Tobacco Barn Antiques in Asheville, North Carolina

Well, we’re all done shooting the cottage we’re staying at, and boy did we have fun photographing the place!  We finished up around noon today, so we decided to head over to Asheville and check out a place called “Tobacco Barn“.


And HUGE! 77,000 square feet, to be exact.

Within seconds of entering, I was mesmerized.

But as with most large, totally-inspiring-because-there’s-so-much-cool-stuff/potentially-creepy-if-there-happened-to-be-a-power-outage type places, my bizarro brain went straight from design mode to “I-think-I-might-have-vertigo” mode, and then back to design mode, as usual.

Case in point:

(Quick clarification: I woke up with my first case of vertigo one night 8 years ago, and ever since then, I’ve been sort of obsessed with thinking I’m going to have another “episode” at any moment. Dude! I’m not weird! It was scary! Okay, fine. I am weird- but vertigo really is scary!)

Anywho…Kevin finally came along and distracted me from my fluorescent light-induced panic attack/inspired-by-design moment.

We strolled around the store/continent together, with our heads angled away from the occasional flickering fluorescent light, and down at lots and lots of awesomeness instead…

I LOVED this set of swan’s, carved out of a single piece of wood…

Kevin snapped a shot of this old, blue bench because as he so eloquently put it as we were standing in front of it, he “loves anything bench-y and chippy”.

Yet another reason why I love him.

But since we’re in hardcore save-not-spend mode these days, all we bought was this little red bucket…

It’s exactly what we’ve been looking for to finish up our Christmas mantel!

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  1. says

    that antique shop looks sinfully amazing! i wouldn’t have been able to restrain myself like you did.

    i’ve heard wonderful things about asheville too. sounds like a great experience!

      • Hilary says

        OMG, the same thing happens to me (vertigo/dizziness/imbalance) when I am in places like that (even though I can’t resist them), and it is exacerbated by florescent/strobing lights. What a wonderful way to spend the day though. I am jealous.

    • Kevin & Layla says

      No, we actually packing up and heading home within the hour. We will definitely be though!


      • says

        Would love to know next time you come through Asheville, if you would have time to meet! That would be fun. Last month I held a blogger brunch and my home and then we all went shopping at the Tobacco Barn. There were 15 of us from Tn, NC, SC and GA!


  2. Kay says

    I read on your advertising section that you are not doing give-aways. THANK YOU! I have noticed that many of my favorite design blogs are turning to give-away blogs. They spend so much time selling their sponsors and announcing give-aways, then the winner of the give-away, and on and on, that they don’t share good information anymore. Than you for taking a different approach. I am tired of reading about give-aways!

    • Rosemary says

      I have noticed the same thing and find it sad as well as annoying. An occasional give-away is one thing but
      some of my favorites are in constant give away, announce winner mode.

      Love this site-it’s my first site visit every day…you two are so cute and talented too.


  3. says

    I’ve been to the Tobacco Barn, mid-winter to be exact, we froze our tushes off!!The mere size of it was overwhelming to me!Love your blog!!
    Carol in GA

  4. says

    kevin & layla- tobacco barn is amazing! completely overwhelming and inspiring. hate that you’re so close ( i live 15 minutes from asheville). hope you’re enjoying the mountains and would HIGHLY recommend eating at 12 bones before you leave!

  5. Jenny Hillman says

    Asheville! Woohoo – I’ll be up there (from central Florida) for New Year’s Eve to see the Avett Brothers! Maybe I’ll have a chance to stop here, too…I love that piece with two drawers that looks like it would make an awesome kitchen island. :)

  6. kelly says

    Oh I am so jealous! We went Ashville on our honeymoon…sweet memories. If you get a chance while you are in the beautiful state of NC, you should visit Highlands…gorgeousness everywhere there. Ok – enough tourism… I want the glass doored cabinet by the long green table you photographed (among other things in the photos above!). Can’t wait to see your cabin photo styling…will we have to wait until the fall and see them in the magazine?

  7. Lindsey says

    this post really cracked me up. thanks so much for all of your help- you have been such an inspiration in ending my three year long decorating paralysis… and i love that your blog makes me laugh.

  8. says

    That place looks like a dream come true. How you walked away from it with just that little bucket, I’ll never know. LOVE the chippy benchy.

  9. says

    I cannot believe you were in NC today…my state!! I am about 2 1/2 hours away from Asheville and Love the Tobacco Barn…um did ya sneek over to the Screen Door at all…in one of your words…..Da-loosh!
    Oh I would have loved to have met you….I totally would have drove up there today! If you’re not doin anything tomorrow I would FREAK OUT to have you come to my shop!! Mary Kay Andrews was in last week and we were talkin about ya…were your ears burnin? LOL

  10. says

    I understand your fear of vertigo…I’ve had 2 episodes and they are horrible. Anyone who’s never experienced just it can’t understand what the feeling is like. The slightest feeling of dizziness and I’m grabbing for something to hold on to.

  11. says

    Seriously??? I can not believe how stinking close you guys were to me today!!!!! I live just a couple hours away from Ashville… It is crazy that even though I live in the wonderful state of NC, I never heard of The Tobacco Barn, I know thats ridiculous really, but anyway I am so glad you had a chance to go, and looks like you had alot of fun!!!!! Sure wish I could had seen ya!!!!!

    Michelle Torres
    [email protected]

  12. says

    Oh my, not sure how you made it out of there with just the bucket but I can’t wait to see what darling plans you have for it! ;-) That bench was very cool, we have a great one in our vendor space but are hauling it out for a bit to bring in a table for holiday decor.
    Have a happy weekend!!

  13. says

    I love the table with the benches (and one on top of the table). Where do you think I could buy something like that in New York? Do you know of any furniture websites that sell and ship something like that? I love it!

  14. jess says

    OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I’m not only excited that I’ve also been there–we went while vacationing in asheville this past summer. But I also found your panic attack/inspiration HILARIOUS and I can sympathize completely. I was over the top excited when we first walked in…and by the end I felt dizzy and funny and overwhelmed and i couldn’t look at another antique or i might die. I would love to go back!!

  15. says

    Thomas and I will have to plan a road trip. Tobacco Barn looks like the type of place you could get lost in for hours — treasures to be discovered in every nook and cranny. I’m so happy that you stuck to your priorities — saving for the future aka Little Palmer!

    Your Friend,

  16. says

    I hope you enjoyed visiting my state. Asheville is gorgeous! Next time check out the Screen Door. It is not as large and is awesome! Can’t wait to see your Christmas mantel. Love & blessings from NC!

  17. says

    Hey sweet lady! I’ve had the vertigo thing and you’re right…it is wicked scary! I was afraid to move because things were spinning…well heck, they were spinning when I wasn’t moving, so I totally get ya on that one! :)
    Way to go on the self control…..not sure I could have done that in there, way too many pieces of eye candy! (but a baby is more beautiful than anything in that whole 77,000 square foot of yumminess…good call on just buying the bucket) :)
    I have my mantel all ready to go for your party….can’t wait! :)
    Have a good one!

  18. Amanda says

    Oh, my. Ohmyohmyohmy. I want to go there (too bad it’s on the other side of the country!)!!! I absolutely love the industrial table with the metal legs…it would make a perfect kitchen island (and this is coming from the only anti-kitchen-island woman in the country!).

  19. says

    I have been in a gazillion antique stores over the years. (My husband enjoys it with me)…but that one looked very interesting. We were in Ashville a couple of years ago, but never heard of that place. If we ever go back we will check it out. (I get dizzy in places like that sometimes too…I think it is just all of the stuff everywhere.)

    Talk about a cool place, did you go to the Biltmore? It is amazing.

  20. says

    You are hilarious! I’ve been in there a lot right at closing, when I’m the only one in there and the sun is low in the sky…creepy in a wonderful history can talk kind of way.

    So glad you both made it to TB!!!!! Pretty fantastical, huh?

    Hope your drive back to ‘bama is safe!

  21. beth says

    My mom had vertigo years ago that was more pronounced with flickering fluorescent lights. I can’t recall if you ever got to the bottom of that situation, but I know for my mom they eventually decided a virus had settled on a nerve in her inner ear. She had to see about 10 docs who all insisted she was crazy before someone addressed what was really going on.

    I love Asheville. Have never been to that store, but what a place. I so want a rustic farmhouse table like the one in your pic. Swoon.

  22. says

    Lady Layla – happy day to see some of my most favorite work distractions (e.g. the writers of TLC) in my cozy little mountain town! Gorgeous here, eh? Agree on the vertigo. I was last in the Barn when I was preggers and after dizzingly sauntering around, I threw up behind a lovely cast iron stove. Sad. But true.

    So when you guys are in town again, please come stay at our little family “treehouse” just south of the city. Free place to stay: check
    Two adorable little blonde girls to play with: check
    Lots of walls to look at and inspire me with ideas for: absolutely check.
    Watching snowfall by the chiminea, sipping lattes, and oggling the free stack of inspiring mags together: check
    New great friendship to be made? Absolutely check.

  23. Bethany says

    Quick question for you… I know that since you’re pretty well-versed in antiques you’ll know what I’m talking about.

    My mom and I are planning on taking a shopping trip to Charlotte and I wanted to maybe stop by here on the way back (we live in Virginia) but I was wondering– how reasonably priced is it? A lot of antique places are, but then some want $50 for a Mason jar, you know? :) Just wondering your thoughts!

    Best wishes <3

  24. says

    That place was huge…makes me wish I lived in the south. We do not have wonderful, huge barns like that around here (Irvine, CA). :-) It’s fun to shop with you guys.

  25. says

    OMG! I LOVE that place…how fun to see you visit another one of my favorite places! My best friend took me there and I fell in love! (If you are still there, or when you go back, head over to Neo Cantina in the Biltmore Village for some awesome Southwestern food…his place is amazing!)
    I could spend all day in the Tobacco Barn…so glad you discovered it and enjoyed it!

  26. says

  27. Patsy says

    Wow, you lucky gal. What an awesome place. I love that red fridge. Thanks for sharing your excursion with us.

  28. says

    I love that place!! We went there this past summer. There were some really great antique stores right next door to it too, and we scored some great things there. When we were at the Tobacco Barn we saw Andie McDowell in the same booth as us. It seemed like she was there with her designer and they were discussing the various things they were going to take home. Must be nice to pick and choose and not be restrained by budget! But then again, sometimes that restraint makes us more creative right?

  29. says

    Ooooh! I love places like that. And thankfully. That wonderful barn is waaaaay too far for me to hop in for a visit.

    Too tempting!

  30. crissy armstrong says

    awesome! i’m wondering how i would find places like that near me! the tables…the ladders…i need sommmmmmmeeeeee!

  31. says

    Beautiful blog. Beautiful place!! Reminds me of one place we went to in Newburyport Mass. In the middle of winter. Looking at our breath the whole time. So worth it.

    I’m currently studying in Peru, which has lots of great ancient ruins but lacks a little on the antique stores. :) Miss them. if ya feel like hearing mores about it.

  32. Jaci says

    Oh, GOSH! I know how Vertigo is. My mom has had cronic vertigo since I was a kid. I am sorry you had to deal with that! On the other hand, what amazing fun stuff you found! And I just love your little red bucket!!!

  33. says

    ok… a few things…
    1. The tobacco barn has go to be the most awesome place on the face of the earth! I LOVE IT!
    2. With all that stuff how did you get out of there with only that little bucket!?!
    3. It would be so awesome to go junking with you guys some day and

  34. says

    Oh, I need to flea with you one day. This post cracked me UP. Ruby is currently on my lap saying things to me like, “I like your book”, “Your hair is pretty”, etc… and on that last shot of you, she said, “That girl is funny”. Ha!

  35. says

    This post caught my eye on the White X White blog! I was at the tobacco barn last month with some blogging buddies and we had a ball! It is a bit overwhelming though! You really need to go a few times just to look….and think about what you’ve seen! And then go back to shop! lol Hope you enjoyed Asheville! We love living there! ♥

  36. says

    I have been there many many many times. I live in Raleigh so it is only about 4 hours to awesome Asheville and that incredible huge barn of fun. Glad you got to experience it. I picked u some really really awesome stained glass windows out of a church in England that were hundreds of years of old for less than $100 a piece. A steal.

  37. Rachel says

    OMG, I had vertigo, a severe case of it. I was afraid I had a brain tumor!!!!!

    I love, love Asheville…and Biltmore Estate!!!

    Thanks for posting this tour, looks like an amazing place!

  38. Ann says

    Woa! I’ve heard Asheville is a wonderful place. This just confirms it. How you didn’t hyperventilate with so…much…fantastic stuff, I don’t know. Well, maybe because you were fighting off vertigo.

  39. says

    Oh my gosh! Those chairs you were standing by are JUST like the ones my mother has! It was a set passed down from my great grandmother- crazy!

  40. Pam says

    I get vertigo too and have trouble with weird spaces. It stinks. You two are a cute couple and I love following your blog. You are sweet like my own kids.

  41. says

    Fellow-vertigo-sufferer too. Have to look at my feet when the girls use the swing set at the park. If I don’t, I get all off balance and am walking about like a drunken sailor. Loved that wood-top island/thing with the metal legs. .

  42. Mina says

    Hi Layla and Kevin! I wish there was a store like that here in MN. BTW, love love love your website!!!!! I think you two are the best couple bloggers/DIYers out there! I’m always reminded of you guys whenever I hear Train’s “If It’s Love” LOL :)

  43. says

    That’s amazing that you wrote about the Tobacco Barn. I lived in Asheville for 20 years, and most of my furniture came from there. They used to close it in the autumn when the tobacco harvest came in, and all the vendors had to mark down their stuff to get it out of there. Maybe that’s a thing of the past now.

  44. says

    I left Asheville 7 hours ago. How have I never heard of this place??? Going back in December and I will for sure visit. Might have to take a truck?

  45. says

    Oh my gosh! Everything is so awesome! I have been looking for one of those long wooden candle holders for a while! I wish I lived closer or knew somewhere I could find those around here!

  46. Stephanie says

    Layla – Thanks for posting your trip there! We happened to go to Pigeon Forge for the weekend after you posted your trip and I was JACKED!!! SO, I talked my honey into going to Asheville for the day just to check out the place! It was fabulous! I left with some good deals that you can’t find in the Cincinnati area!

    Also, next time you are in Asheville, check Luella’s Bar B Que on Merrimont and The French Broad Chocolate Lounge on S. Lexington!! Best Bar B Que and Chocolate that I have had in a while.

    PS Thank you for your FABULOUS ideas and the blog is beautiful. I renovated a 1951 kitchen using your ideas and everyone in the neighborhood (who all have 1950’s tile 3/4 way the wall) are wondering why they didn’t think of it. thanks again and good luck with everything!

  47. says

    So Layla, per your recommendation AND the fact that I’m taking my second trip to Asheville in a month, I’ll be here on Sunday afternoon! I anticipate a freezing cold experience but really hope to find some goodies on my list. Thanks for letting this secret out.

  48. says

    Found this post while planning a trip south. I LOVE this antique store…haven’t been there in years. And it’s true…you can overlook so many great things because the place is so large. I found the prices to be pretty reasonable too. Definitely will have to make a trip back.

  49. Bethany says

    First off I LOVE your site! Secondly I’m creeping on your Tobacco Barn post because I went there today with my husband while snooping around Asheville! I had found the Tobacco Barn on your blog a month or two back and my husband and I loved it! It was so big they should have a coffee shop in the middle just so you can sit and rest your feet! I think they should pay you a commission for all of the people that go there through your referral! :) Thanks again and keep up the posts! :)

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