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.

Smith Kitchen Before

Before

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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After

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.

Top Knobs Square Knob M1165 and Sqaure Bar Pull M1159

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

Cabinet Cup Pulls

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

Asbury Collection

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.

Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen

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.

Top Knobs Chareau Steamy Kitchen Serra project

“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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Susan Serra, CKD

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.

BHG Italian Romance

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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Round bases and strong circular shapes make up the Top Knobs Mercer Oculus series

The new Top Knobs Mercer Collection Oculus series of decorative hardware accents cabinetry with a strong circular shape and clean lines. Rounded bases for the pulls and tops for the knobs add strength and performance.

“Perfectly round shapes are always eye-catching design elements,” states Christine Zimmer, product manager for Top Knobs. “We set off these shapes with smooth geometric arches for pulls and bases for knobs and you have a collection that has firm contemporary character that integrates well with transitional rooms.”

Oculus

Round shapes, such as the Pantheon dome in Rome, are the inspiration for the Top Knobs Mercer Collection Oculus series of cabinet hardware.

 

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Top Knobs Mercer Collection Oculus Series

Oculus is available with 3 knob sizes and 3 sizes of pulls. Five trending finishes offer added versatility including Brushed Satin Nickel, Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel, Sable and Umbrio. Retail prices vary based on size/finish from $5.00 per piece to $13.00 per piece. For more information, and to order samples, visit TopKnobs.com.

Transforming a San Diego kitchen with Top Knobs

Top Knobs was used to help transform a Scripps Ranch area San Diego, California kitchen renovation spearheaded by Borrelli Design.

This $75,000 kitchen renovation includes the flared pull and the 3/8” x 1 1/2″ L knob from the Top Knobs Sanctuary Collection in a Tuscan Bronze finish. The kitchen is loved by people and pets alike. The clients’ dog showed up and found its spot in the kitchen!

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When asked why they choose Top Knobs for the project, Borelli Design had this to say:

“We chose this particular collection for this project because we felt that it complemented the timeless and unique feel of the kitchen. The rich finish of the Tuscan Bronze went with the custom stained Walnut wood and Espresso-stained doors for the refrigerator panels and pantry area. We chose pulls that had a slight curvature to play off of the wood grains and pillowed-edge door profiles. Elegant and simple, yet the perfect finalizing touch for the kitchen.”

Borrelli Design+Cabinetry is a multidimensional interior design firm specializing in custom design and installation of kitchen, bath, home theater, and other projects for home and office. With more than 30 years of experience serving clients throughout the United States, the Borrelli Design team of interior designers, on-site cabinetmakers, and installers, in conjunction with the Borrelli team of craftspeople, work with clients from the concept phase to completion of each project.

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Solid versus hollow cabinet knobs and pulls: why it matters.

The cabinet and drawer knobs and pulls that are stocked at big box home improvement stores and hardware stores are typically hollow. Hollow knobs can also be found in kitchen cabinet showrooms and decorative hardware showrooms on their lower end “builder grade” knobs and pulls. You can tell a knob is hollow by picking one up and holding it. It’s light. You may also notice that the back of the knob or pull is also hollow. This reduces the amount of metal in the knob or pull, which reduces the cost. But it also reduces the longevity of the knob. Less metal can also cause sharp edges that aren’t comfortable to the touch.

Nouveau III M1143

Nouveau III M1143

If shortcuts have been taken on the metal, then it’s also likely that shortcuts have been taken on the finish – fewer coats, less polishing, fewer coats of protective lacquer, and thus more vulnerable to tarnishing, the finish rubbing off, and changes to the finish color over time. The knob or pull may also have rougher edges due to mechanical finishing vs. hand finishing.

Top Knobs Passport Collection Luxor Series

Top Knobs Passport Collection Luxor Series

You can feel the quality of Top Knobs in your hand. Most Top Knobs products are solid metal – solid brass, bronze, iron, steel, etc – and they are heavy! A solid knob is far less vulnerable to denting or creasing. The heavier weight feels good in your hand. The screw threads extend through the solid knob, making it far less vulnerable to stripping than a hollow knob with far fewer threads. And because every Top Knobs product is hand finished, they are smooth to the touch with no rough edges.

Top Knobs Tuscany M229

Top Knobs Tuscany M229

There are a few hollow knobs and pulls in the Top Knobs product line. If the design on the product is very intricate, the metal has to be pressed into the mold rather than poured into the mold. This requires using a flat sheet of metal, which is then formed to create the rest of the hollow knob or pull. This is actually are more costly and involved production process, but the result is a beautiful and intricate design and appeal!

View the complete Top Knobs product line, and the 2015 product catalog, at www.topknobs.com.