Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Knock, Knock

Later this month, we're having our front doors painted black and changing out the weather-worn hardware. Yep, we’re losing the yellow doors. After living with them for a while, we’re just not that crazy about the color.

So, I’m thinking about changing out the door knockers for something more attractive, perhaps even with some character. I’ve been browsing online and came across some interesting options. See what you think.

Traditional
Restoration Hardware offers the traditional, as well as something a little more modern. Both would like good on our doors.



Animals


I kind of like the bear, but he’s more suited for a cabin in the woods or a log home on one of the Great Lakes.



A woodpecker – we get it. Probably not on our house, but it’s a cute idea.



Dragonfly – I like the whimsy of it. Perhaps for a back door, but not likely something I’d put on the front of a house. Really cute for a cottage or vacation home (neither of which we have, so a “no” to the dragonfly).

Lion – This falls into the traditional category, big in Victorian England. Although, for some reason, this reminds me of something that would hang on Ebenezer Scrooge’s front door.

Symbols/Misc.



Since the fleur de lis is the symbol of Louisville, this is a possible consideration. Although, I think the fleur de lis has become a bit overused in our area. And with the Saints winning the Super Bowl last year, it’s EVERYWHERE. We’ll revisit this.

Pineapple
Love, LOVE this pineapple doorknocker from Williams-Sonoma. Although, even on sale for $98, it’s a bit pricey, given that we need two.



Claddaugh
Both Hubby and I are of Irish descent, so this is something to consider. But, not a top choice.


Horseshoe
Any good Kentucky home has one of these, but it often hangs above your door, on the inside of your house. I’m afraid that two of these on our front doors scream “Welcome to the OK Corral” or "Let's hit the saloon for a shot of whisky."



Creepy Hand
Uh, no.

So, what’s your favorite design for a doorknocker? Traditional? Whimsical? None of the above?

Have a terrific Tuesday, everyone!
Images courtesy of Restoration Hardware, Williams-Sonoma and Signature Hardware

20 comments:

Kerr said...

I like the pineapple and horse as well as the first two traditional knockers.

Town and Country Mom said...

Have you considered the "S" style door knocker? Traditional and very substantial, and definitely not "cute." I think if you google Baldwin door hardware, you can find them. Or maybe you've already seen them and hated them--in that case, sorry. Otherwise, I like the pineapple, so welcoming.

Tiffany said...

I think I'm actually partial to the woodpecker.

JMW said...

T&C Mom, I do like the "S" style - very nice!
Tiffany, I think Woody Woodpecker is growing on me a bit. He's cute, huh?

Jessi said...

I'm typically traditional - I like the ones from Restoration Hardware. Can't wait to see the update!

Teresa Hatfield said...

Love the second one from Restoration hardware and the last one with the pineapple. Love the idea of black door.
have a great day!
Teresa

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LPC said...

Id' have to go with the first one, on the left. Such a nice form, no matter what it's used for.

teresa-bug said...

I like the top left one or the pineapple..but I tend to go for the traditional in everything I like.

Lily Lemontree said...

They are all so pretty..... well maybe I would have to take a pass on the creepy hand! I am in love with the pineapple, that would definitely be my pick!

Trish said...

Hi Jen! Hope all is well and the little ones are getting settled into their fall routines!

I have to say I am partial to the pineapples...they are just beautiful! Perhaps someone other than WS makes them? Hmm...I will be on the lookout for you!

Hugs! xoxo

PS - Love the new blog layout!

Karena said...

I do like the dragonfly or pineapple for a backdoor, screened door etc. The traditional on the left is very classic!

I have a New Giveaway from the French Basketeer and I think you will love it!

Karena
Art by Karena

The Southern Lady said...

Digging the knockers from Restoration Hardware! They seem solid and traditional. But as a New Orleans gal, I'm partial to the fleur de lis as well. It's been a part of our city forever!

Cindy said...

I'm partial to a classic look but the woodpecker is definitely fun. And I totally agree on the fleur de lis... WAY overused.

Cindy said...

I'm partial to a classic look but the woodpecker is definitely fun. And I totally agree on the fleur de lis... WAY overused.

bevy said...

#1 - pineapple
#2 - traditional on the right

Guess I'm pretty southern and boring!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

The simple ring is my pick and ew...creepy hand is too Halloweeny for me!

Elizabeth said...

i like the round traditional knocker that is in the first pic on the left....it's actually on my wish list for our front door!

Victoria - Ozarks Crescent Mural said...

I like the design of the lion and the fleur de lis. The creepy hand is hilarious.

Tessa said...

Considering the knocker on our current home is what sold me. really. I saw that knocker, looked at my hubby and said this houese is going to be it. and it was. wish I could attach a picture. anyhow...i love the pineapple!! also, you are in a town with a boat load of incredible antique stores...have you considered a pair of antique ones? have fun shopping. those are the little details that make a home! :)