Category — hgtv/GreAT AMeriCAN COUNtRY

green day – the time of our life.

there’s this picture. that we just can’t quit staring at…

because it feels very, very surreal.

yes, that’s billie joe armstrong of GREEN DAY standing by his JG airstream.

maybe it’s because the memory of listening to my dookie tape (you read that right…the cassette tape…in a tape deck) is so vivid…and sitting up late, late at night watching insomniac theater on VH1 just to catch their latest videos. it’s because there is something about GREEN DAY that makes them larger than life. because they are the kings of punk rock. the rock ‘n roll hall of famers that are not only one of the best selling bands of all time but they are also a testament to the american dream and to the fact that really, really, REALLY big dreams really can come true.

because i know you agree with me when i say that it is wildly RANDOM that we received a call one day from billie joe armstrong’s wife, adrienne armstrong. i mean who in the whole entire world could have ever predicted that? green day is calling US? us little ole junkers out here in texas? i remember the day amie called to tell me she had just hung up the phone with adrienne armstrong…i was at the roller skating rink…ummm, yes that’s right…i was at the roller skating rink. apparently adrienne was wanting a very special gift for billie joe for their 20th wedding anniversary….and we were just the ones for the job.

here it is in her words…

“Billie Joe & I met in my home town of Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 4, 1990. Four years later on July 2, 1994 we married in the backyard of our Berkeley, CA home. We have been on an epic adventure ever since – raising kids and animals, creating a home, working and traveling and experiencing the many ups, downs & in-betweens of life together as a family.

As our 20 year wedding anniversary was approaching, I knew I wanted to get him a vintage Airstream.  We had talked about getting one over the years and how fun it would be to travel the coast, stopping at surf breaks along the way. I started looking online for interior ideas and Miranda Lambert’s and Dierks Bentley’s Airstreams kept coming up in image searches.  So I tracked down The Junk Gypsies. I would have tried to do the project myself but I didn’t know the first thing about Airstreams. I was hoping they could fix it up and make it work for him. This has been such a fun experience working with them. They truly got  what I wanted to do for Billie Joe. To create a surf shack on wheels.  A cozy, laid back space to hang out & drink his morning coffee while  listening  to his favorite records. This cute baby is going to be with us for this next chapter in our family adventure.  And I am so grateful to Amie & Jolie for making this happen.
x
adrienne”

here’s their sweetest-ever wedding picture from 20 years ago…

and here is billie joe and adrienne with their kids when GREEN DAY was inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame last month…

and here’s proof that amie and i are much better airstream renovators than we are rockstars…although there is some serious inner-rockstar wannabe action happening here…

i won’t mention the fact that while filming this, i think i threw out my neck (how do they do it??….maybe i’m not rockstar material….i’m also tone deaf).

but in all seriousness…we’ve spent about a year getting to know adrienne, and their love for each other is really so amazing and so authentic. we’re in love with their love story. it is the REAL DEAL. and, there is no doubt that adrienne is possibly one of the sweetest souls we’ve ever known…and that, together, they have conquered the world. and we are so incredibly thankful from the bottom of our texas hearts that we were able to be a part of this story…because it has added such a wonderful, inspiring, and sublimely beautiful piece to our junky puzzle of life.

we’ll be posting lots of pics soon so y’all stay tuned!!! and get ready for tonight!!! #TGIJF with us and green day!!! wooo-hoooo!!!

 

May 22, 2015   16 Comments

TGIJF.

it’s official.

season 3 is comin’ at ya. NEXT FRIDAY, may 15th. mark your calendars. set your DVR’s. call your cable company and make sure great american country is on your package so you won’t miss our great american friday marathons allll summer long!

because you seriously aren’t going to want to miss this season….

hint: miranda lambert (girls at work in this one…and me and miranda sew a masterpiece!),  marcus luttrell (we were humbled beyond belief),  rachel ashwell (our shabby chic design idol from back in the early days),  GREEN DAY (yes, you read that right. the uber rock star hall of famers. OMG. GREEN DAY)….

and SO. MUCH. MORE. full kitchen renovations. a home sweet treehouse makeover, we restore a historic texas dance hall here in round top, AND we have a biggo charity garage sale with the school.

it’s all happening. this season.

tgijf, y’all. (thank gawsh it’s junky friday)

May 8, 2015   24 Comments

shake ‘n bake

first of all…let me just get it out there…THANK YOU. come on let’s hug it out. for reals. thank y’all for your comments on my last post… from the bottom of my heart. i read each and every comment and every last one was like a biggo high five.

or a fist bump…with a ‘blow it up’ at the end.

or maybe a shake ‘n bake, baby!

of course there is a slight possibility i’m a little too dramatic and over-enthusiastic but that’s pretty much how i translated them. and to each and every one that commented on the blog, i’m high fiving, fist bumping (and blowing it up), and shakin’ n’ bakin’ back at ya!

sooooo to catch you up….there’s sooooo much to tell. where to start?

i’ll start with the question we get daily. Q: when are new episodes airing?

A: we just wrapped season 3 a few weeks ago.

we filmed for about 5 weeks in october/november and then picked back up in the glorious, temperate climate of january and filmed for about 5 more weeks. it really was glorious. sun-filled days, the warmth on our shoulders as we worked, and after the sun went down, it was really, really awesome. it was pretty much like we were on a beautiful tropical island. ok wait, that was in my self-inflicted 85% dark chocolate overdose dreams. it was freezing. and raining. every. dang. day. which just meant throw on your carharrt, pull on the work gloves, and get to work.

ain’t nobody got time for being cold.

we are really, really proud of this season. there are so many cool transformations and so many pretty amazing collaborations. we forged real bonds. we were inspired. we are forever changed and forever grateful.

consider this your junk gypsies season 3 trailer in words & iphone pics (come on y’all, work with me)…

we team up with our favorite partner-in-crime, miranda lambert, and pull off a super covert heist on her mom for a pretty amazing reveal.

we do an airstream for one of the biggest rock n’ rollers of all time (i still can’t tell ya who…buttttt it does involve a obligatorily necessary trip to the texas beach)…

 

we partner with one of our original inspirations in the junk world, rachel ashwell for a momentous event…

and….we are forever changed by working with marcus & melanie luttrell. marcus, the american hero, dad, husband, patriot, and all-around die-hard texan. (yes, THE LONE SURVIVOR…THE WAR HERO)…there is  SO. MUCH. MORE. to tell.

we transform a 1900′s smokehouse into the coolest bunkhouse ever, give a 1960-something kitchen an entirely new look, give gypsy archie her dream closet and patio, do an epic garage sale for charity, dance the night away in an historic texas dance hall and moreeeeee!!!

and yes, we cried in EVERY single one. as much as i try, i just CANNOT keep it together.

no offiicial air dates yet…but most likely early june. the entire season will air on great american country, and about half of the season will cross over on HGTV! because what’s better than 1 network? 2 networks!

shake n’ bake, y’all! i can’t wait to hear what you think of season 3!!!

March 13, 2015   58 Comments

homegrown happiness.

there once was a guy named jason…who fell madly, deeply, and fiercely in love with a girl named lynsey.

and these two…well they decided they wanted to be farmers. and so they did.

they wanted life to get back to the basics with their 4 little girls. they wanted people to KNOW their farmers. to KNOW where their food was coming from…

YonDER WAY FARM is an organic meat farm here in fayette county….where the only thing better than their homegrown organic goodness is the authenticity of their hearts and their lives. they believe in honesty. in hard work. in dirt under your fingernails. in getting up at sunrise with the chickens and then making sure all the animals are tucked in safely at sunset.

and most importantly, they believed in good things and in being good people.

i absolutely CANNOT wait for y’all to meet the kramers of YONDER WAY FARM on this week’s episode of junk gypsies. because we know that y’all are going to love them just as much as we do.

jason, also known as @yonderwayfarmer, and lynsey, aka @fivechicksandafarmer, as they are known to their legions of instagram followers. (if you don’t follow them on instagram, let me tell ya…you are missing out!). and of course their 4 little chicks…kk, laney rae, ruthie, and exie jo….all make up yonder way farm.

this farm is their dream. their passion.

this is the good stuff, y’all. we are proud to call them friends and country neighbors. this week, you can watch as we visit YonDER WAy FARM, dig around in the barns for all kinds o’ lost junk, and give them the farm store they so deserve!

{and here, the kramers give me a little surprise of my own…}

 

and oh yes, we did….because who could resist? american gothic…yonder way farm style.

 

we’re so excited for y’all to meet the kramers and to see the transformation of their country store this week! tune in this thursday, AugUST 7…9/8C on GreaT AMERICan COUNTRY!

watch the sneak peek here!!!

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and go catch up with the fam on facebook and instagram for all kinds o’ homegrown happiness!

yes He did. GoD made a farmer. and GoD bless those farmers.

and from jason’s favorite song…let’s all take a moment to really…i mean REALLY absorb these lyrics…

“take your time… don’t live too fast,
troubles will come and they will pass.
go find a woman and you’ll find love,
and don’t forget son,
there is Someone up above.”

-simple man, lynyrd skynyrd

and finally…thanks to april pizana, lynsey’s instagram & matt blair for these pics!!!

(after reading this blog, be sure you hop on over to april’s blog for even more pics of YonDER WAY FARM)

August 6, 2014   31 Comments

ain’t nothin’ small ’bout this dream.

through a series of VERY fortunate events that took place last fall, we ended up working on the biggest project of our JG lives. a project that really felt more like a dream.

it was a serendipitous day. the day that PB teen walked into our store…and that day embarked us upon one of the most exciting & creative adventures we’ve ever been a part of.

so we are proud to announce….coming this FALL…an EXCLUSIVE junk gypsy collection for PB teen!

yes i said it. POTTERY BARN teen, y’all! pottery barn teen!

we’ve sketched and designed and re-sketched and re-designed.

PB teen has made several trips to texas as we’ve brainstormed into the late hours of the night and we’ve trekked to the POTTERY BARN headquarters in san francisco, we’ve had endless emails, phone calls, conference calls, and product testing….and nowwwww….coming this fall…the finished products will be ready to be in your home! and i promise, this stuff isn’t just for teens…it’s for ALL ages.

we’ve dug deep on this collection. deep in our creative souls. we’ve spent hours upon hours thinking of all the elements and colors and symbols that we feel most represent JG. that most represent the things we love…all things vintage fleamarket. LOVE of life. love of the road- wanderlust. the south. independence. rockstar. and that most represent the 3 messages we want to convey with this line.

DREAM big.

follow your HEART.

BLAZE your own TRAIL.

this really is a dream come true for us…we’ve had to pinch ourselves through this whole amazing process. we’ve been allowed to be as creative as we wanted to be. we’ve been allowed to dream big. the sky REALLY was the limit with this collection. the pb teen team has been the most amazing group of folks on earth to work with. we have met our creative kindred spirits.

read their press release here!

READ their STYLEHOUSE blog HERE!

and be sure to sign up for email alerts here to know all the release deets of the JG/PBteen line!

come see the FULL collection at the JG WORLD HQ during antiques week THiS FALL! sept 26-october 4!!!

(available for purchase at our store for a limited time only)

CLICK HERE ..for pre-sale items!!!

AND here to see our JG/PBteen pinterest board!!!

WatCH this for a little MiRANDA LaMBERT & a bigggg SNEAK peek into the entire collection…

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and to think, this little business started at the fleamarket… ain’t nothin’ small ’bout this dream.

 

July 29, 2014   17 Comments