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Maggie Rose Blog

Nest Studio Hardware

Maggie Stephens

An easy fix in client projects (and my own home) is to change out boring hardware on dressers, nightstands, chests, etc. I use new hardware to spruce up vintage pieces as well as new pieces from big box stores. 

I'm always on the look-out for new sources for hardware, especially anything that is new and different. I stumbled on Nest Studio Collection a week or two ago and fell in love. Since it is so special, it has a price tag to match. The knobs run around $60-80, and the handles are more. Not totally outrageous (I've seen higher) but also not a cheapie quick fix. But too gorgeous not to share!

See what I mean? So gorgeous.

Given the price point, I wouldn't necessarily recommend these pulls to someone looking to do a quick low-cost update on a piece like an 8 drawer dresser. But a pair of pulls for nightstands could be an easy way to elevate a vintage piece or frumpy manufacturer's basics without breaking the bank.

Other uses - bathroom vanities, built-ins (cabinets or drawers), desk drawers, bar cabinet... the possibilities just may be endless!

Trend: Iron Beds

Maggie Stephens

I've been thinking a lot about our bedroom lately - I haven't done a thing to it since the movers set down our furniture a year ago - and one of the things one my list is a bed. We have our mattress and box spring on a bed frame with a skirt, but no headboard or footboard. I've been planning to buy a headboard, but lately iron beds have been catching my eye. Mostly Italian canopy beds, and then my interest wandered to just about any canopy bed with a thin black frame.

As much as I'd love to emulate this look in our bedroom, I don't think it's terribly practical for us. We have the space and height now, but no telling what our next bedroom will be in a couple of years (oh the joys of renting). So for now, I'm looking and dreaming! And maybe living vicariously through some of my clients!

I'm Loving: Fireclay Tile

Maggie Stephens

I don't do big renovation projects (maybe someday...) but I do keep my eye on finishes and materials for cosmetic renovations (a new backsplash, new cabinet finish, new fireplace surround, etc). I was so excited to find Fireclay Tile, made right here in California. They offer handmade tiles in some beautiful finishes. They have your basic subway tile in about a million colors, as well as glass tiles and brick tiles, but my favorite are the hand-painted tiles. Even the neutral tones come in interesting and modern designs (some of which feel very "now" but are based on traditional motifs). 

Fireclay Tile is are environmentally-friendly, using sustainable practices and recycled materials. So much more than just a pretty face ;) 

Here are some of my favorites (these are all under their handpainted tiles).

All images from Fireclay Tile.

Modern Fireplaces

Maggie Stephens

Recently noticed a trend in some of my latest living room pins - many of them featured very simple and modern fireplaces. Curious, I scrolled through and noted many over the last year or two that all evoke a very clean and updated elegance. A fireplace is often a point of oppulence or tradition, and I loved seeing how a very nondescript architectural feature played against the rest of the decor. The result - a beautiful round-up of rooms! 

Besides the fireplaces themselves one common thread I noticed was a nearby inclusion of natural wood (most of them in a nearly raw state). I love the pairing of man-made with natural texture - that clean, crisp facade juxtaposed with something warm and straight from Mother Nature. No matter the style of the rest of the room, that is a combo that never gets stale.

Thoughts? Impressions? Would love to hear 'em in the comments!