Designer Shapshot: Dutch Treat
April 13, 2011
By Paula M. Bodah
Providence designer Kate Jackson, whose fun ideas for a sunroom graced the pages of our March/April issue,Â says she’s been obsessing about Dutch doors lately. â€œMaybe it’s because I’m pining forÂ tulips,â€ she says, â€œbut Dutch doors–specifically opened Dutch doors–are a sure sign of warmer weather, so I’m ready to fling open the top half to welcome springtime.â€
She’s in the process of converting the 100-year-old door of her house into a Dutch door. â€œI’m positively smitten with the idea of looking onto my front porch through a half-open lipstick-red door while corralling my two year old twin boys inside the house,â€ she says.
Here are some doors she’s seen lately that have inspired her.
â€œThis cottage-style door brings the color and lushness of an outdoor garden inside.â€
â€œI’ve read that the original purpose of a Dutch door was to keep animals out of the farmhouse while letting in the light and air. Nowadays, they’re more likely to be used to keep our pets in.â€
â€œPainted black, doorknob and all, this door is one of my favorites because of its juxtapositions: an old-fashioned door painted a contemporary shade is played against modern paneling on the horizontal and grounded with rustic brick tiles and an antique bench. I’m in love.â€