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Aug022008

Hello, the house!

Remember the greeting from Out of Africa? “Hello, the house!” More jaunty than “Anybody home?” and way more cosmopolitan than my own “Yoohoo!”  For my very first post, an appropriate start is the home’s entryway — the front door and foyer. Growing up in the South, the custom was to reserve the front door for complete strangers. If the bell rang, it was surely a door-to-door salesman. All others arrived at the back door where, in my childhood home, you stepped right into the kitchen and laundry area — often over folded clothes and bags of groceries. Maybe that’s why I love a front entryway. It doesn’t have to be formal. And it’s all the more welcoming if it broadcasts the personality of it’s residents. Here are some interesting door, foyers, entries, and some fabulous welcome mats that I hope will inspire you. So, hello and welcome to eye spy. And “Hello, the house!”



LEFT, smenzel/flickr; CENTER, bluemoose/flickr; RIGHT, Miles Redd

 

  LEFT, Betsy Burnham; BOTTOM, bodron + fruit; RIGHT, Miles Redd

 

 

  LEFT, Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors Inc.BOTTOM, Jan Showers & AssociatesRIGHT, Jed Johnson Associates, Inc.


 

LEFT, Tom Scheerer IncorporatedBOTTOM, Jay JeffersRIGHT, my apologies, source unknown



Take a look at this craigslist {Atlanta} find! It's a fabulous French screen door with the original lock and a mail slot. 


And here's another intriguing craigslist {Atlanta} post:  A handful of old, peeling paint barn doors. They could be repurposed as garden gates, cabinetry, or an interesting headboard. The dutch-style door at right is only $85! 





Sweet patterned door mats from Anthropologie



Sleek contemporary mats: rectangular mats from Chiasso; round coir mat from Ikea



Woven rubber and boot trays from Smith & Hawken

 


 

 

 The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.   FLORA WHITTEMORE

 

 

 



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