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Antique Trunks and Chests

Posted on April 27, 2014 by M+D | 0 comments

Something about an antique wooden trunk gets me every time.  So much mystique surrounding the history.  Classic imagery of a forgotten antique wooden chest just perched in the attic of an old home brought overseas from generations past.  Gets me every time.  As does the pirate's lair with a chest bursting with jewels, gems and gold - what fantastic imagery.  Or, a stagecoach like in the old Western films carrying valuables and solid ingot to the next big town.  Lookout for the robbers!  Any which way, there is no denying the allure of something with such quality and clear purpose - to hold something in safety.  Whether the blacksmithed iron wrapping around top, sides and bottom, or the single wide-plank wood walls, the brass details, the dovetailed joints, the awesome customization and personalization of inscribed names, dates or destinations, these are amazing relics.

Where did these chests and trunks come from - who owned them? How old are they? What is the story? What did they hold? In some cases there is evidence - on many of the antique trunks we have there are signs of previous owners - a beautifully scripted name and date for example flanks the inside of this super old antique wooden trunk:

 

Others like this classic antique wooden chest with iron have little to no information to trace anything:

Even a wardrobe trunk can have information so pertinent and detailed it almost brings you to that date, like the short-but-sweet hand written content check-list on the inside of this Indestructo Trunk.

 

Some trunks have a clear purpose - or at least modifications for an intended purpose.  This old chest has a converted inside lined with Cedar - great for antique linens and wool.

While others just leave you wondering - Rascal must have been one serious Rascal... I of IV!

Whether you love the graphics, relate to the travel and journey, adore the patina and hefty qualities, the idea of feeling safe and secure, we look forward to seeing what amazing antique trunks and chests you select from our shop! 

Enjoy!

 

M+D

 

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Wooden Co Sleeping Sidecar Life Lives on!

Posted on January 22, 2014 by M+D | 0 comments

As the dust settles a bit from our very hard-work-filled past few weeks of the Manhattan Vintage Show, I want to write a little personal entry but know that there is so much to come all about the show with photos, our experience, and a big thank you to all of you who came out to see us!

It has not happened quite yet and we have for months been debating when to move our own hand-built Little Mod Sidecar into little D's room now that he is approaching 12 months old (wow!) and could probably use the crib next to the bed (opened up) as a better sleeping arrangement. The other day we caught him crawling into it over and over again laughing wildly to himself in his little avocado-riddled pajamas and then last night, I found him half in it (atop plush pillows) and half on the bed as I opened one eye to see if he was still sleeping after a couple hours of silence (woo hoo, 2 hours stretch of sleep!). I can't wait to transition it into another area of the house but I am having fun watching Little D amuse himself in it in the meantime!

As we approach his first birthday very swiftly, I am reminded that time with the little ones really goes by in a flash. This sleeper/sidecar will always serve as such a reminder of these wonderful first months of his life and my life with him in it.

Also in the world of co sleeping and sidecars, we recently we crafted our first 100% custom walnut version of the Little Mod by special request and it came out so beautiful when Dave was all finished with it. Walnut was an exciting wood to work with because we have always been admirers of it and it went to such an amazing family with such a strong little baby girl. Here is the listing for it, featuring the photos of the custom one before it went out -- http://oldnewhouse.com/collections/onh-furniture/products/little-mod-co-sleeping-made-to-order-walnut

 

We just love being able to build a custom piece of furniture for such a special reason --  for a baby's first months of life, keeping them nice and close to their mom!

And while we have lots of new vintage/antique arrivals hitting the site in the coming week (mainly - some awesome new rugs + art pieces), also be on the look out for some new originals on their way. We are working on some wall art pieces of our own as well as designing some other pieces of furniture with multi-funciton. Can't wait to share!

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The baby bed

Posted on October 29, 2013 by M+D | 0 comments

When I realized the other day that it might actually be time to move our co-sleeping sidecar into little D's bedroom where it would begin its new life as a bench, I couldn't help but feel a little sad. After all this was the bed Dave built from scratch, this was the bed I brought my little (or big however you view a 9 pound newborn) guy home to rest, this was the bed in which my tiny nugget sprouted wide open by week two (cuing us to stare in amazement at the thought of how tall he might be one day), and this was the bed lest we not forget that I moved and shimmied on our antique rug for nearly 2 months before D was even born bringing a ballooned pregnant version of me to worm out of bed 12 times a night for bathroom breaks all because I wanted to "get used to it". This was the bed made from wood and more importantly made from love and this was the bed where it all began.

I remember being 6 months pregnant and researching baby beds and getting so caught up in the perfect crib and perfect "unit". We lived in a boxy one bedroom at the time and knew we would still be there upon the baby's arrival so a crib just wouldn't work. We read a lot about co-sleeping and bassinets and mini cribs and the list went on. When I presented all of my findings to Dave, he said something I had heard many a time before: "I'll make it!!" Now don't get me wrong, he is an artist, an inventor and a true craftsman and I love everything he creates, but the man literally wants to make everything (if i said i needed a new toaster or pair of shoes, he would be gearing up to make them) and there just isn't enough time in the day! Needless to say I was not convinced that he would have the time to build this perfect baby bed that I had been dreaming up -- one that would not be deemed useless after 3-6 months like so many of them seemed to be. He proved me so very wrong when the "unveiling" day came. As he stood on top of where our baby would one day lie, and smiled ear to ear saying to me "this is how strong I built this...so he can sit in it one day!", I felt so much love in my heart that I truly thought it was going to burst. And I certainly didn't know then that this is where I would be now: carrying and rocking and cooing and dancing with and loving so inexplicably this 9 month old baby boy who's bed I am just not ready for him to sit in yet.

 

:: Our Little Mod Sidecar is modeled after the bed that we built for our first son ::

 

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