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.

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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.

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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.

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Photos courtesy of BKC Kitchen & Bath on Houzz.

 

 

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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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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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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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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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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.

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