Street Style: Kristin Try

This week, I’m excited to get to introduce you to another one of my favorite people!  Kristin Try of Gingham and Grosgrain is my no drama mama.  She is the mom to three amazing little girls, the wife to a badass husband, an interior designer, and an extraordinary artist – oh, and if that weren’t enough, she is on our interior design team at Red Barn Mercantile.  Any other person with that level of responsibility would have a drinking problem by now, but not Kristin.  Her superpower is keeping calm in the middle of a storm.

Kristin is no-nonsense, but her style and art are anything but that.  Her recent kitchen renovation is the perfect storm of all her creative gifts.  She took her tiny ordinary kitchen and transformed it into designer showhouse-worthy.  It was as if she took one of her beautiful abstract paintings and turned it into a kitchen.  The texture of the painted oak cabinets – totally visionary by the way! – the mix of metals, the cool grays and the coastal blues, all remind me of her paintings.  And she did it without a single tear or hair out of place.  It was truly inspirational.

So, without further ado, I give you my friend, the talented and unsinkable Kristin Try.


How do you spend your time? If I’m not hanging out with my three girls or husband you will find me painting, meeting with design clients, or working/shopping at Red Barn Mercantile.

Neighborhood: Del Ray 

How long have you lived in Alexandria: 15 years 

What is your hometown? Saginaw, Michigan 

What brought you to Alexandria? Working for the Governor of Michigan in his D.C. office, where I met my husband [he was my intern 🙂 ].

What would surprise people about you? I love to camp

Favorite cocktail: Red wine!!!

Last book read or movie seen: Reading Chasing Slow right now by Erin Loechner

Guilty Pleasure: Time ALONE

Phrase you overuse: Are you kidding me?  

Facebook or Instagram? Instagram all the way!!! 

Latest binge-watch: I can’t recall…sadly I’m a decade behind in all shows/movies! 

Bucket list travel destination: A little villa in Italy! 

If you only could have one for the rest of your life: wine or coffee? COFFEE.COFFEE.COFFEE. 


Define your style in three words or less: Classic / Unfussy /  J.Crew

The go-to piece in your wardrobe: Rag & Bone Jeans

Favorite trend ever: I have no idea what’s trendy! 

Favorite current trend: See above. 

Favorite fragrance: doTerra Balance 

Heels or flats? Flats, but I love a reason to wear heels occasionally.


Favorite room in your home: KITCHEN 🙂

Antiques, modern, or a mix? MIX 

Last item bought for your home:  Wonki Ware Pottery from Red Barn Mercantile 

Next planned purchase: New Cisco Brothers Louis Sectional 

Favorite way to entertain: Casual, impromptu wine and cheese get-togethers tie with big planned parties with paper invitations. 

Clutter-free or well-lived in? Constantly purging for clutter-free but desperately trying to accept lived in with three busy girls and big dog. 

Wallpaper — yes, totally modern or no, so dated: YES, but still trying to convince my husband. It’s the one design experiment he’s really ever said no too. 


Your go-to work-out: ASCEND Cycling in Del Ray!! 

Most fun way to exercise:  ^^^^

Group exercise or solo: I prefer solo but ASCEND changed that for me! 

Fitness goal: Continue 2-4 classes a week to keep me sane and mentally prepared to tackle my goals/dreams.

Proudest fitness achievement: A triathlon                 


Favorite spot in Alexandria: My home

Last purchase in Alexandria: Luru Home Fabric for my new roman shades from Red Barn Mercantile 

Best coffee / happy hour / date night spot: Killer ESP / My kitchen for Happy Hour / Grape and Bean & Cheestique for date nights

Favorite charity: Tracy’s Kids, which provides art therapy for sick children and their families 

Favorite annual Alexandria event: Black Friday Shopping with my oldest daughter at the Old Town Boutiques!  

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Owner Amy Rutherford started Red Barn because she wanted to deliver a service — to provide both old and new in one place. No longer will busy shoppers be limited to reproductions or forced to shop multiple flea markets for the look or gifts they want. The trick in blending old and new, vintage and modern, classic and quirky, is balance. And Amy’s knack for mixing rustic antiques with urban chic has created a look that is both fresh and familiar.

Red Barn Mercantile opened its doors in September 2007 with a single vision in mind: providing old and new to offer our customers signature whole-room designs at great prices.

We’re more than a furniture boutique and provide more personalized service than a big box retailer. We work hard to bring you the highest quality furniture and gifts, the most unique conversation starters, wall hangings and accent pieces, whether they come from off-the-beaten-track flea markets, or the latest designers.

1117 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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