Summer Fun from Red Barn Mercantile

If you had big travel plans this summer, then I’m sorry. I wish we all could have taken those once in a lifetime trips this year. But at least we have our backyards […]

Street Style: Nicole McGrew of Threadleaf

I am so excited to introduce you to my friend, Nicole McGrew. She is the owner and creative force behind, Threadleaf, Old Town’s only slow fashion clothing boutique. As a former lawyer at […]

Outfit to Room: Red, White, and Blue Edition          

Now that it’s officially summer, I asked Elizabeth to send me a sweet summery outfit so I can make a cheerful room. What I didn’t expect was the cutest red, white, and blue […]

Father’s Day Quarantine Edition

My dad is a rock. Always has been. When things get tough, he is the voice of reason and the most optimistic in the room. I’m not sure if it’s the Air Force […]

Shopping Appointments at Red Barn Mercantile + Penny Post

We are so grateful for and overwhelmed by the support everyone has given us during the shutdown. We could not have gotten through this difficult time without you. As you know, Northern Virginia […]

One Less Decision to Make

I don’t know about you, but I’m having to make about a thousand decisions more than usual every day. They range from do I want to shower today to how do I keep […]

Catstudio Fundraiser for The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria

Being an Air Force brat meant I went to two high schools – Chaparral High School in Las Vegas, NV (Go Cowboys!) for the first two years and then graduated from Hampton High […]

Shop, Dine, and Give During Good. Works. Alexandria

Right now, we all need a win. Something to feel good about. Something to get excited for. That’s why Old Town Business Association has partnered with ACT for Alexandria to bring you the first ever Good. Works. […]

Makers Mile: Homemade to the Rescue

We are all safely tucked away at home and it’s helping. But we’re bored and stressed out. We need creative outlets to help us to stay sane so we can keep this up. […]

Bored? Try a Puzzle.

I welcome a good distraction these days. Binge watching British period mystery dramas, taking walks, baking, really anything that will take my mind off the current drama and keep my mind engaged. Puzzles […]

Family Game Night by Red Barn Mercantile + Chadwicks

I adore Trae Lamond the owner of Chadwicks. He’s like the other kid brother I never knew I needed. With a positive attitude, a willingness to pitch in every time, and an easygoing manner, what’s not […]

Fountain Pen Trunk Shows   

Thank you so much for your response to our Farmhouse Pottery Trunk Show! Because you asked for it, we decided to keep the fun going. This time with two of our favorite pen […]

Mamma Mia! Mother’s Day Gift Giving Made Easy

I sat down to write this post and wasn’t sure what to say. How do you balance what’s going on with celebration? I’m sad that we can’t be with our moms this weekend […]

Outfit to Room: Junior Edition

I needed a little break from the hustle and wanted to do a fun exercise. The outfit to room posts are the ones that are the most labor intensive, but also the most […]

All the Things at Red Barn Mercantile + Penny Post

First, I want to thank everyone who donated to and shopped for their favorite cause during Spring2ACTion! All together Red Barn Mercantile and Penny Post customers gave $35,391. That is outstanding! Our four […]

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