Something that was on our 2021 project list, was to replace all of our interior doors. But the truth is, they are actually really nice solid wood! So we went the more cost effective route and painted all the interior doors. I knew the moment we walked into this house that the orangey, knotty alder had to go, but it wasn’t exactly high on the priority list. It has been pushed aside and postponed but could no longer be ignored, especially as we approach selling our house. I think the reason it hasn’t quite happened before now is that it’s quite daunting imagining painting ALL of the interior doors in our house. How do I choose a color? I knew white was going to be a little too boring, but did I want to go with accessible beige to match all the trim and baseboards? Who even knows.
It wasn’t until we painted the basement family room in greenblack by Sherwin Williams (including the doors) that I had my moment of clarity. All-black interior doors would be timeless, classy, and would be the perfect compliment our modern cottage home. We have black accents throughout including all of our windows, the doors in the dining room, the stair railings, and some of the light fixtures, so these doors would look great from a hallway, and from inside a room. I matched the color to the stair railing, and came up with tricorn black by Sherwin Williams.
Instead of tackling this big project on our own, we decided to get a quote from a painter and for 17 doors, he said he would fill all of the knots, degloss, sand, prime, and paint, for a total of… $1,200. Done. We were a little bit concerned about our girls’ sleep getting disturbed without doors to their rooms, but were so impressed that it only took him about a week’s time to finish it all. He even used a satin enamel paint to give them a nice sturdy finish.
This is a view of Greta’s room, looking first at her closet doors, her bathroom door, and the entrance door into her room.
And the cutest little peak into the girl’s bathroom.
I’m only just a little sad it took us this long to do. I think the future home-owners will love the aesthetic value they bring to this home we have loved so much.
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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One of our biggest projects this year is building out an upstairs laundry room using borrowed space from the playroom. Chris and I have been drawing up and re-drawing floor plans and elevations that I can’t wait to share. The biggest hurdle we’re designing around is this great, big window which is a blessing and […]
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