Doors by Design’s Iron and Wood Doors

We sell beautiful, wrought iron doors, and custom and stock wood doors. This video displays a sampling from some of our most recent installs. Visit our website at http://www.doorsbydesign.net, and call/email for a free quote today!

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Home is where the Heart is

Valentine’s Day is swiftly sneaking up on the calendar which means it’s time to start thinking about creative ways to show your love to that special someone.  Why not use your front door as a palate to declare your love to the world?  We scoured the Internet and created this “love”ly collage of front door “love notes.”  No doubt that passers by these homes can feel the love spilling from inside.

Heart Entryway Red Heart Door Knocker Heart Painting on Door Wrought Iron Heart Door Hearts in the Walkway Alright, so maybe you can’t custom design a wrought iron door for your sweetie this Valentines day, but this super sweet bow and arrow wreath is not only adorable, but also incredibly easy to make!  Not a crafting guru?  Have no fear!  The bloggers at Tatertots and Jello spell it out simply with a step by step photo tutorial.

Bow and Arrow Wreath

“A house is made of wood and stone, but only love can make a home.”

Christmas Decor for the Front Door

Christmas time is finally here which means your front door will probably see more foot traffic in one weeks time than it has in the combined months before.  Whether you’ve had your entry way decorated for the last month, or you are a last minute Charlie now scrambling to decorate your home with festive decor, these photos will be sure to tickle your holiday fancy.

Cynthia Keenan from CK Designs posted this beautiful photo of her firetruck red leaded entry door.  We are particularly smitten with the topiary made from red rosettes, pine cones and cranberries.  

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The decor on this European style wood entry door would be perfect for the Parents/Grandparents of little ones, however this whimsical decor will appeal to the child in all of us.  This blogger from Texas passed on the traditional winter decor, and instead created her own inspired candy-land theme.  

ImageIt doesn’t take much to dress up your door for the season.  This blogger bedazzled her wood and wrought iron entryway with a wreath and garland, and then flanked it with two lit topiaries.  It’s beautiful, affordable and would take minimal time to complete.  

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Decorate Your Front Door for Thanksgiving

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to recycle your pumpkins into Thanksgiving seasonal decor.  We did some research and gathered together these photos to give you some inspiration for your own front door autumn decor. 

Decor Chick posted this cozy front door set up.  The colors really pop against the black and white, 6-panel entryway and the colorful doormat is almost too pretty to step on! 

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Wagons are a great way to display your fall pumpkins and other fall decor.  Check yard sales, antique stores and websites like Craigslist throughout the year to find a used one at a great price.  Stencil a message on your pumpkins for the added cute factor.

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This orange, red, and brown autumn decor color scheme is the perfect compliment for this beautiful craftsman style door.  Check out the fun fall toppers on the porch lights, and all the little details in the handmade topiaries.

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This front door is our favorite, not only because we love the way the colors pop off of the contemporary style blue and creme entryway, but also because in this blog article, the designer explains how she put together this entryway in less than 30 minutes!  

 

 

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Decorate with rich, warm tones to warm up the crisp cool days of fall.  It’s like drinking a pumpkin spice latte on a chilly winter day.  We love the way these golden chrysanthemums, and white pumpkins compliment this old world style door.  The swatch of fabric above the door puts the charm factor of this entryway “through the roof.”  (no pun intended..)

 

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Let us know how you decorated your front door. Post your front door pictures to our Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ pages and show off your creativity to fellow door decor fans!

 

 

Autumn 20-30% off Sale!

Doors by Design is celebrating the Autumn season with a sale on all our stock wood and showroom doors!  Click here to see a list of all the stock doors available and stop by our store to see available showroom doors.  Upgrade your front door now, just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas!  Call or email for a quote today!

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Interview with Bob Clark – The Past, Present, and Future of Doors by Design

I sat down with Bob Clark, the owner of Doors by Design in Daphne, AL, to chat a little about the history of the company, the evolution of the store’s product, and the company’s five year plan.

How many years have you been in business?

I started doing doors probably about 35 years ago.  I was doing remodeling back in the 70’s, but I didn’t start building doors until 2001.  Up until that point, most of my experience had been in remodeling: windows, doors, siding, decks, kitchens, baths, building additions, etc.  Eventually, I focused on just windows and doors and in 2001, my partners and myself opened our first door store called Doors by Design.

Where was/is the first store?

We opened our first store in Ridgeland, MS, right outside of Jackson, and it’s still there today.  In the beginning, we mainly imported doors from Brazil, but eventually we realized that there was also a market for custom doors, so we opened our mill shop in 2002 and started building custom doors.  Business was going well, and we had a solid product, so in 2003 we decided to branch out and we opened another store in Daphne, AL.

Tell us a little about your iron doors.

Soon after we opened the store in Daphne, one of my partners (my brother Lloyd) opened a third door store in Charlotte, North Carolina called Clark Hall Doors by Design.  That was when we realized the need for us to have our own iron door. Up until that point we had been selling other company’s iron doors, but we quickly realized that we could make a product better than what we were selling.  We decided to partner with Jesus Meta out of San Antonio, Texas.  We helped him build a factory in Monterey, Mexico, and we went to work creating our own iron door design.

We upgraded the hinges, but putting heavy duty ½ inch barrel hinges on all of our doors. We re-engineered the doors to make them more aesthetically pleasing by creating smoother lines, and making the window flush with the inside of the door.  We decided to make an elite model, which is built to withstand hurricane force winds up to 170 mph, and we made a lighter version which can withstand up to 140 mph winds.  Our doors can even be installed in homes in Dade county Florida, which is where they have the toughest hurricane code in the US.  Lastly, we chose to use a five and six step paint process which allows us to put a five year paint guarantee on our iron doors.  When we were selling iron doors made by other companies, we found that most of the time the paint wasn’t holding up to their five year guarantee.  Often times, we ended up having to go back and repaint their doors before the end of their guarantee.  I can proudly say that we have not had to go back and repaint even one of our iron doors. 

Where would you like to see Door by Design five years from now?

Our future is to expand into other markets, possibly even including the Caribbean and Hawaii.  We are currently working to set up dealers of our doors nationwide and in Canada, and we would like to work with lumber stores, window companies, door companies, remodelers, contractors, builders, etc.  Through our three store locations we have over 30 dealers now, but in five years time we’d like to double or triple that number.

What do you love most about this career?

I love to see when a house is reborn with a new entry door, but the truth is that seeing a new door installed is just the icing on the cake.  Customers come into our stores all the time with a very clear vision for what they want their new entry door to look like.  It’s a great feeling to help them bring that vision to reality and nothing is better than when a customer is really excited about their design and happy with the finished product.

Interview by: Asheley Clark

Doors by Design

Social Media and Marketing Director

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DbD Helps You Narrow Your Choices

DbD Helps You Narrow Your Choices

With so many options to choose from, our customers often have a hard time narrowing down their list of favorites to just one. Arch top, circle top, or square top? Flemmish, clear beveled, or antique glass? Cyprus, Mahogany, Cedar, or Walnut wood? The list of options just keeps going on and on!

We know that choosing a new entry door can be overwhelming and we want to make sure that you choose the right door for you! So we came up with a solution. We can take a picture of your home and make a photo mock up of your top choices! It takes the guess work out of the process and allows you to see exactly how any style of door would look on your house. Of course, this is difficult to do with custom orders, but we will always do our best to help you get an clear vision of the finished product. This photo is a collage of one customer’s top three iron door options.

Call us today and we’ll help you find the perfect style door for your home, too!