Leave it to me to obsess over the details no one else notices. I was reading Lonny’s great roundup of unexpected color combinations, and instead of swooning over the legitimately pretty topic at hand, the pairing of deep navy and lovely trench-coat camel, I instead focused in on this:
That sconce! The timeless shape. The pairing of two totally classic materials that somehow seems totally current, too. I suspected Visual Comfort as the lighting source, which a quick Google image search (string: black and brass sconce with shade) confirmed. It’s the Elkins Sconce, part of the brand’s glamorous yet masculine Thomas O’Brien Lighting collection.
The more I stared at it, the more I realized how much I’m drawn to the combination of flattish black and hints of gleaming gold. Sure, black and brass decor have been trending for some time, but usually the pairing is all flashy and glam—very bombshell. The pieces I’m drawn to are more French-Neoclassical-eclectic and even faintly stodgy.
Take, for example, this ram’s head table on Chairish that I’ve viewed 70 times and which is now following me via cookies on every device I own:
The combination of finishes paired with the kooky ram detail is so crazy-old-rich-lady, isn’t it? I have to have it.
Now, see how much it echoes this desk I fell for a few years ago at High Point Market (and that I stop by to touch on every subsequent trip):
I find the whole look very reminiscent of Maison Jansen, the famed Paris design firm known for combining Empire and Neoclassical styling with a bit of modern glamour and Asian flair.
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