Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Knock, knock...

So I'm still sorting through the several hundred pictures I took while on vacation, but I thought I'd whet your appetites with some pictures of beautiful doors that I saw while traveling. While it's rather popular to photograph doorways right now, I've never been particularly drawn to them myself....that is, until I saw what is perhaps the most charming street in all of Dublin: Upper Merrion Street, nestled right in the heart of Dublin, and within steps of two lovely parks (Merrion Square Park and St. Stephen's Green).


These two photographs are just close-ups of the first picture. Note how lovely the round top transomes are with their intricate sashes. I particularly love that, while all of these doors share common architectural features (Ionic columns, round top transomes, elaborate sash work, solid paneled doors, etc.), they also manage to show-off the individuality of the owners.

A few shots of the doors across the street, which are equally charming. Which doorway is your favorite? I'm torn between the bright pink and the robin's egg blue myself. If you love this street as much as I do, you might consider staying at the swanky Merrion Hotel next time you're in Dublin. Fun Fact: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band stayed there last weekend while they were in town for their concert. We even saw their tour bus pull up to the hotel!

And finally, here are a few pictures of an absolutely stunning house (from street-level anyway) that I saw while in London. Not only is the location stellar (it's between Sloane Square and South Kensington), but it's also beautifully maintained.


I love how the gray door pops against the white stone walls. A few boxwoods [would that they could thrive in Houston!] and some gorgeous ironwork complete the picture. I wish I had been able to snap a picture of the entire house in one frame, but unfortunately traffic was so awful that evening that I couldn't take a picture from across the road without being completely blocked out by cars.

10 comments:

pk @ room remix said...

awesome! I would choose the pink and robins egg blue too. Love the pop of the pink but the robins egg blue is so pretty.

Liz said...

Love! My mom has a collection of Irish doorways that she photographed a number of years ago and I've always admired them. The ones you took are just as lovely. Looks like such a fabulous trip!

Things That Inspire said...

I have such a weakness for fanlights and sidelights, particularly when they are as beautiful as these. There is a square near the British Museum that is original Robert Adams, and has the most gorgeous doors. I did a post on fanlights a few years ago, and it has tons of images from London...one of the most inspirational cities in the world to me. Dublin looks pretty great too!

Kristina with a K said...

I love how every doorway is designed differently.
I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures :)

Maybe you might considering making a door way series for the new house?

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

The Tiffany Blue door's hardware has me at Hello!

Style Redux 2 said...

They are all quite elegant-beautiful hardware too.

Kellie Collis said...

So many fabulous doors!!! Which would you choose???

L @ JourneyChic said...

That robins egg blue door makes me swoon! This pics would look cool framed in a series in your new entryway!

Sarah Klassen said...

These are gorgeous! I love the last one - the gray is so calming, soothing, yet inviting. Love the elegance and crisp look - Thanks for sharing these~

Kara said...

I'm a fan of the blue door too but I gotta say that pink door is AWESOME! I would so do that right now if I didn't have a homeowners assc. to worry about.

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