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Sexy Doors As you can see from my logo, I love castles. In terms of a design element, I am particularly fond of a castle’s massive, statementmaking wooden doors. My goal was to transfer this to an urban setting using sleek, contemporary lines and an unexpected horizontal white-oak veneer rift. Instead of the grain running vertically as in most interior doors, a horizontal grain veneer door lends visual interest and is extremely eye-catching. Meanwhile, an eight-foot-tall door adds an extra layer of drama and elegance. I really wanted to create that “wow” factor, so I used these doors throughout the four-story house. The results are stunning and really give the home a rich appearance.

“When I first showed these doors to my client, she called me crazy! I think that the doors of a house can be much more than simply a way of obtaining privacy. With creativity and good taste you can use them as a strong design element or even a work of art. Now my client says, ‘I hate to agree with a crazy person.’ ” —Joe Bertola, CEO/Founder

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