Don’t be afraid to mix metals.
Hardware doesn’t have to be matchy-matchy. Play with tones and finishes for a modern look.
Franz Viegener “Edge Cross” lavatory, $1,395/Pierce Hardware
Warwika Shell vessel lavatory, to the trade/TKO
Emtek “Mod Hex” pull, $18/Nob Hill
Rocky Mountain Hardware 3” “Trousdale” pull, $89/Pierce Hardware
Mountain Plumbing p-trap in satin brass, $189/Pierce Hardware
Valli & Valli “Serie Supersonic” lever by Mikhail Leykin, to the trade/TKO
Rocky Mountain Hardware 12” “Trousdale” pull, $218/Pierce Hardware
Terrazzo is back!
Granite and marble have both had their day, but nowterrazzo is having a moment—again. “Terrazzo was initially created by Venetian construction workers as a low-cost flooring material,” says Waterworks co-founder Barbara Sallick. “Terrazzo’s first revival was in the ’20s and ’30s and was common in warm climates—its appearance is clean and crisp.”
Knob Snobs: Where to get the best hardware in town.
Pierce Fine Decorative Hardware and Plumbing
This is where you get those fantastic final touches—bronze Edgar Berebi door hardware, perhaps—that have your neighbors complimenting you through gritted teeth because they didn’t think of it first.
Their website says “all the hardware you’ll ever need,” and it’s true. Pop into this 70-year-old store for everything from hardware and paint to power equipment and grills. Check online for monthly specials. Multiple locations.
Nob Hill Decorative Hardware & Plumbing
If you want the largest selection to choose from, head to Nob Hill’s Lovers Lane shop. There, you’ll find more than 100 lines and over 200 vendors. From sleek to extravagant, you’ll find details that fit you.
This Design District showroom houses plenty of high-end finishes and fixtures for bathroom and kitchen. Everything from bathroom faucets to lights and mirrors are a feast for the eyes.
Yes, you have to have your designer in tow to shop TKO—but it’s worth it to select European-inspired hardware from lines like Fantini and THG.
Go big in small spaces!
Maybe you don’t want to commit to a bold wallpaper in a living room or a vibrant color in the kitchen, but a smaller space is the perfect spot to get creative. Take April Graves’ bathroom, for instance. The Aria Stone Gallery vice president worked with Botond Laszlo of Marvelous Home Makeovers to transform the room with black-and-white Brazilian Dalmata marble. To complement the rare stone’s Rorschach-esque design, Graves “focused on integrating clean lines, a simple color palette, and minimal accessories,” such as the brushed gold showerheads from Kohler.
Make the mantel the focus.
So often the mantel is an afterthought. Or—gasp!—the landing spot for a television. But that doesn’t mean it has to be overdone, either. Interior designer Carrie Hatfield recommends a wall sculpture, great piece of art, or beautiful mirror for decorating a well-edited mantel. “Keep things simple; don’t overdo it,” she says. “I have a mirror above one and art above the other.”