Home Improvement

Big Comeback: Brass Kitchen Hardware

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Cabinet hardware is the jewelry of the kitchen and looks wonderful in silver and gold tones, also glass and bronze. The use of brass hardware in kitchens is on the rise and to be expected since we’ve all been giddy for gold in the past few years.

For the kitchen remodel I’m featuring next week I chose polished chrome hardware (these gorgeous knobs and these beautiful pulls) and they are so yummy. However, I’m just as crazy about the brass hardware that’s popping up in many a magazine and blogger kitchen remodel, the golden tones of brass against cooler hues in painted gray, green, or blue cabinets is a beautiful medley and of course white and gold is a timeless combination.

gray cabinets brass hardware

martha stewart

blue cabinets brass hardware

k marshall design

brass kitchen pulls

sophie burke design

gold hardware white kitchen

owens + davis

emily henderson brass hardware in kitchen

emily henderson

Brass hardware is especially striking with deep blue cabinets.

navy cabinets brass hardware

via domaine home

blue cabinets brass hardware sarah richardson

sarah richardson design, hgtv

How lovely to see kitchens that aren’t matchy matchy, the cabinet colors are different and the mix of brass and stainless steel appliances totally works. Yes, you can mix your metals!

kitchen makeover smittenstudio

smitten studio

brass hardware charcoal cabinets brittanymakes

brittany makes

white cabinets brass pulls stainless appliances

love joy designs

Like anything that comes full circle in design, the look of brass hardware again has modern appeal. The house I grew up in in the 80s had all lacquered brass faucets, fixtures and hardware and as a result gold hardware was a turn off to me for years. Yet the newer looks in brass kitchen hardware feel very fresh with their clean lines and matte satin finish. Are you a fan?  

Stay Cool: Modern Ceiling Fans

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Warmer weather is here and summer is approaching fast! The season brings higher temperatures which is welcome for growing gardens and outdoor adventures however soaring temperatures can make it uncomfortable for lounging and sleeping indoors without the circulation of air that comes from a ceiling fan. Perhaps you’re thinking of upgrading yours?

No longer is there the need for ceiling fans to be an unattractive practicality and one that collects dust in the off season, today we’re fortunate to have access to plenty of contemporary stylish versions. I’m a fan of the three blade design because they mimic airplane propellers. I installed this one in a guest room and this one in the master bedroom last year, both are wonderful fans that provide circulation with a remote.

modern ceiling fan in bedroom

Ceiling fans are a necessity in homes in warmer climates, on my last visit to the desert it was already in high 80s in April which reminded me I’m in need of one more flush mouth ceiling fan for the upstairs bedroom so I started looking for another.

The lightless version of the one I used in the master bedroom is featured below in a living room, the curvy blades and koa wood make it an attractive option for multiple spaces from coastal to contemporary.

coastal living room with wood ceiling fan

allee design

Like a chandelier, a good looking ceiling fan can be a focal point in a room. Introduce contrast with a metal and wood combination suspended from a white ceiling; twisted nickel blades pop against the stained wood tray ceiling in the bedroom below; nickel is always a goes-with-everything option.

wood and black bedroom ceiling fan

apd architects

silver ceiling fan

spaces designed

aluminum fan pitched ceiling

clayton and little

You could go big and bold! I love the design of this customizable Essence fan (it reminds me of thin petal flowers, like the Stenopetala Plumeria that blooms in Hawaii.)

essence fan

big ass fans

If your preference is the opposite and you want your ceiling fan to escape attention, choose one that blends in with the ceiling. In these spaces the airy white blades recede into the background which allows for other accents to take the spotlight.

coastal living room

ashley gilbreath

modern white ceiling fan

 

white ceiling fan

baxter design group

Another option is to use directional fans, like pendants they are smaller and can be installed as a single or used as multiples to create breezes in different directions. 

directional fans

max crosby construction

If you’re looking for something a bit more contemporary for use in warmer weather and different than the basic five blade, consider these fans, most of them come in multiple finishes from white to wood to metal.

modern ceiling fans

 

cirque / minka aluminum roto / black twisted blade / fanimation zonixpancake / fanimation levon / minka aire aviation / nickel lapa / bronze directional / chrome directional

 

Covered outdoor spaces also require a ceiling fan to circulate air …

mod ceiling fan covered deck

wayne windham

for more inspiration, read my latest article at Lamps Plus featuring outdoor ceiling fan options certified for wet areas!