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Design Ideas to Get Inspired

Inspiration

Old-Soul Charm… New-Build Spaces.

We still get calls about these doors featured in Canadian House & Home’s 2008 special issue, Condos, Lofts & Apartments.

Although this would look fantastic in any space, it’s a particularly great and easy way to bring architectural integrity to the otherwise plain interiors of most condos, and best of all when you move you can take them with you! The sleek white contrasts beautifully against the charcoal background, but this would also look stunning with some of our more rustic doors against creamy white walls.

Similar doors (or any number of other over-sized architectural pieces) would also look great as a focal point at the end of a hallway.

Expert Advice before you Buy

Working with Vintage Front Doors

Vintage Front Door

We are the first to admit that finding the right vintage door is not the easiest undertaking; it’s a labour of love and those that understand the value and beauty of old construction and well-seasoned materials are happy to go the extra mile to make our doors work for them. First step: speak to your contractor – some are happy to work with older doors, others prefer the pre-hung variety, and it’s important to have your carpenter on your side! Next step: take measurements of your existing door. If you find one you love that’s not quite the right size, there are some options. Most doors can be cut down in height or augmented in either dimension, particularly if you plan on painting them. Holes can be filled, paint can be stripped, thermal glass can be inserted, and we are happy to refer you to experts that can make all this happen. We sell our doors as-is because everyone has a different plan!

Custom Sizing of Iron to Suit your Needs

Custom Sizing of Iron to Suit your Needs

When shopping for our antique iron bring your approximate measurements, and know that the sizes of our pieces are not set in stone. In most cases we are able to adjust the pieces you love to suit your needs. This could mean adding a wrought iron border to build out a door panel, splicing two pieces together to make a coffee table, adding some filler sections to a railing, and so on. Many clients also find it handy to bring a photo of their house or front door to help picture what our railings, window panels and door grilles will look like in place.

Missing a Knob or an Escutcheon?

Missing a Knob or an Escutcheon?

Bring it in or email us a picture and we’ll see what we can find for you.

Shopping for a Mantel

Shopping for a Mantel

Before you come in to look for a mantel, please measure the actual opening in the wall where your fireplace will go. Besides the width of your chimney, there are fire codes that will determine the minimum size of the mantle. It is a good idea to work with your contractor or whoever is installing your fireplace, as they will be knowledgeable in the fire code allowances.

Sizing for Light Fixtures

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How do you know what size fixture will fit? The two main spaces that seem to cause the most concern are hallways and dining rooms. For hallways, the rule-of-thumb is that you must leave 7 feet of clearance below the fixture – the height of your ceilings will help you to determine whether you can fit a large chandelier, a small pendant or a flush mount light. For the dining room, the diameter of the fixture should be about 12 inches narrower than the width of your table, and the bottom of the chandelier should be approximately 30 inches above the table. For other rooms, some people use a simple calculation as a guide: for example, if your room is 12′ x 14′, you would add these measurements together to get 26. This number, in inches, is the approximate diameter of the fixture that that will look proportionate in your room (in this case, 26 inches).

Ever Wondered What to Call that Hardware Part?

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Click here for a glossary of common (and not-so-common) terms.

Measuring for Registers

When measuring, the opening size is most important, but if the registers will be sunk to be flush with the floor, then the overall size is important too. Whenever possible, it is best to shop for registers before laying new flooring or having existing flooring refinished so that you can be a little flexible for size.

Shopping for Hardware? Be Prepared!

Shopping for Hardware

There are no standards when it comes to antique hardware. If you want us to fix something, replace something, or even if you’re starting from scratch, save yourself time and hassles by taking a few measurements before you visit us, and bring in whatever you’re trying to match or replace. We can’t have too much information! Bring in knobs, spindles, set screws, locks, whatever you have. Don’t assume that any knob can fit with any plate or that any spindle will thread into any knob or, if you’re trying to match something, that “you’ll know it when you see it”! Also, locks vary in many different dimensions. Bring in your lock or, if you’re missing one, wrap a piece of paper around your door and do a pencil rubbing: this will tell us how thick your door is, where and how big the holes are, and what size plate is chiselled out on the edge of the door for the latch.

Design Ideas

Warm Brass

After years of cool nickel, chrome, and stainless steel, brass is making a big comeback, even in kitchens and bathrooms. It’s not the super-shiny yellow lacquered brass that went out years ago, but a warmer, golden, weathered brass. The very best patinas take time to develop – start with raw brass and let it do its thing – but if you’re in a rush, we have a few shortcuts that look almost as good at the real thing.



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Grates for Gates

Bring the beauty of our antique grates up to eye level by framing them into wooden garden gates. They look fantastic either with original rough, peeling paint or in a sleek and durable powder coated finish. Come in to browse the myriad patterns and sizes.



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Wrought Iron Console Tables

Console tables are a great way to bring a piece of history into your home. Antique iron panels – either powder-coated or kept in their original finish – are custom-framed into tall narrow tables that look fantastic as a statement piece in a foyer or hallway, behind a couch or as a dining room sideboard.



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Antique Egyptian Doors

We love them equally with fabulous wrought iron inserts or with heavy carved panels. We love the way a hundred years of sand and wind and sun has left them weathered and with lots of stories to tell. We love them used as pantry doors, closet doors, wine cellar doors, or just propped against the dining room wall as a statement piece.



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Relic Table Lamps

We love these sleek, simple lamps that use our antique tiles for bases. Beautifully-patterned floor tiles are a hallmark of North Africa and the Middle East. Culled from flea markets in Cairo, these well-worn concrete tiles are given new life with a modern shade, but still they remind us of sipping sweet mint tea in a bustling bazaar.