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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!

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Weekend

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  Sarah is putting some finishing touches on the Bennett kitchen. If you follow her on Instagram, you’ll know that she’s settled on Benjamin Moore Peacock Blue for the pocket door. This weekend, she has loads of quality time with the fam on tap. She thinks it might be time to introduce her girls to the dip-trip-flip-fantastic world of Mary Poppins. Betsy is heading down to San Diego for the weekend to rehearse with some music friends. They are preparing for a UK trip in July that includes a stage appearance. She’ll sing with The Luxembourg Signal on July 28th at the IndieTracks festival. Cue anxiety. As much as she loves her occasional music career, homegirl has ridiculous stage fright.   Here’s some interneting for the lazy moments in your weekend: We put together a playlist for the SoCal Seventies Gypsy inside of you. Put this on blast and get to work on your DIY…

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Estate Envy: Meg Draper’s Laurel Canyon Bungalow

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Oh Don Draper, you disappoint me so much with your screaming infidelities. Your unwavering confidence, your glib I could give a what attitude, your constant last minute bourbon and lucky strike fueled genius slogans are starting to bore me. I wish someone else would outshine you in the board room one good time. For once, I wish the lady wouldoth protest… For once, just do what we haven’t come to expect of you. Even your weirdo 1940s depression era secret past life is a snooze. More Megan Please! Especially the banging little bohungalow digs she’s propped herself in up in Laurel Canyon, am I right? Don’t be surprised if you see a gigantic DIY God’s Eye in my Instagram feed soon. Thanks for the inspo Meg. Good luck in LA. Images from Interior Design Magazine, see more Mad Men set design images here!

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9 Favorite IKEA Hacks

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Don’t you love finding IKEA hacks that are wildly functional and extremely good-looking! Kudos to this group of nine handy people changing things up. I hope I grow up to be just like you.   Smitten Studio’s tarva dresser The Pax free-standing wardrobe hacks are most excellent. I’ve seen them painted black with brass hardware and now Jenna Sue built those in to make a pantry in her custom kitchen reno. Makes you feel excited to put the dishes away. Jenna Sue Design Pax Pantry There’s something about painting metal mint green that makes it instantly fabulous. Style Me Pretty bar cart The Charming Nest blog is putting Hemnes to work in all kinds of situations. Some carpentry skills will take you and Hemnes a long way. I really, really want to make my own beefed up Hemnes sideboard. Get me some reproduction latches and sash pulls and some crown molding…

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Spring Garden Prep

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Do we have any serious gardening readers? I hope so, let’s talk plants. My Mom and I both enjoy gardening. We have a history with plants and flowers–my whole family does. My parents owned and operated a greenhouse business themselves for 20+ years. I grew up in a greenhouse and that’s a great story… for another day. We’ve got to get down to the bidness of talking about spring and plant shopping. We recently paid a visit to one of our favorite garden center spots to stock up for planting window boxes and spring containers at The Garden Supply Company. GSCO always has a great selection and some helpful people working there that can answer all sorts of questions about their inventory. Good trees, good perennials, good annuals, good shrubs, good everything. I snapped some cell phone shots of some of our favorite stuff at GSCO now. They’ve probably already added a…

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Trends: Breadboards

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If you have the eye for spotting recurring themes in nicely styled editorial home decor features, you too may have spotted the stacks of warm, rustic breadboards making their way into our hearts as a staple kitchen accessory. Both old or new, lean them two or three deep to warm up the kitchen. Here’s a dive in to the breadboard done right.                            

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Weekend

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Betsy and Heffe are hitting the road for some kind of musical experience in Dana Point, California. I don’t know too much about the band, but the San Diego friends that invited them are tops and they always have a blast hanging with them. They’ll spend the night and hit the road early Saturday for more more soccer tournaments. It’s Sarah’s little girl, DC’s birthday time plus Spring Break in their camp. I’m fairly certain that they are also gearing up for Dan’s career change. He’s off for training and readiness for a whole new gig. Change has been brewing for months now, and day by day, all of the balls in the air will float back down and feel settled again. I’m sure this week and the birthday time has been very special for their fam. Now for some weekend interneting: Sunday marks the return of Game of Thrones. Are you SO excited? We are. Play…

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A Sunny SoCal Color Combo from West Haddon Hall

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Sarah, thanks for pinning this West Haddon Hall room from a recent Domaine Home feature. It got me thinking about color schemes in a predominately neutral room. If you are like me, then you love color and the thought of a mostly neutral room seems kinda crazy, like a lost opportunity. I understand that many people have problems that are the complete opposite of this (I co-blog with one and I also live with one.) I’m the type of decorator that needs to harness the power of editing. Which are you? This room popped into my feed though and I am drawn to it in a way that made me curious. Made me want to break it all down and pull out the scheme. There is such balance. I love the look. Those little pops of blue and orange, pulled from the Suzani draped over the back of the couch, give the room life,…

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Eskayel

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Sarah and I have both been a little jonesy over Eskayel and their watery tie-dye designs. Are you hype to this hipness already!? I’m climbing on board in a big way. The most fascinating part of this incredible line of inky blues and other extra-terrestrial color combos is the range of application that I have seen. From boho beachy bungalows to southern traditional powder rooms, this rorschach like graphic is carving a deep want into the hearts of many. Peep a few of our favorites from their portfolio of applications and then tell me where you want yours!? I’m thinking it would have been perfect for the powder room at the house on the hill that we didn’t get. Maybe I should contact the buyer to see if they want me to help them decorate!

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Choosing Kitchen Faucets

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If you’ve taken on a kitchen renovation project on your own or just want to make some affordable upgrades the time will come when you have to select a faucet. All of the design details like faucets, hardware and tile join together to make a unique kitchen that is personal and functional. Some homeowners wait until they are prompted by the builder or plumber to get the faucet and are pressed for time while others are prepared and already have all of their fixtures ordered ahead of time. After choosing several for my own projects and some for clients I think I’ve got the process down. First let’s get familiar with the common faucet styles, STYLE CONSIDERATION Not every faucet is created equal and whether you’re remodeling or upgrading your kitchen, consider the style of the space before you buy just any old faucet. Bridge faucets look just as fantastic in brownstone…

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The House Diaries Kitchen

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I really appreciate the renovation effort in Nicole’s kitchen chronicled in her blog The House Diaries. I’m guessing you’ll like many other spots in Nicole’s house too. Their house underwent the kind of renovation I enjoy–a big one. I like the great vintage scores in the dining nook like the pair of gray chalk painted dressers and the large chalkboard. I also love that Nicole asked the builder to wrap the wall with ship lap, I like that she chose furniture style legs for the cabinets and that they reach for the ceiling and my most favorite choice–the rustic shelves mounted under the cabinets. A beautiful, functional and personal space is what patience and careful planning will get you when renovating. It will come people but it takes time.              

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Bennett Kitchen: Weekly Progress

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We are really cooking now in the Bennett kitchen, um not literally, but we are getting really close. This is the fun part of a renovation. When the cabinets are installed I get really excited because the space and design finally starts to take shape. After the cabinets come all of the finish details like– backsplashes, shelving, appliances, hardware and light fixtures. We’ve already come along way with just the cabinets in! The rain slowed us down a little but the crew worked under the cover of the porch and framed the banquette. On Monday, one of our local stone fabricators, Blarney Stoneworks came to template the countertops and install is happening tomorrow. A lot of times in a kitchen renovation, there is a lag time that can last weeks between the template process and countertop install but Blarney came through on a tight timeline for this project. Their ability to get to our project on relatively short…

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Nathan Followill’s Home on Domaine

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Back in February, Domaine featured the Nashville home of Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill’s. He and his very cute wife Jessie Baylin hired designer Benjamin Vandiver to design their newly remodeled 1970s home. I perked up for a few reasons, A. I really like the looks of Nathan Followill B. I’m interested in designer Benjamin Vandiver’s work   C. I’m a sucker for lifestyle photographs of rock star families   Here are some of my favorite spaces from their secluded Nashville home,              

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Outdoor Rugs

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I know you’re starting to get all antsy about your outdoor situation. You’re thinking you’d be better be draping those market lights in that perfect but effortless way and getting fresh outdoor pillows and such. Don’t forget about an outdoor rug to pull it all together. Manufacturers and makers have made some strides in the outdoor rug arena, we’ve got some solid choices now. Here are a few of my favorites,   1 Ballard Designs Wainscott rug/ 2 Capel Afghan rug/3 Barcelona Estrellas rug /4 Surya Alfresco Seraphine rug/5 Dash & Albert Mosi Indigo rug/ 6 One Kings Lane Dolores rug/ 7 Pottery Barn Chevron recycled yarn rug / 8 Capel Finesse Moor rug

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Weekend

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  This weekend, Heffe and the homies and I head to NC for a bit of much loved family time. I’m deeply grateful that this crew enjoys the trips we make to my home. We hope to see Sarah, Dan and her girls. We’ll settle for Sarah and a girl, whatever we can get. We convene in Ashe County, our new TEOT vacation headquarters. Our crew is going to pull up my old Vintage Shasta Camper and rough it by the river! Normally on the weekend post, we’d share a week’s worth of lazy saturday morning worthy links here. To be real, it’s Thursday night, and I’m feeling more like sharing my own musings. I’m wound up in the fuzzy aftermath of a sweet celebratory dinner with the dude regarding some great happenings in his world. At the same time – the anticipation and subsequent realization of our failed house hunt offer is settling in over…

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