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Designing Our New Home From Scratch

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Part of the move-in process includes a fresh start by repainting the entire interior. I’m talking walls, trim, windows, doors and ceilings. It’s no minor task designing our new home from scratch. Every day presents a new decision, but we’ll start first with a fresh coat! Sarah and I are having an email dialog about the perils of choosing paint colors. How lucky am I to have her expert consultation at my fingertips? It makes me anxious to hear her say she needs to know more about the vibe we are after in order to help me suss out the differences between whites! But this post is my attempt in communicating our desires. To start, there is nothing like experiencing the room throughout the day, and getting a feeling for the light as it passes from east to west. Here is a look at the vacant living room. We have already removed the drapes…

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The Frazada & Peruvian Woven Goods

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Friends. We would be remiss not to share with you the latest in home decor that we are trying to hunt down for our own homes (and yours too if you are a TEOT ETSY fan.) Since a trip to the Chinchero Market in Peru, South America is not in my most immediate future, I’d like to bring a bit of the Andes to me. Sarah and I are both nuts over Bolivian Frazadas. Here’s a little looksee to get you on board with what we’re talking about. The pillows, blankets and rugs are popping up on boutique shops across the internets, from Australia to the UK, to the US. These lovely styled images come to us via Garza Marfa, the supplier behind the collections avaliable at Heath Ceramics, L’aviva Home, etc El Hummingbird is an Australian company started by a lovely couple who travel to Peru annually to connect with artisans and select one…

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COMING SOON: A little Shop teaser

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We’ve got a few new items to add to the TEOT ETSY Shop, coming soon. Consider that image above a sneak peek. <3 Until then, shop the items that we can’t quite believe haven’t sold yet… (well, except that shipping is super expensive and so every time someone buys this vintage rattan bench we quote the price to ship and everyone dies of sticker shock so we have to refund.) Does anyone know of a great shipping secret? We were BLESSED with an incredibly insightful and helpful email from our Instagram pal, Leah of @ScoopsVintageModern. Her ETSY SHOP is the stuff of dreams. She has incredible tastes! But she is with us in the struggle for how to deal with major fees associated with transit of large items. Sarah uploaded some wonderfully aged wooden carving boards that would look killer in any kitchen. I love how they warm up the…

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Lofty Dreams of Attic Conversions

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My mind is often prone to wander off towards dreams and fantasies of a more unrealistic nature, which is why I presume – when we have a whole brand new house to plan for with reasonable needs like space planning and painting, I can’t stop thinking about the attic. It’s a real romantic notion. Since my childhood I’ve journaled. The voice has changed throughout the years but most times I write as if I’m communicating with an audience. That audience is often a girl that came after me, maybe I helped to make her, my child or my grandchild. This girl is sitting up in an old attic somewhere, breathing in the must of a generation gone by, flipping through the pages of all my most silly dreams and tales of the times that I lived in, interesting if only because they happened in the past. It’s dramatic and it looks like…

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Weekend

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Hoping y’all have a great one. Betsy is still trying to get settled back into blogger life. She’s going to head over to her brand new home with the dude and kids to sledgehammer some kitchen cabinets and built-ins that must go. Perhaps Sarah will be getting a start on all that landscaping she has in mind. She tried to enlist her family in lieu of birthday presents. How did that go, Sarah? Here’s what is happening on the internet that we’ve been into lately. Sure, USA doesn’t seem like the network where we’d send you for quality tv, but whoa! Mr. Robot is awesome. We were heavily influenced by Chuck Palahniuk’s FIGHT CLUB era back in our college days at UNCG. The narrative quality of this new show is more than reminiscent, it’s downright inspired. We’ll see if Christian Slater is Brad Pitt or not. Even if he is, we’re not mad about…

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Shaniqua: Designing Ideas for our New Home

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At some point in the house hunt, the dude and I started referring to the blue paned house, aka Silver Springs as Shaniqua. It is a reference to the street it’s on, but really it’s more about personifying the home that we couldn’t get out of mind. The name has since grown on us, and I don’t think it’s going anywhere. Even Heffe’s kids have taken to it. We got to take them over on Saturday and get a few measurements. Part of our negotiations allowed the previous homeowners a leaseback for 30 days after closing. We had to make formal arrangements to see the home, but we were thrilled to find it mostly empty. It feels more real than ever now, and we’ll be glad to finally have full access at the end of the month. Step into her little foyer, where you are immediately greeted with a set of stairs! I’d really like to…

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Checking in on Pillow Progress

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Hi friends. Sarah and I got together recently and styled up a new collection of pillows that we pulled together from vintage indigo textiles and mud cloths from Mali. Our launch was a mere two weeks ago, and already the huge stacks of product that I traveled to North Carolina with has dwindled. Now we are scrambling to get more pulled together, and fast! I’m so excited by our progress with the pillow sales, I can’t wait to branch out into more product ideas that we are cooking up. For now though, have a little look at what’s left, it’s slim pickings in terms of quantities, but we do have just a few more options in each design left for sale. Click the image to shop.        

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I’m a Big Fan of Independence

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Today is a great day for BBQs, pool parties, at home fireworks, a family reunion by the river, little kids and puppy dogs, maybe some sparklers. Sarah and her crew are after it in the mountains of NC, and we’re going to get to it here in SoCal in just minute. It’s an interesting time to feel patriotic in this country. I’m not going to climb atop a soapbox to talk at length about how energized I am to see actual progress, or how disheartened I am to see social evidence of ignorance as close to me as the people that I’m connected to through social media. But, I have taken a moment of time on this slow morning to consider inalienable rights. I do want to remind us all to muse a bit on the notion of independence. Happy Fourth!

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House Hunting: It’s DONE Y’all

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Now that the house purchase is complete, we will happily be bringing the HOUSE HUNTING series to a close. (… until Sarah decides to move again, which could happen any minute knowing her crew.) But as for us, let’s have a cheer since we are donezo! I’ve never been more grateful. The news came in last Friday that we officially closed (10 days and ten thousand headaches beyond our contract close date.) We were pulled through the mire a bit on the nuances of lending protocol, so it was hard to feel anything more than mere relief. The champagne is still chillin’ in the fridge. Thank God for our real estate agent, Joyce Gottlieb though, who I can’t recommend enough. She was super savvy and tough as nails on hard core sellers and less than stellar funding agents. God bless her! I wish I could buy 50 more houses with her. So, here we…

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From our Phones

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Summertime has taken over the Southlands, which means June Gloom in SoCal, and unbelievable three digit temps in the South. Moving on to to the lighter moments in life, here’s what we have been inspired by via cellphone.   You can always follow along in real time via Instagram – our most favorite place to hang out when we aren’t here on the blog. SARAH is @theestateofthings BETSY is @betsymoyer

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Spotted: African Kuba Cloth

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Around these parts, our attentions wax and wane, depending on latest projects and life’s very real demands. I used to give myself a hard time about this, but I’m accepting the natural order of things, and just going with it. Self help articles demand focus focus focus, but how can I with so many new inspirations flying into my face daily? Can you relate? Speaking of focus, we SHOULD… and we should focus on Sarah’s renovation efforts. We have some exciting news to share soon, since she has totally wrapped the Bennett Kitchen renovation. … But with the surprisingly successful launch of the TEOT pillow collection – the focus lately has been on home decor sales via ETSY. So, that’s just what’s up with us. As a result, with news of Barbara Bestor’s BlackbirdsLA project, comes eye candy with an emphasis on African inspiration, including some very wantable Kuba Cloth pillows scattered throughout…

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Boho Meets the Classics

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Yesterday we took a little room tour to break down the Bohemian Luxury label it was given. Today, I thought we might explore what a TEOT version of that room might look like. I started with Sarah’s classic design picks, these are all timeless pieces that we keep coming back to. They will stand the test of time and are great investment pieces for your home. The next section is the boho glaze that you can put on top. These layers could stack up endlessly on top of the classics for a real textured boho Betsy flair (don’t get too cluttered), or you can choose your glaze sparingly and distinctively for Sarah’s boho traditional twist.     We featured a few of our favorite products above, available at many fine retailers online and off. Let us help you source any of the products above! We love shopping with you.

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Conversations: Bohemian Luxury

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Last night I was on the phone with my dad for a nice long chat and at one point he says “You know, I had an idea for your The Estate of Things.” Oh, I was piqued and just loved the conversation that ensued. His idea was for Sarah and me to please illustrate for him just what exactly bohemian versus traditional would look like in the same space. His suggestion was to design a room using all of the necessary elements that could illustrate how one might lean toward tradition with elements of the eclectic. He wanted to see us style it Sarah’s way, Betsy’s way and the together way. Sweet Daddy. We’ll work on that for you. Meanwhile, it made me think of this image that Sarah snapped for me as she was cruising through the most recent Williams-Sonoma Home Catalog. Sarah had asked: “Betsy do you see flashes of your *boho…

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