Thursday, August 18, 2011

(and survived!)
(AND without killing each other too!!)

(Photo courtesy of The Fancy Farmgirl Photography)

The Boys of BH are finally getting our heads back above water after the splendor of our
Summer Country Vintage Marketplace weekend.
WOW, I don’t even know where to start with this post.
So let me just go back a spell.
When Joe and I started planning for this year, we decided we wanted to change up our game plan to create more of a balance in our lives.
 In 2011, there would be one big BH event on the calendar
and we would just play the rest by ear.

(Photo courtesy of The Fancy Farmgirl Photography)

Our mantra this year has been,
We have no room for ANYthing but GOOD in our lives –
only the best of the best can fit.
AND, we can only invite the most positive
and beautiful experiences
into our home and onto our Farm.

This has nothing to do with material possessions, but everything to do with the core of how we live on a day-to-day basis,
with the people we choose to surround ourselves,
and the positive overall experience we want folks to feel when they visit our farm.

This year has exceeded our expectations tremendously!!
Right on!

(Photo courtesy of Faded Prairie)

So, let’s fast forward to the weeks leading up to the event.
This was BY FAR the biggest endeavor ever for us.
 We added more invited collectors/designers, more food, live music AND a beer/wine garden.
And for the most part, I felt that we were more prepared than ever.

(Photo courtesy of Faded Prairie)

Collectively, we created The Perfect Barn House Storm!!
The weather was PERFECT.
The invited guests were PERFECT.
The customers were PERFECT.
The Parking/Parking Posse were PERFECT.

The band, Celilo & Friends, were PERFECT.

The Beer/Wine was MORE than PERFECT!
We couldn’t have asked for a more PERFECT day with friends and visitors.

We also had a gigantic slumber party on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Barn House Vintage Woodstock of 2011

(Photo courtesy of Calamity Jane's Antiques)

 I will speak for myself in order to protect the” innocent.”
I laughed too loud,
drank too much,
hugged a little too hard,
smiled until my mouth hurt and
even became the after-dinner entertainment one evening.
(I am still wondering how this happened - lol)
(Photo courtesy of Qamera)

It’s so incredible to have friends who can just be real and present.
Friends who don’t care if we finished all the projects we thought we could finish prior to the show.
Friends who were happy with Pizza/Beer/Wine under our Pergola and around the fire pit.
Friends who simply have your back and don’t mind pitching in if needed.

We LOVE these people.

It was very special to have them here with us for a few days,
filling our home with love and laughter.
What more could you ask for in life?

A few minutes before the doors opened as we watched the
hundreds and hundreds of people lined up,
I could feel the emotions bubbling to the surface.
“Oh SHIT…not now, Jermonne!!!” is the look Joe gave me.
He could see what was coming a mile away.
I did pretty well as we greeted folks coming through the doors with
“Thank you for coming!”

Then, I got a little caught off guard when I spotted Celeste and Dan (Chaps – Spokane, WA).

That’s when the flood gates opened and out came
all of the LOVE my poor little heart could no longer hold inside.

There I was at the front gate with my arms wrapped tightly around Celeste
and crying like a Little Bitch for all to see.

That’s how the day started!

And all morning I spent avoiding certain people in order to NOT have a relapse.

(Photo courtesy of Qamera)

I can’t express how thankful we are to our Invited Guests who worked so hard
to once again take our show to the next level!
We are so honored to know them all and are very inspired by each one of them.
We are also very thankful and humbled by the astounding number of beautiful people
who came and showered us with their generosity and loving spirits.
This was the very first year Joe and I did not have to run around like lunatics putting out fires.
We must thank our staff and friends who volunteered and also handled everything
so Joe and I could just have fun visiting and enjoying the day.
To say the least, we had a BLAST!

One thing is certain.
Consistently affirming our mantra this year eliminated a lot of unnecessary distractions
and allowed us to focus on what is most important to us.
We are blessed in many ways!

For even more pictures and stories, please visit the Friends of BH websites listed below.

(If you are not listed below, please send me your link and I will add you to our list)

So, what’s next for Barn House? Let me start with some VERY EXCITING news!
Barn House and our Summer Country Marketplace will be featured in the premier issue of
FOLK Magazine!!!
We are VERY honored to have our story written and photographed by one of our closest friends, Kimberly Taylor. 


You can pre-order a copy of FOLK Magazine on our online store, Barn House Market, today!!!

 And for those of you who have been missing our online store being up-and-running,
we are planning a KILLER clearance sale,
as well as listing lots of new treasures over the next couple of weeks.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook or get on our email list by sending a message to

We are also very honored to be joining the
for their Fall Premier Show, September 9th to October 2.

 Please plan on visiting Monticello’s for the best treasures and inspiration in Portland!!

Also, there are some incredible shows a few of our friends will be hosting
in August/September that you don’t want to miss!!!

TARTE - Aurora, OR
August 20th-21st
(Photo courtesy of Robin Laws Photography)


OH, and we can't forget something VERY IMPORTANT!
Interested in winning this VIP package from The Boys of Barn House??
Leave us a comment on our blog or LIKE us on our Facebook Page
To WIN the Junk Bonanza VIP Package!!!

Until the next time,
The Boys of BH wish you
MUCH Love, Peace and Happiness!

(Photo courtesy of The Fancy Farmgirl Photography)

(Photo courtesy of Kimberly Taylor Images)


Christa from Chloe Rose said...

I loved your show this year. The vendors were wonderful, as always. The food and the music were awesome. I brought my mom out this year (she's never been to one your events before) and she was amazed. We had a nice afternoon together.

Love what you do!


Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Someday (don't mean to sound like a broke record) but...I will come to one of your fab events! So glad it went well, I don't see how it couldn't with you two awesome guys behind the event. Congrats on being in the magazine.

Lisa Johnson said...

OMG! Love that last picture of the two of you! True love is always so wonderful to see. Thanks again for hosting such an amazing show and for once again, including little old me. I loved having more time to hang with you guys this year. Love you both so much!

Anonymous said...

Looks and sounds like a fabulous time... wish I could have been there!!!
Congratulations on the magazine feature!! :)

~ Jo

Heidi said...

We just loved everything! Thanks for making the parking easy, the shopping easy, and giving us all inspiration! Can't wait for the next event.

Unknown said...

LOVED being part of this . . . it was truly beautiful in every way!! And I agree with Lisa - love the last picture of the two of you!! I hope you know how much we all adore you both!! Xoxo - liz and family!!! :)

Spittin-Toad said...

It looks like sooo much fun!!! I just found you..but next year, I will try to make it!! :)
I would love to win your prize package!!

Garrett said...

So amazingly beautiful!

Tinas bo said...

Wonderful photos!! And amazing Shabby things! Just love it!!
Looks like you had a great time! :)
I had bought EVERYTHING!! hihi

Hugs Tina

Ormolulu said...

THE BEST Barn House event . . . ever!!! Jim and I had a really wonderful time. You guys keep raising the bar, that's for sure!!

Debi & Jim @ Ormolulu

Monticello Staff said...

Love love love you guys. You rock us all.

Hugs & kisses, ~Joyce

Kathrine said...

Beautiful pictures! What a great time it was.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for putting on such a spectacular event! This was my first visit to Barn House, and I was thrilled with everything and everyone, from the vendors to the scenery to the helpful people who directed traffic in the parking lot. It was a well organized affair, and a joyful one for everyone concerned. But most of all, I loved seeing the culmination of all the event-planning efforts you've been blogging about this past year, and knowing how much heart and soul you put into it. Your oft-stated mantra about prioritizing your time and energy and making more room for joy has always been such an inspiration to me. The sheer perfection of your event is proof positive that your formula is working.

Thanks for creating such a magical experience for us all!

Emily P.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Congrats on a successful, fun show for you two...glad you could relax and enjoy yourselves! Thank you for the peeks and have put a visit to a future show on my tinker bell list!

Also, congrats on your magazine exciting!

Nordic Girl said...

You guys looked like you had so much fun! I'm so glad everything went really well and one day hope to make it there for a few days of shopping, drinking and hanging out!!

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the junk Bonanza giveaway & thankyou for the brilliant opportunity,Cheers

Dana said...

Wow! Looks like a great time! Loved your pictures and your Mantra.. words to live by.

Bohemian said...

I'm so happy for you that the Show was such an amazing success! I know some people who were fortunate enough to attend... it is most def on my 'bucket list'...
Thanks for taking us along visually via the Land Of Blog!

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

julieann said...

Beautiful pictures and wow you are having a beautiful year!! Way to go boys!!
Count me in for the JB tickets PLEASE! I live in MN so I can make it to this event..
Light and Laughter

trash talk said...

Give a chubby girl a little head's up next time...will ya? I started crying as soon as I saw that line...good grief...y'all are rock stars!
You guys are living life out loud and I love it...and y'all.
P.S. I just did a post on..ahem.."reality" shows. You guys are the real deal and somebody is missing the boat by not following y'all around.

Shelley @ Born in a Barn said...

From the photos I can tell you have absolutely out done yourself at this event. I have dreamed of having an event such as yours, because I live in Wyoming, we are soooooo very far from all of the good stuff. I have the space, I have the barn, I have the desire so why not bring the good stuff to Wyoming!! Hey, you guys want to come? Visit the Wild Wild West?? You are definately invited! Our first event will be October 14 and 15th of this year. No one has ever done anything like what you guys do around here. I would suggest any helpful suggestions you may have, contracts you have vendors sign, ANYTHING!! Due to weather we will only ever have a fall and a spring sale and the event is called, Born in a Barn. If you have time I would LOVE to hear from you!! Thanks, in advance, tons, Shelley Kinnison

*Shabby LOCO!* said...

Are you serious!?@ What a freak! You guys shiz is AWESOME! I wish I lived closer so I could be down with you cool kids! I'm in the O.C and I am doing my vewy first show at the Long Beach Antique/Flea Market..and lemme' tell ya' I am strivin' to be allll gussied up like you Barn House boys! What an inspiration..I could cruise your pages for days! LURVE whatcha' got goin' on boyfriendz! Muah! ~Melissa

the tattered nest said...

I live in Minnesota and everytime I read your blog I tell myself I am pinching my pennies and going to that gorgeous show! Some day soon!!Please enter me in your give a way for the Junk Bonanza!!! I love that show and live 15 minutes away from it...thanks and take care!

Paula Jo @ Home and Garden Decor said...

I really enjoyed reading your post and looking at the photo's. You two did a marvelous job, and I just wish I could have been there. It sounds like you had a blast, and for sure it would ba an honor knowing you both.

Tiffany ~ The Fancy Farmgirl said...

I heart this post, and I heart you boys, and I heart the barn house and I heart our friends. This makes me so happy to see.
you are the BEST!!!

Linadlou said...

Hey You Kids;
I can't believe I've been away from blogland for so long...
Please believe you're real, and start (keep) enjoying you're life. I finally have, and today is my 59th birthday.Don't wait so long!!

Linadlou said...

Hi Kids;
Keep believing you're real. because you are. Today Is my birthday and I'm 59, and I've FINALLY realized I'm my own person.
Love you to bits xoox

Mel's Designs from the Cabin said...

Congratulations on your Cover of Folk Magazine newest edition!! Another blogger told everyone in blogland about it...I can't find the magazine in Nashville...but still on the hunt! I'm Mel...from Mel's Designs from the Cabin blog...


I keep coming back to your blog. I ♥ it so much!!! Thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

How I wished out West so I could attend everything mentioned! Looks like an amazing, rare event where it was about the experience of it all. Loved reading all about!

Anonymous said...

How I wished we were out West so I could attend everything mentioned! Looks like an amazing, rare event where it was about the experience of it all. Loved reading all about!

Jennifer Leible said...

I love your blog! I'm a new follower and I'm loving the inspired photos!

The Little Red Shop said...

Ahhh, what a fantastic day…which I have YET to blog about. That's right!! Congratulations, on Folk! How cool is that.

: )

Julie M.

Anonymous said...

my link:)

You guys are my favorite!!! One of my top websites to visit. It makes me happy to see all the fun stuff you guys are always displaying! If I could I'd work for ya'll, besides going into Medicine. :)

Thanks for sharing, and hope I can travel out y'alls way to come visit. Keep posted on my page! I have my artwork website displayed on there as well! I need to display some at your store!

Heather Salazar said...

I'm looking for my lost blog friends, can you please help me find my Barn House boys.

They are full of life and have tons of fablous junk to share.

If found please return to blog land ASAP!!!

Much love

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Informative writing, Essays like this are so important to broadening people's horizons, Everyone loves what you guys are up too
Thank you!

Unknown said...

Your event is on my list of things to do one day :) I hope that one day comes sooner than later. You two gentlemen are beautiful inside and out, and the last few pics of you are a true testament to love. Thank you for the inspiration!