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

Feminine Closets

May 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

“Some people dream of having a big swimming pool – with me, its closets” – Audrey Hepburn

The Little Closet Office

February 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Often we are short on space and don’t have a place for the office. The office should be in a separate area, not in the family room, and most certainly not the bedroom; the bedroom should be an escape of relaxation and an office only reminds us of the thousands of things we still haven’t done and keeps our stress a constant. The solution? Tuck it away in a closet. It’s there when you need it but doesn’t act as a permanent to-do list reminder. You can even use the closet in your room, but truthfully, I’ve never heard of someone having an extra closet in their room. If you don’t have a spare closet, but have a bit of room, you can turn an armoire into a functional little office. There are even pre-made computer armoires if you don’t have the time to create one yourself.

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