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Betsy’s House Update: The Master Bedroom Evolution

Things have progressed in our master bedroom, but the process is still a process and if you’re anything like me, then you’re never really done. (What would be the fun in that?)

But let’s talk about where I am with the Master Bedroom evolution. Here is a little visual journey of of the room since I placed the bed on this wall in the room.

In the early days of committing to this layout, we were quite bare. We lost this particular rug in a puppy accident.
It was a cheapie score from Ebay that I wasn’t too sad to let go.


In this progress pic, we’re rugless and contemplating the Marimekko print for over the bed.


Here, we’re still rugless, still contemplating art for the frames over the nightstands, but we do have 1 partially DIY’d bedside dresser with hardware and we’re trying out some matching reading lamps.

Most recent status. Looking more and more like a real room. Here we have committed to some matching ocean art prints and I’m trying out the Suzani for over the bed.

We finally landed on a great Moroccan rug for this room, and the touch of green is inspiring where we may go next as the room continues to evolve.

The last time you and I spoke here about the bedroom, the dude and I had settled on a bedframe. We chose the drommen from CB2. This bed is aesthetically good looking – but despite upgrading from our casper mattress to a big cushy springy Serta, the bed rails still squawk underneath when we roll over. I’ve read enough reviews to think this may be a problem that we can fix with a new set of bed boards. Looks great though and overall it was a nice compromise between upholstered (me) and wood(him). I’ll never say no to a little midcentury inspired design in the mix, though I’ll admit that I do think more and more lately about swapping it out for something with a bit more stature.

For a really long time, I had paralysis on side tables for this bed. Its beauty lies in the angled wood feature that cradles the headboard. I didn’t want to cover that up. But alas, we need freaking drawers to hide our clutter.


The Bunching Table by Four Hands
27.5W x 27.5D x 15.75H in

I thought real long and hard about the Bunching Table for some time. I still thinkin about it. It’s from Four Hands, a brand that Shop TEOT carries. It’s just the right mix of rustic and modern to suit the decor sweet spot where Heffe and I merge.

Instead, I got Ivar.
31 1/2W x 19 5/8D x 22 1/2H

The Ivar is significantly less sophisticated & special, but also whoa… significantly less pricey. I’m a sucker for an inexpensive DIY project. I always end up springing for the inexpensive option and tell myself its a short-term solution while I continue to belabor thoughts over the investment pieces.

Truth be told. I should put my big girl pants on and buy two of the Bunching Table. And despite all other options that I constantly consider, I really really like them and have for quite some time.

Meanwhile, on the merits of IVAR as a solution, these natural pine babies are just simple dressers from IKEA. They are actually meant to suspend inside of the modular shelving unit that I use downstairs in the TEOT pillow studio. I did attach my own feet, set back to give a floating appearance.  And I hilariously fumbled my way through the addition of some matte black drawer pulls.


Moving on to the other wall.


Back in our giant puppy days the wall was bare.

Then we introduced the giant black Television and these white shelves were just wrong.

Eventually, I swapped the furniture out for a homemade tv stand. Now its time to rethink the surrounding art pieces.

The art gallery surrounding the TV still needs some thought.
I took the puppy box out for a minute, but we still need it, so it’s back. Baby Ky just isn’t ready to be left at home alone with free range of the house.
You can also see that we’ve added an adorable baby bassinet!

This whole TV situation really needs work. For so long, I felt stuck, but moving it off of the leggy white shelves has been a huge improvement. Meanwhile, I totally have the solution to this design dilemma. I just simply can’t talk the dude into trading up for the new Samsung FRAME tv to solve my large tv hate woes, but that will do the trick one day! (I do LOVE having this large TV in here when my sleepy pregnant self is falling asleep to Bob Ross painting happy trees.)



If you are unfamiliar, this is The Frame. It’s less TV, more art.

So, that’s where I’m at with the bedroom here lately.

Looking forward.

I need to talk with you at some point about bedside sconces vs. table lamps and explore that curiosity.

I’ve added my inspiration/design board below because these always help to guide my slow decorating process and helps me to focus on the ideas that have staying power. Maybe you will enjoy that format too.



Bedroom by The Estate of Things for SHOP TEOT


New Additions at Betsy’s House

Hi, It’s Betsy and I got news!


Long time readers around here know that our personal sharing comes in waves. For this momentous event, we decided, hey let’s take the blog along on the journey.

I’m gonna hold off on our conception story at the moment. Some of you may be into that kind of thing since it involves factoring such hardships as his cancer recovery and my advanced endometriosis diagnosis which I casually dropped in this update from last May. But I need to be drinking caffeine (or wine) to get into that one here on the blog. I’m drinking neither of those these days. But the good news is, it worked and we have been #blest!

For now, we’re bringing you along, because with the addition of this human being to the world, we will also be introducing an addition onto our home!

Well, we hope to. Here’s the skinny.

This is a current image of the two story end of the home with the open garage we’d like to convert.
The vehicles represent the area where we’d like a new garage to go.

If you weren’t around for the house hunt and the progress we’ve made since 2015 – the home is perched on the slope of Rustic Canyon, in the Pacific Palisades. It’s just a quick walk to the beach, nearby restaurants, and the Santa Monica Palisades Park. It’s a 1960’s rancher built into the slope and on the exterior, it gives off the impression that its a two story house. It has charming blue window frames with a white exterior and its surrounded by huge leafy tropical plants.

I rarely leave it. Especially these days!

In the past two years, we have converted the upstairs living area from a two bedroom back to its original 60’s floor plan with three bedrooms. We added HVAC, removed some of the previous owner’s more traditional built-in units to modernize a bit and we painted all the main living areas white with black interior window frames. We are slowly but surely making it our own.

This is our baby Aussie that we call Kitty. She loves to feel the sun in the sunroom.

It’s somewhat of a split level home in that when you walk in the front door, you are immediately led up a set of stairs to the living space. But once you are up, it’s all up here. The downstairs is nothing but garage, cellar and a studio. Downstairs is the area we want to become livable.

I took this photo of the front entry back in the house hunting days, when the previous owners still lived here. So, that’s their lamp. Don’t look at me!

The Entryway stairs open up into the middle of the home, between the Living area and the hallway that leads to the bedrooms.

Here’s a look at the current floor plans for the upper level and the lower.

We are hoping to add on a new garage and convert the existing downstairs garage & studio area into an integrated living space with two new bedrooms, a laundry room, storage and if we can squeeze it, a little TV den. This should turn our downstairs area into an official teen dream for Heffe’s kids as they are entering into a more grown-up era of their kid lives. (They are 10 and 12.)

Currently, we access the downstairs studio from the back side of the house, through a separate entry at the bottom of a terraced patio. On the front, there is a two car garage that is half tools and normal garage mess, and half Heffe’s car, plus another room that we call the cellar. We call it that because that is where we store all of Heffe’s home brew supplies and his craft beer collection. It’s also where I moved the laundry because I hated it in the kitchen. But boy its rough down there and its only accessible through the garage door, which makes laundry even more deplorable. It has straight up plywood walls, exposed plaster, wires and plumbing, dude mess everywhere, SHOP TEOT packaging supplies and kids bikes.

This image of the empty cellar is of particular interest because it illustrates the height difference between the front entry main landing and the cellar floor. You can see where the plaster wall ends at the entry landing floor.

Now bear with me from here, or skip along to the pretty pics. I wouldn’t blame you.

I’d hoped we could work with the architect to open up those plaster walls of the current entry and maneuver the existing stairwell into an access point to a new downstairs mudroom/foyer area that is currently the cellar. Upon initial consultation, she and the contractor agree that we may wish to explore other options for stairs. It’s apparently too challenging with the floor height discrepancy, and being that its our main entry, they agree it will be easier and more cost-effective to build a new stair and keep things as they are in the current entry.

I really want to be able to illustrate better for you, but even in person it requires a certain amount of bouncing back and forth between the cellar and the front entry to see just why this idea is such a challenge. Let’s pretend the height discrepancy isn’t so steep and below is a rendered view from the same vantage point as above, but with the walls blown out.

It would take about 7 or 8 steps to get from that entryway landing to the cellar floor in the real world.

Anywayz… that’s why we hire an architect! We’re waiting to hear from her on what’s feasible with the city, zoning wise and hoping that we can add enough square footage to accommodate our new needs. At the very least, we’d like to squeeze another two bedrooms into this house, somewhere. But at the moment, I’m not sure what the end product might look like.

That’s the gist. Now let’s look at some eye candy, that may or may not apply to our final plans.

Dreaming of a clean white laundry nook in my future.

We need bottle storage in a major way. The dude’s craft beer collection is a tad bit over the top. Maybe we will get to explore something creative under the stairwell.

by Studio McGee
I believe a downstairs den area will result in a small and cozy media focused room. Some new windows for light will be crucial to keep it light and airy.

I’m looking at small spaces for the den too, in case we end up needing most of the area for bedrooms.

If ever you are gonna pull off the low slung Togo profile, a teen dream den seems like the opportunity. I’ll take mine in a leather as aged and smooth as the design idea itself.

This is just a corner that I like. If I was a teen I’d be into this in my SoCal dream den.

A built-in daybed with some storage seems like a cozy solution for a small bedroom.

I don’t know what the consensus is on babies and spiral staircases, probably imminent death, but I know that if we have to add a second set of stairs somewhere, I’d like for it to take up as little real estate as possible.

These doors are a dream that may not fit into my reality anywhere. They are a bit of a departure from the current style of the home.

Maybe this is more our speed. Either way, I’m dreaming of a wide opening with large panes of glass, to take in the view.

The new garage roof will hopefully end up as outdoor living space for us (in exchange for the yard we are giving up.) That means the current sunroom with the black window frames will open up to this outdoor space and the french windows will all have to be replaced.

We’ll likely talk about that aspect more in depth as I can hardly wrap my mind around it at the moment. It just opens up all kinds of worms. Excited worms.

All of this is very exciting and the beginning of a whole new era for our home and our family as we grow from a crew of 6 to 7. If you need help figuring out that number, that’s two pups, two adults, two kids and a brand new tiny baby.




Tiffany’s Bedroom

Hello friends!

Today we’re gonna explore a pretty typical scenario that most people are dealing with.
And that is, how to develop a plan for your bedroom decor, to take it from something, meh…. to something that makes you feel peaceful, happy and organized.

Tiffany came to us and asked for help to find a rug similar in color and style to the GYPSY that we have for sale in the SHOP TEOT rug collection. She’s looking for something with that vibe in a 6×9 or an 8×10.

She shared this pic to see what we’re starting with.

Tiffany’s room came over with the preface that we all give when we offer up our intimate spaces (sorry bout the lighting and the mess, etc.). I’m here to grant you all asylum. We all know the feeling and have a similar scenario in our homes.

Her room is 15 feet wide on the bed wall, and 12 feet deep on the sliding door wall. She’d like to keep the lilac linen curtains, but the other shorties can go. The bedroom furniture will get an update eventually, but its not in the cards for at least a year. Understood! We’ll work with that cherry sleigh bed for now.

Also, she has a lovely piece of artwork with lots of green to focus on. It’s included in the design board below and I quickly let her know, that even though its her engagement photo, I’d be inclined to want to hang it in my bedroom as well. It’s a beautiful shot.

So, we need to find a rug to ground her space. And it needs to have some of the lilac tones in it and maybe some of that green and it needs to work well with Tiffany’s modern, feminine Midcentury sensibilities. I’m guessing that a more tribal Oushak design will suit them, but I’ll also be keeping my eye out for a special Persian.

Initially I pulled together some illustrations for what size rug works best with a Queen Bed. There are TONS of these diagrams on Pinterest and so let’s just find one of those.


While I was at work thinking of Tiffany’s room and her rug, an idea occurred to me for treating that long short window over her bed. We need to unify her window treatments and she likes the long lilac curtain, so why not mirror that in scale on the other side of the room, behind the bed.

I had a window like that in one of my Mar Vista apartments years ago and I employed this same tactic, it’s also a trick that I suggested to Kate in our shared Treehouse years back. It’s a solid solution for a bed wall, under a long horizontal window.

Here’s the inspiration image that best illustrates this move.

Once I had these ideas pulled together, and could focus on a solution for unifying the space with window treatments, it made it much easier to envision a final product for the rug. Tiffany will happily swap out the lamp in the corner for some plant life, and in time she’ll be thinking about the new look for the bed, side tables and lamps.

I did a quick mockup of Tiffany’s room in our space planning software based on her dimensions and window layout. Here’s a look at that.

This bird’s eye view includes a look at a 6×9 rug layered atop an 8×10 rug for comparison.

I believe her room really warrants an 8×10 to feel the most pulled together. She and I discussed the persian on top of sisal trick, but she’d rather not layer.

We’ll try our best to find the largest rug we can, no smaller than 6×9 and as close to 8×10 as we can get. As you know, the vintage rug scene is a hand-loomed one and so rugs are always varying in size and scale and more often than not, they are a bit longer than wide, different from our US standard sizing practices.

I love that MaisonEleven rug in the inspiration board above, but it’s not large enough for the space. Here are a few more that I’ve found, but truthfully just haven’t run across the most perfect solution yet.



Uh… we’ll keep looking. This is a real design challenge!


Black and White plus Wood

Hi, it’s Betsy.

I’m moved by all things black and white plus wood lately! Just can’t stop pinning this fantastic combo in many different iterations.

My favorite thing about this job that we’re doing here, is immersing ourselves in design inspiration and then interpreting all that we’ve seen into our own spaces.

I love so many styles, from the sentimental and maximalist touches of boho to the rustic mix of farmhouse modern and of course the midcentury time capsule homes that are ubiquitous here in So Cal. Plus part of me still pines for the style of the cottage and craftsman homes that pepper the state streets of Southern Pines.

A little bit of all of that has made it into own home, and of course lots of it is apparent in my inspiration file.

I’m happy to take from all of these styles and use what I like and what I feel works in my own home.

Thanks to Sarah, I’ve honed in on a look for my new house to aspire to.

One trend that has emerged, both in my inspirations and in practice, is the black and white plus wood combo.

Let’s have a look at some of the inspiration images I have been referencing.

Becki Owens olivia-babarczy-home-3From Becki Owens

Modern in Black White and Wood


the-olivia-palermo-guide-to-styling-your-homefrom MyDomaine

studio mcgee kitchenStudio McGee


Of course, as a color lover, I like to see these elements play as a backdrop to other lively textures and pops of hue.

In our home, we’re working with colorful accents in the way of boho rugs, diy art projects and a boat load of ever-changing African Indigo inventory for SHOP TEOT. Throw in some global textiles, a vibrant vegetable dyed Persian pattern, a little fur for texture, plus some plant life and you have what, in my mind, is the winning combination of the moment.

We’ll call it California Eclectic! It’s a work in progress.

Shaniqua Black White and Wood Combo



Lafayette Family Room: The Decor


We focused on a merge between Farmhouse Modern touches but with a California casual sophistication. Here is how that breaks down.

    We honed in on a navy and peach color scheme for the accessories, largely due to this insanely beautiful vintage kilim rug by OLD NEW  HOUSE, that Sarah found. It’s just the right punch for layering along with the stripes, and not too distracting, which was something we had to consider with the striped layer. It’s not a hard and fast rule to put ONLY navy and peach in the room, its just a good guide when selected the art and the accessories and styling them throughout the room.

    Mixing in natural elements helps to achieve a warm depth to the design.

    • Wood & Seagrass
      The coffee table, the baskets, the teak wood bowl and any art gallery frames will keep the overall vibe earthy and down home. We are leaning towards the warm pines and lighter Scandinavian farmhouse tones when it comes to the wood elements.
    • Fur & Textiles
      The deep textures of the vintage textiles, from the silk of a handwoven ikat to the nubby quality of the handwoven and hand-dyed mudcloth, play together nicely. The textural fringe of the denim mudcloth juxtaposed with a sheepskin to toss about is never a bad idea. Over the back of a chair, the side of the sofa, over top a round pouf for extra seating… pieces like this can be very versatile and promise to good anywhere they land in the room.
    • Metals
      Copper also adds another layer of depth to this design with the added benefit of sticking to the overall color vibe.
    We are leaning towards a performance linen-like polyester for this home with young kids. The family needs “light and airy,” but when it’s peanut butter and jelly time, they also need to be able to keep it clean. This 95% polyester / 5% linen upholstery should do the trick for that 8 feet of radical luxe English Roll Arm sofa we suggested.

As always, we pulled out some individual items for our homeowner to consider for purchase, along with a corresponding Pinterest Board, seen here. Items can be shopped directly from the list, or used as mere suggestions.

This pretty much wraps up the deliverables to our client. We always send these off with a dire hopes that they client is receptive to our ideas. Tina let us know that we opened her eyes to a few easy changes that she could make around the home, and she felt great about having a long term plan for the large items and the built-ins that she could pursue as resources make way!


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Sarah and I recently introduced E-Decor & Historic Renovation Consultation Services to SHOP TEOT.

We have been doing this type of work over the years, typically working for an hourly rate. We live for these kinds of projects. Designing and Decorating, solving problems, tying your style with our strategies for a timeless style with modern appeal makes us HAPPY! Check out our services here, and let us know if you see any opportunities that we should consider adding.


Lafayette Family Room: The Space Plan

__Lafayette Floorplan


Y’all remember way back to yesterday when we were chatting about the Lafayette Family Room.

Well, thanks for bearing with us, while we set up what we’re getting into. Now, let’s jump into our solutions for the space plan. We took the scenic route, considering (and spending lots of time mapping out options.)

Here is where we landed.

We sought to solve the space plan woes for the family by floating the seating pit in the middle of the room.

Starting with the existing striped 10×14 rug as our anchor, we centered it in the room, just below the window. We suggest extending the curtains to 120″ to help frame the seating area, though the window is only 96″ wide. We then suggest floating the furniture inside that 120″ area.

Consider a vintage kilim rug layered on top for added texture and visual interest. Our renderings are a loose interpretation of our ideas for placement.

  • We suggest centering the layered rug according to the final sofa & coffee table dimensions.
  • These dimensions are all affected by one another, but ideally the coffee table should be centered over the rug, positioned roughly 16-18″ away from each seat, (Note the large gap in the former arrangement.)
  • Whether on or off, the rug should ideally have the front legs of each furniture piece equidistant from the rug’s edge. We suggest on.

There should always be a flat surface within reach of every seat, so the homeowner’s existing mix of side tables should serve perfectly once mixed in with the new seating layout.


We did discuss some apprehension over the TV becoming the main focus in the room. There really were only two options for placement and the homeowner had tried both. Of the two, the one pictured in our before image above was not working functionally, while centering it on the other wall gave it too much prominence.

Our solution instead, is to create a larger focus that the TV can be a part of. By grouping the wall-mounted device among the art gallery scenario, and flanking it by two floor to ceiling shelving units, along with a low profile console (all in white) the entire wall becomes a showpiece.


We couldn’t help ourselves, and so we pushed beyond the boundary of the family room a bit. One of the casualties of the former space included the dining table encroaching into the family room zone. We love us a good dining banquette, so we tossed it into the floor plan just to see. We love it.

  • An appropriately sized bench or a built in banquette under the window will create a fantastic feature that is both on trend plus will help maximize space between the rooms.
  • We do suggest considering a statement pendant for above the dining table, but consideration of the proximity to the kitchen peninsula pendants is important.
    Watch out it doesn’t turn into pendant city.”
  • We noticed the homeowner’s peninsula countertop has a rather large lip unlike our rendering. Our suggestion is avoid placing bench seating below, but a customized built in could accommodate.


  • Make the TV part of a gallery wall to take the focus off of the device itself
  • Center a low and long console, then flank with floor to ceiling bookshelves
  • Style with existing matching lamps or spring for new lamps in a more petite, traditional shape
  • We think you might even be able to camouflage the large speakers among this setup.


  • Float the rug and furniture in the middle of the room
  • Match the 3 window dressings between rooms
  • Create a storage feature along the back wall to help balance the weight of the TV focus wall
The homeowner had doubts about hanging the drapery.



We think she had the height and the width right for the hardware, but would benefit from a bit more length in the drape itself. They should kiss the floor, rather than hang a couple of inches above
We also noted that the sliding glass door on the adjacent wall appears bare in comparison, while the dining room window in the next room was another disparate pattern, making the spaces feel disjointed.



Matching floor to ceiling drapes on all three windows will create a more cohesive look, tying the spaces together.

The grass shade can be eliminated for the sake of functionality on the sliding glass door, but is present on the two windows. Push all drapes to the left for easy access in and out of doors.

Sarah and I recently introduced E-Decor & Historic Renovation Consultation Services to SHOP TEOT.

We have been doing this type of work over the years, typically working for an hourly rate. We live for these kinds of projects. Designing and Decorating, solving problems, tying your style with our strategies for a timeless style with modern appeal makes us HAPPY! Check out our services here, and let us know if you see any opportunities that we should consider adding.