The luster of this brass container to hold firewood brings a bit of glamor to this living room when placed against a plain white fireplace surround and mantle. Designer Abbi Williams sourced the brass container for $6 at a thrift store.
With a sweeter, milder flavor than traditional red beets, this golden variety is an easy to grow, low maintenance root vegetable. Soak the seeds in water for 24 hours before planting in a sunny spot in early spring (3-4 weeks before the last frost). Space them 2 inches apart if growing for greens or 4 inches apart if harvesting for the roots.
As seen on HGTV's "Genevieve's Renovation," this antique gold doorknob adds character to Genevieve Gorder's bathroom design. She was able to reuse this piece of the existing apartment during the remodel of her Manhattan home.
A retrofitted 18th century French commode is the center of a powder room flaunting gold fittings and a ruffled china sink. The fixtures are 24 karat gold-plated. The hand towels are embroidered with the words "Pour vous," French for "For you."
Here again the architecture of the home reflects Hollywood’s golden age. The arches that form the passages between rooms are one of Nikia’s favorite features in the home. This arch between the living and dining room offers a gorgeous view of the various textures and cultural influences that make up the living room — from the pouf to the rug to the Bamileke-inspired stools from World Market (https://www.worldmarket.com/product/tribal-carved-wood-accent-table.do?sortby=ourPicks). “I love a combination of clean mid-century Scandinavian with more intricate pieces from India and Africa,” Nikia confesses. “Mixing and matching design elements from different cultures reflects the world I live in and makes me feel at home.”
Brighten a part shade to full sun setting with colorful, deer-resistant Golden Rule St. John’s wort (Hypericum calycinum). Also known as hypericum, this plant has a form that falls between a small shrub to ground cover. As it establishes, it fills in a planting area with its gold leaves. Yellow flowers appear in summer, beckoning bees and butterflies. Fall color includes orange and gold shades. Plants grow 12 to 18 inches high by 12 to 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 6-8. Good to know: For best growth and color, prune plants in spring and again after flowering.
A gold sconce, a single gold tchotchke and two gold candleholders are all designer Phoebe Howard needed to create a subtle sense of luxury in this room. Follow her cue and shop your home or garage sales and home stores for just a few classic gold accents to add a feeling of wealth to your living room.