My friend Leah owns an interior design business and has to make buying trips every six months. Poor thing. Whenever she comes back I make her tell me what’s up. What’re we going to be seeing next season? What’s new?
A few years ago the forecast as “industrial” and “big beds” and “black”. Then came “blue. Lots and lots of blue. Like everywhere.” The last time she came back she told me, “velvet, white marble, and bright brass.”
I rejected the report
like I always do.
I wasn’t really feeling velvet because it just reminded me of formals I sewed for dances in the 90s. So no to that. And white marble just struck me as gaudy. And bright brass? No. I like patina and bright brass reminds me of bad, bad chandeliers.
But after my initial resistance, I relented
like I always do.
Like every time after hearing Leah’s report I see these trends appear in magazines and West Elm catalogs and Leah’s shop and I start to like them. Gifted designers making hard-to-rock ideas great. And then I come around and pretend that I never, ever doubted.
At a garage sale this morning, I scored a set of huge brass planters for $3. They would be beautiful as planters, with plants, but I’m not great at remembering to water house plants, so I nixed that idea pretty fast. Instead I flanked them on my dining room buffet and “planted” them with big candles. Candles buckets! Like hugely over-sized brass votive holders!
And a little like a hobo’s can fire in a train yard somewhere. Their large scale makes these really dramatic and the warmth of the brass makes a wonderful glow that’s pretty sexy. And wouldn’t they look divine for an outdoor soiree? Oh yes they would!
I’m definitely on to something. And yes, I finally agree that bright brass is cool.