Country Living Fair 2013
I know I am a little late in sharing, but I didn’t want you to miss the
Country Living Fair 2013.
Every year it never fails to inspire with fall decor ideas, a unique shopping experience, and free seminars. If you couldn’t make it this year, I want to bring the fair to you.
So… maybe… you might feel like you were right there with me.
Immediately upon entering Stone Mountain Park a festive feel was in the chilly air.
The pumpkin tower was quite a sight to see full of beautiful colors of every gourd and pumpkin imaginable.
The perfect spot for a photo op!
After visiting the pumpkin tower, just a few steps away was a fireplace and tables ready for entertaining.
Here you see Country Living’s fall decor ideas with
table settings for the perfect fall gathering.
This table used vintage pieces with succulents and frosted glass accents.
I especially enjoyed how pumpkins were used as fall centerpiece planters.
Here you see a wool plaid blanket used as a tablecloth which gives a
winter woods, equestrian feel.
Here the pumpkin is filled with pine cones and centered with a pillar candle.
Below is my favorite tablescape.
The bright palette of color mixed with vintage items made this table
beautiful eye candy.
Using flowers and pumpkins give a festive fall feel without breaking the bank to create.
Throws complementing the color palette from the table
were draped over the seat-backs of the chairs.
This not only adds to the color scheme, it also offers guests a blanket when the temperature drops.
Great idea, right?
Should we stroll into the vendor area?
Okay! Let’s go…
Traveling through the tree lined trails, inspiration was available in
every nook and cranny of vendors’ booths.
The creative vignettes were inspiring. Vendors used what they had to make all
of their items look amazing.
This year I focused on bringing these looks home to you.
So you can feel the fall inspiration
created by every vendor.
(These pumpkins were found growing wild in the mountains).
So you get inspired for the holidays to come,
and get a few ideas for your holiday decor.
So you feel as though you were here…
Christina, from The Frugal Homemaker, and I sure wish you were walking along with us.
After exploring the trails, we headed to a blogger meetup
that Hometalk organized.
Look close, you may find some of your favorite bloggers in the picture.
Most of us have profiles and projects on Hometalk,
you can see my profile here and check it out.
Hometalk gave us the opportunity to meet the editors of Country Living Magazine
and talk with Cari from Cash & Cari.
The editors mingled with us and it was the highlight of my experience this year.
I had the opportunity to talk with Sarah Gray Miller,
Country Living Editor-In-Chief,
about her New York home that was featured in the October 2013 Country Living Issue.
She called her home “kooky” with a little giggle and said she is a bit of a “hoarder”.
She considers her collections a collaboration.
Hey, if I can be a “hoarder” and make my home look like hers,
I would gladly call myself one.
Pictured above from Left to Right:
Beth, Kelley, Rosemary, Sarah Gray Miller, Julia, Erin, Christina, and me.
Meeting Sara Morrow (Senior Editor) and Rachael DeSchepper (Web Editor)
was a delight too.
The energy from these women show they truly enjoy their jobs!
(I wish I had a picture of them).
Sara travels with the Country Living Fair. From our talk I learned every city has it’s own flair. Some of the vendors travel with the fair and some are locals from the nearby area.
She was so kind to take the group photos above for me.
Rachael was featured on the Main Stage talking about “Online Decorating Resources” and how to follow Country Living along the way.
If you haven’t checked out Country Living’s Pinterest Page, you can see it here,
and follow the Country Living Staffers’ blog here.
I hope you enjoyed the Country Living Fair stroll with me.
Maybe it made you feel like…
you were right there too!
Thanks for joining me today
and every post along the way.
I appreciate it!
Hi Angie, I didn’t get to the CL fair this year so I appreciate your sharing your trip with us. I do recognize some of my favorite bloggers there with you!
I’m sorry you couldn’t make it this year Anne. Hopefully I captured the spirit of the fair for you. 🙂
Looks like a great time! I’m sorry I couldn’t go this year. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos and the great ideas for a Fall tablescape!
I missed you this year Betsy. We had so much fun last year… maybe next year we can do it again.
I have never been to one of these (that are usually far from where I live), but would love to go someday. All the inspiration to be had is so exciting! I want to thank you for posting this and taking us on the tour. It was great to see what it is really like and to see what we are missing! Meeting Cari would have been my highlight! I love her show! Did she really just have a booth set up that she was at? Thank you – thank you. I do feel like I was there.
Lindsay, I am so glad you felt like you were there. There is so much to see, it would be a fun weekend trip for you some year. Cari had a booth where she was selling her finds and mingling with those that stopped by her space. She is super sweet! She mentioned she is traveling so much right now… I don’t know how she does it all, and with a big smile on her face too. 🙂
Once again, great pictures, all capturing the fantastic assortment of ideas for this autumn. Totally brought me back to that event we attended together a long time ago at that home accent store – it was all about centerpieces, entertaining tablescapes and simple décor using items you have on hand in unconventional ways. I still use the tablecloth clips I bought and have the lengthy list of ideas we took away from the event. Good times then, and you are still in the thick of it now. Fantastic!
You bring back such great memories! I remember going to that seminar with you and I still have those clips as well. I wish I still had my notes, I remember taking so many notes on all of the great ideas. I am still in the thick of it and loving it. 😉 I wish you lived closer so we could experience these adventures together.