Brimfield Bounty

I had heard about the fabulous antiques venue at Brimfield for years and last week, for the first time, was able to experience it myself. Cynthia Bogart of The Daily Basics and Gretchen Aubuchon of Gretchen Aubuchon Design (below) organized, for the second time, a marvelous event for bloggers and designers at the fair. Supported by wonderful sponsors, Benjamin Moore, Company C, Pandora de Balthazár, GE Monogram and Aubuchon Hardware and media partners Better Homes and Gardens and Traditional Home, they had a VIP tent where we could relax, enjoy demonstrations, participate in contests, meet fellow participants and even have a drink!!

I arrived just in time for the fabulous dinner they arranged. It was so much fun to see old friends and meet people in real life that I had previously only known online. Several exciting announcements were made including the imminent publication of the Better Homes and Garden New Decorating Book, 10th ed..

I had the pleasure of sitting next to Jill Waage, the BHG Editorial Director of Home Content Core, at dinner. She is understandably very excited about the new edition which includes photos styled by several of the other Brimfield attendees including  talented editor/stylists Stacy Kunstel (also of Dunes & Duchess fame) and Karin Lidbeck Brent. There was a lot of creative connectivity going around that evening!!

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Benjamin Moore officially announced their new Color Stories – the gorgeous full color spectrum collection (I got a sneak peek) available online September 30.John Turner, Director of the Architect and Design Segment at the company explained to me that full spectrum means there is no black or gray in any of the colors. Each of the new 200 colors, is made up of an average 5-7 complimentary hues, resulting in dramatically increased depth and richness. The collection will be under the Aura umbrella (with its color lock system to prevent fading) and the fan deck (above) will be actual painted samples on paper. For those of you who are already fans of the BM historical colors, prepared to be wowed by this very beautiful subtle collection.

I was familiar with Company C  for their wonderfully colorful rugs and textiles. What a surprise to learn that I actually knew owners Walter and Chris Chapin from my older daughter’s school, not realizing they were the amazing design duo behind this creative company!!

Company C is all about color. Even the downpours couldn’t put a damper on this cheerful color-saturated collection. With extensive rug, accessories and fabric lines,

I didn’t realize what extensive bedding and furniture collections they have.

And look for even more stylish additions to their growing lines in the spring including this classic Island Chair which is available in any Company C fabric and your choice of Benjamin Moore color – talk about creative collaboration!!

Check back tomorrow for more inspiration from the amazing Brimfield tweet up.


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19 Responses to Brimfield Bounty

  1. wow! I wish I had come back. Looking forward to hearing more!

  2. Looks like fun was had by all. I have a post up about Better Homes and Gardens. Great people.
    Have a wonderful week, q!
    Teresa
    xoxo

  3. One day….I *will* make it up to Brimfield.
    (What cool news from BM!)

  4. So jealous and so happy for you too that you got to go! I am dying to go! However two good friends (equally design crazy) and I are planning to go in May or July. Cannot wait! Looks like a ball, and I love how there was a VIP tent for bloggers and designers…..cannot wait to see the new book. I use their book, Blue, like a bible. Thanks for sharing!

  5. OMG Stacey,
    I was at Brimfield for the first time on Friday and Saturday this week too! Wonder if we passed each other?. It is so huge I just couldn’t believe it!
    More on my blog later this week!
    Lynn

  6. Jane says:

    There is no going back now! You will always remember that first trip to Brimfield and how swell it was. I think it is just great that all the corporations have grass route level contact with bloggers and the designers who love live for the reading and writing of them. I have been going to Brimfield for over 30 years and every time I go I buy something that even today I look back and fondly think about shopping the fields.

  7. Stacey –

    It was such a pleasure to meet you IRL. This was my first time at Brimfield, but certainly won’t be my last :~)

    Nan

  8. This is delightful, especially for someone like myself who has long hoped to get to Brimfield! I am obsessed with that luscious rug!

    Sending you a smile,
    tp

  9. The Zhush says:

    Lovely colors and products, sounds like a great time!

  10. What fun! I’m so glad you got to go and can’t wait to hear more. It sounds like an amazing treasure chest. Someday I’d like to make the trip, too.

    Have a lovely week!

  11. Beth says:

    I love Brimfield–and will be there this spring for two days. I haven’t been for the past three years and it is my favorite thing to do. I then go on to Stockbridge and spend a fews days in the Berkshires. Heavenly…

  12. gretchen says:

    I LOVE this post. Like LOVE! Thank you so much for joining us in Brimfield – we SO loved having you! Really thank you so much for this wonderful post on our event! THANK YOU!

  13. What fun! Looking forward to hearing more about it!

  14. sounds like a fabulous time..
    Love the items from Company C..
    just gorgeous..
    best,
    maureen

  15. Sounds like a great trip. How nice to have a special tent. Looks like you got some VIP treatment. I love the rug and pillows from Company C and can’t wait to see BHG’s new book.

  16. Karena says:

    What an exciting event and time had by all. I wish I could have been there! Love the Company C linens and pillows! The new BM colors look amazing..

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

  17. Carol Casey says:

    Thanks for sharing your trip with me. We’ve made two trips from Texas to Brimfield and have decided that it’s going to be an annual gal’s trip. We’ve already made our reservations and started saving for next May. I’ve posted several posts on our time in lovely Massachusetts on my blog, if you would like to take a look. www. ohgoodie-ohgoodie.blogspot.com.

    Smiles,

    Carol

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