Decorating Nook Space: ONH Sourcing Series 4
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!
A Cozy Living Room: ONH Sourcing Series 1
New Additions: Colorful Watercolors
Any time of year is the right time of year for brilliant botanical paintings in watercolor. In the springtime they're an indoor celebration of growth and renewal, in the summer they emulate the beauty outdoors in full bloom. In fall and winter, a gentle reminder of the cycle of life while things wind down. It is said one of the greatest carpets of all time (yes, another Old New House specialty aside from Wall Art includes antique area rugs!), The Spring of Khosrow Carpet, as it was known, was created for King Khosrow's as he longed greatly for his well manicured gardens during the cold winter months in Persia. We hope you too find this section of our shop to be warming, inviting and of course inspirational! Be sure to take a look at our new arrivals where many of these watercolors can be found, as well as our botanical section and of course, Old New House antique carpets.
No watering required!
Huge Vintage and Antique Pull Down Maps
There's nothing quite like having a piece of real history on your wall. Antique pull down maps are one of those wall art pieces that are stand alone + amazing.
Maybe it's the golden patina, perhaps its the crackling texture, maybe it's the subject matter - Europe, North America, or an antique pulldown World map... At the end of the day, we think it's a combination of all these things + the story:
Often used as educational guides in schools, libraries and public institutions. These maps and charts were pulled on, rolled (at times slapped up too quickly) - sometimes several times a day. What an amazing thrill it was to have a break from the squeaky chalk board and have one of these maps rolled out in front of a classroom. Perhaps these are the very maps of yesterday that inspired the likes of future politicians, dignitaries, architects, teachers and more. Perhaps geography wasn't everyone's strength in school, but I think we all had a secret thrill from seeing something different during the school day - especially the ever-so-welcome colorful outlines of these relics. It's amazing to see these in the condition they are - some of the antique pull down maps we offer are 50, 75, 100 years old. A few are even pre-Civil War!
As a testament to this beautiful and mysterious world and the education process where today's learning aides and classroom tools seem to be ever so easily replaced with digital, we hope you too can find inspiration from these maps and charts.