sneak peek best of: front doors

this summer anne, amy and i have been spending a good chunk of time re-tagging design*sponge’s hundreds of archived sneak peeks so they’ll be more search-able when the redesign launches. after having so much fun re-living some of the peeks from years passed (we’ve posted over 500 now, yipes!) we thought it would be great to share some of our favorite “best of” picks, ranging from exteriors and porches to bedrooms, kitchens, kids rooms, and even great pet shots. we’ll be sharing our roundups throughout the summer, and today i could think of no better way to kick things off than with a look at the front of our favorite homes- front doors! i’ve chosen 25 of my favorite front doors, and i hope they’ll inspire you (and welcome you!) as much as they have for me.

[image above: the colorful front door to emily hensen’s studio]

[image above: the front door to dave alhadeff’s williamsburg apartment. and what a door it is…]

[image above: i love the cheerful orange exterior of diva from linea carta’s home]

[image above: i still can’t believe this beauty of a home and exterior (from fitzhugh’s sneak peek) is right around the corner from our shabby front door]

[image above: oh to come home to this every day- the front door/facade of carol neily’s lyon france home]

CLICK HERE for 20 more beautiful front doors after the jump!

[image above: a welcoming front door and porch to corbin’s southern home]

[image above: i’d swap front apartment doors with alex from alan the gallant any day]

[image above: the door inside marieke’s apartment entryway makes me faint from envy. what a door!]

[image above: the bright green door that welcome’s guests to sibella court’s shop]

[image above: a bright yellow door on the front of sara hicks malone’s nashville home]

[image above: i love this idea on sibella court’s back door– a stencil painted number and sign]

[image above: both the exterior and interior of artist frank viva’s home is gorgeous]

[image above: a cute door and dog? sign me up for kirsten voortman’s amsterdam home]

[image above: walking up these steps to your front door every day must be so peaceful and calming. they belong to suzie of twig & fig]

[image above: the modern exterior of yvette’s laduk’s cool canal home]

[image above: this is what i call the perfect country retreat. the exterior and front door of susan williams of swan’s island]

[image above: the entry to ryan and emerson’s “emerson farm” home]

[image above: another rustic retreat belonging to dave allen]

[image above: the stately entrance to artist maxine sutton’s ramsgate home]

[image above: the front door and exterior of clara zangenberg’s copenhagen home]

[image above: i’d love to spend some time with a pitcher of iced tea on linn gresham’s savannah porch]

[image above: the entrance to jen bilik’s home looks so welcoming]

[image above: the modern exterior of nicky crowley’s home]

[image above: the front door of heather from spool 72’s washington home]

[image above: last but not least, tec and chelsea petaja seem like the perfect guests to welcome you over for tea on the porch]

  1. agnes szucs says:

    What a nice collection! And very inspiring, too. I adore the colored ones the most.

  2. I have a crush on bright colored front doors, so the purple, yellow and green ones are pure delight for my eyes!

  3. I LOVE the first (purple and green) door…my favorite color combo! You’re right- a very cool way to kick off the ‘photo collection sharing.’ One of my favorite things to look at on morning (or evening) walks:).

  4. I’ve seen posters full of different front doors and have always loved all the differences and all the colors! The purple door is beautiful and I love the welcoming/relaxing feeling from the southern home. =)

  5. CapreeK says:

    Oh man, that purple door and the yellow one from Sara Hicks Malone’s home are just killing me!! I love when people express their optimism and personalities through their homes! :D Thanks for the wonderful Monday morning eye candy!

  6. when I visited Ireland I noticed that they are more bold with color choices for their front doors and the varieties of style was astounding.

  7. Nikki says:

    Ah I LOVE the purple door! Such a fun color!

  8. Jinnie says:

    I work for a door company and ever since then, I’ve been obsessed over doors. I think they’re most overlooked element to a home when we probably use it the most and can make a lot of impact. Great collection photos! They can add your personality to your house and make it welcoming. Love it! :)

  9. My front door has never been painted, so I am now motivated!

    Thanks for sharing such unique ideas.

  10. Quinn says:

    What a great collection! My faves were the purple and blue doors – gorgeous!

  11. MarT says:

    Crazy! My house doors have been painted a slightly darker version of that 1st purple door for years–in my mind a logical progression from painting our house Moroccan blue with bright green trim. AND I just bought that same turquoise Mad Mat rug this summer!

  12. Christa Pirl says:

    Wow, great collection, but I don’t many can beat the marieke door!

  13. pilgrim says:

    oooh the purple door!! i desperately want to paint our front door turquoise, but we’re renters. its taking all my willpower not to just do it.

  14. Catherine Fraher says:

    The Marieke door really is wonderful – it’s a character in its own right. I’m inspired to commission lots of different internal doors … when we finally finish this place …

  15. I love the purple front door! So fun! My favorite all time front door was Hugh Grant’s door in Notting Hill!

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  16. a truly exquisite collection.

  17. David says:

    Great collection – linea carter’s home has the most fantastically inviting doors.

  18. keiko says:

    I love the new feature Grace, can’t wait to see more!

  19. max says:

    OMG! Purple door are just great, I love them and right now I’m going to buy purple paint for my front door.

  20. sheil says:

    Some of those doors have a personality all their own. I think that they mirror the people who live behind them.

  21. When I was little, I remember my parents being enamored by red front doors. That sparked something in me- now I always scout out cool doors. Living in England for two years, I saw some great ones! Currently, I replaced the Napoleon Dynamite forest green front door from my 50’s story and a half with one I custom designed and love it! I consider it a piece of furniture.
    I agree, I’d love to see this as a periodic feature on D*S.

  22. AlpineGypsy says:

    One of my favourite vintage books is all about doors. Just pictures and pictures of them.

    I just love doors. Thanks! :^D


  23. What wonderful eye candy! It’s great to see how the fronts of houses differ around the world. Makes me want to get out a can of paint and improve my house’s first impresssion.

  24. Allyn says:

    Great collection of doors! I’m a fan of those fabulous over-sized European doors like Alan the Gallant’s door in Barcelona. Also love that yellow one in Nashville. Especially Love Kirsten Voortman’s cute doggie! Your sneak peek series always a real treat!!

  25. Really a impressive collection of home doors,fantastic looks.

  26. Anita says:

    That’s quite a nice collection of front doors. I’m dreaming about one right now. Our old one goes with our old, crumbling home though, so it must stay for awhile. Can’t wait to send you pictures when we get a new one!

  27. Decor Girl says:

    Excellent pictures of front doors! These are full of inspiration.

    The pinky-purple one caught my eye. I once painted mine a similar color (to match an imatient flower) and because of the backwards homeowners association, it had to be changed. If anyone lives in a developement and wants to be the least bit creative or individual you may want to check first before you paint.

  28. very nice collection thank you very much

  29. i never thought i could say it, but what a fantastic selection of front doors to properties. The southern one at the start reminds me of my trip to new orleans. its great stumbling on a unique photographic website!

  30. I Love the Colored Doors Especially the Green one.. :D

  31. The existing doors are really looking one of the coolest features. And the pictures of this one are really looking with full of elegance. I am highly impressed to see them. It’s really the fantastic collection of front doors forever. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Cece Summers says:

    These doors really are the best! Good thing contractors that offer custom door services are now very easy to contact.

  33. Sam says:

    I love the blue green color of your house!!! What is the color???


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