COTE DE TEXAS: Barn Doors For Today

Barn Doors For Today

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We’ve long had a love of the romantic American barn, with nearby cows grazing in a bucolic field of wildflowers.



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We repurpose barns – turning them into houses to live in – like this one, with the addition of a greenhouse at the back.



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And, some we turn into places to entertain, or guest houses, like this barn in Texas.

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This barn became a pool house.


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One of the more popular barn conversions is this one – Bunny Williams’ guest house on her country house estate.  Attached to the side is the glass conservatory that acts as an extra dining room.



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Inside, the main room of Bunny’s barn is now a casual living room used mostly by her husband John Rosselli.



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Another famous barn is at Rachel Ashwell’s Texas B&B, The Prairie.  Her restored barn is used for weddings and other events.



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My own Elisabeth wants to get married at Rachel’s barn!!

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Restored barn’s can be very rustic, which I love.


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Or, they can be more modern, more edited, less rough.


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I love a cute barn, painted white.




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This one is especially pretty – with the unusual green walls and stained rafters – the green paint tones down the more rustic side of barn living.




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In 2003, this book by Chris Casson Madden, showed only living rooms.  One of the living rooms, in a large barn, has always stuck in mind as being so pretty.




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The very large living room in the dark wood barn was lightened with white slipcovered furniture and blue and white pillows and fabrics.  Underfoot is a rug that picks up all the colors.  Oh, it’s just too gorgeous!!!!




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There are several conversation areas in the room, this one has a slipcovered ottoman in blue and white stripes.  Mixed in with all the upholstery are English antiques – which gives the room a classic look.  Here, almost 15 years later, the living room still looks current and on trend.  I would move in today!



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A dining table is near the library shelves – some of which cover a hidden jib door with faux books that leads to the kitchen. 

Gorgeous.
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One of the most interesting projects in the blogosphere was the New Hampshire farmhouse that was restored by “For The Love Of The House” – Joan and her husband Dan HERE.


After moving to New Hampshire from Texas, Joan bought a white farmhouse.  The red barn was connected to the white house – and after a long and laborious renovation, the barn became their large family room.  The entire renovation lasted years – and we all watched it happening,  impatiently waiting for detailed updates from Joan.  The barn room was one of Joan’s last projects, and it was one of the best.



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And AFTER, the red barn is now gray with a new fireplace.   A new terrace was created where the old driveway to the barn was.



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The large terrace and the new French doors to the barn.  What to do with that old barn door that was once there???  Joan had an idea.



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Joan took the barn door and brought it inside while the reconstruction went on. You can see the barn door standing against the studs.  This barn would become the family room.



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And here, when the barn’s family room was finished, the barn door was hung from hardware - making it an architectural statement.  Joan placed a console table in front of the barn door, which she then accessorized with her beautiful collection of antiques.  To the left is the powder room.


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The finished barn room, dressed for summer.  Joan designed every single detail in this beautiful house!!! 



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Another view of the room, dressed for summer, showcasing her enormous and fabulous herbiere collection.



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And another view of the barn door.   The terrace is through the French doors.  Through the open door is the kitchen.


Today there is a huge interest in barn doors.  Go figure! Who would have ever guessed that, but it’s true.  Barn doors are popping up everywhere and Joan’s barn door was one of the first ones that I took notice of.




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This magnificent blue barn door gained national attention a few years ago - it was at Sharon & Ozzy Osbourne’s former house, decorated by Martyn Lawrence Bullard.  Attached to the door is unstained trellis pieces.  It was bought at American Garage HERE.  I love this door and wonder if the new owners kept it?



Barn doors are now everywhere.  They are hot, very trendy, and mostly, they have nothing to do with barns.  Why are barn doors so popular now? 


One reason is the huge popularity of HGTVs show - Fixer Upper.  Joanna and Chip Gaines, the duo behind TV’s most watched design show, use barn doors all the time and while they didn’t start the trend, they have certainly spread it.



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Here, in before/after pictures of a barn that they remodeled – Chip & Jo flanked the glass doors with a large pair of barn doors.   The black iron hardware actually becomes part of the design.



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And then inside that renovated barn that is now a house, they used a second pair of doors that flank the opening to the living room. 



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In these Before & After pictures of a breakfast room - Fixer Upper used a “barn door” which was added to close off a pantry.  This barn door is neither old nor repurposed, rather it is new and available for anyone to buy.  The doors are sold in kits that include the hardware.



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In the same house, in the bedroom, two barn doors are added to the bath and closet.  Don’t they add so much more than just a sliding door?   It’s a nice option for a certain look.  And since Joanna used the same actual doors all over the house – it makes more of a design statement.



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And here, Fixer Upper used a raw wood barn door leading to the bathroom.  She then matched the furniture in the room to the door.

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Before & After pictures from Fixer Upper – in this kitchen, a pair of barn doors were added to the end of the galley kitchen.



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Fixer Upper:   Joanna added a single barn door to close off the bathroom.  Besides adding architectural interest, the barn door is in reality just a trendy sliding door.



I only looked at a few houses on the Fixer Upper web site – and almost every other house on their show had one or two barn doors.  This is a huge trend they have advanced, along with shiplap walls and subway tiles.




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Here are some more ideas for barn doors, not necessary FROM a barn, but either store bought or custom made.   On this barn-house, double wide and double height barn doors act like a gate, guarding the glass front door.



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Here a traditional barn with large doors that slide to open to reveal a wall of glass doors and windows.  Again, when closed, they act as a security gate.



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Here, an acrylic door lends a modern touch, definitely NOT from a barn.  The hardware is also contemporary, chic. HERE.   This door shows how far from the “barn” this look has come.



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A pair of Cypress barn doors add a certain texture that balances out the straight lines of the shiplap.



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A modern look  – see Rustica to order doors and hardware. HERE.



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A bunk room can be closed off by barn doors, made with shiplap that runs opposite to the shiplap on the walls.



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Simple French doors – are hung from the black iron hardware.  This would not be too expensive – you could buy these doors at Home Depot for cheap and then all you would need to buy is the hardware which isn’t that expensive.  And, it’s a great look!!!   Love the black pendant lights that flank the doors.




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Seeded glass lets in light but retains privacy.




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Here the barn door is made out of the same shiplap as the walls which gives it a seamless look.



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Here is a barn door below, with a smaller door above for a tiny alcove window.  Or maybe it was just added for effect?  While the doors make a great substitute for a hidden sliding door – they are also wonderful to add architectural interest.



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Love this!  Bright and young with turquoise doors that open to the bathroom.

  
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How to hide the flatscreen?  Use a smaller barn door.




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Or add two regular sized doors to hide the flatscreen.


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And this gorgeous barn door with modern hardware is located in a kitchen.  The frosted glass lets in light but gives privacy to the utility kitchen.



Is this really a BARN DOOR?  Or is it just a sliding door updated for 2020s?? 


While it’s called a barn door, it is not kitsch,  there is absolutely nothing kitsch about these doors.  It’s just pure beauty.

  

Are traditional sliding doors a thing of the pass now?  Why would anyone order a traditional hidden sliding door  – when you can have an updated barn door instead? 


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22 comments :

  1. I do love Bunny's but Joan's is the closest to my personal taste. Although that double-story wall of windows in the book is fabulous. I think I would live in a greenhouse if I could--all windows.
    Barns offer the advantage of being a blank slate--no interior walls to move. Our house in the south of France originally was the village showers. When the homes got running water (in the 1970s!), it became the football team's locker room, then, in the '90s, a big room was added to make a restaurant. We had plenty of space to carve out bedrooms, and we left the living/dining/kitchen a single great room with windows all around. It feels far bigger than it is. People say it's so unusual--but of course! It wasn't built to be a house!

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  2. Joni, This was a really fun post for me as we've spent the last couple of days trying to get our barn doors hung in our bedroom! Thanks for posting so many fresh ideas. I always love seeing the beautiful homes that you share and that your posts are so detailed. The history of the homes is fascinating.
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

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  3. Joni, this post is so timely for me. I was just dropping my son off somewhere and there was a pretty barn nestled among all new builds :( I have ALWAYS had a passion for old barns and tell my husband that someday I would love to drive across the country and photograph them all as I go. But yesterday it dawned on me that they may someday be all gone, in our teardown society....what a loss. These are all lovely, but I am still in love with the true authentic barn of yesteryear, standing lopsided in a field surrounded by space. Thanks for this. Fun to look at.

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  4. timing! ha Yes they're quite popular - they've basically taken over where pocket doors used to be used (no room for doors) but they're a lot more decorative and we do them in our projects quite a bit. Don't forget the converted barn that the Duke & Duchess of Windsor lived in in France! Living in old barns was HUGE in the early 20th century for country estates. I've always loved that barn in the Chris Madden book - one of my favorite houses ever!

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  5. One of my favorite weddings ever was at Fearrington Village which is a barn conversion - chic and elegant. And I watched Chip and Joanna's transformation of the barn and was astounded! Happy start to your week, Joni!

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  6. Love Joan and Dan's barn room! I actually got to tour the space and it's incredible, THEY are incredible. Another wonderful barn conversion was done by M. Elle Design Joni, which would LOVE! They were featured in Elle Décor on the cover December 2010/January 2011. Off to vote for Ashley!

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  8. Hi Joni, What an interesting and timely post. We have a small rental (1,600 sq ft) with a small master bath (5 x 11.5) Several years ago we tore out the shower enclosure and hallway linen closet behind it. The new space was used to add a deep whirlpool tub (4 x 5 feet) and to move the toilet over by 3 inches.
    We added a small deck between the tub and the toilet which allows one to get in and out and serves as a surface for books, towels, etc. We also tiled all the way to the ceiling which makes the 8 foot height seem much higher. The difference was huge and that gorgeous tub rents our house every time!

    However, the door is at the other end of the bathroom. Whenever it is open it blocks the window, and, if anyone happens to be using the sink they have to move out of the way. I have long wanted to replace that door with a pocket door but there is some electrical in the way. Recently (the last year or so) I thought an exterior sliding door would be the answer but hubby thought I was nuts.

    Thanks for this post. Perhaps now he will see the light!

    Smiles from Charlotte

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  9. Meg Ryan's house/barn in the Hamptons is my all-time favorite barn conversion. It is white! Check it out. BTW, we adore Chip and Joanna Gaines, never miss an episode of Fixer Upper. They are so cute, have a precious family, and the show is very entertaining...they are naturals! We want to visit the silo renovation in Waco! Great post. Thank you!

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  10. Love the barn conversions, particularly Bunny's guest house. I'm not a barn door fan though. I think it's a fad that we will eventually grow tired of and then we'll see barn doors replaced by something else. More waste for the landfill. I guess I'm too much of a traditionalist .. just give me regular doors, please :) Perhaps I'm getting too old.

    Love your blog Joni.

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    1. I agree. I feel like, well, must people jump on every bandwagon that comes along? Doesn't ANYONE think for themselves anymore?
      If you've got a junker you're trying to fix up that's one thing. But please, people, don't disrespect a lovely, well designed home with another flight of fancy such as this.
      Sheila

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  11. Loved seeing all of barns. There is a certain magic about a barn. I love the barn doors and if I were building would love to include them in my design. In my current home I actually have two pocket doors that match all of the other doors in the house. I like them but the barn doors really would add a whole lot more interest.

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    1. If you have an old home with beautiful old pocket doors, please don't get rid of them.
      Sheila

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  12. Great post! The home we bought also utilizes barn doors. They are bright white and simple. One hides a built in home office, and the other divides a master bedroom from the other office. Love them!

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  13. Joni,
    I love barns, especially ones that look like the above. Do you think barn doors will be one of those trends that go out of style?
    Joan and Dan's home is one of my all time favorite online homes I've toured.
    xo,
    Karen

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    1. Yes, Karen, barn doors will go out of style unless you have a house that really is a converted barn.
      Or if you have a barn.
      Sheila

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  14. What an amazing house! OMG!
    Maybe are you interested on that pinterest contest: https://activate.bloglovin.com/s/JvaVUICXn!

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  15. Joni, I can't tell you how fun it was to scroll down and see our house and the barn room!
    Thank you including me and your very kind commentary. The original barn door as art in the room is sentimental to us as
    we used to sneak in via the barn and the barn door when the house was for sale (empty, of course) and we were trying to talk
    ourselves "out" of buying it... but love (of the house) won over common sense:) xxojoan

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  16. Hi Joni, apologies for hijacking this particular post. I wanted to alert you the latest interview with Prince William which appears to have taken place inside apartment 1A. Whilst all you see are glimpses of the Corridor, there are substantial glimpses of what may be a sitting room though it's hard to tell if this was formerly the dining room or the sitting room as it's painted over from blue. It does also give very small glimpses of their private garden. Please would you have a look and give us your opinion of the changes.

    BTW: It looks like they kept Margaret's tiled flooring in the corridor.

    I adore your blog. I'm new to decorating and your blog has inspired me and educated me. I thank you so much in so many ways.

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  18. I love barns and barn doors. So many great ideas in this post - thanks!

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  19. I love barn doors and most of your examples above are simply stunning! Really love them in Joan's house (I've followed her blog for years) but I do have to admit that I like the authentic ones way better. Having said that, and being a BIG Fixer Upper fan, I always like when Joanna adds them. They do add interest to an otherwise bland house and solve some problems as well. They definitely would not work in my builder's house in the suburbs, but if I ever get that home in the country, you can bet I'll be adding them!!

    Great post!

    Sheila
    www.maisondecinq.blogspot.com

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