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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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Summer Holiday at Nordstrom

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I woke up this morning to a group text from Heffe’s sister that said

“Happy Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (to card holders).”

What an amazing world we livin in!

You know I just married into this clan and not one month in, I had already made a quickie Nordstrom run right before dinner and ice cream for Heffe’s birthday. That seemed like the way to do birthday as a married lady.

I wish I had taken the time to get him something super crazy thoughtful and awesome that he didn’t even know he wanted, that illustrated how deeply I love and am grateful for him, but instead he got a few new pair of pants for work! Party!

At any rate, we’re jumping on this bandwagon b/c it is funny to me that this Nordstrom holiday is as important to influencers in the RewardStyle program as it is to the fam here!

If you follow one of our Nordstrom links and buy anything online we get a little commission, and lord knows in these slow slow summer months, TEOT needs all the help it can get. (Boy, no one ever said how bad the slow summer months were gonna feel.)

Maybe we should take a cue from Nordstrom and host a giant sale of brand new products at deep discounts.

Anywayzzzzzz, here are a few Nordstrom picks from mine and Sarah’s history to whet your appetite. But shop away y’all, do your thing.

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Romantic Floral Everything

In the process of planning for the wedding, a whole new world (a huge commercial complex) revealed itself to me.

I found myself googling things like “2017 wedding cake trends” and then I google 2016 wedding cake trends, 2105, 2014, etc… because I just hadn’t been paying attention before and its amazing how design trends evolve.

It was all a very enlightening and a fun process to immerse myself in.

In my research to understand wedding trends particularly as I put together my own dress, I came across a new trend for myself that I am quite in love with.

Its simply a brightly hued floral on a white field.

I thank the wedding world for leading me to seek out colorful embroidery and floral patterns, but the home decor and more casual fashion world that I actually dwell in has opened up as well.

Let’s explore this visually so I’m not just raving on and on…. and then we can reconvene and see if you are into it too. Maybe you have some examples that you have been pinning or loving or squirreling away in your inspiration folders.

 

House Beautiful is into it. Check out this cover. The cover features this temporary wallpaper from Anthropologie. Flipping through its pages will illustrate more and more colorful floral prints and patterns sneaking their way into our homes.

Furbish is into it, and I was into what they were into with this recent POP UP SHOP featuring Happy Cactus Designs. How sweet!? I tried my own hand at some embroidery work, and found it to be quiet relaxing.  You might consider giving it a go yourself.

 

We have these vintage Uzbek Suzanis at TEOT that fit the bill perfectly. They look radical draped over a table (take a cue from Ashley of @meetmeinphilly), the back of your sofa, or they could be floated in a large plexi frame for artful presentation. We have a new solution with our partners at Simply Framed for that, and we’re looking forward to our first excuse to try it out.

Another option at TEOT includes the beautiful Indian Block Print Euros we have. They look exceptionally adorable on the bed at our latest home staging project with Laura Turns, the community manager at our town’s favorite MilSpo outfitter R. Riveter.

Consider this image by Rachel Garrison a sneak peek, more to come on that asap.

 

This embroidered Tshirt by Tessa Perlo on Etsy, is super cute.

Nothing like finding a pair of pants you just bought on sale for half off… but hey, all the more reason why you might go snag them asap.
I love the fit and feel of these Zara floral trousers.

These Lulie Wallace Melamine plates will punch up your next picnic.

Of course, there is nothing like the real thing and floral design was a part of my own wedding planning process that I really enjoyed.
I looked to LA’s Moon Canyon for inspiration and I’m so glad I did.

I’ve been enjoying the sketches of Minnesota Designer Julie Gilligan.

Vintage Crewel Embroidery from morphewconcept

 

Please share your floral finds! <3

 

 

 

 

 

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Summertime Updates

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I’m a bit of a head case after Summertime wedding adventures that lasted almost the entire month of June. Prior to merging ourselves in a modern day marriage ceremony, I drove the puppies across the nation and back (bachelorette week on the way, honeymoon week back) in our Ford F150 truck and additionally we spent a week on the French Broad River with mine and Heffe’s family.

To say that it was an incredible emotional journey puts it lightly. It was 3 weeks packed full of so much fun!

My fam on the Trolley ride to party time.

When I was a kid, I used to often crumple into tears on the floor after a long hilarious bout of laughter with a friend. If I’m feeling reflective on existence I might say that there is a duality to things, best kept in balance. If one expends so much glee, surely it must be met with its opposite match…

This picture of my brother and the balloon is a solid favorite from the event. 

I’ve been trying to put back the pieces that seem to have fell off the wheels while they turned without me during Wedding month. As far as getting back into the saddle goes, I feel like I’m that kid crying on the floor, all crumpled after a good fun time.

 

From Sarah’s perspective. Thanks for this pic my friend.

But, I’m physically back for The Estate of Things and after I get done tackling all the little to-dos involving customer support fires 0r messed up inventory tracking systems….  I’ll be asking myself very deep questions,

…like what is this all for?

 

Kate slayed a modern throwback with her mermaid hair and this killer vintage number.

I suppose existing in some state of a search for meaning is my M.O.

So, this post is just some strange way to say, HI. I’m back, and it was fun, and now it’s time to get to work.

Much love,
Betsy

 

 

 

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The Floor Pouf

Cactus Silk Floor Poufs

Hello friends.

Today’s brief public service announcement is to let you know that these incredible beauties that we have, and have had at the shop for some time are flying low, beneath your radar.

You need to know about them!!!

These things are super reasonably priced. They are also ridiculously good looking and will easily elevate your versatile seating, floor lounging, corner sprucing game. They look radical stacked up there in the corner at our friend Laura’s house.

Let me illustrate a few lovely ideas for floor poufs!

Add a tray, and voila! A casual take on the end table. I employ this tactic all over my own home b/c it’s super versatile and I like to keep things mobile to make way for puppy wrestling and video-gaming.

If you are still into the super maximalist boho thing, then the pouf is a must have for tribal layers!

On the other hand, our minimalist boho friends may like this take. Let your pouf take a spotlight in a more refined setting like this one.

My latest visual obsession is a departure from the layers upon layers of pattern, and focuses more on piling on the organic texture and soothing color combinations. The calm blues of our cactus silk pouf would blend nicely in a setting like this

 

Poufs make the perfect perch for a kids play area!

 

And any Summer evening outdoors could be improved by bringing out all the rugs and poufs you can collect for an intimate gathering under the stars. I love the chandeliers in the trees!

Are you SOLD? Have a look at what’s in store and let me know if you want yours with or without the insert.

The striped beauties start at $98! You can find all Vintage Moroccan poufs here.

 

 

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Staging East Delaware’s Modern Farmhouse

Hey World.

Remember years ago, when we sat at the bar in the cold swapping name ideas for the new site we were going to create to share our home decor passions?

Remember when we had a big turnout on the Apartment Therapy Homies Awards that earned us some long time friends in the blog world? Remember when we were gonna rent a space in a cool co-shared mart to experiment with selling some vintage wares in Sarah’s town, but instead I got a big rad radio job in California and moved back? What about that time our blog got hacked and everyone hated us cause Google emailed them and said don’t link to us because of gross viruses? Ooh, that was the worst.

Recall when Sarah painted the Indiana House exterior for the 3rd time to get it right? The next thing that happened is we scraped together about a thousand bucks and we pulled together a collection of pillows and vintage goods to sell on Etsy. We doubled our money and did it again, and again until we got the courage to think it was working – Well, then we took a biz loan and we opened up a shop.

AND NOW! Here we are.

At the moment where we blog to our little tiny slice of the broad and seemingly infinite internet…

We have staged a real estate listing!

Kay, so that’s enough of that silly nostalgic drama.

Here’s a look at the fantastic work of area builder Butler Constructs along with Dandeneau Architecture. We were honored to bring over some home decor shop goods for an extra layer on their stylish result.

 

Area design/builder Sean Butler or Butler Constructs is a long time friend and fellow community member in the historic renovation scene in Southern Pines, NC.

He called on Sarah Farrell to bring in the final touches on one of his latest two builds in the picturesque downtown scene, that has been seeing an onslaught of development in the residential housing market due to an influx of interested young buyers from the local military base, Fort Bragg, NC.

The Modern Farmhouse is one of two new construction homes built with the architectural history of the region in mind. One, a modern take on the colonial is nestled into its lot behind the pine trees that give the area its name. The other, based aesthetically on an old farmhouse classic style sits proudly on the corner lot and features an impressive face with a tall gable.

We wrote about the two homes here.

Given their pick, TEOT would select the Farmhouse over and over. The company brought in a few samples of the shop to display around the home and give it that lived in “if you lived here, you’d be home” kind of feeling. They also invited local friend and furniture maker, Copper & Walnut to join them by adding a few extra upholstery pieces from the forthcoming collection. That lovely roll arm chair that you can see in the living room seating arrangement is an example of their craft.

My understanding is that both homes are under contract! <3 Congrats to the team, and thanks for having us be a part!

 

 

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From our Phones in May 2017

What’s big in your world right now?

It’s almost summer break! Are you planning trips!?

Maybe you just attended graduation for one of your littles, or maybe one of your BIGS went off to prom! I saw your pics and I can’t believe how time flies.

Sarah took on a new staging project for a recent house listing! Her Southern Pines Real Estate life is cruising right along and its brought new and exciting challenges to our work lives.

She’s also found a moment to whip up some classic pillows shams from a piece of highly sought after Chinese Batik textile that we sourced at the antiques market here in Santa Monica. The result is great, and we’d love to take custom orders! Contact us through our CONTACT TEOT page.

We got some new art easels in, and as simple as this home decor idea is – we think you can really bolster your table top steez with these basic pieces. Find them on our art page.

We get real happy when our clients and customers send us a pic of their latest TEOT goods in action. Thanks Court. We’ll forever love this pattern.

We are looking into a round up of the best hanging rattan chairs that the internet has to offer. While our vintage example in the shop is hard to top, we think the new hanging rattan chair we stock online is pretty darn close to Midcentury perfection. It goes boho for sure, but with clean lines like that, we think that just about any context could benefit from the casual and playful aspects it brings, even juxtaposed in a traditional setting.

I can hardly believe it, but the shop is taking on a more natural, neutral tone with its most recent layering of badass boho accessories. One signature of Sarah’s design practice that I really love, is her eclectic glaze. Thoughtful, sentimental and well poised elemental arrangements atop a purposeful, classic base. It’s evidenced by the recent bedside vignette at the shop.

I stopped my car, parked across the street and then looked up and down the street for judgey eyes before snapping this photo of my neighbors home. I had too, for a number of reasons. The first being that its FARMHOUSE in the Pacific Palisades. The second is because Sarah and I had cruised by it the very day that an associate at the Pacific Design Center told us that Venice was where it was at, and nothing interesting was happening anymore in Santa Monica or north… just boxes on boxes. But this is straight up East Coast Traditional architecture here in my hood and about a billion more area homes are clad in construction fencing, getting the same kind of update. Thanks Joanna Gaines???
At any rate, we’re into it.

And speaking of a little bit of country, the sweet ticking stripe napkin place setting is a great idea for your modern farmhouse table decor.

Oh, more new natural neutrals to love in the shop! Hot dog!

OMG, I bout died when I saw these. I need shelfie coaching so badly. I don’t even hardly have shelves at this house just yet, but they are coming and when they do…. I need Sarah’s magical touch.

Just look. It’s zen meditation for my hungry helpless eyes.

 

In other news, I just want to share something personal b/c you guys are so great to be here. It’s easier to do this in hindsight. I’ve been relatively quiet about it on the internet and around here we always vacillate between “do I share, or do I not share and move on talking only about pretty rooms and things to buy.”

… but today I share.

I’ve just come through a recovery period from a sudden surgery, very similar to something that Lena Dunham can outline for you to much greater detail and drama that I can muster on an interior design blog! Suffice to say, I’m one less fallopian tube and two less ovarian dermoid and chocolate cysts than I was a couple weeks ago and I’m ready to party – more sane and less pain, into the future of continuous birth control. I took the #endo pic with my phone, but I’ll spare the internet my intimates.

This is just my own personal part of the lady health stuff that both Sarah and I have confronted in the past few months. From our mothers, sisters, cousins, friends, daughters and ourselves, women’s health concerns have been surfacing all over the place for us. I hope its coincidental to our own ring of loved ones, and not the the new dystopic future that the Handmaid’s Tale would have me believe.

At any rate, at the moment I’m a bit raw, but grateful for my health and future. I’ve been through this quick, rough patch that was handled wonderfully with loving care from my doctors and my dude…. but there is more to face down with my mom’s continuing battle with endometrial cancer, with my reproductive pursuits, with cancer screenings and more. I guess I just want to say that if you are dealing with this, have dealt with it or are wondering if you may one day have to deal with it, you have my big, big heart. And we can chat it out. I’m ready to talk. Sharing and chatting through this stuff with friends and ladies of all types has been the most therapeutic approach I’ve found so far. Don’t spin out on your own. Don’t feel afraid, and let’s tackle it.

The end. That’s the end of this suddenly personal purge on the heels of an otherwise lovely eye candy phone photo folder dump. Love and thanks again for being with us.

 

 

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Betsy’s Getting Married

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I haven’t regaled you guys at all with the designer details of my seventies themed soiree that I’m putting together for the summertime. But, it’s time to begin sharing my girlish notions with my fellow friends here on the blog!

I can see how this type of project could easily become a full time gig, but so far I’ve been treating it like that side job hustle that you keep procrastinating on.

Each week, the dude and I have a chuckle at the wedding to-do list reminders that I receive after signing us up for The Knot, which I then never actually utilized.

Luckily we have a wedding planner friend that is helping pull together the minutia and swapping fun ideas with me on the parts that I AM totally excited by

…  mostly gathering inspiration pics and figuring out a space plan!

I love hosting!

I like to think I’m laid back and laissez-faire when it comes to planning… but those closest to me know that this is ruse, wrapped in a disguise, and peppered in LIE. In order to be so ‘go with the flow’ when it comes down to it, I have to meticulously plan and prepare ahead of time, right up until the point that I may release all expectation with trust in the preparation! Haha! I’ve been known to get straight up event planner anxiety when one of Jeff’s kids has a birthday dinner.

 

I’m messy and I’m NOT a perfectionist at all, but I want everyone to be well cared for and comfortable, and I want to feel like the atmosphere is a great expression of the occasion, whatever that may be…

In this case its a big, personal one! And that’s super exciting!

Suffice to say, as much as this day and this event is a powerfully fun thing to plan for and I couldn’t BE more excited for the events and the time we’ll get to spend with our friends and family, I am at best an unconventional bride, and at worst just a disorganized mess!

People keep asking me how the plans are coming, and I know that they are coming b/c I have lists and things are getting checked off — but I don’t have answers about what it is going to be just yet.

We’re officially less than 6 weeks in and my invites haven’t even gone out b/c the AMAZINGLY SILLY idea that we had for them is caught up in a wicked awful production snafu that I’m probably going to have to move along without. And it’s only a little bit sad, but I’m living on the edge by holding up my mailing date with hope.

And that is only our second hiccup in the planning process, after the resort venue booked all the rooms without saving any space for our families to stay as guests. Which was crazy, and kind of the entire point in booking there!

We’ve already adjusted the plan though and we’re feeling like it was all for the best in the long run. The important things are coming together, and some fun things are too! And ready or not, its happening soon!

All inspiration images were pulled together by our WONDERFUL Asheville Wedding Planner friends at Verge Events.

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Your Mama!

Hey there friends.

Mother’s Day is next weekend and since we love our mamas, love being mamas, love thinking about becoming mamas and love thinking about our daughters becoming mamas – its a special day for so many ladies in the TEOT camp.

I have to re-share this graphic that we made a couple of mother’s days ago, b/c it remains one of my favorite ever.

Our mamas from the 1970s. <3 
… before we came to exist. 

Isn’t it amazing that mamas have had whole unique lives and experiences before we came to live and know them as our mom?

I’m sure that may sound simple and perhaps even silly to some people, but I’ve been thinking about it. Whenever your children come to you, they know you in a role that is loving, caring and giving…. sacrificing of their time, their sleep, their energy, their identity and so much of what came before you.

And we just take it all, all that they give.

And its the natural order of things. And they love it, and they love us.

It’s a special time for me and for my mama. There is no gift I could give to express my gratitude on a Sunday. But I’ll try to find something for her this week that she will enjoy.

We’ll be back next week with more info about sales and gift ideas. You can get some ideas of whats to come here on the YOUR MAMA! collection page.

But because its Saturday and I’ve had a nice quiet morning,  I’m prone to wax emo.   Have a great weekend and consider talking to us if you are looking for something special.

 

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Saturday at Long Beach Flea Market

Hey y’all.

Do you follow us on Instagram? If so, then you already know that Sarah and her family came out to Los Angeles for a nice weeklong stay at our house. It was great fun, and we did lots of adventuring and exploring.

We started at the top of the week with a trip down south to the Long Beach Flea Market. It was so great to get out together and shop in real life, since usually we are working virtually, or going out sourcing on our own since we live on opposites sides of the southern nation.

Here are a few snapshots of the fun things we saw.

 

 

Someone’s prized John & Yoko scrapbook,

 

Seek the pastel kantha quilts,

 

Betsy didn’t listen to TEOT’s store mantra and these lilac lamps haunted her well in to the week,

 

Sarah has long had a soft spot for turquoise, and the ladies running this booth were some real American gypsies, made up of the stuff straight out Betsy’s wild heart.

We spotted some giant macrame hanging around, the original stuff from the 1970s,

Indian blocks to do your own printing,

Betsy is having a moment for multi-colored patterns and this struck her fancy.

Sarah carefully studied the suzani selection for the right vibes.

Next level air plants,

Next level tangled masses of air plants,

Betsy contemplated a couple of these for her bathroom, but didn’t want to carry them around. Ha!

 

This extra long lumbar haunted Sarah, but we’ll find it again and bring it to all of you

 

 

 

This tent below  looks like something that Betsy wanted to erect in the desert back before the #vanlife article came out in the NY Times and shed some light on how cliche the whole notion of “running to and burning up in the sunset” has become. She’s still dreaming of launching her Seven Wanders venture though.

vintage South American toddler sandals,

Aww. We had a funny conversation with the neighbor to this little setup. He swore we didn’t have a camper like this one…. and Betsy was like “Uh, no. I have a camper EXACTLY like that one.”

We met some new rug dealers that had some promising things to say about possibilities for the TEOT Rug collection.

So, that was that. We highly recommend the Long Beach Antiques Market to anyone in the area. You know the Rose Bowl gets all the love online but Long Beach is every bit as good.

Love yall. Have a great weekend.

 

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Making a New House Feel Like Home

Hey!

Well Sarah and I hung around last week talking about how to make a new house feel like a home–because that’s the kind of thing we do when we get together. (And also because Casper, the mattress started up a conversation and invited us to join in).

I thought of our first days in this house that we live in now. It was an exciting time. Seeing the previous owner’s items moved out, visualizing the minor renovation projects we had ahead of us, and camping out on, I kid you not, our own new Casper mattress that we had delivered before we moved anything else over. I sat and problem solved for weeks before we moved in, I stared at paint samples and I thought about what life would feel like in our new space!

Those are the fantasies that fuel home lovers like us.

And Sarah, as you loyal readers well know, has moved her family something like 5 times in the past 10 years. They love them a good blank slate. So she’s a PROFESSIONAL when it comes to getting inside a new house and looking around thinking about it becoming home.

So, after some real though we came up with an earnest list of our top 3 essentials for a new move-in, and here is what we came up with.

ESSENTIALS FOR MAKING YOUR NEW HOUSE FEEL LIKE HOME

  1. A solid timeless sofa.
    We believe in investing in an heirloom quality sofa with timeless lines, a piece that can travel with you from home to home, and grow with your family. Update it with new upholstery when you need to change your look. It’s nice to have comforting arms to catch you when you fall down with exhaustion between unpacking boxes.
  2. Personal Mementos.
    A new home can feel foreign at first. Make sure to start out early by setting up a piece that means a lot to you. This could be hanging a piece of art that you and your spouse have collected along the way, or unpacking your grandmother’s hand-me-down china set and stocking the cabinet first. Whatever your go-to sentimental pieces are, pull them out early and find a spot in your new house, so that you can feel at home.
  3. SUPER NICE linens.
    It’s important to get that nice fresh comfy feeling in the bed after your long first day in your new home. We are big fans of the linen splurge. You spend a good chunk of your life in your bed, and the kind of rest you get there has a profound affect on your lifestlye, so do it up right. We love an long thread Egyptian cotton sheet, but whatever your preference is, make sure that your best linens are packed on top of the stack so you can make your bed nice and comfy for your first night in your new space.

 

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Turn a Brick Box House into a Craftsman

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Hey there,

We have an idea for you. You are going to love this one, probably as much as your loved our ideas to turn your standard midcentury Ranch into something fresh.

This time the architectural style that has our attention is the 1950’s Post-War Brick & Block box. Much like the ranch style rambler, these homes became prevalent across the nation as soldiers filed back into their hometowns after the war with a GI Bill to promote welfare. Ultimately this led to a building boom, and suburban America was born. I’m sure you are familiar with the styles from the era. Maybe you drive through neighborhoods full of them, but don’t think too much about them.

Or maybe you are like us, and you drive through neighborhoods of them, and you wonder to yourself, how you might buy up the entire block of them, convert them all into one adorably rejuvenated pocket community with all the necessities and a local coffee maker, as great as BuggyTown.

Cause fantasies are fun!

Here’s a look at how we got carried away dreaming:

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IKEA Jassa Collection

Hey Friends,

I got myself down to IKEA Carson to check out the JASSA Collection. Here are my thoughts.

I told Sarah on the phone, either my fav bloggers were really hyped, or the IKEA PR department did an amazing job and pinning down all the bohoey blogs for a mention of this collection.

Here’s what the collections looked like on all those blogs, as styled by IKEA. Get ready for some very literal Moroccan interior design with tons of pattern mashups.

This chair is cute, but not quite dining chair height. It would look great in a corner, or maybe under your covered patio in a group. The seat is wide which is nice, but its the sculptural fan back that makes it one of the more striking pieces of the collection.

This chaise is the foremost piece that I wanted for my own home. I had this vision of using one in the the living room to break up my long narrow space but it was a bit disappointing. The scale is tiny. It read like a child’s chair. I thought it would make a fun piece for our living area which is constantly morphing between a family cuddle puddle and a wide open doggie play zone – but it just got swallowed up by the room and looked awkward. Also, I’m accidentally amassing an assortment of rattans and I don’t need to get carried away in that room. It’s out on the patio now thinking about where it wants to live.

I didn’t get to see these in person, but they are interesting. They may feel like kid’s chairs too, but they are a cool casual look in bamboo and could be really great to have around outside.

Along with the Jassa collection of furniture, there is a whole slew of baskets and fabrics and pillow covers that I didn’t include. But, I had to share this pic because Sarah and I have both been into some blue and white splatter paint & brushstrokey pottery vibes for sometime. Its always fun to see a trend interpreted for a big box store. This is a very accessible option if you like the look but haven’t wanted to spring for the more artisanal pieces.

I picked up a couple of these too, in the more horizontal design. I had them in mind as an simple solution to hang on either side of our bed, but man – when I got this stuff home its like my pimp balloon had deflated. Do you know what I mean? High expectations on this stuff, but really it’s better in concept than it is execution.
Again, I remind myself that they were like $30 bucks, and I am cheap.

Of all the pieces, this settee is actually the clear winner. It wins in both scale and overall practicality. If I get my act together for another long trip South, I’ll take the chaise back and swap for a second settee. I’ll admit that it’s not the sturdiest of the pieces that I have ever brought home, but for $129 I don’t know what more I could expect. We’ll see how long she holds us, especially since I’ve already set this pretty lady out on my back patio in the mild SoCal elements.

The series is limited, so chances are if you are wicked into any one piece over another, it might be a beast to find. Personally I checked in on the site for a few weeks before it finally arrived in Carson. It’s in San Diego & Costa Mesa too, but not Burbank. But IKEA also shares inventory count and where there were 48 chaise lounges last Monday, and by the time I arrived last Thursday, there were only  12 left.

Cruise the whole Jassa ordeal online here: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/collections/34665/

 

 

 

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