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)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Barn House - July 30th...Ready, Set...

The Boys of Barn House and The Barn House Family have been working like crazy to bring you our BIGGEST and BEST endeavor EVER!  This collaboration is beautiful in many, many ways.  There is so much love and laughter in the air and the party hasn't even started yet.  We are very blessed and honored to work with so many wonderful and talented friends. 

We are not quite ready, but we seem to be on schedule.  First things first, triple our parking - CHECK!  Harpo and The Girls are not very happy to be so limited with their space this week, but this was definitely needed for The Cause.    We are slowly but surely getting everything taken care of...ATM Machine, LOTS of additional parking, Beer/Wine Garden, Music Festival, and more vintage treasures than EVER at Barn House.  We will be busting at the seams with the most vendors/spaces than we have ever had, by far. 

Off to the races!!!  Visit our Facebook PAGE and "Like" us for sneek peeks and updates.

We hope to see you Saturday!!! 

Much Love, 

J & J

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Barn House 2011 Vintage Country Marketplace & Music Festival - Sneak Peak

Just a little sneak peek of what we have been working on.  Our BIGGEST endeavor yet is only 3 short weeks away and we are SCRAMBLING, to say the least.  I have a lot of very special things to share with you about our event very soon! 

One thing for sure, plan on staying the WHOLE day.
It's going to be THAT fun!

Tell a friend.

I also have some very heart-felt things to say about our special invited guests.  We are truly blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful and talented friends.  These folks are the best of the best. 

We are honored they will be joining us on July 30th. 

Off to the races!

More details to come as soon as I can get Joe to stop working me like crazy out in the gardens.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Barn House at Retreat Vintage Market

We are back from an incredible trip to Camano Island. 
The Retreat Vintage Market was a HUGE success!

We are VERY thankful to Deb and Bob Kennedy
for being such amazing hosts.
Staying on their farm for a few days was such a wonderful gift.

I don't know how they do it, but the event was flawless.
Me and Joe are running around like lunatics at our shows.
But trust me, I did take a few notes from these Pros!

We thank Deb, Bob and The Retreat Family
for making us feel so special!!
We don't travel for shows much anymore,
but this trip was special in MANY ways.

We hope you enjoy the slideshow.

Unfortunately, I didn't make it to everyone's space with our camera,
but I am sure DeBob will be posting tons on their

Much Love,

Joe and Jermonne
The Boys of Barn House

P.S. - This weekend, we will be sharing some details on our upcoming show...

Barn House Presents

A Vintage Country Marketplace
& Music Festival

Featuring The Barn House Family
of over 30 of THE MOST amazing
collectors / artists / decorators / hoarders

AND some very special food and beverage stylists

As well as some of the hottest musicians in The NW!

There will be over 10,000 square feet of TREASURES!

July 30th

Plan on staying the whole day,
because a LOT will be going on!

HEE HAW!!!!!
(more to come VERY soon)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

BH at Retreat on Camano Island, WA - June 25th!

We can't express enough how excited we are to be joining DeBob and The Retreat Family on Camano Island, WA
June 25th!

Retreat is one of those businesses that ALWAYS goes above and beyond the call of duty.
The Boys call this behavior "Pulling STUNTS!"
A couple of years ago, we had a tent decorating contest at our Summer Marketplace.
Well, well, well, this is the stunt that Deb & Bob pulled!!
EVERYONE else just called it quits after seeing this shit! LOL
The Retreat Taj Ma Tent AMAZING!!!!
It also landed them on the front page of an article by Robin Laws which was featured in
Somerset Life - "Barn House Mystique."

It was VERY WELL deserved for sure!!!

We will forever be thankful of Retreat for elevating our Summer show to the next level.
That's just what they do!!

This is just ONE of the reasons we love and respect them so much. 
They are also beautiful, inspiring, generous AND
two of the hardest working people we know in this crazy industry. 

So when they moved into their new farm recently and invited us to be one of their featured guests, we JUMPED at the opportunity!!!

They are featuring over 20 invited guests of which many we know and love dearly. 
And the ones we don't know, we are really looking forward to meeting
(and maybe tormenting a bit with our shenanigans).  ;o)

For details, please visit

It warms our hearts to be invited to participate. 
We can't wait to hug and kiss them, as well as some of our very close friends that are featured as well...and also the many loyal customers/friends that will be visiting all of us.  

I am sure the sun will be shining on all of us on Saturday. 
We hope you can join Retreat, The Boys of Barn House, and The Retreat Family for a beautiful day on Camano Island for all of the fun!!!

See you there!

Much Love,

J & J
Barn House

P.S. - Our very special lineup for the July 30th event here at our place in Battle Ground has been posted on our Face Book page!! 

Find us HERE!

More to come soon on this.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

BH Spring Country Marketplace AND Too Much Other Information...

(Big Daddy - Boy of Barn House)

I am so behind on posting about our latest life changing experiences. I believe it all started with our decision to change up our BH Formula. We decided to have just one big huge show in the Summer, and play the rest by ear - and we are loving it. We decided it was very important to make time for our family and friends - and we are loving it. We decided to celebrate the love we have for each other, our family and our friends...OUT LOUD.  And guess what, every day is more and more beautiful as we embrace what we have been blessed to have put on our plates. 

Our 2nd impromptu show here on our farm was amazing!  It was a last minute thought. We pretty much had to turn what was Joe's hoarding / project / painting area back into our showroom just a couple of days. At a certain point he turned to me and said, "There is SOOOO much stuff, why did you let me do this???" I just looked him dead in the eye and said, "Bitch, 'cause nobody can get control of you!! You have a shopping problem, Baby.  You need professional help!" ;o)

So there we were, scrambling at the last minute to get it all done. If you ever come to one of our shows before we open, you will see us in action. We are the lunatics doing ALL of the shit we should have done the day before..pricing, picking up trash/beer bottles, making coffee, taking pictures, cleaning tables, etc. Real BH Shit in the making. It has been cold/raining for AT LEAST SIX MONTHS here in the Pacific NW. It was cold and rainy until Thursday afternoon. Spring really didn't come until Friday. On Saturday, it was sunny and 71 degrees. We have had about 15 shows here in the NW at our place...and not one has been rained out. We are not lucky. We are truly blessed.

We would like to thank all of our very loyal customer's who made it out on Saturday. We love you and our little critters love you too for all of the special treats and love you showed them. We would also like to thank Natalie (Sparrow) for all of her hard work in making the show so special. And we would like to thank Katheryne and Karrie for, again, helping at the register and being their wonderful selves.

AND, we want to thank Kelly of her newly created Bella Berkeley Cupcakes for hooking us up with the delicious sweets for our customers. We are SOOOO very proud of her!!!!

She R-O-C-K-E-D IT...oh yes she did!  She was THE PERFECT BH Invited Guest!!  :o)

You would have thought it was the Bella Berkeley Cupcack show...not BH...based on all of the love folks had for her and what she did.  We are SOOO addition to everyone else who knows her personally. Right-On! Do your thing, Mama!!!

These ladies started a group named The Wabi-Sabis, which means...

Wabi-Sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent and incomplete".  Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

LOVED them...and I want into that club!  As imperfect as WE are, I am lobbying to get my foot in the door to be part of their click.  :o)

We would also like to thank some of our new Besties, Heather & Adrea, for accepting our invitation for salsa, beers, food, campfire fun and lodging after their long trip from Spokane, WA. Definitely no pictures THAT! We had F-U-N!  Cheers to new friends!!!

Our lives will forever be changed by embracing our love and happiness, eventhough it often seems too good to be true.  We are very thankful!!!  Over the past couple of months, we have been on what we are calling our Friendship Tour.  I am going to share a few of these experiences with you.  Unedited.  I don't have much time to explain it all.  But I think most of you will feel it in your hearts, just with the photos.

This is one of our BEST friend's 101 year old grandmother.  Some of you may remember her from a previous post.  Being in her presence is like what I imagine being touched by Mother Teresa.  Simply, it is a blessing in itself.  We are so happy to know her.  This vacation to New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona was my favorite EVER. So much love coming in and going out in such a wild changing...

And then there were all of the other special visits.

Our visit to Bainbridge Island - Life Changing. 

Liz and The Seabold Vintage / Bainbridge Blues Family made us feel so very special. 

The show was AMAZING!   But, our time with Liz, Jeff and the rest of their family / extended family was life changing.  It was a simply a reminder of what is most important in life.  It was a true reminder of why we work so hard at this business.  I can't wait for our next visit with them!!

Then there was our much needed visit to The Tarte Family.  We hadn't seen them since the holidays.  So all of that time away from each other resulted in an explosion of madness.  Something magical always happens with The Boys of BH and The Tarte People collide in the night.   A few hours before our departure, I texted everyone, "Let's all get tatoos tonight...Everybody figure out what the Fuck you are going to get!"  Cindy wrote back, "Really????"  Well YES, Love, REALLY!  And yes, y'all, that's exactly what we did!  You can see it all on our Facebook page.  Pure madness!!  :o)

Oh, and then there was the hook up with one of our Besties, Rebekah of Little Byrd Vintage, at our special "date" spot.  Five hours of love and sharing.  It was kind of like "Pillow Talk," but in a restaurant full of people.  Life changing shit.  Fucking Awesome!  We love us some Rebekah...LOVE us some Rebekah!  No pix on this one...but I hope you caught it.

So the following weekend we were off to see more of our NW Familia...Katie, Scott, Little Audrey and Baby Avery.  Who knew a 5 year old's birthday party could be so fun??? Little Audrey's uncles (J&J) bought her a beautfiul dress from Seabold Vintage's online store, and y'all, she LOVED it and R-O-C-K-E-D it! 

She is such a beautiful little girl - inside and out.  It has been amazing to see her development from being in the belly to the wonderful little lady she has grown up to Be and Inspire. 

We thank Katie, Scotty and their families for loving and embracing us as we are so far away our own families.  Yes, they have changed our lives and we love them for it!

Well, I know that was a lot of catching up and that I have talked your ear off.   I hope it's all good.  I hope you caught what's in our hearts by these words and pictures.  Soon, we are off to visit our family and friends in Los Angeles.  My Grandma has not been well and we are primarily going to give her and my Mommy an Extreme Home Makeover...and visit with our life-long friends.  It will be the first time in FIVE years since I have gone back home for a "Pleasure" visit.  I am certain it will be EPIC and LIFE CHANGING.  Yes, it will!

Follow us on Facebook for all of the madness on our journey together.  We thank you for your continued support.

MUCH Love & MUCHO Gracias for YOUR Love,

Joe & Jermonne
The Boys of Barn House


Our online store, Barn House Marketplace is getting fully restocked with over 100 new treasures this week. 

We are about 1/2 there, so please be sure to visit at