Behind My Red Door

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Rate THIS Space!!

I will never forget when I first laid my eyes on D’s home several years ago on Rate My Space, on HGTV’s website. I saw the photo of the exterior of her home and it was one of those take your breath away moments!! A stunning quintessential New England Cape Cod style home. Complete with breezeway, and dormers and shake shingles! And a RED front door. Since then D have corresponded over the years, at first through RMS and then our blogs and eventually through email.

So today it was very special for me finally to meet in person when Bonnie, Ashley and I made the trip to shoot her gardens and yard for the magazine. Well let me tell you, we had many of those take your breath away moments today … from the time we turned into the driveway until we toured the entire yard and it continued until we left several hours later. Can I just say now how hard it is for me to NOT show you this SPECTACULAR setting in all it’s glory right now??!! Oh how I wish I could. Every where we turned there were gardens and paths and stone walls and more gardens and bird feeders and planters and bird baths and another path and some seating and more gardens and a potting shed – all with the forest as a backdrop. And then there is the STUNNING pool area… with the stone patio all around it and pool house and seating areas and waterfall. D and her hubby have done an amazing job transforming their space into an oasis in the woods! I’d Rate This Space – Breath Taking! Here are just a few teasers…





Guess what is behind this fence?181

Just a little tease…171

Are you ready for a dip?

And if that wasn’t enough fun for one day, we then went inside and shot some photo’s of their gorgeous kitchen with soapstone counters and their prim dining room, both overlooking the gorgeous backyard!


And then we were served a delightful lunch. As Bonnie mentioned in the last post, we certainly do not expect to be fed as we know homeowners have a lot to do to get ready for a shoot and so often we pack our own brown bag lunch. When we are fed, it is simply a wonderful treat!

D made the most delicious crustless quiche


that she served with bread sticks and salad


with our choice of lemonade or peach tea.


This was the most delicious quiche I have EVER eaten – and I know quiche. It was an explosion of flavor in my mouth!! D was kind enough to share the recipe she got from Carolyn McMorrow-

Crustless Herb Quiche

10 eggs

1/2 Cup flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp seasoned salt

1/2 cup melted butter

1 TBSP of each oregano, parsley, basil, garlic, chive, chervil or any combination of these -she cut the herbs from her garden just before she made it.

preheat oven to 400 degrees

2 cups cottage cheese

1 lb Swiss cheese (or 12 Swiss -1/2 mozzarella)

Beat eggs together, stir in cheeses and butter, salt and pepper to taste and herbs.

Bake at 400 for 15 min

Lower heat to 350 degrees for 35-40 min.

Serve hot or cold.

And we ended the meal with a delicious Lavender Cake. We certainly left with our eyes and tummy’s full!! Thanks to D and her hubby for making us feel so welcome!

We really do get to meet the nicest people as we travel the roads of New England to capture the nicest homes and gardens for the magazine. How many people get to incorporate their real passion in their ‘jobs’? We feel very blessed to be doing this right now! We have been receiving the nicest compliments on the first issue of the magazine – many of you have said it is more like a book than a magazine. Thank you for all your kind words. We have been busy working v on the next issue and let me tell you this – we are committed to making it even better. Kristine has been working hard and you will not be disappointed!


And as a proud Grammee (or meemee as Lili now calls me) I have to share this video my son made at his home tonight. Lili is learning to walk!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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Prim hugs, Grammee Linda