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The new back door.

When we bought the house, there were two things that I hated immediately: The white plastic window handles and the back door. I think I actually never took a picture of it but trust me it was hideous. It was made of white plastic outside with styrofoam inside and it even had a little flower-adorned frosted window! So classy! Also it was basically non functioning. You had to force it open and slam it shut. 

Further proof of how terrible it was: Our cleaning lady, who never even once commented on any of our renovations so far, layed eyes on our new back door and praised the lord.

So, yeah. Almost three years later, we have a new back door. Hallelujah indeed. We went with a custom-made door because a) we had very specific ideas of how it should look like and b) it wasn´t actually more expensive than a standard door from the hardware store. We ordered it from a carpenter in a nearby village who was great to work with. We wanted a solid wood door combined with lots of clear glass to let in as much light as possible. Mission accomplished! I know the kitty door looks a bit odd, but I have decided it is whimsical and charming. Right? 

There´s so much light in the rear hallway now but also there is this view! Not so bad. Privacy isn´t really an issue here since you´d have to stand smack in the middle of our garden to see anything through that door. 

I think I never showed you our staircase so here it is in its spindly glory. It´s original to the house and I love it. Most of the old staircases have been ripped out in our neighbor´s houses so I appreciate that ours is still there. I wallpapered the accent wall when we first moved in.. still like it but it isn´t in great shape anymore. But I guess it will hold up a few more years. 

View from upstairs. Light! Yay! Also how cute is my little old very blue bench? I got it from Ebay for next to nothing and painted it in F&B Cooks Blue. 

View from outside. One of the best investments we ever made. 

Now, can we talk about our deck for a second? I am unsure whether or not I should paint the cladding/railing/stairs. A part of me likes the weathered wood and another part of me really wants to paint the whole affair in a dark blueish gray. Wouldn´t that look amazing? Thoughts? 

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P.S. I think you should stain the porch blue/grey...very New England-y!

May 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne

Long time reader, first time poster, but that question just had to be answered ;)
Paint it! Looks so not you the way it is now...

By the way, thanks for a lovely blogg!
This is my absolute favorite, and I get so much inspiration and ideas from this little place of yours =)
So thanks!

May 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSandra

Dark bluish-grey sounds brilliant for the deck! I think it will look more finished and integrated if it is painted, rather than calling attention to itself as an "add on."
New door is lovely - and the kitty door is the best part! Got to consider all occupants of the house when it comes to design decisions, right? I can't believe how much our cats and dog drive my design decisions here at Catbird Farm.

May 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercatbirdfarm

Joanne - thank you, also for the book recommendation! And paint it is for the porch :)

Sandra - well thank you! Very happy to hear from you :)

RC - yes that´s what I am thinking re the deck. It will look way more finished. Just ordered the paint! And the kitty door - I guess we could have chosen a door design where it could have been integrated more "seamless". But we wanted all the light we could get and if we ever don´t have cats (haha) or decide to sell the house (heavens forbid) it is super easy to just change the plywood for another glass pane. Pets definitely matter when it comes to design!

May 21, 2014 | Registered CommenterKatrin

I have to say I agree that you should paint the deck. I think it would look great. Always love the look of your home.

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

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