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Weekend

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

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Shaniqua: Designing Ideas for our New Home

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

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Checking in on Pillow Progress

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

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I’m a Big Fan of Independence

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

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House Hunting: It’s DONE Y’all

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

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From our Phones

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

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Spotted: African Kuba Cloth

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

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Boho Meets the Classics

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

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Conversations: Bohemian Luxury

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

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Our Etsy Picks for June

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It’s summer time and we’re all aflutter with lust and love for the following items from Etsy.   New Mexico Tea Towel  |  Tie-Dye Clutch  |  Color Block Quilt  |  Marbled Silk Ribbon  |  Bar Cart  | Tribal Wallet

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TEOT Launches Custom Pillow Collection

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We’ve sourced, sewn and styled a whole prolifery of pillows from on-trend vintage global textiles and one by one we’re uploading them to our TEOT SHOP. We are selling them. What do you think? We like to call this little girl in the middle Lotty Dotty. She likes to party. We have a thing for blue you know. It’s really apparent in all of this wonderful vintage indigo fabric that we scored at the Santa Monica Antiques Market. It’s from Africa, and most of it is from Mali specifically. If I had to choose my favorite combo, I think I’d lean this way, below. In fact, I’d be happy if this scene were replicated exactly in my own home. I’ll do my best to recreate it, it’s going to be hard without that rattan bench in my life. I would take a little dose of Sarah styling all of my accessories too. I’ll tell…

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A Black House

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Around these parts, we’re into classic design choices – the kind that aren’t destined to go out of style, the timeless materials and good bones. The design elements that last. But equally, we’re moved and inspired by trends – the bolder the better. Here’s one that we are feeling intrigued by. Let us know what you think! Would you live in a black house? A Bolt from the Blue – featured in Lonny Mag I have such a crush on Barbara Bestor. I love how she pays homage to timeless design, but completely puts it on its head with her bold bohemian approach. She bought her personal home, the Bestor House,  near Elysian Park/Silverlake as a shack in a pre-gentrification era and started a revolution in her neighborhood. I love how she was inspired by a child’s drawing of a home. The simplicity and the color really make this home unique….

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Weekend

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This weekend, Sarah and her little ladies hit the road to visit hubster Dan, whose been spending his M-F’s away for the past two months near Chicago, training for a new fancy job. He’s almost done, so they are gonna see where he been stayin at. Betsy and her crew will be relishing in an activity free weekend by hanging out in pajamas all day, watching kids movies from the 80s and perhaps taking a trip to Namas’s swimming pool, if it’s hot enough. Happy Saturday! Here’s some interneting for those of us that like to surf the net while we hang loose in our pjs. For all our local Southern Pines, NC friends, Sarah recently discovered a little print publication circulating around town called Sand and Pine. With topics like best burger around and talk of the Sunrise Theater, it’s a real treat. Pick one up, will ya!? Betsy poked around the BlackbirdsLA…

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This or That: Which West Elm Bed?

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It’s Friday, or as the Instagrams like to say lately, FriYay! I’m not sure how I feel about that (the Friyay thing). What about y’all? Here’s another serious question that I’m pondering. ??? It’s time to start thinking about a new bed. Aesthetically, I’m 95% sure I want a simple, clean, and rather plain, low profile, upholstered option. I’m even leaning towards a neutral, which is uncharacteristic, so I assume that it means I’m a grown up now. Turns out though, I am a grown evolving mess of a lady that seeks constant change and malleable surroundings. My big idea is that I can drape or tuck the textile of my most recent fascination over this style with the kind of commitment I favor… None! There is so much more that will need to be considered as I start contemplating wants and needs for a new bedroom style, but my feeling is that this…

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