4 ways Windows & Doors transformed our spaces

October 22, 2020  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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Soon after we moved in, I remember looking out our bedroom windows at a slanted roof (it was a bandaid-colored soft-ish covering) overlooking our property and thinking, “I wish we could go out here!” We haven’t talked about the new balcony off of our bedroom much, but the vision has slowly been coming to fruition over the last year, and we’re so close to tea on the terrace, I can taste it!

A big part of our bedroom renovation was transforming the windows to doors to access the future balcony. The bedroom doors are Pella Architect Series® Contemporary out-swinging doors. The craftsmanship is designed for durability, and they’re made from real wood — which to us means timeless beauty. We designed them to look like large, floor-to-ceiling windows, but being about to walk outside from our bedroom has been such a treat.

The balcony out here needs a little more work on the epoxy before we set it up, so it’s looking more and more like that will be a spring tea (ha!), but it doesn’t stop us from coming out here and admiring the exterior — landscaping and the house itself. Pella wood products can arrive in your choice of eleven beautiful stain colors or four paint colors. The low-maintenance exteriors are aluminum-clad, which means they resist chalking and fading and are available in 27 standard colors. We went with black, both for the interior and the exterior. Our exterior paint color (Benjamin Moore Graphite) is a few shades later so the doors and windows still pop beautifully! And to me, from the inside a black window or door frames the view outside like a painting.

We did a little walk through of our bedroom, closet, dining room and living room talking about a few ways 4 ways windows transformed our spaces so you can see them all in action!

It’s been such a joy to sit at my vanity in the closet every morning to get ready (a room that didn’t even exist before!). The large picture window provides a lot of light but is also outfitted with a high rated UV blocker so I’m not worried about furniture or floors or clothes fading.

A few other notes on the windows and doors: There are optional grilles which give the appearance of individual window panes, for that very traditional look we love. And the expansive glass within has already improved the energy efficiency in our house. Pella doors come with lots of stylish contemporary hardware and finishes. We went with Spiere Polished Nickel hardware for its classic modern look.

Any other questions you have about our windows or doors?! Happy to answer in the comments!






What do you think?

  1. Ana says:

    Hi! Love all the inspiration! I see your windows are Architect series … are the grilles between the glass or on the surface? So pretty!

  2. Christina says:

    Love it all. Looking forward to seeing the angle across from your bed/the doors.

  3. Mandy says:

    I’ve just watched your video and I’m in awe at the scale of your arched window. Seeing you stand beside it made me realise just how vast and magnificent it is.

  4. Suzanne says:

    Such incredible windows and doors! The arched one is such a show stopper. I’d love to know the budget breakdown for custom windows like these?

  5. Nicolette says:

    Dang it! Now I am rethinking the windows in my bedroom! We just started renovations and do I need to change them to doors?!

  6. Bretta says:

    Love your blog! Would you share where the curtains are from that are behind the vanity? Love the pattern. Thanks!

  7. Kayla says:

    It looked like some of your windows almost had a mirror finish from the outside. Is that just a standard finish for the architect series windows or was that a finish you added on? We have large windows with serious sun exposure and our house heats up like crazy. We’ve been looking into new windows and I would love something to help with the energy efficiency of our house. Thanks!

  8. Susana says:

    What are the windows called? Is it the same design line you mentioned for the doors?

  9. Aubrey says:

    What brand/ curtain treatment did you use in the closet? Beautiful and inspiring. I love your whole house. Thanks.

  10. Aubrey says:

    What brand of curtains were used in the closet? Beautiful and inspiring. I love your whole house. Thanks.

  11. Amanda says:

    I love all the windows but the window in the closet is My favorite! It’s so beautiful with the vanity and the curtains !

  12. jordan says:

    Lovely~ as usual! Curious, do you have any further plans for your bedroom fireplace (mantel, art, etc) or is it finished? Thank you!

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