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A Victorian Thanksgiving

We have the Victorians to thank for our modern day Thanksgivings! Communities across the country had carried out their own Thanksgiving celebrations since the 1600s.  But there wasn’t a unified American Thanksgiving until Abraham Lincoln’s presidential proclamation in 1863 called for an official Thanksgiving Day in all states.  The traditions established in those Victorian Thanksgivings live on today.

Victorian Thanksgiving card

The Victorians loved sending cards, so of course they sent Thanksgiving cards too, just like this one. The cards were often illustrated with pumpkins and turkeys – the same images we have today of Thanksgiving! The tradition of serving turkey for the T-Day meal was quickly adopted in honor of the early settlers who found wild turkey to eat. Even the party games on Thanksgiving night after dinner might include Pin the Tail on the Turkey!

Turkey was first stuffed with simple fillings like seasoned bread and corn meal, but the Victorian cooks got creative with stuffings, adding oysters, chestnuts, cranberries and other fruits.

Photo by A.HICKMAN DesignThanksgiving Table Setting

The Victorians often used natural elements to decorate their Thanksgiving table, such as autumn leaves, ferns, nuts, fruits and grasses. This table setting evokes the style and it is easy to recreate, with its beautiful natural centerpiece, a candle inside a lamp, and your best decorative stemware, and patterned china. It doesn’t matter if the plates or glasses don’t match. A mix of patterns or cut glass stemware creates an attractive vintage look.

Although the Victorian Thanksgiving meal was similar to ours, they also served some dishes that haven’t survived as traditional today, like boiled onions, clams and mincemeat pies! They did love their turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, though, just like us.

You can wash down your Thanksgiving feast with a traditional Victorian punch, like this one created by Charles Dickens. It combines rum, cognac, black tea, lemons and sugar for a very warming treat!

Dessert for Thanksgiving

If you want another dessert in addition to pies, then why not create a festive Charlotte Russe? It was a favorite of the Victorians, and often served at functions in Abraham Lincoln’s White House. Here is a Charlotte Russe recipe from the Great British Baking Show’s episode about Victorian baking!

The jelly and the bavarois filling in the Charlotte Russe is heavy on the gelatin because gelatin was a new discovery in Victorian times, making life a lot easier for cooks. They experimented with many gelatin dishes. And, just like us, they had to get creative with leftovers, resulting in dishes like Turkey in Savory Jelly! Display for desserts

This is a charming way to serve your desserts if you don’t have an antique server or buffet. Empty out a display cabinet or hutch and make a pretty display of your desserts, fruits and candies!

We know that many of our customers live in Victorian homes and love Victorian decor. I hope that this blog post about Victorian Thanksgiving gives you some inspiration for your own holiday feast. Happy Thanksgiving!

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.

Charming Victorian Inns for a Cozy Getaway

If you’re looking for a cozy getaway this fall and winter, these charming Victorian inns are picture perfect! These beautiful Victorian homes have been made into inns and decorated in period style, including antique and vintage furnishings and fine antique-inspired furniture.

Hamilton-Turner Inn

The Hamilton-Turner Inn in Savannah, Georgia, was built in 1873 to be the home of Samuel Pugh Hamilton, known as “The Lord of Lafayette Square.” It was the first residence in Savannah with electricity. When the electric lights were turned on in 1883, those watching the house light up were afraid it would explode!

Hamilton Turner Inn Victorian Inn style

The mansion was featured in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” as the location for many wild parties and the lavish decor really gives a sense of Savannah’s opulent style.  The individually designed rooms and a separate carriage house feature details like antique four-poster beds, claw foot tubs, romantic fireplaces and ornate draperies.

Chanticleer Inn

Chanticleer Guest House in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, has a very different feel! This rustic retreat (above) in a renovated 19th-century farmhouse and barn is decorated with period antiques and surrounded by forest and ponds. The country charm makes this a lovely place for a relaxing weekend getaway curled up by the fireplace, but there is plenty of pampering too with whirlpool tubs and tasty breakfasts delivered to your room!

Jeweled Turret Inn Victorian Inn

The Jeweled Turret Inn (above) in Belfast, Maine, is a more traditional Victorian B&B, and a Landmark on The National Register of Historic Places. Built on Penobscot Bay in 1898, the Victorian house has been restored and decorated in classic Victorian style including some lovely antique furniture and collectibles. Outside, guests can relax on two verandas with porch swings.  tourmaline-room Jeweled Turret

The “Tourmaline Room” shown above is decorated with antiques, lace, chintz, and a marble-topped bureau, and the bathroom features birds-eye maple woodwork and a Victorian claw-foot tub. The “Amethyst Turret” is a popular honeymoon room, located in an octagonal turret complete with a four-poster bed AND a fainting couch! It’s clearly designed for romance so the hero can sweep the heroine off her feet in several parts of the room!

If you know a beautiful Victorian Inn that you’d love to recommend to our blog readers, please leave a comment or tell us on our Facebook page.

And if you want more Victorian Inn inspiration, I hope that you’ll enjoy my earlier posts on Romantic Victorian Inns and Historic Inns.

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 Furniture in Victorian Villa

Pella Victorian VillaWe were pretty thrilled when Stan V. in Pella, IA, bought some antique furniture from us to furnish a historical house. The Pella Victorian Villa was built in 1871 and as an Iowa historic site it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Right now this grand villa is being renovated so it is not open for tours, but thanks to the internet (which never needs renovations!) you can still see photos of the rooms in the Pella Victorian Villa online virtual tour.

This is a photo of the dining room in the Pella Victorian Villa.

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You can see the handsome antique French Hunting chairs and a large antique table that came from us at EuroLuxHome.com. Later we shipped another set of chairs and another table to the villa so we look forward to seeing how those are featured in the old house.

The house was built by John Voorhees for his family, and there is an interesting story about the bricks. They were all made in a kiln on the property with clay from local clay pits and because the mortar was the same color as the bricks the builders painted white lines on the mortar between each brick. What a painstaking task that must have been! But they did a good job of it because the bricks and the mortar are still in great condition.

Apparently the house cost about $10,000 to $13,000 to build and this was double the amount Mr. Voorhees intended to pay. Tell us about it! Houses always cost more than we expect, don’t they? (We have our own stories about our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation.)

Stan and Alma purchased the house in 2011 with the aim of preserving it and they decorated it with period pieces like the antique furniture that they bought from us.

The Pella Historical Village looks like a beautiful place to go visit, especially if you want to explore the village’s Dutch Heritage.

Pella Historical Museum Tulip TIme

Pella Historical Museum at Tulip Time

Attractions include the Scholte House Museum, built in 1848 and filled with antiques, and the Vermeer Windmill – an authentic working Dutch mill.  The annual Tulip Time tulip festival also looks like a lot of fun!

We’ll revisit the Pella Victorian Villa when the renovations are complete so we can see how our antique furniture looks in the ‘new’ old house! Meanwhile, you can see our antique furniture in another historic house in our spotlight on the Johnny Cash Boyhood home.

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.

Romantic Victorian Inns

These romantic Victorian Inns aren’t just for Valentine’s Day – you can enjoy them all year round. The Victorian era was one of the most romantic in terms of architecture and home decor, although I’m not sure I’d do so well without our modern-day amenities. Thankfully, visitors to these four Victorian inns get all the romance AND the Wi-Fi!

The Oaks Victorian Inn, VirginiaThe Oaks Victorian Inn

The Oaks Victorian Inn on Main Street in Christiansburg, VA, has a very romantic story to tell. Major W.L. Pierce built the inn in the late 1800s for his bride, Julia. They lived happily ever after and had seven children. This is the Julia Pierce Room at the Inn, which was once Julia’s own bedroom. It’s been decorated with a Victorian bed and a hand-painted slate fireplace and the bedroom boasts a Jacuzzi tub big enough for you and your sweetie. Outside, you’ll find a garden with 300-year-old oak trees and a pretty porch.

The Victorian Inn, CaliforniaCalifornia Victoria Inn Parlor Room

The Victorian Inn in the Victorian village of Ferndale, CA, makes a delightful base to explore California Redwood Forest. Built in 1890, the Inn boasts boasts vintage fixtures and furnishings in its rooms. This is the Victorian Parlor room with an antique armoire and a red velvet Victorian couch in the bay window sitting area.  The VI Restaurant steps into the 21st Century with a mix of classic and contemporary Californian cuisine. That’s probably just as well, as Victorian food isn’t always a good fit for our taste buds today!

The Victoria Inn, Maine

Romantic Bed in Victoria Inn Bethel Maine

This charming bed in The Victoria Inn in Bethel, ME, looks so tempting. The romantic inn is a restored 19th century building filled with period Victorian decor and furnishings including lace-draped beds just like this one. Bethel became a vacation destination way back in the 1800s when city dwellers visited to enjoy the refreshing mountain air. The allure is apparently timeless; Ski Magazine said that The Victoria Inn was one of the 10 best inns in New England.

Innisfree Bed & Breakfast By-The-Lake, North Carolina

Romantic Victorian Innisfree Inn NCThis is nearly in our backyard! The Innisfree Bed & Breakfast By-The-Lake is a AAA Four Diamond property overlooking Lake Glenville near Cashiers and Highlands, NC.  It is perfectly placed to explore the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains but I reckon it would be hard to tear yourself away from the house itself and the 12 acres of grounds filled with gardens and woods.

Barrett Suite Innisfree Victorian Inn North Carolina

Rooms at the Innisfree are named after Victorian personalities, including one named for the queen herself: Victoria’s Grand Suite with a mahogany four-poster bed. Then you’ll find the Lord Tennyson suite with a private veranda, chandeliers, a fireplace, and a tub for two overlooking the garden, and the Barrett Suite, shown above. This romantic boudoir boasts a canopied four-poster bed with French lace and a fireplace. During the day, guests relax in the sunny parlor, and by evening Irish coffee is served beside the cozy fireplace. Guests go for dinner in the inn’s octagonal Tower Dining Room lit by chandelier.

If you want to give your spouse or significant other a hint for a romantic weekend away, just send them a link to this blog post. (Hello Greg!)

We’d love to hear about your favorite romantic Victorian inns too. Meanwhile, don’t forget our Valentine’s discount for your special person or just as a gift for your home.

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Visit a Beautiful Historic Inn this Spring!

If you’re looking for a spring getaway, why not check into one of these historic inns? Some beautiful old houses around the country have been renovated to their former glory and turned into an inn. Many boast antique furniture and period decor too. It’s a great way to step into history and enjoy the antiques lifestyle!

Simpson House Historic InnSimpson House Inn in gorgeous Santa Barbara, California, is an old Victorian estate in an acre of English gardens. The guest rooms in this luxurious historic inn are scattered between the 1874 Victorian home and restored barn and garden cottages. The Victorian decor includes antique clawfoot tubs and antique beds – so romantic!

Monmouth Historic InnTucked away in Natchez, Mississippi, you’ll find the Monmouth Historic Inn. Natchez is 90 miles southwest of Jackson, MS, and it’s actually the oldest city on the Mississippi River. The Monmouth Historic Inn was built in 1818 and the rooms boast period decor and antebellum-era antiques. You really are stepping back in time!

Monmouth Historic InnThis hall in the Monmouth Historic Inn shows the detail in the period decor and antique furniture. No wonder it’s a National Historic Landmark. If you can tear yourself away to explore outside the inn, you can wander around 26 landscaped acres.

Roycroft historic inn The Roycroft Inn in East Aurora, New York, is a wonderful place for anyone who loves Arts and Crafts decor. The National Historic Landmark opened as an inn in 1905, as a hub for artists in the American Arts and Crafts Movement.

As you might expect, there is some lovely woodwork in the old inn. The library has an old stone fireplace and you can also see original Alexis Jean Fournier murals in the foyer.

The Preservation Directory lists historic inns in every state if you’d like to find one closer to home. Or tell us about your own favorite historic inn in the comment box below!

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.

Victorian Home Delights

If you read Victorian Homes magazine, we hope you see the EuroLux Antiques advertisement we are currently running! Many of our clients across the country are working on Victorian home restorations. We are always delighted to help them find exactly the right piece of antique furniture dating from the Victorian era to blend beautifully into their design scheme.

EuroLux Antiques Victorian Homes ad

This antique buffet in the ad has now been snapped up by a customer. It’s already been delivered to her home in Kentucky. But we have plenty of other antique buffets in our gallery to choose from!

Are you also furnishing a Victorian home? Or do you just love looking at home décor from this period as much as we do? Then you might enjoy some of my recent customer spotlights about clients working on Victorian home restorations.

Victorian Home dining room restoration

Sal in New York is restoring his beautiful Victorian home to its former glory. Sal’s interior designer recommended EuroLux Antiques to him. However, Sal couldn’t decide between all of the Renaissance buffets we had in stock! So he drove from New York to visit our gallery in South Carolina and make his selection in person. It was wonderful to welcome him and show him around. He finally chose a buffet, a set of ten 1880 Hunting chairs, and a 1900 French Renaissance server too. See more photos of the furniture in my post on Sal’s Victorian restoration.

Victorian Home restoration Angela bought several pieces of antique French Brittany furniture from us for her Victorian home in Galveston, TX. Angela is restoring her 1890 house and she chose the Brittany style pieces, all crafted around 1880, because they match the maritime ship’s wheel detailing on her lovely white porch. See all the photos – including one of how the house looked in 1894 – in my post on the antique Brittany furniture.

Other clients opt for something from our selection of high-quality reproduction furniture and home accents to bring some beautifully-crafted Victorian style into their home.

Victorian Homes magazineIf you want to look out for the December issue of Victorian Homes magazine, here’s the front cover! Gorgeous isn’t it? The festive cover puts me in the mood for the holidays!

Do you live in a Victorian home? Or do you like the elegant Victorian style of décor? Tell us about it in the comment box below!

Aimee and her husband Greg own EuroLuxAntiques.com.  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.

Client Spotlight: Antique Brittany Furniture for Victorian Restoration

Angela M. recently bought several pieces of antique Brittany furniture from our gallery for the beautiful Victorian house that she is restoring in Galveston, TX.  The 1890 Victorian was almost completely gutted by fire about two decades ago. Here is the photo Angela sent us of the outside of the house as it looked nearly 120 years ago in the year 1894.

Our client's Victorian restoration home as looked in 1894

And below is a photo of the house “under new management” last year. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Front closeup

Angela says that the house is known for the lovely detailing around the porch of mariner’s wheels.  The white paint on the porch really makes those wheels stand out! Antique Brittany furniture is a perfect choice for the interior. The Brittany style often features maritime details such as ship’s wheels in tribute to coastal Brittany’s sea-faring history.

Brittany armoire 14-2A-1This is one of the pieces of antique Brittany furniture Angela chose for the house. It’s a display cabinet or bookcase dating to 1880, carved in chestnut with a beveled glass door. You can see the large ship’s wheel at the top of the French cabinet, tying in with the maritime theme of the house porch. The two galleries of spindles along the top and bottom of the bookcase are typical of Brittany style furniture. So are the hand-carved rosettes adorning the bottom drawer.
Antique Brittany Table KC-33A-1Angela also picked this Brittany style chestnut dining table dating to 1880. It’s a real stunner and the French craftsmanship is superb. Each leg boasts a carved figurine of a man or a woman wearing period regional costume. Carved figures of French country folk like these often decorate antique Brittany furniture. They are one of the most delightful characteristics of the style. The central stretcher beneath the table once again features a carved ship’s wheel.

Antique Brittany chairs KC-33B-1To match the table, Angela chose this splendid set of six Brittany dining chairs. Crafted in France in around 1880, the chestnut chairs are carved with an arched gallery of spindles on the crest rail. Each chair back features a carving of a French man or woman in happy pastoral scenes. Some of them are playing bagpipes. If you’re wondering why French country folk are playing bagpipes – an instrument that normally makes us think of Scotland – here’s the reason. Brittany is historically a Celtic nation, like Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Similar Celtic traditions and symbols appear in all those regions as they had such close cultural ties. Hence the bagpipes, which are often portrayed on antique Brittany furniture.

Due to Angela’s arthritis, she is having much of the Victorian restoration work done for her. We all know these things take time! But we hope she sends us photos of the antique Brittany furniture in place once the house is further along. Angela says “I should have waited a while to buy furniture, but I love the Brittany style and just couldn’t resist!”

We’re glad she gave in to temptation. She chose some exceptional furniture that will blend perfectly into the stately Victorian house and stay true to the exterior’s maritime theme.

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.

Client Spotlight: Victorian Restoration Dining Room

We know many of our clients are working on Victorian restorations and it’s wonderful to see how they bring their homes back to their original style and beauty. Here’s a case in point.

Our client Sal S. in New York is restoring a beautiful Victorian home that had been neglected through the years. He’s returning her to her former glory and doing a terrific job of it. Sal knows his own tastes but he is working with an interior designer to help tie it all together. He is a busy entrepreneur so he needs some help to get all the work done that goes into a tackling a Victorian restoration.

Sal’s designer found our EuroLuxAntiques.com website and sent him down to check out our gallery. He actually took a road trip from New York with his mother to come visit us in person in Newberry, South Carolina. He couldn’t make a decision between all of the Renaissance buffets we had in stock!

Antique Renaissance Buffet for our client's Victorian Restoration DIning Room

He ended up picking out a wonderful antique Renaissance Buffet in walnut wood. The antique French buffet is heavily carved with an acorn motif symbolizing strength, power, and endurance. How fitting! Anyone involved with a Victorian restoration needs endurance, and any entrepreneur like Sal is bound to be gifted with the qualities of strength and power! The buffet dates to 1900 and it is 9 feet tall with an ornate pediment, crown molding, and lovely brass handles on the two drawers.

10 Hunting Chairs for our client's Victorian Restoration dining room

Sal also selected this set of 10 beautifully upholstered Hunting chairs. The antique French chairs date to 1880 with fantastic carvings of leaves and grapes. Carved in oak with chunky barley twists, they are pretty heavy. Each chair weighs nearly 17 pounds! The physical weight is nicely balanced though by the visual lightness in the pierced splat. The floral tapestry upholstery works well with the French Hunting style frame and also fits nicely with the style of Sal’s Victorian restoration dining room.

Antique server or sideboard for our client's Victorian Restoration house

Sal finished his antiques shopping trip by choosing this gorgeous Renaissance style server in walnut with handsome grey-green marble.The 1900 French server or sideboard features rich carvings of leaves, crests, and rope, as well as turned spindles. The plate rail sits above the 4-foot-long veined marble top.

SalStrazzaeri Here’s how the buffet and chairs look in Sal’s Victorian restoration dining room. It isn’t spectacular? I love the decorated ceiling, and how about those elegant drapes? The aged patina of the walnut and oak looks wonderful against the pale green wallpapers. It all fits delightfully into the Victorian style. Obviously Sal took as much care in choosing the decor accents as he did in selecting the furniture from us. All of the wallpaper and curtains are new and I believe that is an antique chandelier hanging above the table.

The only thing this Victorian restoration dining room needs now is a dinner party to celebrate its return to its original grace and style. I suspect Sal might have taken care of that already!

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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox!