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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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House Hunting: Determining Priorities with a Scoresheet

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We hit the open house circuit this weekend. The home pictured above is the only interesting Palisades home in our budget range to hit the market since we learned we lost out on the last interesting home that hit the market. What a game this is! This open house was a busy one, there are far more buyers than there are homes at the moment. My approach has changed. I have just about zero emotional interest in this home, but if we live here, that will be fine too. I told the dude tonight as we were swapping our thoughts on its merits, “I’d MUCH rather flip this home than live in it.” If I were just flipping it, I’d know exactly what choices to make when swapping out the carpet and the awful 1997 kitchen cabinets. To live in it, I can’t identify what to do as easily. But we can…

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Weekend

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  Sarah is putting some finishing touches on the Bennett kitchen. If you follow her on Instagram, you’ll know that she’s settled on Benjamin Moore Peacock Blue for the pocket door. This weekend, she has loads of quality time with the fam on tap. She thinks it might be time to introduce her girls to the dip-trip-flip-fantastic world of Mary Poppins. Betsy is heading down to San Diego for the weekend to rehearse with some music friends. They are preparing for a UK trip in July that includes a stage appearance. She’ll sing with The Luxembourg Signal on July 28th at the IndieTracks festival. Cue anxiety. As much as she loves her occasional music career, homegirl has ridiculous stage fright.   Here’s some interneting for the lazy moments in your weekend: We put together a playlist for the SoCal Seventies Gypsy inside of you. Put this on blast and get to work on your DIY…

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Estate Envy: Meg Draper’s Laurel Canyon Bungalow

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Oh Don Draper, you disappoint me so much with your screaming infidelities. Your unwavering confidence, your glib I could give a what attitude, your constant last minute bourbon and lucky strike fueled genius slogans are starting to bore me. I wish someone else would outshine you in the board room one good time. For once, I wish the lady wouldoth protest… For once, just do what we haven’t come to expect of you. Even your weirdo 1940s depression era secret past life is a snooze. More Megan Please! Especially the banging little bohungalow digs she’s propped herself in up in Laurel Canyon, am I right? Don’t be surprised if you see a gigantic DIY God’s Eye in my Instagram feed soon. Thanks for the inspo Meg. Good luck in LA. Images from Interior Design Magazine, see more Mad Men set design images here!

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Trends: Breadboards

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If you have the eye for spotting recurring themes in nicely styled editorial home decor features, you too may have spotted the stacks of warm, rustic breadboards making their way into our hearts as a staple kitchen accessory. Both old or new, lean them two or three deep to warm up the kitchen. Here’s a dive in to the breadboard done right.                            

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Weekend

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Betsy and Heffe are hitting the road for some kind of musical experience in Dana Point, California. I don’t know too much about the band, but the San Diego friends that invited them are tops and they always have a blast hanging with them. They’ll spend the night and hit the road early Saturday for more more soccer tournaments. It’s Sarah’s little girl, DC’s birthday time plus Spring Break in their camp. I’m fairly certain that they are also gearing up for Dan’s career change. He’s off for training and readiness for a whole new gig. Change has been brewing for months now, and day by day, all of the balls in the air will float back down and feel settled again. I’m sure this week and the birthday time has been very special for their fam. Now for some weekend interneting: Sunday marks the return of Game of Thrones. Are you SO excited? We are. Play…

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A Sunny SoCal Color Combo from West Haddon Hall

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Sarah, thanks for pinning this West Haddon Hall room from a recent Domaine Home feature. It got me thinking about color schemes in a predominately neutral room. If you are like me, then you love color and the thought of a mostly neutral room seems kinda crazy, like a lost opportunity. I understand that many people have problems that are the complete opposite of this (I co-blog with one and I also live with one.) I’m the type of decorator that needs to harness the power of editing. Which are you? This room popped into my feed though and I am drawn to it in a way that made me curious. Made me want to break it all down and pull out the scheme. There is such balance. I love the look. Those little pops of blue and orange, pulled from the Suzani draped over the back of the couch, give the room life,…

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Eskayel

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Sarah and I have both been a little jonesy over Eskayel and their watery tie-dye designs. Are you hype to this hipness already!? I’m climbing on board in a big way. The most fascinating part of this incredible line of inky blues and other extra-terrestrial color combos is the range of application that I have seen. From boho beachy bungalows to southern traditional powder rooms, this rorschach like graphic is carving a deep want into the hearts of many. Peep a few of our favorites from their portfolio of applications and then tell me where you want yours!? I’m thinking it would have been perfect for the powder room at the house on the hill that we didn’t get. Maybe I should contact the buyer to see if they want me to help them decorate!

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Weekend

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  This weekend, Heffe and the homies and I head to NC for a bit of much loved family time. I’m deeply grateful that this crew enjoys the trips we make to my home. We hope to see Sarah, Dan and her girls. We’ll settle for Sarah and a girl, whatever we can get. We convene in Ashe County, our new TEOT vacation headquarters. Our crew is going to pull up my old Vintage Shasta Camper and rough it by the river! Normally on the weekend post, we’d share a week’s worth of lazy saturday morning worthy links here. To be real, it’s Thursday night, and I’m feeling more like sharing my own musings. I’m wound up in the fuzzy aftermath of a sweet celebratory dinner with the dude regarding some great happenings in his world. At the same time – the anticipation and subsequent realization of our failed house hunt offer is settling in over…

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House Hunting: Onward and Up the Hill

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After driving through Topanga on the way home from Soccer the other weekend, Heffe and I played a little game of guess how far from the PCH our most recent house interest is. I was sure it would take ten to fifteen minutes to cruise up the hill, but he was right. It took no more than five. And what we found up there was an incredible little neighborhood, and a promising home for sale. The neighborhood, known as Marquez Knolls, features a slew of perfectly pristine midcentury ranch homes of varying affect. The ocean and horizon tilt and turn with the curvy roads and rock outcroppings jut out of a hill lined with the pinot vines of a hilltop winery. It all makes me feel real excited about puppy walks and nearby trailheads. I made my way over to the agent’s open house on Tuesday to test our assumptions, and found it to be pretty…

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Weekend

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Y’all gonna have you some fun? This is what we’re gonna be up to. Betsy and Heffe zeroed in on a house, so they’ll spend the weekend pulling together tax info and all of the boring paperwork stuff that is required. We’ll share photos next week, for now, no one wants to jinx the deal. Sarah will be sitting around dreaming and scheming about commercial and residential properties in her hometown. She is also going to be snapping photos of some area homes that have taken a nod from one of the very projects that we’ve introduced here! Here’s a little interneting for ya! HOLY CRAP Sociopath Junkies! Bob Durst did not disappoint when he *SPOILER ALERT ‘confessed’ in a psycho-maniacal rant in the bathroom with a hot mic on. Burn me once shame on you, burn me twice, shame on the psycho killer who is just trying to get caught. That entire…

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House Hunting: Peeved in the Palisades

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Dear God, will we ever find our home? I’m a little frustrated with this one y’all. It hit the market out of nowhere (inventory is still super slim) and we were stoked to have such a classic specimen of Midcentury Modern architecture perched atop Temescal Canyon. You might recall my earlier fascination with this neighborhood. It’s got that magic feeling that makes us want to live there. Excitedly, I went to the agent’s open house on Tuesday. Upon initial visit, I wasn’t so sure it would work for us. It represented some of the same challenges as Silver Spring – with only 3 bedrooms and no den. But I talked with the dude about it over the next two days and realized in talking with him, that what we had on our hands with this home and it’s price point (freaking $550K less than Silver Spring), is the opportunity to renovate and one day…

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