City Farmhouse expands to monthly store in the Factory


City Farmhouse expands to monthly store in the Factory

This year has evolved into one of the most important for Franklin’s City Farmhouse brand, with the Leggett family expanding their home-interior business to include pop-up stores every month.

This year has evolved into one of the most important for Franklin’s City Farmhouse brand, with the Leggett family expanding their home-interior business to include pop-up stores every month.

A few customers wondered into the City Farmhouse’s pop-up store, The Fling, on Monday. A menagerie of colorful square windows dotted with clearer ones let the gray afternoon shine in, with a mirror sitting against the wall reflecting back the outside.

The open space features furniture pieces, loft doors from a barn and smaller decorative items that slip onto a shelf. Most of the items were leftover from the first pop-up sale in May, which had at least 300 customers come in for the soft opening.

The bulk of the items have white tags hanging from them, with the red letters spelling “sold” on the card. The furniture is just waiting on its owner to pick it up.

Unlike City Farmhouse on Bridge Street, the newest location is only open a limited amount of time during the second weekend of each month.

“We wanted to establish a more permanent pop-up here,” owner Kim Leggett said. “We love the Factory, and this place is perfect for our things.”

The new weekend fairs will include a Thursday preview night with wine and appetizers with the shop open the following days throughout the weekend.

This new concept means the pickers and the Leggetts will buy for this specific store, and keep the items separated from each of their other stores. The goal is for each store to have it’s own face and trademark style, which can prove challenging when hunting for their tastes to fill up both locations with authentic findings.

“It is hard,” Leggett said. “We aren’t sitting down and ordering from a market, but if you do that anyone can have it. We want you to have what no one else has. That’s how we’ve chosen to shop.”

Their pickers find their products as far west as Texas and in pockets of Ohio and Missouri, and they try to find what customers couldn’t anywhere else.

“We look for a certain style,” she said. “We only want things that are really unusual. We want our pieces to become conversational. We try to pick things that will blend with various styles.”

Leggett said she aims for both stores to have stock that will allow people to use their creativity with re-purposed, vintage pieces, along with helping them generate an atmosphere for guests to enjoy. Some have even liked their style so much Kim has began writing a book about how others can achieve that look in their homes without having to break the bank.

“We are so excited that they view what we do as a form of decorating,” she said. “The book will be about how to show people how they can create that look and using re-purposed items.”

In addition to working on her new location, her latest decorating project has included redoing the inside of a Homestead Manor, a new eatery owned by Puckett’s Andy Marshall.

The Thompson’s Station white house off of Columbia Pike is filled with rooms styled to each have their own unique flavor and theme tat point to significances throughout the 1819 antebellum home’s history – like Alice Thompson, a Civil War heroine who ran from her hiding place to rally the troops by waving a regiment flag in the Battle of Thompson’s Station.

Another project for a vacation rental home even included using 1,700 books to make a wall of books in one of the rooms, stuffed and tucked to make it complete.

This type of blank canvas job is something Leggett likes to do on the side, in addition to her regular business.

“I get asked to decorate, but I don’t take any decorating job,” she said. “I have to do the entire job. I can’t work around someone else’s things.”

As the summer gears up and she finishes the work on the manor, Leggett will have a busy June with the pop-up fair store next weekend, June 11-14. Thursday is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The larger pop-up fair with other vendors runs from June 19-20.

But even with all of the expansion and work, Kim wants her customers to know the City Farmhouse brand isn’t going anywhere, and the more opportunities to shop don’t mean a compromise in product.

“We will never be buying something new to fill our spaces,” she said. “That will never be apart of it. We will always be authentic, always. I think our success is based on that, and we will continue with that.”

Emily West covers Franklin for Home Page Media Group. Contact her at emily@franklinhomepage.com. Follow her on Twitter via @emwest22.

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