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Betsy’s Wishlist for Christmas

Hi friends,

So, before we bust out the gift guides for you and your friends, based on YOUR personality types, Sarah and I like to follow our annual tradition and share with one another our own personal wishlists. Maybe something below will spark your interest as well!

Here is what is on Betsy’s Christmas Wishlist.

 

Betsy's Christmas Wishlist

Traveling Back Pack  |  Anthropologie Necklaces  |  Cocktail Glasses  |  Over the Knee Boots  |  642 Things to Write About  |  Horse Art  |  Chunky Scarf  |  Vinyl Me Please

 

I’m leaning a bit poetic/traveler this year and I think it came out pretty Betsy-ish. A 1998 wish list might have looked somewhat similar to this, except trade the vinyl subscription service for a Colombia House or BMG CD club. Do you remember the one with a huge sheet of stamps that you would tear out!?

The most practical of all of the items above is that crazy backpack. My airline status has blown up with all of cross country travel I have been doing. It’s time to upgrade my carry on to something super practical. This backpack seems like it could be the answer.

This year, over the knee boots in a size 9, big chunky scarves and lariat necklaces are not a bad idea. I hope you can hear me Heffe! ;)

Everything else is a “would be nice” type indulgence. It’s easy to want things! Things to get me into the creative spirit, from inspiring art, books and music to art supplies and writing prompts. ;)

Tune in tomorrow for Sarah’s Christmas Wishlist, which is sure to be classic and on point, as always! Can’t wait.

 

 

 

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Black Friday at TEOT

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Hi there.

I just wanted to pop in with a bit of news about what we are doing for Retail’s favorite time of the year. BLACK FRIDAY.

  • We’ve created a special collection of BLACK FRIDAY SALE items just for the season.
    SHOP SALE ITEMS HERE.
  • Throughout the month of December, all online orders can enjoy FREE SHIPPING.
    Use the coupon code HOLIDAYS.
  • In store customers will enjoy 10% off for any mention of the holiday discount.
  • We have Holiday ornaments from Rwanda, and they are adorable.
    SHOP HOLIDAY ITEMS HERE.
  • Stay tuned to TEOT on Facebook & Instagram for more fun of the moment giveaways and flash sale items!
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Grateful

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Hi friends and family,

This is one of my most favorite holidays. It’s nice to be mindful for what is good in our lives, and it’s always a wonderful thing when you get to eat and indulge and laze around with loved ones in someone’s home.

We have so much to be thankful for this year! Our NC brick and mortar shop hasn’t been open too long but I’m still pinching myself. Thanks so much to you, for every click, comment, like, follow, purchase, review. To new relationships, online, in town and abroad. We are meeting so many wonderful people and learning so much and we are so grateful to every other home lover out there like us, that finds something meaningful in the little world that we are creating.

I’d also like to take this moment to say Thanks to Sarah! What a great friend and partner. I love working with you. You make me laugh, you inspire me to make my life at home more beautiful and thoughtful.

To all of you, I hope you have the best of days and that your hearts are full like mine!

 

 

 

 

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What to Wear: Holiday Shopping

What to wear this weekend, when you go out and score double rewards 2X points with your AMEX card on Shop Small Saturday.

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Madewell Army Jacket  |  Black Mid-Rise Pant  |  Floppy Hat  |  R. Riveter Crossbody Bag  |  TEOT Earth Bracelets  |  Fuzzy Sweater  |  Black Booties  |  TEOT Indigo Scarf

Loving the army green, black & blush color combo with organic textures in leather and African indigo! And you know that mid-rise is where it’s at. Especially after all the Turkey and stuffing we ate! 

We couldn’t be more stoked about this cross body bag by our friends at R. Riveter.

You may be familiar with the company. They were featured on Shark Tank and they have the coolest story.

Each bag is hand sewn by a “riveter,” one of the companies’ seamstresses. All Riveters are Military Wives that work from home.Life for the Military family is often uprooted from Station to Station and this is a wonderful job opportunity for the lifestyle. They can take their job along with them.

Southern Pines has a huge military culture with Fort Bragg nearby. Many of the military families choose to settle in SoPi for its quaint culture. To have such a cool company on the same shopping strip as TEOT is a joy and an honor. We’re so into what they are doing!

In other brief news:

Our Holiday Shopping Event starts now. Enter HOLIDAYS in the coupon code for FREE SHIPPING.

Southern Pines customers can note the HOLIDAYS discount in the shop for 10% off their entire order.

Tis the season, and we hope you’ll think of us while gifting.

 

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Spotted: Woven Dining Chairs Becki Owens

Just a tad cabernet fueled, I was getting real worked up about some chairs to Sarah and Amy a few weekends ago.

I needed to find the image to show them, but my normal screenshot catalog system hadn’t been applied and so the dining room I had seen was lost to me. I thought maybe it was Studio McGee, but Sarah knew without looking that it wasn’t. She studies the internet with an acute memory and doesn’t even have to reference her cellphone. She was not wrong. They were not in the Studio McGee feed, and I couldn’t rack my brain for where I had seen them. We just had to move along on my word — that somewhere out there, there were some special dining chairs.

Hallelujah, the image just popped back up into my Instagram feed again!

It was not a Studio McGee project, but rather a Becki Owens project.

And the woven dining chairs are rad!

Woven Dining Chairs Becki Owens

Ever since, these woven dining chairs have been playing through my mind. They are a wonderful mix of organic texture that would compliment the style in our home. Bringing the trend of macrame together with jute rope is an edgy take on beachy or nautical. I love the midcentury silhouette in a more rustic material.

That material plus the shape suit a SoCal casual vibe well, and in the Becki Owens’ project – the organic quality of these chairs along with the plank floor, the table, the centerpiece and the chandelier are all jiving together so nicely.

Here at TEOT, we love a good textural mix of organic elements in a similar color palette.

Where can you get ya some?

The best deal I have found is at WayFair, where you can get them a pair for $980.

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What we saw at High Point Market

Sarah and I took one day to drive up to High Point for the furniture market last week.

It’s really not fair to say that this post does the market any justice. With over 180 separate buildings and something like 2000 vendors, we knew we’d never see it all, even if we DID go every day.

Prior to my first furniture market experience in Vegas a few months back, I really thought that this was a magical event hidden behind a large curtain that I was unable to peek behind. But the veil was lifted, and it was a bit Wizard of Oz. I believe that Sarah might agree – it was a little underwhelming. Certainly not all, but most of the vendors that we met with were not our style. I was hoping for this wildly stylish world to open up before us. It’s not the case.

But, we take that as our mission, to wade through what the world has to offer and select only the best of the best, for you to choose from, in our lovely and carefully selected environment.

That being said, we skipped the riffraff, and below we are sharing only the beautiful things that we saw.

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We started out by attending a panel. Sarah and I are both big fans of Lauren Liess, so it was great to be in the audience while she, along with fellow designer Meg Braff and the editorial folks at Southern Living & Coastal Living talked about the IDEA HOUSES for their respective magazines. Sarah and I both walked away wishing they had gotten a bit more into the weeds.

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We relegated ourselves to the Design & Antiques section and we visited with many of the smaller, global vendors that were stationed in the same building at Market Square. Here is where I found a 100 year old gymnastics bench from Germany. I sat and stared at it for some time, trying to contemplate how to get it back to California. Sarah felt like it was maybe a little TOO “California vibez” for what is happening in our SoPi shop. So, I will instead catalog this idea and begin a new search out here on this side of the country. That butter soft leather though….

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I wish I had gotten a better picture to do this pottery justice, but Middle Kingdom had a new matte glaze that we were really into. They were style spotted by Anne Sage, so we had a few laughs over that because we have a TON of mini vases and bowls from Middle Kingdom at shop TEOT. They make really great collector pieces. I enjoyed visiting with this company and I’m glad Sarah chose to carry them.

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basketsLook, we are really into hampers and catchall baskets. If you don’t know by now, large totes and stylish baskets around the house can make ALL the difference in the world where it comes to clutter. Have you ever had one of those moments where you get a call, and your mother-in-law is stopping by in ten minutes. Now you are running maniacally through the house trying to hide all your family’s mess. These are the answer. You just put your mess in there! :)
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Blue and white forever, y’all already know. This vendor had great mix of vintage and new reproductions. Sarah and I have debated over a few different options for carrying these classic pieces in the shop. I like the shapes and the price point here.

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Fantastic dog beds, and some were even big enough for my 130 pound puppy.

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Nothing haunts you like the things you didn’t buy. This will be one of those things. The colors and the pattern were special.

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We loved the green backing on this rug.

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Color blocked baskets are making their way to us sooner rather than later.
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We hung with Hassan, in the Moroccan booth for awhile. He had some interesting things to say about Sabra silk and he also said he manages tours to Morocco where he can arrange on site visits with some of his vendors that he works directly with. It sounded like a great way to take the trip.

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Lovely lines on a vintage Italian sofa, that was marked sold.

I’d love to have visited Interhall, as my understanding that this is the juried exhibition space for emerging talent.  It would be full of more up and coming vendors with something exciting going on. I also thought we might pop in to touch the arms of all of the Lee Industries sofas, but since our aspirations are a bit larger to our current reality and there are plenty of markets to attend in the future, we skipped large soft upholstery and furniture vendors for this trip.

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Sarah is doing some more wheeling and dealing here in the Jaipur booth, where we oohed and aahed over the textiles.

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Handpainted tiles from Turkey.

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A large collection of old bread boards caught our eye. This vendor deals in Raleigh, NC and they had some great stuff.

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Sarah and I stood in the Zoe Bios booth for quite some time, chatting through which pieces we’d like to take home for ourselves. The colors here are perfect!

 

So that’s it. Shopping the market is really one of the fantasy perks of this job, so it was awesome to get out there and experience the vendors in person, and while we are together. I look forward to plenty more buying trips in the future.

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Black Ceilings Y’all

Black ceilings, as it turns out, are not the scary dome of doom overhead that we might imagine. The cozying quality is worth consideration.

One of the ties that binds Sarah and I together is our appreciation for a great home decor trend.

This week, we are together in NC, and so it was really fun to relate over this mutual discovery of late.

We had both started to take special notice of black ceilings popping up in our world with great affect.

Here are a few that we shared with one another, and a few more too!

black-ceiling-with-rug-affixed-by-liz_kamarulBy the inspiring liz_kamarul via Instagram

Yeah Girl! I mean, the black ceiling was already impressive, but that jute rug that she affixed to the ceiling kicked it up another notch. I stared at this for a while until it struck me. Normally I’m not sure I’d feel too comfortable about a dark and stormy heavy oil on canvas hanging out on a top shelf in the kitchen like that. But with the heavy ceiling, the black appliances and the shadow on the kitchen island – it looks so awesome. A perfect perch. This is a wonderful moody take on the kitchen. I think moody is where we should all be looking for what’s next in interiors.

 

Black Ceilings Sarah BensonSarah Benson’s home has a black ceiling in the dining room. via Dwell  

Hey, that might be navy, but it provides the same affect and we dig it.

Black Ceilings Capree Kimball's Bathroom MakeoverCapree Kimball’s Bathroom Makeover. via Poppytalk 

Actually scratch that one before this, I like this bathroom below better. Similar elements, but overall, a more sophisticated execution. I have to ask myself between the two, despite their similar black ceilings, white subway tile, fun tile selections, they even both painted the respective vintage cast bowls with a black base. (though one is a sink, the other a clawfoot tub)… anyway. I ask myself about which one is going to hold up long over time. I think the statement in this bottom photo is less trend-driven, while still perfectly of this moment. It’s a fun balance, and it’s one that I’m trying to strike in my own home. But I have to fight myself hard because look at that cement tile in that bathroom up there. I love a graphic statement. 

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I got into that one. Let’s move on…

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Apartment Therapy suggested that you might consider how a tall ceiling could be cozied up with a black ceiling.

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Sarah and I wondered if this concept would work in my bedroom ceilings. A quick look at what that looks like here. But we wondered if it was maybe a bit too dome like. Though as I stare at that image above, I wonder if it might just be improved a bit for my personally, if the black was a bit warmer and more matte in its finish.

black-ceilings-for-gypsiesvia Gypsy Yaya

I saw a rug at the High Point Market that this room above would love. It’s just the right mood. It was a Turkish style kilim with pops of color in its sparse, tribal imagery. I told the dealer that I needed it for my fantasy alter ego. This room looks like my other self’s home. Y’all know I love a gypsy, so I have added this blog to my reader in the boho category.

black-ceiling-closetvia Apartment Therapy

Here is a sweet sized little closet with a black ceiling and a lot of natural light. I love the white, black and wood combo, so this kind of makes me think it would fit in my house just fine.

As always, we want to know if you are into it, or could do without?  Thinking about taking the plunge? Let us know what you think.

 

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ADD THIS! Vintage African White Mudcloth

White Mudcloth

If you aren’t yet hip to the Vintage African textiles trend, get up on it y’all.

Mudcloth, in it’s exciting tribal patterns as well as the many indigos and ikats that we are seeing, are all the rage.

Today, we celebrate the wonderful addition that a white mudcloth pillow brings to any pillow grouping, regardless of your style. We love the boho maximal goodness that is everywhere we turn, but we also really appreciate a more subtle, if not sophisticated application of these nubby, textured and soft textiles.

The black and white pattern plays nicely with other colors and patterns and will likely pair well with your current decor. It’s an easy addition for a new flair.

Cruise on over to shop TEOT and see what we have in stock in white mudcloth. We think your home will sing with the addition of one of these global goodies!

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Shop Talk: TEOT Mini Kitchen Reveal

Hi friends,

Thanks for stopping in.

I wanted to give you guys a look at the final design of the mini-kitchen in our new brick and mortar shop.

For a quick refresher, SHOP TEOT is laid out very much like an apartment. We took that idea and ran with it.

Before we came along, the space was a salon. The back room that we turned into our kitchen had some really ugly exposed PVC piping and bit of a mess of some cabinetry. With the help of our crew, we pulled it all out, capped it off and started afresh with a miniature kitchen build.

This is where we were when we signed the lease.

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Having a mini kitchen built into the retail space serves a number of functions.

It’s wonderful for presentation and merchandising of our newly expanded kitchen and housewares collection. A sink is always a good idea, from washing dirty DIY hands to late nights with a bit of sour beer to get you through the tagging and pricing process. Of course, the whole setup plays host nicely for catered parties as well.

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Sarah knew pretty immediately that she wanted to put in some pesto green kitchen cabinets and an apron front sink. She zeroed in on a paint color called Artichoke, by Sherwin Williams.

You might have guessed it, but a quick look at the history of our kitchen trends will find that our blog pretty much nails the final product. We have our sconces, our open shelving, our favorite cabinet hue, brass pulls, mixed metals, and white subway tile!

It all comes together for a modern take on classic design! Here’s the final look. We hope you love the result as much as we do!

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Many thanks to Rachel Garrison for the photography!

SOURCES:

Black Sconces  |  Shaker Style Cabinetry  |  Pesto Paint Color  |  Reclaimed Shelves  |  Apron Front Sink  | White Subway Tile

 

 

Shop the TEOT Kitchen Collection

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Pattern on Pattern

Hi.

Have we discussed House of Hackney before? the leading boutique interior design firm in the UK?

I’m sure we have. If not, let’s have another look and then you can let me know what you think about this vibe.

The company was started by a high fashion husband wife duo that set out to merge historical pattern with modern treatment. To great affect, they have captured the hearts of a new generation. This is wild pattern on wild pattern and in contrast to the past few years of all white walls and stark neutral and organic application, I have to say it feels refreshing and exciting!

I’m inspired to say the very least. But, it takes all kinds! So you tell me,

Is this something that you don’t need in your life? Is it something to be admired, but not emulated? Or do you want your next decor experience to be about injecting pile upon pile of this British haute interior trend… full of luxurious drama, bordering on romance?

I’m thinking, for now, that I’ll just admire from afar… but boy does it get me excited to give it a look.

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New Bedding for Fall

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Fall is in the air…

Here in Los Angeles of course, it’s still a bunch of hot degrees, but the nights are growing cooler and soon we will buckle in for the season change.

All of you on the East Coast seem to be bundling up for Friday Night Football games and long afternoons in the park where the leaves will soon be changing colors.

My nephew, the freshman kicker on his HS Varsity team, just kicked a winning field goal and the after photos made me long for a cozy cable knit sweater and some new ankle boots to love.

While you are getting ready to get cozied up for the new season, we have an idea for you!

Fall is a wonderful time to update to your bedding for a fresh take on the season. I recently added a cool white linen duvet to my bedding scenario and it gave me a whole new outlook on my quality of life. It’s silly how much of a difference a change like that can make. Of course I also moved my bed to the opposite side of the room for its 3rd spot since we moved in. I’m trying desperately to find a configuration I can commit to, so we can call that room complete.

So, back to the task at hand. Our signature serene blues and whites from the TEOT bedding line are fantastic for a transition into cooler nights.

We selected a number of designs by the inimitable John Robshaw. If you aren’t familiar, trust us when we say that the extra long staple cottons (aka Egyptian Cottons) used in his lovely block print motifs are the most luxurious that the market has to offer. Sarah and her mom are HUGE fans of this bedding line and we are proud to offer them exclusively at TEOT in downtown Southern Pines.

So, in preparation for this, the coziest time of year – we suggest you lively up yourself with a major bedding upgrade! Here’s a peek from a recent tear out in Sarah’s inspiration file.

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Shop TEOT’s bedding collection here:

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TEOT SOPI – We’re Open for Biz!

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Have ya heard? We’re a legit brick and mortar shop!

It’s been a really long time in the making. We have arrived. We’re open in Southern Pines, NC.

Neither of us have ever done anything quite like this before.  I’m just so proud of how the shop opening came together, proud to be a small business co-owner, proud of Sarah, and excited to see where this crazy train leads us next!

If you know anyone in the Sandhills region of North Carolina, we would appreciate it if you gave them a heads up.

And if you are here from the Southern Pines Business Association, drop us a note in the comments to say Hello! We’re happy to be new members.

Come see us, or shop online at shopteot.com.

The Estate of Things
134 W. Pennsylvania Avenue
Southern Pines, NC  28387

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SHOPTALK…. It’s almost time

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 The Grand Opening of TEOT SOPI

Hi friends. It’s Betsy.

As my fellow bloggers may relate –  I feel mad guilty when I let the posts slip on down to the bottom of the growing To Do List. But, it’s been happening.

We’ll get back to sharing inspirations when we have our heads above water. In this era of supreme busy-ness, I’m trying not let myself or Sarah get too precious about what we can reasonably get done. This is a dream project and we have a lot riding on it. Its easy to get super stressed out.

But we have both been in stressful jobs before… and this isn’t that. This is what we make it and we really want it to be good so that people like it and support it! I know that business owners are all telling the same story, about long days and sleepless nights, and missing your spouse and all that. I hope that when we look back on this time it feels like the hard work was well worth it.

Until we are back in the blogging saddle that brought us here…. we are doing our best to save all of our creative juices and put them into carefully selecting the best collection of home goods, vintage furnishings and tons of great global gifts and eclectic collectibles for your home!

We open in less than 2 weeks. SEPTEMBER 8th.

It’s VERY exciting to see it all come together. We have NEON, we have barcodes, and we have achey bodies from all the fun, hard work.

If you are in the Southern Pines vicinity and you want to make it out for our opening party, send me a note and we’ll make sure you have the details. betsy at theestateofthings.com.

Love to all of you and thanks for being here with us through thick and thin bloggy times to shop times! <3

 

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Must Have: Vintage African Baskets as Wall Art

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Hi friends! It’s Betsy.

If you follow me on Betsy Moyer on Instagram, you might already know that I recently stumbled my way into a bevy of Vintage African Baskets as Wall Art for SHOP TEOT.

They have been hanging in the corner of our living room since, as seen in the photo above. They are bringing me so much joy. I hope we keep a good collection stocked so that I can leave these hanging in my own home for a while yet.

Today, I want to show you why I was out there on the hunt for the perfect vintage African Basket for wall art.

Here is a look at a few AMAZING and inspiring interiors featuring the handwoven baskets, braided and tied from the tall grasses of the river lands in Africa.

 

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top trends in interior designThese absolute works of art make a lovely impact once hung on the wall. Pair a large 18″ round handwoven basket alongside its partner in 13″ for a 3 dimensional addition to your gallery wall, or hang one solo to make its own statement.

You could also maximize your art piece with a grouping of 6 or more! Look how many are grouped here. Amazing!

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colorful Wall of Baskets

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We sold a mini collection of the vintage african baskets as wall art, as well as a BOLGA market basket, to Heffe’s mom.

I’m THRILLED that she supported TEOT with her purchase, but I also love to know that she has these lovely works of art in her home. Thanks Vivian!

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SHOP TEOT baskets are all handmade in Africa for Fair Wages.

The women of Zimbabwe have long taught the art of weaving palm leaves and reeds into the baskets as a rite of passage for the young girls. This craft has been passed down for generations on the sandy beach of Zimbabwe where the mountains meet the lake, in a simple village called Binga.

 

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Amazing!

You can get that look above by shopping with TEOT. If you are INSANELY COOL you could cover up the entire wall of your home like that photo above. Just hit me up on the side because I’ll need to increase my inventory numbers for you dramatically!

Here is a look at our African Basket Collection.

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Modern Dollhouses

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Hi friends, it’s Betsy.

There was a time when Heffe’s daughter and I were fashioning our own dollhouses. Today, I’m inspired to get back to work. Look at these INCREDIBLE examples I came across via Instagram.

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Lord have mercy… they are the cutest. Enjoy more at the hashtag: #dollhousetherapy

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