Thursday Doors: Open Doors

We saw so many unique and beautiful doors in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and I often wondered what was on the other side. Was the interior as colorful, whimsical, weathered, or artistic as the door would suggest? Although we didn’t get to see inside of many private residences (darn!) the open doors we did see always encouraged us to glance inside.

Most of the doors in this group could have been included in one – or more – of my other Thursday Doors collections (carved, rounded, weathered, adorned), but that each of these were open gave them a unique character.

Don Taco Tequila… pretty sure this was named with tourists in mind.
The door’s weathered teal paint and aged lace curtain made a charming combination.
I loved the drape of this fabric.
This was one of several beautiful doors we saw in an artists’ colony.
A door within a door.
This door was weathered, rounded, and adorned… but it was open, offering a peek inside.

Don’t forget to head on over to Norm’s blog to view his beautiful collection of doors from Nova Scotia, then click on the blue frog at the end of his post to see what others have shared.

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62 thoughts on “Thursday Doors: Open Doors”

  1. Hi, Janis – Once again, your photography is absolutely stunning. This time, the ‘door within a door’ was my favourite.
    I will definitely be pestering you for photography tips when we meet up!

  2. The teal door with the plants and chairs(?) hung on the walls outside looked very interesting! I also like the ‘saloon’ doors inside the door!

  3. OH! The second teal door with all the green decoration around it! {swoon}
    While the weathered door itself is eye-catching, it’s all the embellishments around it that make it pop!

  4. I liked the door with the saloon door inside – how unique and all these weathered doors are just beautiful. I liked the Donkey’s Tail plant in the second picture – my mom used to have one of those many years ago.

      1. My mom used to love succulents and our kitchen window had two long planters filled with the small ones. My mom had the same problem with her Christmas cactus and the Donkey’s Tail. You have to be careful that they have room to grow and are in the sun all the time. She had the Donkey’s Tail in a planter that was a woven basket on legs and it had so many of the “tails” hanging down, they’d catch on your clothes when you walked by and break them off. I think she gave it a “haircut” and then put it in the kitchen on the countertop.

          1. I know, and my mom had hers on the kitchen windowsill for years – they had the full sun and were in great shape until I brought home an “Old Man” cactus. She segregated it in another room for a few weeks to ensure it had no issues that would contaminate the others. It appeared okay, and she planted it where one of her other “Old Man” cactuses was looking a little shabby. About a month later she had mites and every day she had to take a Q-tip to each cactus and swab them down with alcohol to kill the mites. I think she wanted to kill me as well. I felt sorry I bought it as it made a lot of work and they didn’t look as healthy, even after she got rid of the mites.

  5. Hi Janis
    I’ve surely enjoyed all of your door photos. I recently met someone who has spent time in San Miguel de Allende. He was there during Day of the Dead celebrations. He also noted how colorful and beautiful the area is.
    Thanks for sharing your photos. They make we want to travel the San Miguel

    1. One of these days, I love to be down in Mexico during Dia de los Muertos. Oaxaca has an amazing celebration at that time too. If you do get the chance to travel to San Miguel, let me know… I can give you a few recommendations.

  6. You have a terrific eye for beautiful doors and the symbolism they represent. In this set, I can especially relate to the cantina doors. I just want to barge through and order a Victoria and a shot of tequila.

  7. Goodness that San Miguel de Allende just oozes with charm. Must go! The door within the door is my favorite but really, I would have enjoyed looking though any of them.

  8. What a wonderful idea to photograph open doors, as so many of us have walked by beautiful closed doors, wondering what lies behind. Great photos!

  9. Just as I am writing to others this week how much I love old and weathered doors I see your beautifully bright doors and remember how much I like these, too! I guess I find them all appealing for different reasons. And many times it is the embelishments that can do it, like the succulent growing over the door in the first photo. Just gorgeous.

    1. I like how once vivid paint gets a lovely patina over the years of weather and use. And, I especially appreciate how the owners of the doors have left them as-is, rather than run out and buy more paint. They seem to appreciate the beauty of natural aging too.

  10. Such a colorful, authentic and charming town, and these open doors and their surroundings just confirm that. I’d love to have a peek inside all of them. My guess is that the interior of these homes and rooms were pretty rustic and simple.

  11. The top one with the lovely complimentary color blocks, trailing vine and black bicycle is my favorite in this collection followed by the next one down with the teal door, green sled, and statuary.

  12. What a marvelous way to display the donkey/burro sedum! Love that! I love the turquoise colors that are so prevalent. Each door brings a smile!

  13. All those doors are so weathered and that’s what gives them their charm – in the meantime in Australia we’re all frantically sanding our doors and re-painting them to keep them fresh. Different cultures I guess!

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