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 Six Winning KBDN Design Awards Projects

The inaugural KBDN Design Awards winning projects featured today’s top kitchen & bath design trends, and Top Knobs cabinet hardware took center stage! Featured in six winning projects, Top Knobs helped contribute to the expansive storage capabilities and beautiful metal finishes that were common in so many of the winning projects seen below.

screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-4-19-53-pmIn the Kitchens Over $100,000 category, a 440-sq.ft. wood themed kitchen by Stimmel Consulting Group, Inc. in Ambler, PA took the silver prize. The kitchen featured natural, earthy elements and reclaimed barn wood for an out-of-the-ordinary natural look. The reclaimed wood custom cabinets were finished with Brushed Satin Nickel pulls from Top Knobs for a clean shine that left the kitchen with a modern look and feel.


screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-4-30-10-pmPreviously a horse carriage storage shed, the bronze winner of the Under $50,000 Kitchen is a historic building in Crested Butte, CO. The building owners chose to restore the carriage shed and transform it into a vacation cabin rental with a modern twist. Light colored cabinetry complete with Top Knobs Pewter Cup Pulls off-set the darker elements of the room, including a reclaimed oak floor and backsplash.


screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-4-42-17-pmIn the Kitchen Showroom category, Nar Bustamante Fine Carpentry in Carmichael, CA took silver for using new materials in a distinct way. Nar Bustamante was challenged with using corporate approved colors to achieve a warm, luxurious and modern look while showcasing his clients’ stoves and stone. Pewter Pine cabinetry added a contrast against the white and stainless appliances which were completed with Top Knobs Mercer Tab and Appliance Pulls.


screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-4-45-57-pmNar Bustamante Fine Carpentry also took home the bronze in the Master Bathrooms under $30,000 category for their minimalist bathroom project. The owners of the bathroom wanted to take advantage of the natural light in the shower area while still ensuring their privacy. This natural light spills over into the bathroom vanity which is made up of pure white quartz and rift white oak, finished off with Aspen and Europa pulls from Top Knobs.


screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-9-09-28-amAlso a bronze winner in the Master Bathrooms under $30,000 category, designer Sara Lee devised a new floor plan that expands the owner’s bathroom by nearly 30 square feet. The zen inspired bathroom featured a standing tub with a waterfall faucet and a separate shower space. A custom vanity topped with marble granite and a widespread faucet was completed with Oil Rubbed Bronze pulls from Top Knobs.

 


screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-9-14-49-amLast but not least, Nar Bustamante Fine Carpentry won another bronze award in the Powder Room category. The unique space combines a rustic, industrial and luxury look to create an eclectic design. The room features a mix of reclaimed wood, steel and modern fixtures including a vanity made up of a reclaimed wooden slab. To complete the rustic look, the vanity includes Top Knobs 3″ Bit Pulls in Patina Rouge.

Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you for using Top Knobs! To view the complete list of winning projects, check out the August issue of KBDN Magazine here.

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Transcend Collection brings a modern look to a colonial kitchen

With help from designer Sarah Robertson, interior designer Suzanne McGrath set out to re-design her home kitchen with the primary goal of re-vamping the space to feature an expansive storage capacity in an open and welcoming way.

screen-shot-2016-09-07-at-4-19-24-pmThe renovation, featured on today.com by Houzz contributor Mitchell Parker, included custom cabinets to hold every item imaginable, including a recessed paper towel holder, a mixer shelf, a spice drawer, a custom knife block drawer and slots for baking sheets.

Even more unique is a wide spice drawer to the left of the range to organizes jars. “You can read the labels and don’t have to reach for ones high up,” Robertson says. “It’s a great setup right by a range. When I redo my own kitchen, I’m going to put in two.”

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Top Knobs Transcend Ascendra Pulls accent this colonial kitchen featured on Houzz

 

Light blue subway tiles were used as a backsplash to provide a bit of color to the 1920s Colonial-style home. To modernize the look, hints of stainless steel appliances and cabinet hardware were used throughout the kitchen as well.  “It could be interpreted either way — modern or traditional. That’s what I like about it,” says Robertson.

The custom cabinets were complete with Ascendra knobs and pulls from the Top Knobs Transcend collection.

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Read the complete article on Today.com or view the slideshow on Houzz.

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Top Knobs helps Rejuvenate and Re-Organize 1970’s Kitchen

This Old House Magazine explores how Connecticut homeowners Elizabeth and Dough Kemp transform their dated 1970’s kitchen into an open gathering place for friends and family, featuring Top Knobs decorative hardware.

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For Elizabeth, storage and organization in the kitchen was a key component in the renovation. “I like having everything in its place,” says Elizabeth. “Like dedicated shelves for baking racks and trays.”

02-multitaskerThe Kemp family worked alongside designer Terry Scarborough of Deane Inc., and contractor Chris Kuehn of Longridge Builders to enlarge the kitchen and create an open, free-flowing space. Flat-panel cabinets, sleek pulls and neutral colors kept the feel of the space both fun and semi-formal.

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The Kemp’s accented their new cabinets and storage space with various sized Top Knobs Square Bar Pulls from the Nouveau III collection for a sleek and trendy finish.

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View the slideshow on thisoldhouse.com. Original story by Deborah Baldwin. Photography by John Gruen.

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Personalizing Appliances with Appliance Pulls

Appliance pulls from Top Knobs offer an opportunity to personalize appliances in a way that is both elegant and durable – all while creating a coordinating look in the kitchen. The Appliance Pull collection  is offered in a variety of styles and 8 different lengths to match any design scheme.

Designed to coordinate with Top Knobs pulls and knobs, some of the most popular Top Knobs Appliance Pulls include the Kara Appliance Pull, Edgewater Appliance Pull, Ascendra Appliance Pull, Hopewell Appliance Pull and Reeded Appliance Pull.

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What exactly is an Appliance Pull?
An Appliance Pull is typically used on a paneled refrigerator, freezer, trash compactor, or dishwasher where the front of the appliance looks like a cabinet face rather than an appliance. The Appliance Pull is used to open the appliance door. Top Knobs has an extensive range of Appliance Pulls in a variety of styles and finishes. The choice of what Appliance Pull style to use is usually based on matching the knobs and pulls on the other cabinets and drawers.

What are the lengths of your Appliance Pulls?
Top Knobs Appliance Pulls range in length from 8″ to 30″.

How do I install an Appliance Pull?
It is best to refer to the manufacturer’s installation manual of your appliance. We recommend professional installation by a Top Knobs showroom dealer.

All Top Knobs products come with proprietary sealed finish and lifetime warranty. Visit www.topknobs.com to view the entire collection. For more information, view our catalog here.

 

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Top Knobs adds life to a rowhouse kitchen

In Mount Pleasant, Washington D.C., rowhouse homeowners Lydia Pelliccia and Craig Schumpert transformed their narrow, dark galley kitchen into a spacious, family-friendly kitchen. The kitchen renovation includes Top Knobs decorative hardware and was featured in The Washington Post.

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“We cook a lot for ourselves and entertain fairly regularly, and we wanted stuff within reach,” says Schumpert. “We wanted to be able to minimize clutter and didn’t want to bump into each other all the time when cooking.” He and Pelliccia wanted to be able to prepare dinner while having their daughter, Lola, 9, sitting nearby doing homework.

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Interior designer Carmel Greer of District Design removed the interior walls on the main floor and expanding the kitchen to the full width of the house, placing the living area in front and the dining area in back. The kitchen is now the centerpiece of this house, and light floods in from both directions.

Top Knobs Pennington Bar Pulls grace this Maryland kitchen.

Top Knobs Pennington Bar Pulls grace this Maryland kitchen.

Greer accented the lower cabinets with Top Knobs Pennington bar pulls in Brushed Satin Nickel. The contemporty bar pulls are available in 11 sizes, from 3″ to 37 3/16, and in five finishes, Flat Black, Brushed Satin Nickel, Polished Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Polished Chrome, to match a variety of decors.

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Top Knobs Pennington Bar Pull

Read the complete article on The Washington Post.

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Top Knobs Sets the Standard in an Award Winning Tampa Kitchen

In Tampa, Florida a French inspired kitchen using Top Knobs cabinet hardware has won the prestigious Southeast Builders Conference 2015 Aurora Award for Interior Merchandising/Design in the Kitchen category for projects in the $1,000,001-$2,000,000 range. Here’s a look at the project which was recently featured in House Trends Tampa Magazine.

Amoroso Cabinets, in calibration with Windstar Homes, were the masterminds behind the kitchen project. Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, the homebuilder put most of the budget into the kitchen where family and friends could gather in an open air space.

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 8.24.26 AMDoug Amoroso, President of Amoroso Cabinets told House Trends Tampa that the reasoning behind the bright, open air kitchen comes from the latest trend of people using shades of taupe, mushroom and grey with simple details to result in a clean and contemporary feel.

All of the custom made cabinets were perfectly accented by pulls from the Top Knobs Somerset Finial collection in the Pewter Antique finish.

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 8.37.07 AMPhotos by Johan Roetz, story adapted from Setting The Standard – Award Winning Design Brings Home The Prize for This Tampa Kitchen by Amy Diehl in House Trends Tampa.

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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.

For more project featuring Top Knobs decorative hardware, follow Top Knobs on Houzz.

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.