Antique French Furniture in Classic Newberry Mansion

Today I have some photos of antique French furniture and Mechelen buffets that are a real treat to see in our customer Tamra’s classic but eclectic home. The outside of her Greco-Roman mansion in Newberry, SC, is gorgeous too! Outside of Newberry House

You may think the dining room looks a little familiar as this home used to be owned by our good customers, Roger and Peggy. S. They recently sold their elegant 1890s home, built when Newberry was a booming textile mill town at the turn of the century, to a wonderful new caretaker – Tamra!

Antique French Table Chairs dining room

Roger and Peggy left the French Country sideboard in place in the dining room because it fit so well on that wall under the stained glass windows and they didn’t have a spot large enough for it in their new home. Tamra chose a 1930s French Country Louis XV refectory table in walnut which is super-useful as it extends to 9.5 feet long – great for a dinner party! She also bought two sets of Hunting chairs dating to the 1880s in slightly different color oak finishes in order to mix things up.

French Antique Dining Room

Tamra also had her eye on an antique Hunting Buffet for the dining room. The original glass had been damaged on this handsome oak heavily carved Hunting Buffet dating to 1880, so we had replaced it with chicken wire to give a slightly rustic feel to the piece.

Antique French Hunting buffet

It works great in Tamra’s new dining room as there is an interesting juxtaposition of formality with the classic fireplace mantel, moldings, and crystal chandelier and the touch of rustic country with the less formal French Country pieces mixed with the chicken wire in the Hunting buffet.

This close-up of the antique French Hunting buffet shows more detail of the carved oak and the heraldic crest. There’s plenty of space for Tamra to store all the dishes and stemware and silver that she’ll need to feed everyone gathered around the large table!

Tamra also fell in love with another heavily carved Hunting Buffet for the hallway at the base of her stairs. Antique French Carved Hunting Buffet

Tamra has a wonderful eclectic touch and paired antique Chinese arm chairs from her husband’s travels next to the antique French buffet. The flamboyant carvings on the oak buffet portray mythical griffins, oak leaves, fruits, and birds (right down to their feathery details!) The 1880 French buffet boasts its original wavy glass doors.

Antique French Hunting Buffet

As we were delivering Tamra’s furniture, she pointed out that she was still looking for a pair of interesting pieces to go on either side of the huge front door in the front hall. I knew exactly what would fit the bill! I recommended a matched pair of narrow antique Mechelen buffets which still have their original stained glass even though they are a century old.

Antique Mechelen buffet stained glass

This shot of the stained glass shows just how intricate it is, surrounded by oak carvings. The Flemish Mechelen style was a Belgian interpretation of the French Hunting style, so I knew these pieces would work well with the other antique furniture Tamra bought from us.

Antique Mechelen Buffet

Here is one buffet in place. The stained glass catches the light beautifully as it streams through the sidelights on either side of the massive front door.
Pair of antique Mechelen buffetsAnd this is the pair of Mechelen buffets creating a magnificent entrance. The lovely dining room and the whole house is a reflection of Tamra herself – very classy yet down-to-earth and fun! Welcome to Newberry, Tamra – we’re glad you’re here!

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.

Antique Chinese Opera Bench

We loved seeing a photo of our antique Chinese opera bench in our customer Suzan’s hallway! This unusual and attractive piece of antique furniture makes a stunning style statement and the clean lines look at home in any style of decor.

Antique Chinese Opera Bench Carved

This is the exceptional antique Chinese opera bench, carved in elm and dating to 1900. It was crafted in the Shanxi Province of China and it would originally have been used for a family to sit together during a theatrical or musical performance in an opera house. The Shanxi Province was renowned for plays and musical entertainment and this style of carved bench was popular in this region.

Antique Chinese opera benchHere is the antique Chinese opera bench in its new home: the hallway of our customer Suzan G. in Santa Barbara, CA. It’s an inch under 6 feet long and it fits the space beautifully. Doesn’t it look great beneath that lovely image on the wall? The hand-carved scrolls on the substantial cabriole bench leg create a charming decorative effect. Suzan told us she was very pleased with the bench.

Antique Chinese Opera Bench carved detail

The Late Qing Dynasty Chinese opera bench also boasts subtle hand-carved organic motif details on the back. This close-up photo shows the delicate carving. It looks like a real labor of love to me!

Antique Chinese Opera Bench side

An antique opera bench is perfect for a hallway or living room, or anywhere you want additional seating and a stunning focal point. From the side you can see the sweeping curve of the bench back.

Thanks to Suzan for sending us the picture of the antique Chinese opera bench in her house – we hope that all your guests enjoy admiring it as much as we do!

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.

Antique Renaissance Buffet in California

antique Renaissance BuffetWhen Natalya S. emailed from Palo Alto, CA, about a very pretty antique Renaissance style buffet she bought from us, it had been quite a while since we’d been in touch. In fact, Natalya bought this antique buffet back in August 2011! So I was thrilled that she took the time to send a wonderful photo of it in her home.

Natalya wrote, “We want to thank you for the nice antique buffet we purchased from you a few years ago and all your help.”

This is the sideboard or hutch. It’s a very high quality French antique Henry II Renaissance style buffet dating to 1900. Elaborately carved in walnut with flourishes and fruit, it has an especially nice grain pattern and patina.

Antique Renaissance Buffet Kitchen Diner

Here is the antique Renaissance style buffet looking fantastic in Natalya’s kitchen! I guess that with her three lively young sons running around, a big sturdy buffet is just what you need in the kitchen. This is one more than 8 feet high and about 5 feet wide, so it provides plenty of storage space as well as looking beautiful.

waterjet inlay marble, onyxThe leafy artwork on the wall above the stove is waterjet inlay made from marble, onyx, and some other stones. “You could probably find someone locally that may do the design that you like,” says Natalya. She suggests a company like this that does inlay marble collections.

The stove itself is a CornuFé 110 from La Cornu and it is so gorgeous I browsed around the La Cornu website. The company is a family business like ours, and it was founded in Paris, France, in 1908. The CornuFé 110 that looks so chic in Natalya’s kitchen is also available in different colors. Here it is in a soft blue in another traditional style kitchen. Isn’t it grand? Traditional Kitchen CornuFe Stove

The hood above Natalya’s stove is made by Vent-A-Hood. Natalya found it in a store after another customer made a special order of appliances with silver trim, but due to an error the appliances were shipped in polished brass. “The store had to sell them half price,” says Natalya. “It was an incredible find for us.”

As regular readers of our antiques and décor blog know, we always love seeing photos of our customers’ homes for our series of Client Spotlights. No matter how many years have gone by, we are always delighted to hear from customers about how our furniture or home accents are fitting into their home and, we hope, enhancing their life. So thank you Natalya for sharing the photo of your beautiful and unique kitchen!

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.

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.

Antique Carved Furniture Fusion

Rick and Cheri J. enjoy visiting our little town of Newberry! They enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, small town charm, and our wonderful Newberry Opera House. They usually try to plan a weekend get-away to Newberry several times a year to catch a few shows and enjoy prime rib or shrimp and grits at one of our local restaurants, Cabana Cafe. Of course, they also spend some time visiting our EuroLux Antiques gallery on Main street.

Rick and Cheri have purchased quite a few pieces from us over the years. I love the fact that they have a strong sense of their own taste… they follow their hearts in choosing furniture for their home. They aren’t restricted by some idea that they must select pieces all in the same style. They do like antique carved pieces, but they are bold in mixing up styles to create a unique furniture fusion! Let me show you what I mean.

Antique carved French Renaissance buffet

Rick and Cheri chose this beautiful 1900 French Renaissance buffet in walnut with a marble top. The antique carved buffet boasts whimsical jesters at the top. The buffet graces a wall adjacent to the dining table. Notice the table is set and is complete with a bottle of champagne!

Antique carved buffet

Antique carved French 1880 Hunting style vanity

They also chose an antique carved Hunting style vanity for the bedroom. The 1880 French vanity table in walnut features barley twist legs, bun feet, and a lovely marble top.

Antique carved 1880 French vanity

Their beloved Akita guards the vanity in its new home in Rick and Cheri’s bedroom! I can’t decide which is more gorgeous – the dog or the vanity! Together they make an adorable tableau.

The couple also recently purchased a Flemish Renaissance Mechelen table. The antique carved oak table dates to 1900. Splendid carved lions’ heads keep watch from each corner, and the deep apron is adorned with a carved pattern to set off the floral design on the five nicely turned legs.

Antique carved Mechelen table Rick and Cheri plan to use the table as a desk, paired with this handsome Eastlake Chair that they bought from us. The very fine arrow-shaped silhouette on the crest rail is just one highlight of the antique carved walnut Eastlake chair. The chair was crafted in the USA circa 1900, and it is typical of the Eastlake style that was so popular in America in that era.

Antique carved Eastlake chair

Antique carved French Brittany 1880 nightstand with marble topFinally, although he wasn’t sure where it would go in their home yet, Rick picked out a chestnut nightstand in the Brittany style. The French nightstand features an enchanting red marble top. It’s rare to find such ornate decoration on the back rail, but this antique carved nightstand dating to 1880 has it all! Two figures of a man and a woman recline in a pastoral scene beneath trees, a farm house, and a windmill, and the door medallion contains a cameo of a dashing male figure.

Although from around the same era, all these antique carved pieces are in different styles: Eastlake, Brittany, Renaissance, and Mechelen. And they all work brilliantly together in a fantastic furniture fusion!

 

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

Antique Buffet at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Mary Ann H. contacted me to help her find an exceptional and impressive antique buffet for the lobby of the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, MA. It’s one of the largest evangelical seminaries in North America and a donor had graciously given funds to decorate the lobby.

Antique Buffet Henry II Renaissance styleWe looked at all the antique buffets and sideboards in our gallery, and recommended this gorgeous Henry II Renaissance-style buffet dating to 1900. The French buffet is a stately nine feet tall, carved in walnut with a wonderful, warm patina. The antique buffet boasts elaborately carved details including coats of arms, urns and floral accents on the doors and pediment. Scroll cut railings, fluted posts, and pine cone finials add to the buffet’s majesty. The carved head of a Renaissance courtier smiles down above the glass-front center door. Thanks to its height and substance, the antique buffet stands proud to fill even the largest space. It was the perfect choice for a classic and dignified lobby area!

 

Antique buffet in seminary lobby

Here is the antique buffet in its new Boston home. It does indeed look stunning filled with bound books and decorated with transferware plates! On the day of the ribbon-cutting ceremony with the generous donor who made the new lobby space possible, Mary Ann wrote to thank us for our help. “As you can see, it adds so much charm and architectural interest to a lobby with little visual interest and no external windows,” said Mary Ann. “We are thrilled with the results!”

We were thrilled too when Mary Ann added: “You find such beautiful items on your forays across France. It was a pleasure working with you and seeing how committed you are to customer service. Thanks again so much for your care and professionalism. I’m sure it is this approach which has won you many loyal customers.”

Antique buffet in Seminary lobby

On the other side of the room, Mary Ann placed a classic Chesterfield sofa with traditional upholstered chairs. She also added an interesting barley twist console table over an Oriental rug with soft, muted colors. The whole interior design of the lobby is elegant and inviting. We are delighted that the more than 100-year-old antique buffet found such a beautiful and inspiring place to spend its next century!

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.

Hand-Crafted Home: Heavily Carved Antique Furniture

It was no surprise to me when I saw a design expert in an issue of Oprah magazine talk about the home decor trend for mixing heavily carved antique furniture with contemporary furnishings. I guess it’s no surprise to our customers either! Carved wood buffets, tables, chairs, and other home decor accents are among the most popular items at EuroLuxAntiques.com.

First there’s the pleasure of owning an exclusive, one-off antique, lovingly-created by master craftsmen. Then you have the decorative impact of an ornately carved piece in beautiful aged wood. That’s true whether you enjoy it in a traditional style home, or blended with your modern decor. Either way, the choice shows off your unique personality and taste. Really, it’s hand-crafted history!

This high-quality antique French Renaissance Hunting Buffet (circa 1880) looks great in Susan B.'s living roomWe loved how Susan B. displayed this antique French Renaissance Hunting Buffet (circa 1880) in her living room. It looks great next to an oil painting of Venice, Italy. When we delivered the buffet to Susan in Spartanburg, SC, we learned she chose it because the carved wolf or hunting dog at the top reminded her of her lovely pair of German Shepherds. (See other pictures of Susan’s home and her heavily carved antique furniture in our customer spotlight.)
French Brittany style antique buffet (1880) in highly carved chestnut. EuroLuxAntiques.com

Michelangelo said:
“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” The craftsman who created this Brittany style buffet server or hutch dating to 1880 took his inspiration from the scenes of daily life he saw around him in France. The rich chestnut wood is highly carved with a water scene and depictions of people working the fields, spinning yarn, and even walking with an umbrella! You can read more about heavily carved antique furniture in the Brittany style in my earlier blog post.

Antique French buffet (1880) carved with birds, fish, and the monogram EM or ME! EuroLuxAntiques.comThis French Hunting Style buffet is lavishly carved with game birds and fish. It also has those gorgeous barley twists down each side. The 1880 antique French buffet is also carved with the monogram ME or EM. That’s because it was commissioned to be made for a specific family. How amazing is that? I suppose if your initials don’t match, you could just go with the ME version. As in: “I deserve this beauty for ME!”

 

 

 

Awesome vintage French Gothic Style chandelier with 6 regal eagles! EuroLuxAntiques.comBuffets and sideboards are perhaps the most popular ways for people to incorporate heavily carved antique furniture into their homes. But this awesome French Gothic Style chandelier draws the eye upwards to the ceiling! The 6 regal eagles are splendidly carved in dark oak. Each one holds a glass shade in its beak. Dating to 1950 France, this unusual chandelier is definitely a conversation piece!

It’s hard to find craftsmanship like this any more. Fortunately we do it for you in our antiques buying trips to Europe!

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 sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!