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I USED to hate my Kitchen.

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Yeah, I used to think I hated my Kitchen. But after the last couple of weeks tiling, refacing cabinet doors and painting, it is beginning to feel a bit more like me.

We still have a little way to go and there are tons more ideas, but I thought it would be fun to share the progress I’ve made lately.

I also have to give a shout out to my man Jim Regas, the local Hickory, NC building contractor that came out and patiently allowed me to drone on and on about subway tiles vertical vs. straight, grout black vs. grey, cabinets white versus glass front, paint brilliant white versus regular old white, beadboard on the walls versus in the cabinets…. etc. etc.

Jim was really nice to me and he understood my budget and he was really fairly priced. The labor was quick and clean and he even loved my big old puppy dog. So if you are in the Western NC area and were wondering how to get a real stand up guy to come over and do some stuff that you can’t do – he’s your man. You can contact me for his contact info.

After the dust settles I hope that we will get into the beadboard project and also the architectural details on the Doorway. I’m also looking forward to picking out some new hardware and while it feels better in there – I’ll look at those cabinets every night before turning out the light and I believe I’ll still wish they were white.

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Estate Envy: Modern Pre-Fab in West Virginia

This installment of Estate Envy inspires you with the opportunity for your own trial run at Modern Pre-Fab living. You can rent this beautiful piece of homey awesomeness for $200 – $250 a night. Give yourself the opportunity to see how envious you might really be of a Modern Pre-Fab home. Pieced together out in the middle of the woods, imagine the peace and inspiration you would inevitably discover with a weekend stay.

Check out LostRiverModern.com for more images and details about things to do in the area, rates and availability.

The Estate of Things chooses lostrivermodern

The Estate of Things chooses lostrivermodern

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Etsy Seller of the Week: La Pomme

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The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller La Pomme

I am loving all things French as I search online in anticipation of my trip!! (less than 3 weeks to go). I stumbled upon Etsy Seller La Pomme and her beautiful beautiful photographs on a google image search that led me to the archives of PoppyTalk Handmade Market. Please don’t miss checking out these beautiful images. I’ve printed them out and pasted them into my Europe Travel Journal that I’m preparing.

Enough about me and my trip (I’m just so excited). Here are some images of some of the beautiful items from her shop. Click to visit them on her Etsy Page.

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller La Pomme

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller La Pomme

And don’t forget to check out La Pomme Stories. She writes her own fairy tales and then creates these gorgeous handmade books. You can even request a custom fairy tale.

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller La Pomme Stories

 

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller La Pomme Stories

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller La Pomme Stories

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What is Fresher than Fresh?

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I’ve totally fallen in love with Lindsay at Fresher than Fresh from Kansas City. I found her on a flickr search for Shasta Campers b/c I spent most of my day yesterday cleaning and dreaming inside of mine. (Its nowhere near ready to show you, but I hope one day that it will be as fresh as Fresher than Fresh’s).
Check our her Flickr and her Blog if you want to see how lovable she is.

The Estate of Things chooses Fresher than Fresh Snowcones

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A Confession

I ordered this. I wrote out something very sweet and I had it sent to myself. It arrived just in time for Valentine’s Day. Sometimes you are forced to treat yourself. I’ve had a few Feb 14ths without a Valentine and this was one… It was the sweetest thing that I have ever received for the holiday!!

The Estate of Things chooses the World's Smallest Postal Service

The Estate of Things chooses the World's Smallest Postal Service

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The Natural History of Teddy Bears

Today I am fantasizing. I must have a serious library in my home. I will fill it floor to ceiling with all of the beautiful books I desire, but also I’d like for it to resonate a slight taste of exaggerated loony science professor feeling with the decor, with a smattering of scientific specimen on the shelves and walls. A silly academia.

Artist Stephanie Metz has created a series of Felt Wool figures and they are pretty neato. I especially love the teddy bear fetus in a jar. This is perfect for the library.

The Estate of Things chooses Artist Stephanie Metz

The Estate of Things chooses artist Stephanie Metz

The Estate of Things chooses Artist Stephanie Metz

The Estate of Things chooses artist Stephanie Metz

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Mustache, YourStache?

It appears the mustache craze isn’t letting up and I wish I were a dude so I could participate – but since I’m not, perhaps I’ll settle for one of these more graphic options:
Click on the Images for more details!!

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller BreadandBadger

The Esttate of Things chooses Etsy Seller benfloeter

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller neawear

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller PartyBots

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy seller somethingshidinghere

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Etsy Seller of the Week: LemonGrass Studio

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Alison is ‘hooking’ us up with some Handmade Rugs at the LemonGrass Studio on Etsy. I love the folk art quality and believe me this is a true skill, I had a phase where I wanted to handhook my own rugs and the business is TEDIOUS. I never got more than a corner completed.

Here are a few favs from her shop!! The Mod Pod would look great hanging on my wall. Alison – we love what you’re doing on Etsy!!

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller LemonGrass Studio

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller LemonGrass Studio

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller LemonGrass Studio

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Sunday Mornin Surf Sesh

I’ve noticed that a lot of bloggers take the weekend off. This is okay with me cause it gives me an opportunity to spend a little time with Google Reader and catch up on the various posts from the week that I missed due to the fact that I must work.

I especially enjoy sitting back lazily on a late Sunday morning with Coffee, my laptop and my dog, which is kinda crazy cause that’s what I do ALL WEEK LONG as well. Proves my true affection for the www.

So this is all about some links to things of interest as I sift through my ginormous pile of bookmarks for the week!

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Mama Said We Could Draw – I have not Seen Star Wars
Author: Bliss (our Mad-Men Giveaway Winner)
This video made me laugh.

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Artist Shira Sella
Wow. I really like this image. It feels like a dream I’ve had a million times.

The Estate of Things chooses Artist Shira Sela

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The Labbit is Back – with all new habbits
I have a growing collection of the little miniature version of these guys – the smokers… I love going out of my way to pick them up in little urban artist posts when I visit cities. There are about $5 each and you just pick up a box – without knowing what color awaits you! Each of my bunnies has a different story. It was kinda fun to stumble upon this guy on the Amazon site. today.

The Estate of Things chooses the Smorkin Labbit on Amazon.com

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Baltimore Rowhouse – Pajama Jammy Jam
I had an inkling that it might be the case – but now I’m certain that I could be BFF with these people. I mean, I really want to be hanging out with these folks at the Pajama Party that they threw in honor of a completed year’s worth of renovations to their impressive home. You should start following this blog now!! Its a great resource for renovators. We love you Corey!!

The Estate of Things chooses Baltimore Rowhouse Blog

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SwissMiss – A Minimalist Way of viewing Flickr Images
SwissMiss found this neat way to scroll through a Flickr library. (Which is great b/c seriously, as much as I want to love Flickr – I very much dislike its navigation interface.)  If you have a Flickr account, your URL is http://www.ihardlyknowher.com/yourFlickrusername. Here’s what we have on TheEstateofThings.

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Renovation Therapy – My.Total.Dream.House and Sure, There are worse things
Wow, let me take a moment to express my love for this chick. She’s funny and I love all that she blogs of. My heart totally goes out on these posts – as I know how hard it is to come down from a fantasy like the one she describes here. Check out that beautiful barn house.

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And if you Twitter – here’s a quick mention of the new folks that TeoT follows as a result of todays surf sesh!! Click here to follow us!?

Velocityem and VelocityJohn – From Velocity Art & Design

YellowGoatEtsy

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Estate Envy: Post and Beam in Los Angeles

Today’s Installment of ESTATE ENVY comes from Los Angeles – where its a heck of a lot warmer and my options for what to do tonight are exponentially more exciting than what my night will be in reality!! Plus they have Pinkberry there, and for some reason I’m craving it. So, maybe it’s just a momentary envy.

This Mid-Century Post & Beam home is in the Mt. Washington area of LA – and I’m dying to peak around the corner and see what the view is like.

Images courtesy of The Value of Architecture

Nestled in the hills of Mt. Washington, hidden behind a verdant hedgerow, this art director’s private compound is a retreat from all things urban. Here the architects have transformed an otherwise humble 1930’s bungalow in the signature style of their late 1950’s and early 1960’s work. Slender wood posts support soaring beams, creating dramatic open spaces with minimally detailed plate glass windows all around. The consistent structural module, polished concrete floors, tongue-and-groove ceilings, board-and-batten siding and clerestory windows define the Modern aesthetic, while a pair of ultra-mod red entry doors point to the hipness of the era. 2 BR, 1 BA, 1,600 SF

Photography: Brian Thomas Jones

Listing Agent:
Brian Linder, AIA
Deasy Penner & Linder
The Value Of Architecture

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Wall Finishes

I’ve painted my long living room bright white and now it is in desperate need of a chair rail, some wall frames, ceiling beams, and other trim work.

This room from Bravo’s Season One Top Design Winner sticks in my mind. Check the scale on the height of the wainscoting. (if you can see it). Its quite low and I’m in love. Sarah mentioned that I might not want to add architecture that is non-traditional. Any thoughts?

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