Lime Washed Look

lime washed wood finish

What do y’all think of a Lime Washed wood finish?   Also known as White Washed, Cerused, Waxed, White Leaded, etc….

The first thing that pops into my mind when I think of a Lime Washed finish are the Bungalow 5‘s chairs that are available in “Limed” and “Gray Limed Oak”… (Check out their website for more fun styles!)

Monaco Armchair, Gray Limed Oak

Monaco Armchair, Gray Limed Oak

Hampton Chair, Limed

Hampton Chair, Limed

But there are many more uses for a limed look.  In the right setting, it could look great on floors, cabinets, case pieces, you name it.  Now check it out…  What’s your favorite?

white washed hardwood floors

#lime #washed #twin beds

Suzanne Tucker

India Hicks' Bahamas home

India Hicks’ Bahamas home

Better Homes & Gardens

white washed walls #fauxbois

lime washed chest

lime washed wood cabinets

William Hefner

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

Italian Country Living

Italian Country Living

lime washed walls

lime washed cabinets

Tammy Conner

Tammy Conner

Tom Scheerer

Tom Scheerer

Tom Scheerer

Tom Scheerer

Phoebe Howard

Phoebe Howard

white washed walls

Emma Templeton

lime washed beams

Suzanne Tucker

Suzanne Tucker

Tom Scheerer

Tom Scheerer

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I like it!  I think it would look great especially in a beach house.

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Malachite

It probably comes as no surprise to anyone that I love malachite.  Mostly because it’s my favorite shade of Emerald green.  But I also love that vein-y marble look.   People seem to be using it in all sorts of ways.  Here are a few pictures I’ve gathered of the many different uses of a [faux] malachite finish – everything from iphone covers to wallpaper!  What do yall think?  Do you love malachite too?

Nate Berkus

Nate Berkus

summerfield - malachite

Michael Kors

Michael Kors

summerfield - Lonny

Amanda Nisbet

Amanda Nisbet

summerfield - Lonny

summerfield - Elle Decor

Celerie Kemble

Celerie Kemble

Tony Duquette

Tony Duquette

summerfield

summerfield

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Tortoise Shell

I absolutely love a tortoise shell finish… on just about anything! Sunglasses, picture frames, furniture, you name it. It’s so classic. It will never go out of style or get old. The first thing I think of when I think of a tortoise shell finish is probably these:

Ray-Ban’s Wayfarar in Tortoise… BUT a tortoise shell finish looks fabulous on just about anything. Especially furniture and home accessories.

That table! Interior design by Miles Redd.

Mark Sikes

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How gorgeous is this tortoise shell mirror? I wish I knew where it was from :(

If only I could afford Jimmy Choo’s Tortoise wedges (available at Nordstrom)… sigh.

Would love to have one of these gorgeous decorative boxes from Karen Robertson for my coffee table… whenever I get a coffee table ;)

Karen Robertson has other beautiful tortoise shell objects too!

And then she also has actual turtle shells! I’d love to hang a grouping on a wall somewhere in my apartment.

There’s even a green one!!! I’d love to hang this guy on the wall.

I might settle for this tortoise shell iphone case from JCrew until I can afford the real thing.

Tortoise-looking Gavin Headboard from Made Goods

Max & Chloe necklace

Chelsea House tortoise picture frame

I’m obsessed with most furniture from Oly Studio, but I’m especially obsessed with their dark shell finish… Like on the Jeremy side table.

Wren Cocktail Table

Thank You cards from Furbish

Tory Burch is also a big fan of tortoise shell. There are all kinds of tortoise shell jewelry, handbags, belts, on the website. [shown: Octagon Resin Necklace]

Printed Faille handbag with tortoise accents

Jackie O would love these Warby Parker sunglasses.

I even found tortoise shell napkins on Pinterest! Available from Horchow.

One Kings Lane

One Kings Lane

Vintage side table from One Kings Lane.

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Beautiful Brass

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Brass finishes are a huge trend right now and I’m so glad.  Most of the time I absolutely prefer a brass finish over any finish on hardware, lighting, plumbing and furniture.  I especially love an antique brass finish.  However, I would be a little hesitant to use brass hardware and plumbing in my own home (as if I have a choice in my apartment!).  I think I’m scared that it’s too trendy and I’ll get sick of it after a while.  But if you think about it, replacing the knobs and pulls in a kitchen or bathroom is really not that big of a deal.  My kitchen and bathroom cabinets don’t even have hardware, otherwise I might consider ordering some of these gorgeous brass pulls from Restoration Hardware:

Gilmore Pull

Utility Latch

Or this pretty antique brass window hardware

And now some pictures that might inspire you to add some antique Brass to your life…

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Urban Grace Interiors’ Coastal Living house.  Notice the brass faucet on the sink – love it! [source]

those brass chairs!  [source]

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John Derian’s NYC bathroom [source]

Have you ever seen such a gorgeous hood? [source]

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Diane von Furstenburg Brass (or Gold) flatware… available from Neiman Marcus

West Elm also has a less expensive collection of Brass (or Gold) flatware

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[source]  Notice the Hicks pendant over the sink :)

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