letting in the light

During our thirty-five years of marriage, we have had the privilege of building three houses. In two of those homes, we had a friend create leaded glass door surrounds. She is quite an artist, and she has the most charming Southern accent, combined with an animated and enthusiastic way of speaking. Plus she is a former teacher, a grandmother of triplets, a gracious hostess, a community leader, a style setter with her clothing, and even a great cook. So how she has time to do these huge projects, as well as the many smaller pieces she creates, is beyond my understanding. What energy! What a talent! How fortunate we were to have her do these for us.

The house we live in now we did not build. It needed some TLC when we purchased it, and there have been numerous projects that needed our touch in the nine years we have lived here. Some were crucial for the well-being of the structure, and we started our work with those.  Others were more aesthetic, and they came later in the process. Our front door was one of those subsequent undertakings.

The door itself is solid wood with a beautiful carved design – probably the most handsome door we have ever had. But around this door were narrow sidelights and a transom of plain glass. The light could come in, but it wasn’t stylish or even pleasing to look at. So we called our friend and asked if she could, once again, work her magic for us.

It is as unique as the other two she created, and just as wonderful. This time her husband, the owner of a building supply store and a talented pianist himself, came and installed it (rather than our builder, as was previously done). That in itself was a treat, because she had lots of advice for him as she sat on our stairs and watched him work. He ignored it all as if he didn’t hear her. He finally said, “I know what I am doing here,” and even though he may not have done it just as she said (after all, with all her talent and hard work, she has never installed one herself), it is perfect.

This is what our front door looks like now from the inside of our front hall:

leaded glass door surround

And in the morning, when the sun shines through, this is the enchanting sight on the wall opposite the door:


Look closely and you’ll see that it really is magical:


A combination of God’s bright light and our friend’s talent. We feel very blessed in our home sweet home.

9 thoughts on “letting in the light

  1. Leigh Anne says:

    What a beautiful doorway, an entry to your home! She is truly an artist! We built our house 20 years ago and I have always said I want to build another one to fix the mistakes we made the first time!

  2. Wow! Gorgeous! I LOVE hand-crafted things, and when its a friend who gifts you with her talent, its even better! Thanks for the pictures!

  3. Tara Smith says:

    Stunning – especailly those rainbows. Magical, indeed!

  4. What a way to welcome people into your home. Just lovely!

  5. Thank you for sharing your beautiful light display on your wall. The art work is such a blessing.

  6. Two years and finishing strong... says:

    It is so beautiful….thanks for that happy picture today. Your house looks amazing. xo

  7. blkdrama says:

    Enjoy your labor of love 😉

  8. jen b. says:

    So beautiful, and your writing is just as warm!

  9. Judy C. says:

    Handcrafted items are so special and your door is absolutely awesome. How lucky you are to have a friend so talented. Thanks for sharing the pics from both sides.

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