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Greek Key Pattern in Furniture and Decor

The Greek Key pattern is one of the most elegant designs in home decor and furniture. The pattern is a linear design that keeps folding back on itself in a pattern of right angles. The simplicity is very harmonious. It is very popular for any style of home, and it has remained popular for thousands of years!

Photo above by Tracy Murdock Allied ASID      Photo below by Abbe Fenimore Studio Ten 25

The geometric pattern was frequently seen on ancient Greek architecture, tiles, vases and other objects – hence the name. The picture above shows the Greek Key in tiling on a contemporary bath in Los Angeles and the classic effect is lovely.

But despite the name, this motif has actually been seen in many other places, even before the ancient Greeks adopted it! It’s popped up in ancient Egypt and China as well as some older South American cultures.

People probably weren’t reading home decor blogs back in those days! So it seems that the geometric design has a natural appeal for many different people in different ages.

The original name for the Greek Key is a meander pattern, inspired by the very winding River Maeander in Turkey. It is often used as a border for tiling, ceramics, curtains, rugs, cushions and other textiles. But it can also be a filled pattern covering a complete surface. And of course it looks great on traditional architecture, like this fireplace.

There is a lot of Greek Key design and its variations in this photo: in the fireplace, the cushions, the mirror frame. Some might find it a little too much, but it shows how the geometric element can be used and combined in multiple ways. Also, the bold pattern cleverly pulls together an otherwise simple design scheme with a neutral palette.

Console Table with Greek Key pattern

The Greek Key design also looks terrific on furniture. We have several pieces of Greek Key furniture in our online store, including this terrific new Greek Key console table with a rustic pecan finish. It is also available in white and an antiqued walnut finish.

Chelsea House Console Table Gold Greek KeyVariations on the design often turn up in Hollywood Regency style interiors.  I can easily imagine this stunning Chelsea House gold leaf console table with a dimpled glass top in a Hollywood Regency design scheme. The table is quite simple, but the Greek Key accents give it a chic and refined design twist.

Greek Key Wall Sconce Currey and CompanyThe meander motif is easy to add to your home with lighting or other smaller home accessories. This terrific new Currey & Company wall sconce offers an elegant interpretation of the design. With the sleek design and antiqued brass finish, a pair would look superb in a bathroom, powder room, bedroom or hallway.

The decorative and classic Greek Key design works for both more masculine or more feminine design schemes, whether contemporary or traditional. It is often seen in black on white, but any color combinations work, as do tone on tone variations like the sconce here where the raised key gives a textural effect.

What do you think of the Greek Key pattern? Do you have it in your home? Tell us about it in the comments box!

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.

Bookshelf: French Vintage Decor

French vintage decor is always in style and it looks great in any kind of home. Whether you live in a city home or a country cottage, French vintage decor always looks comfortable and elegant and it lets you bring your own personal touch to your space. These new books are packed with inspiration to create a welcoming home with the charm of vintage French decor. And don’t forget that you can buy vintage French furniture and home accents on our website, too! Curl up with a croissant and a café au lait to get you in the mood, and enjoy!

Vintage French Style: Homes and gardens inspired by a love of France

Vintage French Style

Interior designer Carolyn Westbrook shows her love of French style and vintage charm in this new book. She takes us on a tour of ten homes with vintage French style, including a fabulous chateau, a Mid-Century Modern interpretation,  and even her own family’s Texan plantation home,

Mixing old and new is a basic element of making vintage style work successfully, and Westbrook also shows the reader how to combine and display your collections and precious items such as vintage store finds to inherited heirlooms.

French Accents: Farmhouse French Style for Today’s Home

French accents Home Style“I love all things French,” says author Anita Joyce.  “I love creating a relaxed home that is also graceful and beautiful, a place that embraces family and friends in a comfortable way while making them feel special and celebrated. I love all that goes into making a house a home. I love antiques, vintage items, rusty-crusty-chippy things, all things French, design, photography, writing, and spending time with my friends and family.”

We agree with every word! In her new book, Anita Joyce shows how to create the warm elegance of classic French style, including a tutorial for making Joyce’s own French bedspread!

French Vintage Decor: Easy and Elegant DIY Projects for Any Home

French Vintage Decor

Jamie Lundstrom gives us even more Do It Yourself projects to decorate our homes in true French vintage decor style.
The 70 clever and beautiful tutorials with lots of photos include how to make dried flower ornaments or a flower garland or display plants in a mock ‘cast iron’ planter Perhas you’d like to know how to crochet pillows packed with French appeal or make a baguette bag with a drawstring? Decoupage, drippy candes, rusted frames…. the author has many tricks to help you create your own rustic and vintage style French decor and add a little “Je ne sais quoi” to your 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 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.

 

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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EuroLux Home on Pinterest

Antiques in the homeGreg and I have had a Pinterest account for EuroLuxHome.com for a long time, but recently we have been pinning a lot more. We’ve been pintastic!   If you want to pin any of the photos in this blog post. just click on the photo to be taken directly to the original Pinterest photo.

We’ve added a lot of new Pinterest home decor and stylish living boards covering all kinds of areas including Antique and Vintage for the Home, to showcase some of the best antiques from our store but also ways to live with antique furniture.

For example, this fabulous image of stylish heiress Ann Getty’s home in San Francisco. This emerald green room is packed with antique furniture and treasures, as featured in HarpersBazaar.com

Scarborough House Hall TreeWe also highlight some of our favorite new furniture, for example, this superb new Scarborough House Hall Tree or Coat Rack available in our online store, crafted in fine myrtle burl with lovely decorative carving, handsome brass accents and a large mirror.

Some of our boards are dedicated to specific spaces in the home. We have boards on beautiful bedrooms, stunning bathrooms, impressive and inviting hallways and entryways, vintage kitchens, home bars, and traditional offices.

We also have boards full of fabulous images of specific styles of antique furniture and the most popular home decor styles.

Country Farmhouse furniture and decorFor example, Rococo furniture and decor, antique French Brittany furniture, antique French Hunting style, Louis XV furniture and decor, VIctorian Style, Art Deco, and Mid-Century Modern.

Whatever your taste, you will find a style board to follow! This is an image from the Country Farmhouse Furniture board, which makes us all want to sit down at that charming table and share a glass of French wine!

We hope that if you are Pinterest you will not only follow us but leave a message on one of our images to tell us you are a customer or blog reader…. then we can make sure we follow you back!

Yellow RoomOther boards include design ideas that we love, and simply delicious food, drink and recipes. Some boards are dedicated to color schemes, for example red rooms and interiors, blue decor, and yellow rooms.

This buttery yellow formal living room works really well with the darker antique and paintings and the screen in the corner, and the paint color is Benjamin Moore HC-4 Hawthorne, if you would like to know!

We are keen gardeners, so we also have a board on beautiful gardens. This board shows some of our garden photos but mainly it is of gorgeous gardens around the world, and also great ideas for landscaping and making the garden even lovelier! This wheelbarrow planter makes me look forward to summer!

WHeelbarrow planterOf course we have a travel board too, which especially focuses on Europe because we travel so much in Europe to buy antiques to ship back to the USA!

FranceAnd yes, you know we have to have a “we love pets!” board, to show off our own furry brood of cats and dogs but also to share other pinners’ photos of cute pets. Here’s our Lenny, helping out with the laundry!Lenny CatWe hope you will follow EuroLuxHome.com on Pinterest – we look forward to seeing you there and pinning up a storm!

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.

 

 

 

 

Transitional Style Decor: The Best of Both Worlds

One of the most popular and versatile interior decor styles, the Transitional style is elegant and harmonious, drawing on the best of both traditional decor and contemporary looks. This school of design offers both the warmth and classic appeal of traditional homes, but updates the look with contemporary clean lines.

Alden Parkes Transitional Dining ChairStreamlined silhouettes and gentle curves create a sophisticated atmosphere that strikes a nice balance between casual and formal, masculine and feminine.

Furniture such as chairs, tables and sideboards will feel familiar and comfortable in that they draw on traditional furniture, but the profile, finishes and upholstery will be pared down to give that contemporary edge.

The furniture will create interest through the use of high-quality materials and crisp and strong design, like this Alden Parkes dining chair in our online store and the San Maria gray Transitional console below.

San Maria Console Transitional
There are no fancy curlicues and frilly or ornate carvings and embellishments in the Transitional style!

The color palette tends to be neutral, including cream, taupes and browns, gray, and grayed out greens and blues. Monochromatic color schemes are tonally layered to create interest without visual clutter.

Jonathan Charles Wine TableThe understated effect might be given a hint of color with a few artworks or accessories, such as a bold jewel color or a tangy citrus tone or a pretty pastel on a throw pillow, lamps, or vase. But this is kept to the minimum rather than having many pops of color punctuating the space.

This bold red Jonathan Charles wine table is a perfect example of Transitional style.

Furniture Classics Bar StoolTextiles and upholstery are usually a solid color or very subtle design, rather than a big or fussy pattern. The design interest comes from textures!

Fabrics for upholstery and soft furnishings often combine textures including natural fabrics, slubbed linens and coarse weaves, and the mixture of matte and shiny surfaces. In this way, though the neutral colors might be the same, the effect is layered. This creates a lot of depth and an inviting mood.

This Furniture Classics bar stool with a chocolate brown weave is a perfect example of the textured neutral look.

Displays of ornaments and artwork treasures are usually fairly restrained, with a well-edited display of a few pieces that serve as focal points, rather than the more traditional approach of displaying a lot of pieces across many surfaces.

Strong, simple and serene are the watchwords for this light and easy Transitional decor style. We have many beautiful pieces of high-quality Transitional style furniture and home accessories in our online store, so browse around and get inspired!

Do you like Transitional style? Leave a comment in the comment box and tell us about your Transitional style decor!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 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.

 

 

Bookshelf: A Touch of Farmhouse Charm

The rustic and comfortable Farmhouse style of decorating is always popular because it is so easy to live with and it looks beautiful.  The emphasis is on natural materials, craftsmanship, a sense of harmony and space, and also vintage pieces and antique furniture that looks naturally well-worn and loved. These recently published books provide inspiration for decorating your home in this style, whether you like the traditional Farmhouse style or a more updated version.

A Touch of Farmhouse Charm

A touch of Farmhouse CharmA Touch of Farmhouse Charm: Easy DIY Projects to Add a Warm and Rustic Feel to Any Room might make your fingers itch to get decorating! The book is written by Liz Fourez and she takes readers on a tour through her restored 1940s rustic farm style house, showing how to make various handmade decorations. For example, a simple greenery wreath, a monogrammed door mat and a gingham check painted accent wall.

The aim of the book is to cultivate a connection between family, home and nature and “bring the warmth and beauty of simpler times to your modern life naturally.” I feel more serene already!

Modern Farmhouse Style

Modern Farmhouse StyleThe subtitle of this book published by Country Home is:  250+ Ways to Harmonize Rustic Charm with Contemporary Living. That gives plenty of choice of wonderful decor ideas, organizational tips, and DIY projects.

The book has suggestions for every room in the house as well as outdoor spaces, so readers can learn to  “countrify” any area of the home to make it look “charming yet refined, homey yet chic.”

The ideas show how to add the personal touch in ways that are easy and accessible for everyone.

City Farmhouse Style

City Farmhouse StyleThis glossy book by Kim Leggett shows how even urban dwellers can catch a little of that fabulous Farmhouse style. Leggett is a designer for celebrity clients including Meg Ryan, Ralph Lauren and Sheryl Crow. She seems to have plenty of experience showing readers how to transform their city homes with unfussy Farmhouse style that keeps the spirit of the look while adapting it to an urban setting.

The book includes Farmhouse paints, wallpapers and textiles as well as general decorating and styling tips. I love Leggett’s statement that: “Designing your home is a lot like falling in love.”  That is so true!

I hope you enjoy the inspiration from these books and if you want to shop for some Farmhouse style, here are some Farmhouse pieces on our EuroLuxHome.com website!

 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.

Bookshelf: French Country Home Decor

I recently wrote a blog about French Country Farmhouse furniture and decor because it is one of the most popular styles in our EuroLuxHome.com online furniture and home accessories store. French Country look is a timeless style that looks charming and is comfortable and easy to live with. These new books will give you more ideas for decorating your home in this style!

Perfect French Country: Inspirational interiors from rural France

Perfect French Country InteriorsShowing how to live the good life wherever you are, author Ros Byam Shaw visits rural French country homes to share their inspiration.

A peek inside these private residencies reveals the details that create the comfort and joie de vivre of Frech life, whether we’re looking at traditional architecture like stone fireplaces or simple decor details like a row of gourds and earthenware jugs decorating the top of an old wooden kitchen buffet.

 

My French Country Home: Entertaining Through the Seasons

My French Country HomeSharon Santoni lives in a countryside home in Normandy, France, and her new book focuses on ways to entertain in true French style. Of course, the French make entertaining look so easy, and this book tries to help the rest of us capture that same spirit. The book combines personal stories of her life in France with photos of table arrangements and room or outdoor settings. There are some recipes too!

The book is arranged by season with sections including A Table in the Forest, Picnic by the River, Breakfast on the Terrace, Fireside Cooking and many more. Santoni actually grew up in England but she seems to have gone native over her years in France! I mentioned her book My Stylish French Girlfriends in a previous blog post on French Country Style and Decor.

Country Living Salvage Style: Decorate with Vintage Finds

Country Living Salvage StyleMy third pick is published by the team at Country Living magazine. It is not specifically about French Country style, but the approach is definitely in keeping with the French Country idea of mixing old and new and repurposing simple everyday items. One of the key aspects of French Country style is that furniture and accessories look like they have been collected over the years, and every piece has a story.

The book is written by Leslie Linsley and she gives lots of inspiring ideas about how to decorate with salvaged and vintage items such as old windows, mailroom filing cabinets, wicker furniture, buckets and bathtubs to create very personal rooms filled with character.

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.

Eglomise Glass Furniture and Home Decor

Antiqued Mirror Gold EglomiseWe have added more églomisé glass furniture and decor to our online EuroLuxHome.com gallery recently. This is a very special technique that takes a lot of expertise for craftsmen and women to achieve. The results are breathtakingly beautiful!

The verre églomisé technique sometimes gives an aged or antiqued look to glass or a mirror, and sometimes it gives a very pretty and decorative effect.

Verre églomisé is a French phrase, and the term means that the glass (verre in French) has a design or gilding applied on the rear of the glass to create a mirror finish.

This antiqued gilt and eglomise wall mirror in our store is a good example.

You can see how the églomisé effect applied to the back of the glass makes the wall mirror look naturally aged.

Another way of applying the églomisé technique is in a very decorative piece, like this superb new John-Richard églomisé credenza.

Eglomise CredenzaThe John-Richard credenza is extraordinary with its antiqued gold and abstract pattern. We reckon that this piece would work in so many interior design styles. It is perfect for a glamorous Art Deco interior, and it will also pack a punch in a Mid-Century Modern, Modern or Contemporary home. The artisans at John-Richard have really outdone themselves.

Eglomise screenThis is also a John-Richard piece. The John-Richard églomisé floor screen is less overtly ornate in the design of the glass than the credenza above, but it shows how an églomisé finish can turn a simple piece of glass into a fairyland! It also turns it semi-opaque, which is very useful if you are the person getting dressed behind the screen!

Scarborough House Eglomise Center TableThe gold leaf églomisé table top on this incredible Scarborough House center table almost plays second fiddle to the ornately hand-carved base. But not quite!

The beautiful gold leaf églomisé top is the perfect complement to the hand-carved wood. A plain glass top here might look as if something was a little out of balance… the heavily carved table needs a top that can stand up to it! The decorative reverse painted gold leaf glass top does exactly that.  If you want to create a handsome focal point for your foyer, living room or great room, this table has you covered!

There is something quite magical about églomisé glass furniture and decor that simply takes my breath away. It has a delicate and slightly mysterious quality. I hope that you feel the same way after our little tour! To see all the églomisé glass furniture and decor on our website, just click the link and extend your tour of wonderland.

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: Chelsea House Lisa Kahn Mirror

Our customer Barbara ordered this beautiful Chelsea House Lisa Kahn collection mirror for her bathroom. I think the antiqued glass looks wonderful in her bathroom in Riverwoods, IL.  It really ties in with the marble counters and pretty nickel sconces.

Chelsea House Lisa Kahn mirrorThe iron arched fretworkwall mirror that Barbara chose is from the Chelsea House Lisa Kahn collection and it has an antique gold leaf finish. The mirror is more than 4 feet high and it also comes with an antiqued silver leaf finish.  It brings a sense of elegant grandeur to the room and it pairs perfectly with Barbara’s light fixtures.

Lisa Kahn Chelsea House chandelier Chelsea House is the decorative home accessories label of Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture and the company introduced the Lisa Kahn Collection a few years ago.

Kahn is a renowned interior designer in Naples, Florida, and the head of the Kahn Design Group. She has a fresh and feminine take on traditional, classic and serene interiors and now her signature look is available to everyone, even if we can’t afford Lisa Kahn to design our entire home!

This lovely Lisa Kahn for Chelsea House chandelier  with a sleek nickel finish and delicate lines gives you a sense of her graceful design aesthetic.

Tracery is a popular theme in the Lisa Kahn collection as you can see in this Gothic tracery cocktail table.

Lisa Kahn Chelsea House tracery cocktail table

The cocktail table would match beautifully with the Lisa Kahn tracery mirror below.

Lisa Kahn Chelse House tracery metal mirrorThe metal Lisa Kahn wall mirror features a glowing gold leaf finish. As it is five feet high, it becomes a decorative focal point any room, as well as being a practical mirror.  Again, the mirror is available with a silver leaf finish. You can see our entire Chelsea House Lisa Kahn collection at this link.

I think Barbara chose the perfect mirror for her bathroom. The traditional luxury and understated glamour of her elegant mirror works terrifically with her decor! Thanks for the photo Barbara, we hope you enjoy the Lisa Kahn mirror for many years!

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.

Bookshelf: Elements of Style

These three new interior design books look so gorgeous and lavish and stylish, they are sure to provide home decor inspiration!

The Four Elements of Design: Interiors Inspired By Earth, Water, Air and Fire

the-four-elements-of-design-featured-imageInterior designer Vicente Wolf has very classic taste and in this book he turns to the classic elements of earth, water, air, and fire as a basis for home decor.

For example, Earth inspires interiors featuring natural materials such as wood and stone. Fire revels in dramatic reds and Air creates a light and open atmosphere. I’m guessing the image on the front cover is Air, don’t you think? Lots of luminous white and shiny surfaces, accents of transparency and reflection. I don’t know how we’d keep this room so pristine bearing in mind our brood of 8 cats and dogs, but it sure is pretty to look at!

Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style

Beautiful All-American DecoratingInterior designer Mark D. Sikes celebrates American style in all its classic and eclectic glory. Sikes offers suggestions for all kind of looks, from bright and breezy “Blue and White Forever” casual spaces to “Timeless Neutrals” — semiformal rooms adorned with French chairs, chinoiserie, gilt, glass, mirrors, and banquettes.  It really is America the Beautiful!

Film director Nancy Meyers wrote the book’s foreword, saying that Sikes shows “how classic can look fresh, how style and comfort go hand-in-hand.” That’s what we like!

 

Around That Time: Horst at Home in Vogue

Around that TimeThis book looks so incredibly glamorous, and it’s not surprising. Horst P. Horst was a top fashion photographer for Vogue and when he turned his lens on some of the world’s most stunning homes, his chic-o-meter was just as strong! From the 1960s through the 1980s,  he created opulent images of the homes of the world’s movers and shakers. Essays by Valentine Lawford give further insight into the houses and the people who lived in them.

Horst is famous for saying: “Fashion is an expression of the times. Elegance is something else again.” Perfect and timeless!

I feel like I ought to be wearing a cocktail hat and a designer outfit just to open the cover of Horst’s book. But shh… it will be a lovely guilty pleasure to read it curled up on the sofa in  my Elvis pajamas!

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.