Decorating with Doors

You may remember a few weeks ago I was given my own office at work.  Ever since then I’ve been at a loss as to how to warm up my new space.  The walls are bright white and the counters, carpet and filing cabinets are varied shades of grey.  And not the warm, calming sort of grey, but that harsh grey reminiscent of a hospital ward.  My second problem is that  I don’t want to have a girly space.  I work in construction with a bunch of guys who don’t need further reason to discredit me or my ideas.  Not that they would — they’re an awesome group of guys, but I tend to downplay displays of femininity in the workplace nonetheless. 

I started browsing for ideas and clicked on their “Architectural Elements”  section.  It was there the the idea for a door montage was born.  I began searching Google Images for photos of old doorways.  Soon I had folders sorted by color category, and within that arrangements of multiple images that I found aesthetically pleasing when grouped together.  I swung by Michael’s on the way home from work today and picked up 7 frames of various sizes that I can place in groupings around my office. 

I have a thing for old windows and doors and I’m so I’m really excited about the idea.  Here are a few of my favorites.

I’m thinking I might do a seperate, smaller grouping of shutters on another wall.  

I feel like it will really add a good deal of color to the place without being super feminine, and I will also be incorporating building elements — which is what my company is all about.  What do you think??

But, let’s get down to why you’re really here.  The running.  As, you know, I’ve been a bit under the weather this week, but after a few days off to rest up I began following the ol’ above the neck adage and laced up my running shoes.  It’s been going pretty well, and in fact, the only time I’ve really been able to breathe without the help of medication all week has been when I’ve been running.  Nothing like sweating it out eh? 

Last night’s run was the pits though.  It was a 7 tempo run with 5 miles @ 9:16 pace.  After 2 miles I was ready to quit.  I kept making bargains with myself though — if I ran for 3.5 miles I could take a walk break.  But 3.5 miles would invariably come and pass as I made another bargain in my head.  In the end, I miraculously finished the entire workout as written.   It was my most difficult workout to date, and I know that the mental obstacles I faced and overcame will serve me well at the 24 mile marker when I run the marathon next month.  Whoa, next month.  When did that happen?  Yikes!

This weekend I’m taking two days off as I traipse around NYC with these two lovely ladies! 

We’ve been best friends since we were 14.  Kaity (on the left) is coming out from CA to visit her brother in New York, and Kelly (right, who moved out to MD with me in 2005) and I are driving up to spend the weekend with her and some other peeps from high school.  Kelly and I actually work for the same company now — a long and funny story that I won’t delve into now.  

I’ll be back Sunday night and hitting the pavement bright and early Monday morning for my 2nd 20 miler.  And after that?  Bring on the Labor Day BBQ feast — I’ll have earned it!!

What are your Labor Day plans?


7 Responses to Decorating with Doors

  1. Sarah Dailey says:

    I love the door idea! Of course I love architectural details, too, since I did major in design. I think you may have even commented on my montage of door photos from Tanzania — still the only 2-page spread I’ve created for my photo book of my time there. Good luck with the decorating! I’m sure it will look great!

  2. Oh I like the idea of decorating with door artwork like that!

    Have a fabulous weekend with your girlfriends!

  3. Pam says:

    I like the door theme!

  4. BostonRunner says:

    I love the door idea! I’ve been reading the book “nice girls don’t get the corner office” – all about mistakes woman make in the workplace that “sabotage” their careers and one of them was decorating their office too girly and feminine. I think the doors fit perfectly with the industry you’re in.
    Glad you’re feeling a little better and have a great weekend!

  5. Jamie says:

    I love pictures of doors! Have one hanging in my hallway right now 🙂 Hope you had a fun weekend!

  6. Simply Life says:

    Great idea for the artwork!

  7. Allisun says:

    Look through my italian shots that I have up… I started a door and window series there. I plan to finish it this fall with shots of B-more doors and windows. Let me know if you like any and I can print them out!

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