Deb Cohen

I’m Deb Cohen, and I started The Front Door Project in the summer of 2014 as a way to motivate myself to get outside, exercise and pay more attention to my surroundings. Noticing the details of the houses in my beautiful hometown of West Hartford, Connecticut made me feel happy and appreciative of the world around me.  I began photographing homes with a primary focus on the front door, which is a welcoming focal point.

Social media provided the means to share my photographs and a ready audience to follow along, and my new-found interest soon led to exploring other local area towns in my free time.  My “project” has led to deeper interests in architecture, local history and historic preservation and came at a time in my life when I needed some inspiration. Please join me as I continue my everyday travels and explorations of other towns and places.

If you are interested in collaborating with me, please reach out via my Contact page. See what else I have to offer on my Services page. Thanks for dropping by!

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  1. Hi Deb
    I love your images and the name of your blog. Since so many people alllll over the world absolutely love to shoot front doors, have you thought of opening up your blog to other peoples shots?
    {Having an area where you show other peoples front doors and maybe a bit of a chat about the doors}.
    I have thought about this myself… I live in a beautiful little area of Los Angeles called Eagle Rock and I started shooting some front doors in my “hood” around the hollidays. I am a graphic designer
    and design professor… I thought wouldn’t it be great to collect images from friends and newly met friends from around the country and world… for example my friend Kerri went off to Europe with a pal and all her shots were these amazing doors… so would you like to collaborate with me? Let me know.
    Bonnie
    here is my handle on instagram:
    bonnietanaka
    tanakastudents_type
    http://www.krop.com/bonnietanaka

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  2. I think it’s so wonderful that your “project” led to so many new interests. I’m looking forward to following along in your travels and discoveries!!

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  3. So nice to meet you Deb!
    I am trying to research some Hartford history- I came across your name from looking at comments at CTMQ.org. (He is a little snarky/intimidating) But I saw your friendly comment and thought maybe I could reach out to you instead. You have a warm way of writing. (LOL)
    If you are open to some questions about Hartford history- please email me!
    Thanks.

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      Hi Laura! I’m so sorry for the delayed response. I have been away 🙂 I would love to see what I can help you with – feel free to email me via the contact page on my blog!

  4. Wow, someone else who loves taking photos of doors! When I’m in Greece all summer, I just can’t help myself and take lots of door photos. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your photos.

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  5. What a wonderful idea for inspiration! I love the pictures of the local architecture and the accompanying history and look forward to seeing more! 🙂

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      Thanks, Terri! CT and New England in general have so much architectural history – I have more ideas than I do time, which is a good problem to have as a blogger! Thanks for visiting, and hopefully I’ll see you over on Thursday Doors! I have been posting there for the last few months fairly regularly 🙂

  6. Nice to meet you, Deb. Thank you for stopping by my blog. A door project, very clever subject for a blog. I photographed some beautiful doors and windows when I was in Italy two years ago. I will try to round them up and share. Blessings in 2016!

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      I would love to see your doors and windows from Italy! No doubt they are beautiful. Italy is on my very long list of places I would love to go!

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  7. Hi Deb… I’m so glad you found my blog which led me to yours. Doors have always been intriguing to photograph. It’s fun to wonder what goes on behind some of them, and learning the history of the homes they lead you into. Your photographs are incredible.
    You mentioned the Vineyard when you commented in my blog… any pictures of doors from there 🙂
    -Joan-

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      Hi Joan! Thanks for commenting! Many people do seem to love doors for whatever reason. They really can make or break a house, I think, as far as aesthetics! I do have a TON of Vineyard pics. I think I will be posting some this winter to help everyone get a break from their winter doldrums 🙂

  8. I liked your blog. I liked your author’s voice. I tried to follow you but couldn’t find the follow button. I saw it in Home when I came. After a few reads in your About page, I couldn’t find it again.

  9. Hi Deb,

    Your Instagram page is my absolute favorite. I was wondering if you remembered, awhile back someone had suggested an amazing all around architecture book to you in one of the posts and I was killing myself trying to find it. Not sure if you remember or if you had any suggestions yourself? I didn’t know if it was A Field Guide to American Houses?

    Best,
    Allie

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      Hi Allie! Thanks so much for your kind words and for following along! The book I use the most is the exact one you mention, by Virginia Savage McAlester. I think it’s great – tons of photos and easy to follow descriptions. A really thorough, comprehensive guide of all domestic architectural styles in the U.S. If you have an interest in a specific type of architecture then you could always get a more detailed book about that. For example, I have also purchased some books specifically about CT colonial architecture. Let me know if you purchase the book and if so what you think.
      Happy New Year!
      Deb

  10. Love doors,knockers and windows. They say so much about the history of the place. In 100 years people will be baffled by my house. FUN !

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  11. Hi Deb, just had a look at all your doors and loved them! So very different from how houses and doors look where I live. Looking forward to seeing more!

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      Thank you Katya! Apologies for the late reply – I have been under the weather! I was in London a few years ago and could kick myself now for not taking door photos. I have just a handful from visiting the Cotswolds so I must come back for more!!

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