sneak peek: myriah and nadia of nightwood

i first discovered nightwood last fall at the brooklyn flea’s furniture + greenjeans furniture festival. i remember being awed by the deconstructed beautiful pieces that were actually affordable! myriah scruggs and nadia yaron have been making furniture together for two years. their business started out of necessity. they didn’t want to buy new things – and their lack of funds meant that they steered clear of pricey antiques. myriah is the woodworker – gathering all types of salvaged woods, she mixes and matches until she finds just the mix of finishes and colors (check out some pretty amazing before & afters on their site!) nadia works with the softer things – recovering chairs with vintage or organic and sustainable fabrics. she also creates pillows, rugs and bedding – all with that rustic nightwood sensibility. the couple’s brooklyn home is the perfect showcase for their collaborative efforts!
{thanks nadia and myriah!}amy a.

[photo above: We found the table on craigslist for $65.  It was all black so we sanded the top down raw and oiled it. The dining chairs are all chairs we have found on the street or found in thrift stores or fleas. We have a constant rotation of them as we bring some to the studio or get sick of one and bring in another.  The ladder is actually a broken ladder that we got because it is so beautifully aged.  We use it to hang our scarves and hats in winter as well some pieces of fabric that I like too much to use. The painting next to it is a friend of ours and the console table we made.  The lamp on the mantle is one of our favorites that we recently found at a thrift store in the  Hamptons.  We both love the all neutral wall above the mantel. The rest of the walls we painted in different colors after we were inspired by an industrial building wall on Myrtle Ave.  It’s a combination on cement color with rust and navy with some white thrown in.]

[photo above: The lounge area has an old mid-century love seat that we recovered and re-purposed the side table that is attached.  It gets the best light in the morning and is a good place for morning coffee and reading.  The graphic painting on the side table is made by me and the painting on the wall is from a thrift store. The white chair across from it is one of our favorites and something that has stayed with us despite our several redecorations. This too is from a junk shop.]

[photo above: Our desk is a heavy metal but petite size we found on craigslist.  The mosaic above it was made by me.  the desk chair is one of our favorites we got from Build it Green and recovered.  We like that the frame isn’t metal but wood.]


CLICK HERE for the rest of Myriah and Nadia’s peek (and all the photos on one page!) after the jump!

[photo above: We made our headboard and bed-side tables. The bed was actually one of the first things we ever built together.  The navy and rust striped blanket on the bed was made by my grandmother.  The grey piece hanging above our bed is just a beautiful piece of scrap wood we found and love.]

[photo above: Our fire place is non-working so we made an alter of small cute things we have.  There is a small prayer stool with some old pottery from thrift stores and some small pieces of art work a friend of ours made. There is also a coiled candle that gives it a laboratory vibe.]

[photo above: We built our couch to make it a daybed/couch.  We wanted it to be wide and cozy with lots of pillows and light colors.  We also added a thin cotton seersucker hand sewn mattress layer on top of the couch foam to make it softer and to offset the modern style of the couch with a little rusticity. The coffee table is also a bench that Myriah made.  We found the metal base at our local junk shop.  We made a mobile to hang above the couch that is made from twigs and branches.  I think it’s apparent through our work but we like to bring the outdoor element in and this mobile does that nicely without looking heavy.]

[photo above: Our bedroom mantle is simple but tells a story.  The fabric is an old piece of muslin I took from an old chair and hand stitched to look like a trail. There is a mercury glass jar and an old very large wine bottle with a feather in it.There is a small mosaic I made on the top too and several sticks around. Altogether the mantle looks like we’re going on a camping trip. I think it represents our aesthetic nicely.]


[photo above: Our kitchen is a galley kitchen and it has these great old wood planks on the floor that make it feel like you’re on a boat.  We incorporated some sailboat paintings from thrift stores and a round mirror as well as some copper pots,glass jars and of course a giant metal wheel to go with our ship theme.]

[photo above: The white cabinet next to the stove is one of the first pieces Myriah re-purposed.  It was originally an old desk that we found on the street and painted blue.  Then Myriah cut it in half, added wheels and a sliding compartment for cookbooks and painted it white.]

[photo above: The bathroom we wanted to keep clean and simple.  Myriah built this cabinet for storage and we can keep most everything in the bathroom in it so there’s no clutter.]

  1. martha says:

    absolutely beautiful – I love every inch of their space!

  2. Lupen says:

    I love this style and the natural organic elements. The headboard on the bed is awesome !!

  3. jennifer g says:

    how lucky to share a similar, unique aesthetic–lovely

  4. Jef613 says:

    I love the beauty of the bones of this place mixed with the elegant DIY furniture and art. It’s so well balanced. Beautiful.

  5. Cassandra says:

    This is very beautiful.

  6. Stephanie May* says:

    I love all the wood pieces! And the mixture of wood and metal is fabulous – really inspiring sneak peek!

    For some reason though – I am unable to see the very last photo (the bathroom)? I’ve tried reloading the page 3 times….

    1. amya says:

      Stephanie, I’ve fixed that image you should see the beautiful bathroom storage now! :)

  7. Mouse says:

    Wow–amazing use of texture!

  8. janis says:

    …I could live here. Love collaborative nesting – love the found objects and materials. This is wonderful, I am swooning…

  9. Liane says:

    a long time favorite. i identify with their aesthetic and their place is lovely.

  10. I adore the colors on the walls! Beautiful!

  11. I adore the colors on the walls!

  12. joelle says:

    this looks amazing, i love the combination of collection and selfcreated furniture, i will be dreaming of that beadhead and sofa for some time!!

  13. Kit says:

    My favorite is the headboard. Wonderful use of found wood! My sister just used pieces of a weathered wood table to create a wall piece on the wall above her range. So much can be done w/reused materials.

  14. Nina says:

    Love the rustic dreamy feel of the place. Always love to see sneek peeks from those “in the family.” Thank you.

  15. Renee says:

    wow this is gorgeous! i love the raw feeling of their work!

  16. kim says:

    the combination of distressed woods/metals/neutral paint colors is all very lovely!

  17. Amazing and unique. I love the “seersucker hand sewn mattress layer” on the sofa. What a great idea!

  18. Gorgeous and inspiring home!

  19. simply beautiful! love that old metal desk too.


  20. Tracey says:

    I absolutely love that headboard!!! These photos make me want to redecorate my entire place!

  21. claire says:

    Love that you have given new life to items from thrift stores/junk shops!

  22. Love the white lamp in the first photo.

  23. Chrissy says:

    This is one of the most unusual spaces I’ve seen before, but it’s really cool because they do things I’ve never even thought of before. It struck me as scavenger-chic meets cabin…? Hard to define, but very cool. CB2 will be copying this stuff in 3 years.

  24. leigh ann says:

    there’s something so nice and monochromatic about this. it feels simple & clean without being sparse.

  25. leigh ann says:

    also i want that bench!

  26. hrhkat says:

    I love the fireplace and how it looks like a tiny science lab inside, and all the tiny subway tiles make it just perfect.

    Overall its not really my style, mostly because this is very much a bohemian New York aesthetic, and being from southern california our style isnt so rustic/historic with the lost and found objects. But I can appreciate the creativity put into each piece.

  27. Love the way the walls are painted in the livingroom. And the bedroom is beautiful, especially the headboard. Great work!

  28. Sarah says:

    Create more and sell that headboard! Love it! Need it!

  29. sunny says:


    my favorite room is the bathroom. but I love the whole “bringing the outside in” with the casual chic feel that the house has. well done!

  30. Uni says:

    that headboard is HOT. actually the entire place has a unfinished yet put together look. niceness.

  31. Shelby says:

    This has completely inspired me. I needed some inspiration for our empty bedroom (not even a bed, just mattresses).

  32. Melissa H says:

    Very inspiring–I want the couch!

  33. Rex says:

    This is an amazing place. Truly original. I appreciate that they are true to their own visions without following any design trends.

  34. Ellen says:

    I love your style. This is such a beautiful space that is so individual.

    Also as an aside, I also love that the commenters on Design Sponge are so supportive and appreciative. Such a nice community.

  35. CrowNology says:

    Beautiful and interesting.

  36. Sarah says:

    i love this sneak peak. they are so creative its nut-zo. i am lucky enough to have a nightwood chair, and it was the best thing i ever did for myself.

  37. Sarah says:

    I love the beauty and uniqueness of this home. Amazingly singular and creative. It reminds me so much of something I’d see in World of Interiors.

  38. ling says:

    very individualistic space, and pieces of furniture… you are special people

  39. Joe says:

    SORRY! hate the desk and the place doesn’t look comfy. That couch could give you splinters.

    However, to each their own, just not for me.

  40. Kimberly says:

    just gorgeous

  41. Alice says:

    Looking at these pictures I get shiver on my back like when listening to great music or hearing a good poem. It is raw and it got guts. Powerful. The best I have seen.

  42. Hilary says:

    the wooden plank headboard is my favorite!
    I find this post particularly inspiring b/c I have a love for salvaged and do restoration work.

  43. Love love love the hearty-ness. Like a simple hot soup on a cold evening in the winter as opposed to a cold cucumber bisque. You style is so unique, even to this site.

  44. Beautiful and so creative!! I love that you have so much style and have fun with your finds. Very very cool!!


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