Country Living Magazine – the brilliant Strokes
On the second day of the Country Living Fair, a three-day-event at Stone Mountain Park in Georgia, I had the opportunity to speak with Editor-in-Chief Rachel Hardage Barrett. I also had the opportunity to observe Rachel interact with fans of the magazine and of the fair. Her warm and friendly approach towards each one gave the impression of a reuniting of close friends – Kindred Spirits. And I believe it to be genuine. As each one stopped by sharing when they met last, many at the first Country Living Cruise, or of how Country Living magazine inspires them, I couldn’t help smiling and in some cases joining in the conversations.
Bringing Together What Makes Country Living Magazine
This is the eighth year for the annual fair. The fair occurs four times of the year in Rhinebeck, NY, Columbus, OH, Nashville, TN and Stone Mountain Park, GA. For years, Country Living magazine has had it’s literal finger on the pulse of what the heart of America is – home, family, food, gathering and cherishing the values of each. At The Country Living Fair hundreds of vendors representing the spirit of Country Living magazine set up their booths in such a way to make it not only visually appealing but also inspiring. This is by design. Great effort is brought together to ensure that the whole atmosphere and experience for those attending reflect all that is valued by Country Living.
Positive Changes and Moves for Country Living Magazine
Rachel has been editor of Country Living Magazine for just four years. I first met her at The Country Living Fair in 2014 as she enthusiastically took on the helm of this magazine. Additional changes to the magazine included the relocation of the main office from New York City to Birmingham, Alabama. The Country Living magazine is now located the heart of the country, in an old biscuit factory surrounded by antique shops, garden centers and more. This enables Rachel and her staff to envelope themselves in a country atmosphere that resonates with so many of the magazine’s readers. As Rachel put it this move ‘parallels with the reader’s lives’.
In addition to these new changes Country Living magazine also hosted a Coast-to-Coast cruise earlier this year for it’s readers. This gives the magazine’s readers to have a full experience. Not only were wonderful destinations included but also DIY workshops, decorating ‘deep dives’, interaction with staff members, behind the scenes tips and more…
More to Come Plus Celebrating Country Living Magazine’s 40th Anniversary
Rachel was delighted to share that Country Living Magazine will be celebrating it’s 40th year anniversary! She included how thrilled she was that a reader gave to her a first edition of the magazine. Rachel and her staff have been going over the back issues of the magazine reveling in the details, the changes and the timeless similarities in several of the issues. Wonderful plans to celebrate this anniversary will be forthcoming…perhaps to include another cruise.
Country Living Magazine Partners with Interior Design Service Laurel and Wolf
If you’ve ever wished you could have some assistance in your home’s decor…just as if an editor of Country Living magazine were to come to visit you at your home…with inspiring ideas then you’ll love this collaboration. Laurel and Wolf is an online design service where you can ‘dream up a space’ from the comfort of your own home with the assistance of an interior designer.
Rachel is a country girl at heart, originating from Tennessee, loving all things country – to include old trucks, she has led the staff at Country Living magazine with a delightful enthusiasm and vision. With Rachel and her staff, Country Living magazine will continue to grow in its appeal to all by staying close to the heart of makes this magazine singularly special – it’s appeal to the beauty and the comforts of what country living is all about.
I have been a fan of Country Living Magazine for years! I recently went through some of my collection…I could spend hours thoroughly enjoying each magazine! I wish I had the first magazine printed – it would be worth collecting! I do however have the 20th Anniversary edition! I also have several of the Gardener and Holiday issues as well as some of the British issues! It’s a wonderful thing to reflect upon…for forty years Country Living magazine has been constant and speaking to the hearts of many – I believe with Rachel and her staff, the fairs, the cruise and perhaps even more…Country Living magazine will continue to be a delightful part of our lives.