Amazing Doors

~Doors of the World~

Doors fascinate many people. I am one of those people.

Do you ever strain to see the doors of buildings when traveling as a passenger in a car to some new place?

I especially love doors of character and you will find that most of these amazing images are of doors from countries far away where buildings are ancient or very old. Some will intrigue me, some I fall in love with and some will tease me, cause me to yearn for a tour of what lies beyond. What do they speak to you?

gray door

A weathered gray wooden door with detailed wrought iron accents. Looks a bit rustic in the Limestone building.

old door with stone bldg

This door is so interesting with the paper box/mail slot on it. The bright orange is eye catching for sure in this very old stone home. Notice the stain coming off the bottoms where the door has been kicked open repeatedly.

red doors

These red painted doors appear as though they were added at a later date than the building as the opening is arched and the doors are squared. They also don’t appear to match the building. Interesting though.

yellow doors

Wow, the vividness of the yellow paint combined with the green painted wrought iron window grilles make this entrance stand out from the limestone facade.

turquoise doors

Love the boldness that these paneled double doors were painted for a brick home front entrance, Really intrigues me and makes me want to see inside although there is no door knob. Wonder why that is…

carved lintel door

Another turquoise double door entrance however, notice how the doors themselves have been carved to fit into the carved stone lintel.

mystical doors

Amazing and mystical is how I would describe these doors. The old gnarly tree trunks add an eery touch to the medieval feel.

dble doors with greenery

These cream doors draw the eye and the ivy creeping over the exterior walls have been trimmed and shaped to follow the slight arch at the top of the door.

stunning interior doors

These are interior doors but I love gray and detailed paneled doors. They’re a little overly ornate for the general residence but stunning none the less!

These glossy black double front doors make a striking contrast with the white trim and brass kick plates and Fleur de Lis door knockers.

These glossy black double front doors make a striking contrast with the white trim, brass kick plates and Fleur de Lis door knockers.

Black interior doors

These interior doors make this entrance pop. Painted gloss black is the way to go and the handrail and newel post have been painted as well. I have done this very look in homes.

art nuveau door

A modern Art Nouveau Double Door with black trim is striking with the light from the interior shining through.

detailed wooden doors

I love the detail on this cared door frame and lintel. The brass knobs on the front also make a statement.

old purple doors

These purple and gold antique doors appear to be constructed from brass or some type of metal.

navy and gold doors

Another striking example of ornate front doors. the gold overlay is very elegant with the deep peacock blue beneath.

antique key hole

Couldn’t resist adding this beautiful antique keyhole hardware and key. I think hardware that is unique really make a wonderful personal statement for your home. Calls for another post dedicated to hardware for the door. Upcoming.

Thank you for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design. I’ve enjoyed sharing some beautiful images of both exterior and interior doors. Most of these photos have been sourced from Pinterest. You can see more here.

What’s a Blog Tour?

Blog Tour. Blog Tour London. What’s a BlogTour and why do you keep hearing about it? A Blog Tour is when a selected group of bloggers are invited to a sponsored tour of a certain place or  destination that is directly or closely related to the type of blog they write and the industry in which they work for the purpose of exposing these bloggers to products or experiences for press release. In this case (Blog Tour London), its design. Interior Design. Designers and Design Bloggers. Come along and see exactly what we did and what we took away from it. All the photos from my recent excursion to London via Modenus really make me smile, bringing back memories of wonderful experiences in international design, meeting fellow design bloggers and international designers and businesses that I am connected to via Social Media in real life.  I’ll be sharing many photos with you, to illustrate our escapades.

Let’s begin with post flight.  Along with two blogging companions that were on my transatlantic flight, we checked into the oh-so-chic CitizenM Hotel newly opened in London. My first impression:

CitizenM Lobby – Photo: Patti Johnson

CitizenM Hotel Street shot, Photo: CitizenM

The CitizenM Hotel is new on Lavington St. just having opened this past summer! The contemporary furnishing installations in the public spaces are from Vitra. My initial impression of  European furniture is that it is much smaller in scale than American furniture.

“Vitra is a furniture company dedicated to developing healthy, intelligent, inspiring and durable solutions for the office, the home and for public spaces.

Vitra’s products and concepts are developed in Switzerland by applying a diligent design process that brings together the company’s engineering excellence with the creative genius of leading international designers. It is our goal to create products with a high functional and aesthetic life expectancy.” ~

Example of CitizenM lobby. Photo: CitizenM

We then deposited our bags and checked out our rooms….and they even spelled my name right!

“IPad” type device controls temperature, lighting including mood lighting, (yes, you can select your mood), alarm, television etc. One tap turns off the lights once in the comfy bed. Photo: Patti Johnson

The technology in the United Kingdom is… a bit more progressive than in Ohio let’s say, but a few of us Americans became, let’s say a bit umm, perplexed on how to work it. That’s all I’m gonna say about that, and I didn’t slip it into my bag either. The beds were great and the hotel was very accommodating and I would recommend it for  international travelers. CitizenM is soon to open a location in NYC!

First on the agenda for #BlogTourLdn  for our arrival time was lunch at Berkeley Square at noon, courtesy of  the  The Lapada Art and Antiques Fair! After securing directions we  headed out to the tube or the London Underground. As you can see, we made it to “Chalk Farm” but oh my, that wasn’t even in the right direction! We asked directions again. And again.

London Bridge Underground

Doesn’t Mr. Goodwill Hunting look sophisticated with his leather brief?

After two hours and a few more rides on the tube, we found our way to Berkeley Square.  No time for sight-seeing, all we could think of was that a very lovely luncheon awaited us at the Lapada Art and Antiques Fair and by now we were determined to get there and EAT! Although we were extremely tardy, the staff cheerfully and very  graciously prepared for us  a wonderful meal of lamb and herbs. It was also here that we first met our fearless leaders Veronika Miller and Tim Bogan who arranged this wonderful tour with help from the lovely Erin Tye.  After much conversation and introductions, we enjoyed a delicious dessert and a cappuccino.

I also had the privilege of sitting next to Sarah Percy-Davis, the Chief Executive of Lapada who was extremely cordial and told me a bit about the show this year and the high volume of visitors and sales. With our appetites satisfied, we headed out to ooh and ahh over the show floor. The Lapada Art & Antiques Fair is the UK’s Largest Trade Association for Professional Art and Antiques Dealers. The fair’s primary sponsor is  1st Dibs  which according to their tagline: “THE WORLD’S LEADING ONLINE MARKETPLACE FOR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS ON EARTH” so that may give you an idea of what was there to feast your eyes upon.

One of the Art pieces on display at Lapada that I thought illustrated our visit quite well! Photo:Patti Johnson

A B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l antique SILVER display from a vendor at the Lapada Art & Antiques Fair. I adore silver! Photo: Patti Johnson

More exquisite antiques! Photo: Patti Johnson

Just an average view as we head out in our taxi toward the hotel. Photo: Patti Johnson

View from the car as we made our way back to the Hotel CitizenM to change and prepare for dinner.

Not a bad rear view!

Stay tuned for more from Chatti Patti about the events attended on Blog Tour London 2012! Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a question!

Thank you to our wonderful Blog Tour London 2012 Sponsors!