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Fall decor trend is set in stone

  • Associated Press
  • Published Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at 10:19 a.m.

With grainy woods, metallics and other textural elements, rock and mineral-themed 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 designer Hilary Thomas says she 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.

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 collection, there’s a stacked, square-cut alabaster lamp with a geometric vibe ( www.horchow.com).

Eduardo Garza’s agate-inlaid jewelry boxes are part of West Elm’s fall collection. Swirls of natural graphic design make a group of agate ornaments intriguing for the Christmas tree, or just to hang on cupboards or window latches ( www.westelm.com).

Target’s fall collection includes the Threshold agate bookend, sleekly honed on one end to show the swirling layers, and left in its natural state on the other. A trimmed mirror adds marble to the wall. And an agate-patterned, glass-topped accent table and turquoise or plum rugs in a marble motif suggest those materials in faux finishes ( www.target.com).

A contemporary space might suit one of CB2’s composite tables made of a marble, granite, stone and fiber aggregate. They have a rugged, albeit honed masculinity ( www.cb2.com).

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).

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