{At Home with Urban Mettle}

The holidays are right around the corner and if you’re like me, gift giving is a quite the challenge for some of my friends and family. As I’m getting older I realize that in this house, less is more! Most of you know, I purchased a home a little over a year ago, totally gutted it and started a massive renovation. For the most part, the renovation is done but it made me realize that I want absolutely 0 clutter in this house, so when the holidays come around I tell people to save their money and give us gift cards or something we can specifically use! Or you know, a good trip always works too!

I’m one of those people who literally does NOT want clothing, handbags or jewelry as gifts… I’ll take the practical gifts that will hopefully give me a better quality of life, to a certain extent. 🙂 Lately, we’ve really been needing a few key pieces for the house; one being a fireplace mantle and two being house numbers, but we’ll talk about that shortly. I drove up to Fort Worth a couple weeks ago to see my dad and as an early Christmas gift and a little father/daughter bonding, we built the most amazing mantle! I still need to install it but as long as it’s up before the Thanksgiving I’ll be good to go! This is literally something important we have been missing for over a year now and last Christmas we couldn’t even hang stockings!

Anyway, for over a year I had been trying to find the right house numbers for our ever-evolving abode. I would search online, in stores and start stalking people’s houses wondering where they got their awesome numbers! It was becoming a serious problem. Then, the planets must have aligned because my house number dreams came true!   A friend of mine who was an interior designer at the architecture firm I worked at and who also has the same last name as me (random!), reached out about a business her and her father, Hal, had started called Urban Mettle. Hal has owned a welding and masonry business for 30+ years and with Holly’s interior design skills a new company was born! They custom create and build address plaques and even have some with built in planters, like the one I just installed. Everything is 100% handmade in Texas too! I always love shopping local and supporting local small businesses as much as I possibly can so it was a no brainer to promote a great friend and her new company!

I’m super excited to show you the before and after of my house numbers! It’s been a long time coming and I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the new wall planter.  Grayson and I headed to East Austin Succulents last Sunday to pick up some super cute plants to grace the font of our house. So fingers crossed for us… This is a true test for me considering every single succulent I have ever owned has died. Now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for…

Here’s my BEFORE – I think these numbers have been on this house since it was built in the early 70s! UGLY… They weren’t even evenly spaced OR symmetrical. And man, were they a pain to take off. I thought they were screwed in the brick or mortar but they were just glued on (you’d think they’d be a little straighter), which would be fine but the numbers rusted the glue and it stained the brick.

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But on a more serious note, these planters and plaques are so beautifully hand crafted and would make a great addition to anyone’s home. I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of creative Christmas gifts that you can’t just find anywhere and these are perfect!! They even offer free shipping, which is a life saver considering these things are heavy!!

Take a look at the Urban Mettle site as they have TONS of fun options and color combos.

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    November 16, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I’ve never heard of Urban Mettle. I will have to check out their site!

    xO – Steph

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    Ashley Zeal
    November 16, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    These are so cool! I love how unique they are!

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    Emily Stafford
    November 16, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Hi Ashley! This is such an awesome post! I love what you did and will have to pin this blog post for later when we move into a new home! Thanks for sharing!


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    sarah lindner
    November 16, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    I am with you on I do not want clothing, bags and jewels as gifts. Its a good thing I bought you the fire place you wanted 🙂

    Sarah Lindner

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    November 17, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I love that address plate! Goes perfectly with your chic vibe!!

    Here’s The Skinny

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    Shelby Back
    November 17, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Oh I love these! So clean & modern! I can’t wait to see the mantle! 🙂


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    November 17, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    The new house numbers look so good. I love the planter!

    By Lauren M

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    November 17, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Those are really cool and so chic!!


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    November 17, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    I agree on the no clutter and practical christmas gifts! Love the new house numbers!

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    Mary Powers
    November 17, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    It looks gorgeous, Ashely!! Love the way it turned out and I totally agree about practical gifts.

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    November 17, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    What a cute addition to your house! It’s so sleek and modern!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

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    Jessica Sheppard
    November 17, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    It’s amazing what a quick change can do to transform the drive-up appeal! Love it and great idea.

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    November 17, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Ah, I love the clean modern look! So cool.


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    Lavenda Memory
    November 17, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    I adore the minimal design! What a great post 🙂

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    November 17, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Such a cute way to add some personality and curb appeal, love it!

    xx Sam |The Heart of the House

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    Kristin Leahy
    November 17, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Obsessed with these, such a cute addition!!! xo

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    November 17, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    I have never heard of Urban Metal before. I love how it turned out!

    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

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    November 18, 2016 at 12:44 am

    OMG I’m obsessed with these! Definitely going to purchase one for my sister who just purchased her first house.

    Clothes & Quotes

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    November 18, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Oh my gosh! I LOVE the look of those! Definitely adding to my wishlist!

    xo Ashley

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    Chelsea Deakin
    November 18, 2016 at 2:32 am

    Love the design! I can’t wait to see how the entire house turns out!

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    Sara Oberton
    November 18, 2016 at 2:37 am

    Love this gorgeous address plaque with the succulents. Such a creative and talented company!

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    Anna Cobbs
    November 18, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    I’ve never heard of Urban Mettle but love their designs. We’re about to reliant our house so I may use one of their planter address plates like yours. Super cute!

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    Linda Quinones
    November 18, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I love this! It’s so crazy how one small change can really just change everything and make something ten times better. The new plaque is amazing. I’m right there with you girl, I get way too excited over the practical things in life.


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    November 18, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Your new house numbers look amazing! I will definitely be checking out their site!

    xo Rachel – To Hell in a Handbag

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    November 18, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Those are so chic and cool! I’ll have to show Brandon. They will work well for our new build.

    xx Leah / http://www.eatpraywearlove.com

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    November 19, 2016 at 1:46 am

    Wow, what a huge difference! I love the new numbers on your home, they fit your style perfectly 🙂

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    November 19, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    I love this! I get excited about things like this too!

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    Katie Ann Lehman
    November 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    These are perfect! Definitely makes a difference.

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    Amy Loochtan
    November 21, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    That is so cute! I need to check them out, we could use some curb appeal!
    Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins

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    Cece Lam
    November 22, 2016 at 5:54 am

    that’s such a cool view, girl!! glad you showed us 🙂

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    November 22, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Seriously, CUTEST HOUSE NUMBERS EVER!!! Love this idea!

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