Custom designed fireplace feature wall for one of our clients.
A little over a year ago I got the chance to visit the business and home to Oswalds Mill Audio in Eastern, PA. I spent the day with my boyfriend and our instant friend Jonathan Weiss, whose stories of travel intrigued me, whose knowledge of culture and art made for great conversation, and for whose design sense- well, impressed upon me.
Jonathan’s company Oswalds Mill Audio is the only in the world of it’s kind- and let me tell you in a short understated version: it’s impressive. OMA makes the world’s best audio equipment, and is the only company to makes what they do. So you ask what does this have to do with interior design? So glad you asked- the second I saw one of OMA’s loud Speakers I was amazed, not only for it’s striking beauty, but for it’s uniqueness- it’s scale, it’s material, it’s form, and above all- it’s potential to steel all the attention in a room.
Seeing these loud Speakers made my imagination start creating spaces around them. I thought to myself that these are something high-end designers are going to go wild over, I’m going to be seeing these in Architectural Digest or Elle Decor. No, not for everyone’s living rooms….but in those very unique places- wow, they speak for themselves.
Turns out I was right! Oh, how I love saying that! Recently Elle Decor Russia called OMA to get a pair of the loud Speakers into a photo shoot, along with other well known interior design magazines. Take a look and you will see why:
I was fortunate enough to spend this past weekend again with Jonathan Weiss, but this time in Buffalo, and with his wife. Again- I was in awe, actually I was in awe before I even got to meet her. Cynthia Van Elk is a professional photographer, and has photographed many images that we have all seen. Before knowing this, I was already so impressed with the photography from the OMA website- it was clean, honest, and so: still. So already impressed with her work, meeting Cynthia was such a pleasure- such a fun Dutch woman who is outstandingly talented and exudes that cool European talent that we all strive for. Below are some of her images that she photographed for OMA that grasped my attention:
My visit to the mill is really will always be a memorable day to me. Spending the day exploring and learning about what captured me so much. Doing what I love the most, I spent the day observing the architecture, the interior, the exterior, being with my boyfriend, eating amazing food, having great conversation and doing one of my favorite hobbies- shooting pictures. Below I share with you some of the photographs that I took of the mill when I was there… a little from my perspective:
Take a look at the sites listed below for yourself. I am sure you will be rightfully impressed!
Read more about the photographer Cynthia Van Elk
Check out what OMA is about
Take a closer look at Oswalds Mill
Planning to visit the Loft in November, keep an eye out for the post.
To many the word wallpaper can be a little frightening. I think we all have been damaged at some point in our lives by bad wallpaper, rather if it was that bad eighties floral print that comes to mind or the kitchen paper with the fruit. Either way- wallpaper has come a long way and can be a great addition to anyone’s home. It’s a nice way to add color, texture, pattern and well- just something fun on the walls! One of my favorite design “tricks” is to apply paper to one wall. This allows for the wallpaper to create an “accent wall” (…and we all love accent walls). Another wallpaper tick that I keep up my sleeve is putting paper in panels and adding trim around them- it creates such a beautiful setting. Wallpapering inside of panels can be a great backdrop for wall sconces too, it can be a nice way to break up a long corridor or to not feel so overpowered by the paper being on every wall.
Take a look below for yourself and decide which room you would like to treat in your house to some wallpaper!
Another tick…since is we are handing them out…wallpaper boards- add some trim and you are golden! It’s a piece of art in itself. You get a much less permanent application but still get the same great look. What more could one ask for? Well…..I am sure we could do a whole other blog post on that!
The truth is…don’t think that just because you are going to use wallpaper that it needs to be on every wall…have some fun- break it up a little….Or Just give Nest a call and we will show you what to do!
There are many advantages to introducing reclaimed wood into your home. From the “green” aspects of reusing and recycling wood to the beauty of aged wood, the benefits are endless. But perhaps the best advantage of using reclaimed wood is the sheer durability and strength of wood of a bygone era. When explorers and pioneers first visited North America, the forests were filled with massive old growth timber. The trees in most cases were several hundred, and sometimes thousands, of years old. When trees reach full maturity and growth the chemical composition is incomparable to the wood used in today’s furniture and flooring resulting in strong, durable, gorgeous timber. We can now use this to our advantage by utilizing reclaimed wood in our homes for virtually any project! Here are a few ideas…
Beautiful antique flooring
One of a kind coffee and side tables
A perfectly imperfect dining table
A funky base for a table lamp
A rustic headboard
These are just a few fun ideas and we have tons more! If you have a one-of-a-kind piece of reclaimed wood that you would like to introduce into your home, or you love the antiqued look of vintage forest finds…call us at Nest!
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Halloween is a fun time for entertaining. Especially because it’s one of the only holidays where over-the-top is not only allowed but can become a competition amongst friends. Here are some great decorating ideas to spook up your halloween bash!
Some guests that you may not have invited, but given the holiday, they just might show up…
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