We continued our European antiques buying trip in Belgium, where we found a wonderful array of Belgian furniture and religious treasures to ship home, as well as antique furniture. In my last blog post I wrote about the antique and vintage chandeliers we found in Belgium. So let's have a look at our next discoveries.
We were mainly driving around France, Belgium and England to visit antique stores and dealers so we could find pieces to ship back to the USA. However, on one day in Belgium we helped clear out a house and we found some great religious pieces. Apparently the lady that died was the girlfriend of the local priest! That would explain why she had so many exquisite crucifixes and religious statues.
Here are some of the statues we found. The details on the Madonnas and saints are beautiful. You can see that the hand-painted robes and faces on the figures still show bright colors and there isn't much sign of wear and tear. They were obviously well-cared for and loved, and probably kept in a fairly shady room so the colors didn't get bleached by the sun.
We also bought some wonderful antique furniture in Belgium. In my post about our antiques buying trip in France I shared a photo of a very picturesque antique shop in Normandy and some other stores that were packed to the rafters,. But this one in Belgium was a first! This dealer uses an old grocery store as a warehouse. I guess it is called "upcycling!"
At the end of our buying trip in Belgium we had a huge bounty of furniture and religious treasures, as well as 85 vintage chandeliers. The chandeliers were all individually wrapped and you can't see them in this photo. We pack them inside the big furniture so they are protected and also to make the most of every inch of space. But just imagine 85 individually wrapped chandeliers! So now the question was: Could we fit everything we had bought in Belgium in THIS rented van?
And the answer was.... Nope! It worked out to be about three van loads. But we managed to get everything safely transported. Next, our very full shipping container will set off for the USA in the last week in July and land in Charleston about 4 weeks later. Then the real work begins!
As for me and Greg, we drove back to Paris to turn in the van, and then we flew to England to drive around the Midlands looking for grandfather clocks and Chesterfield leather sofas. That's another story for my next blog post!
Belgian furniture is always impressive. Whether you choose a dining table, side table, set of dining chairs or a coffee table, the craftsman of Belgium always pull through. Maybe a Belgian style sideboard is what your living room needs. Outdoor furniture is also an option. Many of these pieces were crafted in the 19th century, and have stood the test of time. For your bedroom furniture needs, we'd suggest an Art Deco bookcase, a chest of drawers, or maybe a set of floor lamps or table lamps. From Mid-Century Modern decor to antique excellence, we've got the interior design pieces for you.
We have a wide selection of Christian home decor as well. These range from personalized wall decor such as wall art, as well as Jesus figurines. Quality tabletop and wall decorations can be the perfect Christian gift idea. Maybe a wall hanging bible verse or art print is what you need to express your faith in God. At EuroLuxHome, we have a centerpiece for every style. These home decorations could make a great housewarming gift or wedding gift for your favorite follower of Jesus Christ. Maybe a piece of christian wall decor, such as christian wall art featuring a Psalm if what you need. From dining room to entryway, Modern Farmhouse style seating to canvas prints, wood signs and bible verse wall art, EuroLuxHome.com has you covered.
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 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.