows the tray ceiling, which I just love! The indented ‘tray’ looks like it is octagonal and the color scheme on the painted ceiling is wonderful. It feels sophisticated, but also cozy and comfortable. The colors conjure up the atmosphere of a restaurant in France. (Not to put any pressure on your cooking, Brenda! I bet you have some great dinner gatherings in this dining room!)

Inside Vintage Louis XV server

The vintage Louis XV French Country sideboard is more than seven feet long so it is as practical as it is pleasing to the eye. The four doors and two drawers provide significant storage space for serving dishes, silverware, napkins, and all the other bits and pieces you want to keep conveniently to hand when entertaining.

If you want to browse around to find a lovely piece like this for yourself, you don’t have to be on Houzz. We have lots of other vintage and antique sideboards and buffets on our EuroLuxHome.com website .

Thanks for sending us the photos of the sideboard in your dining room, Brenda. We’re glad to know that are happy with your choice!

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Johnny Cash Boyhood Home and Royal Scottish Heritage

Antique table for Johnny Cash Boyhood HomeEver since the new Johnny Cash Boyhood Home museum in Dyess, Arkansas, bought an antique table from us, it’s been great to follow the progress of the house restoration. My first blog post about the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum described the history of the table and of the Dyess Colony. The Cash family moved there in 1935 as part of a New Deal experiment and they worked hard on the land to pay back their debt to the government.

My second blog post about the opening of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home includes a quick video tour around the inside of the restored house. You get a glimpse of our 1890 antique Mechelen table too! Johnny’s siblings Joanne Cash Yates and Tommy Cash remember having a table just like this in their childhood home. That blog post also explained how the family might have come to own such a valuable antique Mechelen table.

Antique table from EuroLuxAntiques.com in Johnny Cash Boyhood Home

Now the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home has opened, it is getting rave reviews!
“If Dad walked into the house today, he would have been overcome,” said Johnny’s eldest daughter Rosanne Cash in a Billboard.com article. She praised the fact that the house is “completely restored to a most meticulous and historic detail, because my Aunt Joanne and Uncle Tom have such great memories. They remember everything from the pots and pans, the curtains, and the linoleum on the floor.”

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King Malcolm IV of Scotland

Johnny Cash was very interested in his family history going back even further than his childhood. The country music star researched his ancestry and traced it all the way back to Scotland. The man who wrote “King of the Hill” discovered that he was related to a real king: King Malcolm IV of Scotland.

In the year 1160, Malcolm IV’s niece – who was named either Cash or Cashel – married the Earl of Fife. Johnny learned that many roads and farms in Fife still carried the Cash name, and he visited to see for himself. He even recorded a Christmas special show there in 1981. You can imagine how surprised the local Scottish people were to see legendary Johnny Cash wandering around their town along with singer Andy Williams!

Fife also had a big linoleum industry, prompting the Scottish newspaper The Daily Record to make the joke that Cash’s hit song I Walk the Line should be renamed I Walk the Lino!

You can find out how to visit the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess, Arkansas at this link. Don’t forget to admire our antique table in the family dining room!

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Client Spotlight: Dining Room French Country Cabinet

French Country furniture with a black wash finish is a popular choice for kitchens and dining rooms. We have a beautiful range of newly crafted but antique-inspired French Country furniture, and when the piece features a black wash finish it looks really authentic. The black finish gives the appearance of tradition and age, but it still allows the wood grain to shine through.

French Country Cabinet with black wash finishOur client Richard P. in Daniel Island, SC, seems to agree! He bought this new French Country cabinet with a black finish and a marquetry wood top for his dining room. The sideboard, server, or cabinet boasts raised panel doors and a scalloped edge which looks very decorative in a kitchen, dining room or hallway. It stands on French Country style feet and it is charming details like this that really give the winning edge to a nice piece of furniture.

French Country Cabinet detailThe distressed blackwash finish looks wonderful too, making the cabinet appear like a family heirloom… or at least an old friend of the family that has been enjoyed for years!

Richard thought that the classic French Country cabinet would look great in his dining room under a gorgeous abstract painting.

French Country Cabinet in Dining RoomThe black finish on the cabinet works great with the wrought iron light fixture. It pairs beautifully with the wrought iron legs of the dining table too. Richard had the dining table custom-made after he was inspired by marble-top restaurant tables he had seen in France. Joie de vivre!

French Country Cabinet Dining Room 2As you can see, the black wash finish turns the cabinet into a high-impact accent and it is utterly timeless… it’s like the perfect little black dress! The use of black in this dining room doesn’t seem heavy, because the black is lifted by the pale neutral walls and upholstery to a very elegant effect. Similarly, although that lovely marble-top table looks substantial and heavy, the pale marble keeps it fresh and graceful. I like the black trim (or is it dark gray?) surrounding the side chair next to the cabinet too. Little touches like that pull a room together.

It all makes a refined backdrop to showcase the stunning color of the painting.

If you like this look, then also see my recent post about the French Country counter stools in our client Stephanie’s kitchen, also boasting a black wash finish to beautiful effect.

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