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WEEKEND

Lately I’ve stumbled upon a few things that I’m into. Maybe you will be into them too!

 

 

 

Custom dye your bedding to any color you desire. Holy cow, you can just punch in a Pantone Number. I’ll take a new set in the perfect shade of Olive Green please. And peachy blush, and marigold and mustard and navy and all the 2018 colors.

Rhye has a new album. It’s been a while since I’ve actually been into an album enough to share it, but this one is a solid choice for background worky music. I have to be careful to mind my energy and background music can affect that in a major way. So I usually choose a very smooth and calming mix. This album was on repeat all week and helped me keep my cool.

via MyDomaine
Velvet Ikat together with Kilim. We think they are on to something.

We have some new stuff in at Shop TEOT and while that’s exciting every single time, its especially so right now. The velvet ikat pillows are a graphic staple in a luxe silky velvet that is sure to add some punch to your mix, and I’ve noticed that a bit more mix in the mix on your sofa cushions is a good thing lately.

Additionally, it has come to my attention that the Turkish Kilim pillow is cool again. Maybe it was just me that fell off the kilim bandwagon for a bit, but I have a few scattered throughout my home from a deep dive a few years ago and frankly I had gotten over them. The fam doesn’t like to use them on the sofa b/c they are too scratchy and just as I was gently phasing them all out of rotation, its apparently time for me to reinvest myself in the idea. I have a little group in purples and pinks headed toward my house now, but you can shop the shop for what’s out there for you here.

The change that occurs when these two teens are on the lam… I loved it.

Um… Sarah and I occasionally like to dip our toes into some dark storytelling. We share a love for My Favorite Murder, among many other true crime podcasts – but she’s always gone a bit deeper than me, following stories like the West Memphis 3 with ardent concentration since we were in college. So when she told me that The End of the F-ing World was a little too bleak for her to continue watching, I should have known better… But let me tell you that I made it all the way to the end and holy crap! While I wandered around about how to feel throughout, I definitely was emotionally invested by the end and it simply slayed me. Reminding you that I’m pregnant, I told my baby doctor what happened to me when the show ended and she officially swore me off of highly dramatic television for the rest of pregnancy. So, let that guide your decision making. If you like to have your heart torn out from time to time, this one might do it for you. Fair warning, I full on hyperventilated when it ended.

This cool font is currently free to download. Maybe you will love it as much as I am loving it this week.

I found some pink shoes at Target. They aren’t fancy or perfect by any stretch, but I’ve been wearing them happily. They are blush pink suede loafers with a collapsible heel. I tried not to collapse the heel, but I think by design that’s really their intent, so after trying for a few days to keep them on, I’m done and they are mules. I’m into it.

The master bedroom at my house is coming along. The pic here is outdated by a couple of lamps, a rug, some new art and I finally changed up the dreadful TV situation a bit. Eventually it will feel done, if only for a moment. More on that for another day.

And as we close, this airstream makeover made its way into my face just after I spent some time on a phone call with my dear friend Bregan. She has two airstreams that she is working on for a complete renovation to AirBnB on her Texas ranch property near Austin, TX. She was coming at me with some really cool ideas to follow her personal aesthetic but to incorporate some more fashion forwards design ideas, a different direction from the palatable rustic/boho combos we have been seeing in camper renovations for the past couple of years. So when this pickle green Airstream popped up I paid extra close attention. The duo that took on this project did a good job of pulling in personal style in a way that I appreciate. It’s homey and realistic and while maybe not my personal aesthetic leanings, I like that its theirs.

That’s it. That’s what I’ve been into here lately.

Enjoy your weekend.

 

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Home Decor Trends for 2018

The blog world is rife with predictions for 2018 right about now and a friend asked me what I thought was coming down the trend pipeline. I appreciate that she was interested in my own leanings and so I gave it some real thought.

Some of my list items were just things that I was personally into, but many of them were list items that I was seeing reoccur on the many lists that pop up all over the internet at the new year!

Here goes.

2018 Colors & Vibes

We’ve been slowly trading up the cool, bright whites of 2016-17 that feature pops of vibrant color (think Emily Henderson) for rich warmth, colorful backdrops and moody hues. Less cool grey, more warm greige, less bright white, more aged ivory, less dark as night black lacquer and more matte faded blackish brown. We will still see plenty of neutral rooms, as SoCal Minimalism is going strong, but people are going to begin feeling an itch for warmth, and when they do, I think these colors are going to be there to scratch.

Blue & Green Velvets
This wasn’t really news in 2017 and isn’t for 2018 either, in fact these velvet hues have been at play for a number of years now, but they topped many a list at the beginning of 2017 as a trend for the year. I expect to see more in 2018, as interiors move from light, bright and happy to rich, layered and aged. Velvets in “jewel tones,” words that are music to my ears. I must have been bitten by the velvet bug myself, as Sarah and I’ve been toying with the idea of adding a number of solid velvets and we’ve already added velvet ikats to the TEOT pillow collection.

This is the 2016 way. A nice pop of sapphire blue against all white walls.

This is the 2018 way that popped up in my IG feed this week, still utilizing some of the same game plan.

Getting a bit moodier.

Matte Black
Black had a huge come uppance in interiors and exteriors alike in 2017. To think that my black frame windows at my own home felt like such a risk when I moved in 2015, it is almost laughable now. Every new build that is going up in my Pacific Palisades neighborhood is going in with black window frames. Also, black finishes in kitchens, lighting, trims and furniture is a must for all of these modern rustic interiors and is something we kept our eye on all year, and expect to see more of in 2018.

 

 

 

Speaking of The Natural & Organic

Rope, Hemp, Fur, Handwoven textiles, Baskets, Rattan Furniture, Leather, Nubby Neutrals, Plants galore, all of these elements combine together for a strong organic 70s vibe. Betsy likes to call it California Nomad which I like and whole heartedly endorse. Knit turtlenecks, 10″ minimum inseam on my jeans, indian paisley wrap skirts, plants and lots of earthy speckled ceramics. These layers may seem well lived in and totally naturally occurring, but they are best executed in restrained, well edited and blended environments, which in simpler terms means no themed rooms, i.e. this is our Jetsons house, we looove mid century modern and nothing is permitted here that was made after 1965.

Erica Reitman‘s One Room Challenge from 2017 went totally neutral with an emphasis on organic textures.

This fits the bill and still going strong in 2018, the 70s vibe is strong here

Rustic Pottery Glazes
The Seventies produced a ton of arts and crafts style elements into homes across the nation. We’ve seen the onslaught of renewed interest in crafty projects like macrame, but we’re also seeing tons of Seventies pottery glaze trends sneaking their way onto modern planters, candles, kitchen tableware and more. I think this speaks to the appreciation for earthy layers in the home.

 

A display at Nickey Kehoe

Pattern & Material

Global Textiles
Hand dyed and hand woven still reigns the high end, artisan and indie design markets, making more and more of an impact on mass retailers. We watched indigo as well as mud cloth patterns and motifs make their way into every mail order catalog and even the aisles of Target. We expect this interest to began to wane now. Keep an eye on block prints from India which we think will surge again.

Tropical Foliage
This tropical foliage pattern suits the sensibilities of the traditional, the themed and the bohemian. While I do enjoy a solid application, I’m not putting it in my own house anytime soon. I prefer my tropical foliage to be outside my window. I’m sure we’ll continue to see this kind of pattern play throughout at least the spring of 2018, as we carry on our nationwide obsession with greenery and plant life. My favorite applications lean commercial, like Leo’s Oysters. The palm leaf print harkens an eighties era Golden Girls.

 

Gosh, this happened in 2015… but Emily Henderson applied this maddening wallpaper to blogger Nicolette Mason’s living room and I guess I was still thinking it was gonna happen some more around the 2017 mark.

I have yet to get on the reservations list before I’m sitting in San Francisco on a Saturday afternoon wondering what to eat for Saturday dinner, but Leo’s Oysters looks like a spot where I want to dine.

Furniture Silhouettes

by Commune for George Smith, and utilizing a vertical channel tuft

Channel Tufting
Inspired by all things SEVENTIES, this is another look that is making its way into shelter magazines and catalog products. Reminiscent of the bench seating in muscle cars, the serpentine commercial design of the Studio 54 lounge,

The Leonelle by Anthropologie is a great example of the modern silhouette. Slim Deck, Bench Cushion!

Slim Decks or No Deck on your Sofa
The chunky fat base of a sofa in proportion to the cushion lacks a timeless look. Keep a look out for this on sale sofas at big box retailers and national furniture stores like Ashley and Rooms to Go. There is a reason mid century holds strong in time, and it has everything to do with the ratios.

Chunky sofas
Aside from the slim deck to fat cushion movement, there is also a complete elimination of the deck altogether in favor of a more chunky shape. This is also pulling from the seventies. I’ve been very tempted by this look as there is something masculine and very casual about it that I dig, but I’m a bit too afraid to pull the trigger.

In the Kitchen

Painted Cabinets
Folks have gone green with their kitchen cabinets before 2018 sure, but maybe this year we trade in our blue/grey painted cabinets for a fresh, organic artichoke green. TEOT is certainly behind it, we painted our shop cabinets a garden herb green. Is it the updated avocado green of the 70s?

Jenny Komenda mixes stainless appliances, with matte black cabinet hardware and brass light fixtures, proving the prediction below is dead on.

Going green at Leanne Ford Interiors

More Green!

Mixed up Metals
While I fully believe the mix of metal finishes will reign supreme in 2018, I think we’re moving away from the bright bling of brass and more toward a brushed, aged bronze. I ventured a guess into some oxidized copper finishes making their way into some high end fixtures. Aged copper and brass will be the more exciting spectrum of metal finishes for furniture, cabinetry, bathroom fixtures, lighting and more. This look lends itself to aged luxe, and paired with the organic for the casual sophistication that everyone is after. Look for more copper pots hanging on the racks in kitchens.

Copper pots, bronze hardware, brass pot filler, black enameled sconces living in harmony

The take way

It certainly seems as though the 1970s is weaving it’s influence through home design trends for 2018. It’s easy to say, ugh the 70s was tacky with polyester in excess, disco, giant lapels, ochre and avocado green and on and on and it was but with the bad there’s always some good and I think what we’ve extracted now in 2018 is the good stuff.

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New Additions at Betsy’s House

Hi, It’s Betsy and I got news!

WE’RE HAVING A BABY!

Long time readers around here know that our personal sharing comes in waves. For this momentous event, we decided, hey let’s take the blog along on the journey.

I’m gonna hold off on our conception story at the moment. Some of you may be into that kind of thing since it involves factoring such hardships as his cancer recovery and my advanced endometriosis diagnosis which I casually dropped in this update from last May. But I need to be drinking caffeine (or wine) to get into that one here on the blog. I’m drinking neither of those these days. But the good news is, it worked and we have been #blest!

For now, we’re bringing you along, because with the addition of this human being to the world, we will also be introducing an addition onto our home!

Well, we hope to. Here’s the skinny.

This is a current image of the two story end of the home with the open garage we’d like to convert.
The vehicles represent the area where we’d like a new garage to go.

If you weren’t around for the house hunt and the progress we’ve made since 2015 – the home is perched on the slope of Rustic Canyon, in the Pacific Palisades. It’s just a quick walk to the beach, nearby restaurants, and the Santa Monica Palisades Park. It’s a 1960’s rancher built into the slope and on the exterior, it gives off the impression that its a two story house. It has charming blue window frames with a white exterior and its surrounded by huge leafy tropical plants.

I rarely leave it. Especially these days!

In the past two years, we have converted the upstairs living area from a two bedroom back to its original 60’s floor plan with three bedrooms. We added HVAC, removed some of the previous owner’s more traditional built-in units to modernize a bit and we painted all the main living areas white with black interior window frames. We are slowly but surely making it our own.

This is our baby Aussie that we call Kitty. She loves to feel the sun in the sunroom.

It’s somewhat of a split level home in that when you walk in the front door, you are immediately led up a set of stairs to the living space. But once you are up, it’s all up here. The downstairs is nothing but garage, cellar and a studio. Downstairs is the area we want to become livable.

I took this photo of the front entry back in the house hunting days, when the previous owners still lived here. So, that’s their lamp. Don’t look at me!

The Entryway stairs open up into the middle of the home, between the Living area and the hallway that leads to the bedrooms.

Here’s a look at the current floor plans for the upper level and the lower.

We are hoping to add on a new garage and convert the existing downstairs garage & studio area into an integrated living space with two new bedrooms, a laundry room, storage and if we can squeeze it, a little TV den. This should turn our downstairs area into an official teen dream for Heffe’s kids as they are entering into a more grown-up era of their kid lives. (They are 10 and 12.)

Currently, we access the downstairs studio from the back side of the house, through a separate entry at the bottom of a terraced patio. On the front, there is a two car garage that is half tools and normal garage mess, and half Heffe’s car, plus another room that we call the cellar. We call it that because that is where we store all of Heffe’s home brew supplies and his craft beer collection. It’s also where I moved the laundry because I hated it in the kitchen. But boy its rough down there and its only accessible through the garage door, which makes laundry even more deplorable. It has straight up plywood walls, exposed plaster, wires and plumbing, dude mess everywhere, SHOP TEOT packaging supplies and kids bikes.

This image of the empty cellar is of particular interest because it illustrates the height difference between the front entry main landing and the cellar floor. You can see where the plaster wall ends at the entry landing floor.

Now bear with me from here, or skip along to the pretty pics. I wouldn’t blame you.

I’d hoped we could work with the architect to open up those plaster walls of the current entry and maneuver the existing stairwell into an access point to a new downstairs mudroom/foyer area that is currently the cellar. Upon initial consultation, she and the contractor agree that we may wish to explore other options for stairs. It’s apparently too challenging with the floor height discrepancy, and being that its our main entry, they agree it will be easier and more cost-effective to build a new stair and keep things as they are in the current entry.

I really want to be able to illustrate better for you, but even in person it requires a certain amount of bouncing back and forth between the cellar and the front entry to see just why this idea is such a challenge. Let’s pretend the height discrepancy isn’t so steep and below is a rendered view from the same vantage point as above, but with the walls blown out.

It would take about 7 or 8 steps to get from that entryway landing to the cellar floor in the real world.

Anywayz… that’s why we hire an architect! We’re waiting to hear from her on what’s feasible with the city, zoning wise and hoping that we can add enough square footage to accommodate our new needs. At the very least, we’d like to squeeze another two bedrooms into this house, somewhere. But at the moment, I’m not sure what the end product might look like.

That’s the gist. Now let’s look at some eye candy, that may or may not apply to our final plans.

Dreaming of a clean white laundry nook in my future.

We need bottle storage in a major way. The dude’s craft beer collection is a tad bit over the top. Maybe we will get to explore something creative under the stairwell.

by Studio McGee
I believe a downstairs den area will result in a small and cozy media focused room. Some new windows for light will be crucial to keep it light and airy.

I’m looking at small spaces for the den too, in case we end up needing most of the area for bedrooms.

If ever you are gonna pull off the low slung Togo profile, a teen dream den seems like the opportunity. I’ll take mine in a leather as aged and smooth as the design idea itself.

This is just a corner that I like. If I was a teen I’d be into this in my SoCal dream den.

A built-in daybed with some storage seems like a cozy solution for a small bedroom.

I don’t know what the consensus is on babies and spiral staircases, probably imminent death, but I know that if we have to add a second set of stairs somewhere, I’d like for it to take up as little real estate as possible.

These doors are a dream that may not fit into my reality anywhere. They are a bit of a departure from the current style of the home.

Maybe this is more our speed. Either way, I’m dreaming of a wide opening with large panes of glass, to take in the view.

The new garage roof will hopefully end up as outdoor living space for us (in exchange for the yard we are giving up.) That means the current sunroom with the black window frames will open up to this outdoor space and the french windows will all have to be replaced.

We’ll likely talk about that aspect more in depth as I can hardly wrap my mind around it at the moment. It just opens up all kinds of worms. Excited worms.

All of this is very exciting and the beginning of a whole new era for our home and our family as we grow from a crew of 6 to 7. If you need help figuring out that number, that’s two pups, two adults, two kids and a brand new tiny baby.

 

 

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SHOP TEOT: Berber Blankets on Pre-Order

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A Special TEOT Pre-Order Opportunity

It’s Spring Inventory buying season and with another Global Goods Event coming up in the next season, we are placing orders for more custom Berber blankets.

These pretties are hand-loomed and made to order by the good folks of the Berber Tribe in and around the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.

Maybe you have noticed them popping up as the styling must-have for your bedding refresh. They are hard at work in the California Eclectic scene, but we often spot them as the final layer in the more Radical of Traditional settings as well. You know we are fans of both ideas!

Last time we brought in a batch of these new Berber blankets, they flew off the shelves. So in order to prep you for this season’s order, we thought we’d give you a chance to speak up now and reserve yours early. That way you are guaranteed to get your hands on exactly what you want and need.

If you like to swap your heavy duvet for a light quilt in the Summer months, we think they are the perfect addition to the foot of the bed. They are just the right weight for a little added warmth on those cooler summer nights.

 

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Real Estate Stalking: 70s Fixer Upper in Southern Pines

Sarah’s been holding out on us. The post below was taken from her Southern Pines, NC real estate blog, but it’s right at home here in our old Estate Envy series. I mean, I’m envious. She’s full of ideas and inspiration and its a nice day dream for all of us to enjoy!

 

 

Recently, 915 East Indiana Avenue in Southern Pines was listed for rent. I had never been in this house before and it was a little mystery to me. Sitting on the hill, it has a tiny Prairie influence, built in 1971 with modern lines and a lot of potential. Since I’m a 70s fanatic right now both in design and architecture, I wanted to take a look before it went off the market.

 

I was thinking the existing exterior might look a tad better with some changes influenced by this,

 

 

Formal living room or dining room, it’s family’s choice

Dining room transforms into this,

great looking original ceiling fans in the bedrooms, no change required

This the dance hall or the family room that overlooks the backyard.

99% of the time I don’t like short, high built in shelves, so we’ve got to make this entertainment central,

 

And on the opposite side of the room, I’d convert some of the existing windows into a set or two of french doors and try to create something like this,

Most updates always include opening up rooms to create a better flow and this kitchen is no exception. There’s excellent opportunity to make a bright kitchen filled with natural light here with great, existing windows over the sink and in the breakfast nook.

 

 

 

 

Great master bedroom on the main level with original ceiling fan and lots of light,

Master takes on this kind of feel,

 

There are three more bedrooms, two upstairs with a bath and a guest suite downstairs. Nice wide open rooms, great space. Do you see why I like the 70s? It doesn’t have to be about avocado green appliances and orange and brown decor everywhere.

Wondering if the Scout II in the driveway comes with?

 

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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 Lyons loft in Brooklyn 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:

We loved it because of it’s Frech influence, and that bright yellow English Roll Arm is the English Roll Arm that launched a thousand ships. We have tried since to locate the perfect example of this British furniture staple and designer classic

 

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. Keep your eye out for the same Zebra rug!

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Black Friday is here… and it’s only Wednesday

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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