Out of all of the design magazines that I read, Country Living ranks near the top of my list of favorites. Unlike Elle Décor and Architectural Digest that showcase interiors designed with unlimited budgets, Country living is full of beautiful yet affordable ideas that you can actually incorporate into your own home. I’ve read about Country Living’s fairs for years and finally got a chance to explore one this past weekend!
I went with my friend Vickie, who is my favorite shopping partner in crime. I was thinking that I was uber-prepared, having brought a huge burlap shoulder bag for my loot but it quickly became apparent that it was an amateur move – most of the ladies walking into the fair came with folding shopping carts. And I thought I was a serious shopper.
As we toured around the fair, I snapped some pics of some of my favorite shops and finds to give you a taste of it. One of the first tents we came to had this neat burlap wreath, which I thought would be a great DIY project.
Everywhere we turned there were pumpkins – real pumpkins, burlap pumpkins, and these adorable ones that were made out of a variety of fabrics with stick stems:
Some vendors had so much great stuff that it was hard to take it all in – love the gorgeous bench made of wood branches, the rustic pillows, the lantern, and the large square woven basket.
These large weathervanes totally reminded me of the image of the fabulous vintage weathervane collection displayed above a sofa in my post on displaying collections in your home.
An old window turned into a piece of art – love!
Same idea with an old door screen (neat iron headboard too!):
Summerthyme Chic Boutique was one of my favorite tents – it was chock full of decorative vintage items that were beautifully displayed:
Several tents had large reclaimed corbels:
I was loving these vintage educational charts until I looked at the prices ($250+):
There were lots of great pillows, including these fun hand screened pillows:
and these hand sewn ruffled pillows from Revenier Bedding:
I saw lots and lots of creatively repurposed items, my favorite of which was this chicken feeder that was filled with candles and succulents. It would make a great centerpiece for a long dining table.
I loved this simple idea of hanging small pictures with ribbons on branches planted in an urn – would be so cute with red and green ribbons at Christmas time!
Part of the fun of walking around the fair was seeing the creativity put into the design of the tents, such as this display on top of STASH’s tent,
this colorful pennant flag banner lining Modern June’s large tent,
and these large hanging letters wrapped with strips of colorful fabrics that advertised the name of this tent’s vendor:
Overall, I loved my first Country Living Fair experience and would definitely go back next year. My only disappointment with the fair is that there were more hokey country craft tents than I expected – only about one out of every four tents had things that seemed worth exploring to me. However, with over 150 vendors, there were still enough interesting, unique finds to make it worth my while. Temptations to buy were around every corner but I was good, buying only two things at the fair – this basket with a leather strap that I’m going to try waterproofing and mounting to a covered area by my front door to use for mail (to rectify my current mail problem…)
and this vintage field basket
that found a perfect home under my china chest:
The Country Living Fair has one more stop this year – it will be in Atlanta from October 26-28th – so if you get the chance, you should go! Hope you have a great start to your week!