A familiar face around Old House Depot belongs to Mo (short for Moselle) the tomcat. The green-eyed tabby has quite the local fan club.
Jim explains how Mo came to join his family in 2010. “I was down with a guy we know buying wood in Moselle, Mississippi. It was the middle of nowhere, with no houses around. This kitten came along, probably around 12 weeks old, and everybody carried him around. When I got into my truck to leave, I found him asleep in front of some beams in front of trailer, right at home.”
Ann says, “Jim calls me on his way home and says, ‘I’m bringing home a cat.’ Now Mo travels with us. In the morning, Mo walks into his carrier and goes to work with Jim. At 5, he gets back into the carrier to go home. He also plays fetch!”
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Caet Wine Bar Delivers Good Taste with Old House Depot Touches
Caet, a sister establishment of Derek and Jennifer Emerson’s popular restaurants Walker’s Drive-In and Local 463, has provided the metro area with a meeting place that delivers innovative food, fine wine, and a top-notch dining experience.
Located in the heart of Jackson's historic Fondren District, the interior provides an impressive backdrop for diners. Jennifer knew exactly the look and feel she wanted as she designed and decorated Caet. Old House Depot provided materials that would contribute to the cozy, intimate, and upscale feel of the space.
Behind the aesthetics, every piece has a story.
Architectural Salvage from Old House Depot at Caet
Tying into the sense of community we love so much at Caet, our wood primarily comes from deconstructed buildings that are usually located within 150 miles of Jackson. Most of this wood was cut around 100 years ago from 300 to 600 year old trees. We at Old House Depot thrive on giving wood with storied pasts a new life and purpose.
The private dining room and event space is adjacent to Caet’s main dining area and bar. The baskets on the wall are tobacco baskets that originated in North Carolina. These unique and historical Old House pieces add another layer of dimension to the already rich, welcoming space.
An extra large table calls for extra good company. This table, located in the main dining area, is made from Old House materials. The base is a cypress trunk that was originally one of two supports that held up an old house in the Delta. These two pieces sat as pillars on the ground and had a 20’ pole extending between them, providing a firm foundation for the home.
Taking it down south a bit, the substantial tabletop is made from heart pine floor joists that came from an old house in South Mississippi.
These Mississippi originals came together to form a wonderful place to enjoy a glass of wine!
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Create vintage decor out of architectural salvage from our huge warehouse.
You never know what you’ll find at Old House Depot.
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Shabby Chic, The Finest Oxymoron You’ll Ever Meet
“Shabby chic” is a perfect match for Old House Depot. What is shabby chic? It’s an interior design style in which furnishings are chosen for their appearance of age and signs of elegant wear and tear. Shabby chic even distresses new furniture to fit the antiquated aesthetic. Roses are common motifs, as is an overall Rococo style. Think French countrysides and English cottages.
Despite mimicking antique decor, shabby chic sets itself apart by having a cozy appeal that is eclectic, unique and very livable. Just search for “shabby chic” on Pinterest and you’ll have thousands of pins on your hands! Though the term was coined in the 1980s and the design was popular in the ‘90s, the style shows no signs of slowing down.
One common characteristic of shabby chic furniture is many layers and many colors of paint, where multiple colors can show through in worn places. It’s an effect that some even mimic on new furniture with paint and sandpaper. At Old House Depot, however, you can find authentic pieces that naturally have this aesthetic.
Anthony’s Corner: Custom Headboards
Stop by Old House Depot to ask Anthony about his custom furniture commissions — headboard, tables, cabinetry, entertainment centers, shelves and more, all made from repurposed vintage or salvaged materials.
Check out the Anthony’s Corner on Facebook, where he gives you a detailed look at the custom build projects at Old House Depot and shares his finds!
Masters of Recycled Art: Anne Campbell
If you stopped by Old House Depot during December, you have probably seen our beautiful Christmas tree — made from stacked Coca-Cola crates! As cool as that was, we thought the topper was even better (and it's even getting a new life as a festive Mardi Gras piece!).
Our angel was custom-made from vintage soda crates by Anne Campbell of the Craftsman’s Guild of Mississippi. If you don’t know about Anne and her work yet, you’re missing out.
Anne Campbell has been making art since 1998. Inspired by Alexander Calder, she started with wire sculptures before finding further inspiration in her father’s folk art furniture (also made from found materials), which led to her passion for found object sculptures. A graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art, Anne currently resides in Brandon, Mississippi and works out of Bottletree Studios in Jackson.
She was first introduced to found object sculpture in a project in an undergraduate class at Ole Miss — and it was horrible (her words!). Years later, however, Anne found herself drawn to it. She sold antiques for a while and ended up buying a croquet set and found sudden inspiration.
“I can make a dog!”
She went on to make hundreds of croquet dogs, all with their own story. Even if the design is the same, each sculpture is unique and made from different objects.
Anne says she hates to see things thrown away when they can be given new purpose. She believes that her materials “tell her what they want to be,” and often buys things without knowing what she’s going to make. She often finds inspiration in animals and in common, everyday objects. To Anne, the most moving part of taking “junk” to art is the evolution, which she called a “magical transformation” as the sculpture takes shape.
Anne has a great relationship with Old House Depot, coming not only to buy materials but to be inspired. One of our favorite things is to see what customers do with the things they buy, whether it’s something functional for their home or business or a beautiful work of art like Anne’s.
You can find Anne Campbell’s work in-state at the Mississippi Craft Center (Ridgeland, MS and Biloxi, MS), Thou Art Gallery and Gifts (Pass Christian, MS) and the Attic Gallery (Vicksburg, MS). Outside of the Magnolia State, Anne has work in Anthm in Black Mountain, NC; Material Things Artisan Market in Woodstock, IL; Greeneyed Gator in New Orleans and Wild Oats and Billie Goats in Decatur, GA
Anne shows annually on the first week of December at the Chimneyville Festival along with her fellow members of the Craftsmen’s Guild. She teaches at the Mississippi Craft Center’s Craft Camp during the summer and is open to commissions.