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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3” Pulls – The Key to Retrofitting or Updating Old Cabinets

3 inch pullsSwitching out cabinet hardware is a quick and easy way to change the look of a kitchen. In fact, it is a popular home improvement projects for homeowners.

Unfortunately, today’s larger hardware designs do not match the screw holes on older cabinets, making it more difficult to find new cabinet hardware that will integrate in the old cabinetry. Most kitchens made 15 to 20 years ago feature 3” center-to-center measurement between screw holes.

Top Knobs has responded to this need by creating right sized 3” pull in 14 of their best collections. The 3” pulls are available in the following collections:

  • Additions
  • Asbury
  • Aspen
  • Bar Pull
  • Bronze
  • Dakota
  • Edwardian
  • Normandy
  • Nouveau
  • Nouveau II
  • Passport
  • Sanctuary
  • Somerset
  • Stainless

Plus, Top Knobs 3” Pulls are available in an assortment of finishes to match any décor, including: Tuscan Bronze, Antique Copper, Brushed Satin Nickel, Polished Nickel, Polished Chrome, Brushed Bronze, Patina Rouge, Oil Rubbed Bronze, German Bronze, Antique Pewter and Flat Black.

To view product information about the Top Knobs 3” Pulls, click to the Products section of TopKnobs.com. There you can sort by product type, size, color, etc, and get detailed product information. You can also order samples of select Top Knobs styles directly from the website.

 

Selecting a style of cabinet hardware

If you are replacing kitchen knobs and/or pull handles on existing cabinets, it is helpful to know what style type hardware you are shopping for. Kitchen cabinet hardware is divided into three broad style categories: Traditional, Contemporary, and Transitional.

Traditional

Aspen Collection

Aspen Collection

Often known as “Old World” these are classic designs, often inspired by historical architectural and design features. Traditional style is the most popular category of cabinet knobs and pulls, because most kitchen designs are traditional.

Traditional collections from Top Knobs include the Normandy, Tuscany, Edwardian, Aspen, Britannia, and Bronze (oil rubbed) collections.

Contemporary

Sanctuary

Sanctuary Collection

Contemporary designs feature sleek lines, sharp angles, minimalist features, and modern finishes such as brushed satin nickel, polished chrome, and stainless steel. The look of the kitchen is modern, sleek, and elegant.

The Contemporary collections available from Top Knobs are Sanctuary, Sanctuary II, Nouveau, Nouveau II, and Nouveau III.

Transitional

Somerset II Collection

Somerset II Collection

Transitional knobs and handle pulls are a blend of Traditional and Contemporary styles. These can be Traditional designs with Contemporary finishes, or Contemporary designs with Traditional finishes. The look can be quite striking.

Top Knobs Dakota, Asbury, Somerset I, and Somerset2 collections are considered Transitional looks.

 

Three tips for choosing cabinet hardware!

cobblestone16Here are three helpful tips on how to choose cabinet hardware!

Match or replace the hinges
If your cabinets have hinges that show from the outside, you will probably want to select knobs and pulls that match the color and style of the hinges. It’s also possible that your hinges have tarnished over time. Many of our knobs are available in finishes that may match these tarnished hinges. Or you can replace the hinges as well (hinges are usually available at hardware stores – take one of yours into the store to get an exact match on the size).

For pull handles, measure the center-to-center distance between the two screw holes
If you are replacing a pull handle with a 3 inch center-to-center measurement between the screw holes, you will probably want to select new handles that are also 3 inch center-to-center (not the overall length of the pull -measure from screw hole to screw hole).

Double-check the clearance
If you have cabinet doors that open from the center, with the knobs from each cabinet right next to the other, measure the distance between the knobs. If you choose too large a knob, they may either touch or be very close together, which may not be the look you want.

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