Flip that House: An Arizona Fixer Upper Gets a Major Facelift with Top Knobs

With only a few months to work with, Chris and Molly from Fitch Hill transformed a dated Arizona property into a crisp, timeless home for new owners. The impressively creative and meticulously designed renovation took the Scottsdale home from basic and outdated to simplistically chic with the help of Top Knobs decorative hardware.

During the initial design phase the pair drew up plans to bring a modern, yet timeless look into the home. “We brought in some more contemporary items, but overall we wanted to create a crisp design that would stand the test of time. We feel we did a great job staying on trend, while also ensuring that the home will still be up to date in 10 years.”

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Working on a tight timeline, Chris and Molly pulled off a full interior remodel of the Scottsdale home that included the addition a powder room while also moving the location of the kitchen, master bath and laundry room. “This project had to come together extremely quickly from the beginning of the design phase through construction,” Chris explained. “All in the same day, plans were finalized, given to the city, a permit was granted and demo was started on the property.” While they admit the timeline was a bit of a challenge, the duo was surprisingly able to hit all of their deadlines. “Our team had such great communication that we were able to pull it off somehow.”

Knobs and pulls from the Top Knobs Lynwood Collection in Honey Bronze gave the kitchen and wet bar the classic and contemporary twist that Chris and Molly were going for. The on-trend Honey Bronze finish worked flawlessly with the white cabinetry in the kitchen, and provided a stunning contrast when used on the black cabinetry at the wet bar.

“We love Top Knobs not only because of the large selection of items for all of our different project styles, but also for the quality of the products and the customer service,” says Chris.

The design duo kept the kitchen design fresh by using a bright, open-concept layout and mixing materials throughout the space. They opted to experiment with different metals, concrete, marble, wood and quartz for a look that has quickly become a portfolio favorite.

Thank you, Chris and Molly, for sharing your Top Knobs project with us! For even more design inspiration from Fitch Hill, be sure to follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

 

Top Knobs Introduces the Riverside & Minetta Series of the Grace Collection

Top Knobs, the leading manufacturer of decorative kitchen and bath hardware, introduces the Riverside and Minetta series to the Grace Collection of knobs, pulls and appliance pulls.

Inspired by the contemporary appeal of Riverside Drive in New York City, the Riverside series features a redefined take on the standard square bar pull with a contoured comfort grip, higher projection and matching appliance pulls. Also in line with Grace’s modern aesthetic, the Minetta series of tab pulls offer a sleek and streamlined look with soft curves for handling.

“The Riverside and Minetta series of decorative hardware feature some of the most relevant styles for today’s market,” says Christine Zimmer, Top Knobs Product Manager. “The uniquely modern offerings are reminiscent of the ever evolving, yet timeless appeal of their namesake neighborhoods in Manhattan.”

Riverside Series Details:

  • Knob Size: 2” T Knob
  • Pull Sizes: 3 ¾” cc, 5 1/16” cc, 6 5/16” cc, 7 9/16” cc, 8 13/16” cc, 12” cc,
  • Appliance Pull Sizes: 18” cc, 12” cc
  • Finishes: Ash Gray, Polished Nickel, Polished Chrome, Honey Bronze, Brushed Satin Nickel, and Flat Black
  • MSRP: $8.40 – $146.20

Minetta Series Details:

  • Tab Pull Sizes: 3 ¾” cc, 5 1/16” cc, 6 5/16” cc, 7 9/16” cc, 8 13/16” cc, 12” cc
  • Finishes: Ash Gray, Polished Nickel, Polished Chrome, Honey Bronze, Brushed Satin Nickel, and Flat Black
  • MSRP: $14.50 – $47.10

All Top Knobs collections come with a lifetime warranty. Visit TopKnobs.com for more information.

Tops Knobs Takes This “One Room Challenge” Kitchen from Drab to Fab

In just six short weeks, Interior Designer Vanessa Francis transformed her sister Arlene’s kitchen from drab and outdated to bright and modern with the help of Top Knobs. “It was a labour of love,” said Vanessa who completed the project as part of the One Room Challenge. “I am so happy that Arlene is so happy with the end result. If she didn’t live an hour and fifteen minutes away, I would be over there every day for dinner admiring her kitchen.” 

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When starting the project Vanessa’s first task was to improve the function and flow of the kitchen. A large plant was that was taking up too much valuable storage space was immediately relocated and replaced with floor to ceiling cabinetry. “Having all of your food in one location rather than multiple cabinets is one of the goals when designing kitchens,” explained Vanessa. 

Another goal of the kitchen design was to provide as much storage space as possible. On a single wall in the newly renovated kitchen, there are nine drawers. “I love the cup pulls from Top Knobs and how the finish recedes into the cabinetry,” Vanessa explains. For a streamlined, yet trendy look, Vanessa utilized the Top Knobs Kinney KnobChanning Cup Pull, and  Kinney Pull in 7 9/16 inch, 5 1/16 inch and 3 3/4 inch on the drawers and cabinets.

In an effort to achieve a more contemporary look, Vanessa replaced the old terra cotta tiles with more neutral large format tiles. Budget-friendly cabinetry from IKEA and simple white subway tile also helped to brighten the room for a more inviting ambiance.

To create even more counter space and storage Vanessa moved the sink replaced it with a more on-trend offering that complemented the cabinet hardware. “I just love the modern take on a traditional bridge faucet,” she says.

Last, Vanessa wanted to add a personal touch to the space. “My sister and her husband  have owned a bike store, Bicycles Plus, in Whitby for around 30 years and as a result they are both avid cyclists.” To make this kitchen truly feel like home, there are a few references to their love of cycling in the kitchen: The vintage Tour de France poster that her nephew bought in Paris on our trip this summer, the tea towel that she picked up in Vancouver, and a black cycling statue from HomeSense.

A special thank you to Vanessa for choosing Top Knobs to transform her sister’s kitchen! See Vanessa’s entire One Room Challenge project here!

Top Knobs Brixton Series Shines in This High Contrast Kitchen Design

In Glen Ellyn, Illinois Brandie McCoy of Ember and Brune led a unique kitchen renovation to create a space that mixes Parisian glamour with classic refinement. With its new open layout, the kitchen took on a life of its own to make cooking, serving and socializing much easier for the owners who love to entertain.

In her design, McCoy juxtaposed dark blue and white throughout the kitchen. “This small space incorporates a lot of finishes without being too busy or overwhelming,” she told us. She used dark blue base and pantry cabinets, white wall cabinets, dark walnut-finished oak floors, natural white oak floating shelves, white stone countertops and backsplash, and brass and iron metal finishes. “It seems like so many contrasting tones, but they all live in perfect harmony here!” McCoy said of the remodel.

“Dark navy has become popular, as well as high contrasts,” says McCoy of current kitchen trends. “People are becoming increasingly more receptive and interested in multiple finishes in the kitchen, going beyond the usual wood island/white perimeter combo.”

When it came time to choose the cabinet hardware, McCoy opted for Top Knobs Brixton pulls and rimmed knobs in the new Honey Bronze finish. “We loved the quality and sleek, simple style of Top Knobs. Also, the finish matched our ‘champagne bronze’ plumbing fixture perfectly!” McCoy explained.

Lastly, McCoy points out that, “the backsplash is actually marble tile, cut to the size of subway tile. It has the same modern feel as subway tile, but a subtle difference that is stunning.”

Thank you Brandie, for sharing your design with us!

Photos by Aimée Mazzenga – www.aimeemazzenga.com

Top Knobs Completes Two Kitchen Renovations on HGTV’s Brother vs. Brother

This season on HGTV’s Brother vs. Brother, Jonathan and Drew take on San Francisco’s real estate game. Each brother buys a house sight unseen, to completely remodel throughout the season. Each episode, the brothers compete by renovating the same room in their respective houses. Their renovations are judged anonymously by industry professionals, and the winner is rewarded while the loser is stuck with the renovation clean up. Both brother’s design teams requested Top Knobs as the decorative hardware to serve as the finishing touch of their designs.

The second episode of the season focused on kitchens. Drew worked on transforming his dated 1970’s space into a modern California kitchen, while Jonathan took a risk transforming a dingy kitchen into an eco-chic, family friendly space.

Jonathan’s eco-chic kitchen featured a natural bark wall, an oversized island, high ceilings, and unusual black cabinets with contemporary Top Knobs fixtures. The Top Knobs Modern Metro Tab Pulls in flat black added a touch of sophistication and style to the kitchen.

Jonathan also converted an otherwise useless space near the kitchen into a small yet stylish powder room. Here, he used the Top Knobs Hopewell collection to complete the space.

While foundation and sewer line problems put Jonathan over his original budget, the remodel was still a success. He explains, “This is one of the best kitchen renovations I’ve ever done. The unique black cabinetry provided a sleek backdrop for brightly colored accents.”

On the other hand, Drew’s modern California design featured beautiful vaulted ceilings, a concrete dining table, and floating shelves. However, the wow factor in this kitchen came from the beautiful counter tops, appliances and natural wood cabinetry.

The wood cabinetry and lower cabinets were made complete with Top Knobs decorative hardware. With so many different styles and colors used throughout the space, Drew opted for a Modern Square Bar Pull to pull the design together.

Leanne and Steve Ford of HGTV’s Restored by the Fords were brought in as guest judges for the kitchen showdown. While they admitted it was a very close call, Jonathans classic yet modern kitchen design and unique black cabinets them over. For his win, Jonathan was awarded an exclusive Star Wars and Lucas Films tour, while Drew was left with the renovation clean up.

Aspen Collection Helps Transform an Arizona Fixer-Upper Kitchen

When it came time for Chicago native Michele from Hello Lovely Studio and her husband to choose a second home for vacation and retirement, picking the location was simple. With year-round warm weather, open space and family living nearby the couple purchased a 4 bedroom Mediterranean style cottage in Arizona. While the home was practically like new, it lacked the serene style and relaxing atmosphere they craved in a vacation home. Cabinet hardware from the Top Knobs Aspen Collection helped transform the once plain kitchen into a French-Nordic inspired paradise.

Arizona Home Shot

Having previously renovated her primary residence, Michele was confident that she could transform her kitchen all on her own. To start, the couple salvaged the old maple cabinets and painted them a soft European blue-grey color. Since the cabinets stood short in a room with 9 foot ceilings, they added risers to the cabinet tops and installed crown molding for dimension.

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Michele traded in her dark colored appliances for bright, stainless steel. The once mottled brown laminate countertops were replaced with Quartz countertop  accented by Calacatta gold marble wall tile.

To aid in the chic, yet serene, charm of the kitchen Michele partnered with Top Knobs and installed knobs and pulls from the Top Knobs Aspen Collection. 3-inch Aspen Cup Pulls were used on the lower drawers, while Aspen Potato Knobs were used on upper and lower cabinets. The subtle look of the collection added much needed style to the once bare cabinets.

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Thank you, Michele, for choosing Top Knobs for your kitchen renovation! To see the complete kitchen renovation, visit her DIY Kitchen Renovation blog post here.

Normandy Collection featured in HOUZZ Kitchen of the Week

Designer Charmean Neithart had a challenge in front of her when she accepted a Pasadena California kitchen project. Her client, a couple and their twin girls, wanted a functional floor plan that allowed for two people to work side by side in a 10-by-11-foot kitchen.

The result is a bright, open, colorful kitchen inspired by Italian pottery. It is a design where counterspace and pantry storage are the priority. Hand-painted terracotta tile, a farmhouse sink, and blue painted cabinets accented with Top Knobs Normandy knobs and pulls complete the look.

The rustic Top Knobs Normandy Collection includes a variety of birdcage and twisted wire designs – 7 pull, 11 knob, 2 ring pull, 2 drop pull and 4 different backplate styles. For this project 3 3/16″ Normandy Square Twist T-Handles in Pewter finish were used on upper cabinets to add a touch of olde world style. The drawers and bottom cabinets feature Normandy square twist pulls with backplates in a variety of sizes. The decorative hardware’s Pewter finish suits the age of the home and looks beautiful with the blue paint.

This kitchen was selected as the HOUZZ Kitchen of the Week. Read more details of complete kitchen remodel on HOUZZ.

 

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Pennington Bar Pulls add Contemporary Flair to a Space Savvy Kitchen

With help from Top Knobs decorative hardware, designer Paul Lintault of the award winning remodeling company BKC Kitchen and Bath transformed a small kitchen into a contemporary space with an abundance of storage options.

The Larkspur, Colorado kitchen design included modern fixtures and stainless steel appliances. Floors, walls, cabinetry and countertops boasted a neutral color palette while a geometric tile backsplash added a touch of modern flair.

Top Knobs Pennington Bar Pull - KBC Kitchen and Bath Project

Crystal and wooden style cabinets with Manhattan style doors were installed around the kitchen. The use of both upper and lower cabinets helped to maximize storage without taking up additional space in the room.

Top Knobs Pennington Bar Pull - KBC Kitchen and Bath Project

Various sized Pennington Bar Pulls from the Top Knobs Bar Pull Collection in Brushed Satin Nickel finish were used throughout the room. The clean lines of the pulls helped to create a seamless transition between the different shapes and sizes of the cabinets.

About the Pennington Collection of Bar Pulls

Top Knobs Pennington Bar Pulls are available in 11 sizes and 5 popular finishes such as Brushed Satin Nickel, Polished Chrome, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Polished Nickel, and Flat Black to accommodate virtually any design. Try them out in your project today with the Top Knobs Free Sample Program.

Top Knobs Pennington Bar Pulls

Photos courtesy of BKC Kitchen & Bath on Houzz.

 

 

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Top Knobs Adds a Modern Touch to a Texas Kitchen on HGTV’s Fixer Upper

Chip and Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper helped a first-time home-buying couple transform a vintage property into a modern home, complete with cabinet hardware from Top Knobs in their season 3 episode “Tiny House, Big Charm.”

Before and After Home Shots: Top Knobs Adds a Modern Touch to Kitchen on HGTV's Fixer UpperThe couple chose to purchase one of the two remaining original shotgun style houses in Waco, Texas – but it required extensive interior and exterior repairs. The couple signed on the home, transported it to an entirely new lot across town, and got to work gutting and reframing it.

Top Knobs Adds a Modern Touch to Kitchen on HGTV's Fixer Upper

The layout of the kitchen in the home was transformed in the revised floor plan. During the construction process the center section of the existing structure (formerly the bedroom) was opened up to become part of the open-concept kitchen.

Top Knobs Modern Metro Tab Pulls in Installed Kitchen ShotThe new kitchen features industrial elements and a clean design. Modern Metro Tab Pulls from the Top Knobs Sanctuary II collection in Polished Chrome were installed on the white oak cabinets. The sleek design on the tab pulls add an additional contemporary touch to the design.

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Modern Metro Tab Pulls from Top Knobs Sanctuary II

Top Knobs Modern Metro Tab Pulls from the Sanctuary II Collection

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New Honey Bronze Grows into Top Selling Finish

Launched in January 2017 for the Top Knobs Devon Collection, Honey Bronze has grown to become one of Top Knobs’ most popular finish choices for designers and homeowners. In just months, it has become the second best selling Top Knobs finish in the Devon Collection behind Brushed Satin Nickel.

Top Knobs Devon decorative hardware in Honey Bronze Finish

Top Knobs Devon decorative hardware in Honey Bronze Finish

A soft, light brass tone, Honey Bronze puts a chic twist on classic bronze or brass finishes. The new color adds the perfect touch of old-world charm to kitchen and bath designs thanks to its stunning light golden tone. There are currently 37 knobs and pulls from the Devon Collection available in Honey Bronze. Visit www.TopKnobs.com for product details.

Devon Collection Honey Bronze

Honey Bronze product offerings to expand

Due to phenomenal customer feedback, Top Knobs plans to expand four collections to include pieces in Honey Bronze. Starting in 2018, a selection of new knobs, pulls and appliance pulls will be available in Honey Bronze finish.

Curious as to how the new finish will work in your next kitchen or bath project? Designers can take advantage of the Top Knobs Free Sample Program and “try before they buy.” All Top Knobs products come with proprietary sealed finish and lifetime warranty.

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