Special Guest Post: Joyce Gaskins of Special Effects Interior Designs

JoyceGaskinsSpecial Effects Interior Design is a California based interior design company that started in 1984 and is owned by well-known interior designer and consultant Joyce Gaskins.

Gaskins and her team of designers have over the years worked with homeowners designing and re-designing interiors using Top Knobs cabinet hardware that are often their product of choice.

Top Knobs caught up with Gaskins to find out what inspires her designs and what some of her favorite collections are.

TK: Welcome to  the Top Knobs Design Board Joyce. Please tell us how did your association with Top Knobs begin?

JG: Well, I have used lots of Top Knobs products ever since being introduced to them. I have mixed, matched and tailored the collections to each individual project over the years depending on client style and preference.  I particularly like interchanging them with each other through a house. All things matching is a bore!

TK: What do you think makes the collections so popular with your clients?

JG: Top Knobs was one of the first to give us some great choices in appliances pulls, which I also frequently use “back to back” on shower doors and even closet doors in some cases. The majority of your finishes transfer throughout the collections. That’s critical for me since I am someone who rarely keeps everything the same so I need to be able to mix and match while maintaining the same finish.

header_Right_KitchenTK: How do you approach each collection? Style? Design? 

JG: I  appreciate that I can depend on Top Knobs to give me a comfortable projections on knobs and larger centers on pulls giving the client easy access while giving the cabinet door or drawer some visual style and a bit of “presence”.

TK: If  you had to design a bathroom or kitchen, what Top Knobs collection would you choose and why?

JG: Wow, that really all depends on the style of kitchen or bath and the person using it. It will likely be a more rustic simple style if it’s a mountain home, whereas a more formal or contemporary design will call for something entirely different. I also work in “Universal Design”, when working with handicap people, the range of motion may be different and ease of access becomes critical. So all I can say is “thank you” for giving me things I can use in my many different situations.

TK: And finally, what is your signature design of choice?

JG: I hope I don’t have a “signature” other than good design based on the classic, whether that be contemporary, art deco, old world period, American ranch, etc. It all completely depends on the client, their project needs & budget. If everything looks like a designer’s signature that usually means the designer wasn’t listening. Growing up in Europe and living in many of our States, the “looks” can be vastly different. All good… but often very different.

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Spotlight: Master Bathroom Renovation with Top Knobs Chareau Collection

Months of planning and decision making went into the master bathroom renovation of homeowner and blogger Pamela Rosenberg at BeColorful. The result is a crisp, elegant master bath that she and her husband are sure to enjoy for years to come.

The project used a combination of Top Knobs Chareau Collection Polished Nickel Emerald Pulls and Emerald Knobs. According to Pamela, she chose the Chareau Collection because:

I felt they had enough detail to make them blend with the more traditional elements of our home but that their clean lines and simple design also gave them a bit of a contemporary edge.

Take a look! Read the complete story about Pamela’s Master Bath Renovation and Reveal HERE.

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Top Knobs Chareau Collection Emerald Knobs in Polished Nickel.

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Top Knobs Chareau Collection Emerald Pulls in Polished Nickel.

Inspired by nature: The Top Knobs Glacier Series

Top Knobs recently introduced the Mercer Collection of contemporary cabinet hardware. The Glacier series in the Mercer Collection offers luxurious stature and powerful performance with European styling for contemporary spaces.

But why call the series Glacier?

“Glaciers are impressive landscape elements that imply both power and beauty,” explains Christine Zimmer, product manager for Top Knobs. “The Glacier series is inspired by these awesome landmarks with ergonomic geometry and details that elevates this classic minimal pull.”

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Glacier Series cabinet hardware is available with 2 knobs (¾” and 1-½”) and 7 sizes of pulls from 2” to 12”. Five trending finishes offer added versatility for kitchens and bathrooms including Brushed Satin Nickel, Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel, Sable and Umbrio.

Retail prices vary based on size/finish from $5.00 per piece to $42.00 per piece. All Top Knobs products come with proprietary sealed finish and lifetime warranty. For more information, and to purchase, visit our website at TopKnobs.com.

KBIS 2014: Top Knobs grabs attention with ‘Firsts’ at trade show

Top Knobs recently hit the trade show floor for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, KBIS 2014, and showed off new products and as well as a brand new booth design. The show was full of a number of Top Knobs ‘Firsts’.

First: Part of Design & Construction Week, KBIS was co-located with the International Builders Show for the first time to create a unique experience for the home design and construction industries.

First: The debut of our new joint booth design with Hardware Resources. The booth prominently showcased the Top Knobs ad campaign, Precious Jewelry for My Kitchen. Showroom display boards featuring our knob and pull cabinet hardware collections were featured on the back wall so kitchen designers could touch and feel the products.

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First: Top Knobs launched 6 new series of cabinet hardware under the new Mercer Collection, including Quilted, Holland, Tango, Europa, Glacier and Oculus series.  New jeweled knobs in the Chareau Collection were also unveiled.

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Top Knobs Chareau Crystal Knobs

Top Knobs Mercer Collection display board

Top Knobs Mercer Collection display board

First: An exciting first for Top Knobs this year is that we were a sponsor of Modenus BlogTour. BlogTour selected 15 of the best interior design and lifestyle bloggers and invited them to visit KBIS. We hosted breakfast for BlogTour members and had a great time showing off our cabinet hardware collections to the bloggers, most of whom are also designers or kitchen designers and use Top Knobs in their projects. We can’t wait to read what they think of the Mercer Collection!

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KBIS 2014 – Top Knobs is ready for Vegas!

Top Knobs is busy getting ready for KBIS 2014, to be held February 4th to February 6th, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  Part of Design & Construction Week, KBIS is co-located with the International Builders Show this year to create a unique experience for the home design and construction industries. Here’s a sneak peek at what you’ll see at Top Knobs booth #N2175.

New booth design: We’ve refreshed the look of the Top Knobs / Hardware Resources KBIS booth. New graphics prominently feature the beauty of our products. Our showroom display boards are featured on the back wall. There may even be a hint of our new ad campaign, Precious Jewelry for My Kitchen, at the booth. You’ll just have to see it in person to find out! Here’s an artist’s rendering of the new booth design.

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New Products: Top Knobs will launch 6 new series of cabinet hardware within the new Mercer Collection, including Quilted, Holland, Tango, Europa, Glacier and Oculus series. New jeweled knobs in the Chareau Collection will also be unveiled.

Top Knobs, known for their exceptional kitchen cabinet hardware, introduces the new Quilted series – within the Mercer Collection. The Quilted series offers depth and textural dimension that creates visual interest in whatever space it integrates with.

Top Knobs introduces the new Quilted series – within the Mercer Collection. The Quilted series offers depth and textural dimension that creates visual interest in whatever space it integrates with.

 

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Chareau Collection Jeweled Emerald Knob

Be sure to include a visit at the Top Knobs booth in your KBIS plans. You won’t be disappointed.

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