Column: Sliding into some home decorating


I am an avid follower of all things Costco, and I fell in love with a recent bit of information sent to members.

There, in much glory, was a lure inviting everyone to get their own “barn look.”

Turns out in the Zillow world, (real estate) for the perfecting the home types, the latest thing to be “in” is a sliding barn door.

The newsletter I receive from Costco gives hints about food purchases, the correct type of clothing to be purchased, tools.

I once informed people the place I would go to get a hammer would be Costco.

Costco was once called Price Club by people who got to know the big box store out on the west coast. The club was formed by someone named Price.

The idea is to visit, then get consumed by all the goods one could have.

The newsletter shows a picture of the proper barn door.

This one is light tan, “pre-finished,” with matte black hardware, track, handle and backer board.

It fits an opening 28 inches by 34 inches wide, and is 80.5 inches high.

Get out your yardsticks to measure.

The article tells you to “reinvent your space” and is headlined, “Sliding into home.”

The subhead says Canada’s Renin corporation brings “decorative barn doors indoors.”

Renin employees 200 people in Tupelo, Miss. There is also a plant in Brampton, Ontario.

It is said to be way out front in the “fast-moving interior design space.”

Credit is given to Joe Ruffo, Renin president.

A study of 60 keywords conducted by Zillow found that the words “barn doors” had the greatest impact on house sales.

Go figure.

Ruffo says the “barn door trend” presented a “perfect opportunity” for Renin. This company was in the forefront in developing mirrored sliding doors.

Renin markets a variety of doors, ranging from New Zealand pine to MDF (medium density fiberboard).

The one sold at Costco is a sandstone-gray-colored product “chosen to complement the whites, blacks and grays that characterize so much modern day décor.”

A certain group of people in this United States has figured out how to make money out of things people no longer want.

In Amish country, it is common for guys to go around and solicit farmers to see if they would like their barns torn down.

Many old style bank barns aren’t so serviceable anymore. If you’re a cattle man, you want a one level barn/shed.

Many farmers have acquiesced to the Amish folks saying they’ll tear down unwanted barns.

The Amish, of course, make money off this proposition.

A family I know visited me and the young man (my alarm clock because he goes by every day in his buggy) asked if they could tear down my barn.

I thanked him, but said no.

I like the old bank barns.

Some are built with such finesse that it would be a travesty to destroy them. They have huge timbers and some are constructed only with wooden pegs.

Old barn siding is coveted by some, because it is easy to take pieces and reconfigure those into something attractive.

Antique dealers easily make use of old barn siding, making rough tables or shelves.

I once viewed a decorator’s shop in Washington, D.C. which wanted someone to buy a step ladder. This, a common step ladder, yours for $60.

I like old things, to be sure. But I also like to preserve them.

My barn is a giant white relic, by some persons’ standards.

To me it is an old friend

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