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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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A Subway Tile Alternative

Pinterest knows that I’m working on a kitchen, a modern and relatively simple kitchen because of algorithms and such.

So what begins to get threaded through is a lot of those types of kitchens, what a little helper. And I started seeing this tile,

Granted it’s a little forced because of the algorithms but I also began taking notice on Instagram too and before you know it, I’m thinking are we inching away ever so slowly from subway or do we just need a break now and then.

If you’re looking for a break from subway, maybe folding those corners down or giving a slight exotic twist still holds you to the timelessness of the subway rectangle while still creating a little modern edge.

What other solid color shapes are you thinking about lately for your kitchen backsplash?

Walker Zanger
picket tile, Fireclay
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TEOT at Home

What do I do with that beautiful textile that I bought at The Estate of Things other than just drape it over a sofa arm?

I love it but how will it work in my space? We’re answering those kinds of questions and offering light suggestion with these images below…

Dash lumbar and square pillows

Rattan Table Lamp

Beni Ourain Pongo Rug

Pesce pillow and Bishop pillow

Perdita pillow and Chevie pillow

DePalma basket and Neon Sunrise

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Big Art

In some cases, size does matter and the context in which I’m thinking about size is art, specifically large scale art or as we sometimes like to call it big art.

I was recently lamenting over not pulling the trigger on a piece of abstract art I saw at the High Point Furniture Market two years ago. I ran across a reminder of this piece in my camera roll as I was trying to free up some space on my phone by getting rid of screenshots from too long ago and blurry images of little girls at ballet recitals.

I came across it on the roll and instantly realized that it would’ve been the answer to my question of – do I move the gallery wall from the living room to the dining room and put shelves in the living room or do I leave the gallery wall where it is and get a new larger piece for the dining room…on and on and on and on

And this is where I land us all on big art.

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A Frame Project: Week 2 and 3

When we first started on this project in late spring we encountered some routine rain fall that sent the crew home for almost an entire week but after the rain stopped we got back to it.

Here’s what happened in week two…not much. Well actually, the dog house entry over the red door is gone!

That’s why we combined weeks two and three, so you could see some action.

We started and framed the dormer that will expand the head room for our stairwell and create a much larger space to put a bed in the master bedroom. We decided on one large dormer to achieve both objectives instead of framing two separate dormers.

You can see the beginnings of what the dormer might add to the interior. You can also see our brainstorming scribbles of a built-in bookshelf on the staircase wall.

This view shows how the dormer relates to the existing shed roof of the laundry room. The dormer lands right above that existing roof.

It’s time to take a deep dive in to window design and configuration next week so be ready to pour over images of the windows of modern homes.

 

 

 

 

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New Additions at Betsy’s House – Update

There has not been a ton of activity here on the architectural department side of the New Additions at my house. It’s a waiting game at this point on both the baby and the garage additions!

The baby nursery is coming together though, slowly. So I’ll share some progress images for both projects, starting with this little quiet corner.

The stuffie is a Newfoundland like our big Dodge and was a gift from some dear friends. The watercolor disco ball by Shana Frase was a graphic player in our wedding invitations and that little lampshade is something that I recently slapped together with some leftover Baule Ikat from West Africa. I love the look with this rattan chair, but it will be swapped out for a linen rocker soon. That turkish hemp pillow and the suzani are both ShopTEOT inspired finds.

For the actual addition to the house, we recently had a crew come out to dig around in our yard to see how far down the bedrock was. This was an eager moment for us because if the bedrock was so deep that the new garage required 30 foot tall caissons then we may have had to scrap the whole idea. Luckily our findings were favorable and we can build on our hill without having to dig too deep for support.

This is a finalized floor plan sketch if you are into this sort of thing. I love a floorplan!

With the final floor plan in place, we had a visit with the contractor to go over it and discuss some costs. A new front door/entryway enclosure is a big maybe. It’s not seen drawn on the sketches above.  But, I’m pulling hard for it as 5 people arriving to go in opposite directions while being greeted by a 160 lb kisser dog and a 30 lb jumper dog is mayhem in the current tiny foyer area.

It’s going to be up to the city though. Apparently It puts us something like 5 sq feet over the allotted area and since the entry would not meet current code (40 feet from the street) we aren’t technically supposed to enclose it at this point… However, we’re gonna try to get this by the city anyway cause its kind of silly not to let us do this. It’s minimal. I can get into this more if its going to happen. I still don’t have any drawings of it which keeps the idea abstract. A photograph of our current entryway exterior is below the proposed exterior illustration.

Can you imagine our current porch enclosed with a new face and front door?

Moving back inside to the master bedroom nursery situation. I pulled the trigger on the art rug from Chairish and I’m pleased that I did. I also took the hardware off of the IVAR drawers. It’s better this way.

So, its any day now until baby is here. Getting ready has been fairly relaxed, but as I near the end I begin to understand why so many mamas want to chug castor oil to speed the process along. (DON’T DO IT, I’M KIDDING.) Feeling patient can be hard when your body is sliding toward its primal caretaker role.

I sent out a bunch of postcards to friends and family asking for participation on a website that I put together for the baby, to create a bedtime story book out of. The response that I have gotten has been so much fun to read through and I’m a glutton for more. I chose this postcard/baby book project in lieu of a big girl baby shower since my tightest of girl posse is spread out all across the country.

 

Heffe assembled our crib and I watched while feeling in love.

Perhaps a full nursery photo shoot will come together one day, but I’ll await the few final pieces and the little baby girl!

 

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A Frame Project: Week 1

We kicked off the A-frame renovation in Week 1. We had our own #demoday and we removed the tan vinyl siding and vinyl trim from the house and uncovered a strange little add-on cavity underneath the vinyl at the end of the “A” on the left front side. It was a strange and unnecessary design flaw that we promptly removed. After removing that we found that the leg of the “A” on the left side was then shorter than the right. So we’ll fix that soon enough.

Just for fun, here’s a refresher of what she looked like when we purchased.

There is a lot of discussion about changing the window and door configuration on the front of the house and we’ve all agreed that would be best to expand the view and improve the design. We’re adding windows up top and there will now be four doors with two of them being fixed.

We uncovered T-111 heavy textured siding that was popular in the 70s and 80s. I can’t say that I’m a fan. It was an affordable siding option back then, a material that kind of mimicked board and batten and barn wood at the same time.

In week 1, we also started the processing of pruning and trimming and clearing built up yard debris. It’s a process that will continue.

This awkward design that is the covered entry on the side will disappear next week. We’re looking forward to exposing the chimney and making it more of a standout as an architectural element.

After some demo, it was an obvious and simple task to rebuild the deck. The existing deck was compromised structurally and long past it’s prime.

Not a bad start at all! Check back soon for more progress at the A-Frame Renovation.

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A-Frame Project: Inspiration

In case you missed the intro, this is the A-frame project. Click here, to go back and read the beginning post.

We’ve been scouring the web, looking for images of the right dormer examples for the A-frame and I think we collected some good ones. Here are some other images that are providing inspiration for our A-frame renovation.

 

We know we want cable railing or a metal element in our railing on the front deck. But we’re on the fence as to whether or not we use metal conduit, or galvanized pipe or spring for a Feeney cable railing system.

 

this exterior is a huge source of inspiration and we’ve ordered black windows

 

we thought about using a “dog-eared” window on the front like below but we ultimately decided we didn’t like the corners,

 

 

there’s a lot of angled storage opportunities in an a-frame

Color picks for the exterior will be on the darker side. This Benjamin Moore color, Brewster Grey is an interesting color. I recommended this for a master vanity color and it worked fabulously!

I like this combination a lot, interested in the way they chose to trim the windows in white. I also really like that rich teal color. Our doors and windows are black.

You can check out the rest of what I’m pinning for the A-frame project here.

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The Cali Chalet: An Introduction

Hey Friends & Fam,

What a week! It’s been a long time in the making, but TEOT has a couple of really great irons in the fire, with Sarah’s new A-Frame by the Lake, the new shop location and now this intro, to the Cali Chalet!

The Cali Chalet is a new weekend getaway home for my family. Located in the San Bernardino Mountains, its an easy hour and forty minute drive from our home in the Palisades, and almost 5,000 feet above the sea we live by.

It’s so exciting to explore the California version of Mountain Living… Growing up in the foothills of North Carolina with frequent trips to the Appalachians, the mountains are a part of me and they call to me, just like all the Wanderlusty posters say they should.

The home that we scored is a sprawling 90s Contemporary. We are perched up on the hill a mile above the lake with tree top views. There are huge pines all around us, a beautiful Maple in the front yard and an Elm out back, which I just can’t wait to watch change through the seasons! My NC heart is so very content up here! My crew has been joking around that the baby and I are gonna come live full time and the dude will have to visit us on the weekends.

That bright green Maple makes me so happy!

After watching a number of cute little cabins get snatched up pretty quickly, we stumbled into this gigantic 90s contemporary home with so many nooks and crannies and lifestyle features that we just had to go for it. It’s large enough to host multiple families along with our own growing one, much more than we imagined when we started. Holidays are going to be so much fun!

Aside from the 3 bedrooms and large media room that we will turn into a kid’s play room with bunkbeds, there is also room for our vintage Shasta Camper project (which was criteria number one in the search.) Bonus, it comes in the form of a 3 car garage which means plenty of room to spread out tools and get rid of our storage unit in town. There is also a studio space in that garage in which we hope to add a pottery wheel and a kiln for my old college hobby (and the grandparents’ more recent delve).

Underneath the house, there is a pimped out wood workshop with a dust collection system, which won the heart of my woodworkin dude. None of this was pictured in the real estate listing, so you can imagine our surprise as we uncovered each bonus space.

For our crew of inveterate dabblers, tool collectors and hobbyists, there is an incredible amount of tinkering space. There is even a whole room dedicated to hot tub club, one of my favorite past times! I can’t wait to show you what that hilarious room looks like! It looks like a dream come true. Here, let me just go ahead and show you how the sellers had it styled when we visited the home for the first time.

I hope the cheetah comes with!
(it didn’t)

 

In fact here is a tour of the home as we were introduced to it, through the real estate pics.

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So that’s it. The fun new project where we have been spending our weekends.

I’m sure you are wondering how we are going to approach the decor in this dated 90s home, and on most days I’m wondering that to. But a plan is coming together and we are getting started and I don’t think anyone will be too disappointed. More to come soon!

 

 

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