Around the world with the Passport Collection: The Trevi Fountain

The Passport Collection from Top Knobs features designs from well known landmarks all over the world. One of the most familiar landmarks visited by patrons both near and far is the Trevi Fountain in Italy.  Located in Rome, legend has it that if one throws a coin into the Trevi Fountain it will ensure their return to Rome someday.

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The Trevi Fountain, or Fontana Di Trevi, is the largest baroque fountain in Rome. It stands at 85.28 feet high and 160.72 feet wide. Each day, the fountain spills over 2, 824, 800 cubic feet of water. The fountain itself is made out of travertine and carrara marble.

The same half dome that is seen above the fountain was the inspiration for Trevi Fountain pulls and knobs in the Passport Collection. The cross weaved design that is on the half dome can be seen in all of the styles of the Trevi Fountain pulls, cup pulls, and knobs.

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All of the products in the collection are available in five unique finishes including German Bronze, Patina Rouge, Polished Nickel, Pewter Antique, and Tuscan Bronze.

Like all Top Knobs products, the Trevi Fountain series of the Passport Collection comes with a lifetime warranty and a protective seal finish.

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Top Knobs Back-To-Back Pulls Integrates Cabinet Hardware Throughout The Home

Normandy Cage Top Knobs is stepping out of the kitchen and bathroom, and into the rest of the house! The Back-To-Back Door Pull Collection gives designers and consumers the ability to integrate the same cabinet hardware that they love into rooms all around the home.

The collection is composed of 12 of the most popular Top Knobs styles including: Normandy, Normandy Birdcage, Normandy Twist, Nouveau Bamboo, Nouveau Ring, Nouveau Arrow, Nouveau Brook, Somerset Finial, Somerset Weston, Somerset Melon, Asbury and Tuscany.

 

Tuscany Back-to-Back Door Pull

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Tuscany Back-To-Back Door Pull shown in Dark Antique Brass

  • Available in two sizes – 12 and 18 inches
  • Available in Dark Antique Brass, German Bronze, Old English Copper, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Pewter Antique and Rust.

Somerset Weston Back-to-Back Door Pull

Somerset Weston Back-to-Back Door Pull in Polished Brass

Somerset Weston Back-To-Back Door Pull in Polished Brass

  • Available in 8, 12, and 18 inches
  • Optional finishes in Brushed Satin Nickel, German Bronze, Patina Black, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Polished Brass, Polished Chrome, Pewter, Pewter Antique and Rust.

The collection is available in 12 unique finishes. End caps can be mounted for use with one-sided applications for appliances or large pantry doors. The sealed finish also makes them viable for bathroom fixtures, such as the shower door.

MSRP ranges from $201.40-$461.40 depending on the size and finish. Like all Top Knobs products, the Back-To-Back Door Pulls come with a lifetime warranty.

An Ecofriendly Renovation Aided by Top Knobs

Top Knobs was recently featured in a Houzz article written by contributor Becky Harris. The article entitled, “Family Kitchen Smartens Up With a New Ecofriendly Renovation” features a family with a passion for sustainability in Portland, Oregon.

The family hired Encircle Design and Build to help convert their kitchen into an ecofriendly space with some help from Top Knobs cabinetry hardware.

Before the transformation, the kitchen seemed disconnected to the rest of the house due to the dated cabinetry and wall colors. Because of limited cabinet space, pots and pans hung from the ceiling and clutter filled the countertops, making it an unfriendly environment for their two young children who loved spending time in the kitchen.

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The new countertops that were installed were 30 inches wide instead of the original 12. New corner cabinets and a wraparound countertop allowed for additional storage space and a place for the children to finish their homework while their parents cooked.

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To complete the look, designers used Top Knobs Square Knobs and Bar Pulls from the Nouveau III collection. The Square Knobs are 5/8″, while the Bar Pulls are 5 1/16″. The flat black finish accented the blue cabinetry perfectly, giving it a modern yet homey look.

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To fulfill their promise of sustainability, all previous appliances were donated to a homeless shelter while the salvageable wood was donated to another nonprofit. Any items that could not be reused were responsibly recycled.

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Top Knobs Introduces New Website

Top Knobs launches a new website to offer designers and customers an effortless way to browse Top Knobs collections, select finishes and order product samples. The website is up for public view, and can be accessed at www.TopKnobs.com.

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“We are pleased and excited to present our refreshed website,” said Top Knobs President, Warren Ramsland. “The new site allows us to showcase the vast array of Top Knobs finishes and collections in order to ensure that every customer has the ability to discover the exact product they need. We hope it will inspire more designers and homeowners to select Top Knobs for their decorative hardware needs.”

The new TopKnobs.com comes shortly after the dealer portion of the website launched this past winter. The website allows interested designers and customers to order product samples at a $5 flat shipping rate per piece, and if satisfied, connects them with a dealer in their area. Users can search for Top Knobs products by collection name or product type. Further search parameters include size (center-to-center, projection, width, overall length, base diameter) and material, finish, style. The dealer portion of the website connects Top Knobs dealers with their account, plus allows them to check inventory and place orders.

Other unique features of the TopKnobs.com include an online catalog, and the ability to show related products, such as matching appliance pulls and latches. Additionally, the extensive photo gallery includes photos of Top Knobs products in kitchens and bathrooms to inspire new and unique projects.

Top Knobs Shines in ‘Kitchen & Bath Makeovers’ Magazine

KBMLargeTop Knobs took over the project scene in the Summer 2015 edition of Better Homes & Gardens: Kitchen & Bath Makeovers. Top Knobs products were featured in three different projects, all designed with their own unique twist!

These kitchen and bath makeovers took place in homes all around the United States. Each project had a different budget ranging from small to large, proving that Top Knobs products can accommodate any sized project.

 

Growing Pains

Top Knobs Charlotte 3″ Pulls

Growing Pains: Homeowners Molly and Andy Beals remodeled their master bathroom with a budget of only $710. They took their previously dark and busy chevron patterned bathroom, and turned it into a tranquil space using hues of cool neutral colors.

To compliment the new light and earthy colors, the Beals replaced their old vanity countertop with a lighter colored one. Top Knobs Charlotte 3” pulls were used to complete the look and give the vanity even more of a fresh feel.


 

Fresh Era

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Fresh Era: Over in San Diego, Joanne O’Dea and John Rudderham agreed to remodel their 13-year-old kitchen after 18 long months of planning. Living in a bungalow with a small sized kitchen, Joanne and John’s main remodeling goals were to give the kitchen a fresh new feel, while simultaneously increasing storage space.

The homeowners chose shades of light green to give the kitchen a cheerful vibe and installed new cabinets all around the kitchen to give them more storage space. To finish off their new space, Joanne and John used Top Knobs Cabinet Cup Pulls on the drawers that lined their kitchen.


 

Over The Moon

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Over The Moon: Last, Atlanta designer Kelly Kole redesigned her bathroom after falling in love with a blue and white floral wallpaper. After deciding upon the wallpaper as the high-point of the room, she then used creamy-white paint colors and bath accessories to bring the rest of the room together.

The bathroom also features duel vanities and custom cabinetry to match the color scheme of the room. Once installed, the vanity was completed by adding cabinet hardware from the Top Knobs Asbury Collection in a polished nickel finish.

 

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Top Knobs featured in a new “Steamy Kitchen” design by Susan Serra, Part Two

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Jaden Hair, professional recipe developer, television chef and author of the blog Steamy Kitchen recently decided it was time for a kitchen makeover for her Florida home. She enlisted the help of designer Susan Serra to help her create the perfect kitchen that’s fit for a hard working chef, as well as a busy family of four. Jaden only had two requests, a wide open space that would accommodate both family activities and still maintain a large enough area for prepping and cooking, her second request- no laminate!

We interviewed Jaden to hear her thoughts on her beautiful new kitchen and see how Top Knobs was able to assist in bringing the design to life.

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Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen

Q: What’s the recipe to working with a designer to bring your vision to life?

I’m such a DIY gal, ​that I briefly considered designing this kitchen on my own. But within an hour of doing research and sketching out a design on paper, I realized that we’d be putting ourselves at risk if we didn’t hire a professional designer. Susan flew to our home in Florida from NYC and flew home the same day. We spent about 3 hours measuring, re-measuring the kitchen​ and discussing ideas.

For example, we talked about our love for gardening, where the kids do their homework (which led to the large center island) and the serene mood we wanted to evoke in the space (which led to the Top Knobs Chareau collection).

Q: We saw your one requirement was “no laminate!” Did you face any other design challenges during the remodel?

We wanted a kitchen design that was timeless: modern but not trendy. This kitchen should fit our tastes and lifestyle – but also future homeowners as well. My specialty is Asian cooking, but we didn’t want the kitchen design to be too Asian inspired. We ended up adding the Asian touches with a Happy Buddha statue carved from a piece of bamboo that my parents hand-carried from China (sits on top of the cabinet) and a Chinese hand-painted silk piece that we framed and hung on the wall. The rest of the kitchen is clean, simple, yet elegant and refined.

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“The classic, beautiful design of the Top Knobs handles finished the look of our kitchen,” exclaims Jaden Hair.

 

Q: As a chef, I’m sure you have specific needs to create the perfect kitchen environment. How did Top Knobs help create that?

The classic, beautiful design of the Top Knobs handles finished the look of our kitchen. It was also one of the very last items to be installed and it really did give the space its final “ta-da!”

Each knob and handle is so sturdy and solid. Top Knobs has taken such great care in craftsmanship and I expect their product to last a lifetime!

Q: What is your favorite part of your new kitchen?

​That’s such a hard question! The gardener in me says, “the compost!” but the girly girl in me says, “the kitchen jewelry!”​

Hear from the kitchen designer, Susan Serra’s perspective in part one of this blog post.

Interview with Top Knobs: 20 years at KBIS

Top Knobs has been making decorative hardware for 20 years. It all started with 2 collections back in 1995, and the rest is history.

Did you know that Top Knobs has attended KBIS, Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, since the very beginning? “It’s a great opportunity to meet [our] customers and network,” explains Warren Ramsland, President of Top Knobs.

While at KBIS 2015, designer Joann Kandrac of KandracKole Interiors had the opportunity to talk to Top Knobs about why they attend KBIS every year. Take a look!

 

Top Knobs featured in a new “Steamy Kitchen” design by Susan Serra, Part One

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Designer Susan Serra recently teamed up with television chef, cookbook author, and author of the blog Steamy Kitchen, Jaden Hair to renovate and design Jaden’s new and improved kitchen space in her Florida home. The goal for this design was to provide Jaden and her family with a wide open area for family activities while still maintaining enough space for prepping and cooking. With the help of Top Knobs Chareau collection Chalet pulls and an eye-catching wall mural, Susan was able to design a kitchen suitable for both a hard-working chef and a busy family of four.

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Top Knobs interviewed Susan to learn exactly how she was able to create such a multifunctional design.

Q: What was your biggest design challenge during this remodel?

The challenge for every kitchen is to find the perfect balance between function and aesthetics. My philosophy is that aesthetics and function should be equal partners starting out in the design process. Sometimes one or the other will emerge as the leader, sometimes not. In this case, due to a large walk-in pantry outside of the kitchen, storage was not the critical functional element to lead the design as it often does in most American kitchens. We found the sweet spot! As a result, the hard surfaces (cabinetry) are not visually overwhelming in the space, especially as it is an open plan concept, open to a dining space and family room.

Q: How did Top Knobs help you to create the perfect kitchen environment for someone who is a mom, wife, and chef?

The first thing that comes to my mind as I answer this question is STYLE. After all, it’s usually the first thing one notices when experiencing a kitchen. The Top Knobs hardware was chosen for its visually soft properties. I love the selection of extra long pulls paired with knobs. Although good looking in their own right, the long pulls make access to cabinetry quick and easy. They also add a more horizontal perspective to the cabinetry, which I like.

Q: What was your inspiration for the stunning wall mural?

The mural was a joint effort. I suggested a mural to feature this single wall and Jaden chose a motif that she feels very connected to – the bamboo forest, a homage to her heritage. I do love the effect in the room!

Q: What other materials and techniques were used to create this kitchen?

It was important to me to unite each wall of cabinetry with the same size top doors so the eye experiences this symmetry. This took quite a bit of coordination with stock KraftMaid cabinetry, believe it or not, but you don’t need custom sizes to be creative. Had the wall cabinet to the right of the oven been taller as it would be designed typically, it would disrupt the top line of cabinetry on both walls.

Stay tuned for chef Jaden Hair’s perspective on this stunning kitchen remodel in part two of this blog post.

In The News: Top Knobs helps Transform Kitchen Into Tuscan Paradise

The transformation of a San Francisco home’s kitchen into a Tuscan inspired eatery was featured in the March issue of Better Homes & Gardens: Kitchen & Bath Ideas, and Top Knobs took center stage.

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After California couple Heather and Massimo met during an extended stay in Tuscany, they knew that their first order of business was to remodel their kitchen using the Italian influences that they fell in love with.

The Victorian style home’s kitchen was remodeled in the late 80’s, but lacked the culture and character that Heather and Massimo had imagined.

“The kitchen was really unattractive. In fact, it felt more like an office space with its long bank of plain cabinetry and black appliances,” says Heather.

The newly remodeled kitchen included limestone floor tiles, a handmade limestone range hood, a handmade tile back-splash, and custom two-toned cabinetry all tied together with popular Italian motifs.

Top Knobs cabinet hardware was used to accent the beautiful cabinetry and finish off the Tuscan design. The Devon Knob and the Tuscany D Pull from the Top Knobs Passport Collection, both in the Pewter Antique finish, were used in the remodeled kitchen.

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The article “Italian Romance” from Better Homes & Gardens: Kitchen & Bath Ideas was written by Mervyn Kaufman, edited by Karen Reinecke, and photographed by Paul Dyer.

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