Grey February rolls on.
The sun exuberantly bursts through
— in spurts
For winter inching toward spring,

Paint It Gold!

And embed it in grey.

 

Erte did.
In his signature long, lean, stylized fashion.

 photo courtesy of wikiart.org

photo courtesy of wikiart.org


What would his inimitable style
look like in an interior?

Something like this grey and gold
luxuriousness from Ralph Lauren?

 photo courtesy of nouw.com

photo courtesy of nouw.com


• • • Effervescence • • •

Same theme, with stronger contrast.
The boldness of black floating free
on expanses of white
renders the potentially-somber color scheme
effervescent like champagne.

 photo courtesy of thejealouscurator.com

photo courtesy of thejealouscurator.com


Here,
the effervescence is translated
into space through the ingenious placement
of gold tile on white ground:

 photo courtesy of gilesmiller.com

photo courtesy of gilesmiller.com


Small, varied gold mosaic
set among large-format white tile
makes this bathroom sparkle
with the same effervescence:

 photo courtesy of ukbathrooms.com

photo courtesy of ukbathrooms.com


• • • Regalia • • •

When the conversation turns to gold,
most of us think of the full-bodied gold
adorning the Vatican’s pomp and circumstances
and royal regalia.

Something along these lines:

 photo courtesy of chasingthegreenfaerie.tumblr.com

photo courtesy of chasingthegreenfaerie.tumblr.com


That royal ethos lives
in this magnificently embellished door.

 photo courtesy of ardezart.com

photo courtesy of ardezart.com


• • • Deco • • •

Watercolor captures this ethereal woman.
As she floats on open white space,
her face is grounded with black,
and crowned with glowing headgear:

 photo courtesy of thejealouscurator.com

photo courtesy of thejealouscurator.com


The black-white-gold color palette
in the hands of Ralph Lauren,
with an Art Deco flavor:

 photo courtesy of vrhsolutions.com

photo courtesy of vrhsolutions.com

 photo courtesy of quitecontinental.net

photo courtesy of quitecontinental.net


Here the black and gold magnificence
is taken further in an Art Deco doorway.
The geometry alone
is one of the many reasons why
I love this period so much:

 photo courtesy of beautiful-portals.tumblr.com

photo courtesy of beautiful-portals.tumblr.com


• • • Ethereal • • •

Halos are gold.

So is this ethereal woman
buoyed on wings and lace.

 artwork by Romany Soup at flickr.com

artwork by Romany Soup at flickr.com


Her lightness is translated into space
in this kitchen’s hammered metal cabinets.
Not much is heavier than stone and metal —
— and yet the kitchen feels so light
that it could ascend at any moment,
just like the woman buoyed
on lace and wings.
Pretty amazing trick —
— the alchemy of turning gold into air.

 photo courtesy of theentertaininghouse.com

photo courtesy of theentertaininghouse.com

For that floating on a feather experience,
in this divine bath
the softer side of gold whispers,

“Relax! Relax!”

 photo courtesy of tilevera.com

photo courtesy of tilevera.com

When the days are long and grey,
why not sprinkle them with gold?!?

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