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Jaxon Home is Hiring

by Betsy Moyer on September 5, 2014, no comments

Work with Us Jaxon Home

It’s not always easy to find great talent, but we’re on the hunt. Jaxon Home is looking to fill several key positions from product development to manufacturing administration to design savvy sales folk.

I’ve been with the company now for a little over a year and I am really enjoying the nature of the place. If you are in the Los Angeles area and you are excited by the thought of working with furniture design legacy and manufacturing, please do inquire. I’m personally fielding resumes and setting up interviews, so I’d love to know if you came our way by The Estate of Things. Jaxon Home is located in the historic Helms Bakery district of Culver City, nestled in between HD Buttercup and Trunk Club. We see an exciting bit of foot traffic, and our clients are some of the most interesting names in town. We offer in home design services as well, so if you are interior design obsessed, this is a really interesting place to get a foothold in your career. In fact, because we are in this incredible period of growth, there is room for you to come in and identify designer needs and really help us build out that aspect of the business. I’d love the help.

There is plenty of opportunity for the right candidates, and there are several creative positions to fill. Please have a look here: http://jaxonhome.com/pages/work-with-us

 

 

Brika takes the Maker Movement International

by Betsy Moyer on August 25, 2014, no comments

Far and Wide Collective at Brika

Since Sarah and I are always sitting around plotting and scheming and dreaming our own future endeavors into the world of retail and ecommerce, we love to swap notes on shops that are doing interesting things.

Are you guys already familiar with BRIKA?
They have been popping up here and there in my world and I love paying attention to these new networks of artists and crafters that get together and present their wares in way that appeals to my neo-hippie sensibilities. #SHOPSMALL

BRIKA though, really caught my eye with a recent partnership with Far + Wide Collective, which supports craft production and small businesses in post-conflict and emerging economies. So, now my love for hand crafted and personalized product can extend beyond just supporting local small businesses, and now it can reach into developing communities abroad. I love shopping to support humanity!

Especially when it looks like this!

Far and Wide Collective at Brika pillows

The products are presented along with stories and insights into the craft and the crafters behind them. In a day of mass made junk and technology overload, it’s nice to settle yourself into a little story about the constellation inspired toss pillow you have your eye on – knowing it was crafted out of hand made batik in Swaziland feels special.

Here is a little more eloquent presentation of what we are looking at here:

“The founder of Far + Wide, Hedvig Alexander, has extensive experience in international development, specifically in Afghanistan, and has seen first-hand how supporting craft production and small businesses (rather than donations alone) is the most effective and sustainable way to improve quality of life.  But Hedvig also understood something many socially based businesses don’t – the end product has to be beautiful and marketable.  Far + Wide Collections’ products are that perfect intersection of modern crafts that are authentic and exceptionally made while also providing real opportunities for communities in emerging economies.”

Sounds like a win/win to me.

Shop The Far + Wide Collective at BRIKA here.

The Estate of Things picks from BRIKA Far and Wide

ACCENT your home with Vintage Flair – A Chairish Chair Challenge

by Betsy Moyer on August 11, 2014, no comments

Decorating tips for accent chairs a chairish challenge by the estate of things

We love a lot of layer and texture in our homes. Adding a vintage piece as an accent chair is a great trick to achieve this. It creates warmth, depth and interest to an overall room scheme. If you are seeking a casual and eclectic aesthetic, one thing to keep in mind is the mix! This maximalist approach requires mastering a combination of complimentary colors, textures and styles from multiple eras. You don’t want to lean too mid-century by placing all large pieces from the same era into one room, but a vintage accent piece is a step in the right direction!

Practice mixing up eras and styles by selecting a traditional if not timeless anchor in your sofa, then layer on a more brilliant selection with your side chairs and accessories. Don’t forget to pull in some organic textures by selecting woods and grasses, and you don’t have to shy away from color either. If it feels overwhelming, just have a look at how we’ve done it here, as each of us were challenged to design around a Chairish accent chair.

Sarah says:

I don’t live in CA but I love a SoCal look that is modern, bohemian, eclectic and laid back. Achieving SoCal cool is my objective here.

Chairish Room

Sources: Jaxon Sofa I Chairish Accent Chair I Table Lamp I Flower photograph I Accent Table I Coffee Table I Mirror I Seagrass Cube
Block print pillow I Striped pillow I Mudcloth pillow I Rug I  Floor Lamp I Chair I Abstract Painting

Betsy says:

If taking advice from Billy Baldwin, which we all should, his suggestion is that your large pieces of furniture sit quietly permanent, while your floating chairs are free to be brilliant. With this design board, I took the nod, (well – assuming that a light pink sofa is “quietly permanent”) and I paired it with some candy colored accessories. The overall on-trend indigo theme keeps the looked pulled together, and all of that colorful garnish gives off an eclectic warmth. Using a disciplined color palette creates a cohesive design while mixing pieces and patterns that span time and culture.

The Estate of Things Chairish Chair Challenge pick by Betsy

Sources: Chairish Accent Chair  I  Embroidered Pouf  I  Kilim Cubes  I  Macrame Wall Hanging  I
Over-dyed Rug  I  Custom Sofa by Jaxon Home  I   Grass Rug  I  Safavieh Lamp  I  Selamat Coffee Table  I  Light Fixture  I  Indigo Pillows

 

 

Considering a Kilim Covered Custom Sofa

by Betsy Moyer on July 17, 2014, no comments

So, I lost the Topanga Mountain Getaway of my dreams, but that hasn’t slowed me down from decorating it in my head after all. I was trying to envision the perfect sofa for that space. When all of this just suddenly developed within me.

Last night watching Orphan Black, the bohemian style of Sarah Manning’s foster home made me wanty. It’s a warm cozy space that really does make you feel like you are home… it’s your mom’s or maybe even your grandma’s place. It’s inviting, your childhood collection of journals are upstairs in the attic ready for your trip down memory lane, and there is some sweet mint tea and buttermilk biscuits already out on the counter waiting for you. You can see yourself disrupt the dust in the air as you pass through the sunshine that pours through the old sheer curtains.

You fall onto the traditional sofa and think to yourself about how chic it would look in a modern context. You start re-upholstering it in your head, and then placing into your fantasy Topanga Canyon Cabin. It looks something like this.

Custom Sofa Dreaming Kilim Covered Couch The Estate of ThingsWilloughby Sofa from Anthropologie  I  Oscar Sofa from SCP in the UK  I  Thomas Sofa by Jaxon Home
No source on that Kilim Covered ditty, so I’m thinkin custom.

So, now I must have. It’s just the perfect vibe for my getaway dreams. One of the many reasons why I have fallen for Topanga so hard, is because it reminds me so much of North Carolina, my home. So, a cozy cabiny living room with warm wooden tones and a kilim covered couch speaks perfectly to my deep desires while paying homage to the legacy of Topanga hippie culture. This is the sofa shape that I have my eye on.

Wonder if the dude would shake his head or if he’d be into it?

UPDATE: The dude just hit me up with a still from Orphan Black. There is the sofa that inspired me! <3 <3 <3

orphan-black1 kilim covered sofa

HeffeHouse Coffee Table Solution

by Betsy Moyer on July 11, 2014, 4 comments

It’s done finally! We DIY’ed it.

DIY Coffee Table The Estate of Things 2

You may recall that Sarah did me a solid and helped to point me in the right direction. We knew that we needed something a bit more airy than the previous chunk of veneer that was in the room. Heffe and I agreed that our favorites were IN ORER, 1, 5 and 9.

Betsy's Coffee Table

We loved 9. So, with it as inspiration, we set out to design and build our own. I got it into my head that I wanted a worn weathered look, but short of finding the perfect amount of 2x2s in the wild, or burying them out in some sunny backyard for 23 years I was going to have fake it. We picked out the woods and the dude made me do all of the hard work like routing and sanding. (It was actually a really easy job.)

DIY Coffee Table The Estate of Things

I used a weathered oak stain made by MinWax, but only after taking a nod from the awesomest show Salvage Dogs and first torching it. That part was wicked fun. We picked out a little plumber’s torch, Heffe nerded over all of the options, and finally decided upon a little propane fueled flame thrower that would do the job just fine. It was $25 and it’s a pyromaniac’s dream come true. We will not let the little boy of the household anywhere near it.

DIY Coffee Table The Estate of Things 3

While we intended to build a top too, but I fell in love with the glass top so that we can look down into our table and enjoy our torch job! I was so pleased that after we set it up in the living room, we took a walk to the grocery store and I suggested to Heffe that we bring it with us… cause I wasn’t done simply staring at it. That, my friends, is the weird karmic power of accomplishment that DIY induces. It’s practically euphoric.

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