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Weekend

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  This weekend, Heffe and the homies and I head to NC for a bit of much loved family time. I’m deeply grateful that this crew enjoys the trips we make to my home. We hope to see Sarah, Dan and her girls. We’ll settle for Sarah and a girl, whatever we can get. We convene in Ashe County, our new TEOT vacation headquarters. Our crew is going to pull up my old Vintage Shasta Camper and rough it by the river! Normally on the weekend post, we’d share a week’s worth of lazy saturday morning worthy links here. To be real, it’s Thursday night, and I’m feeling more like sharing my own musings. I’m wound up in the fuzzy aftermath of a sweet celebratory dinner with the dude regarding some great happenings in his world. At the same time – the anticipation and subsequent realization of our failed house hunt offer is settling in over…

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House Hunting: Onward and Up the Hill

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After driving through Topanga on the way home from Soccer the other weekend, Heffe and I played a little game of guess how far from the PCH our most recent house interest is. I was sure it would take ten to fifteen minutes to cruise up the hill, but he was right. It took no more than five. And what we found up there was an incredible little neighborhood, and a promising home for sale. The neighborhood, known as Marquez Knolls, features a slew of perfectly pristine midcentury ranch homes of varying affect. The ocean and horizon tilt and turn with the curvy roads and rock outcroppings jut out of a hill lined with the pinot vines of a hilltop winery. It all makes me feel real excited about puppy walks and nearby trailheads. I made my way over to the agent’s open house on Tuesday to test our assumptions, and found it to be pretty…

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Weekend

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Y’all gonna have you some fun? This is what we’re gonna be up to. Betsy and Heffe zeroed in on a house, so they’ll spend the weekend pulling together tax info and all of the boring paperwork stuff that is required. We’ll share photos next week, for now, no one wants to jinx the deal. Sarah will be sitting around dreaming and scheming about commercial and residential properties in her hometown. She is also going to be snapping photos of some area homes that have taken a nod from one of the very projects that we’ve introduced here! Here’s a little interneting for ya! HOLY CRAP Sociopath Junkies! Bob Durst did not disappoint when he *SPOILER ALERT ‘confessed’ in a psycho-maniacal rant in the bathroom with a hot mic on. Burn me once shame on you, burn me twice, shame on the psycho killer who is just trying to get caught. That entire…

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House Hunting: Peeved in the Palisades

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Dear God, will we ever find our home? I’m a little frustrated with this one y’all. It hit the market out of nowhere (inventory is still super slim) and we were stoked to have such a classic specimen of Midcentury Modern architecture perched atop Temescal Canyon. You might recall my earlier fascination with this neighborhood. It’s got that magic feeling that makes us want to live there. Excitedly, I went to the agent’s open house on Tuesday. Upon initial visit, I wasn’t so sure it would work for us. It represented some of the same challenges as Silver Spring – with only 3 bedrooms and no den. But I talked with the dude about it over the next two days and realized in talking with him, that what we had on our hands with this home and it’s price point (freaking $550K less than Silver Spring), is the opportunity to renovate and one day…

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Weekend

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We’ll be tuning in for Sunday’s finale of The Jinx. If you too are into sociopaths and modern culture, you may enjoy this read from Grantland about Robert Durst and our fascination with the villain. The part that really hit the nail on the head for me was identifying a “charisma that comes from being freed from the bondage of empathy.” Betsy will be out in the wild on a soccer safari with Heffe and his kids, enjoying the scenery and observing the wildlife that are soccermoms, as they compete with one another in the wide desert. Beyond that adventure she’s hoping for a moment to go check out Teot’s soul sister store, Lost & Found. Or, the dude should take her out for oysters and bloody marys at the Hungry Cat. Some parts of the country are waking up from winter’s slumber and that means garden time, check out this serious gardener’s list of March garden chores, she…

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House Hunting: A New Traditional Near Palisades Village

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The home on Hampden falls right into The Estate of Things’ wheelhouse, right!?. It’s recent renovation opened up the floor plan and played well to traditional leanings with admirable millwork throughout. During my tour, I instagrammed a snap of the den with it’s excellent indoor/outdoor flow, and got a few questions about why we aren’t preparing our offer! I’ll chalk it up to it being at the tippy top of our budget while missing a few crucial lifestyle needs (mostly project space via garage). I could definitely nerd out on you, and share the scoring system that Heffe and I have devised via spreadsheet — but I’ll spare you the minutia. Meanwhile, Hampden only scored a 34 out of 100. We don’t require an A+, but we are holding out for a passing grade. The Hampden home is an off market listing. I got the feeling that the agent didn’t find the home to be very photogenic. But, I also…

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HeffeHouse: Yellow Kitchen Update

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The entirety of my life here at the HeffeHouse, I’ve assumed the 50s yellow kitchen with its 90s glass tile backsplash update was a lost cause. But then suddenly, some effort appeared out of nowhere. I count Sarah’s insights into kitchen updates, open shelving, must have accessories and the *hopefully impending move among my inspirations for this sudden bout of energy to make the unbearable, somewhat cute.      

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Bunnies and Babies: Bunny Wallpaper by Lee Joffa and Hunt Slonem

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Sarah and I are decidedly fans of bunnies. It’s a term of endearment, its passwords (security breach), its nicknames, it’s loving imagery, it’s artwork. We dig em the most. Coincidentally, so does this powerhouse of a painter, Hunt Slonem. His fascination reportedly began at birth, since he was born in the Chinese year of the rabbit… I was born in the Chinese year of the monkey, nonetheless like Hunt, I too choose bunnies for artistic expression. I can’t thank this man enough for his fascination, and I’m now indebted to Lee Joffa for bringing my attention to this matter, and making my body quake with some strange, nay foreign desire to decorate a nursery. Have a look!   If you dig bunnies the most like we do, have a look at this Giant Bunny wallpaper we found next.

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House Hunting: Silver Spring

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I can’t get this home out of my head. The moment that I stumbled upon it, I gasped and frantically copy/pasted the link over to Sarah as soon as possible and then the dude. I’m sure he’d appreciate that I toss links over to my homegirl before him, right? What dude buying a house wouldn’t? At any rate, I needed her help, because this home needed a game plan. It was a total tease in its description which wielded but 2 bedrooms, an obvious write-off for the dudliest of dudes. He’s pretty set on 4 at this point and selective memory forgets that we once were perfectly content with only 3. But with this house clocking in at 2800 sq ft – well that is more than enough living space. So what gives with the 2br status? Maybe something unpermitted is going on? Here’s the part of the description that had me…

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Home Sweet Home

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I spent this past week in NC, through snow and record breaking freezing cold temps, just dripping with nostalgia. It was a fantastic whirlwind of a five day jaunt. Old friends, old college homes, visits with dear old friends, my fifteen year old cat and of course Sarah! I enjoyed a MadMenesque carousel slideshow of Vintage Moyer babies with my mom, dad and bros. I squeezed in a little Home Goods shopping and some grits too! But the main purpose was to see some river land that I’m trying to buy with the dude, in hopes that there will be more NC trips to come! Here’s a little of what it looked like from my cell phone.

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Estate Envy: Ruffalo Wannabe in Westwood

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Pretty much since I moved to California, Sarah has been trying to get me to decorate my home(s) like Mark & Sunshine Ruffalo’s sweet little surf shack in the hills of Hollywood. She’s stalked the home on the real estate market and here on the blog we’ve consistently referred back to his mix of masculine and feminine pieces for the Heffe House and I’m sure it is why DC got the Jenny Lind for her first big girl bed. I guess that says something about Sarah’s consistency in her style and taste, and it also speaks well for the timeless design choices made by Nickey Kehoe, a design house that we all grow more and more in love with each and every day. Here is a little refresher eye candy of that project!     So, this past week, in my ever persistent search for the right westside home, I stumbled upon this little…

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Pacific Palisades

House Hunting in the Pacific Palisades

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  A few amazing things have happened since I last dumped a little house hunting progress on the blog, not least of which being that the dude and I have zeroed in on the Pacific Palisades for the hunt. I no longer have to keep an eye out for every great house in Mar Vista, Venice, Santa Monica, Altadena or the town of Los Angeles in general. We are decided. Our love for the canyon supercedes. We will live in the Palisades. Before we arrived at this conclusion though, we definitely shared some words about our disparate approach to our needs. Truth be told, I think that Heffe was gettin’ a little antsy, and he just wants to be in a new space where we can do some things… and he wants the search to be over. At this point, we’ve been actively looking for a full time home since May of…

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Kates Cottage

Changing up Your Style? Kate is!

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Kate and I did some shopping this weekend. She has been in a bit of pattern paralysis since we last did a little decorating at her pad. We’re trying to put our finger on the right new look for her. Her patterns need an update, but I think she’s feeling stuck because she’s shifting away from her previous style, and into something new that we haven’t yet identified. You can see some old teals and chevron above, she is ready for that to go away. After she found a new throw and a seriously eighties / Kelly Wearstler-esque abstract fabric that she loved, we’ve honed in on a palette that is a bit more rich and less twee than her previous pinks, corals and soft greys. She’s feeling bolder and using words like jewel tones and watercolors… so I’ve pulled together this new design board to see what she thinks, and to see if there…

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Digital Rendering. Questions & Inspirations for a Sunday

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So, I just stumbled upon this rendering on Pinterest. It took me more than a quick glance, but the shadows and the lines of the upholstery were a tell-tale. This is not a real sofa! This is a rendered sofa. Seems so obvious now, but when it first appeared in my Pinterest feed, it fooled me for a hot second. Last year, I  worked with a furniture client that built out their whole brand new catalog via digital rendering and only physically produced a portion of the designs after the fact. As a result, I started to pay attention to how much this digital rendering is seeping its way into the marketing and advertising efforts of the furniture companies, and I also got to see first hand how much of the design work was blurred between the software enabled designer as much as the material designer. (In our case, the software was AutoDesk 3Ds Max.) During…

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House Hunting – What a Million Bucks’ll Get You

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The holidays put a big dent in my house hunting obsession, but the market is waking back up and we’re starting to see some interesting options creeping back into our Trulia search results. Here’s a little bit of recap of some things that happened last year, that may bring us up to now. I whipped up a map for Sarah. She is a doll for offering me her expertise in all things real estate and/or renovation. We really want to find an old dog of a house (in one of these mapped out areas) with enough room in the budget to call up Barbara Bestor‘s firm for a hand. Think that’ll happen!? I like to be near where the map imagery goes green! My Western North Carolina blood courses strong, and it’s hard to feel right when you are stuck out here in this arid sub-tropical mediterranean climate and aren’t near some trees and hills….

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