Country Living Fair 2010 – Stone Mountain, Georgia

Hey there!

I’m anxiously anticipating Kevin’s arrival tonight (he’s been on short, Midwestern, “warm up” tour with his band for the past week), so while I (anxiously) wait for him, I thought I’d blog about our trip to the Country Living Fair in Stone Mountain, Georgia. It took place October 22, 23 and 24th this year.

One of our readers sent us her tickets when she found out she wasn’t going to be able to use them. (Thank you so much Misty!!)

It was seriously one of the coolest markets I have ever been to!
Winding, woodsy paths were dotted with booth after booth of beautiful, country style goods…

Handmade quilts were on display here, there, and everywhere…

You could even find gorgeous chandeliers, dangling from ropes, tied up between the tall trees…

Some of the booths were quite elaborate…

And others were covered by simple, white tents…

Some of the goods were crisp and contemporary…

(“British Route Sign Designs”-

And others had more salvaged style…

Kevin loved this old locker basket unit…

And I thought this big ol’ wagon full of fabric pumpkins was super cute…

The stems were made from branches!

There was literally something fun to look at, at every single turn…

(“When Lindy Met Sandy”-

(“When Lindy Met Sandy”-

(“Findings”- [email protected])

(“Findings”- [email protected])

(“Three Points Design Inc.”-

(Book page wreaths available through “French Laundry Home”- [email protected])

(“Findings”- [email protected])

(“Findings”- [email protected])

We met several bloggers throughout the day too. It’s always a trip to hear someone call out, “Hey! You’re from that blog!” (My mind immediately shifts to, “oh dear- what did I do/say in my last video/blog post? Then I start to pray I/it wasn’t too weird. “).

And over by this beautiful, stone fireplace…

…we met Country Living magazine Editor-in-Chief, Sarah Gray Miller…

Kev and I enjoyed chatting with her about the South (she’s a Mississippi native), our tiny dogs (she has a Dachshund) and how great the Fair was.

Before we left, we headed over to the “Country Living Cafe”…

It was under a couple of big, white tents and they really made it quite a fun place to dine.  A sound system played instrumental country-style music, the ground was covered with hay, and each table was topped with a brightly colored pumpkin or gourd…

The menu consisted of all Country Living recipes. Kevin got fried chicken, I got the pulled pork, and we shared three, incredible sides…

Potato salad, macaroni and cheese, AND baked beans.

We ordered way more food than we could actually eat- but it sure was fun to try some of everything!

We shot a little video of our day at the Fair too. One day, we’ll look back at it and remember exactly how it felt to be there- amongst the trees, and tents- filled to the brim with country style goodness.

Click here to watch it on YouTube.

PS- Dear 75-year-old Kevin: Thank you for going to the Fair with me way back in the day. Thank you for going to Ikea with me after we went to the Fair so we could get two dining room chairs and a pair of curtains for the bedroom. And thank you for collapsing with me on the black leather sofa at the front door of the store because our feet and backs hurts so bad from walking on concrete all day. I love you!

Even if you didn’t carry me to car like I asked you to.

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  1. says

    You guys are so cute – and that Country Living Fair looked pretty fabulous! If you’re ever going to be in Texas in early October or April, specifically the Round Top/Warrenton area…you HAVE TO experience Antique Weekend…you would be in heaven Thanks so much for what you and Kevin do! I love reading your blog!

  2. Sandra says

    Oh, how I wish we had events like this where we live! You actually met Sarah Gray Miller?? How cool is that ??!!

    It looks like you two had a fabulous time – thanks for sharing it with us!

  3. says

    wasn’t it the best!!!

    we went on friday & i loved everything about it. i actually was able to meet up with a blogging friend. she & i had been bbffs (blogging best friend forever) but had never met in real life. but we did on that day! it was wonderful.

    loved every booth. i went home so inspired from all the creativity. i love going to fairs, but this one rocked!

    your pics are awesome. i haven’t done a post yet…but will soon.

    have an awesome day tomorrow!

  4. Steph C. says

    Oh that is awesome! I haven’t been to Stone Mountain since I was a kid. I wish I had found out about/been to the fair while I was living in Navarre, FL and could drive to it! Now I’m back in my home state of TX. I will be checking into the Antique Weekend now that I have the website, and it’s within driving distance of Houston. ;)
    I love your blog and you two are the cutest things ever!


  5. says

    This was an AWESOME post! Everything you featured on here was just so cool and that hanging chandelier from the trees is such a killer idea! The spiders I can live without.

    Okay. It’s 1:23am. I need to sleep now. Till next time!

  6. says

    Love your blog I am hooked on cottage style now thanks to you…lol Don’t you just love stone mountain Ga. I love the park so much, have not been since I was 22. Hubbys grandmother lives there, and his cousin owns stone mountain pecan factory. You would love all there tasty treats and super big pecans. And downtown stone mountian has the prettest old mill and the water still runs the mill. I have a pic will have to email it to you. Kevin would get some great photos there.

  7. Julie in Holland says

    Looks like there was really great things there. Great pictures ! (as usual) Hey Kevin, lovin that Detroit t-shirt.Im from that area before I moved to Europe. Cant wait to see the new master bedroom and all your furture projects. :)

  8. says

    Love your note 75 year old Kevin! That is so sweet!! You two are just adorable!!

    The Country Living Fair looks like fun! I am salivating over the ruffled chair covers and the book page wreaths and the locker basket thingy.

    Have a good week!



  9. says

    I wish I had known about this fair! I don’t live far from Stone Mt. Maybe next year! Thanks for the info, glad you had fun in my neck of the woods:)

  10. says


    Thanks for ‘taking me along’ to the Country Living Fair. It looks like you had a wonderful time treasure hunting through all those booths. Judging from your photos and video, it didn’t appear to be crowded. Was it?

    Your Friend,

  11. says

    I had it on my calendar but didn’t make it to Stone Mtn! – DRAT! (had to help my daughter find a homecoming court dress, instead – nice alternative!) Looks like it was a great fair!

  12. says

    My friend Phyllis and I were there on Saturday! It was fun looking at you enjoying the same things we loved at the fair. I had been to the one in Ohio a few years ago, but the new Southern version in Stone Mountain was so much better!!!

  13. Heather Lameda says

    How does one get tickets to an event like that? It looks amazing and I’d love to go next year :)

  14. says

    I was there too! Wish I could have met you! I got to meet Sue Whitney and I took some pictures and put them on my blog. I love what I got there! Check it out if you get time.
    :) Amy

  15. says

    It looks like you two had so much at Stone Mountain! I love watching your videos you two are so cute. I really do think you need your own show on HGTV!!!

  16. says

    I have been admiring your blog for quite some time and I love your eco-minded design sense, although you don’t talk about it. It makes me happy to see you buy from flea markets or get things out of the trash and recreate them. I truly admire your creative and resourceful ways. And as a side note your husband looks just like my cousin…maybe I’ll send in a picture someday.

  17. Lorrie says

    Thanks for sharing the Country Living Fair on your blog. I had tickets, but at the last minute couldn’t attend! It was fun to see it on your blog since I missed out this year. Thanks!

  18. says

    Hi Layla! I was at the Country Living Fair, too. So much fun! My husband even said “What if Layla’s here?” How funny. Wish I would have run in to you!

    Look at my post on the fair…we took pictures of EXACTLY the same thing!!! Great minds, my friend….great minds!

  19. says

    Thanks for the recap, Layla! I was hoping to make it to the fair for the first time this year, but it just didn’t work out. However, after seeing your pics and reading about your and Kevin’s experience there, it’s a priority for 2011. Glad you had such a great time!


  20. Kristen says

    Looks like FUN! I know you tend to stay around the Alabama, Georgia area, but oh how I wish you’d come out Texas way!! :-) You look like so much fun to go “junkin” with!! I wanna go Junkin with Layla!! :-) Come on out to Texas anytime and we can hit up Canton First Monday Trade Days…

    A few of the vendors that we would oohh and ahhh over their beautiful treasures….

  21. says

    I was at the fair too! It was awesome! I wish I could have gotten a few more things. I flew in from MD met my mom and sister at ATL then off to Chattanooga, so my bags were limited. I am going to order a wall hanging from the Tin Man..did you see him….he was near those neato pumpkins! I liked the booth with the clock parts and the flash cards…one of my favs! Your pics were awesome!

  22. says

    Oh I would SO LOVE to go the “Country Living Fair” someday!! That’s so right up my ally! And my family is from the south so I would be scarfing the food! LOL

    Loved the pics and the video! Wonderful!

    God bless
    PS I’m married to a musician too. They are a strange breed! LOL But no regrets! Almost 27 years and still dancing to the music!

  23. says

    Okay just getting the hang of the new layout where the comments are at the TOP! (I think I left a comment on a wrong post the other day. Oops!) My favorite part of this post, besides all the darling photos, and your cute outfit… was the P.S. to 75-year old Kevin. That was an instant crack up.

    Have a lovely day!

  24. says

    What a great fair! Unfortunately we don’t have them like this over here (the Netherlands).
    I think it great that you also use things from Ikea.

    • Layla & Kevin says

      It was just us and Sarah Gray Miller and her hubby! It was at the very end of the very last day of the Fair- but the food was still DELISH!! :-)


  25. says

    That looks like so much fun! I really wish we had those up here in New England! Occasionally there is an antique road show-type thing in the summer, but nothing that cute! I need to head south for the winter!!

    Thanks for sharing all of your adventures. I love following your blog!

  26. says

    This is such a beautiful location and a truly great way to spend a day.

    I am helping out a fellow blogger in need by hosting an online auction tomorrow. I would love for you to come by and take a peek and perhaps join in.

  27. Beverly says

    I need help! I love what you did at the Mess Hall and would like to use the same blues and greens that you did. There’s a green dresser that’s in a closet space and the blue shutters headboard. They’re gorgeous! You guys keep me inspired!

    • says

      Hey Beverly!

      I’m not sure what the shade of green was (it was already painted that color), but the blue was a color called “Tradewind” by Sherwin Williams.

      Happy decorating!

  28. says

    ah !! i too would have loved to meet you..i was a vendor..(but sadly no pics of my booth in your post) i had the typewriter key jewelry….really think i would have recognized you if you had come in my booth?? so maybe you didnt..
    anyway, i also posted a TON of pics from the fair if anyone is interested…

    • says

      Ahhhhh! I have one of your bracelets and LOVE it! I wear it everywhere I go! We hunted the entire fair for typewriter key bracelets and were so excited to find you! I am a medical transcriptionist and it is so fitting for me, I just cannot wear it while I work. Thanks for creating such an awesome product!


  29. says

    I just realized that I hadn’t read any “Lettered Cottage” posts lately and went hunting for you. I was worried something had happened! No worries, though. Somehow my google reader dropped you, so I got hooked back up. Whew! All is well now.

  30. says

    OOOH, I almost went to this…I’ll have to do that next year! And I loved this well written and what a sweet note to kevin at the end. :) shaunna

  31. says

    Looks like great fun~! Kevin looked like he was enjoying that chicken too! :) I would LOVE to go to that fair….so many cool finds… would be dangerous on my wallet though! lol
    Have a great weekend!

  32. sue says

    I dont think i’ve every left you guys a comment, but I really enjoy your blog, and all the pretties that you are always showing us!! They Country Living Fair, looks, AMAZING! Thanks for sharing! Sue

  33. says

    so jealous yall were able to go ! we live in va and were busy that weekend, but it looks like it was a blast. i really want to plan on making that trip next year.

  34. says

    ok, so I’m trying to figure out what ROCK I’ve been living under, since I’ve just now found your blog tonight! I love this post – I’ve been contemplating just which Country Living Fair to go to next fall since there are now two! Now I have a better idea of how the one in GA is set-up. I LOVE that it’s under the trees…nice!

  35. says

    Isn’t that chandelier the same one Sarah Richardson used in “Sarah’s House” (the farm house season) in the dining room?!?!

  36. says

    Hey Layla, It’s been forever since I have visited any of the blogs. Busy, busy, busy–always! I live in north GA and went to the CL fair with my BFF and we had a BLAST. Between the two of us, we took well over 500 pictures in one day. We went on Friday and all the the booths were full with yumminess! My favorite things were the burlap chandeliers and the vintage paint brushes in urns. I bought a couple of old paint brushes and cannot wait to pull out a few of my own to put in an old urn with some moss. It seems like something you could easily do. Keep all of your brushes with splotches of color of them from all of your projects. It’s like walking down memory lane with all of the different paint colors! Also, the vintage flash cards are all over my house. I fell in LOVE with them!

    I also just noticed that your kitchen cabinets have changed colors, and I see something about an adoption. Oh my, where have I been? Your blog has hit superstardom and everything looks fabulous!

    Hope you have an awesome Christmas!

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