July 28, 2014

Design Trends

Heavy Metals

Silver Lining

With its Art Deco-ish dart back and contemporary styling, this Christopher Guy chair usurps traditional wood and upholstery for a silver finish. Available as an accent or dining chair. $3,123 at Christopher Guy, Fort Myers.

Chain Maille

A chain-and-wood screen provides privacy without compromising airiness. Manufactured by Italy’s Porada, the Atunis screen is available in a lacquered wood or mirrored frame with bronze or chrome metal chains. Pricing and buying information at www.eurotrendusa.com.

Golden Glory

Going for the gold requires some subtlety. Pure gold on the scale of this oversized and elaborate Christopher Guy headboard would overwhelm the room, but a renaissance gold finish is just the right dose. The coral-inspired piece is hand carved from solid mahogany. $7,712 at Guy’s world headquarters in Fort Myers.

A King’s Ransom

The traditional symbol of French royalty, this 4-by-4-inch raised fleur-de-lis tile will make your home kingly in hand-hammered copper. Use it to accent a kitchen or powder room backsplash. $24 per tile and available via www.faucetdirect.com.

Copper Capers

Even diehard “shower people” will want to take the plunge in Premier Copper’s new Japanese-style tub. This bathing beauty has a hand-hammered copper surface with an oil-rubbed bronze finish. Bonus: It was recently listed at $5,732—43 percent off its $10,000 suggested retail price—with free shipping at www.faucetdirect.com.

Shining Moment

Naples’ very own Herbeau pretties up the lavatory with its Chimere wall tap, made in France and dipped in old gold. The piece retails for $724 and is sold through Bob Hill Plumbing, Naples.

Bronze Age

Linkasink’s solid bronze wave sink is hand cast and available in antique and white-bronze finishes. This artisan vessel makes a bold statement and a perfect finishing touch for a powder room. $3,700 from Broedell Plumbing Supply, Fort Myers.

Silver Swells

Caracole Furniture Collection’s Wrapped up with Ribbon armoire puts a new twist on the traditional flat-door front: sculpted curves in a silver finish. The multipurpose piece can accommodate a 44-inch TV, bar or even clothing. $4,199 at Baer’s Furniture.

Power Flowers

Not all metal need be heavy. Take, for example, this luxe linen from France’s D. Porthault and its delicate embroidered metallic flowers that flit across cocktail napkins and place mats. Priced from $195 for a set of six napkins, and available at Gattle’s, Naples.

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