Behind the Scenes: Behind the Glass

We have been focused on all things doors this month here on our blog, and I just had a designer call me to ask about putting our metal behind glass .  A timely question, as I want to take you behind the scenes of “On the Rocks”, our recent project which is featured in this […]

Inserting Some Unexpected Design

We can (and will) talk doors for days – And that includes cabinets! The options are endless, which can be exciting or overwhelming, so let’s take a step back and discuss these from top to bottom. Cabinetry inserts are such an unexpected design element that can pack quite a punch! When thoughtfully implemented into a […]

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 […]

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 […]

First Friday in Oakland -TOMORROW!

What could be better than strolling with friends outside, checking out local art galleries with a glass of wine in hand?  I am planning to do just that this Friday!   This is a wonderful way for us to support our local artists and food vendors, and enjoy an evening out.  Here is some information here […]

Modern Metal Moms

I am writing this blog post for all the working moms out there!  We are so proud to have many Modern Metal moms on our team.  I am a mother of three and over the years I’ve both worked full time, and been at home full time.  Now that they are older, Emma 22, Sophie […]

Mini Fires

Sometimes we have “mini fires”—a piece is off by 3/8” inch, we can’t find the screws, the crate falls apart. THINGS HAPPEN!  I call them mini fires because they dominate my attention in the moment and I cannot relax until I have them fixed or extinguished.  Mistakes happen to all of us, and as a […]

My Roots in the Salinas Valley

I decided to take advantage of my remote work flexibility this week and work from home at my childhood home in the hills of the Salinas Valley. My roots are here, in the golden hills where John Steinbeck wrote, surrounded by oak trees.  I grew up riding horses, raising rabbits with the local 4-H club, […]