Behind My Red Door

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

When one door closes…


…another one opens of course! But sometimes we still are sad to see that door close and that is the case for many of us who are fans of my friend Kathy’s Home on the Hill in New Brunswick, CA. You see today, Kathy and Stephen close the door on the cottage they built 10 years ago as their retirement home. A lot of love, time and hard labor went into building that cottage. Stephen and Kathy did a lot of work themselves. Even as recently as last summer Stephen added a gorgeous stone patio, fence and arbor to the property. They make an awesome team with Stephen building and Kathy decorating and pulling it all together. But when they built what they thought would be their forever home, they were not grandparents yet. So living out in the country seemed right. And it was right ~ for a season or ten. But now with 4 young granddaughters and a grandson coming literally any day, living in the country is not where their hearts are anymore. They want to be closer to their family and church among other things. So today, that is exactly what is happening. They are packing up the very last of their belongings from the country and moving to their brand new town home in the city.

Kathy and Stephen so graciously allowed me to share with you some of the different seasons at their now former Home on the Hill ~ both inside and out. For all the Webshots gals who, like me, spent many happy times looking at Kathy's Home on the Hill albums, this our chance to say goodbye to the home we all fell in love with.



It isn’t just that Kathy decorated so nicely,P1030157



but it was easy to see that she put a lot of care into her home as well. P1030856

Whether it was using things she inherited from family like her grandmothers pantry…P1050531


or something Stephen built especially for her…P1050872







P1040250 Kathy made us all want to stop over and share a cup of tea with her.







Kathy, So while we are sad to say goodbye to your cottage, I know many of your friends, family will be thinking of you and Stephen as you close the door on one season and open a brand new one in your gorgeous brand new town home on James Street! P1050714_2

I know it is a bittersweet time leaving the Home on the Hill that you put so much into, but I also know for you both the sweet outweighs the bitter because where your family is, that is where you are most at home. A new season in a new home with a new decorating style, closer to family and church – it’s an exciting new beginning for you.

And even though it was our shared loved of antiques and primitives that brought us together on Webshots, and even though for a time I will miss all the primitives that aren’t making the trip with you ~ it is because we both always agree that ~ the best things in life are not really THINGS at all ~ that our friendship endures.

Best wishes and many blessings in this new season dear friend.


Speaking of doors, a big new door opened for our niece Jamie as she married her college sweetheart Will at the gorgeous Simsbury Inn in CT this weekend.

Jamie was a stunny bride!!


The flower girls were too cute!!010Her dress was stunning!


016 Jamie and Will were charming as they danced their first dance…


… and we all loved the pretty turquoise shoes Jamie wore ~ what a fun twist!



The food was delicious and Mr. Red Door and I enjoyed a wonderful evening with his side of the family…


…his parents, who have been visiting from SC all week and…


…his sister ~ the Mother of the Bride…


and all 3 of our grown kids. (Lili stayed with her other Grammy and Grampy.)

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Because our family is so small it is not often that we get to celebrate such a special event so we decided to make a family weekend of it. Mr. Red Door reserved rooms for all of us to stay over night at the Inn so we could celebrate late into the night.

Mr. Red Door and I had the room on the top floor just to left of the left chimney!

It looked like this inside!

I highly recommend a wedding ceremony and reception at an Inn where the guest can simply take the elevator to their rooms at the end of the evening. It really made for a wonderful weekend! And we wish Will and Jamie many many years of love and laughter together

This special week closed with a family dinner here last night. Great Grandma R had to get in some more Lili time. They got along famously of course!

005 We hope we made many memories to hold us through until the next time we can all be together here Behind My Red Door.

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Here Behind My red Door, many actual doors will be closing as well.

Yes it is time. It really has to be done.

The bathroom and bedroom and office doors will be closed all the time now.

But all for a very good reason I promise….

Yes ~ this little beanut is crawling around!!


So now it’s time to baby proof Grammy’s house!!

A trip to Toys R Us is in order. I see gates and latches in my future!


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Thank you to everyone who has chosen to stop by. I know there are so many things you want and need to do each day with your time. I hope that you too are able to enjoy special times with those you love. Whether it is something as momentous as a wedding or even just some snuggles between the generations, 002

I hope you are making your days count as well.

As always, thank you to each fan, friend, and follower for making Behind My Red Door part of your day! And thank you for taking the time to comment when you can.

Until next time – hugs, Grammy Linda