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

Axel Vervoordt’s Venetian Palazzo

September 11, 2011 § 1 Comment

I have been in love with this house since it came out in Architectural Digest 5 or so years ago in a September issue. I have brought it to every house I have moved to, which has been more than one a year and it respectably sits among my design books. European interiors have always appealed to me most, I don’t know if it is my Polish background or maybe my little beach house of a shack I spent my summers in, with only oil lamps to light the night, but either way I am incredibly draw to these cozy European designs.

Axel Vervoordt is a well respected Belgian designer with the simple design philosophy: “Make people happy; make them discover things in themselves; make them feel at home and love their house.”

Secret hideaway?

In love with the use of sage and soft terra-cotta colors. Always fond of rustic raw tables.

Whimsical like drapes

This made me fall for indigo

Makes me think of reading with a cup of tea. Media doesn't belong here.

Inspiring space to work in

Summer Fireplace Solutions

May 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Now that we are moving into warmer weather its time to transform the fireplace to the right season. There is no need to leave a dark, ashy fireplace all spring and summer, especially when your fireplace is the focal point in the room. You can fill the fireplace in many ways, my two favorite choices are plants and wood logs. In choosing the wood type I prefer birch because the white bark doesn’t resemble winter seasons like other woods, such as oak, does. But you can get more creative with the wood you use, try spray painting them with a metallic paint, or even try blue or pink (color of the year!) Since it’s not a permanent change, and its rather inexpensive, I say experiment and have fun.

Apartment Therapy

Real Simple

Real Simple

Real Simple

via Kotori

Throw Pillows – Nature Themes

May 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

I like throw pillows for three reasons:

1. They customise a space.

2. They are like art for furniture

3. They provide additional coziness.

Here are a variety of throw pillows I like, all with a common nature theme.

Velocity

Thomas Paul
Thomas Paul
Thomas Paul
Velocity
Roost
Velocity
Dwell Studio
Velocity

Strange Art

May 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

There is something about this I really like, but I don’t exactly know the words for it; I think it’s strangeness and expressionless face just intrigues. As some of you may know by now, I like things that make you stop and look and this certainly does.

Apart from the art, I also love the raw wood floors and the use of indigo (one of my favorite colors).

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