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Weekend

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Sarah is on the hunt at the Liberty Antiques Festival this weekend. Hoping, always hoping to find treasure. Jealous of Betsy who strolled into a thrift store in LA this week, and scored a pair of mid century club chairs upholstered in mohair for $45/each. Follow along with Sarah to see if she strikes similar gold on TEOT’s Instagram. And while we’re talking about treasure hunts–let’s all join our voices in concert to tell Betsy to get her butt to the Santa Monica Airport Flea Market. It happens every first and fourth Sunday. No excuses! Not even band practice. Upcoming antique opportunities in NC- Cameron Antiques Festival May 2, 2015 Here’s some Interneting that we can recommend: Clad Home, the custom furniture collection & online home decor shop of LA based Interior Designer, Rosa Beltran opened up this week. Her brick and mortar shop will open early May. We’re excited to see this…

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Dear TEOT: Affordable Bedroom Curtains

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We recently got a note from a reader, Courtney, who is seeking affordable curtains for her and her boyfriend’s bedroom. Courtney already has woven shades on the window and her boyfriend is complaining that the shades filter the light but don’t block enough and a lot of morning sun is still pouring through. Her budget is ideally less than $60.00. The bed in the room is dressed with this quilt and furniture similar to this. After I sent her some suggestions she wrote back, I like them all!! Thanks for sending this over. I think the first and third are my favorite, just to break it up a bit. My boyfriend was a little worried about the light coming through (he is basically wanting Vegas blackout curtains). While I know these options will not provide that, I think it should still help a little. What do you think? Thanks again for sending these! Here’s…

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Trends: Busted

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Stately, abstract and a bit surprising, we think the bust is a fantastic accessory for the modernists to the new traditionalists. These figures are more than just art, they are creative and artful storage solutions. Now more than ever, with flash-sale sites like One Kings Lane and curated thrift retailers like Chairish, it shouldn’t be too tough to get your hands on the bust that suits your space, and if you need more inspiration, check out the bust love on my Pinterest board. Happy hunting. A tall and narrow bust makes a fantastic hat rack as well. This particular bust recalls the ’20s, but any vintage, carved wooden piece like this one will add fantastic texture and help your hats maintain their shape when it’s not derby season.     Jenny’s idea to have the demure statue “disappear” into the backdrop of the vanity is brilliant, and you can do the same by…

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House Hunting: Determining Priorities with a Scoresheet

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We hit the open house circuit this weekend. The home pictured above is the only interesting Palisades home in our budget range to hit the market since we learned we lost out on the last interesting home that hit the market. What a game this is! This open house was a busy one, there are far more buyers than there are homes at the moment. My approach has changed. I have just about zero emotional interest in this home, but if we live here, that will be fine too. I told the dude tonight as we were swapping our thoughts on its merits, “I’d MUCH rather flip this home than live in it.” If I were just flipping it, I’d know exactly what choices to make when swapping out the carpet and the awful 1997 kitchen cabinets. To live in it, I can’t identify what to do as easily. But we can…

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7 Go To Design Picks

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There are design elements and furnishings that I return to time and again. Chances are pretty good that you have one or more of these things in your house because some are standbys and others are part of a group of neo-classics and will work in a whole host of different interiors. Ceramic Gourd Lamps – If you’re looking for a table lamp, you’ve likely considered some iteration of a ceramic gourd lamp and for good reason, they’ll work virtually any where. You can find them at almost any price point. Seagrass Rug -Durable, natural, ready for layering and full of texture…what more do you want in a rug English Roll Arm Sofa – Unlike diamonds which aren’t actually forever, your English roll arm sofa is. Don’t ever get rid of it just keep getting reupholstered when it starts to look rough. Industrial Faucet -I love the bridge faucets as much as the next person but…

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Weekend

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  Sarah is putting some finishing touches on the Bennett kitchen. If you follow her on Instagram, you’ll know that she’s settled on Benjamin Moore Peacock Blue for the pocket door. This weekend, she has loads of quality time with the fam on tap. She thinks it might be time to introduce her girls to the dip-trip-flip-fantastic world of Mary Poppins. Betsy is heading down to San Diego for the weekend to rehearse with some music friends. They are preparing for a UK trip in July that includes a stage appearance. She’ll sing with The Luxembourg Signal on July 28th at the IndieTracks festival. Cue anxiety. As much as she loves her occasional music career, homegirl has ridiculous stage fright.   Here’s some interneting for the lazy moments in your weekend: We put together a playlist for the SoCal Seventies Gypsy inside of you. Put this on blast and get to work on your DIY…

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Estate Envy: Meg Draper’s Laurel Canyon Bungalow

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Oh Don Draper, you disappoint me so much with your screaming infidelities. Your unwavering confidence, your glib I could give a what attitude, your constant last minute bourbon and lucky strike fueled genius slogans are starting to bore me. I wish someone else would outshine you in the board room one good time. For once, I wish the lady wouldoth protest… For once, just do what we haven’t come to expect of you. Even your weirdo 1940s depression era secret past life is a snooze. More Megan Please! Especially the banging little bohungalow digs she’s propped herself in up in Laurel Canyon, am I right? Don’t be surprised if you see a gigantic DIY God’s Eye in my Instagram feed soon. Thanks for the inspo Meg. Good luck in LA. Images from Interior Design Magazine, see more Mad Men set design images here!

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9 Favorite IKEA Hacks

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Don’t you love finding IKEA hacks that are wildly functional and extremely good-looking! Kudos to this group of nine handy people changing things up. I hope I grow up to be just like you.   Smitten Studio’s tarva dresser The Pax free-standing wardrobe hacks are most excellent. I’ve seen them painted black with brass hardware and now Jenna Sue built those in to make a pantry in her custom kitchen reno. Makes you feel excited to put the dishes away. Jenna Sue Design Pax Pantry There’s something about painting metal mint green that makes it instantly fabulous. Style Me Pretty bar cart The Charming Nest blog is putting Hemnes to work in all kinds of situations. Some carpentry skills will take you and Hemnes a long way. I really, really want to make my own beefed up Hemnes sideboard. Get me some reproduction latches and sash pulls and some crown molding…

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Spring Garden Prep

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Do we have any serious gardening readers? I hope so, let’s talk plants. My Mom and I both enjoy gardening. We have a history with plants and flowers–my whole family does. My parents owned and operated a greenhouse business themselves for 20+ years. I grew up in a greenhouse and that’s a great story… for another day. We’ve got to get down to the bidness of talking about spring and plant shopping. We recently paid a visit to one of our favorite garden center spots to stock up for planting window boxes and spring containers at The Garden Supply Company. GSCO always has a great selection and some helpful people working there that can answer all sorts of questions about their inventory. Good trees, good perennials, good annuals, good shrubs, good everything. I snapped some cell phone shots of some of our favorite stuff at GSCO now. They’ve probably already added a…

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Trends: Breadboards

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If you have the eye for spotting recurring themes in nicely styled editorial home decor features, you too may have spotted the stacks of warm, rustic breadboards making their way into our hearts as a staple kitchen accessory. Both old or new, lean them two or three deep to warm up the kitchen. Here’s a dive in to the breadboard done right.                            

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Weekend

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Betsy and Heffe are hitting the road for some kind of musical experience in Dana Point, California. I don’t know too much about the band, but the San Diego friends that invited them are tops and they always have a blast hanging with them. They’ll spend the night and hit the road early Saturday for more more soccer tournaments. It’s Sarah’s little girl, DC’s birthday time plus Spring Break in their camp. I’m fairly certain that they are also gearing up for Dan’s career change. He’s off for training and readiness for a whole new gig. Change has been brewing for months now, and day by day, all of the balls in the air will float back down and feel settled again. I’m sure this week and the birthday time has been very special for their fam. Now for some weekend interneting: Sunday marks the return of Game of Thrones. Are you SO excited? We are. Play…

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A Sunny SoCal Color Combo from West Haddon Hall

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Sarah, thanks for pinning this West Haddon Hall room from a recent Domaine Home feature. It got me thinking about color schemes in a predominately neutral room. If you are like me, then you love color and the thought of a mostly neutral room seems kinda crazy, like a lost opportunity. I understand that many people have problems that are the complete opposite of this (I co-blog with one and I also live with one.) I’m the type of decorator that needs to harness the power of editing. Which are you? This room popped into my feed though and I am drawn to it in a way that made me curious. Made me want to break it all down and pull out the scheme. There is such balance. I love the look. Those little pops of blue and orange, pulled from the Suzani draped over the back of the couch, give the room life,…

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Eskayel

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Sarah and I have both been a little jonesy over Eskayel and their watery tie-dye designs. Are you hype to this hipness already!? I’m climbing on board in a big way. The most fascinating part of this incredible line of inky blues and other extra-terrestrial color combos is the range of application that I have seen. From boho beachy bungalows to southern traditional powder rooms, this rorschach like graphic is carving a deep want into the hearts of many. Peep a few of our favorites from their portfolio of applications and then tell me where you want yours!? I’m thinking it would have been perfect for the powder room at the house on the hill that we didn’t get. Maybe I should contact the buyer to see if they want me to help them decorate!

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Choosing Kitchen Faucets

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If you’ve taken on a kitchen renovation project on your own or just want to make some affordable upgrades the time will come when you have to select a faucet. All of the design details like faucets, hardware and tile join together to make a unique kitchen that is personal and functional. Some homeowners wait until they are prompted by the builder or plumber to get the faucet and are pressed for time while others are prepared and already have all of their fixtures ordered ahead of time. After choosing several for my own projects and some for clients I think I’ve got the process down. First let’s get familiar with the common faucet styles, STYLE CONSIDERATION Not every faucet is created equal and whether you’re remodeling or upgrading your kitchen, consider the style of the space before you buy just any old faucet. Bridge faucets look just as fantastic in brownstone…

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The House Diaries Kitchen

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I really appreciate the renovation effort in Nicole’s kitchen chronicled in her blog The House Diaries. I’m guessing you’ll like many other spots in Nicole’s house too. Their house underwent the kind of renovation I enjoy–a big one. I like the great vintage scores in the dining nook like the pair of gray chalk painted dressers and the large chalkboard. I also love that Nicole asked the builder to wrap the wall with ship lap, I like that she chose furniture style legs for the cabinets and that they reach for the ceiling and my most favorite choice–the rustic shelves mounted under the cabinets. A beautiful, functional and personal space is what patience and careful planning will get you when renovating. It will come people but it takes time.              

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