I’ve been working away on my bathroom here on the third floor. I tried using some of the door hardware I had found in a box in the basement, and it just wasn’t coming out the way I’d wanted. Go figure, my random box of parts didn’t have what I needed. I ended up ordering an old Victorian doorknob and back plate on eBay — one that matches the rest of the hardware throughout my house — and I’m much happier with it. I did reuse the thumb turn lock that was there though because it was inconspicuous and it was fine.
Of course, there’s a difference between looking fine, and looking fiiine.
• Source: Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, lead designer Emily Knudsen Leland, photography by Lincoln Barbour
I’ve had the black door with a brass vacant/engaged lock above on my Pinterest ‘Bathroom’ board for a while now, and I keep coming back to it. While I am sticking with the hardware I have now on the third floor, the other two bathrooms are in need of locks. Opportunity for excellence! The more ornate styles are a better fit for my house, but I do love the sleek one.
VirginiaJune 24, 2016 at 6:32 pm
I adore these! The sleek one would still be fancy-feeling; you can get away with it. No need to go Full Victorian, IMO.
I’d love to have one of these for our guest/main floor bathroom which has a pocket door. But I can’t find anything this elegant for pocket doors. It’s a challenge, good pocket door hardware–I think we might have to commit an obscene amount of money for a Halliday Baillie pocket door lock AND a whole new door, because the amount that’s bored out for our cheap existing hardware is too much and it doesn’t latch properly. I hate the idea of guests feeling exposed, you know?
Jealous in advance of whatever solution you pick!
AshleyMJune 25, 2016 at 4:47 am
Those are so cool! I think any of them would be appropriate and interesting!
Courtney @ Foxwood ForestJune 25, 2016 at 11:01 am
That is such fun hardware!
JessiBeeJune 26, 2016 at 11:30 pm
Love these! Jessica Helgerson can really do no wrong…and I’m not biased just because I live in Portland or anything :)
joanna // jojotasticJune 27, 2016 at 2:37 pm
omg i LOVE these! maybe my bathroom needs one… so cute.
KribssJune 27, 2016 at 7:07 pm
I’ve been wanting that same lock for some time now too! Found a local store who can order it for me but not sure I want to spend the money for a house thats not our permanent house.
AlanaJune 28, 2016 at 11:45 am
I think this is such a fun, whimsical touch. As an aside, the close up of the doors show the company you hired did a gorgeous job!
AlanaJune 28, 2016 at 11:48 am
Oh wait…it’s a pin and I’m daft. :) Still really pretty!
Preciously MeJune 28, 2016 at 3:35 pm
I love those locks!!! I just painted the bathroom door and I was looking for a new lock in brass colour but never thought of those ones with “engaged/vacant”. I love them <3
Thanks for sharing!!! I am going to buy one right now :)
ChristaJune 30, 2016 at 9:22 am
These are so cool. I’m especially digging the black door.
AmyJune 30, 2016 at 8:32 pm
Sarah WillshawFebruary 28, 2017 at 5:47 am
Hi There, Thanks for including our Brass vacant engaged lock. Its an all time best seller and made in an British foundry the old fashioned way!
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Jay WheatleyOctober 10, 2017 at 2:35 pm
I love these. But what if a child gets stuck inside? Is there a way to unlock/open from the outside?
Making it LovelyOctober 10, 2017 at 2:38 pm
Good point! Yes, each of these can be opened from the outside with a flathead screwdriver to turn the center portion.
JenMarch 19, 2018 at 7:54 am
Can you please share the paint color on the door.
Fawn RIzzoFebruary 8, 2019 at 4:40 pm
I’m looking for something like this for a pocket door…..have you ever come seen one?
TomJune 15, 2020 at 10:06 pm
Where did you get that door handle shown just below the vacant/engaged lock? It fits our bathroom trim perfectly!