Bluedoor Antiques and Elements

Bluedoor Antiques and Elements
Blue Door Antiques  - The Awesome Mitten
Photo By Ashlyn Oswalt.

For a casual antique hunter, walking into a shop with unique vintage finds can be somewhat intimidating.  Kim Needham at Bluedoor Antiques and Elements takes out the fear and replaces it with romantic wonder for the past.

Walking into Bluedoor, located at 946 Fulton Street E in Grand Rapids, is much like walking into a fairy tale.  Chandeliers canopy the ceiling like illuminated moss in a woodland forest and grand interior doors are propped along walls accompanying old world maps and elegant mirrors. Needham, who has owned the shop for two of the fourteen years it has been a Midtown fixture, feels lucky to be among such beautiful, historic pieces.

Bluedoor Antiques - The Awesome Mitten
Photo by Ashlyn Oswalt

“It’s an honor to be around these things!”she commented in regards to the beautiful pieces artfully placed around her shop.  Bluedoor consists of a conglomerate of sellers, although one might think each item is the brainchild of the owner herself, as they all seem to flow into the patina-ed idealism that is so prevalent in the peaceful shop.

With a range of large home fixtures like dining room tables and nightstands to terra cotta pots and unique wearable art, Bluedoor has something for the weekend explorer to the full on antique lover.  Many of  the items have been carefully restored, maintaining their magical essence, and some are simply left loved the way they have been for years.

A lover of the history of each piece, she simply makes sure the restoration, if any, has been respectful to the piece’s history, and lets the rest fall into place.  As long as the seller is careful not to destroy the foundation laid by history, she is eager to add it to the Bluedoor collection.  Her favorite antique in the store right now is a gorgeous 1880s gold painted gas chandelier, with its gas keys still attached.  “You will not find another like it,”she says.

Bluedoor Antiques - The Awesome Mitten
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Make a quick sweep through Bluedoor and you’ll find more than just the average run of the mill items-each piece is evidently thought out and cared for.  Needham does a lot of the work herself, filling the store with beautiful dressers, tables, and various focal points for any house.  Many quality dressers dating back to before the 1950s can be found with a fresh coat of paint and stunning new pulls added for under $500, which if you are not familiar with quality dresser prices, is quite a bargain for the quality!

Such a curated collection means that Bluedoor is a great place to go when you are looking for inspiration on how to decorate any room, but it is also an excellent source for salvaged materials; like hooks, old doors, and other

Bluedoor Antiques - The Awesome Mitten
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materials.  An entire section of their basement is dedicated to salvageable materials, most pulled from the beautiful, but crumbling, buildings of Detroit, bought at auction, and sold at Bluedoor for repurposing in the most unique of ways.  This is an excellent resource to add a punch to any DIY project.

So whether you are looking for inspiration for a living room remodel or have a few extra minutes before an appointment, make sure you pop in to Bluedoor, and give yourself ample time to feel the love and appreciation that is crafted into each piece.  As Needham puts it,”I can’t think of a place I’d rather be!”

Ashlyn Oswalt, Contributing Writer

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Hello all! I’m Ashlyn and a newcomer to the Mitten state. I hail from Chicago, but moved to Grand Rapids on a bit of a whim and couldn’t be more thrilled with my choice. I spend my free time dreaming up DIY projects (but not always finishing them), exploring the city with my dog, and eating lots of cheese. I’m madly in love with country music and often pretend that I have a shot at being a pro surfer (I’ve never set foot on a board, mind you). My background is in journalism and I have a high interest in sustainability and revitalization, which is really what this state is all about, right? But mostly, I just love the dickens out of everything here and wake up every morning excited for more! If you want more, follow me on Twitter @songonmypalm, although if the sun’s out, you can I’m nowhere near electronics.