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Art for the Home

January Art Event at Shop TEOT

 Abstract Caroline Wright | Peacock Print | Jean Kalisch Landscape | Butterfly Print | Girl Print | Andrew Shunney Lithograph

Hello old friends,

I’m dropping in to talk a bit about adorning your walls with fun finds and lovely art.

I am an art lover. I was an art history major in college with plenty of museum experience and exposure that would make the task of collecting art for my home seem easier. Alas, it has not. In fact, I sometimes wonder if it has done the opposite.

See, I have this silly issue that you may or may not grapple with too.

Peek-a-boo print | Branches print | Gourd Vases | Beaker Vase


Now that I’m a grown-up lady, in a more permanent homeplace, where I can really devote the time and attention to decorating for the long term lifestyle that I want to live, I am ready to loosen up a bit. My art endeavors need only to satisfy a few rules for me.

I like for my art to evoke a sentiment, tell a story or serve as a memento.

They don’t have to do all 3, just one of these is fine. Now, I don’t mean to overthink it. Evoking a sentiment can be as simple as stumbling upon a lovely canvas or print of a pretty thing and thinking “ooh, I really like the colors, or the subject matter.” Telling a story can be something like “Remember that time that we were at the Rose Bowl Flea Market? Can you believe I deliberated for 2 hours over whether or not I should pick up this midcentury abstract hanging here? And then when it came down to a basket of garlic fries or the painting, you talked me into the painting.” That’s fun! I love stories. And in the same vein, I also love to pick something up for the walls when I travel. I don’t always do it, but when I do, it helps me to keep a piece of those travels with me on my day to day. This is especially great for those of you that become struck with wanderlust or get antsy between adventures!

Color-wise, I also prefer that the art piece jive with the rest of the room?

This is merely responsible decorating. But its important to consider because sometimes your perusing the hand painted Mayan bark along the streets of Tulum and you’re so excited by the many options that you forget what your house looks like and you just want the memento. Well, in this case you should get it anyway, and find a spot that it works in, but if its not particularly special then I dunno, mind the colorwheel. I almost talked my self out of that one. I have an old canvas leftover from Oil Painting 101 at UNCG and the study was a still life in monochromatic colors. I chose a particularly sunshiney yellow known to painters as “Cadmium Yellow.”  At 36×48, this large dose of yellow on the walls can work wonders for a room. I think its okay to select a piece of art 100% b/c it will infuse your room with some color that you love.

Lastly, I constantly remind myself that there aren’t really any rules.

We say it all the time around here, but fill your home with the things that you love and you can never be wrong. Following that mantra, if you love it, go for it! You will find a place to work it in. This goes to stand for family photographs as well, though we do encourage you to think creatively when it comes to those. Injecting one or two among a framed memento, an inexpensive print, a leftover college art project, this can work swimmingly in a gallery wall. One of the many reasons why I believe the gallery wall is so ubiquitous, is because its an opportunity to group a lot of small and easy pieces for one big statement. This is a really great way to start.

Below, Sarah has gathered a few great examples of the gallery wall at play, plus a few TEOT pieces that we’ve collected along the way. We picked these up because they evoked an emotion in us, and we hope that they’ll do the same for you!

Bathroom Design by Angie Hranowsky
featuring Peacock print | Sugar Gum print


Our vintage 1970 lithograph by Andrew Shunney would like right at home in a colorful interior like Anna Spiro’s place.


In celebration of all this art talk, we’ve decided to mark all of our art pieces at the shop waaaay down so that we can move out the old and bring in some new exciting pieces for our shoppers.
SHOP THE SALE – 40% off all Art at TEOT.

Use coupon code BLANKSPACE


a collection of faces, Vanquish print


Room with an Yves

I was an art history major. Mostly I forget that. But then sometimes I think about it and I am reminded that despite the rich story that has been woven throughout the history books, tales of masters, tales of philanthropy and patronage, tales of some kind of an academic evolution are but one way to appreciate art. At this point in my life, my personal appreciation is far more visceral, far more sentimental and personal.

Yves Klein falls in there somewhere. I’m moved by the use of color. I love the color. And I’m vaguely interested in the fact that his time was a time in the story of art that I particularly enjoy on that almost forgotten intellectual level.

My guy is an art appreciator as well. On our first date around 6 years ago, he hit a real high note with me because of it. He regaled me with stories of his trip to Marfa, TX where he toured the  formally private studio of one of my most favorites, Donald Judd. Yes, he knew Yves Klein, he knew Frank Stella, Mondrian, Pollock, de Kooning. He enjoyed abstract expressionism the most, but yes to minimalism, yes to Pop Art! We shared so many of the same favorites!

We often joke about our future life and we use the Yves Klein coffee table as our bar for measure. We’ll know we’ve made it when we have one of our own.

Interior design also has a love affair with that bright stroke of cobalt blue that is the signature of Yves Klein and really all these words I’m sharing are just an intro into the collection of images that I’ve gathered to share with you here today. So, here it is, a look at Yves Klein in interior design.

Miles Redd loves a lacquer. This is one he hooked up in the cobalt blue known as Yves Klein blue.

Want to get the look seen above.
Try a framed acrylic on paper called “Yves Klein Blue” by Francisco Franco.
You can have one today from 1stDibs for $4800.
Or frame a $600 vintage exhibition poster.
The right original Yves Klein could set you back as far as $36 million.






I love an Yves Klein rose alongside the blue. Here is a look at those two colors together. This is a color scheme that has played a heavy hand in my life of late.

It is confirmed that having two side by side is really the way to do it, so now I suppose Heffe and I can have a new goal to strive for in life.

Sarah loves her some Jeffrey Bilhuber, and apparently Bilhuber loves him some Yves Klein.

Meanwhile, I love me some Roy Lichtenstein and well, this “Room with and Yves Kliein” print is just adorable.


Want a splash of Yves Klein blue in your life? You can buy this print and pop into a gallery frame and you are in business. I used to be very much against the whole notion of framing a classic or iconic piece of art for your own home and Emily Hendo just confirmed last week that you shouldn’t frame the Mona Lisa above your bed… but she does make some exception for the iconic art print, and I think in this case, if Bilhuber can do it, so can we! It’s an abstract – so feel free to turn her sideways!

Happy art-ing.


Natural Instinct

Nature Art Prints. Put a twist on Traditional.

Nature Art Prints a home decor idea by The Estate of Things

Y’all… today’s home decor idea is simple.

The idea is to inject some nature prints into your home.

Here is why.

Serenity. Proportion. God. Design. Perfection.

I know that might sound cliche at first, but trust me – I hate cliches.

The thing is, that injecting a nature print into your everyday, especially one that you are personally drawn to… perhaps for color, for composition, or because you have an affinity for that particular animal…. it is sure to elevate your space and make you happy.

What more could you ask for from a previously empty space on your wall?


Shop TEOT’s art collection here, and if you are specifically drawn to the butterfly print above, she is here

oh yeah and that Hicks pillow is timeless, and is available in two sizes here.




Must Have: Vintage African Baskets as Wall Art

Vintage AFrican Baskets as Wall Art the estate of things

Hi friends! It’s Betsy.

If you follow me on Betsy Moyer on Instagram, you might already know that I recently stumbled my way into a bevy of Vintage African Baskets as Wall Art for SHOP TEOT.

They have been hanging in the corner of our living room since, as seen in the photo above. They are bringing me so much joy. I hope we keep a good collection stocked so that I can leave these hanging in my own home for a while yet.

Today, I want to show you why I was out there on the hunt for the perfect vintage African Basket for wall art.

Here is a look at a few AMAZING and inspiring interiors featuring the handwoven baskets, braided and tied from the tall grasses of the river lands in Africa.


a stack of african baskets

top trends in interior designThese absolute works of art make a lovely impact once hung on the wall. Pair a large 18″ round handwoven basket alongside its partner in 13″ for a 3 dimensional addition to your gallery wall, or hang one solo to make its own statement.

You could also maximize your art piece with a grouping of 6 or more! Look how many are grouped here. Amazing!


colorful Wall of Baskets

African Baskets SHOP TEOT by the estate of things

We sold a mini collection of the vintage african baskets as wall art, as well as a BOLGA market basket, to Heffe’s mom.

I’m THRILLED that she supported TEOT with her purchase, but I also love to know that she has these lovely works of art in her home. Thanks Vivian!

eathiopian Wall of Baskets closeup


zimbabwe Wall of Baskets closeup

SHOP TEOT baskets are all handmade in Africa for Fair Wages.

The women of Zimbabwe have long taught the art of weaving palm leaves and reeds into the baskets as a rite of passage for the young girls. This craft has been passed down for generations on the sandy beach of Zimbabwe where the mountains meet the lake, in a simple village called Binga.


zimbabwe Wall of Baskets


You can get that look above by shopping with TEOT. If you are INSANELY COOL you could cover up the entire wall of your home like that photo above. Just hit me up on the side because I’ll need to increase my inventory numbers for you dramatically!

Here is a look at our African Basket Collection.

vintage african baskets by the estate of things for shop teot



Trends: Hats as Art & Display

Last year I was in a fantastic thrift/antique spot in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with one of my favorite girls on the planet. Myrtle Beach has a few redeeming qualities, one of those is that my best friend of 20 years (what!) lives there. Among lots of treasures, there were three straw hats hanging on the wall. I tried to explain to Amanda that we could group some in her entryway to make an artistic display or statement of sorts but also to channel a beach vibe but not in an obvious “Beach Life” distressed wood sign kind of way. I couldn’t convince her BUT maybe if I would’ve shown her these images, she could’ve seen it. If you need to pretty up your entry way a little or make a cool statement on the wall, this is an easy way to do it.

Behold –hats as art. I’ll race you to the straw hats in Goodwill!

Designer Tom Scheerer is way in to it. When I saw those hats at the shop I immediately thought of some of Scheerer’s entries.









hats trunk


hats shop


hats mirror


hats ladder

I’d like the bamboo sofa that cool girl is standing on.

hats b+w



Art! We love it. We like looking at it, talking about it, trying to understand it and today, we are thinking about collecting it!

But it can be a bit overwhelming.

Allow us to introduce to you, our most beloved resource for art advice, Miss Kara Meyer. She has come into our lives as our personal art buying consultant and she is reporting to us routinely from New York City where she is an active participant in that vibrant arts and cultural scene.

She’s really great at connecting people with causes that bring meaning and value to the philanthropic endeavor. We’re thrilled to have her on board to help us navigate the somewhat intimidating world of art collection!

Last month, she cruised Brooklyn’s affordable art fair with us in mind, and here is a little dive into the artwork that caught her eye that she sent our way for consideration.


Lizzie Gill

A young artist, on the rise. Her work translates to us as the nostalgic American ideal juxtaposed in a contemporary context.
Why we like it: She’s a self professed hoarder of Americana and you see her obsession in her collage work, but it’s got this wonderful twist, as though she is exploring the similarities between the lives of the golden era and how our modern day communication styles may or may not differ. We think she’s going places (ie buy this art as an investment piece). Here is her cv:

L'ete est pour les amateurs by Lizzie Gill

L’ete est pour les amateurs


Marcel Ceuppens

It’s like mad men meets contemporary art.
Why we like it: The themes, similar to the aforementioned, lean heavy on imagery from our parent’s days but with a contemplative loneliness that modern society conjures. The faceless man is our favorite, as if each of his adventures are a threshold, a moment of consideration, an internal dialog that sounds something like a monologue by Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting, Brad Pitt/Fight Club or Christian Slater in Mr. Robot.

The Building

The Building

the shadow marcel ceuppens

The Shadow

Maryline Lemaitre

These paintings feel heavy and old and steeped in a rich artful tradition. There is renaissance subject matter with layers of abstract expressionism piled on top and then scratched at. It’s heavy and textured.
Why we like it: Soothing color combos at first glance, incredible depth upon study

À flot perdu

À flot perdu

Jean-Paul Donadini

A contemporary, but working in a style that is very reminiscent of our favorite midcentury icons, like Lichtenstein or Yves Klein.
Why we like it: Graphic punch for a strong statement

Rouleau arrêté orange

Rouleau arrêté orange

Brosse arrêtée klein

Brosse arrêtée klein

Thanks so much for the intro to these wonderful works of art Kara. We’re excited to learn more from you!