Sunday, January 9, 2011

Reinventing Barn House - 2011

During the holidays, we spent a lot of time discussing how we want to live, including how best to integrate Barn House into our long term vision.  We have been very fortunate!  Barn House has accomplished more that we could have imagined in three short years.  As we started to plan for 2011, we figured we would have three vintage shows - Spring, Summer and Fall.  But the closer we got to putting it into ink, it just didn't feel like the right formula for where we are in our lives at this moment.   

We spent hours visiting with special friends and discussing each others plans for the new year.  One thing seemed to be universal in these conversations -- although we didn't have the plan completely defined, we all seemed to know exactly what we did NOT want to do in 2011.  We all seemed to want to take a leap of faith and switch things up.  For us (J&J), it was really difficult to come to terms with our decision.  With so many wonderful experiences over the past the years, our decision was even more challenging. 

I woke up in the middle of the night recently with tears in my eyes thinking of all of the things I did NOT want to repeat in 2011, as well as all of the things Joe and I DREAM of accomplishing.  When I woke up, I immediately started writing an email that captured everything that was going on in my head -- honest and unfiltered.  Now, I wouldn't recommend everyone to hit send right away when making a decision to just let your head explode onto an email.  It was filled with a bunch of stuff we did NOT want to do in 2011 and a bunch of more rewarding stuff that we REALLY plan to do.  I needed to put it all out in the universe - everything that was in my heart right at that moment.  So off I went, hitting send to 30 or more of our dearest friends and colleagues. 

To make a long story short...

We are only scheduling ONE event in 2011! 

The Barn House Summer Outdoor Marketplace -  July 30th 

We will host 30+ of the most amazingly talented, creative, loving and FUN artists, collectors and hoarders who we know and love from The Pacific Northwest, California and Utah.

This doesn't mean we are not going to host any other events at our place!  We are leaving our hearts and calendar open to some great ideas that will continue to evolve organically.  These events will be smaller and more intimate.   Please be sure to email us at if you would like to be added to our email list for updates.

The Reinvention of Barn House includes much more than our special events.  This year, we will share a lot about the adventures on our new journey.  We intend to be more "unfiltered" on our blog.  We will be discussing things that we have not in the past.  There might occasionally bit a bit of adult language.  The "Unfiltered" Boys of Barn House perspective may lean towards being Deliciously Tart VS. Sugary Sweet.  We hope that you will continue to follow us on our journey, but if not, we sincerely thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for the time you have spent with us. 

After reading the "Unfiltered Novel" I emailed out yesterday morning, our Auntie Joy sent us the following two quotes from Dr. Seuss.  It was a special sign telling us to follow our hearts and that IT's all going to be good.  Life is too short to do anything else!

 "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."

Much Love - J&J

P.S. - Please be sure to stop over to our friend's Isabel (Maison Douce) and Robin (Bird Tweets) blogs!  They both are featured in the latest Somerset Life Magazine!!! 

Barn House Marketplace Update:  This month we are featuring treasures one of the few "Roosters in the Hen House" in our neck of the woods -- Randy of Madison Park Antiques in Portland.  He undoubtedly has one of the most beautiful antique stores in Portland!  Our favorite Portuguese Beauty did a blog post a while back.  See Madison Park Antiques here!!  We will have Randy's treasures loaded this week at

The Boys will also be loading some treasures from one of our BFFs, Natalie of SparrowOh, and we have a HUGE collection (110 pieces) of Jadeite that will be available soon.  Please let us know if you are interested in the entire collection and we can provide details - email


Low Tide High Style said...

I love that you all are following your hearts! Life is too short to try and do things the way other people want you to do them! Best wishes for a hugely happy and successful year ahead!

Kat :)

Kathrine said...

I cannot wait for the "unfiltered" version. Either way, your blog is such a treat to read. Can't wait to see you in a few weeks!


Traditions said...

Here's to "unfiltered." I get very weary of the sugary sweet all the time. So often I feel I must be the only person in the world that has, shall we say, an eclectic outlook on life. I, for one, look forward to your unfiltered blogs.

Verde Farm said...

Kudos to you for this freeing decision. Go with your hearts-it’s the only way :) Can’t wait for more news and items in the on-line storel

The Green Pea said...

You need to do what works the best for you. I am sure good things are in your plans. Can't wait to hear.
You had a heavy duty schedule the last few years. You have to keep it fun and not all work. sandi

All That Jazz said...

Do what you gotta do! That's my motto. You only get one life, live it the way YOU dream!
I love the Jadeite collection, so lovely against that rustic barnwood!
The Dr. Seus quotes are great....wonderful words of wisdom, that man! ;-)
See you in July!

Kristin said...

oh dear boys...good for you on really focusing on what your dreams and visions are...taking roots and sprouting wings...
CANNOT wait to share in your journey!

prairie XO,

Hollie Joy In The Morning said...

Thanks for sharing your journey...Love the Dr. Suess quotes from Joy...he's one of my fav. authors, seriously=)...take care, enjoy the ride, and blessings on your journey!

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Silly Boys of course we are all still gunna be here for you, we LOVE YOU!!!!!! You do what ya gotta do to be Happy! Change is good and I always say bring it on, that's how things transpire into something greater.........Like a Book Maybe Huh! I know we would all buy it.~Cheers Kim

Brig said...

This is almost as exciting as the final papers on my divorce. Bring it on, can hardly wait for the unfiltered version.
Seriously, you have given so much inspiration to this ol gal, thanks and best wishes for your future happiness.

Florence said...

Wow I am so proud of you both for following your heart. Love you both and miss you! Love your sharing. Florence

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

I know you guys will suceed at whatever you do. Wish I could say I was coming to see you guys this year!! I just know it's going to be a great year for you both. Much love from Texas!!

FairfieldHouse said...

Yes! Here's to living out loud! Can't wait to get to know you boys better. There's already too many sweets in blogland. I say bring on the tarts! (Yes, I am laughing.)

Your Friend,

Lisa Johnson said...

I totally loved the late night "unfiltered" email and love that you are taking a new path this year to do what you want. Joy's quotes were absolutely perfect! Hope to see you both soon!


robin bird said...

i decided i finally know what your shower dream means..... and your astrological koi rug fits in too. I had to request an extra session with my astrologist but it was worth it. i think it means you really do need some fishing lessons. friends, water and fish! and i happen to be a skilled fisher-person and a friend :) i'm at your service. XO

thanks for the link and kind mention on your post!

Annie Louise said...

My favorite saying "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." I have tried to following this saying for over 30 years and it has lead to me very interesting life experiences, not a one I regret. Good luck,


"So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon seem inevitable." - Christopher Reeve

Your life and blog are such a fabulous inspiration to us!
Thank you for being you! John and Brenda

melanie said...

It is wonderful making those "big" decisions...and then following through...the bestest thing I did in 2010 is close my vintage on to different and new adventures...
best of luck to you both!

Kim G. said...

A refreshing post J & J! Follow your hearts!

Auntie Joy said...

Unfiltered is good, with a little moderation?? Just kidding, I think the world is ready for honest. and if it works for you, who knows...
Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

I applaud you for following your dreams with open hearts and open minds! I'll be following along and am ready to giggle and blush! Just don't stop sharing all the beauty that inspires me!

Bohemian said...

May 2011 be all that you ever Hoped and envisioned it to be... by following your Hearts and being true to yourselves you can never go wrong. I love the Dr. Seuss quotes from Aunty Joy, so true... and I'm positively SWOONING over that massive Jadeite collection... break out the smelling salts!!!

Happy New Year... Dawn... The Bohemian

Sue (Vintage Rescue) said...

Good for you, and looking forward to the deliciously tart! Now I'll feel only 1/3 as bad that I live clear across country and can never make your shows! Wishing you continued good luck!

Lisa of Lisa's Little House said...

I like my blogs like I like my beer...unfiltered!
All the best and can't wait to hear more!

Anonymous said...

J&J..I love your blog and am happy for the two of you to follow your hearts and do what's best for the two of you..I only wish I lived near you guys to attend any gathering you have..Wishing you total bliss in whatever you decide for 2011..Also I can't wait for the "unfiltered" blog that is coming..Love you guys and your blog..

Andy's Attic said...

Go for it guys!! If you can't be true to who you are, you can't be true!! Best wishes for continued success and happiness!!

trash talk said...

Even if you swear like two druken sailors on can't run me off. I prefer unfiltered any day of the fact...bring it on!
Good luck in the new year...can't wait to see where the road takes y'all...just why can't it be Texas!

Anonymous said...

See, this is why I love you guys! You're always so inspiring and earnest and sweet. And as sweet as you are, I also look forward to getting your "unfiltered" thoughts too!

Many thanks to "Auntie Joy" for the two wonderful quotes. I really needed to hear them.

Best wishes for all!

Hood Canal Gal said...

Can't wait for your new venture! You guys kick a**!! See you in July.


Ps. My 1st post of the new year had the same quote by dr. seus. 2011 is all about keepin' it real.

Unknown said...

Hey you two . . . love your new direction . . . and I personally have always felt it is better to have true friends that will support you exactly the way you are!!

You are going to be soooo happy this year . . . only tears of joy I tell ya!!! :)

Much love to you both!!
xoxo - liz

Paula Jo @ home decor | garden accents said...

I'm so proud of you to admit that you are going to do what makes you happy. At least you're honest. I'm wishing you all the best in 2011 and looking forward to the unfiltered blog. I'm new here, but looking forward to following you.

Unknown said...

Only YOU know what is best for YOU. I applaud you for doing THAT rather than what everyone expects of you. You will never regret it. I am just happy, happy, happy to be able to say that I can go to your July Barn House Flea!!! Yippee!

Heaven's Walk said...

We love you for who you are!

xoxo laurie


Unfiltered sounds more the jadeite. Available when? Or did I miss it?

Enjoy your weekend,

The Tattered House said...

From my head to your lips!! Amen! S - TTH

Journal Swag said...

Good for you! I love "unfiltered" people, they're the best kind. You never have to wonder where you really stand with them, they are honest, authentic and have their very own ideas, and they don't try to be someone they are not. AWESOME! Looking forward!


Oh, and the jadeite is TDF! xox

A.J.Barnes said...

I've just recently found your site and look forward to seeing and reading more about Barn House in 2011 and yes by all means remove the filters - it's liberating, I know!

Eighty-Eight Ideas said...

I am crazy in love with that ironstone! I looks like a fantastic sale!! XOC


Everytime a pleasure to come here and stroll through this blog... love the jadeite things, so bad that these things aren't very popular in Germany...

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

I just found your wonderful blog today and so happy I'm just in time for the re-invention!! Sounds like you've had a pretty fun journey already and deserving of more success in 2011. I'm in love with your style and wish I lived closer to Washington and could visit you! I will be following along on your blog and enjoying it all from afar! We invite you to visit our blog. I love to share photos from the prairie of South Dakota and love selling and collecting all things vintage!!

Greatma said...

Glad to have finally visited your blog. Love all the goodies!!!!!!! Wish I were closer to see in person!!
Glad you found each other-best of luck in all you do.
Antique Rose

KRock said...

FINALLY! The Real Housweives of Barn House. Can't wait to tune in. If you ain't being true then you're not keeping it real, and life's too short. Here's to an "unfiltered", rewarding and prosperous 2011.

Much love,


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