Adding Sparkle and Shine with Crystal Inspired Decorative Hardware

A new wave of interior design trends brings crystals out of the jewelry box and into the home – and Top Knobs is ahead of the movement. With a variety of shapes and hues, crystal inspired hardware from Top Knobs will add a bit of sparkle to any room.

Top Knobs Crystal Collection

Top Knobs Crystal Collection

Crystals have a deep-rooted history on Earth dating back to the prehistoric era where they were used as protection and as a symbol of good luck. As civilization evolved, crystals served as emblems for spiritual healing and good energy. Although still used for those purposes today, crystals have found their way into the design scene through jewelry, and more recently, interiors.

Top Knobs Crystal Chareau knob

Crystal Emerald Knob, Chareau Collection

In the recently updated Top Knobs Chareau Collection, the Crystal Emerald Knob combines the clean lines of traditional Tuscan design with updated modern flair to create the perfect knob for transitional projects.

Hayley Crystal Knob, Serene Collection

Hayley Crystal Knob, Serene Collection

The all-new Serene Collection boasts a more subtle sophistication with the Hayley Crystal Knob, available in two sizes and three finishes.

Top Knobs Crystal Collection

And finally, the Crystal Collection features a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and finishes for ultimate design personalization.

Top Knobs Crystal Collection board

Close up on the faceted crystal details

Want to try a crystal inspired knob in your next kitchen or bath project? Designers can take advantage of the Top Knobs Free Sample Program and “try before they buy.” Visit TopKnobs.com to find out more.

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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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Photo by Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

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.

Alexandria, VA - Kitchen Remodel

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.
Close up of TK347 Chareau Appliance Pull

Close up of TK347 Chareau Appliance Pull

Photo by Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

Photo by Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

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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.

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.

Top Knobs wins three Gold and one Silver 2014 ADEX Awards for Mercer and Chareau Collections

Top Knobs has won multiple 2014 Awards for Design Excellence (ADEX) for the Mercer and Chareau cabinet hardware Collections in the products category. Under the Mercer Collection, the Tango and Oculus series each won a Gold award while the Quilted series won a Silver. The Holland, Glacier and Europa series were selected as final nominees in the judging as well. The Chareau Crystal knobs were selected as Gold award winners. Hosted by Design Journal Magazine, the ADEX Awards is a highly distinguished honor, which recognizes superior product design worldwide.

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Top Knobs Mercer Collection Tango and Oculus series, and Chareau Collection Crystal Knobs each won Gold 2014 Awards for Design Excellence (ADEX).

Chareau Collection Jeweled Emerald Knob

Chareau Collection Jeweled Emerald Knob

Mercer Collection Tango Series

Mercer Collection Tango Series

Mercer Collection Oculus Series

Mercer Collection Oculus Series

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Top Knobs Mercer Collection Quilted Series won a Silver 2014 Awards for Design Excellence (ADEX).

Mercer Collection Quilted Series

Mercer Collection Quilted Series

Members of the ADEX Awards judging committee are top tier professionals in the architectural and design industries who are revered for their opinions in their respective areas of expertise. Winners of the ADEX Awards are featured in the highly anticipated April issue of Design Journal.

“It is such a tremendous honor for Top Knobs to win three Gold and one Silver ADEX Awards for our Mercer and Chareau Collections,” states David Tyler, VP of Marketing for Top Knobs. “Winning these awards is a true reflection of the superior design and innovation that Top Knobs products are known for.”

 

Top Knobs Chareau™ Collection Expands to Add 3 New Patterns

Chareau feature 5x7Top Knobs, known for their exceptional kitchen cabinet hardware, rounds out their beautiful Chareau Collection with the addition of three new pattern suites including Reeded, Chalet and Shrewsbury. The Chareau Collection initially was launched late in 2012 with a few classic Tuscan designs that were updated for today’s transitional and modern kitchens. These were so popular that the collection has been further expanded and is available in five finishes – Black Iron, Tuscan Bronze, Brushed Satin Nickel, Polished Nickel and Polished Chrome.

“The Chareau Collection is about taking transitional design to perfection,” states David Tyler, VP of Marketing for Top Knobs. “The clean lines of the pulls and the knobs are classically traditional in shape, while offering an updated, modern design that will work in either setting. It’s a style that can go anywhere, in any kitchen.”

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