Monday, January 11, 2010

red doors

I have a confession to make. I have a new obsession. I think it may be driving my friends crazy...or at least getting a little annoying to them. Whenever I am out driving I'm on the lookout, and whenever I spot this thing I feel the need to point it out and talk about how much I love it...especially to my hubby, who does not really care one iota. The object of my desire? Red doors. I love them. A lot. They just look sooooo welcoming and cozy. Like they beckon to passers-by about the warmth and laughter found within them. I imagine going through those doors to find glowing candles and warm cookies and cups of steaming tea.

My one friend just bought a new house and she has a red door. I've told her many times how much I love it. I've gushed about it in the comment section of her picture of it on Facebook. I may be freaking her out a little she might be getting worried she'll wake up one morning and find her lovely red door gone and the hole just boarded up. If this would happen, I know she would know it was me. Because, in case I haven't said it, I love red doors.

However, my front door, which is really an 'okay' door in itself (talking design, not color - it's current color is plain old, washed out white), is hidden by a hideous, old metal screen door. The kind with the screen in a little scalloped frame at the top and had a big 'ol black X painted on the bottom (which is also faded). Not lovely. Not welcoming. Just faded and old. However, according to my very practical husband, this door is just that...practical. It is solid and helps keep the cold out in the winter, and the dog can't bust through the bottom of it should a jogger happen by on a warm summer day (as could happen with a full screen door). But still. I actually like the look of no screen door at all. However, I do so enjoy having my door open in the spring/summer months, so I do agree that I want something there. But I still am trying to argue my point that the dog could be trained to not jump at the door. (If this still is a problem, I'm not opposed to using a baby gate to keep her away. But I am still sticking to the thought that she's trainable.) Secondly is the cost. I've asked hubby if I can somehow find a free one if he would agree. (I'm thinking freecycle at best, or at worst, saving up my babysitting and craigslist pennies and getting one from a building surplus store. Still not coming out of the family's monthly budget.) I believe his response was simply a grunt...which I do not take to mean a concession at this point. Looks like we're still in deliberation over this one.

And so I pine. And gaze longingly whenever we pass a lovely red door. Today, I happened upon some info online as to if there was any significance to red doors. I found this, and I must say, I feel a renewed resolve that, come spring, my door will be undergoing transformation. I love pretty things; pretty things with significance really puts me over the top:

In the earlier days of the church it was understood that a soldier could not pursue an enemy that had entered through the red doors of a church. The red doors were a symbol of refuge and sanctuary for all people who entered. To all concerned the red on the doors signified the blood of Christ that had been shed so that all who came to him could be saved. Anyone who passed through those doors was safe as long as they stayed behind them.

Over time, Christian people began to see the red doors of the church as symbolizing not only physical refuge and safety, but spiritual refuge as well. The blood of Jesus, and of the Church’s martyrs, that the red doors of the church symbolized, would protect you from evil, both physical and spiritual. The red doors spoke to the world of holy ground that existed inside those doors, space that had been purged and made clean by God’s Holy Spirit. Today people choose to paint their church doors red for many of the same reasons that churches did centuries ago.

Ooooo, come on warmth weather!!! I'll be ready with paint and brush in hand for when it arrives!!!


Zoanna said...

I love red doors, too, and no screen, and yet love the open air w/ screen in lovely weather.

Ours was green adn "lost" on the facad of the home. I convinced my Paul to paint it red, and we put a full glass dcor outside of that. The glass can be removed to replace it w/ a screen. Truth told, we haven't actually done the switch-out, but it's an option. (It's a bit of a hassle.) But that allows the full red door to show and yet give you the choice of leaving it open for a acreened breeze. You can check it out on my site (scroll back to my pics from Christmas Tour of Homes.) You'll find candles inside my home, but a whole lot that needs "tending to" so leave the rose-colored glasses at the red door when you come for a visit:).

PS As if I haven't said enough, save up for the best solid door you can afford.

Zoanna said...

Sorry for all the typos...facade, door. How hard can it be to proofread?

Jessi said...

I checked your pics, Zo...lovely!

zz said...

Thanks. Hey, I thought of you first when I read the blog post for today over at "Between Naps on the Porch." Check it out. You can get to it from my site.

Anonymous said...


I love what you found on the significance of red doors. Makes me want one now also. Did you see Luke & Miranda's red door?


Jessi said...

Sharon, I don't remember noticing Luke & Miranda's door...but the last time I was there (Rach's shower) was before my 'obsession' began, so it might not have jumped out at me.