Gold Crush: I’ve officially stopped being cool

Do you remember when silver jewelry and accessories became popular?  When brass stopped being the finish of choice and brushed nickel hardware was all the rage?  When you traded your gold hoop earrings for the sterling silver version and thought you’d never go back?  I distinctly remember walking into a Claire’s jewelry store in the mall about 10 years ago, seeing ONE section devoted to gold jewelry, turning my head away in disgust, and thinking if I ever liked the color gold again I would have officially stopped being cool.

Ah how times have changed. 🙂

Maybe I’ve finally lived long enough to see a few trends come and go and then come back again, but lately I’ve started realizing that I care less and less what’s IN and more about finding jewelry, furniture, and accessories that I love and that will last beyond the current trends.  And if an item or two in the LOVE category happens to be brass or gold-hued, I’m (gasp) ok with that!

Quite philosophical for a Thursday morning, I know.  You might have guessed that a new accessory was the cause of my revelation, and you might be right!  I came across a pair of these beautiful blue and gold lamps yesterday and knew my love for gold was definitely back.

These lamps are the perfect example of how placing seemingly dated accessories in a fresh environment can completely change how you feel about them.  I imagine the person who owned these before me had dusty old shades on them, couldn’t stand the gold accents, and was just waiting for the day they could replace them with something new.

Lucky for me, I guess!  I replaced the single lamp that had been on our entryway credenza with this pair, and I feel like I’ve given the lamps and our entryway a new lease on life.

I already had the shades, which add a modern touch to these (VERY HEAVY) vintage lamp bases.  When Stephen came home and saw the new lamps, the first words out of his mouth were “what color are you going to paint them?”  I think I surprised him when I said they were staying blue. 🙂

But seriously, could that color have been any more perfect for our entryway?  It’s a great compliment to the colors in our table runner, and now this little vignette is 100% bling-ified!

In all honesty, I wasn’t sure if the details in these lamps were “me” when I came across them.  But the price was right, so they went into my cart.  I paid $6.25 per lamp, and since I already had the shades at home, I figured I could afford to try them out.  I’m so glad I did because now I’m on the lookout for more accessories to give our home this layered, vintage feel.

If gold is still Not Cool, consider me the Not Coolest of them all, because my love for gold is back, baby!

So what do you think of my thrift store score?  Have you stopped following trends in your own home lately?  Is there a piece you love that the design mags tell you is junk?  I’d love to hear how you’ve made your home un-cool lately. 🙂

Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your day!

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15 Responses to Gold Crush: I’ve officially stopped being cool

  1. Candace says:

    I tell the SAME story about gold jewelry being super uncool! Back in college I had an epiphany: 1) gold jewelry looks really really good on me (not conceited), and 2) I loved it and it’s classic-ness or it’s vintage-ness or funki-ness. I don’t care!

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE those lamps! I found an awesome pair that I am currently trying to make a lamp kit work for them (needs some additional hardware), while looking for fun shades to go with them.

  2. Morgan says:

    Haha, I definitely do NOT consider myself at all trendy… Can you keep a secret? It seems like everyone I know these days is into distressed furniture and I’m not. I just like my furniture plain. =( So yeah, I follow my heart and stick to what I like even if others don’t like it. =]

    I for one think your lamps are beautimous!

  3. Great find Meredith! And they look so good with the new shades!


  4. cassie says:

    those lamps are perfect! i love the bling. and i feel no shame at saying so.

  5. modern jane says:

    I was unsure at first but I’m officially in love with gold/brass.. it’s back!!!

  6. Elz says:

    We’ve got a table that we’re (my husband and I) working on. My family keeps coming by to look at it, I think because they’re amazed we bought it for $15. It’s solid wood, with massive oak pedestal legs, but it has old brass kick plates on the bottom of the legs. I think because shoes might scrape the old poop brown finish. Well we’re keeping the brass on it because its so quirky! And everyone keeps telling us to ditch them 🙁

    That’s the table and the brass kick plates as it is right now in our workshop ^ 🙂

  7. HAHAHA, “What color are you going to paint them?”

  8. Anne says:

    LOVE these, they fit perfectly in that Room . Awesome Find!!!

  9. CAS says:

    I think everyone should go with what they like & not be so influenced by the media, so-called designers or other bloggers. Now I don’t intend for that to seem mean or anything. it just seems like whatever a couple of the more popular bloggers are doing is what every one wants to do. I think it’s great to get ideas, & yes, even copy something you like, but not follow blindly just because you think the other person knows more about it than you do. Well, that’s my story & I’m stickin’ to it!

  10. LOVE the lamps! I agree, I’ve realized that you can’t always follow the trends and be happy – you have to do what YOU want and love. Wouldn’t it have been handy to know these things 10 years or so ago, when you were a teenager?? Ah, I guess that’s the joy of getting older, you get wiser too 🙂

  11. Joi says:

    I love this post! You couldn’t have said it better–haha! I felt the same way about gold but now I love it! : )

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  14. Kristal says:

    This is so funny because I definitely remember when gold stopped being cool and I too looked at the racks in disgust. My mom (bless her heart) has always had a love of real gold jewelry and lucky me — I would always receive a new piece on Valentines Day, my birthday, Christmas, etc. It just seemed like one day I started hating it and Sterling Silver was in. Even now that I’m older I always look for white gold. But it seems the older I get I catch myself eying gold or bronze jewelry or home goods and saying “I would like this IF it was in silver”. For whatever reason I just cant bring myself to purchase anything gold or bronze no matter how much I like it. I hope one day I get over it and can enjoy gold again. It’s been holding me back from buying these super cute lamps from Pier 1 for months!

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