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We are absolutely thrilled that Country Living Magazine featured the Storybook Cottage yesterday -- that's the one that we decorated for Shelter + Roost, remember? We are so excited!!

Escape the Everyday in This Quaint Tennessee Cottage
We're swooning over this home's storybook style. Pin it now, and plan your vacay later
Featured in Country Living, April 2015

We love a family vacation as much as the next person, but there's something about this adorable rental home in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee, that says "girls' weekend." Sure, your kids would have a grand ol' time making s'mores around the fire pit, but isn't it your turn to roast some marshmallows in peace?

And your husband might enjoy a quiet retreat in the rural village outside Nashville, but we're guessing he suffers from Super Cute Blindness (a technical term), and the home's true appeal would be lost on him.

Seriously, the appropriately named Storybook Cottage, decorated by City Farmhouse, is like our favorite Pinterest board come to life. The decor, grounded in whitewashed pallets, weathered wooden furniture, and flea-market style accents, is a cozy (but not cluttered) cross between Scandinavian and rustic sensibilities.

Plus, there's a delightful surprise at every turn: Reclaimed doors-turned-mirrors frame the bedroom, a steely gray kitchen blends perfectly with chrome and stainless pieces, and we bow down to the DIYer that pained the checkerboard poplar flooring. It's totally time to take the book club on the road, ladies.

Take a look inside by clicking through to the Country Living article here!

By Guest Blogger Bryn Huntpalmer

Spring is just around the corner and many of us are digging out our vases, excited to display fresh flowers on our counters and table. But there are tons of other Spring decor ideas to choose from that will make your space really stand out! 

Modern kitchens are popular for their functionality and design but they can seem a bit sterile.... especially in Spring. We’ve put together a few ideas to bring traditional and vintage inspired decor into your kitchen for Spring. 

1. Watering Can Vase

2. Kitschy Vintage Decor

Are you a sucker for those adorable knicknacks at thrift stores and antique malls? The kitchen is the perfect place to display some playful vintage decorations and these bright red colors are perfect for Spring!

3. Colorful Appliances

Kitchenaid mixers and blenders are well-known for their colorful pastels and vintage vibe so why not display your favorite appliance on your counters for everyone to admire. If you don’t already own one of these pricey mixers, look into getting a true vintage version from a flea market or even on ebay. Nothing says 1950s vintage like some pride in your blender!

4. Mason Jar Flowers

If you haven’t caught on to the mason jar trend yet then you are missing out. We love using mason jars in a variety of ways from serving punch to holding candles. We love how this tablescape using a dozen mason jar bouquets to create a seriously gorgeous centerpiece for Spring.

5. Vintage Tea Cups & A Carpenter’s Carryall

Vintage tea cups are such a fun thing to collect and often they are the perfect Spring-y addition to a kitchen because so many of them are decorated with intricate floral designs. We love this idea of using a carpenter’s carryall for wall storage that also doubles as a display piece for all of those sweet little tea cups. The other great thing about this idea is that you can switch out the tea cups for other useful items like espresso or cappuccino cups for Winter!

We love having guest bloggers! Thanks for the fun design ideas, Bryn. For more, head to Modernize.com.
The Country Living Fair is underway in Lebanon, Tennessee, and as you can see.... everyone is here!! Even Country Living Magazine editor-in-chief Rachel Hardage Barrett and our friend, Mike Wolfe.

This is a great, big beautiful show where the pages of the CL magazine come to life -- you'll see lots of antiques, vintage, up-cycled crafts, art, handcrafted jewelry and more! With more than 200 vendors, it's a must-go event, especially if you're within driving distance.

The show continues through this weekend, opening Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. 
Check out some of my snapshots and picks so far (be sure to follow me on Instagram for more!):

My favorite pick so far!! This early lace cupboard is from a mercantile store. It's super rare -- and still has some old lace inside!

This Eskimo refrigerator is such a great size. Perfect for a side table too!

Lots of up-cycling ideas here!

These fairs are great inspiration sources, too. 

Yep, that's a duck barn.

These two took their newly picked duck barn to Bardstown, Kentucky!

Told ya everyone was here.....

For more fair info, go here. If you weren't planning on it before, I bet y'all wanna come now! If you do, look us up -- we're in Building A, Booth 20. Now, get to gettin' and happy pickin'!


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After weeks of waiting for the snow to melt along the winding gravel path to the little cabin tucked away in the woods, we were finally able to get it decorated for Shelter + RoostAnd we couldn't be happier with the results. 

Shelter + Roost, decorate by City Farmhouse in Franklin, TN
Shelter + Roost
While I love everything we did in each room, my favorite is the sleeping loft with the wall constructed of 1700 books!! It turned out just as I had imagined. With the French chandeliers and period French sofa (recovered decades ago in suede), it has the feel of discovering an attic in the countryside of France. It took about 15 hours to wedge each book in place. The entire wall is held together by wedging the books tightly beside each other, turning some with bindings out while others were just too special to tuck the brown, aged pages in - so many are turned with pages facing outward. I think this is my favorite design feature ever!

Shelter + Roost, designed by Kim Leggett of City Farmhouse in Franklin,TN
How amazing is this? A literature lover's dream!  
Shelter + Roost, designed by Kim Leggett of City Farmhouse in Franklin,TN
A major pick for the cabin: this period French sofa, recovered decades ago in suede
I have to say, I really love the master bedroom too. I wanted to combine a little industrial with a little elegance (hence the chandelier with an elegant form but made from chain), and a little cool trendiness too. At first, I was worried to go with the checked fabric on the bottom of the curtains, but I went with my gut, instead of my fears, and I'm thrilled with the results! Annie McCreary of My Swallow's Nest made them for me. She's my "go to girl" for all things curtains and slipcovers - such a talented seamstress!!!
Shelter + Roost, designed by Kim Leggett of City Farmhouse in Franklin,TN
Instagram photo by Annie McCreary of My Swallow's Nest

Shelter + Roost, designed by Kim Leggett of City Farmhouse in Franklin,TN
Instagram photo by Annie McCreary of My Swallow's Nest
I've included a couple of shots of the living room and kitchen area. Keep in mind none of these are professional images--just something I shot at midnight as we finished--I was too excited not to. I'll be sure to post the professional pics as soon as they are available. 

Shelter + Roost features five distinctive vacation rental properties in Franklin and Leiper's Fork, each offering something a little different (remember the Storybook Cottage we decorated last year?!).

For more information about renting this place, go to www.shelterandroost.com.

'Til next time.... happy picking! xx

It's been more than a week now since we hit the fields in Round Top/Warrenton, Texas for some serious pickin. Just in case you've been living in a cave and haven't heard of this mile after mile stretch of junk (I say that lightly - there's some fabulous quality stuff on that dirt) - then here's the scoop. 

Twice a year in the spring and fall, land owners in these tiny towns (populations of less than 100), tuck all their cows away (where I've never known) and turn their pastures into vintage and antique shows. In all there's over 60 shows in swing during the 3 week event!!!

There's much more stuff than money to buy it for sure, so you have to pick wisely. And, so you can do just that, here's a few spots to hit to find some of the most unusual vintage/antiques all around. Remember, as to be expected, "unusual" comes with a slightly higher price tag but these spots seem to be on the affordable side.

1. Bar W Field - One of the larger fields in Warrenton, but one that doesn't vet vendors. So here, you'll find a little of everything from the great unusual pieces from several vendors like, The Seed Box and her neighbor Brenda Kilgore of Kansas City, to new market items, to just plain junk. But, I like the weird mix, even though it's much like an Easter egg hunt. You never know when you might find a treasure in the junk pile.

Bar W Field, City Farmhouse, TN

 2. Zapp Hall - Located right in the middle of Warrenton, this field is where the Junk Gypsy girls got there start! Here you'll find great primitive pieces, alongside sparkly crystal chandeliers, an ocean of goodies (seriously, a vendor sells shells of all varieties), and Nashville's own, Peach Jewelry has a complete jewelry store right in the middle of a cow patty, (that part's not true, but Vincent Peach really sells there).

3. Renck Hall & Field - Warrenton. It's where we scored this amazing early baker's cupboard. Need I say more!!! Well, actually, yes, I should. It's also where you'll find one of everyone's favorite ladies, Theresa Cano of Garden Antiques Vintage.

4. Behind the Hillcrest Inn - I don't think I've ever known the official name of this show that falls literally right in the middle of Warrenton. Much like Bar W, only smaller, this field is very eclectic. If you love digging through piles of rusty junk, this one's for you. Local Eagleville, Tennessee vendor Donna Hood is here too.

5. Travel just a few shows down to the incredibly creative display of Jill Suzanne. A few years back Jill moved an old farmhouse to the property on the hill. Instead of restoring it, she relished in it's beautiful dilapidated state, filling it with chippy, rusty goodness for your home. It's worth going, I promise.

6. Wrap it all up at Marburger Farms between Warrenton and the tiny Round Top Square. Here you'll find the creme of the crop amongst 300 vendors! And, yes, you really can buy well there (we do). Judy Hill, of J. Hill Designs, Cottonseed Trading Company, Georgia Morrel, French Vanilla, Craig Smith, Prize KC, are some names you'll recognize. We can't wait to go on Tuesday (opening day). 

I'm been invited to something really special on Monday.... can't wait to tell you about it.

Are you here? What are some of your fave spots? And, did you find anything at our honey holes?  

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