Country Living Fair

Country Living Fair at Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY - atticmagAntiques and collectible were only part of the 3-day Country Living Fair experience.

Country Living Magazine held the first of their three annual fairs this weekend at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, New York. By 11 a.m. on Saturday morning it was nearly impossible to move through the dozen or so barns housing the 200 vendors. Fans quickly filled up the parking lot and poured onto the grounds with carts and wagons to haul away treasures they hoped to find.

Atticmag editor Jane Freiman at the Country Living Fair with Country Living magazine Editor-in-Chief Sarah Gray Miller - atticmagFortunately I arrived early in order to say hello to Country Living Editor-in-Chief Sarah Gray Miller (r.), who also has a home nearby. Sarah showed me photos on her phone of her kitchen that’s being redone with a vintage stove, open storage plus a huge vintage free-standing farm sink. I’ll will look forward to seeing that finished in the mag. She also graciously posed for pictures with me and other bloggers who gathered for a quick briefing.

bloggers attending Country Living Fair - atticmagIt’s always great to meet blogland colleagues IRL and what a beautiful group!  From left: Ann Andrew of Water Wine Travel, an adorable photographer, Denise Sabia from The Painted Home, Kelly Elko from Eclectically Vintage, Jennifer O’Brien from City Farmhouse, and Elizabeth from Hearst Publications. It would have been great to sit and chat but the merch beckoned.

washtub plantres from Great Stuff by Paul Antiques at the Country Living Fair - atticmagAnyone who has been drooling over the vintage washtub planters in the Williams-Sonoma catalog would be in nirvana at the Great Stuff by Paul booth. Prices for the enamel and galvanized steel tubs plus stands were in the same $250 ballpark.

French laundry baskets Great Stuff by Paul Antiques at the Country Living Fair - atticmagI also loved Paul’s oversize French laundry baskets.

carved Indian temple pediments from Great Stuff by Paul Antiques at the Country Living Fair - atticmagHe also showed carved and chippy capitals from South Asian columns that always scream “make me into a coffee table base!” at me.

selling burlap by the yard at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY - atticmagWhile some might think the burlap and stenciled grain-sack pillow trend is waning, think again. There was a brisk business in burlap by the yard in one barn with piles of natural color remnants nearby.

Cash and Cari booth at the Country Living Fair, Rhinebeck, NY  - atticmagHGTV personality Cari Cucksey’s booth also was busy.

redone Aesthetic Movement settee at the Re-Purpose booth, Country Living Fair, Rhinebeck, NY - atticmagOne prominent redone piece was this Aesthetic Movement settee. That’s the incised style of Victorian furniture that I happen to love. My salvaged fireplace is AM and the furniture is super cheap right now and often ignored. I see it all the time at auctions and I snagged a marble-top side table I use for my printer a few years back (though I haven’t had time to give it a paint job as yet).

vintage wood boxes at the Country Living Fair, Rhinebeck, NY - atticmagAnd gracefully aged old boxes were around in force at the fair. But there was so much more to see at the Country Living Magazine Fair. Continue the tour with our  slideshow (below).

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Stenciled vintage-style grain sack pillows are a staple of the cotton, linen and burlap trend for DIY accessories.

A pile of fabric remnants provided material for small items. I accidentally captured someone reaching for one of the precious swatches!

Traditional bed quilts and French boutis-style runners and placemats are classic accessories that still have an avid following.

Eric Fausnacht, from Philadelphia, showed his "Fowl Images" on an array of canvas bags. The fanciful animals are hand silk screened and I see these as both an update and a tongue-in-cheek play on the grain-sack look.

Lynn Mordas, from Dashing Star Farm (peeking out from behind the stuff), showed her amazing wool products including pillows and handwoven blankets. She markets yarn, roving, batting, hats, sweaters, scarves made with wool from her own cross-bred sheep. I love the mattress ticking as you don't see that much on pillows these days.

No country fair would be complete without twig furniture. I love this style, made by The Arbor in Valle Crucis, NC. One day I'd love to have a bench and some twig chairs for our patio.

Pennsylvania dealer David Drummond showed this stunning metal garden table. As my friends know, I never met a piece of furniture with tassels that I didn't like. And it's black, too.

The grain sack ladies also had a pair of really nice looking fauteils -- reupholstered in white canvas, naturally. This is a pretty fancy look for country but it blends and I love the gilded frame.

Another pair of chippy and shabby chairs were repurposed really well. That's a blessing because these are some really ugly, heavy frames when you look closely. But paint and mixed upholstery commands a premium (the price for the pair is $1300).

I'm so hopeless when it comes to shoes. And I love the colors but no, I didn't buy a pair, tempting as they were. Unfortunately, I discovered a $10 coupon towards any purchase too late to make good use of it in this booth.

This booth, filled with hand made birdhouses was another tempting stop.

A bird barn is really the right idea and the green and white combo is a special favorite.

By Noon, the aisles in the barns were so crowded it was difficult to stop and get any pictures. One of the last photos was this one -- a memorable bird mansion. At $2000, it's definitely in the collector's item category but what a great sculpture it would make on a huge center hall table!

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3 Responses to Country Living Fair

  1. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage June 10, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    So much fun and great meeting you Jane!

    Fabulous photos too – so glad to meet a fellow flea market loving gal!

  2. Kristen June 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    This was a great post! I was there, too, and admired many of the same things :) I posted about my experience, too. Here it is, if you want to check it out:

  3. The Junk Drunk June 10, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    What a great post about the Country Living Fair! Unfortunately, we left a little late on our drive back to Brooklyn from Ticonderoga this weekend, and we missed the fair. We stopped by the Coxsackie Antiques Barn instead though.

    We loooooove Great Stuff by Paul in Frederick! He always has amazing, unique items.

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