Wednesday, January 18, 2012


This morning as I was perusing one of my

favorite web sites, Houzz, and I discovered

an article, “Cozy Elegance by the Lake”,

about one of my favorite local architects,

Visbeen Associates.  This “stunning lakeside

home”, to quote directly, included a

marvelous photo of a favorite door of

mine, the Dutch door, and using it in

such sweet application.

dutch door

“The girl's room are joined together with Dutch doors, which allows them to share the space and have privacy when needed.”


dutch door

The Dutch or split door can be traced back to the early 1600’s in the Netherlands and was mainly used (and is thought of today) as an exterior door.  The top half could be open for fresh air while the bottom half kept dust, leaves, and the occasional animal from wandering in.

dutch doorToday’s updated uses serve other purposes, both indoors and out.   As Wayne Visbeen so aptly showed us, children’s bedroom doors are a perfect practical use as well as nursery doors, laundry room doors…… and well……any door!

Now this is one Dutch idea that can avoid

the proverbial derogatory joke!


Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

We have always referred to these doors as stable doors, but much prefer the term 'Dutch door'. And, we absolutely agree that the idea of using such a door between children's bedrooms is really imaginative and very practical.

The Shade Shop, Inc. said...

Thanks for the visit Jane and Lance! I agree! Very clever for interior use!!!

Maison de lin said...


I agree whit jane and Lance and i love the term "Dutch door"

Thanks for sharring

The Shade Shop, Inc. said...

Jerome, si vous l'appelez néerlandais porte ou split porte, c'est une idée géniale, n'est-il pas ? Merci de visiter!!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I've always wanted a dutch door that a horse could look through into my kitchen.

The Shade Shop, Inc. said...

Thank you for the visit Pamela! If you have a horse, all you need now is the door... en je bent klaar!!!! However, if you get the door and have no horse, Edward could always use the bottom half!:)

Anonymous said...

The dutch doors are just brilliant! xo

The Shade Shop, Inc. said...

Thank you, Debbie, so much for stopping by. We see a lot of Dutch doors here in the Midwest. Of course, we're predominately Dutch in this area too! :) I love it when usual uses of items are expanded upon!


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