Designing Our French Inspired Kitchen and Bath: The Kohler Store

Greetings everyone!  Things have been progressing behind the scenes as we continue to design our French inspired home.  As you might have already noticed; we have been on a short break from blog posting. We have been working our way through some unforeseen design obstacles.  The bidding process has again resumed and we too will now pick up our blog postings right where we left off.

Today we want to share a few photographs from a recent trip to The Kohler Store in Glenview, Illinois just outside of Chicago.  For those of you interested in visiting, you can find the Kohler Store at:

The Kohler Store (Chicago Area Locations)
1180 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Glenview, IL 60025

For your added shopping pleasure, you can also visit the Abt showroom right next door!  See our trip to the Abt showroom, home to all appliances and electronics.

Back to The Kohler Store.....

Who is ready to take a loooonnnnngggg soak in this tub?  I think I could sit in this white porcelain Kohler beauty for the rest of the nigh…

Exterior French Doors: Which would you choose?

If you are like us, then you love a good French Door.  Over the years, we have collected nearly 100 photographs of some of the most gorgeous doors to use as inspiration.  Today's photographs show some of our favorites.

Not only are these French doors to die for, but so is the entire entry!  Love the glass detail and traditional French door hardware.  The transom above lets in so much light into this otherwise windowless space.  A great old world look in a new space.

This wooden door features an arch and glass.  It is surrounded by a beautiful stone entry, with a Napoleon arch to top it all off.  I would take this entry in a heartbeat.

This door is also found on the home above.  You can see that they continued with the same arched wood door theme.

I am really starting to like black doors and black trim.  There is something about it that looks so clean and upscale.  While this six panel door is not French, it does have a French look when you add the arched transom and black light fixture.  The black railings also help to frame it all in nicely.  We all have said the difference is in the details.  Well this entry features boxwoods above the entry, lots of great hardware on the door, spiral boxwoods (in pots of course), and window boxes.  I wish I could read what the little black sign says!

What an impressive entry!  These french doors trick the eye a little while saving a few bucks.  From a distance, the glass appears to be arched (a costly feature).  When you look close, you see that they are actually square framed doors with three quarter curved glass panes (less costly).  The design then carries over to the arched stone entry and second story arched window.  I love seeing those little round windows off to the side.

These French doors are simple and elegant.

Now this wood door just may appear at our front doorstep.  The arch is smooth and not too round.  The panels give it a high end elegant feel.  It features a small glass panel to allow visibility to your guests, while still providing privacy and security.  We currently have glass down the side of our entry door that extends to the floor.  Bad mistake if you have a King Charles Spaniel and  Lhasa Apso, unless you like barking of course.

When we planned for a large grand entry, this style was a possibility.  So much light is allowed into the space through the use of glass transoms.  We have since downsized the entry space because of the style of home we chose.  Still, anyone wanting a spacious entry would appreciate these doors.

We will share our final door options as we build our French inspired home.  Until then, we invite you to become a follower. There will be giveaways during the entire building process so join us now so you don't miss out on something great later!

The next post will feature photographs from the future building site!


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