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Obsessed With: Em.el Decorative Architraves

Posted Sunday, May 17, 2015 in: Obsessed With Dare to DIY Guest Nerd

Every so often I come across a building or interior design product that is so clever I wonder why no-one has thought of it before. That was the case when I first came across em.el Decorative Architrave, a nifty product created by a very nice Perth-based husband and wife team, Mark and Lorna Spear. 

Do you know those standard metal bull-nosed door frames that seem to be in every second Australian house? They’re widespread and practical – but not all that pretty. We have them in our 1970s house. We once thought about knocking one out when we tossed up changing our ensuite door to a cavity slider to save space, but these metal door frames are SUPREMELY solid – knocking them out is not easy. In fact, I actually remember sitting in a uni lecture once and it being said if there is an earthquake or a tornado and you have those metal doorframes in your home, one of the safest places to hide out is under them. (I am not sure why I learned this in a Bachelor of Arts journalism degree).

An em.el decorative architrave on this standard bullnose doorframe takes it from plain to stunning. All photos by Heather Robbins of Red Images Fine Photography

Anyway – so while these door frames have their place in natural disasters, they are not very, well, attractive. So Mark and Lorna created a series of beautiful decorative architraves that you slip over the top of these metal bull-nose door frames and fix with an acrylic sealant – turning your average-looking door into a gorgeous one, like the above. “We realised that it was not possible to just replace the frames as it would cause a huge amount of damage to the door opening and the surrounding wall, so we came up with a design that could cover the metal frame and provide a beautiful frame with a stunning decorative architrave,” says Lorna. “All rooms look finished and complete with a beautiful frame!”

English-born husband-and-wife couple Lorna and Mark Spear saw a niche in the WA market and created their product to suit. Photos by Heather Robbins of Red Images Fine Photography.

Mark and Lorna came to Australia from the UK with their three kids almost four years ago

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