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Do you ever hit those valleys where you feel drained of genius (David calls that madness)? I think if you’re a creative person, it’s pretty much a guarantee that you experience it now and again.

Lately I’ve been counting my lucky stars for a couple spark plugs that are always at my fingertips--I’m talkin’ about Instagram and Pinterest.

So, I thought it might be inspirational for you if I shared a little love for a handful of Instagram accounts that kick my imagination right back into gear. The site is full of amazing feeds  - but here’s a look at what I get excited to double tap:

1. Elizabeth's Humble House [@elizabeths_humble_house]
This gal sees life in a unique way. Her photos are almost like studies.




We're Doubling the Fun this Summer and Fall ...


Because y'all love our City Farmhouse Pop-up Shows so much ..... we decided to double the fun this year!!! Can you believe it!? We're crazy excited!!! Mark your calendars for the weekends of June 19-20 AND October 16-17. We're heading back out to the beautiful Buddy Killen Estate in the charming Leiper's Fork area of Franklin, Tennessee. We're working on some really cool events, great music, and of course a fabulous line-up of the best vendors in the business.

And, speaking of vendors, if you're interested in obtaining a booth space, jump on it--we are more than halfway sold-out of vendor spaces for both shows! For those of you who haven't yet requested your contract - please click on this link for info on what you need to do: http://www.cityfarmhousefranklin.com/contract.pdf

Special Events ... We asked some of our devoted shoppers what they loved most about the Pop-up Shows. Over and over again we heard how much they enjoyed the amazing vendors and all the unique things that they brought to the shows. So this year, we thought it would be fun to create an event that will focus on design and how to use the unique pieces that you see at the show in your own home. I'm  thinking a large tent filled with loads of design inspiration, along with guest speakers who would share their ideas with you. What do y'all think about that? Or, if you have any ideas that you would like to see at the show, please let us know. We'll post all the details on the website very soon.

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As always, thanks for dropping by and being a part of our crazy, fun life!




Don't you just love old factories? Those large windows streaming natural sunlight across the room, sigh. I've always wanted to have a space in an old warehouse . A couple of weeks ago we were offered the opportunity to do just that! And, we jumped on it!

The space, located in the old Dortch Stove Works building, now called the Factory at Franklin, on Franklin Rd., is just a skip and a hop from Franklin's Main Street, and just around the corner from City Farmhouse. We're currently renovating the space to showcase all the beautiful and special finds that we will offer at The Fling--a monthly City Farmhouse pop-up SHOP. Beginning in April and every third week-end thereafter, City Farmhouse will open it's door to a monthly City Farmhouse Pop-up SHOP! 

We decided to call our pop-up SHOP The Fling, because who doesn't like to have a fling every now and again--it's good for the soul! Flings are for trying something new, a spree of fun and a time to enjoy yourself. We couldn't think of a better word to describe it!

And, because you know we are always about rewarding the early birds ... the festivities will begin on Thursday evenings with wine and hors d'oeuvres ... a little something to get you in to the spirit of something special about to happen. Then the shopping experience will continue from Friday through Sunday. Then we'll shut down to prepare to do it all over again the following month! Something fresh and fun, each and every time! Doesn't that sound like fun!?

Our first Pop-up Shop is scheduled for April 23-26. More photos will follow on the renovation, along with more exciting details. To make sure you don't miss out on all the announcements, sign up for our newsletter by clicking on the Newsletter link above. And, of course, always on Facebook and Instagram.


Here are some pictures of the space during the renovation. We can't wait to show you the new space!

NOTE: The City Farmhouse-Bridge Street location is NOT closing; it will remain open during normal business hours. This is a Special Monthly Event for CFH lovers, and a fun way to bring in new and exciting treasures for ya'll to enjoy. 









 









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Who doesn't love decorating for the holidays! Especially, when you get the opportunity to decorate someone else's home for a holiday tour benefiting a fabulous cause - the Hillsboro Middle School Band - of which my grandson just happens to be a member. We're so proud of him!

I was so thrilled that I was selected to decorate the home of Robin and Patrick Evans. I knew I would have “good bones” to work with since Robin has such a great eye. There was never a doubt that her home would be filled with amazing unique pieces tastefully and artfully arranged (after all, she once was a stylist for Ralph Lauren Home stores).

Robin and I thought it would be fun to design the home using elements found in nature. Not only is nature's bounty beautiful this time of year but it can also be gathered from most yards, winter gardens, along fence rows, and simply from walks in the woods. AND, it's simple to work with naturals and inexpensive too - anyone can do it, no matter what the budget.

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We collected branches, greens, dried flowers, nuts, leaves, pods, and berries to create most of the designs throughout the home. Using Robin's collections of silver plate teapots, creamers (and the like), mercury glass vases, ironstone, and pottery vessels, we were able to style every room on the tour for basically no money!! How fun is that!! 

City Farmhouse - Franklin, TN - Antiques and Vintage for Urban & City Living - Westhaven Home Tour - Big Design on a Small Budget


In fact, we designed the entire dining room for about $10.00, which was the cost of the paperwhites and tapered candles. We made the placemats from burlap that I found crumpled up in a trash bag. I simply pulled the edges all around several times to create a fringed look. The pieces were wrinkled from being stored in the bag but we decided we loved the look and chose not to press them. 

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How beautiful is this house?

We wanted the tree to be natural and airy, just like it would be at its home in the woods, so we kept the ornaments light, clear and sparkly. We spent money to purchase the tree but it was minimal. To adorn the staircase I snapped some magnolia branches from a tree and Robin added pine and other greens, topped off with Christmas bells. I loved that little jingle!! 

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We both agreed above the fireplace in the family room would be a perfect place to create a Christmas tree made from twigs. It was so easy to construct. My friend Cindy over at Discovering Franklin wrote a blog post about it. You should go over and read about it here. Cost: $0. Yay!!

How do you make this Christmas tree out of three sticks? Go here to see my tutorial!
How do you make this Christmas tree out of three sticks? Go here to see my tutorial!

Robin and Patrick have an aaammaaazzzing courtyard!! Just see for yourself! 


City Farmhouse - Franklin, TN - Antiques and Vintage for Urban & City Living - Westhaven Home Tour - Big Design on a Small Budget

City Farmhouse - Franklin, TN - Antiques and Vintage for Urban & City Living - Westhaven Home Tour - Big Design on a Small Budget


I hope you enjoyed the tour.... I bet Santa is going to LOVE coming through this door!!!


City Farmhouse - Franklin, TN - Antiques and Vintage for Urban & City Living - Westhaven Home Tour - Big Design on a Small Budget


Merry Christmas, y'all!!!


City Farmhouse - Franklin, TN - Antiques and Vintage for Urban & City Living - Westhaven Home Tour - Big Design on a Small Budget



Happy #ThrowbackThursday, y'all! In the spirit of the season, I'm throwing it back to one of my most popular blog posts that I wrote back in 2011. It's crunch time right now since there are only FIVE days left until Christmas, and if you're like me then you've still got lots to do. We have a blast wrapping gifts this way at our house each year – it's just too good not to share again! 


Want to make your Christmas packages extra special and fun too? I created this game that drives the kids crazy and creates lots of laughter and conversation.

First wrap all your packages in white paper. You can buy a large roll of this at Office Depot.

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After you have wrapped the package write a clue on the white paper with a marker. This gift is Justin Bieber perfume for my six year old granddaughter.

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Tie the package with twine and include a marker for the bow. The idea is to guess the contents of the package and write your guess on the paper. The first one to guess correctly gets the prize - A Charlie Brown Christmas CD

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We love to play this fun guessing game at Christmas. It makes opening presents more exciting and everyone joins in the fun. We open presents tonight, Christmas Eve. My grandson is already calling this morning. He just can't wait. I'll share some of the fun in another post.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!