November Roundup + Music Playlist


And just like that, November is coming to an end and before we know it, there will be more holidays and then… 2022! Before we move forward, let’s take a break and reflect on the last month before it’s time to reverse the schedule. As cooler temperatures and darker skies set in, we looked for anything that would brighten up our days and add sparkle to our nights. This led to a deep dive into metals – from glittering gold to luxurious silver, from brazen brass to unassuming bronze – all of this would add a layer of visual interest to our spaces. Metals can not only change the look of a space, but they also adjust the feel by adding warmth through bronze and matte gold, or a touch of glamor using chrome or brass. Pair it with furniture and decor with bold or subtle textures and patterns, depending on where you fall between minimalism and maximalism, and your metallic elements will make any space shine. Now open your Spotify and listen to our “Let it Shine” Playlist while we revisit this month’s metallic-inspired design.

Phone: Ryan Loco

A modern Florida home with warm woods and metallic accents
We visited Florida to experience a home designed by V Starr, the award-winning design company founded by Venus Williams. The modern residence featured warm woods and metallic details which created an inviting home for family reunions, relaxation and fun. The kitchen was gorgeous with appliances and brass accented tiles, while the dining area featured a selection of solid brass and brass / matte black pendants interspersed with glass lights.

brick ceiling room with solid solid brass furniture and lighting pieces

Tom Dixon seeks mass appeal in his latest furniture collection
When it comes to metallic, British designer Tom Dixon always gets it right. Most recently, Dixon expanded its Mass collection to include four new solid brass pieces: an updated dining table, console, shelf and coat rack. Super polished solid brass takes everyday household archetypes and transforms them into massive sculptures with golden finishes.

round copper alarm clock on a white surface with white office accessories

How to mix + master metals like a pro
After all the metallic inspiration above, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite modern designs in various metals that can easily be incorporated into anyone’s home. From small, practical items, like clocks and coasters, to larger decorative pieces, like art prints and candle holders, there are plenty of ideas to help add sparkle to your space.

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Caroline Williamson is the editorial director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in Photography from SCAD and can usually be found researching vintage items, doing New York Times crosswords in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.