A few weeks ago, Assistant Decorating Editor Yvette, went on a well-deserved vacation to Central Europe. She spent two weeks traveling to the beautiful cities of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna. Upon her return, Yvette was kind enough to share with me some of her vacation photos. The pictures were great, and Yvette's artistic eye captured many features of the Central European cityscape. One album in particular grabbed my attention, an album devoted specifically to doors.
The first photo of this album was an aged wooden door, with an ornate detailing over the threshold. “You could just see the age and feel the history,” Yvette said. “I was drawn to the detail. We just don’t do that anymore. An artisan was probably commissioned to do the threshold work."
I was surprised to learn, that most of the door pictures she had taken were of residential buildings. The fact that these extraordinary doors were used in ordinary places, was something that mesmerized Yvette. “Here, in the U.S., for the most part, doors are pretty basic... The doors in the cities I visited were special in some way, whether it be the shape, color, or materials that were used.”
I’ve included the doors album below for you to look through and feel the same inspiration that Yvette did. Hopefully you too can draw inspiration and look for ways to incorporate the colors, lines, textures, and materials of the doors she saw in Europe, into your own home design. Whether it be for your front door or bedroom door, adding adornment and style to this decorating feature goes a long way.