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This 3 day event magically brings the pages of this lovely magazine to life with barns filled with artists and vendors, demonstrations, HGTV celebs, music, adorable 4H farm animals and classic fair food. Not surprisingly, it did not disappoint.
Only able to visit for an afternoon, but with trusty camera at the ready, I snapped away and thought I'd share some photos which I thought captured the many interpretations of country style.
Used to be, the term "country" brought to mind primitive painted farm animals, rustic color palettes of barn reds and forest greens, cheerful checkerboard patterns and authentic farmhouse furniture.
While this traditional style will continue to charm, for some time now, new adaptations of "country" decor have been taking center stage: farmhouse furniture is repainted in fresh vivid colors, "industrial" rusty and repurposed finds are displayed as art, romance rules with the "shabby" cottage look in creams and whites or utilitarian textiles are re-imagined as upholstery or pillows.
While my own style could be termed "eclectic" (undecided) I found myself completely smitten with the variety of beautifully crafted displays of "country" furnishings, art and antiques.
Some of my Favorites…..
From buttons to bureaus: cheery vibrant hues add a colorful punch
a soothing palette of cottagey creams and ivories
Country goes elegant with European influences
From bits of old license plates to giant vintage movie reels, aged metals add subtle sheen and dare we say, hipness?
*Please note: Although I asked permission to photograph these wares, I wasn't able (or organized enough) to gather contact info.
Happily, links to vendors and more info can be found at
above photos CPaul2014
The charming Cari Cucksey of HGTV's Cash & Cari
let guests try out a fabulous line of paints and stains (I'm in love with the turquoise) and patiently answered questions and posed for pics with fans
(of course my camera battery had tuckered out by this point)
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What a fun way to spend a day!