Our house was built in the mid 1950s, a time when Germany was still receovering from the second world war and when people had to make do with a lot less than nowadays.
This house, like most of the houses on our short street, was built as a small house with a good-sized garden for growing fruit and vegetables. Attached to the house, when it was built originally, was a shed for housing animals.
The previous owners of our house renovated the former animal accommodation and made a bathroom and two bedrooms out of it. The hallway was extended by about 90cm in length in the process.
Where the front door was originally is now an doorway. The hinges and doorframe remain. For a few years we used to talk about putting a curtain across it but we never got round to it. The more I think about it, the more I see that it would block out the light that comes in from the windows in the front door.
Lately I have been thinking that what we need to finish off the hall is a set of narrow double doors. I’m thinking wooden doorframes painted white or a light grey and with bevelled glass panels to let in light but keep out draughts.
I really like the look of this set- shabby but incredibly elegant. I can imagine them opening inward, letting the sunshine our into my sparklingly clean hall, something like the scene in the picture below.
As I say, in my imagination. My hall is never this clean.
For the moment I’ll have to keep dreaming, of the doors, of the sunshine and of the sparkling hall. Glass doors and sticky toddler hands don’t pair well.
I’ve begun looking for inspiration on Pinterest, so pop over and take a look at my board to see more of what I’m hoping to one day have.
One of these days I’ll be taking measurements and keeping my eyes peeled for doors to salvage or pick up at a flea market. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.