My fun summer of travel has come to a close, but I truly did save the best for last. San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico is the most charming town nestled in the hills. With temperatures cold enough for a fireplace on summer evenings and sunshine-filled afternoons for strolling along cobblestone streets, there is a European flair to this city infused with colonial Mexican culture. I will go into more depth of the town tomorrow, but for today I want to focus on the doors (puertas in Spanish).
The doors certainly deserve a post of their own. Behind a majority of these puertas lay courtyards with rooms surrounding and fountains trickling. I often found myself tempted to open and take a peak inside, thankfully my friends would snap me out of this delusion of real estate stalking (I guess that is what friends are for). Notice how most of these doors are framed in limestone against striking blended patina paint. I find it is often hard to successfully replicate this look in the states (think faux mediterranean McMansions-yikes). Definitely appreciate the woodwork of the doors, the detail in the carvings, the placement of landscape, and the frames that make every puerta picture perfect. I hope this will inspire you to dress your door with good craftsmanship and leave you with a marvelous case of the Mondays. Hasta Luego!
Photos by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood
The most interesting knocker. Notice the ring on the finger.
Azul! A beautiful blended blue.
Talk about symmetry
I love the flags that fly across the streets. So festive!
That lime green door will grab anyone’s attention.
The knockers were incredible!
Details are everything when it comes to the woodwork of the doors.
Let the ivy grow!
I love this door, but that is not why I love the picture.
This paint color may not work for most in the states, but imagine this door in black against a white house…. breathtaking.
This has no filter. The light was hitting the home at just the perfect time. Enchanting.