HOUSE: Newburgh

Pocket doors.

The pups and I were shut in the living room all day while the plumbers finished the rough-in (they’re done, hooray!), and as I was walking back from the kitchen, I was reminded of how beautiful the pocket doors between the dining room and living room are. We very rarely close them unless we need to contain the dogs for some reason, but they really are great. They’re in better condition than any other doors in the house, probably because they’ve spent much their lives inside of the walls, protected from shoes and fingernails and chairs and dogs.

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  • Reply Jessica November 21, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Ok, you have really done it now. I have lurked away for too long, and this is the post to break my silence.
    I cannot tell you how much I love these doors. I’m talking will copy you down to the hardware and claim the idea all to myself. Well done! I love your style.

  • Reply karly November 21, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    I’m hyperventilating! Those doors are won-der-fulll! I love how tall the top cut-outs are in proportion to the bottom. Oh, and the black! You are so good at details!

  • Reply Thessa November 21, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Those doors are beautiful and go so charmly with your style. I’m jealous… 🙂

  • Reply heather November 21, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    So beautiful! Are they top hung or on rollers? Did you have to repair the hardware at all?

  • Reply Courtney November 21, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Those doors are absolutely lovely! Just beautiful.

  • Reply Michelle November 21, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Very nice! Looks absolutely gorgeous! =)
    And curiously, did you organize the books on the shelves by color? =P

  • Reply chrispito November 22, 2008 at 5:13 am

    I lived with pocket doors once…magical. Old douglas fir, stained to look mahogany. If I had my way swinging doors would be obliterated and pocket doors would rule forever!

  • Reply Alexis November 22, 2008 at 10:16 am

    I dream of pocket doors.

  • Reply Fiona November 22, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Those are really lovely. Lucky you! I am really liking the black/white/gray theme throughout your house.

  • Reply Karrey November 22, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    I’m slightly obsessed with pocket doors, and these are gorgeous.

  • Reply Tara November 22, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Were these painted the same BM Toucan color as the window frames? That shade is absolutely gorgeous. Nice job! I had pocket doors once. I’ll have them again and this time they’re getting that paint color!

  • Reply Anna at D16 November 22, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Heather: They are top-hung, and the hardware didn’t need any repairs! I don’t think they were used much at all. There’s another pocket door between the front hall and the living room, and someone had put a 3-inch screw through the wall to permanently hold it in the open position. Weird, but true.

    Michelle: Yes, the books are grouped by color!

    Tara: Yep, Toucan Black strikes again! It’s a very rich, inky-purple-black.

  • Reply nina November 23, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Oh very beautiful indeed… I would die for some of these! If I had them, I’d definitely have them half-closed all the time, just to be able to look at them!

  • Reply woodley park-zoo November 23, 2008 at 9:32 am

    I am overjoyed to get to see (at least) two Door Sixteen posts this round-through-my-bloglovin’! Updates from you are The Best!! The doors are beeeyoooooteeeful!

  • Reply RIchtsje November 24, 2008 at 10:12 am

    They’re great indeed! Do you thing they are of the same age as all the other doors, and have you painted them yourself? I just love them!

  • Reply erin@designcrisis November 24, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Lovely. We have single pocket doors, but I love the look of the old doubles.

  • Reply josie November 27, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    stunning! my husband and i are so jealous — we just don’t have the right set-up to install pocket doors in our tiny condo apartment.

  • Reply NeilBMad December 5, 2008 at 12:27 am

    I love pocketdoors- We have a few in my parents house. My current place _used_ to have pocketdoors. Someone took them out thru the years. I’d get ahold of some reclaimed doors, but some of the space in the pockets now hold electrical wires and a thermostat.

  • Reply Jan December 26, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Those doors are great. It’s such a great concept and they look beautiful.

  • Reply James July 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm


    These look brilliant. Would you mind telling me where you got them from because we are renovating our own Victorian house at the moment and need some double pocket doors between our dining room and living room and i reckon these fit the bill!

    thanks v much,


    • Anna @ D16 July 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      They’re original to the house!

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