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My name is Margot Austin and I am the editor-in-chief of The Design Edit, a collection of the best design stories I encounter in my life as a stylist and design communications specialist. Read on to meet top talents, get inspired by beautiful spaces, find out about innovative products and  maybe even try one of my dead-easy DIY projects. I look forward to connecting with you, a fellow design hound.

KBIS 2017: Metrie Makes Choosing Mouldings Simple

KBIS 2017: Metrie Makes Choosing Mouldings Simple

Ceiling detail and pendant in the Weekender's Retreat Foyer by Cheryl Torrenueva. Felix O.B./FXO Photography

Ceiling detail and pendant in the Weekender's Retreat Foyer by Cheryl Torrenueva. Felix O.B./FXO Photography

It's the bleak midwinter so high time I dug back through my photo albums to revisit my early January adventures in sunny Florida at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) with the #BlogTourKBIS group. In this first instalment of news from #BlogTourKBIS 2017 I'll introduce you to my favourites from interior finishings company Metrie. By now you might be familiar with Metrie. The company has been in business since 1926, but in recent years has really shaken up the interior mouldings, trim and doors business. Metrie's Then & Now Finishing Collections — Fashion Forward, French Curves, Pretty Simple, True Craft and Very Square — are complete product lines from baseboard to panel mouldings, casing, rosette blocks, doors and much more. The groups are loosely inspired by common architectural styles of North American homes, but the profiles are far from being stuck in the past. Each looks very of the moment.

The Metrie stand at KBIS brought to life the five Then & Now collections in a series of fully kitted-out mini room sets. I was happy to see some favourite Canadian design content among the group. Above (left) is the Weekender's Retreat Foyer by Cheryl Torrenueva, whom you may remember for her several stints on HGTV. Catch her now on her YouTube channel, Simply Cher Cher. On the right above is a handsome Sommelier's Wine Cellar by Andrew Pike. You'll know Andrew from both HGTV and now The Marilyn Denis Show. Loved both of these spaces. 

photo: Felix O.B./FXO Photography.

photo: Felix O.B./FXO Photography.

OK, I had to post this because it's so hilarious — I appear quite enraptured with all the #Trimspiration news being shared by our tall friend Erik Ostensen of Metrie. I feel like a bit of a hobbit in this shot — ha! Sidenote: aren't trade show lanyards the most hideous "wearables"?

But back to the products. Friends, if you've been around The Design Edit before you know we celebrate simplicity and DIY. Well hallelujah Metrie for creating the Metrie Complete series. This tightly edited group of trims is simple in profile but — get this — it also simplifies your life by coming pre-painted in white. Nope, not primed, PAINTED! Just measure, cut, install, then fill the nail holes with the specially designed filler pen and buff with a small sponge. Done.

That time I test drove the new Metrie Complete filler pen and looked like my Mom. photo: Felix O.B./FXO Photography.

That time I test drove the new Metrie Complete filler pen and looked like my Mom. photo: Felix O.B./FXO Photography.

A little closeup of the action (sorry for dry cuticles and non-mani'ed nails)

A little closeup of the action (sorry for dry cuticles and non-mani'ed nails)

I mentioned to the Metrie folks that this collection is right up my alley. In the trim game I'm not so much into the bells and whistles of every surface adorned. I like chunky scale but simple style in interior trims. Metrie Complete has that. Also, as both chief amateur trim installer AND in-house painter for all of three Austin casas, I appreciate saving that one giant step. Also, in my life as a stylist, pre-painted trim that I can put up in a studio in a hurry and that looks great will save clients money in post-production retouching (required for trims that are primed only). 

And last but by no means least, I was happy to discover the new Option M collections from Metrie and in particular this Modern Farmhouse vignette. Option M also includes New Traditional, Shabby Chic and Bohemian collections. It's kind of a no-brainer that this one would be my fave. Nothing fancy — Simple. Modern. Farmhouse. This is #MyMetrieTrimspiration for finishing off the mudroom at the Tweed House. 

Browse tons of inspiring Metrie-filled spaces on the company's blog The Finished Space.

Don't miss my other posts from KBIS 2017:
KBIS 2017: An Unfitted Loft Kitchen Inspired by Wellborn and Thermador 
KBIS 2017: Bathroom Design Inspiration and New Releases From Lixil Brands
KBIS 2017: News and Favourites from Mohawk Flooring

My trip to KBIS 2017 in Orlando, Fla was partially sponsored by Metrie. Special thanks to #BlogTourKBIS organizers Modenus/Design Hounds. The ideas, words and design of this post are all my own.

KBIS 2017: An Unfitted Loft Kitchen Inspired by Wellborn and Thermador

KBIS 2017: An Unfitted Loft Kitchen Inspired by Wellborn and Thermador

A Morning with Lixil Brands, Fri. Jan. 20

A Morning with Lixil Brands, Fri. Jan. 20