Feature This! A Nod from The Schemer

The Schemer, a new UK-based Design and Architecture Newsletter, has featured our new Centre/Center Door Knobs.  We wish the folks at the Schemer the best of luck with their new venture!

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Courtesy of The Schemer


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Courtesy of The Schemer

Hardware Inspiration Boards…Pinterest and Houzz

We have extolled the benefits of Pinterest in the past – it’s easy to get lost for many hours seeking out ideas and inspiration.  And now with the addition of Private Pin Boards, a great tool is even better for identifying looks and products for your home or project.  We’re flattered to see the large number of SA Baxter pins published to Pinterest.  Click here to see what folks have been pinning.

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Houzz.com is another tremendous resource and a tool which SA Baxter is proud to be a part of.  We’re finding this to be a tremendous resource for Designers, Architects, and Homeowners, for seeking out inspiration and products.  Click here to see some of our collection on Houzz.com

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Carved Beauties…Salvaged Vintage Entry Doors

We love outfitting Entry Doors with our Bespoke Door Knobs and Pulls – from newly manufactured premium makers, such as Scottsdale Art Factory – to restored vintage beauties, which hold so much character.  Here are a few choice examples of reclaimed/salvaged Entry Doors from The Demolition Depot in New York.

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This last set is begging for 2 of our soon-to-be-launched oversize center door knobs!

Things to Consider When Using Vintage Hardware

[tweetmeme source=”@SA_Baxter” only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5DWhether restoring a period home or just replacing your own home’s hardware, there are plus and minuses to choosing antique hardware over modern reproductions. The most obvious benefit of using antique hardware is the authenticity it brings to your old home or treasured family heirloom. Period homes can be brought back to their original splendor by incorporating antique hardware into the home’s decor.

This complete vintage door set is a rare find from Historic Houseparts.

As elegant as antique hardware is, there are downsides to acquiring it.  As with most antiques, old hardware can be hard to come by! Antique hardware suppliers glean auctions, home demolitions and estate sales to find the most unique pieces. Most of the time the hardware requires some restoration.  After over one hundred years of use, an old lock needs a little tender loving care to get back to its original working order! Parts may be missing or need replaced, and finding complete door sets can be a real challenge. Antique hardware suppliers work very hard finding and restoring each piece for resale.  And finding enough hardware of the same look and period to outfit your entire home could not only become quite a chore, but can also be very expensive. If this is not an issue,  you can certainly work with a supplier to search for the pieces you need. However, if you are looking to replace all of the hardware in your home, you might consider using modern architectural hardware with a traditional design instead. Continue reading