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the door series: custom made screen doors in austin, tx

I love the idea of creating a front door with personality and pop — as you can see from all the ones feature in the door series thus far — but often the fun ends as soon as a screen door is installed. If you pick one up at Home Depot, it will do a great job adding a layer of weather-proofing, but it will do nothing to for your decor. The best you can hope for is one that blends in. That’s why these custom made screen doors featuring grill work from Austin designer Susan Wallace are so wonderful. Each one brings out the personality of the home and its owner in a way that says, come on in! For example, the one above is on a building that originally “freed” slave quarters and literally fronted the railyard.

I love the way this curved Tudor door plays against the brick.

And this gorgeous flower pattern is so warm and cheery. It works wonderfully with the yellow and orange color combo.

See more of Susan Wallace’s iron work on Houzz.com.

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the door series: a yellow burst on a classic brownstone

Walking around New York City, you see a lot of gorgeous doors on classic brownstones. Most are stained a gorgeous wood, and don’t so much as attract attention as blend in with the block. This lovely curved jolt of sunshine is on East 65th Street. The owners decided to break tradition and paint their opening a bold, primary yellow. The effect makes the surrounding brown stone appear slightly purple-hued, making me wonder if a Muppet maker or Spongebob’s creator lives within. Like the other doors in this series, this one scores points for putting its best hue forward. What do you think of this: Gaudy or delightful?

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A Craftsman Teal Dream

A Pop of Southwest Pink

Handsome in Hudson

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the door series: a craftsman teal dream

My file of amazing front doors is growing. I stumbled upon this beauty in the Apartment Therapy archives. It’s just one shot in an amazing house tour of Steve and Dana’s beautifully renovated craftsman house outside of Atlanta. (You must click through to see the rest!) What a wonderful idea — put a modern door on a classic house and give it a vivid hue. This one came from Crestview doors, which specializes in mod doors that belong on mid-century ranches. The color is the aptly named Tantalizing Teal by Sherwin Williams. What do you think: Would you put a modern door on your old house?

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Pop of Southwest Pink

Handsome in Hudson

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the door series: a pop of southwest pink

After last week’s decidedly handsome door, I decided to go a little girly today. This door, spotted on the Inside the Loop tumblr via Fabulous K, has completely filled my dreams. Sure, the exterior walls are stone gray, but vibrant fuchsia door topped with a chartreuse panel and a warm clay frame immediately tell us something creative is happening within. The cactus next door makes me think it might be in Santa Fe, or perhaps somewhere further afield like Mexico City or Old San Juan. I would love to see this color combo on a little suburban house like mine. I’m thinking gray siding, warm clay trim, with fuchsia shutters and door. Would I get kicked out of the neighborhood for being too wacky? I don’t care, I’m adding this one to file.

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the door series: handsome in hudson

I am obsessed with front doors. It is the place where a home’s personality is most projected outwards. My favorites are ones that are painted a bright color so they POP and let you know that something fun and quirky is within. This dandy door is in Hudson, New York, where we are lucky enough to hang out a weekend or two a month. Isn’t it perfection? The bright teal complements the gunmetal gray building color just right. The well tailored checked curtains are masculine and slightly retro. It’s also geniusly unsymmetrical: with a large potted plant to one side and a classic doormat on the left.

Have you seen a front door you love? Please let me know! We’ll do a series and show them off here.

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