Each state has its own vibe and persona. Often, you can guess a home’s location based on its exterior alone.
After all, architectural styles vary enormously between states. From cottage-style homes in the Northeast, to manors in the South, to Pueblo-style Western builds, you can tell a lot about a home’s location from its front doors.
Furniture company Joybird explored this idea a bit more in a recent series of illustrations depicting the front door of all 50 United States. The images vary greatly, and that’s thanks to the different cultures, weather, home styles, foliage, and affiliations that often depend on your state of residence.
As design lovers, we’re most intrigued by the design and architectural characteristics that are most prevalent in each state––a desert-mod ranch in California, a Southwestern pueblo in New Mexico, or a quaint, Cape Cod in Massachusetts,” said Joybird.
“For that reason, we put our team of graphic designers and digital creators to work, illustrating the front doors of homes in all 50 U.S. states, based on each state’s most common architectural style as well as other unique features that distinguish each state.”
What would every state look like reimagined as its front door? We’ve selected five images that capture five distinct states. If you don’t see your state included, head on over to the site and scroll through the alphabetized list!
A log cabin homestead was the inspiration for the architectural style of this Alaskan front door. Cabin-style homes embody the wilderness feel of the state, and rely mostly on wood and natural materials to garner that cozy, homey feeling. Accompanying a snow drift, snow boots can also be spotted near the front door as well as a fishing pole. After all, Alaska is known for its fresh, abundant seafood.
This image was inspired by the Southern Victorian architectural style of many Georgian and Southern homes, with a white facade and columns. Victorian-era architecture followed the Georgian and late Georgian period, which was characterized by generously proportioned rooms in typically three-story residences where families lived on the first two floors and servants occupied the smaller third story. The illustrators also included a basket of peaches as well as a sign representing the beloved Alabama A&M Bulldogs.
French Creole style homes were a special design that suited the hot, wet climate of the Mississippi Valley, and especially Louisiana. Many of these homes include french doors, wide porches, and large windows—Like seen in this image representing Louisiana's front door. Additionally, the porch is adorn with native flowers and wrapped with vines.
The architectural inspiration for this illustration was Midwest Craftsman. A Craftsman house is a popular home style that emerged in the beginning of the 20th century and was a backlash against the mass-produced, Industrial Revolution-fueled Victorian architecture. Craftsman architecture relies on natural materials and forms, and pays homage to what humans can make with their own hands. In this illustration, we see the wood, stone, and columns that often accompany these homes, especially in places like Michigan.
This rustic illustration takes inspiration from modern mountain ranch home designs. While not technically a true architectural style, these homes feature wood and stonework, large picturesque windows, and a love for nature, fresh air, and incredible views. Most mountain-style homes feature rustic materials and are designed for mountainous or rugged terrain with the ability to also be built on hillsides, which is why it’s the perfect style for a Montana home. In the image, you can see a pair of cowboy boots, a decorative wheel, and lantern lights above the door. To the right, you can also see a pine tree.