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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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Decorating a Bathroom: ONH Sourcing Series 3

Posted on April 04, 2014 by M+D | 0 comments

Decorating a bathroom can definitely be a challenge because less is really more in most cases so items need to be very carefully picked and placed. One concept I absolutely love for a bathroom is use of a vintage rug. If you have a small bathroom, a cotton rag rug would be great instead of a bath mat because you can wash it and if you have a larger bathroom or a guest bathroom that lends itself to feeling more like an actual room, I highly recommend giving a vintage or antique Persian rug a consideration. The photo below from a Domino magazine featured a modern meets vintage bathroom is the perfect example of an airy, clean and dynamic bathroom that feels like somewhere you'd want to hang out after a long day's work, and guess what, you guessed it -- it has an antique Persian rug. Unique and interesting, love it! 

 1. Vintage or Antique Oriental Rug. Okay, so I can't completely tell from the super small portion of it in the frame if it is indeed my favorite type of Persian rug -- Kerman -- but it certainly reminds me of the type and we happen to have two very close matches in our shop. And my love affair with Kerman rugs will certainly live on -- now to hoping that one day we have a spacious enough bathroom to put one in because if it were up to me we would have one in every room!

2. Beveled Glass Mirror. Whether new or old, mirrors are pretty much the norm in a bathroom but having a round mirror that is beveled glass adds a little something special to the look if you ask me -- an old world charm. A lot of mirrors made today are not beveled and so that extra dimension that pretty much all old mirrors have is just lost. This mirror we have in the shop is one I have always thought would look fantastic hanging up instead of being used as a stand and check out that bevel....ooh la la!

 

3. A lovely plant in a vase. It seems a bit unlikely to find a plant in the bathroom but I love the concept. Nature is soothing and it is such a lovely way to spruce up any kind of room. And of course when you are sitting in your bubble bath, you can look over to see something else thriving. It has positive energy! While we don't carry plants in our shop, we do carry some vases. I always find milk glass to be incredibly timeless and think the ultra white vase would look just beautiful in a bathroom.

That's it for this sourcing series but stay tuned for our next one which will focus on home offices! I hope everyone has a peaceful and wonderful weekend! 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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Green Eco Friendly Rug Pad Underlining

Posted on March 13, 2014 by M+D | 0 comments

Eco Friendly Rug Pad UnderliningPads and underlinings are so important for Oriental Rugs. A fine vintage rug on a polished floor without pad can unfortunately be like the classic banana peel slip in cartoons. You need to be safe, you need to protect your rug.  But are all rug pads created equal?

We've been around the block when it comes to rug related products, especially rug pads. Many years ago underlinings were simple - often made of horse hair like a rolled out pelt. Today there's almost every product under the sun you could imagine. Thin pads, thick pads, rubber pads, felt pads, pads made from recycled plastic, non-skid, combination non-skid and pad, rug-to-rug sticky felt pad, carpet to floor, carpet to ceiling...  Not really the last one, but getting there.

We're super happy to introduce our new eco friendly and greener rug pad. It's literally made from natural rubber and jute.

That means no plastics, no petroleum based rubber. Our eco-friendly pad is suitable for most rug to floor applications: meaning low profile for clearance under doors, some cushion, great for carpet to hard surfaces such as hardwood or marble tile or vinyl, etc. It comes with a ten year guarantee to retain grip, it's affordable, it's a more green friendly solution.

What are you waiting for?  We found the perfect green eco-friendly rug pad for you and it's sitting in our shop! 

 

Green Rug Pad
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