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Weekend

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Here’s hoping that you’re taking a drive with your squeeze this summer weekend. Betsy shall return soon from the UK and return to blogger town, home from rockstar town. We’ll be dropping the reveal on the Bennett kitchen renovation soon, which I’m fairly sure you’re gonna love. If you follow us on Instagram you saw a little teaser. Hasta Luego.

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Mi Favorito

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Sometimes the style of spaces that I love is so varied and other times consistent. Do you often see trends in the interiors that inspire you? Do you try to identify them? This is what I’m loving on now. Josef Frank fabric I like purple and indigo together in my art I dream of putting l-shaped additions on to traditional ranches,       cocktails with St. Germaine Elderflower   I think about work spaces in the home that are both masculine and artful   anytime someone wants to mix heavy wood with white and then toss in a Serge Mouille count me in          

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White Place: A pocket neighborhood?

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In the late 1800s, S.R. White platted 38 acres of what would become White Place in Bloomington, Illinois. Why is this interesting? Well… because when we stumbled upon White Place off University Avenue I immediately thought– pocket neighborhood and I’m fascinated with pocket neighborhoods. I recently visited Bloomington IL, a moderately sized midwestern town but certainly bigger than my own southern home. A two and half hour ride from Chicago, Bloomington is home to State Farm, Illionois State University, Illinois Wesleyan and had he not been assassinated maybe Abraham Lincoln’s post-presidential home. The downtown area of Bloomington is a renovator/house flipper’s Graceland. Prices stay low (for now), the streets are lush and green (for now) and the potential is high. The streets are lined with Queen Annes, craftsman bungalows and prairie style houses. I’m not sure why anyone would want to live anywhere else in Bloomington but in a downtown…

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A Quick Paint Fix

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A little cottage dining room recently required some quick updating.. Getting rid of the dated paint colors was first and foremost on the list and what resulted is just further confirmation that paint will go a long way. Tan walls be gone, We used Benjamin Moore’s Woodlawn Blue to brighten up the dining room. We also replaced the existing light fixture with an easy Allen + Roth drum pendant from Lowe’s. How fresh is that?! We also sent pouty Laney to the pool, so we don’t have to hear “Mom I don’t want to go see any more houses”

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Our Etsy Picks for June

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It’s summer time and we’re all aflutter with lust and love for the following items from Etsy.   New Mexico Tea Towel  |  Tie-Dye Clutch  |  Color Block Quilt  |  Marbled Silk Ribbon  |  Bar Cart  | Tribal Wallet

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A Black House

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Around these parts, we’re into classic design choices – the kind that aren’t destined to go out of style, the timeless materials and good bones. The design elements that last. But equally, we’re moved and inspired by trends – the bolder the better. Here’s one that we are feeling intrigued by. Let us know what you think! Would you live in a black house? A Bolt from the Blue – featured in Lonny Mag I have such a crush on Barbara Bestor. I love how she pays homage to timeless design, but completely puts it on its head with her bold bohemian approach. She bought her personal home, the Bestor House,  near Elysian Park/Silverlake as a shack in a pre-gentrification era and started a revolution in her neighborhood. I love how she was inspired by a child’s drawing of a home. The simplicity and the color really make this home unique….

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Hanging Out and Taking Pics

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Sarah and I got to spend this past weekend together working on our new products and projects. It was a joyous celebration of friendship and porch chats where we shared the greatest and scariest of all our hopes and fears as life sweeps us along. It was also a deep think on the future for TEOT. We’re excited. We are at a time in our lives when little girls rule and getting things done is likely to take six times longer than it should for a million wonderful reasons. We wouldn’t have it any other way. We take the moments of peace along with the mayhem of barking dogs, hungry cats and playful young’uns with needs. And then we bust our tail ends with the satisfying feeling of energy and passion while we style and shoot and play house together as a team. I’m sure Courtney (the Bennett Kitchen homeowner) was thrilled at the whirlwind job we did,…

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Estate Envy: Meg Draper’s Laurel Canyon Bungalow

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Oh Don Draper, you disappoint me so much with your screaming infidelities. Your unwavering confidence, your glib I could give a what attitude, your constant last minute bourbon and lucky strike fueled genius slogans are starting to bore me. I wish someone else would outshine you in the board room one good time. For once, I wish the lady wouldoth protest… For once, just do what we haven’t come to expect of you. Even your weirdo 1940s depression era secret past life is a snooze. More Megan Please! Especially the banging little bohungalow digs she’s propped herself in up in Laurel Canyon, am I right? Don’t be surprised if you see a gigantic DIY God’s Eye in my Instagram feed soon. Thanks for the inspo Meg. Good luck in LA. Images from Interior Design Magazine, see more Mad Men set design images here!

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Nathan Followill’s Home on Domaine

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Back in February, Domaine featured the Nashville home of Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill’s. He and his very cute wife Jessie Baylin hired designer Benjamin Vandiver to design their newly remodeled 1970s home. I perked up for a few reasons, A. I really like the looks of Nathan Followill B. I’m interested in designer Benjamin Vandiver’s work   C. I’m a sucker for lifestyle photographs of rock star families   Here are some of my favorite spaces from their secluded Nashville home,              

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Our Etsy Picks

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This round up from Etsy is making us all wanty.     Riven Studio Maple Serving Board/Moroccan Tribal Moroccan Cotton throw blanket/ Yao Cheng Tea Towel/ Blue Moon Lights industrial sconce/  Bazaarbayar multi-color rug/ Knot and Bow jumbo confetti balloon/ Emily Jeffords print “Sundown”/  

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This or That?

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The Oly Studio Serena drum chandelier is really stunning, it can elevate a room,   Oly Studio Serena pendant BUT, if you can’t afford the 2k price tag and you just have to have that look and sometimes you gotta have it, consider the PB Teen’s Piper pendant as the alternative, PB Teen, Piper pendant

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2014 Trends in Review

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I’ve spent the past week going through old posts and trying to reorganize The Estate of Things into a website where new visitors can more easily dig into the past 6 years of content that we’ve produced. It’s been nice reflecting on the past as I prepare the blog for its future. One of the highlights was taking a look at the trends that we loved in 2014… Boy, did we love blue last year! So, let’s hear it. Is this shiz still hot – or not? Personally, I think al it’s all still jammin’  Patterned Tile  I  Mexican Fiesta Dress  I  Macrame  I  Shibori  I  Spatter Paint  I  Neon Signs  

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All I Want for Christmas

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AlI I want for Christmas are these totally reasonable things. What’s on your list? That dude looks like so much fun, I can barely breathe. Some River Front Relaxation in 2015 will be perfect, hopefully we’ll settle up on the New River in NC. Which leads me to some hangtime with this Bae. Also… I’ll take some vaulted ceilings in my stocking, pretty please! And while you’re loading up the sled, please don’t forget my vintage camper & epic tree combo!

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