Big Comeback: Brass Kitchen Hardware

By Kate Riley April 29, 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?  

Bathroom Update with MirrorMate + Giveaway

By Kate Riley April 28, 2015

My cousin Jason and his wife Jodi have a welcoming home in Las Vegas, I visit with their family every time I am in town. For those familiar, they live in the historic McNeil neighborhood of vintage homes all with retro flair. They wanted to freshen up the hall bathroom that their three children share so Jason sent me this image.

bathroom before

Their bathroom is very cute, I love the vintage blue laminate countertop and you can’t see it but the enamel tub is the same shade of blue, both are original to the house and perfect for a kid bathroom. To give it a new look without spending a lot of money I recommended they keep the countertop, swap out the faucets, replace the shower curtain, paint over the tan walls with fresh white paint, and update the mirror with a MirrorMate frame, and so they did!

On my last visit I stopped by to see the changes, they chose the Pemaquid in white, now the space is brighter and fresher, it’s amazing what a few small changes can do.

bathroom after mirrormate

MirrorMate has been a long time sponsor of this blog and I’ve been a long time fan of their product (flashback 2011). They’re the ones who make it easy to update your builder grade mirror and give it a custom look, and the process is so simple: You pick your favorite style, fill out their online form, and await your new frame that is easy to assemble and install.

Take your frameless mirror and give it a whole new look!




See the full gallery of makeovers here.

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