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Making a New House Feel Like Home

Hey!

Well Sarah and I hung around last week talking about how to make a new house feel like a home–because that’s the kind of thing we do when we get together. (And also because Casper, the mattress started up a conversation and invited us to join in).

I thought of our first days in this house that we live in now. It was an exciting time. Seeing the previous owner’s items moved out, visualizing the minor renovation projects we had ahead of us, and camping out on, I kid you not, our own new Casper mattress that we had delivered before we moved anything else over. I sat and problem solved for weeks before we moved in, I stared at paint samples and I thought about what life would feel like in our new space!

Those are the fantasies that fuel home lovers like us.

And Sarah, as you loyal readers well know, has moved her family something like 5 times in the past 10 years. They love them a good blank slate. So she’s a PROFESSIONAL when it comes to getting inside a new house and looking around thinking about it becoming home.

So, after some real though we came up with an earnest list of our top 3 essentials for a new move-in, and here is what we came up with.

ESSENTIALS FOR MAKING YOUR NEW HOUSE FEEL LIKE HOME

  1. A solid timeless sofa.
    We believe in investing in an heirloom quality sofa with timeless lines, a piece that can travel with you from home to home, and grow with your family. Update it with new upholstery when you need to change your look. It’s nice to have comforting arms to catch you when you fall down with exhaustion between unpacking boxes.
  2. Personal Mementos.
    A new home can feel foreign at first. Make sure to start out early by setting up a piece that means a lot to you. This could be hanging a piece of art that you and your spouse have collected along the way, or unpacking your grandmother’s hand-me-down china set and stocking the cabinet first. Whatever your go-to sentimental pieces are, pull them out early and find a spot in your new house, so that you can feel at home.
  3. SUPER NICE linens.
    It’s important to get that nice fresh comfy feeling in the bed after your long first day in your new home. We are big fans of the linen splurge. You spend a good chunk of your life in your bed, and the kind of rest you get there has a profound affect on your lifestlye, so do it up right. We love an long thread Egyptian cotton sheet, but whatever your preference is, make sure that your best linens are packed on top of the stack so you can make your bed nice and comfy for your first night in your new space.

 

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Turn a Brick Box House into a Craftsman

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Hey there,

We have an idea for you. You are going to love this one, probably as much as your loved our ideas to turn your standard midcentury Ranch into something fresh.

This time the architectural style that has our attention is the 1950’s Post-War Brick & Block box. Much like the ranch style rambler, these homes became prevalent across the nation as soldiers filed back into their hometowns after the war with a GI Bill to promote welfare. Ultimately this led to a building boom, and suburban America was born. I’m sure you are familiar with the styles from the era. Maybe you drive through neighborhoods full of them, but don’t think too much about them.

Or maybe you are like us, and you drive through neighborhoods of them, and you wonder to yourself, how you might buy up the entire block of them, convert them all into one adorably rejuvenated pocket community with all the necessities and a local coffee maker, as great as BuggyTown.

Cause fantasies are fun!

Here’s a look at how we got carried away dreaming:

Get the full scoop on this project and many more by the Falls Church VA Architecture firm we have long admired, Moore Architects.

 

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IKEA Jassa Collection

Hey Friends,

I got myself down to IKEA Carson to check out the JASSA Collection. Here are my thoughts.

I told Sarah on the phone, either my fav bloggers were really hyped, or the IKEA PR department did an amazing job and pinning down all the bohoey blogs for a mention of this collection.

Here’s what the collections looked like on all those blogs, as styled by IKEA. Get ready for some very literal Moroccan interior design with tons of pattern mashups.

This chair is cute, but not quite dining chair height. It would look great in a corner, or maybe under your covered patio in a group. The seat is wide which is nice, but its the sculptural fan back that makes it one of the more striking pieces of the collection.

This chaise is the foremost piece that I wanted for my own home. I had this vision of using one in the the living room to break up my long narrow space but it was a bit disappointing. The scale is tiny. It read like a child’s chair. I thought it would make a fun piece for our living area which is constantly morphing between a family cuddle puddle and a wide open doggie play zone – but it just got swallowed up by the room and looked awkward. Also, I’m accidentally amassing an assortment of rattans and I don’t need to get carried away in that room. It’s out on the patio now thinking about where it wants to live.

I didn’t get to see these in person, but they are interesting. They may feel like kid’s chairs too, but they are a cool casual look in bamboo and could be really great to have around outside.

Along with the Jassa collection of furniture, there is a whole slew of baskets and fabrics and pillow covers that I didn’t include. But, I had to share this pic because Sarah and I have both been into some blue and white splatter paint & brushstrokey pottery vibes for sometime. Its always fun to see a trend interpreted for a big box store. This is a very accessible option if you like the look but haven’t wanted to spring for the more artisanal pieces.

I picked up a couple of these too, in the more horizontal design. I had them in mind as an simple solution to hang on either side of our bed, but man – when I got this stuff home its like my pimp balloon had deflated. Do you know what I mean? High expectations on this stuff, but really it’s better in concept than it is execution.
Again, I remind myself that they were like $30 bucks, and I am cheap.

Of all the pieces, this settee is actually the clear winner. It wins in both scale and overall practicality. If I get my act together for another long trip South, I’ll take the chaise back and swap for a second settee. I’ll admit that it’s not the sturdiest of the pieces that I have ever brought home, but for $129 I don’t know what more I could expect. We’ll see how long she holds us, especially since I’ve already set this pretty lady out on my back patio in the mild SoCal elements.

The series is limited, so chances are if you are wicked into any one piece over another, it might be a beast to find. Personally I checked in on the site for a few weeks before it finally arrived in Carson. It’s in San Diego & Costa Mesa too, but not Burbank. But IKEA also shares inventory count and where there were 48 chaise lounges last Monday, and by the time I arrived last Thursday, there were only  12 left.

Cruise the whole Jassa ordeal online here: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/collections/34665/

 

 

 

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Today Only

Happy President’s Day.

If you didn’t already know, our lineup of Farmhouse Stripes are all named after a past POTUS.

Use PRES17 for a 15% discount on any order. Meanwhile, scroll on down for a look at BAM, DUBYA, BUBBA, DUTCH & JACKO along with a few other friends from the white house.

SHOP THE FARMHOUSE MODERN COLLECTION AT THE ESTATE OF THINGS

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The Bollare Office Update – California on the East Coast

When Alle Fister hit us up for around 10 pillows, we knew she was up to something special.

We quickly packaged up 2 moving boxes full of TEOT product and shipped it to NYC with bated breath.

This week, her office update hits media outlets starting first with MyDomaine and we are beyond thrilled to see our product helping to make the California PR firm shine in Tribeca, NY.

We love a little bi-coastal design influence and so this was right up our alley.

Below we’ve posted a few spaces that included TEOT pillows. For the whole tour, head over to MyDomaine!

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Top 5 Things I’ve Learned From MY FAVORITE MURDER

Here at TEOT, we listen to a good amount of podcasts. And now that I got these headphones  for Christmas I can be even more obnoxious about it.

One of our current favorites is My Favorite Murder.

Maybe not for everyone but MFM is actually a comedy podcast where two funny ladies, Georgia Hardstark (FOOD Network) and Karen Kilgariff (writer for Mr. Show among other things) sit down and talk about their obsession with true crime.

So hey podcast lovers and beautiful nerds, we cooked up something special for you.

The Top 5 Things We Learned from My Favorite Murder

1. I need to try Zankou Chicken immediately (next visit to LA)

2. The next best band will likely be named “Small Foreign Faction”

3. British procedurals are both relaxing and entertaining

4. One in 5 people are not schizophrenic.

5. Most people that I don’t know are potential murderers. 
Also important to note…
You should go camping with knives taped to your hands.
Serial killers are usually serial bed-wetters as children, and/or have suffered some sort of head trauma…
and/or they harm/kill small animals.
Are there any fellow “murderinos” out there? What are your favorite podcasts, we’re always looking for new ones.
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