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!

Vintage French Sideboard at Home in Maryland

I fall in love with all the antique and vintage furniture that Greg and I select for EuroLuxAntiques.com. We carefully choose these beautiful pieces from France and elsewhere in Europe, and then (even more carefully!) bring them back to America to share with our customers. Sometimes I want to keep every piece of vintage furniture for myself! Of course I can’t, because when we finally finish the renovation of our 1920s bungalow it will be packed to the rafters with me, Greg, and our eight dog and cat pals, as well as our own antiques.

Mid-Century Modern sideboard is a very pretty example of the kind of vintage furniture I loveThis French Mid-Century Modern sideboard is a very pretty example of the kind of vintage furniture I enjoy. It especially tempted me to tell the family to squeeze up a bit tighter so we could fit it in! But I’m so glad it went to such a lovely home, and I’m delighted that our customer Irene in Fulton, Maryland, let us show you these pictures of her dining room.

Vintage Sideboard in its new Maryland home! EuroLuxAntiques.comIrene has done a lovely job with her elegant blue dining room. The Art Deco chandelier is a great match to the sideboard against the far wall. The gold-framed mirror on the left wall will be hung above the sideboard, but Irene sensibly decided she need to see the sideboard in place first, before positioning the mirror.

 

Vintage French buffet sunburst design and basketweave. EuroLuxAntiques.com

The sideboard or buffet dates to 1960 and it features a fantastic walnut veneer and handsome hardware. It’s clear that a master craftsman put a lot of love – and probably a lot of hours – into creating that stunning sunburst design. Then you’ve got that sensational basketweave on the top and side doors too.

 

 


Interior of French buffet. Vintage furniture from EuroLuxAntiques.com
The doors open to reveal this very practical and attractive storage space. The superb banded marquetry on the shelves and interior drawers add plenty of decorative detail.

Vintage French sideboard in dining room. EuroLuxAntiques.comHere’s another shot of Irene’s dining room, with a closer focus on the vintage French buffet. The symmetry of the decor is very pleasing to the eye. The dark blue walls are exceptionally striking and noble, and Irene adds a little lift and lightness with that lovely touch of white along the lower wall panel. This is a really unique and stylish dining room and I wish we could all gather around the table for a celebration feast!

If you have a room with vintage furniture, we’d love to see your photos. Send us an email here. Meanwhile thanks to Irene for offering such great inspiration!

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!

Bookshelf: Stylish Living, English Country House, Romantic French Homes

I’m surrounded by fine antique furniture all day and talking with customers about their home decor. I often take photos of their homes too, for our client spotlights. So what do I do in my spare time? Curl up with books about antiques and interior decor! I can’t get enough of seeing how people make their living space so uniquely personal to them.

These three new books provide lots of home design ideas. They’re great for anyone who loves traditional stylish living.

Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living

Our customers have their own sense of stylish living, but it's still fun to peek inside the homes of design gurus! EuroLuxAntiques.comOur customers have their own sense of stylish living. They trust their own taste above the opinion of any interior designer. Still, it’s always fun to take a sneak peek inside the homes of design gurus! Lifestyle blogger Ronda Rice Carman (foreword by Martha Stewart) explores the personal spaces of famous interior designers. For example: Hutton Wilkinson’s Beverly Hills pad, Nicky Haslam’s historic hunting lodge, and Barry Dixon’s Edwardian manor. It’s perking up my energy for our 1920s bungalow renovation!

Romance & Revival in an English Country House

Ideas for stylish living the English way by Nicky Haslam. Nicky Haslam’s Folly De Grandeur: Romance and Revival in an English Country House gives a closer look at how Haslam renovated his home. The posh society interior designer has a glittering list of clients including Mick Jagger. Haslam has called his home “the prettiest small house in the world.” Small? He says none of the rooms in the Tudor part of the hunting lodge is more than 12 feet square! He shows that size is no obstacle to stylish living. You can make even the smallest space comfy and welcoming.

If this book inspires you, check out our English Antique Furniture and reproduction furniture in the English style.

Romantic French Homes

Romantic French Homes EuroLuxAntiques.comLove French style as much as we do? This book captures the spirit of French home decor. It shows both formal and casual interior decor, for fancy entertaining or just enjoying family time. During our antiques buying trips in Europe, we accept every invitation we can to see inside French homes. We love low they use heirlooms and antiques for a timeless, romantic, and very stylish living space. This book by American writer Lanie Goodman gives a glimpse inside country manors, farmhouses, city apartments and townhouses. You’ll spot a few chateaux too!

Want some French romance for the castle you call home? Browse our antique French furniture collection. You’ll find armoires, buffets, vintage chandeliers and home decor accessories plus our personally selected high-quality reproductions.

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!

Historic Hotels of London

We know many EuroLuxAntiques.com customers enjoy travel to Europe, so today’s blog post is about some of the most famous historic hotels of London, England. It might inspire your home decor too. Those Brits sure know how to live the antiques lifestyle!

Even if you don’t stay in any of these hotels, drop in for cocktails or dinner to soak up the atmosphere. Or get a taste of British heritage with a scrumptious afternoon tea. These three historic London hotels are within a few minutes walk of each other.

The Ritz

The London Ritz is built in French chateau-style, a great place to take afternoon tea! The French chateau-style architecture of The London Ritz is a sight to behold! Cesar Ritz opened the hotel in 1906, although this Piccadilly site was a stop for travelers seeking hospitality right back to days when a coaching inn stood here. The interiors are designed with a Louis XVI theme. It’s opulence all the way! The restaurant is so festooned with chandeliers that The Ritz had to reinforce the ceiling to bear the weight.

 

The London Ritz Hotel interiors are designed with a Louis XVI theme, and it's opulence all the way! When Charlie Chaplin visited The Ritz in 1921, he needed 40 British Bobbies (police officers to you and me) to escort him past the fans crowding the hotel. Churchill, de Gaulle and Eisenhower held World War II summit meetings in one of The Ritz private dining suites. In the 1950s, Tallulah Bankhead sent gossip columnists wild by sipping French Champagne from her slipper during a press conference at the Ritz.

If you visit, take afternoon tea in The Palm Court. (Make a reservation.) It’s a legendary and lavish treat. The Palm Court is a great place to watch swanky Londoners “Putting on the Ritz.”

The Dorchester Hotel

How's that for topiary? Outside London's Dorchester HotelHow’s that for topiary? Giddy up little polo pony! He looks pretty happy outside The Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane, one of the most glamorous spots in the posh Mayfair area. The hotel opened in 1931, and in its early years the famous Foyles Literary Luncheons met here. Ernest Hemingway wrote here too. Elizabeth Taylor frequently took a suite with her various husbands, and other VIP visitors include Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross. Prince Philip also celebrated his stag night here on the eve of his marriage to Queen Elizabeth. I guess if it’s good enough for a royal…

But the most important piece of history ever made here was during the Second World War. General Eisenhower set up his HQ at The Dorchester to plan the Normandy invasion.

The Lanesborough Hotel

The Lanesborough, one of the historic hotels of LondonThis 1828 building on Hyde Park Corner was once St George’s Hospital. The hospital was located here so patients could get plenty of fresh air. Hmm, that was back in the day when Knightsbridge was considered the countryside! The building was restored in the 1990s as the prestigious Lanesborough Hotel. You can peek into Buckingham Palace gardens from some rooms, and the hotel stands opposite Apsley House, the Duke of Wellington’s former home, also known as “Number One, London.” That’s an easy address to remember.

London's Lanesborough Hotel was restored to evoke 1820's EnglandThe historic hotel is packed with hand-crafted reproduction furnishings copied from original 1820s furniture, chandeliers, and textiles. (The Royal Fine Arts Commission, the Georgian Society, the Victorian Society, and English Heritage supervised the renovation to make sure they got all the details right.) Each guest at The Lanesborough Hotel gets their own personal butler. How very Downton Abbey! If you stay in the Royal Suite, you get a chauffeur too, to drive you around in a Rolls Royce. (Tip: It’s cheaper to take the Tube!)

There are so many more historic hotels of London I’d love to share with you. They will have to wait for another post. Meanwhile, tell us any of your favorite London haunts in the comments 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 sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

Vintage Color Accents in Neutral Rooms

A room decorated in neutral colors is always so relaxing. Earthy natural tones tend to be warm and welcoming, while gray or white often create a sophisticated atmosphere. But a pop of color from antique or vintage furnishings or accessories can enhance the neutral decor even more. The color accent also provides a focal point for the space. Check out these vintage color accents for inspiration!

Our customer Anuradha V. created a very moody vignette with a 1920s green enamel pitcher from EuroLuxAntiques.com Our customer Anuradha V. created a very moody vignette with a 1920s green enamel pitcher from EuroLuxAntiques.com in her home in India. The antique enamelware lends an authentic and subtle dash of color to this beautifully simple and restful space.

The entire image almost looks like a painting from a Dutch master, doesn’t it? I can imagine seeing this in a museum!

 

Red upholstery and drapes in the antique furnishings at Wimpole Estate mansion in England give it an opulent feel.On a grander scale, the colors in this reception room in the Wimpole Estate mansion in England are actually quite plain, once you look past the stately home’s imposing size and columns!  The main decor is white and the floor is natural wood. But the rich splash of red gives it an opulent feel. The glow of the swagged red drapes draw you into the room and the red upholstered antique chairs invite you to pause a while. Queen Victoria certainly paused a while. She stayed at Wimpole Hall for two nights back in 1843.

Vintage color accents in Frank Lloyd Wright's Rosenbaum House in Florence, AlabamaThis room in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Rosenbaum House in Florence, Alabama, also relies on furnishings for color accents. The fabulous spark of blue in the vintage chairs just leaps out from the rustic brick wall and wood paneling.

I’d call that a Capri blue… What do you think?

Blue and white ceramics in this simple white decor... fresh! It’s easy to inject color into a room with a collection of colorful vintage or antique pottery. I like the freshness of the blue and white ceramics in this elegant white setting. The display of bowls and vases at different levels also creates visual interest.

I always enjoy selecting classic blue and white Delft antique pottery for EuroLuxAntiques.com because it’s so pretty to look at, and it brings a timeless note of color into both contemporary and traditional decor.

Antique Blue Delft garniture clock set blue looks superb against the neutral backdrop of stone and woodOur customer Julie F. in Marquette, Michigan showed off her 1890 blue Delft garniture clock in fine style! She displayed it against a stone fireplace, as you can see in our earlier client spotlight.

The delicate blue looks superb against the neutral backdrop of stone and wood.

If you’ve used vintage or antique furnishings and accessories to add a pop of color in a neutrally decorated room, we’d love to feature it on this blog.
Send us photos of your vintage color accents!

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!

Vintage Clock Makes Prestigious DC Building Tick

We were thrilled when the acclaimed Washington, DC interior designer Paul Corrie of Paul Corrie Interiors bought a beautiful vintage Louis XV Rococo style shelf clock from EuroLuxAntiques.com. We were even more thrilled when Paul featured it in his fabulous design for the entry and lobby spaces of The Dresden, one of Washington’s most prestigious condominium addresses.

This is the piece Paul chose from our selection of vintage clocks.  You can see how ornate it is. The tortoiseshell and brass-colored metal case is decorated with sweet little birds and a woman’s face, and and even the pendulum boasts a gorgeous starburst design. Whether they feature arabic or roman numerals, collectible clocks like this can be a perfect fit for your home decor. A piece like this could also be a great fit as a desk clock, keeping track of time as you work. A timepiece with an antique or vintage style clock face can bring an extra touch of luxury to your home.

The clock dates to the 1950s and as the movement is by the famous German manufacturer Hermle, it still works as good as new with its vintage design. It sounds a pretty double strike too, to help everyone at The Dresden keep their appointments on time! 

 

Fast forward and here’s the room Paul designed with the clock – you can see it to the left of the fireplace. I love how this classic and simple space is made so striking (forgive my pun) by the vintage and also the fireplace screen, matching the existing wall decor. Just a few special details add a sense of luxury. The tile work is lovely too, and Paul creates yet more visual interest by setting the mirror to one side above the fireplace, breaking up the symmetry. It’s almost like having a mini Big Ben in your home. He’s got a great eye!

Here’s another shot of the same room at The Dresden, although you can’t see the vintage clock from this angle. The layering of cool, neutral tones gives the room an air of elegant distinction, increasing the sense of space and light. The Toile de Jouy fabric on the armchair is delightful, adding a dash of pattern in the otherwise solid and plain colored upholstery. It draws the eye, without making the room too busy.

 Isn’t this an inviting space? Paul makes the setting welcoming with the plumped-up cushions, vases of flowers, and a casual pile of books just waiting for someone to leaf through them. I can picture myself curling up here with a magazine and a cup of tea by this mantel clock! I’d probably find myself reading about Paul Corrie, as his name often crops up in interior design magazines including Traditional Home, Metropolitan Home, and Home & Design.

Although Paul tends towards more contemporary design, he’s also influenced by the classic and very gracious homes in the nation’s capital. He’s been quoted as saying “I always like to pull in simple, timeless furnishings with clean lines” and we can see that in these photos. Who wouldn’t feel at home in these spaces he creates? Paul has recently been selected as the designer for the new DC Center for the LGBT community – yet another feather to add to his cap. Home & Design Magazine called Paul “a rising star” back in 2008, and it looks like his star has well and truly risen!

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 Aimee on Google+ or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox! EuroLuxHome.com has a wide variety of vintage and antique clocks available. Whether you’re in the market for a pendulum clock, french clock, digital clock or mantel clock, EuroLuxHome.com has the clockworks for you, made by the most skilled of  clockmakers. From Art Deco to Victorian, we’ve got the styles you need.

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!

Color in Your Interior Design

In thinking about interior design colors for the 1920s bungalow we’re restoring, I came across this great article at Freshome Design & Architecture: Room Color and How it Affects Your Mood. And then, in a moment of serendipity, an email newsletter from Traditional Home magazine landed in my inbox. The newsletter contains three links to slideshows:

Each of these interior design blog posts and photo galleries deals with the use of color in home decorating. So guess what today’s blog topic is?

Dazzling array of paint chips in orange and green -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

I don’t know anyone who hasn’t struggled at one time or another with paint colors. Using paint chips is great, but it’s often hard to tell what that gorgeous tangerine on the card will look like covering a 10×14-foot wall!

Of course, wall paint represents just one way to incorporate color into your interior design. And sometimes going with neutrals is not only the easiest choice but the one that enables you to showcase your collections (such as blue Delft ware), accessories (such as a vintage Capodimonte chandelier), or fine furniture (such as an antique Rococo dining table with ornate carvings).

Cozy fireplace sitting area in a tranquil blue and white palette -- EuroLuxAntiques

This cozy fireplace sitting area features a blue and white design, with a celadon-colored door for interest. Colorful cushions on the chairs add movement to the space. I love the little pair of sconces that flank a pair of stacked prints above the mantel. This symmetrical design gives the space a formal feel, while the cushions keep things a bit contemporary. And I love the round table! A designer once said “every room should have at least one round table,” and I couldn’t agree more.

 

 

Toile accented dining room -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

This dining room combines reds and blues for a French Country style interior design. I love how the decorator carried the blue toile used in the valances to the interior of the open china cabinet in the corner. Brilliant! The sheer curtains create a romantic ambiance, and the rust red color in the tablecloth gives the space warmth. Ditto for the warm wood floors you can see peeking out at the corner of the rug. As a final touch, the decorator added colorful fresh-cut flowers for a pop of yellow and purple. All in all, this room represents a great use of color in interior design!

 

Neutral dining room with blue green furniture -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

Here’s a great example of how a neutral color palette can serve your interior design. The walls, drapes, dining chairs, and area rug all are done in shades of beige. This draws the eye first to the rich, brown dining table. Next, you notice the pretty purple irises in clear vases on the table. Finally, your eye wanders to the gorgeous blue china cabinet. The simple wire-frame chandelier seems to float in the space; an ornate, crystal chandelier here might overwhelm the design.

 

 

As you can see, you don’t need to fear color in your interior design. If you don’t feel bold, go neutral and accent with colors you love. If you’re fearless, crank up the paint sprayer and refresh your walls with something vibrant!

Are you fearless when it comes to color in your decor? Give us your thoughts in the comments!

 

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!