Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A little bit Country: A day at the Country Living Fair

Breezy Banners welcome visitors
How delighted I was to be included in a Hometalk VIP Blogger meet and greet at this year's Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck New York. 
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!


  1. Wow, what an amazing experience! I'm so jealous ;)

    1. It was such fun! everyone was so nice and the Fair was fabulous- hope to go next year and get there earlier to see more lol - I know they hold them in different locations throughout the year - not sure if there is one near you Cheers!

  2. I wish they would have a Country Living Fair close to me .Boy, there are so many things to see and learn ( and probably buy ) that I know half a day would not be enough time for me.

    I think you captured some great images for your blog.

    1. Thanks Kathy!
      It was such fun -I know they hold these fairs in different states- not sure if there's one near where you live, but if so it's a great event- There were so many really unique vendors - I could definitely have spent more time - but maybe that's a good thing as I could have done some shopping damage! lol-
      but got lots of pics and inspiration-

  3. That looks like it was great fun. How wonderful that you got to take part in such a wonderful event. Thanks for visiting me Christina. I do appreciate your visit.

    Wishing you a lovely week.


    1. Thanks Janet!
      It was lots of fun- and got lots of inspiration

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