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Historic Newberry South Carolina Holiday Open House

If you’ve wanted to go antiquing in Newberry, South Carolina, now is the time as we celebrate the holiday season with a Holiday Open House in Historic Downtown! The Newberry Holiday Open House runs from the evening of Thursday November 15 through Sunday November 18, 2018.  EuroLuxHome.com is joining the party with a 15% discount on all the antiques at our EuroLux antiques store on Main Street. Newberry SC Holiday open house

Businesses participating in the Open House roll out the welcome mat with refreshments, drawings, door prizes and sale prices. If you are looking for a Thanksgiving centerpiece or the perfect gift for a relative, this is the time to explore Main Street and the Historic District.

If you’re making your list and checking it twice, the Newberry Holiday Open House helps you get ahead on shopping for holiday gifts. Many business will offer longer opening hours to welcome in the holidays. Also enjoy a meal at a restaurant to help you get into the festive spirit before shopping… or afterward to celebrate your wonderful purchases!

Newberry SC Christmas tree lighting

As the icing on the Christmas cake, don’t miss the Main Street Lights and the lighting of the Christmas tree on Friday November 16, 2018. We get into a nostalgic holiday mood between 5 pm and 6 pm, listening to caroling at the tree by members of the Southern Victorian Society, dressed in full replica Victorian era clothing. The official lighting ceremony begins at 6:15 pm, showcasing local school choirs, then we join in the countdown to light the town at 6:30 pm!  Wandering carolers from the Newberry College Madrigal Choir add to the magic all evening. You can also stop by for a FREE showing of the movie Polar Express at the Ritz Theater at 7:30 pm.

Kathy with her collection of Thanksgiving pilgrims

Here at EuroLux Home antiques store at 1409 Main Street, we’ll offer a 15% discount throughout the Holiday Open House. You will easily recognize us by Kathy’s collection of Thanksgiving pilgrims in our store windows!

We have lots of beautiful antique French furniture that we’ve brought back from our antiques buying trips in Europe, as well as smaller pieces of home decor from vintage chandeliers to kitchenware.

The hours for the Historic Downtown Newberry’s Holiday Open House 2018 are:

  • Thursday November 15: From 5 pm – 8 pm
  • Friday November 16:  From 10 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday November 17: From 10 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday November 18: From 1 pm  -6 pm

If you don’t live nearby so you can’t join in the Holiday Open House and come antiquing in Newberry, keep watching our blog to hear about a cool holiday discount at our online store. That way, you can find the perfect unique piece of furniture or decorative accessory for your home wherever you live!

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.

Newberry Groove ‘N BrewFest

Groove n brew logo NewberryThe first ever Groove ‘N BrewFest is a 1970s/80s music and craft beer festival that will rock Downtown Newberry, SC, on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

I am excited about it because I am Vice-President of the Newberry Downtown Development Association, a collection of enthusiastic residents, business and property owners who want to make Downtown Newberry a better place.

Earlier this year, we held a retreat where we challenged ourselves to do something really big to improve our local economy. We decided that if our local historic theatre, The Ritz, was a fully-functioning business as a concert venue/movie theatre, that it would significantly increase foot traffic Downtown, which would in turn, attract more businesses to locate here.

So we decided to hold a street festival as a fundraiser to collect a pool of funds for economic development grants. We are hoping that the Newberry Community Players, who own The Ritz Theatre, will be our first grantees. We’d like to be able to purchase them a permanent sound system so that they can have more events, raise more money, and little by little restore and revitalize this historic Art Deco building from 1936.

Groove n BrewFest Newberry Poster

This is the story behind Groove ‘N BrewFest — a 70s/80s music and craft beer festival that will happen on Saturday, April 7th from 1 pm to 10 pm in Downtown Newberry. We will have 25 regional craft beers and a wide variety of food trucks.

humanbowling Newberry SC

I am also excited about the games – human bowling, a giant Operation game, and a bungee jumporee where you can jump 20 feet in the air – that should be a lot of laughs!

Greg has headed up the music committee and we’ll have bands playing 70s and 80s music on an outside stage all day. J-E-T opens the day from 1 to 5 pm.

All festival-goers are encourage to dress in 70s/80s duds, so we’ll have karaoke and costume contests hosted by Z93, a local Columbia radio station, between 5 and 6 pm. From 6 to 10 pm, 121 Band will continue to rock out your favorite 70s/80s hits.

The festival and outside music is free.

Inside The Ritz Theatre, our headliner bands will play for an additional ticket. Heartbreaker is a Heart/Led Zeppelin tribute band and they will play from 6 to 8 pm. Rumours ATL is a Fleetwood Mac tribute band and they will play from 8 to 10 pm. Greg and I have traveled quite a few times around the Southeast to see Rumours ATL as they are excellent and really give a great show! If you love Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks, you will have a fantastic time! Advance purchase tickets are selling fast as they are a great value: Get tickets here

Band at Newberry Groove and Brew festival

A $40 Advanced purchase ticket includes the two tribute bands, an over-21 wristband with ID, a festival cup, and one craft beer. A $50 Advanced Purchase VIP ticket includes the two tribute bands, an over-21 wristband with ID, a festival cup, two craft beers, early access for best seating, and access to VIP bathrooms during the festival. A $50 Day-Of ticket includes the two tribute bands, an over-21 wristband with ID, and a festival cup (beer not included).

We have worked incredibly hard over the past three months to launch this new festival, which will actually be Newberry’s first green festival! It has been a labor of love and we really hope the community will come out and drink a beer with us to support our hard-work and help raise funds for economic development grants to make Downtown Newberry a better place! Come by Groove ‘N BrewFest and say hello!

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.

 

Customer’s Newberry Cam Davis Mansion and Antiques in Magazine

One of our most popular customer spotlights gave a tour inside Tamra’s Classic Newberry Mansion, complete with antique furniture purchased from us at EuroLuxHome.com.  So, we were delighted to come across a feature about Tamra’s home in Columbia Living Magazine: The Summer House. The article talked about some of the furniture Tamra purchased from us and we found out some new facts about Tamra’s house. Here is the update!

This is Tamra’s beautiful Greco-Roman mansion in Downtown Newberry, SC. It is so splendid it is hard to believe that at one time the house was at risk of being torn down because it was in such poor repair. Tamra and previous owners have put a lot of work into restoring it to its original glory when it was built in the 1890s!  Outside of Newberry House

According to the Columbia Living Magazine article, the house was originally owned by John Harrison “Hack” Summer, hence the name “The Summer House.”  It was built by Newberry contractor C. C. Davis, more often known as Cam Davis. A native of North Carolina, Cam Davis came to Newberry in 1884 to build the Newberry Cotton Mill. He went on to build many well-known residences, public buildings and churches in Newberry between 1884 and 1916. Pair of antique Mechelen buffetsWe discovered from the magazine article that The Summer House was designed by a 16-year-old. It’s amazing to think that such a young man could design this amazing neoclassical mansion! Craftsmen worked on the house in Newberry during the winter because in the summer they were working on the famous Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina. The magazine article drew attention to the pair of antique Mechelen buffets flanking the entryway. These are two of the pieces Tamra bought from us.

Antique Mechelen Buffet

The article praised the heavily-carved cabinets’ “beautiful woodwork and stained glass insets.” The carving and stained glass are typical of Mechelen furniture, as you can see in my blog post What is Mechelen Style Antique Furniture?

Antique French Table Chairs dining room

The formal dining room also received attention in the article, which made us happy as Tamra bought the French Country Louis XV extending refectory table in walnut from us, as well as two sets of antique French Hunting chairs dating to the 1880s. The article reads: One of their favorite rooms in the home is the formal dining room. “We’re not finished in this space, but we’ve got the parquet French walnut table with the French thrones as a centerpiece. There is really beautiful woodwork on the queens,” Tamra said.

It’s wonderful to find out more about this beautiful house that Tamra has decorated so elegantly. You can read the full Columbia Living Magazine article here and also see more photos of the room interiors and antique furniture in my original blog post: Antique French Furniture in Classic Newberry Mansion.

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.

Vintage Life: My Dream Vintage Kitchen

In my previous Kitchen Krazy blog post, I explained our design inspirations and some of our furniture ideas for the kitchen in our 1920s vintage bungalow. Let’s see how it worked out!

Vintage Cabinets Greg sanded down the kitchen cabinet door frames that we had repurposed from the spare doors on an antique cabinet we bought to use as a bedroom bookcase.

(You can see the finished bookcase here.)  I cut new glass panels using seeded glass that looks like old glass.

We knew those would be the upper cabinet doors on either side of the sink. From there, John Hopfensperger of Cayce Custom Cabinetry designed the kitchen cabinets.

vintage style cabinets

John’s designs included all of our wish list items such as a rack for plates, shelves next to the window for growing herbs, a lazy Susan corner cabinet for pots and pans, a slide-out garbage can, and a spot for the microwave off the counter. The vintage light fixtures were hung first.

vintage style cabinets

In addition to kitchen cabinets, I also wanted to use an antique buffet in the kitchen to add even more character to the space. We found an 1920s Arts & Crafts antique buffet in France several years ago and knew it was the perfect piece! It was even painted on the inside with the same blue-green color that I wanted for the cabinets and it has wonderful antique glass doors. Although the top would normally sit on the bottom cabinet, we wanted to hang the top on the wall in order to create more counter space.

Antique French buffet

I held my breath while Greg and the cabinet installers hung it!

antique french buffet

The hardware on this cabinet also inspired the choice of hardware for the rest of the kitchen.
antique buffet hardwareKitchenHardware

I haven’t completely moved everything in yet nor finished decorating my wonderful kitchen, but here are some early “after” photos.

Love my vintage kitchen

Of course, I am also not planning to have plywood counter tops. I want copper counters, but that is still a project we haven’t finished yet. We also have work to do for a backsplash. Don’t worry – you’ll see finished photos eventually!

Love my vintage kitchen
Although the house is far from finished, with the installation of the kitchen, we were finally ready to move in – after three years of hard work!

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.

 

 

Vintage Life: Kitchen Krazy!

Before we started the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow, Greg and I talked about which things were most important to each of us. Greg (the music lover) wanted the whole house to be wired for media so that he could listen to his favorite tunes in surround sound, no matter which room he was in.

As for me, I wanted a gorgeous and unique kitchen – unlike anything you would see in most homes. Although I know it is very trendy, I really didn’t see myself in a kitchen with dark wood cabinets and granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. I wanted colorful, painted cabinets that looked vintage and had a great deal of character.

Deruta DishesStock kitchen cabinets were out of the question so we hired a local craftsman, John Hopfensperger of Cayce Custom Cabinetry.  I fell in love with his ability to create custom paint finishes with as much distressing as I’d like. I wanted the aqua green-blue color that you see on vintage 1957 Chevrolets because it matched my hand-painted Italian Deruta dishes that we bought in San Gimignano when we lived in Europe.  I know the vibrant colors are not for everyone, but I love it!

Finished bookcase with doors

The style of the kitchen cabinets were influenced by  this antique kitchen cabinet that we found at the Antique Tobacco Barn in Asheville. We actually bought that cabinet to be a built-in bookcase in our bedroom so I can use it to display my favorite books and family photos. (It’s not full yet in this photo… I’m still working on it!) The three upper areas have glass doors and the three lower areas have solid wood doors.

Glass doors from vintage cabinetThere were four extra glass doors that came with this bookcase, and we decided those would make great kitchen cabinet doors.

vintage Kitchen SinkYou might remember that I blogged about an awesome vintage double sink (it still has the original Sears catalogue sticker from 1952 inside) that we found at a ReStore when we were antiques shopping in Asheville. We had it completely restored and here it is mostly installed.

That’s the background story, I’ll show you in my next post how it all turned out!

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.

Vintage Life: We’re Floored!

The renovation of our 1920s bungalow has truly been a labor of love. You’ve seen the tile floors go down and penny tiles in the bathroom.  We replaced the roof too as well as building a cat porch. Now we’re excited to put down laminate flooring.

Laminate2 We had originally thought that we’d refinish the original hardwood floors, but most of the boards were dry-rotted and had to be completely removed.

We chose a dark walnut laminate rather than true hardwood floors because of the durability against scratches from the dogs’ nails.

We liked this particular laminate because it had staggered sizes of boards and it has a textural wood grain feel. It also has a vintage or distressed look to it, and it has a very thick attached padding to the underside.

Greg worked with our handyman, Frank, to put down the laminate, which we had never done before. They started in the front living room.
Laminate Floor FrontRoomIt really went pretty fast! Greg and Frank were able to lay the laminate in the front living room and dining room in one day.

Laminate floor DiningRoom

In this shot of the dining room, you’re getting an early peep at the kitchen. I’ll show you how the kitchen came together in the next Vintage Life blog. Next came the master bedroom:

Laminate floor MasterBedroom

And then the closet:

Laminate Closet Do you like my vintage Capodimonte light fixture in the closet? I love it!

IkeaClosetNow that the floors were down, we could build the closets that we purchased from Ikea. Ikea does know how to provide a great amount of storage space in a small area. Our master closet is now in the same footprint as the only original bathroom in the house.

Now that we actually had flooring throughout the entire house, we could start bringing in furniture, which made us feel like we were really making progress!

We started with the vintage green leather English sofa and chair set that we had purchased in Asheville.

 

Vintage Leather furniture

Next we brought over our bed…

Headboard

…and our antique dining room table and chairs.
antique dining table and chairsStay tuned! The kitchen is the last piece that is truly needed before we can move in and that will be the next Vintage Life blog post!

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.

Things We Love: Collection of Thanksgiving Pilgrims

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I talked with my mother-in-law Kathy about her collection of more than 700 pilgrims.

We have always been big fans of displaying personal collections in your home. Recently I blogged about decorative ways to display a collection and ways to display your ceramics collection. I think a collection adds character and personality to your home and looks so interesting creatively grouped together.

Kathy with her collection of Thanksgiving pilgrimsTo use one of my favorite Southern expressions (I occasionally try to throw them in to fit in with the locals, bless my heart) my mother-in-law, Kathy, has a pilgrim collection “what-am!” For those of you who need a translation, that is a very large and completely impressive collection of pilgrims – and other Thanksgiving-related – objects.

The first pilgrims in the collectionIt all started more than 30 years ago, circa 1982. Kathy was strolling through a Hallmark store in the mall and ran across a pair of pilgrim sculptures that she thought were cute. (The little tiny ones in the left front corner of the raised platform in this photo.)

She bought them on a whim and showed them to John when she got home. Probably because she was so delighted with them, John soon brought home another pair of pilgrims – just to make her smile. (Those were the next two to the right.)

Pilgrims collection Thanksgiving displayNot long after that, Kathy found another pair of pilgrims in a local K-Mart, and a collection was born. Friends and family gave her pilgrims around Thanksgiving every year and sometimes as holiday gifts.
The burgeoning collection grew to include Indians, pumpkins, turkeys, cornucopias and all things Thanksgiving-related. To date, Kathy estimates she has around 700 objects in her prized pilgrim collection – it is incredibly impressive when displayed together, as she does in the EuroLux Gallery window starting in October every year. Collection of pilgrimsPassersby can’t help but stop in their tracks and exclaim with wonder!

Thanksgiving pilgrims sculpturesKathy especially loves pilgrims because to her they represent courage, bravery, and fortitude.

She greatly admires their willingness to leave behind everything familiar and set out to build a new life in an unknown world, far across the ocean. The pilgrims had to make do with so little and work so hard in order to survive.

It really bothers Kathy that Thanksgiving is the holiday that doesn’t get much airtime. Halloween runs into Christmas in our retail stores, but Thanksgiving doesn’t get much attention – probably because the focus isn’t buying stuff. She thinks we should take more time to honor the bravery of the pilgrims – and to be thankful for what we have in our lives, including relationships with family and friends.

Pilgrims collection Thanksgiving displayKathy’s absolute favorite pilgrimage site (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun) was to Plymouth, Massachusetts, which she describes as “pilgrim heaven.” There were shops on every corner with an amazing selection of pilgrim-related things! Some were even life-size, but Kathy restrained due to limited space in the car during the New England adventure. She did enjoy seeing Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower.

Pilgrim figures collectionKathy’s collection contains pilgrims in all shapes and sizes – monkeys, bears, dogs, foxes, chipmunks, cats, mice, and plenty of owls dressed as pilgrims. She tries not to duplicate the ones she has, and she is always glad to serve as a pilgrim matchmaker when she finds a single pilgrim man or a pilgrim woman all by their lonesome. In fact, she found a single pilgrim woman in Waynesville, NC, who had lost her mate to breakage, and paired her up – a year and a half later – with the original matching pilgrim man, whose mate had been stolen from a shop in Columbus, OH! Reunited at last in a happy and growing pilgrim colony in South Carolina.

Kathy is a real inspiration to us, and to everyone who sees her pilgrim collection in the store window. Come and see it if you find yourself on Historic Main Street, Newberry, South Carolina. (We’re at number 1409.) We wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving holiday in the true spirit of the pilgrims!

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.

Vintage Life: Raise the Roof!

Removing the old shinglesIn the continuing story of As the Bungalow Renovation Turns – a.k.a. the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow – now that we had the walls up and painted and had laid most of the ceramic tile floors, unfortunately we found that the roof had started to leak in the sun room.

When we purchased the house, we thought we had about 5 years left in the existing roof, but it turns out it was only about 3 years.  And so we needed to replace the roof.

Although Greg is extremely handy, and I am a delightful assistant, we decided not to attempt a roofing job ourselves as Greg does not like heights. We hired a crew and they set to work removing all of the old roofing shingles. as you can see in the photo above.
Tarpaper Vintage BungalowThere were quite a few areas where the wood underneath the shingles needed to be replaced too.
Replace Wooden Roof on our Vintage BungalowSince we had a crew up on the roof, we decided to go ahead and punch three large skylights in the roof for more light in the upstairs converted attic space. We’re glad we did – it turned out great! Here you can see the skylights being opened up…
Skylights added to vintage bungalowHere are the finished skylights. They are perfect to bring in the light and give us a glimpse of sky.
Skylights on vintage bungalow

After just two days, the new roof was completed and looked good.This is the view from the back of the house:

New Roof on 1920s Vintage Bungalow

We choose a reddish-colored roof shingle that matched the reddish-paint on the brick foundation around the bottom of the house. It’s a very patriotic combination with the blue paint and white trim! Patriotic Vintage BungalowWe are delighted that it looks so great. We could have done without an extra roofing job but it all turned out for the best! We were so lucky that our little vintage bungalow stayed nice and dry when Hurricane Joachim blew through.

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.

Antique French Furniture in Classic Newberry Mansion

Today I have some photos of antique French furniture and Mechelen buffets that are a real treat to see in our customer Tamra’s classic but eclectic home. The outside of her Greco-Roman mansion in Newberry, SC, is gorgeous too! Outside of Newberry House

You may think the dining room looks a little familiar as this home used to be owned by our good customers, Roger and Peggy. S. They recently sold their elegant 1890s home, built when Newberry was a booming textile mill town at the turn of the century, to a wonderful new caretaker – Tamra!

Antique French Table Chairs dining room

Roger and Peggy left the French Country sideboard in place in the dining room because it fit so well on that wall under the stained glass windows and they didn’t have a spot large enough for it in their new home. Tamra chose a 1930s French Country Louis XV refectory table in walnut which is super-useful as it extends to 9.5 feet long – great for a dinner party! She also bought two sets of Hunting chairs dating to the 1880s in slightly different color oak finishes in order to mix things up.

French Antique Dining Room

Tamra also had her eye on an antique Hunting Buffet for the dining room. The original glass had been damaged on this handsome oak heavily carved Hunting Buffet dating to 1880, so we had replaced it with chicken wire to give a slightly rustic feel to the piece.

Antique French Hunting buffet

It works great in Tamra’s new dining room as there is an interesting juxtaposition of formality with the classic fireplace mantel, moldings, and crystal chandelier and the touch of rustic country with the less formal French Country pieces mixed with the chicken wire in the Hunting buffet.

This close-up of the antique French Hunting buffet shows more detail of the carved oak and the heraldic crest. There’s plenty of space for Tamra to store all the dishes and stemware and silver that she’ll need to feed everyone gathered around the large table!

Tamra also fell in love with another heavily carved Hunting Buffet for the hallway at the base of her stairs. Antique French Carved Hunting Buffet

Tamra has a wonderful eclectic touch and paired antique Chinese arm chairs from her husband’s travels next to the antique French buffet. The flamboyant carvings on the oak buffet portray mythical griffins, oak leaves, fruits, and birds (right down to their feathery details!) The 1880 French buffet boasts its original wavy glass doors.

Antique French Hunting Buffet

As we were delivering Tamra’s furniture, she pointed out that she was still looking for a pair of interesting pieces to go on either side of the huge front door in the front hall. I knew exactly what would fit the bill! I recommended a matched pair of narrow antique Mechelen buffets which still have their original stained glass even though they are a century old.

Antique Mechelen buffet stained glass

This shot of the stained glass shows just how intricate it is, surrounded by oak carvings. The Flemish Mechelen style was a Belgian interpretation of the French Hunting style, so I knew these pieces would work well with the other antique furniture Tamra bought from us.

Antique Mechelen Buffet

Here is one buffet in place. The stained glass catches the light beautifully as it streams through the sidelights on either side of the massive front door.
Pair of antique Mechelen buffetsAnd this is the pair of Mechelen buffets creating a magnificent entrance. The lovely dining room and the whole house is a reflection of Tamra herself – very classy yet down-to-earth and fun! Welcome to Newberry, Tamra – we’re glad you’re here!

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.

Vintage Life: The Mystery Behind the Sign

EuroLux Home Antiques GalleryWe often tell you stories about the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow, but I’ve got a vintage story to tell you today about our buildings on Main Street, Newberry, SC.

In addition to the EuroLux Home gallery at 1409 Main Street (left) we also own 1407 Main Street. This is where Greg fixes computers and cell phones in his business, The Computer Doctor. (The EuroLux gallery is the drop off and pick up point for The Computer Doctor. We’re multi-talented here!)

That building has an upstairs loft which has never been renovated, nor used as anything other than non-air-conditioned storage space. When we purchased the building years ago, we planned to renovate, like our near-neighbors the Millers did in my post about Historic Newberry Main Street.

Loft2Here’s the loft. The photo is a bit dark because the windows are boarded up and all of the light bulbs were burnt out. I lugged a ladder up and changed them all but it remains pretty dark. It’s still is a very cool space and it has a neat story.

We intended to convert it into an upstairs loft apartment while expanding our business into the downstairs.
BUT! The best laid plans… We ended up finding our little vintage bungalow that we’re renovating and since it had a yard for the dogs, we decided that would be a better way to go than the loft. We still plan to renovate the loft in the future but for now let me just tell you the great old story about the building.

Back in the 1930s, Main Street in Newberry was a busy place. I shared some old-timey pictures in this Vintage Life blog post. It was the county seat, had the court house, and was the place to go shopping for all the folks that worked at the three cotton mills in town.

Nails marking 40 feetThere were actually two hardware stores in the same block on Main street, owned by two competing Lominack cousins. Those were Lominack’s Hardware (where EuroLux Home is currently located at 1409 Main Street) and Frank Lominack’s Hardware at 1403 Main Street.

You can still see the numbers on the floor in the EuroLux Home Gallery marking the number of feet for the hardware store’s measurements of rope and chain. (The photo at left shows the 40 feet marker.)

Old sign on EuroLuxHome buildingWe’ve also left the Lominack Hardware painted sign on the back of the building.

The story that I’ve heard said that the two cousins were always trying to one up each other in order to get more business by offering different products and services.

Frank Lominack’s Hardware decided to open a shooting range in the basement in order to corner the market and draw more folks into his hardware store. So the story goes, in November of 1934 a stray bullet hit the dynamite that was also stored in the basement and blew up the building!

You can see more about it in this old article in the Gastonia Daily Gazette.  There was $200,000 of damage. That’s a lot of money today but in 1934 it was a huge amount of money!

Loft of store with vintage signWe currently own 1405 Main Street and rent it out to our tenant, Expressions, a hair salon.

That previously 2 story building was occupied by a business called Livingston & Son General Merchandise at the time of the explosion. It was so damaged by the explosion that it had to be rebuilt, but the owner decided to only build it as a one-story building.

Our 1407 Main Street building was built after that business had opened, so the interior wall of 1407 Main Street actually shows the original painted advertisement that was on the exterior of the Livingston& Son building’s 2nd story.

That sure was a long explanation, but otherwise you wouldn’t understand how the advertising came to be on the inside wall of our building!

Today things aren’t quite as dramatic in our EuroLux gallery. Even all our cats and dogs play nicely together rather than competing with everyone within our fuzzy family. And I’m very relieved that Greg’s other business in the building is The Computer Doctor… NOT a shooting range!

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.