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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

HOW DO YOU SELECT ART FOR THE PURPOSES OF DECOR?

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

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Jenna Lyons New SoHo Loft

Do you guys remember Jenna Lyon’s Brooklyn living room from 2008. We’ve referenced here on this blog ten if not a hundred times and from what I’m reading online today, it’s on the most pinned interiors in Pinterest history. It looked like this:

 

Well, in new news…. her 2017 SoHo loft is every bit as Parisian and pinnable. I fully expect to see it copied en masse moving forward. Feast your eyes below and read all about it (and get more pics) at NYT.

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Black Friday is here… and it’s only Wednesday

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It might be only Wednesday y’all, but Black Friday is already everywhere. It’s all up in my Instagram Feed and its in every store window that I passed by today as I ran a few morning errands.

So, let’s let the shopping begin at shopteot.com too.

The skinny is really simple this year, and it’s HUGE! It’s just a solid 25% off of everything exclusing SALE items on the site. So, that’s big time discounts.

USE CODE HOLIDAY HAPS at checkout.

As I mentioned earlier, I can hardly think about Christmas before the Thanksgiving Turkey is cold, but I’m pretty excited this year since I have been seeing all the goodies coming into the shop and well, we have some cooooool stuff to stuff to stock your stockings with, to gift to a friend, or to help make home a little bit homier for the holidays.

So, keep an eye on the homepage at shopteot.com where I’ll soon be rolling out some gift guides where you can more purposefully dig through our 650 in stock inventory items. As usual, we’ll be outlining gifts by price, by personality type and by style. And of course there will be mine and Sarah’s personal picks!

Speaking of which, here’s a look at mine! GO SHOP FRIENDS and FAM!

 

 

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Just for Funsies!

Sarah hosted a Global Goods Happy Hour on Friday, and I just wanted to thank y’all big time from way over here. It was a success and a good time was had by all. We offered 15% off all global textiles, 25% off if you brought a friend. We saw a lot of new faces and enjoyed a few cocktails together!

I don’t know about y’all, but when Fall comes around, it’s like its just one thing after the other. I couldn’t even think about Thanksgiving until Halloween handmade costumes were behind us, and likewise, Christmas will get no prep until after the last of the cold leftover Turkey has been consumed this weekend.

In retail, as far as inventory prep and marketing strategy, I’m not really afforded the luxury of putting the planning off, but I’ve been procrastinating as much as possible, believe me.

A little note about what to expect from the shop during the busiest shopping weekend of the year has been added to the home at shopteot.com and while it mostly includes event information for those of you that are local to Southern Pines, NC…. there will be some specials on Instagram and Facebook throughout the shopping weekend.

KK, enough shop talk. Let’s just look at some images of late that Sarah and I are taking inspiration from via Pinterest.

While we were swapping thoughts on rooms that showcase global textiles in action, Sarah reminded me of this Caroline Irving shoot from some time ago. Coincidentally, it then popped up in my face via this MyDomaine roundup about the forthcoming “Haute Bohemian” book. The article inquired/predicted that 2018 might see traditional decor stealing a little of the spotlight back from jugalow boho-ism and SoCal/Scandi minimalism. Sarah and I are over here getting a little whiplash from nodding our heads so hard in agreement. In our little tiny realm, we call this style rad trad and Sarah is especially all about it.

 

I have been scouring the internets for the perfect indian block print with an indigo base and red accents, and hey looky – Sarah had already found it and ordered it. So we will be seeing more of this soon. Love it.

 

I got something of a green light to rework the kitchen in our home that we have now lived in for over 2 years. And so I’m collecting inspiration and salivating over French ranges and waffling between various combinations of black, white and wood materials. It’s a long and narrow room so layout is really the foremost problem to consider. Fun times ahead, we’ll see if and when this project takes shape.

 

Okay, here is your idea for adding a little personalization to your traditional space. Go ahead and let your 5 year old have at the back of your chippendale cabriole with a set of Sharpies. We are into it!

Sarah has been eyeing this dresser since she spotted one at the local antiques store up in the Appalachian Mtns where her family vacations. She’s thinking she needs a project to add to her full plate.

The upholstered headboard game is strong here.

We replaced our street side fence at the beginning of this year and the front still needs some landscaping attention. These colorful drought tolerant options are a fun idea, though I think we need something a bit more narrow to save room for our daily pedestrian passersby.

Here is another kitchen that caught my attention. Loving that pantry door situation with its twin to another room.

Adorable. Add that to the very best front doors list.

 

Okay, the end. Hope you found some inspiration here today, if yes please head to Pinterest for more:

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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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