You might not have noticed, but there’s a little sporting event happening right now in London.
I’ve been completely sucked in to the Olympics, have you? The emotion, the stories, the pressure. I can’t look away.
Andy and I like to entertain ourselves by deciding how well we would perform against the Olympians in various sports. Could we score a single point in beach volleyball? Could we swim one length of the pool in the time it takes for the real athletes to complete a full relay? Do I weigh less than the women on the U.S. gymnastics team… combined?)
Also, Andy has been practicing “sticking his gymnastics landing” by leaping from the couch onto the floor. No, not my two-year-old. My fully-grown husband.
In honor of the Olympics, let’s talk medals.
Er, metals. Brass and bronze, which seem to have quietly crept back into trendy home decor sometime when we were all undergoing intense athletic training. I mean overeating.
If you’d have asked how I feel about bronze decor a few years ago? I would have scoffed at you and turned up my nose at that dated junk. I would have been picturing the shiny yellow fixtures in homes in the 80s and 90s. Stuff like this:
Shimmering gilded boob light of yore
I think the trick is avoiding the yellow shiny polished brass in favor of hefty bronze with a deep patina.
If you’re wondering about the difference between brass and bronze, brass is a metal alloy made of copper and zinc with a high malleability, whereas bronze – just kidding. I don’t know what I’m talking about.
Increasing you can spend wads of cash on unlacquered brass faucets and fixtures like this.
Lately I’ve found myself being more and more attracted to this weathered bronze/brass/whatever, like here on our office bookshelves:
And bronze pieces keep jumping into my hands at yard sales. (You can find some GREAT deals on bronze pieces right now on yard sales. Most people still hate it, I think.)
…And that brings me to the question of this post.