I have a crush on metal

…I like them all.  GOLD. silver. gunmetal. bronze. rose gold. copper. galvanized steel.  Gimme!

Incorporating different metals (and textures, for that matter) into your home is easier than you may think!

1.  Flatware!  One could argue that I’m obsessed with rose gold (my wedding ring is rose), but seriously, who says your flatware has to be silver stainless steel?  I love gold and rose gold flatware; it makes you feel a little bit fancy when using it. ;)  I snagged these at Target on clearance for…..wait for it… $4.90 a set!  Granted, it’s only a 3 piece set, but it was so cute, I couldn’t resist and bought out the entire remains of this glorious clearance rack.   The cool thing is you don’t have to wait for big events to use them-

Photo Source: gretabean.com

…this gold flatware set takes a simple place setting from good to great!  Speaking of your kitchen…

2 …mix up those metals!  Your chandelier over your dining table can be one tone, while your cabinet hardware another.  But they key here is this:  Let the metals be the star.  If you have a busy granite countertop and a backsplash that has various tones, mixing metals may over-complicate things!

Modern Living Room by New York Interior Designer Thom Filicia Inc.

3.  Faux Taxidermy.   Sounds kind of weird, right?   It’s actually really chic, and creating 3D wall art adds a ton of interest.  The texture in the brick, chairs, and antlers in the above photo draws you in and makes you ask questions.  I love when a room does this!  One of our favorite places to shop for faux taxidermy is Wallcharmers.  I’m a sucker for the moose and the elephant.

Source: realsimple.com, Designer: Anna Williams

4.  Accessories.  Just like how you blend your jewelry, treat home decor the same way.  There are endless options when it comes to mixing metals in your home.  The photo above is a perfect depiction of how to blend metals and other textures, like wood.  But let’s be honest, you aren’t going to put an end table on top of a cool metal chair, and call it a day.  It makes for a gorgeous photo, but it’s not functional in real life.  So here is an example of a version that would be easy to replicate in your home:

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This table is from Target; I have the same one and love it!  Notice how the table and chair have similar colors– gold and cream. The silver pouf ties in with the silver floor lamp.  And the jute rug and throw blanket on the chair bring in that natural organic feel.  Love this space!

Now go have some fun and MIX it up, friends!!

Smiles,
Whitney

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  1. Lots of great inspiration here today Whitney!….I so am loving how they are mixing metals now in a very chic way….BTW, my magazine feature is out!!!…(French Country Style)…
    Have a great weekend!

Natural Living Room Palette

I’m excited to share some details of a client’s living room design.  They’re doing a full rehaul.  Let’s jump right into it!

Before:

Great bones-  tall ceilings and crown moulding.  They are ripping out the carpet and laying down wood floors.  YES!

Progress- TV mounted above fireplace:

They like a Pottery Barn feel, with lots of neutrals and a few pops here and there.

 

Design plan #1:

We’re going with 124″ floor to ceiling panels (these) for their arched window.   Love this wicker ottoman as well.  The rug (this one in Bleach) is reading funny in the photo.  It’s more of a light natural color.

 

Design Plan #2:

They landed on the La-Z-Boy Tribeca couch (seen in Design #2 above) and now we’re playing around with the other furnishings.

I’m liking the original end tables in #1, tripod floor lamp #2, and either rug/pouf combo.  It’s up to them how much color they want!   I’ll keep you updated with the final design and of course, the after photos!

Hope you all have a safe and happy weekend! :)

Smiles,
Whitney & Johnny Ray
 
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  1. Love both plans and I am sure the room is going to look fabulous after you two finish with it!!…Looking forward to the reveal. Have a wonderful weekend in the Florida sunshine!!

  2. i like things from both rooms,i’d have to do a mixture. Neutrals can be so relaxing!

HGTV and DIY Network Takeover Salt Lake City

I’m sitting on a plane right now, from Salt Lake City en route to our layover in Detroit, and then our final destination – Jacksonville, Florida. It’ll be good to get home and see our boy Mannie!!  Salt Lake was awesome and everyone was super nice.  Here are a couple shots from our trip.

The other speaker at the Salt Lake Home Show was the one and only James Young, of DIY Network’s I Hate My Kitchen.   He’s an overwhelmingly cool cat, who’s laid back and humble.  Whit and I are so glad we got to meet him.  You definitely need to check out his show for some unbelievable kitchen transformations!

It’ll be good to get back into the swing of things for a few days, until the next city. But what I’m most looking forward to is some good ol’ fashioned workshop time…

This past weekend was a good one as Whitney and I got to meet tons of great “Salt Lake-ians” (?) and maybe even inspired a few to finally tackle that next remodeling or DIY project.

However, it occurred to me that with our (thankfully) busy design business – that we’ve gotten away from our roots over the past few months. I guess in a …umm… disappointed way I inspired myself to get crafty when we get back home.

In a recent interview with the local First Coast Magazine in Jacksonville, Whit and I were asked, “What do you love most about design and remodeling?” My response was instinctual – Creating. The workshop is my happy place.

Fun fact: (as told by the great Josh Temple from DIY Network’s: House Crashers) Carpenters are always the happiest guys on the job site. Why? Because the smell of freshly cut wood releases endorphins, which incite a state of happiness. Dunno if it’s true or not, but it sounds good!

I can get high-strung at times, because it’s very easy for me to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of things. But I’m looking forward to Creating and Building when Whit and I return back to Jax. I’ll be focusing on improving my wood working skills and becoming a better creator overall, and a better artist.

Stay tuned blog buds…I’ve got some ideas brewing.

-johnny ray

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  1. How nice of Whitney to let you do your very own blog post! :)

    Looks like you guys had a blast, I love all your facial expressions in these photos!

  2. Been following on Instagram and it looks like you two have had a truly great time…I am so happy that you two are living your dream and sharing this dream with others…It must be exhausting, but a good exhaustion….I can truly say that you two certainly “hitched your wagon to a star!” Bravo you two!!!

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    Excited to see what you create, Johnny Ray!