Sunday, August 18, 2013

Renovation 101: The Great Door Hardware Debate

The new house renovation is alive and going strong. The demo on the bathrooms is on it's way, the floors are done and the interior paint is almost completed. While my sweet old" tree house" was full of beautiful estate hardware, this house is full of 70's rusted metal. This means, of course, it all has to go! The doors are off their hinges, the window hardware has been removed, even the cabinet knobs are sayonara.

Before we even bought the house, I fell head over heals for these amazing interior door knobs:

These are a must! Because they are a budget buster, they are only going on the top main floor. To accomplish a more modern finish, with less brown in it, I chose Baldwin Hardware satin brass 04.

The knobs are door jewelry and to help them shine on there own, all other hardware in the house in oil rubbed bronze. Even the door stops below are oil rubbed. 

The interior doors are Benjamin Moore's Kendall Charcoal

Choosing the front door hardware is stumping me. I begged Ward, my sales person from Blackhawk Hardware, to "rip the band aid off" and place the order. . .But now I am questioning myself yet again.  . .

My first gut was the Soho Hardware from Baldwin Hardware. The only available finishes that are in the running are Venetian Bronze (shown below), Satin Brass and Black and don't gasp too loudly, but polished brass. 

Venitian Bronze

And then I questioned myself again and ordered the Seattle Front Door Hardware Venitian Bronze. I like it because it is super modern, but now I am I questioning myself for the same reasons.

With This Door Knocker. . . 

Baldwin Reserve Hardware is available in only these finishes. . . 

The last final detail is the exterior doors are Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray.

Lovers, I would love to hear your thoughts on hardware and finishes.  Should I go with the Seattle or the Soho? Should I do a different finish on the front door hardware?

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Kathy Wilder Interiors Graces Better Home's and Gardens Storage Magazine Fall/Winter 2013

I love it when I get a chance to brag on one of my favorite designers, Kathy of the "fantabulous" Kathy Wilder Interiors. Her unique, eclectic and undoubtedly modern twist on Southern Traditional has earned her countless devout followers.(Design groupies if I do say so myself) Up next for the talented Charlottean? Better Home's and Garden's Storage Magazine's Fall/Winter 2013 issue of course!

Her years of hard work paid off in the form of national attention and for the last several months she has been working with Better Homes and Garden's on a spread of her enviously curated playroom. Originally designed as a butlers pantry to the traditional historic home's floor plan, Kathy remade it into the ideal family playroom. Located directly off the kitchen,  Kathy can keep her eyes on her three boys all the while cooking up a gourmet dinner.

While the boys needs take the majority of the space, Kathy still finds space for the family printer, arts and crafts, and a lifetime worth of design magazines and resources. 

Sea grass woven baskets are used to organize like items, while canvas bins allow the kids easy access to their toys.  Pairs of display worthy accessories add interest to the utility of the shelves.

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*Fantabulous is a secret sister made up word. Mom it is not a spelling error.