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Everything Gold is New Again

Cheryll Gillespie Media Group, Everything Gold is New Again

Fashion runways, catwalks and the most spectacular designed rooms all over the globe are glistening with a golden aura. Gold is hot, shiny and new! Make room in your room for some golden touches, this year’s must have metal.

Shades of silver, chrome and stainless have been the prominent metals for the last decade with bronze and copper following a safe distance behind but now these shades need to make room for the return of blazing gold. Hang on, don’t throw away all of your stainless or silver or even the bronzes and coppers, just make a little room for a new layer, yes great fashion is all about your ability to layer, and in this case we are adding a mixed metal layer of gold.

A few golden candles sticks, throw cushions, picture frames, a gilded box, mirror or even a chair leg detail are all welcome touches in a chic and on trend space. Last month Sam and I spent the day at the D&D building in Manhattan and brought back the most amazing golden samples in fabric, wallpaper and even carpet. The carpets were perhaps the most stand out for me as they were truly spectacular with golden threads woven amongst the wool, silk and synthetic fibers.

As with any trend you never want to abandon your existing décor, the idea is and always will be to create timeless spaces that will withstand all trends and the test of time. You achieve this with subtle additions and subtractions of accessories, furniture and colour. Rooms, just like our lifestyles, are constantly evolving. We always change up a few wardrobe items with each season and I’m always rotating home decor items in and out sometimes I may be upgrading a piece and sometimes it is simply just time for a change. Your rooms should always reflect where you have been and where you are going.

Allow me to let you in on the ‘golden rule’ of mixing metals. A designer trick to marrying metals successfully is to include at least three touches of any one colour or metal in a room to ensure that it looks planned and not like an accident that you have included that shade or metal. To secure the relationship between two different metals have at least one piece or one element that employees both metals. For example, you can have a custom stainless steel hood fan in the kitchen proudly hung above your stove but detail the fan hood with gold rivets or banding. In the living room keep it simple and set a picture frame that is both gold and silver on an end table or toss around a few cushions that are detailed with gold and silver embroidery. One item in the space that uses both metals gives you the permission required to have different metals stand independently in the same space. Be fabulous, be golden!




I’ve always had a thing for writing or drawing on walls. Embarrassing but true – my wall art days started early as I tested my artistic skills out from the edge of my crib using the contents of my diapers. My parents love to share this tale and well it may be embarrassing I come by my love of true wall art honestly.

In our guest house, Sam and I wrote the lyrics to a song on the foyer wall, in our gym we hired a local graffiti artist to graffiti a wall with “rock that body”, in my pantry I wrote out a recipe for lemon pie and cooking temperatures and measurement equivalences and in the library my next project will be to write a quote such as “seize the day by spending it here” on a wall or on the ceiling-still pondering location. If your thinking that this works just because I have a modern home your mistaken-imagine a traditional French country château with the words from a famous French poet artistically scripted onto a bedroom wall or recipes for treasured family favorites written on the wall in the kitchen or famous quotes etched into the library walls.

True and literal wall art is artistic, creative and best of all very inexpensive way to achieve a very expensive look in a room. A fabulous do it yourself idea or not sure of your artistic talents then how about hiring a local art student for a few hundred dollars to help you out? Hand painted wall art looks richer and far more ‘designer like’ than using wall stickers in my opinion, not that I’m against wall stickers I just believe that this is a better and by far more creative and original option. Besides this way we can custom create, quote, colour and size.

Afraid to make the first stroke—no problem, try renting an overhead projector and paint from a transparency or start smaller. If your addicted to design blogs then undoubtedly you’ve seem fabulous chairs whose upholstery has been painted or even a armoire or bureau that has been graffiti’d or hand painted with pictures of dogs, trees and birds or even the queen of England. You can also keep it simple and number your dining room chairs. Painting on your walls and furniture can be contagious and you need to be careful not to overdue anyone creative idea in your home but this is one idea I think we can all bring home. Ottomans, headboards, cupboard doors and even throw cushions are all great places to consider ‘contaminating with creativity”. Oh one more idea- how about making your own dinner plates or chargers using paint designed for ceramics? Have you seen the stairs that have been painted on with brightly colored numbers or hand scripted sonnets to suggest a stair runner? Fabulous!

Pick up specialty paint products such as spare cans designed for graffiti and fabric paint and art pens at your local art store-employing the ‘write’ tool for the job always results in a better job.

Yellow, the colour of sunshine and optimism is showing up on the runways everywhere. Watch for this sunny shade to head home this winter and spring 2012. Yellow looks fabulous paired next year with bright greens, turquoise, purple and black and white.