Things We Love Right Now – August 2013

Most of our antique finds go straight into the EuroLuxAntiques.com gallery so they can become someone else’s antique finds! But sometimes we come across antique or vintage pieces that we keep for ourselves. Here are some of our own antique finds that we love right now.

Therese is our Shipping Manager and she also handles some restoration work and many other behind-the-scenes jobs for our family business. (Therese is Greg’s aunt.) When she’s not helping us keep the wheels spinning at the gallery, she spends her spare time collecting spinning wheels! Therese is such a big fan of spinning and textiles that at one point she owned 40 spinning wheels, although she’s downsized her collection now.

100_0659This is one of Therese’s antique finds. It’s a Canadian production wheel dating to circa 1900. There was a resurgence of interest in hand spinning in Canada around the turn of the century, which was too little too late in the face of the industrial revolution. Therese found this wheel at an antique market in Atlanta, GA. It has a cast iron treadle and tensioning device. “I had been looking for one for some time, and turned the corner at the sale and there it was,” says Therese. “It was the last day of the sale, so I was able to get a great deal on it. It is wonderful for spinning a fine yarn based on the ratio of the 30″ drive wheel to the small spindle.”

Vintage Norwegian Thy Roc  spinning wheel, circa 1980. This Norwegian wheel circa 1980 is another of her vintage treasures. The brand is Thy Roc and it is made of ash. Therese wanted one of these when she started spinning in 1988, but they were no longer being made. “Many years later, I found an ad for this one in a specialty magazine,” says Therese. “Even though it was an old issue of the magazine, it was still available. I bought it immediately. It is a smooth running wheel good for a thin to medium thick yarn.”

I already blogged about how I fell in love with the great vintage clothes and home decor at the Flower Child store in Columbus, Ohio. I found a fab pair of 1960s purple platform heels and bought a vintage 1960s dress to match. You can see me modeling my groovy new outfit in my vintage life post.

One of our antique finds: 1937 Art Deco Zenith Radio On the same road trip to Ohio, Greg and I also picked up this 1937 Art Deco Zenith Radio while we were hunting around for some ‘new’ antique finds. The radio is about the size of a large nightstand, and that’s how we plan to use it.

Our 8 cats and dogs are fluffy finds rather than antique finds, but they are certainly our favorite finds! We are passionate about our fuzzy brood and EuroLux Antiques donates a portion of every sale to help rescue homeless pets at Pets Inc., a no-kill animal shelter in Columbia, SC.

Lenny and Ozzie have been especially keen to “help” me out lately. Here’s Lenny, helping me with the laundry, and Ozzie, affectionately known as Mr. Kittles, helping me check my emails. However would I manage without them?

Ozzy helping me check emailsLenny, helping me withe the laundry

We’d love to hear about your antique finds – and your favorite fluffy finds too! Tell us in the comments box below.

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 to receive this blog in your inbox!

Things We Love Right Now – July 2013

We hope that when our customers buy fine antique furniture, vintage home decor accents, and high-quality reproductions from EuroLuxAntiques.com, those treasures will become family heirlooms! Heirloom pieces always have a story to tell, and they add so much character to a home. Greg’s parents John and Kathy have been hunting out their own family heirlooms to share with us.

Family Heirloom chairJohn's childhood chair used as a plow

John is our genius accountant and gallery greeter, and this child’s chair once belonged to his paternal grandfather. It is about 130 years old and was originally a rocker. As a child, John had a lot of fun turning the chair upside down and using it as a “plow.” Farming was what he knew, so farming was part of his play! You can see how the finials on the top and the ends of the arms are worn down due to his diligent farmhand efforts.

German enamelware coffee setThis German enamelware coffee set was purchased in Germany in about 1954 by John’s dad, who was in the military. (John followed in dad’s footsteps, and flew P3 Orions in the US Navy.) Supposedly, the coffee set was an antique already when John’s father bought it as a gift for John’s mom.

Family Heirloom Walking CaneThis handsome walking cane belonged to John’s great-great-grandfather, John William Talbott, who was born in Kentucky in 1831. His initials are engraved in the top of the handle, making it a very personal family heirloom. I bet this cane has some stories to tell about the places it’s been and the changes it’s seen over more than a century.

Family heirloom Bavarian cream pitcherKathy is our Director of Restoration Services. She’s a wizard at rewiring our vintage chandeliers, touching up furniture and restoring ceramics! This pretty cream pitcher belonged to Kathy’s maternal grandmother who said her family brought it to America when they came over from Germany. It’s marked ‘Bavaria’ on the bottom. Obviously Kathy’s grandmother treasured it. “She had it and took special care of it as long as I can remember,” says Kathy.

 

 

Confederate BondThis Confederate Bond is also a family heirloom from Kathy’s grandmother. “It was kept in her cedar chest and she would take it out and show it to me when I was a child,” says Kathy. Grandma promised Kathy that she could have it when she grew up. And so it came true! Although it was just a folded piece of paper when Kathy received it, she had the Confederate Bond mounted and framed when she lived in Florida in about 1968.

 

 

Family heirloom chest of drawers made by a member of Kathy's familySomeone in Kathy’s maternal grandfather’s family made this chest of drawers. Kathy recalls it in her grandparents’ bathroom as far back as she can remember. They used it to hold towels and other linen, and the small drawers at the top were dusty with bath powder. The chest of drawers continues to be a very special piece of furniture to Kathy.

Do you have a family heirloom that you especially treasure? Tell us about it in the comment box below!

 

 

Aimee 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.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

Things We Love Right Now – December 2012

Did you have a good turkey day? We enjoyed a fun family holiday at home. Then, right after Thanksgiving, Greg and I ran away to Hot Springs, North Carolina, for a quiet weekend before the busy season. As you can see below, we had a wonderful time there!

We came back in time to enjoy our local holiday parade. Newberry, South Carolina, puts on quite a show! People enjoyed our large gallery window, “decorated” by two of our gallery cats, Lenny and Minky. Therese put up a tree in the window and decorated it with her collection of antique fans, scarves, and gloves. Even her Great Aunt’s shoes made it into the vignette!

Things We Love

With the festive season well upon us, all of us here at EuroLux are reflecting on what we love in December. Last month, we introduced you to Greg’s mom, Kathy, who repairs items that arrive damaged in the cargo containers from Europe. Here’s a photo of Kathy at work. Later this month, she’ll share some tips with you on how you can fix any of your ceramics that get broken during the holidays.

Kathy says one of her favorite things about December is decorating for the holidays. She creates an elaborate mantel display using magnolia leaves, not unlike the magnolia wreath below.

Of course, it wouldn’t be the holidays without gifts. Greg loves giving and receiving presents. This year, he’s hoping for a Fender Squier guitar to connect to our Xbox. Greg and I like to unwind by rocking out to the game Rockband. I sing, while Greg plays drums and guitar.

As for me, one thing I love about December is the flurry of holiday cards that arrive in the mailbox. I love both writing and receiving cards. It helps me re-connect with old friends I may only hear from once a year.

I love the colorful display the cards make, whether piled in a wicker basket or artfully arranged on the mantel. In keeping with this theme, I’ll be sharing some information this month about how color and antique furniture can work together to create a unique look for your home. I’ll also be writing about antique furniture as legacy — a theme that’s especially appropriate during this holiday season when we miss those family members no longer with us to celebrate. How fortunate we can fill our homes with heirlooms that remind us of these loved ones every day of the year.

Also coming up this month, I’ll be alerting you to some new decorating trends (antique furniture makes House Beautiful’s “What’s Hot in 2013” list!), sharing some books you might find useful, and spotlighting one of our valued clients.

The main thing we love during December is YOU. We love your emails and phone calls. And we sincerely value your business.

What things do you love about December or the holiday season, in general?

 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!

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