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The Charm Of Metal Decor–Add a Sleek, Modern Look

I have a confession to make: I’m a metalhead.

It’s art!

No, actually, metal music is a bit too rough for me, but I do like to decorate with metal. You may have noticed in my previous posts, such as in the kitchen and bathroom, there are various metal pieces here and there. I also have an elaborate metal bed frame, but I’ll be talking about that in a future post. I’ll also, in the future, be showing off my numerous wind chimes, which is more metal. Or mental? When you see the sheer number of wind chimes I have (inside the house no less), you might begin to question my sanity.

But, for today! I have a few larger, more dramatic metal pieces (mostly in my living room) to share with you. They’re actually somewhat classy, which as you’ve surely noticed by now is a rarity for me. This is also one of those posts where the things I’m showing you are a bit more on the expensive side (at least for me). However, in sticking with the theme of this blog–and my life–there are a few cheaper pieces mixed in too.

Metal is sleek and modern. It adds an inorganic touch to an otherwise ‘soft’ and cozy space like my own and can be quite striking. I like the dichotomy. A little bit of hardware mixed in with the software.

Of course, I like my metal colorful to match the rest of my decor. I’m not one for chromes and grays. I don’t want my apartment to look like the inside of a spaceship. Unless, maybe, it’s a really groovy spaceship buzzing through a sparkling galaxy, full of shimmering ribbons of rainbow-hued space clouds. This is all starting to sound a bit Lisa Frank, I know. I’ll stop with my space fantasy.

Here comes the sun.

Another great thing about metal is that it’s easy to clean. A good dusting every now and then, and if need be, a wipe down with a damp cloth. I have a lot of stuff, so trust me, I like to make cleaning as easy as possible! At some point I need to stop decorating before it outstrips my ambition to clean it all. I don’t want my place to end up looking like those elaborately decorated but dusty, cobweb-draped cliche old houses in scary movies.

As I said, some of the pieces I own are more on the pricey side, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s plenty of cheap and beautiful metal decor out there. And, I’m sure mine aren’t even what a ‘real’ decorator would call expensive. But considering how much of my stuff I bought for under five bucks, it is to me!

Metal can be a cheap but classy way to decorate. Pieces can be found at yard and rummage sales, or second hand stores, and metal is long-lasting and durable, so even older stuff will still look nice. If you do find something cheap that needs a little attention, a good wipe down or polishing can bring it right back to life.

In short, metal is shiny, clean, smooth, and doesn’t have to be dull and monochromatic if that’s not your style. It’s a nice touch even if you have a flowing, organic space, as it can provide contrast and divide things up a bit. It can make a space look modern very easily, if that’s what you want. On the other hand, it can also be old-timey and rustic if you go for an aged, faded, or weathered style. I do like the rustic look, though I haven’t attempted it in my home yet. Maybe that’s something for the next time I get the urge to redecorate.

I need to collect some more metal pieces. More metal! More on the cheap! Time to take a trip to the thrift store, methinks.

Items Featured In Pictures

All items are listed, to the best of my memory, where I bought them, and their approximate price at the time of purchase. Relevant links to retailers or specific items are included where possible. Please note: I am not paid by any retailer, organization, or product to promote anything on this blog. This is for informational purposes only.

  • Colorful abstract artwork (next to the lamp) – Gift from a friend who found it and thought I would appreciate it more than him. He wasn’t wrong!
  • Squares – Seventh Avenue ~$40 for the set
  • Geometric artwork with candle holders – Seventh Avenue ~$85
  • Fireplace screen – Yes, that’s what it is! But since I have no fireplace, it fits perfectly into an alcove in my hallway. – Seventh Avenue ~$50
  • Circular sun and flowers wall art – Seventh Avenue ~$60
  • Rainbow spinner – Amazon ~$17

METAL GALLERY

Pretty Your Outdoor Space For Less–When It Comes To the Outside, Don’t Go Outside Your Budget!

Do you have an outdoor space? A patio, deck, balcony, terrace, porch, veranda, yard, garden, a little patch of dirt, or just any kind of outer space you can call your own (maybe it’s even in outer space)? Since it’s summertime (at least in the northern hemisphere) let’s talk about how to make it nice on the cheap.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a yard or garden, and I haven’t in many years, so I can’t help much in that area. There are some great gardening and yard blogs out there though. They’re much more knowledgeable!

And trust me, you don’t want me telling you how to take care of plants. Most of the plants that have met me have returned to the earth quickly.

Sprucing up your outdoor space is just as important as decorating your indoor space. It’s the first impression your visitors get and clues them in immediately to your tastes and personality. And realistically, it’s also your only personal space that most people will ever see. Why not show off a little?

Gazing into my crystal ball tells me…I will buy more decor in the future! Special tip: secure items with clear weather stripping. The ball never budges in wind or a storm, as I have the ball weather stripped to the base and the base weather stripped to the chair. Easy to remove later on, too!

Strangers passing by will probably never see the inside of your home. That’s no reason to let them just walk on by without getting a little taste of your style. Personally, when I’m out walking I love to see people’s outside decor. I find it charming and even inspirational. Humans like to see pretty stuff!

I live in an apartment complex, and every apartment has a balcony (apart from the below-ground units). My balcony is one of the bigger ones since I live in a two bedroom apartment. The balcony itself is cozy, but big enough to allow for a little couch and my signature need to clutter every space I inhabit with STUFF. It faces a busy, noisy street and elevated train tracks, which I’m sure is not everyone’s ideal living situation, but for me I love it because I crave the bustle of city living and people watching. And boy, are there people to watch. It’s high enough up to maintain my privacy and still peer down on everyone like a nosy gargoyle.

A little birdie told me…that you got that fake ivy for cheap! Special tip: secure items to railings with color camouflaged zip ties. All items attached to my railings are done so with black zip ties.

My neighbors and passers-by routinely tell me how nice my balcony looks. Which is, of course, an ego stroke, but like a child with no filter on my mouth, instead of replying “yes, thank you, I bought this designer patio couch for a million dollars!” I spout self-deprecating stuff like “ha, joke’s on you, most of these plants are fake!” or, “Fool, I got this for two dollars at a yard sale!” I really need to learn to put on airs.

I won’t pay a bunch of money to show off, though. I don’t think anyone should have to, and you can still have a nice, comforting space that reflects your personality. All it takes is a keen sense of your own style and keeping an eye out for bargains when you shop!

It’s a bit funny that on my side of the building, there seems to be a silent competition amongst my neighbors to see who can create the most dramatic balcony. This tells me I’m in good company, but also if we keep adding lights to one-up each other, there will be a tragic accident when the planes on the approach path to the airport over our building get confused and think we’re a runway. Or, we’ll end up with a 737 parked in our lot and we’ll be fighting over which one of us actually signaled them in.

Just big enough for me and the cat. The cushion covers, of course, are waterproof and can be removed and washed.

The most expensive thing on my balcony is an outdoor couch I bought from Amazon. It’s surprisingly comfortable and regrettably teal–not because I dislike teal, but because I wish it had been available in pink. I had to assemble it myself, which was definitely not a good time. However, I’m pleased it hasn’t entirely collapsed into pieces while sitting on it and put me on the floor…yet. I’ll collect my engineering degree next week, thank you.

I also have a festive rainbow umbrella, which is a holdover from when I lived on a different side of the building and got a lot of sun. The sun on this side isn’t direct, but I still enjoy using it for the aesthetic. I can pretend I’m on the beach! You know, a beach with a major street and trains running through it.

Decorative items don’t have to be practical or even useful in order for you to enjoy them. Sometimes pretty things serve only one purpose: to make you happy when you see them. Form and function are important, but just having something around for the sake of seeing it is okay, too!

Fake plants, fake light, real weathering!

The rest of my decor is fake plants (and a few real ones thrown in because I’m trying, I really am), metal garden stakes, a few cute outdoor items, and a lantern that I’ve ‘weathered’ myself simply by leaving it outside and never bringing it in (which is what weathering actually is, right? Funny how fake ‘weathering’ is more the norm). And of course lights. Lots of lights.

Despite my surroundings, my decor has made my balcony surprisingly insular and private. I enjoy spending time on it, and I’m trying to spend as much time as I can, since summer only lasts about 15 seconds here and then it’s freezing rain again. You have to act fast or you won’t even see the sun. It’s a fun game we play every year (it’s not fun)!

Here is a breakdown of the items in the pictures–check out the gallery below for even more! As always, if you see something I didn’t list and want to know more about it, just ask.

Items Featured In Pictures

All items are listed, to the best of my memory, where I bought them, and their approximate price at the time of purchase. Relevant links to retailers or specific items are included where possible. Please note: I am not paid by any retailer, organization, or product to promote anything on this blog. This is for informational purposes only.

The night is bright, thanks to AA batteries.

BALCONY GALLERY