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Turkish Oushaks For All

I’m thinking that maybe you’ve picked up on the signals that a Turkish oushak rug is suitable for almost every spot in your home. That’s what you’ve been seeing all over your Pinterest feed. Beautiful, versatile, colorful…good stuff. Before we get in to the visual evidence, let’s take a moment to BRIEFLY educate ourselves on how to identify an oushak.

So now’s the time when if you don’t care to identify a Turkish oushak carpet and you just think they’re pretty then skip on down to the images.

Usak, Ushak or Oushak, pronounced “u-shak” carpets are wool rugs woven in Turkey. Named after a region in Turkey that historically was known as the weaving center for this type of rug. They are heavy at times depending on their age but most of the oushaks from the 1930s through 1960s have a relatively short pile and are not exceptionally thick. They will stay put with little problem but we still recommend a rug pad. The wool can be silky and some rugs are more luminous than others.

 

 

 

Percy oushak paired with blue/green cabinets

 

 

 

 

 

 

beautiful and subtle Mathieu rug in the bath

 

 

Gypsy oushak, bathin’ babies + Turkish rugs

 

 

Claus oushak, love the contrasting navy and dusty rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lovin on H2 Design & Build

What if all I did here was whine about my personal crises? Boy wouldn’t that be a drag? There is probably a different blog niche for that, and I should get in on it.

My view on the exterior world is all messy right now though, and it makes it really hard to do much else besides nose-to-the-grindstone type work, but my creativity is defunct, and I keep getting distracted by terrible headlines. I’m in a rut.

But you know what doesn’t make me feel yucky?

Flipping through the website of the Design/Build firm that has an on point aesthetic! Get to know H2 Design & Build!

 

Sarah asked me to have a look after she met with our new friend, Lauren, of Copper & Walnut last week.

Lauren had casually mentioned them and her appreciation for their aesthetic. Sarah passed it along to me as she was happy to see some familiar images.

Those green cabinets in their office renovation were an inspiration for our own Green cabinets at Shop TEOT.

 

Digging into the entire portfolio was inspirational for both me and for Sarah.

It’s a nice blend of contemporary style with classic cottage roots.

 

 

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Melotragedy by Betsy

Do you ever feel like a different person from one day to the next?

Sometimes I feel like this blog isn’t even mine to post freely on. My own self-induced pressure to create magazine worthy roundups and layouts, editorial vibe photography, it-girl-dumb self indulgence or some universally relatable musings on politics, sensationalized polarized world views.

But there are other days when I feel like it’s whatever I want it to be and the more emboldened I become to share on it, the more that will encourage my partner to do the same, and the more free we will both feel, and the more valuable this labor of love will be.

I carry around a folder full of a business plan, some elevator speeches and a few images under the label “TEOT Identity.” I’ve been in digital marketing long enough to know that its best practice to latch onto a story that your readers and shoppers can identify with, and to run like the wind with it.

But sometimes that makes it all feel a bit paralyzing.

I told a friend over drinks on Friday that I just wanted so badly to be a blogger again. She reminded me that A. I’ve been saying that since she met me in 2009…. and B. that I often tell her that we should stop wishing we were something and just embrace what we are, indicating that — maybe I want to be, but I am NOT actually a blogger.

It’s always funny to have your own words turned on you.

But if I’m not a blogger then what the heck are these 1,554 blog posts all about? Haha!

I mean, Sarah wrote most of them, but there is so much content here and I’m so proud of our efforts over the years. And the community of people that we have met, and the beautiful photos that we have shared. And I just simply love blogging, still.

So, what is it that I want it to be?

I’m honestly not sure. But here I am, blogging about blogging and wanting to blog, because that is what I do.

That is what WE do. We come here to share, we come here to connect, we come here to brainstorm and to document and to experiment.

I hope you are having a nice Monday, figuring out who you are and what you are doing it all for!

Much love,
Betsy

 

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Kates Craftsman Inspiration

Today we are digging in for a bit of Kates Craftsman Inspiration.

Our dear friend has moved into a new spot in Long Beach. It’s an arts and crafts inspired multi-unit building from the early twentieth century, and its a whole new vibe for our dear Kate.

She’s a wild, passionate lady who wants a feminine space to luxuriate in, whether she is hanging with her fluffy snaggletooth pup and working from home, or entertaining special friends, indulging in her love language which is most definitely food service.

It’s a real treat to be this girl’s guest.

I like to hang with her and go over home decor choices, helping her suss out the differences between the integrity of this new Early Century Arts & Crafts dwelling versus her previous Midcentury shed style bungalow.

Kate is 100% fearless in her approach to trend. She knows she’s over her laser sharp chevron print dining chairs after just a short few years, but its NBD cause she can just reupholster them in a large print floral and move right along. This is the beauty of the transient bohemian, you let fate furnish your abode.

For example, she started out with a great deal on a Persian rug in blues, corals and greens. It literally lept out to her from the store window of one of the thrift shops on her puppy walking route, and the price was so right.

For today I’m gathering ideas from colors to recent trends, playing to the integrity of the architecture and thinking about Kate’s lifestyle, who she is and who she wants to be, in her own home.

Here is what I’ve collected. Let me know what you think about the girl that lives within this style.

I’m expecting to see a lot more of this color combo in 2017.
Kate said she really loved the pesto green color that Sarah selected for the SHOP TEOT Kitchen Renovation.
And it got me thinking some combo of these colors will work nicely between the formal sitting room and her own adjacent kitchen.

Kate’s spot is a rental, so re-tiling the entire shower stall in this mix of iridescent marbles in all my favorite hues will not be an option. But just vibe out on that for a moment. Isn’t it special? This is a nice palette inspiration for the bathroom – to mix in with the earthy greens and blushes throughout the kitchen and living room.
You know we love the blues.

This is the capelet that I will be wearing next time Kate invites me over for Charcuterie.

 

 

I’m pretty sure this settee would win Kate’s heart. It’s got the lines of luxury and oddly, it looks kind of like a hug. It’s also super practical for her crossover living room that needs to additionally function for dining. On one hand, you have the height for proper seating at a table, yet there is a lounge-y option too. I can easily picture myself sitting sideways with a glass of bordeaux and my feet up.

A spot of graphic fun will punch up the old built-ins in her front room.

Kate’s new digs have a running picture ledge throughout.This is a fun way to treat it.

 Rich navy blues, earthy greens and pale pinks are all looking so good together. I think its a wonderful palette for her to consider for thew new abode.

 

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Target’s New Collections

It’s been a minute since I’ve checked in on Target’s Home Decor happenings, but its a bit buzzy in my online world. Some of the designers and bloggers I love are partners or ambassadors for the brand, and while I thought I knew what was up, I didn’t realize what all was going on and how many of-the-moment trends they had to offer.

In particular, I have really been loving on this raw natural wood furniture pieces that I have been seeing pop up in more and more images online.

The bedside tables in the TEOT furniture collection are a perfect example of this beautiful raw natural wood look. So, when I saw our friend Jenny Komenda’s live Instagram of a Target shopping trip showing off a few of the vintage oak pieces they are now carrying, I ran to the site to have a better look for myself.

From there, I fell into the rabbit hole.

Let me tip you off to what I learned while perusing the site.

 

Digging the Raw Natural Wood Trend?
Shop Vintage Oak by Threshold.
I’d really like to seriously consider some of this new Threshold Vintage Oak stuff for my bedroom side tables, but all Target accent tables are tiny and will get swallowed up next to our King size bed.

Digging the African Mudcloth Trend?
Shop the Modern Global Home Decor collection.
Personally, I think you should buy the AUTHENTIC MUDCLOTH designs we sell, but hey – it’s the ‘get the look for less’ kinda thing that Target does so well, featuring the iconic tribal designs machine-printed on a linen-like material.

Diggin Scandinavian Inspired Minimalism? 
Shop the Modern by Dwell Magazine collection.
All of these pieces together come off a little too cold and hard and futuristic for me, but add one or two pieces of those bold lines into your mix and you might just be on to something smart!

Diggin Iconic MidCentury Lines?
Shop the prolific Midcentury collection.
It’s my personal opinion that every room, every single room of all rooms everywhere needs at least a little something that harkens the atomic era.

 

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