6.09.2014

At the New York Country Living Fair


I have my fair share of addictions - vintage chairs, Good & Plenty, Bliss Body Butter, brass animals, HomeGoods, Jersey Mike's #9 subs - yes, the list goes on and on so I definitely don't need to be adding yet another addiction to it but it's out of my control - I'm officially a Country Living Fair addict. Yep, I loved it the first time I went in Columbus, OH in 2012, got even more excited about their Holiday Bazaar in 2013, and then this past weekend I crossed the line to full-fledged addict after going to the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY. 
From just this one picture, you can see why it's become an addiction right?! So many great vintage finds and that fact that it was the perfect not-too-hot, not-too-cold, sunny day didn't hurt either. There was so much to see that I couldn't begin to capture everything but I thought of you guys while I was there and took some pics of things I loved and thought you might too. Like pretty much everything that was part of this display (isn't the vintage faucet paper towel holder so cute?):
And these Amish made frames - they were large and chippy and right up my alley:
I found this pan full of interesting "antique findings" at one booth - they would be perfect for adorning some DIY decorative boxes:
I'm still kicking myself for not buying any of these beautiful wood architectural panels:
Several booths had reasonably priced pressed botanical art (I bought one in a wide rustic wood frame that I'll show you once I find a home for it) and the trophy cups get me every time:
 And you ironstone lovers would have been in heaven:
This pair of chairs from La Casita Home Decor was so clever - they would look darling sitting next to one another in a foyer or along the side of a dining table:
And where were all of these great vintage mailboxes when I was searching high and low for one to combat my mail-eating dog problem?
As fun as it is to shop the Country Living Fair, it's just as much fun to walk around and look at all of the creative displays. I've seen Summerthyme Chic Boutique at fairs before and their displays are always among the most amazing!
Fairgoers were also able to tour Country Living's House of the Year, which was a ten minute van ride away. It was a beautiful house that was definitely on the small side for a showhouse (1500 square feet) but with a gorgeous interior designed by Tilton Fenwick. Photography wasn't allowed but Country Living has given a few sneak peaks via Instagram, including this pic of the beautiful living room gallery wall:
You'll be able to see the full house in Country Living's September issue. 

My visit to the Country Living fair was topped off by a blogger get-together where I met a bunch of bloggers from around the area (including two other Connecticut bloggers!) as well as Country Living's editor-in-chief Rachel Hardage Barrett who couldn't have been sweeter. Many thanks to Miriam and Diana from Hometalk for organizing the get-together - they were so fun and interesting to chat with and it was exciting to hear about all that Hometalk is doing - if you haven't already discovered Hometalk, check it out {here}.

So two weekends ago, I went to Lucketts, this past weekend I went to the Country Living Fair, and next weekend I'm going to...nowhere at all. Two fun shopping trips like that two weekends in a row was a total out-of-the-norm fluke so it's back to the typical weekend stuff around here which is probably a good thing seeing what a disastrous mess my house has turned into. What were you guys up to over the weekend?
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15 comments:

  1. I can't wait to go to the CLF here in Atlanta again this fall. I wish I had seen you at Lucketts.

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  2. WOW! i plan to go to that one next year- i did columbus this past fall. so much fun and so much inspiration!

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  3. It looks so wonderful! How fun! Looking forward to seeing your new print!

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  4. Oooh, so many great finds, those chairs are too darn cute! You should get some award for willpower!

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  5. You are living my dream!! I've alway wanted to go and I'm dying to see what Tilton Fenwick did with the show house as I've been following their sneak peeks on Instagram. Thanks for sharing all the fun!

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  6. Oh I wish I could have gone! I was hoping to drive up there but we had our anniversary and son's birthday party this weekend so it just didn't work out! Maybe next year. Looks like you had a wonderful time!
    -Shelley

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  7. So many great finds! How cute are the chairs!!

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    1. That looks like way too much fun...I could have gotten in all kinds of trouble there!!

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  8. It was wonderful meeting you, Kris! The CL Fair is one of my favorite venues and you did such a great job bringing it to life in your recap post! I almost felt like i was back there. Hope to see you again next year!

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  9. You are so lucky Kris! I wonder what you took home from this one! i do love those wooden architectural panels and also that whole throve of brass goodies, I can scour that for hours! thanks for taking us along dear!

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  10. Two great weekends! What fun ....especially meeting up with fellow bloggers and Rachel!

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  11. That sounds like such an amazing trip. So many treasures! That must have been amazing to meet the editor-in-chief of Country Living.

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  12. What a fun life you've been leading! Next year, definitely, I need to join you! I love the salvage pieces….they are amazing!

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  13. I've always wanted to go to the Country Living fair and show house. Thanks for showing us your experience there. I love those dog chairs- so fun! Where's your next trip?

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  14. So much goodness! I am definitely adding the fair to my bucket list!
    Enjoy your week

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