Antique Prayer Kneeler: Pretty Prie Dieu

This antique prayer kneeler is a fine piece of devotional furniture. This type of furniture is also known as a prie dieu, which means “pray to God” in French. As you might be able to guess from its construction and name, this piece is designed to give you a luxurious place to pray! Every piece of antique furniture has its purpose. Some are made to store dishes, others are made to create a comfortable area in the home. Prie-Dieu prayer kneelers are a bit rarer but serve an important purpose nonetheless. This piece provides functionality and beauty to any Christian home decor. 

This antique French kneeler was beautifully handcrafted in walnut sometime in the late 19th century or early 20th century. If you follow antique furniture at all, you’ll notice the trend of solid oak and walnut construction. This is because these are 2 sturdy woods that were in abundance in Europe. It is in excellent condition and looks as good as the day it was crafted a century ago. 

Walnut Prie Dieu

This French antique kneeler was crafted in the Gothic style, which is one of our favorites and a favorite among our customers. It’s a perfect style for a Prie-Dieu to have, since the Gothic style came about in cathedrals! 

To see other Prie-Dieu furniture, check out a post about chairs in this style here!

Gothic furniture is distinguished by extravagant, one-of-a-kind artwork that incorporates Gothic architectural characteristics. Gothic furniture was intended to complement this architectural style, which is connected with church design. Gargoyles, flying buttresses, and quatrefoil and trefoil shapes are all common design elements in the furniture. Other features of this kind of furniture are pointed arches, tracery, heavy textiles, and heavy woods. 

Gothic Style Prayer Kneeler

Gothic furniture features ornate carvings, beautiful paintings, and elaborate sculptures and is thought to have originated in churches in the 13th century. The furniture, which was once featured in aristocratic homes, has changed over time and now boasts intricate, cathedral-style adornment. The furniture was quite popular in the Middle Ages, and often mirrored aspects in Gothic architecture on a much smaller scale.

Gothic Style at EuroLuxHome.com

The majority of the furniture is huge and solid, with deep, dark colors. In the Gothic style, sideboards and enormous chests protected and held valuables. The feudal lords were continually at war during the time, thus the furniture had to be moved around. To make things easier, designers incorporated chair backs and feet to chests. Tables, cupboards, seats, and beds have evolved over time to have a variety of beautiful motifs and distinct personalities. To learn more about the Gothic style, check out this encyclopedia entry.

This walnut Prie Dieu Gothic kneeler is in more than good condition. Feel free to reach out to us at info@euroluxhome.com to discuss pricing and shipping options if you’re interested!

Louis XV Buffet: A Timeless Piece

This antique French Louis XV style buffet is a sight to behold. This piece would make an excellent addition in today’s homes, even a hundred years after it was originally crafted. 

Notice the ornate carvings that adorn this fine piece of furniture. The top middle cabinet features a floral pattern that is typical of this style. Notice the detail of the acanthus leaves- the craftsman who created this work of art clearly had an eye for detail. We can only imagine that furniture like this would be a great conversation starter with guests as it makes its presence known in the living room. It would also make an excellent gift for the interior design enthusiast in your life. 

Elegant Luxury Style

This lavish look of the Louis XV period rose to popularity in the 18th century, and it was also influenced by the king’s favorite mistress Madame du Pompadour. During this Golden Age of decorative style in France, the new look was attractive to the king’s court.

Typical features of this French Rococo Louis XV style include ornate carvings including shells and wavy or watery shapes that look almost like frills. The shell is probably one of the most famous motifs of this period, often seen crowning a buffet or a bed headboard or on a chair rail. Read my Antique French Louis XV Buffet Client Spotlight to see more of this style. 

In terms of top tier 19th century antique furniture, this piece has everything we love. From the wood frame to its ornate carvings, it’s hard to imagine how this piece could be any better.

Louis XV Furniture at EuroLuxHome.com

Whether you’re in the market for upholstered armchairs or marble top side tables, you’re bound to be impressed by the quality and craftsmanship of this style. Similar to the baroque period, the ornamentation of these pieces is among the finest of the 20th century. We also have a wide variety of similar styles, including Louis XIV, Louis XVI, Regency, and Rococo style furniture. Maybe a piece from our selection of French furniture, such as a writing desk or dressing table is in your future. 

We love this style because each piece is so unique. Each bit of craftsmanship is like a time capsule- this furniture takes you back in time, and makes you feel just like you’re in a 19th century court! To browse our selection, head on over to EuroLuxHome.com to see everything we have to offer! We also made a video with more detail on the piece, so check it out here.

How to Polish Furniture: A Quick Guide

A person using a cloth to polish furniture.

You’ve had your favorite piece of wood furniture for years. Its served you well, through thick and then. But you’ve noticed that over the years, dust buildup and frequent use has the caused the piece to lose its luster. If you don’t have knowledge of woodworking, polishing your old piece of furniture can be a daunting task. The truth is, you don’t need to know all the types of wood, varnish, etc. to get your entire piece back in working order. If you’ve been wondering how to polish furniture, look no further than this DIY guide!

A brush sitting on a table being polished.

What Type of Furniture Polish Should I Use?

There are all sorts of furniture polish for wooden furniture available, so it can be hard to choose. For most wood furniture, you’ll want to get one of the “semi-solid” polishes. These wood cleaning products work on most kinds of wood, just make sure to get one without silicone. Another name for this product is “paste wax” because that’s basically its texture. These can be found at any hardware store, and online at places like Amazon and Home Depot.

Oil vs. Wax

These wax polishes provide some protection from the elements and grime. It is worth noting that while oil polishes can make your wood look great, they don’t provide the same protection to your wood grain that thicker polishes provide.

2 cans of furniture polishing wax sitting on a table.

DIY Furniture Polish

There are all sorts of other ways to make a wood surface shine. Some people elect to ditch factory made polishes entirely and use white vinegar mixed with olive oil or other household substances. Mineral oil is also a viable option.  Some polishes are even made with beeswax, and can be applied to hardwood floors as well. This wax can also help in a pinch as a DIY way of buffing out scratches.

Furniture Polishing Technique

You’ll need to use a soft cloth/clean cloth with a dollop of your furniture conditioner of choice. A microfiber cloth would also work, just make sure you aren’t using anything too abrasive. If you have a spray bottle, you can use it to spray the surface instead. Wipe with circular motions until the surface is thoroughly polished. If there is still liquid left on the wood surface, you’ll need to wipe it down with a dry cloth to remove the excess liquid. 

A person using a cloth to polish a wood surface.

We hope you found this brief guide to furniture polishing helpful. If you’re interested in browsing our selection of fine antique furniture, you can do so at EuroLuxHome.com. If you’d like to learn more about furniture repair, check out our in-depth guide here!

Scratched Wood Furniture: 4 easy fixes

A person using a cloth to polish furniture.

Scratched wood furniture can be a pain. As antique furniture dealers, we’ve come across hundreds of amazing pieces that needed a touch up. It can seem like a daunting task, but if you’re dealing with blemished home decor, don’t stress. There are tons of ways to go about fixing the problem. Some are orthodox, and others are…more creative. By the end of this article, we think you’ll be prepared to make your dented or scratched piece of furniture look as good as new.

1. Use a Furniture Crayon

A furniture crayon can be used to cover a scratch or shallow dent in scratched wood furniture. You can find them for sale at basically any hardware store, or online on sites like Home Depot. All you have to do is rub over the affected area with the furniture crayon to fill it in.

A set of furniture crayons, in different colors.

Don’t forget to wipe down your wood furniture afterward!

It may be a good idea to wipe over the area with a paper towel or dry cloth to remove any excess wax. And make sure to use the right color or the area will stick out like a sore thumb! For more on the ins and outs of furniture crayons, you can check out our post here!

2. The Iodine Method (for Dark Wood Furniture)

Iodine can also be a great way to cover furniture scratches, especially for pieces crafted from a darker wood. Iodine can be bought at most major stores, and has a variety of uses. Our favorite is making furniture look great! Just apply Iodine using a cotton swab or Q-tip. Wipe away the excess liquid afterwards. This is an important step because it prevents the chemical from staining the rest of the piece. Note that this method is not ideal for lighter colored furniture, as it will stand out against light colors.

A brown bottle of iodine with a dropper.

3. Olive Oil and Vinegar

Olive Oil and Vinegar, with a measuring cup.

All this method requires is a few household items: olive oil and vinegar. This might be the easiest way to fix scratched wood furniture at home. You’ll want to make a solution of 1 part vinegar and 2 parts olive oil. Mix them together, and then use a cloth or cotton swab to rub over the scratched part of your furniture. Once again, use a dry cloth or paper towel to wipe away any excess liquid to prevent stains and smells!

4. The Walnut/Pecan Method

Using a walnut or pecan to repair a furniture scratch might sound nuts, but it works! You’ll want to use the meat of the nut, not the shell. Using the shell will scratch the piece. Gently rub over the scratch with the nut until it fills in. This works because the meat of the nut is softer than the wood. We wouldn’t suggest eating it after, but hey, to each their own. 

A walnut next to a scratched piece of furniture.


Hopefully this guide has been helpful to you in your quest to get those pesky scratches out. For more information on scratched furniture repair and other furniture repair tips, you can check out our guide here! If you have any questions, we’d be happy to help at info@euroluxhome.com

How to Repair Furniture: Our Guide

Repairing Furniture

So your favorite piece of furniture has seen better days. Maybe it needs a touch-up and some refinishing. Maybe there are deep scratches, or a missing leg. DIY furniture repair can seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, there are plenty of home improvement resources available online. By the end of this post, we hope you’ll be better prepared to give your old pieces the furniture makeover they deserve.

Polishing Furniture

Repairing Scratched Furniture

Nothing puts a damper on quality woodworking like gouges and scratches. As furniture lovers, it’s a sad sight to see a beautiful lacquer go to waste. If the scratch is minor, you can use a lower grit sandpaper to gently rub over the affected area. Avoid using any heavy duty sanders as they can cause more damage to a finish.

Sanding Furniture

For some minor scratches and scuffs, a furniture crayon can get the job done. You use these as, well, a crayon. Just “color” over the scratched area like you would with a standard wax crayon. It’s worth noting that this fix is more temporary than some of the others we’ll talk about. However, it gets the job done. It’s best to use for light surface scratches, and make sure that you use the proper color (darker crayons for dark wood, light crayons for light material, etc.). For more on how to use furniture crayons to their full potential, check out our guide here!

Advanced Furniture Scratch Repair

One common technique for dealing scratches is to use a cotton swab with iodine to wipe down the scratch. You’ll want to immediately wipe over the spot with a paper towel, to prevent the iodine from staining the rest of your wood grain. However, some damage to wooden furniture will require more attention. 

A person using a walnut to buff out scratched furniture.

One of the most entertaining ways we’ve seen folks repair their piece is with a walnut or pecan. Yes, it sounds nuts. But since the nut is at the right hardness and filled with the right oil, a gentle rub can be enough to fix scratches. We wouldn’t recommend eating them afterwards, but who are we to judge?

Regardless of which of these techniques you choose, one thing is sure- damaged wood surfaces aren’t a death sentence for your favorite furniture! All of the materials you need to repair scratches can be found online, at hardware stores, or sometimes growing on trees if you’re feeling adventurous. In fact, there are so many options, we can’t list all of them. 

Time for Putty!

If you need to repair furniture with deeper crevices such as deep dents or nail holes, furniture putty is the way to go! This material is usually a combination of paste and wood shavings, so don’t worry about it harming your piece. Once you’ve sealed the hole, you’ll want to scrape over the damaged area with a putty knife, utility knife or dull razor blade to smooth things out. 

Wood Putty vs. Wood Filler

Don’t confuse wood putty with wood filler. You won’t want to use most wood fillers for outdoor furniture, since outdoor furniture can expand and contract when exposed to the elements. This small change can cause the filler to crack, damaging your furniture, and leaving you back at square one! All of these products are readily available online, from online furniture stores like EuroLuxHome.com or places like Home Depot

Making Your Wood Furniture Shine

Sometimes, all furniture needs is a little bit of TLC to make it shine. Just because a piece doesn’t have dents or a missing leg doesn’t mean it can’t be improved! Anyone can purchase a quality furniture polish from their local hardware store. But if you’re in a hurry, you can do it with normal household products too. 3 tablespoons of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and a small spray bottle is all you’ll need. Mix the oil and vinegar, and then spray a few sprits on your furniture. You’ll want to wipe down your tabletop quickly with a dry cloth afterward, to prevent it from smelling. This is something of a life hack, and is a great way to give your piece a new shine in a pinch.

Putting Old Furniture Back Together

Some pieces of wood furniture are irreplaceable. At EuroLux, we’ve given countless antique furniture pieces a new lease on life. The right knowledge and materials, and a little bit dedication is all you’ll need. It’s worth noting that significant damage is best fixed by a professional or someone with some experience. Larger pieces like sideboards and dressers can be difficult for untrained hands. 

However, if you just need to put a leg back on a chair, you’ve come to the right place! To put your favorite piece back together again, simply apply superglue or epoxy resin to the affected area and stick it back together again! Try to lather it up on the inside of the broken area so the material doesn’t seep out. Some of the methods mentioned above for repairing wood scratches can be used to cover the surrounding wood and make the piece look like it never broke to begin with! Extensive damage can make it a good idea to contact a professional. To learn when it’s best to contact a furniture pro, check out our post about the subject.

We hope this post has been useful to you in your quest to repair furniture. At EuroLux, we’ve been collecting and repairing furniture for years. You can check out our selection of high-quality antique and modern furniture at EuroLuxHome.com

Antique Beds: Styles and Tips

If you’re into old furniture, you know nothing makes a statement in your home quite like a quality antique bed. Something about the class and style of these pieces keeps designers coming back. Simply put, they don’t carve bed frames, headboards and footboards quite like they used to! In the age before machine carving, the quality of bedroom furniture was decided by the skill of the craftsman and the quality of materials. Each piece was crafted in its own unique way, without the standardized sizes and parts. What does that mean for furniture enthusiasts looking to add antique style to their bedroom? And how do you go about choosing the right antique bed for your home?

In this post, we’ll go over some of our favorite styles of 19th century and 20th century beds, as well as go over some of the ins-and-outs that will make your interior decorating life easier. 

The Best Antique Beds

Whether you’re looking for a taste of the French countryside, or the prestige of a London palace, an antique bed is a great place to start. 

Victorian

Named after Queen Victoria and the era of English prosperity she helped to usher in,  this style is sure to make you feel like royalty. Often crafted from solid woods such as antique oak, a Victorian style piece would be a great fit in your elegant bedroom set. This is a relatively popular style, so it won’t be too difficult to find other antique furniture to complement your bedroom’s centerpiece. Victorian beds always impress. Similar styles include the Regency style. 

Louis XVI

The Louis XVI style, as you may be able to guess because of its name, is an antique French furniture movement. Characteristics of this style include taking a neoclassical approach, which means there are themes and motifs from ancient Greek architecture. Whether you choose a rosewood, oak, or mahogany bed in this style, we think you’ll be impressed. 

What You Should Know About Antique Beds

Whether you choose an iron bed, 4-poster bed, canopy bed or brass bed, picking the right antique piece can be a journey. There are more elements to take into account than just looks. For example, since these pieces were crafted before standardized sizes, you may need to get a customized mattress to fit the bedframe. In the old days, there weren’t king size beds, queen size beds, full size beds or double beds- they were tailored to the requirements of the user. If you need a custom mattress designed for one of your bed frames, here is a good place to start. One thing is certain- whether you choose a Rococo, Louis XV, Mid-Century Modern, French Country, or Art Deco bed, you’ll be making a style statement in your antique bedroom or guest room. We wrote a post covering all of the staples of bedroom furniture. If you’re interested in learning more, you can check it out here.

At EuroLuxHome.com, we have a wide selection of antique bed frames and bedroom furniture. From sleigh beds to daybeds, our collection has something for everyone.

Picking the Perfect Bedroom Dresser

So you’re renovating your bedroom. You’ve picked out a new bed that fits your color scheme, arranged your curtains, and decided what to do with your wall space-what’s left? A bedroom dresser. Not only are dressers essential pieces of bedroom storage, providing plenty of room for clothes, but they’re a great way to bring your space together. In this post, we’ll talk about what to look for when picking yours out, and show a few pictures of some of our favorites. With so many wonderful options on today’s furniture market, it’s hard to keep track of them all! Whether you’re looking for a chest of drawers, solid wood headboard or other bedroom furniture, you’ve got options. 

For a synopsis of bedroom decor in general, head on over to our post here.

Bedroom Dresser Styles

For those decorating their sleeping space, there are a wide variety of styles available to choose from. We’ve even seen customers decorate their entryways and living rooms with a quality 4-drawer dresser. Below are just a few of the many styles you could consider. 

Victorian

Among our best sellers are Victorian style bedroom dressers and bedroom chests. These will bring a Dickens-ian type of luxury to any space. Many of these were crafted in the early 20th century, a contrast from more modern pieces. A quality antique dresser that has stood the test of time is a great way to spice up your home decor. 

Victorian Inspired Dresser, Jonathan Charles

Mid-Century Modern

For something a little more recent, we’d recommend the Mid-Century Modern. Despite being a vintage movement, some pieces in this style look more futuristic than today’s furniture! You will be drawn to the sleek lines and smooth color schemes. Paired with the right end table or bed frame, a quality vintage dresser could bring your entire space together. Regardless of your preferred size and number of drawers, there is something in this style for everyone! 

For more information on this movement, check out our post about it here!

Rustic

Rustic decor is a natural, old fashioned style that still brings much to the table! These bedroom dressers are a great fit for those with a log cabin, or those who want to create that effect! The warmth and sophistication of these pieces will be the first things you notice. 

Another Lovely Jonathan Charles Dresser

Where to Place Your Bedroom Dresser

Now that you’ve picked out your new favorite piece of furniture, it’s time to decide where to put it! Generally speaking, a good place to put your antique or modern dresser is to the side of your bed, against the wall. You don’t want it to be to close, as it will be hard to get out of bed! But you still want it to be within a few steps. After all, a big reason dressers are so useful is their accessibility! We’ve had customers that find them so useful, they put them in their home office! 

Whether you choose a small dresser, 6-drawer dresser, 5-drawer chest or even an entire bedroom set, we hope this post has been useful to you in your journey of bedroom decor. If you’re in the market for a new piece, we’d be happy to help over at EuroLuxHome.com! You can check out or bedroom dressers on this page. Our new arrivals include other furniture such as bookcases, sectional sofas, dining room furniture and more!

How to Decorate Your Bedroom: A Guide

Bedroom Nightstand

The average human spends more time in the bedroom than in any other space in the home. Quality interior design can ensure that that time is well spent! Everyone wants to sleep in style, to wake up in an immaculately decorated area. But with so many furniture and lighting options, the process of creating your perfect sleeping  can seem daunting. But if you stick to your style and know how to pick the right pieces, you’ll be living in luxury for years to come. 

Bedroom Ideas: Picking Your Style

If you can imagine it, then chances are a furniture maker has created it. Interior design is an art form that has been honed for centuries to match all sorts of tastes.

Further Reading: Design Styles Defined

Victorian Style Decor

If you’re looking for a regal, old fashioned style, we’d recommend checking out some Victorian pieces. As the name would suggest, this style is inspired by the craftsmanship of 19th century England. This is a great route to go when considering how to decorate your bedroom.

You can consider Victorian design a “revivalist” style- that means that its original creators used motifs from other styles past. A history within a history, if you will, since many of Victorian pieces you’ll find are genuine antiques! Tastes change over the centuries, but this English furniture style has withstood the test of time. As an added benefit, referencing other styles means Victorian furniture can match with most Old World styles too. Versatility, beauty, and craftsmanship from generations ago- what’s not to love? 

Mid-Century Modern Design

Maybe you’re a more modern person. But not too modern. If that’s the case, then perhaps the Mid-Century would be a better fit. As the name suggests, this type of design rose to prominence in the 20th century. Its sleek, clean lines are a change of pace from more antiqued furniture styles, reflecting the modern, changing mindset of the era. If you’ve ever watched the show Mad Men and admired the layout, this is the design for you! This is a style that will fit well if your desired home decor is more contemporary, but might look out of place among the patinas and veneers of antique furniture. 

A wooden chest of drawers
Mid-Century Chest of Drawers

French Bedroom Furniture

As European antiques dealers, we can’t help but give a mention to a wide array of antique French furniture styles. Many of Europe’s most prominent design movements originated from France. It was customary for many monarchs to popularize their own furniture styles, leaving a creative legacy that still exists today! Whether you’re looking at a Louis XV or Louis Philippe piece, one thing you’ll notice is how each ruler adds a touch of their own personality. For example, if the King was an avid hunter, then the carvings might include animal scenes. 

Whatever your style, just know that you have options. There really is something for everyone in the world of furniture.

A tip about antique beds- most antique beds were made before the standardization of mattress sizes. You’ll probably need to have a mattress fitted for optimal comfort, but we think the luxury makes it worth it. Back when furniture was designed by and for kings, king size was whatever the king wanted it to be. 

Louis XV Bed

How do I tell if my furniture is high quality? 

So you’ve decided how to decorate your bedroom, and now you’re choosing your pieces. The first thing you should look at is the material used. High quality furniture is generally crafted from solid wood such as mahogany or oak. These materials make up most antique furniture, and are a large part of why it lasted long enough to become antique! 

Depending on the age of the furniture, imperfections may be a good sign! Keep in mind that most antiques were crafted by hand. A slight curve or blemish in the construction can signify that the piece is a legitimate antique, not made on an assembly line. A slightly crooked desk may actually be much more valuable than a perfectly shaped one! Not to say that modern pieces aren’t lovely as well. It’s just important to consider the age of your bedroom decor when making any judgements. A slight blemish here and there won’t harm the integrity of the piece- it’s survived this long, after all. 

If you find something in need of refurbishing, don’t write it off just yet! Check out our guide here to see if your piece is salvageable.

BONUS TIP: If you’ve found what you’re looking for, don’t forget to measure your door frame to make sure it fits! This is usually only a problem with larger pieces of furniture, such as sofas and desks. Still, there’s nothing worse than finding your next centerpiece, only to realize you can’t get it inside the house! 

Organizing Your Bedroom Furniture

So you’ve picked your style. You’ve bought all the furniture you need, and have even managed to get it through the door! So now what? It’s time to arrange.

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom

A few things to keep in mind- first, make sure to consider natural lighting when placing your bed. You may not want the sun shining in your eyes every morning. Or maybe you do. You’ll probably want to choose a lighter color of paint, even if you have dark furniture. This is because dark furniture has a way of absorbing sunlight. The more natural rays flowing into your room, the more spacious it will feel and the more it will complement your furniture. 

Storage Matters

Unless your bedroom is several square miles across, you’ll have to think about space limitations. Fortunately, there are a variety of lovely decor options that serve this practical purpose. Maybe a dresser with plenty of drawers could be the versatile piece your home needs. Nightstands, especially larger ones, are also a great way to meet this need. If you can imagine a piece of bedroom furniture, chances are a storage variant of the piece exists! We’ve even seen footboards with added compartments for your belongings. The more items you can store in your furniture, the more room you have for furniture. 

Further Reading: Maximizing Your Bedroom Storage

Tall furniture such as shelves or tall dressers can also be a great way to preserve floor space. Think vertically!

A square white bed with storage compartments at the bottom.
Storage Bed

Bedroom Lighting 

The lighting you choose for your space will drastically impact the look of your furniture. Whether it’s bedside lighting or a chandelier hanging from your bedroom ceiling, picking the right light fixtures is important. When deciding how to decorate your bedroom, you’ve got to think of the glow!

Not every room is wired properly for a ceiling light, and not ever ceiling is tall enough for a chandelier! This can seem like a barrier between you and your bedroom lighting ideas. Fortunately, there are still plenty of great choices, such as floor lamps, table lamps, wall sconces and more. Remember, lighting has as many different different styles as furniture, so make sure the piece you get matches the rest of your interior design! Victorian style overhead lighting probably wouldn’t be a very good blend with a Mid-Century Modern bedroom. 

For a more in-depth look at one of our favorite lighting choices, check out our chandeliers guide here!

And of course, we can’t forget natural light. A few well placed mirrors can amplify the sun coming through your windows, providing a warmth only nature can offer! 

Combine the right ambiance from natural light sources with quality lighting fixtures and your furniture will thank you for it! 

Nickel Chandelier

Picking the Right Bed

Most standard furniture rules apply to your potential bed. You’re looking for something made out of a solid, high quality wood. Whether it’s a modern bed or antique bed, the bed frame should be sturdy. If you’re going with a piece that has an upholstered headboard, make sure it’s crafted from leather, faux leather, or a durable fabric. The last thing you want is a scratch or tear in your brand new king bed! 

Here’s an example we couldn’t help but mention. We delivered this Louis XV bed to a customer in Ocean Springs, MS. Notice the level of detail in the carving. It may sit low to the ground, but it’s certainly not low profile! The bed design features an ornate wood frame, carved on every inch. There is not a single space on this piece that its creator did not decorate. 

This bed is a lovely intersection between the Rococo and Louis XV styles. French Rococo is a tried and true movement in home decor. It often features these sweeping curved lines, adding a sense of elegance. This particular bed is crafted from walnut wood, guaranteeing its stability. After all, that’s why this piece has lasted since the early 1900s! 

Don’t Forget Platform Beds!

A platform bed may provide a “sleeker” look than a traditional box spring, if that’s what you’re going for. These can still offer all the lovely upholstery, tufted headboards and modern design you could want! Platform bed frames come in all shapes and sizes, with different slat types to suit your needs. You could even consider a metal platform bed for added stability. Contemporary beds are often crafted with specially engineered wood to produce the same durability. 

A flat platform bed.
Platform Bed

Don’t forget about storage beds either. These are a great way to improve storage space in a small room, making even more room for your furniture! 

Keeping Your Bedroom Decor Personal

At the end of the day, everything comes down to your own personal taste. We can help point you in the right direction, but home decor is an art- it reflects who you are. There’s no “correct” headboard to choose, and there’s no accent lighting that will work in every situation. You are the master of your own master bedroom. 

If you’re a minimalist person, then choose a minimal style! There’s no need to overdo it if you don’t consider yourself a fancy person. 

Whether you have a modern style approach, or an antique bed that fits into neither the king size or queen size category, there are options. 

Don’t Forget Bedroom Accessories

Once you’ve got your fundamental pieces in place, it’s time to fill in the gaps. This is where you can really let your personality take over! For additional floor decor, maybe an area rug could be the splash of color you need! These can create a focal point, and enhance a small space or piece of furniture. A set of throw pillows could make a daybed pop! 

A light brown throw pillow.
Throw Pillow

A bookcase could be great for any readers out there, and has the benefit of storage space to organize your belongings! It also opens up even more decorating ideas, giving you the option to display all your favorite trinkets.

With these tips, you’ll be sleeping in luxury! Don’t forget that your home decor is a reflection of you and your tastes. There’s no right or wrong way to do it, so get creative!

Upholstered Bench Done Right

Upholstered Bench

Nothing can add comfort and style like a quality upholstered bench. Whether you’re in the market for a tufted piece for your living room or a storage bench for entryway, you’ll be impressed by the versatility of this furniture type. Picture this scenario: you’re having company over, and are trying to figure out seating. You’ve got a set of chairs that matches with your interior design, but they’re too small, or not comfortable enough. A bench with upholstery is a great solution. 

Linen Upholstered Bench

These pieces are generally upholstered with brown or black genuine leather/faux leather. This gives them the ability to blend with all sorts of color schemes and styles. Any style can benefit from more comfort, whether it’s Mid-Century Modern or Victorian. You could also consider a storage bench, perfect for making good use of a small space. The cushioned seat of a leather bench allows for more comfort than your standard seating options.

A durable, attractive Upholstered Bench

There’s one example of this type of furniture that we couldn’t help but mention: this reproduction upholstered bench. There’s a lot to love about this piece. One thing we always look for when collection furniture is durability. This bench meets that standard. Its solid wood legs and construction ensure it will last for generations. After all, there’s no sense in crafting a lovely upholstery if it isn’t supported by a sturdy wood frame. 

Reproduction Upholstered Bench

As you might have noticed, this wood bench is easy on the eyes. We can guarantee that any guest who lays eyes on it will be impressed. The deep black color of the leather was crafted using a technique known as an antique blackwash. Not only is the finish beautiful in its own right, but it also gives you options. A piece like this has the ability to blend with more color schemes than others, so you’ll find all sorts of great places to put it! Whether you want an entryway bench, bedroom bench, or even a dining bench, this piece fits the bill. This bench features a leather upholstery on the seat for added comfort, in addition to its durability and beauty. For something similar, check out this King Henry bed bench!

Upholstered Benches Enhance Every Space!

Just imagine how a piece like this could blend with your coffee table, dining room furniture, or other bench seat! You could also consider putting one in your home office, enhancing both your work and home decor. From padded seat cushion to sturdy legs, you’ll be impressed by this bench.

French Country Counter Stools

French Country Counter Stool

We sold a customer a set of French Country counter stools and this is the result! Lisa from Sarasota, FL put them to good use. We love what she did with her kitchen area. Notice how well these counter stools match with her kitchen island countertop! The styling of these wooden bar stools blends well with her existing setup. Lisa, we are impressed by your home decor chops! Thanks for sharing. 

We always love to see the designs our customers make with our furniture. Especially when it’s a design with one of our favorite styles, French Country!

The French Counter Stools

Quality French Style Furniture

These handcrafted counter or bar stools are truly a sight to behold. From wood frame to backrest, it’s hard to imagine a kitchen, bistro, or dining space where they wouldn’t look spectacular. Notice the luxurious carving in the wood bar stool’s wooden seat. These bar chairs are among some of our most popular pieces because of how they allow you to connect with friends! Not only is their construction beautiful, but these stools are built to last. The solid wood frame has stood the test of time, ensuring durability and class. 

One thing we look for in fine furniture is versatility. The more purposes a piece of home decor serves, the better! These French Country bar stools meet that standard. They could bring a new vibe to your home bar, adding elegance as you share drinks with close ones.

Whether you’re looking to decorate a Rustic dining area or a Farmhouse style breakfast bar, you won’t be disappointed by these stools. 

More French Country Furniture

French Country Writing Desk

If these pieces of furniture have piqued your interest, you might be interested in other French Country decor! Simply put, the French Country style is a joining of worlds. From one end, we can see Rustic influences in the designs: carved wood legs, old-fashioned wood finishes, etc. The other side of this style is its European influence, with clean lines and gentle hues that are easy on the eye. Rattan and beige, ladderback and rush seats: this is a style with many options. 

You can always expect quality materials to be used with French Country products. Whether it’s walnut, oak, mahogany making up the frame, it will be durable. And whether it’s a wood seat or faux leather seat, it will be comfortable! 

If you can imagine it, it exists in the French Country style. From dining chairs with elegant linen upholstery, to pub tables with a lovely oak finish, this style can impress anyone. From your dining room to your kitchen counter, you’ll see why this style is one of our best sellers.

There are always more options!

If you like these stools, we have some other recommendations! Perhaps a swivel or backless piece could provide a more casual accessibility to your space. A counter height stool, or something with an adjustable height, might be more suited to your needs if you’re pursuing a Mid-Century Modern space. The options are limitless.

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