Remember when you had to have all of your metals matching?  All bronze.  All brushed nickel or stainless? And brass was a thing of the past?  That whole yellow/gold thing - gone?

Well, its back.  Brass and gold and copper.  And we are still keeping bronze, polished and brushed nickel, stainless steel and natural iron.  And its okay to mix it up. Finally!

Provided you do it the right way....

Here are some helpful hints for you:
House Beautiful

1.  Choose a primary and a secondary metal - The primary metal is the one you will use most in a space.  The secondary metal is for accent.   For example... you may have all stainless appliances in your kitchen, but bring in a bronze faucet or cabinet handles.   Or, chrome bathroom fixtures and brass lighting fixtures.  You get the picture...in fact here is a picture to help you visualize mixing metals.


2.  Contrast is nice.  If you have a cool color scheme or a very neutral palette, a pop of gold or copper may be just the ticket to warm it up a little.  Some metals just naturally go better with certain colors, but don't forget that contrasts are what take things from boring to beautiful.

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3. Not everything needs to be shiny.  Matte metals are a good change.  Textured metals mixed with matte or shiny create greater appeal.  Combine shine with matte, etched, hammered metals for a rich look.


4.  Some metals are natural neutrals - like the natural black tones of iron or the darkest bronze.  They won't scream too many metals when added to your look.
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Home Stratosphere

Vintage Unscripted
5.  Metals don't have to be metal... if you know what I mean.  There are metallic paints and finishes on fabric.  Don't forget your other options when adding metals to a room.

Vintage Unscripted


6.  Spacing your accent metals out will keep your room from looking overly metallic.  Use a gentle, not heavy, hand when adding metals.

Coming up.....
Master Suite reveal
A Marbled master bath
Finishing a Living Room
Family Room Gallery Wall
Updating to a Farmhouse look
The Beach Cottage - It's ready to sneak a peek

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I'm a fall baby.  Born in October, I always love the end of the year seasons, when the air turns crisper, colors turn warmer, and the promise of family gatherings and Christmas cheer are on the horizon.

On the other hand, Spring is a pretty magical time, too.  I love the new growth in the garden, and picking new plants, and bringing the outdoors inside a little with plants, flowers and accessories.  Nature can be heady.  Moss can be magical.  Spring casts a certain spell...

It cast a rose spell on us - The Hubs and I had a slight sprinkler problem and some plants had to be removed for the repair - which left a little room in the garden for more roses....  Here's what came home with us...

Carding Mills (David Austin English Roses)

The Alnwick Rose (David Austin English Roses)

Sweet Mademoiselle (David Austin English Roses)

Bolero (Romantica)

I love the look of these multi-petaled English roses and the amazing color and fragrance.  We actually went back for another of the white romantica rose, Bolero.  Once it bloomed we were stunned at its size (4") and beauty.  It has over 100 petals and opens up with just a blush of pink in the center and has a wonderful scent.  We fell in love.  

I look forward to the Spring Celebration at Rogers Gardens, a plant nursery in Corona del Mar, California, each year. They are are a serious nursery, and a large one, but more than that - they also have several gift shops, a restaurant and an on-site florist.

Each Spring, their team of florists fill the largest of the gift shops with dozens of beautiful fresh arrangements for their Spring Celebration. It's a bountiful display of their considerable talents that looks beautiful and smells even better.  I can provide a look for you here ....I wish I could also send the aroma!

Hope you enjoyed the little floral tour - its back to the garden for me - I have to go plant roses!


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