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Protect Your Doors with Push and Pull Plates – Redesigning with Style

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A push plate may seem like a quaint concept that should be relegated to ornate Victorian homes or even just a relic of the past but it actually a useful helper even in the most modern of homes. The push plate in itself is a simple design that can range from a plain rectangular plate to an ornate design (typically a reproduction from an original piece) that protects swing doors from damage over time. A swing door is found in many areas of the home but is most popularly between the kitchen and dining room areas of the home. A swing door allows easy accessibility to both rooms without the need to turn a doorknob and balance a tray of dishes at the same time.

A door can become easily gouged when repeatedly hit with heavy trays and dishes. Small nicks and scrapes may not seem like a major concern at first but over time will become more glaring and unattractive. A door is a relatively expensive item to replace in a home so it is well worth the investment to protect your doors with a simple push plate or push and pull plate set.

A push plate, as stated previously, can range in design and shape. If your swing door is unidirectional the push plate would be installed on the interior of the door and a pull plate will be installed on the other side. A bidirectional door (swings inwards and outwards) will frequently utilize one push plate on either side of the door.

Choosing a high quality push plate is important not only because plated metals can be damaged just as easily as wood under frequent use but because a heavy duty push and pull plate will stand up to normal wear and tear. Solid brass and iron are always great choices because they offer a wide range of beautiful designs as well as durability.

Installing a push plate or pull plate is a relatively simple process and can be done with minimal experience. Push plates are traditionally installed at or near shoulder height (if you are installing replacement push plates and plan on reusing the existing holes measure the spacing between these holes carefully). Most push plates come with the mounting hardware which is two to four wood screws.

Interior door hardware such as push and pull plates is a wonderful way to introduce new designs into the home or enhance existing themes. Choose a style that reflects your unique personality and don’t be afraid to take chances in your decorating style. Search for solid construction and be sure to ask questions. Replacing worn hardware is a wonderful way to enhance the beauty of your home while protecting your doors from needless damage. Shop online at LookInTheAttic & Company for a wide selection of beautiful push and pull plates.

Written by miznomerz

March 15, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Coat Hooks –Style and Convenience for the Home

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A coat hook may seem like an unnecessary and wasteful addition to the home but it is actually a useful tool that can be used in more ways than one. A traditional coat hook is installed into the wall (usually near the front or rear entrances) and is simply used to hold coats and/or hats. It should be installed in a stud to support the weight of any coat (especially when it will be used for heavy winter coats or multiple coats on one hook) and not block or interfere with the door opening and closing fully. A coat hook is meant to be a useful method of storing outerwear – it should not create more problems.

Brass and Glass Coat Hooks

A hook by itself is an incredibly and useful household tool. It can be used in a variety of ways and installed in several areas of the home. A standard “coat hook” could also be installed on the interior doors to hold robes (this is especially common in bathrooms). A smaller hook or even a series of hooks can be used to hold keys. This is especially handy when installed near the main doors of a building as well. Hooks can be installed in the kitchen to hold aprons or even some common cleaning items such as mops or brooms. Hooks can be utilized to hold items such as purses or school bags (remember to take the weight of the items into account during installation – heavier objects can pull a hook out of the wall when it is not installed properly).

Coat hooks come in a variety of sizes, shapes and even colors. They can be constructed from solid brass, glass, pewter, iron, plastic, steel, etc. The designs range from simple to extremely ornate and can be coordinated to existing patterns in other hardware around the home. Remember that a coat hook should accent your overall decorating style but it should not overpower it or become a focal point on its own.

LookInTheAttic & Company offers a wide range of beautiful coat hooks for the home in several materials and finishes. A coat hook can be used in more than one way so think creatively and use a coat hook in a way that works best for you and your home. Small details make a big impact in design so choose a style that reflects your unique personality.

Cast Iron Grilles and Registers

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Cast Iron Grille


A grille (or register) is an important element of home design that is frequently overlooked by most home owners or it is assumed that just because this is a functional element of the home, it cannot be attractive. This is not true. Grilles and registers, just like any other hardware, come in a wide variety of materials, styles and finishes that can be coordinated with your existing or new home hardware. An old and worn floor or wall vent cover can become an eye sore over time and a simple replacement can not only improve the overall look of the room but introduce new themes and designs at the same time.

What is the difference between a grille and a register?

A grille is simply a cover for the vent. It can be a drop in style (traditional for floor vents) or screwed into the wall. A register comes with louvers that control air flow into a room. The overall purpose is the same for both, however: allow air through but prevent other objects from entering or exiting the vent (this is especially important in homes with small pets or children for example). The actual design can range from traditional vertical slots across the face of the vent to ornate Victorian patterns – the type of design selected should not impact the amount of air flow.

Which to Choose?

There are many styles of grilles and registers available and the type of material is important. Solid brass and cast iron heavy duty registers are a great choice for floors and high traffic areas of the home. These are more durable and designed to hold more weight (some styles up to 400 pounds). Medium duty vents are also available but these are better for wall vents or low to no traffic areas on the floor. Other materials such as wood, steel and even plastic are available but these materials do not stand up to normal wear and tear as easily and are more easily damaged and scratched over time.

Medium Duty Solid Brass Register

LookInTheAttic & Company offers a beautiful selection of cast iron and solid brass grilles and registers – they even offer free design assistance and help. Search for solid construction (as opposed to plated materials) and be sure to ask questions. When choosing a new register or grille remember that the boot size (matches the hole in the floor) and overall size are two separate measurements so it is important to check carefully before deciding on a particular style. Choose a material and duty that is appropriate for the room and remember to look for a design that will complement your decorating style. A register or grille is a great way to update the look of your home hardware and a wonderful opportunity to add new decorating elements in your design.

Written by miznomerz

February 17, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Solid Brass Curtain Tiebacks – Ornate Styles for the Home

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Solid Brass Curtain Tieback (Polished Brass)


Curtains are frequently used to add color as well as a means to prevent light from entering and to protect the privacy of the residents inside when desired. The need to be able to open and close curtains with relative ease is why a curtain tieback is often installed. A tie back is used to hold a curtain (or drape as they are sometimes referred to) off to the side of the window frame.

A tieback can range in materials from rope to metal but the best tiebacks are simple to use and do not require a lot of time to hook and unhook the curtain. Metal tie backs are permanently screwed into the wall and simply hold the curtain back without requiring extra tying or Velcro (such is needed in many cloth versions). Solid brass curtain tiebacks come in a variety of finishes and designs that can be used to create or enhance any existing themes in your home hardware.

A solid brass tieback is an elegant addition to any window treatment not only for the practical purpose of holding back a curtain but because it provides an extra finishing touch in the overall room design. Tie backs have been used for centuries and are frequently admired as part of the curtain, rather than a separate component. Choosing a finish that will complement the color of the curtains is a great way to tie the look of your window treatments together.

LookInTheAttic & Company offers a wide selection of curtain tie backs in both solid brass and glass. Installation is typically very easy and only requires two or three steps (depending on style). Search for wall mount construction and be sure to ask questions. Many tiebacks are available in more than one finish so it is always good to ask if you are looking for a specific color.

Written by miznomerz

February 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Mechanical Doorbells – A Great New “Twist” For the Home

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Eastlake Mechanical Doorbell

Doorbells come in many shapes, sizes and methods of operation, with the most common type of doorbell today being a simple push button. Doorbells were invented as another means of alerting a homeowner know a visitor was at the door outside (prior to this door knockers were the method of choice). Doorbells have ranged from a bell with a rope attached to it outside the door to modern wireless doorbells. Mechanical doorbells became popular in the Victorian era because of their simplicity of design and remain popular today for the same reason and because they a unique addition to any front door.

A mechanical doorbell is simple design that is installed directly into the door (not adjacent to the door like most modern bells). A simple “turn” knob on the exterior rings a bell that is located on the interior side of the door. These bells were usually ornate in design and varied styles were available (with Eastlake patterns becoming especially popular).

Solid brass mechanical doorbells are a wonderful way to add extra detail to your front door and a simple solution if a doorbell is not currently installed in your home. Since mechanical doorbells do not require electricity it is a great way to avoid added costs of hiring electricians to wire a new doorbell. The installation of a mechanical doorbell is also a wonderful way to create a new theme for your front door hardware. Replacing older doorknob sets with solid brass or installing a new kick plate are both great choices to enhance a common theme. Although it is not necessary to use the same pattern for all these items, the use of a common finish (such as polished brass, oil rubbed bronze or antique brass) will help tie the look together for you.

Mechanical (or “Twist”) doorbells are an unusual and unique addition to any front door. The “twist” knob is a great touch of detail and a charming way for guests to announce themselves. Search for solid brass construction to ensure high quality and durability and be sure to ask questions. LookInTheAttic & Company offers a great selection of mechanical twist doorbells in several finishes and they offer free assistance with installation questions and design.

Doorbells are a focal point of any entryway set but they are often overlooked when replacing older and worn hardware. Try something different by replacing or adding a new mechanical doorbell to your Victorian or modern home. This is a sure way to transform a plain front door into a showpiece.

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