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Pouches galore!!

We loves pouches!!

Japanese Boro Bag

military bagThese utility pouches are so versatile, you really can’t have just one! Trust us, you will find so many uses for these. They’re perfect for running out on errands to hold your wallet, phone, keys and more! Many of these are large enough to carry a tablet as well. They each come with a removable leather wrist strap to easily grab and go! 

Antique Indigo bag

Every one of these are made from antique textiles that date as far back as the 1800’s such as Japanese Boro, West African Indigo cloth, Hmong, grain sacks and of course our ever popular military canvas from WWII military bags.  These have so much character and every single one is different! They are fully lined and all feature YKK metal zippers.

Japanese Boro Bag

hmong bag

Other uses? Small travel bags, make up bags, pen/pencils bag, toiletry bag …. anything bag!

hmong bag

Antique Indigo bagWant one yet?? Get yours here!!

April 9th, 2016|

Bohemian dream catchers

dreamcatchers

NEW TO THE SHOP!! And we are SO excited to share these! Our dream catchers have a rustic, Bohemian flair and are made from recycled materials such as sari silk (100% pure silk ribbon) from India, Himalayan silk yarn (also from India), beach driftwood (from Maine), vintage doilies (from Grandma’s attic) and so, so much more. Every one of these is completely unique and you’ll never know what you might find in yours. We accent them with feathers, beads, stones, and vintage findings. 

dream catchers

Dream catchers are quite magical in their own right as they are believed to keep bad dreams away and provide protection while you and your loved ones are sleeping. A fascinating Native American tradition, the good dreams would slip through the holes and slide down the dream catcher to the sleeping person while the bad dreams would get caught in the web and banish when the first rays of the sun landed upon them.

Dream catchers

Every one of our dream catchers are loaded with layers and layers of silk ribbon. These add great color and texture and are guaranteed to draw attention. Perfect as gifts (wouldn’t you LOVE one of these as a gift?!) and really great for adding a little rustic bohemian to your decor (we have one in almost every room!). We’ve also heard they are great in a child’s room, to keep those nightmares away!!

Bohemian Dreamcatcher

Dream catchers

Dream catchers

Vintage Dreamcatcher

Want one yet?? –> YES, take me there!!

March 25th, 2016|

We’re going to the Country Living Fair!!

Country Living Fair

It’s official!! We will have a booth at this year’s Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY. The fair runs from June 3-5th. We are so excited to be doing this show, it’s only one of the MOST awesome fairs in the nation!! The Country Living Fair is presented by Country Living Magazine and they only have 4 shows a year (Nashville, Atlanta, Columbus, and Rhinebeck).  This show is literally like Country Living Magazine in real life. As stated on their website,

“Great shopping for antiques, furniture, “Made in America” crafts, art and artisans, vintage and upcycled goods, home and garden decor, plants, and more.”

Ahh, this couldn’t be a more perfect fit! We only do one show a year, so we try to pick them carefully and we’ve had our thoughts on this one ever since it came to Rhinebeck 3 years ago but we just didn’t think we could come up with enough inventory to do a larger show. Well now we have no choice! Actually, we owe it to a lot of our fans from previous shows, and friends that have been encouraging us to do this show because it really is a perfect fit for us :) The only downside is whether we’ll have time to do some shopping while were there?!

Reasons why we think you should go to the Country Living Fair (besides to come by and make us feel famous):

The SHOPPING (OK, that was obvious)

The workshops, too many to mention!

The FOOD

The inspiration (trust us, you will be inspired)

The ideas (again, you will be inspired)

The Beekman Boys (Yes, they will be there!)

THE FUN!! <– that’s the most important one

In case we haven’t convinced you yet, here are Country Living’s top 9 reasons to visit the Country Living fair.

February 27th, 2016|

New!! Recycled metal charm bracelets

Recycled metal charm bracelets

We finally found a way to use up all the scraps of metal we have accumulated from our many other projects. These charms are cut from a wide selection of recycled metal, composing of vintage and salvaged metal such as old copper or brass plates, platters and serving trays, coasters, antique tin tiles, copper flashing, and so much more. We then hand stamp each one to create truly unique bracelets with that worn in personality. These charms all have natural patina and small imperfections as they come from old, used materials but each one goes through an intense de-burring, sanding, and polishing process so they come to you perfectly rounded, smooth, and polished. The bangles are made from 100% raw metals and come in yellow brass, red brass, copper and stainless steel. They come in 6 sizes so you will receive a perfect fitting bangle! Priced at just $25 each, they also ship anywhere in the US for FREE!

metal charm bracelets

February 6th, 2016|

#repurposemyjunk contest winners

Thank you to EVERYONE that participated in our #repurposemyjunk Instagram photo contest!! We had a lot of GREAT photos submitted and some very inspiring ideas!! Here are the photos submitted by our 4 winners:

 

graydecember

 

Winner #1 (the most likes)

This photo was submitted by @graydecember and won by way of receiving the most likes, a  whopping 577  likes!! And no wonder, there is so much goodness in this photo including an 1800’s  farmhouse mantle  (drool), a re-purposed and painted (yes painted!) wing back chair, and that floor lamp!!  We love  everything about this room!!

 

 

ptbdesignco

 

Winner #2 (chosen by us)

This photo was submitted by @ptbdesignco and was chosen by us. We couldn’t resist the beautiful transformation of this dining table!! This is such a great way to take something old and really give it new life. We’ll bet if you take a look around your house, you’ll find something you could give new life to too :)

 

 

 

meanclothingco

 

 Winner #3 (chosen at random)

This photo was submitted by @meanclothingco and WE LOVE this idea of taking old spools and turning  them into candle holders! I have to admit, we also have quite a soft spot for old antique things and that  wonderful rustic-ness just makes us a little crazy.

 

 

 

dblocksti

 

 Winner #4 (chosen at random)

This photo was submitted by @dblocksti and is another fabulous makeover!! We are lovin the black top with the white and yes, I suddenly need a new vanity. Tell me this doesn’t inspire you!!

 

 

 

Another HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that submitted a photo (see this post to view all the amazing photos submitted!!), we had a lot of fun with this one and got a lot of great ideas as well!! We hope everyone got a little bit of inspiration, now lets all go out and re-design … re-invent… and RE-PURPOSE!!

January 26th, 2016|

#repurposemyjunk photo contest

repurpose contest

Contest ends January 24th, 2016. Enter our Repurpose Contest for one of FOUR chances to win!! Two winners will be chosen at random to receive a $50 gift certificate each, one will be chosen by us based on creativity (or just plain cool) to receive a $100 gift certificate, and one will be chosen by the photo with the most likes to also receive a $100 gift certificate. To enter, simply follow these instructions:

1. Follow @tnbcdesigns on Instagram
2. Post or re-post a photo of something you have repurposed. It doesn’t have to be something you have made, it can be anything that you have repurposed in any way! Remember, one of the winners will be chosen by the photo with the most likes so don’t forget to share and have your peeps like your photo!
3. Tag your photo with #repurposemyjunk
4. Tag @tnbcdesigns in the photo

You will automatically be entered and your Instagram photo will be displayed in the gallery below! (We’ve added a few to get ya’ll started and get those creative juices flowin’). Remember, your photos will inspire others so be creative and have FUN!! (Family fun, that is)

BONUS BONUS BONUS!! Get a 15% off your total purchase coupon JUST for entering!! (What other contest gives you a prize just for entering??) Just send us a message via our Etsy shop or send us an email at info@tnbcdesigns after you have completed your entry and we will send you a coupon code that you can begin using right away!!

That’s it!! Now let’s get started!! I can’t wait any longer, go to Instagram NOW!!!

The fine print: Photos must be original photos taken by YOU. You may enter up to once daily with a different photo each time. We reserve the right to re-post your photo on this website and any of our other social media platforms. By entering this Contest , you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error in these Official Rules or the Contest itself. You also agree to be bound by all decisions of the Sponsor or its designees, whose decisions are final and binding.
 By entering the contest, you agree to release the Contest Entities from all responsibility or liability for damages, losses or injuries of any kind resulting from participation in the Contest or any prize-related activities, if any, or any awarding, possession, use and/or misuse of prize(s), if any, awarded herein. This contest is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use. Contest runs until January 24, 2016 and winners will be announced on January 25, 2016. We reserve the right to extend the contest if not enough entries are submitted.

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December 8th, 2015|

Brimfield Antique Show

Brimfield antique show

 

We love Brimfield. We have thought about packing our things and moving to Brimfield. Yes, it’s that good.

The Brimfield Antique show is supposedly the largest antique show in the world. I read this somewhere on the internet so it must be true. Regardless, it’s the most amazing place on earth for antique junkies like us. It’s a bit overwhelming for first timers, or second timers for that matter. This place is HUGE and though we know our way around like nobody’s business, it still takes us a whole 4 days until we are satisfied that we haven’t missed anything. We purchase about 70% of our materials here, you can literally find anything you are looking for and a whole lot more that you didn’t even know you wanted. Words really can’t even describe some of the things that can be found, from the most bizarre to just plain cool and from I have to have that to why in the world …?! One of my favorite things is how many times you will here the phrase what is that?! never mind how many times you will say it yourself! The chairs in the photo above were made from the ends of old airport luggage carts, how cool is that?! 

Brimfield antique show
The above cart came out of an old industrial warehouse. Again, SO cool! I mean, who has that in their living room?! This inspired us enough to want to make one. I don’t think I could do that good of an upholstery job though. Making bags and upholstery are two very different things (I know cause I’ve tried). 

Brimfield antique show

We couldn’t really justify buying an antique carriage, especially without the horse but at the same time, couldn’t help thinking that would be cool to have. Funny how these shows make our minds short circuit somehow and we become completely illogical. I mean, what in the world what I actually do with that?! We are always trying to find ways to incorporate things into our decor and, though we don’t have the right house for this, I think in the right house (ok, mansion), it would look super cool!

Brimfield antique show

Ok, here is one of those what is that?! that I referred to earlier. We still haven’t figured out what this is, or was. It’s like a huge magnifying glass. I’m pretty sure the mirror was put in (makes quite a bedroom mirror!) but what it was originally used for is beyond me. This was in what they call the “industrial field” where a lot of the things you’ll find here came out of old industrial buildings and warehouses. We LOVE all things industrial but again, I’m not sure I could blend this into our existing decor.

Antique ice cream bucket

We own that! That there is an antique ice cream bucket. Pretty neat, I mean, THIS is how they used to make ice cream!! I really couldn’t resist all that old rustic patina.It’s sitting in our living room with extra throw blankets and pillows in it

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Brimfield antique show

 

 

I’m not going to comment on the above pictures but there is definitely a theme going on here.

Brimfield antique show

Again, no words!

Below are some pictures displaying another reason Brimfield is so awesome. People there really have a great sense of humor!!

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Til next time, happy antiquing!!

Brimfield antique show Brimfield antique show

September 2nd, 2015|

Our Kantha quilt obsession

Milford Oyster festival 2015

I am obsessed with textiles. Antique textiles in particular. And these Kantha quilts are my latest obsession. Their versatility makes them easy to incorporate into any decor style or theme and their rich colors and texture make them a must have in my opinion. They effortlessly add just the right pop of color, especially in more neutral decor. We personally have these all over in hour home, draped over couches and arm chairs, folded up on shelves and at the end of our beds. But to really appreciate these, is to know their history.

Kantha quilts, a centuries old tradition, are made from a type of embroidery, handmade and painstakingly hand stitched in areas of Eastern South Asia from layers of recycled sari cotton. These are highly coveted for their beauty, intricate designs and wonderful colors and textures. Each one is completely unique from the next, with endless combinations of patterns and colors. They are often thought to bring luck and protection.

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If you look closely, you can see the thousands of stitches in each quilt and truly appreciate the amount of work that goes into each one of these. AND each side has a different pattern, so it’s like a TWO for one deal! Another plus? These quilts are 100% Organic & Eco-friendly.

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The first Kantha quilt I ever bought I over paid for by quite a bit. But I had never never heard of them and didn’t know anything about them. I did know that they were beautiful and I was very much captivated by the wonderful colors and patterns. I’m also a bit of a Bohemian girl when it comes to style so these really got my attention. After I got it home, I did some research about these quilts and suddenly I was hooked. Since then, I have fallen head over heels in love with these beauties that now we source them (direct from India!) so that we can share them with everyone!

Now, don’t you want one?!

Vintage Kantha quilts

Kantha quilt

Vintage Kantha quilts

Kantha quilt

Shop Kantha quilts >>

August 5th, 2015|

The repurposing craze

general store counter

1800’s General store counter turned into a kitchen island

Why has repurposing become such a world wide obsession? Well, we’re going to try to answer that for you!

What is repurposing? In our own definition, repurposing (some people call it upcycling) is taking something existing, maybe something old that may have reached the end of it’s lifespan, or something newer that just doesn’t have a purpose for you, and making it into something with a different intent altogether. This is something that almost all of us does without even realizing it. Like when you take an old container, bin or metal pot and use it for a planter. Or when you take an old couch cushion and give it to your dog to use as a dog bed. Yep, whether you realize it or not, you are part of the repurposing phenomenon!

Antique industrial factory cart made into a coffee table

Antique industrial factory cart made into a coffee table

So whats the difference between recycling and repurposing? Well, nothing really. Except maybe the part of the process we are referring to. When we send our cans and plastic bottles to be recycled, we don’t really know what they will be used again for eventually. But when we take something and turn it into something with a new use, or a new purpose, we are repurposing. Many of us do this for the obvious benefit of saving money. What a lot of us don’t realize, is that we are contributing to much larger good. The idea of creating less waste. For example, are you one of those people that doesn’t throw anything out, in the hopes that at some point you will have a use for it or be able to use it somehow in the future? And sure enough, when that time comes, that old tailgate from your granddaddy’s pick up truck makes the perfect cabinet door? Ok, most of us don’t do that but, you get the idea. 

porch post bed

Old farmhouse porch posts made into a 4 poster bed

So why has repurposing become so popular? Its a fact that salvaging the unsalvageable has become a huge trend in home decor. People love the look of repurposed home furnishings and decor. So much so that everywhere you look, people are finding ways to repurpose things. Demand is so high that, did you know that buying repurposed wood floors cost roughly 3X more than new wood?! Yes, it’s become a total craze. Maybe it’s the unique, one of a kind look that is so appealing. After all, a piece of furniture that has been repurposed is unlikely to be duplicated. Maybe its the creative ways in which some pieces are being put back together that makes them a conversation piece as well as functional.  Whatever it is, some of us (who me??) are actually addicted to it. Yes, I reuse and repurpose everything. (These photos are just some of our bigger projects :))

Antique hardware store cabinet

Antique hardware store cabinet used as entertainment center and overdyed antique rug

We love repurposing for all the reasons above. There’s a general sense of feeling good that you have not thrown something out or wasted something that could potentially be very useful in some other form. There’s also the satisfaction of creating something so unique and so beautiful that others can truly appreciate. And then theres the final product, something to be proud of because you pretty much made it into what it is. Repurposing is not only practical, resourceful and money saving, it’s creative and beautiful. And trust me, it’s a lot of fun!

Need some ideas and inspiration? I find that the best place for that is Pinterest (yes I am also a Pinaholic). 

Or you check out some of the awesome photo entries from our #repurposemyjunk contest :)

And lastly, some of our favorites:

DIY Design and Upcycling

Get Organized: 25 Clever Ideas for Repurposed Storage

The Big List: 49 Smart, Money-Saving Creative Reuse Ideas

Do It Yourself Repurposing Ideas

50 Creative Ways to Repurpose, Reuse and Upcycle Old Things

30 Creative Ways to Repurpose & Reuse Old Stuff

100 Ways to Repurpose and Reuse Broken Household Items

So what are you waiting for? :)

July 26th, 2015|

2015 Milford Oyster festival

The Milford Oyster festival 2015

This was our second year doing the Milford Oyster festival in Milford, CT, this festival is SUCH A BLAST! The Annual Milford Oyster Festival committee really does an amazing job and they have been voted the 5th best Oyster festival nationwide. The Arts & Crafts show features over 200 artists and artisans and is also considered one of Connecticut’s largest Arts & Crafts Shows! Admission is FREE and they have so much free entertainment (last year they had Bret Michaels!!) including the Gin Blossoms this year. The arts and crafts show is set up on the beautiful green plus there is a car show, a children’s stage, events in the harbor, and more. It’s only a one day event, but brings in over 50,000 people. We met so many great people, thanks to everyone that came out to see us! Here are some of our  pictures from this year’s show.

Milford Oyster festival 2015
The window mirrors (above) were pretty popular. We only brought 4 with us and they all sold. We purchase our windows and doors from an architectural salvage warehouse and many of them are quite old so they tend to have a ton of character. The mirror we use is 100% recycled, from old bathroom vanities and such, usually about 1/4″ thick so these are quite heavy!
Milford Oyster festival 2015

Kantha quilts (pictured above), a centuries old tradition, are handmade and painstakingly hand stitched in Eastern India from layers of 100% recycled sari cotton. These are highly coveted for their beauty, intricate designs and wonderful colors and textures. Each one is completely unique from the next, with endless combinations of patterns and colors. They are often thought to bring luck and protection. These are wonderful on the end of a bed or draped over a couch or chair and were our best seller this year!

Milford Oyster festival 2015

This year we featured many of our re-purposed bags as well as some pillows, Kantha quilts, jewelry and some home decor wood work including mirrors made from very old farmhouse windows and doors. The grain sack pillows (below) were a big hit as well as the military bags.

Mlford Oyster festival arts and crafts booth

 

Tnbc designs at the Mlford Oyster festival

Mlford Oyster festival
Until next time, thanks again to everyone that came out, we had a great time and hope that you all did too!

June 1st, 2015|