Orange Doors

‘Tis the season for orange. Nothing says welcome like a brightly coloured front door. As long as you are restrained in other accent colours you’re pretty safely in the eye-catching but not the fun-house category. These beautiful doors below are perfect examples of how an orange door can work with any style of architecture.

“You’ll know it when you see it. It’s the house with the orange door!”

orange doors


orange doors

orange doors

orange doors

orange front door

orange doors

orange cathedral doors

orange door

orange door

orange door

Impressive and Stylish

Home T-shirt

I love to support Nova Scotia companies and when they’re doing good for the community as well as producing a product I love it’s a win-win.

Last year I wrote a blog post (see it here) about a t-shirt that my son received for Christmas that I thought was just wonderful. At that point the shirts were produced by a Truro jewellery company called Beck and Boosh. They have since broken off that part of the company into My Home Apparel and are donating 5% of their profits to groups in Nova Scotia fighting to end homelessness. CBC news did a story about the company and their impressive philanthropy which you can read here.

Go buy a t-shirt and help fight homelessness.

Vintage sign letters | Vintage sign letters

I have always loved letterforms, I guess it’s my graphic design background. I have been collecting vintage sign letters for the past few years from flea markets and antique stores – the older, more distressed the better.

faded metal letters

My letters migrate around the house, some disappear for months at a time if I get tired of them. The contrast of these simple forms against the formal furniture that we’ve inherited really appeals to me. I don’t want my letters to spell anything, I’m really scared they’ll become “twee”.

large letters on table

metal letters on table


Large metal E

I have collected a number of my favourite posts and articles from different sources showing stunning examples of vintage sign letters. I won’t use anyone else’s photos without permission so you’ll have to click on the links below.

The first example is my absolute favourite and is from and you have to scroll down to see the hallway with the giant Q. Some day when I grow up I want to have that hallway.

The second example is from and is a gorgeous giant letter on an office wall.

I want to wander through this flea market in Nashville featured on le-minimalist.blogspot

This large r reminds me of my big b which I love.