Sunday, July 13, 2008

open house

The barn open house was a huge success and so much fun! It was a scorcher, but we served traditional summer refreshments: ice-cold lemonade, watermelon, and baked goods served on an over-sized antique ironing board.

My mom and I, taking a breather on the front porch, hosted over 50 people throughout the afternoon, including good friends and all those that contributed to the barn renovation. This doesn't include all of the people that stopped to take photos of the wildflower meadow with the barn back drop. In fact, while getting ready for the guests to arrive, a wedding coordinator spontaneously walked up the driveway and asked if we'd mind if they had their wedding photo shoot in front of the meadow later in the day...which meant right in the middle of the the open house. Of course, we welcomed them all.

I couldn't resist taking a few pictures myself!

The 94 year old woodworker, who made my mother's art supply cabinet, came by with a barn-warming gift.

The architect, Bob Jefferies and his wife Ann, drove seven hours from Boston to surprise us with his first visit to the barn.
The meadow has been attracting so much more than just bees and butterflies...we never know who will pull into the driveway, and we're making new friends all the time.

What an incredible day! So glad we could share it with you too.

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  1. Looks like a fantastic celebration. Please give my wishes for many creative hours , days and years in that beautiful , nature filled environment. I love that last picture and I am glad I read the post to discover that indeed it was an antique ironing board. I can't believe I passed on of those up at value village a few months ago.

  2. Oh, I LOVE the friar stopping by! That's just too perfect. He looks like St. Francis standing in front of the meadow. Everything looks so lovely!

  3. Wow, looks like a wonderful day. I can't wait to see the inside. I am anxiously anticipating that post!

  4. Bad Blogger--it ate my comment!

    Please thank your mom for opening up and sharing her space with everyone. The barn is such a joyful, creative place, and I feel good every time I'm in it. My son and I had a wonderful time playing in the kids' corner with the vintage chunky wooden puzzles and blocks. It felt like being in a treehouse and a meadow all at the same time because of the low windows. I think we all need time in a special space like that every week to recharge our creative energy!

  5. What a wonderful day. I'm so happy for you all that this treasure is finally a beautiful home.

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