A friend of mine asked me why I don’t share more of my own house here on the blog, and all I can say is, I guess I’m a little shy about it. It’s not finished and is in so many stages of incompletion that I feel like I’d rather wait until it’s all done. But she said people like to see the transition, and I know I like to see that in other people’s homes, so today I’m sharing. I thought I’d start with the dining room as it is the most complete room in the house (that being a relative term!)
Trends in home design come and go, and sometimes come again! Brass seems to be one of those things. I remember when we first moved into our house and there were several brass light fixtures and they looked so “80’s”, and so, of course, they had to go! Door handles in the last decade looked better if they were chrome or oil-rubbed bronze, not dated brass. Oh, how things have changed! Brass is back and bigger than ever! That’s the thing about trends. I know some people complain about them, and I agree, sometimes it can feel like we are always playing catch up. But I have to say that often when they re-appear, they do feel fresh! When something has been “out” for awhile, it feels new again when it comes back. Lately I have been seeing a ton of brass and/or gold in hardware and lighting and I’m loving it. It often adds much needed warmth to a room, especially if the rest of the room is all neutrals or cool tones.
I know others have blogged about the virtues of antique outdoor lanterns before, but I just have to weigh in. I first fell in love with them in this kitchen when it was featured in a magazine a few years back. I didn’t even realize that they were originally French outdoor lanterns, I just knew that I loved them.