Tops Knobs Takes This “One Room Challenge” Kitchen from Drab to Fab

In just six short weeks, Interior Designer Vanessa Francis transformed her sister Arlene’s kitchen from drab and outdated to bright and modern with the help of Top Knobs. “It was a labour of love,” said Vanessa who completed the project as part of the One Room Challenge. “I am so happy that Arlene is so happy with the end result. If she didn’t live an hour and fifteen minutes away, I would be over there every day for dinner admiring her kitchen.” 

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When starting the project Vanessa’s first task was to improve the function and flow of the kitchen. A large plant was that was taking up too much valuable storage space was immediately relocated and replaced with floor to ceiling cabinetry. “Having all of your food in one location rather than multiple cabinets is one of the goals when designing kitchens,” explained Vanessa. 

Another goal of the kitchen design was to provide as much storage space as possible. On a single wall in the newly renovated kitchen, there are nine drawers. “I love the cup pulls from Top Knobs and how the finish recedes into the cabinetry,” Vanessa explains. For a streamlined, yet trendy look, Vanessa utilized the Top Knobs Kinney KnobChanning Cup Pull, and  Kinney Pull in 7 9/16 inch, 5 1/16 inch and 3 3/4 inch on the drawers and cabinets.

In an effort to achieve a more contemporary look, Vanessa replaced the old terra cotta tiles with more neutral large format tiles. Budget-friendly cabinetry from IKEA and simple white subway tile also helped to brighten the room for a more inviting ambiance.

To create even more counter space and storage Vanessa moved the sink replaced it with a more on-trend offering that complemented the cabinet hardware. “I just love the modern take on a traditional bridge faucet,” she says.

Last, Vanessa wanted to add a personal touch to the space. “My sister and her husband  have owned a bike store, Bicycles Plus, in Whitby for around 30 years and as a result they are both avid cyclists.” To make this kitchen truly feel like home, there are a few references to their love of cycling in the kitchen: The vintage Tour de France poster that her nephew bought in Paris on our trip this summer, the tea towel that she picked up in Vancouver, and a black cycling statue from HomeSense.

A special thank you to Vanessa for choosing Top Knobs to transform her sister’s kitchen! See Vanessa’s entire One Room Challenge project here!

A Space of His Own Adorned with Top Knobs Decorative Hardware

With help from Top Knobs decorative hardware, designer, interior decorator  & TV host Vicki Payne helped her client Bill create a new construction home that was completely his own.  The client, a 50-year-old bachelor, wanted an open concept layout with wide open spaces, expanded living areas, a first floor master suite, floor to ceiling glass windows, wood and stone exteriors, three car garages and as much outdoor living space as possible. Most importantly though, Bill wanted to be as involved as possible in the building of the home.

The contemporary home, known as the True Residence, is located on a 2 1/2 acre wooded lot in the SouthPark neighborhood of Charlotte, NC. With a long wish list for this dream house, the new construction took over 18 months to build. Once complete, project coordinator Vicki Payne took over to turn his interior dreams into a reality.

True-Residence-Exterior-Shot

 

KITCHEN

With a love for cooking and entertaining, Bill likes for the party to start in the kitchen. Vicki selected maple colored kitchen cabinets with two different finishes. To complete the look, Bill wanted something sleek but not too dainty for his decorative hardware, which is why Vicki opted for a combination of knobs and pulls from Top Knobs Sanctuary Collection in a Brushed Satin Nickel finish for the perimeter cabinets. Pulls from the Aspen Collection were used to accessorize the Middle Island cabinets.

 

SCULLERY

Located between the indoor gourmet kitchen and a custom outdoor kitchen, Vicki designed a scullery which incorporated built-in cabinets, countertops, a farmhouse style sink and a dishwasher for discrete prep and clean-up during large gatherings. The deep blue colored cabinets were decorated with Tuscan Bronze pulls from the Top Knobs Dakota Collection for an easy to grip, strong and dependable pull.

 

LAUNDRY ROOM

Sticking with the deep blue theme, a laundry room with a vast amount of storage space features blue cabinets and dark appliances.  To add a pop of brightness to the room, the walls and floors were finished with light colored tile and paint, while the cabinets were made complete with Top Knobs Princetonian Bar Pulls in Brushed Satin Nickel. A tall window overlooking the laundry room sink adds light and dimension to the space.

 

GYM & GUEST BATHROOM

Keeping the contemporary theme alive, the gym & guest bathrooms feature two of Top Knobs popular styles of the present day. In the gym bathroom, Juniper Berry Diamond cabinets are finished with pulls from the Top Knobs Sanctuary Collection while Clover Diamond cabinets in the guest bathroom are accessorized with Polished Steel knobs and pulls from the Top Knobs Stainless Steel Collection.

 

MASTER BATHROOM

Last but not least comes the master bath. As one of only two rooms in the house with custom cabinets, the mahogany colored horizontal wood grain design required custom fabrication resulting in a completely unique look. To finalize the feel of the space, Vicki chose Top Knobs Arched Pulls from the Sanctuary Collection in a Polished Chrome finish.

Thank you, Vicki, for choosing Top Knobs to adorn Bills’ new home! See Vicki Payne’s entire project in a 10-part series entitled “A Space of His Own” starting here.

Aspen Collection Helps Transform an Arizona Fixer-Upper Kitchen

When it came time for Chicago native Michele from Hello Lovely Studio and her husband to choose a second home for vacation and retirement, picking the location was simple. With year-round warm weather, open space and family living nearby the couple purchased a 4 bedroom Mediterranean style cottage in Arizona. While the home was practically like new, it lacked the serene style and relaxing atmosphere they craved in a vacation home. Cabinet hardware from the Top Knobs Aspen Collection helped transform the once plain kitchen into a French-Nordic inspired paradise.

Arizona Home Shot

Having previously renovated her primary residence, Michele was confident that she could transform her kitchen all on her own. To start, the couple salvaged the old maple cabinets and painted them a soft European blue-grey color. Since the cabinets stood short in a room with 9 foot ceilings, they added risers to the cabinet tops and installed crown molding for dimension.

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Michele traded in her dark colored appliances for bright, stainless steel. The once mottled brown laminate countertops were replaced with Quartz countertop  accented by Calacatta gold marble wall tile.

To aid in the chic, yet serene, charm of the kitchen Michele partnered with Top Knobs and installed knobs and pulls from the Top Knobs Aspen Collection. 3-inch Aspen Cup Pulls were used on the lower drawers, while Aspen Potato Knobs were used on upper and lower cabinets. The subtle look of the collection added much needed style to the once bare cabinets.

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Thank you, Michele, for choosing Top Knobs for your kitchen renovation! To see the complete kitchen renovation, visit her DIY Kitchen Renovation blog post here.

Normandy Collection featured in HOUZZ Kitchen of the Week

Designer Charmean Neithart had a challenge in front of her when she accepted a Pasadena California kitchen project. Her client, a couple and their twin girls, wanted a functional floor plan that allowed for two people to work side by side in a 10-by-11-foot kitchen.

The result is a bright, open, colorful kitchen inspired by Italian pottery. It is a design where counterspace and pantry storage are the priority. Hand-painted terracotta tile, a farmhouse sink, and blue painted cabinets accented with Top Knobs Normandy knobs and pulls complete the look.

The rustic Top Knobs Normandy Collection includes a variety of birdcage and twisted wire designs – 7 pull, 11 knob, 2 ring pull, 2 drop pull and 4 different backplate styles. For this project 3 3/16″ Normandy Square Twist T-Handles in Pewter finish were used on upper cabinets to add a touch of olde world style. The drawers and bottom cabinets feature Normandy square twist pulls with backplates in a variety of sizes. The decorative hardware’s Pewter finish suits the age of the home and looks beautiful with the blue paint.

This kitchen was selected as the HOUZZ Kitchen of the Week. Read more details of complete kitchen remodel on HOUZZ.

 

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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.

Top Knobs Pennington Bar Pull - KBC Kitchen and Bath Project

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.

Top Knobs Pennington Bar Pull - KBC Kitchen and Bath Project

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.

Top Knobs Pennington Bar Pulls

Photos courtesy of BKC Kitchen & Bath on Houzz.

 

 

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