TENNESSEE–Kim and David Leggett–renowned “pickers,” authors and Tennessee-based interior designers–are celebrities in their own right. By way of their antiquing adventures, the duo has attracted fans from around the globe who love to follow the hunt–so much so that their brand, City Farmhouse, has gained national recognition in the likes of Architectural Digest and accumulated more than 100,000 fans on Facebook.
This week, the pair announced that they are bringing their lifestyle brand to urban homeowners across the country with the opportunity to appear in the Leggetts’ upcoming book, “City Farmhouse Style.”
Over the next several weeks, the designers will host a contest to pick 15 properties in 15 cities to completely redesign in the coming months–and they want one of those makeovers to be in Asheville.
“Farmhouse style is the fastest growing trend in decorating today. It’s conversational–each piece has a history, which means the room tells a tale too. We’re ready to bring those stories from rural farmhouses to downtown skyscrapers,” Kim Leggett said. “Asheville is perfect for this book because it’s an evolving city with a long legacy. I know this community appreciates innovation with a bit of history tied to it.”
The Leggetts say they are looking for urban spaces under 1,200 square feet–such as row homes, high-rise apartments, lofts, townhomes, gardens, and tiny cottages–that, architecturally, one might think would not fit the farmhouse aesthetic.
To apply, applicants must have a minimum furnishings budget of $6,000 and live in an urban area in the United States. Those entries selected will receive free design services from the Leggetts, as well as a potential feature in their forthcoming book.
Each final City Farmhouse makeover will be photographed by Alyssa Rosenheck, a lifestyle photographer whose work has recently been published in Elle Décor and Coastal Living. Formore details on the contest and how to apply for a City Farmhouse makeover, go to www.cityfarmhousefranklin.com.
“City Farmhouse Style” will be the Leggetts’ second published work. Their first, “Leggett’s Antiques Atlas” (Crown Publishing Group), was released in 1998 and created a treasure map to 15,000 antique shops throughout the country with supporting anecdotes and historical side trips.
As freelance interior stylists, the Leggetts’ projects have been featured in a host of major publications, from Elle Décor and Country Living to Gatherings Magazine. Kim also sells her finds to museums and private collectors–and her celebrity clientele includes the likes of Ralph Lauren, Meg Ryan, Tommy Hilfiger, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and more.
The Leggetts first launched the City Farmhouse brand through their popular antiques and vintage shop located in Historic Downtown Franklin, Tenn., that offers modern farmhouse style for urban and rural living. In addition to curating the brick-and-mortar store, the pair have a monthly curated pop-up shop (The Fling) and manage the City Farmhouse Pop-up Fairs, their hugely popular vintage and design shopping shows.