LA Stories VI: A-door-ing


LA Stories VI: A-door-ing

What is a door? A magical portal into worlds of fantasy, mystery, magic and even mayhem?

Recent explorations of LA area beach towns have yielded some a-door-able results. Please see below some examples of the door that keeps you coming back for more.   Turn the key of your  perception,  and prepare to have your imagination turned on!

This amazing find in Venice near the storied Canal District looks straight out of Alice in Wonderland. What extraordinary creatures are playing croquet on the lawn beyond?  Privacy seems to be the goal here.

Here is a more rustic version on a delightful street in Mar Vista, minus the hedge, and plus a “half”  wall! The house and yard are in full view beyond.  The door seems to be there for the sheer joy of it.

Energetic red animates a cottage-like Santa Monica residence, set off by soft yellow, and the colors of nature.  A visual target, our eye is drawn to this door like a magnet to metal.

The red door is used again here to great effect, as a “real” element in the midst of a children’s mural.  Red elements all around it integrate it into the scene, yet it stands out as a strong element, letting us know where to go to get to the other side of a seemingly safe and self-contained world.

Venice’s Canal District is home to many remarkable architectural design gems and delicious creative elements, including mosaic-ed columns which lead us down the path to the door to the door!

Giant bowling balls? Well, maybe. At any rate, these strong forms direct us to the portal of  “UMG”,  the  Universal Music Group Offices in Santa Monica, where some of the giants of the music industry do business.

Who says a door has to be real? And what is “real”, anyway? Madame Chou Chou Bistro Patisserie on Main Street in Santa Monica is the perfect place to indulge your appetite for fantasy, and  your sweet-tooth.  Highly recommended for an elegant, yet fun indulgence.

What magical doors have YOU opened lately, and what fantastical worlds have You entered?

If you so choose,  please share about it with us here.

We love to hear from You.

Remember, we are all opening the doors to this thing called Life, together.

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6 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. I like your observations and photos

  2. Debra, beautiful pictures and approach to the subject. I also liked that mosaic entry on a recent LA trip. Thanks for your always-interesting and thought-provoking posts!

    • Thank you BJ!
      Wow…you saw the same mosaic entry/columns in Venice! Cool! What else did you see on that trip that moved you?
      A wild, marvelous place exploding with creativity!

      • HI Debra…thanks for your note here! I did take a variety of pics on that LA trip, from many locations. Some of them were in one of my earlier blog posts about patterns.
        I’ll see what I can find! Your “doors” article reminded me that I have some images from a trip to Europe about 10 years ago – they are slides, and I’m waiting for the digital converted images to show up in my mailbox! Now, once again, you’re an inspiration.

      • Thank you Barbara…I would love to see those door images from Europe! Doors are so fascinating, rife with meaning and connotations, and a fitting canvass for our voyage to discovery!


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