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Monica Khemsurov, the cofounder of Sight Unseen, talks to a lot of designers as part her day job, and recently she became aware of a specific trend. “I noticed a number of independent designers posting on Instagram about hardware they’d made but weren’t really selling through the usual standard channels,” she says. “And then also seeing that interior designers were always on the hunt for good hardware—even scouring Etsy for more interesting things.”

So this week, she launched Petra, a showroom for those of us who’d rather skip the big-box stores in favor of hardware that doubles as art. On her site, she sells James Shaw’s candy-colored handles, Sam Stewart’s delicious Macaroni pulls, and dramatic metallics from Chris Wolston, among others. 

Sam Stewart’s Macaroni Pulls.
Chris Wolston’s Daisy Knobs.

Naturally, Kemsurov has ideas on how to work her wares into your home: “The thing to do is make a bit of a choice: If you have cabinets that are in a certain style already, you can decide to choose hardware that’s in the same style, like Art Deco plus Art Deco, or you can go big and make an intentional contrast.” A fun way to do that is with color, she says, explaining that her favorite shade, a muted fiberglass green, would go great with silver. The runner-up? Oxblood, which complements all metallic tones.

No worries if you’re a renter—there are plenty of easy updates available to you at Petra. Maha Alavi’s simple round knobs and arcs can make even the most landlord-grade cabinets look lovely, though Kemsurov says most of the site is renter-friendly. Your weekend plans, sorted.