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Etsy Seller of the Week: Cosas Minimas

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The object of our Etsy affection this week is, Blancucha’s Cosas Minimas or Tiny Things.

Blanca Gomez is a graphic designer and illustrator and the proprietor of Cosas Minimas.  She creates lovely goccos, paintings, prints, collages and more from her home in Madrid.

Blanca is the cover artist for the Spring 2009 edition of Uppercase Magazine. You can visit Blanca, learn more about her and see more of her work at her website, blog, or at flickr.

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Etsy Seller of the Week: LemonGrass Studio

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Alison is ‘hooking’ us up with some Handmade Rugs at the LemonGrass Studio on Etsy. I love the folk art quality and believe me this is a true skill, I had a phase where I wanted to handhook my own rugs and the business is TEDIOUS. I never got more than a corner completed.

Here are a few favs from her shop!! The Mod Pod would look great hanging on my wall. Alison – we love what you’re doing on Etsy!!

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The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller LemonGrass Studio

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller LemonGrass Studio


Dear TEOT: Kristin’s Apartment

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Poster from the home of Audrey Mascina and Jerome Sans, The Selby

My friend Kristin keeps asking me to come over and help her figure out what to do with several areas in her new apartment. Kristin has a problem that many people face as renters. How can I give my apartment with hospital white walls and mini-blinds some pizazz.

Kristin used to work in radio and during that time she amassed quite a collection of concert posters. She doesn’t want to get rid of of them and some of them she cherishes.

In the absence of a large wall in the apartment, where can she display her collection?

My recommendation was to hang them salon style above her bed. This is the biggest wall in the apartment. This also solves another problem, what direction should she go in for a color scheme. Hanging the collection over her bed solves both of these problems, she brings in all the colors from all of the different posters in to the room AND a location for the collection has been selected. Since she already has white walls I suggested that the bedding and all other accessories either be white or neutral and rely solely on the posters to carry all the color.

Images from Aaron Rose’s apartment, The Selby

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Image from Living Etc

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Her second question:

How can I make my desk a little more bedroom friendly?

The only space option for the computer and desk is in her bedroom. Her desk leans a little more toward OfficeMax than she might like.

My suggestion is to find a new desk that functions as both a vanity and a workstation. Kristin will be buying a laptop to replace her desktop soon, so the computer will take up less desk space. I think that West Elm’s Parsons desk could be the remedy. It’s sleek and classic and you could feel just as comfortable sitting at the Parsons surfing the net as you would putting on your makeup in the mirror.

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I suggested maybe putting some small bowls (ceramic, woven, wooden etc) out to hold jewelry and a mirror to give it more of a vanity-type feel.  Small mismatch bowls of all descriptions can be picked up a flea markets and thrift stores.

Image from Daisy Cottage

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Little Birch Jewelry Stand from Urban Outfitters

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After seeing Kristin’s place for myself, I realized that she has quite a mish-mash of personal memorabilia spread throughout the living area and bedroom.  There is an absence of continuity in style, design and color.  To take the first strike at this problem, I suggested that she go through everything including what is stuffed in her closet and begin editing. She should keep the things that are part of her personal history but store them if they don’t contribute to the aesthetic appeal of her space.  Eliminate things that she has been harboring just because. Maybe someone else will enjoy that fairy figurine your friend gave you for your birthday or the iron cross you bought during your short-lived goth phase.

We’ll check in with Kristin later to see how she is progressing with personalizing her space.


James Leland Day

The styling of James Leland Day can be seen in several of our favorite design mags. Many of the interiors that have been captured can be a great source of inspiration. Thinking of going bold with color? These images could help. I particularly like the use of red and turquoise.

Notice the red Pauchard chair, iconic French design

Oh Moroccan rug, how do I love thee…

The rug really brightens the room, the light streaming in through the window doesn’t hurt either

IKEA rug


Renovating Bungalow 404: Kitchen Inspiration

After a long search in both print and on the internet, I think I have found the right source of inspiration for Bungalow 404’s kitchen. If you are fairly indecisive like me, then it’s a relief to finally settle on a look you want to pursue.

Found on pointclickhome

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This kitchen has many elements that I like, they are:

  • Chrome/Nickel bin pulls
  • Black countertops
  • Chrome/glass pendants
  • White cabinetry
  • Ebony, gloss hardwoods
  • Open to dining area

Oh and I think it’s important to tell you that I have decided to pack up my little family and move in to Bungalow 404…in case you hadn’t already surmised that. My favorite architectural style right now is Craftsman/Bungalow and I couldn’t pass up the chance to have my very own. And I am pretty sure Betsy is scouring the MLS searching for one that she can call her own because she’s jealous– but hey she gets to go to Europe this Spring.

Back to the kitchen…here are some purchases I have made to outfit 404’s kitchen.

At first I was sold for sure on the Phane pendant at Conran but just decided that it was out of my budget because I needed four and at $350 each, they got the boot.

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Instead I ended up with the Clemson pendant from Restoration Hardware which I purchased new on Ebay and saved $40.

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You’ll remember from a previous post that I chose white cabinets, some with glass fronts. I’ve also selected Absolute Black granite countertops and I’ve received one quote and am waiting for the cabinets to be installed on 2/9 before I receive the 2nd quote.  One of the stone companies I am working with advised me that Absolute Black granite tends to show scratches more than his Black Pearl and Black Galaxy stone. I had to just take that advise and move on because I couldn’t give up the consistency of the Absolute and I didn’t like the shiny stones or filler in the pearl and galaxy.

I purchased this lovely faucet for the kitchen sink after reading the reviews on Overstock and comparing prices.

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Most of the original flooring on the main level is in fine shape and will be refinished. However, in the kitchen and new dining room, there was a mix between cheap laminate flooring and ugly and worn linoleum. New flooring will be installed Monday and it is a dark Hickory Spice by Somerset Flooring. The salesperson assured my Mom over the phone that it was an espresso-like finish.

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This is natural hickory which I think would’ve been nice for the basement but we got white oak instead.

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The contractor will continue the rest of the carpentry and trim work that needs to be done this coming week to prepare for the painters.  Painters have already started prepping, caulking, sanding and doing some priming.  The original trim work really needs to be sanded and smoothed to prepare it for paint. They plan to clean and pressure wash the exterior to prepare it for paint on Monday. The pressure is now on to select the rest of the interior and exterior paint colors this weekend.  I really want to get the outside color just right, I don’t want to pull in to the driveway everyday and it not be exactly what I wanted to see, it will bother the hell out of me so…I am going to probably paint a couple of samples on and observe those for at least 48 hours and make a decision from there.


Little Paper Planes

I know, I know… Domino wants us to go seek affordable art at 20×200, which is a great resource but I also want to share the site Little Paper Planes with you.

Little Paper Planes offers some exclusive prints, original artwork, apparel, jewelry, accessories and paper goods. LPP labels themselves as an “online store bringing together a community of artists”. You’ll see some familiar artists that also have a space at Etsy or Poppytalk but you’ll also see some stuff you haven’t seen before.

If you’re looking for original works, Little Paper Planes is a good place to start.

I have been considering this print for quite some time. I like to think it’s my husband and I, only hubby doesn’t have a beard or curly hair any more because he’s a corporate man now.

A Look Only You Would Understand – Ashley Goldberg

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Another Time – Rachel Salomon

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Orange Peacocks – Helen Acraman

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Earrings by We Dream in Colour and a spiral bound notebook, which in my humble opinion is the only way to go because it lays flat. Notebook by Pinecone and Chickadee

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I couldn’t resist posting this t-shirt designed by No Star T-Shirts

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Sunday Mornin Surf Sesh

I’ve noticed that a lot of bloggers take the weekend off. This is okay with me cause it gives me an opportunity to spend a little time with Google Reader and catch up on the various posts from the week that I missed due to the fact that I must work.

I especially enjoy sitting back lazily on a late Sunday morning with Coffee, my laptop and my dog, which is kinda crazy cause that’s what I do ALL WEEK LONG as well. Proves my true affection for the www.

So this is all about some links to things of interest as I sift through my ginormous pile of bookmarks for the week!

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Mama Said We Could Draw – I have not Seen Star Wars
Author: Bliss (our Mad-Men Giveaway Winner)
This video made me laugh.

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Artist Shira Sella
Wow. I really like this image. It feels like a dream I’ve had a million times.

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The Labbit is Back – with all new habbits
I have a growing collection of the little miniature version of these guys – the smokers… I love going out of my way to pick them up in little urban artist posts when I visit cities. There are about $5 each and you just pick up a box – without knowing what color awaits you! Each of my bunnies has a different story. It was kinda fun to stumble upon this guy on the Amazon site. today.

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Baltimore Rowhouse – Pajama Jammy Jam
I had an inkling that it might be the case – but now I’m certain that I could be BFF with these people. I mean, I really want to be hanging out with these folks at the Pajama Party that they threw in honor of a completed year’s worth of renovations to their impressive home. You should start following this blog now!! Its a great resource for renovators. We love you Corey!!

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SwissMiss – A Minimalist Way of viewing Flickr Images
SwissMiss found this neat way to scroll through a Flickr library. (Which is great b/c seriously, as much as I want to love Flickr – I very much dislike its navigation interface.)  If you have a Flickr account, your URL is Here’s what we have on TheEstateofThings.

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Renovation Therapy – My.Total.Dream.House and Sure, There are worse things
Wow, let me take a moment to express my love for this chick. She’s funny and I love all that she blogs of. My heart totally goes out on these posts – as I know how hard it is to come down from a fantasy like the one she describes here. Check out that beautiful barn house.

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And if you Twitter – here’s a quick mention of the new folks that TeoT follows as a result of todays surf sesh!! Click here to follow us!?

Velocityem and VelocityJohn – From Velocity Art & Design



Estate Envy: Post and Beam in Los Angeles

Today’s Installment of ESTATE ENVY comes from Los Angeles – where its a heck of a lot warmer and my options for what to do tonight are exponentially more exciting than what my night will be in reality!! Plus they have Pinkberry there, and for some reason I’m craving it. So, maybe it’s just a momentary envy.

This Mid-Century Post & Beam home is in the Mt. Washington area of LA – and I’m dying to peak around the corner and see what the view is like.

Images courtesy of The Value of Architecture

Nestled in the hills of Mt. Washington, hidden behind a verdant hedgerow, this art director’s private compound is a retreat from all things urban. Here the architects have transformed an otherwise humble 1930’s bungalow in the signature style of their late 1950’s and early 1960’s work. Slender wood posts support soaring beams, creating dramatic open spaces with minimally detailed plate glass windows all around. The consistent structural module, polished concrete floors, tongue-and-groove ceilings, board-and-batten siding and clerestory windows define the Modern aesthetic, while a pair of ultra-mod red entry doors point to the hipness of the era. 2 BR, 1 BA, 1,600 SF

Photography: Brian Thomas Jones

Listing Agent:
Brian Linder, AIA
Deasy Penner & Linder
The Value Of Architecture


Wall Finishes

I’ve painted my long living room bright white and now it is in desperate need of a chair rail, some wall frames, ceiling beams, and other trim work.

This room from Bravo’s Season One Top Design Winner sticks in my mind. Check the scale on the height of the wainscoting. (if you can see it). Its quite low and I’m in love. Sarah mentioned that I might not want to add architecture that is non-traditional. Any thoughts?



Netto Crib at Overstock

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I was cruising Ohdeedoh tonight, my favorite blog for kids next to Bloesem, Minor Details and LMNOP. There I read a post about the Netto cub crib and changing table available at Overstock. Honestly, I didn’t believe it at first. I quickly went to Overstock thinking, “this couldn’t be” then “I bet they are still out of my price range” to “they are probably all sold out”.

Once I arrived at Overstock, I found it was indeed true. There they were and less than my mod Walmart crib. I felt a little ill.

If you think you might be having a baby in the next year or so and you like modern design, buy these two pieces at this moment. If you have a friend that is maybe sitting at home right now combing the internet for just the right crib that doesn’t break their bank, call them.  The crib is $179 and the changing table is $129.

These pieces would get along fabulously with white or blonde wood from IKEA (budget friendly nursery furnishings) and would make for one hell of a nursery. I’m jealous already.

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Etsy Seller of the Week: Gypsy and Twink

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This week we are featuring Etsy seller, Gypsy and Twink.  The bright and beautiful color combinations and folksy appeal of G&T’s work are what captured our interest. The horse reminds me of the Swedish dala horses that I am crazy about right now. Makes me also think of a drug-free strawberry fields for kids…ok maybe not…let’s play it safe and say Candyland.

I am always on the lookout for original art for my daughter’s room and I think these colorful wooden dolls and animals would be a great decorative accessory for a child’s room–and adults of course!

After visiting one of my favorite sites for children, Romp, I found some of Gypsy and Twink’s wares available for purchase there as well.

Here are some of our favorites…

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Artist Interview: Meredith Pardue

I believe that Art is terribly personal and if you fill your home with what you love to look at – then no matter your style, it will be a success – Especially if you love to look at abstract artwork by Meredith Pardue.

We were lucky enough to catch the attention of the artist here at TEOT and to my dismay, Meredith has agreed to answer a few of our pressing questions?

You’ve lived in several pockets of the Nation! How has this changed your perspective of Home!? How has it changed your painting?

Visually, I have always been very literal.  I have observed that my physical surroundings influence the forms in my paintings.  For example, when I first moved to New York City, the forms and compositions became more rectilinear, which I attribute to the grid structure of Manhattan and to the prevalence and physical appearance of the architecture.  In Portland, OR a diagonal direction appeared in my compositions, probably due to the time I spent looking at and being in the mountains there.  I now live in Louisiana where everything grows on top of everything else.  The forms in my work have become quite organic, and the color and light here–mostly shades of green, blue, brown, gray, and black– have influenced the color palette in my work.  And the same held true of the work I made in Savannah.

Is it correct to call your work Abstract Expressionism!? Do you feel particularly inspired by artists from this era? If so, whom?
It could be, in that my work is abstract, and the brushwork is expressive.  However, when I think of Abstract Expressionism, I think of the early mid-century greats–Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline, to name just a few–all of whom have been a tremendous influence on my work.  I think of the first generation of Abstract Expressionism as an art historical movement that had “rules.”  No reference to anything representational allowed, no illusion of three-dimensional space allowed, emphasis must be placed on the flatness of the canvas, etc.  While this produced an incredible new kind of painting and artist, and while some of these things may sometimes apply to my paintings, I simply cannot think inside of a box.  Besides, my approach to making a painting comes more from a place that is more intuitive than intellectual.

I am most inspired by the work of Cy Twombly.  I am completely mesmerized when I am before his work.  I am attracted to and fascinated by the rawness of his mark making, the boldness of his work, the fact that most of his work has no recognizable imagery yet the titles often come from Greek and Roman mythology.  There is something primal about Twombly’s work that simply stirs me to my core.

The Estate of Things chooses Artist Meredith Pardue

Collisons of Growth and Decay #1, 30″ x 22.5″, mixed media on paper

Are you just in love with color or what!?
Yes, sometimes.  And sometimes I am in love with only light and shadow/black and white.  I am fickle and tend to go back and forth between the two.

When you sit down with a blank piece in front of you, what is the process like!?
I may have an image in my mind before I begin a new piece or new series, but it is always lucid, like a dream image.  For me the process is about having a dialogue with the canvas, allowing the forms to emerge, controlling what happens in certain places, and allowing for moments of randomness to occur in others.  There is a delicate balance between the two, and sometimes it comes very easily, while other times there is a struggle.

When you complete a painting – Do you prefer to think of your artwork on the walls of galleries and museums, or do you imagine them hanging on the walls of homes like AB Chao’s home (as featured on Apartment Therapy).
Neither really.  I think of my paintings as little beings unto themselves.  They will make their way to somewhere, but I believe my part ends with their creation.  To me Wilco’s “What Light” explains it perfectly.


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A photo from AB Chao’s home, as featured on an AT House Tour.

Are you evolving away from oil painting toward mixed media works on paper?
No, I love working on paper, canvas, and linen.  I love drawing, painting, all of it.

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Collisons of Growth and Decay #6, 30″ x 22.5″, mixed media on paper

What is inspiring you lately?
I found my old music collection.  Lately I’ve been listening to Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Jeff Buckley, Pixies, and the Neville Brothers.

What emerging artists do you feel we should we be on the look out for!?
Some emerging artists whose work I love and collect (or hope to!) are Julio Garcia, Thrush Holmes, Doug Kennedy, Marcus Kenney, Lance Letscher, Emily Sartor, and Joey Slaughter. I also love the work of photographer Jack Pierson, although he is hardly an emerging artist.

What interests do you have outside of painting?
Fiction, yoga, and playing with my little boys!

What is the home decor of a couple of married artists like!?
Well, there are living things everywhere!  In my house you will find my husband Doug, me, our two young sons Julian and Jackson, Libby and Priscilla (our two cocker spaniels), an old grouchy cat named Kiki, with a variety of Legos, blocks, trains, and cars scattered throughout.  There is usually music playing in at least one room and something yummy cooking in the kitchen.
So picture all of that against all white walls and a collection of mid-century pieces mixed with a handful of French antiques and a pretty great art collection.  The color comes from our art collection, so all of our furniture is either black, brown or white.  It was important to us to create a simple, elegant space with clean lines and great light, but also a comfortable space where we can relax, play, and not have to worry about messing anything up.

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And the Water Was Blue at Night, 72″ x 84″, oil on linen

What’s the best way to shop for your artwork?
Through any of the galleries that represent my work–Ann Connelly Fine Art (Baton Rouge), Bryant Street Gallery (Palo Alto, CA), Chicago Art Source Gallery (Chicago), Judith Costello Gallery (Hilton Head, SC), or Lounge Arts (Jackson, MS).

Is there anything else that you would like to tell me!!!? :)
I still love to draw from life, although I don’t have as much time to do that anymore.

Do you have any links you’d like for us to share with our readers?
Other things that make life nice: (Mojoware, my husband’s t-shirt company…think Southern Pop with an occasional Gothic twist.) (For the home…furniture, accessories.  LOVE this site!) (Bath products from heaven.)

Red Cottages

You know something that I can’t get over lately is Sweden and more specifically some of the design elements that are common there.  During my search for all things Swedish, I keep encountering red cottages and I love them.  I found another great red cottage that is beautiful inside and out and I wanted to share it with you.

Courtesy of Skona Hem

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the detail of the porch railing is amazing

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