The Feminine and Masculine Side of Brass – 2013 Trend

February 9, 2013 § 1 Comment

Last fall my boyfriend worked on a documentary in Nepal about Pushpa Basnet who is the 2012 CNN Hero of the year. Pushpa runs a children’s center that provides education, housing and medical care to children of incarcerated parents in Nepal. Without Pushpa, these children would have to live in prison with their parents.

When my boyfriend returned from Nepal he brought back a number of little things, most of them being pretty brass somethings. My favorite being a golden brass singing bowl and a beautiful brass board game called tigers and goats. My living room now has a few brass accents and it has given it an added feeling of warmth.

Brass is trendy once again, but is back in a softer form than before. Its adds an elegance that’s more understated than brass of the 80’s and 90’s. I especially like the mixture of black and brass, adding warmness to a masculine look. Brass is elegant and goes well with a number of styles, modern or traditional, feminine or masculine, and  can be combined with various metals. I also love brass in a feminine room. The combination of pink, brass and white create a feeling of glam that makes a girl feel special.

Bar with brass accents

Bar with brass accents

Designer Suzanne Kasler

Designer Suzanne Kasler

Traditional bathroom with brass hardware

Traditional bathroom with brass hardware

Brentwood Regency Estate - Elizabeth Dinkel

Brentwood Regency Estate – Elizabeth Dinkel

Kelly Wearstle - home library in Mercer Island

Kelly Wearstler – home library in Mercer Island

Brass accents

Brass accents

Dressing room by Steven Gambrel

Dressing room by Steven Gambrel

Living room by Jonathan Berger. Brass card table

Living room by Jonathan Berger. Brass card table

 Gabriel Hendifar office

Gabriel Hendifar office

Shaker cabinets with brass hardware

Shaker cabinets with brass hardware

Color Inspiration – Mushroom Hunting

February 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

During the holidays I went back to San Francisco to see my family and of course, go mushroom picking with my father. Our mushroom of choice, chanterelles. Nutty rich golden goodness…

This year has been a surprisingly disappointing year for mushroom gathering, at least in Northern California. Last year we had around 100 pounds of chanterelles! After one gathering we had seven cookie sheets of mushrooms that were monopolizing the dining room table! This year I don’t think we even made it to a pound, but we did however find enough to make two lovely chanterelle pizzas.

Without the abundance of chanterelles, this year I focused more on the other pretty things in the forest and took this photo of a witches butter mushroom. I love the combination of the moss green, lichen green and tangerine orange. I think it would make a lovely color scheme in a room. I have always been inspired by color combinations in nature. If it naturally grows together in nature, it must be meant to be.

Witches Butter

Witches Butter

Chanterelle on my knee

Chanterelle on my knee

Gills of a mushroom

Gills of a mushroom

Young Turkey Tails

Young Turkey Tails

Coral Mushrooms

Coral Mushrooms

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