Entries re: Doors+Floors
Oct 28
I read an article in the NYTimes recently about the United Nations' carbon credit program. Money being money and humans being human, factory owners in many parts of the world have figured out that they can make more money making and disposing of toxins than cutting back on production of the same.

How very depressing.
Jun 20
I used a barn door slider to hang a door in my house. It's a bathroom door for a small bathroom. There's no room for a door to open into the bathroom itself, and I think a pocket door is a sure way for a clumsy person (me) to ruin fingers. So I went with the barn door slider, and it's perfect. Here are a couple of pics of my door, including a hardware closeup.

When Friends Visit
Apr 8
How much do you need your friends? I find mine essential for day-to-day sanity. I email and text them, plan lunches, dinners, movie dates, shopping outings. With one couple I watch seasons of TV on DVD and try to cook dinner. Only they are accepting of my cooking attempts!
Jan 29
I have hung old doors throughout my house. Old doors require old knobs, so I have invested in quite a few. And of course, once they're sitting around the house, in plain view, other ideas come up.

Here are a couple ways I've used old doorknobs around the house:

- As doorknobs. This is not clever, but remains a great way to add character to any door.

- As handles. If it needs a handle, consider a doorknob. They come in all sizes, and some of the old ones are quite small. It's fun to mess with proportion on pieces of furniture, walls, shelves. (This is a pic of the handles on my attic door.)

- As finials. I topped my fence posts with old doorknobs. They look amazing.

How I would like to use old doorknobs:

- To hang art. If I had a big wall I would hang doorknobs at random spots on the wall as needed. I would hang art from the doorknobs—using wire or ribbon or chain looped around the doorknob and hanging down to the painting or other piece of art, adding an S-hook if necessary to the back of the art. I would put the doorknobs in a pattern I liked and adjust the size of the art or length of ribbon accordingly to balance the pattern.
- To hang jewelry. Same concept as art, but in a much smaller place. I have several five inch pieces of wall in my downstairs bedroom between windows and room corners that would be perfect places to hang necklaces or bracelets. I could use doorknobs or cupboard knobs or unusual hooks in these places. I haven't done this yet, so my necklaces are jumbled everywhere.

I actually have old doorknob inventory somewhere in the house. They are so damn useful I keep them around. Of course, they also look great great in a pile, like marbles. Ha! Maybe I should Hang Them On the Wall. I could make a pattern of them (my initials come to mind!).

So many uses for the amazing doorknob. Get creative with your ideas and see what transpires.
Dec 15
When I bought my vintage 1978 home, every interior door was an original hollow core door. This is one of those times when “original” does not translate to cool. I eventually switched out every interior door in my house with an antique or vintage door. Some are Victorian, one was in a fire, one is from an old apartment and has a mail slot. I love them all for their incredibly cool and unique qualities.

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Old doors can be cool, but it depends on your style. You may not find a matching set for your house, but it can happen. (Mine are all different, but I don’t like to match.) They are not the standard size of today’s houses, and often have to be custom framed. Some old doors are very inexpensive, and some are up there in price. I believe the cost about breaks even for a good quality new door versus a customized old door. Of course, the old doors are statements. If you like to have people wander through your house marveling at the details, old doors are for you. I like it when visitors tell me one of the doors is their favorite part of the house.

The door on the bottom above is perhaps my favorite in the house. I found it in Texas with the screen still somewhat attached. It had been through a fire. I bought it for $60 plus tax, and shipped it home for $225. I wanted that door! Anne DeWolf, who has designed everything in my house, took one look at it and said, “What the hell do you expect me to do with that?” True story. I laughed, and said it would be great once we replaced the screen with metal. I was right. It’s very cool.

There are many other ways to use old doors: line a few up as a headboard; hinge several together for a screen (different sizes would be cool); lean one against a wall as a piece of art. Maybe make a table out of one or two? I have a friend who bought a Victorian house with an entire inventory of old doors in the basement. It’s like she lives under a lucky star. Under my house I found a raccoon family and dry rot. No matter—both pests have disappeared just like my old hollow core doors.

Dec 15
While I love me some salvaged flooring or old tin ceiling tiles, there are new things out there that are easy on the environment, too. Check out the site for Kereiusa.com.

Kerei USA

I have their kerei board, bamboo, and wheat board in my house. I used the wheat board in the attic and the bamboo and kerei (sorghum) on a lot of the ceiling. I wanted my ceiling to look like a floor, so we put kerei and bamboo up there in a parquet pattern. It is kick ass! (I also hung a small table and chair set, plus a lawnmower up there to complete the look. Get it? I hope to confuse and make visitors feel they are upside down. Of course, I am the person who is usually confused. BTW—the tilted chair rotates on a very slow motor. It’s the coolest thing ever. I turn it on for parties.) Here are some pics:

kirei close upkirei distant

I am hoping to put the bamboo (a wonderful blonde color—very calming and sunny) in my mom’s house in Arizona. She doesn’t know it yet, but I’m going to start working on her! I love this stuff. She will, too.

Please check out the website if you have an interest in cool flooring. Don’t miss the “eco” section to read about (lack of) formaldehyde, LEED credit, unique materials. It would be nice if we all had less formaldehyde in our lives. (FYI, formaldehyde is a chemical commonly used in building materials and household products. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, and exposure to it also has short term effects. If you can reduce your exposure to it, why not?)