On the Hunt for Old Doors



The house at Moon Glow will have a lot of character. It will be a two-story home with a small basement garage. There will also be a workspace/office/studio space for me in a separate tiny house. I may be more excited about that than anything! {wink}

One of the most important elements in building a house will be the doors. I won't have pre-fab, all matching doors. I'm sure it's easy for you to guess where I will shop for these magnificent doors. Southern Accents Architectural Antiques will be my go-to. If they do not have what I'm looking for exactly, I will have them on the hunt for me! I was looking through Velvet and Linen's blog yesterday of their new Patina House and got very inspired! Here are a few that I pinned from the SA website. I would love to have pocket doors for the bedrooms and my bathroom. The pocket doors with the track hardware are what I'm thinking will be in my bathroom. They are so pretty in person! They are keeping them for me at the gym until I can install. I hope they don't charge me a storage fee...it could be 6 months!

There are two of these, I would love to have them as the front doors.

These would be used as pocket doors. I'm thinking for my bedroom. 


I think this one would be great for Emma's room?


I love the chippiness of this door. I would probably use this one in my separate tiny house.


There are a lot more doors to be found! If you see any you think I might like, let me know!!

These are so popular for basements or a wine cellar. 


Saving Moon Glow Lake

I'm married to a land developer. What this means is that he takes gorgeous pieces of property and turns them into suburban living spaces. Sometimes it feels like he is taking a natural habitat and destroying the land. His favorite spaces are ones with a view of water and plenty of trees. Some lots will be over an acre and most will be at least 3 acres. He always wants to keep as many trees and natural habitat as possible.

There's a new neighborhood in town and it caused a LOUD protest. A beautiful lake in the middle of the woods that was private property was sold to my husband. He brought in a very well known housing developer that will create a community of over 140 houses. This area was untouched and couldn't be used by the public. The neighbors pleaded that it was the last natural habitats in North Shelby County. I'm happy to say, there will still be plenty of room for the animals and the lake! We feel like saving it is using the land. Before, it was used once or twice a year. Now, we will have standup paddle boards, a small boat, fishing, swimming, and tons of fun on this lake! We will enjoy it everyday and so will lots of other families. Thankfully,  there are so many natural spaces throughout North Shelby County that will never be developed because they have been turned into area parks.

Here is an aerial view of what the lake looks like. We will be toward the back of the lake.


I'm meeting with an architect today to see a 2nd version of our house plans. I envision lots of windows, light colored walls, and timber framing with hand hewn beams. I will always have a rustic look to the homes I build. I'm not a fan of modern style. 


I want my home to be comfortable and cozy. With a background of light walls and ceiling, I want to add pops of color along with leather couches and salvaged tables. I will also use industrial lighting and mix in chandeliers with as many prisms as I can find! 

I'm on the hunt for doors right now. They need to be purchased before the floor plans are finalized!


Privacy: Doors Made into a Fence?

Old doors are pretty easy to come by. You can find them at architectural antique stores {Southern Accents is my favorite!} or the Habitat for Humanity store...you might even find them on the side of the road....literally.

I found all of these images on Pinterest and love the variation, but the single goal is to keep something in or out. Do you junk? This might be just for you!

You will find this door/fence outside the studio of Cranberry Press in New Mexico. Who wouldn't want to see what's behind door number........3?


 This would be a great idea for an event space. You can put up and take down the doors pretty easily and quickly.


I love this one. The hanging flower baskets add a lot of character. I think Hansel and Gretel may get a wall of doors very soon!


This one caught my eye because of the color. Finding doors that are the same height might be a problem, but these are very uniform and, yet, have their own personality.


You may remember the Southern Makers Event that I helped with the set design. 



We had a fence of doors, we also covered the dumpster with doors, shutters, vents and scoreboards! It's so fun to use these architectural pieces. They add lots of character to your space and don't have to be permanent!



Doors, Doors, Doors

Our house on Shades Creek, we call it the Creek Party!, was built using (mostly) reclaimed materials. I bet you can guess where I got most of those reclaimed pieces! I knew I wanted to use old doors in this house. We have a bay door on the back looking out over the patio, and a couple of outside doors that are new, but for the most part, they are all reclaimed. Garlan was taking down a house in his neck of the woods at exactly the time I needed doors! Good for me? Good for him! He had exactly 8 interior doors still in their jambs that I could get. The front door was also available. It was perfect and how cool for them to all stay together. They were like orphan doors that needed to stay together. I was going to be their new mom!

I forgot to mention, hardware was also included! This was meant to be, don't you think? I love this little plastic cover on this doorknob. It has character....so, it's staying!


 This is in the downstairs bedroom. You can see 3 of the doors in this photo. We used barn wood to cover the walls. The red is on the ceiling and when we ran out of the brown skins, we pulled the red down like a trim for the top of the walls. I was a little worried that it might make the ceiling feel like it was coming down on you, but it just adds dimension. I love the way it turned out! Sometimes, I just pull together what I like and hope it all works together. I can't believe how well these doors look. This room looks like an old farmhouse that was built in the 1800's. I LOVE it!


Ok, so the front door from the house kinda got taken from me. Not really, (wink) it was too sentimental for me to keep. The sweetest lady came by while Garlan was taking down the house telling him it was her grandmother's house. She was talking to him about all of her memories there and how much she always loved that front door. Seriously? I had to let her have it, right? She and I have become "friends" on Facebook and I am so glad she has that door. It fills her with memories of her childhood. I love my "new" door. I had to scramble to get one. Honestly, I'm not picky. Garlan walked through the store and sent me a couple of pictures of doors that would work and this cute red door made the cut! It adds a fun element to the front of the house! My nephew asked his mom why I picked a door that was so old looking! She just said, "That's your Aunt Lucy, she likes things like that!". The door opened the wrong way and instead of filling the hole and it not looking like the rest of the door, Garlan added a piece of hardware from an old pocket door. Ahhhhhh, it's my favorite!!


I didn't get doors for the pantry until the last minute. I wanted to find something really cool and different. I really wanted glass, but didn't look hard enough. Again, I called G and told him the dimensions I needed......he found me some cool red doors. I think these have about 12,000 coats of paint on them!! I left them as is, of course. They needed pulls and I had picked these cool brass ones up for my husbands office several months before. He never put them on his doors, so I stole them for the Creek Party! #perfection 


  There are a couple of sets similar to these on their website right now..... they won't last long! If you want to keep up with all the new findings at Southern Accents, you can follow their Facebook page. The inventory changes daily. I am heading up a blogger meetup next week sponsored by Southern Accents and Hometalk. If you haven't been to the Hometalk website. Go there NOW! You can thank me later!