A few weeks back, we had the amazing opportunity to exhibit at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio. It turned out to be an experience of a lifetime; Country Living really knows how to throw a party! We were so thrilled that so many of our Facebook followers came to meet us. For all of you who came—THANK YOU! On Friday and Sunday, I hosted a shopping tour of the show and I surprised the group by introducing them to one of my pickers, who just happened to be an exhibitor at the show. The group really loved that I shared tips on how to buy from pickers, and you can get those tips too, here.
While at the show, I had a chance to meet a few of the editors of Country Living (a staple publication for any designer if you ask me!). And guess what—it turns out the editor in chief Rachel Hardage Barrett is also from my hometown, Dyersburg, Tenn.! What are the chances?! I have a good friend that once said, "Dyersburg is the center of the universe," and clearly that continues to prove true.
The good news for you is... Are you ready for this?! Country Living is coming to the City Farmhouse Pop-Up Show coming up Oct. 17 & 18! Management is still deciding on which editors are coming, but as soon as we hear, you'll be the first to know. Since Rachel is a Tennessee girl, I'm sure she'll be there. They were all excited about shopping the show (you may find yourself shopping right alongside them) which means they won't be hanging out at the booth the entire time. As soon as we get the schedule of a meet and greet at the booth, we'll pass that along as well.
The Country Living booth will be located on the front porch of the mansion where you can meet and talk with Jeanne Stella of Stella Show Management, the promoter for the Country Living Fair. She will be there all weekend with information on the Country Living Fair in Atlanta (Stone Mountain) coming up the following weekend, Oct. 24 & 25, and to answer questions about the recently announced Country Living Fair in Lebanon, Tenn., (the site of Country Living Fair, Nashville) in April 2015!
Country Living Fair Giveaways too!!!
There will be Country Living Fair ticket giveaways for both shows, and everyone who purchases an Atlanta ticket will be entered to win TWO nights at a hotel near Stone Mountain Park near the site of the fair.
We recently updated the website with more exciting news, so pop on over and read all about the new happenings that you don't want to miss, here! Especially the early buying event!!
Drum roll please... guess who will be designing the interior of Homestead Manor—from top to bottom!—over the next few months? That’s right... US! Excited is an understatement (insert scream here).
This gorgeous property in Thompson’s Station was built from bricks made on-site in 1819 and was recently purchased by restauranteur Andy Marshall, owner of Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant and GRAY'S on Main. Homestead Manor will become the site for his newest restaurant, which will include an orchard and a rustic 6,000 square-foot event barn.
Each room will be decorated in an antebellum-modern style and will feature unique collections.We're still trying to wrap our minds around decorating a space that has so much historical value. In case you’re not familiar with Homestead, here’s a quick refresher:
On March 5, 1863, the Civil War Battle of Thompson’s Station took place on the property as Confederate troops led by General Nathan Bedford Forrest clashed with Federalist forces. There were 1,400 casualties on the Federalist side and 400 on the Confederate side. During the battle, 17 year-old Alice Thompson and other women from the community watched from Homestead Manor’s cellar window as the Confederate flag bearer was shot down. Young Alice Thompson bolted from the cellar, took up the flag and rallied the Rebel troops (one of the rooms in the house will be dedicated to young Alice's bravery).
Today, this picturesque home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. My mind is bursting with ideas and I’m almost breathless with anticipation to get started... check back for updates soon!
To get y'all even more excited about the show, we recently sat down with Caroline Galloway of The Vintage Sanctuary--one of our vendors for the City Farmhouse Pop-Up Show--to learn what inspires her and what she's looking forward to most about the show! Read on....
Q: Describe your style in three words!
A: Eclectic, ecclesiastical and European-chic (OK, four words!)
P.S. if anyone ever walked into the ABC Décor Store in New York City, they would think of my style!
Q: How did you get your start? How long have you been in the business?
A: As a child I was always attending auctions with my parents -- the bug bit early on! Now I've been in the business for some 20 years and I've always managed to find ways to search for those treasures and then find them a home, even though there were years when my young family needed more of my time.
Q: What can shoppers expect when they enter your booth?
A: Our booth will be a collection of my personality but also filled with unique treasures from around the world... everything presented will have a story, a past and a time-worn feel. We hope shoppers will be intrigued with the unusual and different items The Vintage Sanctuary has become known for. Shoppers should expect to see deep colors, soft woods, religious items and furniture that have travelled from as far as England and France. Shoppers will be able to delight in the eclectic and varied treasures we plan on bringing to City Farmhouse. We are definitely not the "normal!"
Q: What is your favorite piece you're displaying at the show?
A: Oh my, there are so many... among the favorite pieces is one that I actually don't want to get rid of, but it is coming to City Farmhouse. It is a seven-foot tall hand-painted wall that features a Colonial couple and came from a theatre in Vermont that was torn down; it's definitely one-of-a-kind. I can't tell you how many people have asked me already to purchase it but I have told everyone that they have to come to City Farmhouse if they want it. I also have this amazing, very tall Gothic wood + plastic carved pedestal that came out of a church in France -- it's magnificent. Oh if I could only keep it all!
Q: What inspires you?
A: My kids inspire me! And as far as this business goes the old world architecture and detail of buildings, furniture and religious pieces always catch my eye. I find the detail of such pieces to be majestic and I am always attracted to them.
Q: Where do you find inspiration when creating your booth display?
A: Inspiration comes from the pieces you love and I love every single thing that will be displayed in my booth. I am inspired by the craftsmanship and the uniqueness that becomes apparent when you combine different types of furniture and items to create an eclectic and interesting look. Essentially, that's what The Vintage Sanctuary is all about.
Q: What's a go-to piece people can purchase when re-styling their home?
A: You always want to start with a simple piece that can be the main focus of a room you are creating. From there you can add as many or as few accessories or other pieces as you want. But when you invest in that one piece you absolutely love, even if it costs a bit more, your room becomes one that you always want to visit. Everyone has a different style and a different taste but I have found if you purchase a classic piece that can live with all different styles, it's always a sure bet.
Q: What part of this year's show are you most excited about?
A: I am excited about all of it to be honest. I will just need to keep my checkbook locked up because you will probably find me purveying all of the booths early on. I am most excited about working with Kim and Dave, who I find to be remarkable.
Q: What's your best advice for those getting into the industry?
A: Do it if you are passionate about it. Do it because you love "the hunt" and you love the back-story. Do it because you have an instinct or a love for design and décor. People in this business have a true love for it and that's why we do it. And always, ALWAYS, search in places you least expect to find things -- those are often the best spots.
Q: How did you get to know Kim/City Farmhouse?
A: I read about the first City Farmhouse show and kept the information so I wouldn't forget about this year's. It definitely looked like a show I wanted to do so I called her and here we are! My kids are older + in school now so I am just now able to get back into picking and I simply love it. Kim was so inviting when we first met and I can't think of a better show to do this year than this one. And of course I had to buy something when I stopped in at City Farmhouse!
Q: What music do you listen to when unloading, or setting up your booth?
A: James Taylor... he's my go-to music all the time!
Q: The Folk & Folly exhibition is displaying fantasy installations of Southern Gothic literature themes. Do you have a favorite Southern author?
A: Jesamyn Ward wrote a book titled Salvage the Bones. It follows a family after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast and I was completely mesmerized by the story. After this disaster occurred, I walked the 9th Ward in New Orleans and it changed my life. Not long after, I helped co-found a charity called Music Rising, which aided musicians who had suffered from the damage Hurricane Katrina brought. I can relate to her book and I have found her writing to be emotional + pure.
The Vintage Sanctuary is a place where one can find timeworn treasures, religious items, vintage French furniture, rich textiles, up-cycled salvage and unique decorator items like: shabby painted pieces, farmhouse chic, and anything with an ecclesiastic history behind it.
From the earliest memory, founder Caroline Galloway remembers being dragged to auctions and flea markets with her parents. She says, her knack for having “an eye” for unique treasures came at an early age. Today The Vintage Sanctuary pays homage to the beauty of yesteryear by offering guests a piece of history through their selection of one-of-a-kind pieces from around the world.
The Vintage Sanctuary is located in the historic village of Chagrin Falls, Ohio and offers guests their own “personal picking” experience upon request.
We can't wait to see that Caroline is bringing to the show!!! Learn more about the show, and how to buy tickets, here.
We were able to catch up with Matthew
Mead—stylist, author, magazine editor and official food photographer for the
Associated Press—in between his meetings with his own magazine series and Better Homes and Gardens to hear about
his career, tips for re-styling your own home, and what he’ll be looking to
snag at the 2014 City Farmhouse Pop-up Show come October 17-18!
How long have you
been in the business?
I’ve been in the business for 25 years. I have a wealth of experience, and a
wealth of stuff too! My profession is wonderful, because my job is to produce
all of these things for the magazines... and usually, I can shop in my own
warehouse. My inventory is a mix, but mostly old and vintage. I’m very
connected to vintage items. I go to flea markets all the time, and continuously
work with different dealers.
Does farmhouse style pair well with your own personal style?
Absolutely. I was a style editor at Country Home magazine for 12 years, so
my roots are there. I like to reuse and repurpose, and find great things that
have a colorful past.
Will you be looking for any particular piece at the City Farmhouse
I’m sure I’ll be looking, I always am. The things I collect really find me; I
always say they call out to me when I’m walking the aisles of the market. I
love industrial, I love wire things, I love yellow-ware pottery. I’ll be
So how do you know Kim?
Through social media! There’s such an amazing
network now of antique stylers and decorators. It’s fun.
Have you ever been to
the Franklin area?
I’ve been to Nashville when I did a TV segment there, but
I’ve never been to Franklin. Everyone raves about it though!
Are you excited about
the City Farmhouse Pop-up Show?
Absolutely! It’s all about the readers, and connecting with
people. I’m excited to hear their stories about what they are doing, what they
are collecting. It’s not often in life you’re able to touch like-minded people.
For me, this is really an event I look forward to.
A little birdie told us that more of
Matthew’s Q&A will appear in a publication real soon! Stay tuned for the
Matthew will be signing his new book, Frightfully Fun Halloween, at the 2014 City Farmhouse Pop-up Show!
Matthew Mead is a stylist, writer, author, photographer, lifestyle
editor, and noted style expert. The former style editor of Country Home
magazine and Editor in Chief of his own magazine series with Time Inc. Home
Entertainment, Matthew is the official food photographer for the Associated
Press and is a regular contributor to Better Homes and Gardens and other noted
national shelter magazines.
Matthew has also written 12 books and produced countless magazine
spreads and ad campaigns for noted companies such as Pottery Barn, Dove
Chocolate, Target, and Stonewall Kitchen. Matthew is known for styling beautiful
spaces using vintage treasures, nature's offerings and what is at hand; guiding
others to entertain with ease in a stylish way; and inspiring home-owners to
create beautiful food and living spaces which they can proudly share with
family and friends. For inspiring ideas visit Matthew at holidaywithmatthewmead.com. His recently
published books in 2013 include, RECYCLED STYLE, HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR,
CHRISTMAS ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE, and THE OFFICIAL DC SUPER HERO COOKBOOK.
Only one week away until we meet up with fellow vendors and eager shoppers at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio.
I hope you'll join me on a Shopping Tour of the Show where, together, we'll spot cool finds for creating farmhouse and Country Living style in your home.
Here are my five tips for creating the look. What tips would you like to share? I would love to know your take for creating this style.
1. The proverbial farm table—whether it's period or repurposed from vintage salvage, this furniture piece is a staple in farmhouse & Country Living style decor.
2. Conversation pieces—non-traditional vintage finds as objects and art such as industrial fan covers, mirrored doors, architectural fragments, old barn or cabin doors, musical instrument fragments, lighting repurposed from farm implements are all just a few of the many interesting pieces to create a farmhouse & Country Living look.
3. Apothecary drawers, large or tiny, are a stylish look and perfect for storage—from jewelry and crafts to kitchen supplies, these pieces, once used in pharmacies, country stores and even workshops, are highly prized in design today.
4. White ironstone—beauty + practical for everyday use!
5. Vintage maps and letters—a huge impact for not much cash!
Exciting personal news!!! Many of you know that for the last 4 years our home has been the tiny studio above the shop. It's served us well, but it's been a little too close for comfort, especially with my mom living with us.
Recently our friends, Sarah & Michael McConnell of Storybook Cottage & Shelter & Roost fame, purchased a beautiful property in Leiper's Fork. These two are known for taking properties that need lots of love and transforming them into stunning vacation rentals. Remember we decorated the Storybook Cottage for them?
This time they took the leap and restored an amazing property for long term lease and we jumped at the chance to rent it!!! The property is a duplex (finally a place for my mom) located on 6 beautiful acres in Leiper's Fork. The McConnell's painstakingly restored this amazing property as if it were going to be their own home - from the beautiful cabinets to the farmhouse sink, the gorgeous floors and a fireplace too!! We can't wait to decorate our side (and my mom's side too)! Each will have it's own unique style!
We'll take you along with us. We'll post on Facebook and on the blog so that you have a point of reference to always go back to. Did I mention how excited we are!!!???
Here are a few photos of the outside. We'll show you the inside as begin the styling. Oh those porches and decks!!! And, breathtaking views too!!!
The Second Annual City Farmhouse Pop-up Show is only eight weeks away--and it can't come soon enough for us! Just imagine: crisp air, changing leaves, Hites famous Heirloom Pumpkins.... and scores of handpicked selections spanning all eras and styles (farmhouse, French, architectural, garden, lighting, industrial, Americana and much more). All sprawled across the grounds of the stunning "lost-in-time" gardens and mansion of the late music publisher Buddy Killen, located on Old Hillsboro Road, just a hop, skip, and a jump from the magical village of Leiper's Fork.
To leave you with a little excitement, we wanted to share some of our favorite scenes from the 2013 show and continue to scroll on down for a little sampling of what we're working on to WOW you in October.
City Farmhouse Pop-up Show, 2014 ......
Just past the rusting iron gates enveloped with nature’s growth lies a path that leads over a stone bridge to a mansion--one that has sat quietly since its caretaker left it in 2002. Years before that, it had welcomed some of country music’s most famous people: Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, and George Jones just to name a few. Past it doors was the sound of music with a padded music room that held the baby grand, and at its helm sat one of country music’s most famous publishers, Buddy Killen.
Its only neighbors were the occasional deer that roamed across the 200-acre lawn, and the bullfrogs which sang in unison along the slopping banks of the land along the secluded lake. In the rear, a formal garden unveiled the centerpiece, a monumental fountain of cast iron towering with cascading waters to the earth below. The path along the guest entrance to the garden is magical; covered with a canopy of nature’s landscaping so lush that it allows only a peek of the sun.
Now, it's waiting for City Farmhouse to transform it. See what we're working with below:
For more information, including a complete list of dealers, events, show times, and ticket prices for the 2014 show, happening Oct. 17-18, go here. Or call City Farmhouse at 615-268-0216.