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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...
Top 5 Thermal Baths in Hungary

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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...
The Art of Gilding

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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 Scoop on European Travel

We hope you all know that our products come from Europe, but for those readers who are new to our company or might not be aware- our team curates a collection of found antique objects and home furnishings and décor crafted from sustainable, recycled or repurposed materials- all from various countries in Europe. Over the years, many of you have asked how we go about collecting our antique pieces or where our signature trivets are made. There’s no quick answer to that question but for starters, etúHOME owners Joe and Stacy spend a good deal of time in Europe. While they are there, they focus on purchasing antiques, gathering inspiration for new collections and working in our Hungarian factory to perfect...
The Scoop on European Travel

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Recept Bistro

There’s one thing we know for sure- Europe has no shortage of delightful (and delicious) cafes, bistros and coffee shops.  The etúHOME team is always amazed to find dozens of little cafes to pop into when we’re traveling abroad. And, as every frequent flyer knows, a perfectly frothed cappuccino and a crusty baguette have serious healing powers when suffering from jetlag. With our owners having their own flat in Budapest, we are especially aware of any new cafes popping up around the area. Recept Bistro is our new favorite spot and it also happens to be owned by some dear friends of ours, Tomi and Viki. The café is located in Budapest’s local fresh market at Lehel Ter and everyday they serve up fabulous...
Recept Bistro

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