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Staging East Delaware’s Modern Farmhouse

Hey World.

Remember years ago, when we sat at the bar in the cold swapping name ideas for the new site we were going to create to share our home decor passions?

Remember when we had a big turnout on the Apartment Therapy Homies Awards that earned us some long time friends in the blog world? Remember when we were gonna rent a space in a cool co-shared mart to experiment with selling some vintage wares in Sarah’s town, but instead I got a big rad radio job in California and moved back? What about that time our blog got hacked and everyone hated us cause Google emailed them and said don’t link to us because of gross viruses? Ooh, that was the worst.

Recall when Sarah painted the Indiana House exterior for the 3rd time to get it right? The next thing that happened is we scraped together about a thousand bucks and we pulled together a collection of pillows and vintage goods to sell on Etsy. We doubled our money and did it again, and again until we got the courage to think it was working – Well, then we took a biz loan and we opened up a shop.

AND NOW! Here we are.

At the moment where we blog to our little tiny slice of the broad and seemingly infinite internet…

We have staged a real estate listing!

Kay, so that’s enough of that silly nostalgic drama.

Here’s a look at the fantastic work of area builder Butler Constructs along with Dandeneau Architecture. We were honored to bring over some home decor shop goods for an extra layer on their stylish result.

 

Area design/builder Sean Butler or Butler Constructs is a long time friend and fellow community member in the historic renovation scene in Southern Pines, NC.

He called on Sarah Farrell to bring in the final touches on one of his latest two builds in the picturesque downtown scene, that has been seeing an onslaught of development in the residential housing market due to an influx of interested young buyers from the local military base, Fort Bragg, NC.

The Modern Farmhouse is one of two new construction homes built with the architectural history of the region in mind. One, a modern take on the colonial is nestled into its lot behind the pine trees that give the area its name. The other, based aesthetically on an old farmhouse classic style sits proudly on the corner lot and features an impressive face with a tall gable.

We wrote about the two homes here.

Given their pick, TEOT would select the Farmhouse over and over. The company brought in a few samples of the shop to display around the home and give it that lived in “if you lived here, you’d be home” kind of feeling. They also invited local friend and furniture maker, Copper & Walnut to join them by adding a few extra upholstery pieces from the forthcoming collection. That lovely roll arm chair that you can see in the living room seating arrangement is an example of their craft.

My understanding is that both homes are under contract! <3 Congrats to the team, and thanks for having us be a part!

 

 

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From our Phones in May 2017

What’s big in your world right now?

It’s almost summer break! Are you planning trips!?

Maybe you just attended graduation for one of your littles, or maybe one of your BIGS went off to prom! I saw your pics and I can’t believe how time flies.

Sarah took on a new staging project for a recent house listing! Her Southern Pines Real Estate life is cruising right along and its brought new and exciting challenges to our work lives.

She’s also found a moment to whip up some classic pillows shams from a piece of highly sought after Chinese Batik textile that we sourced at the antiques market here in Santa Monica. The result is great, and we’d love to take custom orders! Contact us through our CONTACT TEOT page.

We got some new art easels in, and as simple as this home decor idea is – we think you can really bolster your table top steez with these basic pieces. Find them on our art page.

We get real happy when our clients and customers send us a pic of their latest TEOT goods in action. Thanks Court. We’ll forever love this pattern.

We are looking into a round up of the best hanging rattan chairs that the internet has to offer. While our vintage example in the shop is hard to top, we think the new hanging rattan chair we stock online is pretty darn close to Midcentury perfection. It goes boho for sure, but with clean lines like that, we think that just about any context could benefit from the casual and playful aspects it brings, even juxtaposed in a traditional setting.

I can hardly believe it, but the shop is taking on a more natural, neutral tone with its most recent layering of badass boho accessories. One signature of Sarah’s design practice that I really love, is her eclectic glaze. Thoughtful, sentimental and well poised elemental arrangements atop a purposeful, classic base. It’s evidenced by the recent bedside vignette at the shop.

I stopped my car, parked across the street and then looked up and down the street for judgey eyes before snapping this photo of my neighbors home. I had too, for a number of reasons. The first being that its FARMHOUSE in the Pacific Palisades. The second is because Sarah and I had cruised by it the very day that an associate at the Pacific Design Center told us that Venice was where it was at, and nothing interesting was happening anymore in Santa Monica or north… just boxes on boxes. But this is straight up East Coast Traditional architecture here in my hood and about a billion more area homes are clad in construction fencing, getting the same kind of update. Thanks Joanna Gaines???
At any rate, we’re into it.

And speaking of a little bit of country, the sweet ticking stripe napkin place setting is a great idea for your modern farmhouse table decor.

Oh, more new natural neutrals to love in the shop! Hot dog!

OMG, I bout died when I saw these. I need shelfie coaching so badly. I don’t even hardly have shelves at this house just yet, but they are coming and when they do…. I need Sarah’s magical touch.

Just look. It’s zen meditation for my hungry helpless eyes.

 

In other news, I just want to share something personal b/c you guys are so great to be here. It’s easier to do this in hindsight. I’ve been relatively quiet about it on the internet and around here we always vacillate between “do I share, or do I not share and move on talking only about pretty rooms and things to buy.”

… but today I share.

I’ve just come through a recovery period from a sudden surgery, very similar to something that Lena Dunham can outline for you to much greater detail and drama that I can muster on an interior design blog! Suffice to say, I’m one less fallopian tube and two less ovarian dermoid and chocolate cysts than I was a couple weeks ago and I’m ready to party – more sane and less pain, into the future of continuous birth control. I took the #endo pic with my phone, but I’ll spare the internet my intimates.

This is just my own personal part of the lady health stuff that both Sarah and I have confronted in the past few months. From our mothers, sisters, cousins, friends, daughters and ourselves, women’s health concerns have been surfacing all over the place for us. I hope its coincidental to our own ring of loved ones, and not the the new dystopic future that the Handmaid’s Tale would have me believe.

At any rate, at the moment I’m a bit raw, but grateful for my health and future. I’ve been through this quick, rough patch that was handled wonderfully with loving care from my doctors and my dude…. but there is more to face down with my mom’s continuing battle with endometrial cancer, with my reproductive pursuits, with cancer screenings and more. I guess I just want to say that if you are dealing with this, have dealt with it or are wondering if you may one day have to deal with it, you have my big, big heart. And we can chat it out. I’m ready to talk. Sharing and chatting through this stuff with friends and ladies of all types has been the most therapeutic approach I’ve found so far. Don’t spin out on your own. Don’t feel afraid, and let’s tackle it.

The end. That’s the end of this suddenly personal purge on the heels of an otherwise lovely eye candy phone photo folder dump. Love and thanks again for being with us.

 

 

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Betsy’s Getting Married

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I haven’t regaled you guys at all with the designer details of my seventies themed soiree that I’m putting together for the summertime. But, it’s time to begin sharing my girlish notions with my fellow friends here on the blog!

I can see how this type of project could easily become a full time gig, but so far I’ve been treating it like that side job hustle that you keep procrastinating on.

Each week, the dude and I have a chuckle at the wedding to-do list reminders that I receive after signing us up for The Knot, which I then never actually utilized.

Luckily we have a wedding planner friend that is helping pull together the minutia and swapping fun ideas with me on the parts that I AM totally excited by

…  mostly gathering inspiration pics and figuring out a space plan!

I love hosting!

I like to think I’m laid back and laissez-faire when it comes to planning… but those closest to me know that this is ruse, wrapped in a disguise, and peppered in LIE. In order to be so ‘go with the flow’ when it comes down to it, I have to meticulously plan and prepare ahead of time, right up until the point that I may release all expectation with trust in the preparation! Haha! I’ve been known to get straight up event planner anxiety when one of Jeff’s kids has a birthday dinner.

 

I’m messy and I’m NOT a perfectionist at all, but I want everyone to be well cared for and comfortable, and I want to feel like the atmosphere is a great expression of the occasion, whatever that may be…

In this case its a big, personal one! And that’s super exciting!

Suffice to say, as much as this day and this event is a powerfully fun thing to plan for and I couldn’t BE more excited for the events and the time we’ll get to spend with our friends and family, I am at best an unconventional bride, and at worst just a disorganized mess!

People keep asking me how the plans are coming, and I know that they are coming b/c I have lists and things are getting checked off — but I don’t have answers about what it is going to be just yet.

We’re officially less than 6 weeks in and my invites haven’t even gone out b/c the AMAZINGLY SILLY idea that we had for them is caught up in a wicked awful production snafu that I’m probably going to have to move along without. And it’s only a little bit sad, but I’m living on the edge by holding up my mailing date with hope.

And that is only our second hiccup in the planning process, after the resort venue booked all the rooms without saving any space for our families to stay as guests. Which was crazy, and kind of the entire point in booking there!

We’ve already adjusted the plan though and we’re feeling like it was all for the best in the long run. The important things are coming together, and some fun things are too! And ready or not, its happening soon!

All inspiration images were pulled together by our WONDERFUL Asheville Wedding Planner friends at Verge Events.

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Your Mama!

Hey there friends.

Mother’s Day is next weekend and since we love our mamas, love being mamas, love thinking about becoming mamas and love thinking about our daughters becoming mamas – its a special day for so many ladies in the TEOT camp.

I have to re-share this graphic that we made a couple of mother’s days ago, b/c it remains one of my favorite ever.

Our mamas from the 1970s. <3 
… before we came to exist. 

Isn’t it amazing that mamas have had whole unique lives and experiences before we came to live and know them as our mom?

I’m sure that may sound simple and perhaps even silly to some people, but I’ve been thinking about it. Whenever your children come to you, they know you in a role that is loving, caring and giving…. sacrificing of their time, their sleep, their energy, their identity and so much of what came before you.

And we just take it all, all that they give.

And its the natural order of things. And they love it, and they love us.

It’s a special time for me and for my mama. There is no gift I could give to express my gratitude on a Sunday. But I’ll try to find something for her this week that she will enjoy.

We’ll be back next week with more info about sales and gift ideas. You can get some ideas of whats to come here on the YOUR MAMA! collection page.

But because its Saturday and I’ve had a nice quiet morning,  I’m prone to wax emo.   Have a great weekend and consider talking to us if you are looking for something special.

 

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Saturday at Long Beach Flea Market

Hey y’all.

Do you follow us on Instagram? If so, then you already know that Sarah and her family came out to Los Angeles for a nice weeklong stay at our house. It was great fun, and we did lots of adventuring and exploring.

We started at the top of the week with a trip down south to the Long Beach Flea Market. It was so great to get out together and shop in real life, since usually we are working virtually, or going out sourcing on our own since we live on opposites sides of the southern nation.

Here are a few snapshots of the fun things we saw.

 

 

Someone’s prized John & Yoko scrapbook,

 

Seek the pastel kantha quilts,

 

Betsy didn’t listen to TEOT’s store mantra and these lilac lamps haunted her well in to the week,

 

Sarah has long had a soft spot for turquoise, and the ladies running this booth were some real American gypsies, made up of the stuff straight out Betsy’s wild heart.

We spotted some giant macrame hanging around, the original stuff from the 1970s,

Indian blocks to do your own printing,

Betsy is having a moment for multi-colored patterns and this struck her fancy.

Sarah carefully studied the suzani selection for the right vibes.

Next level air plants,

Next level tangled masses of air plants,

Betsy contemplated a couple of these for her bathroom, but didn’t want to carry them around. Ha!

 

This extra long lumbar haunted Sarah, but we’ll find it again and bring it to all of you

 

 

 

This tent below  looks like something that Betsy wanted to erect in the desert back before the #vanlife article came out in the NY Times and shed some light on how cliche the whole notion of “running to and burning up in the sunset” has become. She’s still dreaming of launching her Seven Wanders venture though.

vintage South American toddler sandals,

Aww. We had a funny conversation with the neighbor to this little setup. He swore we didn’t have a camper like this one…. and Betsy was like “Uh, no. I have a camper EXACTLY like that one.”

We met some new rug dealers that had some promising things to say about possibilities for the TEOT Rug collection.

So, that was that. We highly recommend the Long Beach Antiques Market to anyone in the area. You know the Rose Bowl gets all the love online but Long Beach is every bit as good.

Love yall. Have a great weekend.

 

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