A year ago I was flipping through the February issue of Sunset magazine--conveniently delivered to my mailbox monthly because I love it and all its celebration of the West (plus it features the fabulous writer Peter Fish). I'm always cutting this and that out of the magazine, usually garden tips. But this time my attention was immediately captured by the article called "Playful Family Farmhouse."
And then I saw them.
I love them. I adore them. I want to run out and buy barn doors right this instant just to keep under my bed so I can dream about them.
Seriously, though. It was love at first sight. I cut the page out of magazine and swore that no matter what, if I ever built a house it would have these doors. And those floors. And cubed shelving filled with books. And a window seat. But probably not that many pillows because even I have my limits.
Every time we interviewed a designer for the house I would bring out the picture of the barn doors, point and say, "This is what I want." Then I would watch for his reaction, and if ever any designer even thought about rolling his eyes, I was done. When I showed them to Todd, he said, "Cool," and meant it. He was hired. Just to affirm our decision, I noticed that on the house plans he sent us, he has clearly labeled "barn doors" separating the dining room from the office. I'm giddy with joy.
Of all the features the new house is going to have, these doors are high on the list of what I'm most looking forward to. Not only do I just think they are so fantastically cool, the magazine's caption that accompanied the doors made me realize that it was exactly what I wanted.
"Double-duty spaces, inspired by The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live (The Taunton Press, 2001; $23) by Sarah Susanka, make room for everyone’s needs. The Phillipses’ office is also the library and the stage for the kids’ performances (sliding barn doors serve as curtains)."
The doors. The reference to The Not So Big House. The library. And most importantly, the doors serving as curtains for performances. Could there be anything so perfectly suited to my interests?
Yep. Me and barn doors...we're just meant for each other.
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