Castle in Charleston

I first heard from Brittany through our EuroLux Etsy store. She mentioned she was looking for furniture with lions and I told her she had come to the right place! She and her husband Greg drove over from Charleston, SC, in order to pick out a few pieces for their beautiful brand new home, which looks like it was plucked right out of the Loire Valley in France.

Client's home: A Castle in Charleston

Outfitting your own castle is a big job! Brittany and Greg are just getting started, but they want to take their time and find just the right antique pieces that speak to them.

Mechelen BuffetThe first piece that said, “Bring me home!” was a gorgeous antique Mechelen stained glass buffet with lots of carvings and lion’s heads. The buffet dates to 1900 and it boasts the original red, green and amber stained glass doors with a floral design.

The winged lions on the side supports are exceptionally pretty and the high-quality carvings on both the upper and lower cabinets of this buffet include many regal lions’ heads, some with a brass or gold toned ring, as well as male and female figures and faces.

Its new home is in the dining room just off Brittany’s gorgeous kitchen. The large dining table and chairs haven’t arrived yet, but you can imagine how grand the dinner parties will be! The view from the kitchen and dining room looks out over an inter-coastal marsh – imagine the beautiful sunsets Brittany and Greg will enjoy while dining.

Antique Mechelen buffet in castle home

Another handsome piece that whispered to Greg was a monumental Renaissance sideboard with massive lion’s paw feet. This piece will now reside in the formal living room, which is the first thing one sees after entering up the front stairs and through the double, solid-wood castle doors. It’s more than 8 feet long, so it makes quite an impression:

Antique sideboard Eventually Brittany and Greg will find the perfect piece of art or perhaps a gorgeous mirror to go over the French 1880 sideboard. Here’s another view of the antique Mechelen buffet. It looks so splendid against the rich wood floors and that ornate chandelier.

Mechelen antique buffet in castle homeWe love that Brittany and Greg are taking their time and filling their home with just the right pieces rather than buying everything at once. A layered, lived in look is so much more interesting. And in November, Brittany and Greg are expecting little Italia – baby will make three in their castle by the sea! We wish you both a big congratulations and will keep an eye out for more gorgeous pieces for your beautiful 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 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Johnny Cash Home Opens – With Our Antique Table!

Back in January I told you about the antique table that the new Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum in Dyess, Arkansas, bought from us. The good news is that the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum will have its grand opening on August 16!

Antique table for Johnny Cash Boyhood HomeMy earlier post about the Mechelen oak table in the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home explained that the heavily-carved antique table is just like one that the Cash family owned. That’s why the Arkansas Heritage Sites Office bought it from EuroLux Antiques.com to go in the restored Johnny Cash house dining room.

The antique table was crafted in Belgium in around 1890 in the Flemish Renaissance style. I asked Dr. Ruth Hawkins, director of Arkansas Heritage Sites at Arkansas State University, how the family came to own such an ornate and expensive table. I learned that the family remembers it was one of the few things that their mother brought with her to Dyess in 1935 and it was very old at that time.

Antique table from EuroLuxAntiques.com in Johnny Cash Boyhood HomeI recently saw a show called Ring of Fire at the Newberry Opera House, which tells the life of Johnny Cash through his songs. The show mentions that the ancestral Cash family had been wealthy Southern planters until the Civil War, when their home was destroyed by Union troops and the family was set adrift. It would make sense that the table came from this Southern plantation and was one of the remaining family heirlooms.

I was also interested to learn that apparently Johnny Cash was interested in his family history. He really researched his ancestry and traced it all the way back to Scotland. I’ll tell you about that in a post on another day.


This video is fun – it takes a look around the inside of Johnny Cash’s Boyhood Home. You get a quick glance of our antique table too! Look out for it in the part where they say, “Most of the furniture has to be replaced by period accurate pieces.”

The Grand Opening of the Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash will be on Saturday, August 16, 2014. That’s the day after the Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, AR.  Johnny Cash’s daughter Roseanne Cash will speak at the opening ceremony, and so will Joanne Cash Yates and Tommy Cash, the younger siblings of Johnny Cash and consultants for the museum.

It’s free to go to the opening ceremony but if you want to take a tour of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home too, tickets costs $10. Find all the information at this link and here is a schedule for the day.

You can read more about the fascinating background to the house and the Historic Dyess Colony at my previous post on the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum. If you like the striking design of the antique table, learn more about Mechelen style antique furniture. 

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

Renaissance Buffet & Antique Renaissance Style

I just came across these photos from a client who bought an antique Renaissance style buffet. As it is the 10th anniversary of EuroLux Antiques this year, I’ve been digging through quite a lot of old files, and I realized I’ve never shared these photos with you.

Tracy R. from Oxford, Alabama, bought this antique Renaissance style buffet some years ago. He came to pick up the oak buffet from us in the gallery, then he kindly sent these photos.

antique renaissance style

The antique Renaissance style buffet dating to 1900 looks wonderful in Tracy’s dining room. It looks so elegant against his dark green walls with the oval table and handsome dining chairs. Two glass candle holders on the table add an authentic finishing touch. The buffet or server is typical of antique Renaissance style furniture, featuring beautiful carvings on the doors and on the posts that support the upper part of the hutch.

Antique Renaissance style buffet

This second photo zooms out a little so you can see how the arm chair is upholstered in the same striped fabric as the dining chairs. That upholstery stripe is charming – classic but adding a great pop of color!

We carry a lot of antique Renaissance style furniture in the gallery, as well as some finely crafted reproductions. Typical pieces include buffets, chairs, tables, and chandeliers – so the style is especially popular for dining rooms. It creates a rather stately atmosphere for a dinner party! The Renaissance Revival style flourished in Europe from the 1830s to the end of the 19th century. At this time, furniture makers and craftsmen drew on classic Renaissance style that originated in Florence, Italy, in the 15th century.

antique Renaissance style buffet or server

They reinterpreted the style with their own creativity, but still the furniture showed the trademark antique Renaissance style details. The heavily-carved furniture tended towards large proportions and ornate carvings of classical motifs. Designs included scrollwork, arabesques, garlands of flowers and fruit, pediments, and columns. References to Greek and Roman mythology might include faces and cherubs.

This large antique Renaissance style buffet currently in our gallery is a fine example. Crafted in France in around 1900 in highly grained oak, the carved buffet is adorned with diamond medallions and foliage on the lower doors. The upper cabinet doors are carved with fabric swags and florals. At nearly nine feet high and six feet wide, the antique Renaissance Henry II buffet hutch is topped by a decorative crown. It offers plenty of serving and storage space and also has a full-length plate rack and two drawers for silverware. Pretty splendid, huh?

You can see more about this style, including photos of clients’ homes, in my other blog posts about antique Renaissance style furniture and decor. Or just browse the posts on antique Renaissance buffets. 

 

Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.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.

Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum

We were thrilled and honored when the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum bought an antique table from us. The new Johnny Cash Boyhood Home opens in Dyess, Arkansas, this year, and this beautifully carved table will be in the Cash family dining room!

Antique table for Johnny Cash Boyhood Home

The Mechelen oak table is in the Flemish Renaissance style, dating to 1890. It was hand-crafted in Belgium with heavily-carved details typical of antique Mechelen furniture. Carved lion heads peer out from the four corners of the carved apron, and the table stands on five massive carved legs. We found the table at an antiques market in Belgium and brought it back to the U.S. We’re very glad we did because the table is just like one that the Cash family owned.

Joanne Cash Yates and Tommy Cash, the younger siblings of Johnny Cash, are consultants for the new Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum. Both were born and raised in Dyess and they have good memories of the furnishings in their childhood home. They have described the rooms to the Arkansas Heritage Sites Office at Arkansas State University so that all the right furniture can be found.

That’s how Dr. Ruth Hawkins of Arkansas State University came to contact us. She saw that we had an antique table fitting the description of the Cash family dining table, and we shipped it to her in November.

Johnny Cash Boyhood Home DIning Room

Here it is in the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home dining room in Dyess – Dr. Hawkins said it is perfect in the house! The Cash family moved here in 1935 when President Roosevelt’s administration created the Dyess Colony in a New Deal experiment. The government built 500 colony houses for out-of-work farmers to move in, clear the land, and convert it to agriculture with the aim of eventually paying the government back. The Cash family was given a five-room house and 20 acres of land… and they did indeed pay off their debt!

Johnny Cash Boyhood Home dining room table Young Johnny Cash lived there from age 3 until he went into the Air Force in 1950. If you saw the motion picture “Walk the Line” you’ll have spotted the house in the movie. Arkansas State University now owns the house and they are busy restoring it. The last we heard, it is due to open in April 2014.

I will tell you more background on the Cash family table and the museum itself when the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home opens. Meanwhile, you can track the progress of the house at the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Facebook page.

A fascinating list of household items already gathered and others still needed is on the Johnny Cash Household Registry site. They are looking for items ranging from 1930’s mops and brooms to a flour barrel with a wooden cover. Who knows? Maybe you’ll have one of those pieces to help the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home out. Then your name will be on a donors’ plaque at the historic house!

You can also see more about the distinctive Mechelen style antique furniture in my earlier blog post.

Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.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.