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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Decorating with brass! {is it in or out?}

Is brass in or out of style?  First let me clear up with you, that by NO means do my husband and I follow decorating trends.  Seemed if we did, by the time we would finish a room, a new style would be in.
  We have however, gone through a few decorating highs and lows, that we love to look back on and chuckle to our selves.  Like the retro style, the mint green striped couch, and not to mention the plastic pink and black canister set we once owned.
I guess we always knew we liked different and old, just had to figure it out in time.

I found these brass candles sticks at our local thrift store for 50 cents a piece.  I did not clean them as I like the patina aged look to them.

I started looking around and thought, I wonder what other brass we have around here.  Most people are getting rid of brass..they think it is outdated or out of style.  Tis tis, so not true! For the past few years you will notice it is making it's way back.
I recall when we first converted the dining room to a pub room, we were going to change out the hardware on the bar.
Then it grew on us and we started incorporating a little more into the room.

Some are shinier than others...but again, I do not clean them in no way.

Most all the brass pieces we do have, are very old.
This old fire extinguisher has a nice combination of copper and brass.

The horse brasses  my husband found on Ebay and they were very reasonable...

This is an original sign, also purchased off of ebay.
My husband really wanted it, but it was priced way too high at a buy it now.
I told him just for the heck of it, contact the seller and tell him what you are willing to pay.
It worked! We got it for steal.

Even out vintage light is old brass.

The corner candle stick is solid old brass as well.

So tell me your thoughts! Are you a trendy decorator and try to follow what is in style now?
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Blogger Sarah said...


We're going with accessories that are brass. Door handles, knobs, and chandeliers however, need to be updated (in our humble opinion). We had a similar situation at our home (check out Project De-brassify)...

Thanks for sharing!


February 9, 2012 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

I think it's natural to follow trends to some extent. One trend I don't care for is granite, it just never grew on me! But I do agree that old brass is lovely...not the cheap 80's brass but the solid, vintage type. I love your pub room, I think it's so awesome that you guys did that and I bet it gets way more use than a formal dining room would!

February 9, 2012 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

I love old brass, too, and never could bring myself to "clean" it. A friend told me a piece needed to be cleaned, and it just didn't have the same appeal after that. You have some wonderful pieces!

I love your Last Supper!


February 9, 2012 at 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the brass, looks great! I love your style,
our style?? I likes what I likes, lol! We have mostly older peices as well, with bits of new mixed in, but we have to like it, we follow no lead but I heart.

February 9, 2012 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Sonny G said...

I like that sayin- I dont follow trends I Make them lol..

truth be told I never liked brass- Never so its out and will probably stay out for me.

I think your home should reflect what YOU love and if it does , your HOME..

Love the wine sign ya'll bought.
I have one a lot like it hanging in the garage. Still looking for just the right shelf to put under it to display my glasses.


February 9, 2012 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger Anita Diaz said...

I think the brass candlesticks look great ... Especially love the different colored candlesticks, and am so thankful to always see something new and different here!! Too much of the same is boring to me so I applaud anything you do that does not follow trends. Someone has to set new ones! Might as well be you!!!

February 9, 2012 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Anita Diaz said...

I meant different colored candles!!

February 9, 2012 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Bliss said...

That does it! I'm sticking all my brass in my teal formal living room and shutting the door. If I open it in a couple months it might be in style and I will save myself the trouble of converting it.

(look at that fat 'lil puppy sunning himself, I hope he has a brass collar on)

February 9, 2012 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger Allyson McGuire said...

I have to say, brass has never been a favorite of mine, but the way you have used it is just lovely! Thanks for sharing!


February 9, 2012 at 1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I have always loved silver. However, I have to say, your brass looks very "old world", which I DO like! And, no, I don't go nuts over trends. There are certain combinations that I have always liked, and I go with those mostly. I have also noticed that when people are constantly going with the trends, they also seem to be the people with the most yard sales, lol! And the most shallow pocketbook!!

Now, am I going to get fruit "thrown" at me for that comment?!

So, in answer to your question about the brass, you go girl, whoo!

February 9, 2012 at 1:43 PM  
Blogger reFresh reStyle said...

I never convert to anything, my house is a mixture of metals. I love all colors and all metals...I go with what moves me! Your brass looks great!

February 9, 2012 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I don't know about 'in' or 'out'. If you love it and it makes you happy-then it's doing its job :0)

February 9, 2012 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Boy, as you know from seeing my house, I am definitely not trendy. I have tons of brass that I've had for years and tons of gold that I mix with tons of silver. So I guess all the metals live with me. Love that. Your brass is all fabulous, Love it all. The candlesticks are just unreal. Hugs, Marty

February 9, 2012 at 2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie Dear! I have some brass too and I think you just be you! I don't care about trends either! I just love me some color and lots of stuff! I love seeing your stuff!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

February 9, 2012 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger Carolyn@Sweet Chaos Home said...

I'm sitting near a brass door handle and a brass fireplace screen as I type this, and they don't bother me one bit. I like a mixture of metals... I think it's more interesting.

February 9, 2012 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Maki said...

What's "in" is what makes you pleased to look at or use. I like so many things from different styles that I couldn't tell you what I like best. I keep changing, not because it's "in", but because I love looking at it for a time.

Hugs, Maki

February 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Ruby Jean said...

Oh I say Brass is CERTAINLY in... I LOVE Brass and the Natural Patina of it... My Mother has a Brass Bed that she has had ever since she married my Dad... And I LOVE it... :) So I say YAY for Brass...

February 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger DIYbyDesign said...

I hear that brass is making a comeback. I like it if it's not too shiny. I like it aged with some character.

February 9, 2012 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I try not to get too caught up in trends. Brass is actually back in now. You have some great pieces.

February 9, 2012 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger Queenie Believe said...

Trends are made for bending :o)
In this day its not about "in" or "out" its about the well choosen, arranged/placed and designed.
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

February 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love the patina on your brass pieces, Debbie. I don't care about the trends. I'm not about to change out hardware, doorknobs or faucets because something is considered "out". We would all wind up broke if you kept up with every single new trend and got rid of what we already have!

February 9, 2012 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger Glenda/MidSouth said...

You have some great pieces - I really like the horse ones and the Abby Road sign. If you like it - use it, as it is your home.
I use to have ton of brass - got tired of cleaning/polishing it and sold/gave away just about all of it. Still have a set of candle holders (prob. 2 1/2 ft. tall) that were sent to me from Bangkok in the 60's packed away.

February 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad to hear that brass is making a comeback. Love how yours looks, Debbie. I always think of brass as classic/timeless.

February 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger Peggy said...

I don't follow trends very much especially now that we are retired folks, but I've always loved brass and always will although I do prefer the antique brass look rather than the shiny type. We have lots of brass around. Actually I like mixing everything so definitely count me out on trendy. Peggy

February 9, 2012 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Heidi @ Decor & More said...

I actually like to mix my metals... I have some brass but silver touches, too.

February 9, 2012 at 4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like all metals... brass, bronze, silver, especially when they develop a nice patina. Just today I blogged about my antique copper collection. These metals add so much warmth.

February 9, 2012 at 5:05 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

I think brass is timeless. Looks lovely!

February 9, 2012 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I decorate with things that I like weather it's in or not, and your right Debbie brass is making a come back. I love those candlesticks, I would have grabbed them up too!

February 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

I absolutely applaud you for not falling prey to all the trends!

I do have some brass in the house and though I've thought of changing it, I never have. I guess it's just not that big of a deal to me.

I think brass is a classic and with your style of decor, it's a given.

February 9, 2012 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger laxsupermom said...

I tend to just do what I like. Let's face it, I don't have the pocketbook to support being a trend chaser.

I have some brass in our home, and do see a resurgence of it. Your new candlesticks are lovely! Thanks for sharing.

February 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger ~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I mix it up and decorate with things I like! You are always in style, my friend! ♥

February 9, 2012 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I love vintage brass with great patina. Especially anything ornate. No, I'm not trendy. I just like what I like.

February 9, 2012 at 7:36 PM  
Blogger Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I am a big fan of vintage brass. Love the patina. I have a vintage brass chandie hanging over my tub. I have vintage brass pheasants on my mantel...

Your brass is lovely!

February 9, 2012 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Debra@CommonGround said...

I hope it's still "in", I still have a ton of it around. Love those Horse brasses on the wall. Did you see Allison's post at Polo House? great post!

February 9, 2012 at 7:47 PM  
Blogger Pam @Threading My Way said...

Whatever the trend, keep the brass!!! Wood and brass... a perfect combination!!!

February 9, 2012 at 7:47 PM  
Blogger Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Debbie, I love old brass too. I have tons of candlesticks from 20 years ago that I never got rid of. Now, they're back in style. No trends for me. I like what I like.

February 9, 2012 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Sweet Tea said...

I usually don't recognize a trend until it's on the way out. I simply use what I like. But I do totally steal ideas when I see something in someone's home which I like. :-)

February 9, 2012 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Debbie, I've never been one to follow trends. I tend to follow my heart. ;-)
As for brass, I don't think metals ever go out of fashion. Thanks for sharing your brass treasures. ~ Sarah

February 9, 2012 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger Deserae said...

The older I get the less I care about trends....I just go with what I love. Sometimes I'm in style and other times...not so much!!! I really like brass and think it is timeless. You have some wonderful pieces :o)

February 9, 2012 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Buttercup Bliss said...

Debbie - Just wanted to stop by and tell you how much I love your new blog design! It looks terrific!!!


February 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Shannon Fox said...

Nope! I only buy and use what I like. Sometimes it's in, and sometimes it's not. I don't care though... I am the one who lives in my house =) If I was trendy, I'd be turning my home Tangerine Tango right now. Which I am not. Not offense TT ;)

So Brass it up girly… You do Brass with Sass!

February 9, 2012 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Me? Trendy?


I tried to be trendy but realized that just about the time I would catch up, I was behind again. Because of "trendy" I was stuck with unfortunate upholstery choices which I can't afford to change.

I finally decided to just do what I love.

And I think your use of brass is lovely. I have some here, but it doesn't work as well for me with my ten decorating thumbs.

February 9, 2012 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Barbe @ Beez Rental Designs said...

No not so trendy but do follow some decor changes to see how that fit with my own taste. I'm pretty eclectic in my decor- french country, victorian romance, shabby chic, and even some contemporary pieces. As mentioned, I prefer the old brass not the super shiny cheap look stuff from the 80's. The antique brass just has more depth and character to it. Any of the cheap stuff I acquired I painted if I really like the shape. -_^

February 9, 2012 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger Jemsmom said...

I don't think I am very trendy. I do what I like and what makes me feel good! I love brass! I have quite a bit. I think it is just a warm and cozy material to use in home! Your mantle looks really pretty with the colored candles in the candlesticks!

February 9, 2012 at 10:22 PM  
Blogger Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

I don't follow trends at all either. All the things I have in my home are things I absolutely love. Weather they were pricey or found at a thrift shop, I treasure it all the same because I only buy what I love. Thank goodness I don't have the problem of people giving me home decor pieces, I guess it's because they know how picky I am, hehe.

February 9, 2012 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger Helen's Decor said...

Debbie, many years ago, I read or heard someone say, that something wasn't in "vogue" (not meaning the mag), but that it would always be in style." And that is exactly how I feel about brass. It has not been as popular if we look at the home industries that tell us that. Yet it is lovely and will always be with us. I realize it is not everyone's taste, but that doesn't mean it is out the door. Love it and all the brass you have, too. Hope you will follow me on Linky.

February 10, 2012 at 1:21 AM  
Blogger Gail said...

Hi Debbie, I have brass too and some of it has the patina look, you just don't see it. Love all your brass pieces. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Gail

February 10, 2012 at 5:45 AM  
Blogger At The Picket Fence said...

Hey Debbie! I agree that brass as you've shown it, is classic and never goes out of style. I have a few pieces scattered here and there and I think it just makes the house look more interesting, you know? I love how you have incorporated it and we're glad you shared this at Inspiration Friday this week!

February 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Formerly known as Frau said...

We have so much brass in this house between lights, door knobs and hinges I'm embracing brass to expensive to change....Plus I have some beautiful frames I love in brass...only thing I'm changing is a few faucets...! I love the brass you have classic! Happy Weekend!

February 10, 2012 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Grandma Linda's Daydreams said...

Your home is beautiful, I love your brass, who cares if it's in or out! Just have your home filled with whatever you love!
Love, Linda

February 10, 2012 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Farah said...

Debb, I love what I love no matter it is in or out ... I love brass and I remember in my childhood I have very ornamental and jeweled Vases of brass but right now where they gone , no one remember but now I missed them... your brass collection is like a treasure... looks so beautiful like your home...
Hope you would like to visit me at
With love

February 10, 2012 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger pam {simple details} said...

I'm so glad the brass trend is back, I've always loved it's warm classic look!

February 11, 2012 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

I always shuddered when people were spraying their quality brass with orb. I have been on several house tours of the mansions here in Southampton and there was plenty of beautiful brass. To me it is classic.
I don't believe in trends. Decorate to your taste, not what someone else likes. I see the decorators are pushing orange again! No thanks, I went through that trend once. And that was enough!

February 25, 2012 at 10:27 AM  

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