Design Guide: Mixing Metal Finishes In The Kitchen

Design Guide: Mixing Metals In The Kitchen by ConfettiStyle

Have you noticed that more and more kitchen designs are incorporating a mix of finishes in their hardware?  Gone are the days of hardware, lighting and appliances  all being one finish like brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze.  Today it’s an eclectic mix of design details that bring a space to life.

When you’re planning your kitchen hardware selections, think of if like you would jewelry to an outfit.  The style of hardware + the finishes you use all help to complete the look of your kitchen decor.  Combining silver, gold, brass, or iron is also a great strategy for adding visual interest and depth to the kitchen or any space in your home.

Here are the do’s and dont’s of mixing metals to achieve the best results:

 

The Art Of Mixing Metals In The Kitchen

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Design Guide: Mixing Metals In The Kitchen by ConfettiStyle

This stainless steel backsplash makes a powerful focal point.  image source: Traditional Home

 

Design Guide: Mixing Metals In The Kitchen by ConfettiStyleAlong with mixing metals, I also love the look of wood combine with granite or stone.  image source:  House Beautiful

 

Design Guide: Mixing Metals In The Kitchen by ConfettiStyle

A pretty patterned floor offset with a mix of finishes makes for a stunning statement.  image source: Becki Owens

Design Guide: Mixing Metals In The Kitchen by ConfettiStyle

These brass pendant lights create a dynamic focal point against white cabinets and walls.  image source: Elizabeth Lawson Design

Design Guide: Mixing Metals In The Kitchen by ConfettiStyle

How stunning is this copper range hood?  Copper is a great alternative to brass especially if you want a rustic chic look.  image source: Artofrain

 

 

It’s taken me a few years to warm up to mixed metal finishes but now I’m a convert.  I’ve grown to love the look and I’m planning to incorporate different finishes into my own kitchen decor.

 

 

The 5 Most Versatile Decorative Accessories You Can Own

One of the things I noticed when we were packing and again as we’ve been unpacking is that I have an overload of decorative accessories.  One reason for my ‘collection’ is a result of my profession as a designer and the other I blame on my need to change-up my decor on a regular basis.

As I’ve been unpacking, I’m trying to focus on keeping only those items that can be used in more than one area of my house and are the most versatile.  Taking the time to analyze each accessory got me thinking about which decor pieces I consider essential when it comes to decorating.   I’ve narrowed down the list to 5 items that I think are worth their weight in gold and wanted to share the list with you.

The 5 Most Versatile Decorative Accessories You Can Own by ConfettiStyle

The 5 Most Versatile Decorative Accessories You Can Own by ConfettiStyle

Decorative Boxes are not only pretty to look at but they are one of the most functional decor pieces you can own.  They can be used for storage, to contain clutter or simply as a decorative element on a tabletop or bookshelf.  One of my favorite uses for a decorative box is on a coffee table as part for a grouping of accessories. And you’ll always find a decorative box as part of my bedroom decor on my nightstand.

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The 5 Most Versatile Decorative Accessories You Can Own by ConfettiStyle

 Ginger Jars were originally used to hold spices when they were being transported across Asia.  Today ginger jars are one of the most popular and trendy decor pieces around.  Because ginger jars are available in hundreds of different designs, colors and shapes, you can easily find a style that will work with your decor.  I’m partial to blue and white designs but love the impact that colorful ginger jars add to a room.  My favorite place to accessorize with large jars is on top of a bookcase or armoire, or next to a fireplace.  And I love using small jars on bookshelves or kitchen counters.


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The 5 Most Versatile Decorative Accessories You Can Own by ConfettiStyle

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I didn’t realize how many Glass Hurricanes I owned until I started packing for our move.  I own clear glass hurricanes in a variety of sizes and recently added a pair to tortoise hurricanes to my stash.  I’m always burning candles in my home so I use small hurricanes throughout the year to hold candles so the flame is contained (learned that trick from Anthropologie).  And during the holidays, I love using large hurricanes to hold ornaments or other holiday decor.  And a hurricane makes a great vase for flowers or greenery stems.

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The 5 Most Versatile Decorative Accessories You Can Own by ConfettiStyle

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I think the next item on my list is a pretty obvious one. A Decorative Tray is an essential decor piece and one that I think belongs in every home.  Like ginger jars, trays come in all shapes, sizes and colors which makes decorating with them easy.  On a nightstand, a tray can be used to hold jewelry and bedtime essentials.  And on a coffee table, a tray adds a layer of style for holding smaller objects like candles, decorative objects or books.

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The 5 Most Versatile Decorative Accessories You Can Own by ConfettiStyle

I must admit that I have a bit of an obsession with Decorative Bowls.  Silver bowls, chinoiserie themed ceramic bowls and rustic bowls are my favorites for decorating.  If you’re looking for an impact statement on your coffee or console table, a large bowl filled with decorative spheres or flowers is nice.  And small bowls are a stylish way to hold matchboxes or trinkets on a tabletop.

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The details are not the details, they make the design!

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When it comes to decorative accessories, not all decor pieces are created equal.  There are some accessories that are classic, timeless and stand the test of time against design trends. 

So what do you think of my list of essential decorative accessories?  Is there an item or two that you’d add?

p.s.  if I were to add another item, it would be books!

Under Glass | Decorating with Glass Cloches

 Decorating with Glass Cloches

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When I was cleaning house the other day I realized that I own 5 glass cloches, 11 if you count the small ones I use with small cake pedestals for desserts.

I’ve always loved the look of cloches and have fun decorating with them seasonally like fall and Christmas but I often struggle with how to use them for everyday decor.

If you own a glass cloche or two and struggle with decorating ideas, I’ve rounded up a few that I think will inspire you.

As you go about decorating keep in mind that a cloche is a great place to display collectibles, art, vintage jewelry, plants and flowers.

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DECORATING WITH GLASS CLOCHES

The idea of nesting small globes under glass is really great for a home office, study or kids play room. This is a simple and eclectic design statements that looks really expensive.  World Market sells small world globes perfect for recreating this look.

Decorating with Glass Cloches

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For more traditional decor, this idea of a stack of small leather books with a decorative object on top works.  You can find a types of leather books on Etsy.

Decorating with Glass Cloches

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Here’s a fun idea using a vintage scale.  You can place just about anything under a cloche on a scale and it would look amazing.  I think it would be fun to put colorful spools of thread under one cloche and a collection of thimbles under the other.

Decorating with Glass Cloches

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In the past I’ve rolled old book pages and put them under one of my cloches’ and I love the way it looks.  This is a fun idea at Christmas using rolled music sheets and small ornaments.

Decorating with Glass Cloches

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My friend Marsha will love this idea because she is a tea cup collector.  This is a fun way to showcase special tea cups.  I can envision three of these down the center of a table as the centerpiece for a tea party.  Shop your local thrift store or flea market for unique tea cups and don’t be afraid to mix and match the cups and saucers.

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I have a love for sea shells and think this idea is so beautiful.  If you collect shells during your vacations to the beach this would be a fun way to display them.

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Have I got you inspired to decorate with cloches? 

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Design Details | Rooms I’m Loving From My Favorite Designers

Hi friends.  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I took the hubby on a little adventure on Sunday.  I learned about a wildlife safari from my friend Yuni and knew my hubby would love it.  The safari is about an hour ways from Atlanta and gives you up close and personal interaction with the animals.

Now that the weekend is over, I’ve got a busy week of design work ahead and I’m looking for some fresh inspiration to inspire me.

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Favorites Of The Week {a random mix of great stuff}


Whew! What a week it has been.  I’ve been running in 50 different directions sourcing products, working on projects and trying to wrangle the paperwork on my desk.

 I wish I could say this was going to be a low-key weekend but it’s not.  I’m spending all day tomorrow in meeting with the non-profit agency I work with then I’m doing some major house cleaning.  We do have a fun outing planned for Sunday morning but the rest of the day will be spent working and preparing for the busy week ahead.  Oh, I am planning to shut things down so I can watch the Oscars!

I hope you can find some downtime to enjoy a few of my favorites from the week.

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FAVORITE POSTS:

This interior designers home is beautiful and the property is breathtaking.

I loved this interview with interior designer Danielle Colding and her answer to the question ‘what does success mean?’.

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FAVORITE PINS:

The image below is from one of my new, favorite Instagram feeds–@erinkestenbaum.

This is a gorgeous living room designed by one of my favorite designers.

I can tell this bedroom is really beautiful just from this photo.

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS:

These pastel teaspoons are perfect for spring.

Loving this market tote!  It’s on sale and I also spotted a similar design in stores on clearance for $17.99.

If you’re looking for a stylish rug in a neutral color, check out the Farrah rug.

Loving this emerald green soap dispenser from H and M Home. This glass cup and this glass jar are also part of the collection.

For all you fashionistas out there, there’s a postage stamp made just for you!

Speaking of fashion, I’m totally in smitten with the pom pom sneaker trim.  These are the cheapest I’ve seen so far but this brand does not fit my foot. I’m thinking a DIY might be in order. You can buy shoe clips here and a pom pom making tool here. {affiliate links}

Enjoy your weekend!

Favorites Of The Week: DIY Transformations

I am sooooooo happy that it’s the weekend.  It’s been an extra busy week running from one appointment to another, working on design projects and battling a sore throat.

I am prone to coming down with a cold whenever there are fluctuations in the weather like we’ve been having.  #ugh!  I doing some shopping with a client tomorrow and then I’m spending the rest of the weekend at home gearing up for another busy week.

Here’s my roundup for favorite posts from the week, all great DIY inspiration.

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!

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DESIGN & DIY TRANSFORMATIONS

 #1–Great DIY tutorial on adding trim to plain doors.  What a transformation!

DIY Transformation--Adding Door Trim

#2–It’s refreshing to see a bathroom design that doesn’t include black cabinets. Kate is a genius at design and DIY transformations.

DIY Bathroom Makeover Transformation

#3–Simply elegant living room makeover.

DIY Living Room Makeover

#4–A pretty dining area makeover.  The DIY window seat is the perfect touch.

DIY Kitchen Eating Area--DIY Transformations

#5–Stunning DIY transformation–garage turned office space.

 Garage to Office Makeover-- DIY Transformations

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other favorites this week:

This closet makeover.  Wow!

This sneak peek of the The House of Hope.  The lighting!

Favorite Of The Week–An eclectic mix!

It’s Saturday and I’m up early and headed off to the gym to swim.  I may not have mentioned it before but I swam competitively when I was younger. Over the years, as life got busy I drifted away from swimming but I’ve been feeling the urge to get back in the pool. And I have to tell you that it feels so good–the water is my happy place.

While I’m off counting laps, I hope you enjoy a few of my favorite posts from the week.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Design Guide: Shopping For The Perfect Sofa

We started looking for a new sofa last year and I couldn’t find I liked.   We decided to put our sofa shopping on hold so it gives me the perfect opportunity to share sofa styling tips to help you (and me) find the ideal sofa.

 

The first and most critical step in picking a sofa is to determine the style of sofa that fits your needs and function as well as your design aesthetic.

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