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Bathroom Mirrors Over Windows

Yep, you read that right, bathroom mirrors hung over the window. You’re thinking that sounds risky but don’t weigh in with heavy skepticism until you see the visual portion of my presentation.

One of my favorite bathrooms on my bath Pinterest board which btw contains lots of drool-worthy bathrooms uses this concept and its waaay cool.

 

Maybe you like a smaller, more subtle use of the decorative mirror over the window,

 

 

 

I think that’s an IKEA Grundtal mirror below and if I’m right I used the same mirror in a little bathroom redo in an office space and that $40 mirror worked out so perfectly there. And trough sinks well… they are just dreamy aren’t they. Move over apron front.

 

 

 

Care to comment on my observation?

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Lauren Liess + HGTV

Two of our favorite things have come together to make perfect television magic.

Designer/Blogger Lauren Liess (who can do no wrong in our eyes) has launched her pilot HGTV program.

We urge you to watch and support so more great programming like this will come our way!

Here’s a little bit about why we think she’s great and why this show was a fun concept for a massive audience like the one that HGTV can pull.

The premise, at least in this pilot episode, is centered around taking one home out of a development full of similar “cookie-cutter” homes and transforming it into a standout. How relatable this must be to so many homeowners in the United States, since many developments like this popped up all over the nation after WWII, representing the beginning of the baby boom.

My parents live in a neighborhood like this in Hickory, NC and I see them all of the time here in Southern California.

I really like this idea!

Lauren Liess has an approach to design that is organic, rustic, traditional, cozy and homey and one that is modern and clean, but enjoyable by just about anyone. She has made so many transformations in her own homes that I have followed through her blog Pure Style Home, and Sarah and I often point back to them in reference to current projects. Her style really has launched an appreciation for a more muted and subtle approach to traditional styling for myself.

So, have a look at the trailer below. If you didn’t catch that initial airing, please do take a moment to DVR that shiz and give it a spin. I know that HGTV is counting on us to watch in order to decide if they will be filming more with Lauren Liess. I sure hope they do.

 

Best House On The Block (HGTV Teaser) from Best House On The Block on Vimeo.

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the Sidewalk Sale

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We are busy preparing for the annual downtown Southern Pines Sidewalk Sale that’s happening this Saturday, July 29th.

Maybe it’s time to give your spot a little update before we settle in for Fall and what better possible time to do it but…at the Sidewalk Sale.

We’re going to have furniture floor samples, pillows, art, lighting, rugs, ceramics, accessories, dishes and lots of other special accent pieces. If it’s a little too steamy outside for you, you can always come and shop in the A/C in the shop… but if changing out of your pjs is just not an option, then we set up a local pickup option in our online shop and we’re gonna have some special stuff show up on Instagram. So stay dialed in for that.

Either way you shop, there are serious deals happening and here’s a little sneak peek at a few things that are going to make an appearance at the sale.

So let’s get the wheels spinning before you head out to the Sale on Saturday.

Custom Reupholstered Flair Arm Sofa

Pacific Striped Laundry Tote

Zoffany Wabi Sabi Polka Dot Pillows

Lapis Block Print Quilt

Yellow Ikat Lumbar Pillow

 

Upholstered Parsons Bench

Vintage African Indigo Pillow

Turkish zig zag towel

 

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Global Textiles Reach Fever Pitch

Hi friends.

As with any good trend, whether in home decor or a fashion, they run on a cycle through the industry that is fairly predictable. We often look to Meryl Streep from Devil Wears Prada to break this down for us.

Here at TEOT, we have long known the day would arrive, but we think that our beloved African textiles are just about to hit their climax. And we want all y’all to get on board!

What does that mean exactly. Well, for us it means visual affirmation as most television shows have employed used of these textiles in their set design. Sarah said she caught an African Indigo pillow in a Geico commercial the other day. Additionally, it means that all of our big box stores, catalog and even our discount stores are popping up with their own mass produced options.

We’ve collected a few of our favorites below.

Tell us what you think of the mass produced and widely available options that we have sourced for you here.

Of course the sad aspect of the cycle for shops like TEOT — is that it means our handmade versions that we employ seamstresses to stitch for us, made from the textiles that we source from Malian dealers at the antique markets here in Los Angeles, may be seeing less and less from us as we compete with Target for the spotlight! But, we know that’s half the fun, and we’re not going to stop loving the real thing anytime soon.

 

Y’all into it?

Shop Catalog & Big Box Global Pillows here

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Sofa Inspiration with Viyet

I’ve been hitting the drawing board a bit lately, cooking up ideas for custom sofas that I’d like to bring to reality one day.
I need one for my own long and narrow living room, Sarah is overdue a new sofa too and most recently TEOT’s bff Amy has shown some interest in something specific for her home that is currently just a tad crowded with a sofa that scales too large for her room.
Whenever I start thinking this way, I’m quick to look to the past for furniture design inspiration. It’s important for me to understand the aspects of sofa design, as they have morphed over the years.
Sarah told me about Viyet some time ago- a lovely site for home decor where you can bid on consigned high end goods. It’s similar to Chairish but they have a minimum value and well, we think its a bit more buttoned up.
So for this part of the process, I’ve been digging through the vintage furniture website, to find a few old design classics  for inspo… and so maybe I’ll talk about why.
Milo Baughman
There are plenty of examples besides the one below, of great sofa designs by Milo Baughman, but I do love the burlwood frame on this one.
I selected this one for Amy, to call attention the slim deck and slim arm rest design of the mid century. A slim deck is becoming a must have for me when it comes to my love affair with sofas. If you look around at big box and catalog design stores known for the sofa designs, more and more are headed this direction. Sarah and I had a funny conversation with another TEOT bff, Amanda when she showed us the 8 foot long Crate & Barrel sofa that she was going to buy. It was on sale for well under $2k and she was adamant that it was the sofa for her. But Sarah and I both shook our head and begged her to reconsider…. b/c it was a fat-deck contemporary that we’re pretty sure is going to look dated in less than 5 years. If you don’t know what I mean by fat deck, here is a look at one.
The thing about designing a new sofa with these slim proportions for me, is that it harkens the timelessness of midcentury design. The silhouette mixes in seamlessly with so many styles and the essence of a smaller scale provides you with an opportunity for clean floating lines that don’t take up too much visual space, yet you can still provide a roomy seating area, plenty of area to sit down and sprawl.
On the downside, most midcentury sofas that have actually stood the test of time, have a scratchy upholstery in a nubby texture and often times the foam is long overdue a reconditioning. We ARE huge fans of reupholstering and reconditioning a sofa with great lines, but you will likely spend as much as it may cost you to buy a fat deck Crate and Barrel sofa. You can see that we recently did just that with our TEOT sofa, seen here.
At any rate, we look to these kind of lines as a part of our imagining for a sofa for Amy.
Meanwhile, for my own home… I’m looking to the Seventies, the official decade of the at home lounge. This inspiration suits my modern day compulsion for Netflix binge sessions on the couch, as well as the versatility that our young homies need… to pull apart the room to make way for Wii tournaments and puppy wrestling matches.
Now, it’s not that I’m necessarily advocating so much for the TOGO as a modern day solution for my home. I think that choice might be a bit too on the nose to decorate around for MOST homes. BUT, I AM advocating for the soul of the Togo. It is modular, casual, deep, comfortable and it promotes a versatile living experience that I can really get behind. It’s casual luxury, it’s laissez faire, its super cool. Achieving this level of je ne sais quoi in a modern way would get me really excited.
George Smith
For Sarah, our pursuit of the perfect english roll arm is still going strong. We’ve designed and built one custom version that we think came pretty close, but in the end we sold it off as a prototype with the idea to keep chiseling away at the right proportions. But we have definitely talked about this before. We want a classic George Smith vintage style, just like Sofia Coppolas, slightly modernized and somewhat more affordable than the real thing.
Version two is underway now and frankly, I’m not sure what to expect since we started with a entirely different manufacturer this time. It’s being benchmade in Hickory, NC where I grew up.
This classic style is a designer go to b/c of it’s casual yet refined nature. We like ours with a more of a cadillac line, deep, low slung, long and ready to ride the whole fam through all 8 of the Harry Potter movies.
There is much to be said for looking back, before we look forward. Borrowing the aspects of vintage style that we love and modernizing to suit our very own spaces.
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Summer Holiday at Nordstrom

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I woke up this morning to a group text from Heffe’s sister that said

“Happy Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (to card holders).”

What an amazing world we livin in!

You know I just married into this clan and not one month in, I had already made a quickie Nordstrom run right before dinner and ice cream for Heffe’s birthday. That seemed like the way to do birthday as a married lady.

I wish I had taken the time to get him something super crazy thoughtful and awesome that he didn’t even know he wanted, that illustrated how deeply I love and am grateful for him, but instead he got a few new pair of pants for work! Party!

At any rate, we’re jumping on this bandwagon b/c it is funny to me that this Nordstrom holiday is as important to influencers in the RewardStyle program as it is to the fam here!

If you follow one of our Nordstrom links and buy anything online we get a little commission, and lord knows in these slow slow summer months, TEOT needs all the help it can get. (Boy, no one ever said how bad the slow summer months were gonna feel.)

Maybe we should take a cue from Nordstrom and host a giant sale of brand new products at deep discounts.

Anywayzzzzzz, here are a few Nordstrom picks from mine and Sarah’s history to whet your appetite. But shop away y’all, do your thing.

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