This post is sponsored by Pella.
Way back in September, we dreamed up these doors. Working with an architectural draftsman for the first time, we imagined the weird enclosed porch space on our first floor to be an elegant but casual dining room, one with a table long enough to feed both of our families and doors leading out to the patio.
Here’s the before:
We installed five sets of the Pella Architect Series Double Inswing Patio Doors with a black EnduraClad wood finish on the exterior and a black stain interior. We went with the Modern Collection hardware: the Spiere hinged patio door handle in polished nickel. We kept the original arched door on the far end, painting it black and switching out the hardware to match the others.
There were two sets of sliding doors in here, and two sets of double doors. There were stony columns. In short — it had so much potential, and this room was actually a big selling point in buying our house.
We have installed Pella windows in the past. No strangers to adding a window where there was not, we’ve found that Pella gives us the best bang for our buck. They’re good quality, custom-designed, long-lasting — and they look great.
We also *love* the look of exterior-facing doors in black. It frames the view of the outside like a gorgeous piece of art. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: Black is the new black.
If you’re thinking of tackling a project like this, here’s what you need to know:
The back of our house is still very much under construction–and even more so now (we’ll get into that next week), but it is looking a lot more streamlined already.
We get asked a lot of questions about why doors instead of windows? We really wanted to flood the room with natural light, but why not make that light multi-functional — and get outside while we’re at it? Plus, it just fit our traditional aesthetic a little more. Now, we’re dreaming of long summer nights…our friends and family are wandering in and out of the dining room, onto the patio where Chris is grilling. The grownups all sit down to dinner, and maybe the kids are still playing outside. …Can you see it?
And to answer the other question we always get, we’ve settled in to opening just one door on the daily so it’s not a big deal to lock that every night. Haha.
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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