An Open Door

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • Mar 27, 2012 • 0 Comments

“When one door to happiness closes, another opens.  But often, we look so long at the closed door; we do not see the one which has been opened to us.” – Helen Keller

A door represents an opportunity.  We use doors figuratively just as much as we use them literally.  We open doors to new relationships, a new career, a new experience.  We close them on regrets, on past hurts, on failures.  We ask God to open and close doors to help us make our decisions.  An open door is an invitation.  A closed door is a rejection.  A cracked door is a mystery.  A plain, white door from Home Depot is…boring.

Many collectors seek to fill their homes with one-of-a-kind, unique antique pieces…bookcases, rugs, cabinets.  But, adding an antique door to any space changes the whole look of a room. 

I spoke with Sharon Cox, of Eclectic Architectural this week.  She and her husband, David, own an 11,000 square foot warehouse in Longview, Texas.  The two got into the antique business when they were trying to find pieces to fill their own home.  Not finding the right items locally, they took some trips to Europe, and the rest, as they say, is history.

“Our main thrust is the antique doors and we also do a lot of architectural fragments.  Many people come to us for wine cellar doors and they’re looking for other things as well.”  Eclectic Architecturals carries “grape hods,” which are large baskets that people would strap to their backs and use to hold their grapes and tools.

These grape hods are beautiful to hang on the wall with fresh flowers arranged inside.  A wine cellar door is a common door that people come look for, but one new trend that’s becoming common is replacing your pantry door with an antique.

“Years ago, people wouldn’t think twice about having an interesting pantry door, but now that the kitchen is the gathering place of the home, we find that people want really interesting and different pantry doors.  Think about when you were a kid, did you think twice about the pantry door?” said Sharon.

Sharon said that many people come to Eclectic Architecturals looking for an interesting pantry door, now that the kitchen has become the heart of the home.  You want to put an antique door somewhere in your home where it will be seen - where you will be entertaining guests.

An antique door is a great conversation piece.  Check out some of Eclectic Architectural’s beautiful antiques here.  Stop by tomorrow to learn about the history of the door.  You can use the information at your next dinner party when someone enjoying your hor d’oeuvres remarks on the striking originality of your pantry door.  Until then, Happy Latiquing!