Winter Formal: Black and Brass

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I can’t remember the last time I stayed awake until midnight on New Year’s Eve. I’m guessing eight years ago; somewhere in the thick of my mid-20s, when ushering in the calendar change also meant wearing a fancy new getup and waking up to a terrible headache. Nowadays, I rack out on the couch somewhere around 9pm before drifting sleepily upstairs to bed by 10. I actually don’t miss the days of staying up until dawn, I like the way it is now. It feels comfortable for me since I’ve grown into a homebody.

The only thing I do miss about New Year’s Eve though are the party clothes – the black tie garb and high heels, strutting whatever new duds Santa left under the tree (or that I picked up on sale December 26th). That I miss. Lounging around in a duster-length robe and sheepskin slippers just doesn’t feel quite as festive.

Black & Gold Dining Room (via Stellar Interior Design)

As I look through the recent items I’ve earmarked for upcoming projects, I’ve noticed that I’ve made up for this dearth of black tie opportunities in my personal life by sussing out “black tie” furniture finds for clients. In particular, I’ve been drawn to pieces clad in black and gold (like the black and brass credenza featured at top, from Scout Design Studio).

A black & gold foyer by Kelly Wearstler (via Interiorholic)

Kelly Wearstler has always relied heavily on this duo, perhaps in part because this graphic pairing so easily adds drama to a space. It feels fearless and confident, a little more grown-up. It’s like graduating from a sundress to a little black dress.

Anyway, even though I won’t be bedecked in black tie this New Year’s Eve – (I’ll be calling in dead long before the ball drops) – I thought I’d share a few of my most-wanted black and brass accoutrements for 2017.

Wooden Tusk Side Table from Anthropologie, $349.95

Vintage Black Glass & Brass Coffee Table from Jean-Marc Fray, $2,900

Rotary Cabinet Pulls from Black and Key, Trade-only

Calypso End Table from Kate Spade, $2,465 (trade pricing available)

Gold Rivets on Black Abaca Wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries, Trade-only

Briallen Demi-Lune from Currey & Co, Trade-only

Turner Executive Desk from Jonathan Adler, $3,950 (trade pricing available)

Selfoss Sconce from Aerin for Visual Comfort, $525 (trade pricing available)

Marlowe Black Shagreen Console from Currey & Co, Trade-only

Tall Floating Dresser from Codor Design, Trade

Roadhouse Black Leather Dining Chair from CB2, $249



About the author


A lifestyle magazine writer by trade, Mariel swapped her laptop for a hardhat after spending four years (and counting) renovating turn-of-the-century homes in Westchester, NY.

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