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WEEKEND

Lately I’ve stumbled upon a few things that I’m into. Maybe you will be into them too!

 

 

 

Custom dye your bedding to any color you desire. Holy cow, you can just punch in a Pantone Number. I’ll take a new set in the perfect shade of Olive Green please. And peachy blush, and marigold and mustard and navy and all the 2018 colors.

Rhye has a new album. It’s been a while since I’ve actually been into an album enough to share it, but this one is a solid choice for background worky music. I have to be careful to mind my energy and background music can affect that in a major way. So I usually choose a very smooth and calming mix. This album was on repeat all week and helped me keep my cool.

via MyDomaine
Velvet Ikat together with Kilim. We think they are on to something.

We have some new stuff in at Shop TEOT and while that’s exciting every single time, its especially so right now. The velvet ikat pillows are a graphic staple in a luxe silky velvet that is sure to add some punch to your mix, and I’ve noticed that a bit more mix in the mix on your sofa cushions is a good thing lately.

Additionally, it has come to my attention that the Turkish Kilim pillow is cool again. Maybe it was just me that fell off the kilim bandwagon for a bit, but I have a few scattered throughout my home from a deep dive a few years ago and frankly I had gotten over them. The fam doesn’t like to use them on the sofa b/c they are too scratchy and just as I was gently phasing them all out of rotation, its apparently time for me to reinvest myself in the idea. I have a little group in purples and pinks headed toward my house now, but you can shop the shop for what’s out there for you here.

The change that occurs when these two teens are on the lam… I loved it.

Um… Sarah and I occasionally like to dip our toes into some dark storytelling. We share a love for My Favorite Murder, among many other true crime podcasts – but she’s always gone a bit deeper than me, following stories like the West Memphis 3 with ardent concentration since we were in college. So when she told me that The End of the F-ing World was a little too bleak for her to continue watching, I should have known better… But let me tell you that I made it all the way to the end and holy crap! While I wandered around about how to feel throughout, I definitely was emotionally invested by the end and it simply slayed me. Reminding you that I’m pregnant, I told my baby doctor what happened to me when the show ended and she officially swore me off of highly dramatic television for the rest of pregnancy. So, let that guide your decision making. If you like to have your heart torn out from time to time, this one might do it for you. Fair warning, I full on hyperventilated when it ended.

This cool font is currently free to download. Maybe you will love it as much as I am loving it this week.

I found some pink shoes at Target. They aren’t fancy or perfect by any stretch, but I’ve been wearing them happily. They are blush pink suede loafers with a collapsible heel. I tried not to collapse the heel, but I think by design that’s really their intent, so after trying for a few days to keep them on, I’m done and they are mules. I’m into it.

The master bedroom at my house is coming along. The pic here is outdated by a couple of lamps, a rug, some new art and I finally changed up the dreadful TV situation a bit. Eventually it will feel done, if only for a moment. More on that for another day.

And as we close, this airstream makeover made its way into my face just after I spent some time on a phone call with my dear friend Bregan. She has two airstreams that she is working on for a complete renovation to AirBnB on her Texas ranch property near Austin, TX. She was coming at me with some really cool ideas to follow her personal aesthetic but to incorporate some more fashion forwards design ideas, a different direction from the palatable rustic/boho combos we have been seeing in camper renovations for the past couple of years. So when this pickle green Airstream popped up I paid extra close attention. The duo that took on this project did a good job of pulling in personal style in a way that I appreciate. It’s homey and realistic and while maybe not my personal aesthetic leanings, I like that its theirs.

That’s it. That’s what I’ve been into here lately.

Enjoy your weekend.

 

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Home Decor Trends for 2018

The blog world is rife with predictions for 2018 right about now and a friend asked me what I thought was coming down the trend pipeline. I appreciate that she was interested in my own leanings and so I gave it some real thought.

Some of my list items were just things that I was personally into, but many of them were list items that I was seeing reoccur on the many lists that pop up all over the internet at the new year!

Here goes.

2018 Colors & Vibes

We’ve been slowly trading up the cool, bright whites of 2016-17 that feature pops of vibrant color (think Emily Henderson) for rich warmth, colorful backdrops and moody hues. Less cool grey, more warm greige, less bright white, more aged ivory, less dark as night black lacquer and more matte faded blackish brown. We will still see plenty of neutral rooms, as SoCal Minimalism is going strong, but people are going to begin feeling an itch for warmth, and when they do, I think these colors are going to be there to scratch.

Blue & Green Velvets
This wasn’t really news in 2017 and isn’t for 2018 either, in fact these velvet hues have been at play for a number of years now, but they topped many a list at the beginning of 2017 as a trend for the year. I expect to see more in 2018, as interiors move from light, bright and happy to rich, layered and aged. Velvets in “jewel tones,” words that are music to my ears. I must have been bitten by the velvet bug myself, as Sarah and I’ve been toying with the idea of adding a number of solid velvets and we’ve already added velvet ikats to the TEOT pillow collection.

This is the 2016 way. A nice pop of sapphire blue against all white walls.

This is the 2018 way that popped up in my IG feed this week, still utilizing some of the same game plan.

Getting a bit moodier.

Matte Black
Black had a huge come uppance in interiors and exteriors alike in 2017. To think that my black frame windows at my own home felt like such a risk when I moved in 2015, it is almost laughable now. Every new build that is going up in my Pacific Palisades neighborhood is going in with black window frames. Also, black finishes in kitchens, lighting, trims and furniture is a must for all of these modern rustic interiors and is something we kept our eye on all year, and expect to see more of in 2018.

 

 

 

Speaking of The Natural & Organic

Rope, Hemp, Fur, Handwoven textiles, Baskets, Rattan Furniture, Leather, Nubby Neutrals, Plants galore, all of these elements combine together for a strong organic 70s vibe. Betsy likes to call it California Nomad which I like and whole heartedly endorse. Knit turtlenecks, 10″ minimum inseam on my jeans, indian paisley wrap skirts, plants and lots of earthy speckled ceramics. These layers may seem well lived in and totally naturally occurring, but they are best executed in restrained, well edited and blended environments, which in simpler terms means no themed rooms, i.e. this is our Jetsons house, we looove mid century modern and nothing is permitted here that was made after 1965.

Erica Reitman‘s One Room Challenge from 2017 went totally neutral with an emphasis on organic textures.

This fits the bill and still going strong in 2018, the 70s vibe is strong here

Rustic Pottery Glazes
The Seventies produced a ton of arts and crafts style elements into homes across the nation. We’ve seen the onslaught of renewed interest in crafty projects like macrame, but we’re also seeing tons of Seventies pottery glaze trends sneaking their way onto modern planters, candles, kitchen tableware and more. I think this speaks to the appreciation for earthy layers in the home.

 

A display at Nickey Kehoe

Pattern & Material

Global Textiles
Hand dyed and hand woven still reigns the high end, artisan and indie design markets, making more and more of an impact on mass retailers. We watched indigo as well as mud cloth patterns and motifs make their way into every mail order catalog and even the aisles of Target. We expect this interest to began to wane now. Keep an eye on block prints from India which we think will surge again.

Tropical Foliage
This tropical foliage pattern suits the sensibilities of the traditional, the themed and the bohemian. While I do enjoy a solid application, I’m not putting it in my own house anytime soon. I prefer my tropical foliage to be outside my window. I’m sure we’ll continue to see this kind of pattern play throughout at least the spring of 2018, as we carry on our nationwide obsession with greenery and plant life. My favorite applications lean commercial, like Leo’s Oysters. The palm leaf print harkens an eighties era Golden Girls.

 

Gosh, this happened in 2015… but Emily Henderson applied this maddening wallpaper to blogger Nicolette Mason’s living room and I guess I was still thinking it was gonna happen some more around the 2017 mark.

I have yet to get on the reservations list before I’m sitting in San Francisco on a Saturday afternoon wondering what to eat for Saturday dinner, but Leo’s Oysters looks like a spot where I want to dine.

Furniture Silhouettes

by Commune for George Smith, and utilizing a vertical channel tuft

Channel Tufting
Inspired by all things SEVENTIES, this is another look that is making its way into shelter magazines and catalog products. Reminiscent of the bench seating in muscle cars, the serpentine commercial design of the Studio 54 lounge,

The Leonelle by Anthropologie is a great example of the modern silhouette. Slim Deck, Bench Cushion!

Slim Decks or No Deck on your Sofa
The chunky fat base of a sofa in proportion to the cushion lacks a timeless look. Keep a look out for this on sale sofas at big box retailers and national furniture stores like Ashley and Rooms to Go. There is a reason mid century holds strong in time, and it has everything to do with the ratios.

Chunky sofas
Aside from the slim deck to fat cushion movement, there is also a complete elimination of the deck altogether in favor of a more chunky shape. This is also pulling from the seventies. I’ve been very tempted by this look as there is something masculine and very casual about it that I dig, but I’m a bit too afraid to pull the trigger.

In the Kitchen

Painted Cabinets
Folks have gone green with their kitchen cabinets before 2018 sure, but maybe this year we trade in our blue/grey painted cabinets for a fresh, organic artichoke green. TEOT is certainly behind it, we painted our shop cabinets a garden herb green. Is it the updated avocado green of the 70s?

Jenny Komenda mixes stainless appliances, with matte black cabinet hardware and brass light fixtures, proving the prediction below is dead on.

Going green at Leanne Ford Interiors

More Green!

Mixed up Metals
While I fully believe the mix of metal finishes will reign supreme in 2018, I think we’re moving away from the bright bling of brass and more toward a brushed, aged bronze. I ventured a guess into some oxidized copper finishes making their way into some high end fixtures. Aged copper and brass will be the more exciting spectrum of metal finishes for furniture, cabinetry, bathroom fixtures, lighting and more. This look lends itself to aged luxe, and paired with the organic for the casual sophistication that everyone is after. Look for more copper pots hanging on the racks in kitchens.

Copper pots, bronze hardware, brass pot filler, black enameled sconces living in harmony

The take way

It certainly seems as though the 1970s is weaving it’s influence through home design trends for 2018. It’s easy to say, ugh the 70s was tacky with polyester in excess, disco, giant lapels, ochre and avocado green and on and on and it was but with the bad there’s always some good and I think what we’ve extracted now in 2018 is the good stuff.

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The A-frame Cabin

I’d say…do indeed, call it come back.

The A-frames you knew from the 70s and 80s or your adolescence at the lake or maybe in small mountain towns visited on family trips to New Hampshire could be one of your next Airbnb stays or maybe even your vacation hideaway investment.

We have some great a-frames right here where I live in NC, in a local lake community called Seven Lakes. I toured a 70s a-frame house last winter, it had a free-standing wood stove in the living area with a stack that went up through the wood plank ceiling…good stuff.

The imagery of this post could literally scroll for ages but at some point I’ll cut it off. But how bad do you want one of these things? Imagine solid windows on one end with a view, wow. I know a couple of people who might want to build simple cabins with a river view, huh?

There are so, so many good ones, but I like this one because Mama a-frame has a baby a-frame.

 

 

 

Platform a-frame with balconies and a dormer,

 

 

 

Because people are a-buzz about black exteriors, will you say you like the black a-frames the most?

 

 

 

 

Whats your favorite one, do tell.

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A Serene & Modern Living Room Design

These elements fall together with so much ease to create a serene, relaxing and modern living space.

 

So livable and here are the ingredients:

Wooden Bead Strand  |  Puppis Floor Lamp  |  Ceramic Geometric Planter  |  Custom Reupholstered Flair Arm Sofa  |  Woven Leather Chair  |  Table Lamp | HAYDEN  |  Moroccan Cactus Silk Lumbar Pillow | POLLY 14×24  |  Benton Coffee Table  |  Alanis Side Table, Teak  |  Vintage African Mudcloth Pillow with Pom Poms | JUSTINA 20×20  |  Ceramic Flower Pot | SKY  |  Pugh Yellow Pottery Bowl  |  Vintage Turkish Oushak | MUTED  |  Throw Blanket, Order through ShopTEOT  |  End Table, Order through ShopTEOT  |

 

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New Tribal Persian Rugs in Shop

Winter is a good time to rethink your home because you’re generally spending more time in it.

With two snows here in the South in January, I’ve had extra time to do some looking around and I’m thinking it’s time for a change and I’m making plans.

One easy and quick change can be a new rug, and some new rugs just arrived at the shop. They are bold and beautiful.

Our newest selection of vintage wool rugs are mostly from the 1960s and the 1970s (my favorite decade right now.) Each is consistently a tribal Persian style with rich colors that will look so right in an entry, a bathroom, kitchen or bedroom. They are smart layered over a natural rug or on their own.

To help get your creative, home refresh juices flowing, here are some similar rugs in the wild.

Try it out in the bathroom with our Vintage Tribal Persian Rug | Georgia

 

Or the living room with Vintage Tribal Persian Rug | MAURA

 

What do you think about the double layer… Start out layer one with Vintage Tribal Persian Rug | KAREN

 

And, they are always good in a foyer, try out Vintage Tribal Persian Rug | ALAINA in yours.

 

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Streaming on Sofas

Gotta pick the right sofa because everyone likes to #netflixandchill.

 

Better Things + Aelfie

I’ve always liked Pamela Adlon since the days of Marcy Runkle (of Californication,) but now I worship her. Based loosely on her own life and experiences, she plays Sam, a single parent to 3 girls, each amazing in their own rite. There are truly hilarious moments, raw moments, incredible longing and sad moments. There is unconditional love and samples of the sacrifice that parenthood brings, especially the difficulty of being a single parent. But then there are more hilarious moments that keep you battling through and rooting for Sam and her girls. Better Things is brilliant and we can’t help but wonder where does show creator and actress Pamela Adlon go from here… to the moon? Pile a lot of pillows on the suitably bold & fun Alfie sofa, grab a blanket and watch this magic. Bonus – Sam’s categorically LA Spanish casa is pretty great looking, especially the art.

Find BETTER THINGS on Hulu.

Ozark + Kathy

Ooh, we love a crime drama. This one features Jason Bateman in a serious role as a family man/Accountant who has found himself desperately trapped in a life-or-death deal when his partner messes over a client who happens to be a latin gangster. The family runs off to rebuild in the foggy landscape on the banks of “Magic Dragon” Lake in the Ozarks, an idyllic vacation community where you’d least expect the kind of crime that led them there. It doesn’t take long for the family to find their foothold among the local flavor and before you know it, you’ve got a captivating series. Sink in to Moss Studio’s skirted Kathy sofa (one of my long time faves) and see if Bateman and family make it another day. Bonus here too – You are sure to love the architectural detail of the lakeside midcentury where they find residence!

Find OZARK on Netflix.

Big Mouth + Monroe

An animated series by Nick Kroll that is a hilarious and raunchy look at puberty and the changes we go through in early teen years from a male and female perspective. It’s a coming of age series, complete with hormone monsters and in our house, we’ve watched twice through already.

Find BIG MOUTH on Netflix.

 

Like the Streaming on Sofa Series, or looking for more great TV recommendations? We have more, here.

 

 

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