Design Tip: Use Hardware to Revamp Dressers & Cabinets
Tailor knobs and pulls to each room in your home.
PHOTO BY CHUCK BEARD
Adding decorative hardware is one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to give your cabinets or dressers a makeover. While many homes once contained the same pieces of standard hardware, the trend now is to tailor the knobs and pulls to the feel of each individual room. Check out some of our favorite pieces of hardware here.
After several years working in New York City in interior design and textiles, Zach Mitchell returned in December to his hometown of Pittsburgh. Now the lead designer and design center manager at Penhollows in Shadyside, he has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Art University’s School of Interior Architecture & Design in San Francisco.
What's your design aesthetic?
I consider myself a transitional designer. I don't like to go too far in either direction. Traditional design can feel stale and outdated, while very contemporary spaces often read as cold and lack those personal touches that make a house a home. I feel that the best spaces are a blend of the two — that's what I love so much about [the work we do at] Penhollows.
What’s the best way to update a room?
The simplest way to update a room is with a new color on the walls, but that is not always an option. When you can't paint your walls (renters, for example) take advantage of your neutral backdrop!
Neutrals on your largest surfaces (such as walls, floors and major furniture pieces) actually allow you the most flexibility. Swap out your curtains, pillows and accents whenever you grow bored with your decor. You could even swap it out every season.
What’s your favorite design element or piece?
Lighting. Even the most beautiful rooms can leave you feeling underwhelmed with poor lighting. Invest in your light fixtures. You won't regret it.
Consider this Easter Bunny approved. In honor of the upcoming holiday, the Pittsburgh Glass Center is holding a series of Make-It-Now workshops from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 29. For $25 per person, the workshop gives anyone age 10 and older the opportunity to create a glass Easter bead “on the spot” in 15 minutes or less. Don’t worry, an expert will be on hand to help you tame the flames and create the glass. Reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.
(5472 Penn Ave., Garfield; 412/365-2145)
If you’re curious about how early Americans lived, the National Park Service is offering an inside look at the Albert Gallatin mansion, located at the Friendship Hill National Historic Site near Point Marion in Fayette County. A noted Jeffersonian politician, Gallatin served 13 years as the Secretary of Treasury during the Thomas Jefferson and James Madison administrations. Besides a top-to-bottom tour of Gallatin’s sprawling country estate, the hour-long event will include the history of the mansion. Tours are scheduled for 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28. Reservations are required. A $2 interpretative fee will be charged per person and collected the day of the tour. To reserve your spot, call 724/329-2501.
(223 New Geneva Road, Point Marion; 724/329-2501, nps.gov/frhi)