Antique of the Week

We have started to post on social media about our “Antique of the Week.” Sometimes we want to highlight a piece of antique furniture or an antique decorative object because it is especially wonderful! It’s a nice way to showcase some pieces that our customers might like to see. We use the hashtag #AntiqueOfTheWeek on our accounts on Pinterest, Facebook and Google+ so if you aren’t following those accounts already, you can search on that #AntiqueOfTheWeek hashtag.

Normandy Antique French bedWe sometimes tie the antique of the week into the season or topical events. For example, we chose this beautiful romantic French antique bed as our Antique of the Week to honor the royal wedding when  Prince Harry married his lovely bride Meghan Markle.

Sometimes we choose a piece of antique furniture that has recently arrived on the ship after one of our antique buying trips in Europe, and we have just unwrapped it and are especially delighted to share it with you!

Here are some of favorite Antiques of the Week so far if you missed them!

Antique French Renaissance SetteeWe chose this antique French Renaissance Hunting style settee, because it has just arrived from our last buying trip in France. The gorgeous carved flourishes of foliage and floral upholstery also feel so summery. The oak settee dates to 1880 and we also have chairs available to match.

antique Dining chairs flemish

When the clocks went forward, we chose something green to remind us that spring was just around the corner! This elegant set of 6 antique Renaissance oak dining chairs in the Henry II style and upholstered in a green fabric was crafted in Belgium around 1900,

Antique French TrunkSpring also put us in mind of vacation travel, so we chose this antique French trunk with its original iron straps & handles.  You will not want to try to check in this heavy oak trunk at the airport, but isn’t it terrific? It was originally made in 1820 for travel and it has iron caps on each corner to protect it on its voyages. Now it can serve as a rustically decorative storage box and it’s a great conversation point…imagine where this box has traveled since it was first made in France nearly 200 years ago!

Prie-dieu antique French During Holy Week, we chose this beautiful antique French prie-dieu or prayer chair. We found it in a church in Normandy on our recent antiques buying trip to France. It is carved in oak wood, dating to 1890, and we had it reupholstered in red velvet.

Mother Child Dogs statueWe celebrated moms and Mother’s Day with this beautiful 1930 French chalkware statue showing a precious moment between a tender mother, her child, and the adoring family dogs! The sweet and beautifully detailed statue is a real charmer!

Eastlake antique bed 1890 VictorianThis week our Antique of the Week paid tribute to America and American craftsmanship with this antique Eastlake bed, crafted in the USA in around 1890. This classic American treasure boasts stately architectural detailing and floral carving in the mahogany wood.

If you want to see more of our Antiques of the Week over the coming months, search on the hashtag #AntiqueOfTheWeek and treat yourself to a dose of beauty!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns 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 7 (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.

Bookshelf: Antique Fairs of England, Swedish Antiques, Art of the Muscle Car

Nothing’s more fun than hunting for antiques, but reading about them comes in a close second. These recently released or forthcoming books will entertain, inform, and inspire you in your antique hunting adventures.

Swedish Antiques: Traditional Furniture and Objets d’Art in Modern Settings

This new book discusses how to blend fine antiques with modern furnishings

This title by Karin Laserow, Britt Berg, and Niklas Lundstrom addresses an issue many of my clients tackle: How to blend fine antiques into their contemporary or modern decor.

Released earlier this year, this book provides “a comprehensive guide to blending beautiful antiques into a modern home.” While the book focuses on Swedish antique furniture, the principles used by the designers here will work with any type of antiques you’d like to incorporate into your modern home.

Beyond antique furniture, the book helpfully talks about how to display antique decorative objects, such as candlesticks and chandeliers, in your decor as well. Blending all these elements seamlessly can give you the contemporary look you like with the fine antiques you love.

The Vintage & Antiques Fairs of England

Planning a trip to England this year? Indulge your collecting passion by planning a visit around major English antique sales

Many of our clients tell us they’d love to do what we do. If they knew the truth about our buying trips — the long plane flights, sleepless nights, and exhaustion — they might not be so eager!

But if you’re planning a trip to England this year anyway, why not indulge your passion for collecting at the same time? The Vintage & Antiques Fairs of England by Sandy Price, forthcoming in June, 2013, offers you a comprehensive guide to 41 specific English antiques fairs and flea markets. You definitely can plan an entire vacation around shopping for antiques. Written like a travel guide, this book includes lists of things to see and do near each of the markets profiled.

The Art of the Muscle Car: Collector’s Edition

Gorgeous photographs of great American muscle cars for your coffee table

Not a collectors’ guide, The Art of the Muscle Car: Collector’s Edition by David Newhardt, Peter Harholdt, and Brock Yates celebrates the American muscle cars serious collectors crave. Forthcoming in May, 2013, this edition updates the original with stunning cover art and superb photographs on the pages between.

This book will look fantastic sitting on the coffee table in the man cave. Even if you aren’t among the elite who can afford to collect cars, you’ll take a fun trip down memory lane with this book that pictures all the cars you lusted after in your youth, from the Super Bee to the Cobra Jet to the 442. You know what I’m talking about.

Do you have any favorite books about antiques or collecting? Drop a note in the comments to let us know which books you can’t live without!

Aimee owns 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!