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Shelves in front of Windows

We have this great little duplex that we remodeled on the exterior but the kitchens in these little apartments need an overhaul because the wall space is limited and I’ve thought that layering a couple of shelves over the window would be a fun element in a small but modern apartment kitchen. This concept has been around for a minute and its picking up a little steam here lately.


 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your official position on shelves over windows?

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New Additions at Betsy’s House – A Baby Nursery

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Hi! It’s your 7 months preg blogger friend checking in with updates on the New Additions.

Accidental closeup of the bump when I was trying to work the self-timer. It’s become my favorite shot of late. And I got to see my mama for a bit in my 5th month.

I have always wanted to be somebody’s mama someday, and I still kinda can’t fathom that someday is on its way. Due date is in mid July (the day after Sarah’s Birthday).

I’m still very much enjoying being pregnant more each day, I can’t wait to actually meet this little thing that has been moving around inside of my belly. I was laughing with my sister-in-law, Lowrey yesterday. She is also pregnant (her fourth!) We were laughing at how scooting and rolling out of the bed onto your knees to stand up and go to the bathroom 6-10 times a night sounds like it is miserable, but we’re just having so much fun!

As far as nursery prep, and until this post, I had done next to nothing. Is it paralysis? Is it laziness? What is it that has me holding back? I have 2 months to figure it out.

As you may know, we jumped to it getting the new garage addition on the house rolling, and there have been more meetings and more idea developments that I will share soon, but its still a ways in the future before baby has her own room. Until then, she has to share with someone, and it looks like that’ll be us! (Something about on demand feeding and SIDs, etc. I’m getting the deets, don’t worry!)

Okay, so what’s the deal with me and getting prepared? I guess once the dude and I start plucking some purchases off of the nursery decor list, then I’ll start putting together a newly organized master bedroom. You may recall that it only recently evolved into its latest iteration, which is still a design in progress with a few more tweaks needed… but instead we’ll move some things around and hang up a room divider and turn half of the room into babyland while we live among construction on the new garage addition!

My brainstorming is shaping up to look like this.

I do have a few little doodads here and there that my sweet supportive friends have already given me in excitement. As my sister in law told me, babies beget baby gifts. If you conceive, gifts will come. So we’ll see about that as time grows nearer. I’m happy to play baby dress-up in little outfits and send friends and family pictures of their picks. Otherwise, I’m stocking up on white onesies.

My hopes to be a minimalist are pretty strong. Not that I’m a minimalist in any other way. I guess I just mean that I don’t want tons of unnecessary baby paraphernalia. My desire to not let our house become overrun with swaths of primary colors in plastics is palpable. The dude shakes his head in the opposite direction of agreement when I talk about baby minimalism, so we’ll see how it plays out. I’ve been warned of the moments that one will buy anything to get a crying child to sleep.

Perhaps I’ll be defeated in time, but let me please just try y’all and I’d love your support. Once she develops her own communicative personality and starts begging me for My Little Ponies, she’ll have her own room and she can stockpile the American dream in all the colors of the rainbow. I did begin a baby registry on Amazon and you can look at it if you are curious about what products we have chosen. It’s here. Huge thanks to my friends Rene, Amy & Patterson for all the recent advice on baby must-haves and don’t needs. There is plenty that I may need, that I’m going to wait and see about in time.

Some patterns and products are coming together on this board. We’ll see where we actually end up, but this is where I’m headed.

Crib  |  Block Shop Wall Hangings  |  Graphic Wall Hanging  |  Calder Mobile  |  Rocking Chair Recliner  |  Changing Table  |  Baby Bassinet is Vintage  |  Baby Patterns via Etsy  | Pillows via TEOT

So, that’s where we are. I have a plan and a little bit of time left to execute. Can’t wait to see what that room looks like in 3 months! Ha!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dining Chair Round Up

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Since I’ve painted my dining room Swiss Coffee (a warm but modern white) and I’ve earmarked a a rattan fixture soon to arrive at ShopTEOT, it’s time to think chairs.

We’re going to keep the table that was given to us a while ago. The reason being- there is something appealing about the simple turned legs and it’s just the right size for our life and space but the finish is not ideal. I’ve kicked around the idea of sanding it and clear coating it or maybe learning about the waxing process that leaves oak with an open grain (not sure if that’s ok for eating on).

What we can establish now is that the shape and style of the table will remain and I need to think chairs.

1 Bertaux Arm Chair

2 Vienna Matte Black Chair

3 Woven Leather Dining Chair

4 Black Spindle Chair

5 Khalil Solid Wood Dining Chair

6 Noir (Order through ShopTEOT)

7 Massey Solid Wood Dining Chair

8 Classic Cafe Chair in Walnut

9 Lena Midcentury Dining Chair

 

SHOP SARAH’S PICKS FOR DINING CHAIRS

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Kataphora POPUP at The Estate of Things

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Kataphora Comes Downtown

April 28th – May 5th

We are big fans of Jordan and her boutique, Kataphora. We wanted to bring her goods downtown and give you a chance to shop Summer fashions in our shop! A POP UP!

If you don’t already follow @KataphoraBoutique on Instagram, get on that now for fresh ideas and a look at the latest that she’s bringing in. We are ardent fans of a great pair of jeans and you can find them there. Sarah follows their feed to see when new Bella Dahl pieces show up, the easy breezy of this line and the soft linen cotton fabrics reel her in every time. She also high-tailed it down when these pieces showed, before they were scarfed up.

 

All the ladies come running for Cupcakes and Cashmere, C&C takes cues from the 90s with their take on the baby doll florals and 70s bohemia.

 

 

 

The details!

Pop Up Preview: Saturday during SpringFest!
Headed downtown for SpringFest? Pop into SHOP TEOT for a Reverie Brunch Beverage and a Sweet Treat by Baker Genevieve Walker and peruse Summer Fashions by Kataphora Boutique.
April 28th 11am-2pm

Or stop in to SHOP TEOT anytime the following week for a taste of Summer Fashion from Kataphora, available for a limited time at The Estate of Things

134 W. Pennsylvania Avenue in the Belvedere Courtyard

Let us know that you are into it and please share this event with your friends in SoPi Fashion!

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New Additions at Betsy’s House – Part III


AutoCad rendering showing the slope of our home as-is.

Yay, the architect came by. We had so much fun.

Nita is what I want to be when I grow up. Or at least I want to be someone that works with architects. I loved her drawings, her math, her logic and her problem solving.

I won’t go into every detail of the two hour meeting, but I will share the highlights, and I’d love to hear your thoughts. We have options and construction costs to consider, and thus more drawings to come. But this is a great starting place.

So, just a quick recap. The dude and I are expecting a baby and our current layout is a 3br. Jeff and I take up the master suite in our current layout and each of the 2 kids have a bedroom in the main living space. A floor below, in our split level ranch, there is a garage, studio and storage cellar. The idea is to convert that entire space into livable area with 2 more bedrooms. We’re looking to add-on a new garage with a deck on top.

In the last post, we talked about timelines and the confusion of bureaucracy. I’ll keep this part short cause probably, “who cares.” But we’re on a canyon slope in a coastal zone which affects the percentage of floor space our structure can take up in the total square footage of our lot. But there are all these bonuses and caveats and we scored a nice 35% amount, which allows us to add on up to approximately 512 sq feet. That gets us the *almost 20×25 foot garage we need!

So yeah, snoozefest but I just want you to know that we got it and that’s a green light and so that is a relief.

Next up in bureaucracy land is the geotechnical survey. I’ll spare you the details for now. Let’s get to the fun stuff! The designs!

Here is the 1st layout we looked over.

Of note with this design plan: One, I miscommunicated and the architect planned for 3 bedrooms. I didn’t correct her immediately upon review, she had a huge stack of paper to work through with me plus Bedroom #3 could easily be used as a den/living area. I didn’t want to poop on her immediately.

But I slightly panicked on the inside when I realized that there was no room left in the design plan for Heffe’s home brew and beer storage.

More importantly than the room layout though – Plan #1 accommodates a reimagined entry for the home and includes a small foyer with a staircase leading directly up to our current sunroom.

This plan was particularly fun b/c it came along with an exterior rendering.

An illustration of what a second entry could look like on the face.

My immediate reaction to this was really positive. It’s a nice modern addition to the current style of our home.

Side note, I often look at our house and think that it would be really easy to translate into the East Coast inspired modern farmhouse vibes that are popping up all over the Palisades & Santa Monica right now. You know the look, aluminum roof, black trims and window frames, white board & batten siding, gooseneck sconces.

Plans 2 & 3 eliminate the need for the second stair/entry and assume that we can modify the existing stair/entry after all. This is ultimately to be determined, but according to AutoCad measurements, its all feasible. We’ll have to have the contractor out to confirm.

If you care to scrutinize you can see that the difference between 2 & 3 is in the location of the access point from our current entry. It also scores us a second bath (which would total 4.5 for the home and is completely unnecessary).

Also, we’re still missing room for Jeff’s home brew room in all 3 of these.

But going through the plans and hearing Nita out helped me to peacefully communicate my desire for that 3rd bedroom to be treated a bit more like an open living area. I think she did an incredible job of carving out those rooms with great flow, but it was a lot of unnecessary hallway if we eliminate the 3rd bedroom. Once we started talking about opening up that space, (You can maybe make out her pencil edits on Plan 2) it also gave me an opportunity to express the preference for putting the kids in bedrooms on the back yard side of the home. 

So, she pulled out her vellum and we reworked it together and it was the most fun creative collaboration I’ve done in some time.

This is what we came up with which is not at all easy to decipher. Since its the chosen layout, I’ve taken it into photoshop and cleaned it up a bit for you below. She will be reworking the drawings on her end, and she will work on the exterior to accommodate our choices there.

WINNER WINNNER!

So, that’s the winner. This layout satisfies all of our needs and leaves us with choices/options if the stairwell & entryways limit our preference. In this plan, the stair works either way.

The whole two stair / new entry decision is going to boil down to construction feasibility, costs and budget. We will need the contractor to assign some dollars to each option. But at the moment, Heffe is leaning towards the smaller home brew room in favor of just one set of stairs, which will also leave us an uninterrupted sunroom upstairs. I’m with him on that.

Having a second exterior entry at the second stair is optional as its not necessary. We already have a front door, even if it is tucked away a bit. Nita and I discussed the possibility of gaining some room in our current entry by enclosing the covered porch and reworking the old face of the home a bit. She is going to work that up, and it should make more sense once she draws it out.

Perhaps the next exciting little piece of the puzzle will include a look exterior possibilities!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Great Design Books

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Sarah and I have a collection of design books at the store that we love to flip through in quiet moments.

One can really be a student of many of the designers whose books we’ve selected below. As they say, it’s good to know the rules, so you can know how to break them. So, we’ve offered up a mix of some very serious, high brow options, alongside some of our self-taught contemporaries whose voice has been found among the likes of Instagram and Blogger.com.

Either way, you are sure to pick up some tricks from the trade that you can incorporate into your own efforts at home. I’m a huge fan of the democratization of design. I love that we all have the opportunity to express ourselves and our lifestyles through our living spaces, and I especially love it when its executed with a bit of thought!

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Global Goods Happy Hour II

Guess what’s coming around again this Friday!

It’s the Global Goods Happy Hour.

15% off of all Global Goods, 20% if you BRING A FRIEND! 

It’s an evening of cocktails (by local craft cocktail fav, Reverie) and a special look at our latest new new in the Global Goods category.

 

A big part of why Sarah and I are in this game is for the thrill of the hunt and since the opening of the shop, the hunt has extended across the globe.

So, we’re really thrilled to bring you this latest batch of finds from the far reaches.

This time, we’ve got high demand bedding and rugs from the Berber Tribes of Morocco, pillows from the Hill Tribes of Thailand, from Turkey and Uzbekistan.

Plus, just in time for Spring, we are bringing in some colorful new handbags hand embroidered in Mexico that we know you are really gonna love!

Let us know if you can make it! 

SHOP THE GLOBAL GOODS HAPPY HOUR

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Woven Pendants

All the pendant lights are woven lately, around every Insta and Pinterest turn they’ve gone natural.

Found it on Pinterest

 

via Leanne Ford (who is everywhere lately, right!?) Love it.

Get the Look – Basket Weave Pendant

 

via Leanne Ford (yes!)

via Lonny Mag

 

via Zak & Fox

Get the LookSanta Barbara Pendant

 

via Elle Decor

via DecorPad

 

A snap of the Serena & Lily Shop Patio by Life on Virginia Street

Get the LookWicker Globe Pendant

 

via Walter G Textiles

 

via Angie Hranowsky

Get the Look – Selamat Woven Chandelier

 

via Mark D. Sikes

SHOP WOVEN PENDANTS

We found the best the web has to offer! Scroll through our picks below!

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The Return of the Wooden Kitchen Cabinet

I’ve been pinning and dreaming and saving kitchen inspirations ever since we moved into the new place over two years ago and I’ve begun to notice something in my inspiration images that you have probably already caught onto as well.

The Wooden Kitchen Cabinet is back.

It’s better than ever though, here are a few examples to enjoy.

 

via Domino Mag

via Emily Berry

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via Domino Magazine

via Amber

I’m not sure what this means for my particular kitchen. I have some lovely wide plank oak floors that bring in plenty of the natural wood grain that I love. So my guess is that we won’t be springing for wood on top of wood when we do take the cabinet leap.

But I sure do like what I’m seeing out there on the internets! How bout y’all?

 

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Betsy’s House Update: The Master Bedroom Evolution

Things have progressed in our master bedroom, but the process is still a process and if you’re anything like me, then you’re never really done. (What would be the fun in that?)

But let’s talk about where I am with the Master Bedroom evolution. Here is a little visual journey of of the room since I placed the bed on this wall in the room.

In the early days of committing to this layout, we were quite bare. We lost this particular rug in a puppy accident.
It was a cheapie score from Ebay that I wasn’t too sad to let go.

 

In this progress pic, we’re rugless and contemplating the Marimekko print for over the bed.

 

Here, we’re still rugless, still contemplating art for the frames over the nightstands, but we do have 1 partially DIY’d bedside dresser with hardware and we’re trying out some matching reading lamps.

Most recent status. Looking more and more like a real room. Here we have committed to some matching ocean art prints and I’m trying out the Suzani for over the bed.

We finally landed on a great Moroccan rug for this room, and the touch of green is inspiring where we may go next as the room continues to evolve.

The last time you and I spoke here about the bedroom, the dude and I had settled on a bedframe. We chose the drommen from CB2. This bed is aesthetically good looking – but despite upgrading from our casper mattress to a big cushy springy Serta, the bed rails still squawk underneath when we roll over. I’ve read enough reviews to think this may be a problem that we can fix with a new set of bed boards. Looks great though and overall it was a nice compromise between upholstered (me) and wood(him). I’ll never say no to a little midcentury inspired design in the mix, though I’ll admit that I do think more and more lately about swapping it out for something with a bit more stature.

For a really long time, I had paralysis on side tables for this bed. Its beauty lies in the angled wood feature that cradles the headboard. I didn’t want to cover that up. But alas, we need freaking drawers to hide our clutter.

 

The Bunching Table by Four Hands
27.5W x 27.5D x 15.75H in
$700/each

I thought real long and hard about the Bunching Table for some time. I still thinkin about it. It’s from Four Hands, a brand that Shop TEOT carries. It’s just the right mix of rustic and modern to suit the decor sweet spot where Heffe and I merge.

Instead, I got Ivar.
31 1/2W x 19 5/8D x 22 1/2H
$95/each

The Ivar is significantly less sophisticated & special, but also whoa… significantly less pricey. I’m a sucker for an inexpensive DIY project. I always end up springing for the inexpensive option and tell myself its a short-term solution while I continue to belabor thoughts over the investment pieces.

Truth be told. I should put my big girl pants on and buy two of the Bunching Table. And despite all other options that I constantly consider, I really really like them and have for quite some time.

Meanwhile, on the merits of IVAR as a solution, these natural pine babies are just simple dressers from IKEA. They are actually meant to suspend inside of the modular shelving unit that I use downstairs in the TEOT pillow studio. I did attach my own feet, set back to give a floating appearance.  And I hilariously fumbled my way through the addition of some matte black drawer pulls.

 

Moving on to the other wall.

 

Back in our giant puppy days the wall was bare.

Then we introduced the giant black Television and these white shelves were just wrong.

Eventually, I swapped the furniture out for a homemade tv stand. Now its time to rethink the surrounding art pieces.

The art gallery surrounding the TV still needs some thought.
I took the puppy box out for a minute, but we still need it, so it’s back. Baby Ky just isn’t ready to be left at home alone with free range of the house.
You can also see that we’ve added an adorable baby bassinet!

This whole TV situation really needs work. For so long, I felt stuck, but moving it off of the leggy white shelves has been a huge improvement. Meanwhile, I totally have the solution to this design dilemma. I just simply can’t talk the dude into trading up for the new Samsung FRAME tv to solve my large tv hate woes, but that will do the trick one day! (I do LOVE having this large TV in here when my sleepy pregnant self is falling asleep to Bob Ross painting happy trees.)

 

 

If you are unfamiliar, this is The Frame. It’s less TV, more art.

So, that’s where I’m at with the bedroom here lately.

Looking forward.

I need to talk with you at some point about bedside sconces vs. table lamps and explore that curiosity.

I’ve added my inspiration/design board below because these always help to guide my slow decorating process and helps me to focus on the ideas that have staying power. Maybe you will enjoy that format too.

 

SHOP FOR YOUR BEDROOM EVOLUTION AT TEOT

Bedroom by The Estate of Things for SHOP TEOT

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Pottery Table Lamps

Getting a great vintage score on a statement making ceramic lamp usually elicits something like an intense whispered “yesss” from me when it happens. I still have a great vintage ceramic lamp similar to the blue and green one below in the my girls’ playroom/art studio. Vintage or new, I like them for texture, their round oversized scale or their drippy or boldly colored glaze and color.

They are standouts in a supporting role and tag right along with the ceramics trend. I’m on the hunt for just the right one for my living room to replace my ceramic blue and white. Time for a change.

 

 

via Studio McGee

 

Find it on Chairish
1960’s Ceramic Blue & Green Glaze Lamp

via Desire to Inpsire: Robert Stilin

and guess what, we found it. Get the Look on ETSY
Vintage Maurice Chalvignac 1960’s Lava pot lamp

 

Miracle Mile Cottage by Kishani Perera

via Hollywood at Home
via One Kings Lane

via Brian Paquette Interiors

via One Kings Lane

 

 

via Ginny MacDonald

via Kristen Panitch Interiors

SHOP FOR YOUR POTTERY LAMP

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New Additions at Betsy’s House – Part II

Hi there.

I’m back with some progress and also some news of holy crap, no fast progress.

As a reminder, we are looking to add an addition onto our home on the slope of Rustic Canyon in the Pacific Palisades, CA. The dude and I are also welcoming the addition of our new baby human child into our home.  I have passed the halfway mark and I must be in the sweet spot of pregnancy because let me tell you, I LOVE being pregnant. I wanna be pregnant all the time. It’s my favorite way to be. I haven’t felt this good in years. I know all you mama’s are all “just wait for the hell that is your third trimester and then the sleep deprivation of baby time and worry through the teenage years and heartbreak of the empty nest” whatevs. I’m all about all of it at this moment!

These are my two baby purchases so far.

Not long after I published the first look at this new addition at our home, I got a note from our architect. My inquiry was about how long the permitting and design process should take. Since I’m expecting our baby in July and this new addition has everything to do with whether or not she will have her own room, I was curious how I might set my expectations.

You know how pregnant design blogger  women like to decorate nurseries and pick out cribs and bedding and mobiles?

The news I got back completely blew my inexperienced mind.

” Optimistically, we’ll have a permit by September or October. “

WHAT? That’s so forever away. And it doesn’t even include the time it will take to actually build the thing! We might be on baby #2 by the time this all comes together.

Not that I had any expectations that the project would be built by July of course. But I didn’t expect the permits to take as long as all that. Perhaps it’s not like this everywhere else in the country but here, particularly with the coastal commission, this is apparently the norm. Here’s how it breaks down as explained by the architect.

  • Consultants schedules, city reviews and architectural design time can vary greatly. 3 to 4 months to get a submittal together.
  • The City can do an expedited  review in approximately 4 weeks or 6-8 weeks for a regular review schedule. The City’s various departments, Public Works, Fire, Planning, Coastal all must review the project.
  • Upon receipt of their review, the Architect & Structural Engineer can resubmit within a month.
  • That totals 7 months. So, optimistically, we will have a permit by September or October.

With that news, we got started immediately in February. Nita (that’s the architect) sent out one of her team members to measure every square inch of the house, and then just a couple days later she had a surveyor team out for topographic and slope analysis. I’ll show you what that survey looks like below.

The Surveyor’s Drawing after a Topographic & Slope Analysis

Now that it’s complete, the architect has full CAD files of the property and the home to begin designing around.

I must admit, that sounds super fun to me!

So far, the only thing I know about the designs to come is that if we are lucky, we can get the city to approve an addition that sizes out at around 20×25 feet. Due to all of the lot requirements, it means we have to push the garage toward the back of the home, taking up what little yard space we do have. But the living space that we get out of the deck on top will make up for that. I sent the below sketch to Sarah and she said it was a bit tough to make out what’s going on. Hoping that it’s a little more clear with the illustration from above – but basically the gist is that its showing us where our addition will be situated on the lot from a bird’s eye view. Flush with the back of the home leaving 18 feet between house and property line for the entire length of the backyard.

A Google Maps view of the home with Architect’s notes for new garage placement. Hoping to get approved for 20×25 feet of addition

I realize that this progress report isn’t quite as exciting as say, a design plan… but my understanding is that a design plan is what is coming next. I can’t wait to see what the professional pulls together for our new living space and garage addition.

 

 

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Lovin On Block Shop Textiles

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Sarah and I texted back and forth excitedly over which Block Shop Textiles scarf we choose for ourselves, so I thought you might wanna chime in too!. Her number one is currently out of stock. I impulse purchased 2 in Fountain with plans to hang as a pair.

But before I wax about our fantasy plans with these scarfs, have a look below at the images that caught our fancy over the past few weeks. It seems they have suddenly exploded in popularity and I’m loving every application!

 

via DesignLoveFest
Sarah Sherman Samuel teamed up with Bri Emery for her dining makeover and introduced me to the graphic art through her use of the textile.

via Lonny Mag
The TEMPLE design looks great hung as a pair.

via Domino Mag
These art prints caught Sarah’s eye a little ways back for a project she was working on with her mom.

via Apartment Therapy
This scarf hangs in one of the owner’s home.

The Fountain as seen here in this instastory by one of my fav real estate follows here in LA, @huntanddwell.
I chose this pairing for my own home.
How about the tri-fecta?

 

I’ve noticed a rotating collection of designs to choose from. I’d love to collect them all.

SHOP THE BLOCK SHOP TEXTILES SCARVES HERE.

For a lovely introduction to the designers behind the artful scarves, I strongly encourage you to pop on over to this interview where like me, you will fall in love with the ladies and the story behind Block Shop Textiles.

 

 

 

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Seventies Influenced Design

After writing the blog post about design trends for 2018, it was clear that 70s design has already been and will continue to influence the way we’re decorating our homes. Case in point –


Maven Collective via SFGirlbyBay

 

Source Unknown

 

via Pinterest AU

 

via HandEye Magazine

 

 

via DesignLoveFest

 

via Rue Mag

 

via Pampa

 

SIDEWINDER Art Print from Block Shop | TENNIS: Yours Conditionally LP | SABA Modular Sofa |
Rwandan Basket from SHOP TEOT | Record Player | Blue Table Lamp | Hippie Wrap Skirt

 

 

 

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New in the Shop: Velvet Ikat Pillows

 

You know we’re always keeping our eyes peeled and ears to the ground on what’s what happening in the home decor scene, pulling in the best of what catches us for  SHOP TEOT. It’s this thrill of the hunt and the discovery process that has long fueled the dream of opening up our own retail spot.

Lately we’re loving Velvet Ikats from Uzbekistan and so we brought a few in to introduce to you.

The latest addition to the collection is in store now and we think you might recognize them due to their sister friend, the silk ikat. Silk ikat pillows have long been an eclectic favorite. The strong graphic patterns in vibrant colors appeal to pattern lovers and global textiles collector alike.

You may already know that many different cultures weave an ikat. The ancient process refers to the practice of weaving dyed threads into the pattern on the loom. The pattern can be created by dying the strings of the weft or the warp. Each has its prominence in various regions, and each requires a different of skills and precision. Making it a handicraft that has long been desired due to its craft.

If you are curious about the recent fascination with Uzbek textiles I’ll tell you what I learned recently myself. The country that is now Uzbekistan was once part of the Soviet Union and was home to the silk road, an ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean. There are three main cities in Uzbekistan that were once must-stops for anyone traveling and trading along the route. Those cities are Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. I did a little bit of reading about what it’s like to visit these cities today and it gave me a little case of the wanties.

But I don’t see me strapping my new baby onto my back and hitting a foreign country for a textiles dig anytime in the next little bit. I’ll leave that to the more adventurous of you hippiewanderlusties out there. I can dream from here, via the internet!

I can also dream about pretty interiors with ikat pillows. Come dream with me!

 

From Country Living UK

From House & Garden UK

Designed by Belén Ferrándiz

 

via DesignManifest

 

 

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