Tips for Choosing the Best Patio Doors for Your Space


Patio Doors

Amazing patio doors can have the ability to create a focal point in your room that truly makes the space.  Also, as any of you who follow Decorology know, nothing can really beat or replace natural light – which a patio door can provide in abundance.  A great patio door can provide both amazing style, and give you the best design element of all – beautiful light!  That being said, there are many options these days when selecting patio doors, so you want put careful consideration into your selection so it fits your lifestyle, decor, and personal aesthetic.  I’ve compiled some tips to spice up your patio doors below from a design standpoint.

Consider your home’s aesthetics when choosing material.

Whether you want your patio door to blend in or serve as a fun accent, the doors material and finish is going to affect your home’s look. For example, if your home is wood shingle, don’t select a vinyl door – select one in a complementary wood frame or other high-end material.   One thing I love about high quality manufacturers like Milgard, for example, is the array of materials one can choose from.  If you love the warmth that only real wood and solid wood grain provides, you’ll love their Essence Series® patio doors.  They may require a bit more maintenance on the inside, over time, but you can also paint and stain them to your tastes or your decor. They even have a fiberglass exterior for exceptional durability. If you want a sleek modern look, consider fiberglass, aluminum or vinyl frames that can provide an almost seamless view of your yard.
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How do you want the door to connect to your outdoor living space?

A wider door, besides literally providing you with greater access to your outdoor space, is also going to provide you with the feeling of having a greater connection with the world outside your home.  If you live on a serene lakefront, this could be a welcome connection, if you live closer to a road, busy pedestrian area, or nosy neighbors, you might want to go with a narrower door so you and your family won’t feel too exposed.

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Glass type means more than just energy efficiency

Believe it or not – certain glass types not only lower your energy bills, put also help prevent your wood floors and upholstery from UV damage!  Patio doors are also available in an array of privacy finishes and styles based on your taste. I personally don’t care for glass that has a pebbled effect or anything like that, but I DO care about my oriental rugs fading!

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Consider your furniture arrangement

This may seem obvious, but keep in mind that French doors and swinging doors require space to open.  If you have a more compact living space, you will need to find a panel door or sliding door. If you have a roomy wide-open concept arrangement, you can use French doors or even an entire accordion glass wall!

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In closing, your patio door shouldn’t be an impulse decision.  A quality door will provide years of reliable and beautiful access to your outdoor space, and fantastic natural light in your interior.  Take time to select a finish, style, and glass type that provides the aesthetic complement to your interior and exterior that you will be happy with for the lifespan of the door.

disclosure: this post in sponsorship with Milgard

Cozy Cottages: Light or Dark?


Cozy Cottages

Just the word cottages makes one think of being curled up by the fire with a great book, or of lazy mornings at the beach front.  How do you prefer your cozy cottages – in light or dark?  Beach breeze coming through an open window or thick wool blankets and crackling bacon?

Light Cottages

Light cottages often feature rustic charms like white walls, often shiplap, and bare time-worn floors. Window treatments are kept to a minimal to let as much light in as possible.

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Nothing in a cottage like this screams “new.”  Woods have an aged patina and everything is full of character and charm.

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images above via Southern Living

Dark Cottages

Snow and wind outside your door?  If you are in a dark cottage that won’t bother you.  Layers of warmth in the means of blankets, deep cushioned armchairs, and firelight abound.

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In dark cottages walls are usually painted in moody blues or grays.

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Lots of wood tones.

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Heavier upholstery and textiles are also a mainstay of dark cottages.

images above via Apartment Therapy

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image above via Tumblr

So – which way do you lean?  Light cottage or dark cottage?

Craving more cottage eye candy?  Check out a past post featuring beautiful cottages and little escapes.

Penny Tile Inspiration


Penny Tile

Penny tile was a major thing in the 20th century and although you don’t find it in many homes now, it isn’t as retro as most people make it out to be. Used correctly, I think it can be very modern!

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Would you use penny tile in your home?

Transitional Rooms: Fresh mixes of the classics


Transitional Rooms

If I had to describe my style I’d say it was transitional.  I like clean, nothing over the top, soft colors with occasional accents, and just a little twist of the eclectic. Some of these rooms might employ more of one style than another, but they all incorporate mixing styles. All these images come from one of those overprices magazines you find at the grocery register.  These are from Easy Decorating Summer 2012. 5 years old, but all of these rooms you could see in a magazine today.

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What really, really caught my eye in this entry way is the antique Oriental rug.  The colors are completely unexpected but warm up the space so much – I would never think to mix it with that curtain fabric – or a tie dye pillow.  But I love it.

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The desk and chair in this office are hardcore industrial – but look ho romantic the armchairs are!  Another unexpected mix that really works.

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This staircase takes the idea of a gallery wall all the way.  You could probably do this on the cheap too. At a flea market or used book store, find a book of illustrations that you really love, remove the illustrations, and frame them in simple frames from a place like ikea.  The uniformity of size and frames keeps the gallery clean but still full of impact.

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I would never assume this room was a bathroom were it not for a little peek we get of the vanity. The worn sofa and freestanding storage are extremely unexpected next to the modern vanity.  And that antique Oushak rug….drool.

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I don’t need to say much about this bedroom.  Gorgeous, gorgeous – the sweater throw, the chair, the mirror…perfection.

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Rustic can be transitional!  The materials in this room scream rustic – like the weathered wood paneling on the walls.  But the clean lines of the furnishings keep it clean and unfussy.

What do you think?


Beach Decor: Bringing the Beach Indoors


Beach Decor

Home decor should reflect where you’ve been, who you are, and what you love. If that is the beach, here is some great inspiration to make it a beach getaway indoors, even if it’s not outdoors!
These light fixtures are gorgeous and remind me of a lighthouse style!
A driftwood mirror is an easy DIY that looks amazing!
Bathroom Design. Bathroom Ideas. Bathroom with classic and affordable white subway tiles and marble flooring. #Bathroom #BathroomIdeas #BathroomDesign
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Beach decor doesn’t have to be blue, it can be simple and white too!
It can be as simple as some beautiful beach pictures.
This tile is a great glass collection by “Stone and Pewter Accents” called Agate, color is Lucca Pearl. I am in love with it!
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Or a back splash that reminds you of the ocean.
Use a wicker basket on coffee table and fill with shells for a summer/coastal look
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Maybe it’s a basket of seashells and sea life!
Whatever it is, make sure you enjoy it!