From The Editor
HOME BASE – ISSUE 5
Double Duty Doors
Doors represent much more than just decor
“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” — Confucius
One day when I was seven years old, my older sister locked me out of the house. Although I cannot recall why, I am sure I deserved it. We had a glass panelled front door and I furiously kicked the bottom panel until it fractured into a glass spider web. Our punishment was that we were not allowed to go to the pantomime Cinderella that night, and I have never forgotten the incident, nor kicked in another door again. I did, however, grow up with a love and appreciation of all that doors do and represent.
The doors of Quebec City are some of my favourites. Years ago I spent an afternoon photographing the most memorable ones and I have a couple of poster-sized images of doors in my home. There is something intriguing about doors and the many metaphors they represent. Closed door policy denotes intrigue and mystery. A revolving door shows a lack of permanence. When one door closes, another one opens, representing possibility. Wolves scratching at the door suggests poverty. Got your foot caught in the door — betrayal. A door is also symbolic of protection since it shields those inside.
I also enjoyed Alice in Wonderland as a child and was particularly intrigued by the small door in the circular room that was hidden behind a curtain. Alice had to unlock it and then shrink in size by drinking a potion to gain access to the enchanted garden.
Then there is the 1960s rock band called The Doors. Jim Morrison, the lead singer, was controversial and created songs that were dark, yet memorable and meaningful. Apparently the band was named after Aldous Huxley’s book The Doors of Perception and the title was a reference to a quote by William Blake: If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. You can see how this would have appealed to Morrison and influenced his lyrics.
During medieval times there was often a door within a door, called a wicket, to allow pedestrians through to the castle without having to open the grand double doors. This provided safety and security. Usually the door was just wide enough to allow only one person through at a time. The photo of one of my favourite wicket doors is shown here. This was taken at Cape Point Vineyards in South Africa and shows the rustic carving above the door and the wicket door positioned within the larger double doors.
The front door of a home is one of the first things that I look at when we receive images for a feature article. I think a front door is indicative of the personality of the homeowners. If you have a unique front door, please send me an image of it because we would like to showcase interesting front doors. Also include a description indicating why you chose it and what doors mean to you.
Fall is upon us so enjoy this time of transition and transformation — as we go through the door of one season and into the next.
Janice Naisby, Editor-in-Chief