When I gave my Syracuse, NY kitchen a facelift in 1995 I turned to a marine supply catalogue to get the nickel cabinet hardware I envisioned for my historic 1926 Tudor Revival. Shiny brass was still the norm in kitchens and bathrooms back then, but I wanted something different, even if I had to be super creative about sourcing it in the days before online shopping.
Now, nearly 20 years later I have had my fill of nickel, stainless, and chrome. While shopping at Homegoods in Falmouth, Mass on Cape Cod recently, I saw a display of antiqued brass table lamps and I fell in love. Not since the 1970s have we seen burnished brass. It's time to give this overdue classic a modern twist and bring it into our homes.