Frequently Asked Questions

If you can’t find the answer to your question here, you can try the search box over on the right. If that still doesn’t help, leaving a comment with your question (or hitting me up on Twitter) is the fastest way to get a response from me. You can also email me at, but keep in mind that it may take me a while to reply to non-urgent emails.

General policies & stuff

What’s your policy on advertising and affiliate linking?

I accept a limited number of sidebar ads on Door Sixteen, primarily for independent small businesses and handmakers. I prefer to work directly with advertisers, and I am not under contract with any advertising network at this time.

As of July 28, I am experimenting with Sovrn ads. These are ads served by an outside company, and I have no control over the content. Your own internet activity is what determines which ads are served. These ads are very low-yield, but I’m hoping they will help to cover my rising hosting costs. If they become too much of a distraction from the content of my blog, I’ll take them off.

I do sometimes use affiliate links (generated by VigLink and RewardStyle) in my posts, which means that if a product is purchased through that link, I receive a small commission. Those links have no influence whatsoever on the content of my blog, and are only added when available after a post has been written.

I have a 100% transparency policy when it comes to my blog content—you never need to wonder if I am being compensated to write about something. If any content is sponsored or otherwise compensated, that fact will be made abundantly clear. Views expressed are my own opinion, and no one determines the content of my posts but me. I am very good at saying no.

If you’re interested in advertising on Door Sixteen, please visit my sponsorship page for more information.

Can I use your photos on my blog?

Sure, but please don’t take the entire entry. Just take a photo or two, credit them clearly (the credit line can read “photo by Anna Dorfman” or “photo from Door Sixteen,” or something along those lines), and link back directly to the specific post (permalink) you took them from.

To use a photo in print: You must contact me first. Chances are I’ll have no problem with it, but I need to know the context first. I am happy to provide higher-resolution, un-watermarked photos when appropriate. Keep in mind that I do not allow my photos to be used as visual reference for any product links that may be used to generate revenue.

Please do not crop, alter, add graphics/text to, or otherwise alter any of my photographs. If you have a special request or need a certain size photo, please contact me.

If I’ve shared a photograph that’s credited to someone else and you wish to repost it, please credit the original source/creator of the image and adhere to the creator’s terms of use. There is no need to credit me as well. The same goes for using Pinterest—please pin from the original source if it’s not my photograph! I am very good about providing credit information directly below any outside photos used on my blog. Use it.

Will you blog about my product?

Maybe! You are more than welcome to contact me about your shop/site/product, but please bear in mind that I probably won’t reply unless I’m going to feature you on the blog. I know that might sound kind of jerky, but it’s just me here, and I get a lot of emails. I promise promise promise that I read them ALL, though, and that I really do put a lot of thought into whether or not something will be a good fit for my blog.

Will you add my site to your blogroll?

I actually don’t have a public blogroll anymore. I’ve experimented with having “featured” links in the sidebar, but I worry that these kinds of things become popularity contests rather than ways to actually discover new blogs and interesting people. I think mentioning stuff I like contextually—like in blog posts—is a much better way for me to share links. This is just my personal preference.

Can I link to your blog on my site?

Of course! You can link to any site you want to. No need to ask permission!

Technical & design-related stuff

Who designed your blog?

Door Sixteen is currently using a modified version of the Florence theme from Solo Pine, and is running on the publishing platform. I use a paintbrush, ink, paper, scanner, Photoshop & Illustrator for image editing and graphics creation, and I do all of my coding with Coda.

I’ve been a loyal Dreamhost customer since 1998. If you need a hosting company, you can get 20% off at Dreamhost with the code DOORSIXTEEN.

Will you design my blog?

Maybe! I don’t do a whole lot web design work these days, but from time to time…I make the time. I design exclusively for the WordPress platform. If you’re interested in hiring me, take a look at my portfolio and then get in touch. If we think we’d be a good match and I have some availability, maybe we can work together.

What kind of camera do you use?

As of September 2011, I use a Leica D-Lux 5. Most earlier photos were taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5. I’m not a photographer and I don’t have much technical knowledge when it comes to taking pictures, so I prefer a small point & shoot with easily configurable options.

A number of photos (primarily the square ones!) were taken with an iPhone and processed with VSCO.

What’s that font?

I own (and use) a lot of fonts. A large part of my job is researching fonts. I love fonts. I’m a font nerd. That said, I don’t really like to do font research for other people. I’m not trying to keep secrets or be a jerk or anything, but please understand if I don’t provide lists of font names. If you’d like to do your own font research, MyFonts is GREAT starting point.

The post titles and headlines on Door Sixteen are set in Brandon Grotesque, designed by Hannes von Döhren. I also use Brandon Grotesque for text on many of my photos. The body copy is Lato, designed by Łukasz Dziedzic.

How do I become a book cover designer?

Short answer: I have no idea.
Slightly longer answer: I’m probably not the best person to ask for career advice, but I did do a Q&A about my job a few years ago that you may find helpful.
» Part One: How I Got Into It.
» Part Two: How It Works.

Can you review my portfolio and/or give me career advice?

No, I’m sorry. Trust me, you don’t want my input anyway!

House stuff

What paint colors did you use in your house?

Other than where noted, all of the paint was from Benjamin Moore.
» Moonlight White (matte): all white walls/ceilings
» Simply White (satin): white trim/woodwork throughout house
» Soot (matte): black walls in living room and bedroom
» Toucan Black (satin): black doors and stair treads
» Valspar’s Filtered Shade (matte): light gray kitchen walls
» Lacey Pearl (matte): palest gray walls in guest bedroom
» Olympic Knight’s Armor (eggshell): black ceiling in downstairs bathroom
» Black Beauty (satin): exterior black trim

What paint colors did you use in your apartments?

Cobble Hill (all paint from Benjamin Moore):
» Moonlight White (matte): all white walls
» Deep Space (matte): all dark gray walls

Washington Heights (all paint from Benjamin Moore):
» Simply White (satin): white trim/woodwork throughout apartment
» Simply White (matte): all white walls
» Soot (matte): black walls in closet “office” and kitchen

The apartment in DUMBO and the current one in in Downtown Brooklyn were already painted white when we moved in. I have no idea what shade was used.

Do you like your IKEA Karlstad sofa?

Yes, very much! We’ve had it since December 2008, and so far it’s held up really well. We even bought a second one in loveseat size for the apartment! I love that the covers are removable, washable, and replaceable. It’s comfy, too. I have no complaints!

How do you know how to do all this house stuff?

The internet. If I don’t know how to do something, I Google it. Trial and error helps, too. We bought this house with zero knowledge of construction or any type of home improvement beyond painting (and we weren’t even doing that right). If we can do it, so can you. Really!

Wait, I’m confused. Where do you live?

From March 2006 until September 2015, we owned a house in the City of Newburgh. Newburgh is about 60 miles north of New York City, on the west bank of the Hudson River. During that time, we also rented a series of apartments in Manhattan and Brooklyn (DUMBO and Cobble Hill).

We currently live in a rental apartment in Downtown Brooklyn.

Other stuff

What kind of dogs are Fritz and Bruno?

Fritz is a long-haired Chihuahua, and Bruno is a long-haired Chihuahua/Bichon Frisé mix. In August 2011, I did an interview about them for Dog Milk. If you ever wanted to know more about Fritz and Bruno, there you go!

Where do you get your hair cut?

I go to Danielle Peters at Fox & Jane in Brooklyn. She does my color, too! I wholeheartedly recommend her. If you go, tell Danielle I sent you!

How can I get more people to read my blog?

The best advice I can give you is to be yourself. Don’t worry about what you think a blog is supposed to be like, just focus on getting out the stuff that you think is interesting. If you like it, chances are there’s someone else who does, too. Aim for quality of content over quantity of posts. Don’t apologize for liking a trend. Don’t lift content from other blogs. Include your own photographs. Let your readers have a little window into your life, not just a bunch of product photos. Make it personal.