Antique Armoires, and Why They’re Awesome.

Few pieces add a regal feel to your decor like antique armoires. A versatile type of furniture, an armoire can bring a sense of elegance to your room, while also providing the practical benefit of ample storage space for anything you choose, be it clothes, linen, jewelry, or even weapons. At EuroLuxHome.com, we have a wide selection of these sturdy, time-tested pieces, and over the years, we’ve learned the finer points of the style. Hopefully by the end of this post, you’ll be an expert on them too.

What exactly is an armoire?

The first thing to understand is that the term can mean a lot of things. An armoire is essentially a large cabinet or wardrobe. Most feature at least one paneled door on the exterior. Many of the pieces we carry also feature a shelf for more storage space. Antique armoires are generally crafted from sturdy wood such as walnut, oak, or mahogany. This structural integrity is why so many of these pieces last long enough to become antique, as most of our armoires were created circa the 19th century. 

Depending on the antique piece, you may also find a few with a glass door, giving the piece the ability to be used to display valuables. For those who wish to use them as a wardrobe, some armoires also contain a beveled mirror. Many people also use them as a bookcase, perhaps even adding a shelf to create more room. With the versatility of this style, chances are that every home could put one to good use.

Many of these pieces could be used as storage cabinets, many featuring a chest of drawers. Some folks use this one-of-a-kind furniture as a wardrobe armoire.

Where should I place my antique armoire?

Depends on what you want the piece to do! We’ve had customers place them anywhere from bedroom to dining room to living room. Many customers use them as an antique wardrobe, giving a rustic charm for their bedroom that can’t be matched by a traditional linen closet. As mentioned before, the storage space provided by an old armoire lets you store more clothes than you could reasonable wear. Some of our armoires also contain a drawer to build on this benefit. Sturdy, quality wood enhances the decor of a bedroom while also serving a practical purpose.

Antique armoires are also a great choice for anyone looking to enhance their dining room decor. Some feature a mirrored door, which can create a sense of more space in the room as you dine with guests. We’ve even seen people use them as cupboards Pieces that feature a glass door and shelf allow for the display of valuables, such as dishes or fine china. The ability of an antique armoire to blend with other pieces of antique furniture while providing more storage space ensures that your beautiful piece is also practical.

What are the different styles of antique armoire?

There are too many to count, so we’ll just discuss the common styles, and the styles we carry at EuroLuxHome.com. Our personal favorite is the antique French armoire. Simply put, the French have a certain knack for creating antique furniture. These pieces feature immaculate carvings, demonstrating an elite attention to detail. A standard antique French armoire features 2 or more wooden doors, and sometimes a glass door. The wood used to make these pieces is usually oak or walnut-something sturdy. However, we have also carried antique French armoires crafted from mahogany.

Another popular style of antique armoire is the classic Farmhouse style. These pieces are all about rustic charm. They tend to be less dramatic than other types, creating a more home-style atmosphere. Like other armoires, these usually feature one or more wooden doors, with the capacity to have a glass door as well, depending on the craftsmen. These pieces usually feature a wood finish, making it perfect for any cottage. Other styles include French ProvincialArt DecoFrench CountryVictorianArt NouveauRococoLouis Philippe, and Louis XV style. No matter which you choose, it is sure to demonstrate master craftsmanship.

From cabinet door to pediment, you can’t do much better for your home than by picking up your own antique armoire. This style of antique furniture is timeless, and provides the boost to your decor and storage space that interior designers drool over. We have a wide selection of these beautiful pieces on our website here, so check it out!

Renaissance Style Furniture and Decor

Renaissance style furniture  is one of the most popular styles of antique furniture in our online store EuroLuxHome.com because it has a timeless elegance and nobility and it is easily adaptable to today’s homes. If you don’t know the history of Renaissance style furniture and how to recognize it, here’s your guide to help you decorate your own home with this refined and classic look.

Renaissance Dining Room in our client's home
Formal Renaissance Dining Room

The Origins of Renaissance Style Furniture

The Renaissance period — meaning “rebirth” — emerged in Italy in the 15th century and lasted well into the 16th century. This period was a pivotal cultural movement that marked a huge shift in thinking, science, and art in Europe. The Italian Renaissance is the most well known, but this cultural shift was evident across the world. This exciting period was a bridge between the medieval period and the pre-industrial modern age and amazing Italian craftsmen and artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo rose to fame. The new aesthetic in arts and architecture was inspired by the classical arts of ancient Rome and Greece. Rich aristocrats like the Medici family in Florence flaunted their wealth, good taste and artistic patronage by furnishing their fabulous homes, as well as public buildings, with impressive furniture with ornate carvings in fine wood. The Roman and Greek influences resulted in classical shapes and motifs, including mythological motifs, becoming a common theme in the decorative arts. Many of these works can be still be found in historic places across Europe.

Antique Renaissance Buffet Kitchen Diner
Antique French Renaissance buffet in the kitchen

Renaissance Revival Furniture

The Renaissance era had such a deep impact that even hundreds of years later, craftsmen were still trying to emulate its accomplishments. This furniture style became popular again in 19th century France. People in the newly affluent middle class after the Industrial Revolution were keen to furnish their homes with large, opulent furniture with heavy carving to display their new status. The antique Renaissance style furniture that we sell today is from this Revival period, dating to the late 19th and early 20th century and imported from Europe. This is the same era as the Victorian age (sometimes called the 2nd English Renaissance) in Great Britain, which shared a lot of the same looks, values, and art. If you have a Victorian Renovation home, you can happily decorate with Renaissance Revival furniture!

Antique French Renaissance style server sideboard, with a queen’s face carved into the top and a marble counter.

Typical Renaissance Style Furniture Features

When browsing this style of antique furniture you can expect to see:

When browsing this style of antique, revival style furniture, you can expect to see:

  • Large proportions and sturdy silhouettes are a key part of this furniture design.
  • Mostly hand-carved, heavily-carved ornamentation, and beautiful ornate carving across the fronts of cabinets and buffets.
  • Classical motifs included scrollwork, arabesque designs, flourishes, garlands of flowers and fruit.
  • Greek and Roman mythological references carved into the wood-these include mythic creatures, plus lions, cherubs and human faces, as well as grotesque faces that remind us of gargoyles.
  • Classical era decoration, such as arches, pediments, cornices and columns on furniture hark back to ancient Greek and Roman architecture.
  • Galleries of spindles add to the architectural style and also serve as plate racks on buffets and servers.
  • Finials on buffets and chair backs add a regal finishing touch.
  • Furniture wood is most often dark oak or walnut.
  • Veined marble is used in heavier furniture making, like for tops on buffets, servers and sideboards.
  • Brass or metal handles sometimes adorn the backs of dining chairs.
  • Rich upholstery includes tapestry style fabrics, silks, jacquards and brocades. Also leather and embossed leather upholstery on dining chairs, like this set of six antique French Renaissance Henry II style dining chairs dating to 1900.

Different Renaissance Furniture Styles

Several distinctive styles emerged during this Renaissance Revival period. The most popular with our customers are:

Renaissance Henry II style

With a focus on classical symmetry and architectural influences, the dignified Renaissance Henry II style often boasts carved arches and columns, imposing pediments and decorative finials. This regal style especially appears in dining chairs and in buffets and servers. See more details in my blog post What is the Renaissance Henry II Style of Furniture?

French Hunting Style

Antique French Hunting style furniture was also a key look in this Renaissance Revival era. Our Guide to French Hunting Style Furniture and Decor shows you more details of this trend which was originally designed to furnish royal hunting lodges and chateaux. This French furniture often features carved wild animals that you might see on the hunt, game birds and fish, mythical creatures such as griffins, as well as fruits, flowers, leaves, entwined vines and grapes.

Bring the Renaissance Style Into Your Decor

In addition to heavily carved antique Renaissance style furniture, you can also bring the Renaissance look into your home with decorative accessories (available at EuroLuxHome.com) and interior design elements such as:

  • Renaissance style vintage and new chandeliers
  • Decorative tapestries and wall hangings
  • Arch shaped mirrors to evoke classical architecture
  • Richly hand-woven throw pillows
  • Cherub sculptures
  • Brick or tile floors in earthy brown tones, patterned in geometric style
  • Wallpaper that looks like a mural fresco
French Renaissance Buffet with carving of knight on horseback

Renaissance Style Furniture in Today’s Homes

You can see how some of our customers have added antique Renaissance style furniture to their homes in our “customer spotlight” blog posts:

This style is perfect for a Victorian Era home and for anyone who enjoys traditional decor and beautiful craftsmanship and who wants a comfortable but classical look.

If you are shopping for Renaissance style furniture you can browse our large selection of exceptional antique furniture at the link. 

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French Hunting Style Furniture and Decor

French Hunting style furniture and decor became popular in the court of King Francis I in the 1500s. Yet four hundred years later, it looks just as good in today’s homes. An impressive yet comfortable and welcoming style of decor, the French Hunting style is a great choice for people who enjoy an elevated rustic look. And no, you don’t have to be a hunter to appreciate this fine craftsmanship.

The Origins of French Hunting Style Furniture and Decor

Antique French Carved Henry II Buffet
Antique French Hunting style buffet in our customer’s home

The French Hunting style was made popular by King Francis I (1515 – 1547) who ruled in France at around the same time as King Henry VIII ruled across the channel in England.

Francis I was a great supporter of the arts, especially Italian Renaissance art and architecture. He even tempted Leonardo da Vinci to move to France to create art in the King’s court! King Francis spent a lot of money building and renovating castles and grand stately homes, including Château Fontainebleau, Château d’Amboise and Château de Blois.

Whatever the king did, the royal court followed. Aristocrats also began building châteaux and hunting lodges in the countryside near Paris in the rural Loire Valley. King Francis established a style of decorating these new buildings in a way that was inspired by the hunt and rural life, as well as noble mythological beasts that reflected the regal power of the monarchy. The aristocrats picked up on the look too, of course, following the taste of their King. Thus the French Hunting style was born. Whether this style is featured on a sideboard, buffet, or any other piece, the charm of this antique French style is truly special.

Antique French Hunting Bed
Antique Hunting style bed in our customer’s home.

Renaissance Revival Hunting Style

Hunting style returned to popularity centuries later in France during the Renaissance Revival era in the late 19th century, when the newly wealthy middle class was keen to buy large, ornate and heavily-carved furniture to show off their rise in status. The Hunting style checked all the boxes, boasting fine craftsmanship in the carved details that was sure to impress. It was a very decorative look adorned with carved foliage, vines and animals, as well as handsome barley twists, yet this ornate style was still practical and comfortable to live with, focusing on dark woods rather than glitzy or gilded finishes.

Antique French Hunting Desk
Antique French Hunting style desk with carved griffins… the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. 

Typical Features of French Hunting Style Furniture

To decorate the interior of aristocratic French chateaux and lodges, Hunting style furniture makers turned to symbols of the hunt to create an interesting theme in these luxurious pieces.

  • Carvings inspired by the hunt included stags, fish, birds, dogs, foxes, rabbits and boars.
  • Carvings of mythical creatures included winged griffins, dragons and serpents.
  • Noble lion heads were also frequently used to adorn furniture, with the carved heads roaring out of the wood. Metal lion heads decorated door or drawer handles on cabinets.
  • Carving of flowing forest foliage such as leaves, berries, acorns, fruits and flowers, or maybe even a barley twist.
  • Decoration in the shape of grapes and vines were also popular, as would be natural in this wine-making region of the Loire valley.
  • Barley twists often frame cabinets or serve as support posts on nightstands, adding more visual texture and design interest.
Antique French Hunting style nightstand
Antique French Hunting nightstand repurposed as a side table in our customer’s home.
  • Dark woods such as walnut, oak, and mahogany are featured strongly, and now boast a beautiful patina on the antique furniture.
  • Warm colors
  • The heavily-carved woods were sometimes enhanced by stained glass in the upper doors of cabinets.

Hunting Style Furniture and Decor in Today’s Homes

French Hunting Style antique furniture is still one of our most popular styles in our online store, proving that you don’t need a fancy chateau or hunting lodge to enjoy the look in your own home! Our customers love these hand-carved antique pieces as they add great warmth, character and decorative appeal to a home.

Victorian Home dining room restoration

The lavish carvings of foliage and fruits brings a noble but rustic look to any home, and makes Hunting style a great match for a dining room. Carved vines often trailed down the backs of dining chairs. Today, Hunting style dining chairs with vines and grapes are a great choice for wine lovers who enjoy opening a great vintage when they host dinner parties. For example, our antique French Hunting chairs in the customer spotlight of our customer Sal’s dining room look amazing with their vines and grapes and also barley twists that create a bold silhouette.

Animal lovers will enjoy the realistic carvings of wild animals of the hunt (deer, moose, etc.) that bring a space to life and add tons of personality to a home. For example, carvings of roaring lions and other beasts are fierce protectors of your home! The animal faces are also sure to be a wonderful talking point at your next party.

The carvings of forest animals are the stars on this round antique French Hunting table, dating to 1880 and hand-crafted in oak wood. The vividly realistic details of the fox, boar, stag and hunting dog, all leaping out of the pedestal, are superb emblems of the royal hunt!

Nature is your muse for smaller home accessories too, including animal statues and figurines, or antler mounts on the walls or in light fittings. You don’t have to buy real stag antlers. Our collection of new OK Casting antler wall mounts are hand-crafted in resin, and each one is made in America. They look very authentic and have a nice weight to them.

We also have OK Casting chandeliers and other light fixtures featuring stags, boars, foxes and other Hunting inspired motifs. Bookends and boxes are other nicely crafted pieces to complete the atmosphere.

Mechelen antique furniture is the Flemish version of French Hunting Style, named for the city of Mechelen in Belgium. These rustic pieces are also heavily-carved with splendid lion heads, human faces and figurines. Our blog post What is Mechelen Style Antique Furniture tells you all about this look, including photos.

You can find French Hunting style antique furniture and home decor in our online store, where there are plenty of options to pick a unique heirloom piece to bring this handsome look to your home.

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Florida Road Trip 2: Antique Louis XVI Dining Chairs

I hope you enjoy the next step in our Florida road trip… to deliver a set of Louis XVI antique dining chairs. In my last blog post I wrote about our trip to South Florida — where I grew up — to deliver a vintage Renaissance cabinet. Greg and I often joke that once we decide to take a road trip, it we always end up selling other pieces along the route. In this case, we were already heading to Lakeland, Florida. Twila, an interior designer, reached out to us about a gorgeous set of twelve antique Louis XVI dining chairs she was interested in buying for her client Margaret in Jacksonville.

antique French Louis XVI dining chairs from EuroLuxHome.com

Margaret immigrated to the United States from Poland, and grew up in a home filled with beautiful European antiques as a child. It has been her dream to have her own French Chateau-inspired home. These French dining chairs made that dream a reality, with an antique luxury not seen in most modern dining chairs! One thing is sure- this dining chairs set is a sight to behold.

Chateau style home in Florida

As we drove up to the circular cobblestone driveway to Margaret’s house, we certainly were impressed. The classic French architectural styling of the home was impressive. The place was complete with wrought iron railings and a romantic balcony! The formal landscaping just adds to the je ne sais quoi!

Quality Antique Dining Chairs

Dining Room with Antique French Louis

The set of twelve antique Louis XVI dining room chairs that Margaret and Twila selected are hand-carved in walnut. These pieces are crafted with a rich butterscotch leather upholstery, and date to around the late 19th century. These wood dining chairs demonstrate excellent craftsmanship, and could be perfect in your bistro or as kitchen chairs. These leather dining chairs look amazing with the large circular antique dining table in the dining room, which appears to be made from a quality wood such as antique mahogany or carved walnut. The butterscotch leather looks very pretty with the soft golden yellow walls and draperies. We could even see customers using this antique style dining chairs as a set of side chairs for the living room. 

Antique French Louis XVI dining chairs

The formal dining room also features a gorgeous Louis XV French Country Sideboard and a large, hand-carved Louis XV French Country mirror that pair perfectly with the antique table and antique chairs. The pretty herringbone parquet flooring and the romantic candelabra sconces and large crystal chandelier add more formal elegance. But the view of the formal garden through the series of large French doors steals the show! 

French Dining Done Right

We hope that Margaret enjoys the antique Louis XVI dining chairs in her beautiful home. We think they conjure up the old European mood that she enjoys!  Antique furniture like this is a sight to behold, and doesn’t have to be used only in antique dining rooms. We’ve seen quality antique seating used in customers’ 20th century and mid century modern inspired setups.

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Bookshelf: French Country Home Decor

I recently wrote a blog about French Country Farmhouse furniture and decor because it is one of the most popular styles in our EuroLuxHome.com online furniture and home accessories store. French Country look is a timeless style that looks charming and is comfortable and easy to live with. These new books will give you more ideas for decorating your home in this style!

Perfect French Country: Inspirational interiors from rural France

Perfect French Country InteriorsShowing how to live the good life wherever you are, author Ros Byam Shaw visits rural French country homes to share their inspiration.

A peek inside these private residencies reveals the details that create the comfort and joie de vivre of Frech life, whether we’re looking at traditional architecture like stone fireplaces or simple decor details like a row of gourds and earthenware jugs decorating the top of an old wooden kitchen buffet.

 

My French Country Home: Entertaining Through the Seasons

My French Country HomeSharon Santoni lives in a countryside home in Normandy, France, and her new book focuses on ways to entertain in true French style. Of course, the French make entertaining look so easy, and this book tries to help the rest of us capture that same spirit. The book combines personal stories of her life in France with photos of table arrangements and room or outdoor settings. There are some recipes too!

The book is arranged by season with sections including A Table in the Forest, Picnic by the River, Breakfast on the Terrace, Fireside Cooking and many more. Santoni actually grew up in England but she seems to have gone native over her years in France! I mentioned her book My Stylish French Girlfriends in a previous blog post on French Country Style and Decor.

Country Living Salvage Style: Decorate with Vintage Finds

Country Living Salvage StyleMy third pick is published by the team at Country Living magazine. It is not specifically about French Country style, but the approach is definitely in keeping with the French Country idea of mixing old and new and repurposing simple everyday items. One of the key aspects of French Country style is that furniture and accessories look like they have been collected over the years, and every piece has a story.

The book is written by Leslie Linsley and she gives lots of inspiring ideas about how to decorate with salvaged and vintage items such as old windows, mailroom filing cabinets, wicker furniture, buckets and bathtubs to create very personal rooms filled with character.

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Antiques Buying Trip in France Part 2

Greg and I have been in Paris and Northern France on an antiques buying trip before we head off to Belgium and England to find even more antique treasures. We already posted about the first days of our antiques buying trip in France, so here’s the next adventure in our European Pickers tour 2017!

Normandy Antiques Shop

This is one of the antiques shops that we visited. Greg loves these old half-timbered buildings in Normandy.

However, our travels aren’t always so charming. In one place we arrived at what we thought was an antiques store, only to find a pile of junk and rubble. It looked more like a place where old cars go to die! And the less “glamorous” side of antique hunting in Europe is sitting in a grocery store parking lot trying to confirm where to head next!

Our cell phones make life easier, unlike our earlier days of antique hunting in France where we had to rely on paper maps and public phones. Travelers’ tip: We have a Travel Pass with Verizon and can use our phones just like in the US for $10 per day. It’s totally worth it!

shopping for antiques

This was one of our more successful destinations. Antique jackpot! If you spot something in this photo and you want to buy it, there’s no point telling us to pick out the second chair from the left in the third row from the back! We’ve been and gone already!

Where the antiques hide

So this is where the antiques hide! Sometimes you have to dig around a bit.

antiques picking in France

And we realized at another destination that sometimes you have to climb up to the highest vantage point to find the good stuff! You can spot Greg down there somewhere.

Carving on buffet

As a sample of some of the good stuff we found, this is a fantastic carving on an antique buffet. Look at the detail… it’s really wonderful.  We look forward to welcoming this fine gentleman to the USA soon, once we have shipped him home. He has no idea of the voyage ahead of him!

Therese of Lisieux

Our last stop in France was the second most visited pilgrimage site after Lourdes, the birthplace of Saint Therese of Lisieux. Known as the “Little Flower,” she suggested doing many small good deeds as a way to express piety, for which she was canonized in 1925. We have sold antique statues of Saint Therese a hundred times over the years, so we knew that when we had the chance to see the real deal, we needed to go!

Van

We picked up this van in France so we could transport our purchases as we travel around France.

Next we head in the van to Belgium, which Greg calls his second home.

In my next blog post I’ll show you our travels in Belgium and the amazing treasure trove of chandeliers we found. The next puzzle will be… can Greg fit them all in the back of the van along with all the chairs and other furniture?

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Antiques Buying Trip in France

Bonjour from France! Greg and I landed in Paris at the weekend on an antiques buying trip around Northern France, Belgium and England. Come along for the ride! We’ve been posting more photos as we go on our EuroLux Facebook page so you can follow us there too and see pictures of the treasures we find.

Antiques shopping in France

Our first stop in France? We immediately hit the famous antique market in Saint Ouen. This market is in a suburb of Paris just north of the popular tourist area of Montmartre which is crowned by the lovely Sacré-Cœur Basilica.

Antiques hunting in France

Basilica of St Denis
There was lots to see, and sometimes the most wonderful antiques are tucked away in unexpected places so you have to keep your eyes wide open! This started getting difficult by the time we’d spent the day antiques shopping. We could barely keep our eyes open at all with the jet lag kicking in! So we decided to visit the Basilica of Saint-Denis. As you can see, it was a perfect sunny day.

 

The Basilica of Saint-Denis was the very first Gothic cathedral ever built. It has been on my bucket list for many years and was even more beautiful in person!

Basilica of St Denis Paris

The Basilica is in Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of Paris. The choir was completed in 1144 and was the first example of a building that used all the elements of Gothic architecture.

We sell quite a lot of antique French Gothic furniture and new pieces with Gothic influences, so it was fascinating to see the building that led the way for this entire style!

Inside Basilica

The stained glass is exquisite, as you can see from this rose window. Most French kings between the 10th and the 18th centuries were buried here at the Basilica, and French Queens were often crowned here too. It became a place of pilgrimage for many.

antique French Prie DieuThen we headed off to Normandy and Brittany for a few days. In Normandy one of my favorite picks of the day was this gorgeous antique prie-dieu prayer chair circa 1890.  I always buy a prie-dieu chair when I find a good one! Prie-dieu literally means “Pray god” and people use it as a knee rest in their prayers and as a support for prayer books. We’ll reupholster the padded knee rest in red velvet.

French Chateau FougeresSometimes when you’re on the road on an antiques buying trip, things don’t turn out quite as expected. Greg and I have learned that if the addresses on your list don’t pan out but there is a massive chateau nearby, stop for the chateau instead!  This is in the medieval part of Fougeres, on the Brittany-Normandy border.

We hope you enjoyed this glimpse into our antiques buying trip in France. More photos and stories to follow and you can see more from our journey on our Facebook page!

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Bookshelf: Living With Antiques

In every one of our client spotlights you can see how beautifully our customers live with antiques or antique-inspired furniture. These three new home design books offer more inspiration on how to live with antiques in a modern world!

Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques

Past Present Living with Antiques“Antiques add the touch of time and the human hand,” says author Susan Sully. Her new book shows how every antique piece, “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.”  That’s exactly what we think!

Sully’s book shows how to blend heirlooms and antiques into contemporary homes. Photographs include rooms decorated by collectors, antiques dealers and design professionals to create lively settings for today’s lifestyle.

Rooms for Living: A Style for Today with Things from the Past

Rooms for LivingThe book title says it all! Interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein shows how well she can translate traditional style into something fresh, whether for casual or format interiors.

The examples she shows include how to turn a neglected living room turned into a space for reading and writing and how to use color to dress up an entryway. If you love the look of timeless elegance but want to keep a relaxed and inviting atmosphere for your real-life family to enjoy, Rooms for Living is worth a browse!

 

Home

Ellen HomeEllen DeGeneres says that she is passionate about interior design. She might even have been a designer herself if she hadn’t made such a wonderful career for herself in show business.

She has renovated and decorated nearly a dozen homes and she’s a big fan of antique furniture.

All of Ellen’s houses that I’ve read about include antique furniture, from antique French furniture to exotic antique rugs and carpets and from Spanish colonial benches to Rococo Bergere armchairs.
She also seems keen on using antique architectural elements in her home decor. It all creates a Ellen Home bookwonderfully eclectic effect, combining Mid-Century Modern and Louis XVI, traditional French and colorful Asian pieces.

Ellen’s wit and character shines through in the way she juxtaposes pieces that she loves. She really does have a good design eye and is a great ambassador to show how to live with antiques.

I hope you find some inspiration for how to live with antiques in your own particular style!

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Bookshelf: Past Perfect Antiques and Stylish Details

These three new interior decor books have beautiful covers that make me want to step right into the rooms they portray! They focus on antiques as an essential part of the personality of a home, as well as examining the important details that add the finishing touches.

Past Perfect

Past Parfect Antiques Book Written by a designer and antiquarian in partnership with an editor at Architectural Digest magazine, this hunky new book has a strong emphasis on Old World style.

The featured homes evoke past eras with rooms designed with more than a dash of European personality. They are decorated with antiques (of course!) and they also show how easy it is to live with antique furniture and decorative items,  creating a unique space that reflects your personality. The cover shot is so inviting – I love the way the art is arranged around the large mirror on the wall!

It’s the Little Things

It's the Little Things Home Decor bookThe subtitle of this stunning book is: Creating Big Moments in Your Home Through The Stylish Small Stuff. Don’t we all want that? This decorating book offers inspiration from designers including Alessandra Branca, Bunny Williams and India Hicks, showing how small touches in a room can create a stylish vignette that reflects your individuality and interests. Some of the photographs in the book are of full rooms, others give examples of how designers and homeowners arrange their art, objects, and beloved possessions. The author intends to help readers “to slow down and pay attention to the details that can add richness and personality to any interior.” I second that!

Patina Farm

Farmhouse and antiques decor bookAlthough the Californian farm home featured in this unusual book is newly built, the style signature is all about antiques and traditional looks. The authors are an architect and an interior decorator. When the couple decided to leave their suburban home to start life afresh on a farm, they first traveled through France and Belgium in search of ideas and antiques. More than 200 photographs and architectural drawings show the inspirations for the house and the process of pulling it all together from the building materials to the decorative details. I’m guessing that if you love Farmhouse style and French antiques, you’ll enjoy taking a tour around Patina Farm!

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Bookshelf: French Country Style and Decor

These new books about vintage French Country style look like great gifts for the holidays! Or treat yourself and your home to a touch of French style… I recommend indulging in a croissant dipped in café au lait while reading these books. It will help you get in the mood, right?

Charles Faudree Country French Legacy

Charles Faudree French Country LegacyCharles Faudree was a wonderful American interior designer based in Tulsa. Just like us he loved everything French – from the landscapes to the architecture and (of course) the stylish decor. Faudree died in 2013 but this book celebrates his legacy as a champion of French Country decor.

Author and photographer Jennifer Jordan shows us a selection of Charles Faudree’s decorating projects – kind of a ‘best of French Country by Faudree’ compilation! Clients also tell stories about working with him. What a wonderful tribute and great inspiration for all of us who love French Country style in our homes!

New Vintage French Interiors

Vintage French Interiors Get tips on how to create French Country style interiors in eclectic and interesting ways by combining vintage and antique French furniture with new and modern pieces. Decor ideas include displays of antique gardening tools across a wall, and other unique touches that lend a home tons of character and charm. The houses in the book connect to their natural environment by featuring earthy tones and natural materials like stone and wood. Author Sébastien Siraudeau has written several other books including Vintage French Interiors and French Country Style at Home, Here he takes us on a fresh new French Country trip!

My Stylish French Girlfriends

My Stylish French GirlfriendsHere’s a glimpse inside a world that I bet many of us would like to try… even if just for a week or two! The author Sharon Santoni-Smith writes the blog My French Country Home about her life in Normandy, France. (Sharon is from England but she moved to France after she married a French man.) In this new book she writes not only about life in rural France but also about the chic tastes of her French girlfriends. She introduces us to 20 French women and takes us into their homes all over the French countryside, from grand chateaux to enchanting French country cottages. The coffee table book with beautiful photos shows how her friends dress, decorate and entertain in true French style.

After all that delightful French Country decor, you can indulge in even more if like. Just check out our own blog posts on French Country style or browse the French Country furniture and decor in our gallery!

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.