Point/Counterpoint: Brass and Gold Everything

Done-to-death design trope or timeless finish? Lonny Photo Editor Genevieve Garruppo and Senior Associate Editor Mackenzie Schmidt go head to head.

Genevieve Garruppo 2:45 PM
GO GOLD! I'm so jacked up!

Mackenzie Schmidt 2:38 PM
Rein it in, G! I need to get some "get pumped up" jams going. Jason Derulo? If that's not a victory lap track I dunno what is. *smack talk*

Genevieve Garruppo 2:39 PM
The Kills is really good right now. And they have gold tones on their album cover.

Mackenzie Schmidt 2:39 PM
Alright, alright. Here's my main gripe: Gold and brass had a moment. But as Janice on Friends would say, the sun has set on their day in the sun. It's time we gather up our brass animal menageries and move on.

Genevieve Garruppo 2:47 PM
Yeah, and now everyone is so cold because the warm sun is gone.  You're an ice queen with your silver. 

Mackenzie Schmidt 2:48 PM
I'm not anti-warm tones in general! But if I see one more kitchen "updated" with all brass hardware my eyeballs will pop out. We've been blinded by trendinesss. Come to the light!

Genevieve Garruppo 2:49 PM
Wait a second. What's wrong with this? 

Point/Counterpoint: Brass and Gold Everything
Photo: Genevieve Garruppo

Genevieve Garruppo 2:49 PM
There's a mix of everything in there. And that range hood would be so boring without the gold. 

Mackenzie Schmidt 2:49 PM
Ok, this is so tough, because I wrote this story and I still love this kitchen. But... it was just about a year ago. Tell me it would not feel a little more 2k15 if those lucite pendants were accented in chrome! 

Genevieve Garruppo 2:50 PM
Oh no way, Jose. They would get lost amidst the white everywhere! I hate a "pop of color" just as much as the next editor, but we need to see our fixtures, not lose them against the rest of the kitchen.

Mackenzie Schmidt 2:51 PM
Everything else about it is so cool...the brass is just bringing it down. Shake it off! Can't fight the TaySwift. 

Genevieve Garruppo 2:51 PM
Ohhhh Tay tay, love you girl.

Mackenzie Schmidt 2:51 PM
I think there's something to be said for a little blending in. What about this Lonny all-star:  

Point/Counterpoint: Brass and Gold Everything
Photo: Bess Friday/Lonny

Mackenzie Schmidt 2:51 PM
So serene. So original. Le sigh.

Genevieve Garruppo 2:52 PM
Well, I get where you're going here. Perhaps the chairs have enough warmth to carry it, but I wouldn't hate on that picture frame having a little brass feel.

Mackenzie Schmidt 2:53 PM
I'll give you a little brass. Especially if it's a legit old, weathered thing. I can't hate on a touch of history.

Genevieve Garruppo 2:53 PM
Exactly. Look at this beauty:

Point/Counterpoint: Brass and Gold Everything
Photo: Lonny

Genevieve Garruppo 2:54 PM
I mean, it's tough because this type of decor makes me weak in the knees. A too-clean room gives me a doctor's office vibe. No one ever used the word "subtle" to describe me!

Mackenzie Schmidt 2:55 PM
Point taken. I can't hate on gold as an element. Gold leaf, gold silverware. My beef is with situations like this one that have just gotten out of hand, IMHO:

Point/Counterpoint: Brass and Gold Everything
Photo: Attic Fire / Lonny

Mackenzie Schmidt 2:56 PM
It's become a design-y status thing, where having a gold object is a signifier that you're "on trend." I know you are a free thinker, G! Don't let the gold bring you down!

Genevieve Garruppo 2:56 PM
How boring would that have been if the skull was matte black. Or white. (Clear would have been cool.) But gold is the best! It's not competing with its environment and won't get gross over time, but will patina and get BETTER! 

Mackenzie Schmidt 2:57 PM
TBH, I'd skip a skull all together.

Genevieve Garruppo 2:57 PM
Fair enough. Take this Kelly Wearstler table for example—if it were wood those would look like some weird tree feet:

Point/Counterpoint: Brass and Gold Everything
Photo: Lonny

Mackenzie Schmidt 2:58 PM
Ok, that is a dope table, but tell me in all honesty it doesn't feel a little overdone.

Genevieve Garruppo 2:58 PM
The regency feeling I get with gold and hunter green marble makes me so happy I could cry.

Mackenzie Schmidt 2:58 PM
Totally... in 2009. Zing!

Genevieve Garruppo 2:58 PM
Oh Kelly!!

Mackenzie Schmidt 2:58 PM
Cover her ears. 

Genevieve Garruppo 2:58 PM
Someone's a hater.

Mackenzie Schmidt 2:58 PM
I love you Kelly! I'm sorry. Don't smite me.

Genevieve Garruppo 2:59 PM
I won't tell. How about this place? There's not a single piece of gold here:

Point/Counterpoint: Brass and Gold Everything
Photo: Lonny

Mackenzie Schmidt 3:00 PM
Mmm, thumbs up all the way. Timeless!

Genevieve Garruppo 3:00 PM
But that badass green sofa is just dying for a hit of gold to complement the velvet. Modernity needs some warmth, too!

Mackenzie Schmidt 3:00 PM
Nah, that's so expected. It's like a formula! Here's my deal: Metallics, like every trend, ebb and flow in popularity. I'm sure in five years I'll have some fresh eyes for brass, but right now it sorta makes my skin crawl. Doesn't stainless steel feel totally new and bold again? Take this:

Point/Counterpoint: Brass and Gold Everything
Photo: Waterworks

Mackenzie Schmidt 3:01 PM
Flashy, a little obvious, fine. Buuuut...

Point/Counterpoint: Brass and Gold Everything
Photo: Waterworks

Mackenzie Schmidt 3:01 PM
Oooh aaaah. Heart eyes all over the place.

Genevieve Garruppo 3:03 PM
I get what you're saying, but I like how the idea of brass and gold has infiltrated our lives.  The gold just feels a little more dazzling and you can't spell Genevieve without flashy... Well. Okay, you can.

Mackenzie Schmidt 3:03 PM
You are such an art person. Alright, what about mixed metals? Can we find some common ground there? 

Genevieve Garruppo 3:04 PM
Hummm...Yes. We can.

Mackenzie Schmidt 3:04 PM
I'm reading that as a chant. I hope it's true.

Genevieve Garruppo 3:04 PM
Yes. We. Can!

Mackenzie Schmidt 3:04 PM
Shall we find the image that portrays our truce?

Genevieve Garruppo 3:05 PM
Here, I've got a cool reference:

Point/Counterpoint: Brass and Gold Everything
Photo: Jessica Sample

Mackenzie Schmidt 3:05 PM
I freaking love this apartment. It's almost like you're cheating.

Genevieve Garruppo 3:05 PM
Yeah, this place has Kenzington written all over it. If that pendant was brass I would probably not like it as much as I do.

Mackenzie Schmidt 3:06 PM
And I will allow that brass table lamp because it's so sleek. I'm gonna throw you a bone with this one: 

Point/Counterpoint: Brass and Gold Everything
Photo: Genevieve Garruppo

Mackenzie Schmidt 3:06 PM
I like this room. Metals living in peace and harmony

Genevieve Garruppo 3:07 PM
Awwwww damn. This is gold! Get it?!

Mackenzie Schmidt 3:07 PM
Oh look at that, "photographed by Genevieve Garruppo." Win!

Genevieve Garruppo 3:07 PM
Boo ya! Yea, this place is a fantastic mix. And that white faucet! Mischa Lampert really hit a home run. 

Mackenzie Schmidt 3:08 PM
I think we found some common ground, yeah? Also, I'm out of Jason Derulo, and growing weaker by the minute.

Genevieve Garruppo 3:08 PM
Totally. I'm gonna take it down a notch now...Sam Smith? (cries in the corner in 10 mins)

Mackenzie Schmidt 3:09 PM
Maybe some TaySwift. She's really appropriate for any occasion.

Genevieve Garruppo 3:09 PM
Yes. Done and done.

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