Everything is coming together for my dining room and entryway. I have new insulation, new drywall, new trim, new electrical wiring, and new lighting. My new windows have arrived and will be installed this Friday (so excited!!). And although I’m sure there will be tweaks along the way (because that’s what I do), I have a decorating plan in place and most of my fabric ready and waiting.
The one major piece of the puzzle that I’ve completely overlooked is my front door. I’ve been very passively looking at new front doors for a while now, but for some reason it didn’t really dawn on me until a few days ago that if this really is it, and I really am doing my “final phase” of designing and decorating this room, I need a new front door…NOW. That old dinged and scratched metal door just won’t do.
I want a door that will let light in. I don’t really like sidelites, and I don’t have room for them anyway, so that means that the actual door needs to let in light.
Unfortunately, this is my absolute favorite front door style…
Yep. Craftsman style. I’m not a huge fan of Craftsman style homes in general, but there are a few elements of Craftsman style that I love, and these front doors are my favorite. But this style just isn’t right for my house, and I don’t think it looks good at all with my new windows anyway. So my favorite isn’t even an option.
My house needs something more traditional in style, like this…
One issue that I have with front doors in general is that I really want a way to let a breeze in during the fall and spring. But once you put a screen door over your pretty front door, it kind of ruins the look. And try as I might, I can’t make myself like storm doors. I’ve never even once found one that I like.
A Dutch door seems perfect in my mind. It allows for the best of both worlds — glass to let light in, and a separately hinged top section to let a breeze in.
I’ve always loved Dutch doors, but they don’t keep bugs out (we have mosquitoes here, among other things), and it certainly wouldn’t keep my cat inside.
But I came across the absolute PERFECT door. I love this door, and I want it. And now that I’ve seen it, I don’t think I want to settle for anything else.
It’s a very similar concept to a Dutch door, except that only the glass section opens on hinges. It’s like a window, and it looks like it even has a (barely visible) screen like a window. I WANT this door!
But I have no idea where to get it. I’ve searched and searched, and can’t find anything like it online, and questions to the designer/builder about this room have gone unanswered.
It’s more than likely a custom design, which of course means that replicating it will be very expensive. This might be one of those things that I’ll just need to save up for, because I think it’s perfect. Have any of you ever seen a door like this? And do you have any idea where to get such a thing?
Addicted 2 Decorating is where I share my DIY and decorating journey as I remodel and decorate the 1948 fixer upper that my husband, Matt, and I bought in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do physical work, so I do the majority of the work on the house by myself. You can learn more about me here.