When I started my Farm Chicks dreamin 2002, we were living in an small old schoolhouse at the base of Mt. Spokane and all of my work was done from the sofa and kitchen table. After we built our first home, the laundry roomdoubled as my office at first, shared with the folding counter and eventually we carved out a little space in a nook the size of a closet. Colin would always joke and call it “Farm Chicks World Headquarters” because it was so tiny. I loved that space and made it really cute but I did start to dream a bit about having my “work” away from the living areas of our home, so that I wouldn’t think about work when I was with my family. When we built our farmhouse, we decided to build an officefor me that was separate from the house. At first, we continued to call it World Headquarters but after a while it sounded kind of weird to us because the new space is much larger and the joke just sort of fizzled out and the name fell away. My family simply calls it my office these days.
I like for my office to be very clean and free of clutter, to keep my mind clear and not distracted in any way. I remember when I shared a visit to Country Living Magazine headquarters a couple of years ago and some readers were surprised to see that the offices weren’t decorated with a lot of clutter and were very clean and bright. When you’re always coming up with new projects, material, and content, it’s really wonderful to work in a space that’s clutter free!
Dreams continue to be formed and manifestedin this special space and I’m so thankful for the area to build large projects (like the installations for The Farm Chicks Fair), the natural light that always fills the space (even on the gloomiest of winter days), and the quiet that inspires me and allows me to form creative thoughts and plans.
Hanging Barn Lights, 8 Compartment Cubbies, Cubbie Storage Boxes, Tall White Stools: Ikea
Intricate White Painted Chairs: Purchased at The Farm Chicks Fair.
Honey Tins: all vintage, collected by me over the years and gifts from friends.
Quilts: all vintage and acquired at The Farm Chicks Fair.
Grandma Greencolored Furniture: Martha Stewart. (This line was purchased from Home Decorator’s Club but similar is now being sold at Home Depot, found here).
White Desk and White Chair: Pottery Barn.
Oilcloth on White Desk: Cath Kidston.
Serena Prize Ribbon: Handmade by Amanda Rydell.
Cheer Up Jar: Fishs Eddy.
Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.
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