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01.29.13 / Mix-n-Match

So I’ve been brainstorming ideas for reoccurring posts. I don’t want House*Tweaking to have a strict posting schedule but having regular posts scattered in with more spontaneous, of-the-moment posts seems like a good way for me to keep hitting ‘publish’ and feeling happy about what I throw out into the blogosphere. One idea I’ve come up with is Mix-n-Match.

These posts will be as much for me as they are for you. We’ve all heard that mixing styles, materials, colors, patterns, textures {yada, yada, yada} go a long way in making a space more interesting. But when I’m at a store or shopping online, I’m still reluctant to mix metal finishes and wood tones. Hopefully, Mix-n-Match posts will help you and me both to see how mixing all those previously mentioned things and even sources {I shop everywhere from Walmart to West Elm to etsy to thrift stores…and everything in between} can work together. One post might focus on basic pieces for a family room while another post may tackle throw pillows. Some mood boards might actually fit into my home while others will pertain to fantasy rooms or spaces that I think up in my daydreaming head. There are so many things to be mixed and matched. The possibilities are endless!

Without further adieu, here is the first installment of Mix-n-Match. I think this assortment of accessories would mix well in a masculine kitchen with rustic touches. A few of them might even make their way into my kitchen – if they haven’t already.

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1 – Turkish kilim rug Area rugs have a way of warming up a kitchen that makes the space feel less utilitarian and more homey. This works especially well in kitchens that are open to other rooms of the house. I’ve been searching high and low for a vintage rug for my own kitchen but am having a hard time putting money down on a piece that will surely get splattered with spaghetti sauce. A patterned rug is probably going to be my best bet.

2 – Stainless steel canisters I would keep these canisters on the countertop next to the stove and fill ‘em with baking ingredients. The steel finish would tie in well with stainless steel appliances.

3 – Vintage pizza board I soooooo want one of these. {Maybe I’d stop burning the tops of my forearms on the oven every time I reach in for a pizza. Seriously, I have four scars from my pizza baking misadventures.} When not in use, it would look great hanging on the wall or propped up against the stove’s backsplash. The wood finish would pick up on other rustic touches while the round shape would help break up the straight lines of a kitchen.

4 – Brass soap dispenser I know what you’re thinking. Can you mix brass with stainless steel? YES. Yes, you can. Try it. You’ll like it. Oh, and if you already have an in-counter soap pump, use this brass baby for hand lotion at the kitchen sink.

5 – Brass lotus bowl Again, brass works. Adding another small brass item keeps the first from looking lonely. I like placing a small bowl close to the kitchen sink for dropping my rings, a bracelet or watch into when washing dishes.

6 – Spiral dots bowl Display this black and white bowl on an open kitchen shelf. The modern pattern is a nice contrast to sleek surfaces and touches of rustic wood.

7 – Elly dish towel In my opinion, every room needs a dose of stripes. These simple dish towels are the perfect addition to a masculine kitchen.

8 – Stemless wine glasses Corral a set of these no-frill wine glasses in a tray stocked with liquor to set up the perfect mini bar within the kitchen. The curvy shape and shiny glass bring a subtle sense of femininity and luxe to an otherwise pragmatic room.

Do you have a suggestion for a future Mix-n-Match post? Please leave it in the comments section below.

FYI – After a few collaborations last year, I’ve officially signed on with Wayfair to write a monthly post over on My Way Home. Expect to receive exclusive peeks into my home that don’t make it onto H*T. You can check out my first contribution here. It gives you a sneak peek inside our fauxdenza.

images: polyvore collage by Dana Miller, linked within

23 Comments

29.January.2013

how about a “how to mix and match pillows” in both living rooms and bedrooms.

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29.January.2013

Love this idea! I too struggle with mixing and matching when it comes time to actually put together a room. Looking forward to what else you come up with in this series!

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29.January.2013

Hi Dana! I love the addition of this new series to the blog. I am a firm believer in mixing metals. I love the depth and visual interest it adds to a space. I really love the small brass bowl idea. I currently use a small monogram dish I got from West Elm placed next to the sink to corral my jewelry. Congrats on the collaboration!

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I love this. A few weeks ago I posted kitchen must haves and the IKEA towels made my round too! I can’t wait to go to yard sales and flea markets this spring for brass, I love it! I’ve been having a problem with mixing patterns. I did find a good read from Ralph Lauren on pattern mixing but maybe you have some ideas too! I’m trying to find a fabric pattern to go with my daughters bedding for her “big” girl room and I am afraid I’ll make the wrong choice.

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29.January.2013

Mix and match ideas: entry way, master bedroom (his/her styles), outdoor living. and kids room (my son has strong opinions about his room – and I have to mix/match items into his tequila lime painted walls and skate boarder style.

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29.January.2013

Great ideas today! I never thought about a vintage pizza board, but I desire one now. I too have many unsightly burns on my forearms from all sorts of baking misadventures. And your brass lotus bowl is a great idea. Brass is such a lovely metal, often overlooked. Thanks for posting!

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29.January.2013

Can I just bring you to my house and help me decorate. We moved into our first home over a year ago and have not even begun to decorate. For more reasons than one but mostly bc I have a 1 1/2 yr old running around and getting into everything!!! Our home is a blank canvas right now, really. I need to start with the walls. New paint, photos, artwork… I just don’t know how to start…. HELP ME!

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I love it all… especially the rug! Our puppy went to town on ours in the kitchen but he’s older now so I should try again- it was a back-saver during dinner and dishes!

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Love this idea! I think it will be a great addition to your postings. I always look forward to anything you have to say. I really love your style. :)

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29.January.2013

Great job, these things look so good together. :) Love your mix & match idea and can’t wait to see future posts!!

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Great idea! Can you tackle Mix & Match bedding linens? I never know how to make my bed look comfortable and stylish without being too matchy matchy.

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replied on January 29th, 2013

Wow, Jen. You want advice from me? Your bedroom is a long-time inspiration pic of mine!

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replied on January 29th, 2013

Yes! I can deal with the hard goods (furniture, panelling) but the soft goods are so not my thing. Loved your suggestions on Peshtemal towels (I’m on the hunt for some for the basement bathroom) so I’m hoping you’d have great ideas for bedding too :)

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29.January.2013

Love it!! I am such a wimp when it comes to mixing metals in real life, but man am I loving how you mixed the stainless with the brass- such a cool combo. Also, I am crazy about that RUG! Can’t wait for more mix n match inspiration :)

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29.January.2013

I actually just bought a Kilim for my kitchen. The one I got is woven of thread made of recycled soda bottles and can just be taken outside and hosed down if it gets grubby. Although it feels a little stiffer to the hand than a regular kilim, on your feet and from the way it looks, you never could tell it wasn’t wool. It was a bit pricey, but it very good quality which will last. Some of the cheaper ones I looked at were very obvious that they weren’t wool and looked plasticy. Link here – http://www.potterybarn.com/products/gianna-kilim-outdoor-rug/?pkey=csynthetic-outdoor-rugs&cm_src=synthetic-outdoor-rugs

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replied on January 29th, 2013

Love it, Alex! What a great rug for the kitchen.

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replied on January 30th, 2013

I was just about to post that link. I have one of those in my kitchen. It’s amazing. Spills wipe up soooo easily.

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29.January.2013

in an effort to be more comfortable and to protect our floors – i finally committed to a rug (actually the ebay “name your price” dealer was finally worn down by my persistent low ball offers and threw me a bone) and since i needed a 3-4 foot wide rug that had to be at least 9 feet long…this left me with but a few expensive options. i was actually surprised when the dealer contacted me and was willing to finally sell me the rug i wanted for under $200 with free shipping. i think it was originally $760. so – score. i of course have had to roll it up and put it away until no more construction guys are walking through my house. they tracked wall texture all over it and it took me HOURS to clean. anyhoo – it is holding up well to spills and whatnot. we went with a dark red turkish pattern. the only suggestion is to roll it up for out of town guests. the only time we had actual “spills” was with my family using the kitchen for a week (what a mess!) and our contractors (but that was my bad, duh). okay, love this. I struggle with getting brass into the kitchen – so that bowl is a perfect option.

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30.January.2013

I actually just visiting Williams-Sonoma this last weekend and had a bit of a drool-fest over that vintage pizza board. It’s likely they come in multiple sizes, but I only saw the round one and it was HUGE. Like… maybe 2 1/2 feet across! It’s definitely a statement piece, but you’d need serious reinforcements to hang that from a wall ;) It’d be a beautiful way to imbue some warmth into a modern kitchen.

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31.January.2013

”Try it. You’ll like it.” Were you quoting Yo Gabba Gabba? I have a 2 year old and we say that line in the house All The Time!

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31.January.2013

I am obsessed with our new stainless steel canisters – they are PERFECT and super-nice: http://www.amazon.com/Tramontina-80204-522-Stainless-Canister/dp/B004RMGB0K/ref=wr_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&colid=XVAWIJFWMM3Y&coliid=ITAPSWHMV3LIW

The best thing about them is that the biggest canisters in the set are large enough to hold entire bags of flour or sugar. It always really annoyed me that I would fill up a canister and have this partly-full bag of flour still sitting in my cupboard. The smaller sizes are great for coffee or other bulk goods (we keep flax meal and almond flour on-hand).

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10.February.2013

I love your blog! So glad I found it. I would love to see a Mix-n-Match post about items are nice to see on bookshelves, including mixing bookends. And I’d love to hear your take on mixing old with new — specifically family heirlooms with modern decor (quilts, very old photos, etc.).

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19.February.2013

I’d love a mix and match on throw pillows. I’m having such a hard time finding a “set” that I like. I’ve been looking on etsy…do you have any particular shops you get yours from?

p.s. LOVING the underdog so far!!!

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