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Decorating Nook Space: ONH Sourcing Series 4

Posted on April 23, 2014 by M+D | 0 comments

Oh how life can get so hectic when you have kids, or maybe even when you don't? Everything on the to do list takes weeks to get done, you find yourself with one hour per night of "down time" and well, days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months and everything just feels a little bit crazy, like an out of body experience. In comes a nook space of the home. Not every house has one but you can always improvise and craft one of your own. I remember turning this strange closet type of open space in a small town small apartment into a little reading oasis when I was in my early 20s and it came complete with pillows galore, a curtain slung up as a barrier and while it wasn't actually very pretty, when I look back into my memory of it, it was as bohemian chic as a college girl on a tight tight budget could get. Even if all you have is a bedroom to work with, create one corner into a relaxing nook and have that nook be your safe space when you come home from a hard day's work -- a space where you can cozy up into and just breathe away the stress of your day. So here is to planning a nook space and below is an image I found from Domino Magazine of what appears to be the coziest nook ever -- indoor hammock, hello? And while we do not offer hammocks (yet) in our shop, the rest of the key pieces immediately reminded me of some Old New House beauties so I had to share!

1. Eames chair of course! Whether it is a rocker or not, an Eames chair is cozy and aesthetically pleasing / versatile. It is a win win of a timeless chair.

2. An old trunk with character. Dave and I are huge fans of trunks and chests, especially the more unusual or unique ones. I could so see our early 20th century Indestructo trunk as a coffee table or an accent type of table in a nook any day -- perfect for stacking books / magazines / a plant + treats on top of and storing warm blankets inside of. 

3. Accent pieces like the many featured in this home. Globes, knick knacks, art on the wall, a little table, you name it - we probably have it + below are some of my picks. 

 

4. Mid century style rattan chair. I have recently gotten really into rattan and wicker and while the sheepskin rug concept is not totally for me, I definitely love the look + have been sourcing creamy knits and quilts instead to use as accent pieces on chairs like this one.

Having fun with the inspiration but now I need to go get to work on my own nook -- the ideal area I have in mind is at the moment has been taken over by our animals so it might be awhile!

 

xoxo,

Melissa

 

 

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A Unique Bedroom: ONH Sourcing Series 2

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

Bedrooms are sometimes the hardest to decorate because we so often get stuck in a rut with them. In and out of bed we go, over and over again. Day in and day out. Even though they truly should be the most relaxing spaces of the home for us to cozy up with and into at the end of a long day's work, they often become the place where simply put: bed is. All the attention goes to the living room because well, we live there. At least this is what I have heard from other people and I can completely relate as Dave and I still have a bedroom filled with artless walls and well, a bed. We have the furniture and we have a couple of pieces that we are attached to (like our antique blanket chest) and while the walls certainly bear a peaceful shade of minty blue that we adore + chose together, there is nothing else in there that really ties the space together. It is waiting for it and I know that one day when we are ready to tackle it, it will become the oasis that we need it to be. For now, here's to serving up some bedroom inspiration straight from Apartment Therapy with some Old New House sourcing! 

1. Large vintage rug with unique and neutral color tones. This rug in the photo, while it may not be vintage itself, immediately reminded of me of the vintage Josan Sarouk in our shop because the colors are so serene and lovely and rather unique. I feel like you wouldn't expect to see a rug of this color or size in a bedroom but wow, how inviting and spacious it makes the room feel. I just love it!  

2. Unique lamp! Even if you have recessed lighting like we do, a unique lamp is a must in any kind of space if you ask me. It is like an art piece that has function. My pick is more feminine than what they have but to each their own! 

3. Subdued, minimalistic, and small wall art. My pick is this amazing 1930s etching by the acclaimed artist Morris Henry Hobbs -- I just adore how tiny the work of art is and could so see it at the edge of a room leading into another space like in this room. 

 

4. Seating in corner for getting ready, decorating on, or putting clothes on top of. My ONH pick is of course our out of this world amazing antique leather pouf. I have never seen one quite like this and it would be a perfect piece next to the dresser or side table. 

5. Hanging botanical chart. Theirs is small which I quite like but if you have the space for a larger one like ours, I say go for it! Nothing like a large wall art piece that is minimalistic but bold at the same time. 

6. Color pop on a white bedspread. Whether you go with a lightweight blanket or a quilt like I've picked out, a little pop of color slung over the white bedspread can really stand out as a lovely visual piece of bedroom styling. 

 

1. Light colored botanical art. Okay, okay, you got me -- botanical art is a big favorite around here these days and I keep referencing it but I can't help myself! It can be such a natural and lovely piece of wall decor that blends serenity and curiosity and it is just so nice to bring the outside in. 

2. Wall art with birds. In the pictured home, the print or drawing is very small and I love that but no matter the size, wall art with birds compliments botanical wonderfully and can once again, nicely bring the outdoors inside. 

3. Colorful floral wall art. Flowers, more flowers please! Flowers are so vastly featured in art (rugs, wall, etc.) because they are beautiful in shape and color. Want to bring red, blue, and yellow into a subtly-colored room? Find an art-work with flowers in it! 

4. Unique landscape wall art. The one featured immediately reminded me of our industrial man + machine drawing with the lower third being land and the upper third being sky. The light minimal use of colors is also very similar and I feel like a one-of-a-kind wall art piece blended with the more commonly seen botanical is a really nice combination in a gallery wall like this one. 

5. Visual vintage dress hanging on wall. This is something you would not quickly think to do but boy, does it look neat. The gold dress shown hear becomes a part of the gallery wall and adds a streak of color to the blue backdrop without having to be permanent. You can switch out the dress every week, month or year and the idea is well, genius. As I have really become obsessed with vintage clothing and we have added a bunch to the shop, this seemed very fitting! I could totally see our 60s crochet dress hanging well next to all of the botanical art because it has a floral look to its design as well. 

 

That's all for today!

 

xoxo,

Melissa

 

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A Cozy Living Room: ONH Sourcing Series 1

Posted on March 17, 2014 by M+D | 0 comments
I absolutely love seeing photos in magazines and online of rooms and spaces that have elements that fit our ONH vision. Especially when I see a handmade or vintage rug being used do I get very happy! I have decided to start an ONH Sourcing Series for fun on here to help people visualize how some of our pieces would fit well into their spaces since I know that sometimes you are staring at a blank wall and can't think of how and what to situate on it! First up today is this great colorful and cozy living room featured in Domino Magazine and a couple of key elements popped out at me to be totally Old New House. I hope you like my picks inspired by this person's lovely living space! 
Image from Domino Magazine
1. Vintage tribal rug with a strong red presence -- some people think red to be too bold as if other colors will not match it well but as seen here, it can feel very neutral and homey + I just love how it ties in the red of the pillows and the portrait painting. 
2. Funky floral pillow. When shopping for accent pillows, I find it best to mix and match like they have done here but as a lover of all things feminine, some floral is a must! 
3. Unique botanical art, perfect as a stand alone art piece as featured here or as a group series (think: gallery wall)
4. Portrait painting -- my absolute favorite of all unique art, I must admit! I just love the study of human beings and portraits whether in photographic or painting form are absolutely that. I also love dreaming up the story for the person I hang on the wall -- what fun! 
Stay tuned for my next series selection! 
xoxo,
Melissa 

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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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