Blinging in the Holidays
In my last post I wrote of my love of holiday decor: the twinkle of lights, the shimmer of ornaments, the richness of ribbons. Bling isn’t just for the holidays, it should shine year ‘round, with rich jewel tones, glimmering metallics, and sinuous shapes! Let’s take a look at my favorite shimmering styles!
In this special powder room, I brought the bling in with hand-applied gold ginkgo leaves against a rich, venetian plaster, then added gold mercury glass accents. I just love how dramatic it turned out, as powder rooms are the place in the home to turn it up a notch... or ten!
Speaking of turning it up a notch, for the guest bath of the 2017 ASID-Texas Gulf Coast Chapter Designer Show House, I used a similar hand-guilded gold leaf design, this time in a stylized Indian Floral motif. Hard to see in the photo, but the walls are a hand-rubbed pearlescent finish, inspired by the beauty of the interior of an oyster shell. The tiled mirror is antiqued with gold foxing, the sink is gold hammered, the vintage ‘60s Italian light fixture s gold and crystal, and I designed the gold and crystal sconces to be almost 3 feet of custom glamor. If there was ever a room that sings bling, it’s this one!
For my Glo Day Spa commercial project here in Houston, I used a more modern, geometric, but decidedly bling-y theme in the restrooms. Sleek back-lit mirrors are featured against a wall of mosaic mirror tiles of varying widths, colors and sheen, capped by ultramodern chrome and cased glass sconces. When in the room, the tiles capture your movements in an almost pixelated abstraction, which is quite stunning!
Speaking of stunning, I found this image on Instagram and am a bit obsessed. No idea of the original designer, so if you know, please pass the info on. It’s certainly pushing all my buttons for what trends I’m loving right now: antique, modern, industrial, raw, polished, minimlist and maximalist, all at once. Those gold leaf verre églomise (reverse painted and mirrored glass) tile panels are literally haunting me. Glimmer and shimmer at its finest.
Last, I somehow had to work in a ribbon to my year ‘round holiday bling theme, and I remembered this room from the inimitable Robert Couturier with a massive ribbon chandelier installation by the master of lighting, Ingo Maurer. Spectacular. Please wrap it up for me!
For more year ‘round holiday bling, please visit my “All That Glitters” Pinterest page.