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Aaaaaand, he's back! One of our favorite celebrity stylists is returning to the October 2015 City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair, and this time -- he's bring his secret weapon. We caught up with Matthew so y'all could get a peek into his creative genius and what to expect from him at next week's show!

1. How did you earn the nickname the "Lifestyle Guru?"
I've been doing this for like 20 years now, and I think it's the fact that I have so many different ideas -- I can dream up just about anything.

2. You've been a guest at the CFH pop-up fair twice now -- what are you most looking forward to about the October 2015 show?
I love to see all the great vintage items the dealers have with them, plus I've made lots of great friends at the show over the past couple of years. The vendors are all so talented and stylish, and they ALWAYS bring something new and unexpected to the table. So much inspiration.

3. Will you be looking for any pieces in particular at the Fair this year?
Well, I'm coming with a paint sprayer from Wagner so I'm looking for thing I can upcycle. Things like furniture and small pieces that are stylish but that I can also personalize with my own color palette.

4. What three tips would you give people who want to get into upcycling, but don't know where to start?
Upcycling can start at home, so look around your own house and find things that you already have that can be made better with a coat of paint. Also, don't be afraid to experiment with color -- think about the colors you like to wear or the paint on your walls. They're great for furniture too! Finally, consider the fact that upcycling isn't just limited to indoors... it's perfect for pieces outside too, like a park bench or patio table. You can even paint a doormat, a rug, or a lamp base. It's totally unlimited what you can do!

5. What can fair-goers expect to learn from you at the show demonstrations?
I want to get everyone really excited about being creative and the discovery of this incredible tool that can help them with such a variety of things that will just make their lives more beautiful.

6. Why do you prefer Wagner tools over others?
This one is special, no only because it is studio sized but because it also sits on a countertop and is very transformational. Plus, it doesn't leave any brush marks allowing it to turn something from really blah to beautiful in just minutes.

7. What do you like about City Farmhouse style?
I think it's just so engaging -- it's a real lifestyle that has that casual, comfortable, put-your-feet-up look but is super stylish at the same time.

Learn more about Matthew Mead and the demonstrations he'll be doing at the pop-up fair here.

Top Left Photo: This Old House Magazine, Interior Design: Lizzie McGraw - Tumbleweed and Dandelion; Top Right Photo & Interior Design: Becky Cunningham - Buckets of Burlap; Bottom Left Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography, Interior Design: Kim Leggett - City Farmhouse; Bottom Right Photo: Shelter and Roost, Interior Design: Kim Leggett - City Farmhouse

CASTING CALL! Do any of these photos remind you of your own farmhouse style or something similar - or maybe your farmhouse style is even better!  If so, we need to talk.City Farmhouse is looking for a few more spaces to photograph and feature in our new book, City Farmhouse Style.

Your space must BE ALREADY DECORATED IN FARMHOUSE STYLE, with the exception of expected styling, which we will do at no charge. If this describes your space as it relates to any of the spaces listed below, please email us at tenntracker@hotmail.com or call us at 615-268-0216.

There is NO CHARGE TO BE FEATURED. We want to showcase your talents and your home! ANYWHERE in the U.S. We already have some awesome spaces! We can't wait to see what you have done!

Category 1: Traditional Farmhouse

1. A traditional farmhouse in a rural setting that is decorated in farmhouse style.
2. A traditional farmhouse in a rural setting with beautiful flower, vegetable, or herb gardens.

Category 2: Small Spaces

1. A small space, cottage, town home, apartment, brownstone, etc. in, or near an urban city, that is decorated in modern farmhouse style.

Category 3: Working Studios 

1. A small studio - working studio, artist, recording artist, work space, fashion designer studio, etc. decorated in modern farmhouse style - in, or near, an urban city.

Category 4: Gardens 

1. Small container flower gardens, particularly patio & balcony gardens, or indoor window gardens in unique containers. In, or near, an urban city. 2. Small container vegetable or herb gardens on a patio, balcony, or indoor window gardens in unique containers. In, or near, an urban city.

Shelter + Roost property, in Country Living Magazine

Yesterday, Country Living Magazine just about fell over at the sight of this country cabin we designed for Shelter + Roost rental properties -- and we can't blame them, can you?!

This is definitely one of our favorite projects to date..... Here's what they had to say:

"We can't take our eyes off this new blogger-designed cabin in Tennessee. It's going on our fall getaway 'wish-list.'

The folks at Shelter + Roost have done it again. Located in the sleepy little town of Leiper's Fork, Tennessee, 30 miles southwest of Nashville, this charming cabin features interiors designed by Kim Leggett of City Farmhouse [...]"

Read the whole story in Country Living HERE (thanks to the ladies over there for giving us some love this month!).
Shelter + Roost property, in Country Living Magazine

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!