Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105 Page 106 Page 107 Page 108 Page 109 Page 110 Page 111 Page 112 Page 113 Page 114 Page 115 Page 116 Page 117 Page 118 Page 119 Page 120 Page 121 Page 122 Page 123 Page 124 Page 125 Page 126 Page 127 Page 128 Page 129 Page 130 Page 131 Page 132 Page 133 Page 134 Page 135 Page 136 Page 137 Page 138 Page 139 Page 140 Page 141 Page 142 Page 143 Page 144 Page 145 Page 146 Page 147 Page 14836 Chester County Life / CHESTERCOUNTY-LIFE.COM H O M E & G A R D E N Satin brass is being shown in transitional and contemporary settings. Unlacquered is popular and becomes more attractive as it patinas with age. If someone seeks sophis- tication and warmth, brass is a good can- didate.” “Brass has always been impor- tant in this region,” adds Bob. “Chester County is steeped in history and tradi- tion. People want to emulate the looks found in ancestral homes.” Other coveted finishes include brushed satin nickel, polished chrome, antique pewter, and oil-rubbed, Ger- man, and Tuscan bronze. “We are seeing a lot of mix-and-match appli- cations,” says Ann Marie. “Chrome with brass. Rustic with modern. Knobs with pulls.” Hardware ideas are as dis- tinctive as those who buy it. There is growing demand for Grandma’s crys- tal knobs, which range from clas- sic clear to a modern spin in bril- liantly vibrant hues. Because there are now chandeliers in bathrooms, dazzling crystal knobs distinguish the space. Mother-of-pearl inlaid with polished nickel knobs make a graceful design statement through- out the house. “One family finished cabinets in their theatre room with ostrich grey slate leather pulls,” ad- mires Ann Marie. “Although higher priced hardware is frequently chosen as a focal point, it’s essential to realize you can update and beautify cabinets without breaking the bank. We offer knobs for under $5 and many more at reasonable prices. The best guarantee you will be satisfied is to take home samples.” Installation of interior and exterior door hardware also requires research. Sliding barn doors with rustic pulls MEASURE FOR MEASURE Now that design and aesthetic approach are complete, proper measuring is a must. Impeccable fit is the goal at Wolfe’s, and Ann Marie offers some guidelines. If you are replacing existing cabinet hardware, take a few notes before visiting the showroom. 1. Remove the knob and determine if blemishes need to be covered. 2. For pull handles, measure the center- to-center distance between the two screw holes. 3. Carefully check your clearance. If you have cabinet doors opening from the center with knobs next to each other, measure the distance between the knobs to ensure the objects don’t touch or appear too close together. If you are buying new exterior or interior door hardware, proper measuring is synonymous with flawless appearance and ease of use. 1. If you are replacing existing hardware, bring photos of the exterior, interior, and side of the door. Photos capture key details regarding your hardware and are very helpful when browsing the showroom. 2. Measure the backset and distances between the latches. 3. Measure door thickness to ensure hardware will fit. There is no need to feel overwhelmed. Wolfe’s provides handy guides with diagrams on how to take all necessary measurements. Ann Marie’s most important advice regarding any hardware selection is to avoid procrastination. Allowing the time for taking correct measurements and ordering will ensure that you obtain the hardware that best fits your needs and style.