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French Empire Sliding Latch for all Types of Doors

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We haven’t had a piece like this come around for quite some time, so you can imagine how thrilled we were when we came across this little beauty right here.  Sliding door latches are fairly common in homes that were built in the 1940’s and later, but now seem to be replaced with the more ‘convenient’, and cheaper, knob locks.

This is a fantastic piece that is in excellent working condition.  So what does this mean for us and for you?  Simple; easier to disassemble, create a mold, reassemble and get on the market to you!  We are going to have to do a little fine detail cleaning with our handy dandy toothbrush so we can get all of the dirt and dust that has collected in all of the little grooves, but that isn’t any big deal.

Sliding Door Latch

This is a great addition to anywhere you need a little more security, or just a better way to keep things shut.  If you have a room you don’t want the children getting into, like an office, this is a perfect thing to put way up high (over their heads, but not out of your reach) so that it can stay securely shut without having to worry about them getting into it.  It is a also the perfect way to keep a stand-alone pantry or other storage device shut while providing a gorgeous accent piece and conversation topic.

It would also be a great way to keep your garden shed door closed while adding a touch of character to the door.  This could be used almost anywhere you need a sliding latch, though I wouldn’t recommend it be used on a front door; there’s just too much risk of it getting damaged there.

We are absolutely offering this in the polished brass and are trying to decide which other, if any, finishes we will offer it in.  Give us your input!


Life Saving Dresser

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We had a great trip to Louisiana, and are really pleased with all of the recovery effort that is still ongoing.  We are very proud that we had the opportunity to be a part of it, and of all the great work and stories that we were able to bring back with us.  Even though it was an absolutely devastating time in our nation’s history, the overall outcome of so many people working together to help build it back up is extraordinary.   It’s inspiring to see so many people from so many different backgrounds helping each other toward a common goal.  The stories that have moved people to be here are heartbreaking and prideful in every way.

LS Front View


There was one woman there who’s story nearly broke my heart.  She was young, in her early twenties, when the storm hit, but was married with three children.  Her home was hit early on by the storm, and suffered a tremendous amount of damage.  Unfortunately, it was not only her home that was torn apart.  Her husband, in a desperate attempt to ensure his wife and childrens’ safety, nearly lost his own life.  He made every effort possible to flag down a boat to take his family to safety from the roof of their home, and did so by climbing on top of an wooden dresser and paddling along until he found help.  With his family safe, he took it upon himself to check on his neighbors to make sure they got the help they needed.

LS Side View

As a result, nearly the entire neighborhood survived, but her husband ended up on a list of the missing.  For nearly four months after she relocated herself and the children to stay with family in Atlanta, she had no idea where her husband was despite her search attempts.  He was eventually located in a hospital in Atlanta, and had been listed as a John Doe.  Rescue workers had found him unconscious on a dresser.  He remained in the hospital for another month, and though he has some neurological problems is on the road to recovery.  The dresser he clung to was lost, but he held on with such force to one of the handles that the recovery team had to remove it to get him to let go of the dresser.  Before leaving for home, this woman presented us with the drawer handle to replicate with the promise of sharing her story as well.

LS Front View 2

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January 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm

French Quarter Inspired Drawer Pulls

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No one can underestimate the class and style that the French Quarter of New Orleans radiates.  There is a lavishness and elegance that is only seen a couple of other places in the world, and very few if any in the United States.  The French Quarter gets its name from the architecture and embellishments inspired by French Empire.

For many, there is a hefty price tag attached to achieve such grace and richness, and while there are a handful of families that could afford this, there were many more people yearning for a good replica at a much cheaper price.  Many crafters stepped forward to accept this challenge, and the result was, and still is, absolutely magnificent.  Many pieces that are in the homes throughout New Orleans are these replicas, which have become much more in demand than the originals that inspired them.

FQ Front View

If I told you that this piece was a replica, which it is, it is certain that many more would sell than if it was an original.  If this seems a little backwards, it is, but it also makes the original pieces, when you’re able to find them, much more valuable and coveted.  They have also become even more affordable than when they first were released, because so many replicas have been produced.

FQ Side View

This piece was recovered off of another badly water damaged piece of furniture, though this piece was in far better shape than the other.  A couple of the drawers were missing, and the ones that remained were badly rotting.  Of the original eight drawer pulls, we were only able to salvage three, and all of them needed intense cleaning before we could consider replicating them.  We took the whole dresser, with the very good intention of getting the drawers rebuilt and having it refinished.

FQ Front View 2

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.

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March 15, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Choosing Replacement Door Knob Sets for Interior Doors – A Helpful Guide

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Replacing the interior knobs around the home may seem like a simple task at first but as you begin to research the different styles, manufacturers and types available in stores and online, the process may seem slightly daunting. No one wants to choose the “wrong ones” and trying to sort through the different options can be a time consuming task. Organizing your thoughts and taking time to decide in advance what you are looking for will help cut down the time spent going through different options and choosing the style that not only meets your demands but adds value and beauty to your home.

What type of knob do you need?

Knowing and deciding this is the first and foremost task of this project. Before beginning to look at materials or designs know the function. There are four different types of interior door knobs available for interior doors and choosing the right type is very important. Do you need the knob to operate a latch mechanism? Does the door need to lock? Follow the guide below for a brief explanation of the four types of doorknobs available:

Single Dummy Knobs: These consist of a knob on one side of the door. They do not turn or operate a latch mechanism. These are typically used for doors that use a magnetic or ball catch as well as on bi-fold doors.
Double Dummy Knobs: These consist of a knob on each side of the door. They do not turn or operate a latch mechanism. These are typically used on doors that use a magnetic or ball catch or on French doors (opposite a Passage or Privacy set).
Passage Style Knobs: These consist of a pair of knobs that turn and operate a latch mechanism. These are typically used on closet doors, French doors (opposite a Double dummy set) and doors that use a separate deadbolt.
Privacy Style Knobs: These consist of a pair of knobs that turn, operate a latch and can also be locked. These are typically found on Bedroom doors and Bathroom doors. In the event of an emergency, the mechanisms can be unlocked from the outside using a long push pin.

What Material is the Best?

Door knob sets come in a wide variety of materials from stainless steel to glass. Thinner materials will dent and scratch more easily over time and through normal wear and tear (this would include thinner plated metals). Heavy duty materials such as solid brass and cast iron are more resistant to this damage and will ensure higher quality construction. Glass offers a beautiful and historical touch to your doors but does run the risk of breakage when misused.

What Finish Will Match Best?

This depends entirely on what you are attempting to match. Hardware from different manufacturers will vary in appearance (even if the same finish is ordered) so be careful if you are planning to mix and match items from different sources. Use other hardware in the room and around the home as a guide for what finish will match best. If you have a variety of different finishes it is best to choose the dominant finish that will be used in a particular room and match the knob to this finish. Although using the same finish for all the door knobs in your home will help to create a common theme it is not absolutely necessary if finishes in individual rooms varies widely. Some companies offer “mixed finish” door knob sets to help offset this problem.

What Design to Choose?

Choose a pattern that you like and stick with it throughout the home. If a simple roped design works well on your doors it is easy to incorporate this into other areas such as window hardware or cabinets. If your home is an Eastlake design choosing Eastlake style hardware would be an appropriate choice. Research the architectural style of your home for inspiration on designs that will match the existing design elements. There are no strict rules regarding what style needs to be used but there are plenty of options available to inspire a common design.

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March 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm

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.

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February 17, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Solid Brass Deadbolts

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Arts & Crafts Deadbolt

Installing a high quality deadbolt is an important step towards increasing the overall security of your home or business. A deadbolt, in its most basic definition, is a locking mechanism that requires a key to lock and unlock the mechanism. This differs from a “spring-bolt lock” which simply requires force to be placed on the bolt to unlock the mechanism (such as rotating the knob). Although a deadbolt serves a practical function there is no reason it can’t be coordinated with your existing hardware to enhance an existing theme in your entryway hardware.

Deadbolts come in two types: single cylinder and double cylinder. Most homes use a single cylinder deadbolt which utilizes a twist knob on the interior side of the door to lock and unlock the mechanism and a key for the exterior. A double cylinder deadbolt will use a key on either side (this is frequently used in commercial warehouses). Solid brass construction ensures high quality and durability over time.

A deadbolt, even as a separate component, should be treated as a set with the doorknob. Choosing the same finish for both the knob and deadbolt can go a long way towards coordinating the hardware on your door. If you are looking to create a theme (and this can include your knocker, doorbell, hinges, or kick plate as well) try choosing similar designs as well. As mentioned previously, deadbolts come in several patterns and can be easily integrated into existing door hardware. Popular patterns include Georgian Roped, Colonial, Beaded and Arts & Crafts motifs.

Solid brass deadbolts include several great features including optional finishes (Polished Brass, Antique Brass, Polished Chrome, Brushed Nickel and Oil Rubbed Bronze) and keying multiple locks the same. This is a great option if you are replacing multiple deadbolts and don’t want extra to carry extra keys. The solid brass construction will increase durability against natural wear and tear (such as scratching or dents).

LookInTheAttic & Company offers a wide selection of deadbolts and they offer free design assistance and help. Be sure to ask questions like can this style be keyed the same and what finishes are available. A deadbolt is an essential component of any home security system and that is why it is important to choose a high quality lock.