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When we saw this cunning walnut doorknob from ModKnobs, we imagined it to be the perfect knob for our bathroom door. But when it finally arrived, the knob we thought so fab turned out to be huge and clunky, way out of scale for the space (see photo, below). We had neglected to take note of the knob’;s actual dimensions and hold a template up in the space to see if it would work. Not only did we have to pay return shipping but a restocking fee as wellcustomized gifts, all because we had neglected a simple step.

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It reminded us of other common mistakes we made when ordering hardware online during the Laboratory’;s renovation. We learn our lessons the hard way! Like all lessons, some good came out of it; it lead us to create our 7-Step Guide to Buying Hardware Online so you can avoid our mistakes when you buy hardware:

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1 –; If possible, check out the item in person before buying, either at a showroom or at someone’;s house. It may well look quite different in real life than in the picture on a website.

2 –;?Note the item’;s measurements. Make a rough mock-up or template to hold up in the space the hardware is to be used to see if its proportion is pleasing.

3 –;?Make sure the item can be installed where you want it; there may be quirks that get in the way. The gorgous pocket door handle we ordered fit the door but not the minimal jamb the door fits into. We ended up selling the handle on Ebay.

4 –;?Read the fine print of the online store’;s Return Policy. Some stores, like the horrific Alema Hardware, will not accept returns. Others, like MobKnobs charge a hefty restocking fee—as much as 25%.Coupled with the return shipping costs, you can lose a chunk of change.

5 –;?Check ratings and reviews of stores you plan to purchase one, especially their reputation for customer service. If we had read the terrible reviews of Alema, we never would have ordered from them. Yelp is a good source.

6 –; If possible, check ratings and reviews of the item you plan to buy. Just in case. Find out about defects, diffulty installing etc in advance. (And, you do others a big service by leaving YOUR comments and experiences about products as well. How else will someone know that the porcelain sink you bought is prone to chipping?)

It's nearly time to open your doors to fall—but first, you've got to make sure those doors are spiffed up for the season! Any one of these DIY fall wreaths will get the job done and leave your front porch looking cozy and festive. Face it: A lot happens between September to November—Halloween, Thanksgiving, and all the autumn entertaining in between—and these fall wreath ideas are the key to making sure your guests feel like you've put real thought into making every inch of your home inviting. Welcome them in with a cheery, apple-inspired fall door wreath, hold onto the last days of summer with a eucalyptus fall wreath DIY, or jump right into the new season with a flurry of faux leaves.

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