Today’s gift list is inspired by the classic girl-next-door, style-maven in your life.
Ever fashionable and always put together, the classic prep gravitates toward the timeless. Textures and fine materials are important, but its tradition with a twist that reigns supreme in this selection. She loves a good trend, and she is known for her impeccable taste.
We are moving right along. Today’s holiday gift ideas are for your friends with the wanderlust.
Ah, does she appreciate a good escape.
Whether it is through her latest adventures abroad, a good cultural read or her addiction to her textiles stash.
The global wanderer appreciates the quality of handiwork that is evident in her collections from around the world. She lives vicariously through the products she collects from the far reaches, whether she’s traveled there in person or not.
Lastly, this rich and luxurious example of an Uzbek Suzani to drape over your couch or your table, or add to your textiles stash, to remind you of the beauty of the handmade items from all over the globe.
We are going to get into the gift guides for you and your friends, based on YOUR personality types soon. But Sarah and I are following our annual tradition, sharing with one another our own personal wishlists. Maybe something below will spark your interest as well!
Sarah’s mix is a solid one and naturally includes a “Santa please” for a Kitchen Sideboard overhaul! She bought an Ethan Allen sideboard from the 80s maybe 3 yrs ago. It has nice clean lines and it is going to paint up nicely it just needs a little modification by a carpenter. She’ll need new hardware and a pretty enamel pendant in “White Please,” to pull her Kitchen makeover together.
The abstract art will finish the look too. She’s attracted to it and it’s affordable, so it’d be a great gift…. *elbow Dan.
As is her custom, she’s found a pretty camel coat for the cold season, and she’ll be dressing that down with some fancy sneakers with a lift. She loves coats. Especially those with wrap collars or military buttons.
How about that Indian handstitched cocoon dress? Is that in or out? She’s into it. For her stocking, she’s into exotic fragrances, the whole Heretic line sounds interesting. And lastly, splatters are good, but especially on dishes. The little blue splatter nesting bowl collection would create a perfect vignette on the bathroom counter, plus a lovely spot to corral jewelry.
We’ve got more gift ideas headed your way. Come on back and see us for more ideas tomorrow!
So, before we bust out the gift guides for you and your friends, based on YOUR personality types, Sarah and I like to follow our annual tradition and share with one another our own personal wishlists. Maybe something below will spark your interest as well!
I’m leaning a bit poetic/traveler this year and I think it came out pretty Betsy-ish. A 1998 wish list might have looked somewhat similar to this, except trade the vinyl subscription service for a Colombia House or BMG CD club. Do you remember the one with a huge sheet of stamps that you would tear out!?
The most practical of all of the items above is that crazy backpack. My airline status has blown up with all of cross country travel I have been doing. It’s time to upgrade my carry on to something super practical. This backpack seems like it could be the answer.
This year, over the knee boots in a size 9, big chunky scarves and lariat necklaces are not a bad idea. I hope you can hear me Heffe! ;)
Everything else is a “would be nice” type indulgence. It’s easy to want things! Things to get me into the creative spirit, from inspiring art, books and music to art supplies and writing prompts. ;)
Tune in tomorrow for Sarah’s Christmas Wishlist, which is sure to be classic and on point, as always! Can’t wait.
This is one of my most favorite holidays. It’s nice to be mindful for what is good in our lives, and it’s always a wonderful thing when you get to eat and indulge and laze around with loved ones in someone’s home.
We have so much to be thankful for this year! Our NC brick and mortar shop hasn’t been open too long but I’m still pinching myself. Thanks so much to you, for every click, comment, like, follow, purchase, review. To new relationships, online, in town and abroad. We are meeting so many wonderful people and learning so much and we are so grateful to every other home lover out there like us, that finds something meaningful in the little world that we are creating.
I’d also like to take this moment to say Thanks to Sarah! What a great friend and partner. I love working with you. You make me laugh, you inspire me to make my life at home more beautiful and thoughtful.
To all of you, I hope you have the best of days and that your hearts are full like mine!
You may be familiar with the company. They were featured on Shark Tank and they have the coolest story.
Each bag is hand sewn by a “riveter,” one of the companies’ seamstresses. All Riveters are Military Wives that work from home.Life for the Military family is often uprooted from Station to Station and this is a wonderful job opportunity for the lifestyle. They can take their job along with them.
Southern Pines has a huge military culture with Fort Bragg nearby. Many of the military families choose to settle in SoPi for its quaint culture. To have such a cool company on the same shopping strip as TEOT is a joy and an honor. We’re so into what they are doing!
In other brief news:
Our Holiday Shopping Event starts now. Enter HOLIDAYS in the coupon code for FREE SHIPPING.
Southern Pines customers can note the HOLIDAYS discount in the shop for 10% off their entire order.
Tis the season, and we hope you’ll think of us while gifting.
Just a tad cabernet fueled, I was getting real worked up about some chairs to Sarah and Amy a few weekends ago.
I needed to find the image to show them, but my normal screenshot catalog system hadn’t been applied and so the dining room I had seen was lost to me. I thought maybe it was Studio McGee, but Sarah knew without looking that it wasn’t. She studies the internet with an acute memory and doesn’t even have to reference her cellphone. She was not wrong. They were not in the Studio McGee feed, and I couldn’t rack my brain for where I had seen them. We just had to move along on my word — that somewhere out there, there were some special dining chairs.
Hallelujah, the image just popped back up into my Instagram feed again!
It was not a Studio McGee project, but rather a Becki Owens project.
And the woven dining chairs are rad!
Ever since, these woven dining chairs have been playing through my mind. They are a wonderful mix of organic texture that would compliment the style in our home. Bringing the trend of macrame together with jute rope is an edgy take on beachy or nautical. I love the midcentury silhouette in a more rustic material.
That material plus the shape suit a SoCal casual vibe well, and in the Becki Owens’ project – the organic quality of these chairs along with the plank floor, the table, the centerpiece and the chandelier are all jiving together so nicely.
Here at TEOT, we love a good textural mix of organic elements in a similar color palette.
Sarah and I took one day to drive up to High Point for the furniture market last week.
It’s really not fair to say that this post does the market any justice. With over 180 separate buildings and something like 2000 vendors, we knew we’d never see it all, even if we DID go every day.
Prior to my first furniture market experience in Vegas a few months back, I really thought that this was a magical event hidden behind a large curtain that I was unable to peek behind. But the veil was lifted, and it was a bit Wizard of Oz. I believe that Sarah might agree – it was a little underwhelming. Certainly not all, but most of the vendors that we met with were not our style. I was hoping for this wildly stylish world to open up before us. It’s not the case.
But, we take that as our mission, to wade through what the world has to offer and select only the best of the best, for you to choose from, in our lovely and carefully selected environment.
That being said, we skipped the riffraff, and below we are sharing only the beautiful things that we saw.
We started out by attending a panel. Sarah and I are both big fans of Lauren Liess, so it was great to be in the audience while she, along with fellow designer Meg Braff and the editorial folks at Southern Living & Coastal Living talked about the IDEA HOUSES for their respective magazines. Sarah and I both walked away wishing they had gotten a bit more into the weeds.
We relegated ourselves to the Design & Antiques section and we visited with many of the smaller, global vendors that were stationed in the same building at Market Square. Here is where I found a 100 year old gymnastics bench from Germany. I sat and stared at it for some time, trying to contemplate how to get it back to California. Sarah felt like it was maybe a little TOO “California vibez” for what is happening in our SoPi shop. So, I will instead catalog this idea and begin a new search out here on this side of the country. That butter soft leather though….
I wish I had gotten a better picture to do this pottery justice, but Middle Kingdom had a new matte glaze that we were really into. They were style spotted by Anne Sage, so we had a few laughs over that because we have a TON of mini vases and bowls from Middle Kingdom at shop TEOT. They make really great collector pieces. I enjoyed visiting with this company and I’m glad Sarah chose to carry them.
Look, we are really into hampers and catchall baskets. If you don’t know by now, large totes and stylish baskets around the house can make ALL the difference in the world where it comes to clutter. Have you ever had one of those moments where you get a call, and your mother-in-law is stopping by in ten minutes. Now you are running maniacally through the house trying to hide all your family’s mess. These are the answer. You just put your mess in there! :)
Blue and white forever, y’all already know. This vendor had great mix of vintage and new reproductions. Sarah and I have debated over a few different options for carrying these classic pieces in the shop. I like the shapes and the price point here.
Fantastic dog beds, and some were even big enough for my 130 pound puppy.
Nothing haunts you like the things you didn’t buy. This will be one of those things. The colors and the pattern were special.
We loved the green backing on this rug.
Color blocked baskets are making their way to us sooner rather than later.
We hung with Hassan, in the Moroccan booth for awhile. He had some interesting things to say about Sabra silk and he also said he manages tours to Morocco where he can arrange on site visits with some of his vendors that he works directly with. It sounded like a great way to take the trip.
Lovely lines on a vintage Italian sofa, that was marked sold.
I’d love to have visited Interhall, as my understanding that this is the juried exhibition space for emerging talent. It would be full of more up and coming vendors with something exciting going on. I also thought we might pop in to touch the arms of all of the Lee Industries sofas, but since our aspirations are a bit larger to our current reality and there are plenty of markets to attend in the future, we skipped large soft upholstery and furniture vendors for this trip.
Sarah is doing some more wheeling and dealing here in the Jaipur booth, where we oohed and aahed over the textiles.
Handpainted tiles from Turkey.
A large collection of old bread boards caught our eye. This vendor deals in Raleigh, NC and they had some great stuff.
Sarah and I stood in the Zoe Bios booth for quite some time, chatting through which pieces we’d like to take home for ourselves. The colors here are perfect!
So that’s it. Shopping the market is really one of the fantasy perks of this job, so it was awesome to get out there and experience the vendors in person, and while we are together. I look forward to plenty more buying trips in the future.
Yeah Girl! I mean, the black ceiling was already impressive, but that jute rug that she affixed to the ceiling kicked it up another notch. I stared at this for a while until it struck me. Normally I’m not sure I’d feel too comfortable about a dark and stormy heavy oil on canvas hanging out on a top shelf in the kitchen like that. But with the heavy ceiling, the black appliances and the shadow on the kitchen island – it looks so awesome. A perfect perch. This is a wonderful moody take on the kitchen. I think moody is where we should all be looking for what’s next in interiors.
Sarah Benson’s home has a black ceiling in the dining room. via Dwell
Hey, that might be navy, but it provides the same affect and we dig it.
Actually scratch that one before this, I like this bathroom below better. Similar elements, but overall, a more sophisticated execution. I have to ask myself between the two, despite their similar black ceilings, white subway tile, fun tile selections, they even both painted the respective vintage cast bowls with a black base. (though one is a sink, the other a clawfoot tub)… anyway. I ask myself about which one is going to hold up long over time. I think the statement in this bottom photo is less trend-driven, while still perfectly of this moment. It’s a fun balance, and it’s one that I’m trying to strike in my own home. But I have to fight myself hard because look at that cement tile in that bathroom up there. I love a graphic statement.
Sarah and I wondered if this concept would work in my bedroom ceilings. A quick look at what that looks like here. But we wondered if it was maybe a bit too dome like. Though as I stare at that image above, I wonder if it might just be improved a bit for my personally, if the black was a bit warmer and more matte in its finish.
I saw a rug at the High Point Market that this room above would love. It’s just the right mood. It was a Turkish style kilim with pops of color in its sparse, tribal imagery. I told the dealer that I needed it for my fantasy alter ego. This room looks like my other self’s home. Y’all know I love a gypsy, so I have added this blog to my reader in the boho category.
I check local real estate listings on a daily basis because who knows when you might need to pick up and move to the house next door or the house across town? Truly, I check them because I love houses and real estate and something might come along that I can’t resist, my dream house listing might pop up any day. Although at this point I’m 99% convinced that doesn’t exist–not for me.
I was driving through town and I started to think back about all of the houses that we’ve toured in this county and it’s a lot. Crazy houses that were falling in or that were rambling and had no end, that had vegetation growing through the windows, some that were time capsules and some that just needed a new coat of paint.
I’m often asked what I see on the local MLS that is exciting. So here’s what I think is hot in the local Southern Pines, Pinehurst and beyond real estate market.
Why I like it – I like the neighborhood, the large wooded lot, ample circular driveway and THE PRICE. The price gives us flexibility to renovate and the wooded lot gives us a green view when we look out of our big modern windows.
What I don’t like – All of the work that it needs, it really needs a new kitchen, new bathrooms and the addition of a third bedroom.
Potential? – Yes, quite a bit. Close in the carport to enlarge the footprint because it’s only a two bedroom and take care of that unfortunate 1970s living room window/fireplace situation. Add more windows where there are long, blank runs of siding. Do the kitchen for now, a paint update on your bathrooms and then do those later. Re-think the deck, maybe drop it down to a big patio with a fire pit.
630 South Valley is a close match to Michelle Steinback’s house featured in the September issue of Martha Stewart Living, tell me you see it!
I loved it so much a couple of years ago when it was on the market. I was in my “I want a colonial” phase.
Why I like it – It’s in the heart of our charming downtown Southern Pines, walk to eyerthang in SoPi. On a half acre lot and bonus round — a detached guest cottage! Mom can move down and take care of the kids or you can rent it out to supplement the mortgage. It has a layout, despite it’s age, that would suit our way of living now. The deck addition on the back is good as well.
What I don’t like – Although the kitchen has been renovated it appears to be a 100% IKEA kitchen, I could be wrong and I’ll be happy to correct this if I find out I am. I’ve got zero problem with IKEA kitchens but I don’t like to see 100% use of their products in a room. The kitchen gets too contemporary and the house needed something different. The listing price absolutely contemplates the kitchen renovation.
Potential? – Ofcourse, really almost every house has it. Without going inside, I’m thinking there’s some kind of reconfiguration of the connection between the dining room and the sunroom and maybe the kitchen too, maybe opening up. There also may be an opportunity with some shifting around that the office or sunroom could have different uses, perhaps as a 4th bedroom. The kitchen needs to be addressed again but there’s freedom to make that change down the road. The exterior of the guest cottage could use some fixing and we really don’t know what we’re dealing with in the bathrooms.
My third property in SoPi is 215 Daffodil and I’m a little surprised it has been on the market for as long as it has, I’m sure I’d understand more if I could go inside.
Why I like it? – Large lot 1.34 acres in an established neighborhood called Knollwood Heights, traditional architecture and another detached guest cottage–I’m a fan because they are really useful.
What I don’t like – I’m a little concerned with how the single story addition with the bay window adjoins to the two story portion (I’m pretty sure I can forgive)
Potential? – It’s traditional, straight forward layout could make for a simple update. The kitchen is ready for a renovation and a more open floor plan could be achieved.
Let’s head over to neighboring Pinehurst, I think I’ll surprise you with some picks here.
485 Lake Dornoch is an interesting property located in an exclusive neighborhood that is meticulously maintained and is gated.
There are typically a lot of wonderful 1960s houses that haven’t been altered in this neighborhood and I think you’ll see once you spin through the images why I like it.
Why I like it? – High, open ceilings with exposed beams and they go a long way in this house. The square footage and number of bedrooms is great, plenty of space for everyone. Does the vintage pool table convey?
What I don’t like – To some the exclusivity of this neighborhood is great, there are perks, the club and golf memberships that all cost additional money– but I don’t need that stuff. The exterior is pretty modest, there aren’t any interesting architectural angles and it doesn’t share the same cool, modern appeal as the interior.
Potential? – Absolutely, open up the living space to the kitchen which is closed off and a little tight compared to the living area. Get some fresh white on the walls and some other modern hues, update the bathrooms, remove all the carpet and you’re in business.
175 Linden is a rare and incredible opportunity that someone is really going to enjoy!
If we drive in to Old Town Pinehurst or the Village as some call it, we find this grand but neglected estate at 175 Linden, built in 1935 on what is considered today to be an enormous lot, more than 3 acres. A rarity for sure.
Why I like It? The sheer presence and size. The unusually large lot size that is park-like, the kitchen both Part I & II, the fact that you can walk in to the front door in to a wide hall and walk clear to the back and right out on to the back patio area, party ready! The history.
What I don’t like – That there is no HVAC system in the house and there are miles and miles of unsexy work that must be done before it gets fun.
Potential? Of course there is. Someone commented on TEOT Instagram that it would be a great B&B and I agree but the best fantasy is a single residence.
If you aren’t yet hip to the Vintage African textiles trend, get up on it y’all.
Mudcloth, in it’s exciting tribal patterns as well as the many indigos and ikats that we are seeing, are all the rage.
Today, we celebrate the wonderful addition that a white mudcloth pillow brings to any pillow grouping, regardless of your style. We love the boho maximal goodness that is everywhere we turn, but we also really appreciate a more subtle, if not sophisticated application of these nubby, textured and soft textiles.
The black and white pattern plays nicely with other colors and patterns and will likely pair well with your current decor. It’s an easy addition for a new flair.
Cruise on over to shop TEOT and see what we have in stock in white mudcloth. We think your home will sing with the addition of one of these global goodies!
I wanted to give you guys a look at the final design of the mini-kitchen in our new brick and mortar shop.
For a quick refresher, SHOP TEOT is laid out very much like an apartment. We took that idea and ran with it.
Before we came along, the space was a salon. The back room that we turned into our kitchen had some really ugly exposed PVC piping and bit of a mess of some cabinetry. With the help of our crew, we pulled it all out, capped it off and started afresh with a miniature kitchen build.
This is where we were when we signed the lease.
Having a mini kitchen built into the retail space serves a number of functions.
It’s wonderful for presentation and merchandising of our newly expanded kitchen and housewares collection. A sink is always a good idea, from washing dirty DIY hands to late nights with a bit of sour beer to get you through the tagging and pricing process. Of course, the whole setup plays host nicely for catered parties as well.
Sarah knew pretty immediately that she wanted to put in some pesto green kitchen cabinets and an apron front sink. She zeroed in on a paint color called Artichoke, by Sherwin Williams.
You might have guessed it, but a quick look at the history of our kitchen trends will find that our blog pretty much nails the final product. We have our sconces, our open shelving, our favorite cabinet hue, brass pulls, mixed metals, and white subway tile!
It all comes together for a modern take on classic design! Here’s the final look. We hope you love the result as much as we do!
Many thanks to Rachel Garrison for the photography!
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