GOING “DUTCH” IN CARMEL-BY-THE SEA
There is something so friendly and small-town about a half-open dutch door . I covet one in our little house and admire them all over town.
They were first used in the early 1700′s in the Netherlands as a clever way to let in fresh air and light, while keeping the livestock out of your living room.
The 1950′s saw a surge in popularity again as neighbors whose homes were only a few feet apart enjoyed chatting with each other over the open top door.
I put them right up there with “the front porch” as sure-fire ways to say “Welcome”.
The dutch door is not very practical in my native state of Kansas. There are maybe 20 days a year temperate enough to leave my door open. On those days I use the screen door. But what if there were almost NO BUGS. Wow- I could have a dutch door like these in Carmel.
And when I am walking around town, I am far more likely to enter a restaurant or shop with its open door than one closed up tight. I decide to take a walk around town and show you some doors.
The Little Swiss Cafe has its door open.
Tantalizing smells waft out and I can hear conversation and the friendly clank of silverware.
Aw Shucks is one of our favorite places to sit at the bar and have seafood and a drink. These patrons grin when I tell them to ” smile, you are being blogged”.
This door at the Cottage is closed today.
Inside , a small table sits in the doorway and is always occupied when the top half is open to the little pot garden.
I stroll by The Pilgrim’s Way bookstore. Incense and new age music drift out.
The open doors of the many art galleries always tempt me in to get a better look at a painting or sculpture.
B and G Jewelers is open. I think their door is one of the handsomest.
Not all door are open today. Porta Bella ,
The Tea Rose Collection
and A Great Place are not open yet.
Hugh Comstock ,of fairytale cottage fame, designed its door.