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Doorways

I was looking through Pinterest and came across this beautiful photo of an open doorway and the view beyond:

Doors and doorways are intriguing. A closed door symbolises much more than a slam-in-your-face kind of “No”; on a positive note, it holds the promise of better things, riches and wonders, new adventures. Doorways, with or without doors, tease us with tantalising glimpses of what lies beyond, if we only dare to cross the threshold.

(All images sourced from Pinterest)

Doorways invite us to step out, and metaphorically speaking, they invite us to step out of our comfort zone. To take that one small step that may turn into the greatest adventure you’ve ever known.

Doorways can be so inviting and alluring. Will you dally awhile where you are, admiring the vista ahead of you…or will you step over the threshold?

What wonders await you beyond this doorway? (This one is of Tintagel in England, the fabled birthplace of King Arthur. I’ve actually been to this very place, and it is every bit as magical as you see it). 

The view from a window can be equally awesome…but windows (unless they’re full-length French windows) are small and obscured by the wall they’re built into, which acts like a mental barrier curbing the imagination. Doorways lack that kind of inhibition.

Looking at all these doors and doorways, I can’t help but wonder if that which you are seeking is out there, seeking you in return? What is the view like from the other side, I wonder? 

Would you look back? 

I ❤ Doors

There’s something about doors that I like, and there’s also something about doors that wear their hearts of their sleeves. I mean that quite literally. The people behind those doors must either really love their doors, or really love the idea of Love itself, to adorn them with hearts.

Hearts are a universal symbol of love, and to me, a heart on a front door is symbolic of a person saying “Knock on my door, and I will open my heart to you”. SIGH, the Romantic in me. I love metaphors too, can you tell? 😉

I looked on Pinterest and found these doors with hearts on them. Some are set in glass, some are painted on, some are moulded, some are carved into the wood of the door itself. Some are small and discreet, some are flamboyant…pretty similar to how human beings express our feelings for each other – some like to shout their Love from the rooftops so the whole world can hear, while others prefer to whisper it in their loved one’s ear, or express it in Art, Music, Theatre. Some are just simple, and uncomplicated, and those are my favourite kind. Oooh, the metaphors!

What you’ll notice about these doors is the permanence of these symbols of love. It took an intent to commit, in painting, setting in or carving those hearts. Whoever put them there intended for them to stay. It’s different from hanging a heart-shaped wreath or ornament from a nail driven into the door, where they can be removed at a fickle moment’s notice.

Love is Forever, not seasonal.

If you’re interested in further details about any of the doors you see here, go to my Pinterest board “Doors”, click on the image you want, and be whisked off to the originating website. It’s like a two-dimensional Tardis, really.

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Doors : Art Nouveau

I’ve always, for as long as I can remember, loved the whole Art Nouveau scene. Maybe my soul belongs to that era, who knows? Maybe it’s the fabulous curves, curlicues and organic squiggles. Maybe it’s the whole romantic notion of an era where everything was exciting, on the cusp of becoming something bigger and better, of a period bursting with promise. Maybe it’s the sculptural wrought iron, or the gorgeous stained glass. Or maybe it’s just me?

Have a look at some of my favourite Art Nouveau doors, curated from my Pinterest board of the same name. Can you feel a sense of allure, mystery and adventure beckoning from behind these doors?

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Doors : OLD

Old doors are intriguing. What have they seen? Which famous historical figures passed through them in the olden days? What do the scratches, marks and scores on them mean? When did someone patch them up? How many layers of paint do they have, peeling off in places to reveal a myriad of colours and provenance behind them?

What secrets do they hold?

Aldous Huxley mentioned doors in this quote, which I found on this site, and I think old doors hold true as “doors of perception”:

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Here are some of my favourite old doors, curated from Pinterest. Yes, I have a great fondness for grunge, texture and the rich patinas that come only with age.

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DOORS : Red

Red is the colour of assertiveness, luck and prosperity. Many Chinese like to paint their front doors red, to invite these qualities into their lives.

Red is also quite simply a wonderful, vibrant colour to have in one’s home. Some people like painting a feature wall red. Some like whole rooms in that colour, while others choose to use red as an accent colour.

Red is dramatic. Red is romantic. Red is hard to miss. Red certainly makes a statement.

Here are just some of my favourite red doors, that I’ve found on Pinterest and pinned to my board “Doors”. All credit and copyright belong to the various original photographers, that goes without saying.

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DOORS : Rainbow Colours

Here are some rather vibrant doors, to cheer up your day. If you’re already having a smashing day, good on you, and these images will only make you feel even happier.

If you already have a front/side/garden door as colourful as these folks, I’d like to shake your hand and say, “Well done!” Because your life is surely an interesting and brave one. And if you happen to actually be the owner of one of these doors below, I would absolutely Love to hear your story, and how you came about it.

If you happen to have a similar colourful door yourself, and would like me to include it in a future blog post on doors, please contact me! 😊

(Curated from Pinterest, and pinned to my own Pinterest board, “Doors”. You can find me there by searching under my name AlyZen Moonshadow).

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DOORS : Quirky

Here are some of my favourite quirky doors. Doors that defy categorisation. Doors that aren’t quite straight. Doors that were possibly commissioned based on the wild imagination of the owner, or of the artist. Doors that look like they belong in some fantasy film, and sometimes do. Doors that make a statement. Doors that make your imagination run wild wondering what lies behind them. Doors that intrigue. Doors that make you want to open them. Just a peek, pretty please?

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DOORS : BLUE

Okay, my favourite colour for a door is blue. That’s because I’m a Whovian. My dream would be to paint my front door to resemble the door of the Doctor’s Tardis. But alas, my front door has its knob rather unusually situated in the middle rather than on the side. Very 1960s, indeed.

But Pinterest, on the other hand, has tonnes of blue doors to tempt you. Here are just some of my favourites:

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DOORS : Prelude

I love doors. I’m not sure why, but doors hold a fascination for me. Maybe it’s the idea that doors are a portal to somewhere mysterious, that opening a door and stepping through a doorway are symbolic of changes in your life. Sci-Fi films tend to feature doors that stand alone in the middle of nowhere, and when you step through them, you disappear from one reality and reappear in another. I love that idea.

As a Doctor Who fan, I adore the idea of the Tardis. From the outside, it’s just a blue Police Box. But open the door and et voila! It really is (altogether now, boys and girls), bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

So, I’m starting a Series on Doors. Every now and then, you’ll see me post up images of doors that I’ve curated from Pinterest. I’ve decided to categorise my doors, so each time I post about doors, it will be about a specific aspect of those doors. I have started a Pinterest Board on Doors, simply titled errr…Doors. 😄

Today, feast your eyes on this little beauty. This door is so quirky it’s almost futuristic and worthy of a Doctor Who episode. Maybe Missy will pop out from within, with her demented Mary Poppins grin. I wish!

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Time for a selfie, perhaps? Missy with the Doctor.