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Bungalow 404 Update

It’s been a while since there was an update on the renovation of Bungalow 404. 

Since my last post on the project, the screened porch has been torn off as well as the entire front porch floor.  During an attempt to repair a brick column on the front corner, the porch supports were observed to be deteriorated and compromised because of old termite damage. Good news, no active termites. Bad news, the whole porch floor has to be rebuilt and I am going to reconfigure the screen framing.

I realize not everyone enjoys looking at the early stages of renovation, it can be quite boring. But for those of you out there that want to see 404’s progress, here is a brief visual update.

 the estate of things chooses bungalow 404

                                         the estate of things chooses bungalow 404

the estate of things chooses bungalow 404

Meanwhile, some design decisions have been made. A dining room fixture was selected and purchased from CB2.

                                     the estate of things chooses cb2

As far as my choices for the bathrooms, my decisions are still few but I’ve settled on white beadboard for the bathroom in the basement and haven’t made any tile selections there. In the hall bath (one with the difficult air return) I will deffinetly stick with the white subway tile chair rail there and I’d like to use a bigger 16×16 polished porcelain tile which mimics marble but is more durable. I found the polished porcelain at Lowes. I’d like to have the least grout lines possible because here’s the deal–it’s easy to get charmed by those small hexagonal or white round penny tiles but those equal a lot of grout and if you use a white tile then you are going to use a light grout.  Grout gets dirty over time and even with all of the specialty grout cleaners out there, it doesn’t quite come clean. Moral=reduce grout lines or reserve small tiles for bathrooms with the least traffic.



Looking for Great places to shop for Home Decor in North Carolina?

I’ve been gathering information about Small Businesses in town for a project that I’m working on and Wow! was I surprised to see the shockingly LOW amount of area home decor resources that I could find online. Where are you!?

Hickory, NC is seemingly brimming with opportunity for great Design Finds. Nestled amongst our sock factories and textile mills – we have a booming population of experienced furniture manufacturers employed by the companies whose products we drool over on our Design Blogs… (Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams, Williams Sonoma, West Elm, Broyhill, Hickory Chair, etc. etc.) So – these products make their way into Furniture Outlets peppered throughout the county, and if you are a super deal scavenger (like me), you can visit local thrift stores or Manufacturer Sales and steal furniture…….

Its all very fantastic and I really want to be able to tell you when its happening, and I wanna know when its happening in other cities here in my great state. Right now I’m relying on Indie N.C. to keep me apprised and well, I’m over here on the Western side of the State.

SO – This post is a plea to any North Carolina readers to take a few moments to jot down the retailers, thrift shops, and events that I shouldn’t miss in your area. It’ll be a long time in the making – but TEOT’s Official North Carolina City Shopping Guides for the Home Decor & Design Enthusiast are in the making! Please email me with information you think I should have at


Things That Make You Go Mmmm

Right now that would be these towel racks. 

Pointclickhome is showing off this little diddy that’s made from recycled bamboo. Question: Would you get bonus points on the carbon footprint reduction deal because you re-used a self-sustainable material? Forgive me if I have used the wrong green terminology here.

the estate of things chooses pointclickhome

And this lovely rack was discovered at a flickr photostream, bitsandbobbins

 the estate of things chooses bitsandbobbins

I’ve got a place for one of these at one of the bathrooms at Bungalow 404.


Etsy Seller of The Week: SusyJack

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OK so one of the first vendors that I encountered when I got on Etsy was SusyJack and I ooohed and aaaahed over Susy’s contemporary paper goods.

So if you couldn’t already tell the weekly special is… SusyJack.

Susy calls her goods “Bright, bold and fresh items for desk and nest”.  Some of my favorites,

Oh the giant clothespin that holds all of your important little notes, reminders and business cards

the estate of things chooses susyjack

the ringlet jotter

the estate of things chooses susy jack

The Deluxe Wall Calendar

the estate of things chooses susyjack

I am a Susyjack patron, I put Susy’s ringlet jotter in my Mother’s stocking and I take extremely boring voicemail message notes on her very exciting notepad. Susy seems to be a very nice person, she wrote me a personal note and the shipping was at warp speed AND wait that’s not all… her products are printed on recycled paper. I think that closes the book on customer satisfaction.

In addition to her Etsy site you can also visit Susy at her blog (to talk paper or eye candy) or her website. I like Susy’s Etsy profile picture too, simple and beautiful kind of like her products.

We likey.


Should I buy this Antique Secretary?

For fear of jinxing my New Year’s Resolution, I won’t type it out explicitly – but okay yes I will type it out explicitly cause I’m already jinxed. It had something to do with putting an end to spending money on my home and/or clothing for 3-4 months and focusing instead on the Vintage Shasta Camper, a Fence for Pollock, a vehicle with which to pull my Vintage Shasta Camper, or uh… oh yeah – federal and state taxes (geez!!).

Yet – the forces of ANTI RESOLUTION have already started their work on me by introducing me to this Secretary at the Antique Market here in Hickory, NC.

The Estate of Things chooses Secretary Desk

I was just reviewing the Eddie Ross site today and saw his Secretary Desk Before/After shots from his year in review post. There I commented – asking how much he might say was the minimum to maximum that you would want to pay for this piece.  But I have no patience? How much would you pay for this thing and should I even do it!? Help Me!!

The Estate of Things chooses Eddie Ross' Secretary Desk The Estate of Things chooses Eddie Ross' Secretary Desk


Collections Atop Shelves

Sarah, is this you!? Do you likey? It made me think of the Collection of Globes that you liked from Sharilyn’s Studio and my little birdhouses that I’ve been crafting…

The Estate of Things chooses Design*Sponge Sneak Peak Jill Bliss

From yesterdays Design*Sponge Sneak Peak for Jill Bliss

The Estate of Things chooses Sharilyn's Studio

From Sarah’s previous post about Sharilyn’s Studio (from AT)

I wanted to include a pic of a collection of white bowls from the Eddie Ross site – they were stacked atop his apartment cabinets in his personal NY home…. but I can’t find the post anywhere.


Renovating Bungalow 404: Bath Inspiration

I am stuck on what to do with the three bathrooms in Bungalow 404, well I haven’t really put in the effort on collecting ideas and putting them together. The first bath is in the hall in between the master bedroom and the second bedroom.  I have decided (95% sure) that I would like to paint the hallway Mink by Benjamin Moore, it’s a chocolate brown and I like the idea of bold colors in small spaces.  I think it will elevate what would normally be a boring hallway.

I think that a soft blue bath off of the brown hall is going to be a great contrast. I’m sold on white subway tile and in this particular bath I will be doing a tile wainscoting. I haven’t decided what to do with the floor yet. We are stuck with a vanity because there was a huge air return in the bathroom that the owner didn’t want to relocate so the return had to be framed and boxed in so it will be tied into a vanity to make it disappear. I had originally planned for a pedestal.

I would really like to incorporate a glass door and this one is right on the mark. The wall color on my monitor appears to be the subtlest of blues also something I am searching for.

the estate of things chooses pointclickhome

I like shaded sconces a lot like the ones featured in this image from pointclickhome.  I’m always looking for something timeless, it’s so easy to be so excited about something for your house and in 5 to 10 years want to desperately rip it down. I’m trying to avoid that.

the estate of things chooses pointclickhome

These images helped me peer into the future with the use of a blue/green wall color and white subway tile

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I was also considering using small mosaic tiles on the shower walls. Instead of the blue mosaic, I was thinking maybe some white mosaic.

the estate of things chooses pointclickhome

White subway tiled shower walls also a consideration

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And I really like IKEA’s circular Grundtal mirror, at $29.99 I like it even more

the estate of things chooses Ikea

Again with the mosaics, only a different palette

the estate of things chooses cottage living

So I’ve got some work to do on finding the right vanity that is going to hide that hideous air return and I’ve got a lot of concrete decisions to make on this bath with two left to go.


Etsy Seller of the Week: Element Clay Studio – Ceramics by Heather Knight

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The Estate of Things chooses Etsy seller Heather Knight The Estate of Things chooses Etsy seller Heather Knight

I think I have a crush!

We were playing around in Asheville, North Carolina the other day, ducking in and out of little shops and eating delicious foods. Cruising through the booths at Woolworth Walk , I spotted Etsy Seller Heather Knight’s work. It was one of the more impressive booths in the entire place. In the shop, I especially dug the Aneneome & Atomic Bowls from her Environmentals Collection, the ones that are glazed on the interior. I’ve included a few examples of favs from her Etsy shop (click on the image to view it on Etsy), and you can check out her full collection on her website here:

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller Heather Knight

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller Heather Knight

The Estate of Things chooses Heather Knight


Online Crafting is fun too!!

The Estate of Things made a Snowflake

Just a quick line y’all. I haven’t told you much about the company that I work for! Its a fun Web Design Studio full of talent and love for the craft. For the holidays they have this super neato Snowflake maker made using Flash.

Please check it out. And send a beautiful handmade Snowflake to all of your friends and family!! Or – if you are still stuck in the office somewhere dreaming about the upcoming holiday, use this to soak up a little time.

Oh yeah, and while you are at it!! Here is another fun time-soaker for the Holidays!! My friends FRANK and Drew are the brains behind this one: Where is Santa?

Please don’t forget to drop us your nomination: The Estate of Things for Best Home Design Blog of the Year on Apartment Therapy!! We’re really excited to see the nominations coming in!!

Love to death,



Happy Holidays from The Estate of Things

The Estate of Things wishes you a Happy Holidays

In case we find ourselves too busy to surf the internet and share our inspirations with you – I wanna go ahead and take this moment to wish you the best for the Holidays from The Estate of Things!

I also just want to say SUPER HUGE THANKS to everyone that has visited our blog and shared comments with us in 2008. We are really excited about getting geared up for this upcoming year. We realize that by the end of 2009 – The Estate of Things just might be famous on the internet. ;)

In the next year, we hope to expand the blog with hand selected advertising space for Crafters and Retailers that we enjoy. We hope to provide you with a carefully curated page of online resources for Home Decor Awesomeness. AND We hope to have found a designer that shares our aesthetic and we hope for that designer to help us build a beautiful branding identity. We also have discussed some new ideas for posts including guest bloggers and some North Carolina City Shopping Guides.

The point of all of this blog business is so that one day when we are a little bit older and wiser – we can set up shop somewhere and start selling our own inventory both online and in a radical little storefront in some town, USA. For now, we are utilizing this blog to share our ideas and inspirations with one another, and to make friends online!

So yeah! With that being said – Thanks so much to YOU, we hope that you will grow with us and Have the verybest Happy Holidays!!

The Estate of Things

Oh Ya! and I would’ve mailed you this card – but I don’t have your address! :) So, if you’re into it – join The Estate of Things mailing list and let us know that you love us. I promise – we won’t mail you anything that you don’t want.


Reform School

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The Estate of Things chooses Online Retailer Reform School

I ‘m excited to share this great resource with you today – Its REFORM SCHOOL – a brick and mortar store located in Silverlake. In case you’ve never been, Silverlake is an uber-trendy area on the East Side of Los Angeles. It boasts tons of neato little shops, great dive bars, an annual streetfest and a host of hipster types galore. Its also got some of the best little bungalow homes. Definitely a great area to play ‘know your neighborhood’.

The Estate of Things chooses Reform School

Reform School carries all the right accoutrement for the hipster crowd, for me and for you! If you can’t hop your fixie and cruise down to Reform School this afternoon – no fear. They’ve got a great online retail shop.

I work in the internet industry and spend a lot of my life online. Reform School’s Site is definitely an interesting aesthetic for an Ecommerce Site. I keep running across these same realistic ‘workstation’ designs, you know where the webpage looks like the the top of your desk or an inspiration board complete with measuring tape, post it notes, scrap ribbon, etc. (think both decor8 & Design*Sponge).

Reform School has done something similar with some added playfulness. They’ve worked in the high school theme complete with report cards and notebook doodles. We likey!! Do you!?

A screenshot of Reform School Online Shop for Art Craft and Design

Oh and PS – Check out the “Student of the Month” Christine Schmidt . She’s the brainchild behind our previously posted recommendation for Yellow Owl Workshop .


Kristen Szanto’s Design Blog

The Estate of Things chooses Design Blogger Kristen Szanto

I have the pleasure of working within the Los Angeles Office this week. (I usually work remotely from my home in North Carolina). Its good to be here with friends and I want to introduce you to one of those here today.

Mrs. Kristen Szanto is a Design Savvy Project Manager. When I was living and working here in the LA office I always made sure to introduce new employees to her and asked her to talk with them a little bit about Design Concepts and to share whatever she was working on at the time. I just really love her style.

I also asked Kristen to help The Estate of Things with our background image while we are working on a branding identity for our site. So you will notice the familiar style when you check out this post.

So, without further ado: here is the article that I want you to check out.
Kristen’s post about hanging artwork on the wall is excellent. Complete with photoshopped image guides and a sense of humor – she walks you through the basics of hanging artwork. Start with this post – but don’t neglect the other features of her site and keep it in mind as she adds to it.

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