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Bookshelf: French Style at Home

I’ve got French style on my mind because our latest container full of antique furniture just left Europe to travel to the USA! It’s due to arrive around Thanksgiving so we’ll have a lot of new inventory of French antiques and vintage home decor soon in our online gallery at EuroLuxHome.com.  I’m so looking forward to the arrival of the pieces we are bringing across the Atlantic for you, I’ve found some new books that are all about French style at home.

Private Houses of France

Books on French style at homeIf you’re in the mood for some serious opulence, take a tour of the grand homes in Private Houses of France: Living with History. The houses and castles featured in the book all illustrate important periods in the history of French decor. The fashion designer Givenchy’s Parisian townhouse is designed in the style of Napoleon III. The fabulous Château de Champchevrier pulls out the stops with the regal French Hunting style. Our customers who love Renaissance style will enjoy the allure of Château d’Anet, where King Henry II and Diane de Poitiers had their romantic trysts. Other readers will be swept away by the beauty of a Parisian manor house… sigh!

At Home with Madame Chic

Living with French Style at HomeThis lively book is written by Jennifer Scott, a Californian who first went to Paris as a foreign exchange student, then returned to live in Paris with her family years later. (This is a bit like my own story of falling in love with Europe, except I first went on a Study Abroad program to Florence, Italy, and then 11 years later launched a European Antiques import business with Greg!)

At Home with Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life talks about the effortless style and small comfortable details that make home a wonderful place to be every day.

Home Style by City

Home Style by City: French style at homeThe full title of this book is quite a mouthful. It’s: Home Style by City: Ideas and Inspiration from Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, and Copenhagen. So it’s not JUST about French style, but it does include an evocative section on what author Ida Magntorn describes as the “nonchalant elegance” of Paris. She takes readers into the homes of her vintage-loving friends in Paris to share their home decor tips. This book has a philosophy that, “Decorating is about telling a story in order to create ambience.”  The French style story is of course chic, romantic, and artfully spontaneous. It’s gently imperfect and tousled, making it look as though nobody has tried hard at all. (A casual French shrug of the shoulders!)

I hope you enjoy reading and taking some French style inspiration. If you have a tip on how to create French style at home, please do tell us in the comments!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Bookshelf: European Designer Decor

This month I’m stepping into the fantasy world of European designer decor for our round-up of interesting books. These books all look inside the homes of European designers and even when the style is not exactly to my taste, I can’t help but admire the joie de vivre!

Valentino at the Emperor’s Table

Valentino at the Emperor's TableValentino is best known as a fashion designer, designing glamorous clothes for some of the most famous women in the world. But the Italian designer’s new book goes behind the doors of Valentino’s own home… or should I say HOMES! He has five of them, in Rome, Paris, London, Gstaad, and New York. He also has a yacht. He entertains lavishly in all those places and the book looks at his dining rooms and table settings. It also includes recipes by his personal chefs. For example, Lime-Basil Cream Puffs with Raspberries. (Yum!)

The book isn’t out till October 1, but I bet it will be a big hit for holiday gifts among the fashionistas. As Valentino says in the introduction: “I am in love with beauty.” This photo from the book gives a colorful idea of what he means.

Valentino At the Emporer's Table
Robert Couturier: Designing Paradises

Robert Couturier Designing ParadisesFrench interior designer Robert Couturier likes mixing up Old World elegance with other influences. For example, he might bring together an antique French Louis XVI commode with a 1960s vintage lamp. He’s a man after my own heart!  The Paris-born designer opened his New York firm nearly 30 years ago and in the book he gives us a tour of his country retreat in Kent, Connecticut. As well as his own designer decor filled with European furniture and art, he also shows us some of his luxury projects for clients. Designing Paradises is a good title because Robert Couturier designed the tropical Mexican hideaway Cuixmala for tycoon Sir James Goldsmith. The lush 25,000 acre private estate is now a fancy eco-resort with guests including Tom Cruise and Madonna. It really does look like a romantic paradise!

Modern Originals: At Home with MidCentury European Designers

European Designer DecorJust as the name says, this recently-published book looks at the designer decor created by mid-century European designers for their own homes. Many of these houses aren’t open to the public so it’s great that author Leslie Williamson gives us an exclusive peek inside the private spaces of famous designers like Le Corbusier and Robin and Lucienne Day. Each chapter looks at a different house, from Studio Achille Castiglioni in Milan to Finn Juhl’s Scandinavian farmhouse. It includes all kinds of design styles from the era, not just Mid-Century Modern. For example, the photo below shows Italian designer Carlo Mollino’s sitting room in his Turin apartment.

European designer Decor Mollino

The elegant design transcends time, doesn’t it? You might be interested to know that one of Carlo Mollino’s furniture designs set a world record price for a piece of 20th century furniture. In 2005, a Mollino oak and glass table dating to 1949 was sold by Christie’s in New York for a staggering $3,824,000!

It was a simple and streamlined trestle style table and one of four glass-topped tables Mollino created between 1948 and 1950. Nobody knows where two of those tables are now… they’ve got lost somewhere along the way. So keep looking out, you never know where those two multimillion dollar tables might turn up!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

“I am in love with beauty,” he admits in the book’s opening. “I have always loved beautiful objects.” – See more at: http://www.assouline.com/9781614282938.html#sthash.0Ty74SaP.dpuf
“I am in love with beauty,” he admits in the book’s opening. “I have always loved beautiful objects.” – See more at: http://www.assouline.com/9781614282938.html#sthash.0Ty74SaP.dpuf
“I am in love with beauty,” he admits in the book’s opening. “I have always loved beautiful objects.” – See more at: http://www.assouline.com/9781614282938.html#sthash.0Ty74SaP.dpuf

Bookshelf: Cabin Decor and Rustic Retreats

I’ve been browsing some of the latest books on cabin decor and rustic retreats, as spring approaches and the idea of getting away to the great outdoors is very tempting. I bet I’m not the only one with cabin fever after this long winter, so check out these new titles. They give plenty of cabin decor ideas and inspiration for your vacation home or mountain lodge.  Even if you aren’t lucky enough to have a rural retreat, some of the design ideas could be incorporated into your home.

Back to the Cabin: More Inspiration for the Classic American Getaway

Cabin Decor in Back to the CabinArchitect and cabin expert Dale Mulfinger’s first book on cabins was so popular, he’s back with another one. A simple (or not so simple!) cabin in the woods is part of the American dream, and the 37 cabins featured in this book remind us why. It’s all about natural charm and traditional values. The cabins range from tiny rustic retreats to restorations and fancier cabins. The book’s photos give good ideas for all kinds of cabin decor as well as extras like saunas and gorgeous porches. Building your own dream cabin? There are floor plans too!

 

Homes from Home: Inventive Small Spaces, From Chic Shacks To Cabins And Caravans

Cabin decor and hideawaysIf your wilderness hideaway is a small one, you’ll get some great tips from author Vinny Lee. This book covers all kinds of tiny treasures, from cabins (naturally) to mountain chalets, renovated grain stores, boats, Airstream trailers, and even treehouses! There’s a real do-it-yourself spirit in these intimate and individualistic spaces. As Design NJ Magazine said in a review, the book is “a dreamer’s guide to getting away from it all”

 

 

Chalets: Trendsetting Mountain Treasures

Chalets decor and designChalets have evolved from simple herdsmen’s huts in the mountains of the Swiss Alps into something far more lavish today. But even the most upscale Aspen chalet is designed to blend with the mountain landscape in a way that stays true to the humble roots. With 700 photographs, this hefty book takes an armchair journey around chalets of the world, from Austria and France to Japan and South America. And Aspen, Colorado, of course! The stunning images of gorgeous interiors are very enticing, from streamlined modern chalets to rustic and historic beauties.

Tell us about your cabin decor or rustic hideaway in the comments box below!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Bookshelf: Beauty at Home

Our business is all about beauty at home, helping our clients find the antique furniture and home decor accents to create a lovely space that suits their tastes and lifestyles. These recently published books all look at ways to create beauty at home. They are gorgeously illustrated to provide plenty of inspiration!

Beauty at Home

Beauty at HomeStyle icon Aerin Lauder shares her grandmother Estée Lauder’s elegant and classic taste. In Beauty at Home, Aerin describes how Estée loved blue and white in her color scheme. She chose the fresh blue and white combination for all kinds of design details, from her jars of beauty products right down to her linens. Aerin still has Estee’s Louis XVI style dressing table and (like many of our customers!) she’s a fan of vintage French chandeliers too. Although not exactly an interior design book, Beauty at Home offers plenty of eye candy ideas for your decor. Aerin shares the influences that informed her personal style and takes a tour around her New York apartment and Estée’s former Hamptons home.

La Vie Est Belle

La Vie est BelleThis new book talks about beauty at home with a French accent! The full title is La Vie Est Belle: The Elegant Art of Living in the French Style. Of course, as so many of the pieces of antique furniture and vintage decor accents at EuroLuxAntiques.com are imported directly from France, we’re keen to find out what this book has to say. The author Henrietta Heald takes a look inside French homes in various regions, from fancy châteaux to rustic farmhouses. For each region she visits, she also describes the local French culture and lifestyle, the foods and the wines. She includes French recipes too!

Fifth Avenue Style: A Designer’s New York Apartment

Fifth Avenue StyleThe lavish photos in this book offer a fine example of beauty at home! International interior designer Howard Slatkin believes, like us, that home should be a personal refuge. In this tour of his opulent Fifth Avenue apartment, Slatkin shares his decor ideas. Function, comfort, and attention to detail are the emphasis. As the author says “You only have to please yourself, so forget about rules and dictates and what is in vogue today.” We know that our clients have their own strong sense of style and they are highly creative in adorning their homes in unique ways to suit their personal taste. (As you can see in our client spotlights.) So we guess you might enjoy the exquisite photos in this book, and the author’s practical ideas on home design. He also shares his approach to successful but relaxed entertaining.

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Bookshelf: American Style

In this Thanksgiving month we’re celebrating books that pay tribute to American style décor.  Now the evenings get dark earlier, it’s the perfect time to curl up and turn the pages for some interior design inspiration. These recently published books each look at a different angle of American style. All of them are packed with ideas and creativity!

Early American Country Interiors

Celebrating early American style Just like us, author Tim Tanner is a big fan of beautifully designed furniture that stands the test of time. Nicely crafted old objects also grow more lovely and full of character every year. Giving ideas for interiors that reflect the spirit of early American country style, this book features homes from Maine to Utah. The design ideas for every room of the house are aimed at creating an inviting and comfortable atmosphere. We love the cozy sense of nostalgia in this delightful tribute to traditional American style. We also love that the author has restored his own 19th century home. He knows what he’s talking about!

Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration

A terrific example of American style by Mario BuattaI guess that a designer who created interiors for Blair House, the official state guest house of the President of the United States, is something of an expert on American style! Mario Buatta has also been the décor guru for clients including Barbara Walters, Malcolm Forbes, and Mariah Carey. He’s famous for his comfortably luxurious and traditional design schemes. Many of his interiors feature antiques (of course!) as an essential part of creating that elegant mood. He’s also known for his fabulous color schemes. The book is rather expensive – it’s definitely a collector’s item.

House Proud: Unique Home Design, Louisiana

American style in LouisianaFocusing on the unique American style to be found in Louisiana, this new book gives a tour of some of the most impressive homes in the state. Rich in personality and creative décor, the homes range from pre-Civil war grandeur to a charming Creole cottage. The author, New Orleans interior designer Valorie Hart, also writes for The Visual Vamp. She shares the stories of each homeowner and how they restored and designed the houses featured in the book. They certainly are house proud, and they have every reason to feel that way!

What do you think is an essential element of true American style? Tell us in the comment box below.

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Bookshelf: Timeless Home Style

When you work all day surrounded by beautiful antique furniture like I do, you know all about timeless home decor! I am always admiring these classic pieces that just look as gorgeous in a house today as they did in the era they were crafted. Actually, they often look better. Age gives them even more character to lend a unique touch to a living room, dining room, or bedroom. Now that fall is well and truly here, we’re looking forward to curling up on the couch with the cats and reading some of these new books about timeless home style.

Alidad: The Timeless Home

AlidadI’m especially looking forward to this book as the cover is so inviting and cozy. It’s a joy to see a row of blue and white Delft vases or ginger jars lined up in the nooks. (At the top of the cover.) Greg and I are big fans of Delftware, and we have many pieces of antique Delft pottery for sale in the gallery. The London interior designer Alidad is well-known for combining contemporary and antique furniture and textiles to create a comfortable but elegant mood. The book shows all kind of projects by the designer, from beach homes to Paris apartments. His tasteful use of color is just lovely – warm and rich without being too overwhelming. Perfect for this time of year!

Timeless Style

Timeless home decor in Timeless Style! Take a shake of Southern charm, add a pinch of European chic! Inspirations for the rooms in this book draw from many sources, which suits our taste for eclectic and timeless home decor. The author, Atlanta-based interior designer Suzanne Kasler, has been named one of the top 100 designers by House Beautiful magazine. She likes mixing antique furniture with modern decor, as we know many of our customers do. The blend of styles and eras adds layers of visual interest to a home. Although the book cover looks a little stark to my eye, inside there are some truly delightful classic rooms with a more traditional feel. As Kasler says: “Age has its advantage when it comes to furniture.”

An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Lucé

French chateau timeless home decor If you’re looking for timeless home decor inspiration, what could be more timeless than a French castle? Interior designer Timothy Corrigan restored this 18th century Loire Valley mansion and wrote a book about it. The subtitle is Decorating a Great French Country House. Indeed it is great and it’s superbly decorated! Corrigan brings in a little Californian comfort too. If you love traveling to France as much as we do on our antiques buying trips, you might like to know that families or wedding parties can stay at Chateau du Grand-Lucé by the week. Or for more ideas for a legendary European vacation, take a look at my posts on French castle hotels and historic London hotels.

 

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Bookshelf: Vacation Homes, Living Artfully, Period Gardens

Summer is a time for dreaming and the first book on my bookshelf this month inspires me with fantasies for my dream vacation home. Another recently published book inspires flights of fancy for designing a period style garden. Perhaps we’ll opt for a vintage 1920s garden once we’ve finished our 1920s bungalow renovation! But even in my wildest dreams I don’t imagine owning three homes as fabulous as those of Marjorie Merriweather Post. Never mind. We can get a sense of her style with a look inside the book…

Designers Abroad: Inside the Vacation Homes of Top Decorators

Designers Abroad: Inside the Vacation Homes of Top DecoratorsThis colorful book takes a peek inside 22 vacation homes owned by leading designers. There are more than 200 photos, from tropical escapes in Mexico, South Africa, and Thailand, to designer Stephen Shubel’s sanctuary in the Loire Valley. It is interesting to see how the decor in the vacation homes is inspired by different countries and cultures. Timothy Corrigan’s apartment in Paris is gorgeous. His dining room is to sigh for, with its decorative wood panel walls, marble fireplace, antique French furniture, and a splendid chandelier. The designers also tell how they achieved the looks in their vacation homes, so there is plenty of inspiration to be found!

American Home Landscapes: A Design Guide to Creating Period Garden Styles

American Home Landscapes: A Design Guide to Creating Period Garden StylesIf you want to create a period garden or just add in some period elements, this book shows the way! It looks at 400 years of American landscape design with more than 300 illustrations to provide inspiration. The authors are the horticultural historian Denise Wiles Adams and landscape designer Laura Burchfield. They clearly know their stuff. They divide garden history into six eras, from 17th-century colonial style up to the end of the 20th century. Dig in to the book to find out about the plants and features such as pathways and fencing used in different periods of history. Then get digging!

 

Living Artfully At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post

Living Artfully At Home with Marjorie Merriweather PostThe stylish heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post founded General Foods. The businesswoman was also famous for her parties, her philanthropy, and her homes! This illustrated book describes life at three of her homes from the 1950s to the 1970s. You can’t exactly call them vacation homes because she just shifted between them by season. She spent summer at Camp Topridge in the Adirondacks and winter at her villa in Palm Beach. In spring and autumn, you’d find her at her Hillwood Estate in Washington, DC. Marjorie Merriweather Post was a big collector and a fan of 18th century French decorative arts. So we’ve got a love of French antiques in common, although unfortunately I don’t share her enormous wealth! Visitors can see her collections at the Hillwood Mansion and Gardens. But if you can’t make it to the house, check out the book. The author, Estella M. Chung, is a curator at the estate.

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

Bookshelf: French Accents, Artful Decor, Heirloom Style

I always enjoy seeing how creative our customers are in combining antique and vintage furnishings into their artful decor, whether they live in a cottage, a townhouse, or an urban apartment. Everyone adds their own personal touch, often mingling different eras and styles. When you bring together pieces you love, no matter how eclectic your tastes, the love will always shine through. These new books are packed with inspiration to create a welcoming home that is utterly unique to your vision.

French Accents: At Home with Parisian Objects and Details

We're definitely at home with Parisian objects at EuroLuxAntiques.com!Oh yes, we’re definitely at home with Parisian objects at EuroLuxAntiques.com! Author and stylist Erin Swift illustrates ways to add a dash of French charm and sophistication to your home, and I’m delighted that she mentions the popularity of antique furnishings in French interior design, even for hip youngsters and for homes with a more contemporary focus. As Swift writes: “Antiques aren’t just for amateur historians, and art isn’t just for collectors.” We’ve seen this eclectic approach on our antiques buying trips in Europe, and maybe that’s why French style enjoys a reputation for a certain “je ne sais quoi.” Parisians have the design confidence to select the artful decor objects they love, combining styles and eras, and present their vision with a “voilà!” Our American customers enjoy that confident flair of individuality too, as you can see in our client spotlights.

Artful Decoration

This new book explores how to combine classic looks with whimsical details to create that extra oomph of originality in your homeAndrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman explore how to combine classic looks with whimsical details to create that extra oomph of originality in your home. I notice that many rooms photographed for the book feature stunning lighting features, from ornate chandeliers to eye-catching lamps. We’re certainly fans of fabulous lighting and we always snap up our favorite chandeliers for EuroLuxAntiques.com, from Gothic to Rococo to Renaissance Revival to just “we thought this vintage piece was gorgeous, however you want to label it.” Lighting sets the mood for any room, as I mentioned in my three tips to light a home beautifully.

Heirloom Modern: Homes filled with objects bought, bequeathed, beloved, and worth handing down

We're passionate about heirloom pieces too! This book shows how antique furnishings look great in any style of homeAuthor Hollister Hovey and her photographer sister Porter are clearly our soul mates in their passion for heirloom pieces and artful decor. They show how antique and vintage furniture and accents can be beautifully integrated into any style of home, to create a sense of history and reflect the unique personality of the home-owner. With so many different people’s decor photographed for the book, I wonder if any of our customers are featured in it? I’ll have to study all the photos and see if I can spot a treasure from EuroLuxAntiques.com!

 

 

 

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.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. Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

Bookshelf: Audubon, Gardens & Elegant Decor

Everyone knows I love fine French antique furniture. But, like everyone else, my interests are diverse. I love gardening (as you can see from my Vintage Life blog series). I love the challenge of restoring a classic American bungalow. I love taking nature walks with Greg to enjoy the beauty of trees, flowers and birds.

And when I’m not living my passions, I love doing the next best thing: Reading about them.

A trio of recently released books from publisher Skira Rizzoli will feed my senses with stunning photos and engaging commentary. These books will not only make great reading, but I think they’ll look terrific on the coffee table.

The Elegant Garden by Johann Kraftner

Now that the winter doldrums have set in, are you feeling a flush of cabin fever? This book will rescue you! Lavishly illustrated, this 432-page book covers every type of garden imaginable. Whether you’re keen to fashion formal English style gardens to complement your Victorian home or you lean more towards a prairie look, this lovely tome will provide you with a visual feast and plenty of ideas to implement when the spring thaw finally enables you to get back outdoors.

The Age of Elegance by Alex Papachristidis

If you follow American interior design at all, you’ll recognize the name of designer Alex Papachristidis. Known for his love of 18th century furniture and his eclectic design style, Papachristidis rooms never fail to delight. No matter where your decorating tastes lie, this book is sure to please, with photographs of 16 residences designed by Papachristidis. Ranging from New York mansions to a beach house on Cape Cod, the interiors presented will inspire you to incorporate elegance into your own decor.

Audubon’s Aviary: The Original Watercolors for the Birds of America

Because we’ve recently added a line of high-quality reproduction aviary and botanical prints to our online collection, I was delighted to discover this sensational book that spotlights Audubon’s original watercolor paintings that were later turned into the engravings we’re all so familiar with in “Birds of America.” Truly a work of art, this coffee table book will provide you and your guests with a rare look at Audubon’s paintings and historical insight through the text by Roberta Olson.

What kinds of books do you enjoy? I could use some suggestions to fill my winter reading list!

 

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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