Have ya heard? We’re a legit brick and mortar shop, and we’re open in Southern Pines, NC!
It’s been a really long in the making, but we have arrived.
Neither of us have ever done anything quite like this before, and I’m just so proud of how the shop opening came together. I’m proud to be a small business co-owner, I’m proud of Sarah, and I’m excited to see where this crazy train leads us next!
If you know anyone in the Sandhills region of North Carolina, we’d appreciate you giving them a heads up.
This week Betsy and I took a little time off from the store and met with our one and only local Southern Pines real estate agent Sarah O’Brien and viewed a gem.
Modern round stones lead to this dreamboat.
Designed by FAIA Architect Thomas T. Hayes Jr. for his family in 1958. Minimalist on the exterior and painted a deep pine green, the house folds in to the landscape of longleaf pines.
The main floor plan is fantastic and open in the way that we want to live today. The first highlight of the tour comes rounding the corner in to the living room.
The living room has a wall with full glass and a pretty view on to the best part of the lot, which is 1.14 acres. Sitting or standing in the living room you get the sensation that you are floating over the grass and you can’t deny that is pretty special.
The end wall in the living area is occupied by built-ins to house media, toys– they can handle whatever it is that you need to stow with ease. The interior wall in the living area is occupied by a large brick fireplace with a floating stone hearth and a modern slab mantle that is installed in 85% of home renovations today.
Sliding closure of bottom part of built-ins,
The living area is open to the dining area which grabs part of the glass view from the wall of windows.
Shimmy around the free-standing dining room wall and you find what can be described as a bar and entertaining area where you can mix up a pitcher of martini’s, store dinnerware and serving pieces. I saw Betty Draper standing there pouring cocktails.
You could eliminate the wall between this bar area and the dining area and make a more expansive dining room and sitting area space. The bar area itself is still large enough to put a small table. Are we having fun yet? Clearly I am.
From the bar we head in to a butler’s pantry with a large and original wall oven and paneled sub zero fridge with more storage space.
And then the second highlight of the tour is a very special kitchen that fell right from the pages of Dwell magazine. There are no upper cabinets in here, a very happening trend and it’s almost entirely glass from counter level up. The appliances are original except for maybe the dishwasher added in the 1980s and the sub zero likely replaced an even older fridge. You have a down draft slide in range with a small oven for daily casseroles, laminate countertops, original cabinets and wood flooring and the potential is seemingly infinite.
There’s a breakfast nook and a screened porch that adjoins the master bedroom and kitchen that was added in the 1980s.
So we’re drooling now walking out of the kitchen and we go to the bedrooms. There are three on the main level, a master suite and two smaller bedrooms.
The master has a wall dedicated to built-in storage and it’s good size and it gives you a good starting point. Remove the carpet, update the lighting, paint the walls, replace doors leading on to screened porch and spruce up the built-ins a bit.
The master bathroom is fun from a novelty perspective but it needs to be re-worked. Larger vanity, new tile, shower expansion, lighting, paint and elimination of the hotel sink. Somewhere in between the master bathroom and the tiny kitchen pantry there’s a laundry space in there.
Two smaller bedrooms need carpet removal, paint, lighting and a spruce up in the closets but they are perfect for kids or guests. They each have a triple set of casement windows.
The hall bath that the two kids/guest rooms use needs some updating but doesn’t need a plumbing move, meaning the layout can stay which saves some money.
Here’s something worth mentioning there are two sets of hall closets amping the storage even more. There is major storage in this house.
Let’s head downstairs to the basement which is partially finished and is a walkout. I think we were a little surprised that the basement wasn’t more finished than it was. The basement has a large living area with another fireplace and french doors on to a patio that desperately wants to be a beautiful zen garden with some sort of water happening there.
The floors are concrete down here and there is one additional bedroom and tiny bathroom down here. They feel a bit dank and slightly raw so you would need to invest some money down here, allowing more light in and putting some different flooring down and changing the finishes and of course beautifying that little patio which by the way, the guest bedroom has its own little view of that patio as well.
The mechanicals are down here as well as the laundry which I think needs to be relocated upstairs.
Walk the grounds and realize that the house is cantilevered over the foundation on large beams, that its private and quiet, in a great neighborhood and that a little trimming and some landscape addition and this place could be absolutely amazing! I know you see a lot of brown and dark corridors but fresh white paint goes a long way and some finish upgrades, we’re in business.
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Modern is not cold and it’s not the Jetsons I can assure you of that. It’s eclectic, functional and collected. Here’s a bit of inspiration of what the Hayes home could be-
Note floating stone bench at hearth,
One of my favorite bits of inspiration was this LA ranch feature from the June issue of Martha Stewart Living.
As my fellow bloggers may relate – I feel mad guilty when I let the posts slip on down to the bottom of the growing To Do List. But, it’s been happening.
We’ll get back to sharing inspirations when we have our heads above water. In this era of supreme busy-ness, I’m trying not let myself or Sarah get too precious about what we can reasonably get done. This is a dream project and we have a lot riding on it. Its easy to get super stressed out.
But we have both been in stressful jobs before… and this isn’t that. This is what we make it and we really want it to be good so that people like it and support it! I know that business owners are all telling the same story, about long days and sleepless nights, and missing your spouse and all that. I hope that when we look back on this time it feels like the hard work was well worth it.
Until we are back in the blogging saddle that brought us here…. we are doing our best to save all of our creative juices and put them into carefully selecting the best collection of home goods, vintage furnishings and tons of great global gifts and eclectic collectibles for your home!
We open in less than 2 weeks. SEPTEMBER 8th.
It’s VERY exciting to see it all come together. We have NEON, we have barcodes, and we have achey bodies from all the fun, hard work.
If you are in the Southern Pines vicinity and you want to make it out for our opening party, send me a note and we’ll make sure you have the details. betsy at theestateofthings.com.
Love to all of you and thanks for being here with us through thick and thin bloggy times to shop times! <3
If you follow me on Betsy Moyer on Instagram, you might already know that I recently stumbled my way into a bevy of Vintage African Baskets as Wall Art for SHOP TEOT.
They have been hanging in the corner of our living room since, as seen in the photo above. They are bringing me so much joy. I hope we keep a good collection stocked so that I can leave these hanging in my own home for a while yet.
Today, I want to show you why I was out there on the hunt for the perfect vintage African Basket for wall art.
Here is a look at a few AMAZING and inspiring interiors featuring the handwoven baskets, braided and tied from the tall grasses of the river lands in Africa.
You could also maximize your art piece with a grouping of 6 or more! Look how many are grouped here. Amazing!
We sold a mini collection of the vintage african baskets as wall art, as well as a BOLGA market basket, to Heffe’s mom.
I’m THRILLED that she supported TEOT with her purchase, but I also love to know that she has these lovely works of art in her home. Thanks Vivian!
SHOP TEOT baskets are all handmade in Africa for Fair Wages.
The women of Zimbabwe have long taught the art of weaving palm leaves and reeds into the baskets as a rite of passage for the young girls. This craft has been passed down for generations on the sandy beach of Zimbabwe where the mountains meet the lake, in a simple village called Binga.
You can get that look above by shopping with TEOT. If you are INSANELY COOL you could cover up the entire wall of your home like that photo above. Just hit me up on the side because I’ll need to increase my inventory numbers for you dramatically!
You know what I noticed in a lot of these images, that pool blue color seems to be following me around a bit. You can see it above in the pendants. It’s fun paired with a bunch of different colors but there’s something about pairing it with cherry red.
Walls in the nursery painted black sweetens the softer accent hues even more.
I almost fainted upon the discovery of this floor tile.
Reusing Diptyque candle jars as pencil cups, chic and green.
As you guys well know, we love a good home decor trend, and the boho home decor craze that is sweeping SoCal and seeping its way across the nation is one that we are definitely influenced by.
But do you know how to decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren’t all that Boho?
Of course, we like to take the nod from a recent trend and incorporate its influence into our signature mix of styles, from traditional craftsman & cottage, to farmhouse modern, to midcentury classic and the bungalows and ranches of Southern California.
Below are a handful of examples that we have seen, that incorporate the popular mudcloth influence without being over the top boho hippie!
We picked all 68 oranges off of the orange tree a while back and we’ve been having fresh juice for weeks now. It’s a wonderful weekend treat when there is time to pull out the juicer and make the mess.
What are you up to this weekend? Celebrating your fathers and baby daddies, I hope!
Jeff and I are going downtown to the Los Angeles Beer Festival which is kind of like going to Oktoberfest in my home town of Hickory, NC, down on the square. Just kidding… it’s not like that at all. Similarly, there are lots of different craft beer vendors, and we will likely stand in line with tiny cups to taste the creations of the breweries that have been popping up around here like wildfire. I’m excited to seek out the sours.
Over in NC, Sarah and Dan will celebrating all weekend. Not only is Dan a father, but it’s also his birthday and he is 36. I have been soaking that number in recently! We are full on adults now y’all. It’s still a little tough for me to believe. Happy birthday Dan, I hope that you guys have a wonderful weekend full of love and celebration. You and your family are so special to me and I’m so glad they all have you.
Happy Interneting to you guys this weekend. If you find anything good, holler at us!
Today we are going to talk about some exciting stuff. We’re getting a move on with the store upfit in Southern Pines, counting the days toward our September opening.
Below is a floor plan of the shop that we’re using for planning.
The layout is similar to that of an apartment, which is appealing to us when we think of merchandising for home goods and furnishings. Sarah and I both loved the idea of organizing in a way that feels similar to perusing through a home where everything is so delightful, and you can take it away with you should you so wish.
The initial photographs that we have of the space are a bit dark, but they have been serving me well from 3000 miles away, remember I have only seen the space from the outside, craning to see in, smashing my face against the windows and dreaming! Thankfully for FACETIME virtual tours, I have a good idea of what we’re working toward!
So, these images will be trickling out here on the blog as we get into the minor renovations and repairs needed. Some construction began just this week.
We opened up the wall into the bedroom. We matched a casing with transom that leads into the kitchen on the far wall. This will improve flow between the rooms and share some much needed light from the bedroom into the main floor.
Main Area looking over toward shared bedroom wall, pre-construction.
Main Area looking over toward shared kitchen wall, with existing cased opening and transom. Flanked by recessed shelving.
You can already see what a great improvement this was.
More to come! Stay tuned, as we are rocking and rolling with our renovation of the shop.
I’m moved by all things black and white plus wood lately! Just can’t stop pinning this fantastic combo in many different iterations.
My favorite thing about this job that we’re doing here, is immersing ourselves in design inspiration and then interpreting all that we’ve seen into our own spaces.
I love so many styles, from the sentimental and maximalist touches of boho to the rustic mix of farmhouse modern and of course the midcentury time capsule homes that are ubiquitous here in So Cal. Plus part of me still pines for the style of the cottage and craftsman homes that pepper the state streets of Southern Pines.
A little bit of all of that has made it into own home, and of course lots of it is apparent in my inspiration file.
I’m happy to take from all of these styles and use what I like and what I feel works in my own home.
Thanks to Sarah, I’ve honed in on a look for my new house to aspire to.
One trend that has emerged, both in my inspirations and in practice, is the black and white plus wood combo.
Let’s have a look at some of the inspiration images I have been referencing.
Of course, as a color lover, I like to see these elements play as a backdrop to other lively textures and pops of hue.
In our home, we’re working with colorful accents in the way of boho rugs, diy art projects and a boat load of ever-changing African Indigo inventory for SHOP TEOT. Throw in some global textiles, a vibrant vegetable dyed Persian pattern, a little fur for texture, plus some plant life and you have what, in my mind, is the winning combination of the moment.
We’ll call it California Eclectic! It’s a work in progress.
In Los Angeles around this time of year the Jacaranda trees are in bloom and the sky is often a bit gray and gloomy. May Grey & June Gloom are a real thing… it always messes with my nature because despite the fact that I have lived through almost 10 Los Angeles Springs, my body is hardwired for the heat of North Carolina’s Southern sunshine to start sneaking in around this time of year.
So, it’s gray this weekend. But, we got our heat wave this past week and it was a glorious thing. It was so hot in fact that my puppy was crying when we went to the park. We are lucky to live near the ocean breeze and not out there in the valley where he and I baked in the heat during a soccer match.
This weekend we are free. The kids will play with their new AMAZING futuristic virtual reality set and I am off to La Canada to record some vocals for the second album by The Luxembourg Signal.
Here are some links and things to enjoy with your slow weekend internetting.
Unless your Oprah, Be Yourself is terrible advice.
Are you as tired as I am of hearing the worst advice ever… this article says forget about it… We’re tired of hearing BE YOURSELF. The new new, is be your best self monitored self and fake it till you make it. We knew it all along. I liked this part.
“When we’re looking to change our game, a too rigid self-concept becomes an anchor that keeps us from sailing forth.”
And this part…
No one wants to hear everything that’s in your head. They just want you to live up to what comes out of your mouth.
This week in podcasts I nerded out with Krista Tippett while she interviewed two cultural and social anthropologists in a rather timely political climate about the polarization of our current democratic system, and victoriously a deep dive into the big picture affects that capitalism has on humanity. Whenever a political conversation breaks out among my peers, I am most often quiet. In my head, I’m a champion for capitalism, democracy, the constitution, and the fact that the complexities of failure that our two party politics is presenting is so heart breaking that I can’t bear to participate for lack of wanting to be another bumbling and naive contributor to dumb conversation. So, maybe that makes you disrespect me… I don’t know, that’s why I usually keep my mouth shut. But if you DO relate to that, or if you like to challenge yourself to think differently about the anecdotes and platitudes of liberal activism… give it a listen. The two interviewees don’t actually agree with one another most of the time, so don’t worry, there is plenty of room in the conversation to ask yourself if you agree or disagree. We would all be better people if we listened to every single episode of On Being.
Sarah and I are sourcing tons of wonderful goods from all over the globe for TEOT. We’re trying to suss out the differences in the numerous wholesale companies. Some simply sell pretty wholesale items to fancy ladies in America. Some build nurturing relationships between global communities. Some provide fair wages for the labor of the artisans. Many of them sell the wares we love and want to look at in the comfort of our homes. It’s led me to do some thinking about giving back in general, more so than just on the granular product level. So, I’m digging in my heels and looking at a few charities. The standout is The Exodus Road, a non-profit fighting human slavery and sex trafficking. They seek to help through undercover work and local police raids, on a global scale. It’s immense. My mind hums of fantastic cinematic stories unfolding, but I know that it takes a TON of people to get the job done. So, we’re excited to be narrowing in on a focus for giving.
Happy weekending to you all. I hope my heavy heart isn’t too much to bear on a Saturday morning. It’s gray and gloomy and so it’s got me thinking deeper than your average pretty pillow! <3
Also, sorry for the duplicate images. I don’t know what’s up with that, but I’ll spend the rest of my coffee cup trying to figure it out!
You’ve seen these articles, posts and pins right? I love to click on these features, in fact anything that says “small [insert room]” I’m on it. I’m sure there’s a twinkle in my eye when I pull the monthly House Beautiful from the mailbox and the feature is “Small Spaces”.
I want to see how everyone “lives large in a tiny space” because that usually means either maximalism (heavily collected & decorated) or there’s going to be some sort of innovative organizational tips. I keep thinking I’m going to stumble on some sort of genius way to convince someone & myself that we have a luxe space fit for a sitting area instead of the 10×12 bedroom that they (I) actually have.
When I think about the best plans for tiny bedrooms, it seems the best course of action is to ensure that the bed takes center stage because that’s all you are really going to be able to do in there–bed down.
Some of my favorite small bedrooms focus on maximizing the wall space, whether it be for art or shelving.
Canopies are a good idea in small bedrooms because they make the bed feel like a private retreat and they add dimension to a box that doesn’t have architectural character.
Wallpapered feature walls or the entire room can make a small space feel special.
I’ve been on the hunt for the right solution to our current problematic set of Eames Eiffel knockoffs.
They are constantly needing a tightening of the screws below, but recently one has slipped completely off and is now basically a rocking chair for one of the little squiggle butts that joins us at our family table for dinners. Additionally, we occasionally like to sit around the table for a long long night of board games with the kids and adult butts grow weary of these hard shell plastic seats in no time.
As a result, we have pulled in my midcentury mohair club chairs and they do the trick. They are SO comfortable and our crew often calls dibs on the arm chairs quickly. But Sarah said no bueno, and while I’m often inclined to disregard her directive (just kidding), she’s right… they are too big visually. We need something in a similar shape, but a bit more petite to compliment the beauty of the table that Heffe Ikea-Hacked for us after the glass top was broken in our move.
This past weekend, while taking in a fellow design blogger Amber ‘s most recent client install post, I was struck by the dining chairs. I texted “where?” to Sarah, and naturally she responded right away with a link to them on Wisteria’s website. She must have the entire internet of things memorized. Respect!
I balked at the idea of spending $1400 for a set of 4 for a minute and then began my usual search and research for other similar options so that I could better understand the price point and the features that I most liked. My lucky stumble was a “similar enough” version from Target for $199 per chair, that I believe I can easily and inexpensively have slipcovers sewn up for.
Sarah and I had a chat about the current status of the dining room, the proximity of the leather bar stools and the lack of drapery on the windows. She mentioned that I might consider a wishbone chair or a classic shaker style dining chair. But after looking around, we agreed that an upholstered arm chair would bring in a much needed soft texture into the mix. Knowing that I can easily switch out the slipcovers from a neutral to a bold pattern makes the room feel versatile and exciting.
Though we will be compromising just a bit on the finish of the legs and the overall ratio of dimensions between arm and back height, paying $759 for 4 chairs (because they have a 15% off discount for online orders) instead of $1400 seems MUCH more reasonable.
Of course, before we pull the trigger, I’m wont to hit my thrift store circuit, in case the thrift store gods shine on me and I miraculously stumble upon a set of vintage Milo Baughmans for $30 each.
I’m always motivated by a deal.
The graphic below provides a look at the various options that I found while looking. I’d love to hear from you if have any sources for upholstered arm chairs that I missed while searching.
Remember this new meme that Sarah and I started… and by meme I mean, blog post feature where we pick our a fav fantasy sofa on which to perch while we marathon a recent television obsession? We do it sheerly for the purpose of being able to talk about television in a home decor related way here on this home decor blog!!!?
Very 1984, but this time we’re revolutionizing and taking back society with the help of high level hackers. Dark, technologically charged and constantly questioning the share or — rather overshare of our lives and ourselves on the internet. Mr. Robot is dark, intense and it sometimes leaves us wondering what reality is.
Die-hard Amanda Peet fans and fans of the Duplass brothers will certainly enjoy this HBO comedy/drama. I feel like every show that I watch about thirty-somethings is examining fidelity and identity or the loss of it and this show is no exception.
In June of 1994 I was 13 years old, a little young to understand all that was happening but I was aware. This was a great series and it was fun to do some fact checking along the way. A must see this year. I can’t wait to see the actors that played Marcia Clark and Chris Darden playing other roles in the future. A companion show of sorts is the ESPN 30 for 30 called June 17, 1994. The short film intertwines the O.J. Bronco chase with record setting sporting events, it was a crazy week.
Hi there. Thanks for being here. We've been writing TEOT since 2008. Our home decor blog is a place to share our most recent decor related endeavors, from renovation projects, to inspirations for our own homes and the latest happenings in our home decor shop!
Together, we share a passion for real estate, thrift stores and the thrill of the hunt, and we're into highlighting home decor trends that we think you can get into. We have an extensive portfolio of projects underfoot at all times!
Our latest project is the launch of our first-ever, long-dreamed-about, brick & mortar SHOP in downtown Southern Pines. Learn More.