Monday, February 22, 2010

Just Your Every Day Front Door.....NOT

In an effort to brighten up my offerings with a picture or two I have gone into my disorganized files to see what I could find and, sadly, I have not been able to find any of the smashing photos I was looking for, so I finally settled on these two which you must admit are
not your every day photos.
In fact, I defy you to come up
with another blog displaying pics
of a front door.   Oh, hell...I guess there very well may be one somewhere.  But not like mine!!
This happens to be what I consider one of my greatest design     achievements.  I have mentioned in an earlier blog my inability to conquer my character flaw of                  Packratting.This is a prime example of same along with a demonstration of what can be achieved by putting  together a bunch of disparate collectibles and salvaged items into a unique production.   By the way, I am totally at a loss to control the placement of the type in this effort........I do not know where my next word will fall and it is extremely disconcerting so forgive me if I end up with a page that is an utter horror.                                                                

Anyway, the story that goes with these illustrations is that when I was having a bit of remodelling done on my beloved house I decided that I wanted a front door that I could see out of rather than just a lovely slab of wood.  That the balance of the wall in which the door was set consisted mostly of glass was beside the point.
I started  to cast my mind over items that were living in my garage just waiting to be resurrected into some thing of beauty and remembered a set of wooden shutters that I had built to close off a door to my living room  in  an old apartment.  When I dragged them out and dusted them off I found that parts of them     would  do wonderfully well but there was not enough to make a complete door so I did what any red-blooded  packrat would do....I went to Ebay and found a few wonderful wrought  iron items to complement my fragments and came up with what you see above.   I have rarely been so happy with one of my revamped creations and folks have been known to come from blocks around to view my magnificent effort.    

Of course things like this are what make it all the more difficult to give up packratting....just one success can set you back months or years in your efforts to break a                                                                                bad  habit.   Sigh.                                                              .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


  1. LOVE your door! Just beautiful, and proof that packratting does have its advantages! OX

  2. I miss being able to knock on that door whenever I wanted :( (For anyone reading this - it's because I moved - not because Lois banned me from dropping by or anything).

  3. Sort of 'Sunburst' Art Deco meets late Victorian isn't it? (ONE day I will visit NY and visit all your wonderful Deco buildings!) Anyway, think it's wonderful - even tho' it must be an 'open invitation' to burglars!(Would be alright in Orkney tho' - hardly anyone locks up their houses!)Did you construct it yourself incidentally - or just design it?

  4. Thanks Saranne........score 1 for packratting.

  5. Ah, Lonni, I miss you too!!! And thanks for the post!!

  6. Willie,'s non-burglar proof door is somewhat protected by being within a little front courtyard which has a 5 ft. high block wall and an locking iron gate. I chose to take whatever risk there may be in order to have the pleasure of my door.
    And no, I did not construct it this time, just designed it.....if I had built it the big bad wolf might have been able to huff and puff and blow it design skills outperform my carpentry, I must admit.

  7. Yes, thought it might have been something like that - Spanish style then? In old Andalucia a boy courted a girl outside, with the grilled gate between them (no doubt father on the inside, loading his shotgun, in case the lad 'went too far'!)These days I'm always a bit cautious about assuming women are unable to perform heavy manual tasks, and never fail to be amazed just WHAT you can do!Anyway, congratulations on designing such a wonderful piece.