Sea Creature Figurines Make Interesting Decor

posted by dreeder 10:01 AM
Sunday, April 7, 2013

The fascination with the Sea and it’s millions of inhabitants has stirred the imagination for centuries. Something about the unknown sparks curiosity and ignites a hunger for exploration. Nautical decor is extremely popular all over the world. Many items of popular home decor are modeled after the numerous interesting creatures that make the oceans their home. Items relating to the Sea and it’s mysteries create universal recognition. A decorative Ceramic Bisque Octopus would be an excellent example.

Ceramic Octopus

Sea Life Octopus Figurine

Door Knockers Provide Functional Character

posted by dreeder 9:45 PM
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Solid Brass Suffolk Door Knocker

Solid Brass Door Knocker

A residential entryway can welcome guests with character and personality. Doorknockers can convey a range of sentiments from classic elegance, to the rustic ambiance of a Western ranch. These functional door accoutrements add a touch of character, and purvey underpinnings that address the persona of the occupants.

Call The Crew To Dinner

posted by dreeder 4:34 PM
Sunday, March 4, 2012

True to Western Custom, one item is familiar to western themes, wagon trains, and ranches of the Old West. That item is the Dinner Bellldinerbell. Blacksmiths and Farriers of the past fabricated these hand-forged, triangular attention-getters in their shops, along with shoeing horses, and fixing wagons. True to western custom, these are still being crafted by skilled blacksmiths. These are great for farms, ranches, cabins, or anyplace where it’s time to call the hands in for lunch or dinner. These are available in different sizes and diameters. Larger Dinner Bells are naturally louder & will draw more attention. These are also great just as a decor item. Consider adding a vintage style, handcrafted Dinner Bell to fit your application.

Transom Window Latches Add Versatility

posted by dreeder 11:30 AM
Saturday, January 7, 2012

As a mainstay of architectural history, the transom window gained its most popularity in the Elizabethan and Georgian styles of the early 20th Century. The term Transom Window is used to describe windows that both open for cross ventilation above a door, or are just used for allowing light to enter above the room door. Newer transom windows typically do not open and are meant for decorative purposes. Period homes using the style which allows opening of these windows, use a Ring Pull Transom Latch

Ring Pull Transom Window Latch

Ring Pull Transom Window Latch

. These can be opened finger style or with a hooked pole, allowing easier access without a step stool or ladder.

Solid Brass Sash Lifts Enhance Vintage Windows

posted by dreeder 11:18 PM
Monday, June 27, 2011
Solid Brass Window Sash Lift

Solid Brass Window Sash Lift

Vertical sliding casement windows can be difficult to raise without a finger managed sash lift. Before the stamped, hardware store varieties, now commonly found in most chain stores, craftsman painstakingly cast these in Solid Brass. They were much heavier, and more sturdy, than the stamped metal versions common today. These beautiful, sculpted Solid Brass Sash Lifts are still made today in England. Using techniques passed down from generations, these are available to add period charm to any vertical sliding window.

Security Protection For Vintage Style Windows

posted by dreeder 11:44 PM
Tuesday, June 21, 2011


10692Many Period Style homes utilize casement windows. A popular sash lock used in the early 20th Century was a locking mechanism called a Brighton Sash Lock. These spring loaded, twist style locks trace back to England, where they were cast from Solid Brass, and imported to the United States. These elegant sash locks add character and charm to any casement style window. Security is another added benefit. These sturdy locks may prevent intruders from opening windows undetected. These days, security is a must. These can be a valuable addition to any home, vintage or modern.

Bellows Assist A Wood Burning Fireplace

posted by dreeder 11:28 AM
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Handcrafted Wood and Leather Fireplace Bellows

Handcrafted Wood and Leather Fireplace Bellows

Over the centuries, as metalurgy skills progressed, the heat of the forge was intensified by the use of bellows. Fire requires oxygen and air in order to burn. A Vintage Style Bellow is a perfect fireplace accessory for use today. The added air flow, directed at the kindling or burning coals, stokes the flame for a hotter and quicker burn. Bellows come in a variety of styles, materials, and finishes. There are models suitable for any decor. These provide a great decor accent, and make a functional tool for any wood burning fireplace.

Alphabet Cabinet Knobs Add A Personal Touch

posted by dreeder 9:10 PM
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Personalize With Alphabet Cabinet Knobs

Personalize With Alphabet Cabinet Knobs

Todays cabinet hardware provides a wide array of choices. Over the centuries, man has made his mark on tools, art, creations, dwellings, and any number of other items and projects. From ancient cave dwellings to modern office spaces, man has used monograms as a form of expression. Alphabet monogrammed cabinet hardware provides an excellent medium for creative expression. Antique Brass and Pewter are popular finish choices.

Ceramic Toilet Bolt Covers Add Vintage Appeal

posted by dreeder 1:12 AM
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Porcelain Ceramic Toilet Bolt Cover

Porcelain Ceramic Toilet Bolt Cover

What better way to accent a Vintage Style bathroom than to cap the toilet bolts with Period Style Toilet Bolt Covers. These are available as an alternative to the plastic caps and covers offered by most hardware stores. They are available in a variety of styles, sizes and shapes. Preparation usually requires cutting the toilet bolt length to a size that will accommodate the porcelain cap. A hack saw or Dremelâ„¢ Tool may be used for that purpose. Use something to shield the side of the toilet bowl, in the event the tool should slip. This will prevent accidental marring of the toilet bowl.These are easily installed by using a small bead of white or clear 100% silicone caulk applied to the underside rim of the cap. Carefully position the cap before making contact with the toilet base. Gently set into position. Once the caulk sets up (usually overnight), these caps will dutifully remain in place until they need to be removed. Removal just requires cutting around the silicone seal with a single edge razor blade or razor knife. Add period authenticity to your Vintage Bathroom.

Toilet Problem Troubleshooting

posted by dreeder 11:04 AM
Saturday, August 28, 2010

Ashley Dual Flush Elongated Toilet

Ashley Dual Flush Elongated Toilet

When a toilet begins giving flushing problems, there are several ways to troubleshoot the problem. If the tank is filling properly, but the waste water is sluggish to go down the drain easily, this indicates a clog in the toilet trap itself, or some kind of blockage in the drain line. A handy tool known commonly as a “Plumber’s Friend” or toilet plunger, is often all that is needed to resolve the problem. This tool, used properly, forces air pressure down the base of the toilet, many times providing just enough extra force to push the clog or obstruction from the trap, and down the drain. It is advisable to keep one of these on hand near the toilet for that unexpected, and potentially embarrassing situation. Other situations may call for more extreme measures. Kids have a propensity to allow their curiosity to get the better of themselves. Many times a stuck toy, or other object not designed to be flushed down a toilet, becomes the culprit. This may be extreme enough to require removal of the toilet to remove the object. A clogged main line on the drain system is more rare, but does happen on occasion. Tree roots, and other things can contribute to this problem. In this situation, it is advisable to call a professional plumber. They have the proper tools to deal with this situation. A full septic tank might also be a culprit. This also requires professional assistance. Newer Dual Flush Toilets, (1.6 or .8 gal flush) are designed to flush easily with either solid or liquid waste. Liquid waste requires less water, and is energy saving as well.