#AustinSuite Wish List: Interior Doors

It’s a new adventure today on The Design Edit and that new adventure is a sponsored article. Thanks so much to Metrie, makers of mouldings, trims, interior doors and other interior finishing products, for believing in this burgeoning blog and its companion digital channels and for being the first sponsorship partner. The Design Edit launched a few weeks ago and it’s still in start-up mode. I’m working on posts about the blog’s pillars: excellence, simplicity and value. So far I’ve written about value, and I hope you’ll come back for the other two. I’m also working on a press kit to include an editorial mission statement and partnership criteria. In the mean time I’m going with my gut. When Metrie contacted me I knew instantly it was a good fit for The Design Edit.

My first encounter with Metrie was in a meeting at House & Home when I was working with my former colleague Sarah Hartill on the annual trends issue. Sarah brought that opening image to the meeting. At the time I believe we were more interested in the ceiling mouldings, but I was going a bit bananas for those doors. Kevin and I had just moved into our condo, which I call #AustinSuite, and new interior doors were on my wish list. One of my takeaways from years of working on shoots with top designers is that interior finishings are a crucial element in their toolkit.  I Googled Metrie as soon as I was out of that meeting and learned that this space was created by Vancouver designer Sophie Burke. Ah, of course, no wonder I love it — big fan of her interiors. I pinned many Metrie images to my secret #AustinSuite board on Pinterest. 

Fast-forward a couple of years and new interior doors are still on my wish list. Above is what we have now — hollow core 6-panel doors with faux embossed wood grain and curvy brushed nickel lever handles ((((shudders)))). The combination is inoffensive (actually, no, the handles do offend me) but a style snoozefest. In another home a coat of paint would be the quick fix for these character-deprived doors — gloss black or matte charcoal would be just the ticket. But indroducing contrast is not the best for our space. I much prefer a serene seemless white envelope.

Speaking of which, here is the door style of my dreams. Do you know about A+B Kasha? They created this space and are my go-to source for Paris apartment design porn. They rehab old apartments around the City of Light, bringing back their former glory and then putting them up for sale. So. Dreamy. With this image in mind I did some more Metrie research. The company makes it easy for those of us who are not millwork experts to pull together a cohesive package of finishings for a whole home. Metre's Then & Now Finishing Collections groups complete wardrobes of trims, mouldings, accents and doors under style names, Fashion Forward, French Curves, Pretty Simple, True Craft and Very Square. What I find most appealing is that the groups reference traditional architecture styles but breathe fresh air into them with slight tweaks. My heros at A+B Kasha do that, and it's also how I like to decorate — a respect for the past and its best elements but not a  museum-perfect recreation.

After getting this article commission it didn't take me long to short-list my favourite interior doors. While, I’m still crushing on the Fashion Forward, it may have just a bit too much detail for our ‘80s-built suite. The Very Square and True Craft are strong contenders, but I have to vote Pretty Simple as the winner. It’s a solid wood door with just enough detail but, most importantly, not too much. 

In doing my research I also found some helpful comparison information on the different types of interior doors. 

Guide to 3 Interior Door Types

  1. Hollow­core: Made from a wood frame, plus a plywood or hardwood surface and filled with rigid cardboard (who knew??). The cardboard helps these doors keep there shape but does little to create a sound barrier. 
  2. Solid­core: These doors look and feel like solid wood, but come with a lower price tag. They are usually made from wood­-veneered plywood or molded composite material exterior surfaces. They are filled with wood­fiber, which provides better soundproofing than hollow core doors. Metrie offers an assortment of solid­core doors including Safe N Sound doors by Masonite 
  3. Solid wood: This type of door is the priciest, but also provides the best a natural sound barrier of the three types. They look and feel weighty and bring character and a sense of lasting quality. The Pretty Simple that I have my eye on is a solid wood door. Nice.

Next Decision: Hardware


It's now confirmed we are headed back to Paris this October (!!) so I might just swoop back into favourite store BHV to pick up a full set of one of these glorious styles for our new doors. I have been pining for these since seeing-photographing-and-not-buying them last October. 

If I chicken out on the hassle of packing door hardware in the carryon for the next legs of the journey to Antwerp and Amsterdam (I know, I am so excited I can't sleep), then I might just be content with these chic Halifax levers from budget-friendly Weiser lock. The contrast of the dark finish will really pop against white Pretty Simple doors and will also work well with all the hits of black on the salon wall surrounding our door.

Did I mention we are also considering continuing the salon wall right across the door? Another reason why solid wood doors are a key upgrade. Hmmmm. 

If interior finishings are on your decorating to do list, I hope you will visit the Metrie site. In particular I suggest you watch all the videos with the designers who created the inspiration spaces. The one featuring the work of Montreal duo Blazys & Gérard for the Very Square collection is also right up my alley. And of course the Metrie blog, The Finished Space, has more inspiration, info and photos of installed Metrie products in real homes, which is very helpful.