You may have seen on Instagram that I went to the Country Living Fair in Nashville (actually in Lebanon) over the weekend with my girlfriend from high school. We’ve been friends for nearly 30 years (yeah, yeah, do the math) so it was a super-fun road trip, catching up and rocking out to 80’s tunes for about 11 hours!
We stayed at a B&B called Watermelon Moon Farm, an historic homestead built around 1840. The bedroom had the sweetest dutch door and we decided immediately to chop all the doors in half in our own homes 🙂
So…the fair. First, I must say that I did have a fantastic trip. The weather was gorgeous, the food at the fair was delicious (fried green tomatoes y’all!) and I was away from my mom duties for four days. But to be honest, I think my expectations were not on par with the vendor wares. I was hoping for more vintage, more unusual and unique finds, more handmade and well… a little less country kitsch. I suppose I thought that since the fair would be sponsored by Country Living (one of my favorite home magazines), there would be more that was appealing from a decorating and design perspective. Specifically, I was looking for some vintage seascapes, botanical charts (antique or not), some cool pottery, and some fun, vintage accessories like maybe bone dominoes or old atlases. I didn’t find much of that but looking for specific things at this type of event was probably my mistake.
I did find some other things, though, and discovered a couple of fun shops with really cool stuff like JBS Mercantile, where I bought this huge “nest” basket. Not old, but very textural and cool, especially since I have a weird obsession with birds and nests 🙂 I’ll probably put a big fern inside.
At the very end, about 5 minutes before closing, I discovered a booth with stuff that was right up my quirky and vintage loving alley. Lots of chinoiserie and these turtle shells! I may or may not have bought more than I’ve shown here. Not sure how I’ll display them yet, but I love these types of natural “found”accessories and collections. So interesting and fun on a coffee table or on a stack of books.
I also bought this footed, etched brass bowl.
There were lots of clothing and jewelry vendors, too. I bought this necklace from http://www.oceanne.net/Oceanne as a birthday present to myself 🙂
My friend bought a couple of things from Stately Made. She was super sweet and makes the cutest southern-themed cards, prints and tote bags.
I also bought a carved wooden baguette board (yes, my husband thinks its nuts)
and a small dough bowl.
So, the takeaway from my Country Living Fair experience? It was lots of fun for a girl’s getaway but don’t go in expecting to get any particular item. But that’s really true of any market or fair you go to, no? Also, I did hear that fairs in other parts of the country tend to have different sort of vendors. This one was held in a very rural area. Maybe next time I’ll try Atlanta or New York!