METAL + PETAL

residential + commercial design

The New Spot in Town

Jade Joyner
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In 1965 Golden Pantry opened its first convenience store in the Five Points area of Athens, Georgia, serving the local community and its college students.

Fifty-four years later, as private student housing in Athens expands into the downtown area and the student population continues to grow, needs have changed.  Recognizing this, Golden Pantry tapped Metal + Petal to help create the very first Golden Pantry Market housed at The Mark.

Inspired by the cafes, neighborhood markets, and boulangeries of Paris, France, our team working with local wood, metal, and tile artisans brought the new Golden Panty Market to life. Offerings include a full-service food and beverage bar with chef created seasonal menus displayed on large digital screens and made from scratch biscuits.

A self-service beverage area, indoor and outdoor market-style seating, fresh flowers and popular local wares including jams and jellies, chocolates, pickles and wines are featured as well. Local breweries are well represented and there is plenty of coffee, in addition to milk, water, juices, and sodas.

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From fresh paninis to lavender hot chocolate (my personal favorite) to grab + go snacks, this market has it all. The perfect place to swing by to grab lunch or coffee- and yes, they are open 24 hours!

Surprise elements in this project include fabulous food, penny-tiled entry rugs, vertically suspended indoor trees, and a custom cash wrap anchoring the bright, yet warm space, leaving patrons no doubt where to check out. The Athens project is the first of several planned for similar student housing locations across the southeast. This is a spot that you definitely want to check out!

The Wait is Over

Jade Joyner
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We just wrapped up our latest project, the Alpha Phi house at UGA, and we are absolutely THRILLED with the final design. Mixing old with some new. We worked with the history of the house, preserving and restoring- not working against it. Each room is unique, each having their own feel and personality. Here's a little behind the scenes of designing Alpha Phi.

HOW DID YOU MIX OLD WITH NEW?
My rule of thumb is: an old house needs new things and a new house needs old things. Since the Alpha Phi house was built in the 1800s and was rather classic in design, I wanted to bring in furniture styles from different eras to ensure the interior was not stuffy. I used more modern pieces in the historic rooms to keep the vibe fresh and I mixed in Hollywood Regency style in occasional chairs and tables. I added in a few contemporary pieces to tie it all together. Keeping the patterns and textures classic, from using a ticking fabric for a drape to beautiful velvets on the sofas, the lines and hues of different times blended together beautifully.

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE QUIRKS OF DESIGNING FOR A HISTORIC HOME?
Old homes have quirks and to me that is what makes them so damn beautiful. The Alpha Phi house has plaster walls in the historic rooms making it difficult to hang heavy drapes and art. The plaster just crumbles as you drill into it. It makes an install take twice as long. But there’s something beautiful about the walls as well, they are cool to the touch even in the summer heat, the corners are slightly curved and the surface has so much character.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE DESIGNING A SORORITY HOUSE?
It was such an honor to be asked to design Alpha Phi. And one of my top priorities was making sure the girls had a space that was not only beautiful, but that they could enjoy. I wanted the house to be youthful as well- not stuffy. 

One funny part of designing Alpha Phi was making sure everything was stain resistant because sorority girls love their spray tans.

WHAT WERE YOUR INITIAL THOUGHTS WHEN TAKING ON THIS PROJECT?
I was actually intimidated by the whole process, and I am not one who is easily intimidated. We met with a committee who interviewed several designers before choosing us. They actually called and said, “Congratulations! You’re the UGA Alpha Phi Designer” 
Since I didn’t go to University in the States, I don’t know a lot about sororities so it was like learning a new language.

WERE YOU OVERWHELMED AT THE SIZE OF THE PROJECT?
I was for sure not overwhelmed by the size. I will say there was just a lot of considerations made for this project. Who will be using these rooms? How will they be used? What will they be used for? These are questions I ask before I begin all of my designs.

WHERE DID YOU PULL INSPIRATION FOR EACH ROOM?
I wanted the house to feel modern, feminine, and playful. I borrowed inspiration from Dorothy Draper (an American interior designer who used bright colors and large prints). I am a huge Draper fan.

My Current Must Haves

Jade Joyner

Apps I am using (and loving) right now… and to be honest can’t live without.

NOOM
Trying to track my eating and a exercise instead of going on a crazy diet. It’s really helpful to see what I’m eating and help limit my snacking. I didn’t buy the plan. I just use the free part.

HEADSPACE
I’m starting my days with a 30 minute meditation and it’s so good. Headspace is easy to use and really helps me start my day off on the right note.

INSTACART
Let’s be real. We get home around 7pm and leave around 6am. It’s just the season of life we are in right now. So having groceries delivered helps a lot. I still go to the store to pick out my own produce and meats but this keeps my house full of the staples we need.

ESTATESALES.NET
I love shopping for vintage pieces and antiques. This app tells me where all the estate sales are near me and a few months ago I used it to pick up 3 gorgeous vintage rugs for $600. It’s a must have for anyone who loves great finds.

Let Us Explain

Jade Joyner
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We get a lot of questions about the “design process.” What exactly is the design process? How long will it take? What should I expect? We are here to break it down and answer all of your questions.

1.CONSULT ON SITE
We meet on site to discuss your interior design needs and wants. This allows us to see the space and get a feel for where you see your space going.

2.HOMEWORK TIME
You complete our “Design Brief” questionnaire. Just a few questions that allows us to get to know you and help us understand your specific desires and needs.

3.MEET IN STUDIO
We present a design proposal for our time and services.

4.SIGN THE CONTRACT
Let’s make it official! Your deposit is due.

5.VENDOR DAY
Our vendors measure your space for work to be done. We will also take pictures of the space we are designing (for our reference but also for some amazing before and after photos).

6.DESIGN TIME
We get to work creating your design boards (this takes about 4-6 weeks). Let the creativity flow!

7.DESIGN PRESENTATION
Get pumped! This is the fun part. 3D renderings, 2D layouts, samples, paint plans, furniture and fixture selections.

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8.EDITS
Don’t like the rug? We have other options. Want to see another wall color? Okay! We will make as many edits as we need to get your space just right.

9.PAY FOR APPROVED ITEMS
Upon approval of design boards, an invoice is sent. Pay it and we order your items (woot woot!).

10.CONSTRUCTION
Painting, tiling, wallpapering, or decorative work begins.

11.SET INSTALL DATE
Work with your schedule, we set the time for your install.

12.WE INSTALL
Yay! We install your beautiful design and you can enjoy your new space!

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Here, There, and Everywhere

Jade Joyner
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Graham and I just returned from an amazing trip to California. Good food, even better views, wine, and a spa day- we enjoyed ourselves to say the least. We started off our trip in San Francisco, staying near the Mission area. I lived in this area when I was young and it was nice to be back in town (and a little nostalgic). The weather was super chilly and we were ill prepared coming from the Georgia heat. I lived in my leather jacket and Graham never had a chance to wear a pair of the seven shorts he packed. But what’s traveling without a few hiccups?

I had a complete flip out moment when we had the chance to stop by The Proper Hotel. One of my favorite (okay, possibly my only favorite) designers, Kelly Wearstler, just completed the hotel’s design and it is stunning.

Our next stop was Napa and it was breathtaking. I fell in love with the greenery, the landscape, the grass, the trees, the vines- all of it. We avoided the well-known wineries, not wanting a crowd, and toured two private wineries instead. California wine isn’t my favorite (I’m more of a French gal) but we had the best time tasting wines and enjoying the view.

We stopped in St. Helena for lunch at a local grocery where we ordered prosciutto sandwiches on French bread. Something about fresh bread makes a sandwich taste better. Then off we headed to the spa. Mud baths, facials, and relaxation at the Indian Springs Resort & Spa. It was our first time trying a mud bath (did you know they were hot?- I didn’t), but it was everything we needed. The perfect way to close out our trip. Besides not being prepared for the cold weather, this trip was amazing (one of our first trips that actually went smoothly and had very few problems). What I enjoyed the most on this trip was all the fresh fruit and veggies. Color was on our plates more than ever. I wish we could eat this way all the time. Now we are home and back busy at work.

Don’t Ask Me That

Jade Joyner

3 Living Room Questions I am Tired of Answering

Did I say that? It may be controversial, but they are real answers to real questions.

Do you know how to do your job?
My goal with each project is to create a space that is intentional, functional, and beautiful, so I hate when clients ask me something that implies they don’t think I know how to do my job. With almost two decades of experience, I promise I will not lead my clients astray.

Can I only have some of the design?
If you want to scale back on your home’s aesthetic for financial reasons, work within a budget. Yes, you can do some of the work or implement some of the design, but it will look half done, and a half finished room is still a half finished room.

Do you do the Joanna Gaines style?
While I love farmhouse style and all that Joanna has done, I don’t do her style. I design homes and spaces for people that work for them in a style that elevates the way they live. No two designers are alike!