Design Challenge: Strelitzia Nicolai

I have the pleasure of working with a prominent landscape architectural firm on a custom project, and want to share my experience as it represents what I love about my job, and the unexpected challenges I face daily.    My task was to design some custom panels with banana leaves, to sit in a grove. […]

Corn Pudding

My job for Thanksgiving is always the Corn Pudding.  It’s a winner, and super easy, so I’m sharing the recipe with you here, in its original form, all stained and worn as it should be, a testament to years of messy corn pudding making.  Every year, I ask myself why I don’t make this throughout […]

Holiday Prep

It’s that time of year, and in my house I am anticipating my kids coming home from college and doing extraneous things like hanging paintings and replacing carpet. I question why, and then quickly realize it’s just about making the house cozy and being together. It does not have to be perfect I know, but […]

My Own Clippings Library

Today’s pattern inspiration happens to be seasonal!  Every time I walk outside I am blown away by the natural colors of the fallen leaves and the contrast of the golds, reds and dark browns against our still spring-like vibrant green grass. This is a what fall looks like in California! I am constantly gathering visuals and snapping […]

Mishaps Made Right

This month I’m sharing some of our mishaps that have happened and how we handled them.  Two projects that come to mind which we have been featuring this month in our exterior highlights: Rocky’s Market Panels:  These were accidentally shipped to the wrong Rocky’s Market.  The crate was huge, about 1,000 pounds and we had […]

Rain on Metal

Exterior applications are extremely popular right now–deck railings, gates, doors, fences, architectural cladding, and decorative panels. We’ve done it all! The first question many have is how the product will hold up outside. The answer is, we finish it appropriately so that it’s suitable to your climate. Even when a panel is installed inside we […]

If that Floor Grille could Talk!

My business began with a floor grille.  We were remodeling our home and I saw this huge gaping hole in the entrance way and I had no idea what the options were.  We have an old home so I wanted a style that suited our house so I scoured antique markets and second hand stores […]

18 Fall Design Trends for Your Home, including our grilles

With leaves changing colors, pumpkins adorning porches, and apple orchards galore, these are sure signs that fall has finally arrived. The arrival of this new season also brings new fall design trends, ideas, and projects to keep your home looking fresh and festive. And there are many simple ways to spruce up your home without […]

Making the Time

When I started Modern Metal, my original plan was to designate one day a week for inspiration….visiting an art gallery, painting, meeting with fellow designer friends, anything that would inspire me visually and creatively.  The reality has been quite different!  I have been so busy running the company, from marketing to designing that my inspiration […]


Today is a Jewish holiday and it wouldn’t be a holiday in our house without my mother’s noodle kugel, so I’m sharing that recipe with you today.  This comes from a cook book, “The Butcher the Baker the Matzoh Ball Maker, put together by the women in my childhood synagogue in Salinas, CA.  There is […]