Designer Tips: Mixing Metals

Can metals really be mixed? Yes. I don’t know where to start! Well, you came to the right place!

Mixing does not mean competing –

Your first step should be deciding which metal you would like to be the most dominant in your space. Once you have established your fancy foundation you can start playing with the accents. Your eyes need something to rest on – an even amount of mix can be overwhelming.

House Beautiful / Designer: Matthew Quinn

 

Blend Warm and Cool Tones –

The warm metals, like gold or brass, are perfectly balanced when mixed with a cooler metal, like silver or chrome. Consider a gold light fixture above an island in a kitchen with brushed nickel hardware.

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Texture is Key –

Using varying shades of the same metal is technically considered mixing, but do consider texture (and shape). Contrasting textures and lines can be the deciding factor when it comes to making it or breaking it when mixing your metals.

Kelly Wearstler / The Avalon Hotel

xo A

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Entertain: Be the best hostess

It’s almost Easter, and another lovely opportunity to host a few of your most special guests. Playing hostess is such a treat for me, though it can bring on some minor anxieties – What will the menu be? What time? What drinks? What to wear…seriously, am I asking myself this question? Ultimately, I know when it comes down to the end of the evening there is going to be a delightful buzz in my home with full bellies, refilled drinks and laughing guests. I know when the sink is full of dishes, my heart is going to be full of joy, because… playing hostess is such a treat for me!

Drinks, dinner and decor… here’s what I’m loving…

First things first, quench the taste buds with a delicious cocktail. My suggestion is the popular and well-loved cocktail from Mexico, The Paloma. A refreshing alternative to the margarita.

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Reef Highball Glass – Crate&Barrel / S/4 Cocktail Napkins – One Kings Lane

 

The Eats? I love Jenni Kayne’s guide…

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Kiss Dinner Napkins – Kelly Wearstler / Granada Agate Serving Board & Acropolis Platter – Z Gallerie

 

The tablescape? Say no more, Filigree Suppers by Elise Metzger & Brita Olsen have taken the cake with their decor! Oh. My. Goodness.

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Filigree Suppers / Photographer – Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Are you planning on hosting? Have you planned your menu? What’s on your bar cart? And what are you going to wear!? From one hostess to another, do tell!

xo A

Andrea’s Highlights: Meeting Joyce

Last week I attended the bi-annual Desert Design Days in Scottsdale. This wonderful event is hosted by some of the greatest design trade showrooms in the area, it’s pretty much an out of this world field day for designers. I was so excited to don my sundress (because, it’s always sunny in Arizona!) and join in on this fun day. I socialized, soaked up all the latest trends and gained as much inspo as my head could handle, and major highlight of the day… I was so lucky to meet Joyce Romanoff of Maya Romanoff – only one of the best wall covering manufacturers around! She is such a fabulous and inspiring lady. It was such a treat learning about their handmade wall coverings and amazing journey.

Oh, and let me not forget, I won a pillow from their new collection! (*insert fist pump!)

Andrea Wachs and Joyce Romanoff

Designer Tips: Andrea’s Tricks to Selecting Art

Art is the perfect outlet to express your personality in your home, furniture and accessories are part of your home decor story telling, but art is an expression of you. There is a reason one piece stands out to you more than another – so, what do you do once that to die for piece speaks to you? Buy it on the spot and hang it wherever you can as soon as you walk through your front door? Well, Mr or Ms go getter, it may not be quite so easy. When you are going to make an investment in a work of art (no pun intended), you may want to consider a few things before you commit. I would like to share a few tips and tricks with you so when you unexpectedly fall in love with a beautiful painting on your way to the grocery store, you will have been prepared for that moment.

 

1.  Scale. Envision where that piece will go, is it the right size for the space? As a general rule, you don’t want artwork to overpower the piece of furniture it is hanging above and you certainly do not want it to be too small. If you have a large empty wall don’t be shy to use the whole space for one piece, and on the other hand, if you do not have a large piece to fill that space, then consider a grouping of small pieces.

 

MILIEU Magazine / Interior Design: Richard Hallberg / Photography: Max Kimm-Bee

 

2. No rule. There is no rule of thumb that art should blend in with its’ surroundings, but you may hear the advice that your artwork should balance your interior and remain consistent. Once again, there is no rule of thumb! In fact, I’m going to let Canadian artist, Zoe Pawlak‘s words talk us through number 2.

“While your home decor can obey certain rules, such as investing in neutral couches or flooring, I urge people to use their walls for irrational or eclectic choices. Art is a place for expression through color content, and texture. Choose art at a heart level…”

 

Alfonso Marina (foot note: THAT CABINET!)

 

3. Compliments. Number three is a carry-over from number two. There is no rule that art should match your furniture, however, consider complimenting. Pick a color or two from your piece of art and coordinate that color with an element in your room – whether it is an accent chair or throw pillow. Let your artwork have one or two things in common with the room, this, in fact, will increase your art’s statement in the space that it is hung.

 

Laura U Interior Design

 

4. Framing. Not all art should be framed but when you have a piece that requires a frame, take a moment to consider your choice. Does your selection compliment the furniture or features of your room? Choose a frame to match your flooring, or on a more subtle level, if you have a pair of silver lamps consider a silver frame. Even if you are choosing a frame to add contrast to the style of your room, like a contemporary piece to a traditional room, just like we said in Number Three, a little compliment will effortlessly tie it together.

 

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5. Hanging. Position your artwork at eye level. If your room has high ceilings you may be tempted to hang the piece higher, but consider an art gallery’s standard – the center of your artwork should be about 60 inches from the floor. If you are hanging a grouping or collection, to find the center, treat them as if they were one piece.

 

Holly Hunt

 

 How would you hang you art? Comment below, I would love to share your ideas!

xo A

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BEHIND THE SCENES: Photoshoot

Photoshoot days are always so exciting – nonstop, on the go, and exhausted at the finish line – but so darn exciting! I like to be on site bright and early to begin the process of staging. I arrive bright and early, with a Venti cup in hand and a car filled to the brim with delightful trinkets and items of decor, ready to pull up my sleeves and get to work. You see, there are a lot of behind the scenes blood, sweat, and tears that go into these glossy shoots. “Wait a minute! Take it back a step or two. Blood?” you may be asking. Yes! Sometimes you can’t resist that most beautiful, oversized crystal on a pedestal telling you that it will look so fabulous sitting on that built in shelf next to the fireplace. I mean, c’mon, we’re talking an oversized, heavier than a sack of many potatoes, crystal on a pedestal here. Who could walk away from that? Point being, sometimes more than two people aren’t enough to carry such an item and before you know it, limbs are being crushed.

Anyway! Despite the dashing about I always find my happy place – chopping accent pillows on beautiful beds, filling vases with fresh flowers, and creating tablescapes for guests that will never arrive, among many others.

I’ll say it again, Photoshoot days are always so exciting. They are the days I get to dwell, for a moment, in the spaces I spent so many working hours in and a chance to share what I love with all of you.

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Let no detail go untouched

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My wonderful, talented, fabulous, amazing photographer (can you tell I’m a fan?), Velen (VWC Studio), captured every space with such patience and care, and put her 100% all into each scene. I couldn’t be more grateful to have such a talent on my team.

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Decisions, decisions!

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Tell me that crystal wasn’t worth it!

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The table is set and ready for its 5 minutes of fame!

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The Master Bathroom was a treat and a retreat.

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Horses… of course!

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What a backdrop! And what a way to call it a wrap!

To enjoy the final shots, visit my portfolio at andreawachs.com

#stonecanyon

xo A

 

 

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The Wachs Mix: Valentine’s Day Edition

THE WACHS MIX: VALENTINE’S DAY EDITION

The Wachs mix is a collection of items I am coveting, drooling over, dreaming of or simply inspired by – an exclusive segment in the monthly newsletter, if you have yet to join in then don’t let another minute pass – the March newsletter hits inboxes tomorrow morning! Subscribe here!

A few swoon worthy items I have for this month’s The Wachs Mix. Lips for the walls and little lip relics. Scents of flowers, pieces of jewlery and a place for said jewelry. Love letters and lovers. Lush faux fur and a book to drool over. Artwork to admire and what a rug to desire!

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1. Lips Black Wallcovering by Bradley / 2. Negro Marquina Mini Kiss by Kelly Wearslter / 3. Roses Candle by Diptyque / 4. Collier de Chien Bracelet in Tomato Red by Hermes 5. Quintessential Tray by Global Views / 6. Heart Blossom Valentine Greeting Card by Rifle Paper Co. / 7. Pair of Contempo Statues by Global Views / 8. The Big Book of Chic by Miles Redd / 9. Exotic Faux Fur Throw in Siberian Red Fox by Restoration Hardware / 10. Collection of 19th Century Hand Painted Marbleized Paper from 1stDibs / 11. Vintage Moroccan Rug from 1stDibs

xo A

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