Right at home: Fall decor trend set in stone

The Progress-Index - At Home - - NEWS - BY KIM COOK

Along with grainy woods, metallics and other tex­tu­ral el­e­ments, rock and min­er­althemed decor is part of a fall trend to­ward na­ture and nat­u­ral el­e­ments.

In many cases, real rocks and min­er­als are in­te­grated into the dec­o­ra­tive items.

Los An­ge­les in­te­rior and prod­uct d e s i g ner Hil a r y Thomas s ay s s he re­sponds to the di­ver­gent qual­i­ties of prim­i­tive­ness and so­phis­ti­ca­tion in rocks and min­er­als.

“I find that us­ing pieces like pet­ri­fied wood and mala­chite helps a space look more col­lected and lay­ered,” she says.

And the range of col­ors — the bright agates, the neu­trals — is fun to play with. “You can be color-shy and still tie a room to­gether or make a big state­ment with a finial,” she says.

Thomas cre­ates lamp finials out of sliv­ers of mala­chite, howlite and agate, as well as un­usual spec­i­mens like inky iri­des­cent labradorite, creamy blue-tinged chrysophase and pet­ri­fied wood. The col­ors range from in­tense pur­ple, turquoise and cran­berry to light sunny yel­low, snowy white and a range of stri­ated hues. (www.hillary­thomas.com)

Be­sides aes­thet­ics, some stones have been en­dowed by var­i­ous cul­tures with spe­cial prop­er­ties. The Chi­nese view jade as a pro­tec­tive stone, and it fea­tures promi­nently in feng shui, the an­cient art of har­mo­niz­ing in­di­vid­u­als with their en­vi­ron­ment. The Vik­ings car­ried cal­cite, be­liev­ing it aided in nav­i­ga­tion. Na­tive Amer­i­cans con­sid­ered chal­cedony — the fam­ily of min­er­als that in­cludes jasper, onyx and agate — ca­pa­ble of im­part­ing strength and courage.

“I have a client who keeps a pyra­mid of lapis lazuli un­der her bed to ward off bad vi­bra­tions,” says Toronto-based min­eral and bead dealer David McDon­ald.

Ex­am­ples of Brazil­ian agate and onyx cut into bookends can be found at TheRock­Shed.com. Some have the crys­talline char­ac­ter­is­tics of geodes, while oth­ers come in vi­brant pink, teal and red hues. (www.therock­shed.com )

Ta­ble lamps are an easy way to add a touch of stone. Ar­te­ri­ors’ Syd­ney and Herst mar­ble lamps, both at Hor­chow, have honed and softly buffed mar­ble bases that de­velop a dreamy translu­cence when lit. From the John Richard col­lec-


This un­dated photo pro­vided by RabLabs shows their Cele clocks that en­case lit­tle alarm clocks in agate. Rock- and min­er­althemed decor is part of a fall trend to­ward na­ture and nat­u­ral el­e­ments.

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