Can I just tell you how excited I am to be going back to Brimfield? I’m officially headed to the week-long extravaganza that is Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles. A feast for the eyes and where top name visual people from One Kings Lane and Ralph Lauren to Martha Stewart Living go to find treasures that will become “must haves” in the design world.
It was just about 4 years ago that I had my first Brimfield experience.
We had just bought our cottage on Peaks. We bought it “as is.” There were coffee cans filled with nails, roofing shingles under the beds, toys, books, bikes and memorabilia left behind. Not from the previous owners neglect, but just because once these things come onto the island, it’s not easy to take them off.
After a weeding out process I discovered gorgeous built-in cupboards with original wavy glass, aged to perfection beadboard walls with the patina of burnt caramel, and antique furniture that told a story of its own. These uncovered gems became our inspiration for the decor of the cottage.
The hunt for just the right pieces to inject our own personality into this cottage was on! In my mind it didn’t have to be a true antique to work in this environment, it just had to feel right. My first priority was to find a dark black slate sink to make a statement in the kitchen. I found one locally from Tom Joyal at Kennebunk Old House Parts. While talking with Tom and others in the antiquing world the subject of Brimfield kept coming up. Mind you, I know very little about antiques, but I thought, maybe I should check it out. I had a few things in mind that I was looking for, it was coming up in the Fall, so, I grabbed my sister in law and we went.
Did I mention that it is the largest antique show in the country? It’s 3 miles of antiques on Route 20 in Brimfield, Massachusetts. It is so deep with vendors on each side of the road, that you have to have a map to find your way through, there’s even an app that has been developed to help guide you through, and it was AMAZING!!!
Here’s some eye candy if you’re curious.
I’m going this year with a new purpose in mind. I want to soak in as much inspiration as I can, take pictures, and bring it back to you- so you too can share the excitement of what will be trending in the near future of home décor and visual displays. You may be inspired to bring some of these ideas into your home.
And you may see displays in your favorite stores a little differently, like its insider knowledge, hmmm…I bet they found those buckets at Brimfield