The Midas Touch

Glam gold accents at home are what this little Magpie is all about these days.  I’m seriously gaga (!) over this original art piece by Kiki Slaughter, a graduate of my own alma mater, good old UVA.  Is it not bananas?!  I need this hanging above the desk in my guest room.

I pretty much want everything this little lady creates, so do yourself a favor and check out her entire site.  Quel talent.  If it did find its way to my desk space, I’d update the entire work station with glam gold accents, like this pharmacy lamp (love, love this style — $175); this cool pebble tray, which reminds me of an oyster plate ($45); a brass pineapple-topped letter opener ($16); a metallic agenda ($36+ — monogrammable!); and a lucite tape dispenser ($24):

And maybe this lucite tray ($70) from Tilly Maison to store mini goodies, like this gilded stationery set from SugarPaper ($24 for set of 6)?

Maybe offset the magnificence of the Slaughter print with this cheeky, one-of-a-kind artwork in gold foil lettering ($35 — ah, I love Etsy):

And use these funky gold starbursts either on the wall, arranged artfully, or on top of stacks of books ($25-$35 depending on size)?

{Another unique wall-art or bookshelf idea?  These brass letters — $50 each.  You might pick your monogram or just the first initial of your first or last name.} I’m envisioning this wall-art above a pristine white sofette (love the nailhead detailing) topped with oversized gold-and-white striped pillows ($49 each), and one of those metallic-flecked cow-hide rugs to finish ($669):

Perhaps offset by this little golden stool ($129), topped with some glossy coffee table books and a funky objet, like this ceramic horse ($225 — although Etsy has TONS of affordable antique finds along these lines, like this chic little dalmatian, $35, or these ceramic horseheads, $30)


Or, for a festive tablescape, how about some brass candlestick holders ($26 for set of 2) with some gold-and-white tapers (get something similar from Ana Design)?


Very cool with personalized napkins ($98 for 100), some gold flatware (on sale for $23/setting!), and these darling footed dipping bowls ($44 for set of four — imagine filling them with yummy little snackskis):

Love this set-up paired with these gold-striped old fashioned glasses from Marc Blackwell (drool-worthy — $75):

In closing, I’ll continue yesterday’s Gifting Guru mini-post — and will try to keep this up through the holiday season to create a whole bunch of different gift ideas for you all.  All of these mini-gifts will be $50 or less.

Today’s is this adorbs Frenchie dish ($38) — I feel like it makes such a sweet, personal little gift wrapped up in pretty tissue or cellophane!




  1. My friend just told me to check out this post – Thank you so much for blogging about my work! I truly appreciate your compliments and am happy to hear that my painting spoke to you! Love your blog!!! Thanks again!

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