This Spring, all eyes are on blue and white—a classic color combo that’s turning heads with its new modern look. By pairing a palette of inky blue and crisp white with bold graphic pattern, designers have done the trick. Blue and white is a color combo that’s fresh, inviting and relevant again. And a must for every home this Spring. Continue reading
Galvanized metal decor is hotter than a cat on a hot tin roof. This mix of rustic and industrial pairs well with wood and stone finishes, and can be dressed up or down depending on how or where it’s used. Decor made of galvanized metal is turning up everywhere, including high-end boutiques. Here are six pieces that recently caught my eye. Bet they will yours, too:
Joanna Gaines (of HGTV’s Fixer Upper fame) has lots of galvanized metal in her Magnolia Market shop in Waco, Texas. The Desna Crown shelf has a lot of style going for it with pretty touches like its club-shaped edging. $24.
Also at Magnolia Market is this galvanized tin envelope, an artful place to store mail or notes.
($16-small, $20-large). There’s a similar version at Target for $9.99 but this one is better designed so it’s worth paying a bit more for it.
Modeled after a farm churn, this galvanized steel planter (exclusive to William Sonoma) has simple, clean lines. Plus, it’s water-tight and rust-proof so it can be used without concern. $24.95-$39.95/small, medium or large.
Inspired by the fan blades of a vintage windmill, the Aluminum Fan wall clock is crafted of galvanized metal laced with jute roping. $124.
The Zinc Elaine laundry box adds retro charm while corralling laundry room essentials like clothespins and dryer sheets. $14.99.
Although shown here filled with tabletop, the Rainier galvanized storage cart is also terrific for holding bathroom towels, craft supplies and office stuff. $99.
Inspired by industrial and barn light designs, the Fordham galvanized LED outdoor wall light features a seeded glass orb surrounded by a small cage. $79.99
All of these pieces are quite affordable for the style they deliver. As you spy pieces that you like, snap them up without hesitation. As the popularity of decor made with galvanized metal continues to rise, so will prices.
When temps dip, there’s nothing quite like a crackling fire in the fireplace. Yet, each beautiful blaze also creates flames, embers and sparks that homes (and the people in them) need protection from. What’s a stylish, yet sensible solution? Decorative fireplace screens that do their job while also transforming hearths into fabulous focal points.
The open metal framework and glass center of the Shay fireplace screen creates a picturesque view that’s contemporary cool. $625.
The Pleasant Hearth Arched fireplace screen puts a clean-lined, contemporary spin on an iconic Gothic architecture element that echoes the calm feel of the fire within. $61.
The Chevron brass fireplace screen adds a touch of mid-century style with its bold chevron pattern. $249.
With its soft scalloped frame accented with delicate florals and leaves, the Artemis folding fireplace screen romances the room. $129.99.
Handcrafted and soldered with 541 pieces of art glass, the Stained Glass fire screen adds gem-like sparkle and is simply stunning. Its price is also more than fair for the look and workmanship that goes into it. $279.95
What I like about each of these screens is that they create beautiful focal points year-round. That’s an idea we design lovers can warm up to very easily.
Every week, millions of people from all walks of life indulge in the same guilty pleasure–watching Downton Abbey. With giddy anticipation, we time travel back to post-Edwardian England into the lives (and stately home) of the aristocratic Crawley family whose escapades, and that of their servants, captivate us far beyond each hourly episode. At Downton, everything–from clothing to decor–is served up in impeccable style, especially at mealtime. Continue reading