Friday, November 3, 2017

Metrie's Option {M} Curated Trim Combinations

I am thrilled to be partnering with Metrie again to share their recent launch of Option {M}. Metrie, a family company founded in 1926, is my absolute favorite source for high quality moulding & millwork - I have personally used their product extensively in my own home and it's usually the first thing to get compliments when guests arrive.

The idea behind this new line is a carefully curated selection of interior moulding and door combinations falling into six style categories: Shabby Chic, New Traditional, Modern Farmhouse, Country, Vintage Industrial, and Bohemian. This is a fool-proof way to find your style and ensure you have all the pieces that meld and fit together without having to do the grunt work yourself.

After searching through the 6 Option {M} style categories, I resonated with the delicate, curvy, and ornamental appearance of the Shabby Chic combination. The term shabby chic was coined by The World of Interiors in the 1980's and showed heavy influence from 18th century Swedish (Gustavian) painted design, French Chateau decor, and the time-worn antique collections of Provence. There is an emphasis on the use of linens, and the furnishings are selected for their appearance of natural age and patina.

Now here's the fun part - I've gathered images and 5 key take-aways on how to get a sophisticated Shabby Chic space to inspire you. With the reveal of the Shabby Chic combination, Metrie is giving away a fabulous Uttermost lamp as a luxury prize to one lucky winner this week, and at the end of the contest, a Grand Prize of a virtual design consultation with celebrity designer Amanda Forrest and a $1000 Wayfair gift card!

All you have to do to enter:

1. Follow Metrie on Pinterest
2. Create your dream Shabby Chic space with Option {M} on Pinterest, like I did here. We want to see how you would put this amazing trim and door combination to use in your own home!  (Please click here for contest details)
3. Once you've created your board you can fill the entry form

5 Ways to Create the Shabby Chic Look

1. Contrasting Paint & Trim

Paint the mouldings and millwork in a contrasting color, like a soft grey, to highlight and bring the eye toward the architectural details. Because we don't all have 15 foot ceilings and perfectly weathered original wood beams, we may instead opt to add architectural details through smart and thoughtful placement of mouldings and trim. One thing you can see in the majority of these rooms is that the trim is highlighted by being painted a contrasting color like a soft grey in an all-white space. I think in it's own French Provencial way, this perfectly lends to a sophisticated shabby chic look:

I adore the example below of a time-worn chair rail - placed for it's original intention, to prevent chairs from damaging the walls:

2. Mix relaxed & glamorous

Mix furnishing of relaxed and casual linen with ornate gold mirrors and chandelier sconces. This achieves a balance of rough and smooth textures, old and new, shiny and dull, rustic and polished - all key features of a shabby chic space.

3. Antiques, antiques, antiques.

I probably cannot emphasize this one enough. You can't achieve an authentic Provencial look without them. And this doesn't have to be a design factor that breaks the bank either. Just think of it as the perfect exercise in persistent and patient Craisglist hunting!

Of course shopping the Paris flea markets for the perfect antique pieces would be a dream:

4. Balance curves and straight lines

Balance the delicate soft curves of the millwork and door panels with straight lines in the room by adding accessories such as the rectangular mirror below or chinoiserie panel screens:

5. Add accessories with authenticity

Add weathered accessories and piles of worn books from flea markets. Again, these objects are something to keep an eye out for, so that you achieve an authentic, 'collected over time' look.

Swedish Gustavian clock; Chinoiserie panels; Antique mirror; Shabby chic dresser; Christopher Spitzmiller lampMasonite moulded panel door brought to you by Metrie; Metrie 2 1/2" Chair rail worn books as mantle décor; 1st dibs Louis Style painted settee

Be sure to check back for the announcement of the winner, I can't wait to see what you guys come up with on your Pinboards! Bonne chance everyone!



Lily said...

Stunning! Wonderful decorations!

Home Renovations in Newham said...

I've never heard of this Shabby Chick look but it is really appealing.

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