Thursday, October 16, 2014

Preppin' for the Pop-up Show

The tents are going up, our cozy fire pit is finished and everything is really beginning to come together for the show! Catch a glimpse of what we're up to at the "lost in time" mansion this week + the process that goes into creating an AWESOME pop-up show in this video:

If you thought that was cool, wait 'til you see the finished product... in person. The anticipation is killing me. 

And as you can see, the transformation of the grounds doesn't just happen overnight. A big THANK YOU to Brian Costigan at Creative Stone Landscaping Design and Installation for his amazing work on the property. 

I'm completely captivated by this fire pit he built in front of the mansion for y'all to enjoy while taking a little break from shopping. In fact, I may need to get one of these in my own backyard (cough, cough) Brian. 

The overgrown gardens also got a face lift from Creative Stone Landscaping, so y'all can actually walk through and experience the beauty for yourselves. Brian and his helpers have been working so hard this week but I stopped them to take a quick photo and I'm SO glad I did... look at that light!

Learn more about Brian and Creative Stone here. Can you believe that next time we meet, it'll be showtime?! Until then...


A Performance To Tug At Your Heart Strings {No Pun Intended!}

I'm so excited to share with y'all a local group of extremely talented children who will be performing at the City Farmhouse Pop-up Show Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10-11 a.m.!!! They're called the Music City Strings, and I was blown away the first time I saw them perform. But don't take my word for it—check em' out in this video:

They've performed all over Middle Tennessee at festivals like the Williamson County Rodeo and the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County's Dickens of a Christmas, and most notably, they've performed at the International Ensembles Concert at the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference in Minnesota.

What's even more exciting is the group has been invited on a concert tour of Europe for the summer of 2015 under the leadership of the groundbreaking string ensemble Barrage! Music City Strings is only one of four youth string ensembles in the nation to be invited on this tour, which has been developed by the League of Astonishing Strings.

A fundraising campaign has been launched to help fund every member of Music City Strings to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In addition to enjoying their performance Saturday, you can also make a donation to their campaign.

But that's not all!! On Friday, Oct. 17, we'll have performances by Eric Heatherly, Jamie Higdon and Grammy nominee Amanda Williams.

Kirsten Agresta Copely will be performing the harp at the ticketed celebrity luncheon Saturday, Oct. 18, at noon. Copely has performed at the likes of Carnegie Hall, New York City's Roseland Ballroom and our nation's White House (alongside Beyonce!).

Also on the roster for Saturday are performances by Robert Thompson, Eric Heatherly and Grace Gordon.

There's going to be something for everyone this weekend, from antique shopping and demonstrations to live music and book signings! See y'all there!!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

City Farmhouse Q & A With Marian Parsons, a.k.a. Miss Mustard Seed

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint will be the center of attention Saturday, Oct. 18, during the City Farmhouse Pop-Up Show at the demonstration tent at 11:00 a.m. for a how-to on the different uses of milk paint and the ever-popular hemp oil. AND, during the demonstration, two lucky attendees will win $250 of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint products!! How cool is that?! Simply hashtag the demonstration on Twitter and Instagram and you'll be entered to win. Hashtags will be posted at the demonstration, and attendees can also pick up information at The Ironstone Nest booth.

Two lucky shoppers will have the chance to win $250 of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint products, including three quarts of milk paint, 16 oz bonding agent, 16 oz hemp oil, 7 oz furniture wax, 7 oz antiquing wax, 2 oz white wax, wax puck, handheld mixer, brush soap, look book one, color fan deck and an MMSMP apron!

Recently, we talked with Marian Parsons—the genius behind the line of all-natural paints, oils, waxes and more—about the company and why she's excited for the City Farmhouse Pop-Up Show Oct. 17 & 18!

What's the story behind Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint?
Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint was an unexpected surprise almost from the moment it was brought up as a remote possibility. I thought for a while that milk paint was an amazing product, but not many people knew about it. I kept saying, "Someone really should rebrand it, come out with new colors and a fresh face and introduce it to more people!" It finally occurred to me that someone should be me.

The hard part was the how. I knew nothing about launching a brand, manufacturing, distribution, label laws, etc. I would have to partner with someone who did.

Homestead House Paint Company had reached out to me a few months earlier, sending me some samples of their paint to try. Once I took the opportunity to try it, I knew this was the open door I had been hoping for. I called Jennylyn, the president of Homestead House and pitched the idea for a milk paint line under my brand. The original idea was that I would buy the raw materials from them, mix in custom colors that I designed and I would package them and sell them online and in my retail space. We agreed that was a good plan and the wheels started turning to launch Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint.

Your once-small business originally began as you making paint in your basement. Now you supply your products to more than 200 retailers around the world! How did it grow from an idea to a booming business so quickly?
I announced that partnership with Homestead House Paint Company on my blog, Miss Mustard Seed, a few days after it became official and I was immediately overwhelmed with retailers who wanted to carry the paint. After much discussion, a few anxiety-induced tears on my part and planning, we decided to let the brand grow beyond our original idea, beyond my basement and single retail space, and offer it wholesale to retailers around the world.

The paint is now carried in over 280 retail locations in the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, Dubai and more recently Malaysia.

Why do you think more and more people are beginning to use milk paint?
There is an excitement bubbling about milk paint. The current trend toward all natural, farm fresh, organic, chemical-free and non-toxic that is happening in other industries is also happening in the paint world. This paint goes beyond no VOC since it is made with only five all-natural ingredients and has been around for hundreds of years. We didn't invent anything new, we're just showing people how one of the oldest forms of paint is still relevant and one of the best paints on the market today.

What are you looking forward to the most at the City Farmhouse Pop-Up Show?
We've relied on growing organically, through my blog and word of mouth, but we're so excited to take a step in marketing our brand through this sponsorship of the City Farmhouse Show. My love for milk paint started because of my love for antiques. It seems only natural for us to partner with a show that brings together other lovers of antiques and pretty things. There isn't a paint on the market that creates such an authentically old, beautiful finish as milk paint and we're excited to share that with all who attend the City Farmhouse Show!

Marian is such a warm and genuine person. We are so proud to have her as a sponsor. Looking forward to seeing you at the demonstration!


Monday, October 13, 2014

We’re pulling out all the stops

We’ve got a star-studded guest-list at this year’s City Farmhouse Pop-up Show, and we’re rollin’ out the burlap carpet (yep, burlap) on Friday morning for our early buyers!

Think of it as a red carpet pre-show event for the Oscars—you’ll get the latest news about the 2014 Pop-up Show, hot shopping tips, predictions, winners and of course burlap carpet fashion. And what’s an awards ceremony without champagne? We’ll be serving complimentary mimosas from 8-10 a.m.

Be sure to come early on Oct. 17 to have your picture taken in front of our “wall of fame.” AND there’s more! Early shoppers will have the chance to actually “walk the burlap carpet,” so make sure you wear your best blue jeans! Sophisticated Living Magazine Society Editor and celebrity emcee Ted Clayton will be there to host the pre-show event, as well as judge our Rocky Top singing contest.

What’s the Rocky Top contest? We’re so glad you asked. Hold on to your britches, because we love a little friendly competition around here! One lucky shopper will win the chance to participate in early buying, meaning they’ll get to skip the line and enter the show 15 minutes before anyone else—this fortunate individual will have access to the most sought after items, minus the crowd!

How do I enter? You must sing Tennessee’s favorite tune “Rocky Top” as loud as you can in front of the entire audience. The participant with the most enthusiasm and gumption will win this coveted pass.

Better start getting those voices warmed up, y’all. There’s nothing we love more than a fearless personality who’s willing to lay it all on the line and embarrass themselves for the sake of priority pickin’! Am I right?

For those over achievers, we’ve posted the lyrics to Rocky Top below so you can start brushing up. We’ll also have copies of the lyrics at the show, for those that need it.

Wish that I was on ole rocky top,
Down in the tennessee hills.
Ain't no smoggy smoke on rocky top,
Ain't no telephone bills.

Once there was a girl on rocky top,
Half bear the other half cat.
Wild as a mink, sweet as soda pop,
I still dream about that.

Rocky top, you'll always be
Home sweet home to me.
Good ole rocky top,
Rocky top tennessee, rocky top tennessee.

Once two strangers climbed on rocky top,
Lookin' for a moonshine still.
Strangers ain't come back from rocky top,
Guess they never will.

Corn won't grow at all on rocky top,
Dirt's too rocky by far.
That's why all the folks on rocky top
Get their corn from a jar.

Rocky top, you'll always be
Home sweet home to me.
Good ole rocky top,
Rocky top tennessee, rocky top tennessee.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

City Farmhouse Q & A With Dawn Williams

We're so excited to have Dawn Williams, author of the winter-themed design book Comfort & Joy at the City Farmhouse Pop-Up Show this year! Dawn will be signing her newly released book at her booth When Pigs Fly, which will be located at the entrance of the group tend, where she will also offer her amazing antiques and accessories.

In addition, Dawn has graciously donated 50 books to give to everyone attending the celebrity luncheon at the show!! We only have a few luncheon tickets remaining, so get yours by calling 615.268.0216.

We had the chance to talk with Dawn about her book, her design inspiration and more. Read on to see what she had to say and to get a sneak peak inside Comfort & Joy...

What got you started in design?
My sister, mother and I opened a store in 1995 called When Pigs Fly in Mount Dora, Florida, where we sold antiques and vintage items. But I've always had a love for antiques and things from the past.

Comfort & Joy is your first book. What inspired you to write a book?
I am a very visual person, so I love looking at other people's books and magazines to draw inspiration from for my own designs, and I felt like I had some good things to share so I decided to come out with my own book. I also enjoy looking at other people's houses, and so I've included four different people's houses in the book.

How would you describe your style?
I like a lot of different styles. I would say country, primitive, farmhouse best describes my style. But I'm not a hardcore primitive person, and I like farmhouse but I don't do all white. I'm my own person and so it's my own style. It also depends on my mood that day and the person I'm designing for.

Where do you get your inspiration?
Like I said, I'm a very visual person, and I'm not a big shopper, but a lot of times when I'm walking through a flea market or antique store I'll see one thing and build a room around it. A lot of my inspiration comes from just looking around, digging through junk and going from there.

What can people expect to see at your booth?
It's going to be a gothic farmhouse-style booth. We're painting things in off-white and it will have very natural elements to it. We'll have a lot of birds and nests; very reminiscent of a conservatory. It will definitely be nothing too shabby frou-frou. I'm a no-frills kind of girl.

What is your must-have design piece? Something you can't live without.
I love old signs. The building that our store used to be in was an old warehouse, and we found an old tin sign under the house. It's something I could never part with. I've also got to say that I have a Chattanooga Plows sign that I found in the loft of a barn I couldn't part with either.

What is one piece of advice you tell people who are redesigning a space?
You have to use what you love, because you're going to have to live with it for a while. I love to build vignettes, a total look for a room that makes you feel something. If you try to design and decorate on trend, it doesn't represent what you truly are. If you design what you love, it'll never go out of style.

How did you first hear about City Farmhouse?
Oddly enough, it was about three years ago—after I stumbled onto Kim's Facebook page—my husband and I had to go to Nashville and I made sure we made a trip there. I met Kim and we got to talk, and we've kept in touch ever since.

What are you most excited about for the City Farmhouse Pop-Up Show?
The dealer list has certainly grown and come up a notch, so there will be a lot of dealers there I wouldn't normally get to see. I'm most excited to see and talk to people that you would never find all in one place at the same time in any other situation.

Dawn is correct—there are some top-notch dealers (herself included) at this year's show! 

Thanks so much, Dawn, for your generous contribution to the best celebrity luncheon EVER!!!