Door furniture has been on my mind a lot recently. Despite still having the original front door to my early Edwardian flat, the poor thing has lost it's stained glass and ornate cast iron door furniture along the way. With it's brash lacquered B&Q letter box flap and white gloss finish (so impractical, I'm constantly washing it down) it doesn't quite cut the mustard. I'm looking to replace the stained glass but suspect it might cost the earth. Flats often suffer from a lifetime of botched DIY jobs and cheap materials thrown at them; the old "we won't be here forever" mentality. So far, I've tried hard not to tarnish my little flat with that brush, but there is always a budget. Friends look at me in horror when I mention that I'm considering spending money on a reclaimed letterbox flap. Although, everybody has a friend they can go to assuage their guilt when they have overindulged don't they? My friend Gideon granted permission on the basis that it would give me great pleasure to use that door every day. Of course, he would say that being an architect! However, what makes the decoration of a door so important? A high stock of Victorian and Edwardian terraced houses in the UK means the architecture has become a familiar design on the eye. A uniform look builders took from pattern books with slight variations on the theme. But a door colour is an opportunity to make a statement about the Master or Mistress of the house. A nod to the interior design which might lie within, not that you'll ever know nosy! Tht's the point though isn't it, we are all peeping Tom's trying to get a glimpse of each other's houses. A building skip and a pretty matt finish sage green door is the reassuring sign of gentrification a London buyer often needs when considering an "up and coming area". Of course it only takes one person to do it and often the whole street will start!
That bastion of good taste Farrow and Ball has even made a short film on the subject;
As spring is surely on it's way, a coat of Farrow and Ball with some lovely reclaimed door furniture might perk up my door a treat. So I have started looking around locally to see what my door would have originally been adorned with. I discovered it was not old brass as I had originally thought, but cast iron painted in gloss black for longevity. Having completed my research I now need to put in the leg work to find it all, will keep you posted ( boom boom!).
Look who I bumped into along the way...........
The light was just fading in Hampstead when I took this shot of a Georgian doorway..... utterly dreamy.