Spring is Here: About The Field Notes Collection

Even though the groundhog said we’ll have a longer winter, things are already starting to bloom here at our farm. We enjoyed our record-breaking two snows this year in the Deep South, and now it’s time for some warmer days. Bring on the season of longer days for playing outside in our new yard. I am ready.

Field Notes Adam Trest

Spring inspired me to create a new collection of prints, bedding and pillowswith a neutral palette that carries a sense of freshness that’s welcome any season. This is called the Field Notes Collection. Rather than filling this collection with boisterous florals, I wanted to capture the beauty of spring in a more subtle way, highlighting some of the more underlying aspects of nature – insects, animals, flowers and other classic elements that we sometimes fail to fully appreciate. Shop the Field Notes Collection here.

One of the most important things to me as I develop collections like this is to make sure there is great significance in every work. For the Field Notes Collection, the neutral palette allows each piece to work well for a nursery or any other room in your home. I was very intentional about each item represented something for the homes where these products will live. From the daisy signifying friendship to the dandelion for wishes and dreams, as well as a robin’s nest to symbolize home and even lavender for sleep, every component of this collection served a specific purpose.

I love how the nursery and bedding pieces turned out for this collection. The inspiration came from author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, best known for her children’s book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. I mixed Potter’s illustrative style with inspiration from John James Audubon’s sketchbooks. What I love about his style is that he was using art to document his life. Now that we are experiencing life on the farm, I feel like these components in the Field Notes collection are visions of what I hope for as things start blooming on the farm. So much here moves me to create, and I love to that I can create art with expectation of what’s to come and what will grow on our own slice of heaven. I feel like I’m living the life of John James Audubon right here in Jones County, Mississippi.

And as with our other children’s collections, these items can grow with the child and the family. And they all blend perfectly with antiques, vintage prints and other neutrals that will flow perfectly across a home.

Field Notes 2

By keeping our colors consistent, we hope to be able to provide you with products that can blend with other items you’ve purchased with us. No matter what item suits your style, we want your investment to be one that will last forever in your home, not just for a season.

Now, bring on the sunshine and scents of spring! I’d love to hear feedback from you on your favorite pieces from this collection, so drop me a note on our Contact page.

The Story Behind our HGTV Home

Those of you following along on my Instagram or watching HGTV show Home Town were introduced to our new home on this week’s episode of the show. It’s been such an exciting last few months anticipating the reveal on national television. Even though I told much of the story on the Laurel Mercantile Blog, I thought it would be fun to share some behind the scenes here on the blog, including the story of why we chose the home in the first place, how we got on the show and why this house was a perfect fit for our family.

Adam Trest House

We often get asked questions about the process, how things really work when you’re on HGTV, so I’m here to tell you, it’s everything it’s cracked up to be. Our family is completely in love with our new home, and we couldn’t be more grateful to Erin, Ben and the team for making our dream home a reality for us.

The House
We just welcomed our second daughter to our beautiful, historic home in Downtown Laurel. We LOVED our house, but as many others experience with a growing family, it no longer suited our needs. Poppy’s nursery was a nook rather than a bedroom. And we knew wanted more land.

I went into a lot of detail on my post for Laurel Mercantile, but as an artist, it’s hard to escape the fact that everything around the subject is just as important as the subject itself. What is a great story without a great setting, right? We knew that the setting didn’t fit our story. We wanted a place where our girls could learn patience from a garden, compassion, gentleness and responsibility from raising farm animals. And we wanted them to know that fun isn’t always found on an iPad or television screen but rather in climbing a tree or running through a wide-open pasture.

The new house was unique in that we fell in love with everything other than the actual house. The land was stunning. Seven beautiful acres that would make any Southern raised land lover drool. The house, however, was dilapidated and had been a rental property for the last 10 years. This part made it not so easy to picture ourselves here. While it would be ideal to save money by investing in a structure already on the land, it wasn’t something we had the time or energy to invest in doing. With two young kids, this task seemed impossible. Lucky for us, HGTV was casting for the second season of Home Town.

The Design
We knew we could completely trust Ben and Erin, so the process was fairly simple. Having been friends for them a while, they knew our style and taste. We had a few key criteria:

    Our Own Retreat
    Being busy working parents, we wanted to have an area just for us to relax away from the girls.

    Space for our Art
    Obviously, as an artist, I love to fill my home with art, so displaying it well was important.

        We had a few meetings with Ben and Erin to talk through what was feasible, and the rest is history. Many people don’t believe this when we tell them, but we literally owned the house for one day, gave them keys and walked away. We didn’t lay our eyes on the house until the day of the reveal.

        Since the Reveal
        This house is so much more than we could have ever dreamed of for our family. When I pull into the driveway after a long day, I want to pinch myself at this dream that has come true for our family.

        We are so grateful to have been a part of the show. We have so many phenomenal people since they started filming season one that we now consider great friends. Our words of advice to anyone who is considering a renovation. If an HGTV show comes to your town, DO IT! It’s been the biggest blessing for us, and it will be a memory we will never forget. 




        ​Laissez les bons temps rouler!

        As Mardi Gras season comes to an end, we have a fun announcement to share that will help keep you in the spirit all year long. New Orleans is so close to Laurel, we view The Big Easy kind of like a close cousin. For me, New Orleans has always been a weekend destination and quick getaway for our family. And the city’s rich history, culture, traditions and landmarks make the city one of the greatest for tourism and family fun. And, of course, there’s no better place to eat than the French Quarter!

        Adam Trest New Orleans

        The South is full of cities like New Orleans that radiate with charm. Those of us who grew up in the South can probably recall childhood memories from our favorite family road trips. These places become fixtures in our minds where the fondest memories reside.

        My love for New Orleans led me to choose it as the first featured location for my next collection, The Southern Cities Collection. This will include a series of maps, prints pillows and other products featuring everyone’s favorite Southern cities like Seaside, Fairhope and Charleston.

        The map for New Orleans features French Quarter with Jackson Square and favorite sites from the cathedral to the river including café du monde, carriages and the Mississippi Queen. And what’s more southern than pillows with a classic New Orleans toile design? This collection will even coordinate with a children's line equipped with swamp animals and jazz instruments. You can’t get more New Orleans than that! 

        My hope for the Southern Cities Collection is that these memories can live on print or fabric in homes across the South, so you can enjoy seeing the places you love in your home. Shop the collection here

        There's Always a Reason to Celebrate

        With three lovely ladies in my life, Valentine’s Day is one of the most fun holidays to celebrate at the Trest home. This year, with our youngest daughter, Poppy, being just six months old, we’ll keep our evening low key with a family dinner at home. But, I couldn’t let this holiday pass without honoring the importance of love in a fun and creative way.

        Adam Trest Greeting Card

        Sometimes flowers and candy aren’t enough when it comes to expressing how much you care for someone. Our Valentine’s Day cards offer a little help telling your loved one how you feel. The collection continues with mugs that can stay in the kitchenyear-round. My goal was to design something that would be useful without a shiny hot pink heart or teddy bear screaming at you from the cabinet every time it’s opened.

        In the South, we are about making big deals out of special moments. And it’s important to me that we celebrate the beauty of life every opportunity we get. While in the past, we’ve offered a basic stationery line with blank note cards, we are now releasing new stationery to include a collection that begins at the opening of a gift and goes all the way to the closing of the party. Our stationery is printed on 100% and includes options for birthdays, weddings, house warming, graduation, thank you notes, etc.

        Greeting Cards

        We will be releasing new designs often, so be sure to check back regularly to see what’s new.

        Be sure to browse our Greeting Card collections now.