Introducing the brass section

Pair of Georgian antique brass candlesticks | H is for Home

We did a product review for Wayfair the other day in which we created an autumn table setting – all dark and dramatic – with shimmering metallics, fruit, berries, pine cones and so on. It was a pleasure to take the photos as we love this time of year (Justin prefers it to summer, actually). It got us in the mood for autumn pleasures. If the weather is kind, there are glorious autumn walks to be had amongst the turning leaves, inviting country pubs to rest in… and then hunkering down in a cosy house.

Detail of a pair of antique Georgian brass candlesticks | H is for Home

So what makes it feel cosy? How do we achieve our Pennine version of Hygge! Well, there’s the beloved wood burning stove to start with (now in both the lounge and a bedroom). Then all the little extras – woolly jumpers, thick socks, warm blankets, mugs of hot tea, fairy lights… and of course candles. We had them accessorising the aforementioned autumn table setting – and have them dotted around all over the house.

Nothing beats the twinkling light of real candles in the evening – and we’re often amazed at what bargains there are to be had in antique centres, charity shops and auctions when it comes to candle holders – in particular, vintage brass ones. The pair shown are a recent acquisition and demonstrate the point perfectly. A very sweet pair of small Georgian brass candlesticks – £12 in our local antiques centre.

Underside of an antique Georgian brass candlestick | H is for Home

We often see nice examples when we’re out and about. We love the mellow colour of antique brass – it’s got such warmth – and the way candle light shimmers on the reflective metal surface. The combination of brass (and other metallics such as copper and pewter) with the dark paint shades that are very much in vogue in home and restaurant interiors at the moment, looks really fabulous. The antique examples are such good quality too – they have good weight, craftsmanship and nice detailing to them.

Pair of antique Georgian brass candlesticks | H is for Home

And don’t worry about finding pairs. Some were made as single candle holders of course, but even if they were made as a pair and one’s missing its partner, just make a collection of the odd ones. The different shapes and heights look fabulous grouped together.

Three antique Georgian brass candlesticks with mid-century modern brass horse figure | H is for Home

So, here ends the promotional advert for the brass candle-holder association!! No not really – and we haven’t got a job lot of 500 brass candlesticks to sell either. We just thought it was worth highlighting the amazing bargains that are out there – and hopefully get you in the mood for autumn too!

Designer Desire: Tom Dixon

Mosaic of Tom Dixon designs | H is for Home

We normally feature ‘vintage’ designers in this series. However, that doesn’t mean that we don’t also appreciate contemporary design. One of our favourite designers currently producing is Tom Dixon.

He has worked with and for big names such as Habitat and Cappellini. But it is his own name designs for which he is now best known. I love, love, love all his metallic designs; from his lighting to desk accessories and coffee sets.

He has, in recent years, branched out into architecture including the re-design of Sea Containers House on the Southbank and one of Jamie Oliver’s restaurants.

His current designs are widely available from shops such as Heal’s, John Lewis, Selfridges and Amara. However, his out of production ‘vintage’ pieces often come up for sale on 1st Dibs and Etsy.

Have a watch of this short interview with Tom Dixon for Design Milk.

Image credits:

1st Dibs | Amara | Etsy

Home Tones: Brass

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In previous Home Tones posts, we’ve featured a range of metallics such as gold, pewter, copper and steel – today, it’s the turn of brass. It’s a warm, inviting colour which we have dotted about our own house. It works with both our antique and mid century modern pieces. It comes in various tones depending how much it’s aged or has been polished.

Brass can have a wonderful reflective quality – and light can also play differently depending on whether the metal has a smooth finish or is beaten into a textured surface. It looks fabulous with spotlighting – or even better, flickering candles.

It works well with the natural shades of wood, wicker, seagrass and Hessian. It’s often used with cream and white paints where its reflective qualities enhance the light & airy feel… but we particularly love it against dark greys where it has real dramatic impact.

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Brass-clad kitchen cabinetcredit

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Antique brass bed in traditional styled bedroomcredit

Dark painted kitchen with brass and copper accessoriescredit

Bathroom with black roll top bath and brass accessoriescredit

Kitchen with 3 hanging brass lampshades and other brass accessoriescredit

Home Tones: Gold

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Gold mosaic tiled bathroomcredit

This week’s Home Tones colour is gold – luxurious, pure and timeless. If you think gold walls or furniture could make a room look ostentatious, then take a look at this selection of fabulous spaces. Concerned about possibly overdoing it? Then try using the colour sparingly on things like splash-backs, door furniture, sink taps. mirrors and picture frames.

Our bathroom is definitely due a refurb. We’re really taken by the beautiful, serene mosaic tile look above. We wish we could just click our fingers and suddenly make it appear in our house!

Bedroom with double bed made with gold beddingcredit

Mezzanine with gold painted spiral staircase, chandelier and elephant figurecredit

Powder room with tall gold chest of drawers and console table being used to house a hand basincredit

Kitchen island with gold clad side panelcredit

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Kitchen with gold-tiled splashback, tap and cupboard door handlescredit

Black tiled shower room with gold shower head, taps and hand basincredit

Home Tones: Pewter

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We’ve chosen a metallic shade for this week’s Home Tones topic. It’s not a sparkling, showy metallic like gold; but it possesses a rich, reflective quality all the same – and a real depth of colour which can be quite sumptuous. This is especially so if it is warmed up with accessories made from wool, cashmere, suede or fur.

It can form a neutral scheme with different shades & tones of pewter subtly layered on top of each other – or lifted with colours such as purple or yellow which work very well. It compliments all types of wood too – from a contemporary beech kitchen worktop against a shimmering pewter coloured splash back – to the classic look of antique pewter sitting on richly patinated oak furniture.

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Sitting room with pink and pewter coloured velvet upholstered buttoned sofascredit

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Pewter quilt on a double bedcredit

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Bathroom with pewter clad slipper bathcredit

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Wednesday Wish: Zatchels Barrel Bag

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copper coloured Zatchels Barrel bag
copper Zatchels Barrel bag: £45.00

I love the luxe look of this metallic leather Zatchels Barrel bag. It looks like the beautiful love child of a satchel and a saddle bag and is the perfect size.

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Plunging into the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic Games, is it too much to ask to also have one each of the gold, silver and bronze? 😉

Not everyone stocks the entire range, but they can be found at Liberty, John Lewis and House of Fraser