This is my 200th post…I truly meant to do something really special, like Oprah’s home or some other amazing villa. Alas, time got away from me and this is the post I have. Enjoy!
And I’d like to thank any and all of you who take the time out of your busy days (and trust me, we’re all busy) to read my stream of garden, home and decorating ideas. I’m touched that some of you faithfully comment. I appreciate all of you and think of you as friends.
There was a time, early in our marriage, when the metal of choice for hardware, both interior and exterior, and some accessories, was brass. I was, and still am, mostly a traditionalist where interior design is concerned and brass seemed to be a safe and solid choice.
So we installed Baldwin brass door hardware and knobs as we renovated various parts of our home and I purchased brass candle sticks for the mantle and dining room, along with a pair of Baldwin wall sconces for the over- mantle on our fireplace. I still have those pieces today.
The two Baldwin sets below (Georgetown) look nice in either finish. We’ve gone with oil rubbed bronze and are happy with the look on our white doors.
With time, my decorating leaned towards an English country look with a little French thrown in for good measure. Brass still won the day. Then, in 2001, we remodeled our master bathroom, and oil rubbed bronze was really popular and I loved the “old world” look of it. We replaced the door hardware on the bathroom door with ORB and installed faucets and drawer pulls in that finish. Over time we have replaced the interior door hardware and exterior door hardware with ORB as well.
With accessories I’m open to mixing metals since I tend to buy things I love with little concern for the color of the metal…some of my antique dog statues look like bronze, while others are probably spelter (bronze’s poor cousin) or some other inexpensive metal.
image via Brabourne Farms
image via Brabourne Farm
image via Brabourne Farm
image via Southern Accents
image via Velvet & Linen via High Point 2010
The family room still seems best suited to the brass pulls on the entertainment center and the wall sconces on the fireplace are staying. But lately I’ve begun to go with what I like, whether the metals all match or not.
Mostly I love pewter, silver, brass (although I admit I now prefer non-polished brass) and oil rubbed bronze in some locations in and around my home.
What do you guys think? Do you adhere to a hard, fast rule regarding the use of metals in your home?
martha bunch said:
I’ve been thinking about this too. I realize I’ve collected and grouped all sorts of metals together. The one commonality is that they are all old, and none are too shiny. My collections tell a story, bring me pleasure, and that’s beautiful to me!
I agree, its our layering of items in a house that makes it home.
martha bunch said:
And CONGRATULATIONS on your 200th post. No need to do something special, your usual is a delight!
Like you, I choose a piece because I like it, not because it’s in the current favorite metal. All the door hardware in my house is oiled bronze, but everything else is an eclectic mix of brass, pewter, etc. I think a mix of things gives a house character.
Let me add my congratulations on your 200th post!
French Kissed said:
Happy 200th post! I mix but try to keep a method to my madness. It sounds like you have the perfect mix of metals going on.
Thanks for always providing me inspiration through your amazing blog site!
Congratulations! Loved this post. Love all your photos and that one of all the trophy’s had me swooning. I love mixed metals as decorative items and using various ones for different things. For hardware in the house (If I owned vs. Rented) – I would likely do chrome or a form or brass but not shiny because shiny goes in and out of style and the washed brass can go either way. I’m actually doing a dinner party tomorrow night (I will post) but wished I had some brass candle stick holders. I need to start collecting some from the flea markets. Wish we were neighbors – I’d beg to borrow 🙂
I will have to look at “washed” brass. I definately don’t want the super shiny anymore. I’m full circle on bathroom fixtures and will do chrome next time…isn’t it funny how things come and go?
If we were neighbors you could borrow anything I have…can’t wait to see what you set your table with. You always inspire me with your tablescapes.
Yeah, I’d love to have more of a collection of antique trophies. I think they cost next to nothing in the flea markets in the south, but eBay seems to get quite a bit of $$$ for the ones they sell.
Have a lovely dinner party.
Valerie @ Chateau A La Mode said:
Hi Karen, Congrats on your 200th post. You go girl! As far as metals go, I mix ’em up. I love too many things to keep it all the same. I know a professional would crinch, but I think it works in my house.
In my unofficial pole it’s unanimous…we all love what we love, silver or brass or pewter…if we like it it’s a good look!
Thanks, Valerie…I can’t believe I’ve had so much to write about and I so appreciate your blog-friendship!
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