Ideas & Inspiration

A collection of guides, tips and design idea to help renovate and revive your home

Define Your Style Profile and Create the Look You Love

Design is constantly changing, and so are you. Now close your eyes, take a deep breath and imagine your home as the nurturing retreat you've been looking for. Whether you live ...

Make Your At-Home Office Work for You

With so many of us working remotely full or part-time, a home office is more important than ever. Whether it’s converted from a spare bedroom, nestled into a closet, or carved ...

How to Choose Registers and Grilles for Your Home

Located in each and every room, vent covers are an essential element of your home. If you still have the boring beige registers of days gone by, it may be time for an upgrade ...

Breathe New Life into Your Living Room

Whether it’s an enclosed formal space or a wide-open great room, your main living area serves a wide range of functions. A place to while away a quiet afternoon with a good book ...

A Dozen Simple Ways to Revive Your Bedroom

The place you start and finish each day, your bedroom should bring you joy. As your personal sanctuary, you want it to be comfortable and relaxing when you need to unwind ...

Understanding Casement Window Hardware

Casement windows have been around for centuries in one form or another. Hinged at the side, they swing outward (or inward) like a door and allow the maximum amount of ...

The Historic Charm of Hand-Turn Doorbells

The hand-turn mechanical doorbell is one of the most fanciful and engaging pieces of hardware ever created for the home. As a visitor turns the handle on the outside of the door, the ...

Transform a Light Fixture with New Glass Shades

On many light fixtures, the glass shade is the star of the show. Whether it’s a simple chain pendant with a painted drum or a Victorian chandelier with a cluster of ...

The Streamline Collection - Art Deco Style Hardware & Lighting

The Streamline style of the 1930s was the antidote to the ornate historical throwbacks of the previous century. Emerging from the ornamental Art Deco of the 1920s ...

The Victoria Collection - Victorian Style Hardware & Lighting

With designs dating from the 1890s through early twentieth century, the Victoria collection embodies the elegant style of the late Victorian age. Like the ...

Displaying Art with Antique Picture Hooks and Cord

Have you ever wondered about the thin strip of molding running around the walls just below the ceiling or crown molding in Victorian, Craftsman, and Colonial Revival ...

The Plymouth Collection - Early Colonial Style Hardware & Lighting

Displaying rustic charm and honest character, the Plymouth Collection recalls a time in America when virtually everything was hand-crafted by local artisans...

Easy Updates Indoors & Out - Find Ideas for Your Kitchen, Bath, and More

There's no need to take on a full scale remodel to make your home feel fresh and new. Simple projects such as new cabinet knobs, decorative switch plates, and ...

The Philadelphia Collection - Federal Style Hardware & Lighting

Defined by a plain-spoken elegance, the Philadelphia Collection recalls the hand-crafted hardware and lighting of the Federal era (circa 1780-1820). While houses...

Create an Inviting Entry with Stylish & Functional Accents

As the saying goes, “you only have one chance to make a good first impression!” When it comes to your home the area around the front door is where that impression is...

Saving a Forgotten Landmark in Portland, Oregon

A project of this scale is not for the faint of heart. Given the decrepit state of this nearly 7000 square foot early 20th century mansion, most developers would have...

Hooked on Hooks - Easy Ideas for Creating Extra Storage

You can never have too many hooks. Few pieces of hardware are as useful and versatile, providing small ways of keeping your home organized and functional...

The Complete Kitchen Checklist - Simple Ways to Refresh Your Look

The heart of the home, the kitchen is where family and friends gather for good food and conversation. It’s where meals are prepared, homework is done, and much...

Mudroom Makeover - Make Your Everyday Entry Work for You

Historically, the mudroom is a home’s second point of entry and the hub of organized chaos. But in recent years, it has taken center stage — playing the roles...

Reimagine Your Bathroom One Step at a Time: 23 Ways to Refresh Your Space

A private master retreat, a bustling family washroom, a guest powder room… Most homes contain one or more types of bathroom. As your family ages and your needs...

Simple Dining Room Updates for Entertaining & for Every Day

Whether you are hosting family for the holidays or friends for a weekend meal, your dining room is where entertaining happens. Relaxed or elegant, a successful...

Glass Cabinet Hardware Adds a Touch of Classic Beauty

If you are searching for ways to refresh your kitchen cabinets, add a touch of glamour to your bath, or update a tired piece of furniture, look no further than...

A Victorian Rescue in Saratoga Springs, New York

In Fall 2016, soon to be newlyweds Kira and Adam purchased this Saratoga Springs Victorian in "as-is" condition. Built circa 1900, there were only...

"Cottage Revival" - A 1920s Michigan Home with a Coastal Feel

You can almost imagine this 1921 bungalow breathing a sigh of relief when Alicia and Christian first walked through the doors. Like so many old houses...

Building a New "Old" Farmhouse in Rural Ohio

Stacey of @greenvalleygable is a self-proclaimed “old-soul.” When designing this farmhouse style home for her young family of four, she married timeless charm...

Mobilize Your Furniture with Antique Style Casters

A recurring feature of antique furniture is the presence of small brass or porcelain wheels under the feet. Known as casters, they came into fashion in the late 18th century...

Add Old World Charm with Rustic Strap Hinges

The rustic beauty of strap hinges is undeniable. Whether they are faux or functional, strap hinges are a simple way to give your door, gate, or garage an Old-World look...

How to Choose Picture and Library Lights for Your Home

To accentuate treasured artwork, photos, books, and collections, consider adding picture lighting to your home. These unique directional lights are an easy...

Mailboxes & Mail Slots - Understanding Your Options

Whether you're looking to increase the security of your mail, or just want to elevate your home's curb appeal, vintage mailboxes make for a lasting impression...

Choosing the Perfect Shutter Dogs for Your Exterior Shutters

For traditional charm and visual appeal, few things enhance your home's exterior like window shutters. Whether they are fully functional or purely decorative...

Protect Your Walls with Decorative Doorstops

Doorstops are one of the hardest working, but least noticed pieces of hardware in your home. They protect your walls, cabinets, and furniture from being damaged…

Outfit Your Door with a Stylish and Protective Kick Plate

We have all done it. Arms loaded with groceries, we kick the door open with our foot, leaving a scuff mark on the surface. Over time, scratches and dents accumulate...

Update Your Look with New Knobs and Pulls

Few things so quickly and easily change the look of a space as new knobs and pulls. Whether you are undertaking a whole house remodel or looking to...