Hey there – welcome to Red Door! We are Bruce and Julie Bergdall: teachers, planners, problem solvers, parents, and now…restorers of old homes that need new life.
We met in Huntington, Indiana. After graduating from Huntington College we headed to Goshen, Indiana for teaching jobs. Bruce teaches advanced science classes (think AP Chemistry – actually, don’t. It’ll make your head hurt). I teach art and my true passion is interior design – my favorite form of art. We got married and rented a charming little home for the first two years and then bought our current (and only) home in 2004 after seeing it once at an open house. It’s a great house built in 1967 that had literally been untouched since it was originally decorated. We’ve slowly updated almost every room in the house (some more than once) and have had so much fun figuring it all out. While doing that we both got our master’s degrees in education, I started Red Door Design as a side business, and now we’re teaching while raising two awesome kids.
We thought we’d be teachers forever.
Actually, we still are teachers! But we discovered through the years of working on spaces (both ours and volunteer projects for others) that we find great satisfaction in the planning, executing, and completion stages of home improvement. We work extremely well as a team on these things, and it brings us together in a way that is tiring but also fulfilling. We also love enriching the lives of others by transforming their spaces and bringing them joy where they live.
And we’ve always been drawn to the idea of doing this thing we love more regularly. So we’re taking the first step toward that possibility and flipping a house!
Yes, you’re right, it’s a lot to tackle. We’re juggling the family schedule, two full time teaching jobs, my design business, Bruce’s officiating (he officiates for local track and field meets) AND a home restoration! We’re just warning you – it’s gonna be a little crazy up in here. But we’ll do our best to keep you updated on all the fun ideas that come along (and maybe some of the boring parts of this process too) and we might add an occasional bonus post about something going on in our own home. Thanks for coming along for the ride with us! We appreciate you reading!