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Living with Antiques and Heirlooms

Past Present Living with AntiquesWe love living with antiques and heirlooms and vintage decor, and our customers who buy antique furniture in our online store also enjoy collecting and displaying these unique pieces.

This is why we were delighted when we found this book called Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques. Author Susan Sully’s book shows how to blend heirlooms and antiques into contemporary homes in a beautiful way that is easy to live with.

As Sully says: “Antiques add the touch of time and the human hand. Every dented baby cup, mended tablecloth, perfectly or imperfectly preserved piece of silver or porcelain tells a story that began long ago and hasn’t ended yet. There are no rules about living with them, except to take what’s old and keep it young by making it part of daily life.”

Dining room with antiques

Every piece of antique furniture that we find in Europe and ship back to the USA certainly has a story behind it, and it is a joy to see these gorgeous hand-crafted antiques start a new chapter of their story in our customers’ homes.  You can see for yourself how good they look in our mini tours of customer homes in our series of Customer Spotlights.

sitting room with antiques

Sully’s book shows examples of 20 houses to illustrate how the past can meet the present in her guide to incorporating antiques and heirlooms into every kind of interior design scheme, including more contemporary looks. In the photo above, beautiful antique furniture like the painted Florentine chest are mixed with a contemporary leather sofa, a 20th century Lucite table and an exotic zebra rug! One of the key tricks in living with antiques today is to be brave about mixing and matching objects from different eras and in different styles. As we can see,  the eclectic mix works perfectly!

Kitchen table living with antiques

Sully’s book also shows how to pull together traditionally-inspired interiors that aren’t fussy or stiff, For example, this kitchen looks so welcoming and cozy for a family gathering. Although there are many antique and vintage pieces here, the bolt of teal blue color gives a firmly contemporary touch. Another of Sully’s tricks is to change finishes and upholstery to give them new life, or to combine objects in unusual juxtapositions.

Formal dining room living with antiques

Sully also takes it upon herself to show how to set inviting tables, like this formal dining room with antique furniture which features a clever display of artichokes in classic European style. She also gives hints on how to display collections creatively. The 20 houses featured in the book range from a converted 1915 fire station in Alabama, to a Greek Revival mansion in New Orleans. What a terrific celebration of living with antique furniture and 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 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 House Style

Who doesn’t wish they could live in a French Country house? If we can’t actually move to France to live in the beautiful rolling countryside, then we can at least recreate this timeless and charming style in our home decor. The French Country look is elegant but still comfortable, welcoming and easy to live with. These recently published books explore what gives your home the French Country look and summon up the easy-going Country House style.

French Country Cottage

French Country CottageAuthor Courtney Allison shows the story of how she renovated her 1940’s cottage in California with a romantic interpretation of French Country style.  The rural cottage had been abandoned before Allison brought her magic touch to it, filling it with a combination of rustic and refined element to evoke the feeling of a French Country home.

Allison includes antique furniture in her home… of course! Antiques and vintage pieces are important to this look to give the romantic aged effect of heirlooms and things collected over the years. Other key elements include a muted color palette and fixtures such as vintage door knobs. Allison also believes that every room should have a beautiful chandelier! We agree with you, Allison!

French Country: Collected & Timeless Charm

French Country Collected and Timeless CharmMore than 100 photographs of genuine French homes are sure to inspire readers with plenty of ways to add the French Country look to their own homes.

The dreamy color palettes, antique furniture, vintage styling and gorgeous details add up to a wonderful sense of visual delight and relaxed living,  As well as interiors, the book explores the open-air lifestyle in French gardens too.

Nora Murphy’s Country House Style: Making your Home a Country House

Country House StyleAlthough Murphy’s book doesn’t focus solely on French Country style, she does show readers the universal elements of the comforting and laid-back country living look. These translate to any country house influenced interior.  Murphy shows how she has used the style in her own home as well as in other homes, from the city to the village, from the sea to the woods and the mountains.

Sometimes it is the little things that make all the big difference in a room. Murphy’s book is packed with inspiration for a relaxed and refined countrified space.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

Bookshelf: Living With Antiques

In every one of our client spotlights you can see how beautifully our customers live with antiques or antique-inspired furniture. These three new home design books offer more inspiration on how to live with antiques in a modern world!

Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques

Past Present Living with Antiques“Antiques add the touch of time and the human hand,” says author Susan Sully. Her new book shows how every antique piece, “tells a story that began long ago and hasn’t ended yet. There are no rules about living with them, except to take what’s old and keep it young by making it part of daily life.”  That’s exactly what we think!

Sully’s book shows how to blend heirlooms and antiques into contemporary homes. Photographs include rooms decorated by collectors, antiques dealers and design professionals to create lively settings for today’s lifestyle.

Rooms for Living: A Style for Today with Things from the Past

Rooms for LivingThe book title says it all! Interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein shows how well she can translate traditional style into something fresh, whether for casual or format interiors.

The examples she shows include how to turn a neglected living room turned into a space for reading and writing and how to use color to dress up an entryway. If you love the look of timeless elegance but want to keep a relaxed and inviting atmosphere for your real-life family to enjoy, Rooms for Living is worth a browse!

 

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Ellen HomeEllen DeGeneres says that she is passionate about interior design. She might even have been a designer herself if she hadn’t made such a wonderful career for herself in show business.

She has renovated and decorated nearly a dozen homes and she’s a big fan of antique furniture.

All of Ellen’s houses that I’ve read about include antique furniture, from antique French furniture to exotic antique rugs and carpets and from Spanish colonial benches to Rococo Bergere armchairs.
She also seems keen on using antique architectural elements in her home decor. It all creates a Ellen Home bookwonderfully eclectic effect, combining Mid-Century Modern and Louis XVI, traditional French and colorful Asian pieces.

Ellen’s wit and character shines through in the way she juxtaposes pieces that she loves. She really does have a good design eye and is a great ambassador to show how to live with antiques.

I hope you find some inspiration for how to live with antiques in your own particular style!

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

Bookshelf: Past Perfect Antiques and Stylish Details

These three new interior decor books have beautiful covers that make me want to step right into the rooms they portray! They focus on antiques as an essential part of the personality of a home, as well as examining the important details that add the finishing touches.

Past Perfect

Past Parfect Antiques Book Written by a designer and antiquarian in partnership with an editor at Architectural Digest magazine, this hunky new book has a strong emphasis on Old World style.

The featured homes evoke past eras with rooms designed with more than a dash of European personality. They are decorated with antiques (of course!) and they also show how easy it is to live with antique furniture and decorative items,  creating a unique space that reflects your personality. The cover shot is so inviting – I love the way the art is arranged around the large mirror on the wall!

It’s the Little Things

It's the Little Things Home Decor bookThe subtitle of this stunning book is: Creating Big Moments in Your Home Through The Stylish Small Stuff. Don’t we all want that? This decorating book offers inspiration from designers including Alessandra Branca, Bunny Williams and India Hicks, showing how small touches in a room can create a stylish vignette that reflects your individuality and interests. Some of the photographs in the book are of full rooms, others give examples of how designers and homeowners arrange their art, objects, and beloved possessions. The author intends to help readers “to slow down and pay attention to the details that can add richness and personality to any interior.” I second that!

Patina Farm

Farmhouse and antiques decor bookAlthough the Californian farm home featured in this unusual book is newly built, the style signature is all about antiques and traditional looks. The authors are an architect and an interior decorator. When the couple decided to leave their suburban home to start life afresh on a farm, they first traveled through France and Belgium in search of ideas and antiques. More than 200 photographs and architectural drawings show the inspirations for the house and the process of pulling it all together from the building materials to the decorative details. I’m guessing that if you love Farmhouse style and French antiques, you’ll enjoy taking a tour around Patina Farm!

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.

Bookshelf: French Country Style and Decor

These new books about vintage French Country style look like great gifts for the holidays! Or treat yourself and your home to a touch of French style… I recommend indulging in a croissant dipped in café au lait while reading these books. It will help you get in the mood, right?

Charles Faudree Country French Legacy

Charles Faudree French Country LegacyCharles Faudree was a wonderful American interior designer based in Tulsa. Just like us he loved everything French – from the landscapes to the architecture and (of course) the stylish decor. Faudree died in 2013 but this book celebrates his legacy as a champion of French Country decor.

Author and photographer Jennifer Jordan shows us a selection of Charles Faudree’s decorating projects – kind of a ‘best of French Country by Faudree’ compilation! Clients also tell stories about working with him. What a wonderful tribute and great inspiration for all of us who love French Country style in our homes!

New Vintage French Interiors

Vintage French Interiors Get tips on how to create French Country style interiors in eclectic and interesting ways by combining vintage and antique French furniture with new and modern pieces. Decor ideas include displays of antique gardening tools across a wall, and other unique touches that lend a home tons of character and charm. The houses in the book connect to their natural environment by featuring earthy tones and natural materials like stone and wood. Author Sébastien Siraudeau has written several other books including Vintage French Interiors and French Country Style at Home, Here he takes us on a fresh new French Country trip!

My Stylish French Girlfriends

My Stylish French GirlfriendsHere’s a glimpse inside a world that I bet many of us would like to try… even if just for a week or two! The author Sharon Santoni-Smith writes the blog My French Country Home about her life in Normandy, France. (Sharon is from England but she moved to France after she married a French man.) In this new book she writes not only about life in rural France but also about the chic tastes of her French girlfriends. She introduces us to 20 French women and takes us into their homes all over the French countryside, from grand chateaux to enchanting French country cottages. The coffee table book with beautiful photos shows how her friends dress, decorate and entertain in true French style.

After all that delightful French Country decor, you can indulge in even more if like. Just check out our own blog posts on French Country style or browse the French Country furniture and decor in our gallery!

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.

Bookshelf: The Nautical Home

I’ve blogged recently about Beach Style Decor and Beach Style Textures and Home Accessories so I thought it might be fun to see what new books have been published this summer to add to the nautical decor inspirations!

The Nautical Home

The-Nautical-HomeThat’s the perfect title, although the subtitle might be even better: Coastline-Inspired Ideas to Decorate with Seaside Spirit.

The book is written by Anna Örnberg, the author of many interior decorating books and a keen flea market shopper. Readers who own a coastal home will obviously be interested, but the book is also intended for those who live in a city or a land-locked town, while dreaming of the salt air and laid-back lifestyle of the beach. Anna writes about color schemes, materials, and the finishing touches to capture a life on the ocean wave!

My Cool Houseboat: An Inspirational Guide to Stylish Houseboats

Cool Houseboat decorIf you are lucky enough to own a houseboat so you literally live or vacation on the water, here’s the newly-published book for you!

As well as giving tips on how to live stylishly and practically in a small space on a boat, the book offers a tour of houseboats on waterways from as far afield as California, New York City, London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin.  The author Jane Field-Lewis is a film and photography stylist who has also written books about cool caravans and sheds. I wonder what compact outdoor spaces she’ll write about next?

Beach House Happy: The Joy of Living By the Water

Beach House Happy decorBeach House Happy is written by Antonia van der Meer, the editor in chief of Coastal Living magazine, so she should know what she’s talking about! Antonia sails us around the world to look at the homes of people who are happy to live by the water and who know how to decorate their coastal nests to make every day feel like a vacation. This coffee table book offers 224 pages of sunny inspiration from Florida, Georgia, Cape Cod, California, Mexico, South Africa and many other coastal gems.

Now I think I’m ready for a piña colada and a hammock!

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.