ONE GOOD TURN Created by artists proficient in jewelry making, metalsmithing, furniture design, and mechanical engineering, SA Baxter's Artisan Series brings architectural hardware to new levels of art and excellence. Fully custom designs also can be prototyped within days for client approval. Suites include door knobs, escutcheons, levers, butt hinges, thumbturns, rosettes, and more. Design possibilities range from Gothic to contemporary, with more than 200 finishes to choose from. SA Baxter. 800.407.4295. www.sabaxter.com.
TREAT IT RIGHT For high-end homes clad in high-maintenance wood siding, shakes, or shingles, try Cetol Maintenance coating from Sikkens. The colorless finish preserves the beauty of wood previously coated with Sikkens products by maintaining the surface's original look, color, and strength. Cetol Maintenance won't darken the existing treatment or dull the wood's natural appearance. A single coat provides renewed UV protection and durability for two to three years. Sikkens. 866.745.5367. www.nam.sikkens.com.
HOT TOPIC For the ultimate in functional design, the Xtreme gas-burning fireplace has a 5-foot-long by 2-foot-tall glass aperture. With no logs or visible means of combustion, height-adjustable flames dance in a 4½-foot-wide strip of the fireplace floor, delivering up to 95,000 BTUs that can be directed into two additional zones in the home. Fireplace Xtrordinaire. 866.492.7169. www.fireplacex.com.
NO STONE UNTURNED Designed by French master stone carver Olivier Dumont and a team of skilled artisans, Massette Mantels and Ornament unveils its collection of handcarved natural-stone range hoods. The Old World style of the La Rochelle hood (shown) and four other designs is available in classic, Lantenay, or Silverdale limestone. The hoods are designed to fit standard ventilation systems, and fully custom designs also are available. Massette Mantels and Ornament. 312.492.7922. www.massette.com.
NATURAL SELECTION The Nature's Elegance collection of premium hardwood flooring from Pinnacle features several exotic wood species, including Bali Teak (shown). The 3-inch-wide solid plank flooring measures 3/8-inch thick and accepts glue- or staple-down installation on or above grade only. Other species in the collection include Brazilian cherry, Burmese rosewood, Burmese walnut, kempas, maple, and white oak. A 20-year residential warranty ensures a lasting finish. Pinnacle. 972.418.9400. www.pinnacle.org.