Thursday, August 4, 2011

Behind the Scenes

At times I struggle about posting for the business my sister and law and I share, Worthy Goods, on this blog.  I don't want to be redundant... so if you want to hear all about how fantastic the Barn House Vintage Market was last weekend... pop on over to our Worthy Goods blog and check it out!  Click right HERE and off you go!

Today I'm taking you behind the scenes for a look at what happens when prepping for a show...

Often the purchase of some cool antique or vintage item will drive the theme for an event such as Barn House.

This year it was a pair of gorgeous turn-of-the-century iron canopy beds. 

Yes, I said a PAIR!

The beds were painted yellow and our original idea was to paint them white.  There were two compelling reasons to keep them yellow.  First, all the gorgeous patina would be lost.  Second, do you know how long it would take to paint canopy beds?!

After a color brainstorming session Debbie and I chose white, yellow and gray as the perfect color story for our space at Barn House.


Part of the design was to have our space chock full of gorgeous items made with linen in all three shades.  But there was one little obstacle.  We couldn't find gray linen anywhere!  We finally found the perfect gray and they were out of stock until mid July (too late)!

What's a girl to do?  Dye her own!  We had a Worthy Goods work day at my house and taught ourselves how to dye linen.  After a few set backs and phone calls to the dye help line, Debbie and I had several yards of lovely gray linen.



We are both easily excited and easily distracted.  So after successfully dying a few yards of fabric we had to see what everything would look like together.  We set up one of the beds in the yard and added a ticking mattress, a feather bed, two different options for curtains and the gray fabric.


Time to try things out.  The feather bed was cushy heaven...

After much planning and sewing, Worthy Goods ended up with several sets of gorgeous linen pillow cases, twin sheets, linen covered feather beds, pillows and table runners.


The results of all that hard work...
Our space at Barn House...

There you have it.  One small peek into what happens behind the scenes!  Thanks for coming along...   
~Laurie

8 comments:

The Smith Hotel said...

Hi Laurie,
Always fun to get a behind the scenes look! Every show I do I try to come up with a little different color scheme (helps with the hunting too). Your colors were gorgeous! I've been looking all over blogland at the pictures of Barn House. Looks like everyone did a great job at displaying and a busy selling day too! Thanks for visiting my little blog!

Hugs,
Jody

Meg said...

Thank you for the behind the scenes photos. Your space appeared beautiful. Hoping to make it from Ontario Canada next year, and enjoy the vintage goodness.

Erica said...

Your colors were gorgeous! Looks like everyone did a great job at displaying.

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kimberly said...

It was so gorgeous - I loved your color scheme, and all of your linens! Most of all, I love my round stool!!!
Have a great weekend my friend,
xx

Chelsea said...

Mom, they're so gorgeous! I so wish I could have been there. You guys are so talented! I love you both oh so much!

Amber said...

Dreamy, Laurie!

Catherine said...

Wow, You girls are talented and full of energy and great ideas. The beds look beautiful and so very romantic. Blessings, Catherine ox

Ticking and Toile said...

How'd I miss this post?? Love it! You two are so darn cute!! Those linens really did turn out so beautiful!

xo,
Shellagh