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Gotta pick the right sofa because everyone likes to #netflixandchill.

 

Better Things + Aelfie

I’ve always liked Pamela Adlon since the days of Marcy Runkle (of Californication,) but now I worship her. Based loosely on her own life and experiences, she plays Sam, a single parent to 3 girls, each amazing in their own rite. There are truly hilarious moments, raw moments, incredible longing and sad moments. There is unconditional love and samples of the sacrifice that parenthood brings, especially the difficulty of being a single parent. But then there are more hilarious moments that keep you battling through and rooting for Sam and her girls. Better Things is brilliant and we can’t help but wonder where does show creator and actress Pamela Adlon go from here… to the moon? Pile a lot of pillows on the suitably bold & fun Alfie sofa, grab a blanket and watch this magic. Bonus – Sam’s categorically LA Spanish casa is pretty great looking, especially the art.

Find BETTER THINGS on Hulu.

Ozark + Kathy

Ooh, we love a crime drama. This one features Jason Bateman in a serious role as a family man/Accountant who has found himself desperately trapped in a life-or-death deal when his partner messes over a client who happens to be a latin gangster. The family runs off to rebuild in the foggy landscape on the banks of “Magic Dragon” Lake in the Ozarks, an idyllic vacation community where you’d least expect the kind of crime that led them there. It doesn’t take long for the family to find their foothold among the local flavor and before you know it, you’ve got a captivating series. Sink in to Moss Studio’s skirted Kathy sofa (one of my long time faves) and see if Bateman and family make it another day. Bonus here too – You are sure to love the architectural detail of the lakeside midcentury where they find residence!

Find OZARK on Netflix.

Big Mouth + Monroe

An animated series by Nick Kroll that is a hilarious and raunchy look at puberty and the changes we go through in early teen years from a male and female perspective. It’s a coming of age series, complete with hormone monsters and in our house, we’ve watched twice through already.

Find BIG MOUTH on Netflix.

 

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We’re Motor’n

 

Ever since staying at the Ace in Palm Springs a few years ago, which by the way was a super experience, I want to go back to another motor lodge turned boutique better version of itself. Here are some spots on my list.

The Saguaro, Palm Springs

The Drifter Motel and Swim Club, New Orleans

Casa Morada, Islamorada, Florida Keys

Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco

Thunderbird Hotel, Marfa
During Betsy’s honeymoon trek back across the USA, she ate at the restaurant here, Capri. It was a delicious dinner with creative mezcal cocktails and they brought out a huge lovely blue and white ceramic bowlful of water for the pups.

 

 

 

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Good Design in 2017

As we’re adjusting to writing an “8” in the date, I want to take a quick glance in the rear view and think about some of the spaces that were on repeat on my Pinterest feed.

Without question the first room that comes to mind is Brian Paquette’s design. If you’re not familiar with Brian’s work, now you are and you’re welcome. From the Apparatus chandelier to that Wisteria chair that I’ve loved for so long to those handsome barstools.

We already wanted to remodel a ranch right? and now Jennifer at the Ranch Uncommon has made us mad for it after her sunny California ranch made the cover of Country Living. I’m ready to blow out the walls and coat it in Decorator’s White any minute now.

 

Vibrant green library, color blocked books, modern twist on tradition. North Carolina shooting star designer Charlotte Lucas, is serving tradition with a twist. P.S. now we like our Beni Ourain carpets with a tad bit of color.

Michelle Adams’ move out of NYC and in to a home of her own in Michigan tops my personal list of best spaces easily. The entire house is full of moments that make you say, I want my place to look like that. Michelle’s home is youthful yet sophisticated with a little edge.

You’re in the jungle baby, well technically the jungalow. Justina Blakeney’s cobalt blue shower and really the whole bathroom gave us a break from a white subway tiled world.

Former fashion editor Jessica de Ruiter’s modern rustic home shows up in my internet realm consistently. De Ruiter and her husband Jed, who is a designer at Commune,form a dream team of sorts that created a modern and sensibly stylish home in SoCal. If you want to see a lot of honey toned wood and white walls harmonize, this is a must see.

William McLure’s whole spot I think is noteworthy and maybe his intro to the (my) world was in 2016 but I don’t think we’ve covered him here yet and so its undoubtedly worth a mention. McLure said in a little designer interview, that you should always splurge on art and antiques for your home, he practices what he preaches.

Any kitchen swirling around in the blogosphere with blue cabinets. And we aren’t talking navy any more, it’s all about the varying grey/blue or pacific blue tones these days. This has been happening for a couple of years now but the trend is really picking up speed in 2017.

 

 

 

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Mi Favorito

There are always so many images to love out there right?

I told Betsy today in the middle of text rant about a house that I wanted to buy here in this little town and remodel and live my Emily Henderson vintage modern #bestlife in. I didn’t win the mad dash to purchase it in this burgeoning real estate market and thus what results is yet another unimaginative renovation.

What I really want to talk to you about is my disdain for unimaginative renovations happening right here in this small quaint town of Southern Pines. I dream of spelling out for you the design failures of local renovators who have watched HGTV for a few months and said, yep I got this. They pat themselves on the back when they put the finishing touches on the reclaimed barn door and paint the kitchen island navy blue, they bill themselves as designers who can do that to your house too. But there’s too much pressure to maintain the positive voice, so you’re not going to get any specifics from me anytime soon, unless you corner me at a party and I’ve had at least two drinks and then you’ll probably get it out of me.

Let’s begin by rubbing salt in the modern #bestlife wound with this sunlit modern master bedroom, hey Coco take note on how large that bedroom is.

 

 

I’m enamored with built-in record storage,

 

Kristen Panitch you complete me

I often daydream about learning how to embroider and sew. Maybe 2018 is my year?

 

One of these days I’m going to hang a cluster of hats, I’ve known that this was the right course of action for sometime.

 

 

 

 

Sometimes it’s important to return to some classics like Carolina Irving’s apartment,

So I did this quick bedroom design at a holiday event at the Weymouth House and I needed more green so I finally got the memo and just cut some branches and put them in a vase and it worked like a charm.

 

 

 

 

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Suzanis in Small Doses

We talk about textiles from around the world a lot and sometimes I feel like a broken record but we talk about them because they are prevalent, beautiful and they make for a collected and unique space. They are everywhere and you probably either have some in your home now, purposefully or not, or you have something in your space that has been influenced by or is a copy of a cultural pattern from the other side of the globe.

I was thinking about all of the different suzani applications because we got these beautiful suzani pillows in our shop and I quickly realized, like with anything you can overuse something until it becomes a theme or just kind of well…tacky.

So let’s talk about restraint in design and dosages,

From a home in Malibu, I bring you restraint. It’s a beautiful, hand-embroidered silk piece, let it command the attention it deserves.

Hopefully I don’t need to explain. There seems to have been a terrible accident here, a collision of textiles.

Yes.

Aaaah nope.

Luckily, there are way more good examples than bad to help light your way.

 

 

 

 

The table drape,

 

Most of all though, framed in a modern acrylic frame

 

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Pink Front Doors

Pink was not my favorite crayon and I really didn’t think much of pink until I was an adult. I’ve always been an aqua blue kind of girl. I appreciate the color a lot more now and I prefer the palest of pinks, I even chose that hue for my daughters room.

When pink front doors began popping up on my Pinterest feed, I took note..

 

 

how many times does one need to profess thine love for wide craftsman porches and then be still my heart, HGTV you painted it indigo and pink

good for modern applications,

I’m sure we must have some huge dutch door fans out there and pink no less. And that door mat really reminds me of these.

just a pure delight, you know there’s a house for yocal readers here in SoPi on Ashe Street that is that same khaki exterior. Hi homeowners on Ashe if you can here me, pink could be the thing for you.

 

 

 

 

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Streaming on Sofas

 

Rectify + Leonelle

Rectify is a dive in to a man’s release from death row and his struggle to regain his life. Set in the American south, it’s a story that is becoming all too familiar today–exoneration and the failures of the criminal justice system.

Catastrophe + the TEOT ROLL ARM

Catastrophe is a romantic comedy but not in an Aniston kind of way. Hilarious and raw, you’ll blast through this 30 minute long Amazon show on a sofa of our own design. With a 42″ luxe depth seat, you can comfortably get the whole season done. And we like the sofa pairing b/c much like our own version of the Roll Arm is a new and improved versions of something the market didn’t have to offer us, we think that Catastrophe is a breath of fresh air for the TV market — where it comes to comedy with a side of reality.

Billions + MGBW HUNTER

Every once in a while a show pops up that glorifies the inner workings of an exciting industry and it excites and delights us all with tall tales and twisted drama. Billions is that show. In a surprising twist, we are pulled into the passionate drama between a US District Attorney and his dashing wife the queen of lariat necklaces and their entangled dealings with NYC local Billionaire and insider trading

 

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A Different Kind of Bathtub

In my house we have two 1940s (maybe older, maybe not) white cast iron tubs and one very average fiberglass tub. Our tubs see a decent amount of use from the adults and children in the household. Many people though, never get in their big old garden tub and it’s just a dust collector.

Talking about tubs, reminds me of that time when the neighbor at the Indiana project visited the project while I wasn’t there and proclaimed that I had made a big mistake by omitting the tub in the master bath. I disagreed, I was right and everything worked out great because so many people would rather have that space for things like a bigger shower etc.

If you have the dough a free-standing soaking tub is the ticket but here are some alternative or extraordinary tubs. So light a Boy Smells candle, put The Pretender on and grab a towel and let’s check these crazy and beautiful tubs out.

the cereal bowl tub looks fantastic,

imagine this,

This is the Viques bath by Agape, comes in dark grey and white. It is steel.

If you like galvanized steel stock tank pools then you’re really going to like the bathtub concept,

What is that? A basket tub? Ummm yeah, that’s what it appears to be.

Fancy barrel-style in Bette Midler’s apartment

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A Modern Cedar Shingled House

I have a soft place in my heart for cedar shakes or shingles on the exterior of a house. It’s prolific and classic in Cape Cod or in the Hamptons but it’s exciting to see cedar shakes in a different neck of the woods. And one with a modern spin, well I’m down.

I happened upon this Echo Park home designed by Space V&T recently and it really got my wheels spinning.

Pretty fresh color combo. I’m always thinking about using a pale hue on a door matched with cedar.

I spy African indigo textiles in the open living room below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

shiplap ceiling in the boys room

I often daydream about putting these kinds of built-ins in the hallway in the upstairs of my house to accommodate kid’s stuff. I love the idea of putting the hallway to work instead of just having a passage way. In my mind the built-ins look very close to this, the shiplap is a bonus.

trough sinks!

Fantastic outdoor shelter design, I love the chunky frame

And an outdoor shower for some icing on the cake

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Bathroom Mirrors Over Windows

Yep, you read that right, bathroom mirrors hung over the window. You’re thinking that sounds risky but don’t weigh in with heavy skepticism until you see the visual portion of my presentation.

One of my favorite bathrooms on my bath Pinterest board which btw contains lots of drool-worthy bathrooms uses this concept and its waaay cool.

 

Maybe you like a smaller, more subtle use of the decorative mirror over the window,

 

 

 

I think that’s an IKEA Grundtal mirror below and if I’m right I used the same mirror in a little bathroom redo in an office space and that $40 mirror worked out so perfectly there. And trough sinks well… they are just dreamy aren’t they. Move over apron front.

 

 

 

Care to comment on my observation?

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the Sidewalk Sale

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We are busy preparing for the annual downtown Southern Pines Sidewalk Sale that’s happening this Saturday, July 29th.

Maybe it’s time to give your spot a little update before we settle in for Fall and what better possible time to do it but…at the Sidewalk Sale.

We’re going to have furniture floor samples, pillows, art, lighting, rugs, ceramics, accessories, dishes and lots of other special accent pieces. If it’s a little too steamy outside for you, you can always come and shop in the A/C in the shop… but if changing out of your pjs is just not an option, then we set up a local pickup option in our online shop and we’re gonna have some special stuff show up on Instagram. So stay dialed in for that.

Either way you shop, there are serious deals happening and here’s a little sneak peek at a few things that are going to make an appearance at the sale.

So let’s get the wheels spinning before you head out to the Sale on Saturday.

Custom Reupholstered Flair Arm Sofa

Pacific Striped Laundry Tote

Zoffany Wabi Sabi Polka Dot Pillows

Lapis Block Print Quilt

Yellow Ikat Lumbar Pillow

 

Upholstered Parsons Bench

Vintage African Indigo Pillow

Turkish zig zag towel

 

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the Coffee Bar

Have you noticed the addition of the coffee bar in a kitchen? I’ve recently been in to two renovated kitchens here in my little town of Southern Pines that both had a coffee station. A few years ago, I visited a local friend and during a tour of the house, saw a small coffee station upstairs in the hall just off the master, what a retreat.

Instead of just adding the coffee maker to the other countertop appliances and putting the mugs away in the cabinet with the rest of the glasses, it can have a dedicated space all it’s own. It’s a solid way to put an unused area in the kitchen to work. Maybe it’s trading the bar cart in for the coffee bar, maybe you have both.

 

I’m not sure about the Flavor Flav wall clock but I love that espresso machine and the warm wood of those cabinets.

A traditional coffee station with a pretty tiled backsplash, although there is a lot being stored here, there’s a good composition happening,

An iteration of the barn door, the sliding cabinet door would be a fantastic way to conceal your coffee bar or coffee supplies that maybe aren’t as good-looking as the mugs and shiny stainless espresso machine

My favorite example of the coffee bar is in Heather Bullard’s kitchen. It’s an area with open shelving to the right of that beautiful sub zero. BTW- Heather is a fantastic stylist and her site is chockfull of images that will make you go hmmmm.

Coffee bar elegance, velvety dove gray. The machinery takes center stage here.

Sleek and modern coffee station,

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Turkish Oushaks For All

I’m thinking that maybe you’ve picked up on the signals that a Turkish oushak rug is suitable for almost every spot in your home. That’s what you’ve been seeing all over your Pinterest feed. Beautiful, versatile, colorful…good stuff. Before we get in to the visual evidence, let’s take a moment to BRIEFLY educate ourselves on how to identify an oushak.

So now’s the time when if you don’t care to identify a Turkish oushak carpet and you just think they’re pretty then skip on down to the images.

Usak, Ushak or Oushak, pronounced “u-shak” carpets are wool rugs woven in Turkey. Named after a region in Turkey that historically was known as the weaving center for this type of rug. They are heavy at times depending on their age but most of the oushaks from the 1930s through 1960s have a relatively short pile and are not exceptionally thick. They will stay put with little problem but we still recommend a rug pad. The wool can be silky and some rugs are more luminous than others.

 

 

 

Percy oushak paired with blue/green cabinets

 

 

 

 

 

 

beautiful and subtle Mathieu rug in the bath

 

 

Gypsy oushak, bathin’ babies + Turkish rugs

 

 

Claus oushak, love the contrasting navy and dusty rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Office De-Lite

A friend of mine has recently been hitting me up for a little advice on her home office because she spends 40 hours+ a week in that space. Most recently, she was quizzing me on desks.

So it got me thinking about home offices.

I like a touch of ambiance when I find myself say… sorting and organizing receipts for hours in my office.

My advice is this–light a candle, surround yourself with inspiring art or images or a giant pinboard, get a comfortable chair, get the right lighting–multiple levels if possible.

Maybe include a rug that is a work of art on it’s own.

Put some music on and work it.

 

RUG | LETTER ORGANIZER | BASKET | VINTAGE DESK | DESK CHAIR | VANQUISH PRINT | HUGO ARMCHAIR | POWERPUFF GIRLS | DO IT ANYWAY PRINT| TOBACCO CANDLE

 

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