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Inspiration

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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COLOR WATCH: Pool Blue

You know we love us some blue around here, but lately POOL BLUE has been capturing our hearts in an unexpected way.

Now this isn’t your average baby boy blue, or Carolina blue. It’s not a rich royal primary blue but it doesn’t lean green or purple.  We are talking about a soft hue with a hint of age, maybe a dusty grey got mixed in, or even a touch of brown, something to give it a bit more complexity… more than a pastel hue, but a blue that has been around and holds more in its knowing layers than the soft candy hue that might come to mind when one thinks of the average light blue.

Have a look at some of the inspirations below that we have been pinning and hopefully you will see what we mean.

pool blue better homes and gardens

 

pool blue from elle decor se

 

Anthropologie Maryn Sofa in Pool BlueYou can get a dose of pool blue from Anthropologie’s Linen Maryn Sofa.

Pool blue tile backsplashes are yummy. This tile is Walker Zanger but this alternative is so close.

change things up in the mudroom and instead of white wainscoting and built-ins, consider a bold blue

the little dresser you picked up at the tag sale with new brass hardware and blue paint, also notice the deets a little tassel accouterment, like this one

snuggling up with this headboard every night, not half bad

blue bottom cabinets contrasting brilliantly with the checkerboard floor

pool blue makes a big appearance, charming cottage style

a bold color on the door in a neutral room

fun color on a cottage or bungalow that you don’t see everyday, black frame windows give it a little sophisticated edge so we don’t just say “aaaah that’s cute”instead we say “ah look at that house, that’s a cool color”

This is Ben Moore’s Gray Owl (eyerbody’s fav) paired up with Ben Moore’s Blue Jean, the pocket door at the Bennett Kitchen remodel was so close to being Blue Jean

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Start a Collection with Middle Kingdom

I have been meaning to put a list together of all the awesome ideas for collections that you could start, with a jumping off point via SHOP TEOT.

But now that we are knee deep in a YEAR END SALE, trying to get rid of so much stuff to make room for next year’s fresh collection – I realized that I need to tell you now!

The Middle Kingdom vase collection at the shop is 40% off, making most of these sweet petite items in bright pops of color just a little over $10 each.

They look sweet in a group of your 3 favorite colors and shapes clustered together. Even a single vessel, used as a bud vase by the bed is a great idea. They are a standout as a monochromatic grouping, perhaps in all white!?

Run on over and start your own collection of these petite Chinese porcelain pieces.

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Holiday Gifts for the Coastal Collector

Holiday Gifts for the Coastal Collector

The Coastal Collector is a total Beach Bum.

Do you know a girl who loves the sea? She loves a good blue and white scheme and is drawn to anything connected to the sea.

You’ll find their relaxing space in blues and greens, with earthy accents like urchins or shells lined on the windowsill or on display in the perfect glass dish on the shelf.

Here are a few gift ideas that the Coastal Collector is sure to love! Shop the entire Coastal Collector collection on TEOT!

 

A set of Japanese rice bowls with this wave motif is sure to fit into the Coastal Collector’s home.

Pack up and head to this beach with this lovely (and very nicely priced) French basket. The tassels are darling!

A raffia planter is a great catchall for a set of rolled up turkish towels in the bathroom.

This blue leather bracelet from Africa is the perfect hue to remind you of your love for the sea!

TEOT lovers know that a collection is a great pursuit, and our sea urchins make for lovely accessories when grouped together in the windowsill or in a bowl.

A bohoey turkish towel in blue and white is a great splurge for the beach or the backyard!

The artwork of Samantha French captures the essence of the Coastal Collector personality type. Easy breezy and a bit mysterious!

An ombre tassel in earthy ocean hues will make such a great statement hanging on your bar cart or your bedside table.

Relax and recharge with a 100 hour hobnail candle in a beachy hue!

 

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