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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At Home with Hollywood: Top Knobs Aspen Twig Pulls Help Transform a Surprise Kitchen Renovation

Actress Jenna Fischer, best known for the TV series The Office, recently supervised the design and surprise renovation of her sister’s St. Louis home. While Fischer was in Los Angeles, she and her designer used the technology of Houzz for inspiration and to select materials for the open concept living room, dining room and kitchen redesign.

Photo by Karr Bick Kitchen and Bath – Top Knobs Aspen Twig Pulls in Light Bronze

As part of the project, Top Knobs Aspen Twig pulls were used on upper and lower cream colored cabinets in the family’s kitchen, as well as on grey storage cabinets the entryway. The natural. rustic shape and Light Bronze finish of the decorative hardware adds an old-world touch to an otherwise contemporary kitchen design.

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Each solid bronze Aspen pull is hand-cast from 90% recycled bronze and hand-finished for a beautiful, elegant style. Made with solid castings of artisan grade bronze, it is quality in the palm of your hand. Aspen Twig pulls are available in 3 1/2″, 5″, 8″ and 12″ lengths. Eight finishes complement nearly any color scheme: Light Bronze, Medium Bronze, Mahogany Bronze, Silicon Bronze Light, Brushed Satin Nickel, Polished Chrome, and Polished Nickel.

Photo by Karr Bick Kitchen and Bath – Top Knobs Aspen Twig Pulls in Light Bronze
Photo by Karr Bick Kitchen and Bath – Top Knobs Aspen Twig Pulls in Light Bronze

A video of the complete Houzz project and kitchen renovation including Top Knobs is available below.

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Brass decorative hardware adds sophistication to French countryside inspired kitchen

Top Knobs helps blend simplicity and sophistication in a French countryside inspired South Carolina kitchen featured in Better Homes and Gardens Beautiful Kitchens & Baths.

Brass Top Knobs hardware in French Countryside KitchenIn Charleston, Elizabeth and Mark Barnette sought after a simple and nostalgic design for their open concept kitchen. As a result, the couple opted for subtle white walls, cabinets and appliances to mimic a low country style.

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One most noteworthy element is the brass accents included throughout the kitchen to lend the design a personal touch. Top Knobs Cup Pulls from the Somerset Collection and Somerset Weston Appliance Pulls in Polished Brass Finish were selected and act as the perfect statement against the white cabinetry.

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Want to find out more about this kitchen renovation? Read the full story written by Kimber Mitchell and photographed by Brie Williams in the Spring 2017 special edition of Better Homes and Gardens Beautiful Kitchens and Baths.

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Top Knobs adds style to award winning closet design

Cabinet hardware isn’t just for kitchens. Creative Closets Ltd. from Allentown, Pennsylvania chose Top Knobs to complete an award-winning reach-in closet renovation for a corporate office.

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Photography Courtesy of Ellyn G Elstein Creative Closets Ltd.

Far from your ordinary closet, the space includes a beverage station that is complete with a refrigerator, coffee maker and shelving for mugs and coffee. Also included in the reach-in closet is space for sports coats and business clothes to keep outwear safe. 5 foot bi-fold doors enclose the space when the closet is not in use.

The project was finished off with a Oil Rubbed Bronze Bow Pull from the Top Knobs Edwardian Collection. The closet went on to win the Top Shelf Design Award competition in the reach-in closet category.

 

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Top Knobs Bow Pull from the Edwardian Collection – M925ORB

 

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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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Appliance pulls from Top Knobs make an impact in a bright kitchen renovation

Top Knobs Appliance Pulls make a big statement when a Virginia couple upgrades their basic cabinets and dusty walls for an open layout kitchen with a personal touch.

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Working with designer Stephanie Dickens, the couple was able to eliminate a short peninsula that separated the cooking area from the dining area in this 260 sq. ft. kitchen in Alexandria, Virginia. The renovation created a more spacious layout that allows for natural light to brighten the room.

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Photo by Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

Bright pink walls, the clients favorite color, were used to perk up the mostly white kitchen. A large French-door refrigerator was paneled to match the elegant raised cabinets throughout the room. Top Knob’s Chalet Appliance Pulls from the Chareau collection added a touch of personal flair to the couples matching appliances.
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Close up of TK347 Chareau Appliance Pull

Photo by Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

Photo by Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

To read the full story by  featured on Houzz, click here.

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Asbury Collection Completes a Storage Savvy Kitchen

An open concept kitchen with a colorful design was featured in Better Homes and Gardens: Storage. The project entitled, “The Ultimate Kitchen” was designed with family inclusiveness in mind. The spacious layout is infiltrated with discrete storage solutions throughout the room to reduce clutter.

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Top Knobs Asbury Collection Cup Pulls – M1301

Custom tower cabinets surround the primary cooking zone of the design, while a cushioned banquette in the dining area features lower drawers to keep miscellaneous materials out of site. A large butler’s pantry equipped with barn doors hide larger kitchen appliances away from the prep space.  All the custom cabinetry was made complete with knobs and cup pulls from the Top Knobs Asbury Collection.

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To read the entire story written by Megan Boettcher and photographed by Greg Scheidemann, and purchase a digital version of the magazine, click 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 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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