It's pretty safe to say that a good chunk of the female population 'swoon' over things like babies, clothes, the perfect shoe, a delectable handbag or the like. Me? I swoon over construction and more specifically, my new back door. SWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!
Now, as with everything in the house, she's in her early stages of development. Yet to come is her beautiful stained finish in a rich walnuty shade. She's also still missing her better half...her exact replica plus 6" on the front of the house. Previously, we had this side door which we were chomping at the bit to close up due to its life threatening location atop the treacherous staircase (3 year old + 1 year old + mom carrying stuff trying to get out the door = please don't let me fall down the stairs):
We wanted to do something different than the traditional front door you see these days. While many of the wood doors that are popular right now are beautiful, we wanted to seek inspiration outside what's across the street. These doors reminded me of a New York brownstone door and I loved the idea of the light flooding the entryway and mudroom.
I also love the idea of doing something like this as seasonal decor:
Privacy will undoubtedly be an issue as I do think at some point we are going to want to have the option of closing ourselves off from the outside world (que me in my slippers and big ol fuzzy robe dragging my tired self up to bed). I've been picturing a fabric roman shade...however, I don't want things to get too patterny with the wallpaper and checkerboard floor.
I also need to keep in mind the way the shade will look from the outside since the backs of the roman shades can get a bit messy. Either way, here were a few images that caught my eye:
For the time being, it's going to be all eyes on us until we come up with a creative solution.
Listen to me going on and on and on about the back door when the real news is that the drywall is UP! That's right, 100% hung and a first coat of mud on roughly 1/2 of it. There's not much more to say about it, so I'll let the pictures do the talking:
Can you believe the house looked like this just 3 weeks ago?