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Easy Decor Details for your Traditional Thanksgiving Table

Any one of these easy decor ideas will add the perfect finishing touch to your traditional Thanksgiving table. “Easy” is the key word… we’re all far too busy in the days leading up to the Thanksgiving feast to weave our own raffia cornucopia! But just the right handmade detail can create the perfect mood for the day.  Here are some easy ways to impress without stress!

An old thrift store platter becomes a charming chalkboard for your personal Thanksgiving message. Just cover a metal tray or platter with chalkboard spray paint… but don’t serve food directly on the tray!

Handmade thanksgiving table decor

There is something about handwritten decor that is just so special for a holiday gathering. It is personal and welcoming with a heart-warming nostalgia that takes us back to simpler times.

These humble brown paper and string handwritten tags created by Becky at the ThisIsHappiness blog are terrific examples. Used to tie napkins and tied to a sprig of leaves as a place card, the tags would be quick to make and you could put different words of gratitude on each napkin holder.

Pumpkin vases

Everyone will feel the harvest happiness when they see these pumpkin and squash vases. Squashes come in so many colors you can take your pick for a lively ‘traditional with a twist” display on your Thanksgiving table. Choose a hefty squash like a Hubbard to hold large stems or mini pumpkins for small posies.

To hold the flowers and some water, just carve out enough space in the squash to nestle a glass jar — or a votive holder for tiny squash. You might need to trim the bottom of the squash to make it stand upright. If so, rest the cut surface on a tray or runner so the juices don’t stain your table! Martha Stewart gives more how-to-make-it instructions if you need them – she created this lovely display.

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For a more glamorous look, gold-sprayed dried miniature Indian corn cobs make dazzling place cards, with each name written in gold pen on the husk. The easy DIY project is sure to be a talking point at your Thanksgiving table. The design is a perfect match for an opulent Rococo or Louis XIV style room, and it would also fit nicely with Hollywood Regency style.

If you make this cookie turkey as a centerpiece it is sure to charm everyone, although all bets are off as to whether anyone will want to dismantle it to eat all the cookies after dinner!  The cookie turkey should be simple enough to make just by copying the picture although you’ll need a steady hand to do the decorative glazing. No cocktails till you’ve finished!

Thanksiving harvest basket

If you’ve run out of time to do even the easy ideas above, you can never go wrong with a lovely basket filled with harvest foliage, fruits and vegetables.  (This one is arranged by Yvonne on her Stone Gable blog.)  The basket captures the spirit of the season and it looks wonderful on all traditional Thanksgiving tables. It’s the perfect match for your antique  French Country furniture or for Tuscan or Farmhouse style decor.

Happy Thanksgiving, however you decorate your table!

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.

Easter Table Decor

Hand-painted easter eggsWith Easter approaching I’ve been looking for some Easter table decor inspiration. After the long hard winter that many people have endured this year, it’s so uplifting to see traditional Easter table settings with all their color and pretty floral arrangements and even chicks and bunnies.

The design on these sweet hand-painted Easter eggs would be easy for anyone with an artistic eye to copy! They are larger wooden eggs, the ostrich size, and they are perfect to scatter across a tea table not just at Easter but for a wedding or mother’s day too.

Victorian Easter Table Decor

This Easter table setting looks very Victorian style to me. A tall glass vase (this is a hurricane vase) is filled with decorative faux eggs and then placed inside a vintage birdcage.  More eggs and chocolate bunnies are sprinkled around the table. The green table cloth and plates, as well as the large palm plant in the back, add to the ‘natural’ backdrop.

Easter flower glasses

This is another simple and fresh Easter table setting that reminds us that spring is here! This look could also work well on a bathroom shelf or window sill or on a console table in a French Country bedroom. The glass tumblers are filled with pebble-sized fake eggs and the center glass has a candle too. Four sprigs of flowers are tied to each glass with a white ribbon, and each glass is placed on a colorful saucer or glass coaster. How easy is that?

At the other extreme, here’s a lavish Easter table setting with every bell and whistle imaginable! We’ve got bunnies and eggs and butterflies and birds in nests and fancy cut crystal and decorative plates and placemats and ornate candelabra and twisting candles and big pink flowers and colored glasses and… It’s one of those brilliant designs that works because it is so over the top. If the designer had held back on a few things it could risk looking merely cluttered and fussy. But they went ALL OUT with springtime exuberance, so the table looks whimsical and feminine and fun.

Along the same lines, this glamorous Easter table in Los Angeles celebrates with bright color and bold pattern. Who can go wrong with a riot of flowers? The table setting avoids looking too messy because each bouquet is a single color, taming the wildness with a tailored look.

If you prefer a softer look, this Easter table also relies on flowers to create a charming springtime mood but everything else is kept very stripped down. A pure white table and bistro chairs are teamed with white linen napkins and humble Mason jars to create a dreamy-clean canvas so the daffodils and lilacs can star! Wispy chandeliers add to the delicate mood.

If you will have your Easter brunch or dinner outdoors, candy-colored Chinese lanterns keep the Easter feeling. They look a little like Easter eggs floating in the air and the pretty paper lanterns are usually easy to find in the Chinatown area of your town or online.

I hope that these Easter table decorations have give you some ideas! And if you are looking for an Easter gift for yourself or a loved one, check out our vintage and antique religious treasures, from holy water fonts and Madonnas to crucifixes and standing crosses.

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.

Elegant Halloween Decor: Black and White Thrills

As I said last year in my Vintage Halloween post, Greg and I don’t make a big celebration of Halloween, although we usually watch a creepy movie. But even those of us who don’t want to festoon our homes with plastic spiders can still get ‘into the spirit’ of Halloween with these elegant Halloween decor ideas.

An easy way to create grown-up and elegant Halloween decor is to strip out the orange plastic, the red blood, and the green Zombie brain slime! Go for monochrome with black, white, or black and white.

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Black is Gothic, white is eerie and ethereal, and the two together always look stunning, providing a dash of vintage glamour. The table on the right is very simple, with just empty bottles for candlesticks. To create the look, use as many bottles as you can find of different heights.

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Here’s another example of how a simple black and white arrangement keeps all the Halloween elements (spider, pumpkin, bat, and boo!) but still looks chic. You probably already have some black and white decor items around the home… just pull them all together in one display.

Elegant halloween batmobileHow about this for a different type of bat-mobile? It’s very easy to make with a branch and card, using the bat templates and instructions by clever Martha Stewart. Hanging in a window, it adds a traditional but still elegant Halloween touch to your home.

I love the nostalgic vintage appeal of this spooky wreath! Make it with some twisted vines draped with white net fabric and old-fashioned Halloween ornaments and sepia photographs. Paint Boo! onto a piece of scrap wood for the finishing touch.

You can even add black and white to the traditional orange pumpkin to make it a bit different. Paint a pumpkin with a circle of chalkboard paint and then let your inner Picasso out! For a Halloween party, it would be fun to have the pumpkins painted with the black, and then give your guests a piece of chalk to create their own fantasy face.

blackberry-mr-hyde-cocktail-elegant-halloweenFor an elegant Halloween cocktail, this blackberry infused Mr. Hyde Potion is perfect for dark and mysterious strangers. It’s not exactly black and white, but it’s near enough. The Mr. Hyde Potion cocktail mixes vodka with parfait amour liqueur, blackberry liqueur, and tarragon and lavender syrups. Wow. You can get the recipe from HGTV. Serve the cocktail (or any cocktail) in an apothecary style jar to add to the Halloween atmosphere.

Or, for a bit more color, you could play Dracula and mix up a Bloody Mary to sink your fangs into. My Uncle Dick’s Bloody Mary recipe is always a monster hit!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these elegant black and white Halloween decor ideas I scared up for you! If you have any more to share, let us know. You can post your photos on our Facebook page too.

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.

Romantic Napkin Folding Ideas

I’ve been sleuthing out some romantic napkin folding ideas just in time for Valentine’s Day. A napkin folded into a pretty shape is such a lovely idea for your intimate Valentine’s dinner for two. Not only does it add a romantic touch to the table, but the love and thought you put into wrangling I mean crafting the napkin is a surprise gift for your sweetheart. In fact, these napkin folding designs would be charming on any romantic occasion – a special date, a bridal shower, a wedding, or a wedding anniversary.

Rose Napkin FoldingThis sweet rose folded napkin is made even prettier with a blossom decorating the center. The napkin folding idea is from Bumblebee Linens which sells cotton and linen napkins and some delightful vintage style aprons and handkerchiefs too. You can see the full instructions for the rose napkin on their website. They say the fancy design is easier to do than it looks!

 

This gorgeous heart fold is by Luigi Spotorno, the author of the book Luigi’s Language of Napkin Folding.  I guess we can all see the message in this heart-shaped napkin and he shows you how to do the heart fold in the video. If you’d rather, Luigi also has a diagram of how to do the heart fold on his website.

The intricate water lily or lotus napkin fold will really impress your darling. It would also make a great centerpiece for the table any time you are entertaining. The video instructions on how to do it are by Luigi Spotorno again, who describes himself a Maestro of the art of napkin folding. In the video, he gives several variations of flowers you can make on your way to building his final lotus napkin. He makes it look so easy too!

Swan napkin foldingSwans mate for life and it’s hard to find a more beautiful bird to symbolize pure romance. This pair of swans is actually folded from paper napkins as you can see from the Origamisan swan napkin folding instructions.  It might be tricky to do with bulkier linen napkins, but using paper napkins means that you can keep the swans after the romantic meal! (Just have another napkin ready to roll out when dinner is served.)

I haven’t tried any of the napkin folding ideas yet. I hope I’m not all thumbs. In case any of my napkins flop and look more like rabbits than swans, I want to remind my husband Greg to remember what I said earlier about the love and thought put into it. 🙂

And to show us just what is possible with napkin folding, this amazing Renaissance-style sculpture was completely crafted in linen napkins by virtuoso folder Joan Sallas.

Linen Folding ExhibitionThe Spanish napkin-folding genius showed the 5-foot-high display of a fountain with a lion and griffin at his exhibition in Vienna. Wow. Make a gesture like that for your Valentine’s Day dinner and your sweetheart truly will swoon!

If you enjoyed reading this, you might also get some inspiration from my post on romantic bedroom decor!

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.

Serve Up Summer Herbs in Style…The Old-Fashioned Way

Many of our customers have traditional-style kitchens, and we know many are keen gardeners too. So let’s look at some traditional ways to serve up summer herbs in style! Many of these old-fashioned ideas for culinary herbs are great for entertaining – they’ll look charming on your dining table. Or just enjoy them for a meal with the family.

These gourmet treats can cost a fortune if you buy them ready-made in the store, but they’re easy enough to make yourself. Plus, it’s fun – and very fragrant!

Chill out on a summery day! Chill out on a warm day by sipping iced mint tea. Just steep a generous handful of mint leaves in hot water and refrigerate. Strain the mint before serving in a pretty glass pitcher. Add a dash of sugar to taste if you have a sweet tooth, or squeeze a spritz of lemon for a really summery zing! Garnish with a couple more mint leaves. You can also make your own sparkling herbal water with summer herbs including mint, lavender, and lemon verbena.

Summer herbs are fantastic in oil and vinegar infusionsHerb-infused vinegars and oils are delicious in salad dressings. Pop aromatic summer herbs such as rosemary, thyme, tarragon or dill into a sterilized jar with a nice quality vinegar, like red or white wine vinegar. Be lavish with the herbs – if the flavor is too strong you can always dilute it later to taste. Leave for 24 hours to two weeks in a cool, dark place. An occasional taste test will tell you if it’s ready to rock your romaine or put a frisson in your frisée!

Cooking with summer herbs, the traditional wayFor a herb-infused oil, opt for a good olive oil and follow the same method as for vinegars. Basil and chives are especially lovely summer herbs to give a punch of flavor to oils. You can use the oils too in marinades for meat or to cook vegetables, like these tasty and colorful roast beets with herb oil.

 

Summer herbs in the gardenIf you’re not sure which herbs grow best in your area, many public gardens have kitchen gardens and herb gardens, so you can see what flourishes there. This Friday May 10, 2013, is National Public Gardens Day. Thanks to Better Homes and Gardens magazine and the American Public Gardens Association, you can get free admission to participating public gardens and botanic gardens across the country for up to 10 people. Just print out your free tickets here.

All this talk of summer herbs is making me hungry. As the saying goes: So many herbs, so little thyme!

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!

Things We Love Right Now – April 2013

A home decor tip for those beautiful magnolias! Here in South Carolina, spring has sprung! The Japanese magnolias and Bradford pear trees are full of blooms and the dogwoods and azealas will pop soon too. If you have any kind of magnolia growing in your garden, one single bloom (like this one!) can decorate a home beautifully. Set it to float in an attractive bowl filled with water and place it as a centerpiece on the dining table. Your guests are sure to be enchanted. This would work with other large flowers or blossoms too.

We’re all enjoying the beautiful spring weather and looking forward to getting outdoors more!

John and Kathy EuroLuxAntiquesJohn and Kathy are excited about some of their discoveries in their genealogical searches. They’ve taken advantage of the sunny days to explore cemeteries around Spartanburg and Pacolet where Kathy has found quite a few of her ancestors buried. She recently learned that her grandmother’s great-great-grandfather and her grandfather’s great-great-great-grandfather are one and the same person! (Apparently some first cousins got married back around the 1700s!)

A vintage beer stein makes any drink taste cool! Both Therese and Greg are super-excited that the major league baseball season has just begun! Therese says that baseball is the best sport ever and she’ll be cheering on the Braves. Greg is very excited about his fantasy league baseball team. Last year he had a lot of injuries on his team but he’s got a new roster for the 2013 season. He has high hopes for two young players: Oscar Taveras, an outfielder with the St. Louis Cardinals, and Salvador Perez, a catcher with the Kansas City Royals.

Greg is really getting into his sports manager role, and he likes the idea of quaffing from this handsome vintage beer stein while cheering his team to triumph. I guess he could drown his sorrows with it too, if the season doesn’t go as well as he hopes!

EuroLuxAntiques FamilyI am looking forward to taking a trip with my mom to Hobe Sound, Florida, to visit my nieces and my best friend from college. My nieces are 10 and 11 this year – aren’t they adorable? I’m a proud aunt! We’ve booked a cabin in a state park and will go horseback riding, boating, and to the beach – the weather should be awesome. Of course, that means pulling out all my summer leisure gear. If your garage is packed to the rafters with sports and leisure equipment, these professional organizer tips on 7 steps to organize your garage might help!

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!

3 Ways to Dress Your Decor for Thanksgiving

One of the things we love about living with antiques is their versatility within any decor. Take an antique dining table. You can dress it up with fancy linens for a classic look — or leave the wood bare for a more modern look. You can create a shabby design scheme with your antiques, or you use them to go upscale. When decorating with antiques, your personal taste eclipses the objects themselves.

Here are three distinctive ways to dress up (or down) your decor for Thanksgiving.

Opulent

If you love a luxurious look, think color and texture. A thick, ivory damask tablecloth laid over an antique dining table creates a drape-y textural effect, while its color contrasts nicely with the warm wood tones of the chairs. Likewise, a neutral table cover offers the perfect backdrop to showcase a beautiful floral centerpiece in hues of orange and yellow, green and brown. The colors of fall will set a traditional tone for your holiday meal, and the varied textures of floral petals, waxy leaves, or spiky miniature cattails will serve as a counterpoint to the softness of the linens.

The opulent look also requires using heirloom china and sterling flatware. Choose simple, white plates to showcase the food, or go for ornate antique plates that may have been used during the Victorian era. Cut crystal (or glass) goblets and weighty silver flatware add a sense of specialness to the event.

Elegant Contemporary

It’s perfectly possible to incorporate antiques into modern designs, especially if you use antique accent pieces to ground and balance your contemporary space. Try using a solid color linen tablecloth and contemporary place settings for a modern feel. Then add vintage pewter candlesticks, salt cellars (or tiny vintage salt and pepper shaker sets), and antique silver-plated flatware to convey a traditional sensibility in your design. Add a touch of fun by finding flatware with real or faux horn, antler or Bakelite handles to add interesting texture to your tabletop. Using cherished heirloom glassware, linens, and accessories offers a nod to family history as relatives gather around the table.

Simple Cottage

Sometimes, the most memorable holidays are the least fussy ones. If you don’t have the time, energy, or budget to put on a Thanksgiving extravaganza, you can still enjoy the simple pleasures of good food shared with family and friends. A simple, reproduction farmhouse table sans tablecloth can serve as the ideal backdrop for your scaled-down holiday celebration. Set out vintage transferware plates for a nostalgic feel.

Make a simple centerpiece by carving a pumpkin or by using old milk bottles in their original holder to arrange flower stems cut from your own backyard.

Create a single, showstopping focal point by embellishing your chic, shabby chandelier with teacups tied with ribbons or pinecones hung with fishing line.

In the end, Thanksgiving is about expressing gratitude for the richness of life. Whether you choose to celebrate lavishly with family and friends or reflect quietly with only your significant other, you can use your antiques to help create a memorable holiday that suits your unique tastes.

 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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