Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Gold + Brass Revival...

I came across an interesting article this weekend in the Wall Street Journal...."The Brass Revival in Home Decor" by David A. Keeps...No worries, he is not referring to the 80's outdated, overly ornate brass fixtures that are cause for sunglasses.  This is a more under-stated, refined use of brass and gold.  

First, let me say that the 'brass revival' is more of a re-invent or re-engineer of a classic gold look.  Gold finishes have been used for centuries in home design, and this warm metallic element is truly timeless.  But, in the 80's, designers and builders went a bit overboard with loud (often gaudy) brass fixtures, so the look eventually grew stale and gave way to cooler metallic tones such as chrome, stainless, and nickel, as used by designers over the last couple decades.  

What designers seem to be doing now, is an introduction of brass and gold accents in a fresh new way with interesting textures such as hammered, honed, unlacquered, or antique finishes.  Gold and brass tones are popping up in mirrors, lighting, kitchen fixtures, furniture accents, and accessories.  Just a splash here and there can  provide a little warmth and charm.  One of my favorites, for example, is Jonathan Adler's Jacques Lucite and Brass collection: coffee table, side table, and etagere (see pics below).  I particularly love gold finishes when paired with taupe, robin's egg blue, grass green, chocolate brown, and for a more lively combo, try a mix with orange or coral (think girl's bedroom or dining room).

Link to WSJ article is below...

I selected a few favorite gold and brass pieces below...

Two tier gold bamboo side table by Two's Company

Bishop Antique Brass Lamp - Arteriors

Horne Acquamiki Suspension Lamp

Hollywood Regency Gold Bamboo Coffee Table - 1st Dibs

Gold Zig Zag Tray - upintheairsomewhere Etsy shop

Worlds Away Bar Cart

Worlds Away Desk/Console Table

Worlds Away Coffee Table

Worlds Away Light Fixture

Worlds Away Greek Key Lamp

Emily + Meritt for Pottery Barn Brass Bunny sweet is this!?

Emily + Meritt for Pottery Barn Travelers Trunk

Gilt Trim Chest - Wisteria

Gilt Moroccan Mirror - Wisteria 

Jonathan Adler Jacques Lucite & Brass Collection

Jonathan Adler Jacques Lucite & Brass Collection

Jonathan Adler Ulu Side Table

Jonathan Adler Ulu Side Table

Shades of Light Keyhole Table Lamp

Wisteria Ribbon Panel Mirror
(hard to tell but finish includes both gold and silver tones)

Wisteria Ribbon Panel Mirror
(hard to tell but finish includes both gold and silver tones)

Hammered Bowls - Clayton Gray Home

Knox Gold Leaf Side Table - Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Target Nate Berkus Accent Table w Antiqued Glass

Target Threshold Wine Rack

Target Nate Berkus Foil Print Pillow

Clayton Gray Home Gold Leaf Alchemist Jars

Futagami Brass Pendant

Clayton Gray Home Arteriors Saffron Polished Brass Hammered Lamp

West Elm Baggu Gold Dipped Tote

West Elm Metallic Print Glassware

West Elm Gold Napkin Rings
West Elm - Mercury Glass Octagonal Hurricanes

Shades of Light Gold Bamboo Mirror

Shades of Light Greek Key Mirror

Restoration Hardware Vintage Barn Pendant in Antique Brass

Ballard Designs - Jingle Bell Ornaments
Gold Fleur Pillow -

Gold Scallop Pillow -

DIY Gold Polka Dot Mugs -

DIY Leopard Print Gold Leaf Tray -

Powerstone Tray - Diane von Furstenberg

Gold Gator Tray - 10 Strawberry Street

Gold Athena Tray - Jayson Home

Marni Glass - Jayson Home
Miniature Brass Turtles (Vintage) - One Kings Lane

Brass Oak Leaf Candy Dish (Vintage) - One Kings Lane
Ikat Tea for One Set - C Wonder

Brass Initial Keychain - C Wonder

Golden Highball Glasses - C Wonder

Gold Bamboo Bar Set - C Wonder

Gold Foil Dinner Napkins - C Wonder

Zebra Dessert Plates - C Wonder (I am crazy about these!)

Teddy Bear Bank - C Wonder

Polka Dot Cake Stand - C Wonder

Gold iPhone - Even the tech world is embracing this metallic finish....
Well, after a stressful evening of watching the Cards lose game 5 of NLCS, this has been a fun diversion with plenty of design eye candy! Off to bed...sleep is needed before games 6, 7, & WS 1-7 ; )

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