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Best of March 2013: Color, Furniture Care, Babies & More

Pretty four-leaf clover -- EuroLuxAntiques.comIt’s hard to believe March is nearly behind us. That’s one-quarter of the year! Where did it go?

On this blog, the month of March was devoted to color and texture in interior design, how to care for antique furniture, and revisiting clients. Let’s revisit some of our favorite posts from the past month.

 

Lovely hortensia blooms add a pop of color to the decor -- EuroLuxAntiquesFeeling a bit of spring fever, we started the blog with a feature on how to use houseplants as accessories in your decor. There’s just something about bringing nature indoors that calms the soul.

In March, we also continued our five-part series on how to clean and wax antique furniture. This series has been a real hit on our Facebook page, and our videos walk you through the process step-by-step.

Blue and white bowls really pop when displayed on an ebonized table -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

Blue and white rice bowls really pop when displayed on an ebonized table.

Obviously, most antique furniture is made of wood so in keeping with that theme, we offered you a feature on how to add warmth and mood to your interior design by using wood. Both light-colored wood and wood with a dark finish convey a natural warmth when used indoors, but our feature shows how you can create different effects by using wood of all tones.

 

 

Just like indoors, every outdoor room should include a "wow" piece. This sensational vintage birdbath does the trick!

Just like indoors, every outdoor room should include a “wow” piece. This sensational vintage birdbath does the trick!

Again struck by spring fever, we talked about how to create your ideal outdoor room. There’s no reason to keep your antiques indoors when you can enjoy vintage iron garden gates, wrought iron chairs, and other antique iron decor items outside. Our article showcases some superior spaces in the great outdoors.

Finally, we revisited our clients Bruce and Julie, who use antiques to decorate their children’s bedrooms. Yes, we offer you visual proof that children and antiques not only can coexist but can thrive! In fact, we consider Bruce and Julie the experts on this topic since they have a houseful of antiques plus eight children under age 14.

As we bid adieu to March, we look forward to April. We wish everyone better weather in April, and we’ll be on the lookout for the latest design trends and stunning antiques to share with you here!

AimeeAvatarAimee 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!

Create Your Perfect Outdoor Room with Antique and Vintage Furnishings

Create an inviting outdoor space for summer entertaining -- EuroLuxantiques.com

A classic American patio with vintage metal furniture.

The “outdoor room” craze arguably started about 10 years ago and shows no signs of letting up. And why should it? We all love to live outdoors as much as possible, so why devote less time planning and executing a beautiful outdoor living space than you do for your interior design?

Happily, you can take your passion for antique and vintage furnishings outdoors with you. Well, I’m not suggesting you let your fine French antique buffet sit outside in the rain, but you definitely can incorporate antique and vintage furniture and accessories into your sunroom, patio, or garden design. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Vintage rattan furniture creates an inviting space in this cozy sunroom.

Vintage rattan furniture creates an inviting space in this cozy sunroom.

This sunroom uses vintage rattan furniture to great effect. In a cozy, sunny corner, this rattan dining set looks appealing and inviting. If you can’t find antique rattan furniture, you can shop our selection of high-quality reproduction furniture to give your own sunroom a tropical feel. It’s not exactly an outdoor room, but it’s a room that certainly brings the outdoors in.

 

 

 

 

 

Metal is the obvious choice to weather the elements year-round.

Metal is the obvious choice to weather the elements year-round.

A defined patio space makes a great outdoor room. If your living space is exposed to the elements, vintage metal furniture works very well to furnish it. These old gliders and chairs retain their shabby appeal despite the weather. Wrought iron table bases topped with potted plants make for a creative display. I also love the way this homeowner uses an old metal basket atop a metal rolling cart to show off a collection of succulents. While this patio uses vintage American garden furniture, you can hunt down great old antique French iron garden benches and seats if you sleuth hard enough.

Take your shabby or cottage design scheme outside by using an old wrought iron garden gate to set the tone for your outdoor space.

Take your shabby or cottage design scheme outside by using an old wrought iron garden gate to set the tone for your outdoor space.

For your shabby or cottage style outdoor room, an old wrought iron gate can set the tone. You can use a vintage gate or door as a functional item or for simple decorative purposes. An old farm door propped against a fence makes a lovely backdrop for flowers. And don’t forget how great weathered galvanized tubs work as planters! Hot pink geraniums look particularly spectacular against the gray-and-rust tones of galvanized metal.

 

Just like indoors, every outdoor room should include a "wow" piece. This sensational vintage birdbath does the trick!

Just like indoors, every outdoor room should include a “wow” piece. This sensational vintage birdbath does the trick!

When creating your outdoor room, don’t forget to add a spectacular centerpiece. Antique or vintage bird baths or fountains make a great statement in any garden. You can design your seating around the water feature or allow guests to meander down a path to discover it — along with your beautiful flower borders.

If you’ve created a great outdoor room that incorporates antique or vintage furnishings, we’d love to feature it on this blog! Send us your photos.

 

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!