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Doin’ Things… with Bourbon and Goose

by Betsy Moyer on April 8, 2014, one comment

bijoux and marissa

I reunited with an old friend, Marissa of Bourbon and Goose to join in on some Happy Hour Club fun this past Friday. Marissa, a fellow blogger who I worked with at The Design People has recently rented a studio at The Unique Space. She’s giving it a go as FULL TIME entrepreneur lady who blogs and brands and designs and strategizes. She’s a smart girl and she’s doing super cool things… (like launching a national branding campaign for a coconut water brand for example and renting her space out on the weekends so that the chick from the Naked and Famous can get some headshots and getting all kinds of lovin for her meticulously cool Instagram work.) Needless to say, I was excited to reconnect.

I got into the quick tour that she gave me and it was actually pretty trippy to see The Unique Space with my real eyes, since I feel that I’ve been there before – vicariously, cyber realistically. The suite of studios and common working spaces are packed with all types of content creators and publishers, developers, photographers, bloggers, vloggers… all sorts of creatives that are wheeling and dealing, with the internet as their secondary if not primary medium.

If I didn’t need to focus my time on slinging sofas and it wasn’t such a haul across town, I might consider taking up space there in the Arts District of downtown LA — if only to be around people that are making and shaking all day every day.

Marissa Happy Hour Club

Besides the opportunity to get a glimpse into the co-working space, I was excited for the first hand experience with Marissa’s new Happy Hour Club. Every friday, she introduces a new cocktail to her co-creatives and if the consensus is a positive one, then the recipe will make it’s way to her Los Angeles adventure blog.

Pink Peppercorn

On this particular friday, Marissa introduced the crowd to a Pink Pepper infused gin cocktail and she personally foraged for the pink peppers herself. Did you know they grow wild all over LA, and they are delicious? I wouldn’t normally think of LA as the type of town where you’d hit the outdoors looking for wild grown foods to eat, but it’s a thing okay! People do it. And it’s cool.

Bourbon and Goose

Before we got busy getting boozey, we talked some smack about the state of the blogging world and the projects that we are each into. Jaxon is gearing up to launch its first in a series of upcoming editorial sales and first up is THE GENTLEMEN’S BAR… We’ll load up on the type of bar accessories that we think suits the Jaxon vibe (I’m thinking masculine, modern and urban with that rustic if not industrial appeal.) And Bourbon and Goose will partner up by crafting a cocktail just for Jaxon, and presenting it at the Happy Hour Club. We’ll be sure to snap some great pics and share them along with the bar collection! Sounds like fun right!? I’m excited.

Studio Time with Bourbon and Goose

 

 

 

Sarah’s Office Do-Over

by Betsy Moyer on February 11, 2014, no comments

This weekend’s post about Sheen Murphy and her moody blue/green walls got us thinking about Sarah’s office do-over, so I thought we should check in on the latest progress.

Last I heard the Benjamin Moore BLUE NOTE paint was on the wall and there was still a new pendant light of some sort to be purchased, and maybe even a piece of art or two left to be framed and hung… but in the collage below you can see a mix of accomplishment, intention, some corners that have come together and a DIY project that didn’t make the final cut… It’s being used by a co-worker. Sarah ended up springing for the same reproduction Eames Aluminum Office chair that I sit in daily too.

It’s coming together nicely!

SarahsOFFICE copy

 

 

Jaxon MINI

by Betsy Moyer on January 30, 2014, no comments

Jaxon mini web res 5

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 sizes have announced new lines online without knowing how much thought and how much work must go into a product line launch. It’s been very exciting for me to be a part of such a collaborative and creative effort.

To kick off the line we’ll be hosting a group of around 40 or more Mommy bloggers and Los Angeles mover and shaker moms at the store. There will be shopping, sampling, and sipping wine as well as a presentation by a children’s book author on getting published. (I’ll be taking notes… maybe children’s fiction is in my future too – since all my dreams seem to be coming true!)

If you are here in LA, come on over. 5-8pm at the store.

If you are my mom, or my dear friend – please join me in celebrating by taking a look at the Jaxon Home blog, and please please feel free and comfortable to shoot me a note and let me know what you think, good or bad! Lay it on me betsy at theestateofthings.com.

Save-For-Web-HOMEPAGE

 

Kate’s Bedroom Do-Over

by Betsy Moyer on January 16, 2014, no comments

You guys might remember roommate Kate as my beloved apartment mate back at the treehouse. When we agreed to move in together, I had but one stipulation and that was that she allow me to make ALL of the home decor decisions. She agreed. She started out with a shortage of opinions in the design of our apartment, but soon evolved into an active participant in the process. She has since blossomed into a full fledged design lover and an avid home decor blog and shelter magazine consumer just like the best of us.

When she reached out for some help on her design for her new and super cute little cottage of an dwelling in Brentwood, I was happy to oblige. She wants her bedroom to feel feminine and soft… sweet with a bit of bling and she’s totally tired of her previous turquoise color scheme. She’s feeling coral these days. So, I took a crack at an inspiration board. What do you think?

Kates-Bedroom-Do-Over-by-The-Estate-of-Things-Betsy-Moyer

Here are your shopping sources Kate! Holler back and let me know what you like and dislike!

Wallpaper  I  Light Fixture  I  Tufted Headboard  I  Lamps  I  Curtain Rods  I  Peacock Chair  I  Tray Table  I  Etsy Art  I  Peony Art  I  Urchin Sculpture  I  Toss Pillows  I  Flokati Rug

 

Creepin’ on Craigslist

by Betsy Moyer on December 29, 2013, no comments

Southern California continues to impress itself into my heart and as it is becoming more and more my home, it’s moments like these where I’m grateful we found one another.

It’s not a rare occasion that one might hop over to Craigslist and be totally bowled over with awesomeness.

My home is full to the brim and the dude and I just signed on for another two year lease, so we won’t be looking to fill any space soon. So, I have nothing else to do with my finds other than to share them with you, and plead that you please buy them and then tell me all about what it is like to live with the following.

Campaign Studio bedYou probably don’t need me to tell you this, but this is two pieces of a dream. I can picture this swathed in pillows of textiles from all over the globe, starting first with a big fat french mattress on top. It shall sit upon a grouping of layered kilim and bright leafy green plants will shower their vines above it while the warm California sun pours through the window onto perfectly white walls. Ugh, seriously. I’m tempted to get them even though I’m fresh out of space. I can use them as a platform bed under our king, just to store them away until we have the room. Lord knows, I could use the extra storage.

albini

So, you may or may not think much of the Franco Albini ottoman for $195. It’s a pretty good price for this classic piece. Sarah hyped them to us them here. Alongside the chair for $35, I’ll take it!

Red Velvet sofaNow, there is also yellow version for the more practical of you, with deeper pockets – but I died over the pink. So, I just showed this couch to Heffe. Incredibly his response was that we need a bigger house. Then we went on to discuss the man-cave, and we talked about how I know that he’d never agree to live with this pink velvet fringe couch in the main living area no matter how much bigger of a house we get — and so if dudes get a man cave, where is the girl cave? That’s sexist. I protest. I want a girl cave… and I want to decorate it just like I Dream of Jeannie. I’ll start with that $400 investment.

English Roll armThis may not look like much due to the poor photography… but it’s a whole couch for $300 which I think is a steal for a sofa and the english roll arm is such a classic shape that is really having a moment right now. How could you go wrong? If I was just starting out in LA like the poor girl that I was both times that I just started out in LA, I’d snatch this thing up and toss some casters onto the feet. If it’s worth anything in its frame (and it sounds like it could go either way in the description), you can have it recovered once you get your LA legs!

chandelierThis dude is making these custom to your order for $300. I’m not sure I’d actually pull the trigger on it, but I coudn’t help myself when it comes to dreaming. In a parallel universe, I’d hit him up and hang this over the bed.

chrome credenzaOkay, lastly, and then I’ll quit torturing myself with unrequited love, this chrome credenza is a mere $115 and I promise you that it will make a statement in the right room. If you need to move with the trends then you might wish it was brass or, I hear copper is on the up and up. But perhaps some of you dudes out there are still stuck on that classic atomic aesthetic and chrome gets you excited. Me personally, I like to mix a lot of different eras together, and I think that a little piece like this could be warmed up with a little styling. It’d look good with a little bar action.

That’s it! Dreaming officially over!