Thursday, February 04, 2016

Throwback Thursday - The Home of Annie Brahler

This is the Illinois home of Euro Trash owner, Annie Brahler.  Of Dutch heritage, Annie grew up using the 'good' china and silver every day (unlike in America where the 'good' things are often kept for special occasions).  If something got nicked or cracked it only added to the patina and "became a memory and not a scar". What a nice way to look at it!

Loving what appealed to her keen eye allowed her to load up on 'old' pieces and not necessarily anything with a pedigree.  So, searching for antiques in France, Belgium and Holland became a business and with her interest in design Euro Trash was born.                                  

Beaux Art Italianate Victorian 1868
 Country Living

Foyer via The Paris Itinerary

Belgian bergeres and Louis XVI side tables
French gilt settee and Dutch footstools
Belgian crystal chandelier

Daybed, gilt tables, overmantel and chandelier are all French.  A large empty gold frame sits in front of the large mirror and antlers her children found on hikes decorate the mantel.

Magnolias from Annie's backyard.

Annie's Dutch heritage is reflected in the blue Delft tiles around the fireplace.  Double door cupboard, chandelier and zinc finial (on left by window) all come from Holland.
Notice the antique demilune cabinet as the island.  Annie added cupboard space to the back and a marble top to create the island.
Love that!

The back of the demilune island.

Antique cabinet and caned chairs from Holland with Rachel Ashwell's pendants over the table.

Rachel Ashwell's slipcovered chairs surround a 19th century Dutch dining table.  Notice the portiere curtains to close off the parlor during colder months.  Portieres are commonly used in Europe instead of doors.

Dutch chandelier and several mirrors reflect the light in the upstairs hallway.

The master bedroom headboard was retrofitted from an antique daybed by joining the headboard and footboard together.

Annie's daughter, Isabel, decorated her own room with a Louis XV style bed and French mirror.

Son Daniel's room reflects his interest in British history with a Jonathan Adler Union Jack rug .

Master bath with recycle tub and chocolate walls.

Annie's carpenter 'stretched' an antique armoire to hold Annie's shoes and the Belle Epoque chandelier casts a rosy glow over the room.

House Beautiful
May 2012


  1. Wow, what an elegant place. The exterior is as pretty as the interior.

  2. It's nice, isn't it? Annie certainly did a wonderful job of utilizing her so-called 'trash' finds to furnish and decorate their home. Although she says 'trash' with tongue in cheek because most of it is really just someone else's unused castoffs. Lovely home for sure! Have a great weekend!