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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Thursday is Resource Day: Portera

Today I am very excited to talk about this new resource. It was brought to my attention by a designer friend of mine who worked on the home of the owners. The resource is Portera Doors, and they sell old and antique doors from all over Europe. To say that they are old door sellers is like saying Christies is a used furniture store, this place will take your breath away!

I had the pleasure of meeting the owners, a young couple from Southern California, who developed a passion for doors when they were remodeling their Mediterranean house a couple of years ago. They met a dealer in Spain, during their process and the rest is proverbial history, their business smarts mixed with his great collection and you have one of the finest specialist dealers I have seen in a long time.

For those of you not in California, a quick trip to their website will convince you to hop on a plan and visit (www.porteradoors.com). The site is well organised and easy to navigate, but apparently only grazes the surface of what is available, so if you have something specific in mind give them a call.

While all they sell is doors, you should think a bit more about other ways you can use them. I am planning to make a headboard out of one, and for another project I think a pair of doors would make a great art piece just hung on the wall. I am sure other great uses will come to me too.

I hope you enjoy the site, and visit the store if you can, I am sure you will be as excited as I obviously am.

Portera Doors

27 S. El Molino Ave

Pasadena, CA 91101

ph: 626.639.2130


Anonymous said...

dm...they can also be beautifully used as coffee tables.

Anonymous said...

I lived and worked in the town in Spain where these doors are restored.

Ask for a certificate of authenticity.