Bringing together buyers and sellers of antiques, art and collectibles for over 40 years
October 25-27, 2019

Presenters

See below for the amazing list of talent coming to the Atlanta Country Living Fair. All stage presentations are included with the price of admission. Dates and times are posted as they are confirmed.  Talent and schedule subject to change.

  • Erin & Ben Napier
    Small Town Living and Historic Design
    Saturday, 12:30
    Main Stage
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    The Country Living Fair is thrilled to welcome HGTV’s Erin and Ben Napier to the Main Stage at the Atlanta Country Living Fair.

    Ben Napier is a woodworker, author, and entrepreneur with a degree in history, founder of Scotsman Co. and co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. He is a past president of Laurel’s Main Street America chapter dedicated to promoting the rebirth of their historic downtown district.

    Erin Napier is a designer, author, and entrepreneur with a fine arts degree who started her career in corporate graphic design before founding her own international stationery company, Lucky Luxe, and is a founding co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co.

    Six days after meeting in college, Erin and Ben decided they would marry and have been inseparable ever since, working side by side in every venture pursued. Their passion for small-town revitalization and American craftsmanship is evident in their store, Laurel Mercantile Co., where they design and manufacture heirloom wares and durable goods made exclusively in the United States.

    They live in Laurel, Mississippi with their infant daughter, Helen, where they restore homes on HGTV’s Home Town.

  • Nancy Fuller
    Harvest Hearty Healthy Fall Salad
    Friday, 1:30; Saturday, 2:30 and Sunday 1:00
    Kitchen Stage
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    Nancy Fuller is a woman of many talents. She’s an author (Farmhouse Rules: Simple, Seasonal Meals for the Whole Family), Food Network star (Farmhouse Rules, Spring Baking Championship, Holiday Baking Championship), and co-owner of Ginsberg’s Foods, a multimillion-dollar business she runs with her husband, David. She’s also a loving mother of six and grandmother of 13. Nancy lives in an authentic 17th-century farmhouse in New York’s Hudson Valley region. Raised on garden vegetables and grass-fed beef, farming has always been in her blood. Her recipes represent her farming roots, and she believes in feeding others delicious, simple meals from the heart.

    Featured most recently in the May 2019 issue of Country Living, Nancy joins the Atlanta Country Living Fair’s Kitchen Stage all three days! Don’t forget to stop by her booth to pick up a copy of her book, one of her garlic mashers, and to let her know who your favorite baker was on this season’s Spring Baking Championship.

  • Liz Marie Galvan
    The Perfect Cozy Equation
    Friday, 1:30
    Main Stage
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    Liz Marie is a thirty something year old living with her veteran husband on a farm in west Michigan. After spending almost a decade living in North Carolina as Jose served his country & Liz Marie studied interior design, they are happy to be back in the mitten state working on a fixer upper farmhouse & beginning the journey of farm life. In 2016, right after moving back to Michigan, Liz and two of her business partners  opened up a boutique filled with vintage finds & home decor in Hudsonville MI called The Found Cottage. The only animals currently on the farm are two little shitzus that run the place named Bella & Bear, but  that will be changing here soon as they are animal lovers & are excited to take that step in their farming journey. As Jose & Liz go into their 10th year of marriage they have found themselves struggling with infertility which is documented  on the blog among all the DIY, design, & farm posts. Infertility and miscarriage have taught them a lot & made them even stronger. They love sharing their journey in hopes that it will help anyone else on their own journey feel like they have some good company. Liz’s blog is her happy place where she shares her journey through their fixer upper, DIY projects, love for decor, farm life, fertility, & so much more.

  • Ashley Williams
    Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Hallmark Channel's Christmas Movies
    Friday, 11:00
    Main Stage
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    Ashley Williams is one of Hollywood’s most versatile actresses and continues to bring her talents to comedies and dramas. The Country Living Fair is thrilled to welcome her to the Main Stage in Atlanta in a Q & A presentation with Country Living’s Editor In Chief Rachel Hardage Barrett

    She appears on the Hallmark Channel in Christmas in Evergreen and in the new Hallmark Movies & Mysteries film Holiday Hearts.

    Ashley recently appeared in the critically acclaimed film “A Most Violent Year.” She also starred in “Something Borrowed,” alongside Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin.  Her other film credits include the indie film “Margin Call”.

    Segueing effortlessly between the big and small screen, Ashley is currently starring alongside Jim Gaffigan in the TV Land comedy “The Jim Gaffigan Show.” The comedy draws inspiration from Jim’s real life and also airs on Comedy Central and Spike.

    Ashley won over audiences when she starred in the NBC series “Good Morning Miami” and in the Lifetime telefilm “Montana Sky.”  Ashley also had a memorable role on the comedy “How I Met Your Mother”.  Her other television credits include “Saving Grace,” “Warehouse 13,” Lifetime’s telefilm “The Front” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Retired at 35,” “Love Bites,” “Monk” and “Law and Order: SVU” to name just a few.

    Born in Westchester, NY, Ashley studied at Boston University’s renowned School of Theatre Arts and was a member of at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival at Williams College.  She was an understudy for both Rachel Weisz and Gretchen Mol in the Off-Broadway play “The Shape of Things”.  At various times during the run of the play, Ashley performed both roles.  She also starred alongside Wendie Malick in the Off-Broadway play “Burleigh Grimes” at the Dodger Stages.

  • Kim Leggett
    How Design is Changing and Who, or What is Influencing It?
    Friday, 2:30
    Main Stage
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    Named by Country Living in 2018 as one of the The Country’s 100 Most Creative PeopleKim Leggett is an award-winning interior designer and author of the bestselling book City Farmhouse Style, featuring beautiful interior photographs and design tips for achieving the popular farmhouse look. Kim and her husband, David, the other half of the City Farmhouse team, have been legendary pickers for more than 20 years and favorite designers to celebrity clients including Ralph Lauren, Sheryl Crow, and Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet and Kimberly Schlapman. Their popular cross-country City Farmhouse Popup Shops draw farmhouse enthusiasts from around the globe for the curated, authentic farmhouse antiques and vintage home decor. This year, you’ll find the brand’s popup shop at Country Living Fairs in Columbus and Atlanta, along with their personally selected guest vendors offering vintage wares that compliments the City Farmhouse aesthetic.

  • Katie Baker
    Evolution of the Barn Quilt
    Saturday, 3:30 & Sunday 12:30
    Main Stage
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    Join barn quilt creator and antiques enthusiast Katie Baker of Baker Nest as she discusses the history of barn quilts, the modern barn quilt movement, and how she’s bringing them to all homes across the country.

    After many years of barn quilt making, designing and teaching, Katie has earned the title of Barn Quilt Queen with her fans and peers in the home decor community. Combining her extensive background in education and history with her love of designing and creating, she now is taking this unique American folk art, traditionally seen only on barns, to homes all across the country.

  • Courtney Warren
    Four Things Designers Do Differently Than You Do When Starting a Decor Project
    Saturday, 11:00
    Main Stage
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    Your finger hovers over the call button. You chew your lower lip. You cast your eyes around the room one more time seeking confirmation.  Oh, how to know? SHOULD I CALL IN AN INTERIOR DESIGNER OR NOT??

    Yes, you have Pinterest and Instagram, plus a notebook full of tear sheets, paint chips and fabric swatches. You’ve binge-watched your two favorite renovation shows for inspiration and feel you might be ready to direct your home’s design project. Does a designer really have superpowers you don’t have?

    Experienced interior designer Courtney Warren shares the unvarnished truth about the need–or NOT–for a designer’s perspective when tackling decor changes at home. From beginning assessment to finish-out, when should you DIY it and when should you call in the troops?

    Learn valuable strategies from this talented expert who operates a busy design business across the Dallas area, where she is in high demand for her ability to move clients’ home designs “From Stuck to Stylish”. Her big laugh, quick wit and joyful personality assure her clients that design can be FUN! Courtney’s own home as well as her client projects have been featured in national magazines including Better Homes and Gardens, BHG Do It Yourself, BHG Kids Rooms, Best of Flea Market Style, Cottages and Bungalows, and American Farmhouse Style. Her quest for the best vintage and antique treasures has earned her distinctive nicknames such as “flea market queen” and “fast-footed bargain hunter”. Courtney was chosen for TLC’s series Four Houses and is a frequent design consultant and commentator on Dallas TV’s lifestyle program Good Day. She is a pastor’s wife and busy mom of two boys. Check out her favorite quotes (the ones that make her snort-laugh) and current design projects on Instagram @courtneywarrenhome.

  • Holly Kuhn
    New Americana: Spirited Interior Décor "Artful Blending of Old & New"
    Friday, 12:30
    Main Stage
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    Holly Kuhn is the founder and owner of Old Glory Style, a home furnishings and antiques retail store with locations in Denver, Colorado and Round Top, Texas. Holly has been in the antiques business for twenty-two years and is well known for her relaxed, sophisticated style and her exceptional visual merchandising.

    Her recently released book, New Americana, presents her signature style which is inspired by her love of old, her quest for authenticity, and the artful blending of old with new.

  • Ryann Ford
    New Americana: Spirited Interior Décor "Artful Blending of Old & New"
    Friday, 12:30
    Main Stage
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    Ryann Ford is a commercial photographer based in Austin, Texas, who shoots regularly for such clients as Traditional Home, Southern Living and Texas Monthly. Her meticulously composed architectural and interiors photography has become an industry favorite, and it is this style – clean and thoughtful – that continues to inform her fine art today.

    Learn from her as she joins Holly Kuhn on the Main Stage.

  • Chef Phillipe Sobon
    Pasta from Scratch 101
    Friday, 11:30
    Kitchen Stage
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    Chef Phillipe will present the proper technique for making delicious pasta from scratch incorporating fresh ricotta and a delicious sauce using ingredients already found in your pantry.

    Chef Phillipe Sobon, a self taught Chef has been cooking up delicious food for over 18 years. A professional Polish folk dancer that has toured over 25 countries exploring food and culture was a finalist on Masterchef Season 5, a contestant on Food Network’s Cooks vs. Cons Season 2, appeared on LIVE with Kelly & Ryan, featured in USA Today, and a finalist for World Food Championships 2017. He has worked with famed chefs, Fabio Viviani and Graham Elliot and personally cooked for Food Network’s Scott Conant, Geoffrey Zakarian and Lorena Garcia. Chef Phillipe was named one of the Top 100 Health and Wellness Influencers in the U.S. Check him out on Instagram

  • Paula Disbrowe
    Thank You For Smoking
    Friday, 2:30
    Kitchen Stage
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    Paula Disbrowe writes about the endless adventure of food and travel. Her stories have taken her to vanilla plantations in French Polynesia, single malt distilleries in Scotland, olive groves in Spain, and salmon boats in Alaska.

    She is a contributing writer for Food + Wine,  Southern Living, The Local Palate and Texas Highways, and the food editor of Texas Co-op Power. Disbrowe has written seven cookbooks, including her most recent “Thank You For Smoking” , and “Any Night Grilling” for Food52. Her first book, “Cowgirl Cuisine,” chronicles the adventure of leaving New York City to cook on a ranch in The Texas Hill Country. She has co-written four other cookbooks, including “Crescent City Cooking” with Susan Spicer, and “Real Cajun” with Donald Link, the acclaimed chef of Herbsaint and Cochon restaurants in New Orleans, which won the prestigious James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook. “Down South,” her second collaboration with Link, was published 2014 and won the International Association of Culinary Professionals Award for Best American Cookbook. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband David Norman (partner/head baker at Easy Tiger Bake Shop and Beer Garden), children Flannery and Wyatt and a growing collection of grills and smokers.

  • Gus Smithhisler
    Giant Pumpkin Carving
    Friday, October 25
    Main Stage
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    Gus has carved giant pumpkins professionally for over 18 years. Based in Central Ohio, most of his work can be found close to home, at the renowned Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Franklin Park Conservatory, the Ohio State Fair and the Circleville Pumpkin Festival. He also appeared on Halloween Wars Season 6 on the Food Network. The Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Longwood Gardens, Garfield Park Conservatory Chicago, the Cincinnati and Indianapolis Zoos have featured his work. He has appeared in both Ohio and Georgia for the Country Living Fair. He continues to hone his trade every fall.

    Catch Gus on the Main Green starting his carving on Friday, October 25th

  • Stacey Doyle
    Essential Apple Recipes for Fall
    Sunday, 11:30
    Kitchen Stage
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    Stacey is a Southern girl with a taste for travel, taking inspiration from her travels and time living overseas. Now, she’s living back home in her beloved Georgia, creating recipes that inspire others to experiment with unexpected ingredients and to try new flavors, making world cuisine approachable for the home chef.

    She is a food photographer, food stylist, and the founder of Little Figgy Food, a food blog about discovering the world through food. She has been featured on BuzzFeed, Brit & Co, on The Huffington Post, Honest Cooking, and Delish, just to name a few. She’s also a brand ambassador and recipe developer for Cost Plus World Market, Idaho Potatoes, the National Peanut Board and many more.

    Stacey adores raising her 3 young children to appreciate a beautiful, wide world of food, while keeping herself balanced with a mighty dose of strong coffee and dark chocolate.

  • Lisa Steele
    Spoil Your Chickens and Beautify Your Coop!
    Friday, 3:30
    Main Stage
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    Lisa Steele is a 5th-generation chicken keeper, Maine Master Gardener and lifelong thrifty New Englander. She’s the founder of Fresh Eggs Daily®, the popular natural chicken keeping site which has been named one of the top ten garden blogs by Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

    The author of several books including Fresh Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens Naturally, Gardening with Chickens, and most recently 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks, she has appeared on Home and Family on the Hallmark channel, P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home on NPR, Good Morning Maine, Great Day Houston, Good Day Columbus, and San Antonio Living among others, and has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.

    In addition to writing books and handling her social media, Lisa hosts a “country lifestyle” television show on NBC in Maine and New Hampshire called Welcome to my Farm. From the farm  in central Maine where she and her husband reside, and she’s carrying on her family tradition raising a mixed flock of chickens, ducks and geese, and growing vegetables and herbs while inspiring others with her natural, fun and accessible approach to integrating gardening and backyard chickens for a more productive flock and a more bountiful harvest.

    Learn more about raising the flock of your dreams by visiting Lisa’s website https://www.fresheggsdaily.com/ or finding Fresh Eggs Daily on Instagram or Facebook.

  • Charlyne Mattox
    Winner Winner Chicken Dinner- Recipes from the October issue of Country Living magazine
    Friday, 12:30 & Saturday 11:30
    Kitchen Stage
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    Charlyne Mattox is the Food & Craft Director at Country Living. On any given day, Charlyne might test a pizza recipe , mix up a cocktail for CL column Drinking with Chickens, create an easy and fun craft for readers, and then take her dog, Gus, for a ride in her vintage blue MGB GT. Prior to her time at Country Living, she worked in the food and crafts departments at Martha Stewart Living and Real Simple.

  • Chris Taylor & Paul Arguin
    The New Pie- Modern Techniques for the Class American Dessert
    Saturday, 1:00
    Kitchen Stage
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    Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin are doctors by day and pie contest winners by weekend. While trained as scientists, they direct their creative energies to baking and have won more than 600 awards for their baking, including Best of Show in the National Pie Championships. They are the authors of an amazing new cookbook called The New Pie: Modern Techniques for the Classic American Dessert filled with exciting new flavors and novel techniques that will help you make all of your pies better.  You can check them out on Instagram and Facebook. They live in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Kerri Zeien
    Nooks & Crannies - Ideas & Tips on How to Fill Those Spaces
    Sunday, 11:00
    Main Stage
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    Kerri, the designer & face of The Cotton Shed is infectious with energy, style and love for her craft. The Cotton Shed is a traveling popup shop that’s all about texture, vintage style and storied antiques with an eye for layering and design. She will share ideas & tips on how to fill the nooks and crannies of your home; those spaces that you want to decorate but don’t know how. Plus be sure to catch her and her beautiful finds in the City Farmhouse Pop Up Shop tent!

  • Libbie Summers
    Five Fun & Fabulous Food-Inspired Table Settings
    Saturday 2:00
    Main Stage
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    Libbie Summers is a born storyteller and teacher. She has authored three books, cooked for three US Presidents and is known for her over-the-top and under-the-big-top event design. As the creative director of her own lifestyle brand, A Food-Inspired Life, Libbie works with large and small businesses to help them tell their unique brand story through unusual and engaging content creation. In 2018, Libbie opened her first store, The Yum Yum Smile Shop, where she designs and sells food-inspired living goods.

    Libbie celebrates the every day with food-inspired fun and believes that a Coke and a smile really can make you feel good.

  • Cat Funes
    Cakes & Desserts by Blue Rooster Bake Shop
    Sunday, 2:30
    Kitchen Stage
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    Join Blue Rooster Bake Shop as they guide you in their must- have holiday treats.

    Cat has been assisting the Blue Rooster for years. Starting as a counter service girl, she has worked her way all through out the bakery. She can do it all, from baking delicious desserts to assisting customers in finding the perfect custom cake to compliment their special event. With a background in culinary arts you better believe she knows her desserts!

    The Blue Rooster Bake Shop has been open since 2001. Blue Rooster is local to downtown Lawrenceville, the heart of Gwinnett. They are known for their chicken salad, strawberry cake, and crazy custom designed cakes. Don’t forget to check out their booth where you can judge for yourself how amazing they are! This will be the 8th year that Blue Rooster has attended and shared their love for baking with The Country Living Fair.

  • Maddie Golden
    Cakes & Desserts by Blue Rooster Bake Shop
    Sunday. 2:30
    Kitchen Stage
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    Join Blue Rooster Bake Shop as they guide you in their must- have holiday treats.

    Maddie is a buttercream extraordinaire wedding cake specialist. She has been mastering her art as a cake decorator for 6 years. She is a true artist at heart which shows in the many requests by Food Network. At the young age of 22, she remains in high demand for her attention to detail and craftsmanship. All of her work is done completely in buttercream and when she is finished you won’t believe your eyes.

    The Blue Rooster Bake Shop has been open since 2001. Blue Rooster is local to downtown Lawrenceville, the heart of Gwinnett. They are known for their chicken salad, strawberry cake, and crazy custom designed cakes. Don’t forget to check out their booth where you can judge for yourself how amazing they are! This will be the 8th year that Blue Rooster has attended and shared their love for baking with The Country Living Fair.