Hooked on Dutch Doors

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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4. LexyB
5. Mary Beth {Homemade Diffuser}
6. Terry Kearns (my folk angel)
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32. Linda @ Restyled Home
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35. Debbie – Reflections Of Debbie
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37. Suzy Homemaker (Glass Cake Stands)
38. modernemama
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40. Trudi @ DeJa-Brew
41. Christine @ Journeys of Mangonett
42. Mother Hen (sewing)
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46. Katie @ Making This Home
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50. Ally (A Walk in the Garden)
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60. A Cottage To Me
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63. Ramona Owen
64. Visual Vamp
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66. Heather is hooked on craft rooms
67. Lisa
68. velvet and linen
69. Carolina Mama (Pray It Friday)
70. Martha @ So Lovely Creations (hooked on before & after projects)
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  1. says

    Oh I can’t believe I’m first this week! I’m cracking up Julia because I included a dutch door in the last pic in my post. First pillow talk, now this. Were we sisters in a previous life? :)

    Susan Smith’s last blog post..Summer Dreaming

  2. says

    Those doors are fabbo for people with pets … but they do always remind me of that TV show with the talking horse, was it Mr Ed?

    LexyB’s last blog post..Quote of the week

  3. says

    I love dutch doors. My parents house was beautiful and I have so many wonderful memories of the house I grew up in…we had a dutch door off of the family room that went out to the back porch and back yard. Your post brought back memories of warm summer days with the top half of the door open to the yard….oh my…thank you!

    Mary Beth’s last blog post..Decorative Diffuser-Homemade & Inexpensive

  4. says

    I have that first pic in my inspiration files, Julia. I love Dutch doors, too. Brooke at Velvet & Linen did a post this week on her own home, and she has a neat Dutch door, too.

    Thanks for letting me join in Hooked on Fridays. Have a great weekend!

    sandra/tx’s last blog post..Hooked on Friday Cocktail

  5. says

    I love dutch doors too – and I love that those top two photos have such cute animals in them. Can you believe I’ve never seen Christmas in Connecticut? I’ll have to add it to my queue. Loved this post – thanks for having this hooked on party again!

  6. says

    I’m totally hooked on sewing this month, and PINK! I am really enjoying sewing practical things, like fancy dishtowels with cute appliquesor pillowcases with pretty lace, or fun things like a little puffed heart, or really fancy things like a embroidery sampler with lots of old lace. It’s addicting!

    ileen @ Star’s Fault’s last blog post..String of (pink) Pearls ~

  7. says

    I’ve never ever *heard* of a Dutch door before! They look so cool though – and just what I need for my back verandah. I’m going to bookmark this post and find a builder!!

  8. says

    Hahaha, that’s cute! 😉
    yes, I would also use the dutch doors to keep the animals INside!

    I’m hooked on contests today at my blog!

  9. says

    I have always loved this style door. I think Mr. Ed had one. I loved that show! Anyway, I digress. There is something completely charming to these doors. I wish I had one! Thanks for the share. Can’t wait to check out the other links.

  10. says

    Hey I’m hooked on smoking. Thanks so much, this is a lot of fun. So many great tips out there. Dutch doors seem old-fashioned, it evokes a time, back in the 50’s where a neighbor would come by and drop a pie off over the door. So nice.

  11. says

    I love Dutch doors! They bring back memories of my grandmother…she baked everything and we loved coming in to wash up and finding a plate of cookies balanced on the door! Of course we soon realized that the cookies were meant to be cooling off not being eaten by us :-) but for some reason she never changed a thing, cookies were still placed there and we ate a few. Wonderful memories. I love this post! Have a lovely weekend!

  12. says

    Oh, dutch doors are just so cute and quirky. A friend of mine has one at her front door and I swoon over it everytime I am there and she just says “oh, this old thing…” – ha! Such is life. Gorgeous photos, hope you had a fantastic week!

    jill’s last blog post..February Finds… 19!

  13. says

    I love all these pictures…I have always wanted a dutch door. I can’t remember which show it was (something on HGTV?) but they created a dutch door and made it look pretty simple. I’m sorry I won’t be participating in the hooked on because I need to be hooked on real life today!

    coco’s last blog post..a fresh look in 10 minutes…

  14. says

    Oh, Julia! You speak my language! The BEST use of a dutch door I have seen is to a playroom. You can keep the bottom part of the door closed to keep the kiddos in and leave the top open so you can hear what’s going on while you do laundry!

    Phillips Phamily Mama’s last blog post..You Spoke

  15. says

    A great use would be in a playroom! I never thought of that. Love Dutch Doors…I’m really hooked on that cute Golden in the top photo!!! What a cutie!!!
    Have a fab weekend all!!

    Melissa’s last blog post..Pink Dictionary!!

  16. says

    Oh, how I love Dutch doors! There is something so charming about them…I can just imnagine my sweet next-door neighbor calling out as she walks up the back path to visit…the fresh air coming in…the cat sitting on the ledge watching the birds outside. I want one! :-)

    bungalow_bliss’s last blog post..Taking Care of Business

  17. says

    I’m hooked on getting the most functional kitchen I can when the big remodel happens. The plans for this house originally had dutch doors for the mud room. I love them.

    Jane@Beach House’s last blog post..Kitchen Tryouts

  18. says

    I just told my husband the other day how much I need a dutch door in my laundry room. I love the light that comes through that window, but I could hide the litter box and cat food bowls from the dog with a dutch door! Cats can jump, I wouldn’t even have to use a pet door. Thanks for posting these gorgeous pictures!

    Misti @ Studio M Designs’s last blog post..Colorful Rooms: A Breath of Fresh (Spring) Air

  19. says

    I too love the old black and white romantic movies. And those dutch doors have a way of bringing some very fond memories back.

    Great post Julia, thank you so much for these Hooked on Friday’s Parties! This is a great way to wrap up the week!

    Blessings – Debbie

    Debbie’s last blog post..A Candle In Honor Of Colin

  20. says

    I need a Dutch door to keep KIDS in. We have a door going into our backyard and I keep telling my husband we need to saw it in half–I don’t think he’s convinced, though.

    Aubrey’s last blog post..Bedheaded Randomness

  21. says

    Yeah, I LOVE dutch doors and plan to put one in my kitchen someday…seems so cozy! Your post (as always!) is great. Thanks for hosting Hooked on Fridays…this is my first time participating!

  22. Jill says

    Love dutch doors – they just speak to my love of all things cottage. Sorry I linked twice – this is my first time! I am a newbie and just hoping to get some visitors – I thought I did it wrong the first time! Oops, thanks for bearing with me.

  23. Kathy :) says

    Oh Mr ED I LOVED that show “Oh Wilbur” lol and I ADORE dutch doors, Brooke has one in her home and I love it…but I can’t figure out how to keep the bugs out :(

    Love this post,
    Kathy :)

  24. says

    Love the pictures! I think a dutch door would be great on a child’s room. We have a gate in my daughter’s doorway, so she doesn’t have free roam of the house in the middle of the night. A dutch door would be so much cuter!

    Jenny’s last blog post..Her Memory Amazes Me

  25. says

    my aunt and uncle have a dutch door from their kitchen to their mud room so the dog can hang out in the mud room while my aunt cooks (but not get in the get in the food). I’ve always loved that detail of their house!

    Andi’s last blog post..Celebrate Library Lovers Month

  26. says

    I love dutch doors. My mom has an old fashioned 50’s kitchen and it wouldn’t be complete without the dutch side door! :)

  27. says

    I love Dutch Doors! When we moved into our cottage, replacing the front door with a Dutch Door was at the top of the list.

  28. says

    I love the Dutch Doors! I think they would be great! I also posted about a door as a headboard!
    Thanks for you fun idea!

  29. says

    It’s so funny, when I bought this house it had a dutch door in the kitchen and I took it out in lieu of a french door! But it didn’t work properly. If it had been as nice as the ones you pictured I probably would have kept it.

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  30. says

    Last week, as it happens, I was going to install some Dutch doors at my father’s house. But, as it happened, they were against his neighborhood’s building codes!!! Have you ever heard something like that? Absolutely terrible.

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  31. says

    I LOVE Dutch doors. There was one on a toy I had when I was little I remember and I just love it from the start. The only thing I haven’t been able to figure out though is how to keep those flying bugs out when you have the top half open. Hmmm, do they put screens in Dutch doors? I’m in the midwest, too many flies, mosquitoes, etc. flying around to go without a screen

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  32. says

    HI Julie, I want to give you a great big THANK YOU! You have a very popular blog and with that comes a lot of comments. You make such a big effort to get to everyone and I am so happy about that. I’ve made comments and even purchased from other bloggers that don’t even email me back or add a personal note. Let alone visit my little blog that’s just beginning it’s identity. I know it must be difficult but that you for remembering your roots. It make visiting you some much more special.

  33. Norma says

    I really love these doors too. Thanks Julia for posting the great pictures

  34. says

    I am delighted to have found your blog. I need to post sometime about some of my favorite movie houses. I love the interiors in the Winona Rider version of “Little Women.”

    I have to decide if I want to do Hooked On — I don’t need any more excuses to be hooked on writing.

    Nice to meet you and hope you’ll stop by.

  35. Kellye says

    It’s rather telling that my parents had a dutch-door for my bedroom when I was little. 😉

  36. says

    Either I’m late or I don’t know how to work it! But if you are interested check out my latest. LOVE the dutch-doors! My favorite house I lived in as a child had them and I have very fond memories!

    Stefanie’s last blog post..Hooked on Fridays and…BIRDS!

  37. hookedonhouses says

    Oh, I’m sorry, Stefanie. I usually close Mr Linky off on Saturday night. We’ll be doing it again this week if you want to join us! -Julia

  38. Dianne says

    I remember seeing a dutch door on “The Partridge Family”. I think it was the front room door but it could have been the kitchen door. I always thought I would have one in my house one day. So far not yet!

  39. says

    I LOVE your blog. I AM hooked on houses!
    I was just doing a Google image search for dutch doors and came across this post. When I was a little girl, my bedroom door was a dutch door, when we moved I begged my parents to put one in my new room, but I never got one. I am going to incorporate a dutch door in my house someday!
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..C’est Le Weekend =-.

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