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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