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Grassy

Grasses are everywhere.

Showing up in arrangements, installations, events and straight up grass bouquets.

The feathery plumage of the pampas grass is the preferred variety. I love it because it evocative of a feather, and it’s dried… meaning it will last and last!

Let’s dig in.

Amber Interiors Shoppe

Amber Interiors Shoppe

via Anthro

Aframes & Grasses? Our worlds collide.
via Lonny
Mandy Moore did it in pink. What do you think about that?

And yea, Pink Pampas grass is a real thing, Though Betsy bought some seeds via Amazon and they never made it through customs. This plant is invasive so be warned before you go making it happen in your yard.

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TEOT at the Weymouth Christmas House

We are honored to participate in the Weymouth Christmas House for the third year. 

Sarah executed an Elvis’ “Blue Christmas” theme, as each room’s design was inspired by a holiday tune.

While the traditional bones of this old literary manor are hard not to succumb too, the peach and blue color combo are reading rad trad, and rad trad is how ladies like to do things in the South. 

If you are a SoPi local, enjoy this peek and we hope you can make it over to the Weymouth Christmas Open House. Be sure to scope the gift shop scene and see if you can spy the Shop TEOT goodies on hand!

Feels good to be in the holiday spirit right y’all?

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Cali Chalet: Progress

This pic pretty much showcases where we are with all things Cali Chalet, since the Demo Day post earlier.

The biggest update being that we sandblasted the ceilings, inspired by Emily Henderson’s efforts in her own family’s California mountain home. We even called up her recommended contractor, Mike from Culwell Abrasive and we are very pleased with our result. Mike says he wants to do more of this kind of work, so if you are sitting under some orangey midcentury ceilings in SoCal, now you know who to call.

Also of note, some new stairs were constructed to lead down into the sunken living room. What was there before had a big drop, and I didn’t want my baby to die, so you can see the new buildup that we added. This makes so much more sense that it is really hard to imagine it was any other way.

Here’s a little reminder of the before, with a look at the previous stairs.

It’s looking so much better in there already.  New hardwood flooring is going in this week and I can not wait for that major improvement. 

It was fun to have the flooring discussion on my Instagram stories. It looked a little something like this.

We settled on #5 which was a strong leader in the choices that my friends and fam sent over on Instastories. I love the feedback loop on Instagram Stories…. it rivals early days blog comments. Haha.

Turns out #5 was the sole real hardwood choice among a group of vinyl options. We thought vinyl was going to be the best choice for our budget but it turned out that floating hardwood over top of our existing flooring was going to work out without any major demolition of the existing floors, so we picked the more natural option. It’s a matte Hickory in a 7.5 inch wide plank. But my, hasn’t vinyl flooring come a long way. Those other contenders really would have looked fine. 

Welp, that’s the latest in progress at our mountain house project. We are headed up in two weeks with a Christmas Tree to enjoy those new hardwood floors and daydream about furnishings! 

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Sarah’s Wish List for Christmas

SHOP SARAH’S WISHLIST

Tennis Unconditionally Yours | Linen blanket | Coat | Layflat Photo Album | Levi’s | Corduroys | Earbuds | Sneakers | Pajamas | Perfume | TEOT Scarf

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Cali Chalet: Demo Day

Oh hey Y’all. So, the Cali Chalet project has been moving along at its pace, but I’m long overdue for an update. Let’s dig in.

Over the first few weekends there we donned our safety glasses and took to DIY demo, banging up all of the unwanted structure and finishes in the Cali Chalet kitchen. Everyone channeled their inner Chip Gaines… except me. I channeled early term pregnant Joanna.

The homies were such great helpers.

Notice my position! Haha.

The pups got in on the action as well!

Gotta be safe.

I was pretty pregnant for these trips, and so I did more observing (napping) than I might have liked.. But I did smash what I could, particularly the backsplash tile.

Before demo

Maybe as a result, we have a kid that is fairly tolerant of noisy environments.

It just keeps getting better. Next up, a range hood solution. 

First order of business was to remove this weird closet that was floating between the entry and the kitchen. On the kitchen side, it housed a pantry, fridge and a little wine bar situation. We saved that setup and plan to relocate it on the left wall, opposite of the stove.

We left a big hole in the floor that has been a nasty hazard with electrical and plumbing.

In addition to the uppers, we felt the tile backsplash needed to go for as clean a slate we could get without a full demo. I’m bouncing between ideas for what direction we will take next, the easy/obvious solution being to toss up some floating shelves. 

Now that we have replaced and painted drywall above the granite countertops, I like how bright and peaceful it feels, comparatively.

If you are wondering about what’s next its new floor installation, complete the refrigerator cabinetry on that left wall, and paint the cabs.

Stay tuned for more… and follow mine and Sarah’s renovation progress on Instagram for updates.

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A-Frame: Railings

At the start of the a-frame project I requested a price quote for cable railing from a local building supplier because I knew that was the direction we were going with the stair railing.  The quote I got back was about $3,000 for just the cable rail and accessories, after that you would need to add in cost for either pressure treated wood newel posts or cedar and labor for construction and installation. The supplier quoted two different cable rail systems and the second was more expensive than the first. So for budgetary reasons at this project, I wanted to come up with an alternative. A substitute that would not mean that I had to compromise the look I wanted to achieve.

Galvanized piping, electrical conduit or powder coated piping used as a part of interior and exterior railing was a concept I was a little familiar with prior to renovating the a-frame but I hadn’t really dug in on exactly how the concept was actually executed. I thought it might be a great option because of affordability, it introduced the metal element much like cable rail and it was consistent with the modern look I was striving for.

After several conversations with one of our carpenters, Thomas Clark, we settled on 3/4″ galvanized electrical conduit. I really wanted 1/2″ conduit but Thomas had concerns about durability. So based on his recommendation, we shortened the horizontal runs of conduit to 3′ between newel posts and installed 3/4″ conduit. This is what electrical conduit looks like,

After trips to two different Lowe’s stores, we purchased our conduit in 10 foot long “sticks” at our local electrical supply, City Electric in Southern Pines. They were about $5.30 per stick.

We ordered 4×4 fir newel posts for our interior railings and pressure treated pine for our exterior railings.

I wanted to keep it simple in design, so our carpenter made simple post caps to go on top of the newel posts. At first I intended to paint the fir posts but not the handrails. White handrails just end up looking dirty from all the hands using them. After some thought I left both the handrails and newel posts natural to add some warmth and contrast to our bright, white modern space.

Here’s the pressure treated pine and piping combo on the front of the house,

It’s time to apply some stain and we are just about complete on the exterior.

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SHOP TALK: The New Spot

We got it done, we moved! Well, in reality… Sarah got it done while I had a baby. We missed coinciding these momentous events by two days. The new shop had its opening day on July 14th. On the 16th, coincidentally Sarah’s birthday, my sweet baby, Julianna, was born.

So, yeah it’s been a little while. But we finally have imagery that does Sarah’s styling work justice. 

The new address is 168 NW Broad Street Southern Pines, NC  28387

Let’s have a look around the new digs, shall we!


We updated with a bit of demolition some fresh crisp white paint, new shelving, refinished hardwood floors and some new lighting.


It makes the perfect backdrop for our collections to take center stage.


The new layout is quite different from that of the old shop, which was set up more like a living apartment, with separate rooms for Kitchen/Dining, Living, Bed and Bath. It is so fun to see our stuff in more of the traditional shop format. We’re working toward building up the inventory and filling it out even more!

Here are a few more styled vignettes from around the store! Enjoy and thanks for poppin in and shopping to help us support this dream we’re chipping away at!

Photography by Rachel Garrison Photography

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A-Frame Project: Exterior Paint Color Reveal

I know you’ve been on pins and needles out there waiting to see the exterior color that was chosen for the a-frame exterior and I’m here to deliver.

Let’s review the field,

So without further adieu,

It’s Benjamin Moore Vanderberg Blue (721), who called it?

She’s bold and she’s beautiful. On the side, it’s like the forest and jewel-toned velvet got together and had a love child. On the front with it’s face to the sun, it’s a bold and modern teal.

The brackets and cedar accent fascia board on the front of the “a” haven’t been stained yet but they will all be finished to match the deck and railings. The door hardware is only temporary not going with polished brass here, my plan is to install nickel hardware and house numbers to partner with the silver of the metal railings.

Once the leaves start to change a little more it’s going to be modern cabin magic. It’s so exciting to see it come together in the end but sometimes it just takes so damn long and especially long when there are two hurricanes through here in less than two months.

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A-Frame Project: Exterior Paint Color

The fun time of a renovation project is starting to come about now. That time mostly surrounds trimming windows and doors and the general finishing of the space, when all the walls are up and sheetrocked and the finish line is in sight.

I’ve had a deep, moody teal color in mind for some time and I had earmarked this color in my mind for a different project all together that never came about. That was a 1920s cottage but I thought that hue could work equally well on a 70s a-frame.

Although I was excited about using a color (moody teal) I hadn’t previously applied anywhere, always lingering is the blue/gray tone and the temptation to maybe play a little safer. So I narrowed the field on the fan deck, reviewed my Pinterest color board, made sure to visit all the #aframe peeps on Instagram and then bought my samples.

Here’s the field,

Top to Bottom – 1. Benjamin Moore Blue Spruce 2. Benjamin Moore Van Courtland Blue 3. Sherwin Williams Riverway 4. Benjamin Moore Vanderberg Blue 5. Benjamin Moore Ocean Floor

My initial reaction after they went up was a hard lean toward Blue Spruce. Almost immediately Van Courtland Blue was eliminated as was Riverway and Ocean Floor. But a little nugget to store away for later is that Ocean Floor is a great candidate for kitchen islands or bath vanity color. On the exterior, exposed to full sun, Ocean Floor has a purple tinge. Riverway was just too one dimensional with too much green and Van Courtland was an experiment in going light but truthfully my heart was never in it for a light color but I needed to be certain.

So the battle was on between Blue Spruce and Vanderberg Blue. The samples were up for a week and I was prepared to choose Blue Spruce but my Mom came out strongly for Vanderberg. Then Betsy put it up on Instagram and the commenters were pretty evenly split for Spruce and Vanderberg. So before I tell you what we chose, we’d love to have your vote; Blue Spruce or Vanderberg Blue?

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New Additions – JJ is here!

Hi friends,

After a couple months I’m finally settling in and I’m ready to share the latest in the New Additions category!

It’s Julianna Joy! 

Her name is Julianna, but you can call her JJ.
Born July 16, 8lbs 13oz 21″ tall and looking like a real mix of her daddy and a Moyer baby.

She is here and as a sweet coincidence, she arrived on Sarah’s birthday, July 16th. Happy Birthday Sarah! haha.

We’ve been adjusting to our new family dynamic here, and playing mama is my most favorite job to date.

Workin Mama doesn’t get too much done with just one hand.

Speakin of mamas, mine made it out for JJ’s due date, one day after her birth. She and my Dad walked into the hospital room and the tears flowed all around. It was a sweet moment to introduce my little Disney looking lion cub to her grandparents. For two weeks, my mom, recovering from another surgery to fend off her endometrial cancer, got to love on JJ every day. We’re hoping and thinking that holding another grandbaby (her 11th) has had healing powers.

My sweet mama with JJ on our trip up to the mountain house.

Now that the babe is here and we are sharing our bedroom, a new level of pressure has settled over the garage conversion project. But the latest moves in that department are slower than ever. The initial goal date for building permits was now, but with some holdups on the structural engineering end, it looks like we are still six MONTHS out before construction will  begin.

I met with our contractor to discuss new windows and doors, and it’s time to begin shopping. That brainstorm will surely result in something to share, as soon as I take the time to do the research!

Here is a look at the Nursery where JJ has been livin.

Our Aussie, Ky, is always there to keep an eye on baby J.

I rather love waking up to this view each morning. JJ actually sleeps in the bassinet at the foot of the bed, but will be transitioning into that crib soon.

We use a dock-a-tot which helps hold her tight through those sleepy time Mora reflexes. She sleeps for a long 5-7 hours at night with no break, so no complaints here. 

There is a peace to this room that we love for winding down time.
Our quiet corner

JJ and I both love the Babyletto Recliner Rocker and its funny to me now that I was hesitant to add a rocker. I just didn’t want such a big temporary piece of furniture in my life. But, it’s good lookin and we have spent hours in it. 

Bedtime includes a change into a sleeper and a quick book, usually with Heffe, aka Daddy.
The Chairish rug as art makes me happy.
We are so grateful to Satah’s Mama and Daddy for the sweet blankie from Patapri.

Hopefully soon, there will more to report on the New Additions at Betsy’s House, later! Back to babyland for now!

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A-Frame Project: Windows Are In

After long last, the windows arrived. The front windows from Jeldwen caused the delay. They took what felt like two months to come in, while the other windows had all arrived and were waiting for installation.

And we got our side entry in place with an overhang to shield someone from the elements while they are unlocking the door. 

We added a square window on the right wall of the living area to shed light on that side and at that level. The size of the window in the kitchen was increased and changed from a small rectangular sliding window to a square, fixed window that has black grids and frame on the exterior.

Great turnout with the window in the new, larger stairwell. I would’ve liked for the window to have been a bit taller and my design plan called for a larger window but I was talked out of it somehow but those windows took so long to arrive, I can’t remember why.

A bookcase is going in that space under the stairs that will be re-configured soon. The addition of a small pantry cabinet behind the bookcase will provide another space for kitchen storage or for whatever the homeowner chooses to store there.

A new view of the trees and more light in the master bedroom.

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Cali Chalet: Inspiration & Direction

The Cali Chalet is a new kind of beast for me to wrestle with so I had to search long and hard for inspiration and direction.

It’s a 90’s Contemporary Mountain Home decorated straight outta the heart of a Mediterranean Wine & Coffee lover with a flair for bird themed stained glass and tiffany lamps.

The pre-renovation kitchen

When we met this house, she did not present an easy solution to me for what she could become. Some obvious needs included toning down the mix of pine, oak trim, bamboo, tile, slate and 7 (YES LITERALLY 7) various shades of paint, all visible at once in the main living area. So, I’m taking this as a challenge and will do my best to bring it around to a cooler Southern California Cabin style that our family can relate to.

It’s so interesting to see how families manifest their own style. The Mediterranean Wine Lovers that lived here before told me that when they renovated in 2006, the entire home was covered in floral on floral from furniture to wallpaper. Boy, would I love to see that!

The laid back mountain version of our family’s style will be another fun exploration. With this home we are looking toward a more rustic and cozy application. We will lighten up the main living spaces again and seek a neutral backdrop. But, I’m leaning into some moody colors in the bedrooms – appropriate for the cold winters in this pine forest.

I’ve started to amass some inspiration on my Pinterest Board. The overall desired vibe is coming together! Here are some examples and the thinking behind the pin!

For a little while I was seeking complimentary floor finishes for the orangey knotty pine ceilings. This A-Frame had a nice combo with some light oak flooring.
Another shot of the same home as above.

And then, our girl Emily Hendo made it known that stripping the orangey ceiling stain was an option, so I started dreaming about a raw pine ceiling instead, and so it looks like that is where we are headed.

This image caught my eye and got me thinking about what could be in regards to the ceiling.

Do you think we can turn the Cali Chalet kitchen (seen below) into something more like the image above?

Hello random closet

I like green paint lately, but not that shade of green. How about these instead!?

Jenny Wolf bedroom from her NoHo loft project

These dark greens are giving me the warm, cozy vibes that I think we will love on snowy mountain house weekends.

I love the moody green of the reading nook at the Chris Loves Julian Mountain Cabin

Besides toning down the main living area and darkening up the bedrooms, the Cali Chalet needs a decor direction for furniture and accessories. When I think of this home, I’m dreaming along the lines of creamy neutral tones for the large pieces and I’d like to keep the colors minimal and mix textures where it comes to textiles and accessories. I’m sure our bedrooms will include a lot of moody blues and greens to maintain that pine forest feeling.

It will be interesting to see how the elements unfold at this home away from home vacation spot. Find more Cali Chalet here.

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A-Frame Project: Kitchen Inspiration

My main inspiration for the A-frame kitchen design is the next three images of the same kitchen taken at different distances or angles. Like this kitchen, we need a lot of open shelving.

We need open shelving especially in the A-frame kitchen because it is a smaller kitchen space and we want to maintain an open and modern feel in the space. So we’re going with no upper cabinets and just floating shelving.

A close up of shelves turning the corner with square tiles installed in a brick pattern. The plan (this week, subject to change) in the a-frame kitchen is to have the shelves wrap the corner to the sink window.

I liked this island style a lot. Its a bit different from usual kitchen island fare and it has storage and a place for a couple of stools. We need both of those things in this space. Also, I particularly like the decision to make the shelving out of stained wood. A lot of these painted wood surfaces can get scratched up sometimes especially in the kitchen where you might be sliding bowls or fruit baskets or whatever around, the stained wood has a durable finish.

I’m really liking this subtle off white but still modern subway tile on the backsplash, our main kitchen inspiration also had an off-white tile that has an alabaster quality, it makes things less stark. The focus of this image for me, is the tall cabinet that may or may not be next to our refrigerator. Trying to figure out if there is a cabinet next to the fridge or if we’re just building in the fridge with panels.

We’re so close to finalizing the kitchen plan. It’s time now to do the leg work on finding the right person to fabricate the shelves and I’m really leaning toward ordering from the same company that built the shelves at TEOT’s former shop space. I know how much people loved them because I heard at least once a day.

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Mi Favorito

Every so often I just wanna share images that are inspiring or just good looking. As always feel absolutely free to tell me what you’re into and not so into.

This is how to properly handle the Creeping Jenny you randomly bought from the garden center when you had big container garden dreams in May.

Consistency is good, it can bring calm to the pursuit of using many colors

The Le Barn Hotel in the french countryside is just bonky, I’m certain that’s how they would like this exquisitely simple place to be described- bonky

Headboards and banquette back rests that are leather or an upholstered pad that is mounted on a wooden dowel is everywhere and I’m 100% behind it

sometimes we don’t want the holes, so instead of patching, maybe this?

Pilea peperomioides

Smink Things, concrete and ceramic tile is exciting. You should have a look-see. If you read the word Smink and thought oh is that British, you were totally right.

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A-Frame Project: Week 4

We spent a good week or so planning and ordering the windows for the front of the house, new windows for the living/kitchen and windows for the dormer.

Without making the whole entire front glass, we wanted to expand the view of the lake from the living, dining and kitchen areas so we needed to add windows. We expanded the existing french doors with a new, nicer pair of doors with full view windows on each side.

For the top, we had two different design ideas in mind to enlarge the windows. The first concept was something like the image below, where the two end windows each had clipped corners to accommodate the a-frame.

The second design was a larger set of windows that followed the triangular line of the roof with the tallest window being in the center of three, similar to this,

I was a strong proponent of design #1 for some time but after discussion I saw the merits of design #2 because it was a melding of modern and a little lake cottage so… we went with design #2.

We added two new windows, one square window in the living area and a larger square kitchen window over the sink to replace this one,

For the stairwell portion of the new dormer we settled on a window design like this scaled down to fit our space. For this project we did choose black frames on the exterior with white frames on the interior.

To the right of this window on the same dormer is the master bedroom.

Because the bed would be placed in this dormer, we wanted to add a modern, short rectangular window for the bed to slide right underneath. We used some of these images as inspiration to help us work out size and shape.

With our wrapping rectangular window we hope to bring in more light and have a pretty green forest view from the master.

Once the windows were ordered it was time to start preparing for the new roof. Roofing material choice is black metal.

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