Last week we found ourselves in Brimfield, MA, for the Brimfield Antique Fair, one of the largest outdoor antique shows in the world. We first found out about the fair from one of our Twitter friends, Cynthia Bogart of The Daily Basics. We longingly wanted to join her at her tweetup event that was held during the show last fall but we had too many other commitments at the time. So we made sure to add it to our to-do list for this spring.
The swankiest tent at Brimfield, and it was all ours...
One of the alluring features of the show was the fact there were going to be so many of our designer and blogging friends all in attendance for the #Brimfield Tweetup and there was a VIP tent! The fabulous and swank VIP tent was to be considered a home base for us as well as the many interior designers, decorators, design bloggers, fashion bloggers, fashion & retail professionals/buyers and media attending the show.
Gretchen Aubuchon of Fashion + Décor and Cynthia Bogart of The Daily Basics are the co-founders behind the Brimfield VIP Tent. The tent was a haven of relaxation and networking that included chair massages, a full bar staffed by famed mixologist Warren Bobrow, snacks, wifi service, charging stations for laptops/phones, luxuriously designed tables, and carts we could borrow to schlepp any of our purchases. It was a true oasis!
Left: The tent was pristine, even despite the muddy grounds.
Right: Shane Inman's centerpieces were delightfully fresh and beautifully balanced.
The decor of the tent was created by the ever-talented and fun Shane Inman of the Inman Company, a Chicago-based residential interior designer. A colorful Benjamin-Moore bar was front and center in the tent and was flanked by a stage area for the film crews following around Bob and Cortney Novogratz from HGTV The Novogratz as well as Cari Cucksey of HGTV’s Cash & Cari on one side and small cafe tables with rustic-chic center pieces on the other side.
Left: Super-handy canvas totes were the perfect party favor for hauling our smaller Brimfield finds.
Right: Ornaments crafted in fabrics by Comany C adorned the undulating Benjamin Moore Aura paint can wall.
We also had the incredible pleasure of attending a dinner with everyone in for the Tweetup at the at the Publick House in Sturbridge, MA. It was tons of fun to meet more the Brimfield team as well as relax in the historic restaurant and inn. It was a whirlwind trip but definitely one worth making!
There is a fun Pinterest board that all of the Brimfield Tweetup attendees created that shows off all of our finds. Be sure to check it out to see what everyone found for themselves and their clients!