Thursday, 26 April 2012


The door to the downstairs cloakroom was originally the back door to the garden, the previous owners added a small extension to the rear of the house and altered the layout. I like the attempt by someone to make this door fit the existing frame; expertly done I’m sure you’ll agree? Despite the sign the cloakroom is not necessarily for ladies only…


  1. I do like this door.
    It reminds me of Albert's 'make do and mend' attitude!
    Did you strip all the paint off the doors in the house, or did someone else do that? Or perhaps they are savaged, or restored doors?
    The Ladies sign - I have to ask about the story behind that ... please.

    I have a small story too, to tell. At a university I used to work at, someone had creatively used a marker pen on the the 'Ladies' loo sign near the Fine Art studios: where they added an 'r' between the 'a' and the 'd' of Ladies - how very dare they! It was just so silly, it did make me smile every time I went by.

  2. Oh, dear! That was meant to be 'salvaged door', and not a 'savaged' one, in my previous comment - but I guess quite appropriate r.e. the 'La(r)dies' tale I just told!

  3. I think savage door is much more appropriate! the doors were stripped like this when we bought the house, a couple upstairs have since been painted, but generally I am happy for them to remain like this. It actually took quite a while to notice the bodged door, but I am happy to live with its imperfections!
    I love your lardies tale. My story is less interesting, I bought the sign several years ago on a whim, with no idea as to where it would go, there was a Gents too, which I wish I had bought; when we moved here it was the first time I had owned a house with separate downstairs loo, so it seemed a natural place for it to go.

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  5. Yes, I agree. I think I too have grown accustomed to living with imperfections in the house. The l-o-n-g restoration project has made me change my own mind about what beauty and fascination can be found in characterful restoration, D.I.Y. or domestic archeological finds! I do like the Japanese Philosophy of Wabi-Sabi: the acceptance of nature being transient, and of the beauty that can be found in imperfections. Marvellous.
    That's ace - buying a sign for a particular 'space' but not knowing at the time that it would actually end up on a cloakroom door. Shame about the 'Gents' though - but it's not as nice-a-word anyway, so can understand why you didn't buy it at the time. Plus, you're a lady.


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