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The Personal Touch

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Home is not only where the heart is, but it is the place that best reflects our interests, passions and personality. Our refuge from the world, it is that place where not only are we soothed, but we hope to convey to others a warm welcoming environment indicative of who we are. At Look in the Attic & Company, our hardware products help you achieve a look that is as unique and individual as you. The assortment of cabinet pulls we offer is always growing, but below are a few of our favorites.

For the lover of all things Western, horses, boots, and revolvers all can be mounted to your cabinetry.

horse boot


Western themed knobs and pulls for the cowboys and cowgirls


Wild animals roam through your home when you install the new series we have created, featuring giraffes, rhinos, elephants and more.

giraffe rhino elephant

 Our new wild animal knobs


And for those who hold a beloved pet in high esteem, we have manufactured a line of knobs replicating popular dog breeds. Labradors, beagles, German shepherds, and dachshund knobs all provide a bit of whimsy and speak to the dog lover out there.


german lab dach

Knobs to celebrate our favorite breeds of dogs

No matter what type of hardware it is you’re looking for to provide that personal touch, come view our selection at Look in the Attic & Company for excellent choices. We are constantly adding to our collection and would love to provide you with just the right cabinet pull to proclaim to the world your individuality.


Written by booksnbeaches

May 22, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Art Deco Push and Pull Door Plates

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     Art Deco is characterized by a linear, hard edge or angular composition, often with a vertical emphasis, and highlighted with stylized decoration (according to Blumenson). Art Deco is an eclectic artistic and design style that began in Paris in the 1920s  and flourished internationally throughout the 1930s, into the World War II era. The style influenced all areas of design, including architecture and interior design, industrial design, fashion and jewelry, as well as the visual arts such as painting, graphic arts and film.

     The Art Deco style has become quite popular in home décor due to its versatility and uniqueness.  The style typically features clean lines and geometric patterns, usually carved into the metal so as to add contrast, or embossed on the surface to help it stand out.   There are several different methods used to create such designs, though creating a mold and pouring molten metal is a popular method, and can be fairly fast to do.  It is especially popular when making pairs of door plates, ensuring that the two pieces will match exactly.

It easy to see the similarities between art deco architecture and art deco interior design. We nick named this plate "The Chrysler".



     Etching a design into the piece is generally done when a pattern is placed on the solid metal and an acid, or other chemical compound, is used to eat away at the exposed metal.  The result is a design embedded into the metal.  It is not uncommon to have color differences in the metals, allowing the pattern to stand out a little more.  This is especially the case in the push plates featured in bronze and copper.

A brilliant example of the intricate detail that goes into art deco design elements.


     Our pieces are available in many different finishes and metals, making it easy to find just the right one for your home or particular room you are decorating.  Art Deco is an especially nice style for decorating, since it is extremely versatile and can match any current décor.  If you prefer your décor to stand out and make a statement, consider perhaps one of the more extravagantly decorated plates.  You can also choose plates in a metal that contrast with the rest of the décor or the color of the doors they are applied to.  Polished brass pieces look brilliant on a white door, and copper pieces on a dark colored wood add just enough color difference to be noticeable.

Written by antiqueswriter

August 1, 2011 at 8:45 am

Arts and Crafts Door Pulls

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     Arts and Crafts style homes, often referred to as Craftsman style homes, pride themselves on using local man-made materials to construct not only the exterior of the home but all of the interior decorations and hardware as well.  This includes any door handles, hinges, switch plates, as well as pieces of furniture like beds, chairs and tables.  While these styles of homes may be adorned with traditional brass metals, pewter and copper are the most popular.

the popular rice pattern


     If you are renovating your Craftsman style home, our website has a wide variety of hardware pieces to choose from in this style and most of them are available in the most popular finishes.  We carry an especially large selection of door pulls and handles, since these tend to be not only the most popular pieces of hardware purchased, but also the ones that tend to make the biggest statement.  One of the first things people notice when they arrive at your home for this first time, aside from the exterior structure itself, is the door handle.  Whether or not it makes a statement, or how much of one, is a decision up to the owner, and the finish choice has a lot to do with this.

Pewter is one of the most popular materials for manufacturing craftsman style pulls.


     Pewter will stand out more against a light-colored door but at the same time can add a simple touch.  Copper on the other hand tends to add a statement no matter what the finish of the door is.   New copper has a sheen that cannot be duplicated with any other metal, and the patina that develops over time adds an additional touch.  Natural patinas tend to preferred to chemically created ones, and can only truly be appreciated over time.



     All of the Arts and Crafts style door pulls and door handles we feature ship in a timely manner with all the mounting hardware you will need to install it, saving you the time and trouble of finding just the right pieces to finish the job.


Written by antiqueswriter

July 25, 2011 at 9:03 am

Just A Handle

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Here is another piece from the same gentleman that sent us the pineapple eating turtle drawer pull back.  This part, as you can see from the picture, is just the swinging handle part, along with the two pins necessary to hold it in place.  I know what many of you might be thinking, but no, this is not the missing piece for the turtle.

Take a really good look at it.  This piece is probably about twenty or so years older than turtle, and may even be made of a different metal.  We can’t say for sure quite yet; it’s still really dirty and needs a lot of cleaning done to it before we can make any declaration about it.  We can definitely say that it seems to be missing a piece, but that may not be the case.

While drawer pulls have always been somewhat necessary, they have not always been as decorative as they are today.  It’s commonplace nowadays to have a removable backplate that has a swinging handle, but this is a relatively new decoration, all things considering.

simple twisted handle

Handles for drawers started off as just that; simply a handle, like the one we are featuring now.  There was no real need for any sort of decoration, and most people couldn’t afford them when they were available.  They were too fancy and far too expensive for most homes.  Another reason is many people made their own furniture, or bartered for goods with others to get what they needed.  This was especially true in farm towns, and villages far from the big cities.

It just wasn’t practical to use valuable for metalsmiths to use their talent to create something so decorative while knowing nobody could afford it.  They had two options; move to a big city and try to sell them there, or stick to what would and could sell and be happy with what you had.

Written by antiqueswriter

April 12, 2011 at 10:10 am

Not Your Average Piece of Junk

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It’s been awhile since we’ve featured any door knockers. We don’t want everyone to think that we specialize in just drawer pulls and knobs. We actually pride ourselves in being able to supply our customers with a wide variety of antique and replica pieces from around the world. We want to give everyone the opportunity to capture the old world classic feel without always having to pay an exorbitant price.

While sometimes it seems like we feature more of one type of piece than another, most times it is because it is what we are really and truly excited about showing to you. True, there are certain items, like drawer pulls, that we do seem to feature more of, but that’s mainly because they are so abundant. These types of pieces account for a good third of our stock, but that’s also because they account for the same, if not more, in homes. Just think of how many dressers and cabinets you have in your house compared to doors, mailboxes, light fixtures, etc.

Rusty Drawer Handle

This piece is no exception. Yes, it’s another drawer pull and yes it needs a really good cleaning, but take a good look at it. You can tell that this piece was handmade by the simple craftsmanship that went in to it. There is a great amount of detail work on the back piece of it, which makes it a gorgeous accent to any piece of furniture. The assembly, where the handle itself attaches to the rest of the piece, is nothing more than a simple loop of metal to hold it in place. Unlike many modern pieces that may come in two, three, or four parts, this simple one piece construction sets it apart from its more modern counterparts.

We really like how the dark of the rust sets of the piece, and while we won’t use rust a finish, we will used oiled bronze as well as copper and probably cast iron as well. Let us know what you think?

How to Choose New Door Pulls for your Pocket Door

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The use of pocket doors in the United States is becoming a more popular trend every year because they not only save space but offer the convenience of a door that can be opened entirely and not block access by sliding closed along a track. Conventional and bifold doors are considered the more traditional approach in most homes these require several feet of unblocked space to open and close. Many homeowners need every extra square foot they can find to store their personal belongings and a door can easily get in the way of most decorating layouts.

A pocket door is a simple design that utilizes a flat door installed on a track that will slide easily into a “pocket” in the wall. When opened these doors allow complete access to the closet or room and will not slide closed until you are ready to do so. Pocket doors can be single door that slides to the left or right (usually this is unidirectional) and sits flush against the door jamb when closed or a double door set that will close in the middle of the frame against each other. Depending on the style of pocket door in your home, there are several different types of hardware available.

Dummy Sets: These would be used most traditionally on a closet door because it has a pull installed on the exterior of the door and no pull on the inside. These are most traditionally accompanied by an edge pull installed into the side of the door (to close the door).

Passage Sets: This style would be used on a door that might be opened from the inside or outside – therefore a pull is installed on either side of the door. An edge pull would be used as well. These are available in single and double sets depending on the type of pocket doors.

Privacy Sets: This style is similar to the passage set but uses a mortise latch in place of an edge pull so the doors can be locked. It is important to note that a key will be required to lock/unlock this style from either side (no safety lock feature). In a single door installation the door would lock into a strike plate installed into the door jamb and in a double door installation the doors would lock into each other.

Pocket door hardware is available in a variety of antique and modern patterns and can be a great way to upgrade the appearance of your pocket doors. Search for solid brass construction to ensure high quality and durability.

Written by miznomerz

April 28, 2010 at 5:27 pm

A New Rainbow of Color This Spring – Redecorating with Glass

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Ruby Red Glass Cabinet Knob

Add a little life to your cupboards and drawers this spring with new glass knobs and pulls. Transform your kitchen from bland to beautiful by replacing that old and worn hardware with wonderful replacements in glass and crystal. The possibilities are limitless this year with a wide spectrum of glass shapes and colors available for the home (or office). Try adding something unique to your home this year during your spring cleaning and redecorating projects!

Nothing says dull like scratched and worn knobs and pulls on any piece of furniture. The small details make the biggest impact sometimes and this is especially true when it comes to hardware. Knobs and pulls are not only a focal point of design; they are also one of the most used items in the home. Think of how many times you open the drawers and cabinets in your bathroom, kitchen and bedroom.

Art Deco Glass Cabinet Knob

Try adding a little pizzazz to your cupboards with exciting ruby red knobs or introduce a little color into the bathroom with beautiful emerald green knobs. Create a theme in a nursery with baby pink or blue pulls for the dresser. The opportunities to make your home reflect your unique personality are just waiting to be used. Glass comes in a variety of shapes from the traditional hexagon to ornate swirl glass knobs. Fitting well in homes that range from classic Victorian themes to contemporary Manhattan apartments – glass is quickly becoming one of the most stylish ways to update the home.

Take your new decorating style one step further by adding wonderful crystal doorknob sets throughout the home. This can quickly create a uniformed look throughout the entire home. Glass stands out against wood (or metal) doors and offers an extra touch of elegance. Try updating your curtain tie backs with exotic pressed glass patterns to bring the look of glass even further into the room.

Amethyst Glass and Brass Coat Hooks

Although glass can break more easily than other materials (such as brass, iron, steel, etc.) it is extremely durable and does not show signs of wear and tear as easily over time. When properly installed, glass knobs and pulls will work as efficiently as standard metal knobs. LookInTheAttic & Company offers a great selection of glass hardware ranging from cabinet knobs to robe hooks. Try something new this year and make your house the beautiful home of your dreams.