Just in time for holiday giving, here is our second installment of OBJects of Desire – a roundup of home décor accessories and inspired gift items that we call “jewelry for the home.”
At this time of year we’re all focused on decking our halls in their holiday best…with new and shiny objects that reflect the magic of the season…and old and treasured heirlooms that remind us of celebrations past.
So while you’re shopping for the home design fans on your list, don’t forget to buy a bauble or two for your own house. And remember to stock up on a few hostess gifts as well…you’ve got miles to go before you sleep!
Above: Georg Jensen Urkiola Candleabra in Copper, $150. at amara.com. Kelly Wearstler Bejeweled Treasure Box. Price on Request at kellywearstler.com. Iittala Alvar Aalto Vase in Cranberry, $194.99 at bedbathandbeyond.com. New Cylinda-Line Stainless Steel Bar Collection , from $34.95. Photo from lumens.com. Silver-tone Napkin Rings and Napkins, Under $10, Available at Pottery Barn. Photo from Better Homes Pinterest.
Vintage Barware. One way to tell what’s hot in home décor is to follow the action on 1stdibs and other online resources. A quick scan of the barware and serve ware categories turns up “SOLD” signs at all price points, as collectors scoop up mid-century bar carts, ice buckets, highball glasses and more.
The popularity of craft cocktails and their accoutrements is at an all-time high, a fact that is corroborated by antiques dealers and friendly bartenders alike.
Who wouldn’t want a shining silver plate martini shaker or champagne cooler to take center stage on their holiday bar?
Mixed-Metal Tablescapes. No surprise here…a heady mix of sterling, silver plate, gold and rose gold works to make your holiday tables bright. We know an accomplished hostess who always uses at least two different china patterns and two sets of flatware – silver and gold – for all her Christmas Eve dinner parties.
Don’t forget pewter or brass chargers too, for an extra layer of texture and shine.
Hotel Silver. This heavy gauge silver was used by all the better hotels, railroad companies and steamship lines throughout 19th and 20th centuries. Now highly collectible, practical pieces of hotel silver often bear the logos of the entities they came from – it adds to their vintage charm.
BTW, Martha Stewart is an avid collector of hotel silver. Why not do as Martha does…and start a collection or give a special piece of hotel silver this season?