Behind My Red Door

Friday, August 27, 2010

I have been craving pumpkin!!

Did you feel the chill in the air this morning? Here in our neck of the woods it was in the very low 50’s… wonderfully cool and chilly 50’s. Sleep with the window open and pull up all the covers 50’s. Sipping spiced chai teas 50’s. Yummy break from the heat and humidity 50’s. And it sure got me thinking about and craving pumpkin.

No… not these kind of pumpkins…


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And not even my favorite wool pumpkin runner…


but a very different kind of pumpkin. But more about that in a minute!

First I wanted to show you where Audrey and I went the other day. After 4 days of very much needed rain, the clouds parted and it was a perfect day for an outing. Our shopping buddy Bonnie couldn’t make it so I drove north and picked up Audrey … at her awesome and very prim home.This was my first time inside and I am kicking myself for not taking my camera in with me. It is chock full of eye candy! You can get a few glimpses into her home on her blog Audrey’s Prim World if you click ~HERE~. You have to check out the gorgeous stenciling she just did!! So after I drooled a bit, off we went with our lunches in tow.

Our first stop was in Baldwinville, MA at Primitives Fore Ewe. It is a really cute little store and it was all decked out for fall including mums outside…


and pumpkins and crows inside.


There are lamps and lighting, rugs and placemats…

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gorgeous textiles,008 and even some Christmas goodies!012


To find our more about Primitives Fore Ewe, just click on the name and please tell Cindy and Tracy I sent you!

Up next was Country Mischief in Templeton, MA. I have blogged about it several times because it is a great place to shop. It is HUGE and full of prim and colonial goodies. It is housed in a 19 room home built in 1770! These pictures I snagged from their website:







It is also home to the Mischievous Chef, a wonderful restaurant. In the cooler months, you can eat inside by the fire and in nicer months the huge screened in porch, shaded by old trees is the perfect place for a meal. After Audrey and I explored every room, the smells coming from the kitchen finally got to us and we decided that despite having packed lunch, we just had to eat there. It was gorgeous on the porch and we both thoroughly enjoyed one of the specials, a spinach, red pepper and parmesan quiche. Now where is Bonnie when we needed her?? No pictures of the meal folks, sorry! But trust me, it was delightful! To find out more about Country Mischief and the Mischievous Chef, just click ~HERE~.

With full tummies we headed off to another quaint little store in a nearby town but unfortunately, it was quite empty. I had been there several times with Jill and we always found something to take away. Not this time. It was really quite sad. So we called it a day and headed for home!

All of my goodies came from our first stop. I needed a new rug in the kitchen by the sink and found one to match the other by the back door.


And I got a nice homespun towel for the bathroom.


I love the coloring – sort of a mushroom and dark mustard plaid.


And I found a really cute little iron candle holder.


It was just the small touch I needed here.


But more important than coming home with goodies, was time spent with a good friend!

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Okay, back to craving pumpkin! One of the benefits of doing all these photo shoots is that we get to see a wide variety of styles of prim decor and all that goes into a prim home. And they can be a source of much inspiration. And that is what brings me to pumpkin. We have photographed a few REALLY nice pieces of furniture painted in a pumpkin color. I have been so drawn to them! I have seen pieces painted in shades of pumpkin in shops for years but seeing them in use really has inspired me. Here are snippets of two very different styles and in very different shades of pumpkin. 2204862670102434765FcsSKN_fs 2070502680102434765AyxTBa_fs

They each inspired me get brave and not stick to my usual black, tan, red and mustard shades and I decided to add some pumpkin to our home and that is what I did this weekend. I started with this piece from the master bathroom. I got it a few years ago at Apple Hill in NH.

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It was fine the way it is but I wanted a change so here it is now along with a pumpkin colored towel I bought last year that I used as a color match. Not bad!


I love how it looks with my redware pieces. The paint I used was Anita’s Acrylic Craft paint in Terra Cotta. It reminds me of the back of my better redware pieces and so I thought that was a good place to start. After sanding and distressing it, I went over it with the toner from Caromal Colours paint and then gave it a top coat of a Minwax Satin finish polyacrylic.


Depending on the lighting, it looks a little more like salmon than pumpkin so I decided to try another small piece in another shade of pumpkin.

This piece in my kitchen already had a textured aged finish but I thought it too would look great in pumpkin.

038This time I took the Terra Cotta paint and added a little of a dark orange, barn red and black to it and tested it on the back.


I actually like this color better than the Terra Cotta alone.


I finished this the same way.


And just for comparison sake, here they are, side by side…


So what do YOU think? Are you craving pumpkin too? are you brave enough to step outside your comfort zone and add a new color to your home?

I think I am going to try one more shade next time. Something a bit more ‘golden pumpkin.” After all, it is just paint and if I don’t like it, I can paint it again, right? I have a feeling I'll be adding touches of it to every room in the house soon. And who knows, maybe after you see full size photo’s of those inspiration pieces in future issues of A Primitive Place magazine, you will be as intrigued as I was and maybe together we will start a whole new trend in prim decor! Now if I can find some year round textiles in pumpkin, I’ll be all set!

I have also been painting another piece – a much bigger piece and no, not in pumpkin this time. I am using the Caromal Colours line of paints for this piece. I’ll have that to show you the next time I come back!

To each of my 720 followers and those who stop by just because, thanks so much for making time to make Behind My Red Door part of your day!

Until next time, hugs, Grammee Linda

Saturday, August 21, 2010

It won’t be long…

… until this…


is what I ACTUALLY see instead of just WISHING for it. There is a real chill in the air this morning and it feels WONDERFUL! I am so over the summer heat and humidity and so ready for socks and sweaters and a nip in the air every morning. I want to make soups and stews and chili and sip my chai tea and gather bittersweet and pumpkins. I have so many fun things on the calendar for the fall too. Some are for the magazine and just for me, and some for me and family and friends! There is a lot to look forward as the days of summer dwindle down. I will do my best to make each day a good one – while dreaming of the days to come!

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Has this ever happened to you? You are doing an errand and you hear your cell phone ring. By the time you fish the darn thing out of your purse, it is too late. Missed another call! That happened to me too so I have always looked for purses with a pocket on the outside just for my phone. But that really limited what I could buy. Too big – too small – too many buckles and rivets – too expensive – you name it. So recently I have been on the lookout for a cute solution to this problem and my prim friend Teresa from the APP forum had just what I was looking for. She listed some adorable wool cell phone/camera sleeves last week that solved my problem! I liked them so much, I bought one for my phone and one for my point and shoot digital camera too.


In the picture below you can see my phone fits perfectly inside. The hardware on these is great – the secure latch swivels. I can quickly detach it from my purse to take it with me if need be. Functional, prim and wool – you can’t beat that!!


Click ~HERE~ for her blog and from her blog it is just a click away to her Etsy and online web shoppes as well. Teresa makes all kinds of wonderful Folk Art and Prim goodies as well. This is a picture from one of the shows she has done.


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If you also follow A Primitive Place blog, you know that Bonnie, Ashley and I have been quite busy since the spring shooting homes for the magazine. We are now taking a short break from that but we have some events planned in the meantime to promote the magazine, meet some of the readers and find new homes. If you live in New England or plan to be in the area next month, you can find out the details about the events in September by clicking ~HERE~. You can also see a sneak peak at a gorgeous home we photographed this past week!

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Many of you know that we have family dinner here once a week and last night after dinner, we took Lili to one of the local ice cream stands that we took our kids to when they were little. After a few licks of her daddy’s chocolate soft serve, she was more interested in the empty cone and plastic spoon. I love watching her face as when she is so intent on making one thing fit inside another!! And I love those curls that she gets from her daddy and my daddy!

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Right now it is time to get ready for that sweet little girl to come by for a few hours so her mommy and daddy can get some things done today. So with that, I will leave you with a few peeks of another wonderful home we shot recently. ENJOY!



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Until next time, prim hugs, Grammee Linda

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