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malachite madness

by Grace Bonney

For the past few years, pink and red have been my go-to colors for just about everything Design*Sponge related. No matter what age, place in life or mood I’m in, those colors always make me happy. But over the last six months or so, I’ve found myself subconsciously leaning toward rich greens. Emeralds, teals and glimmering jades have been catching my eye and increasing the size of my ribbon collection tenfold (I collect ribbon bits in good colors for inspiration). After searching Etsy for more ribbons and fabric, I stumbled upon a shop selling a beautiful chunk of malachite that was the perfect shade of green. That led me down yet another internet-search rabbit hole that took me from this post to this one and ended with me drafting a post that would inevitably bring my love for green front and center.

The mineral malachite is actually a copper hydroxyl carbonate that crystalizes to create a rich green color. It’s been used throughout history for decorative objects, detailing in furniture and, in some higher-end pieces, as a primary building or surfacing material. Because my budget rarely swings to the 1stdibs level, I’ve been hunting for some great faux-malachite options, as well as more affordable, small-scale malachite objects like boxes and pendants. I rounded up a few of my favorite fancy pieces just for fun, but there are some great ideas here that really let you indulge in how rich and beautiful the marbled green look is. And if you want the look without the heft of the mineral in its natural state, you can check out some of the gorgeous wallpaper and decal options after the jump. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did. xo, grace

Image above, clockwise from top left: Malachite Rug (Man this is gorgeous. Tony Duquette Collection at Roubini); Malachite Soap Rock, $10.99; Malachite Pendulum (would look cool hanging from a ceiling fan cord or used as another type of hanging pull), $11.64; Malachite Print Pen, $125; Faux Malachite Letter Opener, $95; Fornasetti Faux Malachite TrayMalachite Placemats by Dransfield & RossMalachite Eggs, $9 each

Image above: Malachite wallpaper in D*S Sneak Peek: Kate Schintzius

Image above, clockwise from top left: Malachite Soap DispenserVintage Malachite Dish, $300; Antique Malachite Bowls, $1750; Antique Malachite Obelisks, $2500; Malachite Box, $500; Malachite Box, $195; Malachite Tissue BoxMalachite Box, $179; Antique Malachite Dresser, $4500

More malachite after the jump . . .

Image above: Cole & Son Malachite Wallpaper

Image above: Vintage Fornasetti Plates at 1stdibs.com

Image above: Faux Malachite Wall Decals (I’d love to use these on an inexpensive tray or tabletop for a makeover), $33.99 each

Image above: Fornasetti: The Complete Universe, $158; Malachite Letter Openers, $29 each; Faux Malachite Tray, $24

Image above: Malachite Print Fabric by Ravynka at Spoonflower, $18 per yard

Image above: Malachite wallpaper by Cole & Son, featured in the Maison 24 Sneak Peek

Image above: Malachite Trompe L’oeil Wallpaper by Rinkewall (email for pricing, through DesignTex)

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