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Client Spotlight:  Tallahassee, FL

Client Spotlight: Tallahassee, FL

Posted by Aimee Talbot on 7th Jun 2012

This blog post should actually be titled, “An Ode to Betty S.”  Betty purchased a beautiful Antique Art Deco Buffet from EuroLux Antiques as a birthday present to herself at the end of last year.  Outstanding Art Deco carvings with a floral motif, original Art Deco brass hardware, and a pretty red striated marble top, make this Art Deco Buffet a knock-out!

Betty placed this great piece in her very cool home in Tallahassee, Florida, and it actually acts as a “wall” to separate her kitchen from her laundry room, while providing extra storage space in the kitchen.  We always enjoy seeing creative uses for antique and vintage furniture!

You can’t quite appreciate it from this photo, but you are actually looking at the interior of a 1958 Midway trailer that is at the center of Betty’s funky abode!  It was parked in 1966, the original owners added on an addition in 1971, and Betty has added her own additions over time, including a deck and porch, so there is now a mobile home in the middle of the house.  From the outside you can see the area on the right is the front of the mobile home and to the left is permanent house.

Here is a photo from inside the front door looking through a window on the side of the mobile home into Betty’s kitchen!

I am very envious of this great retro patio furniture set with glider!  What a wonderful place to chill out with a cold beer or glass of wine.

Many of our customers at EuroLux Antiques have historic homes, but this one is truly funky and cool – thanks for sharing your vintage lifestyle with us!  Of course, we couldn’t forget to mention that Betty does her part to save homeless pets, a cause near and dear to our own hearts.  Aren’t her fuzzy children adorable?

Betty gave us such nice compliments that we just have to share them here:

Dear Aimee and Greg,

Thank you so much.  The beautiful Art Deco oak buffet looks great in my kitchen/eat-in area and has exceeded my dreams of how good it would look in my funky 1958 home.  I’d especially like to praise EuroLux for going that extra mile—from staining the back of it for me, to rubbing on a protective coat of furniture wax, to custom-making two brackets, and for packing it in such a manner that it made the eight hundred mile trek to my house with absolutely no damage—not even a scratch.  (Hats off to your shipping company!)

It was a pleasure doing business with EuroLux.  Mom and Pop shops are disappearing from the American landscape and I’m happy to have found yours.  Your personal, friendly service, the quality of your pieces, and the fact that you truly care about your customers made for a lovely shopping and buying experience.

With best wishes, Betty

 

However, I have to explain to you how particularly special this sale was to me.  I’ve known Betty for 20 years, having met her back in 1992 in a tiny office (in the maze of the Williams building) on the campus of Florida State University while I was an undergraduate student.  I didn’t know then what a tremendous impact Betty would have on my life.  You see, Betty handed me a one-page flyer about the Florida State University Study Abroad program in Florence, Italy, and even went the extra mile to help me line up a small scholarship to go on the program. 

The world opened up to me in such a profound way during that study abroad semester that it truly changed my life’s path.  My new-found interest in Italian Renaissance Art led to a Masters degree in Humanities and another trip back to Italy, this time as a counselor for the Florida State University International Programs in Florence.  I became hooked on European history and living abroad, and was determined to somehow get back to Europe.

Betty became my colleague after I landed a job after graduation with FSU International Programs.  I saw first-hand that not only has Betty positively influenced my life, but she has spent her entire career helping thousands of students have incredible study abroad experiences across the globe.

I was very sad to leave my friends in Tallahassee a couple years later, but I decided to pursue an MBA in International Business in order to open doors to get back to Europe.  And, to shorten an already long story, eleven years after my first study abroad experience in Florence, my husband and I launched a European Antiques import business  – none of which would have happened had I not wandered into Betty’s office twenty years ago.

So thank you, Betty, for the role you’ve played in my life, for being one of those friends that stick with you, and for being one of EuroLux Antiques’ most loyal fans!  You don’t know how much it truly meant to me to make you happy!