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 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.

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.


Pretty Dull

This house is not one of my favorites. It’s really too big. It’s 3579 sf, has 5 BR’s, a 2 Car garage, and 5 bathrooms. That’s 5 bathrooms to clean. It is a monster. It seems a bit outdated and they are still using the earthy neutral tones but with no surprises to mix it up. They also have the bane of my existence – granite.

The kitchen is huge. Like, enormous. On the surface that seems awesome, but the decorator used a small rectangle table in the breakfast area, when clearly she should have used a round one. Also, the island is too big. And it’s perfectly square. I don’t cook, but it seems to me that you’d have trouble getting something in and out of the oven. And the same is true for the refrigerator. The whole family has to walk all the way through the kitchen for breakfast. Seems picky, but this is a big kitchen. Poorly designed. Did I mention the horrible granite? And the backsplash that aggressively competes with granite? Just no.

They also chose to use brushed chrome lighting with white tulip globes that seem quite modern and they don’t match the heavier, Mediterranean architecture and decor. Not only are the fixtures unattractive, but they look cheap, especially in a house they are clearly trying to make “grand”. The whole house feels heavy and very Kirklands.
The bedrooms upstairs are laid out nicely. In fact, there’s really nothing wrong with the upstairs. The upstairs and front porch save this one. Enjoy.

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Uninspired and they can do better.