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

Brilliant Design Solutions for the Kitchen

May 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

This is my favorite. Absolutely brilliant! And I thought a “scrap bowl” while cooking was a good idea. You could even do this yourself!

The end to reaching dishes from shelves too high and the difficulties of trying to grab 5 plus dinner plates at once. Gravity is with you on this one.

Silverware dividers are often full of odd sizes and holds an unreasonably small amount. Here you can have whatever size you want. Simple pleasures that matter…

Keep paper towels a little more hidden. They are not pretty, so why display them?

A Bright and Airy French Kitchen

May 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

I adore this, specifically the beautiful windows. I can just imagine myself sipping on a cold glass of somethin’ in the summer time and eating that juicy watermelon.

Chair Love : Emeco : Philippe Starck

January 15, 2012 § 1 Comment

In my opinion, Emeco is the king of aluminum chairs. Emeco chairs are clean, classic and timeless, yet fresh. They work in almost any style, from traditional to modern and they come in a number of fantastic styles and finishes (included power coated colors). These classic chairs are designed by Philippe Starck and are made of 80% recycled aluminum, half is post-consumer (pop cans) and half is post-industrial (scrap from manufacturing) and they are American made (Hanover PA.)

I Adore This Kitchen

October 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Here is yet another kitchen I adore. The three things I love most about this kitchen (in order) are the arabesque black tiles (I more than love these), the large windows and the fresh cabinetry. I also really like the contrast between the black and white. However, I would have chosen different chairs and perhaps a more playful fabric on the cushions.

Nestor Carbonell's Kitchen. Designer Tia Zoldan

My Little Danish Dream Kitchen

September 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have never imagined my dream house as some extravagant mansion, but small and perfect. I want to have pretty things that make me happy daily, like a playful colored pot, pretty glass door knobs, a cute salt and pepper shaker. I think things you use daily should have thought put into them. I’d rather invest in things like a favorite cup to have my morning tea in, rather than china I might take out twice a year.

So.  Adorable. That is what this little Danish kitchen it. I LOVE it. What a happy blue; I just can’t help smiling when I look at it. I think the color and light has a lot to do with making it feel airy and open rather than cramped. This is my future kitchen’s roll model.

Det Blå Køkken by Det Mondaene Skur

12 Kitchens in Black

June 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Featuring black in  kitchen has a dramatic feel, depending on just how much black you choose to use. Black is a very versatile color and can work from modern styles to country chic, however I would not suggest using black in a kitchen that has few windows and low light.

Black and white is a classic combination; black cabinets can make white marble countertops stand out and vise versa. Use black chalkboard paint on a wall or upper cabinetry for writing lists or even recipes. If you fear black being too harsh, try a charcoal black and/or use less black. Play around with where you use black: trims, floor, countertops, cabinetry, appliances, light fixtures, tile, etc. And don’t be afraid to stray from only black and white, add an accent color. I especially like the black, white and turquoise color scheme. What accent color do you like with black?

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