There’s just something about a Dutch door like this one from Country Home that makes my heart beat faster. They were originally created to keep animals out of farmhouses while letting light and air in. I’ve heard a lot of pet owners like them now for the opposite reason–keeping the animals in. We used to have a cat that would pounce at the door whenever someone rang the bell, and it would’ve been handy to be able to just open the top half!
I love old movies–especially old black and white romantic comedies–and so many of them feature charming cottages with Dutch doors that I’ve always wanted one. Remember this scene from Christmas in Connecticut? (If you missed my post about that house, click here.) In my fantasies, I also live in a stone farmhouse where gentle brown cows poke their heads through the door when you open the top half. But someone else actually goes out to the barn to milk them, of course. You know that scene where Barbara Stanwyck leads the horse back to the barn and has no idea what she’s doing? Yeah. That would be me.
Of course, a good Dutch door should always lead to a cottage garden like this (via Apartment Therapy):
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