Harmony Barn Renovation
There are a lot of reasons to go to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visiting the galleries, historical sites, restaurants, the plaza and surrounding shops, is enough to keep one busy for days. But I have discovered another good reason to visit Santa Fe — the consignment stores. If you are looking for vintage clothing or gently used furniture, it’s the place to go. Make sure to bring a truck, trailer or van to haul your treasures home. I once stuffed the back of my Subaru Forester so full I was afraid there wouldn’t be room for my traveling companion. This time I knew I needed some big furniture pieces for the Harmony Barn so I burrowed a van and boy was I glad I did. I got some great deals, and I love not always buying new. I feel there is a bit of history and character that comes with each used piece, and my budget loves the savings. Some of my favorite places for furniture are:
Congeries Consignment (now two wonderful locations run by the same folks)
The Consignment Warehouse (nicely displayed items with a good range of pricing)
The Raven (so much to look at, a bit pricey but an experience to shop there)
Goodwill (I always make a point of stopping here and ALWAYS find great things at a steal)
Some of my favorite places for clothing are:
Art.i.fact Consignment Boutique (great collection of clothes and accessories and good prices)
Consignment Boutique at 801 (designer and one-of-a-kind clothes at a fraction of original prices)
Double Take (they have boots, clothing, furniture, home decor - everything!)
Ooh La La Consignment (super cute shop with interesting and designer clothing)
The Cat (a thrift store that supports a cat shelter. Nicely arranged store with real finds)
Santa Fe Vintage OUTPOST (great vintage western wear and jewelry)
While I was shopping in Santa Fe, a lot was happening at the barn. The interior walls were painted, and the beams and posts were getting spruced up and readied for painting. On the outside, the exterior was being weatherproofed with caulking, trim and additional siding. It looks a bit patchwork now, but once it gets a new coat of black paint it’s going to look consistent and, best of all, be able to keep the weather where it belongs — outside. They also prepped for the new cement pads outside the doors. One will be at the main entrance where people will be able to roll up their equipment, wheel chairs, or anything else that could benefit from a stair-less entry. On the south cement pad, we made it a size that could accommodate a band. And the third pad is under the east upstairs deck. This will be the garden patio area with potted plants and shaded seating with a view. We figure we are about a month away from completion so we are getting pretty excited to turn this blog from revocation to Open for Business!
In January 2020, my husband and I bought a barn on 10 acres adjacent to our home property near Mancos, Colorado, and asked ourselves, "What do we do with it now? Since then we have renovated the top floor into a vacation rental and are in the process of renovating the bottom/main part of the barn into a gathering space. Join us on our journey!