Behind My Red Door

Behind My Red Door

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Keeping it real…



Life isn’t always sunshine and lollipops so I have to warn you, because of some new developments in my life, I am going to have to be REALLY EXCITED about something to take the time out to make a blog post. More on those new developments in a bit because I can barely keep my excitement about some new treasures to myself!!

This week I needed some stress reducing therapy and for me, my home provides just that. Luckily I had recently purchased a few new things and the timing was perfect for some hard work, cleaning, moving furniture and tweaking.

For some time now, I have admired a lamp in my friend Linda Babb’s gorgeous home. You may know Linda as the Primitive Stitcher. Linda’s colonial home is one of my all time favorites! And aside from her home, she is one of the sweetest gals you could ever meet online and I am honored to call her friend!

You can see the lamp on the beside table that I am talking about in Linda’s master bedroom?? lamp
Linda and I happen to have a sweet friend in common, Kat Joyes. Kat and I met online not too long ago and we just hit it off right away and I am so looking forward to meeting her in person when I head to SC this fall. She lives just minutes from Jill – how cool is that! She and Jill will me meeting soon and I am so excited to hear about it!! Well Kat also has a colonial inspired home that I love and admire too ! Okay, I’ll admit, I drool over both homes. Since Kat also has exquisite taste, she has the exact same light fixture in her gorgeous home…
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Can you see why I had to have this 5 arm tin candelabra??

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Now that I am a working girl, I saved my hard earned pennies and starting looking for one when Kat found this one at a wonderful store in NC called the Whistling Swan. She is a devote customer and she put me in touch with the store and they shipped the lamp out to me. Thanks Kat for your help!! Like colonial décor? Then click ~here~ to see all the other eye candy that the Whistling Swan carries!



So earlier this week, on my first day home alone in ages, I was giddy with excitement when the brown truck drove up! After several rough days and dealing with some bad news, I was already cleaning and tweaking and in need of some decorating therapy when it got delivered. The timing was simply perfect!



I had to borrow bulbs from other light fixtures and I had to move furniture around but finally, I had it in place… 1



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That’s my new antique dough box table that it is sitting on. Another reason for my giddiness! I just love this corner. In order to put the dough box table here, the dry sink had to be moved and my antique blue desk had to be moved to make room for the dry sink – and well, the daybed moved to our lower level family room so I have guest suite when needed. You know how that goes, you move one thing and you create a domino effect! I am not sure when I will have time to make a post again, but I hope to have more pictures of all that tweaking the next time.

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Now please promise me you won’t try to compare my home to Linda’s or Kat’s– it can’t possibly measure up, but if you want to see more of Linda’s home and find out her big news, you can click ~HERE~! And if you want a little peek of Kat’s home, you can click ~HERE!



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Ever since this sweet little girl with the head full of curls, a smile that makes melts, a heart full of love, and who lights up my life with her hugs and kisses came into our lives almost 2 years ago, I have become pretty adept at managing my time. Helping my folks, caring for her for her 3 afternoons a week, working part time for the magazine at home and ‘on the road’, being the keeper of our home and yard, and spending time with the rest of the family and my friends have given me a wonderfully full blessed life. And just recently I thought to myself - I think I have finally found a good balance.


064But then life sometimes has a way of shaking us up and making us look at things in a whole new light. And that is what happened to me recently.

Last week my dear mom had to spend time in the hospital where she was treated for an extremely elevated blood glucose level, extremely low blood pressure, kidney failure and two infections. My sister and I took turns staying with Mom 24/7 because it was all so very upsetting to her. The Alzheimer’s coupled with the very high blood glucose made her very confused. It was simply gut wrenching to see the sheer panic in her eyes every time she woke up after dozing off and she didn’t know where she was or why. It happened over and over and over. It was just awful.



The medical team quickly got her stabilized and because of my nursing background and because my sister would be there every night, she was able to go home in a matter of days. But she went home with the new diagnosis of diabetes and kidney failure and she now needs even more constant monitoring, blood testing and insulin injections ~ something she cannot do for herself. Unfortunately my sister works full time, I don’t live right around the corner from my folks, my job takes me ‘out of town’ periodically and I cannot do the things I need to do for mom with Lili in tow, so careful planning is key to managing all this. A few months ago my sister moved in with my folks and thankfully she works very close to our parents home. That makes it much easier for her an I to work in tandem to test my mom’s glucose levels twice a day, give her an insulin injection at a third time, manage her dietary needs and help my dad with his needs as well. She has taken on the role of caregiver with gusto and she has made it possible for me to sleep at night knowing she is there when I can’t be. She is my hero right now! My parents gave us a wonderful childhood, and have been wonderful grandparents to our children and they deserve the very best life we can give them. We are determined to handle this new challenge with the least amount of stress for them.

I know many of my friends and blog readers are doing the same for their parents or loved ones and understand the time commitment this takes. So if you don’t see me around, you’ll know where I am or who I am with.

And when I need some therapy, I’ll be back to tweaking, taking pictures and sharing it all with you ~ because you all are part of my therapy too! Late at night when I can’t sleep, I grab my Ipad, curl up on the couch so I don’t disturb Mr. Red Door, and sneak into your blogs and online albums and websites. I hope I don’t wake you!



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Today I am thankful for:


My sister Chris


Modern slow acting insulin


Nutritional labels on foods


Simple to use blood meters

And as we move into the Memorial Weekend, I am once again reminded how thankful I am for those who have died in our nation's service, those who served and returned home, and those still serving. Thank you

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Until next time – hugs, Linda

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

No more Red Door?

 

When you buy a house built and designed by someone else, you often have to live with some of their choices – or spend a great deal of money changing them. And anyone who has been reading my blog for any length of time knows that this is not my dream house and that Mr. Red Door is extremely conservative in spending, so I have been living with many of the choices of the original owners of this home since we bought it in 1986 ~ we are only the second owners. (Did I ever tell you the original owners moved into this house on the same day Mr. Red Door and I got married?? How cool is that?)

And if you know me, you also know that I choose to decorate with warm colors ~ inside or out. But I have to live with the exterior white aluminum trim and windows as well as the faded cream vinyl siding. Yes, I know you can paint siding and aluminum trim these days, but we aren’t kids anymore and we don’t need to add ‘siding paint upkeep’ to our chore list.

So instead I have come up with other ways to warm up the exterior. Fortunately we have a colonial style front door with side lights and architectural fan design to work with.  In the last two years I have used a warm color on the formerly white garage doors, entry step (who says they have to be gray?) light post and mailbox post. And of course there was my RED door (and red window boxes on the garage windows).

Well this spring the RED front door screamed out that it needed to be repainted and because there was not enough of the old paint, I needed to purchase new paint. A prefect excuse to go for a change in the color RED to warm up the front even more, right?  And I knew EXACTLY the color I wanted! Thanks to my good friend Dan Weaver,  a writer for A Primitive Place magazine, keeper of the blog over at Yesterday Once More, decorator extraordinaire, and a general all around nice guy, I choose the same color he used on some of his interior trim work and on his front door as well.  When I saw that color inside his home and heard him describe it, I knew it was going to become part of my décor at some point.

Let me introduce you to Behind My Kiln Door ~Yes, the color is called Kiln by Martha Stewart at Home Depot. It is a very warm brown red and I love it. To me it is reminiscent of the barn red I love and have used since the very beginning of my love affair with colonial décor. 024

In these first few pics I was letting the paint cure  hadn’t rehung my door box yet. 031

These were taken after rain on Sunday so the garden and grass colors really were that vibrant. 033

I think Martha choose the perfect name for this paint after all…redware and shoe mold

… it reminds me of my favorite item to collect and decorate with…017

~ redware ~ which of course is fired in a kiln. sponging

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 Here it is with the door box back on in the sun yesterday…018

 

and under gray skies today…026

No, that’s not snow… see our cherry tree below… isn’t it pretty? Yesterday….003

and today… it’s already loosing it’s beautiful blossoms and the forsythia are dropping too.023

Thanks Dan for finding just the right color for your door ~ and mine!  Next I need to paint the new window boxes I got for Mother’s Day! 016

To see Dan’s door and the rest of his wonderful home, click ~HERE~.

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I just have to share a cute picture of my favorite little person in the whole world!! Last week as we were playing outside, Fed Ex delivered the big box with Lili’s new climber/slide. She saw the picture on the box and got all excited so I knew I had to put it together right away. Bampee installed some anchoring screws when he got home but I got the pieces snapped together in minutes. It was pretty darn easy! Lili climbed up on it and sat on the top and said “Meemee – I happy. I love it! ” I quickly snapped this with my cell phone. Lili you make Meemee happy! photom

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Today I am thankful for~

Chocolate covered strawberries

Lili’s expanding vocabulary

Spring blossoms

Fresh asparagus

Disposable diapers

Thanks so much for stopping by and making Behind My Red Door part of you day.

Until next time – warm hugs, Linda