Thursday, April 2, 2009

Your door is the window to your home.

Pretty poetic, huh? Oh, I'm deep. I'm verrrry deep.

I find myself drawn to beautiful front doors more and more. While in Charleston, I snapped pretty doors quite often, though sometimes I held back, thinking, do I really need one more picture of a random, beautiful door?

Now that I'm home, I'm wondering about the beauties I left behind. Why didn't I just take the picture? Argh. What a silly thing to talk myself out of.

Anyway, here are some of the highlights:

That walnut colored wood has really been speaking to me lately. If you had told me this 10 or even 5 years ago, I would have spat in your face. Or, at a minimum, I would not have believed you. What does this shift in decor mean? Does it mean I'm trendy? Fickle?

I loved that the owner of this condo put his/her mark on the little front door area. True, they do not have a fetching overhang (what the heck is the proper term here? Help!) at their disposal, or the option of hanging a vintage-inspired lantern. But, they claim ownership by adding two beautiful topiaries. How welcoming! And how fun to say, "Come on over! You'll find us between the two topiaries."

OK, this front door was my very, very favorite. Clean, white paint. Copper roof on the overhang (Ack!). Slate blue front steps. Galvanized lamp and house number. Topiary. I even love the mail. I'll bet it's a letter from a daughter named Margaux, off learning Latin at boarding school.

Swoon. Here's a contrast to the last photo, but just as unique and welcoming and beautiful. Is it bad to covet your neighbor's door? Check out that house number - stenciled onto the transom window, reminiscent of a vintage classroom or lawyer's office. And those chunky corbels! And did you notice the rustic lantern hiding in the foliage?

This last option is very basic and unadorned, but I loved it, all the same. It's probably the combination of slate blue/taupey gray/white.With just a hit of black, for contrast. These are the colors of my life - at least for the time being. Who knows, it's probably just a matter of time before I'm hunting down Oak doors with yellow trim, or, brick red doors with marble columns. Stick around - you will not want to miss the drama.

Don't forget to stop by The Inspired Room today, where there will be all kinds of beautiful things to look at!


  1. i love the second photo...reminds me of london for some reason. this post also makes me yearn for spring so i can have some pretty foliage near my door :)

  2. Shannan you have a phenominal eye. these SC pics are excellent.

  3. uh oh! if my door is the window to my home.......i had better get a new door!!! or maybe a new wreath...

  4. I love doors too- the fourth door is so heaven.
    Thanks for sharing

  5. I fell in love with our house through the front door. It's a vintage door with an oval window. Lovely inspiring post!

  6. I love beautiful entries, too! Each door is so beautiful!

    Thanks for sharing these lovely photos!
    Debbykay at Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

  7. Imagine returning home after a busy day and being lucky enough to walk through one of those doors? What a beautiful post. It also brings to mind the amazing doors of Ireland. Thanks for sharing such gorgeous photos.

  8. Oh sheesh, now I really feel a need to re-paint my front door. Those are so inviting!

  9. There is nothing like a welcoming Front Door! Loveed your photos.

  10. Oh very lovely doors! :-) Sorry I am late in visiting, but I do appreciate your link here! Nothing as wonderful as a welcoming front door.