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The Estate of Things is a blog about stylized living, home decor and renovation. It is co-authored by Sarah and Betsy, two long time friends exploring a shared passion for design. 

Sarah and I dreamed up our home decor website on a set of barstools in Southern Pines, NC in the dead of winter, I believe it was a Christmas Break 2007. It was the same night that I traded a pair of knit gloves right off my hands to some intoxicated dude for a twenty dollar bill. I’d bought them earlier that day for 75 cents and cut the fingers off.

We all sat around and laughed and talked about our dreams for the future. Sarah and I always came back to our shared love for home decor and our aspirations to open up a brick and mortar store. It was her wordsmith husband Dan who came up with the best names as we all tossed ideas around. The Estate of Things stuck and soon after a blog was born.

Our initial goals were about building authority on a domain name, in hopes for future Ecommerce shop that would help us build the capital to open our storefront. It was 2007, the year that all of the best blogs starting to catch audience from the mainstream as a more personal alternative to shelter magazines. We had no idea that we were embarking on something so special at the perfect time, we just knew a blog was a great place to share inspirations, organize Sarah’s renovations work and share with one another the styles that we were most recently obsessing over.

While The Estate of Things continues to exist primarily a blog with hopes for future eCommerce, it is a passion project that we both happily tend to in our spare time. We are both working women with families and hobbies galore. The Estate of Things provides us both with our own litle place on the internet to purge the swelling creativity in our bones. We forge ahead with hopes that one day we might actualize our dream, to retire from our demanding 9-5s and truly mold The Estate of Things into the dream we’ve always had, a brick and mortar storefront.

sarah the estate of thingsSARAH

Location: Southern Pines, North Carolina
About me: An admitted design junkie with a passion for remodeling old houses. I love decorating, DIY, renovation and everything in between. Follow along with remodeling projects and design chat.
My favorite style: Traditional with a bohemian twist
My next house project: Plotting a move into that victorian downtown, all the while directing my husband what to do with the unpacked boxes here in this cape cod.

Betsy Moyer 300BETSY

Location: Los Angeles, California
About me: Hobbies abound, but I’m more of an internet nerd, music lover and thrifty home decor enthusiast than many things. I’m into DIY and artsy stuff, color trends, furniture make-overs, and living out home decor fantasies via your design blog – and ours.
My favorite style: A sentimental mix of genres…. mostly boho, but there’s definitely a lot of Southern California influence sneaking in – casually.
My next house project: It’s the on going Push & Pull as me and my relatively opposite boyfriend duke out decor, at um…. his house!

Latest Posts

Pillow Talk Accent and Anchor Pillows by The Estate of Things

Spring Hill: Choosing Banquette Pillows


I gave my Spring Hill client a little roundup of some different fabrics I wanted her to choose from for pillows at the banquette. In keeping with a farmhouse industrial vibe, I chose these five combinations. Let’s think about grain sacks and a modern farmhouse and when block prints and…

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Something Green


  This combo yields something like this, Agave is Desert Diamond from the always amazing Plants Delight (order online) and the vintage planter is from our shop.

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A Notable Kitchen


One of Country Living’s Contributing Editors Heather Bullard designed her own 600 square foot kitchen along with the rest of her house. It’s a great melding of functionality and rustic modern beauty by the orange grove. You’re gonna be jealous of the dish pantry and the coffee bar and the…

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Styling Open Shelves in the Kitchen


Open shelving in the kitchen is everywhere these days.  It’s time to get inspired in how to style those shelves whether they were installed by a custom cabinet maker or your husband. Maybe you went totally progressive and installed shelving with no upper cabinets or maybe you just added some floating…

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Sliding Door Makeover


While I was painting the white washed paneling in my kitchen and waving anxiously goodbye to the 90s, it occurred to me that I could quickly makeover the ugly sliding doors on our little kitchen pantry. They slide on a track and pass over one another and they are solid…

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Spring Hill: Working Plan


This is the plan I’ve worked up for the Spring Hill kitchen project. Its a general conception of the classic white kitchen with a farmhouse and industrial influence.   We’re using some classic elements that you probably see a lot and that’s because they work and they look great for a…

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Bennett Kitchen: Sconces


Every time I start a remodel project I do an initial walk through with Chuck the electrician before rough-in. He always says (use southern accent) “have you got sum fixtures you wanna design the house around”. Lighting is so absolutely important and easy to get wrong, whether you choose a…

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Home Sweet Home


I spent this past week in NC, through snow and record breaking freezing cold temps, just dripping with nostalgia. It was a fantastic whirlwind of a five day jaunt. Old friends, old college homes, visits with dear old friends, my fifteen year old cat and of course Sarah! I enjoyed…

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The White TV I’m Hoarding


I was cruising through my internet friend Danielle’s Pinterest board that she shared with me a while back when she was renovating her kitchen. When I say my internet friend Danielle, I mean a person whom I’ve never met in person that lives in another state and reached out to…

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Best Kitchen Accessories


Chances are you’ve seen one or all of these accessories in all those dream kitchens you’ve been pinning. From serving boards to canisters, we’ve rounded up six must have accessories for the kitchen.     Schoolhouse Electric Brass Rail/ Hammam hand towel, West Elm/ Serving board, General Store Anchor Hocking canisters, Walmart/ olive…

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Trends: Metal Shelves in Kitchens


Metal shelving and brackets…making kitchens special everywhere. Sometimes they are made out of pipe which I know you’re really thrilled about and even better if there’s a DIY prospect in it right? We love that industrial look. Kudos to those of you that can pull that kind of stuff off…