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Catalog Buys

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Great finds from the catalogs of big retailers stuffed in your mailbox every week. What do we learn in this installment of catalog buys, the Land of Nod catalog isn’t just for kids. Viva Terra Settle In rattan lounger | CB2 Go Cart Mint Desk| Wisteria Lacquer Side Table| West Elm Batik Pom Pom Curtains (on sale!)| Land of Nod Canopy Bed| CB2 Plank Wall Shelves

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Trestle Desks

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I have some telecommuting friends and one of these friends has a new work from home gig and needs to carve out a work space. I’m thinking she should consider a trestle desk because well it’s kind of simple– they are affordable, timeless and chic. Case in point,   My favorite example. It’s all about accessorizing, customizing and adding great art. Shelving won’t hurt either.       How is everyone putting these together? Mostly with IKEA’s Klimpen system, which you can customize with different finishes on the top and the legs. Here’s a little roundup with some other trestle options, some with a little more storage. Target trestle desk/ PB Teen Storage Trestle Desk/ PB Teen Project Trestle Desk/ IKEA Klimpen Desk  

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Consider Plywood

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We sheath houses and structures with plywood and we construct subfloors and the backs of cabinets and furniture from plywood. Plywood is always the basic and hidden material. BUT…plywood can also share the stage. This has got to be the belle of the plywood ball.   Based on the informative image above, these shelves look to be multi-ply and then likely coated with polyurethane,     This plywood barn door below might send you running to the nearest home improvement store to buy some cabinet-grade plywood. I mean how hard could it be right? Ha!     I like the cutout handles that always seem to come with plywood cabinets,   All images via Pinterest

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A Tie Dye Sofa?

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I love a statement piece sofa so much y’all, but even I have to put the tie-dye sofa into the “Couches I Can’t Have” category. I love em, but I just can’t be sure when I won’t, and what a big purchase to have to live with, right? BUT… What if you have a tired old Ikea Karlstad sofa whose cover has seen better days, and you are thinking that you could DIY it and then live in hippie bliss for just a few months until you wise up, move out and get a brand spanking new navy blue velvet investment piece sofa for the long term? We all know that my living room is tired and my old sofa is weary.  I still love her sky blue presence, but she’s seen better days. So maybe I’ll keep thinking about a bold temporary move, but first let’s explore a few pieces…

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Laney’s Big Girl Custom Bed

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A twin bed was most certainly the best option for Laney’s little converted attic bedroom. With way too many “shin walls” (that’s an official term now), meaning walls that are only as high as an adult’s shin–we’re pretty short on space in here. Not only did we need a twin bed but we needed a bed with added value…storage. So I looked at all the storage bed options out there like, PBTeen Oxford Captain’s Bed PBKids Belden Bed Avery, Room & Board These beds range from $799 to $1700, the Belden being the cheapest of the three. I just couldn’t swing that so I cruised around on the internet some more in every place I could think of, Overstock, Target, unfinished furniture retailers –you name it. I came up with no real bargain. So then I started looking at DIY plans and I found Ana White’s site that had detailed…

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MGBW and Things

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I went to a Mitchell Gold Bob Williams opening event in Beverly Hills this past Thursday night. It was a super fun time and I was so stoked to hang with an old friend from my high school days in Hickory, NC. Besides the fact that serving gratis Mac 12 cocktails is the BEST option if you are gonna drag your dude to a designer event in Beverly Hills, here is my biggest take home from checking out the new store: Looking through their upholstery options was enlightening. Due to my work with Jaxon, I’m now familiar with the upholstery lines and I was moved by how EDITED the collection was. I’m sure if you wanted some upholstery that wasn’t there, they could get their hands on it for you, but to see such a specific set of colors, textures and patterns grouped together in a way that was sensible & digestible really provided a guideline to get…

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Desks

A desk comparison

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Not too long ago I was looking for a little, affordable desk for my 5-year old DC’s room. I came across the Threshold desk at Target. Affordable…absolutely and it reminded me of other more expensive simple, minimalist desks. It got great reviews and so the decision was easy. I like my choice. Desk 51 Blu dot/ Threshold desk

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Inspiration by Tom Dixon

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I joined the nasty stop and go traffic in the rainy streets of Hollywood this past Thursday night to attend a book tour party in a sweet little pop-up gallery for Tom Dixon. Here is the nutshell. At the time that the commercial Italian furniture market took notice of Tom Dixon’s work, he was paid 3% on the wholesale price of every design that sold. He said that this was a pretty fair standard for Cappellini to pay its designers in the eighties. For some reference to how insane this seems to me, I just signed Jaxon Home up for a program that rewards publisher’s like The Estate of Things 4x that percentage for sales on the retail price! So, for all of you bloggers out there wishing you were designers, you might be better off joining an affiliate network or calling me up to chat about selling some sofas for Jaxon…

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Jaxon MINI

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That’s my all-star niece Madeline, my brother Chris’ little girl. She’s hamming it up! (She gets that honest from both her mom and her dad.) For the past month or so I’ve been working with a team of folks to bring a creative pursuit to life, and here we are – at the launch date of Jaxon MINI, a kid’s line designed by Victoria Richter! Jaxon Home is a brick and mortar home furnishing shop in downtown Culver City. My group came on board to help Jaxon Home build a website and we’ve fallen so madly in love with the business and it’s owner Victoria, that I’m honored to say this venture is now something that is part mine to make a success. And it’s new to the web! Not many people outside of LA know about Jaxon yet. I’ve been an observant consumer as brands of all shapes and…

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Betsy Needs a Coffee Table

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Betsy recently told me she was on the hunt for a new coffee table. She’s studying under the Skillshare hosted tutelage of Justina Blakeney learning how to style her house and the need for a new coffee table has stalled her styling progress. Betsy needs the following in a new coffee table, Serve as a makeshift medicine cabinet for Heffe Durable enough for kids to occasionally eat on   1. Brickmaker 2. Dutch Industrial 3. Double Decker 4. Tourney 5. Seneca 6. Library 7. Edgewood 8. Smart table 9. Martens My pick for Betsy is a close choice between 5 & 9 and really it depends on which direction Betsy wants to go with the overall design of the room. If Betsy were erring more toward the boho/California situation I’d say #9 is definite for me. That might look something like this living room created for Rachel Bilson by Kishani…

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Would you buy a custom sofa online?

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Back when the dude moved into his new house, we started sofa shopping for the den. Here is how we found our sofa. First, I had to pull some inspiration. With Sarah’s help I found Adrian Greniers EcoChic pad and Nicky Kehoe’s Hollywood home and I started the conversation at home about what the house could look like. The dude and I differ and have had some funny conversations along the way. I’d gone on my own to sit down and think on sofas at CB2, LiveStyle, HD Buttercup, Jaxon Home and of course Ikea, cause I’m still into that. I like to sit on a sofa for a really long time, and just wonder. I’ll people watch, I’ll think about other items in my home that will match the sofa, or the new directions that the particular sofa might spin the aesthetic. I LOVE to daydream on a couch about…

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Trends: Windsor Chairs

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It seems like everyone has got their own iteration of the windsor chair. I’m seriously considering this style for side chairs in my dining room. What’s your feel on the windsor? Marlow II / Zinc / Tucker Spoke / Thatcher / Vintage 1960s   other images via Pinterest

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My Los Angeles friends, Join me at JAXON

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Join us for live music, cocktails, appetizers and vintage arcade games Thursday September 26th at 6:30 pm 8884 Venice Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90034 Free parking lot behind the showroom off National Boulevard Hi friends… Which of you home decor lovers are here in LA!? I feel like all of you could get excited about Jaxon Home, a beautiful home furnishings store located in the Helms Bakery district, just doors down from H.D. Buttercup! Around here, we have day jobs, so The Estate of Things is really just a labor of love, a hobby blog where Sarah and I share our love for home style, yes even all of Sarah’s renovation work. It’s actually NUTS when I think about it, but she manages all of those intense and impressive home flips in her spare time outside of the 9-5 grind. Meanwhile, I’ve recently made a little career shift, and my…

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