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My Trip to Paris: Part 2

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While walking through the streets of the Left Bank, I was blown away by the craftsmanship that is dedicated to front doors. Materials, colors, shapes, and ornamentation are all taken into serious consideration. Here are some of my favorites.

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The polished brass of this extravagant door knocker is particularly dramatic on a black door.

1 The polished brass of this extravagant door knocker is particularly dramatic on a black door.

I love the bold geometric pattern of this door and can imagine it as a beautiful shape for a mirror frame.

2 I love the bold geometric pattern of this door and can imagine it as a beautiful shape for a mirror frame.

Only in Paris could you find a door so heavily embellished and painted the chicest color in the world.

3 Only in Paris could you find a door so heavily embellished and painted the chicest color in the world.

Another fantastic door knocker. The bronze and Prussian blue are a great combination.

4 Another fantastic door knocker. The bronze and Prussian blue are a great combination.

The iron work in Paris never dissapoints.

5 The iron work in Paris never dissapoints.

Every time I go to Paris I go back to visit this doorway. I love how the hollyhocks are rendered so life-like in the wrought iron.

6 Every time I go to Paris I go back to visit this doorway. I love how the hollyhocks are rendered so life-like in the wrought iron.

A closeup of the hollyhocks.

7 A closeup of the hollyhocks.

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Comments (3)

  • Hi Kevin,
    I had a look at this blog yesterday and admired those painted on red curtains in the window. Really cool and the same for the elegant doors in this blog. They're pretty fancy alright and they put our doors down here in South Florida to shame. We might paint them a bright color but I rarely see any embellishments, including on my own door. Anything has to be attached with glue because most of our doors are metal to withstand hurricanes. I wondered if anyone was curious about you taking pictures of their doors. lol I take pictures of neighbors landscapes once in awhile which isn't easy while I'm driving by! Trish

  • Dang Kevin no wonder people love Paris. I can't get out of my beloved Italy but you've inspired me to reconsider. Unbelievable artwork in so many forms and on so many occasions. I have often claimed I have no design sensibility but I may have turned the corner. The wrought iron hollyhocks are magnificent. I grow many varieties in the perennial border but their whimsy and cottage appeal may find expression elsewhere.

  • Amazing and beautiful

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