09 January 2015
Hello my vintage vultures!
We have moved to OLDBRANDNEW.COM
I finally pulled the trigger and moved the blog to a new and better space. Blogger has been great for the past four years but I think I've outgrown it so we're on squarespace now. I'm really happy with it. I'm still ironing out the kinks and filling the site will more features so bear with me. We also have a brand spanking new logo!
Please update your feeds and bookmarks. See you over there from now on. Thanks!
07 January 2015
Here it is! Our new home in New Orleans! It was built in the 1950s so it's nowhere near as old as most of the homes here, but it still has lots of character. It's been vacant for a decade which means no one has lived here pre-Katrina. Our seller bought it a year ago and it was appraised for $65,000. Isn't that nuts? I think the house ended up costing more to renovate than he expected so he didn't really make much off of it. The seller added those hideous railings. Maybe they just need to be painted. Ain't it pretty with all those trees? They're shedding as much as Luigi and Sterling right now. It's gonna look beautiful come spring though. There are three bedrooms and two baths so that means we'll have two guest rooms! Anyone wanna visit me?
The living room is ginormous. Bigger spaces come with bigger challenges, like a bigger budget. I love the built-in bookcase. It's definitely gonna be a library and bar situation. Not in love with the fans which needs to go asap but I know that's a controversial thing to do when you live in the south. I never imagined myself living in the south. I also never thought I'd own a home.
Quick mantel style up over here. Buddha belongs to the heartmate in case you were wondering. I'm a fan of Buddha. He's a homie but I'm not sure about putting him here or anywhere really in the house. And what do you think about that weird second mantel or is it a shelf up there? It looks like it was part of the original mantel but they wanted to give it an update so they removed it and thought, "Hey, it's still a pretty looking piece, let's just create a second shelf so they can put little trinkets up there. How cool is that?" I think it looks strange but everyone here seems to like it.
Ahh...the family room. One of my favorite rooms because it gets so much light. I'm turning this into a green house, aka jungalow.
My first attic! It kinda creeps me out.
A big yard for the dogs! And maybe for our wedding?! Heh heh heh.
01 January 2015
Happy New Year! Hope you all enjoyed your holidays. It has been mighty busy over here. And by busy, we mean we bought a new house in New Orleans! We are first time home owners and the house is pretty huge. I'll show you some photos later. It all happened so quickly. We saw it three weeks ago. Fell in love with it so we put in an offer. It got accepted immediately. Signed and picked up the keys yesterday and we're moving in this weekend. Craziness.
2014 has been a crazy fun year and I have so much to be thankful for. Thank you to all my family and friends for all the support. Especially thankful for my insta-spouse, Justina Blakeney for all the fun projects we worked on, like photographing The New Bohemians book.
Thankful to have a heartmate. Today is our six month anniversary! I knew the moment I hopped on that Long Island Railroad Train to Montauk that it was gonna be one long ride. Please don't mind the cheesiness. I'm just so happy that we found each other (on OKcupid. Mmhmm!!!).
And a big fat thank YOU, to all my vintage vultures for visiting Old Brand New daily, weekly, or even once on a blue moon. Ha. All I have to say is that with a new house, there will be plenty of Dab-It-Yourself projects and hunting for home goodies this year. I can't wait. I really miss those days when all I did was thrift and decorate. Remember those days? We're bringing Old Brand New back this year. It's gonna be dope!
12 December 2014
Eclectic goodness. Designed by Roman and Williams. More photos on Desire to Inspire.
The best book covers of 2014 via New York Times.
And finally, are you ready for this? Because I don't think I am. I'm in an eBay holiday video with my internet spouse, Justina Blakeney. Watch me get all surprised when Justina gives me a sweet prezzie. I've never really done anything like this before so it's very strange watching and hearing myself. Justina on the other hand is a natural. Love her. It was really fun! Alright, my vintage vultures, have a fantastic weekend and stay warm!
11 December 2014
The first time I had a michelada was five years ago at a bar in Los Angeles. I remember it was super delicious. It's like a lighter version of a bloody mary and it reminds me all the Mexican candy I ate growing up. So when Negra Modelo reached out for a partnership, I wanted to make this yummy cocktail for the holidays. For me, it's really all about the chili and honey. It's like crack.
1 cup Clamato juice
2 bottles Negra Modelo
1/2 tsp Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp Sea salt
1 tsp Honey
1 tsp Tobasco
1 tsp Soy Sauce
1 tsp Worchester sauce
2 Lemons (1 juiced and 1 for slices)
Mix clamato, tobasco, soy sauce, worchester sauce, lemon juice and a few ice cubes in a pitcher. Remove the ice once the mix is nicely chilled. For the rimming, mix paprika, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and salt on a plate. Then add honey on another plate. Rim 4 glasses with honey first, then gently rim them on a plate of chili powder. I say gently because you don't want to press too hard on the plate. You want a nice even coat. Add ice into the glasses. I like to use large cocktail ice cubes. With those, you just add one. Glassware and champagne coupes from West Elm. Pour 1/4 cup of the juice mix into the glasses, then top off with a chilled Negra Modelo. Garnish with a lemon slice and a pinch of chili powder. Enjoy!
10 December 2014
Since we're staying in New Orleans for the holidays, we're inviting friends over for a merry ol' time. Which means I need to make our place all festive feeling. I went to Home Depot earlier today to look for garlands and I was surprised that they sold out. I was a little bummed but the Christmas tree fellas said I could have whatever I wanted in the tree trimmings box. I'm like, DONE! So I went through the bin and found these peacock looking trimmings and that's when the idea came about. What would you call this? Not a wreath and not really a garland. I tied a few of the trimmings together and nailed the piece to the wall. What do you guys think? A pretty nice piece for the cocktail bar, yeah? I think I need to add some more stuff to it. But maybe not. I don't want it to get too cheesy.
West Elm glassware and stemware. Copper mugs from Target. Vintage teak ice buck from eBay. Painting by Everyday & Co.
I used to have the sweetest little girl in the world and her name was Beatrice Arthur Mastiff. After the breakup, we parted ways. I still get to visit her though. Then, I moved to New York City a year after and found myself a new heartmate. A friend of mine once told me that you can't trust a man if he doesn't like dogs. Well, this heartmate has two and they're both pit bull mixes. So, I moved in with him a month later and now we're in New Orleans and we're buying a house together. That's all :)