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Considering a Kilim Covered Custom Sofa

by Betsy Moyer on July 17, 2014, no comments

So, I lost the Topanga Mountain Getaway of my dreams, but that hasn’t slowed me down from decorating it in my head after all. I was trying to envision the perfect sofa for that space. When all of this just suddenly developed within me.

Last night watching Orphan Black, the bohemian style of Sarah Manning’s foster home made me wanty. It’s a warm cozy space that really does make you feel like you are home… it’s your mom’s or maybe even your grandma’s place. It’s inviting, your childhood collection of journals are upstairs in the attic ready for your trip down memory lane, and there is some sweet mint tea and buttermilk biscuits already out on the counter waiting for you. You can see yourself disrupt the dust in the air as you pass through the sunshine that pours through the old sheer curtains.

You fall onto the traditional sofa and think to yourself about how chic it would look in a modern context. You start re-upholstering it in your head, and then placing into your fantasy Topanga Canyon Cabin. It looks something like this.

Custom Sofa Dreaming Kilim Covered Couch The Estate of ThingsWilloughby Sofa from Anthropologie  I  Oscar Sofa from SCP in the UK  I  Thomas Sofa by Jaxon Home
No source on that Kilim Covered ditty, so I’m thinkin custom.

So, now I must have. It’s just the perfect vibe for my getaway dreams. One of the many reasons why I have fallen for Topanga so hard, is because it reminds me so much of North Carolina, my home. So, a cozy cabiny living room with warm wooden tones and a kilim covered couch speaks perfectly to my deep desires while paying homage to the legacy of Topanga hippie culture. This is the sofa shape that I have my eye on.

Wonder if the dude would shake his head or if he’d be into it?

UPDATE: The dude just hit me up with a still from Orphan Black. There is the sofa that inspired me! <3 <3 <3

orphan-black1 kilim covered sofa

HeffeHouse Coffee Table Solution

by Betsy Moyer on July 11, 2014, 4 comments

It’s done finally! We DIY’ed it.

DIY Coffee Table The Estate of Things 2

You may recall that Sarah did me a solid and helped to point me in the right direction. We knew that we needed something a bit more airy than the previous chunk of veneer that was in the room. Heffe and I agreed that our favorites were IN ORER, 1, 5 and 9.

Betsy's Coffee Table

We loved 9. So, with it as inspiration, we set out to design and build our own. I got it into my head that I wanted a worn weathered look, but short of finding the perfect amount of 2x2s in the wild, or burying them out in some sunny backyard for 23 years I was going to have fake it. We picked out the woods and the dude made me do all of the hard work like routing and sanding. (It was actually a really easy job.)

DIY Coffee Table The Estate of Things

I used a weathered oak stain made by MinWax, but only after taking a nod from the awesomest show Salvage Dogs and first torching it. That part was wicked fun. We picked out a little plumber’s torch, Heffe nerded over all of the options, and finally decided upon a little propane fueled flame thrower that would do the job just fine. It was $25 and it’s a pyromaniac’s dream come true. We will not let the little boy of the household anywhere near it.

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While we intended to build a top too, but I fell in love with the glass top so that we can look down into our table and enjoy our torch job! I was so pleased that after we set it up in the living room, we took a walk to the grocery store and I suggested to Heffe that we bring it with us… cause I wasn’t done simply staring at it. That, my friends, is the weird karmic power of accomplishment that DIY induces. It’s practically euphoric.

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Etsy Love for Oh My Pillow!

by Betsy Moyer on June 13, 2014, no comments

Yesterday I posted up some Trina Turk pillows on the board for Kate’s Cottage Do Over, but realistically we can’t be dropping two hundred and fifty bones per toss pillow. I know it’s what we SAY we should do, but y’all – I don’t really do that. Not yet.

Here are a few totally affordable pillows for Kate’s space that caught my eye today. Oh My Pillow chooses really great fabrics, her product appears to be well made – and it’s totally more in the price range that doesn’t make you think – oh I’ll just buy the fabric and sew em up myself. (Cause I never actually will do the sewing.)

All pillows found on Etsy, here.

Etsy Love Oh My Pillow

Kate’s Cottage Living Room Do Over

by Betsy Moyer on June 12, 2014, 5 comments

I enjoy my role as Kate’s free decorator. These days we are looking at her living room and planning some changes. She is ready to trade in her previous jewel tones, dudely IKEA karlstad cover, and the chevron accents for a new color palette. Kate has a great eye for a fashionable trend, and that is awesome and really fun to keep up with. It makes for a space that gets to be updated often. Here are my suggestions for her new look.

The space as is…

kates cottage before with notesI’ve listed out the problems above, but you can see that there is plenty to work with, and plenty to work around. The paint is not a bright white, which I’m coming to learn is really the key to success. I’m not sure that she’ll be hitting the paint bucket though, so we’ll work with what we have. I took immediately to sketching out some ideas.

Kates Cottage doodles and planning

I’m not sure if you recall Kate’s Bedroom Do-Over where we discovered the coral, cream and gold palette. Kate has since installed her Hygge & West wallpaper and is slowly collecting her coral elements. Since the room is visible from the living room, it made sense to me to pull in some of that coral color.

The yellow silk curtains are some leftovers from the Treehouse where we lived together and they still pack punch, so let’s keep them. By bringing in a more orangey BOLD play on coral, it can stand up to the bright yellow of the curtains and keep Kate in that trendy graphic wheelhouse that she enjoys. I chose a Peacock print by Trina Turk for Schumacher. I’m not sure if Kate will actually spring for the re-upholstery job in that particular fabric, but it would look great if she did!

My other strong suggestions for Kate’s space are to get rid of the donkey teal sideboard. That space is not very large, but I understand that she needs storage and a place to drop her keys. I KNOW that she will hate this suggestion of the shoe storage by ikea b/c it’s plastic and cheap looking… so I’ll be keeping my eye out for something similar in response to her rebuttal. Though, after second guessing it myself,  I was still really into the functionality of a slim storage area that will nest beneath her window without getting in the way of the pretty curtain. It’s not about what it looks like, it’s about it hiding behind the curtains, but still being there for the function of containing her dog leash, keys, and walking shoes. It also leaves room for a pretty end table there – and if she gets a floor lamp nestled into the corner, there will be plenty of space to rest a book and a glass a two buck Chuck.

So, here’s what the suggestions look like as a collage.

Kate's Cottage DO Over Design Board

Shopping List
Ikea Shoe Storage  I  Ikea Dining Table  I  Jamie Young Pink Ceramics  I  Trina Turk Fabric  I  Floor Lamp  I  End Table  I  Art  I  Pretty Peg Ikea Legs


Estate Envy: The House Next Door

by Betsy Moyer on June 2, 2014, 4 comments

Exterior Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

One time I was hanging with Sarah at her house in Southern Pines when a moving truck pulled up to the next door neighbor’s. It wasn’t long before she was on the phone with the realtor and we were snooping around wondering if they would leave the rattan peacock chairs on the porch for the next buyer.

When you love houses and want to collect them like Sarah and I do… it’s hard not to sit around and ponder the floorplan of every house on the block. Are you guilty of looking of your neighbor’s worth on Trulia? Or if you are crazy (like I know we are) you’re pulling up the GIS data and wrapping your head around property lines.

When I hang out in my backyard, I often look over to the neighbor’s house that peaks out over top of our ivy wrapped fence. I see a crumbling paint job on the gutters and I see the dusty musty towels hanging in the back windows. I make assumptions about what is going on in there, and in my mind it is a danker slightly larger version of our 1950 Ranchalow – with its linear white rooms and ranchy boxxed out floorplan.

A little under a year ago, a renter lived next door. When his moving truck pulled up, Heffe and I started poking around to look for a rental listing where we could get a better idea of the rent price and the interior layout. But the new tenants moved in quickly and without a sign ever going up… but the weirdest thing was that the towels never came down in those back windows. I kid you not when I say that I would sit in my hammock in the backyard and stare at those towels and wonder what in the world must be going on in those back rooms. I envisioned an array of silliness all the way up to the absurd notion that perhaps the house was a clandestine destination for some cultish group, a cover up where secret treatments or some kind of gathering would happen… behind windows covered up with dank dusty towels.

So, this past week the moving truck was there again. But this time – not long after the garden door was left unlocked and after I had nervously tiptoed in to find the most incredible Fiddle Leaf Fig tree I’ve ever seen outside of a pot — a for sale sign went up and we found the listing on the Coldwell Banker site.

Imagine our surprise when this is the interior we found…

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