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Trends: Leafy Greens

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Whether in high contrast photography, watercolor or flattened graphic illustration, the botanical prints I’ve been seeing around lately are exciting. It’s a welcoming way to bring some of that SoCal sunshine aesthetic into homes all across the nation, don’t ya think? A few weekend posts ago, I hollered at Sarah M Dorsey Designs for her DIY leafy greens print. Will you give it a shot yourself? I snapped one or two of my fiddle leaf fig, and shared via Instagram. The Aestate, a favorite in the design blog community, peddle their leafy wares on Society6. As a result we can reap the advantages of the extended product offering there, like this wall tapestry! (They also offer leggings, which I’m thinking about testing out.) Check out this luxe use of botanical prints on upholstery. Source unknown.   I’m enjoying the Peter Dunham Fig Leaf pattern more at this moment than I was when it first started popping…

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Who and What We’re Following on Instagram

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We’ve always been attentive to the lovely details in our local lunch spot, or in the ephemery of sunlight on a building — but lately, more and more of us are framing these moments beautifully to share on Instagram. I love it! Isn’t it amazing how far we’ve come with cameras!? Can you even recall the deliberation required when we were limited to 24 snaps per roll on the incredible disposable camera you could pick up at a gas station? Imagine – no preview screen! We’ve come along way to now, where I can auto-backup all of my cellphone snaps so that when I pull up my Google+ account, there are all 29 of the weirdies I snapped while trying to perfectly capture the magic of my bright pink poncho.   Besides creating and sharing my own images, I am recently obsessed with meandering through the design community’s fun hashtag collections! The images I find at…

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Weekend

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Sarah is doing stuff with her fam. She is probably gonna plant some perennials if she gets a minute. Betsy is heading to San Diego for an overnight band thingy. She got her tix to England this week, so those shows are really happening! Here’s some interneting: We’ll admit, sometimes we feel a little silly pushing material items all around on the internet like its the only thing we care about, but reading through this  review of Rebecca Solnit’s essays on What Our Dream Homes Reveal about our Inner Lives – WHEW! It’s absolved us of all of our guilt. We now boldly and proudly pin our most fantastic of Fantasy Home Decor, guilt free and we suggest you do the same – it’s for the good of your own inner self. If that was a little too deep for you, here’s something else to do instead. It’s a freaking fun color matching game. My best score…

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A Style Evolution

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  Some of you out there, like me, are riding the wave of this recent swell in hippie home decor. Call it boho or bohemian if you prefer.  Either way, it has taken its place in my heart in a way that makes more sense to my soul. I dig it much more than some of the other styles out there. I’m looking at you guys SoCal Coastal Chic, Southern Traditional, and Industrial Loft. I have kept a “Fantasy Living” as well as a “My Style” board on Pinterest since I started using the service. These are each fantastic places to bookmark the images of interiors that I feel resonate on a personal level. I love to go back to these as time passes. Of course, style, in its essence, is constantly evolving. It’s so nice to have a reference point through which to analyze consistency versus influence over time. With this practice, you may learn that you are mostly influenced in your…

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Weekend

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We hope that Mother’s Day means that something special is going down for you and your crew. I’m 3000 miles away from my mama. Last night I dreamt that I ran up to her car as she was pulling away from a visit and I blasted an instagram quote into her face, “If you weren’t my mom, I’d choose you as my friend.” Dreams are weird, but that little quote did resonate with me, and I would be friends with my mama. She’s the coolest, funniest, most sage & strongest woman in all the land. Thanks for letting me be a weirdo, Mom. Last weeek on the internetz: Sarah read through this DIY roman shades project and a lot more of this blog and she liked what she saw. Betsy fell in love with Elliot Smith all over again, but this time re-imagined by some other musical favs, Seth Avett and…

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Trends: Persian Rugs

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My most recent fascination with persian rugs snuck up on me, and suddenly I’m all about ’em. Are you guys on top of this already? I articulated my fascination through an image that I snapped on one of the house tours I was on. You may have seen it already. I’ve since used it for several graphics here on the blogo. Since I kept going back to this, I decided to start my own hunt. It’s hard to call the Persian rug a “trend” when it is such a classic and traditional choice, but below I’ve gathered a few examples that we feel are a super hot modern application. Ones that make us feel all wanty for our own persian rug! They look so inviting in a hallway, unexpected in a kitchen, and sophisticated in a nursery! I’ve come across so many different patterns in my pursuit, all hand knotted by tribes from different regions of Iran. My understanding…

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From our Phones

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We just text and email back and forth in photos to talk out ideas and products and rooms and what we’re doing with our day in the way of home decor. It looks something like this lately. Happy Thursday y’all. Follow Sarah on Instagram here, and Betsy on Instagram here.

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House Hunting: The Renovation that Never Shall Be

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Are we all getting bored of this house hunt yet? Lord knows I am. The last offer was void of the normal adrenaline rush. I mean, it’s always a roller coaster, and believe me — when the news came in that we had lost, again (to all cash offers, again) there was a reaction that bordered on intense… Suffice to say, we’re over it. With this home on el Hito, we wanted the house hunt to be done. With each offer – we feel less and less emotion about the actual house and more and more emotion about the damn pursuit just being over, so that we can get to the part where we are living, cooking,  training a puppy, organizing a garage, and setting up our play areas. So, we didn’t get it and there was some frustration, but then we immediately bounced back and moved along, and we just keep going…

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The New Girl pumps and dumps our beloved Ruffalo Home

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If you are new to these parts let me tell ya’ that Sarah and I blog about a particular home that actor Mark Ruffalo once owned. It was wickedly appointed with a timeless mix of boho eclectables layered upon a strong platform built with traditional pieces. We would later come to understand the broad strokes by design house and retailer Nickey Kehoe. The home has been a continued source of inspiration and a reference for my living room and Sarah’s girls rooms. Anywayz. We learned through our friend and spirited supporter Heather that the ever twee mother of mass man hipsterdom, Zoey Deschanel is selling her Hollywood estate and lo and behold it’s the Ruffalo Casita. It is really fun to see the same bones but with bad decor choices. If that sounds like something you’d be into, have a looksee here.  Sarah and I had a spirited text convo…

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Southern California Style: Exhibit A The Bungalow in Santa Monica

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I’ve been neck deep in a design project, trying to illustrate and educate just exactly what elements exemplify the SoCal cool vibes that I’ve grown to love while living here in Santa Monica. The Bungalow is a bar that by all intensive purposes is the most beautifully decorated collection of douchery one could ever conjure. But, if you get there early on a weekday, you can enjoy a nice glass of pink wine with your sunset before its patios and porches fill up too tight, brimming with a mix of uber important biz dudes and ladies in Forever21 sweaters with floppy felt hats that barely hide consuming glares of judgement below them! *I’m sorry that I’m getting old. Kate and I have this conversation every time we go. It’s me, it’s not the crowd. They are probably all beautiful people. I’m just growing cold in my heart as I near the part of my thirties…

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House Hunting: It Goes On and On and On

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Remember that house I said we could flip… the one that I said I felt little emotion over. I could live there or not…  Well, we threw our hat into the ring with an offer. It’s not very much unlike the other home on the same street that we recently put an offer in on. It’s missing a few features, namely the larger corner lot – but it also has a few characteristics that we prefer. Interestingly, despite the similarities, this home scored pretty low on our scoresheet system. Transitioning from “meh” to brainstorm mode has been interesting. I went to view the home a second time and it was great to get a bit more time inside to wrap my head around the space. The homeowner has lived there since the home was built over 40 years ago. It’s in pristine shape but her touches from 90s are a little…

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Weekend

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Sarah is on the hunt at the Liberty Antiques Festival this weekend. Hoping, always hoping to find treasure. Jealous of Betsy who strolled into a thrift store in LA this week, and scored a pair of mid century club chairs upholstered in mohair for $45/each. Follow along with Sarah to see if she strikes similar gold on TEOT’s Instagram. And while we’re talking about treasure hunts–let’s all join our voices in concert to tell Betsy to get her butt to the Santa Monica Airport Flea Market. It happens every first and fourth Sunday. No excuses! Not even band practice. Upcoming antique opportunities in NC- Cameron Antiques Festival May 2, 2015 Here’s some Interneting that we can recommend: Clad Home, the custom furniture collection & online home decor shop of LA based Interior Designer, Rosa Beltran opened up this week. Her brick and mortar shop will open early May. We’re excited to see this…

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Trends: Busted

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Stately, abstract and a bit surprising, we think the bust is a fantastic accessory for the modernists to the new traditionalists. These figures are more than just art, they are creative and artful storage solutions. Now more than ever, with flash-sale sites like One Kings Lane and curated thrift retailers like Chairish, it shouldn’t be too tough to get your hands on the bust that suits your space, and if you need more inspiration, check out the bust love on my Pinterest board. Happy hunting. A tall and narrow bust makes a fantastic hat rack as well. This particular bust recalls the ’20s, but any vintage, carved wooden piece like this one will add fantastic texture and help your hats maintain their shape when it’s not derby season.     Jenny’s idea to have the demure statue “disappear” into the backdrop of the vanity is brilliant, and you can do the same by…

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