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The Dutch Door is Here!

by | Jan 19, 2017 | Decorating Inspiration, My Entry, My Seattle House

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The Dutch Door is Here!

Y‘all. Remodeling is a slow process. I know I’ve said that a time or two, right? ;). So instead of continuing to say it’s slow, today I can actually give you an update on one of the projects that is actually not in progress any longer!

Now, I am still going to do an official reveal of this hallway and Dutch door installation on a beautiful sunny day because I really want to do it justice. I will style the hall, hang up some art, take all the pretty pics, fancy angles and before and after shots and everything. :) I’ll put together all the details on the door and have answers for questions you might have.

But you have been so patient I thought you guys might like a preview of one of the first finished projects right now :).

The Dutch Door is Here!

Remember how many times and how long I dreamed about having a Dutch door? I can’t believe the day has arrived. We really have a Dutch door as our front door. :) She’s a beauty!

The Dutch Door is Here!

The Dutch Door is Here!

Remember what this hallway looked like before? I love its new look. You might remember we changed out our lighting, too, to these great lights from Barnlight Electric.

And yes, there is another Dutch door in our kitchen! EEEE!!! :) It’s so adorable. I can’t wait to show it to you, too. I won’t be giving a preview of that door though because I really want you to have the fun of seeing it with the finished kitchen. Soon. Very soon.

When you remodel, the last thing that usually happens is they go over a “punch list” with you. That’s the stage we are at. A punch list is just a list of everything that is left to complete. Every remodeling project will have a few last details that need to be finished or touched up near the end, not just mine :).

Sometimes there are still a few important installations you are waiting on (in our case, we are waiting on our custom round window trim, final details on our new archways, and still have to complete the thresholds in the doorways), and often it’s just little things like fixing a wobbly outlet or a misaligned door latch, adding some caulking or paint touch-ups.

When you hire a company to do your remodeling, you make sure each detail is finished before you send off the final check. But timing-wise, you are at the mercy of the contractors who are coordinating schedules and juggling projects, so sometimes it can take awhile to get each detail completely done.

The Dutch Door is Here!

I wish everyone was out of my house right now so I could just putter around in the kitchen, but today it’s like a party around here. I’ve had an electrician, a painter and two contractors hanging out with me. :) So like I’ve said, we really are so close, but still inching towards the finish line. I’m not just stalling or dragging my feet, I promise.

Hallway and door details:

  • The door color is Ozark Shadows by Benjamin Moore.
  • The hallway paint color is Swan White by Glidden (although the other white walls in my house are painted Simply White by Benjamin Moore and we may eventually paint this hallway the same color).
  • Our door knob is Baldwin and the latch is Deltana.
  • If you missed it, see the rest of this hallway’s before/progress makeover here.

Hope you enjoyed the little peek at the front Dutch door today!

PS. I mentioned in my post yesterday that I was going to tell you guys a personal story of mine today about the background motivation that prompted me to want a healthy and chemical-free home, but I ended up deciding to share more than expected so I need a little more time to complete it. I’ll link to it when it’s done, though!The Dutch Door is Here!For those of you who are interested (like I am) in creating a happy and healthy home and want to know how essential oils can support both your emotions and physical health, I am sharing a fun little five-day Instagram mini-series starting Friday that you are invited to! I hope you’ll follow along with us on Instagram at @pureandlovelyliving. You can also find the series on Facebook here starting tomorrow.


  1. Lauri McIntosh

    Love it!

  2. Wendy Cruttenden

    It looks beautiful. Can’t wait for rest of the reveal.

  3. Christi

    It looks great…..exxxxccceeppt I wish you would take a pic from the outside looking toward the door. I bet it looks scrumptious. (rats! The readers are never satisfied)

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Ha! I almost didn’t even post the door today, I forgot to mention that the outside trim and part of the brick around the door outside is actually not even painted yet, it’s been too cold! Since I couldn’t style and photograph all the angles (and I was running out the door, ha!) I decided you’d rather see it now than to wait until I got it all perfect and totally complete. Am I right? Sigh. Yes, good thing I have patient readers, hahah.

  4. Pat M.

    I have a question about Dutch doors. I do love them and understand that one of their charms is that the upper part can be open while the lower is closed. However, I’m assuming that in order to enjoy the split door during warm weather, and for security sake, you must use a screen/storm door on the outside of it so that you aren’t inundated with bugs or unwanted guests. I find the same is true for other “pretty” exterior doors, and hate the fact that their beauty is masked by a screen/storm door. I’m not one who enjoys a constantly closed front door – I want light coming in from that direction also – and in the case of a Dutch door, I would want to enjoy the split design. Do you have a solution?

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Hi Pat. We don’t actually have that many pests or bugs here in Seattle, so it isn’t really a big concern for me. With that said, it’s exactly like any other door in that regard, if you want to open the door but are concerned with bugs you’d want a screen. I have been opening the top of our kitchen Dutch door all the time the past few weeks. It’s so nice to have the fresh air while you’re cooking or cleaning and I can’t wait to open both doors for a nice cool breeze on those hotter summer days.


    Sooooo exciting Melissa!! I love it! There is nothing that says home sweet home like a Dutch door!! We just had a contractor come by today to give us a bid on our entry hall, we are moving forward! EEEEE! So excited too!

  6. Jo Jo

    She’s a beauty, Melissa! And you’ve got a Dutch door into the kitchen, too? Can’t wait to see it! How excited you must be and I am so very excited for you, too! And can’t wait for the complete reveal. Oh, those punch lists! I know of them well! Ours seemed to go on forever ( well about 3,weeks after we moved into,our newly built home) but it was worth the wait. You are in the home stretch!! ???

  7. Karen

    Who is the source for the Dutch door itself please?

  8. Patty

    It is already fabulous, what a difference a little paint and light fixture and of course that fabulous Dutch Door can make
    Isn’t it wonderful when it all comes together. It really pays to take your time and make sure it is what you want, that it is your style and what you want to live with for quite a long time.
    You are doing a wonderful job and I’m sure like me when others look at your pictures they can picture you in the pictures because it is you and your family and your hilarious pups.

  9. Linda Grubbs

    Oh my! I LOVE the Dutch door. Love it!! It is beautiful…floods the hall with light. And I’m sure it sends a comfortable, welcoming vibe.
    Excellent choice for sure!!! xo

  10. Mel

    I love the door, and if it were me, I would keep the new wall color. I did something similar in my family room that only gets indirect sunlight. I still have just a little contrast between the walls and the white trim, but it is so much lighter and more cheerful in there in the dead of winter.

  11. Wendy

    Wow,look at that beauty. So excited to see the kitchen and second Dutch door, it’ll be worth the wait. Enjoy your day!

  12. Terri

    such a cute door!

  13. Laura santo

    I love the Dutch door. Great idea if you have dogs.

  14. Susan

    OH MY WORD!!! I love it – just pinned it!! We will be having a dutch door on our new beach house and I am collecting all I can find and your inspiration is fabulous for me!! I didn’t see where you purchased your door…. can you share that or if I missed it in the post – just tell me to read better!! :-)

  15. Sallie

    Yay! A remodel victory! Yes, those punch lists can be killer! I’m still waiting for small details on our bathroom remodel, but it’s those little victories along the way that we must celebrate, right!? Thanks for sharing – it looks so fresh and inviting!!

  16. Nancy

    I would love to know the name and brand of the dutch door. I’m so obsessed I’d like two of them (front door and side door going to sunroom. Please do tell! Thanks so much!

  17. Ardith

    It’s official, I have door envy. Your dutch door is beautiful, Melissa. Cheers, Ardith

  18. Christie

    The new door fits your house’s era and style so much better than the previous door. Enjoy!

  19. Jen

    Looks great! Can you tell me who makes the door itself? Can’t wait to see the kitchen!

  20. Diane

    Awesome. I bet your dogs will love the fresh air too, as they experience the world through smell!

  21. Eileen

    Just love your new door(s)! I live in Canada so with our climate I don’t think it would work–I know of no one who has one. Sad! Also I love how you list your paint colours-very helpful! If you ever have the chance I would like to read about your thoughts and ideas of switching to white throughout the house-it seems like it should be easy but looking at the thousands of paint colours and finishes, it looks like a daunting task. Can’t wait to see your new kitchen! I too have a small kitchen so I am hoping to steal a few of your ideas!

  22. Carol

    YAY! The saying is true, “All good things come to those who wait.”

  23. Joanna

    I love the door. Did you order it locally or online?

  24. Debbie

    Just lovely, oh my gosh!! Is there a screen on there? I’m curious….here in the mountains of NY we need screens, or our houses would be full of moths, wasps, mosquitoes, etc! I love the style, and can’t wait to see more!

  25. Jody

    The Dutch door is perfect? Good call!

  26. Susan

    I love this! happy sigh*

  27. Karen on Bainbridge Island

    I love it!

  28. Mindy

    Love it! The changes with the flooring, light and door look so good – can’t wait to see it completely finished.

  29. Cheryl

    Melissa, I am so excited for your Dutch door!! Isn’t is such a thrill when that thing that we have imagined becomes a reality?

    Can’t wait to see your kitchen some day soon!

      • Cheryl

        Thanks so much!! ♥

  30. Nancy Piscitello

    Where did you get your Dutch door?

  31. Paula

    I would also like to know the source for the dutch door, I really would like one for my back door to yard, but the only place I’ve seen them is Home Depot. Love how great you made this area look! Very inspirational!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thanks so much! I got it at a local door store in Seattle called Frank’s!! :)

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