A new neighbor and an old friend

A while ago I did a post about a wonderful old house that sits just up the road from us in Ojai....it was for sale, 
and we thought about the possibility of buying it and restoring it...

 Ultimately we felt that we still had a big project ahead of us in the current little place we own up here,
 But I knew that someone would see the charm and history of the place and make it into a wonderful home.

 The prior owners named it Quail Hollow,
 A perfect name I think.
And yes, we have lots of Quail scurrying around.
It has wonderful period details from the 20's and sits on about 2 acres.

It sits across the road from another beautiful home.  
This was once a stable for horses
 And now it is owned by actress Reese Witherspoon.

Great Location right?

 The little Quail Hollow house has stone fireplaces 
Lots of interesting beams and quirky spots,
 that will make this little house really special when it is all fixed up

I mentioned on that post that I loved the vintage curtains in the little guest house!
I really never gave it much thought after that until about a week ago.

You see....someone bought Quail Hollow!

So I have a new neighbor...and guess what?

She happens to follow this blog too!

So guess what arrived last week...


the curtains 

and my new neighbor Ellie!

She and her husband will be embarking on a wonderful renovation of Quail Hollow

I am so excited that they are doing this and I can't wait to see how they turn this little gem of a house into an amazing & wonderful home.

Thank you so much Ellie!

Isn't blogging just amazing?

  1. How very special...I got goosebumps when I realized she gave those adorable vintage curtains to you. Don't you just LOVE the friends you make through blogging?!!!
    Have fun with your fabric...share what you decide to do with it...and ENJOY your new friendship!
    Jane (artfully graced)

  2. Kelly I just had to write and tell you that i have the queen duvet that matches those curtains. :) It is a Ralph Laurn print from about 20 years ago. I just coud not bear to throw it out. I keep thinking I will use it for something. I cannot wait to see what you do with it.

  3. Seriously cool....and what fun to have a new neighbor to share your restoration tales with!

    ps - that card is too cute too!

  4. That is so wonderful. I just love it when people take a neglected house and turn it into something special. It is such an added bonus to have a lovely, thoughtful new neighbor. I have really enjoyed reading your blog.

  5. What a wonderful new neighbor...hope you become fast friends!!

  6. Hi Dianne, I thought it (the pattern) looked a bit like RL!
    Now I like them even more ; 0 )

    thank you Jane and Lolo!


  7. It is so RL! I remember when you posted about this house and how you wanted to rip those curtains down and take them with you. How cool is that?! What a nice neighbor you have! Do I see a new pillow project in your future?

  8. Kelly, I can spell but I cannot type! :)

  9. Wow, Quail Hollow is wonderful and so are your new neighbors. Lovely architecture there in Ojai; makes me miss California.

  10. Amber....
    my life can be described a one long and drawn out "pillow project"

    Hi Ashlyn,
    I hope so too!

    Amanda's mom...thank you ; )

    hugs back...just for today!

  11. Talk about serendipity! Those vintage curtains are so wonderful! Where are you going to hang them? Or will they be pillows? How exciting too to follow along with the renovation of Quail Hollow! ~Delores

  12. Well I am just green with envy! Because you have this gorgeous house near you and because you got such a beautiful present in the mail and because you've made a lovely new friend!

    I hope you'll give us updates on the house. Or better yet, encourage your friend to start her own blog about Quail Hollow.

    How fun!

  13. Melissa, amber and I need to take a road trip to ojai to visit you. How fun would that be?! Xoxo

  14. I recognized those curtains right away; they hang in my daughter's room! Vintage RL; yep. I love those colors...How sweet!

  15. What a wonderful story! Nothing better than good neighbours.

  16. What joy to have new neighbors who value the history of the house! So neat they knew about your blog and sent you those curtains. Life is good!

  17. That is exciting. I remember when you showed this home and thought it had such great possibilities. Now I bet we get to see its transformation.

  18. What a lovely gesture! What a great new neighbor!

  19. Hey y'all, I am new to the blogosphere, and I know i have seen those sparrows on the gift card before, who is Ellie, and what is her blog??!!! I know I have visited it, but no I am really interested!!! Thanks, Joy

  20. Well, that is a full circle moment! I am sure she would like your input on what to do with the gardens. Ann

  21. Hi Kelley,
    Oh goodness -yes - BlogLand is fun and full of wonderful surprises - you never know what is around the corner in our Land of Blog! Love your post about the wonderful curtians - how special that they have a new home. I seem to remember the fabric in the Ralph Lauren store when it was open in Newport Beach and they carried fabric - I ended up picking another floral with reds and blues and still have it. I was so sorry to see the store close.

    Can't wait to see what you do with the curtains and hope to see more of Ellie's charming new home.
    Have a wonderful day.

  22. What a neat post! Blogging is so wonderful! Hope you give us updates on the quail hollow house!

  23. It was all so very meant to be!!! Elsie sounds like a lovely person and will be the perfect neighbor and caretakeer for this treasure of a home...maybe you, her, and Reese will have tea together sometime!
    Nothing like vintage RL...so happy the curtains are now yours!
    xo J~

  24. That was just one of those "meant-to-be" moments, and one of the coolest posts I've read!
    Oh please, share their changes, or persuade her to! It looks like a fabulous project!

  25. I knew I should have gotten that place, then we could have been neighbors! hehe.
    Wowsas! Enjoy your new beautiful curtains, (that's so cool you ended up with them!) and bloggy world once again crosses very close to home!
    Can't wait to see what happens to that fabulous property. Still wish I had gotten it... la la.
    xo Isa

  26. Your new neighbor is obviously very special and has great taste! Love the house, what fun it would be to fix it up. I love the property too. Nothing more graceful than a big old oak tree. Can't wait to see how it comes along.

  27. What a wonderful story! So happy you have such a thoughtful neighbor, and happy she has you as a neighbor! Keep us posted.

  28. How nice was that?!? Yes, blogging is fantastic! ;)

  29. Wow- what amazing curtains! ;) Can't wait to find out what you do with them!

  30. So happy to hear about the new neighbors and their plans! I just walked by a few days ago and wondered what was going on... Very exciting! So was she a follower of your before she bought the house??? Wild!
    Can you tell I've been busy? I WILL come by soon. Still looking for those gardening tips! : ) Cheers, Penny

  31. CAN'T WAIT to see how it out all turns out! fun stuff.

  32. Kelly....I, too, have coveted that beautiful cottage as I walk the neighborhood. The location is fabulous...tranquil, serene, peaceful...are all words that come to mind! And I can only imagine all the nooks & crannies to decorate!

    - Lynda & Boone


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