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TEOT at the Weymouth Christmas House

We are honored to participate in the Weymouth Christmas House for the third year. 

Sarah executed an Elvis’ “Blue Christmas” theme, as each room’s design was inspired by a holiday tune.

While the traditional bones of this old literary manor are hard not to succumb too, the peach and blue color combo are reading rad trad, and rad trad is how ladies like to do things in the South. 

If you are a SoPi local, enjoy this peek and we hope you can make it over to the Weymouth Christmas Open House. Be sure to scope the gift shop scene and see if you can spy the Shop TEOT goodies on hand!

Feels good to be in the holiday spirit right y’all?

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Cali Chalet: Progress

This pic pretty much showcases where we are with all things Cali Chalet, since the Demo Day post earlier.

The biggest update being that we sandblasted the ceilings, inspired by Emily Henderson’s efforts in her own family’s California mountain home. We even called up her recommended contractor, Mike from Culwell Abrasive and we are very pleased with our result. Mike says he wants to do more of this kind of work, so if you are sitting under some orangey midcentury ceilings in SoCal, now you know who to call.

Also of note, some new stairs were constructed to lead down into the sunken living room. What was there before had a big drop, and I didn’t want my baby to die, so you can see the new buildup that we added. This makes so much more sense that it is really hard to imagine it was any other way.

Here’s a little reminder of the before, with a look at the previous stairs.

It’s looking so much better in there already.  New hardwood flooring is going in this week and I can not wait for that major improvement. 

It was fun to have the flooring discussion on my Instagram stories. It looked a little something like this.

We settled on #5 which was a strong leader in the choices that my friends and fam sent over on Instastories. I love the feedback loop on Instagram Stories…. it rivals early days blog comments. Haha.

Turns out #5 was the sole real hardwood choice among a group of vinyl options. We thought vinyl was going to be the best choice for our budget but it turned out that floating hardwood over top of our existing flooring was going to work out without any major demolition of the existing floors, so we picked the more natural option. It’s a matte Hickory in a 7.5 inch wide plank. But my, hasn’t vinyl flooring come a long way. Those other contenders really would have looked fine. 

Welp, that’s the latest in progress at our mountain house project. We are headed up in two weeks with a Christmas Tree to enjoy those new hardwood floors and daydream about furnishings! 

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Sarah’s Wish List for Christmas

SHOP SARAH’S WISHLIST

Tennis Unconditionally Yours | Linen blanket | Coat | Layflat Photo Album | Levi’s | Corduroys | Earbuds | Sneakers | Pajamas | Perfume | TEOT Scarf

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SHOP TALK: The New Spot

We got it done, we moved! Well, in reality… Sarah got it done while I had a baby. We missed coinciding these momentous events by two days. The new shop had its opening day on July 14th. On the 16th, coincidentally Sarah’s birthday, my sweet baby, Julianna, was born.

So, yeah it’s been a little while. But we finally have imagery that does Sarah’s styling work justice. 

The new address is 168 NW Broad Street Southern Pines, NC  28387

Let’s have a look around the new digs, shall we!


We updated with a bit of demolition some fresh crisp white paint, new shelving, refinished hardwood floors and some new lighting.


It makes the perfect backdrop for our collections to take center stage.


The new layout is quite different from that of the old shop, which was set up more like a living apartment, with separate rooms for Kitchen/Dining, Living, Bed and Bath. It is so fun to see our stuff in more of the traditional shop format. We’re working toward building up the inventory and filling it out even more!

Here are a few more styled vignettes from around the store! Enjoy and thanks for poppin in and shopping to help us support this dream we’re chipping away at!

Photography by Rachel Garrison Photography

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A-Frame Project: Exterior Paint Color

The fun time of a renovation project is starting to come about now. That time mostly surrounds trimming windows and doors and the general finishing of the space, when all the walls are up and sheetrocked and the finish line is in sight.

I’ve had a deep, moody teal color in mind for some time and I had earmarked this color in my mind for a different project all together that never came about. That was a 1920s cottage but I thought that hue could work equally well on a 70s a-frame.

Although I was excited about using a color (moody teal) I hadn’t previously applied anywhere, always lingering is the blue/gray tone and the temptation to maybe play a little safer. So I narrowed the field on the fan deck, reviewed my Pinterest color board, made sure to visit all the #aframe peeps on Instagram and then bought my samples.

Here’s the field,

Top to Bottom – 1. Benjamin Moore Blue Spruce 2. Benjamin Moore Van Courtland Blue 3. Sherwin Williams Riverway 4. Benjamin Moore Vanderberg Blue 5. Benjamin Moore Ocean Floor

My initial reaction after they went up was a hard lean toward Blue Spruce. Almost immediately Van Courtland Blue was eliminated as was Riverway and Ocean Floor. But a little nugget to store away for later is that Ocean Floor is a great candidate for kitchen islands or bath vanity color. On the exterior, exposed to full sun, Ocean Floor has a purple tinge. Riverway was just too one dimensional with too much green and Van Courtland was an experiment in going light but truthfully my heart was never in it for a light color but I needed to be certain.

So the battle was on between Blue Spruce and Vanderberg Blue. The samples were up for a week and I was prepared to choose Blue Spruce but my Mom came out strongly for Vanderberg. Then Betsy put it up on Instagram and the commenters were pretty evenly split for Spruce and Vanderberg. So before I tell you what we chose, we’d love to have your vote; Blue Spruce or Vanderberg Blue?

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A-Frame Project: Kitchen Inspiration

My main inspiration for the A-frame kitchen design is the next three images of the same kitchen taken at different distances or angles. Like this kitchen, we need a lot of open shelving.

We need open shelving especially in the A-frame kitchen because it is a smaller kitchen space and we want to maintain an open and modern feel in the space. So we’re going with no upper cabinets and just floating shelving.

A close up of shelves turning the corner with square tiles installed in a brick pattern. The plan (this week, subject to change) in the a-frame kitchen is to have the shelves wrap the corner to the sink window.

I liked this island style a lot. Its a bit different from usual kitchen island fare and it has storage and a place for a couple of stools. We need both of those things in this space. Also, I particularly like the decision to make the shelving out of stained wood. A lot of these painted wood surfaces can get scratched up sometimes especially in the kitchen where you might be sliding bowls or fruit baskets or whatever around, the stained wood has a durable finish.

I’m really liking this subtle off white but still modern subway tile on the backsplash, our main kitchen inspiration also had an off-white tile that has an alabaster quality, it makes things less stark. The focus of this image for me, is the tall cabinet that may or may not be next to our refrigerator. Trying to figure out if there is a cabinet next to the fridge or if we’re just building in the fridge with panels.

We’re so close to finalizing the kitchen plan. It’s time now to do the leg work on finding the right person to fabricate the shelves and I’m really leaning toward ordering from the same company that built the shelves at TEOT’s former shop space. I know how much people loved them because I heard at least once a day.

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