French Door Love. What Were We Thinking?

As my hubby and I pour over house plans with one in particular,

we discovered that we definitely are not only downsizing in square footage,

but downsizing in the amount of windows and french doors.

We have French door love. What were we thinking?

Yes, what were we thinking when we installed 7 sets of french doors in this house.

We were thinking that they bring in so much light and are just beautiful.

Great Room-Housepitality Designs

Our house is a very open plan.  With the exception of some bathrooms,

every room has a view of the back yard/golf course.

I think this is the first time you are seeing the ceiling fan in the great room.

I am not a “fan” of them, but in this room, during the winter, when the heat is on, 

we need the reverse direction of the fan blades  to bring down the heat that rises.

The french doors and windows are framed out with great fluted molding and headers.

Great Room-Housepitality Designs

We know that we want the same architectural details around each window

and door in the new house.

Dining Room-Housepitality Designs

In the dining room there is a bank of windows (the bay area),  a window to the left of them

and french doors (which are not seen here) are to the right of the bay window area.

Sunroom-Housepitality Designs

The sunroom has 8 large windows.

We will have  somewhat of a sunroom in the house that we plan to build,

that will be more of an extension of the living room. I envision a slate floor

with a fireplace in that room with one door and floor to ceiling windows.

The key word is “envision.”

Master Bedroom-Housepitality Designs

In the master bedroom there are 6 windows and one french door.

The french door  is to the left of the bay window area.

The french doors in the master bedroom and the dining room face each other

and lead out to the upper porch.

Guest Room-Housepitality Designs

The guest room has a set of french doors and windows that flank them.

The french doors on this floor all lead to the lower back porch

that I call The Veranda.

Media Room-Housepitality Designs

In this room that we call “the Media Room” there is the same configuration of french doors

and windows as the guest room.

That configuration of french doors and windows are also in another bedroom,

in which my hubby uses as his office. No pic of his office today . . .

It actually is nice, but the door was closed . . . many conference calls on his agenda today.

Gray's Room-Housepitality Designs

Here are the french doors in my sweetie’s room that we also use as a craft room.

It just has a set of french doors with no windows flanking the doors.

Garage-Housepitality Designs

The above photo of the garage is an older one. However, it shows that the

windows inside the garage are all trimmed out with a keystone at the top.

The garage has 6 windows!

Knowing my hubby the way I do, the window framing in the future  garage

would be the same as if it were inside the house!

So, to recap, our home has 7 French doors and 47 windows…what were we thinking?

Building the one story, downsized  home will also be less window maintenance.

I could actually clean them myself. Well, maybe some of them! 🙂

As always, a hectic week around this household.

Yesterday I traveled to my favorite garden center.

The brown building beyond the gazebo and waterfall/pond is actually a barn.

Dale's Garden Center-Housepitality Designs

I could have spent hours there as the garden center  is  filled with beautiful flowers

and plants and container gardens that were abundant for Mother’s Day.

I  quickly selected something for a housewarming gift and will return later to browse more.

Speaking of Mother’s Day . . . . I want to wish all you wonderful moms

out there a most beautiful Mother’s Day.

I will be visiting my mom in a couple of weeks.

If you missed my tribute to her, you can read it HERE.

There is also time to enter to win a copy of Matthew Mead’s fabulous new publication,

Upstyled Home Outdoors!

Have a beautiful day doing the things that fill your heart and soul with Joy!

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  1. Wow Shirley that’s a lot of windows!! Ceiling fans are often a must for comfort and energy efficiency so I guess we just have to deal with them. Your home is beautifully adorned with some of the most beautiful ceiling and wood trim accents that I’ve seen. I bet you are excited about choosing a house plan. I’m enjoying the Paris in Bloom book I won on your blog- thank you again!
    Wishing you a Very Happy Mother’s Day!

  2. I envy you and all the light in your gorgeous home! The old part of my house is SO DARK. My last house was large and full of windows and in spite of how dark parts of my new house is, I love how small it is. Enjoy your new project!! xo

  3. I love a home filled with light. This rental we are in is so dark. It is cave=like, really! Our new home will have many windows too. I am excited to see the process you take as you move towards your new home. Happy Mother’s Day

  4. Charlotte says

    Your home is so beautiful. I adore the color you used in your Master Bedroom. Do you remember the name of it and who it is by? It is so soothing. Enjoy planning your new home. I look forward to seeing all of your plans.

  5. Y’all do have a ton of windows and doors. Good idea not having so many in the new home!

  6. Our last house had 8 sets of sliding glass doors and 30 windows. Your home is so beautifully detailed and I know the new one will be too. I also am not a “fan” of ceiling fans but need them so have chosen the prettiest ones I could find. This is such an exciting time for you. Can’t wait to follow this new journey of yours!!!!!

  7. Whoops, forgot to say, “Happy Mother’s Day!!!!!!”

  8. Donnamae says

    Wow…that is a lot of windows! I bet you two are having fun pouring over house plans…windows and all. We finally are having some decent weather…so planting out my pots is on the agenda over the next few days. Happy Mother’s day to you too! 😉

  9. I know you will both be relieved to have less maintenance! Your French doors and architectural details are gorgeous, but what fun to design and build your next house! I have designed many remodels and additions for myself and clients, and have always wanted to build from the ground up…Lucky you!

  10. Rebecca M says

    Shirley, how can you stand the thought of moving from this beautiful home? I wish you luck and happiness with the new build. Happy mother day to you!

  11. Thank you for sharing your absolutely georgeous home. Looking forward to seeing your next home some day!

  12. Linda Schmidt says

    What a beautiful home you have and I know the next will be as amazing. Have a wonderful day.

  13. Shirley your home has always been one of my very favorites in blogland. Even more so when I see all these spaces at once. I am so thankful that the home we are building is all one level and not a soaring ceiling with windows and lights you cannot get to. I am doing wood blinds and curtains in the master and living room. The rest for now will be left open and just the trim work. Ours will be much like yours, double casings 7# base and double crown. Very southern like we like. I cannot wait to follow along. xxx…

  14. Sherry Myers says

    I have loved your home from the first time I saw it. But you are the one who makes your house a home. I know your new one will be just as beautiful. Even if it is smaller, I know it will have “Shirley” written in every nook and cranny. Therefore, it will be lovely. Enjoy every moment of your planning. One day it will all be glorious memories. Happy Mother’s Day to a gracious lady who shares more than just pictures with her readers. Thank you for sharing your heart!

  15. rattlebridge farm says

    Your home is warm and beautiful. Our house has tons of French doors, too, plus windows–it’s been a challenge to place furniture and art, but I enjoy the light.

  16. I can not wait to see your “right size” home Shirley! I know it will be a fabulous adventure. I can understand the “right size” home instead of down sizing. We say we down sized but not really. We right sized and now all of our home we use unlike in our last home. Yes, there are areas we wish were larger and if we ever build a true custom home we may stick with the same plan but make the adjustments we wish we could have with this home. Your current home is truly amazing my friend!

  17. I also love french doors! But I love-love-love your colors and style which are very similar to mine. I’ve been looking for a new sofa, focusing on my love of blue and white, and hadn’t imagined how beautiful adding a pale yellow with those colors could be so elegant and inviting. Thanks so much for sharing your home, I am inspired!

  18. Marty Oravetz says

    Oh I am sure your new home will be amazing. I love all your windows and doors, they make this home seem so inviting.

  19. Love French doors and the more windows the better, your home is full of light and warmth and I know your new home will be as well. You have lots of years of experience on getting it right and I know you will. I know your right sized new home is a lot larger than the one we live in, but we all have certain things we need and want. I am so excited for your new adventure, You will be making lots and lots of decisions in the upcoming months, keep us posted!!

  20. And Happy Mother’s Day to you, also, Shirley. The windows and french doors opens your home to the outside and it is beautiful…but a lot of work. The first thing my mother said to me when she saw our house was, “Oh, my, that’s an awful lot of windows to keep clean.” And she was right! Can’t wait to see your new creation. Carol and Mark are here. Fun.

  21. Shirley, the French doors and all the windows certainly gives you plenty of light but a lot to maintain. I am excited that you are building and can’t wait to see the journey. Happy Mother’s Day,!

  22. I love all that light that you have in your home .I should send the kids over one weekend to do what they do to my windows! hope you had a lovely week and a great weekend ahead.

  23. Oh my goodness, Shirley! 47 windows! and 7 doors! Not counting my sunroom, I have less than half that and thought it was a maintenance nightmare. Best wishes on the design and selection phases. I look forward to watching your process. Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  24. bobbi duncan says

    Shirley, I can truly empathize. We had a ton of windows and doors before moving to our latest home. Every time I do window washing I think how happy I am not to have that chore that took me several days to complete ( I love sparkling windows, so I think that a lot). I love a bright home, but I will place windows wisely when we build our final one. I can’t wait to see your new home plan and how you’ll decorate it, which I know will be stunning. Isn’t it fun picking out all the new products and accessories? Enjoy every moment. Hugs!

  25. I love French doors, and you were perhaps ahead of the curve when you added so many to your home. But I will tell you, just having one french door to the outside is extra special to me. Our house has a pair of interior french doors too, maybe you can have a pair inside to get your love of those doors to satisfy you….can’t wait to see your new forever home, I know it will be pretty perfect.

  26. wow, Shirley thats even more windows than in the house we just sold but I so get it and those little square pains take FOREVER \, especially the corners. we built a house with 7 sets of French Doors once but we were a lot younger then, HA. we move into a new house this Monday and surprised each other while house hunting when we realized that we didn’t actually want less square footage but did want less maintenance. besides, its a lot of work getting rid of the furniture and easier just to move it. so we actually even bought a slightly larger but not on the water and much newer. I would love to see your granddaughters’s bedroom/craft room again, its been a while, and I will be doing a grandchild/craft room in the new house. Happy Mothers Day to you too.

  27. Glorious light from all your windows and French doors! Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  28. The french doors do certainly add a touch of class… Happy Mother’s Day to you too…

  29. When you put your house up for sale, those french doors and windows are going to sell the house. Our new house has a lot fewer windows to clean each Spring compared to our last house of 3 floors, so I know how you feel. I’m sure you will make your new home just as gorgeous as the one you live in now!

  30. Wonderful posts. I always enjoy your house tours and today is no exception. I love French doors and many windows. You were thinking right!

  31. I always knew you had a lot of windows, but WOWZA never realized that many. They are gorgeous though, but like you mentioned so much maintenance. We have a lot of windows too and they are a bear to keep clean. Downsizing sounds exciting Shirley!

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