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Guest Picks: Brass Decor Makes a Comeback
Suzy Q Mirjam
Brass is making a huge comeback and popping up everywhere you turn. Relax, it’s not the shiny brass we have all learned to hate, but the brass with a different kind of finish — think soft, polished, antiqued or hammered. Designers are hopping onto this trend by choosing styles with a warm finish rather than the cold brushed nickel that ruled the last decade. — Suzy from Better Decorating Bible
Bosetti Marella Brass Door Knocker - $118.11
There is no wonder brass is making a comeback, as this lion head door knocker makes a front door instantly seem more collected and welcoming. I would opt for an old-fashioned knocker on my door over the annoying buzzer or doorbell most have. Plus, this one looks super stylish, so you can wow your visitors even before they step through the door.
AF Lighting Candice Olson Cosmo Table Lamp, Brass - $557.99
Get two trends (brass and a little bit of Hollywood Regency) in one with a contemporary table lamp from Candice Olson. I’m always on the lookout for something a little different, and this welded lamp with intricately hand-applied oval rings caught my eye. It visually takes up less space because you can see through it rather than having a block of brass sitting on your side table.
French Vintage Brass and Glass Side Table - $2,200
Everyone knows I’m a lover of French provincial decor, so I decided to include a 1940s antique brass side table. If you’re aiming for a look that’s elegant and seamless, this is one piece you should try to incorporate into your current decor. The brass beading and glass shelves make any French enthusiast go weak in the knees.
1910 Westinghouse Electric Brass Fan - $345
Most people don’t use fans anymore, but why not use them as decorative pieces for a change? Place this Westinghouse brass fan from 1910 in your home office for an old-school look.
Brass Chippendale-Style Side Chairs
This Chippendale-style chair got a rare makeover in faux bamboo with a solid brass frame. Every room needs an accent chair, and this fills up that empty corner. I would re-upholster this in a bright pink tropical floral print or even a wild animal pattern for maximum impact.
Vintage English Brass Horse on Stand by English Shop - $59
An English brass horse fills any horse lover’s wish list. You can use this pretty pony to jazz up any space in your home for an equestrian twist. Try your mantel, bookcase or side table.
Brass Library Scales - $1,122.50
Can you believe these library scales were featured among the furnishings at the Golden Globe Awards? Take home a piece of luxury, and place this on a buffet table in the hallway for an instant conversation starter. Pile up some fruit or books on each scale to make it come to life.
Mini Sputnik Chandelier, Brass - $1,250
The crystal accents on this Mini Sputnik chandelier reflect light and make a space shine and sparkle. If you have a boring space, this chic light fixture makes the ideal decorative piece. I have a similar one in my laundry room, and believe me, it can make ironing seem fabulous.
Royal Marine Tripod Table Lamp, Antique Brass - $425
Step back in time with a Royal Marine Tripod table lamp in lustrous antique brass. This is actually a reproduction of a British surveyor’s tripod, so it carries some interesting history along with it. If you are looking for a serious piece to add to a study or library, I would definitely recommend this one.
Estate Crystal Square Finials, Brass - $65
I have matte black drapery hardware, but I’ve got my eye on this brass hardware with crystal square finials. It’s all in the details, and a new set of hardware can give your home a modern update without too much hassle.
Bunny Bookends - $69
I love bunnies, and this magical pair with extra-long ears looks eager to hear a story any time of the day. Use them to support your much-loved books or give them away as gifts to your favorite bookworms.
Voyager Steamer Dresser - $1,449
Bring out the hidden voyager in you with an antique-inspired steamer trunk. The oversize brass handles, hand-hammered brass nailheads and brass-trimmed corners really give it an old-world allure.
Brass Hand Sculpture - $1,325
As surreal as it is, a solid brass hand sculpture can add drama to your home and make for a bizarre accessory. The solid brass actually deepens over time and becomes darker and warmer. I would love to put this on my dressing table and stack some rings or bangles on it.
Ralph Lauren Home Dawes Sconce, Brass - $1,050
Leave it up to Ralph Lauren to design this unique brass sconce. It reflects light off of glass and warm brass to add a cozy ambience to a room. I haven’t quite decided where I would put this light, but it’s something I would surely add to my wish list.
Rome Industries Happiness Brass Sundial - $89.99
Put a smile on your face every morning by reading this cheerful quote on your sundial: "The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here." What’s a better way to start off the day?
Diane von Furstenberg Powerstone Square Tray
Diane von Furstenberg always seems to pop up with the newest trends. This time the designer has captured her singular style in unique handmade stamped brass trays. Use these fashionable trays to hold your drinks, jewelry, or knickknacks.
Stella Mail Slot, Vintage Brass Finish - $69
I have never had a mail slot in my home and always thought it would be neat to have one on the front door. This brass one is an easy way to create a warm, and trendy, welcome.
Slanted Candleholders, Brass - $248
Sometimes the simplest design can make a huge impact. I love these sleek slanted brass candles. They're such a great way to get on trend.
Twig Flatware 5-Piece Set, Brass - $39
Try a woodsy theme this winter and use this Twig flatware set from West Elm to spruce up your dining room. I thought these would be difficult to eat with, but after seeing and testing them at the store, I realized they are just as comfortable to use as they are stylish.
Brass Bowls - $238
Get on the trend with decorative polished brass bowls. They're a little too shiny for my taste, but they still make gorgeous pieces that will make a space gleam with glory.
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