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Strong Curves in Furniture Trends

Strong curves in furniture were a key trend in both the 2019 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and the last Las Vegas Winter Market, according to Houzz. The curves might be in a more traditional piece of furniture or in a modern and streamlined piece. Either way the strong curved shapes break up the hard edges of straight lines and angles and give a softer and more welcoming look.

Antique Art Nouveau Buffet SideboardLet’s take a look at some great examples of curvy furniture available in our online new and antique furniture store.

We recently found this gorgeous antique Art Nouveau server or sideboard in France and shipped it back to the USA to put in the store. Dating to 1900, the beautiful walnut wood Art Nouveau cabinet boasts curvy side rails in the flowing style typical of Art Nouveau, framing the many useful shelves.

This versatile piece is perfect as a dining room server, but you could also use it as a home bar or — thanks to the mirror back — even as a vanity in your bedroom.

Theodore Alexander Chest of DrawersThis Theodore Alexander bowfront chest of drawers features a bold curved front that creates a fabulous profile. The chest is based on original Louis XVI style furniture and it is crafted in burl with brass engraved panels. You can picture two of these flanking a doorway, window, or other architectural feature where the strong curve of the bowfront will create visual interest in a room otherwise full of straight lines.

La Rochelle settee

If you are looking for curves, you look to Rococo! The swirling Rococo style of furniture is full of seduction, as you can see from this newly crafted La Rochelle settee. The new settee is designed in the French Rococo style with a solid wood construction and black velvet upholstery. The eye immediately goes to the settee back with its curves and flourishes and intricate lace carving. The French cabriole legs also add a softness to the settee, which has an antique gold finish to add to the glamour and romance.

Curved Settee Handcrafted USAIf you are looking for something with a more contemporary silhouette, this new blue settee is hand-crafted in the USA with a wood frame and blue leather upholstery. The lines are clean and modern with a back that slopes down into curved arms.  This is a more architectural and tailored interpretation of the strong curves trend. If you wanted to keep the tailored feel, you would add a couple of square throw pillows, perhaps in a bold contrast color like red or black. To soften the look, a chunky knit cream throw draped over one side would add texture.

Dovetail Chaise Longue Mid ModFinally, this new Dovetail Furniture James chaise is even more spare in design, letting the curve of the chaise do all the talking! This chaise is a great choice for a Contemporary, Modern or Mid-Century Modern style space, and it is beautifully made and hand-finished. It is crafted with a chrome plated steel frame and hand-finished vintage look leather upholstery.

So… think outside the box! Whether you prefer minimalist structures or more flamboyant traditional styles, there is a piece of furniture with strong curves that will suit your interior design scheme and give a new twist to your decor.

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.

Sneak Peak: Antique French Furniture Arriving Soon

Our new container of French antique furniture has not yet arrived, but if you love beautiful antiques we’re giving you a sneak peek at the beauties now sailing across the Atlantic Ocean! We personally selected these fabulous antiques (read more about our antiques buying trips in Europe here) because we think our customers in the USA will love them.

Antique Art Nouveau Buffet Sideboard You can see all the new container furniture here. The pieces are available for pre-order now so you can snap them up first. As usual, you will get free shipping in the Continental USA and some parts of Canada.

Or why not browse through some of our favorite pieces in this blog post, starting with this gorgeous antique Art Nouveau server or sideboard.

Dating to 1900, the Art Nouveau cabinet is unusual and versatile.
It’s perfect as a dining room server, but you could also use it as a home bar or — thanks to the mirror back — even as a vanity in your bedroom.

We also have the matching Art Nouveau buffet, table and chairs, if you want a complete set!

Heavily Carved antique French cabinet

We are so blown away by this antique French cabinet or buffet with its impressive jester carvings…we almost don’t want to let it go! The walnut buffet dates to 1900 and the whimsical carved figure on the top cabinet door looks like a playful jester, while the ornate carvings also include two faces gazing out to keep watch over your family! A red marble counter top provides a handsome space for your serving dishes or cheese board while the plate rack is the perfect place display your favorite platters. This outstanding antique French cabinet or buffet is sure to become a family heirloom.

1920 Rococo French Chairs

We also have these six vintage French Louis XV Rococo dining chairs with red upholstery on their way to us from France.

These flirty darlings are sure to seduce you! Made of walnut wood in 1920, the charming Rococo chairs look like they’ve come from a Parisian salon where ladies lunch, laugh, and talk about the last fashions.  They’ll look chic in your dining room, or as occasional seating in the living room, a lady’s boudoir or guest bedrooms

 

Antique French Hunting Sofa

This ornate antique French Hunting style sofa was crafted in oak in about 1880 and it is handsomely carved all over. The antique oak sofa will look incredible in your living room or great room, or imagine it as seating in your large foyer or entryway. Opulently carved flourishes, finials and barley twist posts make this a decadent delight. The upholstery could be updated to suit your own decor, creating a custom look!

These are just a few of our favorite things… see all the sneak peak French antiques at this link. We can’t wait for them to arrive!

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: Antique Saddle Leather Settee

After we sold a newly crafted leather settee to Susan R. in Rocky River, OH, I was delighted when she sent a photo of the sofa in her home. The antique saddle leather settee is one of the most popular pieces in our large selection of new leather settees and sofas, and it always looks wonderful whenever we see client photos of it. It blends with many different styles of decor and its graceful lines bring a lovely sense of elegance into any room.

Leather settee

Here’s the antique saddle leather settee. With its handsome looks and high-quality craftsmanship. It’s perfect for an entryway or as seating in your dining room or living room. The settee is sturdily crafted with a solid birch wood frame finished with a rich dark walnut stain that is applied by hand. The settee is upholstered with antiqued saddle brown split grain leather which works beautifully with the walnut finish. A hand-applied nailhead trim highlights the refined lines.

Leather settee nook

Here is the settee in Susan’s home. Susan asked me to hold shipping as she was about to take off on a European adventure for two months. I was happy to oblige and made sure the settee arrived just after the world-traveler returned home. I love the artwork surrounding the settee – what a cozy spot to read a few letters or chat on the phone!

Thank you for sending the photo of the leather settee, Susan. We hope it gives you many years of comfort!

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.

Princess Diana Family Home Althorp Furniture

Althorp House furniture inspirationThe Althorp Living History collection of furniture is based on the antique furniture from Princess Diana’s ancestral home in England. We are delighted that we are now supplying this elegant collection to our customers. Each piece is beautifully hand-crafted by Theodore Alexander furniture makers.

This is Althorp, the childhood home and final resting place of the late Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales. Her brother Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer, still lives there and he has allowed Theodore Alexander access to make the Althorp furniture collection.

Althorp Furniture: Marlborough Room

The house was built in 1508 by the Spencer family, set in 550 acres of parkland near Northampton, 70 miles north of London. Althorp has 90 rooms that are all beautifully decorated with antiques added to the house by generations of Princess Diana’s ancestors over five centuries. This is the Marlborough Room. The Victorian rosewood dining table pulls extends to seat up to 42 guests!

Theodore Alexander Althorp BedEvery piece in the Theodore Alexander Althorp furniture collection is either an exact reproduction of furniture in the Althorp estate, or is inspired by it. What an amazing and exciting challenge that must have been for the master craftsmen at Theodore Alexander!

These pieces, like all Theodore Alexander furniture, are hand-crafted with superb finishes.

For example, this four-poster Althorp bed in the style of George III is crafted in handsome mahogany with a gorgeous flame mahogany veneer design and brass accents. The acanthus leaf motif, carved columns and spiral pine cone finials create a very luxurious impression.

Theodore Alexander Althorp DeskThis Althorp Living History desk is an absolutely darling piece of furniture. Imagine sitting down before the Louis XV Rococo style desk to write your journal or your correspondence!

This fine Althorp desk is crafted in mahogany and rosewood with cast brass accents on the cabriole legs. The serpentine top adds to the seductive appeal!

Theodore Alexander Althorp Sofa SetteeYou will have a great conversational starter when you welcome your guests to take a seat in this Theodore Alexander Althorp settee! Your friends will love to hear the story of its origins. The mahogany settee with leather upholstery is crafted in the Georgian style with shapely cabriole legs and a waisted back. It’s a charming settee and a real steal on the price for a settee with such a fine heritage. At time of writing it is $1759 with our always free shipping.

It’s an honor to supply this regal line of Theodore Alexander Althorp Living History furniture and home accessories to our customers. We hope you will browse our Althorp furniture here and let your imagination take flight!

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.

 

Top-Grain vs. Split-Grain Leather and Leather Furniture Care

AT-4 Leather Chesterfield SetteeIn my recent customer spotlight about interior designer Charity and the new antiqued leather settee she bought from us,  I mentioned that leather sofas, chairs, stools and benches are among our top sellers.

One of the leather furniture makers that we work with is a small family business, and they gave me some great info about the different types of leather and the care of leather.Top Grain cream leather sofa

My first lesson was about the difference between top-grain and split-grain leather. Full-grain leather is the natural whole hide, but that whole hide is usually split into layers for making furniture upholstery. (Think of it like peeling two slices of bread apart!)
Both cuts of leather are true 100% leather and each one is wonderful for different purposes, looks, type of furniture and price points.

Red Leather Cloister counter stoolThe top-grain is the cut from the hair side of the leather. It is the most common type of leather used in high-end leather products as it is smooth and pliable.
The traditional top-grain leather look is shiny and smooth and soft to the touch, with natural color and texture variations.  Many of our sofas and chairs are top-grain leather.

The split-grain is from the flesh side. It is a tougher and thicker cut of leather and it is usually at a slightly lower price point. After the split is made, this layer of leather has a fuzzy suede look on both sides and it is light in color. Then it is finished to give it the look and feel of top-grain leather. Usually this includes applying color and a clear protective top coat.

Leather Furniture Care

Leather is porous and it’s made up of around 12-14% water which keeps it so luxuriously supple. But even though it is such a sturdy and timeless upholstery material, you do need to avoid things that will dry the leather out. For example, it’s best to keep it away from a heater or from direct sun right beneath a window.

Top Grain Leather sofa hand-made in USATo clean leather furniture, only use a water based leather cleaner. Before my leather lesson from the furniture makers, I didn’t know how bad the leather conditioners are that you can buy in supermarkets and chain stores. I never thought about it for leather, but it is just like all of those furniture sprays that are also bad for your furniture and create a waxy build-up.

New Madison Leather Club ChairMy leather expert said never to use regular household products to clean and care for leather. This includes products containing oils, waxes or silicones, as they dry out the leather big time! Most “conditioners” contain waxes or oils while furniture polish contains silicones. These all ruin the leather finish. Car cleaners with oils or waxes can leave residue that acts like a magnet to dirt, creating a build-up and finally cracking of the leather. Chemicals in many leather wipes also destroy the finish and dry out the hide so it peels.

Baby wipes are terrible for leather too as is dishwashing liquid as it has a high salt content and will ruin your finish. What about Saddle Soap? That should be OK, right? Wrong! The finish on beautiful leather furniture is not the same as saddle leather, so keep the saddle soap in the stable!

Top Grain Leather Sofa Antique LookAfter cleaning with a water based leather cleaner and nothing else, treat the leather furniture with a good water based leather protector. This creates a protective barrier, preventing dirt and stains from soaking into the leather.

Regularly wiping the leather with a damp cloth helps to clean dirt and body oils from the furniture in addition to helping rehydrate the leather – it’s nature’s own moisturizer! Take care of your top-grain or split-grain leather furniture and it will be look handsome and feel great for years!

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: Antiqued Leather Settee

Our interior designer customer Charity bought a new antiqued leather settee from us. As it’s one of our most popular leather settees, we wanted to show you how great it looks in its new home: A Chicago high-rise office. Old meets new with wonderful results!AT-4 Leather Chesterfield SetteeThis handsome new leather settee is one of our top sellers. The tufted button back is typical of traditional Chesterfield sofas and it is created with lots of hand-crafted elements by a family-owned company. (It’s item AT-4 on our website.) The upholstery is a beautiful antiqued saddle leather that looks just like an old football or an old horse saddle. You can see how the broken-in leather is accented by the hand-applied nailhead trim and the rich luster of the hand-stained wood legs. For a modern safety touch, the settee is made with high density fire-retardant foam,

Antiqued Leather Settee

As Charity is an interior designer, she obviously saw the style, quality and superb attention to detail in the antiqued leather settee.  She ordered it for her client in the Financial Services industry. Here it is in her client’s high rise office building in Chicago. The building had very stringent requirements for delivery, but our white glove carrier, Sun Delivery, made it happen!

AT-7 Leather Club Chair DistreI have to show off a couple of other pieces made by the same small family-owned company. These are also very popular with our customers. The first is this comfy new leather club chair, which would pair very nicely with the leather settee. Sturdily crafted with a solid wood frame, the Madison accent chair also boasts a luxurious hand-applied nailhead trim to highlight the curved shape.

Manchester Antique Saddle Leather Settee AT66As an alternative to the more relaxed Chesterfield style settee, this elegant Manchester Antique Saddle Leather settee has been wowing our customers! In addition to our satisfied customers who have bought it, an incredible 271 people so far have saved it to their Houzz Ideabook.

Everyone loves it, probably because of the graceful lines and high-quality craftsmanship. It’s perfect for an entryway or as seating in your dining room or living room.

Thank you Charity for sending us the photo of the settee in your client’s office. We hope that they love the blend of styles as much as we do. An antiqued leather settee in a modern office will always make a great impression!

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.