Last week my wonderful hubby (aka Mr. Red Door) drove me all the way to Columbia, SC so I could shoot 2 gorgeous homes for the magazine. Isn’t he the best??
Ok, I left out the part about him going to see his folks in SC too. And I also left out the part of about me spending time with my dear friend Jill. But still, he drove all the way down and all the way back – about 15 hours each way – so for that and so many other reasons, he IS the best!!
We left Wednesday at noon and Thursday afternoon he dropped me off at Jill’s in Columbia and headed to Conway to spend time with his folks. He picked me up Sunday afternoon and we got home last night. It was 6 very full days and boy did I pack a lot in the time between when he dropped me off and came back for me. It’s going to take me sometime to upload all my pics, and sort them out but here is a quick synopsis of the trip.
On Friday I spent the day shooting Jill’s beautiful home. On Saturday, I was thrilled to finally meet Kathy (and her BFF Michelle) in person. We have been chatting and emailing for some time now so this was a special day for me. Jill had already met them and now it was my turn. And getting to shoot Kathy’s gorgeous home was the icing on the cake ~ I’ll get to those pics in a minute. On Sunday before my dear hubby picked me up for the looooong drive home, I snuck in a gathering with some wonderful prim friends I had met online ~ this was a long time in the making and another special day for me ~ more about that at another time.
Kathy lives in a southern bungalow on a tree lined street near downtown Columbia in a quaint neighborhood. The kind of neighborhood where the neighbors sit on each other’s porches after work sipping a cool beverage and where they look out for each other. As we were driving through the small streets, it was easy to see why Kathy chose this charming neighborhood.
From the minute we pulled up, it was clear why Jill had been saying “just you wait and see” so many times! The wide front porch was full of charm and the rocking chairs, prim table and lamp and braided rugs all said “come on up and sit a spell”.
And as welcoming as that was, I wanted inside! Kathy prefers a less is more colonial style and I was so eager to see it for myself!
Before a home gets approved for a shoot, along with the rest of the editorial team, I get to see quite a few pictures of the home. But nothing compares to walking inside for the first time. It certainly is one the perks of my job! This was no different and I was not disappointed! I will let you see for yourself….
Makes you want to see more doesn’t it??
After the shoot, we enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Michelle’s daughter Catherine. Kathy had wanted Jill and I to have a southern treat and did we ever! It was as pretty to look at as it was yummy to eat! It’s getting late so I’ll be blogging about that, my time at Jill’s, and Sunday’s gathering on my own blog ~Behind My Red Door ~ hopefully this weekend! And the next time I come back to this blog, you will be in for a treat with some sneak peeks of Jill’s gorgeous home! She and Jim have done so much since I was there in April 2010!
Thank you Kathy for allowing me the pleasure to share your home and for the wonderful meal and wonderful day!
Until next time ~ prim blessings and hugs, Linda