As I share every year around this time when the Country Living Fair comes to Dutchess County, I am drawn to all of the inspiration and creativity. Farmhouse style is a hot trend right now, and though I follow this trend some, I’d like to think that I’m in the thick of the inspiration, thanks to our 1820 farmhouse and the day to day quirks our old house brings to us.
I draw on the magic that I see at the fair; the passion of the vendors and their stories. When I see something that I like, I don’t just buy, but I inquire and try to get the low down of the piece. I want to get their story and the method behind the madness for each item.
I’m always comforted when I find similarities to myself. What was their thought process behind the repurpose? Where did they find such a cool item in the first place? How much time and effort goes into each fixer upper? Where, in our heartland, were these things originally?
More often than not, they’re dreamers, just like me. And I love that. I identify, completely.
With all of the vendors I was fortunate to meet and network with, I was honored to meet and have a valuable conversation with Rachel Hardage Barrett, the Editor In Chief of Country Living Magazine. She was delightful.
I was able to spend time with the marketing team of Wagner SprayTech USA, and I am beyond thrilled to be working with their team on upcoming Be Fed Again projects!! They were engaging and extremely informative about their products, especially their line of paint sprayers. All very exciting!
All in all, the weekend was very beneficial and truly one of my favorite weekends all year. I hold everyone I met in high standing and I thank them all, greatly, for the vision, the enthusiasm, and the genius incentive that vendors, marketing teams and Editors alike, gave to me. I was surrounded by beautiful farmhouse decor, and I’m privileged to have brought some of what I saw, in to our 1820.