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Etsy Seller of The Week: Helen Dardik

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Alia from Sweetshorn Vintage has written this installment of Etsy Seller of the Week.

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I have a major design crush on my online friend Helen Dardik.  Her bright and colorful works are cheerful without being too cutesy.  Her colorful prints are featured in her adorable (not to mention affordable) Etsy shop.  Her drool-worthy home tour on Design Sponge revealed a sunny decor I would love to recreate in my home.

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I am in love with her design aesthetic and it has me planning my future nursery already!  Check out her blog to see her illustrations and pattern design.  Her website also features sweet handmade toys that adults and children alike would love.

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The Rental

My family and I are working on a cottage in Southern Pines, NC. We plan to locate tenants for this property. It will be on the rental market by the end of this month.

We did some slight revamping and had to do some significant repair to the plumbing, kitchen, new windows and a bathroom upstairs. We purchased it at the beginning of December and experienced some setbacks mostly because we couldn’t all agree on whether or not to gut the kitchen. We ended up emptying it out.

This view looks in to the kitchen from a bathroom, the sunroom/laundry area in the back.


I snapped a few other pictures just for fun. We’ll take a look at the whole place once it’s done. Below is the exposed lath after cabinets and dilapidated beadboard are removed. Despite the raw quality of the lath, the color is a warm honey color, it will be covered over once again.


The linoleum underneath the cabinets


Vintage seeded glass in the downstairs bathroom, the old blue tile will stay for now.

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Here’s a little reminder about our TEOT’s Flickr page which has an abundance of images for your design-related pleasure as well as images concerning this project, past and future projects.



I Did It All For The…Nooks

A nook can be a place for napping or reading, gossiping, inappropriate disclosure of emotions, contemplation of the final frontier etc.

I have a nook in my house, its in the guest bedroom of all places. It is in desperate need of attention. Right now my nook is naked. My nook has no custom upholstered cushion or pillows or a cozy throw draped over it. My nook doesn’t even have a temporary chaise cushion from Pier 1. Shame, shame.

I ran across a boat load of nooks on Desire to Inspire and a couple of other places a couple of months back. Here are a few,

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An Australian House via Desire to Inspire


via Apartment Therapy


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The Selby via Desire to Inspire

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image via Cottage Living

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image via Domino

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House Beautiful via Desire to Inspire


image via The Pretty Goods, p.s. I love the moravian star light fixture that you can barely see in the frame

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Fantastic use of the space beneath a stairwell that would normally go unused. I can’t say that I agree with the number of pillows and the colors but this is a great idea.

image via Apartment Therapy


Massimo Vitali

I need this really I do, seems exactly what I’ve been searching for.

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Several reproductions of Massimo Vitali‘s work were recently on sale at One Kings Lane. The one above being one of the works that was for sale.

Massimo Vitali was born in Italy in 1944, he began the Beach Series in 1995.  Vitali’s work is collected in various museums and galleries around the world.  There are also some private collectors you may have heard of; Elton John, Cameron Diaz, Courtney Cox and Sasha Cohen to name a few.

Shortly after seeing some of the beach panorama prints for sale on One Kings Lane, I saw this in Lonny…then I pounded my fist on the desk and mumbled– where’s that extra $800.00 when I need it? DC doesn’t need to go to daycare for a month and 1/2 right?

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Kicking it Modern in Wine Country

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If you’re thinking about going to Sonoma County any time soon stopping in Healdsburg, CA is a solid decision.  While you’re considering lodging, you might want to take a look at the Healdsburg Modern Cottages.

I love the lodging alternatives to hotels that seem to be popping up everywhere.

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Ranging from $250-$500 per night based on time of year.  There are four cottages on the property that can be rented separately or you can rent the entire property.


Don’t Call it a Come Back

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We’ll be back in full effect with our regularly scheduled programming on Monday. But just wanted to share a little from our New Years Eve weekend…

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Shortly before the countdown to 2010, a little snow begin to fall.  What an exciting and interesting night.

Betsy is on a plane back to LA now as I type and its back to work for me tomorrow.


Rollin’ With The Homies

RIP Brittany Murphy, stellar in both Clueless and Girl Interrupted.  Thank you Brittany for vocalizing that portion of Coolio’s song so perfectly.

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We had to return from holiday break for a quick note about The Homies.  The Homies is a best blog contest going on over at Apartment Therapy.

It’s pretty simple, click here and if you like us and you think The Estate of Things should be nominated then by all means pop one in the ballot box for us.

Thanks again for reading, Happy Holidays



Wish List

I think I am in love with this…


What the hell is it? Well they are Glow bowls of course. Put airplants or tea lights in them, either way it’s magic. I just found them on Sunset magazine’s website along with a bunch of other fabulous stuff.

It’s a last minute addition Santa, sorry I know you’ll understand.


Stylist Martha Bernabe

Martha Bernabe’s sets are minimalist with just the right dose of color and that is what drew me to her portfolio this evening during one of my long ventures down an online rabbit hole.

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Mibo pillow on sofa, Danish mid-century chair and looks like a Jonathan Adler lamp maybe West Elm, animal skin rug–fast approaching played out

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Does anyone else think that antlers are at the least over done if not just…over

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View Martha Bernabe’s website here.


Commitment Issues

I thought for a hot minute that I might want to wallpaper the downstairs bathroom at Bungalow 404 with this Blackbird by Cavern, via Walnut Wallpaper

Cavern Wallpaper

It’s a small space and it would be above white wainscoting. Just a touch. But I can’t do it, I can’t commit to wallpaper.

Should I?

I fear my love for wallpaper is fleeting. I think wallpaper and I would have a long and fruitless engagement, I will never marry.

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