One Day in Grasse, France

We had the pleasure of hosting our CEO at our home in France this past week, and naturally, we needed to keep him busy, so we organized a trip to Grasse. Most people already know of Grasse for its abundance of perfumeries and fragrance houses. After all, the town is known as the Capital of Perfume, as it was the French that luxuriated the scented oils. Located just north of Cannes, this town is a quick 30 minute drive from Nice International Airport, which makes it an easy day trip if you find yourself on the Cote d’Azur. Grasse is a relatively small town, with just over 50,000 residents, however it does receive approximately 1 million visitors annually, which is...
One Day in Grasse, France

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The Art of Gilding

In addition to our authentic 19th Century Louis Phillipe gilded mirrors  we are pleased to present a new collection of wall art which includes many beautiful antique replicas. From our Four Seasons Empire Intaglios to our Framed Botanicals, many of these pieces have hand-gilded borders or accents. Gilding is the process of applying very thin pieces of gold sheets to the surface of an object. So yes the gold corners of many of our frames are real gold!  The art of gilding dates back to 2300 BCE with the Egyptians. At that time, it was used mainly to adorn wood and metal. The gold leaf used then was much thicker than what is used today. In fact, the gold sheets...
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Top 5 Thermal Baths in Hungary

Budapest is quickly becoming a trendy tourist destination for its rich culture and lovely neoclassical architecture. Yet many do not realize that Hungary sits on one of the richest geothermal water resources in the world. And because of this, Budapest proudly holds the title of the City of Spas, as it has more thermal and medicinal springs than any other capital city. The Romans are thought to have enjoyed the pleasures of these waters, dating as far back as the 2ndcentury when they established their regional capital in present day northern Budapest. However, it was the Turks who popularized the bath culture in the 16th century.  But first, what is thermal water and why is it good for you? Thermal water comes from a naturally occurring...
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Take a Look Inside the Owner's Euro Flat

When Joe and Stacy started etúHOME, the idea was to bring pieces of Europe to the American market. Now that the business has grown significantly, it requires that they spend a large amount of time in Europe. Whether it is shopping the fairs, scouting sources or designing and overseeing the production of our sustainable wood products- it’s all done with the ultimate goal of bringing superior products to our customers. That being said, Joe and Stacy decided that it was necessary to have a suitable residence in Budapest. So, they set off to make the two small flats they had purchased into a combined space that would provide adequate living and working space. In addition, there was also the task...
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The Truth About Cutting Boards

Not all cutting boards are made equal. In fact, there has been a long-standing debate in the food world about what type of cutting board is the best to use- plastic, bamboo or wood? We happen to be slightly biased towards the latter but, in an effort to be fair, we took a closer look at each of these materials and what researchers have to say about them.  It’s commonly thought that plastic cutting boards are the most sanitary. However, studies have shown that plastic surfaces retain more bacteria than wooden ones. As the board becomes knife-scarred, it creates crevices that breed bacteria. While they are economic, they are not ideal for keeping a clean and healthy kitchen space. Bamboo...
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