DOORS ARE THE GATEWAY TO BEAUTY

I am an Interior Designer.

I draw a great deal of inspiration from my travels.

 I truly believe travel has shaped the designer that I am today.

~ DOORS ~

THE GATEWAY TO BEAUTY

They are everywhere !

From a Chateau in France

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

To the Louvre in Paris

Musee du Louvre, Paris, France

I ADORE * ADORE * ADORE travel.

 I believe that when we realize how big and beautiful this world is that we live in….

Our big problems seem small.

Avignon, France

Our world is full of abundant beauty.

I draw inspiration from it as a Designer.

Walking the markets and back streets ~ Germany

I started blogging to share these inspirations

AND BEAUTIFUL THINGS HAVE HAPPENED…

Lyon, France

MANY DOORS HAVE OPENED

Like…

Kelly from Modern Earth Design came into my life.

She opened my eyes to Guest Blogging.  Gotta say, I love it !

Dijon, France

As I considered my guest blogging ideas….

I thought

I am like a kid in a candy store.

I have so many ideas to share that I could barely decide where to begin.

FREAK OUT !!! DOING THE HAPPY DANCE !!

Hand painted Door from Bali Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

One statement always stands out to me in life….

WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES

ANOTHER DOOR OPENS

We all have difficult moments in life.

Let us not forget that when that difficult door closes, one magnificent one may open.

THE DOORS WE OPEN AND CLOSE EACH DAY DECIDE THE LIFE WE LIVE ~ Flora Whittemore

Hand painted door from Bali Indonesia

Royal Beach Resort, Bali, Indonesia

Like life, there are so many beautiful elements to inspire and shape design…

Doors are the beginning of a new space.

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

An open door

A warm space, an open door, can set a welcoming mood.

A girlzzzzz road trip to Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte was one fantastic place to experience just that.

I travelled with a long time friend, and fellow designer….

{who likes to keep her fame wrapped under her wings}…

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

DOORS are an opening to a new journey.

~ Your first impression to almost any space ~

It means something.

That door you are walking through has deep meaning because it sets the tone for the rest of the space, the mood, the environment.

Your first impression to a home or space, is essential.

~ I believe we should pay attention ~

Beautiful terra cotta coloured walls and colourful door

Rousillon, France

They don’t have to be fancy.

Seriously, I mean that.

Most of the doors in my own home are reclaimed, recycled doors.

Character builders, I like to call them.

Or free.

That is another word that works :)

Reclaimed vintage wood door -repurposed for pool house

Reclaimed door on the pool house

I am all about re-using, recycling, vintage hunting, dumpster diving…

Whatever it takes.

Using a door in any creative way possible.

A small guest house made of wood

A “guest house” at Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, France

….Which is way more fun than buying a plastic door in a big box chain store.

Sorry big boxers.

Character should rule.

Mosaic Signage and Green doors ~ great combo ~ Lyon, France

In this next photo

I threw a kink in the wrench by using a street sign for my door pull.

Sorry folks who live on

EVERGREEN HILL RD

I have no idea where your street sign is.

AND

Thank you BIRD…who happened to fly into my photo for a guest cameo.

Wooden Screen door with street sign as hand pull

Our back door at our house :)

The doors shown here in our TREEHOUSE were reclaimed doors.

Repurposing doors is a funky thaaang to do.

Tree house created from eco friendly products and french doors

Our tree house with reclaimed french doors

I am not delusional. Delirious with door design excitement, but not delusional :)

There are some doors and entranceways that are worth a truck load of money…… bazmillions of dollars.

Those are the ones that we can draw our INSPIRATION from.

Concrete arches

Chateau Mirambeau, France

~ May you find beauty and inspiration from all around you ~

FOLLOW YOUR BLISS AND THE UNIVERSE WILL OPEN DOORS FOR YOU WHERE THERE WERE ONLY WALLS ~ Joseph Campbell

Lynne

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  1. ali says:

    saw your tweet this morning and loved these images – each one offering an entrance into …
    then remembered that Smith College has an exhibit on that you would probably relate to titled “The Eye is a Door” – thanks for sharing your eye with all of us :)
    Ali in Toronto, Together Academics

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  3. yuuko says:

    Yay your blog is showing up now on my blog list! I like the new name a lot and the page deisgn looks really nice! Congrats on your barn doors being featured :)Hugs,Rachel

  4. you have such an amazing eye for design. these door pictures are beautiful. It is so great late at night reading your blog. It warms my heart to see how beautifully you see the world through your eyes.

  5. Beth Dunn says:

    I’m obsessed with doors. It sets the tone!
    xoxo
    SC

  6. Sunshine says:

    Amazing! Thank you for this journey.

  7. What a wonderful way to travel the globe and see the beauty and variety of door decor. I am excited to read your blogs. Thanks so much!

  8. Lynne, Beautiful post. I remember fondly our great day in Paris at Pere Lachaise and you taking pictures of doors on the mausoleums. Would love to see that collection of pictures one day. XOXOXO

    • What a great day that was !! I have so many photographs and great memories of travel, that it may take a lifetime to blog about and share :)….and ohhh what fun it is to share. Thanks for sharing that day with me. It was fantastic. Lynne xx

  9. Lori Franks says:

    I also like taking pictures of doors….and windows. For me is it is the wonder and mystery of what is on the other side. Beautiful post!
    xo

  10. Shelley says:

    What a great post. My boyfriend and I have a thing for doors, as well. He has a collection of original art pieces (paintings, photos) all over his office for his patients to see. We always have conversations about how doors don’t exist in nature… that, yes, they protect. But don’t they also harm by enclosing us away from nature… getting distance from her, so we are more apt to hurt her. We are closed off from family, friends, neighbors, and what does that literal shutting do to our psychological selves. Have not figured out all the answers, just interesting to ask the questions.

  11. Love it! The look of a door can either draw you in or turn you away. Beautiful thoughts here

  12. Lynne,
    What a great guest post. I always take pictures of doors whenever I travel…. Glad to know I’m not alone!

  13. What a lovely post! You had me back in Paris, Italy, Thailand, Germany, and the list goes on! Everywhere I’ve traveled, I’ve marveled over doors. They really can be, both metaphorically and literally, a beautiful thing. Thank you for sharing your memories and bringing back mine. -Tyra

  14. This is incredible! It’s strange, but I have also always loved doors – the way they look and what they represent. Great photos!

  15. MEANMAGENTA says:

    Many thanks for sharing so many wonderful and inspiring posts! Keep up the excellent work! Hugs, Paola X

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