Bronze, brass, or gold touches will bring a bit of bling to your rooms this spring. The key, as always with metallics, is not to go overboard.
Here are a few chic local finds that will add the right amount of sheen to your digs without it looking like a certain president’s New York penthouse.
This handcrafted Moroccan pouf, a gold leather footstool, offers small spaces a bit of exotic extra seating. Intricately stitched and embroidered, it makes a fun accent everywhere from the bedroom to the living room, giving a warm offset to all-white rooms or a cool counterplay to new hues of pink, teal, or green, mixing as well with sleek contemporary pieces as antique ones. Find it at the Cross Decor and Design (1198 Homer Street) for $395.
We love the mix of natural and glitz on this handmade cushion by Vancouver’s Pillow Fight Factory. Made from Tuscan linen, it features a whimsical, gold lambskin appliqué in the corner. Measuring 16 by 16 inches, the pillows mix designer Erika Pantages’s love of East Van street art (the same influence we saw on her Dirty Laundry T-shirt company) with her penchant for luxurious fabrics ($80 online).
Make your walls explode with these sculptural Starburst Orbs from Indigo Chapters (various locations), in burnished gold. Smaller six-inch wall-art versions ($14.50 on sale) hang in spiny groups, while bigger ones, at 10 inches in diameter ($39.50), make a cool mix with black-and-white photos in matching lustrous-gold frames. Or set an array of spiky round versions ($14.50 on sale) along a mantel.
We’re crushing on the retro feel of the gold grid trays from Moe’s Home (1728 Glen Drive, Vancouver, and 1305 Welch Street, North Vancouver), with lines that fall somewhere between art deco and Sean Connery–era James Bond movie. The metal-rectangle version comes in a set of two ($165), inset with a mirror and making a classy accent for a coffee table, buffet, or dresser. The round version (on sale for $59) plays nicely off the straight lines of modular furniture.
Provide Home (1805 Fir Street) has just added some extra gleam to its collection with new pieces from Hawkins New York, a line that manages to mix the artisanal with the cutting-edge-contemporary. Set off a stark room with these ultra-shiny brass bowls ($100 to $190), created from brass-plated spin steel and lined with coloured enamel—we love clean white—that’s safe for serving food. Leave one out on a white marble countertop or show it off on a shelf.
The Juno Mirror in antique gold from Briers makes a Pinterest-worthy focal point over a bed or bureau, with just the right nostalgic feel for your mix of midcentury and contemporary furnishings. The big-time statement piece, in painted tin, plays nicely off of white linens and complements other antique-gold trim ($405.99 online).