MAKING AN ENTRANCE: Fifteen Doorways That Wow

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Black House


They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression and that adage is as true (sometimes painfully) in architecture and design as it is in life. With this in mind, and nest feathering season just around the corner – I’ve gathered a few inspirational doorways that have got that curb appeal thing down pat. Whether it’s a new doormat, set of potted plants, coat of paint or something entirely more ambitious – I hope you all find a little something to pull from for a gorgeous first impression. Above – A dramatic black facade designed by Belgium architecture firm, Oscar V.


White Entryway


This semi enclosed entry creates the feel of an outdoor room with nickel sconces, potted plants and what looks like sisal carpeting. Photo via Lonny.


Pink Door


A retro-glam pink front door and a pair of striking Agave plants mark the entrance to this Palm Springs vacation home. Interior design by Moises Esquenazi and Associates.


Purple Ivy


Gorgeous purple vines set off a rustic Sardinian facade. Photo via Read’n’Buy.


Ivy Facade Orange Door


The ivy-clad entrance to LA’s Violet Grey beauty salon is accented with a bold orange/red door. Photo by Laure Joliet cia C Magazine.


David Hicks Entryway


A double entry brings a touch of old Hollywood style to this Toorak home by Australian designer David Hicks.


Double Doors


Laplace & Co worked closely with a landscape architect to ensure their romantic vision for this 1950s style villa in Palma de Mallorca, Spain was carried through to the home’s exterior.


White House


A pair of modest French doors mark the entrance to this gorgeous Santorini villa. Photo via HomeAway.


Mid Century Modern Home


Meet and greet mid century style at the home of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. The house was originally designed in 1956 by Harold Levitt. Photo via T Magazine.


Mustache Doormat


A little mustache humor, British-style. Moustache Doormat available through Brickell Collection.


Turquoise Doorway


Traditional with a twist – this ivy framed doorway adds a little extra pizzazz with a coat bright turquoise paint. Photo via Shelterness.


Arched Glass Doors


Andy Martin Architects designed a series of three arched glass doors to mark the transition from garden to home. So stunning!


Gweneth Paltrow Home


The flawless and uber symmetrical entrance to Gwyneth Paltrow’s LA home is paved in gravel and accented in classic touches of navy. Photos via Celebuzz.


Modern Cottage


Auhaus Architecture used warm wood cladding to mark the entrance to this sweet Australian beach house.




And we close with a beautifully modern take on an art deco awning at Veuve Clicquot’s Hotel du Marc. Originally home to Madame Clicquot, the space has since been renovated by Bruno MoinardPhoto by Mai Linh via AD France.



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