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So you’re a first-time home owner and you’re renovating your kitchen, installing new cabinets and re-vamping the entire space.  Anyone who has ever purchased new kitchen cabinets knows that they rarely come with hardware.

Thus comes the difficult decision of choosing which hardware you would like to go with. Not only are there so many finishes to choose from but, there are many brands, styles, and themes you could go with.

Appliance Pull in Brushed Nickel

Amerock Appliance Pull in Brushed Nickel

 

Having a starting point to go by is always key. Ask yourself whether or not you want to stick with a more modern theme or possibly go with a rustic theme.

Modern themes tend to incorporate a more tubular or rectangular shape, although some can be more abstract looking. It is all according to what suits your preference for new kitchen hardware.

Atlas Modern Pull- Stainless Steel

Atlas Modern Pull- Stainless Steel

Also, don’t be afraid to mix and match different brands of cabinet hardware. Many people decide to choose different brands but keep the finish or theme the same. Cabinet hardware finishes also typically match lighting fixture finishes. While it’s not a necessity, it is something that you may want to consider in order to make sure everything compliments each other.

Top Knobs Decorative Pull

Top Knobs Decorative Pull

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Top Knobs Modern Pull

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Another popular trend is matching your cabinet hardware to kitchen appliances. Like brushed nickel or polished nickel. It brings a nice cohesion to your updated space.

No matter what style, finish or theme you decide to go with, remember to have fun and choose something you will love for many years to come in your new home.

 

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2- Clean the bathroom faucet with lemon.

Tired of those hard-to-clean water spots on your bathroom faucet? This quick trick should clear that up in no time!

What you’ll need: 1 lemon.

All you need to do is take a lemon, slice it down the middle and use it to scrub the surface of the faucet. The stains will start to disappear right before your eyes.55-Must-Read-Cleaning-Tips-Tricks-hard-water

 

 

3- Wash legos in the washing machine.

If you are reading this and have children, there’s a good chance you have legos lurking around the house somewhere. Unfortunately, like many other children’s toys, legos get filthy from everyday sticky fingers and thus, need to be cleaned and disinfected. This idea I have stumbled upon, is actually quite genius.

What you’ll need: 1 Mesh bag for washing delicates and 1 cup of standard laundry detergent.

Just take the legos and place them into the mesh laundry bag. After the cycle has finished, you will see the immediate difference.55-Must-Read-Cleaning-Tips-Tricks-laundry-bag

4- Cleaning a vacuum filter.

Vacuum filters can get dirty pretty quickly. Like me, I’m sure you tend to forget about cleaning the filter, aside from simply shaking it out every once in a while (If I remember). The problem with that, is the overall buildup of dirt and grime overtime, which ends up preventing the vacuum from really working thoroughly. Here is a simple and quick fix to help you out.

What you’ll need: A dishwasher and a dirty vacuum filter.

Most filters will be able to handle a run through the dishwasher. If you are a little weary about doing this, you can always run it through a light cycle as a test run.

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5- Clean the iron with salt.

I’m not usually big into ironing, but for those of you who are, you may find this little tip I’ve stumbled upon quite handy.

What you’ll need: Iodized salt. A dirty iron.

Sprinkle a generous amount of salt onto your ironing board. Turn your iron’s setting to the highest option. [Make sure you turn off the steam option.] When heated, iron over the salt and you’ll soon see the dirt start to stick to the salt which ends up leaving the iron with a beautiful shine.55-Must-Read-Cleaning-Tips-Tricks-iron

6- Remove and iron out carpet stains.

Carpeting-you either love it or hate it. Although it is beautiful when you first have carpeting installed, it’s extremely difficult to keep clean. Especially, if you have a light color. If carpeting does get dirty, it can be seemingly impossible to get stains out. Although this next method may not work on every single type of stain, it will surely do a decent job at lightening the stain, at the very least.

What you’ll need: An Iron, an ammonia-based product and a clean towel.

Take your ammonia-based product, spray the stain with the product and place the clean towel over the stain. From there, you will begin pressing the heated iron on top the towel and hold it there for a few moments. Please remember to be cautious while doing this as to prevent the carpeting from being burned.

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7- Prevent food from sticking to your outdoor grill.

Summer seems so far away, but we all know what it’s like to barbecue some burgers, only to be left with a mess on the grill that we tend to avoid cleaning. Here’s a great way to avoid that mess next summer.

What you’ll need: 1 yellow onion and a clean grill.

This actually qualifies as a preventative measure against grime build up on grills rather than a cleaning method.onion


 

So you’re looking for a new lighting fixture as a new edition to your new home, or to possibly update a room. Whatever the reason may be for the new edition, there are certain tricks and tips that may help aide you in your search for the right product. Let’s get right to it!

When decorating a room, most people focus more so on the furniture and color palettes of a room however, lighting plays a key role in completing the design elements of a room.

 

There are various styles,themes,colors, sizes and shapes of lighting fixtures available, it’s all just according to what you are looking for in particular.

There are chandeliers, mini chandeliers, flush mounts, semi-flush mounts, pendants, mini-pendants, wall sconces, wall lighting, floor lamps, table lamps and ceiling fans.

Courtesy of MyKnobs.com

Courtesy of MyKnobs.com

 

What’s great about chandeliers, is there ability to really dress a room up. Because of their grandiose appearance, chandeliers usually tend to be placed in dining rooms or foyers. Sometimes, even master bedrooms depending on the size and dimensions of the room. If you still want that “wow” factor of a chandelier but, you don’t necessarily have the space needed to avoid it seeming over-crowded, there are mini chandeliers available. Mini chandeliers make a cute addition to any room, especially bathrooms and bedrooms.

Chandeliers- Courtesy of  Myknobs.com

Chandeliers- Courtesy of Myknobs.com

 

Pendants, are also another type of lighting that seems to be gaining a lot of traction in the lighting business. They are typically low-hanging fixtures, meant to draw attention in the room. They are great for the kitchen and also, seem to be a hot item in many food establishments all over the States.

If you want to avoid any sort of hanging light fixture all together, then maybe consider your options with either a floor lamp or, even a table lamp. Wall sconces are also a great way to add lighting, but to also add a design element to a bathroom or hallway.

Traditional, transitional, contemporary or modern?

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Courtesy of MyKnobs.com

 

Not everyone may know the difference between these style choices but, it’s definitely important to become familiar with them. Say for instance, you would like to go with a more traditional style lighting fixture. In order to get that look and feel, you would go with more of an ornamental design. Typically, with materials such as brass and crystal.

Transitional is more of a hybrid cross between both traditional and contemporary themed designs. Generally, transitional fixtures are comprised of more simple materials such as iron.

Modern themed fixtures usually have less detail and more of a clean, smoother shape to each fixture. Modern, refers to present-day design elements however, modern may also incorporate a more “futuristic” look. Modern light fixtures can be comprised of steel, chrome and glass.

Contemporary lighting fixtures can be both modern and traditional in style. Contemporary typically incorporates new styles from the present day.


Adding Tiles To Your Built-In Pool

 

I know It’s difficult to imagine summer when winter just came upon us but, for those of you who plan on installing built-in pools this up-coming year, usually have to get a good head start in pricing and design in order to have everything ready to go by early spring.

Some people like to get fancy with their tile work in their built-in pools, while others like to keep it simple. It really comes down to personal taste and also what your budget is. Don’t feel too intimidated by the installment photos below, most belong to multi-million dollar homes in wealthy countries.

Vidrepur, a vendor we work with here at MyKnobs.com and CoolTiles.com, has a very nice collection of tiles for your built-in pool project. With a wide variety of sizes and colors to choose from, Vidrepur definitely has what you’re looking for. To give you a quick background on Vidrepur, they are a large tile manufacturer based out of Spain, with head quarters in both Mexico and the States. All of their tiles are made from 99% Recycled glass, which is awesome that they care about the environment, as well as a design standpoint.

Featured below are some of their popular glow in the dark tiles. Now, not all of us can afford such an amenity as glow in the dark tiles but, they sure are cool to look at!

 

Glow in the Dark Tiles

Glow in the Dark Tiles

Vidrepur offers other material-based products such as, Titanium, pearl and glass.

Featured below are both standard and more extravagant tile work for built in pools. If you visit Vidrepur’s website directly, you can find step by step instructions for installation.

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Vidrepur

 


 

 

Now that 2015 is in full swing, most of us are looking for a fresh new start. Renovations are common place around the start of a new year as new home decor trends start to surface. With that being said, here are some top trends in home hardware for this year.

 

Bronze

Brass has made a big comeback, recently. Sticking with a more European but, rustic look.

RK International is one brand among many following suit with this growing trend recently, by introducing their new line of Valencia Bronze pulls and knobs. Bronze has also become prominent in both bathrooms and kitchens as well, from faucets to accent pieces.

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Another growing trend is a “worn” or “distressed” look with home hardware pieces.

Again, RK International released a brand new product line of appliance pulls comprised of Worn Nickel.

Most of us are used to seeing brushed, polished or satin finishes so, this is a refreshing look for those of you who want to really stray away from the typical finishes.

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Brass

Brass has made its own come back as well. Although many still prefer a more polished brass look, the growing trend seems to be a more rustic or, antique brass finish.

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Two-Toned

Appliance pulls with two tones also seems to be gaining popularity as well.

The two contrasting finishes can really be the right hardware piece to make a room or kitchen have that “wow” factor.

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