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KHADI

 

Let us surely be among the first to introduce you to the Khadi textiles of India. Woven into jacquard like designs by hand from “old world cotton.”

 

Where they come from!

Khadi is a bit different from the more common plain loom cotton wovens from India. Spun by hand from cotton grown exclusively in India, Khadi is more than a practice, it is a representation of India’s independence from the industrial movements that threatened its economy in the early 20th century. Today, Khadi cotton textiles are still hand loomed and hand spun by rural villagers with cotton from rural farmers. The entire process requires zero energy, making it one of the most sustainable textiles in the world.

In fact Mahatma Gandhi used to spin cotton for Khadi and he started the movement as a relief effort for India’s poor masses.

Why we love ’em!

We fell in love with the abstract plaids and graphic florals of the khadi textiles in our collection. The slub of the handspun cotton provides that organic quality that we crave in our home linens and textiles of late, and has people asking us “where did you get that.” We love to reply “INDIA!”

How to decorate with it!

Here are a number of examples of this in practice.

by John Gessner

Khadi makes for an excellent tabletop addition. Perhaps you will gain ideas for your upcoming Thanksgiving table!

Here, Sarah mixes a Khadi pillow with some African Indigo and a new Indian Block Print, proving that the textile plays well with others in our collection!

Ah, more lovely table top. The organic slub that is indicative of handspun & handwoven textiles is a dear quality, and one that we crave. It brings texture and age into a setting, helping your home to feel more layered, collected and complex.

 

 

Tonight’s the night for a special event. We’ll be serving Strawberry Moscow Mules and chatting Global Textiles! Bring a Friend and you get 25% off.

 

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KANTHA

The Kantha quilt has long held court in the homes of the eccentric with a love for travel. And more now than ever, the colorful textile is warming up our hearts and our interiors in the form of cozy throws and throw pillows. We selected a number in colorways and patterns that we found to be special, including quilts and some extra long lumbar pillows to dress up your bed situation. If you are pattern mixing like crazy, these are a wonderful addition to the mix, but it’s also interesting to give them center stage against a backdrop of neutrals, and let their beauty really stand out.

 

Where they come from!

Like many of our most favorite finds of late, the Kantha comes from India. It is hand pieced with reused silk and cotton Saris, the traditional clothing of the region. The term kantha refers to the quilting stitch type and results in a lovely texture.

Why we love ’em!

For quite some time we have been drawn to the colorful boho quality of the Kantha, but only recently have we fallen in love with the mix of colors against that neutral backdrop. It speaks to a more refined take on Boho, one that we are really digging at the moment.

How to decorate with it!

Here are a number of examples of this in practice.

via Veranda Mag
Paired with such a traditional bedscape, this Kantha is given center stage!

Boho Babe Fav Justina Blakeney used a Kantha to upholster this ottoman and I am super into that!

via Design Sponge
Sarah can get down with this cause its well edited.

Drape yours over your gigantic sofa arm like Lauren Conrad did!

or if you’re still into that super bohoey thing, this is maj inspo.

If you like your maximalism a bit more buttoned up / rad trad, then this one’s for you!
I don’t think that is technically a kantha as it looks more like a tapestry, but it might spark your creative juices nonetheless!

If you live inn the SOPI area, and you haven’t yet heard… (I’m on post 3 in a row of pimpin this fun event….)

Please join us this Friday for a special event. We’ll be serving Strawberry Moscow Mules and chatting Global Textiles! Bring a Friend and you get 25% off.

 

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BERBER BLANKETS

You know we love a good mix around these parts, and when it comes to mixing, that means layering. Our most fav layer du jour is likely to have some global flair. Morocco has been a hotbed for inspiration within the latest Boho craze, from Moroccan Wedding Blankets, Woven Berber Rugs/Pillows, and that inimitable Beni Ourain rug that has become a staple in just about any home of any style. You know the one, its a lovely shaggy wool with a black criss cross hatch design. I’m betting if you are a decor lover like we are, you have at least one of these design staples in your collection. Well, we’re thinking that if you don’t already have the berber blanket with pom poms, its time to get on it!

Where they come from!

Our berber pom pom blankets are lovingly crafted by Berber artisans of Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains. We personally selected colors and patterns for our collection and each one is made to our specifications. That being said, see something in our shop that you like, but you just wish you could tweak the color or size. Holler at us and let us work with our team to custom create the exact blanket of your dreams.

Why we love ’em!

A well made bed is one with a number of layers. We love the Moroccan Berber Blankets with tassels and pom noms as that final layer, the one at the foot of the bed that makes all the difference.

How to decorate with it!

Here are a number of examples of this in practice.

by Heidi Cailliers
Hey, we love that herringbone lumbar and the collection of framed prints over the bed too! 

by Amber Interiors

by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Oh looky, it’s my bed. I love seeing how other people have styled their CB2 Drommen Bed.  

 

 

In the SOPI area? Please join us this Friday for a special event. We’ll be serving Strawberry Moscow Mules and chatting Global Textiles! Bring a Friend and you get 25% off.

 

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Best of Rattan Chairs


I’m still drawn to all things rattan. We’ve long discussed it.

We have had our fair share of luck with the vintage rattan pieces that we have stumbled upon in our routine digs through our local thrift stores. They always sell lickety splitly.

 
So, I thought I’d run out on another finding mission, to see what the catalog market has to offer in the way of rattan chairs. Here are the best that I discovered.

Best of Rattan

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The Paris Flea Market

I recently returned from a three week tour through Germany, Paris, London and Geneva, Switzerland.

It was a whirlwind of rock-n-roll clubs, performing with The Luxembourg Signal, a music project for which I have been lending my vocals for a number of years. This was our second European Tour to support our second album, which just hit shelves last week!

The days were full and we were traveling with a large group.

Our free days were often welcomed by the dude and me as an opportunity to relax (the daytime tourist/late night club life is exhausting!). But we did make it out to a number of special sites. And one of those adventures is of particular interest to TEOT.

On a Sunday in Paris, Heffe and I hit the subway and headed to Les Puces, aka the flea.

It was a bit overwhelming at first, as we were swimming through massive amounts of street vendors. They were aggressively hawking super fly tennis shoes and glass bongs.

It was not exactly what I was hoping for, but we rambled on until I spotted a sign leading to Marche Dauphine. I had read a bit about the markets and recalled that particular section of the market as our moment for antiques and collectibles.

 

Once we tucked ourselves into the Marche Dauphine alley, the world grew calm again and I felt like we’d found what we were looking for.

I’m sure plenty of ladies can relate to the heavy sighs from your shopping partner when that partner is your dude. I know some dudes that would really be into the flea market. My brother is one. But Heffe is not moved by stacks of ticking stripe napkins or centuries old silver. There was a powerful amount to wade through and we definitely spent a good deal of time roaming the halls, but my heart wasn’t into the dig so I didn’t linger too long at any particular booth.

Instead I fantasized about heading back some day with Sarah.

Particularly as I thumbed through the stacks of crumbling silk tapestries in the one and only textiles booth we found. I eavesdropped on two American women as they chatted with the fluent shopkeeper. She was issuing warnings against the other sellers and the many pick pockets in the area. She also mentioned that hers was the only textile booth because there was not much money to be made in textiles anymore so many sellers had abandoned the market.

On the day that we return, I imagine we will need to do some outreach first, to find a fellow flea market lover like ourselves, but someone who is familiar with the area and the language and can help us navigate the scene.

I did love all of the childrens lit and wondered how completely radical your kid might be if they grew up reading French bedtime stories.

There were plenty of opportunities to add to your hipster enamel pin collection. These were fun!

I paused over the old iron signs. When we moved into our house, the previous owner had a few French signs posted on the fence that got lost when we replaced it. I do miss them. I looked here for a replacement but didn’t find anything appropriate.

I thought that this was a rather sophisticated mix of eras.

I’m becoming a bit obsessed with chambrays, so I dug through this pile a bit. Chambray pillows to hit Shop TEOT soon.

This looks like an entire rack full of midcentury mumus. Love all those patterns.

I mean, I really love the patterns of the seventies. This tea set fills me with delight.

We took a break for a crepe and I practically fell in love with this character right out of the street scenes from Beauty and the Beast.

I also enjoyed a fantasy in which these were the lace kerchiefs and doilies of the famed Nadja, an Andre Breton character that has lived inside of me since my Art History days of college.

Rug stacks of the Orient look the same in France as they do back home. 

Another delightful aspect of the Marche Dauphine includes this UFO specimen, popular with the littles. 

And lastly, I do have a bit of a thing for this early 20th century gym equipment. The leather is so sumptuous. It’s butter. I like the idea of decorating with it, but thus far I have only encountered it out in the wilds, far from home. I don’t know about you guys, but I am 100% a creature of convenience and until I find ways to make shipping large pieces of furniture home from my indie band tour, I’ll just have to want.

Much love to y’all for reading my post. Holler back if you have any experience with the Paris Flea Market that you want to share. This was my first taste, and I’m sure to go back with a stricter purpose next time!

 

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Need a Rug Refresh? We have Turkish Oushaks for You!

Now at the Shop!

In case you haven’t heard

Turkish Oushaks are where it’s at! We love them for their fun eclectic addition to any room, from the bedroom to the bath. For inspiration, see our previous post Turkish Oushaks for All.

So, we wanted to make sure you were among those who know that we have more in stock!

A fresh little batch made its way over from Capaddocia in Pink medallion patterns. We work carefully with our friends there to make these selections, so that you have the cream of the crop to choose from.

So scoop up a brand new-to-you vintage rug today!

Here’s an example of what’s in store!

 

 

 

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TEOT x BuggyTown Homebrew Coffee Workshop

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Friends and fellow coffee lovers!

You’re invited to join us as we welcome in the Fall season, along with our friend Meg of BuggyTown Coffee for an delightful and informative morning that will surely improve the quality of your coffee experience at home!

Learn to make better coffee at home in our demo kitchen by trying different brewing methods and tasting different coffees with Meg from Buggy Town Coffee.

BuggyTown coffee has grown into the Sandhills Region’s fav spot to grab a cup. The ambiance in the space is homey, the staff take great care with their flavors and presentation and we love the crafts and wares for sale around the dining room. We love Meg’s soaps and organic luxury bath items so much, we stock them in our shop too!

So grab your best coffee lovin friend and come over to the shop for this fun and informative gathering. We’d love to see you.

It’s happening on Tuesday, October 24th at 11am.

The shop register will be open too, so bring those wallets in case a nice new and cozy throw blanket calls your name!

LET US KNOW YOU CAN MAKE IT VIA FACEBOOK!

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A Sentimental Cottage Style Home Tour Before this Pinehurst Family Leaves on a Military PCS

Today’s TEOT Home Staging Home Tour features the home of Laura that she shares with her husband, and their precious 5 month old daughter, Ms. Mattie Lue.

Laura enlisted Sarah to help her get her cozy Pinehurst home listed for rent. Her family is one of the many Military families in the area that recently received PCS orders.

For those of you who are not familiar with military life or don’t know anyone who is in the military, PCS means permanent change of station and to military families that means pack up and move to another town or country and join a new community.

So we headed over to this home a little over a month ago for some quick styling and zshushing and photographing for the rental listing.

Working with Laura was super fun. She has an easy going, casual way about her that we really admire, a real salt of the earth kinda girl, right up our alley. She hails from Tennessee originally and she brought her Southern wit, charm and humor with her.

Additionally, she packs a sentimental nature and it is so lovingly apparent in the way she has styled her collections throughout her home. We have heard the wise designers of our day say time and time again, that if you love it then its never wrong. We think that Laura’s home is a perfect illustration for this mantra.

Here is an opportunity to peak around, and look at the trinkets on the shelves and the historic photographs on the walls, and get a glimpse into this particular family and their sweet love for the generations before and the ones to come.

We were honored to style it up and give it just a little extra TEOT glaze. Thanks Laura for sharing your home and life with all of us, and thanks to the lovely Rachel Garrison for the lovely photography.

The Living Room

Photography by Rachel Garrison

The mix of TEOT and John Robshaw pillows bring even more life into a sweet room

We also worked with Laura in the bedrooms. Those shots came out lovely.

But we think you’ll especially like the nursery.

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Christopher Farr Carnival

This pattern has been popping up in my online life in mass lately.

Let’s take a jaunt through a set of examples that have recently caught my attention.

 

 

I sent a photo to Sarah and she identified it immediately as Christopher Farr’s Carnival, a fabric she knew well. She’d paired with an African Indigo stripe for our TEOT friend Amanda’s home decor project, a couple years back.

 

Sarah, you’re always ahead of your time!

Now, we’re seeing it all over our Pinterest feeds in various applications from wallpaper to upholstery…

er, both at the same time!!!

 

That’s it. Put that pattern down in your memory bank as one to keep an eye out for! Or give us a reason to sew one up for your next project. We’ll source some and whip up some pillows, curtains or upholstery. Just contact SHOP TEOT for the details.

 

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Suzanis Making a Comeback?

Y’all, suzanis have had their moments in the sun before, but is this hand-embroidered textile in the middle of another resurgence? We think so.

The application that we are most digging is a colorful embroidery on a light neutral background. There are lots of colorways in the suzani. You are probably more than familiar with the book cover of the New Bohemians. The rich dark suzanis are a must-have in the world of Boho Maximalism.

With today’s suzani, we are looking toward a more refined version of eclecticism, something more akin to the tradition of high end design meets intrepid world explorer.

Sarah and I spent a little bit time on chat tossing a few goodies back and forth. Here’s the eye candy that we were lovin on.

A fantastic mix of pillows features the star of the pattern show, an antique suzani.

Crane & Canopy really worked a basic color wheel scheme here with a pop of orange in Suzani.

Former Domino Editor, Sarah Ruffin Costello, the Design Blog World’s Muse is into it.

Boy did we love everything about Christine Lennon’s home feature on OKL.

Use a whole bedcover for an exceptionally rich layer!

 

Robert Kime Suzani & Indian patterns are advanced level. Much like our fav Indian Textiles lover John Robshaw, Kime designs hand-printed patterns that are based on his travels through Central Asia, Turkey, Egypt, etc. His collection includes a nod to the Suzani, as seen here.

This House Beautiful feature is chock full of great applications of global textiles throughout the home.

 


This room by Kime illustrates perfectly the line between rich traditional roots buried under layers of exoticism.
The glaze of global accent throughout this otherwise incredibly stuffy base of a room is exactly what you’d expect from a well traveled bohemian
… bucking his own roots in his old room. Love the suzani hanging on the wall at right, juxtaposed with the rest of the art in the room.

 

We like to look to Irving & Morrison as well, who create their goods out of one-off fabrics gathered from all around the world. They’ve been known to drop a suzani here and there, and they always pair so nicely with Indian embroidery and indigos.

 

On a more accessible note, here are a few applications of the look in a setting more of the moment!

It’s difficult for me to think about suzanis and not think about our friends at Furbish Studio. As far as I can remember Jamie has always had a penchant for the colorful embroidery, since the early days when we were making up DIY pillows out of world market napkins.

It seems simple enough to fold and drape a suzani over the back of your sectional like West Haddon Hall did. A few well matched global patterns will complement the eclectic vibe.

Another incredibly accessible idea, just toss one over your neutral headboard for that casual world traveler feeling.

Our friend Ashely from Meet Me in Philadelphia is getting after it. Her style is quintessentially a New Traditionalist style in our world of online design blogger friends.

Get the look by shopping the Suzani’s we have left in stock at TEOT, and keep your eyes peeled for a new collection of throw pillows, headed our way soon! Oh yeah, and don’t forget to use our current coupon code.

Use Coupon Code SUMMERSALE17 for 25% off. 

 

 

Use Coupon Code SUMMERSALE17 for 25% off. 

 

 

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Thanks SOPI

We were honored by our SOPI friends and neighbors to have been nominated for BEST OF THE PINES in not one, but THREE great categories.

We aren’t even yet a year old here in town and being nominated is a real treat.

We wonder what a win might feel like!?
Vote for us here: https://surveymonkey.com/r/DWK6G6B

Y’all lovin on SoPi like we do! Check out are new line of SOPI T-shirts. If you like wearing t-shirts as soft as butter, we recommend the Tri-Blend.

 

 

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Lauren Liess + HGTV

Two of our favorite things have come together to make perfect television magic.

Designer/Blogger Lauren Liess (who can do no wrong in our eyes) has launched her pilot HGTV program.

We urge you to watch and support so more great programming like this will come our way!

Here’s a little bit about why we think she’s great and why this show was a fun concept for a massive audience like the one that HGTV can pull.

The premise, at least in this pilot episode, is centered around taking one home out of a development full of similar “cookie-cutter” homes and transforming it into a standout. How relatable this must be to so many homeowners in the United States, since many developments like this popped up all over the nation after WWII, representing the beginning of the baby boom.

My parents live in a neighborhood like this in Hickory, NC and I see them all of the time here in Southern California.

I really like this idea!

Lauren Liess has an approach to design that is organic, rustic, traditional, cozy and homey and one that is modern and clean, but enjoyable by just about anyone. She has made so many transformations in her own homes that I have followed through her blog Pure Style Home, and Sarah and I often point back to them in reference to current projects. Her style really has launched an appreciation for a more muted and subtle approach to traditional styling for myself.

So, have a look at the trailer below. If you didn’t catch that initial airing, please do take a moment to DVR that shiz and give it a spin. I know that HGTV is counting on us to watch in order to decide if they will be filming more with Lauren Liess. I sure hope they do.

 

Best House On The Block (HGTV Teaser) from Best House On The Block on Vimeo.

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Global Textiles Reach Fever Pitch

Hi friends.

As with any good trend, whether in home decor or a fashion, they run on a cycle through the industry that is fairly predictable. We often look to Meryl Streep from Devil Wears Prada to break this down for us.

Here at TEOT, we have long known the day would arrive, but we think that our beloved African textiles are just about to hit their climax. And we want all y’all to get on board!

What does that mean exactly. Well, for us it means visual affirmation as most television shows have employed used of these textiles in their set design. Sarah said she caught an African Indigo pillow in a Geico commercial the other day. Additionally, it means that all of our big box stores, catalog and even our discount stores are popping up with their own mass produced options.

We’ve collected a few of our favorites below.

Tell us what you think of the mass produced and widely available options that we have sourced for you here.

Of course the sad aspect of the cycle for shops like TEOT — is that it means our handmade versions that we employ seamstresses to stitch for us, made from the textiles that we source from Malian dealers at the antique markets here in Los Angeles, may be seeing less and less from us as we compete with Target for the spotlight! But, we know that’s half the fun, and we’re not going to stop loving the real thing anytime soon.

 

Y’all into it?

Shop Catalog & Big Box Global Pillows here

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Sofa Inspiration with Viyet

I’ve been hitting the drawing board a bit lately, cooking up ideas for custom sofas that I’d like to bring to reality one day.
I need one for my own long and narrow living room, Sarah is overdue a new sofa too and most recently TEOT’s bff Amy has shown some interest in something specific for her home that is currently just a tad crowded with a sofa that scales too large for her room.
Whenever I start thinking this way, I’m quick to look to the past for furniture design inspiration. It’s important for me to understand the aspects of sofa design, as they have morphed over the years.
Sarah told me about Viyet some time ago- a lovely site for home decor where you can bid on consigned high end goods. It’s similar to Chairish but they have a minimum value and well, we think its a bit more buttoned up.
So for this part of the process, I’ve been digging through the vintage furniture website, to find a few old design classics  for inspo… and so maybe I’ll talk about why.
Milo Baughman
There are plenty of examples besides the one below, of great sofa designs by Milo Baughman, but I do love the burlwood frame on this one.
I selected this one for Amy, to call attention the slim deck and slim arm rest design of the mid century. A slim deck is becoming a must have for me when it comes to my love affair with sofas. If you look around at big box and catalog design stores known for the sofa designs, more and more are headed this direction. Sarah and I had a funny conversation with another TEOT bff, Amanda when she showed us the 8 foot long Crate & Barrel sofa that she was going to buy. It was on sale for well under $2k and she was adamant that it was the sofa for her. But Sarah and I both shook our head and begged her to reconsider…. b/c it was a fat-deck contemporary that we’re pretty sure is going to look dated in less than 5 years. If you don’t know what I mean by fat deck, here is a look at one.
The thing about designing a new sofa with these slim proportions for me, is that it harkens the timelessness of midcentury design. The silhouette mixes in seamlessly with so many styles and the essence of a smaller scale provides you with an opportunity for clean floating lines that don’t take up too much visual space, yet you can still provide a roomy seating area, plenty of area to sit down and sprawl.
On the downside, most midcentury sofas that have actually stood the test of time, have a scratchy upholstery in a nubby texture and often times the foam is long overdue a reconditioning. We ARE huge fans of reupholstering and reconditioning a sofa with great lines, but you will likely spend as much as it may cost you to buy a fat deck Crate and Barrel sofa. You can see that we recently did just that with our TEOT sofa, seen here.
At any rate, we look to these kind of lines as a part of our imagining for a sofa for Amy.
Meanwhile, for my own home… I’m looking to the Seventies, the official decade of the at home lounge. This inspiration suits my modern day compulsion for Netflix binge sessions on the couch, as well as the versatility that our young homies need… to pull apart the room to make way for Wii tournaments and puppy wrestling matches.
Now, it’s not that I’m necessarily advocating so much for the TOGO as a modern day solution for my home. I think that choice might be a bit too on the nose to decorate around for MOST homes. BUT, I AM advocating for the soul of the Togo. It is modular, casual, deep, comfortable and it promotes a versatile living experience that I can really get behind. It’s casual luxury, it’s laissez faire, its super cool. Achieving this level of je ne sais quoi in a modern way would get me really excited.
George Smith
For Sarah, our pursuit of the perfect english roll arm is still going strong. We’ve designed and built one custom version that we think came pretty close, but in the end we sold it off as a prototype with the idea to keep chiseling away at the right proportions. But we have definitely talked about this before. We want a classic George Smith vintage style, just like Sofia Coppolas, slightly modernized and somewhat more affordable than the real thing.
Version two is underway now and frankly, I’m not sure what to expect since we started with a entirely different manufacturer this time. It’s being benchmade in Hickory, NC where I grew up.
This classic style is a designer go to b/c of it’s casual yet refined nature. We like ours with a more of a cadillac line, deep, low slung, long and ready to ride the whole fam through all 8 of the Harry Potter movies.
There is much to be said for looking back, before we look forward. Borrowing the aspects of vintage style that we love and modernizing to suit our very own spaces.
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