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I absolutely love working for a design magazine. Everyday, I get to pick the brains of interior decorators, architects, homeowners and log home providers about their favorite things, from a nifty new window treatment to the best way to make a small home feel spacious.

One of our oft-repeated mantras in the pages of Log Home Design is that the best way to make a house a home is to fill it with things you love. It could be anything—from the perfect pedestal sink to those gleaming hardwood floors. And while it's easy to get bogged down in the details, I've found that the little things you find along the way really add up to the homey feeling that's so appealing about log homes in the first place.

And I practice what I preach. After my husband and I bought a new set of shiny stainless steel appliances last year, something just seemed off in our updated kitchen. So I swapped out the small ivory-colored porcelain knobs on our cabinetry and replaced them with sleek pulls that echoed the handles of our dishwasher and fridge. Though my husband doubted such a small thing would be noticeable, even he admitted the world of difference that inexpensive cabinet face lift made in the overall feel of our galley kitchen.

Need a little inspiration? I came across this new collection from hardware company Soko recently and loved the idea. The antique feel of the pulls would make a great complement to distressed cabinetry. But only if you absolutely love the style—that's key.

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Comment by Tom Heatherington on June 3, 2008 at 4:16pm
Leah, you are right on the money (again)… cabinet hardware has much the same effect as women's jewelry and makeup. The right hardware can make an ordinary, inexpensive cabinet look like a valuable museum-quality heirloom, while the wrong choice can have the opposite effect.

I likened this also to women's makeup for the same reason in that the wrong color (patina) or material (metal, ceramic, wood, etc.) can produce the same result. All one need do is picture a beautiful mahogany Queen Anne secretary with polished brass hardware… now imagine that same cabinet with stainless steel 'jewelry'.

Great tip on the Sóko company, I was not familiar with their products. On your recommendation I visited their website and learned something new... I never considered changing the refrigerator-freezer handles before... got some good ideas. Thanks.

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