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Asheville Project: Vanity Decisions

In addition to the Durham Project, I’m also working on another little design project called the Asheville Project.

The Asheville friends/clients are putting an addition on to their house which will house a guest room, guest bath, walk-in closet and perhaps the most exciting part–a double pocket door entry in to the guest room framed by built-ins. I know you like the sound of that. I cannot take credit for that though, it was already in the plan when I arrived on the scene but I’m gonna help finish them out and we’re going to light those built-ins with some library sconces–oh yes.

We’ve been formulating a plan focusing primarily on the bath because plumbing & electrical rough-in are taking place and my friends/clients need to determine the general look of their single vanity.

What would you choose?

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African Textiles in Your House

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Mud Cloth & Indigo take stage

Are you hip to this must have home decor trend?

You may have noticed the bright blues of indigo and the tribal patterns of black and white mud cloth sneaking into all of your most recent fav home tours. These patterns are doing heavy duty in the Bohemian Home Decor scene right now.

We believe these african textiles are equally at home when at play in the modern farmhouse, early twentieth century cottage and even in your classic east coast traditional. So if you aren’t living in the land of Sunny Southern California with washed out white walls, don’t let it stop you from getting the look in your space!

Our vintage African textiles and pillows add a layer of global boho appeal and classic indigo in any atmosphere. They are soft, faded and familiar like you’ve had them for ages, bringing a depth to your room.

Not sure how to incorporate it in to your home, let us illustrate!

 

amber interiors blue stripe pillow

Mix our Dreamboat Annie pillow, a soft, indigo and denim blue stripe in with a vibrant kilim, like Amber of Amber Interior Design.

TEOT dreamboat annie stripe pillow

 

coastal living indigo pillowsvia Coastal Living

Our Mendel pillow is a variation of the accent pillows like these, perfectly at home in a coastal setting with traditional shiplap walls.

TEOT Mendel pillow

 

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Layer the indigo on as shown above with TEOT’s versatile solid indigo pillow,

TEOT solid indigo pillow

and while you’re mixing & layering, you’ve got to include everyone’s fave, one of our indigo throws.

TEOT solid indigo throw

 

furbish suzani & african throwvia I Suwannee

Proof of the mix, African indigo gets draped on the headboard for a quick style change & we agree with Jamie, it combines nicely with shibori and a suzani.

TEOT African throw

white mud cloth bed

Such a fantastic look and simple accent, white mudcloth lumbars on the bed.

TEOT white mudcloth pillow

 

 

 

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Through my Dad’s lens

My Dad is an inspiring person. He’s creative, musical, loving, sensitive, optimistic–sometimes to a fault, silly, good-hearted, strong willed and principled, always principled. I’m celebrating him today, not because it’s his birthday and obviously its not Father’s Day but because I can. Because simply…I love him.

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My Dad took up photography for a while about the same time he took up furniture building and not long after he’d given up trying to be a drummer in a rock and roll band. He was better at furniture and drumming but his short-lived hobby with the camera left him and the rest of us good visual memories.

He photographed some of his romps around North Carolina in the mid to late 1970s and his transition in to married life with my Mom shortly before 1980 rolls around. These are some of those images that my Dad took with his Minolta in the 1970s, mostly in rural North Carolina. We converted all of these from slides in to digital format and we found some real gems. To me, this is art, maybe you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.

Imagine some of these enlarged.

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dad friend quarry

 

vintage battleship

 

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Annual Old Time Fiddler’s Convention,

 

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I always make a top hat part of my festival wardrobe…

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harmonizing,

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Let’s camp here,

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my Mom and their new puppy…Rosie

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Notice the magazine on the couch,

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Durham Project: TV Placement

You were introduced last week to the Durham project, thats the neo-colonial getting a little update. We want to tackle the determination of where to place the TV and how to improve, repair or remove the existing built-ins on either side of the fireplace in the family room.

Here’s the current space,

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Hmmm glad to see those lines in the carpet so that we know it was freshly vacuumed! I think this image definitely draws focus to the fact that the carpet needs to be replaced with hardwood which the homeowners plan to do.

What we know we have to do-

  • paint brick fireplace white
  • paint built-ins (if they remain) white
  • replace cabinet hardware on built-ins (if they remain)
  • paint room trim white

TV placement is what we’ve got to figure out and I’ve narrowed the inspirational images down.

Durham TV placement

 

My official position on the built-ins is KEEP them. After that, I would recommend that they ask their carpenter or cabinetmaker to create new bottom cabinets for the right side.

As much as I am intrigued by the last inspiration image with the TV to the right of the fireplace, I don’t think we have the width on the side to accommodate a 55″ flat screen. So we’re saving that idea for another day.

The TV is best placed over the fireplace and then the sofa floats in the middle of the room. The homeowners have a 55″ flat screen and we have enough space if the mantel and brick corbels are eliminated.

There was some concern about building code’s spacial requirement between a mantle or in this case a TV and the top of the fireplace. Some quick internet research on the part of a general contractor tells us that we are required to have a minimum of something like 6″ if the TV is more than an inch deep. If for some reason we did not meet the code requirement, I think the clients would consider not using the gas logs. It’s not really that big of a loss in North Carolina unless the power goes out in an ice storm and then gas logs are helpful.

This change really makes me excited for these guys because I think this change and layout rank high on the importance scale. It updates the main living area and changes the way the house feels and lives.

 

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Durham Project: Introduction

Allow me to introduce you to my newest gig, the Durham project. The Durham project is a neo-colonial, two-story house constructed in the 1980s. It’s the first home for this growing family and they’ve saved and budgeted for some remodeling and updating and that’s where I come in.

We’re on a tight timeline with this remodel because the aforementioned growing family is expecting a baby girl at the beginning of November and the construction is just getting underway. Some might say they are nuts to have a newborn AND a renovation. But I’ve assured them that they can handle it, it will not always be easy and it will be unpleasant at times but it’s certainly do-able.

The Main Components of the Durham project remodel:

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Remodel Master Bathroom

The master bath is a narrow space where currently you’ll find that you can sit on the toilet and lean over to the shower to wash your hair at the same time. How do you say…ah not cool. We’ll expand the room just inches because the room is sandwiched between an exterior wall and the stairs but we’ll eliminate that whole simultaneous shower/toilet situation. Dated cabinetry goes bye bye, things get shifted and we add more glass to provide the illusion that the room is larger.

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Focus on Family (Room)

This couple isn’t shy about telling you they like their TV and I like mine too and I recognize and value the importance of a comfy, stylish, well constructed space to watch the new season of Game of Thrones in. They’ve inherited built-ins in the family room but they are a little off. They need paint, hardware and a little tweaking. We need to create a fireplace/TV/built-in dynamic that makes this a functional gathering space for the whole fam.

durham kitchen

Kitchen Update

A lot of the budget will be spent in the kitchen and it needs an update. Stainless appliances, rehabbing and painting cabinets, bringing the hardwood flooring in, new electrical, countertops and a backsplash will move us in the right direction.

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Open Up

A wall stands now separating the dining nook and the family room. If removed all of the important main spaces will benefit. You will be able to see all the goings on in the family room from the kitchen, the space will feel modernized, receive more natural light, feel more open and spacious.

durham dining nook

Banquette on Wish List

A banquette in the dining nook in the kitchen is on the wish list.  Everybody loves them and it’s a great little character add-on. Once we open up that wall between the family room and the kitchen, it’s a great opportunity to add on a banquette or window seat on to the bay window.

 

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A Robert Stilin kitchen

I’ll be quick and to the point, you need to put the work of designer Robert Stilin on your radar. It’s subtle, a little masculine, collected and just all around genius.

Over the holiday weekend I got obsessed with the kitchen in an East Hampton village farmhouse Stilin designed that has been featured in House Beautiful. It whispers of what my house could one day become.

What I think is unique about it is that it openly melds the mudroom, sitting area and kitchen all together making the kitchen a space other than just a place to cook. It reminds me of another kitchen that I love, the kitchen of Mark Sikes. And I like that space because of that beautiful sitting area framed by built-in bookcases.

So often I sit in my Mom & Dad’s kitchen in a wicker chair, feet propped on an ottoman and talk to whoever is milling around in the kitchen. I choose the wicker chair over the bar stools every time. I find that a lot of the time, we hang out in there rather than in the living room unless we want to watch something on television.

This leads me to conclude two things,  1) I like eat-in kitchens  and  2) a comfortable sitting area in the kitchen is important, more so than barstools

Here’s the kitchen I’m drooling over-

aah those industrial pendants and that island hard at work,

robert stilin kitchen

 

View of island in other direction,

 

robert stilin kitchen island

 

painted floor in the kitchen and the mudroom wall,

robert stilin mudroom wall

 

Have a little bite or sit and talk to your peeps working behind the island,

robert stilin sitting area

 

 

 

 

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Kitchens with Vaulted Ceilings

I recently noticed kitchen spaces where the opportunity was seized and the resources were there to expand the kitchen space and reach for greater heights in a cathedral or vaulted ceiling.

You may find that you love kitchens with vaulted ceilings too, once you really dissect the examples to try and figure why it is that you like the room so much in the first place.

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Jenny Wolf Interiors

I have found quite a bit of inspiration in the designs of Jenny Wolf Interiors but I wasn’t properly identifying the source until recently.

There are so many spaces and vignettes that people pin sometimes without the source identified and that’s why I wasn’t aware of my appreciation for JWI but now I know where to properly direct my kudos and so do you.

I love Wolf’s work for moments and spaces like these,

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jenny wolf bar tray

 

 

jenny wolf hamptons cottage kitchen

 

jenny wolf chicken wire

 

jenny wolf breakfast nook

 

 

jenny wolf living room

 

 

jenny wolf bamboo dresser

 

 

jenny wolf trestle table

 

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Our Most Popular Pins

We are always so honored to see our work on your Pinterest boards. It gives us a thrill each and every time. So, we thought we’d take a little look into the most popular pins from TEOT projects that you guys have saved on Pinterest.

You can follow Sarah here and Betsy right here on Pinterest.

 

I love a nook, you love a nook and we all love it when you take an awkward and unused space in an old house and turn it in to something functional and cool like this cabinet in the May bath renovation.May nook

One of the things you love to pin the most is the right neutral paint colors, so we did this little roundup and you liked it, you really liked it…

Best Neutral Paint

 

I think you guys were in agreement with my color palette on the interior of the Indiana renovation!

indiana interior paint

Continued interest in paint color choices takes us to the exterior of the Indiana renovation. You loved the bold blue and yellow combination. Funny story here…I painted that house three times to get it right.

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Additionally, we pondered, “what is the perfect light grey?” This is one of life’s great mysteries and it looks like you all are trying to answer it too

Master Bedroom Paint

These shaker style kitchen cabinets are our favorite and yours too. You guys pinned this cabinet closeup from the Indiana project.

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We’re always on the lookout for affordable and classic floor tile, and this floor from the May bath renovation is inspiring,

May bath tile

In my own previous house (the Connecticut house) I gave my hallway a quick spiff up with Ben Moore’s Wickham Gray paint and a new hurricane fixture from Shades of Light. Here it is.

sarah new hall light

 

I am not much of a DIY-er but when I shared my DIY necklace rack it looks like you’re put it on your list of things to attempt too.

DIY necklace rack

 

Choosing the exterior paint colors for the Grout Cottage total renovation was a success and you’re storing it away for future reference,

The Grout Cottage Exterior Paint Colors The Estate of Things

 

And lastly, my Mom’s “Desert Diamond” agave from Plants Delight in it’s second season is a huge hit,

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Patterns of Josef Frank

I often survey the undecorated spaces in my home, my dining room being a space that is front and center on that list mostly because I can see it from the sofa. I lean toward casual inspiration for this space, a dining room that gets everyday use. When I review inspiration for my dining room, I often think about this one featured in Domino a few years ago,

Josef frank domino drapes

The drapes and chair cushions are in a Josef Frank pattern called Vegetable Tree.

Josef Frank was an Austrian born architect that lived most of his adult life in Sweden where he was the most prestigious designer for a Stockholm firm called Svenkst Tenn (Swedish Pewter). Frank not only lent his vision to buildings but also to vibrant and modern textiles that have a certain Alice in Wonderland essence.

Designer Katie Ridder is certainly a fan of Frank’s patterns, they show up in many of her designs including her own home featured in AD this month. The shade above this banquette is in Vegetable Tree

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Ridder uses an abstract map print Manhattan, on the custom shade in this boy’s room.

 

Josef frank katie ridder boys room

 

Here’s the Manhattan pattern again in this toddler girl’s room,

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Josef Frank pattern

 

Josef frank green

 

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Decorating with Yellow

All you need is a dollop, a splash, a pop—of yellow.

I don’t have any personal desire to paint an entire room yellow or a house but yellow is a fantastic accent and it makes me happy to see the perfect execution of a yellow accent in a room. Case in point,

yellow chair

 

yellow pendant

 

yellow art

 

yellow twin beds

 

nestor yellow vanity

 

yellow armchair

It certainly went well with yellow on the Indiana project,

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My favorite yellow accent is a stool. In a quiet, white kitchen–yellow barstools scream at you. But it’s a joyful, playful scream.

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I’m on the fence as to whether or not I’d like to do a yellow wishbone stool in our home office makeover but I know I want a yellow accent and while I’m deciding enjoy the yellow roundup,

Yellow roundup

 

1. West Elm Ikat Bowl | 2. Dot & Bo Get to the Point Stool | 3. Schoolhouse Electric Studio Desk Lamp | 4. Fine Mod Yellow Shell Rocking Chair | 5. Gardener’s Supply Colorful Rubber Hose | 6. Gretel Home Twist a Twill Blanket | 7. Work on Paper Studio Scandinavian Pear | 8. Heath Ceramics Eames House Number | 9. Target Carlisle Metal Stool | 10. Dash & Albert Tivoli Wheat Wool Rug

 

 

 

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