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Through The Window -Selections in Hardware for Your Windows

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I remember, I remember
The house where I was born,
The little window where the sun
Came peeping in at morn:
It never came a minute too soon
Nor brought too long a day.

                                               ~Thomas Hood

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Rectangular Georgian Roped Solid Brass Sash Pull (Polished Brass)

Windows are funny little things, or big things, depending upon construction and edifice. Most are functional, utilitarian in nature, serving a purpose and for the most part going unappreciated. Granted, occasionally we come upon a breathtaking stained glass window, a large landscape revealing plate glass wall, or a tiny adorable notion of an opening with rippled panes of glass. But, the usual window is a standard affair.

Here at Look in the Attic & Company, we aim to help you take your mundane window and dress it up a bit. The sash locks and pulls we offer provide you with the rich details needed to make your windows a striking feature in your home. We offer a variety of styles to match your period restoration or to enhance your contemporary construction. Take a look at these examples, then visit our website for even more. You’ll find the sash accessories to complete your windows with style and charm.

Eastlake Solid Brass Window Lock in Polished Brass.

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Art Deco Style Window Sash Lock in Japanned Style Finish

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Broken Leaf Solid Brass Sash Pull in Antique Brass Finish

He jests at scars that never felt a wound.
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.

~William Shakespeare

A Warm Welcome

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     Your front door is the welcome you present to all who approach your home. Colorful, traditional, quirky or grand, your style speaks to the world and beckons visitors to enter. Have you taken the time lately to study the message your front door is sending?

After a long brutal winter, your front entry may be showing the effects of weather through rust, tarnish, fading paint or dead plants. With warmer temperatures and sunny days ahead, take time to evaluate your entryway so it shines this spring. Here at Look in the Attic & Company, we have everything you need to dress this area up and welcome your guests in style.

First consider the paint. If the color is fading, or you’re ready for a change, liven up your door with a fresh coat of paint to get this project underway. Many homes feature traditional colors for entry doors, but lately, more personalized and unique door colors seem to be a trend.

Once the paint is dry, continue the updates with new entryway hardware. This traditional oval single-door deadbolt entryway set in Oil Rubbed Bronze finish provides an old-world elegance to your entry and is simple to install.  We offer this complete set with tubular latch mechanisms, strike plates, complete knob sets, internal mechanisms, deadbolts and all mounting hardware. Everything you need for a successful installation is included.

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Traditional Oval Single-Door Deadbolt Entryway Set

Next, add new house numbers for easy recognition of your street address. This often overlooked detail is attractive and makes your house stand out. The house number shown is made in solid brass and measures 6 inches tall. This durable solid brass casting comes complete with the mounting hardware and is available in Polished Brass (Shown), Antique Brass, Weathered Flat Black and Oil Rubbed Bronze.

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6 Inch Tall Number 1 in Polished Brass

     In addition to those updates, consider adding a new kick plate as well.  Kick plates are a simple eye catching way to make your front entry stand out.  Our kick plates come in a variety of finishes and heights. Our smallest plate is a non-standard 5 inches tall, with a width that can range from 27 to 42 inches. Our largest plate is a substantial 10 inches in height and a width range of 28 to 42 inches. Finishes for the plates offered include Polished Brass, Antique Brass, Antique Nickel, Satin Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze and more.

Lastly, complete your project with an elegant planter filled with colorful annuals. Look in the Attic & Company provides many choices for that finishing touch as well. We offer an assortment of planters in a variety of colors and styles to festoon your entryway in beautiful blooms. Below are just a few samples of our colorful planters.

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Porcelain Floral Planter – Measures 17 Inches Tall with an Antique Bronze Finish Metal Base.

     These featured improvements will declare a warm welcome to friends and neighbors. Let Look in the Attic & Company help with your front entry spring clean up for beautiful and lasting home improvements.

Eastlake Door Bells

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     Almost every home out there has a doorbell attached to the front door, but very few people take the time to coordinate these items to the rest of the hardware in their home.  By taking the extra time and making an effort to choose a doorbell that matches the door handles and other hardware you are showing people that you appreciate antiques and the statement they can make for your home.

One example of the very popular Eastlake style doorbell.

     The Eastlake style is very popular when it comes people wanting to make a statement with their hardware they display in their home. The Eastlake Movement was a nineteenth century architectural and household design reform movement started by architect and writer Charles Eastlake (1836–1906). The movement is generally considered part of the late 19th century period in terms of broad antique furniture designations. In architecture the Eastlake Style is part of the Queen Anne style of Victorian architecture. This style features intricately detailed carvings and engravings, generally out of only geometric shapes.  All of these details were created by using machinery, a modern invention at the inception of this architectural style.  While the pieces may be elaborately decorated, the focus of the Eastlake style is simplicity; this is why the geometric shapes have such a predominant focus.

A classic example of a mechanical "turn" bell.

     Door bells have changed drastically over the decades.  Where they used to be ropes attached to a bell inside the home, they have now transitioned to electric versions.  While the chime boxes inside the home may still be somewhat discreet, it is not uncommon to have a more decorative back plate to adorn the bell itself on the exterior of the home.  Not only does this make it more cohesive to the rest of the home’s style, but it helps it to stand out more for those who are looking to use the doorbell.We have several different styles and shapes available for the Eastlake door bells, as well as a variety of finishes

Another fine example of eastlake style detail and polished brass finish.

     Don’t forget to take into consideration the shape of your doorway and what kind of statement you want to make when making your choice on shape.

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August 30, 2011 at 8:30 am

Antique and Vintage Style Hardware Patterns – An Overview

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Antique and vintage style hardware is a broad term that encompasses many architectural styles and types of home and commercial hardware. While there is no one “style” of antique hardware, there are many popular patterns and designs that were used during specific historical periods. By understanding when a particular pattern was used or identifying the architectural style of your home, it becomes easy to find replacement hardware that will restore your home to its original glory.

Broken Leaf (1880’s) – This pattern was extremely popular during the Victorian era which included several home designs. The broken leaf pattern features a potted plant with an almost geometric leaf pattern. This style of hardware could fit easily into the Eastlake style which focused on getting away from ornate and flourished designs and utilizing simpler shapes and forms.

Rice Pattern (1870-80’s) – The rice pattern is another great example from this period but this time features a more textured surface. Small rice sized shapes and bumps create a beautiful surface effect that looks especially dramatic with copper, antique brass or any type of highlighted finish.

Georgian Roped (1900) – The classic rope pattern dates back to the early twentieth century and is a flat design accented with a “rope” around the edges. This pattern fits well into most homes because it is versatile and a subtle touch of detail. The rope pattern was sometimes used to identify sailing industry homes or later as a symbol of wealth in the community.

Egg and Dart (1900’s) – A classic theme in architecture throughout history is life and death and this style is no exception. The egg is used to represent life and the dart is death. This classic pattern features the egg hugged between two darts.

Beaded (1900) – The beaded pattern is similar to the rope because it features a small line of beads around the border of the design. The small beads are usually less that an eighth of an inch in diameter and add a wonderful accent design without being overpowering.

While this list is by no means exhaustive of the styles of hardware available for the home, it should provide a little insight into what type of hardware may fit best. Victorian and antique reproduction hardware is not limited for use only in historical homes – modern homes can introduce these patterns as well and create a beautiful new theme.

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.