12.08.17

Penny Post’s Can’t-Miss Picks

At Penny Post, I have the great good fortune to work with amazingly creative and talented people. These folks know how a fine pen writes, they know quality paper when they feel it, […]
11.29.17

Holiday Love from Alexandria

Five years ago my family was ready for a move. We looked at Annandale and Arlington, but in the end, we just couldn’t leave Alexandria. The mix of small town feel and urban […]
11.24.17

Small Business Saturday at Red Barn Mercantile & Penny Post

To all of you who frequent Alexandria Stylebook’s businesses and the other local businesses in your neighborhood, thank you. From the bottom of each of our hearts, thank you. Small Business Saturday is […]
11.14.17

How To Host Thanksgiving: Twists on the Traditional

I absolutely love Thanksgiving. It’s one of those holidays where everything is quiet – except for the touchdown cheers and the dinner oohs and aahs – and the streets are empty because folks […]
11.07.17

This Saturday: The First Uptown Block Party!

I hear people grumbling about all the retail vacancies in Old Town and folks are lamenting the demise of brick and mortar, but I’m here to tell them to stop. And here’s why…in […]
10.30.17

Introducing Farmhouse Pottery

This week we will be turning our little store upside down in order to create a magical winter wonderland for you. While we do that we will be open, but it won’t be […]
10.23.17

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Sometime in the early 2000s, I don’t remember when, through the magic of the internet, I found a wonderful gift store in Kansas City called Curious Sofa. The owner, Debbie Dusenberry, is a […]
10.20.17

When You Care Enough To Send the Very Best

The first Christmas card was sent in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole, who, three years earlier, started the first Penny Post in the U.K. Ever since then, sending your best wishes for the […]
10.13.17
Penny Post Grand Opening

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 […]


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