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?


  1. says

    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!

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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!

  4. says

    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?

  5. Alisa says

    Do toi Mona ifs there is a way I can get in touch with the person selling the two Dachshund chairs? I am disabiled after 9 back surgeries, and syrinx tumor inside my spinal cord damaging my nerves permanetly, and many other things I dont have much money and cant travel far. I am a designer, Web designer/developer, CMS expert like WordPress, and programmer. I have two kids Mack and Ty and decided to get Dachshunds as our family addition because they get back problems exactly like I have had, and knew I could keep that part of my family pain free and the help they would need if something bad happened.

    I love your blog, taste in decor, and style which is much like mine. I am just dying for those 2 chairs you showed on your blog.

    Thank You & Happy Blogging,
    Alisa Meche from Houston, TX

    • says

      Hi Alisa,
      Thanks for sharing your story of how you got your dachshunds – so sweet! Those chairs are from La Casita Home Decor – they have a Facebook page so you could try messaging them through that and see if those chairs are still available. Good luck!

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