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From our Phones in May 2017

What’s big in your world right now?

It’s almost summer break! Are you planning trips!?

Maybe you just attended graduation for one of your littles, or maybe one of your BIGS went off to prom! I saw your pics and I can’t believe how time flies.

Sarah took on a new staging project for a recent house listing! Her Southern Pines Real Estate life is cruising right along and its brought new and exciting challenges to our work lives.

She’s also found a moment to whip up some classic pillows shams from a piece of highly sought after Chinese Batik textile that we sourced at the antiques market here in Santa Monica. The result is great, and we’d love to take custom orders! Contact us through our CONTACT TEOT page.

We got some new art easels in, and as simple as this home decor idea is – we think you can really bolster your table top steez with these basic pieces. Find them on our art page.

We get real happy when our clients and customers send us a pic of their latest TEOT goods in action. Thanks Court. We’ll forever love this pattern.

We are looking into a round up of the best hanging rattan chairs that the internet has to offer. While our vintage example in the shop is hard to top, we think the new hanging rattan chair we stock online is pretty darn close to Midcentury perfection. It goes boho for sure, but with clean lines like that, we think that just about any context could benefit from the casual and playful aspects it brings, even juxtaposed in a traditional setting.

I can hardly believe it, but the shop is taking on a more natural, neutral tone with its most recent layering of badass boho accessories. One signature of Sarah’s design practice that I really love, is her eclectic glaze. Thoughtful, sentimental and well poised elemental arrangements atop a purposeful, classic base. It’s evidenced by the recent bedside vignette at the shop.

I stopped my car, parked across the street and then looked up and down the street for judgey eyes before snapping this photo of my neighbors home. I had too, for a number of reasons. The first being that its FARMHOUSE in the Pacific Palisades. The second is because Sarah and I had cruised by it the very day that an associate at the Pacific Design Center told us that Venice was where it was at, and nothing interesting was happening anymore in Santa Monica or north… just boxes on boxes. But this is straight up East Coast Traditional architecture here in my hood and about a billion more area homes are clad in construction fencing, getting the same kind of update. Thanks Joanna Gaines???
At any rate, we’re into it.

And speaking of a little bit of country, the sweet ticking stripe napkin place setting is a great idea for your modern farmhouse table decor.

Oh, more new natural neutrals to love in the shop! Hot dog!

OMG, I bout died when I saw these. I need shelfie coaching so badly. I don’t even hardly have shelves at this house just yet, but they are coming and when they do…. I need Sarah’s magical touch.

Just look. It’s zen meditation for my hungry helpless eyes.

 

In other news, I just want to share something personal b/c you guys are so great to be here. It’s easier to do this in hindsight. I’ve been relatively quiet about it on the internet and around here we always vacillate between “do I share, or do I not share and move on talking only about pretty rooms and things to buy.”

… but today I share.

I’ve just come through a recovery period from a sudden surgery, very similar to something that Lena Dunham can outline for you to much greater detail and drama that I can muster on an interior design blog! Suffice to say, I’m one less fallopian tube and two less ovarian dermoid and chocolate cysts than I was a couple weeks ago and I’m ready to party – more sane and less pain, into the future of continuous birth control. I took the #endo pic with my phone, but I’ll spare the internet my intimates.

This is just my own personal part of the lady health stuff that both Sarah and I have confronted in the past few months. From our mothers, sisters, cousins, friends, daughters and ourselves, women’s health concerns have been surfacing all over the place for us. I hope its coincidental to our own ring of loved ones, and not the the new dystopic future that the Handmaid’s Tale would have me believe.

At any rate, at the moment I’m a bit raw, but grateful for my health and future. I’ve been through this quick, rough patch that was handled wonderfully with loving care from my doctors and my dude…. but there is more to face down with my mom’s continuing battle with endometrial cancer, with my reproductive pursuits, with cancer screenings and more. I guess I just want to say that if you are dealing with this, have dealt with it or are wondering if you may one day have to deal with it, you have my big, big heart. And we can chat it out. I’m ready to talk. Sharing and chatting through this stuff with friends and ladies of all types has been the most therapeutic approach I’ve found so far. Don’t spin out on your own. Don’t feel afraid, and let’s tackle it.

The end. That’s the end of this suddenly personal purge on the heels of an otherwise lovely eye candy phone photo folder dump. Love and thanks again for being with us.

 

 

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Betsy’s Getting Married

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I haven’t regaled you guys at all with the designer details of my seventies themed soiree that I’m putting together for the summertime. But, it’s time to begin sharing my girlish notions with my fellow friends here on the blog!

I can see how this type of project could easily become a full time gig, but so far I’ve been treating it like that side job hustle that you keep procrastinating on.

Each week, the dude and I have a chuckle at the wedding to-do list reminders that I receive after signing us up for The Knot, which I then never actually utilized.

Luckily we have a wedding planner friend that is helping pull together the minutia and swapping fun ideas with me on the parts that I AM totally excited by

…  mostly gathering inspiration pics and figuring out a space plan!

I love hosting!

I like to think I’m laid back and laissez-faire when it comes to planning… but those closest to me know that this is ruse, wrapped in a disguise, and peppered in LIE. In order to be so ‘go with the flow’ when it comes down to it, I have to meticulously plan and prepare ahead of time, right up until the point that I may release all expectation with trust in the preparation! Haha! I’ve been known to get straight up event planner anxiety when one of Jeff’s kids has a birthday dinner.

 

I’m messy and I’m NOT a perfectionist at all, but I want everyone to be well cared for and comfortable, and I want to feel like the atmosphere is a great expression of the occasion, whatever that may be…

In this case its a big, personal one! And that’s super exciting!

Suffice to say, as much as this day and this event is a powerfully fun thing to plan for and I couldn’t BE more excited for the events and the time we’ll get to spend with our friends and family, I am at best an unconventional bride, and at worst just a disorganized mess!

People keep asking me how the plans are coming, and I know that they are coming b/c I have lists and things are getting checked off — but I don’t have answers about what it is going to be just yet.

We’re officially less than 6 weeks in and my invites haven’t even gone out b/c the AMAZINGLY SILLY idea that we had for them is caught up in a wicked awful production snafu that I’m probably going to have to move along without. And it’s only a little bit sad, but I’m living on the edge by holding up my mailing date with hope.

And that is only our second hiccup in the planning process, after the resort venue booked all the rooms without saving any space for our families to stay as guests. Which was crazy, and kind of the entire point in booking there!

We’ve already adjusted the plan though and we’re feeling like it was all for the best in the long run. The important things are coming together, and some fun things are too! And ready or not, its happening soon!

All inspiration images were pulled together by our WONDERFUL Asheville Wedding Planner friends at Verge Events.

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Your Mama!

Hey there friends.

Mother’s Day is next weekend and since we love our mamas, love being mamas, love thinking about becoming mamas and love thinking about our daughters becoming mamas – its a special day for so many ladies in the TEOT camp.

I have to re-share this graphic that we made a couple of mother’s days ago, b/c it remains one of my favorite ever.

Our mamas from the 1970s. <3 
… before we came to exist. 

Isn’t it amazing that mamas have had whole unique lives and experiences before we came to live and know them as our mom?

I’m sure that may sound simple and perhaps even silly to some people, but I’ve been thinking about it. Whenever your children come to you, they know you in a role that is loving, caring and giving…. sacrificing of their time, their sleep, their energy, their identity and so much of what came before you.

And we just take it all, all that they give.

And its the natural order of things. And they love it, and they love us.

It’s a special time for me and for my mama. There is no gift I could give to express my gratitude on a Sunday. But I’ll try to find something for her this week that she will enjoy.

We’ll be back next week with more info about sales and gift ideas. You can get some ideas of whats to come here on the YOUR MAMA! collection page.

But because its Saturday and I’ve had a nice quiet morning,  I’m prone to wax emo.   Have a great weekend and consider talking to us if you are looking for something special.

 

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Saturday at Long Beach Flea Market

Hey y’all.

Do you follow us on Instagram? If so, then you already know that Sarah and her family came out to Los Angeles for a nice weeklong stay at our house. It was great fun, and we did lots of adventuring and exploring.

We started at the top of the week with a trip down south to the Long Beach Flea Market. It was so great to get out together and shop in real life, since usually we are working virtually, or going out sourcing on our own since we live on opposites sides of the southern nation.

Here are a few snapshots of the fun things we saw.

 

 

Someone’s prized John & Yoko scrapbook,

 

Seek the pastel kantha quilts,

 

Betsy didn’t listen to TEOT’s store mantra and these lilac lamps haunted her well in to the week,

 

Sarah has long had a soft spot for turquoise, and the ladies running this booth were some real American gypsies, made up of the stuff straight out Betsy’s wild heart.

We spotted some giant macrame hanging around, the original stuff from the 1970s,

Indian blocks to do your own printing,

Betsy is having a moment for multi-colored patterns and this struck her fancy.

Sarah carefully studied the suzani selection for the right vibes.

Next level air plants,

Next level tangled masses of air plants,

Betsy contemplated a couple of these for her bathroom, but didn’t want to carry them around. Ha!

 

This extra long lumbar haunted Sarah, but we’ll find it again and bring it to all of you

 

 

 

This tent below  looks like something that Betsy wanted to erect in the desert back before the #vanlife article came out in the NY Times and shed some light on how cliche the whole notion of “running to and burning up in the sunset” has become. She’s still dreaming of launching her Seven Wanders venture though.

vintage South American toddler sandals,

Aww. We had a funny conversation with the neighbor to this little setup. He swore we didn’t have a camper like this one…. and Betsy was like “Uh, no. I have a camper EXACTLY like that one.”

We met some new rug dealers that had some promising things to say about possibilities for the TEOT Rug collection.

So, that was that. We highly recommend the Long Beach Antiques Market to anyone in the area. You know the Rose Bowl gets all the love online but Long Beach is every bit as good.

Love yall. Have a great weekend.

 

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Making a New House Feel Like Home

Hey!

Well Sarah and I hung around last week talking about how to make a new house feel like a home–because that’s the kind of thing we do when we get together. (And also because Casper, the mattress started up a conversation and invited us to join in).

I thought of our first days in this house that we live in now. It was an exciting time. Seeing the previous owner’s items moved out, visualizing the minor renovation projects we had ahead of us, and camping out on, I kid you not, our own new Casper mattress that we had delivered before we moved anything else over. I sat and problem solved for weeks before we moved in, I stared at paint samples and I thought about what life would feel like in our new space!

Those are the fantasies that fuel home lovers like us.

And Sarah, as you loyal readers well know, has moved her family something like 5 times in the past 10 years. They love them a good blank slate. So she’s a PROFESSIONAL when it comes to getting inside a new house and looking around thinking about it becoming home.

So, after some real though we came up with an earnest list of our top 3 essentials for a new move-in, and here is what we came up with.

ESSENTIALS FOR MAKING YOUR NEW HOUSE FEEL LIKE HOME

  1. A solid timeless sofa.
    We believe in investing in an heirloom quality sofa with timeless lines, a piece that can travel with you from home to home, and grow with your family. Update it with new upholstery when you need to change your look. It’s nice to have comforting arms to catch you when you fall down with exhaustion between unpacking boxes.
  2. Personal Mementos.
    A new home can feel foreign at first. Make sure to start out early by setting up a piece that means a lot to you. This could be hanging a piece of art that you and your spouse have collected along the way, or unpacking your grandmother’s hand-me-down china set and stocking the cabinet first. Whatever your go-to sentimental pieces are, pull them out early and find a spot in your new house, so that you can feel at home.
  3. SUPER NICE linens.
    It’s important to get that nice fresh comfy feeling in the bed after your long first day in your new home. We are big fans of the linen splurge. You spend a good chunk of your life in your bed, and the kind of rest you get there has a profound affect on your lifestlye, so do it up right. We love an long thread Egyptian cotton sheet, but whatever your preference is, make sure that your best linens are packed on top of the stack so you can make your bed nice and comfy for your first night in your new space.

 

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Turn a Brick Box House into a Craftsman

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Hey there,

We have an idea for you. You are going to love this one, probably as much as your loved our ideas to turn your standard midcentury Ranch into something fresh.

This time the architectural style that has our attention is the 1950’s Post-War Brick & Block box. Much like the ranch style rambler, these homes became prevalent across the nation as soldiers filed back into their hometowns after the war with a GI Bill to promote welfare. Ultimately this led to a building boom, and suburban America was born. I’m sure you are familiar with the styles from the era. Maybe you drive through neighborhoods full of them, but don’t think too much about them.

Or maybe you are like us, and you drive through neighborhoods of them, and you wonder to yourself, how you might buy up the entire block of them, convert them all into one adorably rejuvenated pocket community with all the necessities and a local coffee maker, as great as BuggyTown.

Cause fantasies are fun!

Here’s a look at how we got carried away dreaming:

Get the full scoop on this project and many more by the Falls Church VA Architecture firm we have long admired, Moore Architects.

 

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IKEA Jassa Collection

Hey Friends,

I got myself down to IKEA Carson to check out the JASSA Collection. Here are my thoughts.

I told Sarah on the phone, either my fav bloggers were really hyped, or the IKEA PR department did an amazing job and pinning down all the bohoey blogs for a mention of this collection.

Here’s what the collections looked like on all those blogs, as styled by IKEA. Get ready for some very literal Moroccan interior design with tons of pattern mashups.

This chair is cute, but not quite dining chair height. It would look great in a corner, or maybe under your covered patio in a group. The seat is wide which is nice, but its the sculptural fan back that makes it one of the more striking pieces of the collection.

This chaise is the foremost piece that I wanted for my own home. I had this vision of using one in the the living room to break up my long narrow space but it was a bit disappointing. The scale is tiny. It read like a child’s chair. I thought it would make a fun piece for our living area which is constantly morphing between a family cuddle puddle and a wide open doggie play zone – but it just got swallowed up by the room and looked awkward. Also, I’m accidentally amassing an assortment of rattans and I don’t need to get carried away in that room. It’s out on the patio now thinking about where it wants to live.

I didn’t get to see these in person, but they are interesting. They may feel like kid’s chairs too, but they are a cool casual look in bamboo and could be really great to have around outside.

Along with the Jassa collection of furniture, there is a whole slew of baskets and fabrics and pillow covers that I didn’t include. But, I had to share this pic because Sarah and I have both been into some blue and white splatter paint & brushstrokey pottery vibes for sometime. Its always fun to see a trend interpreted for a big box store. This is a very accessible option if you like the look but haven’t wanted to spring for the more artisanal pieces.

I picked up a couple of these too, in the more horizontal design. I had them in mind as an simple solution to hang on either side of our bed, but man – when I got this stuff home its like my pimp balloon had deflated. Do you know what I mean? High expectations on this stuff, but really it’s better in concept than it is execution.
Again, I remind myself that they were like $30 bucks, and I am cheap.

Of all the pieces, this settee is actually the clear winner. It wins in both scale and overall practicality. If I get my act together for another long trip South, I’ll take the chaise back and swap for a second settee. I’ll admit that it’s not the sturdiest of the pieces that I have ever brought home, but for $129 I don’t know what more I could expect. We’ll see how long she holds us, especially since I’ve already set this pretty lady out on my back patio in the mild SoCal elements.

The series is limited, so chances are if you are wicked into any one piece over another, it might be a beast to find. Personally I checked in on the site for a few weeks before it finally arrived in Carson. It’s in San Diego & Costa Mesa too, but not Burbank. But IKEA also shares inventory count and where there were 48 chaise lounges last Monday, and by the time I arrived last Thursday, there were only  12 left.

Cruise the whole Jassa ordeal online here: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/collections/34665/

 

 

 

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Butler Constructs takes on two traditional styles in Downtown Southern Pines

Hi there friends far and near!

We have some more news of happenings in downtown Southern Pines, that we think is of interest to you all. Remember last week, when we had a look at a 1910 Farmhouse and a 2017 new construction take on the historic style?

Well, we are back today with another look at that new construction, PLUS we want to introduce you to its Colonial twin, located right next door.

After teaming up with Dandeneau Architecture our good friend Sean Butler of Butler Constructs has completed two of the most impressive homes to hit the downtown Southern Pines real estate market in some time. Here are a couple of photos side by side, from each of the two homes! Which do you prefer!?

The Colonial is nestled in between some old pine trees, typical of the region. It gives it a very private and special feeling. The Farmhouse meanwhile, is situated on the corner lot and stands tall and proud with lovely peaked gable. Each home has been professionally landscaped.

Both kitchens feature the same architectural design concept, but the difference in finish and material provide a real interesting opportunity to explore your personal preferences. The overhead beams were hewn from trees on the property! It’s always fun to have a storytelling moment like that.

Do you like the single door entry, or the double door?

In the area, and want to know more about these homes? View the full listing info and photo tour here on Sarah’s Featured Listings page: http://sarahefarrell.com/featured-properties/

CONTACT SARAH FOR A SHOWING

 

As you may have gleaned from last week’s look at the Modern Farmhouse – TEOT is staging the Farmhouse style home and we will have plenty of lovely wares for you to peruse at the open house! Stay tuned for more info about that open house, the pillow giveaway that we’ll be running for visitors and of course, the lovely photos that we will be taking on Thursday! Wish us luck as we are off, staging away.

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Tiffany’s Bedroom

Hello friends!

Today we’re gonna explore a pretty typical scenario that most people are dealing with.
And that is, how to develop a plan for your bedroom decor, to take it from something, meh…. to something that makes you feel peaceful, happy and organized.

Tiffany came to us and asked for help to find a rug similar in color and style to the GYPSY that we have for sale in the SHOP TEOT rug collection. She’s looking for something with that vibe in a 6×9 or an 8×10.

She shared this pic to see what we’re starting with.

Tiffany’s room came over with the preface that we all give when we offer up our intimate spaces (sorry bout the lighting and the mess, etc.). I’m here to grant you all asylum. We all know the feeling and have a similar scenario in our homes.

Her room is 15 feet wide on the bed wall, and 12 feet deep on the sliding door wall. She’d like to keep the lilac linen curtains, but the other shorties can go. The bedroom furniture will get an update eventually, but its not in the cards for at least a year. Understood! We’ll work with that cherry sleigh bed for now.

Also, she has a lovely piece of artwork with lots of green to focus on. It’s included in the design board below and I quickly let her know, that even though its her engagement photo, I’d be inclined to want to hang it in my bedroom as well. It’s a beautiful shot.

So, we need to find a rug to ground her space. And it needs to have some of the lilac tones in it and maybe some of that green and it needs to work well with Tiffany’s modern, feminine Midcentury sensibilities. I’m guessing that a more tribal Oushak design will suit them, but I’ll also be keeping my eye out for a special Persian.

Initially I pulled together some illustrations for what size rug works best with a Queen Bed. There are TONS of these diagrams on Pinterest and so let’s just find one of those.

 

While I was at work thinking of Tiffany’s room and her rug, an idea occurred to me for treating that long short window over her bed. We need to unify her window treatments and she likes the long lilac curtain, so why not mirror that in scale on the other side of the room, behind the bed.

I had a window like that in one of my Mar Vista apartments years ago and I employed this same tactic, it’s also a trick that I suggested to Kate in our shared Treehouse years back. It’s a solid solution for a bed wall, under a long horizontal window.

Here’s the inspiration image that best illustrates this move.

Once I had these ideas pulled together, and could focus on a solution for unifying the space with window treatments, it made it much easier to envision a final product for the rug. Tiffany will happily swap out the lamp in the corner for some plant life, and in time she’ll be thinking about the new look for the bed, side tables and lamps.

I did a quick mockup of Tiffany’s room in our space planning software based on her dimensions and window layout. Here’s a look at that.

This bird’s eye view includes a look at a 6×9 rug layered atop an 8×10 rug for comparison.

I believe her room really warrants an 8×10 to feel the most pulled together. She and I discussed the persian on top of sisal trick, but she’d rather not layer.

We’ll try our best to find the largest rug we can, no smaller than 6×9 and as close to 8×10 as we can get. As you know, the vintage rug scene is a hand-loomed one and so rugs are always varying in size and scale and more often than not, they are a bit longer than wide, different from our US standard sizing practices.

I love that MaisonEleven rug in the inspiration board above, but it’s not large enough for the space. Here are a few more that I’ve found, but truthfully just haven’t run across the most perfect solution yet.

 

 

Uh… we’ll keep looking. This is a real design challenge!

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Modern Farmhouse in Southern Pines, North Carolina

Hey y’all, It’s Betsy here. We love us a good home tour, especially when its a deep dive into what could be… Modern Farmhouse style.

I’ve just been getting settled back into the saddle of things here at home after a 10 day trip to North Carolina where I went to hang out with my Mom after a surgery. She’s doing great and we had a blast being friends while she was resting up and recovering. Love that lady.

While I was in NC on daughterly duty, I found a day to make the 3 hour drive down to the store in Southern Pines. And while I was in town I got such a great treat.

We haven’t come here to announce with any fanfare at all, but Sarah got her NC Real Estate license recently and she is now a practicing agent with Keller Williams, Pinehurst.

This is such an exciting development for her, her family and for The Estate of Things – as it is just a further level into her deepening professional experience around her love for all things home.

One couple that she is already representing as buyers’ agent are close friends of ours. I joined the 3 of them for a couple of home tours that were so perfectly fun to explore that I thought we should do so here on the blog with you too! At least on the exterior.

 

We started first with this home built sometime before 1910. You can cruise through the listing info here if you want further detail and more illustration through photographs.

This home was chopped up into a lot of tiny rooms. It had some interesting trim-work and lovely old floors, but the size of the bathroom upstairs was a deal breaker for the buyers that Sarah was showing the home to. It had a sweet little clawfoot tub that had to do double duty as the shower and you had to duck and suck in your gut to get in there and close the door.

 

Historic Home goes Modern Farmhouse

BUT… This home has massive end product potential for a renovation.

In order to gather some clues about what this home COULD be with a little de-construction and a re-imagining, Sarah took us all over a few blocks away to a New Construction project that will hit the market soon. Believe you me, we will learn more about this, since the builder tapped SHOP TEOT to stage this Modern Farmhouse property for the open house. Soon enough we’ll have that info to share with you.

In the meantime, just take a look at the exterior and fantasize with us about the possibilities for the historic home above.

It’s practically uncanny how similar they are on the exterior.

This home will hit the market with an asking price that is around $60,000 more than the 1910 option above.

New Construction goes Modern Farmhouse style

The new construction boasts only 200 more square feet than the 1910 home, but the way that the space was utilized makes a HUGE difference for how the home works. The entire first floor entry is one large open space featuring the kitchen, living and dining space all in one. Tall ceilings also help out a lot.

We will show you more of the interior of this home soon, but for now – we just wanted to share the thoughts behind these two options on the market.

For the price difference, what would you do? Would you rather take that $60k to get started doing what you could to the historic version? Is it worth it to you to pay up for the move-in ready quality of the new construction, with all of the choices of this talented builder.

We’ll know more once we can get a better look at the vision that has come to life for the inside of this Modern Farmhouse. Check back soon… in the next couple of weeks we should have a completed home, staged to perfection with TEOT’s Farmhouse Modern collection and ready to sell.

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Room with an Yves

I was an art history major. Mostly I forget that. But then sometimes I think about it and I am reminded that despite the rich story that has been woven throughout the history books, tales of masters, tales of philanthropy and patronage, tales of some kind of an academic evolution are but one way to appreciate art. At this point in my life, my personal appreciation is far more visceral, far more sentimental and personal.

Yves Klein falls in there somewhere. I’m moved by the use of color. I love the color. And I’m vaguely interested in the fact that his time was a time in the story of art that I particularly enjoy on that almost forgotten intellectual level.

My guy is an art appreciator as well. On our first date around 6 years ago, he hit a real high note with me because of it. He regaled me with stories of his trip to Marfa, TX where he toured the  formally private studio of one of my most favorites, Donald Judd. Yes, he knew Yves Klein, he knew Frank Stella, Mondrian, Pollock, de Kooning. He enjoyed abstract expressionism the most, but yes to minimalism, yes to Pop Art! We shared so many of the same favorites!

We often joke about our future life and we use the Yves Klein coffee table as our bar for measure. We’ll know we’ve made it when we have one of our own.

Interior design also has a love affair with that bright stroke of cobalt blue that is the signature of Yves Klein and really all these words I’m sharing are just an intro into the collection of images that I’ve gathered to share with you here today. So, here it is, a look at Yves Klein in interior design.

Miles Redd loves a lacquer. This is one he hooked up in the cobalt blue known as Yves Klein blue.

Want to get the look seen above.
Try a framed acrylic on paper called “Yves Klein Blue” by Francisco Franco.
You can have one today from 1stDibs for $4800.
Or frame a $600 vintage exhibition poster.
The right original Yves Klein could set you back as far as $36 million.

 

 

 

 

 

I love an Yves Klein rose alongside the blue. Here is a look at those two colors together. This is a color scheme that has played a heavy hand in my life of late.

It is confirmed that having two side by side is really the way to do it, so now I suppose Heffe and I can have a new goal to strive for in life.

Sarah loves her some Jeffrey Bilhuber, and apparently Bilhuber loves him some Yves Klein.

Meanwhile, I love me some Roy Lichtenstein and well, this “Room with and Yves Kliein” print is just adorable.

 

Want a splash of Yves Klein blue in your life? You can buy this print and pop into a gallery frame and you are in business. I used to be very much against the whole notion of framing a classic or iconic piece of art for your own home and Emily Hendo just confirmed last week that you shouldn’t frame the Mona Lisa above your bed… but she does make some exception for the iconic art print, and I think in this case, if Bilhuber can do it, so can we! It’s an abstract – so feel free to turn her sideways!

Happy art-ing.
Love,
Betsy

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Today Only

Happy President’s Day.

If you didn’t already know, our lineup of Farmhouse Stripes are all named after a past POTUS.

Use PRES17 for a 15% discount on any order. Meanwhile, scroll on down for a look at BAM, DUBYA, BUBBA, DUTCH & JACKO along with a few other friends from the white house.

SHOP THE FARMHOUSE MODERN COLLECTION AT THE ESTATE OF THINGS

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Natural Instinct

Nature Art Prints. Put a twist on Traditional.

Nature Art Prints a home decor idea by The Estate of Things

Y’all… today’s home decor idea is simple.

The idea is to inject some nature prints into your home.

Here is why.

Serenity. Proportion. God. Design. Perfection.

I know that might sound cliche at first, but trust me – I hate cliches.

The thing is, that injecting a nature print into your everyday, especially one that you are personally drawn to… perhaps for color, for composition, or because you have an affinity for that particular animal…. it is sure to elevate your space and make you happy.

What more could you ask for from a previously empty space on your wall?

 

Shop TEOT’s art collection here, and if you are specifically drawn to the butterfly print above, she is here

oh yeah and that Hicks pillow is timeless, and is available in two sizes here.

 

 

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The Bollare Office Update – California on the East Coast

When Alle Fister hit us up for around 10 pillows, we knew she was up to something special.

We quickly packaged up 2 moving boxes full of TEOT product and shipped it to NYC with bated breath.

This week, her office update hits media outlets starting first with MyDomaine and we are beyond thrilled to see our product helping to make the California PR firm shine in Tribeca, NY.

We love a little bi-coastal design influence and so this was right up our alley.

Below we’ve posted a few spaces that included TEOT pillows. For the whole tour, head over to MyDomaine!

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Top 5 Things I’ve Learned From MY FAVORITE MURDER

Here at TEOT, we listen to a good amount of podcasts. And now that I got these headphones  for Christmas I can be even more obnoxious about it.

One of our current favorites is My Favorite Murder.

Maybe not for everyone but MFM is actually a comedy podcast where two funny ladies, Georgia Hardstark (FOOD Network) and Karen Kilgariff (writer for Mr. Show among other things) sit down and talk about their obsession with true crime.

So hey podcast lovers and beautiful nerds, we cooked up something special for you.

The Top 5 Things We Learned from My Favorite Murder

1. I need to try Zankou Chicken immediately (next visit to LA)

2. The next best band will likely be named “Small Foreign Faction”

3. British procedurals are both relaxing and entertaining

4. One in 5 people are not schizophrenic.

5. Most people that I don’t know are potential murderers. 
Also important to note…
You should go camping with knives taped to your hands.
Serial killers are usually serial bed-wetters as children, and/or have suffered some sort of head trauma…
and/or they harm/kill small animals.
Are there any fellow “murderinos” out there? What are your favorite podcasts, we’re always looking for new ones.
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