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African Indigo

African Indigo is sweeping the nation of home decor cool by storm. We think it works well in a range of modern styles from your maximalist boho homes, to a more lived in rustic modern farmhouse,  as well as the more tailored and curated traditional style that favors a backdrop of creamy neutrals and pops of our favorite shades of navies and rich blues.

 

The mix of a well worn denim Indigo near a blue and white ginger jar for example is a pairing that can’t be beat.

Get in on the action by splurging on a few of your own whole pieces of this wonderful, well worn textile and mix it up with your home style. We’d love to see it!

Our favorite applications (besides custom pillows of course) is the easy layer of texture of warmth it provides when draped over your nearest sofa arm, bench ledge or upholstered headboard.

indigo the parisian wayDrape your indigo with Parisian panache, via House and Garden

drape your indigo 1Amber uses a draped Indigo in just about every project. Her portfolio is full of inspiration.

Typically these textiles range in quality and quantity and are dealt at antiques markets and local textile trade shows by Malian men that work directly with sources in West Africa, from Mali, Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast and more. We have been delighted to get to know some of our local dealers here in Los Angeles. Meeting up at markets or even digging through the Indigo van on side streets in the decorative arts district of Los Angeles has been a real thrill.

by fleamarketfabApplied here with the more bohoey of Boho vibes, via Jennifer Harrison

Beach Bedroom by Daniel Romualdez Architects

We dig and pick so that you can have the best options to choose from, whether you are here in LA and want to spare yourself the adventure, or if you are in a part of the country where it is harder to come by this fantastic handmade beauties.

Here are a few of the options available at the shop now.

The Estate of Things Vintage Indigo Throw STEVE MILLER The Estate of Things Vintage Indigo Throw ROBERT PLANT
The Estate of Things Vintage Indigo Throw LABRYNTH darker throw

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Denim Sofas Y’all

I have my eye on some denim sofas.

I looove sofas, almost all of them, I like to imagine my life and lifestyle with every style.  If you are like me, there was a time when a navy velvet sofa was all we wanted, am I right?

I know I wanted one anyway, specifically something like Rachel Bilson’s setup.

These days though, I am feeling like I want a more coarse but well-worn and complex option for the blue sofa of my dreams. The dude and I have been tossing ideas around about a new setup at our new house. If I had to pick today, I would be leaning in the denim direction.

Here are a few radical examples that I’ve been stockpiling in my inspiration folder.

Denim and Indigo Sofasvia My Scandinavian Home

bradford linen sofa via one kings lane
Bradford Linen Sofa via One Kings Lane

 

Indigo Denim Sofa worn with stripesvia Milk Magazine.

That looks similar to this modular sofa from Anthro.

anthro batik sofavia Anthropologie 

denim sofa by amber interiorsvia Amber Interiors

myscandinavianhome navy sofavia My Scandinavian Home
Gah, I really love those windows in this image, and the low and long shelves are a major inspiration!

Our SHOP TEOT collection, in these hues of blue would be right at home with this look. I’ll have to make do with piles of indigo for now!

What do you think? Are you down with the denim?

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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.

old-hallway

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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