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Guide to Regency Style Furniture

Regency style furniture is an elegant choice for today’s homes. Here’s how to recognize this popular and unique style of furniture design and see why it is so timelessly appealing.

Whether you are looking for antique furniture or newly crafted antique-inspired heirloom pieces, Greg and I hope you enjoy our guide to Regency style furniture.

The English Regency Period

The Regency period is named for the time in British history when George IV served as Prince Regent, from 1811-1820. As Prince Regent, he was the acting monarch on behalf of his mentally unwell father George III. But the term Regency style has stuck to describe a longer period than the 9 years when he was Prince Regent. It continues through the decade of George IV’s own reign from 1820 to his death in 1830, and sometimes even through to 1937 during the reign of his younger brother William.

This was at the tail end of the Georgian era, which was already a flourishing time in Britain for Georgian furniture design. During the Georgian era, furniture designers such as Thomas Chippendale,  Thomas Sheraton and George Hepplewhite rose to fame. The Regency period continued England’s reputation as an inspiring player in European art, architecture and aesthetics, including furniture design.

The Inspiration for Regency Furniture Design

George IV’s impact on architecture, fashion, and furniture design was huge. Dubbed as “the Prince of Pleasure” he had fine taste, championed the arts, and enjoyed living the good life. He influenced interior design through his own personal tastes and choices, as well as through his royal commissions such as the building of the Royal Pavilion and the remodel of Buckingham Palace.

Theodore Alexander Regency Armchair
Theodore Alexander Regency style Armchair with classic Greek key pattern and gold accents on ebonized wood

The furniture crafted during the English Regency period developed the existing Neoclassical feel of the Georgian era. The Neoclassical look drew from ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian architecture and design. In some ways it was a British interpretation of the French Empire style, with its monumental look, ornate gold ormolu mounts, and classical and military motifs. But, as the Encyclopeadia Britannica points out, Regency style showed more “purity of detail and structure” than the earlier Neoclassical style or the French Empire style.

The Look of Regency Style Furniture

Imagine a period drama adaptation of a Jane Austen novel, and you have the perfect picture of a Regency style dining room, living room or other interior.  The Jane Austen Society of North America tells us that Jane Austen’s famous Regency novel Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813. The air of elegance and refinement that we see in all her books and the movie adaptations of her novels are a great example of the arts and design that flourished during the era.   

Jonathan Charles Regency nightstands
Jonathan Charles Regency style nightstands or side tables, newly crafted for the Buckingham collection, with mahogany veneers, crossbanding, floral marquetry and a pierced brass rail.

Regency style furniture is stately and monumental, with a streamlined and symmetrical look that is not frilly or fussy. It is not covered with heavily-carved detail. The ornamentation instead comes from beautiful and exotic woods, dramatic and decorative veneers, and gilded hardware or metal accents.

Typical Regency Style Furniture Features

  • Shapes and motifs inspired by ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian architecture and design. You might see Egyptian heads, images of ancient Greek and Roman gods, and mythological beasts including the Egyptian sphinx and griffins.
  • Clean and symmetrical profiles whether masculine straight lines or classical arches and geometric shapes.
Lyre Back dining chair Regency Style
Lyre Back dining chair in the Regency Style.
  • Decorative motifs draw on classical symbols like laurel wreaths and acanthus leaves as well as lyres, which are small U-shaped harps. You will also see rosettes and masks.
  • Lion heads are a repeat motif, especially in brass or metal accents to give a touch of royal pomp to the furniture. Lion heads with rings also serve as handles on drawers.
Regency style Lion head handles
Lion head handles on a Regency Style Scarborough House sideboard
  • Dark woods create a majestic and imposing feel. Mahogany wood was especially popular with furniture makers at that time, and this strong tropical hardwood was in fashion throughout the Georgian era. The woods were left with a natural and deliciously polished finish to draw attention to the beautiful grain.
  • Exotic wood veneers add a decorative surface effect and include rosewood and zebrawood, perhaps in classic inlay and banding designs.
  • Regal gold ormolu mounts and classical and military motifs.
  • Brass was a popular choice of metal, providing that noble and monumental look and serving as accents and inlays to contrast beautifully with the dark woods.
  • The styles of chair legs include turned legs, x-shaped stretchers, saber legs and legs with classic column looks. 
  • Claw and ball feet look majestic while brass or other metal paw feet on chairs and tables also add a decorative touch.  

Antique-Inspired New Regency Style Furniture

While antique English Regency style furniture is expensive to buy, many of today’s furniture makers create exquisite pieces that pay tribute to the originals. Often these pieces are scaled down in size to suit the smaller scale of today’s homes compared to the huge rooms in the stately mansions and palaces that King George IV spent time in!

Regency-dining-table
Regency style dining table in mahogany wood with brass paw feet, extending from round to oval to seat 6.

These high-quality antique-inspired pieces by exceptional furniture makers such as Jonathon Charles, Scarborough House, and Theodore Alexander might be smaller in size, but they often use the same traditional hand-craftsmanship techniques as the ones used by the Regency furniture masters 200 years ago.

Regency Style Furniture for Today’s Homes

You can see how some of our customers have added Regency style furniture to their homes in our “customer spotlight” blog posts:

If you are shopping for Regency style furniture check out our large selection at the link. If you want the traditional appeal of Old World furniture but without excessive fussiness or heavily ornate decoration, this is a terrific choice for you. The elegant style is sure to impress with its emphasis on clean-cut lines, high-quality materials, and eternally classic silhouettes and motifs.

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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.

Client Spotlight: Reclaimed Wood Dovetail Sideboard

Mary G. found this colorful sideboard made from reclaimed wood in our Houzz store. As soon as she purchased it, she let me know the owners of her high-rise apartment in Boston were very particular regarding the deliveries. It did, in fact, turn out to be quite the saga! EuroLuxHome.com hung in there, making sure this charming sideboard was safely delivered, despite the building’s highly unusual red tape, and the fact that it was finally delivered on a Friday the 13th with a full moon to boot!

Dovetail Furniture Reclaimed Wood Sideboard

Mary was so pleased that she immediately wrote, “The sideboard was finally delivered today at noon.  It was worth waiting for!  Thank you for all your help in making my purchase happen, despite difficult circumstances.” She also included two photos of the piece in her home and I agree, it looks phenomenal!

Dovetail Furniture reclaimed wood sideboard

This sideboard is our item DT-4705 and is crafted from reclaimed wood by Dovetail Furniture so that each piece is completely unique. Dovetail specializes in classic furniture design made with great craftsmanship, and it offers innovative updates on vintage styles. The Dovetail Furniture on our website is also very competitively priced.

Dovetail sideboard reclaimed wood

Because of the reclaimed wood and craftsmanship, each piece will vary from the next so that each one is a work of art. However, it seems Mary received the perfect one to match her adorable oil painting of an elderly man and woman looking very comfortable in their home, looking out of the upper floor windows over what looks like an old American town or charming European city. I especially love noticing that the color orange of the gentleman’s sweater in the painting can be found on the sideboard – along with blues, greens, and whites to tie it all together. The hand-crafted Mexican figure holding flags from Mexico and California add a further whimsical, rustic touch – and more pops of color!

Thanks so much Mary for sharing photos so we can see where this handsome reclaimed wood Dovetail sideboard has found its forever 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.

Unique Gifts for Father’s Day

If you are looking for a unique gift for Father’s Day… we’ve got your back! Of course you want to give dad something special, something that says Thank You for everything he’s given you over the years. Choosing a thoughtful and unusual gift or something hand-crafted shows him how much he is appreciated. He’ll love knowing that you searched out something a bit different that would really suit his taste and interests. Don’t forget our always-free shipping on every item large or small, within the contiguous 48 United States!

Antique French Hunting DeskIf you want to give dad a big treat, our selection of beautiful antique French furniture offers lots of options including handsome antique desks. Every piece is unique because every piece was handmade more than a century ago in the era that prized fine craftsmanship.

For example, this antique French Hunting style desk which dates to around 1880. The oak desk boasts carved winged beasts that look like mythological griffins, with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. It’s a stunning choice for dad’s home office or library.

Golfer BookendsBut you don’t need to splash out on a big piece to find a unique gift for Father’s Day.
OK Casting is one of our vendors of newly hand-crafted pieces and the prices are very reasonable for such high-quality pieces. Every piece is also made right here in the USA, which is another thing for dad to love!

For example, the company offers an exceptional collection of handsome bookends like these golfer bookends. Other choices include dogs, horses, wild animals, birds, golfers, polo players, fishermen, and even Chief Sitting Bull!   You’ll be able to find a set of bookends to match dad’s interests and every piece is hand-cast in resin and hand-painted at the time you order it. They are crafted with incredible detail and as they are hand-painted, each one is unique.  Other OK Casting options include clocks, lamps and desk accessories.

USS Constitution Model ShipIf dad loves sailing or the nautical life, one of the most unique gifts you could give him is one of the hand-crafted model ships we stock from Old Modern Handicrafts.

These model ships are hand-built to scale using traditional techniques. It can take the craftsmen hundreds of hours to build a ship.  Some models are built to museum-quality level and some are exclusive editions with a unique serial number.

This is the model of the USS Constitution. also known as Old Ironsides. A legendary ship in the War of 1812, the frigate is now a national landmark, docked in Boston. The model is full of amazing detail… isn’t it terrific?

antiqued leather telescopeFor the man who has everything, a telescope from our selection of telescopes, binoculars, magnifying glasses and opera glasses is a gift he’ll enjoy forever.

This hand-held telescope is one of our recommendations, and it is very reasonably priced at only $119 at time of writing. The telescope is made of high quality brass, with each component crafted with the finest craftsmanship. It comes safely nestled in an antique-looking leather overlay, leather carrying strap and cap on both ends of telescope.

If dad is a wine connoisseur or an elephant lover, then this wonderful new Scarborough House brass elephant wine bottle holder will be the ideal unique gift for him. The verdigris brass elephant is sure to bring a smile to his face every time he uses it, and the cheerful elephant rests on an inclined black stone inlaid base, to keep the wine bottle at just the right angle.

The elephant is beautifully crafted with every attention to realistic detail by the brass workers at Scarborough House and the verdigris effect on the brass gives an aged effect.

Whatever you choose as a unique gift for dad, we wish you and  your family a very happy Father’s Day!

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.

Handcrafted Furniture Antiques and Unique New Artisan Pieces

Handcrafted furniture, home decor and gifts have been tipped as a leading trend in 2019, according to our friends at Houzz in their trend reports on recent furniture and gift markets. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise to us here at EuroLux Home! As far as we are concerned, handcrafted furniture with a unique story and personal touch are always on trend.

Heavily Carved antique French cabinetWe sell beautiful handcrafted furniture and home decor every day and we know how much our customers appreciate these unique pieces.

The French antique furniture that we select in Europe and ship back to Europe is especially popular, even for customers who know little about antiques. Every piece of antique furniture — meaning that it is over 100 years old — is hand-crafted and unique. Our customers might not all be experts on antiques, but they know exceptional quality and craftsmanship when they see it!

For example, this antique French cabinet or buffet with its impressive hand-carvings. The walnut buffet dates to 1900 and the whimsical figure on the top cabinet door looks like a playful jester, while the ornate carvings also include two faces gazing out to keep watch over your family celebrations! A red marble counter top adds to the appeal of this amazing heirloom piece.

Antique Brittany cabinetAntique French Brittany furniture is also known for its gorgeous hand-carved detail. Every French Brittany piece tells a human story, usually of French country folk in natural settings, as you can see in this lovely antique French Brittany cabinet that has just arrived in our store by ship from France! The carved scenes of a man and a woman on the two doors of the cabinet depict good French country folk going about their rural working life. Carved ship wheels also pay tribute to Brittany’s maritime history.

Jonathan Charles Handcrafted Sheraton Table NewOur new furniture also features hand-crafted details. We stock some marvelous furniture from modern-day artisans who replicate the craftsmanship of yesteryear.

For example, this Jonathan Charles Sheraton style Pembroke table is based on an original table from 1770 and the new table is as lovingly crafted as those old Sheraton tables were 250 years ago in England! This table has beautiful satinwood veneers and hand inlays including the radiating decorative top and the fine floral inlays on the legs.

From intricate carvings to hand-painted details to genuine hand-cut marquetry, skilled craftsmen (and women!) at Jonathan Charles Furniture use the same techniques that have traditionally been used for centuries.

Scarborough House sideboardAnother fine furniture maker that we stock is Scarborough House. This company creates beautiful antique-inspired handcrafted furniture and the high-quality pieces are crafted using using age-old techniques. Scarborough House is especially known for its veneers using the finest crotch mahogany and burls. They also make their own brass hardware. Combined with their rich finishes on the wood, this attention to detail and great craftsmanship all adds up to heirloom quality furniture. This new Scarborough House crotch mahogany and movingue sideboard with brass handles is a terrific example. The ornamental appeal is enhanced by the lovely banding and the charming hand-created marquetry fans.

Soon I’ll share some glimpses into our favorite handcrafted home decor and gifts. Meanwhile we hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of the handcrafted furniture old and new that is available to enhance your home and reflect your unique personality. Browse more options with many lovely close-up photos of handcrafted furniture details on our website at EuroLuxHome.com.

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: Mountain Cabin Coffee Table

Our gorgeous antique-inspired new Glenbrook coffee table turned out to be the perfect choice for John and Mindy’s mountain cabin in Landrum, S.C.

This is the new Glenbrook coffee table, item BG-428 in our online store. It is a four-foot-wide round coffee table in solid wood with a rustic pecan hand-planed finish.  It is also available with a darker rustic pecan finish and an antiqued black finish. Either way it is a beautifully sturdy coffee table with wonderful Old World appeal. So let’s meet John and Mindy…

Glenbrook Coffee Table

John and Mindy have recently moved to South Carolina from Texas, and they are now nestling into their new home in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Doesn’t it look like a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the beautiful natural environment and great views?

Mountain Cabin Home

John is a baseball and golf fanatic and he has been busy designing his “man nook” in the downstairs. With a handsome curved sectional in the corner, he and Mindy thought that a round coffee table with a bit of a rustic style fit the bill perfectly!  Enter the Glenbrook table, which has just the right amount of distressing to look right at home in a mountain cabin.

Mountain Cabin living room

To the right of the sofa is a smart display case with a black finish that proudly displays John’s collection of baseball and golf treasures and trophies, while a vintage black-framed photograph of a golfer adds to the ambiance. What a comfortable spot kick up your feet and peruse the newspaper, read a good book, or watch a baseball or golf game on TV on a Saturday afternoon! The Glenbrook coffee table fits right in! Supported by sturdy and attractively shaped legs, the round table features a shaped lower shelf that adds to the visual interest.

The table is perfect for anyone who has traditional Old World taste but lives a relaxed American lifestyle, and we hope that John enjoys it 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.

Client Spotlight: Hand-Painted Mantle Clock Made In America

When our customer Fredrick A. in Hartwell, GA, bought a new hand-painted mantle clock from us created by OK Casting, he didn’t just love the style of the clock, he also appreciated the fact that the clock was made in America.

American made Mantle clock camel back hand paintedThis is the new mantle clock made by OK Casting. The clock is a classic camelback design that brings a lovely sense of nostalgia to any room. These custom-made clocks, along with other OK Casting products, are hand-made and painted at the time of order. It’s a custom-made product and each one is going to be unique! The high-quality new clock has a battery-operated quartz movement and it is cast in a resin that looks fantastically authentic.

Here you can see the mantle clock on Fredrick’s mantle. It looks so warm and inviting and we love the Christmas stockings hanging above the cozy fire!  This looks like a great place to celebrate the true spirit of Christmas!

Army Veteran Fredrick said: ” The clock is absolutely beautiful. I also love the fact that the clock was made right here in America and built by Americans, I will cherish this clock for decades to come and I am super proud to display it on my mantle.”

That’s awesome! We are so delighted to hear that, Fredrick, and thank you for sending us the photo of the OK Casting clock in your wonderful home.

In addition to clocks, OK Casting offers many delightfully designed home accessories. Each hand-crafted American resin OK Casting piece is custom-made to order and they make great gifts for others or as an addition to your own home. The pieces also look far more expensive than their very reasonable price point! The collection includes candlesticks, boxes, bookends and sculptures, as well as lighting from ceiling lamps and chandeliers to table lamps, wall lamps and sconces.  You can browse the entire OK Casting collection on our website at this link. 

Merry Christmas, Fredrick, and we hope that your OK Casting Made-in-America mantle clock continues to  bring you joy 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.

Tobi Fairley for Woodbridge: Designer Furniture

Tobi Fairley For Woodbridge Furniture CompanyThe many talents of Interior designer Tobi Fairley have been recruited by Woodbridge Furniture Company to create a special collection that we know our customers will love!

Tobi Fairley is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed interior designer. She focuses on chic, classic, streamlined interior designs, and then gives them a major dose of glamor. She brings the same vision to the furniture she’s designed for Woodbridge.

(She’s perched here on a lacquered blue side table that you can find for sale on our website.)

Woodbridge Tobi Fairley Ellison Writing DeskIf you enjoy Hollywood Regency style, you will love the Tobi Fairley for Woodbridge collection. If you admire style icon Katherine Hepburn, you definitely have to check this collection out.  I’m convinced Ms. Hepburn with her tailored but bold taste would be the first to order some of these pieces! This stunning Tobi Fairley Ellison writing table or desk is a great example. If Hepburn were filming “Woman of the Year” today, this is the desk that would be used by the  the fast-talking journalist character she plays as she squabbles with Spencer Tracy!

Woodbridge Tobi Fairley Ellison Cocktail Table PinkTobi Fairley is known for her work with color and pattern, and you can see the results here in this decadently delicious cocktail table which is crafted with a sleek blush pink lacquered top that is accented by a gold leaf design. The base is an elegant gray, a classic combination of gray and pink that was popular in Art Deco days!

Woodbridge Tobi Fairley White Console TableSometimes the silhouette and superb finish does all the talking, without any need for color or pattern at all. This elegant new Woodbridge Tobi Fairley Gabrielle console table or hall table earns its allure from the white lacquered top on the solid hardwood construction, combined with those seductive cabriole legs which give a little French accent to the otherwise minimalist design.

Woodbridge Tobi Fairley Drop Leaf TableTobi Fairley’s designs have been featured in major magazines from House Beautiful to Traditional Home to Veranda, because her sense of style is so appealing to many different people. This drop leaf Tobi Fairley dining table is a case in point. The incredibly interesting dining table stands on eight multi ringed turned posts that open out when you want to extend the drop leaves. Otherwise the cherry veneered table with brass accents closes down to a fairly narrow profile. This is great if you need a smaller footprint table when you are not entertaining! Notice the carved claw feet that hold crystal-look balls… that is exactly the kind of attention to detail that elevates the Tobi Fairley for Woodbridge furniture designs to another level.

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.

Alden Parkes Furniture: Updated Classics

We were delighted when we started to carry new Alden Parkes furniture and home accessories, and our customers have been delighted with their purchases too! Alden Parkes is very clever at updating classic furniture designs for today’s homes. The craftsmanship is also very high quality including hand-carved details, using top notch materials including fine woods and solid brass hardware.

Alden Parkes Cocktail TableFor example, this gorgeous new hand-painted Alden Parkes Yin cocktail table or coffee table. It’s a perfect choice if you love Chinoiserie or have an Asian decor theme. The square cocktail table is crafted in wood with a traditional Asian style black finish. A design of bamboo and birds is hand-painted in antique gold on the top of the table. You can see how luxurious it looks and the distressing creates a sense of age.

Alden Parkes Asian Cocktail Table Hand PaintedEqually handsome but in a very different historical style, we love this this Alden Parkes Tudor chest.

Alden Parkes Tudor ChestPart of the fun of this piece is the secret drawer in the base panel! The chest is flanked by hand-turned and carved acacia barley twist corner posts, and it is inlaid with oak burl with a distressed finish.

Alden Parkes ConsoleSome Alden Parkes pieces are real showstoppers, like this Alden Parkes console. The demilune or semi-circular glass top is supported by a sculptural base that reminds us of ocean waves. The Champagne leaf finish is super-glamorous. This console is a wonderful focal point for your foyer or perhaps you’ll enjoy it in a bedroom or even a chic powder room!

Alden Parkes Dining Arm ChairAlso packed with glamour, this Alden Parkes dining chair or arm chair is just one of a wide selection of arm chairs, dining chairs, side chairs and occasional chairs.

Inspired by antique French furniture, this chair is beautifully decorative with its classic honeysuckle design. The mahogany chair is hand-carved and hand-painted, and upholstered in timeless Euro Linen fabric.

The chair is available in two color options: Burnished Silver with gold accents or a soft semi-gloss black with light green and gold hand painted accents. Either way, it’s a treat for your dining room or anywhere that you need a gorgeous arm chair.

In a completely different style, this new Alden Parkes cabinet is a stunning update on Mid-Century Modern furniture.

Alden Parkes MidCentury CabinetThe storage cabinet is designed with clever interlocking sliding doors and you can use it as a cabinet, sideboard, console, or dresser. It is finished with a luscious hand-rubbed walnut stain which gives a warm glow. Solid brass accents provide the perfect final touch.

As you can see, you can find Alden Parkes furniture and home accessories on our website to suit all tastes and decor styles!

I hope you’ll have a browse around and get in touch if you are looking for a specific kind of piece!  We love to help you, whether by phone, email or online chat at our website. There are pieces for your living room, dining room, bedroom or hallway, and a very unusual and decorative collection of Alden Parkes wall mirrors.

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: Scarborough House Custom Made Bookcases

Our customers Ken and Bettyann in Nantick, MA, sent us some great photos of the Scarborough House bookcases they bought from us.  The bookcases were custom-produced so they took some time to be made. Then came the day that the bookcases were delivered to Ken and Bettyann.

Scarborough House bookcases custom made

Here they are in place, flanking the chimney breast. Ken and Bettyann ordered this pair of Scarborough House bookcases as they were just the right dimensions to fit into the two nooks on either side of the fireplace. The fireplace mantel and screen are beautiful. What a warm and inviting space to curl up with a good book!

Scarborough House custome made bookcase

I love how Bettyann has coordinated the colors of the book jackets with her accessories!  The warm red and gold tones look wonderful and the bookcases look perfectly at home.  Scarborough House Fine Furniture makes gorgeous antique-inspired furniture for every room, using traditional furniture techniques and with lovely hand-crafted details and exquisite veneers. An Englishman founded the company and as a fine furniture maker and designer he has very high standards that can be seen in his pieces.

Scarborough House bookcase

Scarborough House furniture is often very decorative, especially in the pieces that are interpretations of European antique furniture. Hand-crafted details including intricate marquetry inlay and the classic appeal of Scarborough House furniture is perfect for a traditional home.  We love seeing these custom-made bookcases in Ken and Bettyann’s home and we are sure they will become heirloom pieces!

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 7 (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.

Model Ships by Old Modern Handicrafts : Ship Ahoy!

If you or any of the people in your life are sailors, boat lovers, historians, military collectors or lovers of the sea, you will want to know about the hand-crafted model ships we now stock from Old Modern Handicrafts.  This is the USS Constitution…. isn’t she wonderful?

USS Constitution Model ShipThese high-quality Old Modern Handicrafts model ships are hand-built to scale using traditional techniques such as the old-school plank on frame or plank on bulk head methods. It can take the craftsmen hundreds of hours to build a ship.  The Modern part of the Old Modern Handicrafts name is because, in combination with the hand-crafted methods, the company also uses the high technology of laser machines to replicate the ship details to the exact scale of the original. Some models are built to museum-quality level and some are exclusive editions with a unique serial number.

Uss Constitution Model Ship Close Up

Here’s a close up of the USS Constitution model ship, otherwise known as Old Ironsides. A legend in the War of 1812, the three-mast frigate had a hull that was 21 inches thick and Paul Revere forged the copper spikes and bolts that held the planks together. The Constitution is now a national landmark and museum, docked in Boston.

HMS Victory Model ShipThis exceptional copper-bottomed ship is the HMS Victory, Admiral Horatio Nelson’s flagship at the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar.  The three large masts are secured using advanced rigging and lines that are knotted and fastened by hand, while the hand-stitched rolled-up sails are made of fine linen.

HMS VIctory Close Up Model Ship

Here is a close up of the deck of the HMS Victory, including the metal cannons!  Every detail is complete right down to the metal anchors and lanterns, a wooden rudder, and lifeboats.

Other model ships include The Titanic, The Cutty Sark, Chinese junk boats, sailing boats, motor boats, and all kinds of other famous ships from around the world. This is the Queen Mary, a very jaunty and decorative cruise ship indeed! Queen Mary Model Ship The Queen Mary took her maiden voyage in 1936, the flagship of the Cunard Line. The thousand foot passenger ship was built to the height of luxury and set a new standard for Transatlantic travel. She may look dignified and majestic, but Queen Mary was fast! During World War II, the Germans apparently offered a huge reward to anyone who could sink the ship because she was too speedy for their submarines to keep up with her!

Viking Longboat Model ShipOther interesting model ships include this replica of the Drakkar Viking long boat, a classic boat used by the Vikings between the 7th and 10th centuries.

This 25-inch model packs a punch with its striped sail, rows of shields along both sides, wooden oars and brass nameplate. The Drakkar, or Viking Longships, had a  maximal speed of around 15 knots, and they were also known as ‘dragonships’ due to the carved dragon-shaped bow, as you can see here.

The Old Modern Handicrafts hand-crafted model ships are built with woods including rosewood, mahogany, teak and Western red cedar, and the metal fittings and details feature chrome, brass or cast metal. They are very good value for money for this very high quality. Each model ship listing on our website includes many photos of the details so you can see just how intricate and true to life the replicas are.

If you have a coastal home or enjoy a nautical interior design scheme, the model ships are also a fabulous choice as decoration, as well as a great conversation starter when you have visitors.  Find all the Old Modern Handicrafts model ships and other nautical accessories on our website. Ship ahoy!

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