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Dress Your Door For Christmas

As the end of the year and festive season looms ahead of us, shops fill their aisles with an array of shiny, well-marketed Christmas products that we flock to buy in a frenzied rush. It’s easy to see how you could be cynical about the consumerist direction that the once religious holiday has taken. However, I’d implore you to think again…

When else in the year can you not only indulge in your own body weight of food and drink, you’re actively encouraged to do so?  When else do you get the joy of seeing such public displays of excitement?

December is a phenomenal month for door hunting. I love to wrap up in my knitted scarf and hat, head out to the streets and admire all the creative ways that people find to decorate their homes in time for Christmas.

The king of the festive door décor is the wreath, but you could go one step further by creating a garland to surround the door.   The best ones are home made, which means a perfect Sunday afternoon activity crafting away.  Choosing materials is where a real opportunity to get creative happens:

I’d recommend choosing materials that complement the colour of your door. Despite the old adage ‘red and green should never be seen’, I think a door adorned with leafy green looks beautiful against a crimson door.  If you want to go for the traditional approach, then use evergreen, incorporate some holly and even add a bit of colour with some Christmas baubles. For other brightly coloured doors, you could use twigs & pine cones and then use a white or silver spray paint to give a wintery effect to the finished piece.

A particular favourite I’ve seen involves digging into that jar of cork tops you’ve been saving for no real purpose. You can drill a hole through a few corks, sling a wire through the gap and make yourself a fun decoration to remember all those nights with only hazy remaining memories.

For kids, let them turn the front door into a giant snowman, reindeer, Santa or most recently a Minion. I think everybody derives happiness from a well put together door, but one made by children of their favourite character is extra special.

If arts and crafts just isn’t your thing, don’t let this get in the way – a door framed by tasteful fairy lights does a fantastic job of adding a smile to passerby’s faces and what better a gift can you give this year?

Until next time,

Jeyda – Chief Doork.

Creative Consultant, DOORCO

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Autumn Trends

What has felt like the longest, hottest Summer in memory is finally drawing to a close and with that comes the return of weather that I personally both understand and love. Gone are the days of being so sticky with sweat that I’ve resorted to furiously Googling the temperature at which it’s illegal to work (I was aghast to find there is no such law). Shorter, colder days mean several things for me – slower wake-ups, hiding in the cosiness of bed; hearty, filling dinners to be demolished with a glass of red; scented candles flickering away whilst settling into the sofa to ridicule the plotlines of new BBC dramas & of course, early evening door walks, kicking the crispy leaves with the boots I’ve probably worn for 3 years too many.  

I think Autumn is a perfect time for finding doors. The fading light means there’s a genuine time limit, forcing you to pick interesting routes if you want to see great doors. The brisk air also encourages you to keep up a quick pace whilst door-hunting and then you’re rewarded with a welcoming blast of heat when you unlock the front door, ready to review the snaps just taken.

Whilst out and about, I like to keep a keen eye out for any trends I’m spotting. This year, the colours that keep popping up over and over again are rich, full, sumptuous and warm shades ranging from crimson red to a deep purple. The colours remind me of bowls of potpourri, bolognese sauce and ripe cherries. Perhaps it’s Britain collectively pining to have Mary Berry back on our screens, but the plum & berry tones are everywhere.


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On doors, my advice is this – the burgundies, maroons, cordovans and oxblood shades are everywhere this Autumn. These tones look beautiful on a door, particularly with yellow-ish porch or street lighting. The shades sit comfortably between a bold red (a timeless classic) and an ultra-violet (2018’s Colour of the Year).

 

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So, whilst the nights are drawing in and we inevitably head towards the end of the year, take comfort in the homely qualities your door and its rich colour can provide.

Until next time,

Jeyda – Chief Doork.

Creative Consultant for DOORCO

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Unlocking Your Inner Doork

What do you like to do in your free time? A dreaded question for some. For others, it’s easy – they like to throw around a frisbee, belt out some tunes at the karaoke, ponder the cryptic round in a pub quiz, perhaps even go for a swim in a pool with questionable hygiene.

For me, it’s door hunting.

Just over a year ago, I was strolling down Earls Court Road and spotted a particularly beautiful looking door. As I often did, I whipped out my camera and took a quick snap. Now this door was a real humdinger and I thought to myself, ‘The world needs to see this’. So, I set up an Instagram account and shared my find. And that was that. Since then I’ve been frittering away my free time roaming the streets, capturing gems wherever I can and posting them online for the world to enjoy.

Why doors?
Well, there’s something fascinating about how such a simple shape that can take so many different forms. A door is something common to all people and yet the colours, sizes, textures, features and surrounding area all come together to something completely unique. When I look at a door, I think about the owner and try to piece together the world that they live in. A door is symbolic of crossing the threshold into someone’s life and I think of the exterior as a sneak peek into the person’s character.

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At this point, you might be thinking, ‘This girl is barmy’. Well, maybe. But I’m certainly not alone. There’s a whole army of door lovers out there who are revelling in the joy of seeing each other’s finds. Search online for common hashtags like #doortraits and #ihavethisthingwithdoors and you’ll find a whole host of fellow doorks.

What does the future look like for me?
When I started, I simply wanted to share dreamy doors. As I’ve continued, it’s become obvious that there are two particular types that I adoore the most: the vibrant, extroverted species & the ageing, peeling shabby chic specimens. These characterful doors add a bit of spice and excitement to a street, something extremely welcome as a distraction from the anonymity of modern architectural design.

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In January this year, I did a video interview with the BBC about my somewhat strange hobby. Perhaps due to it being a particularly slow news week, the ‘woman obsessed with doors’ ended up on the BBC’s homepage where Dan Sullivan, MD of DOORCO, watched it. He got in touch to see if I’d be interested in any kind of collaboration and, all of sudden, the proverbial door was opened…

 

 

Why DOORCO?

I met with DOORCO to discuss all kinds of creative ideas and I was immediately excited by the company’s plans for the future. DOORCO sell composite doors and they are looking to offer more creative, bespoke designs – maybe even give consumers the chance to design something more individual. This matches exactly what I’d love to see from doors in the future and I am delighted to have been assigned as their Creative Consultant.

Step one was pencilling in a visit to their factory in Macclesfield to check out where all the magic happens. I wasn’t sure what to expect and had in my mind the door vault scene from Monster’s Inc with furnishings flying all over. Although not entirely accurate, it was closer than you might think. Their warehouse is vast, with rows and rows of doors stacked all the way to the ceiling. Dan showed me the areas where people were using all kinds of complex-looking machinery to create the designs, colours and glass seen all over the country. Each station has different specialities and I was excited by all the possibilities.

 

After the tour, Dan asked my impressions of the factory, DOORCO and everyone I’d met. I informed him that as the first proper door person I’d met, he seemed much more normal than I expected. I travelled back home with ideas buzzing around my head that I can’t wait to share. However, for this month all those thoughts are remaining strictly under lock and key…

 

Until next time!

 

Jeyda, Chief Doork
Creative Consultant for DOORCO

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