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Spotted: Woven Dining Chairs Becki Owens

Just a tad cabernet fueled, I was getting real worked up about some chairs to Sarah and Amy a few weekends ago.

I needed to find the image to show them, but my normal screenshot catalog system hadn’t been applied and so the dining room I had seen was lost to me. I thought maybe it was Studio McGee, but Sarah knew without looking that it wasn’t. She studies the internet with an acute memory and doesn’t even have to reference her cellphone. She was not wrong. They were not in the Studio McGee feed, and I couldn’t rack my brain for where I had seen them. We just had to move along on my word — that somewhere out there, there were some special dining chairs.

Hallelujah, the image just popped back up into my Instagram feed again!

It was not a Studio McGee project, but rather a Becki Owens project.

And the woven dining chairs are rad!

Woven Dining Chairs Becki Owens

Ever since, these woven dining chairs have been playing through my mind. They are a wonderful mix of organic texture that would compliment the style in our home. Bringing the trend of macrame together with jute rope is an edgy take on beachy or nautical. I love the midcentury silhouette in a more rustic material.

That material plus the shape suit a SoCal casual vibe well, and in the Becki Owens’ project – the organic quality of these chairs along with the plank floor, the table, the centerpiece and the chandelier are all jiving together so nicely.

Here at TEOT, we love a good textural mix of organic elements in a similar color palette.

Where can you get ya some?

The best deal I have found is at WayFair, where you can get them a pair for $980.

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What we saw at High Point Market

Sarah and I took one day to drive up to High Point for the furniture market last week.

It’s really not fair to say that this post does the market any justice. With over 180 separate buildings and something like 2000 vendors, we knew we’d never see it all, even if we DID go every day.

Prior to my first furniture market experience in Vegas a few months back, I really thought that this was a magical event hidden behind a large curtain that I was unable to peek behind. But the veil was lifted, and it was a bit Wizard of Oz. I believe that Sarah might agree – it was a little underwhelming. Certainly not all, but most of the vendors that we met with were not our style. I was hoping for this wildly stylish world to open up before us. It’s not the case.

But, we take that as our mission, to wade through what the world has to offer and select only the best of the best, for you to choose from, in our lovely and carefully selected environment.

That being said, we skipped the riffraff, and below we are sharing only the beautiful things that we saw.

ideahouse
We started out by attending a panel. Sarah and I are both big fans of Lauren Liess, so it was great to be in the audience while she, along with fellow designer Meg Braff and the editorial folks at Southern Living & Coastal Living talked about the IDEA HOUSES for their respective magazines. Sarah and I both walked away wishing they had gotten a bit more into the weeds.

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We relegated ourselves to the Design & Antiques section and we visited with many of the smaller, global vendors that were stationed in the same building at Market Square. Here is where I found a 100 year old gymnastics bench from Germany. I sat and stared at it for some time, trying to contemplate how to get it back to California. Sarah felt like it was maybe a little TOO “California vibez” for what is happening in our SoPi shop. So, I will instead catalog this idea and begin a new search out here on this side of the country. That butter soft leather though….

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I wish I had gotten a better picture to do this pottery justice, but Middle Kingdom had a new matte glaze that we were really into. They were style spotted by Anne Sage, so we had a few laughs over that because we have a TON of mini vases and bowls from Middle Kingdom at shop TEOT. They make really great collector pieces. I enjoyed visiting with this company and I’m glad Sarah chose to carry them.

african-baskets

basketsLook, we are really into hampers and catchall baskets. If you don’t know by now, large totes and stylish baskets around the house can make ALL the difference in the world where it comes to clutter. Have you ever had one of those moments where you get a call, and your mother-in-law is stopping by in ten minutes. Now you are running maniacally through the house trying to hide all your family’s mess. These are the answer. You just put your mess in there! :)
blue-and-white-forever

Blue and white forever, y’all already know. This vendor had great mix of vintage and new reproductions. Sarah and I have debated over a few different options for carrying these classic pieces in the shop. I like the shapes and the price point here.

dogbeds

Fantastic dog beds, and some were even big enough for my 130 pound puppy.

great-runner-from-morocco-we-left-it

Nothing haunts you like the things you didn’t buy. This will be one of those things. The colors and the pattern were special.

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We loved the green backing on this rug.

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Color blocked baskets are making their way to us sooner rather than later.
morocco

We hung with Hassan, in the Moroccan booth for awhile. He had some interesting things to say about Sabra silk and he also said he manages tours to Morocco where he can arrange on site visits with some of his vendors that he works directly with. It sounded like a great way to take the trip.

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Lovely lines on a vintage Italian sofa, that was marked sold.

I’d love to have visited Interhall, as my understanding that this is the juried exhibition space for emerging talent.  It would be full of more up and coming vendors with something exciting going on. I also thought we might pop in to touch the arms of all of the Lee Industries sofas, but since our aspirations are a bit larger to our current reality and there are plenty of markets to attend in the future, we skipped large soft upholstery and furniture vendors for this trip.

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Sarah is doing some more wheeling and dealing here in the Jaipur booth, where we oohed and aahed over the textiles.

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Handpainted tiles from Turkey.

vintage-bread-boards

A large collection of old bread boards caught our eye. This vendor deals in Raleigh, NC and they had some great stuff.

zoe-bios-picks

Sarah and I stood in the Zoe Bios booth for quite some time, chatting through which pieces we’d like to take home for ourselves. The colors here are perfect!

 

So that’s it. Shopping the market is really one of the fantasy perks of this job, so it was awesome to get out there and experience the vendors in person, and while we are together. I look forward to plenty more buying trips in the future.

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Black Ceilings Y’all

Black ceilings, as it turns out, are not the scary dome of doom overhead that we might imagine. The cozying quality is worth consideration.

One of the ties that binds Sarah and I together is our appreciation for a great home decor trend.

This week, we are together in NC, and so it was really fun to relate over this mutual discovery of late.

We had both started to take special notice of black ceilings popping up in our world with great affect.

Here are a few that we shared with one another, and a few more too!

black-ceiling-with-rug-affixed-by-liz_kamarulBy the inspiring liz_kamarul via Instagram

Yeah Girl! I mean, the black ceiling was already impressive, but that jute rug that she affixed to the ceiling kicked it up another notch. I stared at this for a while until it struck me. Normally I’m not sure I’d feel too comfortable about a dark and stormy heavy oil on canvas hanging out on a top shelf in the kitchen like that. But with the heavy ceiling, the black appliances and the shadow on the kitchen island – it looks so awesome. A perfect perch. This is a wonderful moody take on the kitchen. I think moody is where we should all be looking for what’s next in interiors.

 

Black Ceilings Sarah BensonSarah Benson’s home has a black ceiling in the dining room. via Dwell  

Hey, that might be navy, but it provides the same affect and we dig it.

Black Ceilings Capree Kimball's Bathroom MakeoverCapree Kimball’s Bathroom Makeover. via Poppytalk 

Actually scratch that one before this, I like this bathroom below better. Similar elements, but overall, a more sophisticated execution. I have to ask myself between the two, despite their similar black ceilings, white subway tile, fun tile selections, they even both painted the respective vintage cast bowls with a black base. (though one is a sink, the other a clawfoot tub)… anyway. I ask myself about which one is going to hold up long over time. I think the statement in this bottom photo is less trend-driven, while still perfectly of this moment. It’s a fun balance, and it’s one that I’m trying to strike in my own home. But I have to fight myself hard because look at that cement tile in that bathroom up there. I love a graphic statement. 

Black Ceiling Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott for DwellBlack Ceiling in Bathroom via Dwell

I got into that one. Let’s move on…

black-painted-ceiling-to-make-a-tall-ceiling-cozy-via-apartment-therapyvia Remodelaholic & Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy suggested that you might consider how a tall ceiling could be cozied up with a black ceiling.

black-ceilings-vaulted-ceiling-via-atlanta-homesvia Design Manifest

Sarah and I wondered if this concept would work in my bedroom ceilings. A quick look at what that looks like here. But we wondered if it was maybe a bit too dome like. Though as I stare at that image above, I wonder if it might just be improved a bit for my personally, if the black was a bit warmer and more matte in its finish.

black-ceilings-for-gypsiesvia Gypsy Yaya

I saw a rug at the High Point Market that this room above would love. It’s just the right mood. It was a Turkish style kilim with pops of color in its sparse, tribal imagery. I told the dealer that I needed it for my fantasy alter ego. This room looks like my other self’s home. Y’all know I love a gypsy, so I have added this blog to my reader in the boho category.

black-ceiling-closetvia Apartment Therapy

Here is a sweet sized little closet with a black ceiling and a lot of natural light. I love the white, black and wood combo, so this kind of makes me think it would fit in my house just fine.

As always, we want to know if you are into it, or could do without?  Thinking about taking the plunge? Let us know what you think.

 

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ADD THIS! Vintage African White Mudcloth

White Mudcloth

If you aren’t yet hip to the Vintage African textiles trend, get up on it y’all.

Mudcloth, in it’s exciting tribal patterns as well as the many indigos and ikats that we are seeing, are all the rage.

Today, we celebrate the wonderful addition that a white mudcloth pillow brings to any pillow grouping, regardless of your style. We love the boho maximal goodness that is everywhere we turn, but we also really appreciate a more subtle, if not sophisticated application of these nubby, textured and soft textiles.

The black and white pattern plays nicely with other colors and patterns and will likely pair well with your current decor. It’s an easy addition for a new flair.

Cruise on over to shop TEOT and see what we have in stock in white mudcloth. We think your home will sing with the addition of one of these global goodies!

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Pattern on Pattern

Hi.

Have we discussed House of Hackney before? the leading boutique interior design firm in the UK?

I’m sure we have. If not, let’s have another look and then you can let me know what you think about this vibe.

The company was started by a high fashion husband wife duo that set out to merge historical pattern with modern treatment. To great affect, they have captured the hearts of a new generation. This is wild pattern on wild pattern and in contrast to the past few years of all white walls and stark neutral and organic application, I have to say it feels refreshing and exciting!

I’m inspired to say the very least. But, it takes all kinds! So you tell me,

Is this something that you don’t need in your life? Is it something to be admired, but not emulated? Or do you want your next decor experience to be about injecting pile upon pile of this British haute interior trend… full of luxurious drama, bordering on romance?

I’m thinking, for now, that I’ll just admire from afar… but boy does it get me excited to give it a look.

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Must Have: Vintage African Baskets as Wall Art

Vintage AFrican Baskets as Wall Art the estate of things

Hi friends! It’s Betsy.

If you follow me on Betsy Moyer on Instagram, you might already know that I recently stumbled my way into a bevy of Vintage African Baskets as Wall Art for SHOP TEOT.

They have been hanging in the corner of our living room since, as seen in the photo above. They are bringing me so much joy. I hope we keep a good collection stocked so that I can leave these hanging in my own home for a while yet.

Today, I want to show you why I was out there on the hunt for the perfect vintage African Basket for wall art.

Here is a look at a few AMAZING and inspiring interiors featuring the handwoven baskets, braided and tied from the tall grasses of the river lands in Africa.

 

a stack of african baskets

top trends in interior designThese absolute works of art make a lovely impact once hung on the wall. Pair a large 18″ round handwoven basket alongside its partner in 13″ for a 3 dimensional addition to your gallery wall, or hang one solo to make its own statement.

You could also maximize your art piece with a grouping of 6 or more! Look how many are grouped here. Amazing!

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colorful Wall of Baskets

African Baskets SHOP TEOT by the estate of things

We sold a mini collection of the vintage african baskets as wall art, as well as a BOLGA market basket, to Heffe’s mom.

I’m THRILLED that she supported TEOT with her purchase, but I also love to know that she has these lovely works of art in her home. Thanks Vivian!

eathiopian Wall of Baskets closeup

 

zimbabwe Wall of Baskets closeup

SHOP TEOT baskets are all handmade in Africa for Fair Wages.

The women of Zimbabwe have long taught the art of weaving palm leaves and reeds into the baskets as a rite of passage for the young girls. This craft has been passed down for generations on the sandy beach of Zimbabwe where the mountains meet the lake, in a simple village called Binga.

 

zimbabwe Wall of Baskets

Amazing!

You can get that look above by shopping with TEOT. If you are INSANELY COOL you could cover up the entire wall of your home like that photo above. Just hit me up on the side because I’ll need to increase my inventory numbers for you dramatically!

Here is a look at our African Basket Collection.

vintage african baskets by the estate of things for shop teot

 

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