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White Place: A pocket neighborhood?

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In the late 1800s, S.R. White platted 38 acres of what would become White Place in Bloomington, Illinois. Why is this interesting? Well… because when we stumbled upon White Place off University Avenue I immediately thought– pocket neighborhood and I’m fascinated with pocket neighborhoods. I recently visited Bloomington IL, a moderately sized midwestern town but certainly bigger than my own southern home. A two and half hour ride from Chicago, Bloomington is home to State Farm, Illionois State University, Illinois Wesleyan and had he not been assassinated maybe Abraham Lincoln’s post-presidential home. The downtown area of Bloomington is a renovator/house flipper’s Graceland. Prices stay low (for now), the streets are lush and green (for now) and the potential is high. The streets are lined with Queen Annes, craftsman bungalows and prairie style houses. I’m not sure why anyone would want to live anywhere else in Bloomington but in a downtown…

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A Quick Paint Fix

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A little cottage dining room recently required some quick updating.. Getting rid of the dated paint colors was first and foremost on the list and what resulted is just further confirmation that paint will go a long way. Tan walls be gone, We used Benjamin Moore’s Woodlawn Blue to brighten up the dining room. We also replaced the existing light fixture with an easy Allen + Roth drum pendant from Lowe’s. How fresh is that?! We also sent pouty Laney to the pool, so we don’t have to hear “Mom I don’t want to go see any more houses”

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From our Phones

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Summertime has taken over the Southlands, which means June Gloom in SoCal, and unbelievable three digit temps in the South. Moving on to to the lighter moments in life, here’s what we have been inspired by via cellphone.   You can always follow along in real time via Instagram – our most favorite place to hang out when we aren’t here on the blog. SARAH is @theestateofthings BETSY is @betsymoyer

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Spotted: African Kuba Cloth

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Around these parts, our attentions wax and wane, depending on latest projects and life’s very real demands. I used to give myself a hard time about this, but I’m accepting the natural order of things, and just going with it. Self help articles demand focus focus focus, but how can I with so many new inspirations flying into my face daily? Can you relate? Speaking of focus, we SHOULD… and we should focus on Sarah’s renovation efforts. We have some exciting news to share soon, since she has totally wrapped the Bennett Kitchen renovation. … But with the surprisingly successful launch of the TEOT pillow collection – the focus lately has been on home decor sales via ETSY. So, that’s just what’s up with us. As a result, with news of Barbara Bestor’s BlackbirdsLA project, comes eye candy with an emphasis on African inspiration, including some very wantable Kuba Cloth pillows scattered throughout…

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Boho Meets the Classics

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Yesterday we took a little room tour to break down the Bohemian Luxury label it was given. Today, I thought we might explore what a TEOT version of that room might look like. I started with Sarah’s classic design picks, these are all timeless pieces that we keep coming back to. They will stand the test of time and are great investment pieces for your home. The next section is the boho glaze that you can put on top. These layers could stack up endlessly on top of the classics for a real textured boho Betsy flair (don’t get too cluttered), or you can choose your glaze sparingly and distinctively for Sarah’s boho traditional twist.     We featured a few of our favorite products above, available at many fine retailers online and off. Let us help you source any of the products above! We love shopping with you.

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Conversations: Bohemian Luxury

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Last night I was on the phone with my dad for a nice long chat and at one point he says “You know, I had an idea for your The Estate of Things.” Oh, I was piqued and just loved the conversation that ensued. His idea was for Sarah and me to please illustrate for him just what exactly bohemian versus traditional would look like in the same space. His suggestion was to design a room using all of the necessary elements that could illustrate how one might lean toward tradition with elements of the eclectic. He wanted to see us style it Sarah’s way, Betsy’s way and the together way. Sweet Daddy. We’ll work on that for you. Meanwhile, it made me think of this image that Sarah snapped for me as she was cruising through the most recent Williams-Sonoma Home Catalog. Sarah had asked: “Betsy do you see flashes of your *boho…

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Our Etsy Picks for June

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It’s summer time and we’re all aflutter with lust and love for the following items from Etsy.   New Mexico Tea Towel  |  Tie-Dye Clutch  |  Color Block Quilt  |  Marbled Silk Ribbon  |  Bar Cart  | Tribal Wallet

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TEOT Launches Custom Pillow Collection

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We’ve sourced, sewn and styled a whole prolifery of pillows from on-trend vintage global textiles and one by one we’re uploading them to our TEOT SHOP. We are selling them. What do you think? We like to call this little girl in the middle Lotty Dotty. She likes to party. We have a thing for blue you know. It’s really apparent in all of this wonderful vintage indigo fabric that we scored at the Santa Monica Antiques Market. It’s from Africa, and most of it is from Mali specifically. If I had to choose my favorite combo, I think I’d lean this way, below. In fact, I’d be happy if this scene were replicated exactly in my own home. I’ll do my best to recreate it, it’s going to be hard without that rattan bench in my life. I would take a little dose of Sarah styling all of my accessories too. I’ll tell…

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A Black House

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Around these parts, we’re into classic design choices – the kind that aren’t destined to go out of style, the timeless materials and good bones. The design elements that last. But equally, we’re moved and inspired by trends – the bolder the better. Here’s one that we are feeling intrigued by. Let us know what you think! Would you live in a black house? A Bolt from the Blue – featured in Lonny Mag I have such a crush on Barbara Bestor. I love how she pays homage to timeless design, but completely puts it on its head with her bold bohemian approach. She bought her personal home, the Bestor House,  near Elysian Park/Silverlake as a shack in a pre-gentrification era and started a revolution in her neighborhood. I love how she was inspired by a child’s drawing of a home. The simplicity and the color really make this home unique….

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Spring Hill Project: Gallery Wall

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It’s been a while since I shared anything about the Spring Hill Project but that’s only because the kitchen renovation was delayed. Things are still happening just at a relatively slow pace. Though recently, I put together a little gallery wall for the living area. Since the beginning I thought that one of Jennifer Ament’s prints would be fitting for the space and the client’s style. Here’s how I chose the artwork for the complimentary gallery wall.     Art is subjective right but I wanted to bring in some elements that can be taken and translated in to your own combination of art. The key elements I used in this grouping are: A print or work with words, a phrase or some kind of typeface, Pretty Chic Love A landscape, Yao Cheng Forest in Indigo An abstract, Clare Elsaesser Decisions Flora in black and white, Domino Botanical Sumi Ink Fauna…

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Weekend

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This weekend, Sarah and her little ladies hit the road to visit hubster Dan, whose been spending his M-F’s away for the past two months near Chicago, training for a new fancy job. He’s almost done, so they are gonna see where he been stayin at. Betsy and her crew will be relishing in an activity free weekend by hanging out in pajamas all day, watching kids movies from the 80s and perhaps taking a trip to Namas’s swimming pool, if it’s hot enough. Happy Saturday! Here’s some interneting for those of us that like to surf the net while we hang loose in our pjs. For all our local Southern Pines, NC friends, Sarah recently discovered a little print publication circulating around town called Sand and Pine. With topics like best burger around and talk of the Sunrise Theater, it’s a real treat. Pick one up, will ya!? Betsy poked around the BlackbirdsLA…

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This or That: Which West Elm Bed?

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It’s Friday, or as the Instagrams like to say lately, FriYay! I’m not sure how I feel about that (the Friyay thing). What about y’all? Here’s another serious question that I’m pondering. ??? It’s time to start thinking about a new bed. Aesthetically, I’m 95% sure I want a simple, clean, and rather plain, low profile, upholstered option. I’m even leaning towards a neutral, which is uncharacteristic, so I assume that it means I’m a grown up now. Turns out though, I am a grown evolving mess of a lady that seeks constant change and malleable surroundings. My big idea is that I can drape or tuck the textile of my most recent fascination over this style with the kind of commitment I favor… None! There is so much more that will need to be considered as I start contemplating wants and needs for a new bedroom style, but my feeling is that this…

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House Hunting: Don’t Jinx It

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I’ve gone a little silent on the House Hunting front for a bit. I think that the dude wants me to keep quiet about it, in case something terrible happens, but WE ARE IN ESCROW. My fantasy home with the blue window panes is our home! Holy crap, I can’t believe it. I will be sure to do some storytelling as we get settled, but this is where we ended up! We’re pushing paper and giving the homeowners time to get packed up and moved out! It’s so close that I can taste it.

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Hanging Out and Taking Pics

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Sarah and I got to spend this past weekend together working on our new products and projects. It was a joyous celebration of friendship and porch chats where we shared the greatest and scariest of all our hopes and fears as life sweeps us along. It was also a deep think on the future for TEOT. We’re excited. We are at a time in our lives when little girls rule and getting things done is likely to take six times longer than it should for a million wonderful reasons. We wouldn’t have it any other way. We take the moments of peace along with the mayhem of barking dogs, hungry cats and playful young’uns with needs. And then we bust our tail ends with the satisfying feeling of energy and passion while we style and shoot and play house together as a team. I’m sure Courtney (the Bennett Kitchen homeowner) was thrilled at the whirlwind job we did,…

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