Old, New, Renew - a post by our own Blythe Knapp

My husband and I are old, but new, NYC parents. We were blessed, early in our marriage, late in our lives, with a beautiful baby boy who has more energy than the two of us have combined now at age two and a half.


This joy has renewed our lives and challenged us to change, so I recently re-entered the auction business here at Hayloft. I was at Doyle years ago early in my career, then spent 17 years in health and wellness, and now I am back to an "old", yet "technologically new" auction industry...
Talk about renewal! At Hayloft we sell the "old" to the "new;" once a voice screaming out bids at a frenzied pace to an addicted crowd, now branding a new voice to encourage online, at home frenzy, just as addictive...

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Playing House at Hayloft

Happy November, Haylofters!

We greet you today with a fresh sale and lots of exciting lots for you to investigate. This week, our lovely Blythe put some of those lots together so that we could show just how beautiful they can look in a homey setting (as awesome as our warehouse is, it can sometimes be a little difficult to picture our items paired up together and in a living room from here). 

In this post, we will share with you her creations, and break down the lots used. There is a decided Thanksgiving theme to these displays, which is getting us all very excited for our turkey dinners - only two weeks away!

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Design Resources We Love

This week, I decided to put together a list of interior design resources that have been inspiring me since I moved into the Hayloft space a few weeks ago. Hayloft provides SO much inspiration, but sometimes you need some extra resources to know what to do with all of the beautiful objects that this warehouse puts in front of you. So I decided to share those with you all as well, with some descriptors to guide you to the ones that fit what you're looking for best. 

Enjoy!

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Harmonious Spaces and How to Create Them

Harmonious spaces are difficult to create. Unless a person is born with an innate design or homemaking sense, which many of us are not, it can become overwhelming trying to pull an apartment, or even a room, together. Interior designers, HGTV, and modern furniture stores make it look so easy. Catalogues present spaces as if you one just buy the perfect space off of a shelf, as if each home doesn’t come with its own quirks and alcoves and awkwardly-shaped rooms that require real thinking through.

Back in June, before I knew Hayloft existed (which would have made this whole project a WHOLE lot easier), my roommate and I decided that our living room needed sprucing up. We wanted a new look to replace the stuff that had been there when we moved in. So, we went all over the city looking for pieces that would work in our space. We went to vintage furniture stores, brand new furniture stores, thrift stores; we looked online, we looked in catalogues. And we realized how difficult it was to actually picture any of the stuff we were looking at in our living space. We ended up buying things bit by bit, stressing that it would never work together, and feeling totally relieved when, months later, once everything was bought, we looked at it with fresh eyes one day and saw that it did look pretty great. (Actually, I did recently add a little settee from Hayloft to the mix, which I had intended to put in my bedroom but which made a stop in the living room on its way and has stayed; and it looks really good, too.)

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A recap on our tag sale

The tag sale, to my mind, in many ways captures the Hayloft energy. Full of bargains; hidden treasures in every corner, stuck in the bottoms of boxes; colorful candy at the check-out counter; a system that more or less figures itself out in the process. It is 7:30 pm and I am sitting on my couch (a pink velvet settee that I recently bought at Hayloft) writing this. Something that, right now, is part of the current warehouse system is that I can't quite get done my writing there, even in my favorite book nook. And so it is on my evenings home, on the piece of Hayloft that I have with me here (not counting the pile of clothes that I brought home from the tag sale), that I put together these Hayloft musings each week. 

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