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The Gold Standard

by habituallychic

01 . 18 . 10
In honor of the Golden Globes, I’ve put together a collection of some of my favorite uses of gold. I am like a magpie when it comes to anything shiny and gold especially shoes but I am also using it more and more in my design work. I’m not tiling entire palazzos in Italy like Dolce & Gabbana above, but I am adding in little brass tables and gilt mirrors wherever I can. I love it’s warm glow so I was especially delighted to see it in all it’s splendor at Versailles last year. All that glitters may not be gold, but it sure is pretty!

Kelly Wearstler is also a fan of gold and has loaded her dining table with it!

Palm Room, New Palace, Bayreuth, Germany

Chapel of Versailles photographed by moi

The King’s Private Dining Room at Versailles also by moi

Bedroom by Murial Brandolini

Another room by Kelly Wearstler

Fabulous brass shelves in a room by Phoebe Howard

Kelly Wearstler for Pickard China

Gold papered powder room by Palmer Weiss

Spectacular gold ceiling in Venice, Italy

Glorious gold room by Studio Sofield

Katie Lee Joel’s gold leafed dressing room

The original golden girl, Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt, 1907

Dolce & Gabbana gold bedroom, Portofino, Italy

Gold bathroom by Kevin Haley

Paco Rabanne gold curtain in room designed by Eric Hughes

Photo by Jason Schmidt

The Rookery Building, Chicago, Illinois

Gilt mirror in Valentino’s atelier

Gold shoes shot by Tommy Ton

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  1. maison21 January 18, 2010 | 4:30 am

    give me shine, or give me death!

  2. LiveLikeYou January 18, 2010 | 4:45 am

    Great blog post. Some beautiful ways to use gold. The color of metals never go out of style.

  3. Practical Princess January 18, 2010 | 5:07 am


    I always browse through your beautiful blog. I love how you showcase design and style in the chicest way. I’ve recently found a new love in interior design, and find your blog to be an inspiration. Thank you.

  4. Karena January 18, 2010 | 5:17 am

    Gorgeous!!! I love them all. Not bling, but elegant & exciting use of gold. I love metalics!

  5. Ms Smart January 18, 2010 | 5:41 am

    Gold finger… bam bammmmmmmmm

  6. Amanda January 18, 2010 | 6:51 am

    That gold shower is to die for. I wonder if there’s an affordable gold tile out there? If so, I’m so using it!

  7. Greet January 18, 2010 | 7:52 am

    Beautiful pictures Heather!And the one’s of Versailles that you have taken are beautiful!
    This is a great post Heather! As all of your posts are!

  8. jones January 18, 2010 | 9:49 am

    Love the vast differences in the uses of gold. The Klimt painting is mind-bending beautiful; in person, it alters one’s expectations of what to expect from a painting. Thanks so much for including it–it now in New York- Lauder Museum(?) Mary

  9. Teresa Hatfield January 18, 2010 | 12:20 pm

    I love gold and anything Valentino! The man reeks of class and beauty!
    Pretty post, Heather!

  10. the NEO-traditionalist January 18, 2010 | 2:22 pm

    That warm gold grasscloth in the Brandolini bedroom is to die for. Wish I owned and could do such things to my place! Someday… Hope you’re enjoying the holiday weekend Heather!
    XX Kate

  11. Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll January 18, 2010 | 2:22 pm


    I,too, use and love gold in my design work. A little sparkly glow makes all the difference. I also think it gives a room an acquired look and not like you spent a day on-line shopping. I do that too but when coupled with things that have a little age, like a gilt mirror, it takes it to the next level. Hope you have a great week. Thanks for the post.

  12. Modern Traditionalist January 18, 2010 | 3:19 pm

    The Klimt painting is tremendous.

    How does Kelly W even dine at that dining table? Not a fan of that display. I’m looking for the kitchen sink thrown in there.

  13. Picture of Elegance January 18, 2010 | 3:25 pm

    I love Wearstler’s desk area. Her vision is always amazing.

  14. Teresa January 18, 2010 | 3:47 pm

    I believe your article added new dimension to this quote I love: “More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has been taken from the earth.”.
    Loved your choices to enlighten the idea…

    May I suggest you the just-discovered Amber Room?!




  15. City Living Girl January 18, 2010 | 4:36 pm

    Great post, timely and of the moment. Love the Eric Hughes living room, I have that one in my inspiration folder. The bar area from that spread was amazing too. Also love everything KWID.

  16. Cherish January 18, 2010 | 7:09 pm

    There are so many incredible ways to use gold – a touch here and there, or an all out gold assault. I love the examples you have gathered here, Heather, it shows us how we can incorporate just the right amount of gold into our own interiors. Personally, I love the gold shelving unit (etagere?), which I could use in my modern condo. Great inspiration!!

  17. The Iconic Blog January 18, 2010 | 7:40 pm

    I love using gold accents but need to work up the nerve to do something dramatic like this. Gold has to be the universal shade of luxury. It makes anything instantly glamorous. Thanks for sharing such inspiring images!

  18. Paula Grace Designs January 18, 2010 | 8:40 pm

    Wow, some are over the top. Some quite wonderful. Great collection of gold photos!
    Paula Grace ~

  19. Annie January 21, 2010 | 2:34 am


  20. She Wore It Well January 22, 2010 | 12:54 am

    Wonderful post! Thank you