Tuesday, July 20, 2010 9:10 AM EDT
I find that in my pursuit for the right balance, inside and out, there is experimenting, like when you create a recipe from scratch. Often I hear myself saying “a little of this, a little of that,” but ultimately it has to be tasteful. Recently I was challenged by outdoor accessories -- specifically, the mailbox. With older homes there is inherent character and historic charm, so a slight juxtaposition through modern accents adds just the right balance.
Left, Umbra; Right, Restoration Hardware
A great option for a sleek-looking mailbox is Umbra’s Postino Mailbox made from brushed stainless steel, measuring 7.5” x 14” x 4” (also available in black), with a price tag of $105. While shopping the marketplace I also came across the Horizontal Mailbox at Restoration Hardware. The comparably sleek look with clean, modern lines was a satisfying option, and at $89 it was a little more wallet-friendly. Made from stainless steel and measuring 14” x 4-1/2” x 8” it's similar in size and includes mounting hardware. The Horizontal is also available in Vertical shape and in a variety of finishes such as Polished Brass and Oil Rubbed Bronze.
By Julia Black of Pure Design and the HGTV.ca original series, The Green Geek