Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Colombian Doors

Yes, this post is really about doors. Entirely about doors because I took so many pictures of front doors in Colombia that I have to dedicate a whole post to them. Front doors should look special because it's the first thing anyone sees before going inside. Front doors are the lips of house and the bigger and brighter, the sexier. The first door I remember really appreciating was the red one in the movie "American Beauty". Then, when we lived in Coconut Grove, I used to walk by a row of cute townhouses on my way to the dog park and they each had a different colored door: one red, one green, and one blue. But my appreciation of front doors grew from mild to obsessive on our recent holiday vacation to Colombia.

Colombian front doors are so vibrant, loud, and colorful that they tease you with wanting to know what lies behind them. I might become a voyeur if I lived in Colombia permanently because of those front doors. Colombian doors are taking the saying "It's not what's on the outside but what's on the inside that counts" and shoving it. Colombian doors are so grandiose that they're actually two in one - all have smaller doors embedded in them to duck through for easy, everyday use. Colombian doors are so full of themselves that you don't just knock on them with your own weak hands, you use the amazing knocker provided for you. And if they're really larger-than-life they'll be equipped with a heavy knocker for both sides of the door no matter what direction you're coming from. Basically Colombian doors are awesome and once we are homeowners I'm Colombianizing the shit out of my front door.

See how impressive they are? Even the ones that are just a single, normal wooden door are given a dose of cool with a bright color like the blue one a couple of pictures above. Most of these photographs were taken in Cartagena - where apparently they do doors right - and a few of the doors are from Medellin and Bogota. What Medellin and Bogota have over Cartagena are their murals and endless graffiti, which I will show you in the next post. For now here are a few Colombian door duds to end this post (even the duds were kind of awesome). Hope you are inspired to add some color to your door or at least slap a badass brass knocker on it.

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