How to Create Farmhouse Style

Although few of us actually live in a farmhouse, the Farmhouse style of decor continues to appeal to urbanites and suburbanites alike. It carries a sense of nostalgia for an old-fashioned, simpler way of life before the hustle and bustle of today’s modern world. I enjoyed this Houzz.com article on 9 Ways to Create Comforting Farmhouse Style Anywhere. 
You don’t want everything to match too perfectly for a traditional Farmhouse style! It’s a decor that looks lived in, with one-off pieces that appear aged and loved.

 

Blue and white ceramics in this simple white decor... fresh!Often it takes just a few simple details to evoke Farmhouse style. A pair of rockers on the porch, a white claw-foot tub in the bathroom, an antique buffet server or hutch displaying heirloom china or pretty antique plates or vintage transferware plates. A crisp display of blue and white ceramics in a breezy white setting immediately creates a fresh and easy country look. Our vintage blue Delft ginger jars and plates fit the mood perfectly!

 

Our customer Anuradha V. created a very moody vignette with a 1920s green enamel pitcher from EuroLuxAntiques.comCountry Farmhouse style evokes pastoral living and traditional values, and home decor materials reflect those strong and earthy values, such as wood, stone, and iron. Textiles and surfaces are generally natural and matte in texture, and finishes often distressed. This photo from our client Anuradha V. shows a green vintage enamel pitcher that she bought from EuroLuxAntiques.com, set on a rustic table against a simple white plastered wall. The symmetry is so pleasing in this space, and the green pitcher provides a pop of natural color.

 

Antique Farmhouse Style Table, 1880, BrittanyA sturdy kitchen or dining room table is at the heart of the Farmhouse style. You need a place for the family to gather after the day’s work is done, to celebrate with a healthy feast! A wood table is key to this look, and a deep apron offers the subtle design detail that makes it look authentic. This handsome antique French dining table dates to 1880 and has just the right rugged appeal. It’s carved in the Brittany style, with figurines on the legs of French country men and women to add an extra dash of Farmhouse flair!

Jonathan Charles Country Farmhouse Style LoveseatWe have just added some wonderful Jonathan Charles furniture to our gallery. Greg and I selected our favorite pieces including several from the Jonathan Charles Country Farmhouse collection. To give you a sneak peek, this gorgeous Jonathan Charles loveseat is crafted from walnut wood, with rattan detailing and a creamy white seat cushion. Based on a 1900 design, this high-quality reproduction loveseat is a great example of Farmhouse style. It combines substance with simplicity – a combination that never goes out of fashion! I can picture this loveseat in a living room, as occasional seating in a bedroom, or even in a covered conservatory surrounded by leafy plants and pretty flowers.

 

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!

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!

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!

Best of April 2013: Antique Furniture at Home, Color Accents & More

In our April blog posts, we enjoyed seeing the many beautiful ways our clients use and display antique furniture they’ve found at EuroLuxAntiques.com. We also took design inspiration from clever accent colors, the humble bowl, and London hotels. Let’s revisit some of our favorite April posts.

Antique French Hunting Chairs & Thrones, vintage Spanish Renaissance table, Art Deco buffet from EuroLuxAntiques.comWe loved how Robert and Liz feature antique furniture in their decor throughout their lovely house in Johnson City, Tennessee. We especially loved seeing the antique French Hunting chairs, Art Deco buffet and Spanish Renaissance table they’d purchased from us. The fine antique furniture looks so very happily at home in their dining room!

EuroLuxAntiques Vintage Clock-001Interior designer Paul Corrie of Paul Corrie Interiors made splendid use of this gorgeous vintage Louis XV Rococo style shelf clock. He featured it in his striking design for the entry and lobby spaces of The Dresden in Washington, DC.

The Dresden is one of the fanciest condominium addresses in the capital. As you can see from the room photos in the vintage clock article, this 1950s Hermle beauty fits right in!

 

 

The London Ritz Hotel interiors are designed with a Louis XVI theme, and it's opulence all the way!We took a quick trip around some Historic Hotels of London to discover why these hotels are so legendary. It all becomes clear when you see the fantastic old buildings decorated with gorgeous vintage or reproduction antique furniture. I also shared some tidbits about the famous people who’ve stayed at these hotels.

TiffanyGlassBowl2We were bowled over to hear about the antique bowl that sold for more than $2.2 million in a New York auction. The family selling the bowl had displayed it in their living room. They had no idea of the true value! This inspired my post about pretty and practical ways to use bowls in your decor.

In another post, we looked at how to enhance your neutral decor with a pop of vintage color.

The Love Letter by Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta, 1841-1920
The Love Letter by Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta, 1841-1920

As I call this blog ‘Letters from EuroLux,’ I also explored the Vintage Art of Writing Letters. Old-fashioned? Moi? Well, we sell most of our fine antique furniture via our EuroLuxAntiques.com website, and I live on email, talking with customers and answering their questions. But it does us all good to slow down sometimes! A personal letter is sure to put a smile on someone’s face.

Don’t worry, I won’t return to snail mail to answer your questions. We pride ourselves on our prompt customer service!

Thanks for sharing April with me. We’ve got lots more to say in May about home decor, antique furniture, and living it up, vintage style!

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!

Fine French Antiques in Peoria, IL

I always love it when our customers take the time to photograph their purchases to show us how they’re using them. And I especially love it when they include pictures of their sweet furbabies!

About a year ago, Isabelle J., who is herself from France but now resides in Peoria, Illinois, bought a set of six antique Louis XVI dining chairs to match her existing antique French dining table. Doesn’t this set look beautiful?

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You can tell Isabelle has taken great care to build her French antique interior decor by selectively adding pieces over the years. Note the beautiful antique server, at top-left in the photo, and the brass candelabra. Stunning! You can also see Isabelle’s adorable pooch, the aptly named “Angel” (who speaks fluent French, by the way!).

Here’s another view of the solid walnut chairs paired with Isabelle’s gorgeous trestle table.

In the background, you’ll see an antique buffet. I love the way Isabelle showcases her collection of light-colored china on the shelves. The contrast between the warm wood tone and the creamy china really draws the eye to the plates. And that Art Deco sculpture is sensational. Although Isabelle didn’t purchase that sculpture from us, we do carry similar ones.

As we corresponded, Isabelle wanted to make the point that these chairs are very comfortable. She said, “We have found the chairs beautiful and comfortable, and this is very important for American people, who think the French stay too long at the table.” I can only smile at that! Stay too long, lingering over dinner with friends? Impossible!

Just look at the gorgeous patina on that table top! I can practically feel the table’s history. And the chair set works so well with the antique trestle table. Note how great the Art Deco clock looks on the wall. Although from a slightly different period (probably the 1930s, while the chairs and table date to 1920 or earlier), the antique regulator clock looks right at home in this setting. It just goes to show how easy it is to blend eras as long as you take care to match color or some other element within the overall design. It’s worth noting the tapestry hanging on the wall at left is a reproduction similar to those we carry. That particular tapestry is based on an 18th century inlaid panel on a cabinet that belonged to George IV and hung in his Carlton Palace. The original panel now resides in Buckingham Palace.

Lastly, here is chère Angel:

On that adorable note, we’ll bid you adieu!

I thank Isabelle for sending us such wonderful photos and allowing us to showcase her beautiful home on this blog. Please send me your decorating photos so I can share them, as well! I love seeing the many ways people live with antique furnishings.

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 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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3 Ways to Dress Your Decor for Thanksgiving

One of the things we love about living with antiques is their versatility within any decor. Take an antique dining table. You can dress it up with fancy linens for a classic look — or leave the wood bare for a more modern look. You can create a shabby design scheme with your antiques, or you use them to go upscale. When decorating with antiques, your personal taste eclipses the objects themselves.

Here are three distinctive ways to dress up (or down) your decor for Thanksgiving.

Opulent

If you love a luxurious look, think color and texture. A thick, ivory damask tablecloth laid over an antique dining table creates a drape-y textural effect, while its color contrasts nicely with the warm wood tones of the chairs. Likewise, a neutral table cover offers the perfect backdrop to showcase a beautiful floral centerpiece in hues of orange and yellow, green and brown. The colors of fall will set a traditional tone for your holiday meal, and the varied textures of floral petals, waxy leaves, or spiky miniature cattails will serve as a counterpoint to the softness of the linens.

The opulent look also requires using heirloom china and sterling flatware. Choose simple, white plates to showcase the food, or go for ornate antique plates that may have been used during the Victorian era. Cut crystal (or glass) goblets and weighty silver flatware add a sense of specialness to the event.

Elegant Contemporary

It’s perfectly possible to incorporate antiques into modern designs, especially if you use antique accent pieces to ground and balance your contemporary space. Try using a solid color linen tablecloth and contemporary place settings for a modern feel. Then add vintage pewter candlesticks, salt cellars (or tiny vintage salt and pepper shaker sets), and antique silver-plated flatware to convey a traditional sensibility in your design. Add a touch of fun by finding flatware with real or faux horn, antler or Bakelite handles to add interesting texture to your tabletop. Using cherished heirloom glassware, linens, and accessories offers a nod to family history as relatives gather around the table.

Simple Cottage

Sometimes, the most memorable holidays are the least fussy ones. If you don’t have the time, energy, or budget to put on a Thanksgiving extravaganza, you can still enjoy the simple pleasures of good food shared with family and friends. A simple, reproduction farmhouse table sans tablecloth can serve as the ideal backdrop for your scaled-down holiday celebration. Set out vintage transferware plates for a nostalgic feel.

Make a simple centerpiece by carving a pumpkin or by using old milk bottles in their original holder to arrange flower stems cut from your own backyard.

Create a single, showstopping focal point by embellishing your chic, shabby chandelier with teacups tied with ribbons or pinecones hung with fishing line.

In the end, Thanksgiving is about expressing gratitude for the richness of life. Whether you choose to celebrate lavishly with family and friends or reflect quietly with only your significant other, you can use your antiques to help create a memorable holiday that suits your unique tastes.

 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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