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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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Suzanis Making a Comeback?

Y’all, suzanis have had their moments in the sun before, but is this hand-embroidered textile in the middle of another resurgence? We think so.

The application that we are most digging is a colorful embroidery on a light neutral background. There are lots of colorways in the suzani. You are probably more than familiar with the book cover of the New Bohemians. The rich dark suzanis are a must-have in the world of Boho Maximalism.

With today’s suzani, we are looking toward a more refined version of eclecticism, something more akin to the tradition of high end design meets intrepid world explorer.

Sarah and I spent a little bit time on chat tossing a few goodies back and forth. Here’s the eye candy that we were lovin on.

A fantastic mix of pillows features the star of the pattern show, an antique suzani.

Crane & Canopy really worked a basic color wheel scheme here with a pop of orange in Suzani.

Former Domino Editor, Sarah Ruffin Costello, the Design Blog World’s Muse is into it.

Boy did we love everything about Christine Lennon’s home feature on OKL.

Use a whole bedcover for an exceptionally rich layer!

 

Robert Kime Suzani & Indian patterns are advanced level. Much like our fav Indian Textiles lover John Robshaw, Kime designs hand-printed patterns that are based on his travels through Central Asia, Turkey, Egypt, etc. His collection includes a nod to the Suzani, as seen here.

This House Beautiful feature is chock full of great applications of global textiles throughout the home.

 


This room by Kime illustrates perfectly the line between rich traditional roots buried under layers of exoticism.
The glaze of global accent throughout this otherwise incredibly stuffy base of a room is exactly what you’d expect from a well traveled bohemian
… bucking his own roots in his old room. Love the suzani hanging on the wall at right, juxtaposed with the rest of the art in the room.

 

We like to look to Irving & Morrison as well, who create their goods out of one-off fabrics gathered from all around the world. They’ve been known to drop a suzani here and there, and they always pair so nicely with Indian embroidery and indigos.

 

On a more accessible note, here are a few applications of the look in a setting more of the moment!

It’s difficult for me to think about suzanis and not think about our friends at Furbish Studio. As far as I can remember Jamie has always had a penchant for the colorful embroidery, since the early days when we were making up DIY pillows out of world market napkins.

It seems simple enough to fold and drape a suzani over the back of your sectional like West Haddon Hall did. A few well matched global patterns will complement the eclectic vibe.

Another incredibly accessible idea, just toss one over your neutral headboard for that casual world traveler feeling.

Our friend Ashely from Meet Me in Philadelphia is getting after it. Her style is quintessentially a New Traditionalist style in our world of online design blogger friends.

Get the look by shopping the Suzani’s we have left in stock at TEOT, and keep your eyes peeled for a new collection of throw pillows, headed our way soon! Oh yeah, and don’t forget to use our current coupon code.

Use Coupon Code SUMMERSALE17 for 25% off. 

 

 

Use Coupon Code SUMMERSALE17 for 25% off. 

 

 

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Thanks SOPI

We were honored by our SOPI friends and neighbors to have been nominated for BEST OF THE PINES in not one, but THREE great categories.

We aren’t even yet a year old here in town and being nominated is a real treat.

We wonder what a win might feel like!?
Vote for us here: https://surveymonkey.com/r/DWK6G6B

Y’all lovin on SoPi like we do! Check out are new line of SOPI T-shirts. If you like wearing t-shirts as soft as butter, we recommend the Tri-Blend.

 

 

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Bathroom Mirrors Over Windows

Yep, you read that right, bathroom mirrors hung over the window. You’re thinking that sounds risky but don’t weigh in with heavy skepticism until you see the visual portion of my presentation.

One of my favorite bathrooms on my bath Pinterest board which btw contains lots of drool-worthy bathrooms uses this concept and its waaay cool.

 

Maybe you like a smaller, more subtle use of the decorative mirror over the window,

 

 

 

I think that’s an IKEA Grundtal mirror below and if I’m right I used the same mirror in a little bathroom redo in an office space and that $40 mirror worked out so perfectly there. And trough sinks well… they are just dreamy aren’t they. Move over apron front.

 

 

 

Care to comment on my observation?

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Lauren Liess + HGTV

Two of our favorite things have come together to make perfect television magic.

Designer/Blogger Lauren Liess (who can do no wrong in our eyes) has launched her pilot HGTV program.

We urge you to watch and support so more great programming like this will come our way!

Here’s a little bit about why we think she’s great and why this show was a fun concept for a massive audience like the one that HGTV can pull.

The premise, at least in this pilot episode, is centered around taking one home out of a development full of similar “cookie-cutter” homes and transforming it into a standout. How relatable this must be to so many homeowners in the United States, since many developments like this popped up all over the nation after WWII, representing the beginning of the baby boom.

My parents live in a neighborhood like this in Hickory, NC and I see them all of the time here in Southern California.

I really like this idea!

Lauren Liess has an approach to design that is organic, rustic, traditional, cozy and homey and one that is modern and clean, but enjoyable by just about anyone. She has made so many transformations in her own homes that I have followed through her blog Pure Style Home, and Sarah and I often point back to them in reference to current projects. Her style really has launched an appreciation for a more muted and subtle approach to traditional styling for myself.

So, have a look at the trailer below. If you didn’t catch that initial airing, please do take a moment to DVR that shiz and give it a spin. I know that HGTV is counting on us to watch in order to decide if they will be filming more with Lauren Liess. I sure hope they do.

 

Best House On The Block (HGTV Teaser) from Best House On The Block on Vimeo.

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the Sidewalk Sale

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We are busy preparing for the annual downtown Southern Pines Sidewalk Sale that’s happening this Saturday, July 29th.

Maybe it’s time to give your spot a little update before we settle in for Fall and what better possible time to do it but…at the Sidewalk Sale.

We’re going to have furniture floor samples, pillows, art, lighting, rugs, ceramics, accessories, dishes and lots of other special accent pieces. If it’s a little too steamy outside for you, you can always come and shop in the A/C in the shop… but if changing out of your pjs is just not an option, then we set up a local pickup option in our online shop and we’re gonna have some special stuff show up on Instagram. So stay dialed in for that.

Either way you shop, there are serious deals happening and here’s a little sneak peek at a few things that are going to make an appearance at the sale.

So let’s get the wheels spinning before you head out to the Sale on Saturday.

Custom Reupholstered Flair Arm Sofa

Pacific Striped Laundry Tote

Zoffany Wabi Sabi Polka Dot Pillows

Lapis Block Print Quilt

Yellow Ikat Lumbar Pillow

 

Upholstered Parsons Bench

Vintage African Indigo Pillow

Turkish zig zag towel

 

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Global Textiles Reach Fever Pitch

Hi friends.

As with any good trend, whether in home decor or a fashion, they run on a cycle through the industry that is fairly predictable. We often look to Meryl Streep from Devil Wears Prada to break this down for us.

Here at TEOT, we have long known the day would arrive, but we think that our beloved African textiles are just about to hit their climax. And we want all y’all to get on board!

What does that mean exactly. Well, for us it means visual affirmation as most television shows have employed used of these textiles in their set design. Sarah said she caught an African Indigo pillow in a Geico commercial the other day. Additionally, it means that all of our big box stores, catalog and even our discount stores are popping up with their own mass produced options.

We’ve collected a few of our favorites below.

Tell us what you think of the mass produced and widely available options that we have sourced for you here.

Of course the sad aspect of the cycle for shops like TEOT — is that it means our handmade versions that we employ seamstresses to stitch for us, made from the textiles that we source from Malian dealers at the antique markets here in Los Angeles, may be seeing less and less from us as we compete with Target for the spotlight! But, we know that’s half the fun, and we’re not going to stop loving the real thing anytime soon.

 

Y’all into it?

Shop Catalog & Big Box Global Pillows here

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Sofa Inspiration with Viyet

I’ve been hitting the drawing board a bit lately, cooking up ideas for custom sofas that I’d like to bring to reality one day.
I need one for my own long and narrow living room, Sarah is overdue a new sofa too and most recently TEOT’s bff Amy has shown some interest in something specific for her home that is currently just a tad crowded with a sofa that scales too large for her room.
Whenever I start thinking this way, I’m quick to look to the past for furniture design inspiration. It’s important for me to understand the aspects of sofa design, as they have morphed over the years.
Sarah told me about Viyet some time ago- a lovely site for home decor where you can bid on consigned high end goods. It’s similar to Chairish but they have a minimum value and well, we think its a bit more buttoned up.
So for this part of the process, I’ve been digging through the vintage furniture website, to find a few old design classics  for inspo… and so maybe I’ll talk about why.
Milo Baughman
There are plenty of examples besides the one below, of great sofa designs by Milo Baughman, but I do love the burlwood frame on this one.
I selected this one for Amy, to call attention the slim deck and slim arm rest design of the mid century. A slim deck is becoming a must have for me when it comes to my love affair with sofas. If you look around at big box and catalog design stores known for the sofa designs, more and more are headed this direction. Sarah and I had a funny conversation with another TEOT bff, Amanda when she showed us the 8 foot long Crate & Barrel sofa that she was going to buy. It was on sale for well under $2k and she was adamant that it was the sofa for her. But Sarah and I both shook our head and begged her to reconsider…. b/c it was a fat-deck contemporary that we’re pretty sure is going to look dated in less than 5 years. If you don’t know what I mean by fat deck, here is a look at one.
The thing about designing a new sofa with these slim proportions for me, is that it harkens the timelessness of midcentury design. The silhouette mixes in seamlessly with so many styles and the essence of a smaller scale provides you with an opportunity for clean floating lines that don’t take up too much visual space, yet you can still provide a roomy seating area, plenty of area to sit down and sprawl.
On the downside, most midcentury sofas that have actually stood the test of time, have a scratchy upholstery in a nubby texture and often times the foam is long overdue a reconditioning. We ARE huge fans of reupholstering and reconditioning a sofa with great lines, but you will likely spend as much as it may cost you to buy a fat deck Crate and Barrel sofa. You can see that we recently did just that with our TEOT sofa, seen here.
At any rate, we look to these kind of lines as a part of our imagining for a sofa for Amy.
Meanwhile, for my own home… I’m looking to the Seventies, the official decade of the at home lounge. This inspiration suits my modern day compulsion for Netflix binge sessions on the couch, as well as the versatility that our young homies need… to pull apart the room to make way for Wii tournaments and puppy wrestling matches.
Now, it’s not that I’m necessarily advocating so much for the TOGO as a modern day solution for my home. I think that choice might be a bit too on the nose to decorate around for MOST homes. BUT, I AM advocating for the soul of the Togo. It is modular, casual, deep, comfortable and it promotes a versatile living experience that I can really get behind. It’s casual luxury, it’s laissez faire, its super cool. Achieving this level of je ne sais quoi in a modern way would get me really excited.
George Smith
For Sarah, our pursuit of the perfect english roll arm is still going strong. We’ve designed and built one custom version that we think came pretty close, but in the end we sold it off as a prototype with the idea to keep chiseling away at the right proportions. But we have definitely talked about this before. We want a classic George Smith vintage style, just like Sofia Coppolas, slightly modernized and somewhat more affordable than the real thing.
Version two is underway now and frankly, I’m not sure what to expect since we started with a entirely different manufacturer this time. It’s being benchmade in Hickory, NC where I grew up.
This classic style is a designer go to b/c of it’s casual yet refined nature. We like ours with a more of a cadillac line, deep, low slung, long and ready to ride the whole fam through all 8 of the Harry Potter movies.
There is much to be said for looking back, before we look forward. Borrowing the aspects of vintage style that we love and modernizing to suit our very own spaces.
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