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KHADI

 

Let us surely be among the first to introduce you to the Khadi textiles of India. Woven into jacquard like designs by hand from “old world cotton.”

 

Where they come from!

Khadi is a bit different from the more common plain loom cotton wovens from India. Spun by hand from cotton grown exclusively in India, Khadi is more than a practice, it is a representation of India’s independence from the industrial movements that threatened its economy in the early 20th century. Today, Khadi cotton textiles are still hand loomed and hand spun by rural villagers with cotton from rural farmers. The entire process requires zero energy, making it one of the most sustainable textiles in the world.

In fact Mahatma Gandhi used to spin cotton for Khadi and he started the movement as a relief effort for India’s poor masses.

Why we love ’em!

We fell in love with the abstract plaids and graphic florals of the khadi textiles in our collection. The slub of the handspun cotton provides that organic quality that we crave in our home linens and textiles of late, and has people asking us “where did you get that.” We love to reply “INDIA!”

How to decorate with it!

Here are a number of examples of this in practice.

by John Gessner

Khadi makes for an excellent tabletop addition. Perhaps you will gain ideas for your upcoming Thanksgiving table!

Here, Sarah mixes a Khadi pillow with some African Indigo and a new Indian Block Print, proving that the textile plays well with others in our collection!

Ah, more lovely table top. The organic slub that is indicative of handspun & handwoven textiles is a dear quality, and one that we crave. It brings texture and age into a setting, helping your home to feel more layered, collected and complex.

 

 

Tonight’s the night for a special event. We’ll be serving Strawberry Moscow Mules and chatting Global Textiles! Bring a Friend and you get 25% off.

 

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KANTHA

The Kantha quilt has long held court in the homes of the eccentric with a love for travel. And more now than ever, the colorful textile is warming up our hearts and our interiors in the form of cozy throws and throw pillows. We selected a number in colorways and patterns that we found to be special, including quilts and some extra long lumbar pillows to dress up your bed situation. If you are pattern mixing like crazy, these are a wonderful addition to the mix, but it’s also interesting to give them center stage against a backdrop of neutrals, and let their beauty really stand out.

 

Where they come from!

Like many of our most favorite finds of late, the Kantha comes from India. It is hand pieced with reused silk and cotton Saris, the traditional clothing of the region. The term kantha refers to the quilting stitch type and results in a lovely texture.

Why we love ’em!

For quite some time we have been drawn to the colorful boho quality of the Kantha, but only recently have we fallen in love with the mix of colors against that neutral backdrop. It speaks to a more refined take on Boho, one that we are really digging at the moment.

How to decorate with it!

Here are a number of examples of this in practice.

via Veranda Mag
Paired with such a traditional bedscape, this Kantha is given center stage!

Boho Babe Fav Justina Blakeney used a Kantha to upholster this ottoman and I am super into that!

via Design Sponge
Sarah can get down with this cause its well edited.

Drape yours over your gigantic sofa arm like Lauren Conrad did!

or if you’re still into that super bohoey thing, this is maj inspo.

If you like your maximalism a bit more buttoned up / rad trad, then this one’s for you!
I don’t think that is technically a kantha as it looks more like a tapestry, but it might spark your creative juices nonetheless!

If you live inn the SOPI area, and you haven’t yet heard… (I’m on post 3 in a row of pimpin this fun event….)

Please join us this Friday for a special event. We’ll be serving Strawberry Moscow Mules and chatting Global Textiles! Bring a Friend and you get 25% off.

 

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BERBER BLANKETS

You know we love a good mix around these parts, and when it comes to mixing, that means layering. Our most fav layer du jour is likely to have some global flair. Morocco has been a hotbed for inspiration within the latest Boho craze, from Moroccan Wedding Blankets, Woven Berber Rugs/Pillows, and that inimitable Beni Ourain rug that has become a staple in just about any home of any style. You know the one, its a lovely shaggy wool with a black criss cross hatch design. I’m betting if you are a decor lover like we are, you have at least one of these design staples in your collection. Well, we’re thinking that if you don’t already have the berber blanket with pom poms, its time to get on it!

Where they come from!

Our berber pom pom blankets are lovingly crafted by Berber artisans of Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains. We personally selected colors and patterns for our collection and each one is made to our specifications. That being said, see something in our shop that you like, but you just wish you could tweak the color or size. Holler at us and let us work with our team to custom create the exact blanket of your dreams.

Why we love ’em!

A well made bed is one with a number of layers. We love the Moroccan Berber Blankets with tassels and pom noms as that final layer, the one at the foot of the bed that makes all the difference.

How to decorate with it!

Here are a number of examples of this in practice.

by Heidi Cailliers
Hey, we love that herringbone lumbar and the collection of framed prints over the bed too! 

by Amber Interiors

by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Oh looky, it’s my bed. I love seeing how other people have styled their CB2 Drommen Bed.  

 

 

In the SOPI area? Please join us this Friday for a special event. We’ll be serving Strawberry Moscow Mules and chatting Global Textiles! Bring a Friend and you get 25% off.

 

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Best of Rattan Chairs


I’m still drawn to all things rattan. We’ve long discussed it.

We have had our fair share of luck with the vintage rattan pieces that we have stumbled upon in our routine digs through our local thrift stores. They always sell lickety splitly.

 
So, I thought I’d run out on another finding mission, to see what the catalog market has to offer in the way of rattan chairs. Here are the best that I discovered.

Best of Rattan

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The Paris Flea Market

I recently returned from a three week tour through Germany, Paris, London and Geneva, Switzerland.

It was a whirlwind of rock-n-roll clubs, performing with The Luxembourg Signal, a music project for which I have been lending my vocals for a number of years. This was our second European Tour to support our second album, which just hit shelves last week!

The days were full and we were traveling with a large group.

Our free days were often welcomed by the dude and me as an opportunity to relax (the daytime tourist/late night club life is exhausting!). But we did make it out to a number of special sites. And one of those adventures is of particular interest to TEOT.

On a Sunday in Paris, Heffe and I hit the subway and headed to Les Puces, aka the flea.

It was a bit overwhelming at first, as we were swimming through massive amounts of street vendors. They were aggressively hawking super fly tennis shoes and glass bongs.

It was not exactly what I was hoping for, but we rambled on until I spotted a sign leading to Marche Dauphine. I had read a bit about the markets and recalled that particular section of the market as our moment for antiques and collectibles.

 

Once we tucked ourselves into the Marche Dauphine alley, the world grew calm again and I felt like we’d found what we were looking for.

I’m sure plenty of ladies can relate to the heavy sighs from your shopping partner when that partner is your dude. I know some dudes that would really be into the flea market. My brother is one. But Heffe is not moved by stacks of ticking stripe napkins or centuries old silver. There was a powerful amount to wade through and we definitely spent a good deal of time roaming the halls, but my heart wasn’t into the dig so I didn’t linger too long at any particular booth.

Instead I fantasized about heading back some day with Sarah.

Particularly as I thumbed through the stacks of crumbling silk tapestries in the one and only textiles booth we found. I eavesdropped on two American women as they chatted with the fluent shopkeeper. She was issuing warnings against the other sellers and the many pick pockets in the area. She also mentioned that hers was the only textile booth because there was not much money to be made in textiles anymore so many sellers had abandoned the market.

On the day that we return, I imagine we will need to do some outreach first, to find a fellow flea market lover like ourselves, but someone who is familiar with the area and the language and can help us navigate the scene.

I did love all of the childrens lit and wondered how completely radical your kid might be if they grew up reading French bedtime stories.

There were plenty of opportunities to add to your hipster enamel pin collection. These were fun!

I paused over the old iron signs. When we moved into our house, the previous owner had a few French signs posted on the fence that got lost when we replaced it. I do miss them. I looked here for a replacement but didn’t find anything appropriate.

I thought that this was a rather sophisticated mix of eras.

I’m becoming a bit obsessed with chambrays, so I dug through this pile a bit. Chambray pillows to hit Shop TEOT soon.

This looks like an entire rack full of midcentury mumus. Love all those patterns.

I mean, I really love the patterns of the seventies. This tea set fills me with delight.

We took a break for a crepe and I practically fell in love with this character right out of the street scenes from Beauty and the Beast.

I also enjoyed a fantasy in which these were the lace kerchiefs and doilies of the famed Nadja, an Andre Breton character that has lived inside of me since my Art History days of college.

Rug stacks of the Orient look the same in France as they do back home. 

Another delightful aspect of the Marche Dauphine includes this UFO specimen, popular with the littles. 

And lastly, I do have a bit of a thing for this early 20th century gym equipment. The leather is so sumptuous. It’s butter. I like the idea of decorating with it, but thus far I have only encountered it out in the wilds, far from home. I don’t know about you guys, but I am 100% a creature of convenience and until I find ways to make shipping large pieces of furniture home from my indie band tour, I’ll just have to want.

Much love to y’all for reading my post. Holler back if you have any experience with the Paris Flea Market that you want to share. This was my first taste, and I’m sure to go back with a stricter purpose next time!

 

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Need a Rug Refresh? We have Turkish Oushaks for You!

Now at the Shop!

In case you haven’t heard

Turkish Oushaks are where it’s at! We love them for their fun eclectic addition to any room, from the bedroom to the bath. For inspiration, see our previous post Turkish Oushaks for All.

So, we wanted to make sure you were among those who know that we have more in stock!

A fresh little batch made its way over from Capaddocia in Pink medallion patterns. We work carefully with our friends there to make these selections, so that you have the cream of the crop to choose from.

So scoop up a brand new-to-you vintage rug today!

Here’s an example of what’s in store!

 

 

 

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TEOT x BuggyTown Homebrew Coffee Workshop

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Friends and fellow coffee lovers!

You’re invited to join us as we welcome in the Fall season, along with our friend Meg of BuggyTown Coffee for an delightful and informative morning that will surely improve the quality of your coffee experience at home!

Learn to make better coffee at home in our demo kitchen by trying different brewing methods and tasting different coffees with Meg from Buggy Town Coffee.

BuggyTown coffee has grown into the Sandhills Region’s fav spot to grab a cup. The ambiance in the space is homey, the staff take great care with their flavors and presentation and we love the crafts and wares for sale around the dining room. We love Meg’s soaps and organic luxury bath items so much, we stock them in our shop too!

So grab your best coffee lovin friend and come over to the shop for this fun and informative gathering. We’d love to see you.

It’s happening on Tuesday, October 24th at 11am.

The shop register will be open too, so bring those wallets in case a nice new and cozy throw blanket calls your name!

LET US KNOW YOU CAN MAKE IT VIA FACEBOOK!

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Carr Project: Turning Blue

We’re checking in with Carr Project this week and if you don’t know what I’m talking about right now its not too late, go back and read the Carr Project Intro.

After a weather setback by extra rain that came with Hurricane Irma, the Carr home turned from white to Benjamin Moore’s Mysterious Blue with Simply White trim.

The progress on the project includes:

  • exterior painting
  • a new roof
  • exterior trim and siding repair
  • new gutters
  • landscape & bocce consult
  • paver demo
  • tree removal
  • concrete consult

Here’s our main inspiration for the space,

 

Our design will utilize a lot less white and have more of this vibe, that being deep blue and cedar and teak wood tones.

With a lot of sculptural grasses and texture, like one of my favorites Japanese Forest Grass

 

We’re using these elements in our design,

 

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Streaming on Sofas

 

Rectify + Leonelle

Rectify is a dive in to a man’s release from death row and his struggle to regain his life. Set in the American south, it’s a story that is becoming all too familiar today–exoneration and the failures of the criminal justice system.

Catastrophe + the TEOT ROLL ARM

Catastrophe is a romantic comedy but not in an Aniston kind of way. Hilarious and raw, you’ll blast through this 30 minute long Amazon show on a sofa of our own design. With a 42″ luxe depth seat, you can comfortably get the whole season done. And we like the sofa pairing b/c much like our own version of the Roll Arm is a new and improved versions of something the market didn’t have to offer us, we think that Catastrophe is a breath of fresh air for the TV market — where it comes to comedy with a side of reality.

Billions + MGBW HUNTER

Every once in a while a show pops up that glorifies the inner workings of an exciting industry and it excites and delights us all with tall tales and twisted drama. Billions is that show. In a surprising twist, we are pulled into the passionate drama between a US District Attorney and his dashing wife the queen of lariat necklaces and their entangled dealings with NYC local Billionaire and insider trading

 

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Carr Project: Introduction

Betsy and I started work on a great project in August. It’s an exterior and outdoor living makeover. Our new clients are fun people who want to maximize their time lounging and hanging out in their own backyard. They have open minds and are totally open to suggestions…so yeah they are dreamy clients.

We’re working on a plan that includes a fireplace, sheltered outdoor space and a bocce court! Before we get started on the outdoor living in the back of the house, we’re working on a new exterior color combo for a mini-facelift.

We want to take this ranch from kind of cottage to a sleeker, more modern home. Once our clients told us they wanted to paint the house, I went to work on trying to convince them to go bold and because they are so easy going it didn’t take very long.

 

We’re removing the shutters, repairing some of the original exterior trim and working on selecting a new front door. We’ll be adding some other small elements on the front of the house like a new mailbox, house numbers and a cedar window box. The homeowners also had a consult with local landscaper Sean Butler from Butler Constructs to work on some changes for the front path and some new trees, shrubs and plants.

Stick around because we’re going to move pretty quick, the family needs to be playing bocce at Thanksgiving!

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A Sentimental Cottage Style Home Tour Before this Pinehurst Family Leaves on a Military PCS

Today’s TEOT Home Staging Home Tour features the home of Laura that she shares with her husband, and their precious 5 month old daughter, Ms. Mattie Lue.

Laura enlisted Sarah to help her get her cozy Pinehurst home listed for rent. Her family is one of the many Military families in the area that recently received PCS orders.

For those of you who are not familiar with military life or don’t know anyone who is in the military, PCS means permanent change of station and to military families that means pack up and move to another town or country and join a new community.

So we headed over to this home a little over a month ago for some quick styling and zshushing and photographing for the rental listing.

Working with Laura was super fun. She has an easy going, casual way about her that we really admire, a real salt of the earth kinda girl, right up our alley. She hails from Tennessee originally and she brought her Southern wit, charm and humor with her.

Additionally, she packs a sentimental nature and it is so lovingly apparent in the way she has styled her collections throughout her home. We have heard the wise designers of our day say time and time again, that if you love it then its never wrong. We think that Laura’s home is a perfect illustration for this mantra.

Here is an opportunity to peak around, and look at the trinkets on the shelves and the historic photographs on the walls, and get a glimpse into this particular family and their sweet love for the generations before and the ones to come.

We were honored to style it up and give it just a little extra TEOT glaze. Thanks Laura for sharing your home and life with all of us, and thanks to the lovely Rachel Garrison for the lovely photography.

The Living Room

Photography by Rachel Garrison

The mix of TEOT and John Robshaw pillows bring even more life into a sweet room

We also worked with Laura in the bedrooms. Those shots came out lovely.

But we think you’ll especially like the nursery.

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Christopher Farr Carnival

This pattern has been popping up in my online life in mass lately.

Let’s take a jaunt through a set of examples that have recently caught my attention.

 

 

I sent a photo to Sarah and she identified it immediately as Christopher Farr’s Carnival, a fabric she knew well. She’d paired with an African Indigo stripe for our TEOT friend Amanda’s home decor project, a couple years back.

 

Sarah, you’re always ahead of your time!

Now, we’re seeing it all over our Pinterest feeds in various applications from wallpaper to upholstery…

er, both at the same time!!!

 

That’s it. Put that pattern down in your memory bank as one to keep an eye out for! Or give us a reason to sew one up for your next project. We’ll source some and whip up some pillows, curtains or upholstery. Just contact SHOP TEOT for the details.

 

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A Different Kind of Bathtub

In my house we have two 1940s (maybe older, maybe not) white cast iron tubs and one very average fiberglass tub. Our tubs see a decent amount of use from the adults and children in the household. Many people though, never get in their big old garden tub and it’s just a dust collector.

Talking about tubs, reminds me of that time when the neighbor at the Indiana project visited the project while I wasn’t there and proclaimed that I had made a big mistake by omitting the tub in the master bath. I disagreed, I was right and everything worked out great because so many people would rather have that space for things like a bigger shower etc.

If you have the dough a free-standing soaking tub is the ticket but here are some alternative or extraordinary tubs. So light a Boy Smells candle, put The Pretender on and grab a towel and let’s check these crazy and beautiful tubs out.

the cereal bowl tub looks fantastic,

imagine this,

This is the Viques bath by Agape, comes in dark grey and white. It is steel.

If you like galvanized steel stock tank pools then you’re really going to like the bathtub concept,

What is that? A basket tub? Ummm yeah, that’s what it appears to be.

Fancy barrel-style in Bette Midler’s apartment

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A Modern Cedar Shingled House

I have a soft place in my heart for cedar shakes or shingles on the exterior of a house. It’s prolific and classic in Cape Cod or in the Hamptons but it’s exciting to see cedar shakes in a different neck of the woods. And one with a modern spin, well I’m down.

I happened upon this Echo Park home designed by Space V&T recently and it really got my wheels spinning.

Pretty fresh color combo. I’m always thinking about using a pale hue on a door matched with cedar.

I spy African indigo textiles in the open living room below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

shiplap ceiling in the boys room

I often daydream about putting these kinds of built-ins in the hallway in the upstairs of my house to accommodate kid’s stuff. I love the idea of putting the hallway to work instead of just having a passage way. In my mind the built-ins look very close to this, the shiplap is a bonus.

trough sinks!

Fantastic outdoor shelter design, I love the chunky frame

And an outdoor shower for some icing on the cake

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