Bringing a Vision to Life- Custom Wrought Iron Door with Hand Crafted Bronze Medallion

A door doesn’t have to be just a door.  Your entryway is the eye to your home, and it can be used to express your own unique personal style and can also be utilized as a functional work of art.  We take pride in our ability to hear a customer’s vision for their entryway and utilize our resources and talents to bring that vision to reality.   Recently, a customer came to us with a specific idea for her front door.  She was inspired by a bronze compass rose that she saw at the Sea Pines Resort, and had the idea to incorporate that compass into her front door design.

Of course, we were thrilled with the opportunity to not only help her bring her vision to life, but also to work hand in hand with a talented artist.  Even though our customer lives in Florida we knew our DP70, Florida rated, 48″ by 120″ wrought iron doors would withstand Florida’s intense and unpredictable weather.  We adjusted the wrought iron scrolling design to compliment the compass and fleur de lis medallion, and our customer hired sculptor David Ponsler to recreate the compass rose out of bronze metal.  David is an incredible artist, and you can click here to see a YouTube video of him at work.  He handcrafted the medallion out of hammered bronze, and it came out perfect!

Image

 We hand forged the compass in place within the wrought iron scrolling on the door.

Image

 Once the compass was secure, it was time for the door to be painted and sealed.

Image

Image

Image

This is what the door looked like right before it was packaged up and shipped to the customer.  The glass will be shipped separately and will be installed when the door is installed on the home.  Watch our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ feeds for a completed picture of this door installed on our customer’s custom home.  We think the door came out fantastic!  What do you think?  Leave us a comment below and tell us what you would you incorporate into your design if you could create your own custom dream door!

Image

Valentine’s Day Wreath Ideas

There are so many ways to show your love to the ones who matter to you the most, and this Valentine’s Day why not include your front door in the flirty fun?

We enjoyed putting together this photo list of “love”ly Valentine’s Day door decor.  Hopefully something will spark your creative juices.  If so, you may want to follow the photo link to access the awesome DIY blog post.

Image, diy valentine's wreath

Image, DIY valentine's door decor

Image, DIY valentine's wreath

These next images don’t come with DIY tutorials, but all it takes is a bit of creativity, a dash of courage, and a trip to the craft store to bring these creations to life.

Image, Valentines Day wreath

Image, valentine's day door decoration

Image, valentines day wreath

Image

This next one is our favorite.  Wonder how we could make this for our showroom front door?

Image, valentines day banner, faith, hope and love, bible verse valentines day

For those of you who want the creativity without the effort, Etsy will come to your rescue!  There are many adorable and unique wreaths to choose from, but here are three of our favorites:

We especially love this one because it’s displayed over a wood door with beautiful Flemmish glass!

Image, valentine's wreath, flemmish glass

The bright pink and red of this fun loving wreath really pop against the dark stain of this leaded glass wood door.

Image, valentines day decor, etsy

This Valentine’s Day door decor would transition nicely from the holiday into spring!  Two birds- one stone.

Image, valentines day, spring wreath

We’d love to see how you used your front door to show your love this Valentine’s Day.  Share your creativity by taking a quick photo and post it to our FacebookTwitter, or Google+ page.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Doors by Design.  Have fun celebrating love!

Decorating Your Front Door for Halloween

It’s that time of year again!  Pumpkin spice lattes are back at our favorite coffee joints, fall scented candles fill our homes with the delightful smells of cinnamon and apples, and our children start counting down the days until they can don superhero and princess costumes, proudly walk their neighborhood, and fill up empty bags with candy.

But here in the South, Halloween isn’t just about trick or treating.  Neighborhoods, churches, and schools use this spooky holiday to come together and celebrate family, friends and fun.  It is not uncommon to drive through neighborhoods on Halloween night and see families sitting outside on lawn chairs, chatting and laughing with their neighbors and friends, while children play pretend superhero and fairy tale games nearby.

Considering this dynamic, it doesn’t come as a surprise to see entire communities with front doors elaborately decorated for the holiday, each door displaying an exciting Halloween theme.  The only thing better than a gorgeous front door, is a gorgeous front door dressed up for a holiday.  In celebration of the season, we thought it would be fun to put together a list of some of our favorite Halloween decorated entryways.

These homeowners dressed up their six lite single entry wood door with elaborate ornaments and decorations.  We think it has a bit of a Mardi Gras feel to it.

Image

It didn’t take much to jazz up this gorgeous custom wrought iron double entry door for the holiday.

Image

These homeowners kept it classy and oh so Edgar Allen Poe by decorating their French Acadian style wood door with ravens, skeletons and white pumpkins.

Image

We love the fun and playful side of the Halloween decor surrounding this solid wood single entryway.

Image

These Halloween fans are keeping it simple with a custom wreath and pumpkin topiaries, letting their gorgeous wood with iron front door do all the talking.

Image

Let’s end our list with a bang!  It must have taken some time for the family behind these leaded glass double entry wood doors to put together this Halloween masterpiece.  Look at all the intricate details!

Image

Did you decorate your front door for Halloween?  If so, we’d love to see it!  Snap a quick photo and post it to our Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ page, and show off your own unique door dress up style.

Latest Custom Wrought Iron Doors

We thought it would be fun to take a moment to show off some of our most recent iron doors.  We love working with our customers to come up with one of a kind entryways.  Each one is unique and beautiful and makes a statement about the homeowners individual style.

These homeowners chose an arch top for their double entry door.

Image

The two lanterns that flank this single iron door really compliment the geometric designs that the homeowners incorporated into their iron scroll work.

Image

Who said single entry doors can’t also be showstoppers?  These customers wanted to incorporate a more modern feel into their scroll work and we love how the finished product turned out.

Image

This iron door is a great compromise for people who would like an arch top door, but have a straight top frame.

Image

These homeowners wanted an iron door full of intricate wrought iron details, so we worked together with them to come up with this gorgeous entryway.

Image

These homeowners chose Flemish glass to serve as the backdrop for their wrought iron scroll work.

Image

This single entry door has a more contemporary feel with it’s straight lines crisscross pattern.  We think this door would also look great as a wine cellar door.

Image

These homeowners chose a matching arch top transom for their iron door, which is beautiful AND functional, as it serves to let more natural light into the entryway.

Image

And lastly, here is another magnificent arch top, double entry door.  Doors like this are sure to turn heads, and send your curb appeal rating sky high!

Image

To request a quote on any of the doors you see here please visit our website at www.doorsbydesign.net or give us a call at 251-767-0013.

Custom Wrought Iron Transom Install

Doors by Design recently installed this custom, wrought iron door in a beautiful new construction home.  Getting the door in was the easy part.  Here’s another inside look at the manpower it takes to get the heavy, iron transom in place.

Image

Doors installed!  That was the easy part.

Image

Time to rig up some scaffolding.

Image

It takes four men to haul the transom up the scaffolding and set it in place.

Image

And walla!  There are still steps that need to be completed before this installation is complete (glass, trim, seal) but the hardest part is done.

Image

It seems that the more complicated the install, the more beautiful the pay off, and this custom iron door was no exception.

Image

**Doors by Design sells custom wrought iron doors and wood doors.  We also have stock iron doors and stock wood doors available as a budget friendly option.  Contact us today and we’ll help you find the perfect entry door for your home!

Ten Unique Home Decor Uses for Salvaged or Vintage Doors

We love Pinterest!  Where else can you find so many cool ideas in one place? We also love old doors, so we started a board which displays some creative and eye catching ways you can incorporate old doors into your home decor or re-purpose them into something entirely new.  Here are a few ideas from our board titled Door Decor:

Image

This DIY door shelf tutorial is a winner! After giving the front of you house a “face lift” with a new entry door, use the old one to make this striking decor piece!

Image

Here’s another DIY door bookcase idea. This one would work great with old wood or glass panel doors.

Image

Might be our favorite “salvage door turned furniture” piece yet! Loving the color, the bench, the shelf… everything! What a genius way to turn vintage doors into functional “art” for your entryway!

Image

Add some chalkboard paint to a salvaged door, and create this unique and chic organizational decor!

Image

Here’s a new take on an old door. Introduce some character to your home by switching out an existing interior door with a vintage replacement.

Image

There is nothing better than a good DIY home decor tutorial, and this one sits at the top of our list. DIY couch out of old doors?? Yes, please.

Image

This combo of purple walls and vintage door headboards is a match made in design heaven.

door10

Use an old door to make a unique outdoor table.  Just slap some paint on your door, and pick up these cool table legs at Ikea!  Love the contrast of muted aqua and bold red!

door9

Hang some old shelves on a door and add some crown molding and paint and you have a charming hidden doorway!  Perfect for fun loving grandparents and helpless romantics.

Image

And last but not least, BHG has a fantastic DIY article about how to turn an old screen door into a pot rack holder! It’s absolutely adorable and can be done in a cinch!

Happy Designing!

**Doors by Design sells custom wrought iron doors and wood doors.  We also have stock iron doors and stock wood doors available as a budget friendly option.  Contact us today and we’ll help you find the perfect entry door for your home!

Functional Work of Art

Even wonder what it takes to install one of our massive, wrought iron doors?  How about two massive, wrought iron, doors with sidelights and a transom?  We snapped a few photos during a recent install so our customers could appreciate the sheer man- and machine!- power it takes to get these gorgeous entry doors installed properly.

Out with the old, and ready for the new!

Image

Our installer, Alex, preps the opening for the new door.

Image

If you think these doors are heavy, you would be right.  It takes three men to slide in the frame and sidelights.

Image

blogduring2

Time for the big guns!  The transom gets lifted into place with the help of a forklift.

blogduring3

blogtransom

blogtransom2

Next step is to put in the massive double doors.  (unfortunately we didn’t get a pic of that step.)  Then just a few more hours of man power and “wallah”!

blogafter

You may call it a front door, but we call it a functional work of art.  Contact us to start designing your own custom iron door today!