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Our Experience at The Manhattan Vintage Show

Posted on January 24, 2014 by M+D | 0 comments

Brand new to trade shows and expos of any kind, for those of you who don't know: we braved the sea of vintage this year at The Manhattan Vintage Show. It was quite the experience to say the least with our biggest expectations and hopes being to connect with a lot of new people outside of the world of the internet and to hopefully convert some of them to be ONH fans! We are a bit shy by nature so it was a big deal for us to go into the city, create a space from the ground up that represented our online shop, and to put ourselves out there: "here we are and hope you like it!". It was exciting and of course a bit scary but after the two days of working harder than we could have possibly imagined, we made it back to a rented apartment just in time to rock our baby to sleep and we thought to ourselves: wow, we did it, we actually pulled it off.

 

 

To say that the show went off without a hitch would be an outright lie. Getting down to the city from our humble abode in Westchester with an eleven month old baby who just doesn't do car-rides as well as a cargo van chock full of our most prized inventory was no easy task and came with some challenges (who knew you couldn't take a van on the highway? maybe you did?). Then of course we had to navigate parking for two vehicles. One that contained the baby and all of the stuff that comes with the baby when you do a weekend trip. Crazy amounts of stuff is all I can say! Next we had to shlep all of our belongings all while carrying our son and then the next morning (the day of the show) start the shlepping process all over again, to bring our inventory into the booth. Then came set up, then came fixing up, then came second guessing ourselves, then came food somewhere in there, and of course then came figuring out who would be with the baby since the babysitter was having trouble with city parking (who doesn't??), and then at some point after a lot a lot of coffee, came the beginning of the show. After that point, everything was just plain awesome. Our expectations of meeting and connecting with new people was absolutely exceeded by a million because the people we chatted with for lengthy amounts of time were just so amazing, it felt like a shame that we hadn't met them sooner.

The Vintage Show was mainly all about clothing but it was also about textiles (in come our rugs). We feared that perhaps we wouldn't fit in because our clothing collection was small (and not yet out there in the world, merely a hobby curated collection) but we had the opposite experience. While people were indeed interested in our small clothing selection, so many of them were interested in our rugs and home decor as well just as we had hoped! Not only did we connect with people about the rugs they needed for their homes, but we learned a lot too -- about clothing and about what everyone out there is looking for which was absolutely invaluable for us.

While it was a tremendous amount of hard labor and pushing ourselves beyond the depths past our pre-existing (baby-related) exhaustion, the show was overall such a great success and we enjoyed every minute of the experience! Until we do another one of these or have our first real pop-up shop (which we are getting serious about planning!), this was the last time we would see our customers + new contacts in person for awhile, so we were so thankful to have it!

 

**Such a huge thank you to Natalie Conn for the beautiful photographs, & Hilary and Lina for the tremendous amount of help throughout the show!

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Manhattan Vintage Show - Come Meet us in NYC!

Posted on January 06, 2014 by M+D | 0 comments

We could not be more excited to be a part of our first ever vintage show experience in a couple of weeks! January 17th + 18th -- we will be at booth #44 with a small never before seen vintage clothing collection as well as lots of our ONH shop vintage textiles (rugs) + other lovelies - with the specific collection availabile for pre-viewing here (there will be some new items, mainly rugs, as well!)

If you come to see us at the show + simply mention the website, we will have a little gift for you, will give you an instant 20% off of anything in the booth AND we will even credit your admission towards a purchase -- so buy your tickets here +  come on down! Can't wait to meet you! And although the beautiful model below will not be there (we don't think) some majorly awesome vintage fashion will be -- including one of our favorite pieces that indeed has black sequins galore. 

 

 & Just one of our beautiful antique rugs we will be bringing:

Also, we are taking special requests if there is anything from our shop that you would like us to bring down so that you will have an opportunity to view it in person before purchasing. Just e-mail us at md at oldnewhouse.com and let us know when you plan on attending + the item of interest. 

 

See you there!

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The Sloppy Chair

Posted on December 01, 2013 by M+D | 0 comments
I remember so vividly getting the chair with Dave and having very high hopes for it. We got a great deal on it and although it was only imitation danish modern and needed work to boot, I at the time was up for the challenge. Then we got pregnant and this chair with its new cushions just waiting to be upholstered just sat in the corner lonesome and forgotten. Then a couple of months ago I found a huge roll of beautiful vintage velvet fabric in a foxy tangerine orange and I thought - perfecto for my unfinished chair.
I made the mistake of thinking I knew how to perfectly reupholster these cushions during very brief baby naps and well my unfinished chair has since become the sloppy chair. I feel like I have been on a mad dash to get our new home situated and settled and I forgot that all of the pieces don't fit together at the exact same time. You have to search, deliberate, plan out and take baby steps with every new home design decision. Soon enough I will make the slower amount of time to redo my sloppy cushions or have them done by someone more able to take on another project and in the meantime I vow to not sprint through my next tackling -- art on the wall! Maybe just a jog will do.
Hope everyone had a joyous Thanksgiving! I sat in my sloppy chair most of the day and enjoyed every minute :-)

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Ah Ha!

Posted on September 26, 2013 by M+D | 0 comments

Before Old New House, I think one of the biggest "ah-ha moments" for us in home decorating was over a vase. 

Melissa was convinced it was too unique to pass up.  I felt it was too good a quality to leave behind.  Someone/student had clearly gone to great lengths to construct this work.

In making our decision, there we stood, staring at this tremendous green vase.  It was a gigantic mass of clay and paint that was precariously balanced on a thin-tin shelf.  For a moment, we both forgot why we were in Connecticut: to pick up trinkets for our wedding.  But time just stopped as we stood in awe of this fat-bellied thing.

We were simply drawn to this piece.  There was something about it we just loved.  It was... unsightly.  Hideous AND beautiful at the same time.  In a way, we felt bad for it.  Maybe didn't know quite what to make of it.

The ah ha! moment was to only buy items we truly connected with.  And we hope you find those items in our shop, since we go to great length to source the best of the best.

Here is the behemoth that still leaves us scratching our heads:

 

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Importance of Rugs in home decor

Posted on September 03, 2013 by M+D | 0 comments

It all starts with the floor!

 

Carpets are one of the easiest and most versatile items to decorate with in the home.  Whether you're looking to spruce up an area quickly and tastefully, or found the perfect rug and want to draw upon it as the focal point of a room, there is no disputing a room without a rug feels empty...

Like take our new house -- the hallways and rooms are just begging for a rug and it almost feels wrong to do anything else to the space before we source the art for the floor.

A rug truly makes a room. And while many people are shopping the machine made rug circuit, we are believers in: if it makes a room, then you better make it special. It is one of the most important pieces in a house so it has to be something you love, connect with, want to see for a long time, and something you love to talk about because it will be sure to catch people's eye.

There are different rugs that speak to different people and that's the beauty of them -- they connect with different human beings for different reasons. We try to keep a very vast collection of rugs in our ONH shop mainly for this reason but also because we ourselves connect with different pieces when we see them.

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