What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Get a Grip:


Every night, when Beloved goes to bed, I switch the TV over to home renovation shows that work with older houses. There have been some really wonderful ones lately, so my DVR runneth over with titles like Home Town, Restored by the Fords, Windy City Rehab, Fixer Upper, and Good Bones. I enjoy the show hosts, their designs are great, their ideas are interesting, and they’re mostly respectful of original details. They’re easy to look at, everything gets wrapped up in an hour, and nothing truly terrible happens on them. They’re the perfect antidote to a stressful day, and a great preparation for a peaceful night. If you’re in the market for some good home improvement shows, I recommend any or all of them.

I am obsessed with all vintage and antique architectural details, but one of my favorites is door hardware – knobs, handles, knockers, and decorative hinges all fascinate me. So I thought today I’d share with you some of the loveliest, most striking, oddest ones I’ve come across. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

There are a few good websites where I found such things, so if you want to see more, go check out Retro Door Handles, Donna Lovelayd’s Old Door Knobs board, Old Good Things, Doorknobitry, and the Antique Door Knob Collectors of America website.

Note: if you’re viewing on a mobile device, I noticed a few of the photos don’t look right. However, if you click on it, you will be taken to Instagram, and that should fix it. I debated taking them out, but they’re just too good’

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Cool door handles of the Tiffany’s in Soho

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

15 thoughts on “Get a Grip:

  1. Love the photo knob examples and I have entered into the same obsessions.

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  3. The elephant is my fav.

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  4. Love these!! I do the same thing – HGTV is my go-to for relaxing… If I could get Joanna Gaines to decorate my house, I would just hand her my keys. 😉

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  5. I too rely on HGTV, surfing real estate sites for my relaxation and property porn… BUT, there’s nothing better than good knockers!

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  6. These are all great but I especially adore the elephant one. There was a store near where my Gran lived in Edinburgh called “Knobs and Knockers” (yes, we chuckled every time) and I would ogle all the super decorative door knockers in the window. I would love a super fancy door knocker but I think we will be very limited to a boring design because our storm doors close so tightly to our exterior house doors. One of my sisters just bought a glorious bumble bee door knocker and my other sister is considering a snail one.

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  7. My neighbor has the crab one. It lifts up to reveal the doorbell.

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