My week shopping with Sarah and Tom is nearly at an end. It has been a pleasure to show them around Normandy and take them to the best places to buy. Today we found time for a little bit of downtime and taking stock of their treasures.
They have bought wisely and they have bought well. There have been many spectacular finds, but today was a special moment when we went to collect some old doors that they had purchased earlier in the week.
We knew that the doors were a good buy, and that they would be fantastic for the house renovation, but it wasn’t until we carried each one out of the dark barn where they had been sold, that we discovered just how beautiful they were. These two beauties are most probably 18th century, made of oak with decorative hardware, and iron nail detailing.
Sarah kindly gave me permission to use a couple of the doors as a backdrop for my flowers today.
So from Sarah and me to you, hydrangeas and old French doors.
The patina is so wonderful Sharon, You have such a discerning eye for your clients and friends!!
The Arts by Karena
WOW. Lucky Sara! What a gorgeous find!
Just so pretty. I love the handle on the door – what a treasure! Along with the door, Sara and Tom have wonderful memories. Every time they look at the doors they will remember their special trip. Sure beats memories of going to a big box store to purchase doors.
Love your hydrangeas, especially the lace caps!
What a stunning picture – how I wish I were an artist so that could paint the hydrangeas with those magnificent doors as a backdrop. If only doors could talk . . .
What a beautiful find. Love the photo. The door is is just beautiful.
Have a great day
Eighteenth century?! Fabulous.
Wow. I hope that you will pardon me that I didn’t pay one whiff of attention to the flowers because…those doors! What a find. I could be wrong but personally I would say that the “studded” door looks more late 17th to my (albeit amateur) eyes, that was a style that (at least in Provence) was popular post Renaissance…or that could just be wishful thinking. 🙂 Either way, bravo to all involved!
What a beautiful patina ! The bouquet perfectly matches wit it !
Just love it Sharon….old doors, whitewashed down……Wabi Sabi…..Cheers for the weekend on its way..and for today ~ xoxo…….Loooooove Hydrangeas…..big huge things they are in vases, reminds how my mom always had hers on the table from the yard, sweet sweet memories….
What a lovely post… The doors are fabulous and the flowers are beautiful. Thanks for sharing this little bit of Normandy!
What a fabulous find! Those doors are stunning and have such a wonderful patina.
Just one word, drool…..
Beautiful pictures. We live in Melbourne Australia where it is the middle of winter and your spring and summer photographs always give me something to look forward to. Love your blog
What stunning doors, they will look gorgeous back in use again. How lucky they were to have you as their guide around Normandy
Absolutely beautiful. What a wonderful week you have all had. Stunning doors.
I am in love with these doors….I would not be able to come to France, but would it be possible for you to take pictures while you are out shopping and let us buy from home? We are building a new home, french style and would love an “old door”. ….in the US. Thanks for an answer….sj
I love the old doors but I always wonder if people put a protective coating of some kind on them when they are putting them up to make them last longer. Do people paint them or usually keep them natural looking?
Both (doors and hydrangeas) absolutely gorgeous!!
The doors are absolutely beautiful as are your flowers!
stunning + great photos + loven the bouquet xxpeggybraswelldesign.com
Your photo’s are always so beautiful. The doors, the hydrangeas both stunning!
If only we could hear the tales they could tell! love old doors and the weathered grey armour they wear.
Love the composition – the old doors, the rusted handle & of course, the flowers. Perfect!!!
I always hesitate to comment, but couldn’t help myself this time. The home of Sarah and Tom caught my eye first obviously. It’s absolutely gorgeous and to think they did this by themselves is even more amazing.
Then, to my absolute surprise, when you mentioned Pebble Beach, I took another look and realized they’d been neighbors! We live almost directly above them with one street in between us. I’ll go down and drive by just to “see it in person”.
Amazing trip to France and those doors will be stunning in their new place! A small, small world. MMR