A great way to bring some coastal flair to the exterior of your home, and dress up your front door, is with artistic, decorative door knockers. My favorite door knocker designer by far, is renowned artist Michael Healy. Born and raised on Cape Cod, Michael’s designs are clearly inspired by his surroundings on the seashore. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Michael served in the US Air Force.
Michael’s designs are made through the age-old technique of sand casting. Each door knocker is hand-cast in sold bronze, solid brass, or solid nickel/silver. Of all the knockers he’s designed, my favorite by far is the the intricately detailed blue claw crab knocker.
Living on or near the saltwater can be harsh for outdoor fixtures. It is imprtant when selecting outdoor hardware and fixtures that they are “weather proof” and can with stand the salt and sea air. So far the Michael Healy door knockers have been a winner in my book!
As important as the selection of your front door, so is the hardware you choose to adorn it. I highly recommend you visit Michael Healy’s website and take a closer look at all his work. I am sure that you will find an authentic bronze plaque, door knocker, dog knocker or door bell to fit the decor of your home.
A fresh new look in your home is just a pull away! Finding the right hardware for a kitchen, vanity, drawers, cabinets and paneled appliances can be a a bit overwhelming. The selection of different styles, finishes, shapes and sizes can seem endless, but whatever your project is, there are knobs and pulls out there that will dress and complete your project.
When selecting hardware, I like to mix things up by selecting different pulls and knobs, but keep the finish of the hardware the same throughout the room. Having a diverse selection of hardware adds interest, texture, and is a great way to subtly accent the overall theme of your room. Be sure to consider functionality when you choose your hardware, but don’t be afraid to mix and match between knobs, pulls and handles.
Updating existing hardware is an affordable way to give your room or furniture a facelift. Placement of the hardware, as well as size of hardware is important, so be sure to check dimensions before buying.
There are many companies I’ve worked with that carry a vast array of nautical and coastal hardware. Some of my favorites are East End Country Kitchens, Emtek, and Top Knobs. I also highly recommend Blue Barnacles if you’re looking for unique coastal or nautical pulls. Here’s a few knobs from Blue Barnacles that I will definitely be working into future projects: