Welcome to Fall Nesting + A Free Printable Fall Print

Welcome to Fall Nesting + A Free Printable Fall Print

WELCOME, FRIENDS!

It’s here, the nesting season so many of us look forward to!

Perhaps some of you remember what this series all about, but we might as well start at the beginning.

What is fall nesting?

It is a season that reflects an inner mindset.

It doesn’t have to begin when a calendar tells us it should or when the temperate is just right.

By welcoming the fall nesting mindset, we are not rushing away the days or too quickly saying goodbye to summer. Not at all.

In fact, as I’ve always felt, fall isn’t about rushing at all. It’s slow and mindful. Purposeful and intentional.

Fall embodies a natural evolution to all things homey.

Of course, a home should be a sanctuary in all seasons.

Welcome to Fall Nesting + A Free Printable Fall Print

Come in and Cozy Up Doormat // Black and White Mat // Cotton Wreath (similar)

But in this particular season, we naturally begin to sense the time has come to turn our heart inward.

This is what our Fall Nesting series is all about.

It’s remembering and practicing those familiar and comforting nesting rituals. 

It’s all the ways we can nurture and gather the people we love in our home.

It’s the gentle art of preparing our nest so it’s as cozy and inviting as it can be.

It’s finding ways to awaken our senses so we can fully savor the place we call home.

It’s expressing gratitude for the season we are in.

I can’t wait to share my own home and the ways I’m making it cozier, too!

Welcome to Fall Nesting + A Free Printable Fall Print

FREE GIFT! You Get Me, Autumn!

We are so excited to kick off the official start to the Fall Nesting series with a fun free gift for you!

Our friend Lynette from Lynette Nicole Creative has generously offered each of you following along with this series a free and custom printable artwork called “You Get Me, Autumn.”

SO CUTE, right?

Click to download and then hang this print as a reminder and inspiration for the gifts found in this cozy season.

Welcome to Fall Nesting + A Free Printable Fall Print

Download your art print via the link below (and pin this post to save it for later or share with others!)

>> Download the “You Get Me, Autumn” print HERE! <<

And guess what?! Lynette is also offering The Inspired Room readers 25% OFF any print or card order this month! Just use the code is INSPIRED25 when you place an order anytime before the 1st of October.

Welcome to Fall Nesting + A Free Printable Fall Print

Lynette is also offering to send a tiny free print to EVERYONE that signs up for her newsletter this month (September!). YAY! Sign up for her newsletter here. You will LOVE following her on Instagram, so be sure to follow her here. She creates the most adorable and hilarious hand lettered artwork!

Download the “You Get Me, Autumn” print HERE!

Now only is it the first day of Fall Nesting, but it’s also the exciting launch day for So Close to Amazing, my friend KariAnne’s (Thistlewood Farms) very first book! I’m SO darn proud of this girl, writing and launching a book is no easy task.

Welcome to Fall Nesting + A Free Printable Fall Print

What better way to kick off fall nesting than to curl up on the sofa with a good book? You’ll love KariAnne’s hysterical and heart-warming tales about finding the beauty in every imperfection, so pick up a copy here!

OK, just a few last things before I send you off to start nesting. 

I set up a “series start page” for our Fall Nesting posts right here. I’ll be adding a link to each new post in the series so any time you want to catch up with what has been posted so far (or come back to it once it’s over!) you’ll be able to find the links there plus watch our sweet Fall Nesting video!

When you download your art print or cozy up your home, use the #fallnesting hashtag on social media so we can see your fall spaces!

Alrighty, friends. I would LOVE it if you left a comment today to let us know you’re following along and tell us what you are most excited about in the season ahead?

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a few ways I’ve added some “Autumn vibes” to my own kitchen, so I’ll see you back here! 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Where We Got Our Dutch Doors + FAQ

Where We Got Our Dutch Doors + FAQ

One of of the changes I was most excited about in our house makeover was to change our exterior doors to Dutch doors. I knew from the very start I wanted a Dutch door. Two Dutch doors, to be exact. Twins. One for the front door, and one for our side/kitchen door. I don’t know why they are called Dutch doors, perhaps you have a different name for them. I’ve heard some people call them “friendly doors” and I like that. It suits them well.

I actually had a Dutch door as my front door in one of my old homes. We also had one in a laundry room growing up, so this isn’t the first time I’ve had one! Perhaps that’s another reason I was so drawn to Dutch doors. I love being surrounded by things that evoke happy memories. It’s the little things, right? Actually, Dutch doors were kind of a big thing for me!

Where We Got Our Dutch Doors + FAQ

The previous kitchen door wasn’t exactly what I’d call “friendly” (except to perhaps a cat). The bars made me feel a bit like I was in jail, and the glass in the door itself was actually plastic. So, needless to say, I’m pretty tickled with our new doors!

Where We Got Our Dutch Doors + FAQ

Dutch Door Dreams

I think wood Dutch doors are not only among the friendliest and most charming style of doors, particularly for a cottage or farmhouse inspired home, but they are also quite practical, too! We open one or both of ours every single day at one point or another (or all day) to let the breezes flow through.

Opening the Dutch doors in the morning or later evenings to get cross breezes flowing will feel especially wonderful in the summer. It’s so nice to be able to open the top and know the dogs will stay safely inside (Jack’s far too much of a scaredy cat to jump over). Best of all, deliveries are so much less stressful when we can just open the top part and grab a package without the dogs attempting an escape or scaring the delivery person.

Where We Got Our Dutch Doors + FAQ

Bugs & Dutch Doors?

I realize that many people live in areas where bugs are a problem (eek!). I’ve heard from many readers who can’t imagine how we could leave a door open!

Well, if you are new here and wondering, we live in the city of Seattle and we really don’t have bug issues. I know! It’s become an additional reason I love living here, now that I’ve heard all of my readers bug concerns, ha. Not to say we don’t get a fly now and then, or a bee buzzing through the house. But it’s not a big (a bug?) issue.

Where We Got Our Dutch Doors + FAQ

But, the good news for those of you in buggy areas is I think you can STILL consider a Dutch door. Don’t let bugs steal the joy! It would be quite easy to use a screen door and still have a Dutch door. Yes, maybe it would not be as cute with a screen from the outside in particular, but I bet there are some nice retractable screens that you could just pull out when you needed it.

I would check with a local door store on screen options. A Dutch door is really like any other door, you can definitely have a screen.

Where We Got Our Dutch Doors + FAQ

Where can you get a Dutch Door?

The most common question I get about my doors (next to the bug worries) is where did I find such adorable doors? We searched high and low for our dream door. I wanted a chunky door, solid wood with nine windows.

When our contractor mentioned a local door store, we didn’t have high hopes but went to take a look. SURPRISE! There it was! A wood Dutch door, in all its glory. The “X” lower, the nine divided light windows. It was perfect.

Where We Got Our Dutch Doors + FAQ
Our doors came from a store called “Franks” in Seattle. You could ask a local contractor for advise or look for door and window companies in your area (or even check with a home improvement store).

I originally was considering a Dutch door I found online here. It looks really nice, not the same style as mine (and more expensive!), but still lovely.

Customizing the Dutch Door

It only took a couple of weeks to have our Dutch doors custom made and another week to have them painted (the store had sample doors in stock to look at, but they are custom built or modified for you). Besides various sizes and styles, they also had customizing options such as different glass, hinges, and which direction they open, so keep that in mind, as well.

We chose clear glass because I prefer to see outside and it lets in a lot more light than other types of glass.

Where We Got Our Dutch Doors + FAQPatio Fountain Details and A Giveaway

Details on our Dutch Doors

Keep in mind that our doors are both protected under porch cover so they stay dry. You’ll want to consult with your contractor or door professional if you have questions about what type of door material you need for durability in your climate and install situation. My doors are Fir or Hemlock (can’t remember which, but I LOVE solid wood doors!) and came pre-hung and weather stripped.

Dutch Door Paint & Colors

We had our doors professionally painted (through a partner of the door store) prior to install, just because I didn’t want to deal with it. It wasn’t cheap to have them painted, but I thought it was worth it to have a nice quality paint finish (especially since it was winter time). They even color matched our choice of colors (see our door paint colors below) from a paint swatch.

Our doors are the same color on each side (but you can have them painted differently on both sides if you want to!). We decided on a deep navy for our kitchen door (so it would be a high contrast in the white kitchen). We chose a neutral light/medium gray for the front door. We wanted there to be some contrast, but we didn’t want it feel like a black hole at the end of our narrow entry hall.

The specific colors we used are listed below.

Where We Got Our Dutch Doors + FAQ

It was so cold when we were remodeling, so having the doors arrive painted and ready to install was ideal for us. Our contractor installed the doors for us, too, so that was a bonus.

As far as hardware, you can find the exact hardware we used, linked below.

Our new doors make our house feel like a totally different place. And we couldn’t be happier with the change! 

Where We Got Our Dutch Doors + FAQ

PAINT COLORS:

Front gray door: Ozark Shadows by Benjamin Moore

Side navy door: Blue Note by Benjamin Moore

Where We Got Our Dutch Doors + FAQ

DUTCH DOOR SOURCE:

Ours is from Frank Lumber the Door Store in Seattle

An online Dutch door source here.

DUTCH DOOR HARDWARE:

Dutch door doorknob: Baldwin

Dutch door latch: Deltana

Related Posts:

Dreaming of a Dutch Door (lots of pretty door inspiration)

Signature Style: My Dutch Door Plans

Our Entry Hallway Makeover (progress)

Where We Got Our Dutch Doors + FAQ
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