Interior doors-A love story

Interior doors are always overlooked so we’re taking a peek at some possibilities! It’s all in the details, of course, and I found some hot little numbers to review, so let’s take a stroll.

We’ll start with a very basic, and totally boring, offering that we’ve all seen:


You can get this number here. Nothing really wrong with this, but it’s so ho-hum. I daresay this style is in your house right now. No shame, but you might want to mix things up, and you can start with this:


Not everyone can pull these glass doors off, but in the right house? Yes, please. You can step out here.


I love the panes on this one and the wood is awesome. Check it out here. I know the picture is small, but I just don’t know how to make it bigger. Anyway, this one is fantastic in a modern home.


Another one but in twinsies. Get it here

I love all three of these, especially the gray one. Classes up the joint. And the one on the bottom would be great for a nursery, but you’d have to re-imagine your other doors so it doesn’t look like a fun house.

This one makes my heart go thump thump. There’s a builder in West Tampa that has a very modern flair and they use these. Reminds me of old school Hollywood. If you’re interested in the builder, let me know. Check the door out here. It’s UK based, so get out your currency converter.


This little vixen would be great for a kitchen pantry. Swoon…


Same flavor, different application.


Above are some styles to whet your whistle. White doors are sometimes necessary, but a wood or stained door can completely transform your home and give it that Wow.

My biggest peeve about rehabs/remodeling is not staying true to the architecture of your home. If you live in a more modest home, you should probably skip the very ornate elements. If you live in a bungalow, don’t install something with a Mediterranean flair. This seems obvious, but apparently it’s not.

Some questions to consider when selecting a door:

What room is it for? What is the style of the home? How tall are the ceilings? Flooring type? Which way does the door swing? What color? If you are able to select early in the process, you’ll have better cohesion. New construction builders won’t allow you to select your own doors, so it will have to be done post-closing. Builders aren’t terribly flexible about these types of things because they obviously want you to pay the insane mark-up for their options and they also don’t offer this type of interpretation. It’s possible that CalAtlantic, David Weekley, or West Bay may offer a wider range of options. Reach out and we’ll explore.043044981157

A big NO for this barn door. They’re a pain and have a limited life span. Pick your trendy items carefully. For example-stay clear of farmhouse sinks. What? What was that? Are we trying to rebrand this and call it an apron sink? NO! Back away!! That door (and that sink) are going to cause you heartache.

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That’s it, kids. I’ve given you a new reason to shop and isn’t that why you’re here? Tell your friends!



A little this and that

Today I have nothing but visuals, but I promise not to disappoint. I found these randomly one night on the internet. So-no these aren’t my pictures, and yes I tried to reach out and get permission.

All of these are from the same home, so you would be waking up to all of this fantastic-ness every day. I’m a sucker for stairs. As an architectural element, I find them to be soothing and interesting. That swirl on the bottom and – not sure how well you can see it – but the banister upstairs is like an inverted Juliet. I’m sure there’s a real name for it, but I obviously don’t know what it is! Oh my. And the hands on the table holding what looks like succulents. Yes, please.


I’m still not sick of gray kitchens, but what caught my eye was the backsplash. I can’t quite make out what the counters are made of and I’m not crazy about the “furniture” element. The spindles and whatnot. Still…not too bad.


That little monkey caught my eye, for sure. I love a touch of whimsy, especially in the bedroom. That leather wall needs to be reimagined. Call me truth-teller.


I can’t stop looking at these pin lights. Just fantastic. I also love it when there is wainscoting in the proper context. Tip of the hat.


This is my dream house. It’s not too big and really makes you want to go inside. We’ve been inside for a few minutes, but that was a tease. It’s a porn sight, so I’m sure you expect to be teased, but still.

That window on the second floor with the window box? Yes, please. You can’t help but wonder who has to take care of it. Maybe it’s the fake foliage. Doesn’t matter to me. I love it. A lot. This is exactly the type of home you might see in South Tampa.


I told you it was short and sweet. (Emphasis on the sweet) But, who doesn’t love a quick little romp?

A quick little outing

Yesterday I spent the day in Dunedin looking at town homes. My feelings about town homes are well documented in this space, so you may know they aren’t my go-to when I’m helping folks make their living decisions. What I do love is fake food (also well documented here). So I obviously squealed with delight when we opened the door and what do I see? IMG_6440IMG_6427


I love that the lemons in the tea have seeds. It’s this attention to detail that makes fake food so fabulous. While I was there, I snapped some pics of the tchotchkes I liked, so enjoy!

First up-lighting. Industrial/Steampunk is still having a moment and so is that horrifying macrame that we tried to kill in the 70’s. Sometimes things die because they are supposed to. So the little guy in the center, bottom row, has that jute stuff wrapped around it and frankly, all I can think about is how to dust it.

It was a quick trip, so I only have a few more. This table makes me swoon. I took a pic from the top, but the detail didn’t translate.

Pineapples are one of my favorite decorating elements and I use them whenever I can. Pineapples mean you are welcome and how can that be bad?

So, like I said, a quickie. It’s a porn site, after all.



It’s why you came here

This house is an offering from one of my favorite builders and expectations were high. There were a lot of interesting elements and texture, so it mostly satisfied me.

The lighting was good, but not stellar. The ball “thing” in the upper left was very cool in person. Almost impossible to get a good picture of, though. And of course, who doesn’t love a good ball? The lamp in the lower right wants to be my lover, but I had to turn it down. I found that lamp in a catalog, but it was over $500! Not enough milk money for that.

I included the candles because they’re lamp-adjacent. And finally, this bizarre exaggeration of something…img_5896This falls under the category of If It’s Not Broken, Don’t Fix It. It’s drama, but not in a good way, so I’m surprised to see this. Trying too hard.

I’m over 6′, so the bed would probably be uncomfortable. I don’t want my feet kicking the end of the bed all night, but I love furniture that curves at the edges like that.

My favorite detail is the built in TV console. There was almost nothing on it!! I loved that. You know, the less is more thing. This house has fantastic texture so the eye wants to see more. Good job.

This mirror makes me happy. It’s got good texture and dimension.

There was a farm sink. I just don’t know what to say anymore about these things. Please don’t.


So this is what 500k gets you in south Hillsborough County. Go. Buy. Move.

The little train that could

Today’s installment is this little guy in Wesley Chapel. Not really “little” because it was over 3,000 sf. It had some good elements and flowed nicely, but it was just so neutral, I found myself wanting to get some glitter or bright throw pillows and just toss them in the air.

I enjoyed the small rain sticks on the coffee table. There were a few Asian influences like these scattered around, but not enough to make me dry heave. This little table (below) is a rock star. Love the curves.

The last picture was really my favorite thing. It’s the wax seals that people used back in the day. You had a long wax stick and an ornate metal die. They were usually a family seal or an initial. For scale, the shadowbox is 8 x 10, so that should give you a sense of the size of the wax blobs. As far as I’m concerned, these wax thingies are the only reason to go old school and write a letter.

Love the dining chairs. I’ve saved the best for last, though. Check out these juicy sweet cornices!!!

Yes, please.


My favorite thing about model homes is the fake food. I know you didn’t see that coming, but these little gems are forgotten treasures. Everyone goes through the model looking at floors and god-awful granite, but they walk right by the fabulous fake food. How can you not be entertained by this:


The butter. The orange slice. The syrup. Fantastic.

Get your day started right with this waffle, egg, strawberry situation:


Afternoon slump?

Vegetarian dinner?

And finally, desert.


I just don’t think these little works of art get the love they deserve. The coke has bubbles!! And ice!! And I love the paper noodles. And the waffles. Whoever thinks of these things is my new best friend.

This is the best day of my life

It’s been a long time since something blew my skirt up and made me want a cigarette. But – just in time for my birthday – comes these sweet little numbers.


LED lighting is way overdue for a makeover and it’s finally here. These pups are on indiegogo, so you can get in on the action early.

Here’s a one minute video and it’s beautiful.

Here are some stills.

This is some next-level Jetson’s lighting here. These are laser etched and the light source is reflected from the bottom to the transparent acrylic glass, just like those tacky, long spaghetti things where they put the light on the bottom and it magically appears at the opposite end.

Here are a few that shows some of their detail:


These are amazing and I want them now.


Keep the baby, throw out the sink

Recently, the presence of farm sinks has surged. A disturbing trend and I want to be very clear about my position on these monstrosities. They belong on a farm in Vermont or some such. People have taken to calling them apron sinks, but this is lipstick on a pig. A rose by any other name. You get it.

They’re also getting fancier, trying to seduce you, whispering sweet decorating nothings in your ear, lulling you into a stupor. Awwww….what a great idea. It’s so pretty and different.


In 3 – 5 years, you’re going to want to rip that bitch out of the wall with your fingernails.

This is the second time we’ve had to discuss this, so back away. #SpreadTheWord

I know this is a controversial opinion, but I stand by it.


I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.

Today’s offering is once again, about Ikea. This post has two parts to it-one whimsical and one terrifying. Clown-like terrifying.

Ivar Kamprad, the founder of Ikea, is dyslexic and things just weren’t going his way. He needed to design, distribute, and sell furniture based on his challenges, and thus, words we’ll never know have an item attached to it. Here’s what he came up with:

The bookcases are named after people or an occupation. The beds, wardrobes, and hallway furniture is named after places in Norway. The carpets named after places in Denmark. The dining tables and chairs are named after places in Finland. All bathroom stuff is named for lakes and rivers in Sweden. The remainder of their product line is named for places in Sweden. And finally – one in five Brits were conceived in an Ikea bed.

I’m going to admit that I have no idea where that last stat came from, so I can’t verify it, but I’m leaving it here because I love it. This concludes your daily dose of random byclbousens and stugerflagens.

Next up is the terrifying stuff. Let me just get something out of the way first. I kinda think the whole Ikea thing is genius. You come in and the first thing is the restaurant. How did they know I was hungry? Well, what they want is for me to bring my sugar levels up so I have the energy to shop. But-they give you an exit so you can escape if you’re feeling woozy.

But they LIE!! Lying liars is what they are. Everywhere you look there is an Exit sign. Here’s the problem-either there is no exit or the exit has an alarm on it, rendering it useless. Unless I set fire to it. (Another post) Please take a look and let me know if you agree:

Do you see this mess?? This is what’s waiting for you after you eat. Not a single one of these actually leads to a door you can go out of. The ones above a door?? Well, not really. That door leads to another department, so you’re really leaving one place of madness and slipping into another. Not a single one of these photos is a duplicate. They are everywhere. But they go nowhere. Clowns.