Erika Johnson: Open Door Policy

August 23, 2011

When the air becomes crisp in New England, people travel from near and far to drive the winding roads of Maine and Vermont and marvel at the kaleidoscope of changing, fiery leaves. Others drive along the rocky coast, scooping up apple butter and cider doughnuts at charming farm stands along the way.

Photo courtesy of Atlantic-Pacific

While these are some of my favorite autumn pastimes, too, I especially love strolling through hidden neighborhoods, admiring the contrast of the facades against the burnt orange foliage.

I’ve especially fallen for brightly colored doors. Hard.

Photo courtesy of Planet Ware

This red Beacon Hill door makes me nostalgic for the years I spent living on the Hill. Do you know that a red door is a symbol of good luck? I love how it complements the dark brick.

Photo courtesy of Greige Design

When it comes to doors, I admire all of the little imperfections. Each chip adds to the character of the home, telling the hundreds of stories that make up its past.

Photo courtesy of xoMichelleox

It’s sinful to believe doors are strictly for exteriors. This pair of antique doors makes for an unexpected, stunning headboard.

Photo courtesy of Dreamy Whites

What a creative display of an antique door! This Dr. Seuss quote is the perfect reminder for the beginning of each new day.

Photo courtesy of Birdhouse Interiors

I hope you find beauty in ever corner of the magical new season, too!

–Erika Johnson
Erika Johnson is the editor of the lifestyle blog Radiant Republic, where explorations of interior design, style, and unique discoveries are shared. A product of (almost) equal parts south, east and west coasts, she has a perpetual curiosity about how the allure of one’s surroundings translates into raw style. She resides in a charming seaside New England town, but remains a city girl to the core.