10.13.17

Penny Post Grand Opening

You might remember me telling you about our new paper store, Penny Post, this summer. Well, I’m pleased to announce that we are open and ready for business! On September 11, exactly 10 […]
10.03.17
Fall Entertaining

Fall Porch & Patio, Cozy Edition

Fall means camping for our family. Not only do we camp as a family, but both our kids are in Scouts and my husband and I have leadership rolls in their Troops. Now, […]
09.28.17
Good Works Wednesday

Introducing Good. Works. Wednesday

Before opening Red Barn Mercantile and Penny Post, I was a fundraiser for local and international non-profits. It was extremely rewarding work. While I wasn’t in the field doing the dirty work, I […]
09.22.17
k hall designs

Hooked on k. hall designs

Occasionally this year I will be reflecting on the last 10 years of business and all the people, brands, and events that have helped to shape Red Barn Mercantile. To stay relevant in […]
09.15.17
Fashion Meets Interior Design

When Fashion Inspires Interior Design

Whenever folks are stuck to figure out what their design style is I first point them to their closet – then Pinterest, but that’s for another post.  What we like to wear is […]
09.05.17
A Decade of Thanks

A Decade of Thanks

On September 1, 2007, I opened Red Barn Mercantile.  It’s been 10 years – most of which is a blur – but I still remember that day.  I also remember the day before […]
08.31.17
Wallpaper Yes or No

Wallpaper – Yes, Totally Modern, or No, So Dated?

At Penny Post we have a brand spankin’ new but totally boring bathroom. While it is amazing, it is desperately calling out for a little attention. What powder room isn’t, really?  We all […]
08.23.17
Dash & Albert

Dash & Albert New Introductions + Sale!

All, this is going to be a short post full of pretty things. I’m in New York for market, buying for both Red Barn Mercantile and Penny Post. Seeing all these beautiful things […]
08.18.17

Street Style: Kate Hougen

I first met Kate Hougen over a decade ago when we both worked at The Nature Conservancy. She is one of the most delightful and genuine people I know. What you see is […]
08.11.17
The Pouf

Spotted in the Wild: The Pouf

“A what?” you ask.  A pouf, the perfect and most versatile accent piece I know.  When Cisco Brothers first introduced the Pouf I was a little unsure, but I quickly became a convert.  […]
07.31.17

Introducing Penny Post

Some of you may have heard a rumor that we are opening a new store.  Well, it’s true!  Today I want to introduce you to Penny Post Paper Goods.  You all have responded […]
07.27.17

Introducing Cisco Brothers’ Essentials Collection + Semi-Annual Upholstery Sale

Balance, timelessness, and comfort inform Cisco Brothers’ Essentials Collection, a collection of some of their finest frames that epitomize these notions.  The Essentials Collection was created to provide our customers more value by […]
07.14.17

Christmas in July

It was the last few days of school and I was telling my son, “Christmas is just around the corner!”  Naturally, he thought I was crazy and reminded me that Christmas is months […]
06.28.17

Red, White, and BBQ

Lately I’ve been all about owning my truths, as weird as they may be. One of my many truths is that I LOVE condiments. I believe that more is always better and that […]
06.23.17

A Cocktail Library: What Your Book Club Will Actually Enjoy

After college I became a total teetotaler. For years, I had no interest in drinking — didn’t like the taste, and certainly didn’t like the loss of control. But then the great recession […]


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