Manager buys Oklahoma City fixture Designer Hardware by Faye

Manager Garvin Boyd acquired the 32-year-old business and has plans to add commercial hardware and locations in Oklahoma and other states.
by Richard Mize Modified: January 11, 2014 at 10:00 pm •  Published: January 11, 2014

Faye Norton turned over more than a store when she sold her Designer Hardware by Faye to her manager and friend Garvin Boyd this week.

She passed on what turned out to be a life's work.

“What a great journey it has been, building Designer Hardware by Faye over the last 32 years. I cannot imagine my life any different — starting from a young woman as a secretary who had a drive to do more, learn more, and be more, to starting, cultivating and building Designer Hardware by Faye from the ground up,” Norton said in a letter to clients and others announcing the ownership change.

Designer Hardware by Faye is more than a store. The showroom, at 430 W Wilshire Blvd., is for many upscale designers and builders the source for more than 200 brands of decorative home hardware and plumbing fixtures.

Items range from kitchen faucets, sinks and accents, to bathroom sinks, toilets and bidets and shower accessories, to appliance pulls, hooks, switch plates and electrical outlet covers — among many other elements of high-end home design.

The company, at the east edge of Nichols Hills, has long been a supplier and consultant for homes in Nichols Hills, Gaillardia and other upscale neighborhoods.

Norton started the business Jan. 1, 1982, after 11 years of detailing commercial hardware projects.

“When a customer asked her to develop a hardware schedule for his custom multimillion dollar home, Faye's talent resulted in a new vision and business opportunity. Designer Hardware was realized and Oklahoma City was introduced to exquisite decorative hardware and high-end plumbing selections,” the company says on its website, www.designerhardwarebyfaye.com.


by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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