Monday, January 19, 2009

When a Door Closes….

I’ve been working on a large 28,000 square foot building with a local developer, helping him pick out all the finishes, cabinetry, doors, etc.  Hopefully I will have pictures to post of it’s progress for you soon.  It’s a beautiful Spanish styled building and the developer is really incorporating some beautiful choices into it.

In researching doors for the project, I’ve learned quite a bit than I knew before about fire ratings, accessibility and entryway aesthetics.  It’s been a wonderful learning experience.

I’ve come across some beautiful doors in my research (not all in the style that I was looking for) and I’d like to share some of them with you here…

Portera Door 1

Portera, an antique Spanish door company collects and restores old doors dating from the 15th to the 19th century.  How wonderful would this be as a gate into the front garden of a spanish styled home?

Portera Door 3

18th Century Double Door.   I thought this double door was unusual with it’s chain closure at the bottom and what seems to be clavos surrounding the frame.

Portera Door 5

16th Century Door (c. 1547).  Portera also does handpainted restoration.

From Old World Art, this Paris Designer door in an antique bronze finish with iron scrolls over the glacier glass is a style you see at many iron door companies. 

New Orleans style doors with black grills and palladian window atop.  With the brick facade, this makes for a very elegant entry.

Antique Double Entry Door Art-Noveau 1412J

This double wooden entry door looks like it has angel wings on it.  In the Art Noveau style, this piece came from Belgium and has gorgeous carved details.  From Amighini Architectural Inc.


Wrought Iron Double Door 2085

These iron doors, also from Amighini, look like they would be at home in New Orleans.  The scrolls in the ironwork almost look like musical symbols.

This antique oak Brussels embassy entry double door was painted blue, which features the carvings.

Provence Door from Indoors Inc.  I think this door is fantastic with it’s carvings.  The carvings cover the three panels, yet it is not overwhelming.


Art Nouveau door, also by Indoors Inc.  Not your typical ironwork, as it looks almost like ribbons and falls below the glass.

Well, tomorrow is the BIG day!   I wish Obama the BEST of luck in his new position.  Have a wonderful week everyone!


vicki archer said...

Fabulous doors - what a choice, xv.

Things That Inspire said...

I think great doors make a house so architecturally distinguished. And, bad doors really pull down the look and feel of the house.

They are lucky to have you - this project is going to have great doors!

alice said...

While all the doors are quite stunning, those blue ones really caught my eye!
I'd love to see the doors you'll be using on your project!

Callie Grayson said...

wow, beautiful selection of doors!

Cote de Texas said...

can't WAIT to see the project!!!!!!!!!!! wow!!!

thanks for the comment, but I didn't design that house - Des did! I don't want to take any credit - it was all her!!!

Jenifer said...

i just found your blog this morning and have been so grateful for it... i'm redecorating my girls' room and found a lot of great inspirational ideas... thanks!!

niartist said...

I AM SOOOOOO LOVING those doors in the second photo! I gotta take that picture for my dream house portfolio! :) Happy Friday!