Michael Wurm, Jr.

My Home to Yours: Gold and Brass

TREND: Gold and Brass

About four years ago, I wanted nothing to do with gold or brass. Nothing. I’m pretty sure I considered gold to be the antithesis of decorating in the 21st centtury. Fast forward to today, and honestly, I can’t get enough. From candlesticks to vases to flatware, there is a touch of brass and gold in every room of my house. Even when it comes to fashion, I’ve found myself drawn to gold accessories rather than my usual silver.

I’m not sure how long this enthusiasm for gold will last, but while it’s here I’m certainly enjoying it. As you can see from the collection of photos from my house, there is no such thing as enough. Over the past year, though, I’ve learned that some folks still haven’t developed an appreciation for gold / brass. Today, I thought I would try to convince you of the appeal of these magical metals.

Let me explain my love for gold and brass. First, they go so well with so many (if not all) design styles. Be it traditional, modern, or eclectic, gold always works. Take a close look at your favorite design magazines. I’m sure you’ll see gold pop up. Secondly, over the past year (along with my love for gold), I’ve developed a preference for more modern, clean, and simplified design. Incorporating gold makes modern style a little warmer and richer. It has a fabulous way of adding character, depth, and personality. Plus, despite it’s current popularity, gold and brass are timeless. Their trendiness may come and go, but they are classic in the best sense of the word.

Have I convinced you yet? If not, it’s okay. The great part about decorating is if you prefer silver, oil-rubbed bronze, or copper when styling your space, then go for it. However, if you are looking for some unique gold or brass pieces to add a little sparkle to your space, these are a few of my favorites.

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As always, happy decorating, friends!

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm

Kirsten Grove

Runway to Color Palette: A Stylish Holiday

This holiday season, I have strayed away from the classic red and green color palette and focused on a more modern palette which includes gold, white and a little cream. The reason I am so keen on this color family is because it’s a nice transition into the New Year, and it gives off a more sophisticated vibe. A lot like the ensemble below, this color palette is classic, trendy and full of style. Try this holiday palette in your dining room and your guests will be sure to give some Ooh’s and Aah’s. Here’s the look:

Products: 1. Teapot 2. Flatware 3. Fur Throw 4. Chair 5. Wall Decor 6. Wallpaper 7. Placemats 8. Dining Table  For even more finds inspired by this palette, go here.

Color Inspiration: Jacket.
Folky Gold is a pretty hue to introduce in textiles, wall art and other accessories.

Color Inspiration: Shirt
Paint your walls a bright white, like Pure White, to allow all of the pretty tones to pop.

Color Inspiration: Pants
Venetian Lace is perfect for painted furniture and tabletop accessories.

Outfit Photo via Apartment 34. Paint via Sherwin Williams.


Image: Coco Lapine Design


Michael Wurm, Jr.

Pin it. Get it! A Touch of Gold


Have you noticed gold popping up everywhere in the home decor world these days? Yeah, me too. It’s amazing how quickly trends can come and go. Four years ago, I would have turned my nose up at anything gold; now I can’t get enough.

I’m loving the way that designers are introducing gold in both big and small ways. It could be something as simple as swapping out silver flatware for gold. How perfect and gorgeous would that look on your table atThanksgiving? I also like how gold has been incorporated into this Pin it inspiration image. A simple gold lamp adds luxury, style, and a little sparkle.


If you’re just getting on the gold bandwagon and have a lot of other finishes in your home, have no fear. Today’s eclectic designs encourage mixing metals and finishes. Be fearless when decorating your space by using the things that you love. You can’t go wrong. So whether you’re looking to go bold with gold or just add a few accessories to your space, check out some of my favorite gilt accents.

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Happy Decorating – Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm

Michael Wurm, Jr.

Pin it. Get it! Maps


TREND: Decorating with Maps

Once used to help travelers get from one place to another, maps have become an almost extinct directional tool in recent years. Thanks to GPS, cell phones, and the Internet, hardly anyone refers to a map for directions anymore. Thankfully though, designers, crafters, and bloggers are putting maps to good use.

Because of their unique designs, interesting colors, and sense of wanderlust, maps are now being repurposed into everything from framed wall art to table tops to book covers and wallpaper. Stores are even selling map plates, globes, and vintage art prints of maps to create a sense of worldliness and travel in home decor. I particularly like how these simple white framed maps add freshness and color to this mantel.

To help stir a little globe-trotting creativity in your own space, I have selected some of my favorite map-inspired accessories from the BHG Shop. Isn’t the map washi tape the best? How perfect would that be for decorating plain envelopes?

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So tell us, what creative ways have you seen maps or globes used in home decor? How have you embraced this trend in your own space?

Happy Decorating,
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm

Michael Wurm, Jr.

Pin it. Get it!: Gold Mirrors


I can remember just a few years ago when everyone was throwing away, covering up, or painting things in their home that resembled gold or brass. Admittedly, I fell prey to the trend and turned my nose up at anything gold. Well, as is the way of the decorating world, gold is making a glorious comeback, and it’s more beautiful than ever.

Whether in a chandelier, picture frame, or mirror, touches of gold are popping up everywhere in today’s interiors, and I couldn’t be more head-over-heels excited about it. Not only does gold add a touch of sparkle and interest, but it gives a nod to things of the past, to tradition. It has a way of making a space look lived in and loved.


Inspired by a vignette from this gorgeous living room, I found a collection of gold mirrors to help you create this stylish look in your own home. I think a mirror is a fun and easy way to bring back the gold.

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What are your thoughts about incorporating gold into your space?


Happy Decorating!

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm