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HeffeHouse Coffee Table Solution

by Betsy Moyer on July 11, 2014, 4 comments

It’s done finally! We DIY’ed it.

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You may recall that Sarah did me a solid and helped to point me in the right direction. We knew that we needed something a bit more airy than the previous chunk of veneer that was in the room. Heffe and I agreed that our favorites were IN ORER, 1, 5 and 9.

Betsy's Coffee Table

We loved 9. So, with it as inspiration, we set out to design and build our own. I got it into my head that I wanted a worn weathered look, but short of finding the perfect amount of 2x2s in the wild, or burying them out in some sunny backyard for 23 years I was going to have fake it. We picked out the woods and the dude made me do all of the hard work like routing and sanding. (It was actually a really easy job.)

DIY Coffee Table The Estate of Things

I used a weathered oak stain made by MinWax, but only after taking a nod from the awesomest show Salvage Dogs and first torching it. That part was wicked fun. We picked out a little plumber’s torch, Heffe nerded over all of the options, and finally decided upon a little propane fueled flame thrower that would do the job just fine. It was $25 and it’s a pyromaniac’s dream come true. We will not let the little boy of the household anywhere near it.

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While we intended to build a top too, but I fell in love with the glass top so that we can look down into our table and enjoy our torch job! I was so pleased that after we set it up in the living room, we took a walk to the grocery store and I suggested to Heffe that we bring it with us… cause I wasn’t done simply staring at it. That, my friends, is the weird karmic power of accomplishment that DIY induces. It’s practically euphoric.

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Homepolish: Let’s Get It Started In Here

by Betsy Moyer on April 19, 2014, 2 comments

Matt Merrell from HomePolish came over to get started on our design project at the Heffe House. I highly recommend having an interior designer over to your hizzy to talk about your style. It feels like we are really going to be able to get at the problem areas that I’ve been waffling over for years. Also, I love his sophisticated rustic approach. I’m really excited about our time together tackling the dude decor issues in our cute little ranchalow that we live in here in Santa Monica.

Here’s is a peek into Matt’s work in his own home, a cottage in Laurel Canyon. Isn’t this all so lovely?

For a more involved scoop, please pop over to Orlanda Soria’s blog. He has the best editorial accompaniment. I love the way that man writes.

Is there any chance, that when Matt is done with my home, it will have this kind of appeal? I do truly dig the comfortable sophistication of his space, even though he says he’s over it and ready to start over! The mix of texture is right up my alley. I’m really loving the Homepolish Interior Design experience thus far. I highly recommend it.

Here is Matt at work in my living room.


I asked him if it would be okay to take his picture and he complied. He’s used to having his photo made, because he is a former model. Srsly!

We have a few projects ahead of us that are very exciting, some painting, some styling and even some building. He’s got a vision and I can’t wait to see it come together. We decided on Benjamin Moore Silhouette for the mantle. He will be mocking up some doors for the front of the built ins and we’ll select a radiator screen for the front doors.

The dude has some plans of his own for a surround sound speaker system and we’ll put that other tv up on the wall with a wall mount so that football parties may commence with a little less cordage in my grill. Boyz will be boyz.

Matt invited me to join him for a flea market shopping trip soon to hunt down some storage and styling options. This is my collage version of what is on our list, but I’ll be SURE to let him lead the way.

Heffe House Living Room Vintage Finds

We also be tackling the bookshelves. Here is what they look like pre-Matt of Homepolish. I’m excited to see what we come up with!

*Note: This is not a sponsored post since we rarely, if ever do that kind of thing here on TEOT. We don’t blog for a paycheck – so any endorsement is a legitimate one. I paid for the services provided by HomePolish!



by Betsy Moyer on February 6, 2014, no comments

Heffe House bedroom dreamy
Life can be cruel, cruel, cruel, and when it is – it’s nice to have one gabillion thread count sheets of white to crawl into… and even better is a loved one to cuddle up with and hold until the cruel time passes – and it will.



Styling Shelves at the Heffe House

by Betsy Moyer on February 4, 2014, no comments

It’s no secret that the Heffe House built-ins are a disaster, and never have I ever been good at styling and accessorizing.

My first task, which was positioned to me by my designer friend Matt, was to pick out some inspiration images. After I pick a few and study them for a bit, he will come over and we will pull everything off of my shelves, and then using what we’ve learned from my inspiration images – we’ll place things back in some beautiful fashion.

Meanwhile, I’m having trouble even picking out the inspiration images. Here’s what I’ve gathered thus far. Looks like I’m more interested in books than tchotkes… but I have a lot of tchotke to factor into the project.

Would love your suggestions.


The Estate of Things Erica-Tanov-home-kelly-ishikawa-anthology-magazine

Lili Diallo via Domino


Introduction to the New Heffe House Do-Over

by Betsy Moyer on January 29, 2014, 3 comments

Four years of paying rent to someone else constitutes the right to paint the walls and change out some light fixtures, yeah?

Heffe just signed on for a second two year lease on his house, so that is what I want to do, from painting the walls to finally swapping out that old medieval light fixture in the dining room with something more suitable to our style. Something more like one of these West Elm Bentwood babies.

West Elm Bentwood Pendant

For the rest of the home… I’m gonna get me some professional help this time!

I contacted HomePolish, a new startup that aims to make interior design more accessible by pairing up people’s budgets and needs with a specific designer. My designer, Matt Merrell came by last week for an initial walk through. I was pretty stoked to have someone with experience come in and validate my efforts, while picking up the pieces and making sense of them all. We created a pretty hefty To Do List that includes several actionable items that I know will make a huge difference immediately. I do hope we will get started soon! This is 100% up to me getting us going! I wish this didn’t have to take a back seat to the rest of life’s demands!

Nonetheless, I’m keeping myself motivated. I have some before photos to share here. These pictures do not represent a final product that I’m proud of, but we’re keeping it real here. So, this is my starting place. There are three areas that need to be improved upon for this blogging business to really do a home’s interior design justice. The overall design, the interior styling, and the photography! I’m looking to improve in all three of those areas.

Got any ideas before we get started? Let’s roll it!


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