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Golden Days - highlights for our homes


by Emily Chalmers

image: “Weekend At Home” breakfast tray via Design Love Fest

 “Weekend At Home” breakfast tray via Design Love Fest

I’ve always been partial to a bit of gold and proudly recall a visitor remarking on a “touch of the Beverley Hills” in my home. Twinned with a tone of faded elegance, I like to think it’s my signature style.

New, or old, a touch of gold will add that extra zing. Rose gold, or copper, or brass, if it shines warmly I’m in - I’m not precious! In my experience, a bit of bling goes a long way. It pairs particularly well with today’s neutral naturals, marble and plaster, and with all shades of white, while it also stands out beautifully against darkly painted walls and sumptuous furnishing fabrics. A touch of gold can make the mundane, pretty; the practical, special.

images: gilded hare lamp and Alchemist pendant at Anthropologie

Gilded hare lamp and Alchemist pendant at Anthropologie

I adore my worn yet classy vintage drinks trolley, the top shelf displaying candlesticks and china, the lower laden with books and magazines. For my dining table there’s a mix of plain cream vintage china with a subtle golden edge that happily sits with a beautiful random pairing of both silver and gold cutlery. I found the perfect gold plated bread knife a couple of years ago - only a wistful dream back in the days of contemplating my wedding list.

image: a big thank you to Victoria Smith at sfgirlbybay, photography by Lily Glass

A big thank you to Victoria Smith at sfgirlbybay, photography by Lily Glass

Ironically, this somewhat decadent style needn’t require large investment. Well-considered choices are what it’s all about, a brass hook here, a little golden knob there. And exchanges, swapping the ordinary for the slightly extraordinary. Over time I’ve crept through the house, replacing very ordinary hooks and doorhandles with a mix of eBay, Etsy, new and market-found.

image: gold-tipped cutlery at Anthropologie	image: faceted crystal mortice door knobs at Pushka Home

Left: gold-tipped cutlery at Anthropologie | Right: faceted crystal mortice door knobs at Pushka Home

I confess, my penchant dates back way before gold taps were out of their nouveau riche setting. If you choose to invest heavily, the more sophisticated touches, bands of gold and bright dainty legs on sumptuous velvet stools and chairs, are out there…

image: velvet stools at Artilleriet			image: Gubi Beetle lounge chair at ChaplinsLeft: velvet stools at Artilleriet  |  Right: Gubi Beetle lounge chair at Chaplins

Meanwhile, in the kitchen a big brass mixer tap will confidently head up the glitz, happily supported by shiny cupboard door knobs.

image: kitchen counter via Design Sponge

Kitchen counter via Design Sponge

There’s nothing more satisfying than thoughtfully exposed copper pipes (though my builder doesn’t quite agree with me here) and a brushed brass dimmer switch is my definition of the height of luxury.

Why not conjure up your own setting for future cocktail parties and sophisticated soirees and start with a simple golden tassel hanging from a cabinet door key or add a length of gold fringe to an upholstered chair frame?

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