I’ve been keeping a little secret but now I get to let you in on it! I’m so excited to have my photography published in Flea Market Decor Magazine August/September 2019 Issue and I have to thank Kelly Rideout! I first met this talented lady when our booths were next to each other at the Behind the Picket Fence flea market in Costa Mesa in 2014. It was my first time selling at a flea market and I was a little bit nervous. Kelly and her daughter Noelle had their booth, Far Away Hood, all set up to create custom signs and the Mother/Daughter team were the best neighbors I could have ever asked for. Since then we’ve seen each other while selling our goods at flea markets, including the Vintage Marketplace in Rainbow, CA and also at The Coast Vintage Market in Mission Viejo, CA.

Now that I’m focusing on photography, I asked Kelly in March if I could take an Environmental Portrait of her for my Digital Photography class and I’m so thankful she said yes! Not only did I take her portrait but I got to take pictures of her and Noelle and her beautiful barn on her property in Fallbrook. And let me just tell you that her homestead is major goals for me. Gorgeous house? Check! Spacious Barn? Check. Tranquil pond with a dock and ducks? You better believe it. I’ve dreamed of living out in the countryside in a beautiful home just like Kelly’s and I’m so jealous, but in a good way. I’m thrilled that she’s living her best life in her gorgeous surroundings. #Goals

Her barn is such a dream painted in traditional red and trimmed in crisp white. Adding to the perfection was the full hillside of beautiful wild flowers stretching their pretty faces up to the sky after all of the spring rain we had. Inside the barn Kelly is set up to host creative “Wine & a Sign” classes where students can come in and create a one-of-a-kind barn-wood and metal signs for their home or for a gift for someone special.

The walls have so many signs displayed in a rainbow of colors that your creative juices can’t help but flow!

Kelly with her sweet pup, Hope.

Thank you, Kelly, for letting me take your portrait and this incredible opportunity. And congratulations on being featured in Flea Market Decor Magazine!