Guide to Art Deco Furniture

Art Deco furniture is a style so timelessly chic, it’s hard to believe that a whole century has passed since the Art Deco look first burst onto the design scene. As we enter the new Roaring Twenties, let’s look back at the original 1920s and see why the sleek Art Deco style is still popular among international designers.

The Art Deco Era

Vogue Art Deco Magazine cover 1928

The Art Deco movement became prominent in the 1920s and 1930s, when it was the perfect match for the modern thinking of the Jazz Age. After the ordeals of World War I, many people were looking to a new future, rejecting the fussy and elaborate Victorian and Art Nouveau styles of the early 20th Century. Out with elaborate shapes and ornate carvings, and in with streamlined silhouettes, metallic accents and sleek glossy lacquer surfaces, hallmarks of Art Deco design! 

Amazing new technologies, materials, and methods of communications and transportation informed this brand new aesthetic too.

It was a very exciting time, and the younger generation was swept up in the energy. The “bright young things” had new ideas about society and they were forward-looking in every way.

Women started wearing knee-length skirts and dresses – this was scandalously short at the time! These women, dubbed Flappers, cut their hair short too, drove cars, smoked in public, partied and drank alcohol, and generally enjoyed themselves in ways that had previously been considered quite unladylike! They were the perfect icon for the rebellious, shiny, adventurous Roaring Twenties.

Art Deco Flapper Girl

Art Deco Inspired Design

Art Deco Oval Chest by Jonathan Charles
Art Deco Oval Chest by Jonathan Charles, faux macassar ebony veneer and faux shagreen with nickel handles. Based on original French designs of the 1920s.

Art Deco style was very inspired by the Age of the Machine, as the new technologies of airplanes, automobiles and transatlantic travel on cruise liners captured everyone’s imagination. This ‘streamline moderne’ look of Art Deco was very inspired by visual art, aerodynamic design, and geometric motifs. Furniture and architecture was designed with clean, dynamic, curved, and sweeping lines to create the feeling of speed.

Picture the soaring curves of the Chrysler Building in New York City and you’ll have a good idea of both the optimistic feeling of the early Art Deco era and the distinctive look of Art Deco style.

In the 1930s, more rectilinear lines and geometric shapes, including fragmented looks, were added. These reflected the Cubist influence of artist Pablo Picasso, who revolutionized modern art.

Why is it called Art Deco?

Do you know why it’s called Art Deco? It was named for the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts held in Paris in 1925. This was a showcase of exciting new design trends and the sexy new French Art Deco look made a great impact. In Paris of course the show had a French name: Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes. That’s quite a mouthful, so thankfully people picked out the “Arts Décoratifs” piece and then shortened it again to Art Deco, although the term did not become widely used until the 1960s.

Antique 1920 French Art Deco Buffet
Antique French 1920 Art Deco Buffet with mirror back, glass door and marble top, with carved flowers.

The Look of Art Deco Style Furniture

Sleek, chic and not at all meek! That’s the Art Deco look, which relies on well-defined curves and lines. Geometric designs are sharp and streamlined, and applied decoration is also important to the look, including sunbursts, geometric patterns and stylized floral designs. 

Jonathan Charles Opera Art Deco style side table
Jonathan Charles Opera Art Deco style side table

Influences include the design of modern ships, trains, planes and motor cars. Ancient Egyptian, Aztec and Central American art also creeps in, while ancient Greek designs emerge in Greco Deco.

The streamlined silhouette of Art Deco style furniture is simple, but when emphasized by the use of glossy and shiny materials it looks glamorous and opulent. With the unfussy shapes and lack of ornate carvings, all the luxury comes from the materials and finishes. For example, you will often see a gorgeous slab of marble topping a sideboard, buffet, nightstand or table or Art Deco pieces made from an exotic wood like macassar ebony.

Woods are dark to add to the sense of substance and exotic woods are beautifully grained to give a surface decorative effect. Gleaming mirror and glass gave a reflective and modern feel too. Chrome finishes and marble top buffets and sideboards are typical of the era. In Art Deco land, it’s always time to shine up your chrome cocktail shaker and start the party.

Brentwood Art Deco style bar cart
Brentwood Art Deco style bar cart

Early Art Deco furniture designers used colors that were quite muted, including pastel pinks and greens, contrasted with black. But after the 1929 stock market crash in the United States, brighter colors were used for mass producing Art Deco home decor, to cheer everyone up. The popular Fiestaware dishes are a typical example with their bold yellows, reds, oranges, greens and blues. Famous Art Deco furniture designers include Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jules LeLeu.

Typical Art Deco Style Furniture Features

  • Inspired by the architecture of the time, a standard art deco piece features Curvilinear shapes, think sweeping curves, and rectilinear shapes, with straight lines set at angles.
  • The look avoids fussy curlicues and ornate silhouettes. It’s all about the clean lines to create a bold profile.
  • Geometric shapes and patterns, zigzags, trapezoids, chevron, nautical portholes and sunburst patterns.
  • Applied decoration is important. Motifs include female figures, and stylized flowers and animals such as gazelles and birds.
  • Glossy, smooth materials create reflective surfaces, including marble, glass, mirror, and lacquer finishes.
  • Polished metals were also important for the reflective look, including nickel, aluminum, stainless steel, brass, gold and especially chrome.
  • Dark and exotic woods created a sense of substance and luxury, often with beautiful grains to create surface pattern. Popular woods include rosewood, walnut, teak, maple, macassar ebony and zebra wood.
  • New man-made materials included Bakelite, plastics and other composites which were considered the bees’ knees at the time! 
  • Neutrals are chic, while pale pastel colors including pink and green, are accented with black.
  • Upholstery is typically a solid color. If pattern is involved, it might be a geometric or an animal print.
  • Velvet and leather are popular options for upholstery.
  • Shagreen and leather look combined with wood and chrome.

We love the Art Deco period and our renovated 1920s vintage bungalow dates to this era. The streamlined style is a kind of interior design royalty, eternally popular because it is so striking to look at and easy to live with. It works in many types of space to create an upscale and sophisticated feel that balances retro appeal with contemporary tastes. For example, the updated “streamline moderne” Art Deco look in the Architectural Digest photo above checks all the boxes for a home today.

Whether you are looking for original antique Art Deco furniture or high-quality new Art Deco inspired pieces, Greg and I hope you have enjoyed our guide to Art Deco style furniture and that you will check out our other blog posts aboutArt Deco interior design.

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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 9 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Florida Road Trip: Vintage Renaissance Cabinet

There is always an order that starts a road trip and in this case it was a vintage Renaissance cabinet!  Linwood in Lakeland,  FL, purchased a massive vintage Renaissance cabinet in our Ebay store, but one important detail was that the furniture needed delivery on a Thursday, Saturday or Sunday. Our delivery company couldn’t guarantee a specific day of the week for delivery, as it just depends on the other orders in the area as to when deliveries are routed. Notice the lovely cabinet doors on this kitchen cabinet. The Renaissance style is enticing, inspired by the Italian Renaissance of the 16th century. Many antique cabinets from this style feature quality inlaid decor and marquetry. With quality materials such as Renaissance walnut, marble tops and more, this antique furniture is quality. Whether it’s the inlay, the baroque style, or the simple elegance of this piece of furniture, we can tell that its creator was a master cabinet-maker.

Vintage Renaissance sideboard 1930

I was born in South Florida, and since Lakeland isn’t too far from Jupiter, FL, where both my dad and my best friend, Cheryl, live, we decided a road trip to Florida was in order. Greg and I like to get out of the office, meet our customers, and see where “our” pieces will find their forever homes. So we hopped into the truck to deliver this amazingly handsome and heavily-carved cabinet on one of the days that our customer needed it to arrive!

Vintage Renaissance sideboard 1

Linwood said he chose the cabinet because he wanted a massive, heavily-carved piece to fill up that big wall in his living room. We agree the vintage Renaissance buffet, carved in oak and dating to the 1930s, looks terrific with the traditional brown leather sofa with nailhead trim. Linwood and his charming wife, Amy, had the Oriental style carpet rolled up to make it easier to bring in the vintage Renaissance buffet, but we can image how opulent the room will look when they roll out the red carpet!

1930 Vintage Renaissance Sideboard server

Thanks for your purchase, Linwood and Amy, and for giving us such a great excuse to take a road trip back home to South Florida! And as it always happens, once we decide to take a road trip to deliver a piece, then it seems we always sell a few other pieces along the route. In this case, the delivery to Lakeland, FL, ended up with stops in Jacksonville, the Ft. Myers area, and St. Simons Island, GA – I’ll share those stories in other blogs!

Meanwhile, I’m very happy knowing where the vintage Renaissance cabinet has found its new home! We have all sorts of quality cabinets for your entryway, living room, and dining room. From Victorian and Art Deco vintage cabinets, to 19th century file cabinets, display cabinets and more, we’ve got you covered. If storage cabinets aren’t your thing, we can also offer side tables, armoires, a Mid-Century Modern credenza, bookcases, sideboards and more! From glass doors to china cabinets and much much more, we’ve got the pieces to enhance your home-decor.

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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 9 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Vintage Console Table: Renaissance

Our customers Mary and Phil returned to our EuroLux antiques store in Newberry to pick out a vintage console table to go beneath a hand-painted antique trumeau mirror that Mary had found at an auction house.  The couple had previously bought an antique buffet from us and a pair of Italian floor lamps for their beautiful chateau style home. You can check it out in my previous blog post: Client Spotlight: Antique French Country Louis XVI Buffet. 

Delivering vintage console to customer home

We were very happy to revisit their home to deliver the console table they chose. Here is the front of the house. We certainly admired the gorgeous stone exterior. The photo doesn’t actually give a sense of how large the interior space is. Much like a French chateau, Phil and Mary have built a labyrinth into the side of a hill and this photo only shows the second and third stories. The entire lower level is built into the hillside.

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The Vintage Console Table in Action

Here is the French Renaissance style vintage console table or sideboard that the couple chose for their entryway home decor. They bought it from us to go beneath the very large, antique, hand-painted trumeau mirror that Mary discovered at an auction house.  The mirror still needs to be hung, but we propped it up on the console table just to get the effect and to snap a photo. The ceilings are so high. I captured just a bit of the beautiful antique wrought iron fixture hanging above it.

A piece like this could be a great fit in your home too. You could use a quality wood console table like this as an end table, hall table, or even nightstand. With a solid wood, vintage style console table, any room can be enhanced. We can see how well it works with antique decor. It would also work with Mid-Century Modern and Art Deco styles, if you’d like to see your new tabletop in a modern setting. We could even see using this wooden console as an entry table or entryway table.

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Lovely Interior Design

With your back to the console table, you look through another arch into the dining room. Diners will be able to see themselves in the trumeau while enjoying Phil and Mary’s hospitality!  Mary had just hung the handsome and huge antique iron chandelier over the antique dining table. A pair of antique hunting paintings and antique Louis XV sconces add to the feel of the chateau.  The carvings on the console table work well with the heavily carved antique Renaissance dining room chairs. The chairs are scheduled for re-upholstery with new fabric soon. One chair is lying on the floor in the photo as Phil asked for our instruction on how to tighten the joints of all of the chairs. This is a dynamic DIY duo for sure!

Traditional Bathroom

Antique and Vintage Decor Done Right

During the tour of their lovely home, I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of Mary’s amazing soaking tub. I am truly jealous of that tub!

During this second delivery, Phil mentioned that he was now searching for a pair of thrones. We’ve sent photos by email and hope we’ll be delivering the antique hunting thrones soon so that we can take more photos of this amazing chateau that Phil and Mary have built with such love and dedication. Meanwhile, the vintage console table has found the perfect home! If you’re looking for antique console tables, we’ve got those too. Whether you’re looking for 19th century side tables or 20th century coffee tables, lacquered bookcases and more, EuroLuxHome.com has the furniture for you.

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Ask About Our Antique Furniture With Chat!

Aimee Antiques Store ownerIf you’ve visited our antiques and home accessories online store recently, you know that EuroLuxHome.com now has a snazzy new Chat function! This means you can send a quick text message through Chat to ask a question about any of the products for sale on our site, or ask if we are going to have a specific type of item in stock soon.

We frequently ship new containers of antiques from France and other parts of Europe, so if you get in touch and we have something suitable on its way, we might be able to give you the first scoop!

When you phone, email or use the Chat function to have a conversation with us, the person at the other end is usually me, Aimee. (Sometimes our many dogs and cats like to lend a helping paw too, but their typing isn’t quite fast enough for Chat yet!)

Greg often joins in on Chat too – he is the technical wizard in our family business, so if you send a Chat message, it’s just as likely to be him replying as me because he loves using Chat! Either way, we will do our best to help you, whether you are asking about one of our new pieces of hand-crafted, antique-inspired furniture or a century-old piece that Greg and I found in an antiques market in Paris and shipped back to the USA.

Aimee and Greg Antiques Store OwnersWe pride ourselves on our high level of customer service. We get 100% positive feedback and very high positive marks on all the major sites where we sell, such as eBay and Chairish. We also have the Best of Houzz awards for customer satisfaction and service for several years.

Our goal is to keep to that high standard and improve our customer service even more, making life easier for customers to find the perfect antique furniture for their home, the ideal vintage home accessory or the newly crafted piece of furniture of their dreams, something that will maybe  become a family heirloom.  So now our website offers Chat!

Customers who have used it tell us that they love the Chat function! Everybody is multi-tasking these days so they can have a conversation with us about a piece while also doing other things. And if we need to leave the phone for a minute to research an answer for them or measure some specific dimension of a piece, they can carry on doing something else with their time till we return to Chat.

The only thing we can’t really do is give appraisals. If you have a piece that you want to sell, then read my blog post How to Sell Antiques and Vintage Items. We usually direct people to Worthpoint.com to find out the value of a piece.

So, whether you phone us on our toll free number: 866-602-9394 or email us or or hop over to the website at EuroLuxHome.com to use the Chat box to ask your question…  give in to temptation and get in touch! We’d love to help!

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Vintage French Sheepbone Chairs

We often have wonderful sets of antique and vintage French sheepbone chairs in stock but I don’t recall ever writing a client spotlight about sheepbone chairs. That’s about the change, thanks to Veritta H. in Clovis, CA!  Veritta sent some beautiful photos of her dining room after she purchased a set of six vintage sheepbone chairs from us.

French Vintage Sheepbone chairIf you don’t know the sheepbone chair style, this photo of one of the dining chairs in Veritta’s set shows you what to look for. The sheepbone refers to the shapely legs, also called ‘os de mouton’ in French, which simply translates as bone of the sheep because it looks like a lamb’s leg. The legs are joined by curvy stretchers. The upholstered French dining chairs date to around 1950 and they are crafted in solid oak.

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The six sheepbone chairs look fantastic in Veritta’s dining room!  Veritta says that she built her home 11 years and bought the dining table 10 years ago but she has been waiting for just the right chairs. I’m glad she found them at last! Veritta tracked them down on our OneKingsLane.com shop, but you can also find our many new, vintage, and antique dining chairs on our own EuroLuxHome.com website.

Vintage French Sheepbone Chairs

Veritta says that the sideboard is an antique but the table is antique-inspired. She has done a fantastic job accessorizing her dining room and it looks like she collects wine corks from her favorite bottles! This photo shows the handsome nailhead trim on the vintage sheepbone chairs, which adds another touch of luxury and Old World elegance. The pale upholstery of the chairs highlights the rich wood tones of the table and the old oak chairs.

Vintage French Dining Chairs sheepbone style

Here’s another view of the dining room with a very powerful piece of art on the far wall.
I love that chandelier too – it’s the perfect lighting for the space.

Thanks Veritta for inviting us into your lovely dining room and for giving us the chance to talk about the sheepbone chair style. It is a classic look that works well with all kinds of decor, from traditional French Country to more eclectic design schemes – and it never goes out of style!

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Best of October 2014: Inspiring Home Decor

We saw some inspiring home decor on the Letters from Eurolux blog this month. Two of my favorite October blog posts were from our series of Client Spotlights, showing furniture customers bought from us in their homes. Let’s start with those as we take a look back at some of our favorite blog posts of the month.

Cathy B. in Canyon Lake, TX, sent us lots of lovely photos of her game room renovation, in the basement of her home on the Guadalupe River. She called the pub-style bar space her  “dream game room basement” and we could see why from the photos!

Bar and Games RoomCathy went above and beyond in her renovation, even moving the outside staircase so it didn’t obstruct the view. Cathy bought a new Ambella Home vanity from us. The rustic look of the marble top and copper farmhouse sink was a perfect match for the basement bar and game room. See all the before and after photos of Cathy’s house inside and out, and her inspiring home decor in the Game Room Renovation post.

Brenda D. in Auburn, AL,  bought this charming carved oak vintage Louis XV French Country sideboard from us for her dining room.

Vintage Louis XV French Country sideboardWe found Brenda’s home decor inspiring not JUST because she bought this fine piece from us! I was interested to hear that Brenda was looking for the ideal piece of furniture to go with her Eddie Bauer dining table. She is one of our many customers with the taste and confidence to blend different styles, mixing new and antique furniture.  (More about that in my blog post: Eclectic Decor: Freedom from Matchy-Matchy Furniture.) As you’ll see from the photos of the vintage Louis XV French Country sideboard in the dining room, Brenda chose well!

Brittany Room Wedmore PlaceWedmore Place country hotel at the Williamsburg Winery in Virginia is not actually our customer, but it could be as they have rooms decorated with the same tapestries that we stock at EuroLuxHome.com. My blog post on the Tapestries at Wedmore Place Hotel tells you about this lovely 300-acre property on a historic site, and shows a few more tapestries too!

Rococo Orange DecorOur other favorite blog post this month showed some sizzling fall-inspired home decor.

Spice Up Your Space with Orange Decor showed how to create a welcoming glow with this warm color.  Ideas range from juicy orange rooms to vibrant accents walls, with hues from zesty tangerine to soft coral and warm pumpkin.

elegant halloween table settingTalking of pumpkins, our post on Elegant Halloween Decor put a focus on black and white as a grown-up way to enjoy the scariest day! No tricks, just lots of treats!

We hope you enjoy our Letters from EuroLux blog and our news and ideas about antique furniture and home decor.

If you’d like us to cover something about antiques or an antiques style or maker, or give ideas about a specific type of home decorating or interior design, let us know. Thanks for reading, and Happy Halloween!

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Things We Love: Antiquing and Ziplining

Greg and I have just taken a five-day vacation in Asheville, NC, for Greg’s birthday. We arrived in good time at Campfire Lodgings so we could get the tent up before sunset.
Camping in Asheville, NC

We had found a very funky restaurant called the Stoney Knob Café in Weaverville on Trip Advisor, so we headed over there for dinner. The food was awesome and the desserts were even better. Then we kicked back beneath the night sky with some beers beside the fire. The next morning we enjoyed a fantastic view with our breakfast.

Beautiful view in Asheville NC
Then we went antiquing in Asheville, starting at one of our favorite places – the Antique Tobacco Barn. It sounds like a busman’s holiday, I know, but we’re on the lookout for cool, funky stuff for our bungalow. We also visited a very cool antiques shop called Oddfellows Antiques and chatted with the owner Kelly for awhile. We bought this awesome 3 piece 1960s vintage green leather chesterfield sofa and 2 chairs. The complete vintage leather set hails from England. We love it!

vintage leather sofa

Our other buys from this trip included this beautiful hand-painted sign and a very cool oyster shell light fixture for our new bathroom.

Hand-painted sign

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It sure was nice to get away for a few days. We felt so adventurous we even went ziplining! We left the phones in the truck as we didn’t want to drop them, so we don’t have any photos. But you can get an idea from the photo at the Wildwater Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures website. 

Jennifer Lawrence ziplined here while filming the Hunger Games. Greg has been afraid of heights as long as I’ve known him, but he said he would try ziplining. Campfire in Asheville NC

Around the third zip, our guide tried to make small talk with Greg. (I think he noticed the sweat on Greg’s forehead too.)
He asked which hobbies Greg enjoyed and Greg responded, “Ummm, living. Yeah, just staying alive.” Apparently that was what was on his mind while ziplining! LOL. In the end Greg said he enjoyed it and that he might do it again!

We enjoyed a campfire every night and I know Greg loved that. A campfire is the best giant birthday candle anyone can have. Happy birthday Greg!

If you are tempted to visit to Asheville, NC, too, check out my previous blog post on the Biltmore House and Gardens Estate.  The photos are pretty impressive.

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How to Sell Antiques and Vintage Items

We receive emails nearly every day from people asking how to sell antiques or vintage items. Sometimes they have inherited antiques, sometimes they are just downsizing or have another reason to let go of a piece of furniture or other antique that they have enjoyed for years. Either way, they aren’t sure where to start. So here is our advice on how to sell antiques.

How To Find Out What Your Antiques Are Worth

How to sell items like this Antique Delft JarA great place to begin searching for values of antique or vintage items is Worthpoint.com. Of course, you can also explore sites where people sell antiques online, like Ebay. But Ebay only shows the last 30 to 45 days of data whereas Worthpoint has a huge database. It stores many years’ worth of information from ecommerce venues like Ebay and GoAntiques.com as well as other important auction houses.

Worthpoint is definitely worth the price for unlimited access for 30 days if you have specialty items or many things to look up. If you want to try it out first, Worthpoint offers a free trial period for a limited number of searches. You can also send a description and photos of your item to a “Worthologist” to get an expert online appraisal for a fee of $29.99, which is very economical.

I suggest the Worthpoint.com appraisal service because you’re unlikely to find an antiques dealer to give you a free appraisal. Dealers receive so many requests for free appraisals and although they are lovely folk, if they spent all day helping people with advice they would never have time to run their own businesses! So if you want to sell antiques but don’t know how to price them and don’t have time to research values, it’s well worth paying for the service of an expert appraiser.

If you are handling the estate of a relative, you may want to hire a licensed personal property appraiser in your area. Or you can contact a local auction house to help you determine the value of items. If you have rare or especially valuable antiques, you might want to find a specialty auction house. For instance, you would go to Theriaults for dolls.

How to Sell Antiques Online or Locally

Sell antiques at auctionObviously you can sell antiques through a local or specialty auction house. Or you can list things for sale on Ebay or GoAntiques or Etsy. You can even post an ad for free through your local Craigslist. You might also contact interior designers in your area to see if they could place a piece of antique or vintage furniture with one of their clients.

How to sell antiques like this Louis XIV ArmoireYou could also contact antique dealers in your area to see if they are interested in purchasing a piece outright. In this case, realize you will need to accept a wholesale price, not a retail price. Dealers have large overheads and sometimes they have to keep an antique in stock for a long time before finding a retail customer. The upside is that by selling to a dealer you’ll receive payment more quickly and don’t have to do all the selling yourself.

However, many antique dealers may only be interested in taking a piece on consignment. This is assuming that it fits with their inventory and they have the space in their gallery. Most dealers would expect to charge a 30 – 50% consignment fee, and you would be responsible for the transportation of the piece to the dealer’s gallery.

Keep in mind that it can be quite expensive to ship a piece of antique furniture safely. That shipping cost will come out of your pocket if you contact a dealer outside your geographical area. You’re usually better off contacting antique dealers in your closest large city.

Tips If You Sell Antiques Online

If you opt to sell antiques online through one of the ecommerce sites, you’ll need to write good and detailed descriptions. Even if you don’t know much about antiques, make a note of any makers’ marks or hallmarks and give exact measurements.

Take close up photos to sell antiques online
Door detail on antique 1880 French Brittany style chestnut buffet

Also take good, clear photographs from many angles. A picture speaks a thousand words! Include close-up shots of any decorative details and maker marks, and ideally show the insides of cabinets or drawers. At EuroLuxAntiques.com, we tend to provide lots of images when we sell antiques so buyers can see everything as clearly as they would inspecting the item in person. Then they are confident about making a purchase, or they can ask for more details if uncertain.

Finally, be honest about any damage or wear. People expect antique items to show a little wear – that is part of their history and unique charm and it proves their authenticity! But nobody wants any nasty surprises when the item arrives. The condition of an antique is a big factor in assessing its worth, as two similar pieces can sell for vastly different prices if one is in mint condition and the other rather more well-loved! For this reason, also be honest about the condition with appraisers if you get an online appraisal, otherwise the expert can’t give you the best advice.

If you have other suggestions for people wondering how to sell antiques or vintage items they own, please 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!

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!

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!