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Rorschach is Where Its At

Building upon a recent appreciation for Eskayel, my eyes are still on all things rorschach.

The imagery itself isn’t new.  It is taken from a 100 year old personality test by scientist of the name, Rorschach. You’ve probably conjured up an image much like mine, of silky tufted fainting sofas and old mustached men holding up ink blot cards for young ladies of leisure.

Andy Warhol Rorschach

Andy Warhol dug into it a bit in the 60s as seen above in metallic gold, and over the past few years it is becoming more and more prevalent in home decor.

We think its especially appealing when presented with inky hues. The watercolor effect seen below is perfect.

Eskayel vignetteWallpaper by Eskayel

Sarah and I like to talk about the many uber hip applications of Eskayel’s wallpaper line that we’ve seen.  From its use in a maximalist modern eclectic home, to it’s application in a classically Southern home, where the powder room is allowed to pack a bit more graphic punch without breaking from a more muted, typically traditional decor.

It looks fresh and modern anywhere it’s used.

 

rorschach art by hi sugarplum one room challengeFrom the One Room Challenge, by HiSugarplum

Like the artwork used in this recent room update, it just smacked of rorschach. Our feeling is that these bold bright hues really amp up the trend, taking your art display to the next level.

bunglo by shay spaniola

Bunglo, by Shay Spaniola is an another brand we love. I feel as if I’ve been along for the ride, of the rise from the day that our friend Bregan gave us the heads up on this local Etsy seller she admired, on through the moments that her lines were snatched up by ABC Carpet & Home and major retailers like Bloomingdales & Nordstrom. Pretty awesome.

 

cle tile rorschach

And finally, this tile. OMG. Now, tilling to this effect requires a bit more commitment than simply tossing the new design via a pillow among the mix on your sofa, but these rorschach inspired ceramics by Cle Tile are hot to death as a bathroom backsplash.

 

 

So that’s it. We’re positively inspired and in fact, we’re cooking up a little something of our own for SHOP TEOT. Holler at us and let us know if you’re into it, or over it.

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Dreamy Celestial Inspired Gift Ideas

Keep an eye out for the latest in must have personal expression… it’s all about your favorite constellation! 
 
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Our friend and fellow design lover Bregan at Maiden America Studio is right on trend with her celestial home decor and personal fashion items for the season!  Peep them on her website and consider gifting me with this Big Dipper Necklace this holiday!  (JK, I already gifted myself… but do get one for the other boho gypsies and dreamers in your life.)
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I’m pretty constantly inspired by the work that comes out of a recent Instagram follow @laurelwoodgems. She’s got an obsession with dip-dye, tassels and macrame – and her photography and presentation is killer. When she popped out this image, I knew I was destined to be a long time admirer. She’s speaking my love language with that rustic wood.
Visit: laurelwoodgems.com
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Oh man, I can’t even imagine being able to view the world through the rose colored glasses that this fine artist must have. Her commitment to the dusty lavenders and oranges of a desert sunset, and how extra-terrestrial the landscape of the Southwest can feel is so obviously inspired her lunar & planetary watercolors. I’m totally into it.
UPDATE! The Big Dipper Necklace really pulled my twenties inspired party ensemble together for Heffe’s holiday party. I got tons of compliments. So, Bregan of Maiden America Studio has been super kind to extend an offer to TEOT readers for free shipping. Just enter TEOTship into the coupon section of her site. You can get the big dipper necklace here.
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Betsy’s New House: Hallway Decorating Ideas

It’s move in day y’all. As I type, the old house is full of boxes, being carried out one by one.

I’m so excited that tonight will be our first official night in our new home. My mind is reeling with all of the new features that I’ll get to actually live with.

Throughout the renovation, I took an abnormal preoccupation with the hallway. Here is what was going on in my  brain from my favorite vantage point.

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I went all E Hendo on y’all and made a gif… really I made this to illustrate to the dude what I was having a hard time articulating without a visual.
Now bear with me for a minute while I belabor myself with over-explanation.

Our house was full of doors. There were two in the hallway where there should be none. Once we started getting into moving things around, I was pinning long light filled halls with beautiful runners and quiet design moments and I wanted that in our hallway. I started to think about perspective and how soothing it is to visualize those two lines running to meet each other at a point on the horizon.

So the threshold into the back part of the house became a pre-occupation. I felt it was cutting off an opportunity for a beautiful line of site, a lovely perspective leading to a statement door frame to the Master, or a quiet chair in that far away corner. I was envisioning a thing of simple serene beauty and all of these extra door jamb angles were getting in my way.

This is what it looked like on our initial house tour, with the old homeowner’s stuff.

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The contractor was happy to move the door jamb in the middle of the hall, but he was not so keen on busting out the door frame at the threshold. You would need to come over to the house and get the real feeling of the space to feel me out on this one, but his argument was that we needed the door trim to maintain the consistency throughout the home. I am not really so much into consistency.

My thought was that we are trying to modernize the home and clean lines would help with that.

Opening up the hallway with a flat drywall corner seemed like a sound design decision to me. But, he held out on his stubborn design opinion by deciding that while he would do it for me, he would charge me an arm and a leg for the job. So we decided fine, we will wait and we will live with it, and if I’m still obsessing over the hallway perspective when it comes time to redo the stairwell, then we can address it then.

It’s always interesting when you have a conviction that people want to challenge you on. Am I POSITIVE that the home would look better with the gaping opening. Nope.

But I still haven’t stopped thinking about it either.

Either way, it is miles better with the two doors and the one door jamb removed. Here is the new blank slate.

hallway-emptyThose holes in the floor will be filled in soon.

Will I run a long runner up the hallway? Will we adorn the walls with radical art? Will there be repeating pendants to guide us down the hall?

Here are the inspiration images that I started pinning for a hallway decorating ideas. I’d love to hear your ideas or see your hallway spaces.

 

hallway decorating ideasArt + Persian runner does a lot for this hall.
via Domaine

hallway decorating ideas runnerThe wall flood lighting adds drama to a window less hallway, and I love the chair at the end.
From Carla Aston

hallway ceilingWe could keep playing perspective games and go with a linear picture ledge.
From Apartment Therapy

black wall hallway with chair railChair rail is an option, but I think we’re steering away from traditional moulding. At any rate, I like all this for fantasy fodder for a different style of home.

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African Textiles in Your House

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Mud Cloth & Indigo take stage

Are you hip to this must have home decor trend?

You may have noticed the bright blues of indigo and the tribal patterns of black and white mud cloth sneaking into all of your most recent fav home tours. These patterns are doing heavy duty in the Bohemian Home Decor scene right now.

We believe these african textiles are equally at home when at play in the modern farmhouse, early twentieth century cottage and even in your classic east coast traditional. So if you aren’t living in the land of Sunny Southern California with washed out white walls, don’t let it stop you from getting the look in your space!

Our vintage African textiles and pillows add a layer of global boho appeal and classic indigo in any atmosphere. They are soft, faded and familiar like you’ve had them for ages, bringing a depth to your room.

Not sure how to incorporate it in to your home, let us illustrate!

 

amber interiors blue stripe pillow

Mix our Dreamboat Annie pillow, a soft, indigo and denim blue stripe in with a vibrant kilim, like Amber of Amber Interior Design.

TEOT dreamboat annie stripe pillow

 

coastal living indigo pillowsvia Coastal Living

Our Mendel pillow is a variation of the accent pillows like these, perfectly at home in a coastal setting with traditional shiplap walls.

TEOT Mendel pillow

 

african indigo pillows sofa

 

Layer the indigo on as shown above with TEOT’s versatile solid indigo pillow,

TEOT solid indigo pillow

and while you’re mixing & layering, you’ve got to include everyone’s fave, one of our indigo throws.

TEOT solid indigo throw

 

furbish suzani & african throwvia I Suwannee

Proof of the mix, African indigo gets draped on the headboard for a quick style change & we agree with Jamie, it combines nicely with shibori and a suzani.

TEOT African throw

white mud cloth bed

Such a fantastic look and simple accent, white mudcloth lumbars on the bed.

TEOT white mudcloth pillow

 

 

 

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Black Frame Windows

7th_street_residence_black window framesvia PullTab

I’ve been feeling rather drawn toward black frame windows.

It’s an industrial vibe, a warehouse look, and it’s had my attention for some time — but lately I’m noticing it more and more as it mixes traditional residential architecture with modernized interiors and it’s really impressing me and that has me thinking about my own new home.

This particular home decor trend is not adopted without some commitment to the cause. Many times the executions are impressive because they were an architectural choice at the time of installation. However, painting an otherwise normal window frame is an option for upping the aesthetic ante. Painting windows can be a real pain though, especially if you are covering up oil based paint. Many folks wouldn’t be willing to get into this without real commitment to the look.

We are trying to make that decision for ourselves now. I’m growing more and more committed each day though. It started as an quick idea that I brushed away almost as soon as I thought it. It has since evolved from that to the “Heffe would never buy it” stage to this full on campaign for his consideration. This marks the official launch of my efforts to convert the dude into a believer.

First, let’s have another look at the windows in the new hizz. There are 13 in the sunroom alone. They are lovely old french panes and they are painted blue on the outside, which is an endearing feature that made me fall head over heels for this home.

But, from the inside, you can see that blue sneaking and peeking around the edges, blurring and distorting the frames and distracting from the view beyond the jungle greenery. The addition of the screens, which we only have on the windows that open, makes for an illusory sense of color in the frames, ie, not white, but very fuzzy.
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You can clearly see the illusory color effects happening in these pics. They are already imperfect — why NOT paint them black? My feeling is that the strength of the black mullions and transoms will stand up with a bit more visual strength to the sunlight and the screens, providing a more cohesive grid like effect on the windows and thus improving the view overall. I’ve photoshopped it below.

But first, join me as we journey through a world of black frame window inspiration and what got the old wheels spinning in the first place. Most of these painted frames maintain their original white window trim, so it is only the frame that should get the black treatment in our home. This is the look that I’m after. Of additional note, some of these are most definitely metal frames and some have no trim at all.

Black Window Framesvia Carter Kay

ellen-and-portiasvia Architectural Digest
Ellen & Portia’s foyer has got it going on and their black frames are definitely an architectural statement. Plus there is a large dose of Serge Mouille at play, which is another recurring trend in the images I’m pinning. I’m feeling all wanty inside.

chenault james black windowsvia Chenault James

Amber-Interiors-Black-window-panesvia Amber Interiors.
Amber’s recent client reveal showcases an impressive architectural statement with its black warehouse window wall.
Peep the before and after post to get a load of just how this feature sings agains that brilliant white.

french windows painted greyvia Rethink Design Studio
Just for fun, here is a room with the french frames painted grey.

black windows Feldman Architecturevia Feldman Architecture, Inc.

So, I put our home in its mid-renovation state into photoshop, to help us see what our little spot could look like. I’m rather loving the turnout. Let’s do it!

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UPDATE:

We did it. Here is a little look at our turnout.

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The Frazada & Peruvian Woven Goods

Friends.
We would be remiss not to share with you the latest in home decor that we are trying to hunt down for our own homes (and yours too if you are a TEOT ETSY fan.)

Since a trip to the Chinchero Market in Peru, South America is not in my most immediate future, I’d like to bring a bit of the Andes to me. Sarah and I are both nuts over Bolivian Frazadas.

Here’s a little looksee to get you on board with what we’re talking about.

Frazada pillows by Garza Marfa

frazadas by Garza Marfa

The pillows, blankets and rugs are popping up on boutique shops across the internets, from Australia to the UK, to the US. These lovely styled images come to us via Garza Marfa, the supplier behind the collections avaliable at Heath Ceramics, L’aviva Home, etc

Frazada stack at market

El Hummingbird is an Australian company started by a lovely couple who travel to Peru annually to connect with artisans and select one of kind woven goods to sell on their site.

Urban Outfitters FrazadaMore and more, we see brands like Urban Outfitters and these days even Target, quick to jump on trends. UO is on the ball here with their one of a kind offering of Peruvian Frazadas. The downside to volume sales for one of a kind, means you likely are dipping your hand into a pattern unknown, but really, who doesn’t love them all?

24hourbazaar_ouropenroad1The 24 Hour Bazaar by Our Open Road is the source where UO is pulling from. This company is run by a family of four that are slow traveling throughout South America and have been for some time now. They initially ran a few fundraisers and a Kickstarter to get themselves funded for the time pursuing their art on the road. They’ve since added their second child to their repertoire, as well as these 24 hour sales full of Andean woven goods. Get on the email newsletter if you want a heads up for the next sale.

 

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The colors are a show stopper in this minimalist application.

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The frazada’s cute little sister is the serape. It’s far easier to get your hands on, but can bring some of that similar energy into your home, with vibrant pinks and stripes of a quality that will have you pleased as punch. Be careful with the serape though, as it can leans a bit kitschy.

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I can get my hands on a similar style on the cheap through this lucky stumble in the Los Angeles fashion district. This is not the quality wool version of the frazadas, handwoven from the alpacas of the Andes though. I’m thinking more along the lines of a machine made acrylic here, made to mimic the handmade designs of the Andean Mountain people.
But what fun colors,  perfect for punching up an outdoor party space.

 

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via 100layercake
(Click over to see the radical peekaboo layer on some lovely bridesmaid dresses)

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