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Paris Ritz Renovates Traditional Antique French Decor

I am pleased that the Paris Ritz renovation is finally completed and the hotel is open again! Here at EuroLuxHome.com we import all our fine antique furniture from Europe (hence the name!) and although some of the furniture comes from other European countries, most is from France. Paris is close to our hearts and the Paris Ritz is an icon. The building on Place Vendôme is beautiful and it is packed with antique furniture. So let’s see how it looks now, because even if we can’t all afford to stay there, we can enjoy the beautiful antique décor.

Ritz Paris Windsor SuiteThe photo above of the Windsor Suite gives a taste of what to expect. When Swiss hotelier César Ritz bought this private palace built in the early 18th century, he planned to turn it into a luxury hotel with: “All the refinement that a prince could desire in his own home.” He did a good job of it because when the Ritz opened in 1898 the most influential people started to stay there.  The Ritz boasted a private bathroom with each guest room! In those days, this was an unheard-of amenity. Boy, how times have changed. Even a Motel 6 room has its own bathroom now!

Paris Ritz Imperial Suite

In 2012 the current owner closed the Paris Ritz in order to restore it back to its former glory. The hotel is famous for its traditional 18th-century French décor, splendid and opulent, but the antique furniture and decorative items needed some work.

Ritz Paris suiteThey had craftsmen restore the antique furniture and light fixtures, and apparently the hotel expected a lot from the artisans who did the restorations. For example, some of the antique chairs were repainted 15 times to restore them to their original authentic colors!

Marie Antoinette Room Paris RitzAntique objects and art still fill the Ritz Paris after the renovation, and some of the suites replicate the furnishings that reflect the décor styles of the famous names that once stayed at the hotel. For example, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Coco Chanel, and Marcel Proust all had their individual styles. This is the Salon Proust:

salon Proust Paris Ritz

The New York-based French architect and designer Thierry W. Despont was in charge of this precious renovation. Yikes, he had to carry a lot of responsibility. He had to keep the essence of the hotel but also allow for modern technology to be included, and hey… as a New York architect he certainly knew that they had to upgrade the air-conditioning system!

It seems that the renovations at the Paris Ritz have been very popular. It looks like they did a great job of it. If you’ve stayed at the Paris Ritz since it reopened, tell us about it on the blog or even send some photos… we’d love to see them!

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.

November Home Decor & Antiques Roundup

Thanksgiving trayWe hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you were so busy shopping, cooking and decorating for Thanksgiving that you didn’t have chance to drop by and see us on the blog, here are highlights from November so you can go back and read the stories in full. (And next year, check out our post on Easy Decor Ideas for your Traditional Thanksgiving Table. It might make life a bit simpler!)

Vintage Renaissance Table in Dining RoomMy favorite posts each month are always our client spotlights when we take a little tour of a customer’s home and see how they use the piece of furniture or decor that they bought from us. Last month was no exception as we visited Crystal B.’s Georgia kitchen to deliver a large 1950s vintage French dining table. Crystal has been hunting for the perfect table for her spacious open kitchen for 4 years and we were thrilled that this chunky Renaissance style table was the solution! See the full story and more photos of the vintage Renaissance table as well as Crystal’s lovely wrought iron pot rack packed with vintage appeal.

Kathy with her collection of Thanksgiving pilgrimsTalking of vintage appeal, we got a great response on our Facebook Page and other social media to our post about Kathy’s collection of Thanksgiving pilgrims. My mother-in-law has collected pilgrims and other Thanksgiving-themed objects for more than 30 years and her collection has grown to more than 700 pieces! We display this wonderful collection in our EuroLux Gallery window on Main Street, Newberry, SC, from October through Thanksgiving every year. People love seeing the pilgrims peeking out of our window! My Collection of Thanksgiving Pilgrims post tells you how the collection started and shows more photos.

traditional-bedroom French styleVisitors often come to stay through the holiday season so I started a series of posts about how to create a gorgeous guest room. The photos are SO inspiring and I hope that the posts help you think about how to make the guest bedroom inviting, comfortable and practical for your dear family and friends.

So far I’ve written two posts on this subject. One was about the essentials needed for a Beautiful Traditional Style Guest Room. The other focused on Stylish Seating Options for a Guest Bedroom, whether you have tons of space or a more compact nest for your visitors.

I hope that you find some useful home decor ideas or inspirational images in these recent highlights from our blog. Please come back and see us next month or sign up to receive blog posts by email. Let me know if there is a subject you would like me to write about… we love all comments and questions!

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.

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.

English Castle Hotels

If you love the romance of English history, lore and legends, you’ll be pleased to know that you can experience the romance for yourself by staying in an English castle! I blogged before about how to take a castle vacation at Château de Bagnols in the Beaujolais valley and in other French castle hotels. But today we’re hopping across the Channel to sneak a peek at the English castles that could tempt us to put on our wimples and go for a visit.

Hever Castle, Kent

Stay at Hever Castle in England

Hever Castle is famous for being the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the second of King Henry VIII’s six wives. Henry was never going to win “Husband of the Year” and poor Anne came to a very unfortunate end. But first she made her mark on history by giving birth to a little girl destined to be the future Queen Elizabeth I.
This impressive double-moated medieval castle was built in 1270. It’s thanks though to the American William Waldorf Astor that the castle is so well restored today. He gave the castle a facelift and to keep it authentic his workmen use the same materials and tools that the Tudors used!

Hever Castle Inner Hall

You can stay at Hever Castle or just visit to enjoy spaces like this amazing Inner Hall with walnut panels and columns. During the Tudor years it was the Great Kitchen, cooking up feasts for the household after their hunting parties, no doubt.

Augill Castle, Cumbria

Augill Castle CumbriaIf you’re visiting the Lake District or the Yorkshire Dales in the north of England, you’ll find Augill Castle a convenient and mighty impressive place to stay! It’s been named English B&B of the year and it offers Gothic towers and turrets, antique furnishings and 20 acres of grounds with a tree house!

Augill Castle room Queen Victoria

Built in 1841 as a country residence for a Victorian gentleman, Augill Castle has a library, its own cinema, and 15 guest rooms for travelers to stay in.

This is the Pendragon room and it is said that Queen Victoria stayed in this room on her way to her Scottish country castle of Balmoral.

In addition to that stunning four poster bed, the room has a carved oak fireplace and arched leaded windows. The bathroom boasts stained glass windows and a Victorian cast iron claw footed bath.

 

 

Amberley Castle, West Sussex

Amberley Castle

Visitors should be safe in this 900-year-old castle… it’s surrounded by a 60-foot-high castle wall and a twin-tower gatehouse with a portcullis that is closed each night! During the 14th century the castle was the Bishop of Chichester’s Summer Palace. Now it’s a hotel including a restaurant with suits of armor and a 12th century barrel-vaulted ceiling.

Amberley Castle hotel room

Bedroom decor includes antique furnishings, original fireplaces, and four poster beds – one room even has access to a tower! Peacocks roam the 12 acres of grounds with 1920’s topiary and statues, and you can play tennis, old-fashioned English croquet, or golf on the 18-hole putting green.  It’s easy to stay at Amberley Castle if you are traveling though London as it’s less than 60 miles from the city. It’s also near the seaside town of Brighton which is well known for its antique shops!

If you’ve ever stayed in an English castle – or a castle in France or anywhere at all – we’d love to hear from you!

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 February 2014: Antique and Chic Home Accents

In our February blog posts we took a peek inside some of our clients’ homes and explored antique furniture and chic home accents. This shortest month of the year has just zoomed by, but we’ve made the most of every day. We hope you have too! Let’s revisit some of our favorite February posts.

Upcycled home accent - a vintage spoon chandelierWe started the month enjoying tea in our client Barbara’s kitchen. Well, we didn’t literally go to visit her in Cambridge, MA, but when we saw the photos of her kitchen we certainly wanted to! Barbara has this beautiful teacup and spoon chandelier hanging over her Farmhouse style sink. The chandelier is just one of many hand-made upcycled light fixtures in our gallery, and they all make unique home accents. This one is crafted by an artisan using vintage silver plate spoons. It blends perfectly with the other classic elements in Barbara’s decor. You can see more photos of her lovely kitchen in our client spotlight on the vintage spoon chandelier.

antique renaissance styleFrom the kitchen to the dining room! Our client Tracy bought this oak Renaissance buffet dating to 1900 from us and shared how it looks in his home. The finely carved buffet looks wonderful against his sophisticated dark green walls. That post also gave me the chance to tell you more about the background and typical features of classic Renaissance style. See more photos and learn about antique Renaissance style furniture.

Our first European buying trip for antiques and home accents.Greg and I celebrate 10 years of EuroLux Antiques in 2014. Here I am scouting for antique furniture and home accents on our first European buying trip. We had just quit our corporate jobs and put our life savings into following our dream. We believed that regular folks like us would love hand-selected, high-quality European antique furniture as much as we did. We also had faith that they would buy it online, especially as we could offer very competitive prices compared to fancy big city galleries. We had no idea of what was ahead of us! It has been an amazing journey and you can read about our first steps in my post on 10 Years of European Antique Furniture.

Woodbridge coffee table - a classic home accentWhile most of our furniture and home accents are antique, we also choose some finely crafted, high-quality reproduction pieces to offer to our customers. This stunning Woodbridge coffee table from the Madeleine collection is a great example. The antiqued gold leaf finish and glass top looks perfect in our client Mary’s chic living room. See more of Mary’s sunny California home in our Woodbridge coffee table post.

 

Celebrity antiques: Clooney dining roomJust in time for the Oscars – are you ready for your close-up, Mr. Clooney? In our blog post on celebrity antiques lovers, we had fun talking about the Academy Awards stars who love antique furnishings in their decor just as much as the rest of us. We found that George Clooney, Sandra Bullock, and Ellen DeGeneres have more in common than just great talent. Clooney, for example, seems keen on antique Mission style lighting, as he has decorated the dining rooms in two of his homes with them.

I’ll be back in March to talk more about antique furniture and home accents. Till then, I’m stocking up on popcorn for Oscar night!

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 Customers and 10 Years of European Antique Furniture

Love is in the air in the month of February and it reminds me of how much we love and appreciate our customers who trust us to provide them with fine European antique furniture and home décor accents. Greg and I are celebrating the 10th anniversary of our EuroLux Antiques business this year. Time sure flies when you’re having the time of your life! However, we truly understand that we wouldn’t be celebrating this momentous occasion without the patronage and support of you – all of the many wonderful customers we’ve been lucky enough to meet over the past decade!

Newspaper article just after we launched our European antique furniture business

Article in our hometown newspaper The Newberry Observer just after we launched.

Ten years ago, in January 2004, we jumped out of the corporate world and decided to launch this crazy business venture. We were passionate about European antique furniture so we quit our jobs. Greg was Controller/MIS Director of a manufacturing plant and I was a Global Marketing Manager at another manufacturer.

We were willing to gamble our life’s savings on the idea that regular folks would love hand-selected, high-quality European antique furniture as much as we did, and would be willing to buy it online. My dad thought we were definitely nuts. But we felt down deep in our toes that if we didn’t try, we’d always wonder what might have been. And so we jumped off the cliff into the free fall of entrepreneurship.

Our first European antique furniture buying trip

Aimee at a market on our first European buying trip.

It took us nearly six months to get all our ducks in a row. We had to incorporate, get insurance, find and renovate a space, get a marketing plan in place, and then we flew overseas to hunt out the best European antique furniture for our inventory.

Owning your own business isn’t glamorous, as any small business owner knows. Folks that don’t work for themselves think you can set your own hours and just take off whenever you want. I always say you do have the freedom to choose which 12 – 14 hours a day you work! But I didn’t have to put on stockings, high heels, and a suit every day, and I was thankful for that, although I didn’t realize how much heavy furniture lifting would be in my future.

We sold our house in order to raise capital for the business and moved in with my in-laws, which we thought would only be for six months or so. It turned out to be nearly three years. I am so grateful to John and Kathy for keeping a roof over our heads while we passionately pursued our dream. EuroLux Antiques would not have been possible without their emotional and financial investment. Right as we were launching the business, they were retiring, so we convinced them to come work with us too. This small family business venture has truly been a labor of love!

European antique furniture - armoire

One of the first armoires that nearly made us pull our hair out in frustration trying to figure out how to build it!

Our first container of the European antique furniture we’d bought arrived in July and we were so excited. That excitement soon turned to utter frustration as we learned that all of the pieces of furniture came apart in what seemed like about a million pieces. Luckily they were all numbered as to which piece of furniture they belonged to, so we made piles of pieces and then tried to put them together. We look back and laugh now, but we had no idea how to reconstruct some of those French armoires! It seemed that no two went together in the same way. Greg and I remember staying up until the wee hours of the night wrestling with that furniture. After ten years, we probably haven’t seen it all, but we sure don’t get stumped much anymore.

Before we went online with our European antique furniture store, we started doing the antique trade show circuit during the summer of 2004. The Metrolina antique and collectibles show in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Scott’s antique market in Atlanta, Georgia, were our first shows. I’ll share stories with you from our early shows next month.

At the launch of our European antique furniture business

This photo of us appeared in that first Newberry Observer article

But in the meantime, I just want to thank each and every one of you who has helped make this “American Dream” possible. We have worked so hard and put our hearts, souls, blood, and tears into building this business. But we have always known that we couldn’t do it without you. I always try to sign each email with “Thank you for your patronage – we appreciate you!” Those aren’t just words here at EuroLux Antiques – we mean it!

We are still passionate about European antique furniture, even though we’ve expanded into Asian antique furniture and high-quality reproductions and home décor accents too. And truly, madly, deeply – we love our customers!

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.

Castle Vacation: Château de Bagnols

A few months ago I blogged about French castle hotels. These centuries-old châteaux offer a unique vacation experience and you find them all over France. As we just mentioned Beaujolais Nouveau Day, I couldn’t resist telling you about another French castle you can stay in: Château de Bagnols. Built in the 13th century, it overlooks the Beaujolais valley and it’s one of the grandest 5 star French castle hotels, with stunning interiors.

Bagnol outside

A vineyard was added to Château de Bagnols in 1820 and it’s still surrounded by vines and gorgeous formal French gardens. Over the centuries, different owners have added to Château de Bagnols, but it was in pretty poor shape until a 1987 renovation. The English Lady Hamlyn spent more than $16 million restoring it to its glory! It boasts medieval towers, a moat, original frescoes, an outdoor heated Roman swimming pool, and a 100-year old lime tree terrace.

Château de Bagnols fireplace

The rooms are furnished with original antiques, like many other French castle hotels. And as you can see from the photos, the Château de Bagnols offers luxury all the way! Not many of us have a living room with such exceptional architecture, but we can all take inspiration from the decor style. The welcoming nature of this room is enhanced by warm red upholstery and dark wood furniture. Just a lamp, vase of flowers, a decorative bowl, and a few favorite books on the table create a pleasing vignette.

Château de Bagnols bedroom

This bedroom makes great use of an arched alcove.  Imagine how cozy it would be, nestled into that bed under the crimson velvet bedspread! This is actually a former chapel dedicated to St. Hieronymus, and the wall paintings were created in the 1620s. Up-lighting adds to the atmosphere. You could recreate that intimate mood with wall sconces or Dale Tiffany torchiere lamps.

Château de Bagnols bedroom This delightful boudoir was once the command point for the 15th century drawbridge! The yellow damask hangings on the Louis XVI style bed adds to the glow of the fireplace. This bedroom is also furnished with a 19th century carved Henry II style chair, similar to some of the Henry II French Renaissance chairs in our gallery.

Château de Bagnols has 22 rooms and suites and the listed historic castle is about a 30-minute drive from Lyon. Previous guests at the castle include King Charles VIII, who stayed in 1490. The Treasurer of France lived there during the 17th Century. Madame de Sévigné, famous for her witty letters, visited in 1673. So if you take a trip to Beaujolais and stay at Château de Bagnols, you’ll be in good company!

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.

 

French Castle Hotels: Live the Legend

Do you enjoy visiting historic castles? Then why not go one step further on your next trip to France and stay in one of the many French castle hotels? These centuries-old castles offer a truly legendary experience as well as the chance to indulge your inner knight or princess! Many French castle hotels are family-run, and each one is unique. Rooms tend to be traditionally decorated with antique furniture and period details. The gardens are often gorgeous and you know the restaurant food will be fit for a king!

You can find a château to call home (at least for the night) in every French region. Castle Hotels of France is a helpful site to search, and the Bienvenue au Château organization is another great resource to find French castle hotels and other stately mansions. You don’t usually have to pay a king’s ransom. Room rates vary but are often very competitive with an ordinary hotel.

Here are some examples of French castle hotels that look pretty tempting to us…

Château des Réaux French castle hotelBuilding started at the Château des Réaux in 1435 on the site of an even older fortress in the Loire valley. It’s about 3 hours drive from Paris. The Renaissance castle is surrounded by a moat and gardens, and the five guest rooms include one with stained-glass windows. Another guest room is decked out with a hunting theme.

Château d'Esclimont is a fairytale French castle hotelChâteau d’Esclimont is a fairytale château complete with turrets, a moat, and stone bridges. Built in 1543 by Etienne de Poncher, archbishop of Tours, the castle is set in 150 lush acres, less than an hour from Paris. The Renaissance château is handily situated as it’s midway between the Palace of Versailles and Chartres cathedral. That’s assuming you can ever bear to leave the grounds!

Château d'Esclimont French castle hotel suiteThis suite at the Château d’Esclimont is beautifully decorated with a dazzling chandelier and floral drapes and bed linens.

Château d'Esclimont

If you can tear yourself away from your room to visit the hotel restaurant, you can see that the attention to period detail is just as lovely. As mentioned in our previous client spotlights on red dining rooms, red always looks inviting, It stimulates appetite and conversation too. At the hotel, the red paneled walls are richly accented by the gilt chandelier.

Chateau de Montvillargenne French castle hotelChâteau de Montvillargenne claims to be the largest French castle hotel, with 120 guest rooms. Although not as old as some châteaux, it’s pretty spectacular! Built in 1900 by Baroness Jeanne Léonino de Rothschild, the Norman-style château is set in 15 acres of parkland in Chantilly, about 20 miles north of Paris. The four star hotel rooms include the pyramid-shaped Egyptian Prestige Room, decorated with reproductions of Egyptian treasures you can see in the Louvre.

We always enjoy our buying trips to France and we know many of our customers love visiting France too. Tell us in the comments box below if you’ve ever stayed in a French castle hotel, or if it’s on your bucket list!

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!

New Container Just Arrived!

Summer has arrived with a vengeance this year in South Carolina.  It was 95 degrees earlier this week while we unloaded our new container of Antique Furniture from Europe — whew!  Greg pauses for a photo before getting to work:

It took us five hours to unload because the French Antique Furniture was so heavy — our trusty helper, Frank, swears this was the heaviest load yet.  We brought in a quite a few Antique Sideboards, some of which took four men, straining, to carry off the container!

We have so many sets of Antique Dining Chairs that there is overflow between all five chairs racks!

Racks of smalls:  Antique Enamelware, Antique Chalkware, Antique Crucifixes, Antique Blue Delft, Antique Wall Clocks, and more!

It will take time to clean, wax, and photograph all of the French Antique Furniture, so it will be awhile before you’ll see everything on the website, but feel free to stop by our Gallery if you are in South Carolina, as all of the new pieces are available for viewing in person!

Thanks for stopping by!

Best wishes,

Aimee

 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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EuroLux Antiques has Chinoserie fever!

As you may know, EuroLux Antiques has been a premier resource for exceptional European Antique Furniture and Accessories for nearly ten years. We have specialized in high-quality, ornately carved French Antique Furniture, hand-painted Majolica, unusual Vintage Lighting, Antique Clocks, and Antique Religious Treasures.

Greg and I are very excited to announce the expansion of our Antiques offerings here at EuroLux Antiques with the introduction of exceptional Antique Furniture and Accessories from China!  These amazing pieces all have the same high quality and superb craftmanship that you’ve come to expect from EuroLux Antiques.  Our first container has just arrived and we are proud to offer these beautiful, hand-crafted pieces of Chinese Antiques.

Our friends, Mike and Anita,

(Mike is also a graduate of the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business MIBS program, like us) own a business (PassageMaker China) in Shenzhen and have lived in China for more than ten years.  Mike and Anita will now be part of the EuroLux Antiques team, scouring the Chinese countryside and hand-selecting beautiful and unique Antique Chinese Furniture and Accessories.  Anita is Chinese by birth, so her native language fluency and family connections come in handy to make sure all pieces meet our EuroLux Seal of Approval.

We will specialize in Late Qing (pronounced Ching) Dynasty Chinese Antiques, which date from the end of the 19th century, just like our French Antiques.  In Europe and China, the late 1800s saw a rising merchant class that for the first time, had disposable income to spend on purchasing furniture for their homes.  They chose ornately carved and richly decorated pieces in order to convey a sense of status,  showing off their newly-found prosperity.  Late Qing Dynasty Antique Furniture is often called the people’s furniture, and is also known as Antique Chinese Country Furniture or Antique Chinese Vernacular Furniture.  This is not the furniture that would have been made for Imperial Palaces, but instead was used and cherished by the upper middle class in their homes, and was passed down from generation to generation.

Antique Chinese Country Furniture is made from softwoods that are native to China, such as elm, walnut, fir, and cypress.  Many of the pieces were originally painted with a natural tree lacquer, or with black or vibrant red lacquer, and were carved with symbols to convey meanings for the owner.  A scrolling cloud motif was quite common and conveyed good fortune.

Repeating and overlapping geometrical patterns were often used to convey a sense of unending prosperity and the concept of infinity and were frequently used for window screens, doors, and other architectural elements.

The Europeans loved Chinese Furniture and Accessories too, and the craze for the Chinese style was called Chinoserie, which was extremely popular in the middle of the 18th century.  Now you can find, and mix and match, high-quality Antique Chinese Furniture and Antique French Furniture at EuroLux Antiques.  We have Chinoserie fever!  We find the combination of Chinese Antiques with European Antiques to be very exciting and visually appealing, and we hope you will enjoy it as much as we do!

Best wishes,

Aimee

 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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