Best of May 2013: Home Decor Inspirations and More

Looking back over our May blog posts I can see this was a very busy month! We’ve been out and about making deliveries to customers, returning with lots of photos to share how our clients use and display antique furniture in their home decor. Let’s revisit some of our favorite May posts, starting with how we took style inspiration from Hollywood.

I was inspired by the new movie of The Great Gatsby to have fun with this post about Great Gatsby style decor. I spend a lot of time talking with customers about how certain pieces might work in their home decor. So it wasn’t too much of a leap to make some guesses at the antique furniture and accent pieces that Jay Gatsby and Tom and Daisy Buchanan might choose to reflect their own unique personalities and tastes!

Paul-RevereOn our 2900 Mile Road Trip to Boston Greg and I mixed business with pleasure! We made some deliveries to customers and visited a furniture market to select high-quality antique reproduction furniture for the gallery. We also visited my grandma, spending hours chatting and picking crabs – a real family tradition! Then Greg and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary, sightseeing on the Freedom Trail and visiting The House of Seven Gables.

 

 

Antique French bedroom suite takes pride of place in our client's home decor. EuroLuxAntiques.comWe visited our clients Sandy and Brent in Northport, AL, to deliver a fabulous Louis XV bedroom suite, and shared lots of pictures of the beautiful French antique furniture that they enjoy in their home. Sandy and Brent have been EuroLux Antiques customers for several years, and it’s wonderful to see how they incorporate antiques into their home decor with such timeless grace.

Mid-Century Modern sideboard is a very pretty example of the kind of vintage furniture I loveIn the Client Spotlight post Vintage French Sideboard at Home in Maryland we showed how Irene made a terrific feature of this vintage French Mid-Century Modern sideboard in her elegant dark blue dining room.

 

Strawberries with balsamic vinegar and pepper recipeAs the sunny days arrived, my mind turned to fresh summer produce to enjoy during leisurely dinners in the long, light evenings. I shared a simple but delicious recipe for Strawberries in Balsamic Vinegar and also blogged about how to Serve Up Summer Herbs in Style…The Old-Fashioned Way.

 

Tudor Place in Washington, DC is packed with beautiful antique furniture, open to public tours. EuroLuxAntiques.comWe also took a peek at Historic Tudor Place in Washington, DC. It’s a National Historic Landmark built in 1816, and it was home to six generations of Martha Washington’s descendents. It’s a gorgeous house and it’s packed with a huge collection of antique furniture, ceramics, and silver.

 

This high-quality antique French Renaissance Hunting Buffet (circa 1880) looks great in Susan B.'s living roomFor anyone who enjoys a sense of history in their own home (even if it’s probably a bit smaller than Tudor Place!) check out my post on Heavily Carved Antique Furniture. I showcased some exceptionally beautiful pieces that really lend a unique, hand-crafted touch to your home decor. You can bet that you’re not going to see these one-of-a-kind buffets in anyone else’s home! You certainly won’t see the magnificent eagle-adorned French Gothic Style chandelier that I mentioned in the same post, for people who are looking for something a little special in their lighting.

I’ll have more to say about home decor and living the antiques lifestyle in June… just as soon as I’ve finished unpacking the latest EuroLuxAntiques.com container of antique and vintage furniture from France. It’s a great workout!

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!

French Country Antique Furniture in Alabama

EuroLuxAntiques.com clients Sandy and Brent gravitate toward French Country and Arts and Crafts styles furniture.

Sandy and Brent H. in Northport, Alabama, are wonderful, truly hospitable Southern folks. They’ve been customers for several years now. As you can see in this photo, their home is filled with quite a large collection of beautiful French antique furniture. They especially gravitate toward French Country and Arts and Crafts styles.

 

French Country Secretary Desk and Louis XVI style armchair. EuroLuxAntiques.comWe first met Sandy and Brent back in 2010 when they purchased a charming French Country Secretary Desk. (It’s the perfect place to practice the vintage art of letter writing!) The secretary desk looks wonderful in a corner of one of the bedrooms, paired with a Louis XVI style armchair.

 

Louis XV Bed in this French Country style guest bedroom. EuroLuxAntiques.comSandy & Brent tell us they’ve enjoyed receiving our newsletters ever since that first purchase, and in a 2012 newsletter they spotted a Louis XV Bed that now occupies one of their guest rooms. When we said we also had a matching armoire and vanity with a pretty orangey-red marble top, they just couldn’t resist bringing the whole set home.

French Country style antique vanity and a Louis XV bed. EuroLuxAntiques.comDue to the fragile nature of the vanity mirror and because Sandy and Brent were within driving distance, Greg and I decided to personally deliver the antique Louis XV bedroom set. Sometimes it is nice to get out of the office and meet our customers in person!

Heavily carved antique hall bench beneath the stained glass panels - and a great collection of cowboy hats! EuroLuxAntiques.com

 

 

Sandy recognized us immediately from our photos on the website and was a very gracious hostess. We couldn’t help ooohing and aaahing over her collection, and particularly liked the heavily carved antique Hall Bench in the foyer with antique stained glass panels hung above. Can you tell Brent hails from Texas with his cowboy hats on display?

Antique Louis XV nightstand to match our client's French Country bedroom suite. EuroLuxAntiques.com

 

That bedroom set didn’t have a nightstand, so Sandy and Brent asked us to keep an eye out for an antique Louis XV nightstand that would match their French Country bedroom suite. About six months later, we found a gorgeous green-marble topped nightstand that was a wonderful match. We sent the photo to Sandy & Brent while we waited for the container to arrive in the US. The photo showed the whole Louis XV bedroom suite – and it happened again! Sandy and Brent fell in love with the whole set and just had to bring that one home too!

Louis XV marble-topped vanity and bed This new set included an armoire, full-size bed, green marble-topped vanity, and nightstand. Brent and Sandy already had another Louis XV bed set up in their second guest room, but were planning to move it to a room that was currently being used as an office. We set up the armoire in the office room and then set up the vanity in the second guest room. We left the bed against the wall at their request.

Louis XV bed, part of an antique French Country style bedroom suite. EuroLuxAntiques.comSandy just sent us a photo of the bed set up in its new home with beautiful green striped bedding that matches the marble on the vanity and nightstand.

 

Of course the biggest surprise was that Sandy had dinner waiting for us upon our arrival! She prepared a delicious pot roast with carrots and potatoes and even baked a cake with scrumptious home-made icing. What a fantastic treat for us and how very kind and thoughtful of Sandy! We truly appreciate our customers at EuroLux Antiques – another big shout out of thanks to Sandy and Brent!

Browse our current selection of fine antique furniture, including many gorgeous French Country style pieces. To receive our monthly newsletter showcasing the latest antique furniture, vintage lighting, high-quality reproduction furniture, and home decor accents, join our mailing list at EuroLuxAntiques.com.

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!

The $2.2 Million Bowl…and Vintage Bowls For The Rest of Us

I was bowled over when I heard about the antique ceramic bowl that sold for more than $2.2 million in a New York auction. The sellers were regular folks who bought the simple white bowl for a few dollars in 2007, just because they liked it. They’ve displayed it in their family living room ever since. I bet it was a surprise when they learned it was 1,000-year-old antique pottery from the Northern Song dynasty in China!

That got me thinking about how antique and vintage bowls are such great accents to include in your decor. Aside from their decorative value, they are useful too. (None of these vintage bowls at EuroLuxAntiques.com cost $2.2 million!)

Vintage French crystal bowl for fruit, candy, potpourri...This vintage French leaded crystal bowl is made to hold fruit or candy, but it would also look sweet filled with potpourri or dried or silk flowers. Or how about shells, sea glass and other beachcombing finds?

 

 

Keep your favorite jewelry in a vintage Capodimonte bowl

 

A lidded vintage bowl like this Italian Capodimonte dish is perfect for keeping your favorite jewelry safe and easy to find. The cheerful posy of flowers on the lid makes it such a pretty decoration for any dressing table. (Hmm… Mother’s Day is coming. Maybe Mom would like this in addition to the real bouquet of flowers you’ll give her!)

 

Spring is in the air: vintage French pewter bowl with flowers and butterflyA shallow vintage bowl like this French pewter one is a lovely way to display items of sentimental value. Such as the matchbooks you’ve picked up on your world travels, the feather found on a mountain hike, or the champagne cork you popped when your grandchild was born. And talk about a conversation starter when guests come round!

Love the vibrant colors in this Dale Tiffany hand-blown art glass bowl Of course, some bowls are too beautiful to fill – they are statement pieces on their own. We love the Dale Tiffany line that we added to our product list this year, including these hand-blown art glass bowls. They are high-quality reproductions that Greg and I selected individually, and I wish you could see just how stunning they are in real life. A photo can’t quite do justice to their luxurious color and sheen.

Dale Tiffany hand-blown art glass bowl - what a stunner! $87 at EuroLuxAntiques.comThey add a great pop of color to any room. When you own a highly decorative bowl like these, I suggest letting it stand alone as a focal object. Display it on its own shelf or surface, as too many other pieces nearby can distract the eye.

Do you have any interesting ways you display or use your vintage and antique bowls? Tell us about it!

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!

Bookshelf: French Accents, Artful Decor, Heirloom Style

I always enjoy seeing how creative our customers are in combining antique and vintage furnishings into their artful decor, whether they live in a cottage, a townhouse, or an urban apartment. Everyone adds their own personal touch, often mingling different eras and styles. When you bring together pieces you love, no matter how eclectic your tastes, the love will always shine through. These new books are packed with inspiration to create a welcoming home that is utterly unique to your vision.

French Accents: At Home with Parisian Objects and Details

We're definitely at home with Parisian objects at EuroLuxAntiques.com!Oh yes, we’re definitely at home with Parisian objects at EuroLuxAntiques.com! Author and stylist Erin Swift illustrates ways to add a dash of French charm and sophistication to your home, and I’m delighted that she mentions the popularity of antique furnishings in French interior design, even for hip youngsters and for homes with a more contemporary focus. As Swift writes: “Antiques aren’t just for amateur historians, and art isn’t just for collectors.” We’ve seen this eclectic approach on our antiques buying trips in Europe, and maybe that’s why French style enjoys a reputation for a certain “je ne sais quoi.” Parisians have the design confidence to select the artful decor objects they love, combining styles and eras, and present their vision with a “voilà!” Our American customers enjoy that confident flair of individuality too, as you can see in our client spotlights.

Artful Decoration

This new book explores how to combine classic looks with whimsical details to create that extra oomph of originality in your homeAndrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman explore how to combine classic looks with whimsical details to create that extra oomph of originality in your home. I notice that many rooms photographed for the book feature stunning lighting features, from ornate chandeliers to eye-catching lamps. We’re certainly fans of fabulous lighting and we always snap up our favorite chandeliers for EuroLuxAntiques.com, from Gothic to Rococo to Renaissance Revival to just “we thought this vintage piece was gorgeous, however you want to label it.” Lighting sets the mood for any room, as I mentioned in my three tips to light a home beautifully.

Heirloom Modern: Homes filled with objects bought, bequeathed, beloved, and worth handing down

We're passionate about heirloom pieces too! This book shows how antique furnishings look great in any style of homeAuthor Hollister Hovey and her photographer sister Porter are clearly our soul mates in their passion for heirloom pieces and artful decor. They show how antique and vintage furniture and accents can be beautifully integrated into any style of home, to create a sense of history and reflect the unique personality of the home-owner. With so many different people’s decor photographed for the book, I wonder if any of our customers are featured in it? I’ll have to study all the photos and see if I can spot a treasure from EuroLuxHome.com!

 

 

 

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!

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 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!