Project Review: Modernized 1890s Brownstone Kitchen

Michele Alfano of Michele Alfano Designs, known for her modern signature, recently took on a new challenge to work with clients who prefer a more traditional style. She was asked to modernize the kitchen of a 1892 brownstone in Hoboken, NJ yet maintain the home’s historic touches. Top Knobs Somerset transitional style decorative hardware was an integral part of the design.

“The Hoboken home had great bones,” said Alfano. The designer introduced tin metal into the kitchen that brought in sophisticated and historic detailing. It not only honored the personality of Victorian homes in the 1890s, but also created an architectural focal point in this kitchen.

Brownstone-Project-Top-Knobs-Alfano-DesignsThe tin was recessed into the sheetrock ceiling directly over the island and in line with the pantry. A pure modern gesture.

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White cabinetry was accented with shades of grays. The honed gray concrete counter in combination with the polished marble-look island makes a statement. The crisp lines of the island’s waterfall stone edge swirl with attention.

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The client fell in love with the Top Knobs Somerset pull and cup pull decorative hardware collection in a brushed nickel finish. Its contemporary design with striking curves and straight edges was a nice accent to the lines of the cabinetry.

The Somerset collection offers a seamless transition between classic and contemporary. The cabinet hardware is available in 2 ½” and 3” cup pulls, nine knob styles and five style pulls: Star pulls, Voss pulls, Arendal pulls, Somerset pulls and Wire pulls. A mixture of 18 finishes varying by product style make the transitional Top Knobs collection ideal for nearly any kitchen design.

The apron front sink was a perfect selection for the kitchen. A contemporary take on a classic style, it is crafted in Silgranit, a granite composite that is ultra-cleanable and extremely durable. The client loves it.

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Layers of lighting fill the kitchen space. Recessed ceiling lighting, under-cabinet lighting and modern pendants drop from the geometric tin ceiling over the island. Opening up the back wall with a large span of windows was key to the design. Views of their garden with tons of natural light pours into their space making it feel larger.

According to Alfano, the collaboration with the client worked seamlessly and they are so happy in their new home.

Product Sources:

Designer: Michele Alfano Designs
Cabinet Millworker: Five Star Millwork
Stone Fabricator: Faithful Countertops
Sink: BLANCO IKON Apron Sink
Faucet: Grohe
Hardware: Top Knobs Somerset Pull and Cup Pulls, Brushed Nickel Finish
Countertop Perimeter: Caesarstone Concrete
Countertop Island: Statuary Neolith
Lighting: Visual Comfort Chapman Easterly
Benjamin Moore Wall Paint: Metro Gray #1459
Benjamin Moore Ceiling Paint: Dove White OC-17

 

The original version of this article cited the home as being built in the 1920s. The article has been updated to reflect the 1892 built date.

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Flat black Top Knobs hardware adds charm to One Room Challenge kitchen

When designer Vanessa Francis participated in the ‘One Room Challenge‘ she choose Top Knobs cabinet hardware to be part of her charming kitchen renovation.

Twice a year, twenty design bloggers participate in the One Room Challenge and transform a space. Every Wednesday for six weeks, designers document their process via social media while sharing their sources and professional advice. For the most recent challenge, Francis redesigned her own outdated kitchen.

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Vanessa Francis in her redesigned One Room Challenge kitchen

Top Knobs Barrington Channing 3 3/4″cup pulls (TK773BLK) and Top Knobs Serene Lily 1 1/8″ knobs (TK820BLK) were used. Francis selected Top Knobs’ Flat Black finish to offset off-white cabinetry.

Here’s a close up look at the pieces installed in the refreshed kitchen.

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Top Knobs Serene Collection – 1 1/8″ Lily knob

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Lower cabinets and drawers feature Top Knobs Barrington Collection – 3 3/4″ Channing cup pulls

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The flat black cabinet hardware finish accents off-white cabinetry

Read details about the complete kitchen makeover on Francis’ Decor Happy blog. All photos courtesy Ashley Capp.

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Aspen Collection Featured in Napa Valley Revival

In Napa Valley, California 22 designers transformed three properties on historic Randolph street to be part of the 2015 Napa Valley Showhouse, held in conjunction with and benefiting the Napa Valley Film Festival. Traditional Home Magazine gave readers a tour of the homes, including the project “267 Randolph Street” where Top Knobs decorative hardware was featured.

Traditional Home ShowhouseIn the kitchen and breakfast area, designers Lori Gilder and Rebecca Reynolds collaborated to create a bright design that played off the popular subway tile installation. “A crisp white backdrop was the ideal canvas for building the layers of this classic yet modern kitchen,” says Lori Gilder.

Top Knobs Aspen cabinet pulls in Traditional Home Showhouse

The space efficient White Shaker-style cabinets are completed with Light Bronze finish flat sided pulls from Top Knobs Aspen collection of hand finished, solid cast bronze cabinet hardware.

Top Knobs Aspen cabinet pulls in Traditional Home Showhouse

Photos courtesy of Dustin Peck, Matt Sartain and Traditional Home Magazine. View the entire project here.

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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.

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.

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.

Do you have a project where you’ve used Top Knobs? We’re always looking for beautiful kitchen and bath projects to share on our Imagine Daily blog. Contact us on Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus and we’ll work together to share your projects.

Around the world with the Passport Collection: Great Wall

The Great Wall of China’s 5500-miles of ambling towers, steps and gateways traverse jagged mountains, vast deserts and rolling grasslands. Each individual brick or stone, placed by human hands, has acted together to create a barrier against invading armies over the centuries.
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What does this have to do with cabinet hardware? It is the geometric shapes of the Great Wall, contrasting with the panoramic views of the Chinese countryside, that are the inspiration for the Great Wall Series of the Top Knobs Passport Collection.

Click the image below to see the products in detail.

Top Knobs Passport Great Wall cabinet hardware

The Great Wall Series is available in four finishes: German Bronze, Polished Nickel, Pewter Antique and Tuscan Bronze. The 1″ square shaped knobs mall and large bases shapes and the pulls are offered in three different sizes, including a 12″ appliance pull.

Like all Top Knobs products, the Great Wall series of the Passport Collection comes with a lifetime warranty and a protective sealed finish.

Have you used the Passport Collection Great Wall series in a kitchen project? We’d love to hear from you. Contact us on Twitter or Facebook. Find out more about the product, and how to get product samples on TopKnobs.com.

Modern Envy kitchen spotlights Top Knobs Nouveau hardware

House 2 Home Design & Build of Silicon Valley California recently used Top Knobs Nouveau collection in a modern kitchen redo.

This project is called Modern Envy, where form meets function. It features a combination of Scandinavian clean lines that merge with transitional/ contemporary simple elegance including Top Knobs cabinet hardware.

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Clean geometrical lines in slab door cabinetry and tile layouts demonstrate the Scandinavian elements. The transitional/ contemporary influences are the color palette and balanced blend of curvilinear lines in lighting and plumbing fixtures. Contrasting neutral colors with a splash of vibrant green apple reflect a crisp clean atmosphere with a warm and inviting feel.

The kitchen features a well laid-out floor plan incorporating all of the client’s spatial and functional needs.  The House 2 Home project created ease of access and functionality through space planning within each workstation section. The project created a place for everything and everything in its place.

Top Knobs Nouveau Collection and Nouveau III Collection cabinet hardware were used throughout the kitchen.

Lewer SocialMedia-9Top Knobs  M1146 Nouveau collection 5-1/16” center to center brushed satin nickel crescent flair cabinet arch pulls were featured on top and bottom cabinetry. This Nouveau pull is also available in Brushed Bronze, Tuscan Bronze,  Polished Chrome and Flat Black.

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Top Knobs M579 Nouveau III ¾” indent knobs in brushed satin nickel were also used on drawer fronts. Other finish choices for the Nouveau III Indent knob are Polished Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Tuscan Bronze, White, Aluminum, Polished Chrome and Flat Black.

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Visit House 2 House Design at h2hdesignandbuild.com to learn more about their projects and services.

 

 

Special Guest Post: Joyce Gaskins of Special Effects Interior Designs

JoyceGaskinsSpecial Effects Interior Design is a California based interior design company that started in 1984 and is owned by well-known interior designer and consultant Joyce Gaskins.

Gaskins and her team of designers have over the years worked with homeowners designing and re-designing interiors using Top Knobs cabinet hardware that are often their product of choice.

Top Knobs caught up with Gaskins to find out what inspires her designs and what some of her favorite collections are.

TK: Welcome to  the Top Knobs Design Board Joyce. Please tell us how did your association with Top Knobs begin?

JG: Well, I have used lots of Top Knobs products ever since being introduced to them. I have mixed, matched and tailored the collections to each individual project over the years depending on client style and preference.  I particularly like interchanging them with each other through a house. All things matching is a bore!

TK: What do you think makes the collections so popular with your clients?

JG: Top Knobs was one of the first to give us some great choices in appliances pulls, which I also frequently use “back to back” on shower doors and even closet doors in some cases. The majority of your finishes transfer throughout the collections. That’s critical for me since I am someone who rarely keeps everything the same so I need to be able to mix and match while maintaining the same finish.

header_Right_KitchenTK: How do you approach each collection? Style? Design? 

JG: I  appreciate that I can depend on Top Knobs to give me a comfortable projections on knobs and larger centers on pulls giving the client easy access while giving the cabinet door or drawer some visual style and a bit of “presence”.

TK: If  you had to design a bathroom or kitchen, what Top Knobs collection would you choose and why?

JG: Wow, that really all depends on the style of kitchen or bath and the person using it. It will likely be a more rustic simple style if it’s a mountain home, whereas a more formal or contemporary design will call for something entirely different. I also work in “Universal Design”, when working with handicap people, the range of motion may be different and ease of access becomes critical. So all I can say is “thank you” for giving me things I can use in my many different situations.

TK: And finally, what is your signature design of choice?

JG: I hope I don’t have a “signature” other than good design based on the classic, whether that be contemporary, art deco, old world period, American ranch, etc. It all completely depends on the client, their project needs & budget. If everything looks like a designer’s signature that usually means the designer wasn’t listening. Growing up in Europe and living in many of our States, the “looks” can be vastly different. All good… but often very different.

Learn more about the Top Knobs Design Board, and how to join my visiting this page.