A busy summer and The French Door

    A busy summer and The French Door

    I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted on the blog.  Here’s what’s been happening in my world.

    Since the end of school I made the decision to stop having paint workshops for the summer and start them up again in August at our new location, The French Door.

    I have not picked up my professional camera since May.  I know bad blogger.  But I did take some pics on my iphone.  My goal for this summer is just to relax and have fun.  We are opening the new store in August and I know I’ll be very busy, so in the meantime. R & R.

    June 1st – June 8th we rented a camp in Grand Isle, Louisiana.  It’s a couple of hours from home.  We had all of our kids, their significant others and grandchildren all together. We fished, relaxed, played and bonded. We stayed at a camp called “Makin Waves“.  It was amazing!  It was clean and updated.  Had wifi and a fully stocked kitchen.  The beds were comfortable and the view was awesome.  We were right on the beach.  You can click on the name to find out more and to see pictures of this amazing camp.  If you go to Grand Isle, we highly recommend this camp.

    These are just a few pics I snapped of the view from the back porch/balcony.

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    It was very peaceful and relaxing.

     

    Went home for a few day and loved on this little girl.
    A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

    Went by my booth at Chic & Shabby to restock paint and waxes.

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    A few days later left for a Disney cruise with these ladies.  I have to say it was the most beautiful cruise ship I’ve been on.  Clean and immaculate. The service was excellent.  We enjoyed every moment. But it was HOT when we went on the excursions.  It was well worth it!

    A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

    The view from our stateroom.

    A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

    Here I am swimming the beautiful ocean in the Bahamas.  Ahhhhhh.  Refreshed and regenerated!  The water was perfect.

    A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

    When I get back to Franklin, we have progress at the building.  The previous tenant is finally moving out!  He was supposed to be out by May 1st.  That didn’t happen.  It’s now the end of June.

    A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

    So I took one last trip to the beach.  My daughters, son in law and granddaughter took off for Orange Beach, Alabama to celebrate the 4th of July week.

    This was a beautiful sunset one evening.

    A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

    The fireworks show was spectacular!

    A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

    It was hard to leave this view, but I have a conference to go to!

    A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

    So home for a few days and Sadie is like Ok mom are you staying home now??
    A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

    But then it was off to New Orleans for the Iconnect retreat.  I learned from other successful women, walked around the city with my friend Toni and listed to live jazz music. We stayed at the Bourbon Orleans.  Bad blogger again, I have no pics of the lovely hotel.  It was a great experience!

    A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

    This was the view from the balcony off of our room.

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    A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

    Live music each night in the hotel bar.

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    Sights around the city!
    A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!
    A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

    A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

     

    Now finally back to Franklin to stay!!  The building is empty now.  I am going to give you a tour, but please, don’t FREAK OUT.  We have much to do!

    This is the future home of our new store, The French Door.

    We love the beautiful french doors and iron gates too!

    A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!This is the showcase to the left
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    and to the right.A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

    So this is inside facing those french doors.A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

    This is looking in to the left side of the store. That’s my granddaughter Haylee, who came to visit us in Franklin for a few days.

    A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

    And this is looking over to the right.

    A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

    This is in the back of the store looking toward the front.

    A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

    This is looking toward the back which will be a kitchen/workshop area when we are done.

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    A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

    I really have to harness my inner Joanna Gaines here ya’ll. This is truly a fixer upper.

    A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

    So this bathroom is just sad.  When I looked in here, it’s like a theme from a scary movie played in my mind.

    A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

    A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

    Needless to say when the city turned on the water something was leaking inside so they turned it off.  What would I do without that man of mine?  He is cleaning up the water with a wet vac.  Monday we will turn it back on to see where it’s coming from and hopefully be able to cap it off.

    A busy summer and The French DoorGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

    Stay tuned!  The cleaning crew starts Monday, then carpentry work, plumbing, electrical updates and painting.  We are hoping to move into The French Door Saturday, July 30th and be open Monday, August 1st.  Our grand opening party will be sometime in the Fall!  Wish us luck!!!!!

    Inspired to restoreGO AHEAD, PIN IT!

    • July 16, 2016 - 9:02 PM

      Toni Barrilleaux - Just can’t wait to see it. Think of me if y’all need some part time help.ReplyCancel

      • July 16, 2016 - 9:08 PM

        Debbie - We can’t wait to get all of the work done, then on to the fun stuff! Please check back with us later on the part time help. We’d love to have you!ReplyCancel

    • July 16, 2016 - 9:06 PM

      Sabria McGuire - Thank you for taking over this building. I remember buying jeans for $10.00 in the 70’s from the wooden counter. I love our city.
      Thanks again
      Sabria McGuire
      Chief of PoliceReplyCancel

      • July 16, 2016 - 9:10 PM

        Debbie - Thanks Sabria, It took us long enough to get in but we finally did, not for the hard part, getting the building ready! I know what you mean! I may have sold you a pair of jeans, I worked in that store when I was 13 years old on Saturday! We love Franklin too and want to do our part to #revitalizefranklin!ReplyCancel

    • July 16, 2016 - 9:10 PM

      Kathy mannina - What a fun journey! You will enjoy fixing it up as much as opening! ????ReplyCancel

      • August 22, 2016 - 2:01 PM

        Debbie - We have enjoyed the whole process! Thanks Kathy!ReplyCancel

    • July 16, 2016 - 9:13 PM

      Mark Culter - Is that the old Fremins. What a wonderful story, so nice to see the both of you enjoying your lives.
      Good luck on your remodeling, hope to stop by one day when it’s finished. I’m sure it’s going to be beautifulReplyCancel

      • August 22, 2016 - 2:02 PM

        Debbie - It’s the old Friedman’s building. Thanks Mark! We are loving every minute!ReplyCancel

    • July 17, 2016 - 1:30 PM

      Robin Ecuer - It has great potential inside. Can’t wait to see it completed. Best of luck!ReplyCancel

    • July 17, 2016 - 1:51 PM

      Margaret Todd - So excited for y’all! I just adore a good makeover, and that space is just screaming for TLC! You and Kathy will do phenomenal things there, and brighten that little spot on Main Street. Thanks for all of your energy and efforts toward improving Franklin though all of your ventures throughout the years! Good luck!ReplyCancel

      • August 22, 2016 - 2:03 PM

        Debbie - Thanks Margaret! We are loving every minute!ReplyCancel