Weathered doors and windows

This simple distressed finish evokes time worn comfort and easy living. A perfect decorative paint finish to complement color-washed walls.


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Weathered doors and windows


A rustic door in Provence with sun faded painted doors and an inviting canopy.


Time worn doors, found in the Italian town of Lucca, suggest stories from behind these aged portals. 


Simple doors set within stone and brick are reminiscent of the days of Speak-easy's - and secret wine vaults.

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Irregular lines and hand painted renderings add character and old world charm, easily achieved without any prior painting experience.

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Windows do much more than simply admit light and air to a room.  They can be utilitarian or decorative, countrified or classic, formal or rustic, shuttered or elaborately draped.  Windows can be a purely practical matter, but they can also dramatically alter our experience of interior and exterior space.

Rustic Country

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Classic French

Although the Romans used cast glass windows in important buildings as early as 100 AD, glazing was a great luxury until the late Middle Ages. 

Blown-glass, leaded panes were reserved for cathedrals and palaces, set in massive stone arches that reached heavenward like the Gothic spires that surrounded them. Ordinary windows were simply shuttered against the weather or barred against hostile force.

Leaded pane windows offered soft, diffused light, as well as protection from the elements.

As the medieval era drew to a close, glass windows became more widespread. 
An increasing number of public buildings, inns and the homes of the wealthy were fitted with decorative, often colored glass depicting historical scenes and coats of arms.

Windows set in stone 
in Tuscany, Italy

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Sun bleached shutters 
in Provence, France

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Eventually, of course, glass was installed in the windows of even the most modest European houses.  A double casement set in Tuscan stone, sun-bleached shutters in Provence -- these small, timeworn windows have framed centuries of everyday life.  Their weathered, ancient look is nicely offset by ephemeral ornamentation like a flowerpot or delicate lace curtains.

Period and Historical Styles


simple, double framed windows
Shutters for blustery days


The regional and period styles of the New World are often a simple, but nonetheless visually appealing, response to the natural environment.  Sturdy shutters protected against colonial New England winters. 

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Burlap curtains shade a rustic, sun-drenched Southwestern bathroom.  

New Orleans Style
New Orleans adorns a down-home crab shack with graceful six-over-six panes, shaded, of course, by a porch overhang.

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Toward the end of the nineteenth century, architects began to reassemble Old World window forms with striking results. 

Grand, elaborately detailed Victorian arches in colored glass have a pre-Raphaelite feeling.
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San Francisco
San Francisco jumbles ornate baroque and classical elements for an eclectic, colorful prettiness.

Sometimes, a new approach to design emerges in the treatment of a window. The geometric forms and wide sash windows of an Arts and Crafts bungalow create light, airy interior space as well as a striking facade.  

Arts & Crafts - Bungalow Style
Sash windows, geometric forms

And the crazily tilted, quirkily adorned frame at bottom abandons the "rules" of design altogether, making the humble window an expression of individualistic flair.


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