Outdoor Pleasures: The Country Living Fair

This past weekend, Karen June and I got to do one of our most favorite things for the blog: we attended the Country Living Fair, compliments of Hometalk, an online forum for home improvement project ideas, DIY help and hiring local pros.  Situated in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York, the fair is a great place to meet up with friends and spend a couple of days antiquing, finding new artisans and eating at one of the many terrific restaurants in the area.  Below are some of the photos we captured of the fair, including many outstanding displays of treasures to buy or be used as inspiration.

We had the pleasure of meeting up with Cari Cucksey of RePurpose (and former host of HGTV's "Cash & Cari").  She was debuting her new line of paint and we happily picked up a couple of colors and will share our projects with you soon.  

We also met the new Editor-In-Chief of Country Living magazine, Rachel Hardage Barrett. She's spearheading the move of CL offices from New York to Alabama and we're looking forward to seeing what's up her sleeve in the coming months.  

A big thank you to Miriam Illions and Diana Mackie of Hometalk for hosting us.  We currently have a few projects up on their blog and look forward to working with them regularly!  

If you're kicking yourself because you missed last weekend's fair, don't fret!  There are two more Country Living Fairs this year: Ohio in September and Georgia in October.  And if neither of those are in your neck of the woods, here's a very helpful list of the best antique fairs across the U.S. compiled by Country Living.  

Want to know our strategies for getting the most out of a large fair? How do you keep from getting overwhelmed?  What do you buy and what do you leave behind?  How to increase your stamina?  We'll share our tips in this Friday's newsletter, so sign up now!  Just scroll up and you'll see our subscription box in the left column.  We'd love for you to join us!

xoxo Zandra