A Day At The Country Living Fair

Last week I had a fantastic time at Country Living Magazine’s fair in Columbus, Ohio! It was like walking onto a million different Pinterest pages…inspiring pieces running amuck everywhere! *grin*  Ooooo, I do so love eye candy. *shiver of happiness*

Country Living Fair

I was so inspired I came home and madly sketched up new designs and vingettes for 6 different spaces in my home. I indulged my industrial side, my admiration for french country, and all things rustic. Yeah, I know, it’s a weird trio of styles to indulge…but honestly no matter what your style I believe a little eclecticism is important to making a space your own…or maybe I just can’t make up my mind which style I love best and that makes a great excuse. *chuckle* Don’t judge me, so I’m indecisive.

There were such cute shops and setups. I had to share a few of my favorite booths! The HomeGirl shop booth had some gorgeous furniture, and baskets, and I just LOVE her shop signboard!

Country Living Fair - HomeGirl shop
Country Living Fair - baskets

How gorgeous is this booth by Besserina? My feet were hurting by the time I reached her shop and it was all I could do to prevent myself from diving headlong between those pillows and staring up at the cutest little chandelier ever. No worries, I restrained myself.

Country Living Fair - cute shop

It’s a good thing I didn’t have a truck (or money) because I would have been in trouble! I found lots of cute things at the Salmon Alley booth that would have been perfect for my girls bedrooms.

Country Living Fair - Salmon Alley

Ok, big huge fair shopping tip: never shop these fairs with friends who have great taste, or similar taste. You’ll have to rock-paper-scissors for who gets the item! *giggle*

Dede - Design Decor


Above: DeDe from Designed Decor holds my DIY philosophy, but at some point we both broke down and got a little something-something from the Country Living Fair!

Below: Every time I turned around Jeanette from Snazzy Little Things blog was holding something I loved! It’s a good thing I’m on such a tight budget… she found some killer deals!

Jeanette - snazzy little things
What I love most about a fair like this is being able to enjoy the beautiful items with character and texture. Buying brand new decor is great, but sometimes you just want a rich unique piece loaded with character…check out all this color and texture!

Country Living Fair - colorful metal chairs

Country Living Fair - colorful wooden bowls

Country Living Fair - vintage sewing machine


Country Living Fair - wooden bowls

Enjoy some of my favorite finds and vendors from around the Country Living Fair!

Country Living Fair - mint dishes

Summerthyme Chic Boutique had a gorgeous assortment of colors I love… well, you can probably tell from my blog what colors I’m drawn to. 😀

Country Living Fair - bell jar

I spy with my little eye, lots and lots of succulents! This has been a really popular DIY, and I’d love to have some succulents in my home and around my property, but I’m a little afraid I’d do all that work just to kill them with my indoor plant black thumb. This beautiful assembly below is from the Primitive Blessings booth.

Country Living Fair - succulents


I found lots of cute items from PB&J booth, look at these adorable mini planter tins!

Country Living Fair - mini succlent tin

It was around this booth that I also started to noticing all the influences of typography on design…

Country Living Fair - jars numbers


Ooooo, marquee lettering!

Country Living Fair - lit letters


Country Living Fair - OHIO letters

I started photographing letters and numbers in every form, and my blogger friends immediately pitched in, helping me find this trend from booth to booth!

Country Living Fair- vintage wood letters1

Country Living Fair- vintage wood letters2

Country Living Fair - balls, tags, and plaques

Country Licing Fair - keychain

Country Living Fair - Book letters

Country Living Fair - letters & numbers

I’m looking forward to next year’s Country Living Fair, and a new set of trends!



8 Comments on A Day At The Country Living Fair

  1. Jeanette @ Snazzy Little Things
    September 24, 2014 at 9:53 am (6 years ago)

    Terrific round up including two of my favorite blog friends. I had such a fun time with you and DeDe that day! Let’s do another outing soon. Your photography is perfect, promise that you’ll offer me a lesson one day?? Love your blog, Ursula, your taste is impeccable.

    • Ursula Carmona
      September 24, 2014 at 11:40 am (6 years ago)

      Aw, you are so sweet, thank you! I had a fantastic time too! Definitely looking forward to another gathering! 😉

    • Ursula Carmona
      September 23, 2014 at 1:40 pm (6 years ago)

      I was good… 😀 I only came away with a couple little metal letters and a nifty little piece that will be a great picture holder.
      Thanks for reading!

  2. [email protected]
    September 23, 2014 at 8:53 am (6 years ago)

    What a beautiful post! Your pictures are outstanding! Here’s to many more of these fun inspirational meetups!

    • Ursula Carmona
      September 23, 2014 at 1:38 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks DeDe, I had so much fun with you ladies!

  3. Emily @ Two Purple Couches
    September 22, 2014 at 9:52 pm (6 years ago)

    Your recap of the Fair is fantastic! I was there on Saturday, but it would’ve be so wonderful to browse with you ladies and fellow bloggers! Nice work on the typography trend-spotting! I’m finding that with every re-cap I read, I see a fantastic booth or shop that I don’t remember seeing in person! There was so much goodness to take in, my brain couldn’t handle it all!

    • Ursula Carmona
      September 23, 2014 at 7:12 am (6 years ago)

      Thank you Emily! Aw, it would have been great to have you join us!! Well, next year let’s plan on it! 🙂


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