vintage door knobs used as curtain tie backs, easy upgrades around the home for the whole year
Photo: Photo: John Gruen; (inset) Michael Chini/Time Inc. Digital Studio
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March: Try Vintage Doorknobs as Curtain Tiebacks

Invite in early spring's warming sunlight by installing drapery hardware that's made to handle the push and pull of daily use: old doorknobs. Scour salvage yards, antiques shops, or flea markets to find the right ones to flank your window. Don't worry if a knob's threaded rod or backplate is damaged or missing; to install, you'll need a dummy spindle (inset, right; under $5 at specialty hardware stores), which anchors to the wall and threads onto the knob. A reproduction rosette like the one shown (inset, left; about $6.49 at slides over the spindle, covering the hardware.
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