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Have you guys picked up the new September issue of Country Living magazine?

It’s the HOW-TO ISSUE -- secrets to doing everything better, from picking paint colors to kitchen cabinet upgrades to nine different ways to arrange my favorite -- subway tile!

A few months ago, one of the editors contacted me about contributing to the 2015 Country Living Almanac, to which I ecstatically replied "YES!" We just happened to be in Florida at the time, so I had a beautiful ocean view for inspiration. The center section of the magazine is where you’ll find the scoop.

I think you’ll love the "Yardage Forecaster." How many times have you wondered just how much fabric to buy for that upholstery job? This section explains it all with photos of various styles of sofas, chairs, pillows, table clothes, ottomans, table skirts -- even odd pieces like covered headboards, porch swings, sink curtains, hammocks, and lamp shades. You can even get the yardage for building a play tepee (in case you can’t wait to get the magazine to find out, it’s 6-8 yards!).

Country Living was kind enough to credit us on the editor's page, too (see, there's my name right along with some of the best designers in the biz!). 

I hope many of you are going to the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio, September 18-20. City Farmhouse will be there and we would love to meet you. And if we’ve already met, please stop by and see us to say “hello." We’ll have some cool stuff with us.

Till next time, try to enjoy the last days of summer. It already feels like fall is in the air to me...... happy pickin'! xx

July has been good to us. Despite the heat, we're feeling pretty cool over here at City Farmhouse. 

We're honored to be featured in not one, but TWO of our favorite publications this month: Romantic Country and This Old House magazines!!

Just this week we received shoutouts in This Old House.... they published a house tour in their magazine of a 1920s cottage, and "a designer with an eye for a find [that] gives her humble house a clean and pretty look."  

That featured designer and homeowner is Lizzie McGraw, a friend of ours who was headed back to California from a design job in New York City when she stopped at our downtown Franklin store! She bought an antique light fixture, an old Turkey Trot sign--that I really can't believe we parted with--and a vintage chest of drawers. She was such a sweetheart to make sure that we were mentioned in the article (thanks so much Lizzie)!

Click here to see our cameo and the beautiful spread in This Old House. Isn't it neat?

This Old House | Photo by Mark Lohman | That sign came from our shop!

Then, we found out that Romantic Country magazine named the City Farmhouse Popup Fair the #1 antique show or flea market in the country (in their Fall 2015 issue). Yes, really.... now you definitely have to come, right!? See that spread below or click here.

Wouldn't you agree it's been a dang good month? Until next time... happy pickin!

All photos by Alyssa Rosenheck

One of the biggest challenges when designing a small space is combining comfort with style and making it all fit – especially when it comes to seating. Most of the really comfy sofas are oversized, or at the very least large. But when that won’t do, don't forget about the ever-popular, and often pretty, love seat - these days available in many comfortable styles.

Did you know that the first loveseat showed up in homes back in the 17th century - surprisingly for the comfort of a woman’s attire, rather than relaxing? Back in the day, this smaller impression of the sofa was invented so that women could sit while comfortably arranging the massive amount of hoops and fabric that made up their gowns.

While the loveseat has waned in popularity throughout passing trends, it's (thankfully) never completely gone out of style. Today, there's an even more demand for it as baby boomers are downsizing and young couples are buying smaller first homes or apartments. And, this furniture form really does blend beautifully with any decorating style, from farmhouse to fancy.

Recently, I chose to use an elegant period French loveseat in a farmhouse space tucked in the countryside of Tennessee (complete with a big white porch!).... and was so inspired, I had to share. I asked my friend Alyssa Rosenheck to run out and take photos -- doesn't she do a beautiful job?

Not only was this particular floor plan small, but there were also several features that posed problems.... such as doorways and window placements that limited how I could arrange the room for relaxing.

Though the main purpose of the loveseat in the room was to accommodate seating, one way I styled it allowed it to also serve as a divider between the combination kitchen and living room. In both vignettes you'll see below, the size was perfect for allowing plenty of walking room around the other furnishings--and by utilizing the fireplace as a focal point, I was able to create a cozy area that provided both style and functionality in a tiny 100-square-foot living room.

If you don't have the perseverance to uncover the perfect piece at antique stores near you, there are plenty of online resources these days that can help you capture our City Farmhouse style (though you know our pickers have the best eye!). A few of my favorites are here, here, here and here. Those are vintage - so if they're sold out by the time you read this, go to the One King's Lane site here.

I love old books... it feels appropriate to include vintage literature given this piece's history! 
A period French love seat works well when combining styles in a farmhouse setting.

How amazing are those 19th-century period banners? It's a cool story I'll tell you someday. They helped create a focal point with the mantel while creating the look.

Do you have a love seat in your home? If so, is it a style statement or functional for small space seating? 
15 cities. 15 spaces. 15 makeovers. 15 months. City Farmhouse is hitting the road to bring #CityFarmhouseStyle to urban places all across America..... and you will NOT want to miss what this is all about!!!

Learn all about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (and our new project) HERE!!!

Well, all our hard work paid off. The June 2015 #CityFarmhousePopup Fair was a success if I do say so myself.. and chock-full of surprises!

People came from all over – New York to California & just about everywhere in between – to dive into a picker’s paradise. With over 70 vendors from 20 states, there were gems around every corner you turned! We had some truly special pieces, like furniture made from old Nashville homes, beautiful stained glass windows from 1800’s churches, antique rugs and linens all the way from Europe and so much more.

There were things happening all over Buddy Killen’s estate, including fantastic live music (bluegrass, country, jazz, you name it) in front of his mansion and design demonstrations about everything from floral arrangements and table settings to gardening!!

Guests had an array of local food and drink trucks to fuel their pickin’, including the BLFGT (bacon, lettuce, fried green tomato) double-decker sandwich from Fried Green Tomatoes. My personal favorite treat was the delicious peach + ginger ale float from Bradley’s Creamery. Y’all seriously have to try one if you ever see them out and about!

One of the things I love most about my job is getting to meet people of different backgrounds with all sorts of tales & talents. We wanted to focus on the wonderful folks that came out this year by doing a Humans of New York-esque series (if you haven’t heard of it, look it up here. You’re welcome!) throughout the event. Head on over to our Instagram page and check them all out, there's some cool stories. It’s so special to me that all types of people are brought together by a deep appreciation for finding the beauty in old things. Pickin’ people are the best people.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out (including Phillip Sweet of Little Big Town & Holly Williams. We're famous!). We’re already working on gathering the goods for our next Pop-up Fair on October 16-17, and we can’t wait to see y’all there!

To see pictures from the Burlap Carpet event, click here. To see a Facebook album the shows off the June 2015 Pop-up Fair, go here!

Oh, and don't forget to click on Instagram hashtag #cityfarmhousepopup. There are 693 photos to look at, lots of inspiring snaps!

To see a Facebook album the shows off lots more of the June 2015 Pop-up Fair--and the booths--go here!