Why so Gray?

Gone are the days when gray rooms conjured up feelings of dreariness and gloom. No longer a formal color used in institutional settings, gray is quickly becoming a go-to color for its diversity, neutrality and more. Homeowners in the know are using gray to bring a soothing, sophisticated style into the home. This week we [...]

December 16th, 2015|Blog|

Reclaim your style

Add character and style to any space with natural elements like reclaimed wood, distressed iron and other vintage elements. Mix and match these aged elements with new items for a bold and eye catching look. Whether your style is contemporary or traditional, see how you can utilize the hottest elements to reclaim your own personal [...]

December 8th, 2015|Blog|

New affordable modern stair products

The increasing popularity of modern, contemporary and transitional home decor and interior products is in full swing. Lighting, Hardware and Furniture markets have all launched product lines to meet the demand from these rapidly growing markets. House of Forgings' latest product offering, The Aalto Collection, has seen tremendous success this year and we are pleased [...]

December 1st, 2015|Blog|

Stair Remodel Trends

Staircase remodels have never been more popular and the current range of products and design options are seemingly endless. The staircase is often the main architectural feature of a home as well as an important design element that effects the overall mood of the home. In times past less emphasis was given to the staircase [...]

November 18th, 2015|Blog|

A Black & White Issue

The bold distinction and sophisticated elegance of a well-designed black & white interior is a thing of beauty. Black serves as an anchor, intensifying any decorating composition; and white reflects a great amount of light, driving black to stand out in contrast. This color marriage is powerful, and lately has been at the forefront of [...]

November 16th, 2015|Blog|

What’s your pitch?

No, we're not talking about your sales pitch! Let's talk about your staircase pitch/angle. Whether you are framing out an entire stair or just installing treads, handrails and balusters, this critical measurement is the key to success. In this week's blog we explore a number of related topics: Panels- Can I use panels with my [...]

November 10th, 2015|Blog|

Negative Space as a Visual Feature

When it comes to staircase design their seems to be two distinct schools of style that often dictate the final design. Typically, a client's main priority is either an "open & expansive" view or a more "filled in" decorative design. This week, we explore negative space within staircase design and how to utilize this design [...]

November 3rd, 2015|Blog|

The Benefits of Iron Panels

Nothing exudes old world elegance like a scrolling wrought iron staircase or balcony. The classic beauty and craftsmanship of custom fabricated ornamental iron can come with a number of drawbacks. This week we take a look at the use of manufactured iron panels as a comparable alternative to fully fabricated systems.   Time Savings- If [...]

October 29th, 2015|Blog|

Square Iron Balusters-Six Install Options: Field Tested & Rated

How do you make a square hole for a square baluster? Good question, and one we get asked on a daily basis. A number of installation techniques exist and we chose six of the most common to field test and rate in terms of tools & materials needed, skill required, time involved, cost and overall [...]

October 22nd, 2015|Blog|

Special Order Wood Stair Parts

House of Forgings provides a wide range of special order wood parts and species including handrail & fittings, newels, box newels, balusters, treads, lumber and more. We provide quotes for all domestic and exotic species in our standard profiles as well as industry standard and custom profiles. Commonly quoted domestic Species: Maple, Poplar, White Oak, [...]

October 13th, 2015|Blog|
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