Barn Beauty

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Although most people would probably think of me as a suburban gal, I also have an affinity for the country-- and a more laid back relaxed lifestyle that is reminiscent of my childhood-- which included time spent on my grandparents ranch in the California Central Valley. I loved long lazy summer days, picking vegetables from the garden and warm soft dusty dirt squishing between my toes while strolling through fragrant peach orchards.  I recall being intrigued by the big dark barn that stood on the property, housing much of the ranch equipment and tractors. These countryside buildings were always of interest to me.

Each time I travel to Montana my love for barns is rekindled, and I almost feel like I'm on a treasure hunt as my mom and I drive through picturesque country roads searching for my favorite barns. I’ve snapped so many beautiful photos over the years, which may actually land in a coffee table book one day!  I visited Montana this summer, and later, Virginia and Tennessee where my barn-seeking goals were further realized. I’m not sure why I am so attracted to the structure of the barn — often the aesthetic is peaceful and calming, and seems to represent a coming home.

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Someday I’d love to have a barn, as an inspiring place to host events, or a cool converted live/work space (and you are all invited!). I have seen and heard about so many different conversions and uses for the  beloved barn. I recently attended a wedding at a venue where the centerpiece of the property was a beautiful rustic barn which had been re-purposed into a charming gathering space for drinks and dancing...magical.

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Quiet buildings set against endless fields of green and gold…even the color palette is dreamy. Whether freshly painted, traditional red barns or the old, rickety, barely-standing structures, barns evoke a sense of connection to the land and a simpler time. What's not to love?