Copper Light

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copper colored lightSlim Paley photo

Ahhh…it’s here.

The stunning copper light of Autumn.

There’s nothing quite like it. I follow the glow as it filters through the house until slowly fading to black through the windows of my bedroom office ( where I’ve craftily cropped the chaos of my desktop out of the photo)

 As you can see, my climbing rose is still happily keeping me company, no more blooms, but plenty of foliage.

You’ve gotta love Southern California!

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A few more copper beauties for your viewing pleasure;

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Christo wrapped trees

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Coppery make-up at Chloe

Copper is such a great hue to really bring out the colour of your eyes. As a green-eyed girl it used to be a favourite, but try finding copper eyeshadow that doesn’t have a lot of metallic  (metallics are no longer my friends :( )

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Copper wood fired oven for pizza making at Medlock Ames in Sonoma via Remodelista

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copper fireplace

I love the simplicity of this copper fireplace by Antonio Lupi

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anouska hempel

Copper decadence by Anoushka Hempel

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Gaultier mixes metals in his Spring 2012 collection

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Honestly?  Your guess is as good as mine.  I had the photo in my “Copper file”

Insert caption here;________________

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Elie Saab Spring 2012

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Bottega Copper tumblers $99 for set of 4 from Napa Style (via Remodelista).

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Something about these bathtubs makes me want to put on cowboy boots, get all dusty and clomp up the staircase of a saloon to have them pulled off.

They make me feel very…Rooster Cogburn

I admit, not the best visual, but there it is.

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Lara Stone

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floor made of pennies

Love this copper penny floor- what a fun idea for a small room on a small budget

Just not sure about how one would go about keeping it clean.

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Phew- that’s enough budget talk…

Let’s visit Carolina Herrera :)

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All Carolina Herrera Fall 2011

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copper plate rack, Slim PaleySlim Paley photo

I have a small touch of copper in my kitchen sitting room.  

The patina changes with the weather, but never turns green in Santa Barbara.


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kitchen nook, Slim PaleySlim Paley Photo

Look at that beautiful evening light, after the rain

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vintage lantern, slim paleySlim Paley photo

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Copper bike via Van Heesch Design

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Copper paint by Behr

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Hand hammered copper sink by Frida

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“The 19 Series” Copper plates by Omer Arbel

Watch how the bowls are made here. Very cool.

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copper bathtub.

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Jean Paul Gaultier SS 2012

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A penny for your thoughts

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62 Comments

  1. That copper light reminds me of Autumn afternoons in sunny Alberta. I am now back on the West Coast in Vancouver and realize that’s what is missing with the grey days…copper light! Not knocking the Coast because there is no place more beautiful…just saying. Maybe the copper JPG shoes will make up for it? Thanks for the ode to autumn Slim. It’s one of my favorite seasons!

  2. That chair is a fancy edition of the infamous “twirlysquirt” design. Verrrry uncomfortable but always gets a giggle with loopy guests.

    Love the copper, never tire of it and will take one of everything including the JPG skates (wheee!).

  3. So much coppery goodness in this post. I use to have a lot of copper, I wonder what I did with all of that stuff?!! I do love the warm glow it adds to a room, great inspiration here, Kathysue

  4. Hi,
    I love copper. Some of my favourite things are my French copper bowls for whipping up egg whites in. Your room looks so soothing and relaxing. I’m going to reply to your email x

  5. Hi Slim,
    Another wonderful post. I especially like the views of your lovely home. The climbing rose coming through the window of your bedroom office is so special. It reminds me of the vines coming into Rose Tarlow’s exquisite living room. Your taste is perfect and always coupled with wit (like the lunch room light) which keeps things from becoming too precious. Even though your homes are beautiful, I bet your family feels comfortable really living in them. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts and the views of your home. Best, Ruth

  6. BRING IT ON!!!! I LUV COPPER! We just replaced the roofs on four of our cupolas with copper and they are g o r g e o u s! MORE! franki

  7. That light always reminds me of “Dances with Wolves”. I loved the movie but by far, my most favorite part and most remembered scenes are of that light on the prairie.jd

  8. Thank you, Slim.
    My hub and I moved from SoCA 6 years ago to a remote island in the PNW. I still get homesick –especially this time of year. You’ve made me feel better–like I’ve had a warm visit home.

    • I am your Opposite or Balance…we moved from PNW about the same time to SoOC. I am wistful and longing for the cold clear days you have ahead. Or how the fog sets in almost to the ground trapping (you can hear them for blocks) the kids voices as they walk to school. And with the change in weather you get to change into a different wardrobe and enjoy hot and hearty meals.
      Thank you I C Beauty. This was cathartic to write out.

  9. One of your most beautiful photographic collections, Slim.
    Thanks for shedding some coppery light on such a beautiful color palette!
    -Susan

  10. the copper light after rain… yes!
    this morning the light here is pewter… looking forward to your ingenious post on that!
    love,
    tammy j

  11. The gleam of copper one of the most beautiful metals, especially gorgeous in Autumn. Thank you Slim!

    PS Come let me know what you think of my Autumn decor and enter my New Giveaway!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

  12. Beautiful, Slim! Love those Carolina Herrera dresses. As I read your post I kept hearing James Taylor’s song “Copper Line” going through my head. Thanks for a great start to a beautiful fall weekend! Enjoy!

  13. Beautiful post!

    How about that Gaultier Spring 2012 photo! Fascinating. :)

    Love the hazy light of autumn, especially in the morning when there’s lots of fog hanging in the air.

    PS – Does anyone know how often copper pots need to be polished to remain spiffy looking? Is it a once a week thing or more of a once a month thing?

  14. Your home is stunning, Slim. Trying to think of another application for copper penny flooring… love it, but wouldn’t want to clean it!
    I also wish you a Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! Thank you for this pretty post.
    Kim

  15. You had me at the copper bathtub (I’m a sucker for tubs) – but I found myself scrolling back and forth to take another look at that “chair”. I wonder what Freud would say? Hmmm….

  16. I LOVE your display of pottery and plates with the backdrop of copper. Did you have the copper hammered into the case? I ask because I’m stealing this.

    • Yes Dabbsie, the copper is inlaid into the back of the wooden cabinets somehow…not sure if it’s exactly “hammered”. It’s been there for many years now but still looks good.

  17. Slim! I am a copper girl (green eyes, strawberry-blond hair—at least that’s what my Canadian mother always called it) I use a coppery colored lipstick as eyeshadow………love it………stays on much better than powdered eye makeup.
    I make twisted wire copper jewelry and only wear the things I make……..gets a great response……..anyway, have arrived in Melbourne where the light is the opposite of copper……Spring green?
    As always, love your eye, your wit, your thoughts……..so gr(e)ateful for the internet here Downunder.

  18. We just hung the most gorgeous copper lantern over our breakfast table. It warms up the entire room and now makes me want copper cabinet knobs, a copper sink…..

  19. GORGEOUS photos! The chair made me think of an elephants trunk but are their tails that short? Not sure! The DRESSES…OMG! Love that sink! My living room is painted a very similiar color and I ADORE it! Doubt I will ever change it. Love your kitchen photos! XO, Pinky

  20. Lincoln’s Restaurant in Washington DC has their entire floor made with Lincoln pennies set in clear plastic. Quite impressive and looks just like the one in your post.
    Wonderful subdued colors blending so great in your room. You are magic.

    Spirit

  21. Hello Slim I am new to your blog. I enjoyed the beautiful copper pics and I would love that bathtub to add to my collection of copper. :)

  22. Lovely……so why does copper not oxidize to a green patina in Santa Barbara? I know it takes years here on the East Coast – I wanted badly to have my roof e-shingled in copper tiles (there are several gorgeous examples in my neighborhood), only to discover that I would be long gone before it reached that lovely state.

  23. When I turned 18, I requested all copper cookware and it’s accomanying accoutrements…I’m now seeing them all resurface and wish that I’d kept a few pieces…OKL is continually teasing me with some of them…this post might make me a copperaholic once again.
    Carolina Herrera…heaven!
    xo J~

  24. Insert caption…”What the f….?!?!?!?!?!” If ou want to see really goofy chairs check out ours…at least you can sit on them!

    Love your blog, btw

  25. My husband, Charlie, and I fell in love with the Arbel copper bowls in Vancouver this summer. They were priced at $8,600 each! Thanks for the video. Charlie is a bronze sculptor and we guessed at how they were done. And now we know.

  26. Hello Slim

    As always a gorgeous post. The Fireplace and the Caroilna Herrara long skirt are both stunning. By the way where is PNW?.

  27. Hello again Slim,

    when hanging the washing out I realised PNW is Pacifc North West it’s not an abbreviation we use in Australia where it’s a lovely spring day

  28. Lovely pictures. I am so obessed with copper now. Trying to find out if I have something with these theme. Could not find anything other than a copper shade eyeshadow.lol. Today I will wearing copper eyeshadow then.

  29. Hi Slim – thank you for the beautiful pictures. What a scenic drive it is for you to come home from Ojai!

    You are the only person I know from Santa Barbara and my son is considering UCSB for college – do you have any impressions of the school?

    • Hi Kate
      This sounds silly, but I am not that familiar with UCSB. Supposedly it’s a wonderful college but, strangely enough, most of the kids I know from Santa Barbara seem to want to go to school a little farther away from home…isn’t that crazeee?? You would think having a food and laundry ‘service’ in close proximity would be enough of an incentive but apparently NOT.
      From a purely selfish point of view-if your son chooses UCSB at least you will be visiting him in one of the most beautiful locations in the country! (just don’t come in June :) )
      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help…

      • Thanks Slim – I know what you mean about kids not wanting to go locally. We live in San Francisco, and Santa Barbara is about as close as he wants to be! You are right – it would be a lovely place to visit as a parent!

        Cheers – Kate

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