Thursday, October 3, 2013

What's In A Name?

Lately, I've been forced into asking myself the question "What's In A Name?"  No, I'm not pregnant.  (Sorry, Heidi!)  But because I've been naming a company.

This may be confusing to you because... doesn't my company already have a name?  Well, yes.  And no.  I have been operating under a larger corporate umbrella as a dba "doing business as" name.  My mother established MW Designs under her larger corporation back in the eighties.  When I decided to turn my passion into a career and make a real go of "this design thing" last year, rather than setting up my own company from the start, I chose to use her dba, which she happily agreed to.  Now that my clients are adding up and this business is starting to really take off, I was advised to sever from my parent corporation.  "Okay," I thought "I will just buy the name from my mom and we can set it up as an LLC, no problem."  Except there WAS a problem.  When doing a name search for MW Designs, an already-established company with a VERY similar name came up and the State said "No go."  So, I've been pondering names for my "new" company.

It would be so easy to just slap any old name on the company and be on my way, but that's not how I do things.  Being thoughtful and intentional about my designs are a hallmark for me and for my company, so I wouldn't be being true to myself if I chose the easy way out.

A lot of people use their own names for their company: Mary McDonald, Inc., Tobi Fairley Interior Design, Kyle Knight Design, and Jones Design Company, to name a few.  I like this because, chances are, you aren't going to tire of it.  Others get really creative: Lindsay Dress chose her precious pups' names: Sadie & Stella.  Cassandra Lavalle of Coco + Kelley obviously didn't choose her name outright.

Those two schools of thought got my wheels turning:  I like the idea of a name that I won't tire of, but I want my name to be creative too!  After all, a design firm is a pretty creative endeavor.  When we named the company my husband runs (Armstrong-St. Clair), we went back into our ancestries and chose a name from each side of the family: Armstrong (mine) and St. Clair (his).  I really like the idea of honoring family names, and since we didn't do so with our son's name, I think it's a great opportunity to still pay homage.

Here's a little factoid: my given maiden name is Melanie Katherine Wolf.  My name isn't some special heirloom name.  My husband is Ernest Henry Metting III.  His name (obviously) is.  I love the opposite-ness of that.  My husband and I are opposites in many ways, but we are fused together by our marriage bond and try every day to get better at functioning as a single unit.

So, it is for that reason that I have chosen Henry Kate Design Co. as my new company name.  It creates an heirloom to both of our names, and (like Armstrong-St. Clair) references our two persons coming together as one.  It's really special to me and I hope you like it!

Of course, I realize that changing my company name means a new blogsite, a new twitter handle, a new Facebook page, new Instagram account... The list goes on.  Please go over to our new Facebook page and like it!  All-new profile pictures will be uploaded soon, as well as an all-new website for perusing hi-res images of our projects, services, and all of those goodies.  Follow us on Twitter @henrykatedesign and Instagram @henrykatedesign!

We're developing all of our branding/identity and website with a great company, so following us on Twitter, instagram, and liking the new Facebook page are great ways to stay "in the loop" and up to date on all HKD news!

Thanks for all of your continued support!


Melanie Wolf Metting

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Foil(ed) Again!

It seems like these little beauties have been popping up all over the place right now, and with good reason.  They are such a wonderful way to add instant glamour to a space.  And gold is so hot right now.

In May, The Everygirl did a feature on co-founder and editor Danielle Moss' Chicago Apartment, which features a Sarah & Bendrix print on her (gorgeously styled) mantel.

Then later that month, Kristin at The Hunted Interior posted about the apartment she did for Room Service Atlanta.  One of the pictures of this room showed off this delightfully southern print that is just... (Click here for a tour of the entire room.)

And THEN two days later, for Sadie & Stella's Favorite Room Feature, Christina from Proper Hunt featured a room with this Kate Spade print:

THEN, in June, For Chic's Sake did a post about styling vanities and included this picture of Paper Sugar's "Be You" print, available here.

See what I mean?

Foil prints run the gambit from being reverent,

by Lindsay (of for Jones Design Company
To motivational:

And, well, motivational:


To sweet:

Brittany Garner Design
They also come graphic:

Taryn St Michele
Or in monogram...

Miss Poppy Design
I am particularly fond of this one available on

And Rifle Paper Company makes some divine notecards with foil print accents:

To learn more about foil stamping, visit Universal Printing's blog and read their post about it here.

To shop for your own print, visit any of the links below:

Lindsay Letters

Lara Casey Shop

Sarah and Bendrix

Charm And Gumption

Brittany Garner Design

Taryn St Michele

Miss Poppy Design


I currently have zero foil prints in my home or any of my client's (HORROR), but I plan to fix that very very soon.  And you KNOW I'll fill you all in on it when I do!


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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Color Crush: Navy

Time for another color crush!  Navy is such a great color, I just had to write about it.  It's so versatile and has such a wide range of personalities.  Preppy, coastal, sophisticated, moody, glamorous, you name it, Navy can probably do it - and in a great, gorgeous way.  Here is a collection of some navy images that I think will show you just what I mean.

Navy easily equals nautical, but this room is done in such a subtle way... It's just barely nautical.  Which I appreciate.  I think we can all agree that sometimes an understated theme is easier to love than a really over-the-top one.

I've been vibing on navy walls pretty hard lately.  These are some gorgeous examples.

Belle Vivir

via a broken link on Webster Road

Apartment Therapy

I just love navy and white...

Navy millwork?  Yes, please.

This navy moleskine is just perfect.

via Flickr for Cutie Pie Company
A selection of navy blue fabrics, which show the great range of moods navy can evoke!  (All available through me...)
1 * 2 * 3 * 4
Holy crap, did this really happen?  Yeah, it did.  Incredible.

Bright Green Door
Navy blue eye makeup: dramatic!

I cannot get enough of this white picture frame moulding over navy walls.

South Shore Decorating Blog
This nylon tote is amazing.  I used one for my baby bag and it cleans up beautifully with a little soap and water.  (Just in case you were wondering...)
Tory Burch

Love this.  I gotta have it.

Simply divine!

How about navy wallpaper?

Tracy Murdock

I really love tattoos (on other people), I think they can be beautiful works of art, but this navy one BLEW MY MIND.  I'll have dreams about it, I'm sure.  (Not the GUY, ya'll, just the tattoo.  GEEZ.)

I hope you enjoyed this edition of "Color Crush"!  What do you think?  Do you rock navy in your clothing or in your home?  Is navy not for you?

Thanks for stopping by!  If you have a crush on a color and want some tips on using it in your home, email us at mwdesignstx {at} gmail {dot} com.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Idea Bank: A Posh Pink and Purple Girl's Room

Hello, friends!  Did you miss me?  My sincerest apologies for leaving you all hanging.  I'm back now, and able to focus on blogging for your enjoyment again!  I'll jump right in with a new occasional series: Idea Bank.  I'll share a glimpse of some ideas that are floating around in my head or that I've been inspired to create.  This is the first one!

I mentioned in my last post (FOR-EVER ago), there's not a whole lot of "girly" in my life.  So, when a girlfriend of mine mentioned a bedroom for her two girls, it really got my wheels turning.  I was inspired to try to create a room for a a couple of girls who currently love pink and purple but that they can grow into!  When you're spending money and effort to make a space beautiful and special, it's important to consider the longevity of the design.  Let's get started, shall we?

As previously stated, these girls have an affinity for pink and purple.  Pink and purple?  Easy:

That room is adorable.  But my aim is to have some degree of elegance in all of my designs, whether it is for a pair of tweens, twenty-somethings, or beyond.  Keeping that in mind, I present to you this fabric as a (PERFECT) jumping off point for the room.

Sweet Treat from Kravet Couture

Let's just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful it is.  It's got the desired colors, quite a bit of elegance, and enough whimsy to satisfy the young girls' sensibilities.  It's embroidered, so it's really special, and has a ton of colors to choose from, should the gals tire of pink and purple (the HORROR!)  It's really just perfect in every way.  We could use this as a duvet cover, an accent pillow on the bed, or frame it and use it as art, depending on the budget.

We don't want to offend the little ladies with baby pink ('cause it's for babies), and bright pink on the walls can be a bit overwhelming.  I know little girls who are expecting a pink room are expecting a PINK. ROOM.  So, I think a pinky neutral base plus a few pink (and a purple!) accents will satisfy both the parents and the girls,

Paint colors:
Paint colors from Sherwin Williams
I have a few special treatments in mind, but I'm not going to share ALL of my secrets with you. ;)

The pretty princesses will have to rest their heads somewhere.  I'm thinking... luxurious purple velvet headboards with brass nailhead trim!

Fabric: Schumacher Gainsborough Velvet in Plum

Of course, we'll need a rug:
Honey Bun in Pink from Land of Nod

And some textiles for window treatments, bedding, and other upholstery items:

Assorted Fabrics and trims from Schumacher and Robert Allen

Of course, we'll need some really special art.  I have an idea to do really large, pop art pictures of each girl over her bed in the colors of the room.  Like this:

Or this!

I think any girl will love seeing herself in art, don't you?

Of course, this is just the tip of the proverbial iceburg: a TON more details would go into this room to make it truly one-of-a-kind.

What do you think?  Do you have some special little people in your life that could use a truly special room?  We can make a magical tailored to your wants and needs on every budget!  ;)


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Monday, June 24, 2013

Color Crush: Pink & Gold

I'm having a pretty girly moment right now, and I thought I'd share.  I'm surrounded by boys and rarely have an opportunity to decorate as girly as I (sometimes) wish to (both in my own home and in client's homes).  So I'm especially thankful for this bloggity blog while in the midst of my "girly moment"!

I'm seriously crushing on Pink and Gold lately.  Really, gold has emerged as a favorite metallic tone for me in the past few months: I've been a silver girl for a looooooonnnnnnnnng time.  Lately, though... Gold is giving me goosebumps.  (In the best possible way!)  The warm metallic will be making its way into my home in a major (although not paired-with-pink) way in the near future, but until then, here are some examples of gold and pink pairings that make my heart go pitter-pat.

2b modern

A Little Glass Box

Icing Designs

Columbus Magazine
Traditional Home
Quiet Robin
Little Crown Interiors

Kika Reichert
Citrus and Orange
Now, we have all heard the concept of "real men wear pink", and my son and husband BOTH don it on a frequent basis.

The Denim Guy
But do you think pink (& gold) in home decor can be manly?  Or is the combo just TOO feminine for a male-inhabited space?  Sound off!!  I love to hear your thoughts!

As always, if you're inspired by what you've read here and want to fluff your home, contact us!  We can help.  ;)

For more pink and gold inspiration, check out our Pink & Gold Pinterest board.