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What to Look for in Vintage or Antique Chandeliers

At EuroLuxHome.com, we know that purchasing vintage or antique chandeliers is an investment, not just for your wallet, but for the decor of your home. After all, we’ve been selling them on our website for years. As furniture experts, we cannot emphasize enough the role that quality lighting plays in making your furniture shine. Quality light, particularly antique lighting, highlights details and enhances the color of your interior design, making it an essential piece for any space. But before you jump in and make a purchase, there’s a few things you should know.

What defines a chandelier?

Believe it or not, a chandelier can be a lot of things. It is a term used to refer to any hanging light with multiple bulbs, which leaves much room for the interpretation of the craftsmen who create them. The image that’s probably in your head is a sparkling, elegant crystal chandelier. This is the style that most of our chandeliers at EuroLuxHome.com fall under. However, it is by no means the only kind that exists. In fact, many of these light fixtures are made of metal such as brass, bronze, silver, and iron. Each style of ceiling fixture has its merits, and the best choice depends on the aesthetic of your home decor.

Why antique chandeliers, and not other styles of lighting?

There are 2 major benefits: elegance and versatility.

Chandeliers, and especially the styles that we carry at EuroLux, have a certain regal feel that can’t be matched by other fixtures. A luxurious antique chandelier is essentially a status symbol. Adding one to your space can bring a Hollywood mansion feeling to any home. For an extra sparkle, we’d recommend going with a piece with pendants (the individual lights)crafted from glass or crystal. These translucent materials reflect light and create a shimmering mirror effect in your space, something that cannot always be said about a standard light fixture.

With such a wide range of styles of chandelier in the world, you have options. This breadth of styles makes it more likely to find the right fit. If a metal finish fits your room best, a piece exists for you. If that’s not your style, many are decorated with paint, meaning that you are able to find a color scheme that fits with the wood furniture in your home.

What types of vintage or antique chandeliers are available?

As mentioned before, you’ve got options when it comes to vintage and antique chandeliers. If you’re looking for quality glass lighting, you can’t do much better than a Murano Chandelier. Murano is a special kind of Italian glass renowned for its quality and durability. This type of glass is essentially the peak of the craft. Murano pieces tend to be some of the more attention grabbing chandeliers.We’d recommend making one the focal point of a large room, such as a living room.

Murano Chandelier

For something a little more understated, we’d recommend going with an antique brass chandelier. You’ll still get the sparkle from crystal or glass pendants that look like crystal drops, but these pieces tend to be a little less aggressove. Pieces like this complement a room rather than dominate it. These are good for your dining room, and would make a statement suspended from the ceiling over your table, casting a regal light over dinner with guests.

There are also a variety of mid century, vintage styles available for both of these categories, such as bohemian chandeliers, if you’d like a slightly more modern vibe. We even offer ceiling fixtures with lights meant to imitate the glow of a candle.

We could write an entire book about the various types of antique chandeliers in the world. There are plenty of styles we didn’t cover available on our website here.

What are some quality chandelier brands?

Some of the most popular and tested brands include Elegant Lighting, Chelsea House, and Currey & Company. EuroLuxHome.com is proud to carry all of them. We’ve been in this business for a long time, so we know what quality lighting looks like. These brands fit the bill.

Nothing accentuates your antique furniture like a quality antique or vintage chandelier. EuroLuxHome.com has a wide variety of vintage or antique chandeliers available for purchase. Visit our chandelier page here, and feel free to reach out with any questions about our products, or antique chandeliers in general. We’d love to help you find your perfect chandelier.

Great Ways to Decorate the Garden with Flower Pots

As spring does its thing, I found some great ways to decorate the garden with flower pots, whatever your style! Last week I made up all these flower pots for my mom for Mother’s Day.

Flower Pots for mothers day

The bigger three on the right are full-sun for mom’s front porch and the 6 on the left are for shade on the back porch, including 2 hanging baskets and an aloe plant for summer sunburns. I also took mom out for lunch and a pedicure.

Moms yard 1

I also cleaned up her yard for spring 3 weeks ago and put down 58 bags of mulch and 6 bags of rocks.

Moms yard 3

Whew! That was a lot of yard yoga!  After I made up all the flower pots I was inspired to look for interesting ways to display flower pots in the garden.  I found some great ideas to share!

Details

This is a fairly classic way to use flower pots. The pots line a set of outdoor steps up to the front door or perhaps from the garden to patio doors.  The thing that struck me about this arrangement outside a house in Philadelphia is that the pots are graduated in size, getting larger toward the top, so they lead the eye (and the visitor!) up to the door.  It’s a nice spin on a traditional arrangement and very easy to do. The single-color flowers also add to the bold statement.

Collioure France Trip

Color plays a big part in this striking display too. Just pop a simple flower pot on top of a bright cafe chair for a very chic look. This photo was taken in France – you could have guessed, right? The French have a knack of making the simplest things look wonderful.  The combination of color, a sculptural outline, and the raised level of the flower pot make this a nice idea for a patio or deck. Maybe you have old or damaged pieces of small furniture kicking around the house or forgotten in the garage that you could repurpose as a plant holder? I wouldn’t do this with an antique chair, but for cheaper pieces or thrift shop finds, it’s a winner!

Landscaping & the Outdoors

Somebody got creative with a dead tree! It looks like they painted the trunk of the tree with a vibrant blue before stringing colorful flower pots up it and adding pretty outdoor lights too. This is such a fun idea to turn a potential eyesore into a focal point.

2004  :  Tuscan Stables, Ranch At The Canyons, Terrebonne, Oregon

Finally, this photo looks like it was taken in Tuscany, but it’s actually in Oregon! It is similar to the flower pots in the first picture as the pots are used to line an outdoor staircase, but actually I think the design idea is bigger than this. The row of pots attached to the walls on both sides create a wonderful architectural statement. You could fix flower pot holders to the walls to accent any architectural or landscape feature. How about hanging them on a wall in an eye-level row along a pathway to lead visitors through a floral vista? (Make sure the path is wide enough – you don’t want guests literally getting an eyeful of the flowers!)

Patriotic Vintage Bungalow

This is the outside of our 1920s vintage bungalow that we have been renovating. We have hanging baskets and also planters leading up the stairs to the door. Now I’ll have to think about other ways to decorate the garden with flower pots!

Have you got an interesting flower pot arrangement in your garden or patio? Tell us about it in the comments box – we love to hear from you! And if you are looking to buy planters, check out the beautiful planters on our website.

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.

 

Vintage Life: Raise the Roof!

Removing the old shinglesIn the continuing story of As the Bungalow Renovation Turns – a.k.a. the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow – now that we had the walls up and painted and had laid most of the ceramic tile floors, unfortunately we found that the roof had started to leak in the sun room.

When we purchased the house, we thought we had about 5 years left in the existing roof, but it turns out it was only about 3 years.  And so we needed to replace the roof.

Although Greg is extremely handy, and I am a delightful assistant, we decided not to attempt a roofing job ourselves as Greg does not like heights. We hired a crew and they set to work removing all of the old roofing shingles. as you can see in the photo above.
Tarpaper Vintage BungalowThere were quite a few areas where the wood underneath the shingles needed to be replaced too.
Replace Wooden Roof on our Vintage BungalowSince we had a crew up on the roof, we decided to go ahead and punch three large skylights in the roof for more light in the upstairs converted attic space. We’re glad we did – it turned out great! Here you can see the skylights being opened up…
Skylights added to vintage bungalowHere are the finished skylights. They are perfect to bring in the light and give us a glimpse of sky.
Skylights on vintage bungalow

After just two days, the new roof was completed and looked good.This is the view from the back of the house:

New Roof on 1920s Vintage Bungalow

We choose a reddish-colored roof shingle that matched the reddish-paint on the brick foundation around the bottom of the house. It’s a very patriotic combination with the blue paint and white trim! Patriotic Vintage BungalowWe are delighted that it looks so great. We could have done without an extra roofing job but it all turned out for the best! We were so lucky that our little vintage bungalow stayed nice and dry when Hurricane Joachim blew through.

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.