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The Perfect Modular Sofa

Who here has their sights set on a chunky low slung sofa?

Likely a testament to my recent love for all things seventies, but this fascination is also brought on by some karmic influence from the design world at large. These babies are starting to pop up all around me. The more I see, the more I likey.

When ideas start to percolate in mind, I get curious about their history. I wonder why we, the collective design world, are suddenly smitten with profiles that harken to another era. What does it say about that time period and most interesting, what does that nostalgia say about this one?

While I was digging into the chunky sofa profile I started thinking about the modular variety and I found some really great inspirations.  The most iconic version of the modular that I can think up is the TOGO, a design classic by Ligne Roset.

Take a look at these applications, some modern and one total throwback vinyl album party pit.
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Would you rock this iconic sofa silhouette in your home?

I like to fantasize about that huge pit in my non-existent basement den/garage conversion! I’m always converting garages and attics in my mind here at this new house!

The Togo collection has been the ultimate in comfort and style for over thirty years. It features ergonomic designs with multiple density foam constructions and quilted covers, making each piece both visually attractive and physically inviting. This iconic model was designed in 1973 sofa.

More about the TOGO from our friends at Design Milk.

There are of course other notable modular sofas that are every bit as fun as the TOGO.

 

Chadwick Modular Seating by Herman Miller

Don Chadwick designed a system in 1974 for Herman Miller that is still a player, particularly in the commercial world. I didn’t dig too deep on modern uses of this one, but you can see the appeal, especially for a large lobby, floors below.

 

Mah Jong Missoni

Another badass is the Mah Jong made for Missoni by Hans Hopfer sold by Chicago based company called Roche Bobois. This would fit nicely in the boho aesthetic that is having its shining moment right now. The shape is a classic that was also designed over 40 years ago.

The seventies were so awesome.

Lavender Love

The evolution of love from the blush crush into a dusty grey lavender has been an easy and natural one. Are you a long time purple lover? Are you a Prince lover. <3

Does it bother you guys to see so much personal digital content popping up around the death of an icon? Or is it ritual and the new way that we honor the dead? Just thinking aloud.

Among the many things I’m pondering, I also wonder if lavender is a new neutral. Are you ready for moving in on this moody androgynous hue? I’m down. Somebody gimme a lady cave, where I can play Prince on the record player and feel imbued.

 

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Individual images and more lavender love can be sourced on my “Inspired by Lavender” pinboard.

The Lady Cave: A Chairish Challenge

Occasionally Chairish pops by and asks us to put our design minds behind their latest idea. We take it as a fun opportunity to flex our design board muscles.

This one was particularly fun. We were meant to incorporate bar stools into our version of a “lady-cave” which if you have heard any rumblings of this, it’s the lady version of the mancave, where us girls get to pour ourselves a beer from our DIY kegerator, plop down onto the leather sofa and Al Bundy it for a bit. Except…

the girl version.

Since we aren’t the type to gather round with our 10 best betches and watch The Bachelor, we had to think more specifically about what we would do with a room that was 100% dedicated to just ourselves.

Now we want what we can’t have. 

With true startup spirit, we both elected to create relaxing, peaceful well-appointed work spaces.  A private escape from the world, even the world at home.

Both of us work from home. The “ladycave” outside of work time is likely to be a place to kick off some shoes, put a record on, eat on all of our favorite savory snacks and put back as many glasses of wine as we can stand until the truth really starts pouring out of our mouths and into the pair or two of ears nearby, most likely a husband, sister-in-law, brother or mom.

We’ve focused our ideas around Chairish’s fantastic selection of vintage bar stools.

Let’s start with Sarah’s.

SHE CAVE BOARD SARAH

Sarah chose a pair of Vintage Arthur Umanoff Wicker Bar Stools, and built her fantasy cave around those.

I don’t need to sit at a desk to work and I like to think I could do that in here while also creating a space comfortable enough to hang out in. I like to be surrounded by my favorite colors and things that visually stimulate me even if only for a brief second. I’d be happy to glance at my wists and throw big pillows around. We could sit on my slouchy, slipcovered linen settee. Or we can pony up to the bar with a friend or two and we can drink the truth serum. My Room will house the records I love and a regularly changing art collection that doesn’t break the bank.

 

Next up is Betsy’s

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Betsy opted for a sweet midcentury feminine set of barstools.

My most favorite way to work from home lately, is to do so at the bar, alternating between standing and sitting on my barstool. The standing height desk is rad for racking up steps on my fitbit, and keeps me more actively engaged in my tasks during moments of internet inspired ADD.  I like to think that my little cave would transition well from a standing work day at the desk to a casual party hall at night. I’d host my dude or favorite out of town guests to a socks on dance party and pillow fight. We’d jump on the sofa, spin in the chair and have a rocking good time exploring my art supplies or listening to the latest tunes.

African Indigo now available at Shop TEOT

African Indigo is sweeping the nation of home decor cool by storm. We think it works well in a range of modern styles from your maximalist boho homes, to a more lived in rustic modern farmhouse,  as well as the more tailored and curated traditional style that favors a backdrop of creamy neutrals and pops of our favorite shades of navies and rich blues.

The mix of a well worn denim Indigo near a blue and white ginger jar for example is a pairing that can’t be beat.

Get in on the action by splurging on a few of your own whole pieces of this wonderful, well worn textile and mix it up with your home style. We’d love to see it!

Our favorite applications (besides custom pillows of course) is the easy layer of texture of warmth it provides when draped over your nearest sofa arm, bench ledge or upholstered headboard.

indigo the parisian wayDrape your indigo with Parisian panache, via House and Garden

drape your indigo 1Amber uses a draped Indigo in just about every project. Her portfolio is full of inspiration.

Typically these textiles range in quality and quantity and are dealt at antiques markets and local textile trade shows by Malian men that work directly with sources in West Africa, from Mali, Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast and more. We have been delighted to get to know some of our local dealers here in Los Angeles. Meeting up at markets or even digging through the Indigo van on side streets in the decorative arts district of Los Angeles has been a real thrill.

by fleamarketfabApplied here with the more bohoey of Boho vibes, via Jennifer Harrison

Beach Bedroom by Daniel Romualdez Architects

We dig and pick so that you can have the best options to choose from, whether you are here in LA and want to spare yourself the adventure, or if you are in a part of the country where it is harder to come by this fantastic handmade beauties.

Here are a few of the options available at the shop now.

The Estate of Things Vintage Indigo Throw STEVE MILLER The Estate of Things Vintage Indigo Throw ROBERT PLANT
The Estate of Things Vintage Indigo Throw LABRYNTH darker throw

Denim Sofas Y’all

I have my eye on some denim sofas.

I looove sofas, almost all of them, I like to imagine my life and lifestyle with every style.  If you are like me, there was a time when a navy velvet sofa was all we wanted, am I right?

I know I wanted one anyway, specifically something like Rachel Bilson’s setup.

These days though, I am feeling like I want a more coarse but well-worn and complex option for the blue sofa of my dreams. The dude and I have been tossing ideas around about a new setup at our new house. If I had to pick today, I would be leaning in the denim direction.

Here are a few radical examples that I’ve been stockpiling in my inspiration folder.

Denim and Indigo Sofasvia My Scandinavian Home

bradford linen sofa via one kings lane
Bradford Linen Sofa via One Kings Lane

 

Indigo Denim Sofa worn with stripesvia Milk Magazine.

That looks similar to this modular sofa from Anthro.

anthro batik sofavia Anthropologie 

denim sofa by amber interiorsvia Amber Interiors

myscandinavianhome navy sofavia My Scandinavian Home
Gah, I really love those windows in this image, and the low and long shelves are a major inspiration!

Our SHOP TEOT collection, in these hues of blue would be right at home with this look. I’ll have to make do with piles of indigo for now!

What do you think? Are you down with the denim?

Artist Collaboration Megan Gersch

You may have seen a touch of our latest MEGAN GERSCH + TEOT endeavors unfolding on Instagram! If so, we’re grateful to you for your positive response. It seems like everyone that I’ve shown this work to has really gotten into it! We’re so excited to FINALLY have the product up online and ready for sale!

A little bit ago we were going on to you about how much we are inspired by the rorschach trend, Where It’s At Rorschach. Now, we’re back to let you know how we are incorporating our recent crush for this look in the TEOT Shop through a wonderful collaboration.

We’ve teamed up with our friend Megan Gersch who I once worked with in the web dept at KCRW, a world famous public radio station here in Los Angeles best known for breaking artists like Adele, Coldplay and Beck.

Here is a little look at how we have turned design concept into product.

It all started via Instagram. Megan was sharing some snaps of her works in progress. As a jewel tone color lover myself, I had been enjoying them, but I was particularly drawn to this one.

tangled // another detail of the new #wip

A photo posted by Megan Gersch (@megangersch) on

 

You can see our @shopteot comment there! It was as easy as that. I took that exact pic and started playing around with it in Spoonflower. That’s a REALLY fun site, and I highly encourage you to consider it if you want to personally design your next fabric or wallpaper project.

I mocked up these images to share with Megan and see what she thought.

Megan Gersch Rorschach COTTON TWILL Megan Gersch SILK DE CHINE

We ordered some samples, to see which fabric was the best and ended up choosing Spoonflower’s Linen Cotton Canvas. Initially I thought a sateen might really make the colors pop, but in the end, the linen not only provided a more saturated color, but it also speaks more to a more organic and laid back vibe that you guys love. It’s more TEOTy that way.

Here are the samples alongside some indigo, showing just how well these new patterns would sit in our collection of global textiles.

Megan Gersch TEOT samples

Once I showed Megan, she got pretty excited by the whole mirrored effect and she worked diligently on a number of beautiful hi-res patterns for us to work with.

We picked a couple favorites to start with, and here we are, so excited to take this yardage and turn it into beautiful pillows and cube ottomans.

SHOP TEOT fabrics

SHOP TEOT Megan Gersch collab fabrics

Designer Megan Gersch for The Estate of Things SHOP TEOTArtist/Designer Megan Gersch is obsessed with color!

Her work with alcohol ink displays an organic evolution and a psychedelia that we feel makes for just the right accent in the TEOT home decor collection.

We are honored to have worked wth Megan to bring to life this exciting collection of pillows, upholstery fabrics and wallpaper designs! The result is a hypnotizing, kaleidoscopic digital manipulation of original alcohol ink paintings by Megan.

We feel that these patterns are a bold addition to the rest of the TEOT home decor collection. They cozy up fantastically among the tribal patterns of our mud cloth as well as our indigo pieces.

 

SMOKE styled Megan Gersch The Estate of Things artist collaboration

Megan Gersch RAIN cube ottoman detail for the estate of things SHOP TEOT

Megan Gersch PINK PINWHEEL lumbar lifestyle

Megan Gersch PINK PINWHEEL lumbar

A HUGE sincere thanks to Megan for working through this with us. It was really something to bring this to life and we’re so excited by the response we’ve seen so far. We love the turnout and we hope everyone out there is ready to vote for Megan + TEOT with their dollar! <3

We would love to explore more patterns with this incredible artist. Follow Megan on Instagram and check out her Society6 shop for a look at her empire of color, and let us know what you think.

Shop the Megan Gersch + TEOT Artist Collaboration here.

The Weekend

Betsy & Sarah in Key West, Spring Break. 2001

Betsy & Sarah in Key West, Spring Break. 2001

Sarah and I are pretty bad at getting our picture made together. But how about this gem that was unearthed while we were looking for some! We are killin’ it with those chokers in 2001…  Chances are very high that we’ll be rocking those again in Hawaii, where we are headed today!

So that’s it, we’ll be on vacation all of next week… together! We’ll see what that means for blogging. I’m sure there will be some instagramming. You can also catch us on Facebook  for a look at our trip.

 

 

Weekend

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It’s the weekend. I got on an airplane and headed to North Carolina. I skipped every single shelter magazine option on the news stand.

Instead I picked up two chicken caesar salads cause I’m good at dieting… except I’m not good at being hungry. I also tried to hide my in-flight tears from very close neighbor as I cried along with Downton Abbey’s most recent episode.

Sarah and I will get together early next week for a minute in person. Until then, I’m headed to Hot Springs, NC to see my cousin don her dip-dyed wedding dress for a small mountain chapel wedding.

Hopefully Sarah will get to go hang out with and hold her family’s newest addition. Her girls have a new baby cousin to love on.

 

 

Lafayette Family Room: The Decor

NOW FOR OUR FAVORITE PART!

We focused on a merge between Farmhouse Modern touches but with a California casual sophistication. Here is how that breaks down.

  • FIND A COLOR SCHEME TO FOCUS ON!
    We honed in on a navy and peach color scheme for the accessories, largely due to this insanely beautiful vintage kilim rug by OLD NEW  HOUSE, that Sarah found. It’s just the right punch for layering along with the stripes, and not too distracting, which was something we had to consider with the striped layer. It’s not a hard and fast rule to put ONLY navy and peach in the room, its just a good guide when selected the art and the accessories and styling them throughout the room.

  • BRING IN THE TEXTURE!
    Mixing in natural elements helps to achieve a warm depth to the design.

    • Wood & Seagrass
      The coffee table, the baskets, the teak wood bowl and any art gallery frames will keep the overall vibe earthy and down home. We are leaning towards the warm pines and lighter Scandinavian farmhouse tones when it comes to the wood elements.
    • Fur & Textiles
      The deep textures of the vintage textiles, from the silk of a handwoven ikat to the nubby quality of the handwoven and hand-dyed mudcloth, play together nicely. The textural fringe of the denim mudcloth juxtaposed with a sheepskin to toss about is never a bad idea. Over the back of a chair, the side of the sofa, over top a round pouf for extra seating… pieces like this can be very versatile and promise to good anywhere they land in the room.
    • Metals
      Copper also adds another layer of depth to this design with the added benefit of sticking to the overall color vibe.
  • SELECT A BASE UPHOLSTERY
    We are leaning towards a performance linen-like polyester for this home with young kids. The family needs “light and airy,” but when it’s peanut butter and jelly time, they also need to be able to keep it clean. This 95% polyester / 5% linen upholstery should do the trick for that 8 feet of radical luxe English Roll Arm sofa we suggested.

As always, we pulled out some individual items for our homeowner to consider for purchase, along with a corresponding Pinterest Board, seen here. Items can be shopped directly from the list, or used as mere suggestions.

This pretty much wraps up the deliverables to our client. We always send these off with a dire hopes that they client is receptive to our ideas. Tina let us know that we opened her eyes to a few easy changes that she could make around the home, and she felt great about having a long term plan for the large items and the built-ins that she could pursue as resources make way!

 

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Sarah and I recently introduced E-Decor & Historic Renovation Consultation Services to SHOP TEOT.

We have been doing this type of work over the years, typically working for an hourly rate. We live for these kinds of projects. Designing and Decorating, solving problems, tying your style with our strategies for a timeless style with modern appeal makes us HAPPY! Check out our services here, and let us know if you see any opportunities that we should consider adding.

Lafayette Family Room: The Space Plan

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Y’all remember way back to yesterday when we were chatting about the Lafayette Family Room.

Well, thanks for bearing with us, while we set up what we’re getting into. Now, let’s jump into our solutions for the space plan. We took the scenic route, considering (and spending lots of time mapping out options.)

Here is where we landed.

FURNITURE & TELEVISION PLACEMENT
We sought to solve the space plan woes for the family by floating the seating pit in the middle of the room.

Starting with the existing striped 10×14 rug as our anchor, we centered it in the room, just below the window. We suggest extending the curtains to 120″ to help frame the seating area, though the window is only 96″ wide. We then suggest floating the furniture inside that 120″ area.

Consider a vintage kilim rug layered on top for added texture and visual interest. Our renderings are a loose interpretation of our ideas for placement.

  • We suggest centering the layered rug according to the final sofa & coffee table dimensions.
  • These dimensions are all affected by one another, but ideally the coffee table should be centered over the rug, positioned roughly 16-18″ away from each seat, (Note the large gap in the former arrangement.)
  • Whether on or off, the rug should ideally have the front legs of each furniture piece equidistant from the rug’s edge. We suggest on.

There should always be a flat surface within reach of every seat, so the homeowner’s existing mix of side tables should serve perfectly once mixed in with the new seating layout.

A PROBLEM A SOLUTION

We did discuss some apprehension over the TV becoming the main focus in the room. There really were only two options for placement and the homeowner had tried both. Of the two, the one pictured in our before image above was not working functionally, while centering it on the other wall gave it too much prominence.

Our solution instead, is to create a larger focus that the TV can be a part of. By grouping the wall-mounted device among the art gallery scenario, and flanking it by two floor to ceiling shelving units, along with a low profile console (all in white) the entire wall becomes a showpiece.

MOVING ON TO OTHER TO DOS!

ADD A DINING ROOM BANQUETTE
We couldn’t help ourselves, and so we pushed beyond the boundary of the family room a bit. One of the casualties of the former space included the dining table encroaching into the family room zone. We love us a good dining banquette, so we tossed it into the floor plan just to see. We love it.

  • An appropriately sized bench or a built in banquette under the window will create a fantastic feature that is both on trend plus will help maximize space between the rooms.
  • We do suggest considering a statement pendant for above the dining table, but consideration of the proximity to the kitchen peninsula pendants is important.
    Watch out it doesn’t turn into pendant city.”
  • We noticed the homeowner’s peninsula countertop has a rather large lip unlike our rendering. Our suggestion is avoid placing bench seating below, but a customized built in could accommodate.

CREATE FOCUS

  • Make the TV part of a gallery wall to take the focus off of the device itself
  • Center a low and long console, then flank with floor to ceiling bookshelves
  • Style with existing matching lamps or spring for new lamps in a more petite, traditional shape
  • We think you might even be able to camouflage the large speakers among this setup.

CREATE BALANCE & COHESION

  • Float the rug and furniture in the middle of the room
  • Match the 3 window dressings between rooms
  • Create a storage feature along the back wall to help balance the weight of the TV focus wall
A PROBLEM A SOLUTION
The homeowner had doubts about hanging the drapery.

 

 

We think she had the height and the width right for the hardware, but would benefit from a bit more length in the drape itself. They should kiss the floor, rather than hang a couple of inches above
We also noted that the sliding glass door on the adjacent wall appears bare in comparison, while the dining room window in the next room was another disparate pattern, making the spaces feel disjointed.

 

 

Matching floor to ceiling drapes on all three windows will create a more cohesive look, tying the spaces together.

The grass shade can be eliminated for the sake of functionality on the sliding glass door, but is present on the two windows. Push all drapes to the left for easy access in and out of doors.

Sarah and I recently introduced E-Decor & Historic Renovation Consultation Services to SHOP TEOT.

We have been doing this type of work over the years, typically working for an hourly rate. We live for these kinds of projects. Designing and Decorating, solving problems, tying your style with our strategies for a timeless style with modern appeal makes us HAPPY! Check out our services here, and let us know if you see any opportunities that we should consider adding.

Lafayette Family Room: An Introduction

Let’s introduce you fun folks to one of our recently completed E-decor projects, The Lafayette Family Room. As with many TEOT PROJECTS, we pack in tons of info, so we’ll be splitting this up into a number of posts in the coming days! Let’s dig in first with the setup, the information that we received from our client at the start!

 

The Lafayette Family Room is a square room, approximately 16×16, and it sits adjacent to the dining room and open kitchen.

It is the main hub of the home for our client Tina’s whole family. This bay area couple has a rambunctious 5 year old boy and a 10 month baby girl, which means the room is pulling double duty as a grown -up entertaining space while it is often full of toys.

We wanted to help Tina establish a great space plan with new furniture, and find some storage solutions that would help the room easily transition from a day time play room to a great lounge pit for a family movie night, or maybe even some adult conversation with wine & cheese!

We were impressed with the base pieces that the family had chosen. There is an obvious passion for on-trend decor and we liked what we had to work with. Here is where we started.

Not a terrible start at all.

We put our finger on their style, referring to it as California Casual. It’s a bit traditional, but there is certainly a laid back vibe that is typical of decor here on the West Coast.  She had some smart pieces and you know we love us some navy blue, so we decided to build on that, rather than take her in a completely different direction.

Also, Tina had specifically mentioned that she wanted to keep the paint color and the large striped rug… but she also desired some assistance in layering more into the room, including another rug, perhaps a kilim, to make it feel complete.

The key areas that needed improvement included a better television placement, a cohesion in the drapery from room to room, and lastly that final layer that really pulls it all together; the accessories.

 

THINGS TO KEEP THINGS TO ADDRESS
  • Wall Color
  • Serena & Lily Rattan End Tables
  • The Art in the Gallery Wall
  • TV Placement
  • Little Architectural Interest
  • Lack of cohesion between the rooms

 

So, this is where we are starting.

As we always do with our clients, we immediately fired up a Pinterest board to begin tossing ideas big and small into one pot. You can see the Lafayette Pinterest Board here for a snapshot into the direction we ended up going with Tina’s new family room plan. And catch us back here on the blog tomorrow for more about this room.

 

 

Sarah and I recently introduced E-Decor & Historic Renovation Consultation Services to SHOP TEOT.

We have been doing this type of work over the years, typically working for an hourly rate. We live for these kinds of projects. Designing and Decorating, solving problems, tying your style with our strategies for a timeless style with modern appeal makes us HAPPY! Check out our services here, and let us know if you see any opportunities that we should consider adding.

 

DEAR TEOT: Texas Porch Makeover Needed

Our dear friend Bregan needs a porch makeover.

The artist behind Maiden America Studio recently picked our brains with her challenge. She had a very interesting question indeed.

Dear Teot, Can I paint the exterior of my home, inside my porch, a different color from the rest of the exterior?

Here is a look at Bregan’s sweet little porch on her Wimberley, TX ranch cabin. (And by ranch, I mean 10 fenced-in acres, not a midcentury style residential architecture.)

The architecture of the home is actually a bit cabinesque, clad in a brown painted cedar paneling with matching window frames and gutters.

Texas Porch Makeover Needed

Another look at the interior of the screened in porch shows just why the room might need and want a little color on the walls. It does make sense to me why she might feel compelled to paint the entire room out, without painting the entire exterior of the home, but I’m no expert on the rules.

Texas Porch Makeover Needed

So, I sent the question over to Sarah, here is her response:

I’m fairly sure we can NOT paint the inside of the porch a different color than the rest of the exterior…but we can paint the ceiling, and I think we can paint the entry door and the floor.

And then she attached this jaw dropping image.

inspiration for bregan porchIf only all of Bregan’s brown were this moody blackish blue.

I loved that  picture so much, that I started to think maybe Bregan should paint her entire house a dark slate. I showed her the Lauren Liess contemporary home makeover.

lauren liess before after exterior

but Bregan said she might actually prefer the brown…

So, we are on a fact finding mission, and an inspiration hunt when it comes to this porch decor conundrum. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Here is a little QnA for some more intel.

-What do you use the porch for if anything? Currently, nothing.
– If there is enough width to accommodate, do you envision yourself dining there. Possibly
– Do you envision sitting occasionally or full on napping, reading, lounging, chatting, etc? Or is this porch makeover more for aesthetics. Sitting, napping, enjoying the breeze, enjoying the rain, chatting with guests
-When you get  heavy rain storms there, does the inside of the porch get a little wet? Yes
-Do the things on the porch get really dusty or is it pretty protected from the weather? Yes
-Is there an exterior outlet? Yes

 

Have a Design Dilemma? We’ll work it out with you. Just holler at us.

Email Sarah at theestateofthings.com!
Subject: DEAR TEOT

Rorschach is Where Its At

Building upon a recent appreciation for Eskayel, my eyes are still on all things rorschach.

The imagery itself isn’t new.  It is taken from a 100 year old personality test by scientist of the name, Rorschach. You’ve probably conjured up an image much like mine, of silky tufted fainting sofas and old mustached men holding up ink blot cards for young ladies of leisure.

Andy Warhol Rorschach

Andy Warhol dug into it a bit in the 60s as seen above in metallic gold, and over the past few years it is becoming more and more prevalent in home decor.

We think its especially appealing when presented with inky hues. The watercolor effect seen below is perfect.

Eskayel vignetteWallpaper by Eskayel

Sarah and I like to talk about the many uber hip applications of Eskayel’s wallpaper line that we’ve seen.  From its use in a maximalist modern eclectic home, to it’s application in a classically Southern home, where the powder room is allowed to pack a bit more graphic punch without breaking from a more muted, typically traditional decor.

It looks fresh and modern anywhere it’s used.

 

rorschach art by hi sugarplum one room challengeFrom the One Room Challenge, by HiSugarplum

Like the artwork used in this recent room update, it just smacked of rorschach. Our feeling is that these bold bright hues really amp up the trend, taking your art display to the next level.

bunglo by shay spaniola

Bunglo, by Shay Spaniola is an another brand we love. I feel as if I’ve been along for the ride, of the rise from the day that our friend Bregan gave us the heads up on this local Etsy seller she admired, on through the moments that her lines were snatched up by ABC Carpet & Home and major retailers like Bloomingdales & Nordstrom. Pretty awesome.

 

cle tile rorschach

And finally, this tile. OMG. Now, tilling to this effect requires a bit more commitment than simply tossing the new design via a pillow among the mix on your sofa, but these rorschach inspired ceramics by Cle Tile are hot to death as a bathroom backsplash.

 

 

So that’s it. We’re positively inspired and in fact, we’re cooking up a little something of our own for SHOP TEOT. Holler at us and let us know if you’re into it, or over it.

Betsy’s New House Progress

Dodgehead

Decorating is a living process, kinda like training this little dog of a puppy!

We’ve been in the new house now for just a little over 3 full months, and each day it gets better.

I suppose it’s a never ending effort to get a home feeling like home. I know all of mine have always remained a work in progress, cause being “done” isn’t really something that I’m interested in. Otherwise, it would be time to move, right Sarah? So, we have lots of projects left and I can think of many things that we still might like to acquire (like the perfectly sized persian rug.)

But, we’ve also made a few strides lately and I’m finally at a place where I can snap a few pics and share.

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We’ll start with the least impressive… the kitchen!

We knew that this would be my least favorite aspect of the new home, and that we would be taking our time before planning any renovation. But I did swap out all of the previous owner’s glass knobs. In theory, a glass knob is a sweet option for cabinet hardware, but it wasn’t working for us and our desire to give this home a cleaner more modern vibe. We can deep dive into this room and how we are changing it later, but for now, I updated the cabs with the absolute most inexpensive hardware in the world, and while I know they aren’t what we ultimately want, the overall look is better. It’s got a little graphic punch, and if it makes any sense, this black speaks to the black window panes on the other side of the room. I’ll keep dreaming of an eventual gut renovation for this kitchen.

Care and the picture ledges

Speaking of spreading the black around, we pulled a little something off in the stairwell entryway as well. Back during the renovation, I purchased a wall of picture ledges, and we finally got them up. Most of this art came together from our previous home, and I’m just real pleased with all of it, the kid’s art, the family photos, and every stitch of sentimentality that I’ve ever put in a black frame. I imagine this will be an ongoing evolution.

 

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I am aware that the rug is too small for the bedroom! I have to decide on one huge, or maybe two large rugs for this room that are cozy, dog friendly, something Jeff can live with, something economical, plus beautifully bold without us being sick of it in 6 months. So far I can only seem to love the $11,000,000 Persians. So for now, I have the same rug under our bed that was under our bed at the last house, in an 11×10 bedroom. So yeah, it’s too small, I’m aware. Thanks Emily Henderson and Sarah Farrell, it is an honor to be schooled in this way by you! ;)

 

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Lastly, here is a little look at one end of the sunroom. It’s one of my favorite spots in the house, since as you know we deliberated hard on painting the black window frames. I’m sure glad we sprung. They make just the personal stamp on the home that we need. The other corner still has some boxes stacked up and it does NOT have a hammock. Oh, the shame.

We have drawn up some plans for some built-in shelving and a floating console for the living area. That should give us the final storage needed to finally unpack all of our books and board games, and then we’ll be box free! Also, the kids’ rooms are really coming together nicely, and I love them both. I’ll share them someday soon, we still have a few projects up our sleeves for those rooms too!

Alright, that’s where we are, thanks for being here with us! <3

Dreamy Celestial Inspired Gift Ideas

Keep an eye out for the latest in must have personal expression… it’s all about your favorite constellation! 
 
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Our friend and fellow design lover Bregan at Maiden America Studio is right on trend with her celestial home decor and personal fashion items for the season!  Peep them on her website and consider gifting me with this Big Dipper Necklace this holiday!  (JK, I already gifted myself… but do get one for the other boho gypsies and dreamers in your life.)
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I’m pretty constantly inspired by the work that comes out of a recent Instagram follow @laurelwoodgems. She’s got an obsession with dip-dye, tassels and macrame – and her photography and presentation is killer. When she popped out this image, I knew I was destined to be a long time admirer. She’s speaking my love language with that rustic wood.
Visit: laurelwoodgems.com
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Oh man, I can’t even imagine being able to view the world through the rose colored glasses that this fine artist must have. Her commitment to the dusty lavenders and oranges of a desert sunset, and how extra-terrestrial the landscape of the Southwest can feel is so obviously inspired her lunar & planetary watercolors. I’m totally into it.
UPDATE! The Big Dipper Necklace really pulled my twenties inspired party ensemble together for Heffe’s holiday party. I got tons of compliments. So, Bregan of Maiden America Studio has been super kind to extend an offer to TEOT readers for free shipping. Just enter TEOTship into the coupon section of her site. You can get the big dipper necklace here.
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