I'm Not a Writer.

First, let me just say this.  I am NOT a writer.  I am not a blogger.  I am not good with words.  But here I sit, at my desk with my tub of leftover hashbrown casserole, trying to put words down for you.  

Today is definitely like most days around here.  We have a family-run business, my husband and I work together.  

Together 24/7.

I'll wait while you read that again.  

Yes we are together, a LOT.  But we are weird and we like it.  

So here is my little story today.  We have a home office.  And by home office, I mean...my great-grandparents dining table hidden in a corner of the room with old hat boxes hiding my pens, sharpies and packing tape.  And everything else piled on top.  What is so great about this?  Nothing, really.  But, as (I hope, anyway) several work-at-homies can relate....I may have let myself go just a little.  My hair is about 3 days old now. Well, maybe...I really am not even sure about that.  

But today, Shawn left to run some errands and came home to something shocking.  He walked in, saw me at the desk working and said "Hey!  You put clothes on!"

Yes that is big news around here.  I put actual CLOTHES on today and shocked the crap out of everyone.  And not the kind that you can sleep in.

Sometimes, yes, I feel bad when we go to the grocery store or to grab dinner, and see regular women in OUTFITS.  I'm standing there gawking at how cute they look, while I'm in my ratty old jeans, sometimes with a pony tail through the button hole because they're too small, my toes need polish, my ratty shirts and my hair wadded up into a "bun".  Outfits are something that went out the window a long time ago.  Gone are the days of getting up at 6:30, showering every morning (which INCLUDED washing my hair), even ironing my clothes...GASP....and jumping in my car to drive to my 8 to 5.  

If I REALLY want to blow everyone's minds, I'll fix my hair (if you can call it FIXED), and even put MAKE UP on...dun dun dunnnnnnn.

How does this happen?  Part of it, I think, is that obsession with those little red dots on my phone.  You know what I'm talking about.  29 Facebook notifications!  14 New Instagram follows!!  I have to get up first thing and look at this.  Like RIGHT NOW.  I am completely, sadly, and totally obsessed with this.  It's all part of owning a business but maybe the line is a little foggy between work and just dorking out.  It seriously has taken over my life.  Then also, not HAVING to get up and get ready every day.  Yeah, that's definitely it.  

Yesterday, I didn't get out of my pajamas until noon.  Well guess what happens then....everyone shows up ringing the doorbell.  So I have to answer the door in my bra-less tank top, bedhead, and mascara remnants from my attempt at looking human the day before.  One of my favorite friends in the whole world lives in our neighborhood and was taking a walk yesterday.  She rang the doorbell and here I show up looking like a total hag.  

Let me tell you this first.  She and her husband are seriously the NICEST people in the universe.  They are also very neat and clean.  So here we are, she rings the doorbell and says "weareouttakingawalkandI'mabouttopeemypants".  I'm thinking oh GAWD...how awful is our bathroom??  Are the girls dirty clothes still on the floor?  Plus, I've been cleaning out closets and our house looks like we just moved in and maybe a small tornado blew through it. 

I say sure!  It's all yours!  While praying we have toilet paper.  Wait!  We do because there is a 3 foot tall package of it from Sam's SITTING IN THE HALLWAY.  Oh yeah, Shelly the hermit crab is walking around in the bathtub, so don't be scared when you sit on the potty and look down to see a sea creature.  

So she leaves and 5 minutes later the doorbell rings again.  Our mail carrier who is also super super nice.  I apologize and tell her I'm sorry, I'm still in my pajamas.  She says "hey, more power to you!!"  

You know those pictures of celebrities in airports?  They are walking kind of fast, their hair is a little breezy, wearing simple little outfits, looking fresh-faced and totally put together?  In my head, on a good day, I'm all yep, airport pic.  I've GOT IT.  

 

Via Pinterest

Via Pinterest

Then days like today happen where putting clothes on is big news.  

I guess that is normal, everyone has good days and blah days.  Since I am kind of dressed today I think I should get out and join the world for a little bit.  

Hope you're all having a good week, whether you're dressed or not.

xo - Kristen

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's All Happening

When we started Junk Hippy in 2012, we were under the restrictions of our venue.  We had to do it their way.  Now, we finally have the freedom and the support to make it what we have always wanted our events to be...

In my mind, it's a mix of the best flea markets on the east and west coasts, vintage shopping in funky little shops in touristy towns, with a little bit of Coachella and Woodstock thrown in, all out in the sunshine.  Laurel Canyon meets Round Top.  With the blessing of my hometown, and the amazing vendor family we've grown in the last five years, this is happening!  

October 14 and 15, in my little hometown of El Reno, Oklahoma, we will transform a rodeo arena and grassy lot into this amazing thing I've been envisioning.  A festival for the junkers, the foodies, the groupies, the DIY queens and kings, a place for all the kindred spirits to come together.  

We are excited to bring something a little different to this event!  We all work hard, we need a time to play too.  Friday night, October 14, we will transform the rodeo arena into a Junker's Barn Bash, a Junk Hippy after-party of sorts....family friendly, with live music from our friends Eddie and the Eat, food trucks, dancing, twinkle lights, and all your favorite friends letting their hair down for one night!  Think Junk Gypsy prom, Oklahoma style.  It's a time to celebrate life, listen to some good music, maybe teach your kids how to two-step.  We will have beer stands and food trucks within the arena, and the best part is....tickets to the Barn Bash are only $10!  Kids 13 and under are free!  

Photo via Pinterest

Photo via Pinterest

Admission to shop at Junk Hippy is only $5 at the gate, or you can purchase wristbands in advance and skip the line!  You can purchase wristbands to shop and also Barn Bash tickets on our website under the SHOP page.  

 

Eddie and the EAT 

Eddie and the EAT 

What is your favorite bohemian movie/tv home?

If you have ever stood in front of the tv, hitting the pause button so you can take a picture of the house in the show you're watching....you are not alone. This is my list of my favorite movie homes with a bohemian/old hippy vibe.  What would you add to this list?

1- Meet the Fockers 

This is one of my favorites!  I love the crazy architecture, the lush landscaping and the cozy eclectic feel inside.  Check it out on Hooked on Houses for more photos!

This is one of my favorites!  I love the crazy architecture, the lush landscaping and the cozy eclectic feel inside.  Check it out on Hooked on Houses for more photos!

2 - Dharma & Greg

This was one of my favorite shows back in the day and I'm so excited that reruns are playing on Ovation!  I have this on the DVR and watch an episode every night when we go to bed.  Dharma is my soul sister and I swear we've had so many of the same conversations they have on this show.  I always loved their apartment with the velvet chesterfield sofa, exposed brick walls and funky vintage goodies.

3 - Monica's apartment on Friends

This one seems kind of obvious but I've always loved how eclectic Monica and Rachel's apartment is.  I'd have to honestly say, this set design is one of the places my love for vintage came from and helped inspire my vintage furniture and junk business, Gypsy Green.  From the purple walls to the vintage French posters, the fun curtains and mismatched dining chairs...I think we've all loved this one since the very first "How YOU doin?"

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4 - Mama Mia

This one, seriously....

Having Greece in the background doesn't hurt, but Meryl Streep's boho home is so perfect.  

5 - Practical Magic

In my dream house, I have a little special apothecary room like this with a zillion jars of herbs, plants and oils and magical little things.  And this kitchen.  

I also love the home at the commune Elysium on the movie Wanderlust but can't find any photos of it.  Time to pause the dvr and snap some pictures!

What are your favorites?  

"It just fits"

I'm not sure what has happened in the last month but we are on boho overload over here.  I know summer time brings out the little flower child in all of us but right now our house looks like a gypsy wagon crashed at the corner of Haight and Ashbury.  What's funny is, everyone that has been to our house or has seen pictures of it lately has said the same thing.  "This is your true style".  I am the first one to admit that I get carried away on different things....one day it's modern, minimal, gold and grays and simple.  But that didn't feel right.  I'm like one of the Three Bears when it comes to this stuff.  That's too cold.  Then it was this black and white minimal thing.  That didn't feel right either.  So here is what I did.  I gave up trying to look like a Pinterest house, or the magazine-ready homes from Instagram.  Instead, I got out all the things I loved.  My tie dye scarf that has been stuffed in the closet for years now lives in the sunshine on the dining table.  My favorite vintage crazy dishes are out on display.  Vintage colorful kantha quilts are now curtains.  Nothing matches.  NOTHING.  But I'm not much of a matchy girl anyway.  A turquoise and brown paisley dress now is the cover of a chair seat.  Funky ikat, folk art and leopard pillows on my mismatched couches. This is me.  I have a threadbare gypsy soul and so does the rug in the entry.  It smells like incense and sage and citrus in here and I love it.  It's not perfect but it's SO perfect.  

What is the big deal of all this?  Honestly I'm kind of loving that statement, "this is your true style".  It's not someone else's that I was trying to duplicate.  It's MINE.  It is all the things I love that I've held on to for that very reason.  It's Mexican pottery and Talavera bowls, and Asian carved antique chairs, Indian quilts and Chinese paintings.  You know what my big thing is...to not be like anyone else.  Yet in a way, I was trying to make our home look like someone else's.  When I gave that up and just did what I loved, it became mine.  It was finally original, authentic, and it fits us.  And it isn't like anyone else's.  When you let go of what you think it should be, or what your home should look like, and just do what you love...it becomes yours.  It is original.  From one hippy chick to probably many more, just make it yours and it will fit.  

 

xo - Kristen

The Design Conflicted Girl

I don't think I'm alone in this (please tell me I'm not), but our house is never "finished".  I could blame it on our job, always finding newer, cooler pieces and constantly swapping furniture out.  But I know better.  I remember doing this even at 12 years old....I'd save my money and buy new bedding and would end up dragging my furniture around, rearranging my room.  The whole look would change, not just a couple pieces.  This isn't anything new or curable.  I've always been a vintage girl, always a design junkie, always conflicted.  I'm a firm believer in the thought that your home should be a reflection of YOU, not a truckload of matching stuff from a big box store, just for the sake of having things on the wall.  So this is where my issue with cookie cutter design comes in.  It's like finger nails on a chalk board to me.  There is no soul in it.  Your personality should come through in your home, it should be filled with things you love and that mean something to you.  Not that it's normal to redecorate every three days, but I do love that our house evolves as we do.  

I love that the shells we picked up on the beach on a summer vacation are living on a bookshelf in the living room.  I love that my grandpa's cowboy boots sit on a bench in the dining room, so everyday when I pass them, I feel like he is still with us.  The vintage hand-painted Buddha lamp that Shawn surprised me with at my 35th birthday party is in the living room.  These things have a spirit and a story, and they are important to me.  They are part of OUR story.  We get to tell their stories when friends come over and ask "where did you find that!?".  We have things we've bought from friends, or traded with other design conflicted friends.  We have framed artwork from our girls.  Vintage kantha quilts, retro funky art prints, a great vintage chair my grandma gave us, my great-grandparents dining table as our desk...these are all things you can't just run out and buy.  It's a collection and these things have wandered around the house into just about every room.   Our house is never perfect, or magazine ready, or really even guest ready.....it's messy but it's ours.  You may walk in and find everything down off the walls, the bookshelves are empty, furniture is all scattered.  We've had people come in and ask if we just moved in.  Nope, I'm just rearranging.  Then I get the look.  This slightly cocked head, puzzled look that kind of says "WHAT is wrong with you??".  And we get LOTS of "does your husband care that you do this?  Mine would kill me!".  No he doesn't mind, because he is kind of super amazing.  He knows this was part of my crazy package.  

I hope maybe this inspires you to look around your own homes, maybe pull something special out of the drawer or cabinet and let it be part of your home.  Surround yourself with the things that you love and that mean something to you.  Who cares if it doesn't all match!  Will your family care?  No.  But they will love being able to see these special things, the kids will feel special seeing their framed artwork on the wall.  Your guests will love walking around taking it all in.  Make it personal, and it will be interesting.  It is YOUR home, make it yours.  

Peace and love,

Kristen

 

What is Junk Hippy

A vision in her mind for years, owner Kristen Grandi said, 2016 is proving that dreams and reality do combine and produce an event unlike any other in the area. In April, the El Reno two-day festival catapulted Junk Hippy to another level. 

“It was my wildest experience and what I've wanted Junk Hippy to be as far as shows thus far, and it finally happened,” Grandi said. “It was months of planning, and years of dreaming.”

A festival full of diversity, Junk Hippy El Reno produced close to 250 vendors for consumers to peruse aisles of uncommon creations and rare finds. The array of novelties cannot be pigeonholed when one describes a Junk Hippy show. 

The styles range from architectural, industrial salvage, to rusty, junky farm styles. In between one will find up cycled, repurposed selections to shabby chic, eclectic bohemian decor. Nothing is ever the same, yet the atmosphere promotes a unity of individuality. 

“I encourage diversity, and creative power when it comes to the vendors,” Grandi said. “I want them to construct their booth to cater to their own sense of style. I encourage being unique.”

Although vendors have the freedom to make their area their own, Grandi said she only has one main rule she is adamant the vendors adhere to

Be kind or leave.

“This is such a fun experience, and yes, it can have its share of unexpected events as far as things not going to plan, but we will roll with anything unexpected that happens throughout the event.” Grandi said. “And, with that I expect vendors to be pleasant to each other and to their customers. If you can’t be kind, then Junk Hippy isn’t where you belong.”

That is what adds to the dynamic of Junk Hippy. An upbeat atmosphere where all are welcome and accepted.

From hippies to cowboys, everyone is able to find an item that meets their personality. 

With food trucks lining the exterior of the event’s grounds, Junk Hippy El Reno brought a myriad of tastes. Classic menu items were available, as well as, food with a flair. Watermelon pie, fried tacos, grilled burgers and lemonade from Mason jars, the food element contributed to the festival feel.  

After shopping and eating, the crowd was able to listen to the sounds of an Oklahoma artist.

“Live music is essential to the atmosphere I wanted to promote,” Grandi said. “We hit it out of the park with the addition of Stoney LaRue in concert.”

When the sun set for the evening on the first day of the festival, LaRue took the stage into the night.

Grandi said a Friday night concert will, from now on, be a staple at the El Reno show.

So, what is Junk Hippy? An antique, vintage, craft show? In a sense, it’s a combination of everything. It’s laughter, friends, music, backed by a shopping experience one will not be able to find at any retail store. 

“It’s everything you love in one place,” Grandi said. 

Junk Hippy is an experience. 

It’s a getaway from the norm. And, that is Grandi’s goal.

“If I ever feel our show style is being copied, I’m going to kick it up a notch. I am one who can’t stand to be the same as anyone else, that goes for my show too.  When we started doing this, it was to do something new and unique in our area.  I love what we do and won't let a little imitation stop me.”

Her show that she worked countless hours to construct. A show that introduced her to a vast amount of people with different backgrounds and ideas. Junk Hippy brought together the people and their individuality in one place to share with all. 

An Oklahoma original, four years later, Junk Hippy continues breaking the barriers for vendor-type events. 

Junk Hippy Casa

Nestled in the middle of an Oklahoma metropolitan, is a home unlike any other. A canopy of trees shade its structure and the entrance transports its owners to a different place, and a different time.

The windows are open, the breeze sends fragrant notes of citrus from one end of the house to another. Sounds of Janis Joplin play in the background, and the colorful decor set the house in a bohemian tone. But, this isn’t the typical boho decor.

 

It’s boho with an edge. Nothing is the same, yet it all flows together. Eclectic collections from around the world reside in this house, and just as the owner dreamed, it’s her oasis. Her place away from the world, but has the whole world in it.

Although there are pieces from her travels, some are from her adventures around Oklahoma. Estate sales, trades, auctions and random finds. She collects pieces of different patterns and textures, combines them in an aesthetically eye-pleasing compositions to create a timeless look with a touch of flair and uniqueness.

This is the Junk Hippy Casa. Kristen Grandi, owner, cannot pinpoint her design style to one particular word, it’s a conglomerate of old world and new age. A style undefined.

“I feel, sometimes, like I should've lived in California in the 1970s,” Grandi said. “Collected, traveled, laid back, eclectic and edgy would be the top words to describe my design style.”

Couple those words with individuality and that is the Junk Hippy style she aims to create.

Vintage rugs layered together, posters of rock legends, chairs with funky design, pillows in an array of colors and textures, statues of spiritual guidance, photographs of her most beloved travels and people, and books that line the built-in shelves covering an assortment of topics.

“This is my safe-haven, my refuge,” Grandi said. “A place where I gather with my favorite people and laugh, tell stories and savor life.”

With bare feet, she wanders the rooms of her home, revealing sunlight to each area as she pulls back the curtains. A deep exhale, she sits on her vintage Chesterfield sofa, and reveals what home is to her.

“It has all my favorite things in it —from people to food to energy and dreams, it’s my whole world,” Grandi said.

 

Her place for personal growth, support and meditation, that is what home means to Grandi.

“I watch the rain fall and I bask in the sunshine’s warmth,” she said.

And while it’s known she changes and rearranges her decor quite often, one thing remains the same - it will never be a cookie-cutter house.

 

“I don’t like to be the same as everyone else,” Grandi said. “We all have our own fingerprint when it comes to style. I encourage everyone to embrace their own perspective.”

When a piece of furniture no longer serves a purpose in her home, Grandi sells it. She doesn’t hang on to what no longer is needed.

“When I feel something is done here, I hope someone else take it and make it work in their own way in their home,” she said.

That is Junk Hippy style.

At the moment, her home may be located in Oklahoma, but her spirit is of California. And, that is the feeling evoked when one steps through the threshold of her home. 

By Bridget Mason