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Big Art

In some cases, size does matter and the context in which I’m thinking about size is art, specifically large scale art or as we sometimes like to call it big art.

I was recently lamenting over not pulling the trigger on a piece of abstract art I saw at the High Point Furniture Market two years ago. I ran across a reminder of this piece in my camera roll as I was trying to free up some space on my phone by getting rid of screenshots from too long ago and blurry images of little girls at ballet recitals.

I came across it on the roll and instantly realized that it would’ve been the answer to my question of – do I move the gallery wall from the living room to the dining room and put shelves in the living room or do I leave the gallery wall where it is and get a new larger piece for the dining room…on and on and on and on

And this is where I land us all on big art.

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A Frame Project: Week 2 and 3

When we first started on this project in late spring we encountered some routine rain fall that sent the crew home for almost an entire week but after the rain stopped we got back to it.

Here’s what happened in week two…not much. Well actually, the dog house entry over the red door is gone!

That’s why we combined weeks two and three, so you could see some action.

We started and framed the dormer that will expand the head room for our stairwell and create a much larger space to put a bed in the master bedroom. We decided on one large dormer to achieve both objectives instead of framing two separate dormers.

You can see the beginnings of what the dormer might add to the interior. You can also see our brainstorming scribbles of a built-in bookshelf on the staircase wall.

This view shows how the dormer relates to the existing shed roof of the laundry room. The dormer lands right above that existing roof.

It’s time to take a deep dive in to window design and configuration next week so be ready to pour over images of the windows of modern homes.

 

 

 

 

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A Frame Project: Week 1

We kicked off the A-frame renovation in Week 1. We had our own #demoday and we removed the tan vinyl siding and vinyl trim from the house and uncovered a strange little add-on cavity underneath the vinyl at the end of the “A” on the left front side. It was a strange and unnecessary design flaw that we promptly removed. After removing that we found that the leg of the “A” on the left side was then shorter than the right. So we’ll fix that soon enough.

Just for fun, here’s a refresher of what she looked like when we purchased.

There is a lot of discussion about changing the window and door configuration on the front of the house and we’ve all agreed that would be best to expand the view and improve the design. We’re adding windows up top and there will now be four doors with two of them being fixed.

We uncovered T-111 heavy textured siding that was popular in the 70s and 80s. I can’t say that I’m a fan. It was an affordable siding option back then, a material that kind of mimicked board and batten and barn wood at the same time.

In week 1, we also started the processing of pruning and trimming and clearing built up yard debris. It’s a process that will continue.

This awkward design that is the covered entry on the side will disappear next week. We’re looking forward to exposing the chimney and making it more of a standout as an architectural element.

After some demo, it was an obvious and simple task to rebuild the deck. The existing deck was compromised structurally and long past it’s prime.

Not a bad start at all! Check back soon for more progress at the A-Frame Renovation.

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A-Frame Project: Inspiration

In case you missed the intro, this is the A-frame project. Click here, to go back and read the beginning post.

We’ve been scouring the web, looking for images of the right dormer examples for the A-frame and I think we collected some good ones. Here are some other images that are providing inspiration for our A-frame renovation.

 

We know we want cable railing or a metal element in our railing on the front deck. But we’re on the fence as to whether or not we use metal conduit, or galvanized pipe or spring for a Feeney cable railing system.

 

this exterior is a huge source of inspiration and we’ve ordered black windows

 

we thought about using a “dog-eared” window on the front like below but we ultimately decided we didn’t like the corners,

 

 

there’s a lot of angled storage opportunities in an a-frame

Color picks for the exterior will be on the darker side. This Benjamin Moore color, Brewster Grey is an interesting color. I recommended this for a master vanity color and it worked fabulously!

I like this combination a lot, interested in the way they chose to trim the windows in white. I also really like that rich teal color. Our doors and windows are black.

You can check out the rest of what I’m pinning for the A-frame project here.

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A-Frame Project: Introduction

We’ve got some projects on the burner right now and we want to introduce you to the first one, the A-frame project.

The A-frame architectural style is popping these days as a second home and a family dwelling and we wanted to get in on the fun. This house is in a lake community called Whispering Pines and is across the street from Lake Thagard with a lake view from the front of the house.

Here is what the house looked like in the beginning,

 

 

 

 

The Plan

A person of regular height does not have enough head room to get up the stairs to the master bedroom without some serious ducking. Clearly, not okay for daily living. Also, you cannot get furniture up the current stairwell to the master bedroom or to the loft sitting area. So we’ve got to build a dormer on to the side to alleviate both of these issues. While we’re at it, we’re going to carry this dormer all the way up to the master bedroom to create a nook that a bed can fit in perfectly. In this dormer, we’ll add more windows which equals more light in to the master and the stairwell. The dormer will have the same siding as the front and back of the A-frame.

The exterior requires new siding, a new deck and the removal of that strange little dog house structure on the right front side that serves as a covered entry for the side entrance. The demo of this little section will expose the chimney and make it more of a stand out architectural feature.

A change in the window configuration on the front has been planned. We want to increase natural light and expand our view of the lake across the street. So those windows will be widened. We wanted to go all glass on the front but for budgetary reasons we need to compromise.

I’m into green cabinets but not grass green so they’ll be going and the kitchen will be re-designed with open shelving, cement quartz countertops, new appliances and new lighting.

We’ll install new flooring throughout the main living area and update light fixtures. So yeah, I’m ready to get started.

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Shelves in front of Windows

We have this great little duplex that we remodeled on the exterior but the kitchens in these little apartments need an overhaul because the wall space is limited and I’ve thought that layering a couple of shelves over the window would be a fun element in a small but modern apartment kitchen. This concept has been around for a minute and its picking up a little steam here lately.


 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your official position on shelves over windows?

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Dining Chair Round Up

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Since I’ve painted my dining room Swiss Coffee (a warm but modern white) and I’ve earmarked a a rattan fixture soon to arrive at ShopTEOT, it’s time to think chairs.

We’re going to keep the table that was given to us a while ago. The reason being- there is something appealing about the simple turned legs and it’s just the right size for our life and space but the finish is not ideal. I’ve kicked around the idea of sanding it and clear coating it or maybe learning about the waxing process that leaves oak with an open grain (not sure if that’s ok for eating on).

What we can establish now is that the shape and style of the table will remain and I need to think chairs.

1 Bertaux Arm Chair

2 Vienna Matte Black Chair

3 Woven Leather Dining Chair

4 Black Spindle Chair

5 Khalil Solid Wood Dining Chair

6 Noir (Order through ShopTEOT)

7 Massey Solid Wood Dining Chair

8 Classic Cafe Chair in Walnut

9 Lena Midcentury Dining Chair

 

SHOP SARAH’S PICKS FOR DINING CHAIRS

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Woven Pendants

All the pendant lights are woven lately, around every Insta and Pinterest turn they’ve gone natural.

Found it on Pinterest

 

via Leanne Ford (who is everywhere lately, right!?) Love it.

Get the Look – Basket Weave Pendant

 

via Leanne Ford (yes!)

via Lonny Mag

 

via Zak & Fox

Get the LookSanta Barbara Pendant

 

via Elle Decor

via DecorPad

 

A snap of the Serena & Lily Shop Patio by Life on Virginia Street

Get the LookWicker Globe Pendant

 

via Walter G Textiles

 

via Angie Hranowsky

Get the Look – Selamat Woven Chandelier

 

via Mark D. Sikes

SHOP WOVEN PENDANTS

We found the best the web has to offer! Scroll through our picks below!

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Pottery Table Lamps

Getting a great vintage score on a statement making ceramic lamp usually elicits something like an intense whispered “yesss” from me when it happens. I still have a great vintage ceramic lamp similar to the blue and green one below in the my girls’ playroom/art studio. Vintage or new, I like them for texture, their round oversized scale or their drippy or boldly colored glaze and color.

They are standouts in a supporting role and tag right along with the ceramics trend. I’m on the hunt for just the right one for my living room to replace my ceramic blue and white. Time for a change.

 

 

via Studio McGee

 

Find it on Chairish
1960’s Ceramic Blue & Green Glaze Lamp

via Desire to Inpsire: Robert Stilin

and guess what, we found it. Get the Look on ETSY
Vintage Maurice Chalvignac 1960’s Lava pot lamp

 

Miracle Mile Cottage by Kishani Perera

via Hollywood at Home
via One Kings Lane

via Brian Paquette Interiors

via One Kings Lane

 

 

via Ginny MacDonald

via Kristen Panitch Interiors

SHOP FOR YOUR POTTERY LAMP

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Seventies Influenced Design

After writing the blog post about design trends for 2018, it was clear that 70s design has already been and will continue to influence the way we’re decorating our homes. Case in point –


Maven Collective via SFGirlbyBay

 

Source Unknown

 

via Pinterest AU

 

via HandEye Magazine

 

 

via DesignLoveFest

 

via Rue Mag

 

via Pampa

 

SIDEWINDER Art Print from Block Shop | TENNIS: Yours Conditionally LP | SABA Modular Sofa |
Rwandan Basket from SHOP TEOT | Record Player | Blue Table Lamp | Hippie Wrap Skirt

 

 

 

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The A-frame Cabin

The A-frame cabin you knew from the 70s and 80s or your adolescence at the lake or maybe in small mountain towns visited on family trips to New Hampshire could be one of your next Airbnb stays or maybe even your vacation hideaway investment.

I’d say…do indeed, call it come back.

We have some great a-frames right here where I live in NC, in a local lake community called Seven Lakes. I toured a 70s a-frame house last winter, it had a free-standing wood stove in the living area with a stack that went up through the wood plank ceiling…good stuff.

The imagery of this post could literally scroll for ages but at some point I’ll cut it off. But how bad do you want one of these things? Imagine solid windows on one end with a view, wow. I know a couple of people who might want to build simple cabins with a river view, huh?

There are so, so many good ones, but I like this one because Mama a-frame has a baby a-frame.

 

 

 

Platform a-frame with balconies and a dormer,

 

 

 

Because people are a-buzz about black exteriors, will you say you like the black a-frames the most?

 

 

 

 

Whats your favorite one, do tell.

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A Serene & Modern Living Room Design

These elements fall together with so much ease to create a serene, relaxing and modern living space.

 

So livable and here are the ingredients:

Wooden Bead Strand  |  Puppis Floor Lamp  |  Ceramic Geometric Planter  |  Custom Reupholstered Flair Arm Sofa  |  Woven Leather Chair  |  Table Lamp | HAYDEN  |  Moroccan Cactus Silk Lumbar Pillow | POLLY 14×24  |  Benton Coffee Table  |  Alanis Side Table, Teak  |  Vintage African Mudcloth Pillow with Pom Poms | JUSTINA 20×20  |  Ceramic Flower Pot | SKY  |  Pugh Yellow Pottery Bowl  |  Vintage Turkish Oushak | MUTED  |  Throw Blanket, Order through ShopTEOT  |  End Table, Order through ShopTEOT  |

 

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New Tribal Persian Rugs in Shop

Winter is a good time to rethink your home because you’re generally spending more time in it.

With two snows here in the South in January, I’ve had extra time to do some looking around and I’m thinking it’s time for a change and I’m making plans.

One easy and quick change can be a new rug, and some new rugs just arrived at the shop. They are bold and beautiful.

Our newest selection of vintage wool rugs are mostly from the 1960s and the 1970s (my favorite decade right now.) Each is consistently a tribal Persian style with rich colors that will look so right in an entry, a bathroom, kitchen or bedroom. They are smart layered over a natural rug or on their own.

To help get your creative, home refresh juices flowing, here are some similar rugs in the wild.

Try it out in the bathroom with our Vintage Tribal Persian Rug | Georgia

 

Or the living room with Vintage Tribal Persian Rug | MAURA

 

What do you think about the double layer… Start out layer one with Vintage Tribal Persian Rug | KAREN

 

And, they are always good in a foyer, try out Vintage Tribal Persian Rug | ALAINA in yours.

 

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Streaming on Sofas

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.

 

Like the Streaming on Sofa Series, or looking for more great TV recommendations? We have more, here.

 

 

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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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