I love sourcing hardware and lighting for homes. Both are often referred to as the “jewelry of the home” and these are the kind of details that make my heart happy.
A reader recently sent me this message:
I noticed your picture of a design collage on instagram with pink tulips, grey paint, tile, and a chrome drawer pull. I am IN LOVE with this drawer pull, and I’ve spent hours online searching for it!!! Can you please tell me the name of it and where I can find it!
Thank you so very much!
– Julie G.
Julie, I am so glad you asked! Awhile back I wrote a blog post called “Design Question?” asking readers to send me their questions. In return, I try to create a blog post dedicated to answering them in case they are helpful for others too.
So if you have a question, don’t hesitate to ask me!
You may get a quick answer, or a big long blog post like this – jam packed with things I’ve learned as a designer over the years.
This is the instagram post for reference:
Please note affiliate links are used in this post which means I get a small percentage if purchased, at no extra cost to you.
The picture above is of a flat lay showing materials from a new construction project which I STILL need to write about! Everything came together (it’s beautiful!) so keep an eye out for that hopefully soon.
Okay, back to hardware.
The hardware Julie was asking about are the Martha Stewart Pulls in Polished Nickel. These are one of my favorite pieces to use for budget conscious clients. I also use them in our own home. They look much more expensive in person than they are (and they are a steal).
Below I’m sharing a list of my go to places to shop for affordable hardware. I hope this is helpful!
Is there anything you’d like me to help you source? Send me a message or comment below!
Source List for Affordable Hardware:
Note: This list is mostly geared towards PULLS AND KNOBS for cabinets and drawers.
Anthropologie – known for their unique pieces and that doesn’t stop at clothing. Their knobs and home accessories never disappoint! I always like to check here when I need 1-4 pulls for a project (vs. entire kitchen).
World Market – similar vibe to Anthro when it comes to hardware, and you can usually find good sales here. The hooks and knobs are adorable and will liven up any piece or wall.
Rejuvenation – part of the group behind Potterybarn and West Elm. From vintage inspired pieces to modern, this is definitely a place to remember. You can also order cabinet hinges, door numbers, switch plates and more.
Hobby Lobby – this is probably my favorite place to shop for hardware in person when looking for something affordable. I’ve used many pieces from here but I always buy with caution since some are not the best quality. Depending on the piece, these can work well for cabinets or drawers that don’t get a lot of use. I have had clients say how well some pieces hold up though even in high traffic areas too.
Overstock– vast selection of hardware. If you have a good idea of the style you are looking for, this is a great place to find discounted options.
Schoolhouse Electric & Supply – In case you aren’t familiar with this shop, I highly recommend spending a few minutes to peruse. Loaded with modern, industrial, and boho pieces. Their hardware is fantastic and they are also on my go-to list for lighting!E
Ebay– worth checking when looking for unique (and discounted!) hardware.
Etsy– LOVE shopping here for hardware. The prices can vary but there’s definitely a lot of affordable options. We have gold and lucite knobs similar to these in our home which add a little extra style! These square options are on my wish list and everything about this chic collection. Etsy is a also great when looking for vintage style hardware.
Restoration Hardware – Most people think of RH for their furniture and forget that they started as a hardware company. The hardware is a bit more expensive, but if you can swing it, it’s worth it.
Above are Restoration Hardware’s Lugarno pulls we used for a clients built ins. Since the family room is off the kitchen area, we used the same hardware throughout both rooms to keep consistency.
The Lugarno line at Restoration Hardware has been a favorite of mine to use. (PS it’s currently on sale which almost never happens). You can see more of this project here: Before and After: Family Room for Five.
These are the Martha Stewart pulls (a very budget and beautiful friendly option!) that we have in our bathroom. They’re a similar aesthetic to the RH ones but at a lower price point.
I also just came across these gold bows which would be SO cute in a kids room:
One thing I always like to do with kids furniture is swap out the hardware. This makes a piece more unique and adds a personal touch. Its these little details that go a long way!
Here’s an example of of our daughters room where we switched out the hardware. The dresser was from Land of Nod (now Crate Kids) but you would never know with the hardware swapped out.
Another question that I get often regarding hardware is how to mix and match. In this kitchen below we used a mix of different types of pulls and knobs but kept a cohesive look with all the finishes.
When mixing metals in spaces, a good rule of thumb is no more than TWO finishes (yes, this CAN include gold tones). I feel like an entire blog post could be dedicated to this science but that’s for another time!
Thanks for reading and do let me know if there’s a question you have for me!
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