Modern Home Connects with Nature Through Design

“From humble beginnings come great things.”

The original home on the site was nothing much to look at. The initial plan was to knock it down and start again. Why put time into renovating a small and simple home?

Fortunately, the architects at Connecticut-based firm Demetriades + Walker had the vision to expand this modest cabin in the rolling hills of Lakeville, Connecticut. The new design embraces the home’s lush setting while appealing to the owners’ modern design preferences.

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While the cabin possessed a solid foundation, it was severely lacking in personality. Rather than demolish the structure and start from scratch, as originally proposed by the developers, architects Elizabeth Demetriades and Patrick Walker suggested a renovation of the existing space.

The result took form in an additional floor containing a master suite, bathroom, and dressing room, as well as significant upgrades to the existing rooms on the first floor of the home. Years later, the new homeowners re-enlisted the Demetriades + Walker team to continue improvements on the home, including further expansion of the first floor and the addition of a nearby pool house.

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Reflecting and connecting with the home’s flourishing green surroundings remained a constant theme. Architects at Demetriades + Walker aimed to embrace and harmonize with this scenery through their design while still providing the owners with a sense of seclusion and privacy. A softly curved roof was incorporated to mirror the rolling hills that surround the home, while delicate edges and earth tones echo themes of organic modernism in the home’s design.

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“The clients were looking to take advantage of the location’s stunning views and bring the feel of the outdoors into the interior living spaces. The living room is a voluminous space where the outdoors can be enjoyed all seasons.”
— Elizabeth Demetriades

Floor-to-ceiling glass walls created with JELD-WEN® Siteline® wood windows were used throughout the home to feature panoramic views of the adjacent greenery and promote an open-air feel. Oversized windows were strategically placed to emphasize the idyllic natural views, while standard-size windows were used when possible to reduce costs.

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Clean lines and modern minimalism define the interior of the home, which makes use of natural wood, smooth stone, and soft neutrals. An occasional burst of color brings a sense of brightness and warmth to the décor.

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Contemporary art and statement décor pieces reflect the owners’ polished design sensibility.

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Architects selected low-maintenance and natural materials to harmonize with the landscape: native fieldstone, Western red cedar, and Galvalume® make up the home’s exterior.

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Clerestory windows maintain a sense of privacy while allowing an influx of natural light. Stone elements against cherry flooring create a unique juxtaposition and rich contrast. Piles of cut lumber act as a functional accessory consistent with the rest of the home’s natural aesthetic.

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A softly-lit outdoor sitting area that echoes the earthy neutrals of the home serves as an elegant and sophisticated space for entertaining and enjoying the scenery.

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Demetriades + Walker designed the exterior of the pool house to mirror the modernist form of the main house, with a curved roof and red-cedar siding.

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JELD-WEN sliding patio doors serve as a point of entry from the pool to the pool house. The black framing of the doors against the red-cedar siding of the exterior creates a compelling contrast while remaining consistent with the minimalist design seen throughout the home.

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Large JELD-WEN Siteline wood windows in the pool house allow guests to bask in the majestic views of the landscape.

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Coastal, light blue hues in the bedroom create a sense of calm that matches the serene ambiance of the pool house. The Murphy bed can be put up and hidden behind a sliding door, making the room an entertainment space.

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Both structures are surrounded by magnificent views of hills covered in dense forestry — a tranquil, humbling environment that the architects embraced with their complementary design.

Pretty in Black

Goth. Moody. Avant-garde. Early ’90s bachelor pad. When you first consider decorating with black, one or more of these words and phrases may come to mind. But let us offer a new one: Timeless. From obsidian and slate to charcoal and onyx, black trim and accents create an anchor for the eye in a bright white space. In contrast, a dark, inky space gives neutrals and metallics a beautiful backdrop against which they absolutely shine. Consider this your invitation to explore the endless style possibilities that decorating with black offers.


If you’re considering a makeover to introduce this versatile color into your décor, start with the surfaces around you — your walls. Don’t fret over choosing the wrong hue; brands like Sherwin-Williams offer apps that make visualizing your freshly painted space a … snap. Sherwin-Williams’ ColorSnap Visualizer is by far the most feature-heavy, offering a variety of pre-loaded room images to customize with any and every color in the Sherwin-Williams paint library. You can also upload your own photo.

We took the ColorSnap iPad app for a spin using Tricorn Black SW6258 — one of the brand’s top 50 paint colors. In the spa-worthy bath (top), we used the black on the room’s thick trim and molding, making the Moonmist SW9144 walls pop and maintaining the serenity of this soothing space. With its vaulted, shiplap-covered ceiling and dark polished wood floors, this modern farmhouse-style bedroom gets a Tricorn Black SW6258 accent wall, while the rest of the space is dressed in Ice Cube SW6252.


If pattern and texture are what you seek, you’ll be delighted to see what wallpaper has to offer. Thanks to modern designs, new materials, and easier application (really!), wallpaper is working harder than ever to infuse interiors with eye-catching style. From Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines, this large buffalo check becomes light as air in a watercolor rendering of a time-honored classic, creating a new and fresh pattern for any space. The wallpaper can even be removed easily.

A brilliant combination of color and pattern, Graham & Brown’s grasscloth wallpaper in Midnight brings instant depth to a space with a natural texture that you just have to touch. Plus, Graham & Brown’s wallpapers are all sustainably sourced.


Like paint, wallpaper can make just as big of an impact on one small wall as it does covering an entire room. From York Wallcoverings, the menswear-inspired “Olann” wallpaper creates a sleek, pared-down backdrop, while “Headline News” offers a fun collage of throwback newspaper ads and stories — perfect for any creative’s workspace.


An accent wall — or small space such as a powder room — is just the place for a little bling. York’s “Chandelier Damask” boasts a subtle sheen throughout its classic chandelier pattern, while the “Chevron” features metallic foil that adds dimension and shine to create a pattern that is welcome in any décor style.

By now you’re convinced that introducing black into your décor is a must, right? JELD-WEN windows and doors are also an ideal way to showcase your personal style. Start here with Custom™ Wood windows.

New Look: Exterior Door Trends for Every Style

As we head into fall, the changes all around us can inspire us to make changes around our home, too. A new front door, for example, can transform the entire look of a home. From elegant custom wood entries and bold paint colors to the latest ways to use decorative glass and windows, here are some of our favorite ways to update an entry.


Go Bold


The trend of bright, bold front doors is here to stay, and Modern Masters® front door paint guarantees an eye-catching welcome. The company created their color palette by utilizing the emotional color wheel and the latest in color and home design trends from around the world. Take advantage of the lovely fall weather with this project. If you’re repainting an existing door, keep in mind you’ll need to have that door open for a few hours, so start in the morning and enjoy the weather while you work. And if you’re planning to paint a replacement door, JELD-WEN Smooth-Pro Fiberglass doors arrive primed and ready to paint—with dozens of different designs to choose from.


The Look of Rich, Rustic Wood: From Fiberglass to Wood

Whether you have a quaint cottage, a contemporary condo, or a palatial Mediterranean-inspired estate, a beautiful wood entry door will never go out of style. Your selection of woodgrain, stain, glass, hardware, and more from a large variety of options can create an almost custom look that complements your architectural style. If you like the look of wood for your front door, you actually have a choice of material: wood or fiberglass.


Our IWP® Aurora® fiberglass doors are made by hand. Through a special process, they replicate the woodgrain of the species chosen; artisans then add knots and character marks to achieve an authentic appearance. Custom touches, like the iron speakeasy grille shown here, are also available. Aurora doors offer the rich beauty and warmth of wood with the durability and low maintenance of fiberglass.


For a contemporary entrance, our Architectural™ Collection is a premium line of fiberglass doors and matching fiberglass components—like the sidelites shown here— featuring an authentic woodgrain replication made possible by smart, modern technology. Each door begins by hand selecting the most beautiful pieces of wood to build a real wood door. A silicone casting then picks up the woodgrain, and with MasterGrain’s NVD technology, the finest details are transferred into a door mold, atom-by-atom. The result is a fiberglass door that replicates natural woodgrain characteristics and is virtually indistinguishable from real wood.



If wood is the best choice for you, make your decision based on the grain pattern, not the color. Each wood species has a different grain and accents and a unique appearance. A Custom™ Wood door is handmade. Our craftsmen touch every detail and spend weeks creating just one door. The four most popular woods used are oak, mahogany, knotty alder (shown here), and Douglas fir. After choosing the type of wood for your door, you can then select its color from a variety of stains.


Made from mahogany, these custom Craftsman doors each feature a trio of divided lites that complement the architectural style of the home. The rich stain accentuates the beauty of the woodgrain, upgrading this entryway from simple to stunning.


A grand home deserves an equally grand entrance, like these custom mahogany doors. The doors’ interlocking circles make a bold, graphic statement, while the dark stain stands out against the otherwise neutral home.


Pattern Meets Personality: Decorative Glass

Decorative glass creates an ornate entry. There are so many options from which to choose — texture, pattern, color, amount of transparency — to craft a distinct look for your door. You also have choices when it comes to the shape and placement of the glass within and around your door. (Think beyond squares and half circles.) You can opt for a door that’s mostly glass or choose a style that lets in only a hint of light.


After you choose your shape and layout, you have another decision to make: What kind of glass? Beveled glass creates a prism pattern when the sun hits. Textures such as a rippled or sanded effect give glass a dimensional look and reduce transparency (for increased privacy.) You can also add a tint to your glass. Many of our exterior doors are available with coordinating sidelites for a truly impactful presentation.


The design possibilities are endless with JELD-WEN® exterior doors. Start here to transform your entry.

Getting Organized in Style with Interior Doors: A Room-by-Room Guide

A place for everything and everything in its place, right?

From the kitchen pantry to the bedroom closet and every under-the-stairs storage nook in between, staying organized can be a battle, but thanks to a stylish selection of interior doors, we’ve got you covered.

Hallways & Staircases

We love old homes and all of their quirks, like this hallway with cleverly carved-out storage space. The Madison flat panel door offers simple, clean lines that let the home’s architectural details—like these arched passageways—take center stage, while keeping closet contents out of sight.

Available in 21 design styles that arrive primed and ready to paint, MODA® Collection interior doors are an ideal choice for updates of the DIY variety. The Craftsman-style door shown here complements its surroundings with clean lines and a contrasting hue. It’s also available as a ProCore® solid core door for noise reduction and increased durability in high-traffic areas such as hallways and stairway landings.

Create a new look for any space—including the cupboard under the stairs—with contemporary or classic style. Our Rockport™ interior door is offered with multiple configuration options and, like the rest of our molded interior doors, is available as a ProCore® solid core door. Its combination of style and durability will serve you for years to come.

Kitchen & Utility

DesignGlide™ soft-close barn door hardware transforms doors of any height into sliding barn doors. Available in a matte black or satin nickel finish, DesignGlide hardware is a versatile, DIY option for homeowners—no reframing or buying custom doors required. The soft-close technology keeps the door from slamming shut; instead, it closes just like your kitchen drawers—softly, quietly and smoothly. Shown here with an Authentic Wood 6-lite door, DesignGlide provides easy access to an adjacent pantry and prep area.

A bi-fold door is a space-saving finishing touch to a beautifully-organized kitchen! The Cambridge™ molded door boasts squared panels for a clean, classic look, while its ovolo sticking profile adds dimension. Its simplicity gives it versatility, making this a great choice for many home styles.

An elegant dining room deserves an equally eye-catching closet door. With router-carved panels and sticking profiles for detail and definition, each door in the TRIA™ Collection C-Series is built to order and arrives primed and ready to paint.

Inside this room, the Santa Fe™ two-panel molded interior door complements the laundry area’s chair rail and wainscoting. Outside this room, the ProCore® solid core door helps things sound calm and quiet no matter how hard your washer and dryer are working.

Bed & Bath

From the Studio™ Collection of interior doors, this pair of contemporary pocket doors disappear into the background, allowing this amazing spa-like retreat to shine and keep its sleek lines unobstructed and completely serene.

Bypass closet doors and put your favorite outfits within easy reach without obstructing storage space. From the TRIA™ Collection, these mirrored bypass doors are as aesthetically pleasing as they are functional.

Streamlined and modern, this MODA® Collection mirror-panel pocket door creates a seamless transition between spaces.

From bed and bath to kitchen and pantry, there’s a JELD-WEN® interior door ready to help you conceal and reveal the spaces that keep you organized.

The Front Door Overhang: Unsung Heroes of the Home Entry

A beautiful front door welcomes you home in style and makes a great first impression on your guests. Also important and far less discussed is the overhang directly above it. Overhangs not only complement your entry but also serve a number of important functions. The right front door overhang can instantly boost the curb appeal of your home and significantly prolong a front door’s life, making it essential for many homes.


Overhangs for Every Design Style


The obvious benefit of an overhang is the aesthetic upgrade it gives your home: Overhangs increase the sense of depth of an entrance as well as provide a heightened contrast. They work to emphasize the door as a focal point.


Front door overhangs come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles. Often they double as a large porch covering, which is especially fitting for modern farmhouse-style exteriors.


Another popular style of front door overhang mirrors the design of a gabled roof. Overhangs of this style can vary dramatically in size, from a small gable directly over the front door to a large extension of the actual roof.


Overhangs for contemporary homes can be simple in design: A straightforward horizontal slab overhead provides maximum protection in a minimalist fashion. These front door overhangs sometimes double as second-floor balconies for increased functionality.


Benefits of Front Door Overhangs

Besides looking great, overhangs offer plenty of practical benefits to homeowners. Repeated exposure to moisture can, over time, put a door or frame at risk for water saturation and damage the door’s finish. The right overhang significantly reduces the amount of water that comes into contact with the door, lessening any risk of damage.


Come summertime, an overhang can protect your front door and home from solar heat gain and uncomfortable temperatures by providing a solid source of shade. Steel doors in particular are susceptible to heat absorption and benefit greatly from the added protection. An overhang will also shield your door from harmful UV rays that can cause color fading, cracking and other damage, especially to wood doors.


Your family and friends will appreciate shelter from the elements while they wait to enter. An overhang above your front door gives a warm first impression to guests visiting your home.


What You Need in a Front Door Overhang

While a variety of styling options exists, there are some universal rules to keep in mind. Overhangs are absolutely necessary for maintaining Authentic Wood doors, and they are highly recommended for doors of any material, such as the woodgrain-replicated fiberglass doors of our Architectural™ Collection (shown above).


Correct measurements are crucial for ensuring the efficacy of an overhang. These measurements are dictated by the region’s climate and the direction the door faces. Doors with western and southern exposure usually face the harshest and most potentially damaging conditions, and thus require overhangs with the largest depth. With western exposure, the door receives direct sunlight during the hottest time of the day. With southern exposure, the door receives direct sunlight from sunrise to sunset.


The chart above provides formulas for determining the correct depth (D) of an overhang in comparison to the door’s height (H) based on climate and direction. For example, a north-facing door in a desert climate should have an overhang depth half the size of the door’s height; if the door is seven feet, the depth of the overhang should be at least 3-1/2 feet.


Front door overhangs add comfort, significantly extend the life of your door, lessen the amount of maintenance required over the years and, last but certainly not least, look great. Give your exterior door the care and protection it deserves with the proper overhang.

Discover our Architectural™ Collection premium fiberglass doors, featuring dozens of styles that work beautifully with front door overhangs.

From Contemporary to Traditional, Flat Panel Doors Match Any Design Style

The Shaker community, a spiritual group that reached its peak in the 19th century, emphasized the importance of simplicity and functionality in their everyday lives as well as their homes. Handmade Shaker doors became known for their flattened rail and stile construction, which echoes the values of utility, cleanliness and minimalism.

In recent years, flat panel Shaker-style doors have made a huge comeback. One of the great things about flat panel doors is that they have the ability to blend beautifully with any design style, from traditional to contemporary. They are also highly functional, and the absence of deep ridges makes them easy to maintain and clean.

Take a look at some of the endless styling possibilities for flat panel Shaker-style doors.


Madison®: Minimalist Contemporary Style

The clean, single-panel style of the Madison® door is perfect for achieving a polished, contemporary interior. Convert your Madison flat panel door into a barn door to lend a modern farmhouse feel to your space.


Monroe®: Understated Elegance

The two-panel Monroe® interior door beautifully complements both transitional and modern styles. The taller panel on top gives the illusion of a larger door, which brings a bold elegance to any space. A deep wood-look finish adds a sense of warmth.



Conmore®: Modern with a Twist of Craftsman

Five-panel doors were common during the Arts & Crafts movement, and they complement a Craftsman aesthetic. With its streamlined panels, the Conmore® offers a clean, modern version of this classic flat panel door style.  


Craftsman III™: Timeless & Traditional

Often seen in Mission or Craftsman style interiors, the classic three-panel Craftsman III™ design is a versatile door that seamlessly blends traditional style with contemporary sophistication.


Birkdale™: Classic Design & Modern Function

Our newest interior door style is the Birkdale™, which beautifully encompasses the simple elegance of Shaker-style furniture. Sleek, flat panels give a modern feel to this timeless door, making it a great choice for both modern and traditional interiors.  


No matter your design style, the versatility of Shaker-style doors offers a beautiful upgrade to any interior room. Picking a flat panel door that speaks to you is the first step toward creating a stylish interior that complements your home and inspires your guests. Discover the endless possibilities here.