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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: Vintage French Sideboard at Home in Maryland

I fall in love with all the antique and vintage furniture that Greg and I select for EuroLuxAntiques.com. We carefully choose these beautiful pieces from France and elsewhere in Europe, and then (even more carefully!) bring them back to America to share with our customers. Sometimes I want to keep every piece of vintage furniture for myself! Of course I can’t, because when we finally finish the renovation of our 1920s bungalow it will be packed to the rafters with me, Greg, and our eight dog and cat pals, as well as our own antiques.

Mid-Century Modern sideboard is a very pretty example of the kind of vintage furniture I loveThis French Mid-Century Modern sideboard is a very pretty example of the kind of vintage furniture I enjoy. It especially tempted me to tell the family to squeeze up a bit tighter so we could fit it in! But I’m so glad it went to such a lovely home, and I’m delighted that our customer Irene in Fulton, Maryland, let us show you these pictures of her dining room.

Vintage Sideboard in its new Maryland home! EuroLuxAntiques.comIrene has done a lovely job with her elegant blue dining room. The Art Deco chandelier is a great match to the sideboard against the far wall. The gold-framed mirror on the left wall will be hung above the sideboard, but Irene sensibly decided she need to see the sideboard in place first, before positioning the mirror.

 

Vintage French buffet sunburst design and basketweave. EuroLuxAntiques.com

The sideboard or buffet dates to 1960 and it features a fantastic walnut veneer and handsome hardware. It’s clear that a master craftsman put a lot of love – and probably a lot of hours – into creating that stunning sunburst design. Then you’ve got that sensational basketweave on the top and side doors too.

 

 


Interior of French buffet. Vintage furniture from EuroLuxAntiques.com
The doors open to reveal this very practical and attractive storage space. The superb banded marquetry on the shelves and interior drawers add plenty of decorative detail.

Vintage French sideboard in dining room. EuroLuxAntiques.comHere’s another shot of Irene’s dining room, with a closer focus on the vintage French buffet. The symmetry of the decor is very pleasing to the eye. The dark blue walls are exceptionally striking and noble, and Irene adds a little lift and lightness with that lovely touch of white along the lower wall panel. This is a really unique and stylish dining room and I wish we could all gather around the table for a celebration feast!

If you have a room with vintage furniture, we’d love to see your photos. Send us an email here. Meanwhile thanks to Irene for offering such great inspiration!

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!

The 2900 Mile Road Trip to Boston

blue crabEvery once in awhile, it is nice to get out of the office and take a road trip to make a few deliveries. Most of the time, we only meet our customers via email and phone. However, if something is particularly fragile and within driving distance, Greg and I will sometimes personally deliver it so that we can meet our customers face-to-face.

We also tend to deliver pieces in Virginia and Maryland, as Aimee’s 86-year-old grandmother lives there and we like to go visit her, especially when blue crabs are available in the Chesapeake Bay.

We had already planned to go to the High Point furniture market in North Carolina to source more high-quality antique reproduction furniture. We didn’t know that it would turn into a 2900 mile road trip to Boston, via Alabama!

Sandy and Brent H. in Alabama have been wonderful customers for quite a few years now. They had purchased a fantastic antique Louis XV bedroom suite that included a very fragile antique Louis XV marble-top vanity, so we decided to personally deliver their set on our way to High Point. You’ll have to wait for another blog post to see more photos of their lovely home, but I promise it will be worth the wait.

We wore our feet out walking around the High Point furniture market for three days, but we are excited about the new vendors of antique reproduction furniture with whom we will shortly begin working. Here is just one tantalizing example of what is to come in the next few months as we add these exceptional pieces to our website!

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We scheduled a delivery of a very beautiful mid-century modern sideboard purchased by Irene G. in Maryland for the day after the High Point show. Again, you’ll have to wait to see the photos from Irene’s handsome blue dining room in a separate blog post.

Greg and I will celebrate our 12th anniversary this weekend, so we decided to include a couple days sightseeing in Boston to the road trip – since we were already this far north and we’ve always wanted to see the city!JohnAdamsBirthplace

We started our exploration of Boston by visiting our 2nd President, John Adams’ birthplace (as well as that of his son and our 5th President, John Quincy Adams), their retirement home, Peacefield, and their burial sites in Braintree. Greg is a huge Revolutionary War buff and he has always felt that the role John Adams played in our nation’s founding has long been under-appreciated.

Our next stop was the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston. Paul-RevereIt was fascinating to follow in the footsteps of our founding fathers – to see where they met to plan the Boston Tea Party, where the Boston Massacre happened, where Paul Revere lived, and the steeple in the Old North Church where the lantern was hung to give the sign that the British were on their way to Lexington and Concord.

We arrived in Boston the week after the terrible terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon and found Boston Strong signs everywhere. We also found everyone to be exceptionally friendly – we’re not sure if Bostonians are always friendly or if it was a result of the attack, but we surely felt welcome to be there.

Fenway

Watching a baseball game at Fenway park has long been on Greg’s bucket list, so we were able to check that off the list on this trip – complete with a dinner of hot dogs, a pretzel, and peanuts! The Red Sox beat the Astros, so that made up for walking around lost for an hour after the game – so much for the short-cut to avoid the crowds on the subway!

Constitution

 

We finished walking the Freedom Tour the next morning by visiting a few cemeteries (all of the pretty yellow daffodils were in bloom!), exploring the old Italian neighborhood of the North End, and then touring the USS Constitution, which was very fun and interesting as it is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world.

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We ended the afternoon in Salem, which was on my list of things to do. We toured The House of Seven Gables, made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel of the same name. Built in 1668, it is the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion in New England, and it has a wonderful collection of antique furniture. We browsed through the witch-themed giftshops and took an evening walking tour led by a witch. I even had a psychic reading, which was quite an experience.

crabsWe stopped at Grandma’s house on the way home and my Dad brought a bushel of crabs for dinner! We spent hours talking and picking crabs – one of my favorite family traditions. We also visited with some folks in Pennsylvania that lived in Germany for several years and had amassed quite a collection of European antique furniture. We loaded up our trailer and will put these pieces on consignment in our Gallery.

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It was a long road trip to Boston and back, especially since we drove 2900 miles in essentially 6 days, but we enjoyed it.

Happy Anniversary, Greg – I love you!

(The psychic says you’ll have to put up with me for quite a few more years!)