Knock! Knock!

Distinguished doors that define Columbia homes

By Natalie Meggs

Judy and John Seibels collaborated with architect Richard Molten using photographs that they collected over the years to create their “tower” entry. Their old-style stucco Italianate house in Forest Acres features a curved entry with beautiful oak and wrought iron doors — constructed on site. Brass medallions that were found at an architectural reclamation site in Atlanta, Georgia are the focal point of the door, and the antique doorknobs with a lion and laurel wreath motif are thought to have come from a hotel in London. “We purchased about 20 sets of the knobs and used them throughout our home,” says Judy. The ornate urns that anchor the steps are filled with topiary greenery at all times and frame the entry to this beautiful home. 

The front entrance is one of the first things that drew Grace and Stuart Moore to their home in Forest Acres seven and a half years ago. This white, traditional-style house is set back from the street but the pop of red on the door makes it easily recognizable. The Moores researched alternate paint colors two years ago for the home and front door but decided to keep it because they loved the contrast. “The door has become a backdrop for many family memories, including pictures from the days we brought our two daughters home from the hospital,” says Grace. Seasonally, Stuart changes the planters out with different flowers while Confederate Jasmine grows up and over the arbor. When in bloom it offers delicious smells as visitors and family walk through the entrance. 

Simple, straight, symmetrical lines were the inspiration for Laura and Tae Ho’s contemporary Woodcreek home. The white stucco and western cedar of the house contrasts perfectly with the 11-foot Sapele door in an espresso stain. The door, designed by architect Jim Phelps with Jim Phelps Collections, was custom made by Southern Custom Doors. “We like modern design, and the door was planned with that esthetic in mind,” says Laura. The 30-inch hardware for this entry is “Metro,” designed by Rocky Mountain Hardware. The tall tapered planters that flank the door were chosen because of their simplicity and complement the height of the door and entry. Boxwoods were also selected for their straight lines and were provided by Blue Moon Landscaping. 

Melissa and Harold Pickrel’s front door is the jewel of their transitional Woodcreek Farms home. The Knotty Alder unit — designed and custom built by Southern Custom Doors — is a pair of 36-inch wide and 9 1/2-foot tall doors that are 2 1/4 inches thick, and is surrounded by stacked natural stone. The beautiful beveled glass panes let ample light into their entry, and the “Briggs” design entry hardware by Rocky Mountain Hardware complements the rustic characteristics of the Alder and the Sikkens finish. Boxwoods are housed in ceramic planters purchased from Woodley’s Garden Center to add a pop of color to the stoop. 

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