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Jenny Wolf Interiors

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I have found quite a bit of inspiration in the designs of Jenny Wolf Interiors but I wasn’t properly identifying the source until recently. There are so many spaces and vignettes that people pin sometimes without the source identified and that’s why I wasn’t aware of my appreciation for JWI but now I know where to properly direct my kudos and so do you. I love Wolf’s work for moments and spaces like these,                                

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Designing Our New Home From Scratch

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Part of the move-in process includes a fresh start by repainting the entire interior. I’m talking walls, trim, windows, doors and ceilings. It’s no minor task designing our new home from scratch. Every day presents a new decision, but we’ll start first with a fresh coat! Sarah and I are having an email dialog about the perils of choosing paint colors. How lucky am I to have her expert consultation at my fingertips? It makes me anxious to hear her say she needs to know more about the vibe we are after in order to help me suss out the differences between whites! But this post is my attempt in communicating our desires. To start, there is nothing like experiencing the room throughout the day, and getting a feeling for the light as it passes from east to west. Here is a look at the vacant living room. We have already removed the drapes…

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Our Most Popular Pins

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We are always so honored to see our work on your Pinterest boards. It gives us a thrill each and every time. So, we thought we’d take a little look into the most popular pins from TEOT projects that you guys have saved on Pinterest. You can follow Sarah here and Betsy right here on Pinterest.   I love a nook, you love a nook and we all love it when you take an awkward and unused space in an old house and turn it in to something functional and cool like this cabinet in the May bath renovation. One of the things you love to pin the most is the right neutral paint colors, so we did this little roundup and you liked it, you really liked it…   I think you guys were in agreement with my color palette on the interior of the Indiana renovation! Continued interest in paint color choices takes us…

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The Frazada & Peruvian Woven Goods

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Friends. We would be remiss not to share with you the latest in home decor that we are trying to hunt down for our own homes (and yours too if you are a TEOT ETSY fan.) Since a trip to the Chinchero Market in Peru, South America is not in my most immediate future, I’d like to bring a bit of the Andes to me. Sarah and I are both nuts over Bolivian Frazadas. Here’s a little looksee to get you on board with what we’re talking about. The pillows, blankets and rugs are popping up on boutique shops across the internets, from Australia to the UK, to the US. These lovely styled images come to us via Garza Marfa, the supplier behind the collections avaliable at Heath Ceramics, L’aviva Home, etc El Hummingbird is an Australian company started by a lovely couple who travel to Peru annually to connect with artisans and select one…

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COMING SOON: A little Shop teaser

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We’ve got a few new items to add to the TEOT ETSY Shop, coming soon. Consider that image above a sneak peek. <3 Until then, shop the items that we can’t quite believe haven’t sold yet… (well, except that shipping is super expensive and so every time someone buys this vintage rattan bench we quote the price to ship and everyone dies of sticker shock so we have to refund.) Does anyone know of a great shipping secret? We were BLESSED with an incredibly insightful and helpful email from our Instagram pal, Leah of @ScoopsVintageModern. Her ETSY SHOP is the stuff of dreams. She has incredible tastes! But she is with us in the struggle for how to deal with major fees associated with transit of large items. Sarah uploaded some wonderfully aged wooden carving boards that would look killer in any kitchen. I love how they warm up the…

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Patterns of Josef Frank

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I often survey the undecorated spaces in my home, my dining room being a space that is front and center on that list mostly because I can see it from the sofa. I lean toward casual inspiration for this space, a dining room that gets everyday use. When I review inspiration for my dining room, I often think about this one featured in Domino a few years ago, The drapes and chair cushions are in a Josef Frank pattern called Vegetable Tree. Josef Frank was an Austrian born architect that lived most of his adult life in Sweden where he was the most prestigious designer for a Stockholm firm called Svenkst Tenn (Swedish Pewter). Frank not only lent his vision to buildings but also to vibrant and modern textiles that have a certain Alice in Wonderland essence. Designer Katie Ridder is certainly a fan of Frank’s patterns, they show up in many…

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Decorating with Yellow

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All you need is a dollop, a splash, a pop—of yellow. I don’t have any personal desire to paint an entire room yellow or a house but yellow is a fantastic accent and it makes me happy to see the perfect execution of a yellow accent in a room. Case in point,           It certainly went well with yellow on the Indiana project, My favorite yellow accent is a stool. In a quiet, white kitchen–yellow barstools scream at you. But it’s a joyful, playful scream.   I’m on the fence as to whether or not I’d like to do a yellow wishbone stool in our home office makeover but I know I want a yellow accent and while I’m deciding enjoy the yellow roundup,   1. West Elm Ikat Bowl | 2. Dot & Bo Get to the Point Stool | 3. Schoolhouse Electric Studio Desk Lamp | 4. Fine Mod Yellow Shell…

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Renovation Trends: Hex Tile

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By now you’ve probably noticed hexagonal tile appearing in bathrooms and kitchens galore, here are 7 examples of  some of our favorite hexagon tile applications. Marble hex lives happily ever after with a modern floating vanity, I love simple shower accent walls that look good for a lifetime. This can be pulled off with some hex, a white pencil and some 4×4 tiles.   The snowflake hex tile and Benjamin Moore Stratton Blue vanity made for an interesting combo in Sarah’s Grout Cottage renovation, Hex with a classic border with a lime green wall sink for a twist. We can still tile kitchen floors just maybe not in 12×12 squares if we can avoid it. This European kitchen is tiled in large hex tiles. A classic bathroom clad in a greek key border and hexagonal floor tile.   Small marble hexagonal tiles are great for recessed shower niches, For the…

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Lofty Dreams of Attic Conversions

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My mind is often prone to wander off towards dreams and fantasies of a more unrealistic nature, which is why I presume – when we have a whole brand new house to plan for with reasonable needs like space planning and painting, I can’t stop thinking about the attic. It’s a real romantic notion. Since my childhood I’ve journaled. The voice has changed throughout the years but most times I write as if I’m communicating with an audience. That audience is often a girl that came after me, maybe I helped to make her, my child or my grandchild. This girl is sitting up in an old attic somewhere, breathing in the must of a generation gone by, flipping through the pages of all my most silly dreams and tales of the times that I lived in, interesting if only because they happened in the past. It’s dramatic and it looks like…

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Bennett Kitchen: Shop the Look

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We revealed the Bennett Kitchen renovation last week and I thought it would be nice to chat for a minute about the design process and that final layer, the one where all of the living and working comes into play. I’ve been living in an old house that needs the kind of renovation that I offer my clients regularly. I have been feeling particularly fed up with the downsides of age, so for this kitchen, I really keyed up the the crisp finishes. We ended up with a really strong modern take on a cottage kitchen with classic bones. After beefing up the architectural elements of the space (applying quintessential Craftsman millwork on the doors and window frames and heightening the cabinets with a shaker style front, we finished the backsplash, counter tops and flooring in modern slate floor tiles, crisp subway tile and a quartz counter top. This makes…

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Weekend

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Hoping y’all have a great one. Betsy is still trying to get settled back into blogger life. She’s going to head over to her brand new home with the dude and kids to sledgehammer some kitchen cabinets and built-ins that must go. Perhaps Sarah will be getting a start on all that landscaping she has in mind. She tried to enlist her family in lieu of birthday presents. How did that go, Sarah? Here’s what is happening on the internet that we’ve been into lately. Sure, USA doesn’t seem like the network where we’d send you for quality tv, but whoa! Mr. Robot is awesome. We were heavily influenced by Chuck Palahniuk’s FIGHT CLUB era back in our college days at UNCG. The narrative quality of this new show is more than reminiscent, it’s downright inspired. We’ll see if Christian Slater is Brad Pitt or not. Even if he is, we’re not mad about…

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Bennett Kitchen: The Final Reveal

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The Bennett kitchen renovation is ready for its debut. There’s no two ways about it the Bennett kitchen was one sick puppy but now it’s a charming southern cottage kitchen with a splash of SoCal. Let’s take a look at that renovation, It’s really gratifying to see the plan come to life and I love it to pieces. While I didn’t need to change the footprint of the room I did need to move the appliances around to create a layout that functioned more efficiently. The refrigerator and stove changed position, we added a dishwasher and put the microwave on a shelf freeing up valuable counter space. The fridge was just sitting on a blank wall by itself. We needed to nestle that in and put that blank wall to work. This is what became of that blank wall, A custom range hood with shaker panels, a classic white subway…

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Sarah’s Backyard Makeover

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We are starting basically from scratch here in my backyard except for the old Water Oak standing solid in the middle. Everything else could go and it has for the most part. I have a decent plan that I’ve been adding to here and there…pretty much since I moved in. Progress seems to crawl at a snail’s pace around here and we’ve mostly just started the process of removing the overgrowth. When you buy an older home in Southern Pines that requires renovation, you typically get a random pile of bricks somewhere on the property and vines–wisteria mostly, choking the life out of the nearest long leaf pine. So we’ve been clearing and we put up the fence we discussed here not long ago. From here I’m proposing that we take some smaller steps in manageable phases to eventually end up with a landscaped backyard that is irrigated, has an established…

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Weekend

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Here’s hoping that you’re taking a drive with your squeeze this summer weekend. Betsy shall return soon from the UK and return to blogger town, home from rockstar town. We’ll be dropping the reveal on the Bennett kitchen renovation soon, which I’m fairly sure you’re gonna love. If you follow us on Instagram you saw a little teaser. Hasta Luego.

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