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Romantic Floral Everything

In the process of planning for the wedding, a whole new world (a huge commercial complex) revealed itself to me.

I found myself googling things like “2017 wedding cake trends” and then I google 2016 wedding cake trends, 2105, 2014, etc… because I just hadn’t been paying attention before and its amazing how design trends evolve.

It was all a very enlightening and a fun process to immerse myself in.

In my research to understand wedding trends particularly as I put together my own dress, I came across a new trend for myself that I am quite in love with.

Its simply a brightly hued floral on a white field.

I thank the wedding world for leading me to seek out colorful embroidery and floral patterns, but the home decor and more casual fashion world that I actually dwell in has opened up as well.

Let’s explore this visually so I’m not just raving on and on…. and then we can reconvene and see if you are into it too. Maybe you have some examples that you have been pinning or loving or squirreling away in your inspiration folders.

 

House Beautiful is into it. Check out this cover. The cover features this temporary wallpaper from Anthropologie. Flipping through its pages will illustrate more and more colorful floral prints and patterns sneaking their way into our homes.

Furbish is into it, and I was into what they were into with this recent POP UP SHOP featuring Happy Cactus Designs. How sweet!? I tried my own hand at some embroidery work, and found it to be quiet relaxing.  You might consider giving it a go yourself.

 

We have these vintage Uzbek Suzanis at TEOT that fit the bill perfectly. They look radical draped over a table (take a cue from Ashley of @meetmeinphilly), the back of your sofa, or they could be floated in a large plexi frame for artful presentation. We have a new solution with our partners at Simply Framed for that, and we’re looking forward to our first excuse to try it out.

Another option at TEOT includes the beautiful Indian Block Print Euros we have. They look exceptionally adorable on the bed at our latest home staging project with Laura Turns, the community manager at our town’s favorite MilSpo outfitter R. Riveter.

Consider this image by Rachel Garrison a sneak peek, more to come on that asap.

 

This embroidered Tshirt by Tessa Perlo on Etsy, is super cute.

Nothing like finding a pair of pants you just bought on sale for half off… but hey, all the more reason why you might go snag them asap.
I love the fit and feel of these Zara floral trousers.

These Lulie Wallace Melamine plates will punch up your next picnic.

Of course, there is nothing like the real thing and floral design was a part of my own wedding planning process that I really enjoyed.
I looked to LA’s Moon Canyon for inspiration and I’m so glad I did. I’m a long time fan of asymmetry.

I’ve been enjoying the sketches of Minnesota Designer Julie Gilligan.

Vintage Crewel Embroidery from morphewconcept

Anna Spiro is into it!

 

 

Please share your floral finds! <3

 

 

 

 

 

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Summertime Updates

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I’m a bit of a head case after Summertime wedding adventures that lasted almost the entire month of June. Prior to merging ourselves in a modern day marriage ceremony, I drove the puppies across the nation and back (bachelorette week on the way, honeymoon week back) in our Ford F150 truck and additionally we spent a week on the French Broad River with mine and Heffe’s family.

To say that it was an incredible emotional journey puts it lightly. It was 3 weeks packed full of so much fun!

My fam on the Trolley ride to party time.

When I was a kid, I used to often crumple into tears on the floor after a long hilarious bout of laughter with a friend. If I’m feeling reflective on existence I might say that there is a duality to things, best kept in balance. If one expends so much glee, surely it must be met with its opposite match…

This picture of my brother and the balloon is a solid favorite from the event. 

I’ve been trying to put back the pieces that seem to have fell off the wheels while they turned without me during Wedding month. As far as getting back into the saddle goes, I feel like I’m that kid crying on the floor, all crumpled after a good fun time.

 

From Sarah’s perspective. Thanks for this pic my friend.

But, I’m physically back for The Estate of Things and after I get done tackling all the little to-dos involving customer support fires 0r messed up inventory tracking systems….  I’ll be asking myself very deep questions,

…like what is this all for?

 

Kate slayed a modern throwback with her mermaid hair and this killer vintage number.

I suppose existing in some state of a search for meaning is my M.O.

So, this post is just some strange way to say, HI. I’m back, and it was fun, and now it’s time to get to work.

Much love,
Betsy

 

 

 

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The Floor Pouf

Cactus Silk Floor Poufs

Hello friends.

Today’s brief public service announcement is to let you know that these incredible beauties that we have, and have had at the shop for some time are flying low, beneath your radar.

You need to know about them!!!

These things are super reasonably priced. They are also ridiculously good looking and will easily elevate your versatile seating, floor lounging, corner sprucing game. They look radical stacked up there in the corner at our friend Laura’s house.

Let me illustrate a few lovely ideas for floor poufs!

Add a tray, and voila! A casual take on the end table. I employ this tactic all over my own home b/c it’s super versatile and I like to keep things mobile to make way for puppy wrestling and video-gaming.

If you are still into the super maximalist boho thing, then the pouf is a must have for tribal layers!

On the other hand, our minimalist boho friends may like this take. Let your pouf take a spotlight in a more refined setting like this one.

My latest visual obsession is a departure from the layers upon layers of pattern, and focuses more on piling on the organic texture and soothing color combinations. The calm blues of our cactus silk pouf would blend nicely in a setting like this

 

Poufs make the perfect perch for a kids play area!

 

And any Summer evening outdoors could be improved by bringing out all the rugs and poufs you can collect for an intimate gathering under the stars. I love the chandeliers in the trees!

Are you SOLD? Have a look at what’s in store and let me know if you want yours with or without the insert.

The striped beauties start at $98! You can find all Vintage Moroccan poufs here.

 

 

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Staging East Delaware’s Modern Farmhouse

Hey World.

Remember years ago, when we sat at the bar in the cold swapping name ideas for the new site we were going to create to share our home decor passions?

Remember when we had a big turnout on the Apartment Therapy Homies Awards that earned us some long time friends in the blog world? Remember when we were gonna rent a space in a cool co-shared mart to experiment with selling some vintage wares in Sarah’s town, but instead I got a big rad radio job in California and moved back? What about that time our blog got hacked and everyone hated us cause Google emailed them and said don’t link to us because of gross viruses? Ooh, that was the worst.

Recall when Sarah painted the Indiana House exterior for the 3rd time to get it right? The next thing that happened is we scraped together about a thousand bucks and we pulled together a collection of pillows and vintage goods to sell on Etsy. We doubled our money and did it again, and again until we got the courage to think it was working – Well, then we took a biz loan and we opened up a shop.

AND NOW! Here we are.

At the moment where we blog to our little tiny slice of the broad and seemingly infinite internet…

We have staged a real estate listing!

Kay, so that’s enough of that silly nostalgic drama.

Here’s a look at the fantastic work of area builder Butler Constructs along with Dandeneau Architecture. We were honored to bring over some home decor shop goods for an extra layer on their stylish result.

 

Area design/builder Sean Butler or Butler Constructs is a long time friend and fellow community member in the historic renovation scene in Southern Pines, NC.

He called on Sarah Farrell to bring in the final touches on one of his latest two builds in the picturesque downtown scene, that has been seeing an onslaught of development in the residential housing market due to an influx of interested young buyers from the local military base, Fort Bragg, NC.

The Modern Farmhouse is one of two new construction homes built with the architectural history of the region in mind. One, a modern take on the colonial is nestled into its lot behind the pine trees that give the area its name. The other, based aesthetically on an old farmhouse classic style sits proudly on the corner lot and features an impressive face with a tall gable.

We wrote about the two homes here.

Given their pick, TEOT would select the Farmhouse over and over. The company brought in a few samples of the shop to display around the home and give it that lived in “if you lived here, you’d be home” kind of feeling. They also invited local friend and furniture maker, Copper & Walnut to join them by adding a few extra upholstery pieces from the forthcoming collection. That lovely roll arm chair that you can see in the living room seating arrangement is an example of their craft.

My understanding is that both homes are under contract! <3 Congrats to the team, and thanks for having us be a part!

 

 

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From our Phones in May 2017

What’s big in your world right now?

It’s almost summer break! Are you planning trips!?

Maybe you just attended graduation for one of your littles, or maybe one of your BIGS went off to prom! I saw your pics and I can’t believe how time flies.

Sarah took on a new staging project for a recent house listing! Her Southern Pines Real Estate life is cruising right along and its brought new and exciting challenges to our work lives.

She’s also found a moment to whip up some classic pillows shams from a piece of highly sought after Chinese Batik textile that we sourced at the antiques market here in Santa Monica. The result is great, and we’d love to take custom orders! Contact us through our CONTACT TEOT page.

We got some new art easels in, and as simple as this home decor idea is – we think you can really bolster your table top steez with these basic pieces. Find them on our art page.

We get real happy when our clients and customers send us a pic of their latest TEOT goods in action. Thanks Court. We’ll forever love this pattern.

We are looking into a round up of the best hanging rattan chairs that the internet has to offer. While our vintage example in the shop is hard to top, we think the new hanging rattan chair we stock online is pretty darn close to Midcentury perfection. It goes boho for sure, but with clean lines like that, we think that just about any context could benefit from the casual and playful aspects it brings, even juxtaposed in a traditional setting.

I can hardly believe it, but the shop is taking on a more natural, neutral tone with its most recent layering of badass boho accessories. One signature of Sarah’s design practice that I really love, is her eclectic glaze. Thoughtful, sentimental and well poised elemental arrangements atop a purposeful, classic base. It’s evidenced by the recent bedside vignette at the shop.

I stopped my car, parked across the street and then looked up and down the street for judgey eyes before snapping this photo of my neighbors home. I had too, for a number of reasons. The first being that its FARMHOUSE in the Pacific Palisades. The second is because Sarah and I had cruised by it the very day that an associate at the Pacific Design Center told us that Venice was where it was at, and nothing interesting was happening anymore in Santa Monica or north… just boxes on boxes. But this is straight up East Coast Traditional architecture here in my hood and about a billion more area homes are clad in construction fencing, getting the same kind of update. Thanks Joanna Gaines???
At any rate, we’re into it.

And speaking of a little bit of country, the sweet ticking stripe napkin place setting is a great idea for your modern farmhouse table decor.

Oh, more new natural neutrals to love in the shop! Hot dog!

OMG, I bout died when I saw these. I need shelfie coaching so badly. I don’t even hardly have shelves at this house just yet, but they are coming and when they do…. I need Sarah’s magical touch.

Just look. It’s zen meditation for my hungry helpless eyes.

 

In other news, I just want to share something personal b/c you guys are so great to be here. It’s easier to do this in hindsight. I’ve been relatively quiet about it on the internet and around here we always vacillate between “do I share, or do I not share and move on talking only about pretty rooms and things to buy.”

… but today I share.

I’ve just come through a recovery period from a sudden surgery, very similar to something that Lena Dunham can outline for you to much greater detail and drama that I can muster on an interior design blog! Suffice to say, I’m one less fallopian tube and two less ovarian dermoid and chocolate cysts than I was a couple weeks ago and I’m ready to party – more sane and less pain, into the future of continuous birth control. I took the #endo pic with my phone, but I’ll spare the internet my intimates.

This is just my own personal part of the lady health stuff that both Sarah and I have confronted in the past few months. From our mothers, sisters, cousins, friends, daughters and ourselves, women’s health concerns have been surfacing all over the place for us. I hope its coincidental to our own ring of loved ones, and not the the new dystopic future that the Handmaid’s Tale would have me believe.

At any rate, at the moment I’m a bit raw, but grateful for my health and future. I’ve been through this quick, rough patch that was handled wonderfully with loving care from my doctors and my dude…. but there is more to face down with my mom’s continuing battle with endometrial cancer, with my reproductive pursuits, with cancer screenings and more. I guess I just want to say that if you are dealing with this, have dealt with it or are wondering if you may one day have to deal with it, you have my big, big heart. And we can chat it out. I’m ready to talk. Sharing and chatting through this stuff with friends and ladies of all types has been the most therapeutic approach I’ve found so far. Don’t spin out on your own. Don’t feel afraid, and let’s tackle it.

The end. That’s the end of this suddenly personal purge on the heels of an otherwise lovely eye candy phone photo folder dump. Love and thanks again for being with us.

 

 

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Betsy’s Getting Married

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I haven’t regaled you guys at all with the designer details of my seventies themed soiree that I’m putting together for the summertime. But, it’s time to begin sharing my girlish notions with my fellow friends here on the blog!

I can see how this type of project could easily become a full time gig, but so far I’ve been treating it like that side job hustle that you keep procrastinating on.

Each week, the dude and I have a chuckle at the wedding to-do list reminders that I receive after signing us up for The Knot, which I then never actually utilized.

Luckily we have a wedding planner friend that is helping pull together the minutia and swapping fun ideas with me on the parts that I AM totally excited by

…  mostly gathering inspiration pics and figuring out a space plan!

I love hosting!

I like to think I’m laid back and laissez-faire when it comes to planning… but those closest to me know that this is ruse, wrapped in a disguise, and peppered in LIE. In order to be so ‘go with the flow’ when it comes down to it, I have to meticulously plan and prepare ahead of time, right up until the point that I may release all expectation with trust in the preparation! Haha! I’ve been known to get straight up event planner anxiety when one of Jeff’s kids has a birthday dinner.

 

I’m messy and I’m NOT a perfectionist at all, but I want everyone to be well cared for and comfortable, and I want to feel like the atmosphere is a great expression of the occasion, whatever that may be…

In this case its a big, personal one! And that’s super exciting!

Suffice to say, as much as this day and this event is a powerfully fun thing to plan for and I couldn’t BE more excited for the events and the time we’ll get to spend with our friends and family, I am at best an unconventional bride, and at worst just a disorganized mess!

People keep asking me how the plans are coming, and I know that they are coming b/c I have lists and things are getting checked off — but I don’t have answers about what it is going to be just yet.

We’re officially less than 6 weeks in and my invites haven’t even gone out b/c the AMAZINGLY SILLY idea that we had for them is caught up in a wicked awful production snafu that I’m probably going to have to move along without. And it’s only a little bit sad, but I’m living on the edge by holding up my mailing date with hope.

And that is only our second hiccup in the planning process, after the resort venue booked all the rooms without saving any space for our families to stay as guests. Which was crazy, and kind of the entire point in booking there!

We’ve already adjusted the plan though and we’re feeling like it was all for the best in the long run. The important things are coming together, and some fun things are too! And ready or not, its happening soon!

All inspiration images were pulled together by our WONDERFUL Asheville Wedding Planner friends at Verge Events.

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