Living with Antiques and Heirlooms

Past Present Living with AntiquesWe love living with antiques and heirlooms and vintage decor, and our customers who buy antique furniture in our online store also enjoy collecting and displaying these unique pieces.

This is why we were delighted when we found this book called Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques. Author Susan Sully’s book shows how to blend heirlooms and antiques into contemporary homes in a beautiful way that is easy to live with.

As Sully says: “Antiques add the touch of time and the human hand. Every dented baby cup, mended tablecloth, perfectly or imperfectly preserved piece of silver or porcelain tells a story that began long ago and hasn’t ended yet. There are no rules about living with them, except to take what’s old and keep it young by making it part of daily life.”

Dining room with antiques

Every piece of antique furniture that we find in Europe and ship back to the USA certainly has a story behind it, and it is a joy to see these gorgeous hand-crafted antiques start a new chapter of their story in our customers’ homes.  You can see for yourself how good they look in our mini tours of customer homes in our series of Customer Spotlights.

sitting room with antiques

Sully’s book shows examples of 20 houses to illustrate how the past can meet the present in her guide to incorporating antiques and heirlooms into every kind of interior design scheme, including more contemporary looks. In the photo above, beautiful antique furniture like the painted Florentine chest are mixed with a contemporary leather sofa, a 20th century Lucite table and an exotic zebra rug! One of the key tricks in living with antiques today is to be brave about mixing and matching objects from different eras and in different styles. As we can see,  the eclectic mix works perfectly!

Kitchen table living with antiques

Sully’s book also shows how to pull together traditionally-inspired interiors that aren’t fussy or stiff, For example, this kitchen looks so welcoming and cozy for a family gathering. Although there are many antique and vintage pieces here, the bolt of teal blue color gives a firmly contemporary touch. Another of Sully’s tricks is to change finishes and upholstery to give them new life, or to combine objects in unusual juxtapositions.

Formal dining room living with antiques

Sully also takes it upon herself to show how to set inviting tables, like this formal dining room with antique furniture which features a clever display of artichokes in classic European style. She also gives hints on how to display collections creatively. The 20 houses featured in the book range from a converted 1915 fire station in Alabama, to a Greek Revival mansion in New Orleans. What a terrific celebration of living with antique furniture and heirloom pieces!

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 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.

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!