Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Gilt trip ...

I find vintage, golden gilt obsession-worthy, whether it's a finish on furniture or accessories. My greatest weakness is gilded mirrors, and the bigger the better. I have three gilt framed mirrors that I swoon over.

Apparently, I'm not the only one with a 'gilty' pleasure. Both of the modern rooms above play off the vintage gilt mirrors with contemporary accessories that share the Midas touch. I love the black drum shade (left) with its gold lining in an image from Belle Maison. But, I seriously lust for the gold trimmed chairs (right). Image via Curated By Color

Image via Acquired Objects.

It seems that just about every antique lover holds a special place in their heart for gilt frames. That golden hue is particularly beautiful when an aged, framed mirror is given new life as a bed headboard.

Image via unknown.

Image via Kris Helmick.

It's not just gilt mirrors that create a serene bedroom. Gilded wood bed frames inspire regal design schemes.

French-inspired boudoir image via La Maison Fou.

Isn't the Dallas, Texas bedroom (below) joyful with its ornately carved, gilt headboard paired with thoroughly modern side tables and ethnic coverlet? Its bohemian style just makes me want to smile.

Image via D Magazine.

What has most recently stirred my passion for gilding is a set of horn nesting bowls from Serena & Lily. The bowl trio is crafted of naturally shed Water Buffalo horn that has been sculpted by hand and rimmed with a lusterous gold finish.

Images above and below via Serena & Lily.

Oh, Santa ... you do read my blog, don't you?

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