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Yay! Charlotte, NC opens Ikea in one month

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The Estate of Things chooses Ikea Charlotte, NC

My love affair with Ikea is long. It waxes and it wanes, but for the most part its been a constant affection – one that started out fiery and passionate (you’ve been in my Philadelphia apartment before, the one that feels like an Ikea Showroom). It has matured into a calm reliability with time (a carefully curated mix). I’m sure we will only grow closer as I now welcome Ikea with open arms into my home state of North Carolina. Location: I-85 at City Boulevard, Charlotte, North Carolina

The store has been officially added to the Ikea Website, you can see it here. A map will soon be added – and I just read that 135 retailer shops will be developed in the surrounding area!

My friend John and I have been joking about taking the camper down. They are opening up the parking lot 2 full days before opening day so that people can begin lining up for the Grand Opening on February 18th. I’m really interested in going to witness this as a spectacle, and I’m afraid to admit that I’m hoping I will totally score some free stuff on the adventure. Does anyone know what they typically give away for these events?

Aside from the girlish excitement of having some accessible and affordable Swedish modernism within a short drive, I’ve grown up and I’m a homeowner now, so I’m looking forward to shopping Ikea differently. I’m ready to get down business with their Kitchen Cabinets, Sinks, Fixtures, and Closet Solutions!! I don’t know about their reliability or their quality. Any thoughts!?

Ikea Set

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Bokeh Photography

Bokeh” is a Japanese word for blurry or dizzy. And its my new favorite search term for Etsy and Flickr photo finds. This photography trend is weaseling its way into my heart and I wanna share a few examples with you!

Subject Matter often includes Nighttime Lights, Rain, Birds, and Florals and many times features focus on the object closest to the lens. The most important characteristic of the Bokeh photo is the blur happening within the light in the unfocused area, it becomes a fuzzy round spot, void of definition!

The best bokeh results for me evoke a dreamy ethereal feeling, and are especially desirable when the photographer has found the right sun ray to pour into the frame. Like this one by Etsy Seller KristyBee. I just wanna live inside of a photo like this.

The Estate of Things chooses Bokeh Photographer and Etsy Seller Kristybee

Here’s another that I enjoy by Etsy Seller Pretty Petal Studio

The Estate of Things chooses Bokeh Photographer and Etsy Seller Pretty Petal Studio

And who knew Nail Heads could be so cute, by Etsy Seller Helvetica Neue

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller HeveticaNeue

Please click on these beautiful thumbnail Images below from Flickr and enjoy as I have!!


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Estate Envy

We’ve decided to start a weekly feature for The Real Estate of Things. Through this feature we’ll share properties currently on the market that we love, more interiors that inspire us, homes we wish we could live in.

Our first installment of Estate Envy brings you a property listed by Skeppsholmen, a Swedish agency that was discovered through the lovely blog, Desire to Inspire.

I think the highlights are the kitchen, fireplace and the outdoor spaces. What are your favorite parts? Maybe you don’t like it all, let us know.

the estate of things chooses skeppsholmen

the estate of things chooses skeppsholmen

the estate of things chooses skeppsholmen

the estate of things chooses skeppsholmen

the estate of things chooses skeppsholmen

the estate of things chooses skeppsholmen

the estate of things chooses skeppsholmen

the estate of things chooses skeppsholmen

the estate of things chooses skeppsholmen

the estate of things chooses skeppsholmen

Love this house but can’t afford international real estate? Take a look at the Cottage Company. The Cottage Company with the help of architect Ross Chapin have been busy creating “pocket neighborhoods” in the Northwestern part of the country. Purchase one of Ross’ plans and put your cottage anywhere.

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Your MAD MEN Decor starts with an Etched Number Glasses GIVEAWAY!!

The world is abuzz with the aesthetic accuracy and overwhelmingly authentic homage to Mid-Century lifestyle and design seen in AMC’s hit TV show Mad Men and its no surprise that they captured Golden Globe’s BEST SERIES for the second year in a row. Design bloggers have been on this tip for some time, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed their design tips in reference to the show.

I just recently watched the entire first season in two sittings. It took me about two weeks to stop fantasizing my everyday life was that of a Manhattanite Secretary from the 60s.

The Estate of Things chooses Mad Men Set Decor

So, we want to help you get started on your Mad Men Interiors by offering you these RAD glasses. Perfect for sipping on your highball while you watch the show. They come from Etsy Seller of the week, Sweetshorn .

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller Sweetshorn

The Sweet Etched Number Glasses were TEOT’s pick for favorites from the many treasures that Alia at Sweetshorn has collected and she’s been kind enough to offer them to a specially chosen TEOT reader. Take a look at her other items and feel free to drop her a line to tell her how rad she is for the well curated collection of vintage finds, killer presentation too!

So how do you get your hands on these glasses!? Just write in and tell us which Television Shows and/or Movies have inspired you in your home decor!? We would certainly love to post pictures in your comment for you (if you have them email them to [email protected]) but they are certainly not required!!

The Estate of Things chooses Etsy Seller Sweetshorn

Recommended Reading: Sarah’s Mrs. Robinson Post

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Pendants…I love you

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I always get excited about renovation because that means I get to select new pendant lights. Some people like to have a lot of shoes or handbags, I like pendants… and I also have a thing for coats too.  These are some pendants that are dancing through my head lately. Anyone have any favorites here?

the estate of things chooses titan

Titan, Conran Shop, $200

the estate of things chooses drop

Drop, Conran Shop, $100

the estate of things chooses conran

Phane, Conran Shop, $140 (leaning heavily on this for kitchen at Bungalow 404)

the estate of things chooses cb2

Sol, CB2, $99.95, begging to be hung in maybe a half bath

the estate of things chooses industry

Industry pendant, CB2, $199

the estate of things chooses equator

Oversized Equator, CB2, $199, thinking about this baby for the master bedroom

the estate of things chooses crate and barrel

Tulip, Crate and Barrel, $99.95 (also comes in white)

the estate of things chooses pottery barn

Rustic glass, Pottery Barn, $99

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Putting Domino’s Shopping Guide to the Test: Savannah, GA

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the estate of things chooses Savannah

I wonder how many of you out there actually use Domino Magazine’s shopping guides? I’ve considered it a few times and decided to put it to the test.

I travelled to Savannah, GA on business but managed to squeeze in a little pleasure. Briefly touring around Savannah Thursday afternoon with my friend Laurie we decided to hit some of Domino’s suggested spots for all things home.

the estate of things chooses savannah

How did we fair with the guide?

We were short on time and we were occassionally seduced by some storefronts that weren’t on the list and so unfortunately we didn’t make it to what the shopkeeper at Satchel called the “Downtown Design District” which makes up a block or so on Whitaker Street. How ridiculous is that….we didn’t make it to the design district.

First stop was…

DC2 Design (Not in the guide)

We encountered DC2 on our way to another store and quickly ducked in. I liked several of the occasional chairs among the furniture selection, but what really sparkles at DC2 are the chandeliers and bountiful accessories– mostly ceramics. Small, medium and large foo dogs and a fabulous orange ceramic horse head are part of a wide selection. I personally fell in love with two white ceramic floor lanterns which I purchased because not only were they a great price but they were also 20% off along with all home accessories. They are going to make a great statement on either side of the fireplace during the day and aglow at night. All of their holiday decorations were 50% off and I purchased some fabulous birds for the tree with feathered tails for my Mom. Apartment Therapy posted about DC2 here, offering some additional photos and a short review.

the estate of things chooses DC2 Design the estate of things chooses DC2 Design

the estate of things chooses DC2 Design

The Paris Market

the estate of things chooses paris market

The Paris Market is a must stop while in Savannah.  There were so many things to adore here especially the oversized linen light fixtures, well-stocked book selection for the design enthusiast and industrial french furniture.

The Paris Market has been featured in various shelter titles like House Beautiful, Cottage Living and Savannah Magazine.

the estate of things chooses paris market

the estate of things chooses paris market

the estate of things chooses paris market

the estate of things chooses paris market

the estate of things chooses paris market

the estate of things chooses paris market

This is Laurie and I standing next to a dining room setup, a mirror was mounted on the ceiling with a hole cut for the chandelier. You have no idea what an incredible impact the mirror makes on the whole table and really maximizes the chandelier and the glassware. Easy DIY bling!

ShopScad

the estate of things chooses scad

The highlight of the excursion and also an absolute must is ShopScad. SCAD is an acronym for the Savannah College of Art and Design.  SCAD has managed to brand itself internationally and they have maintained this shop and website for several years. The shop itself is beautiful with arched windows, hand-painted walls and artful ceiling displays. It’s a visual feast.  I snapped a couple of pictures not even thinking about the anti-photography philosophy in the store because of the original artwork. The shopkeep quickly scolded me and I stopped immediately.  But I did eyeball a painting in the shop, Meredith Pardue’s Lotus Pond II, that I blogged about previously in my build-a-bedroom post, the painting was available online but I cannot locate it on SCAD’s website now.

the estate of things chooses SCAD

the estate of things chooses SCAD

the estate of things chooses scad

Le Paperie

the estate of things chooses la paperie

In the “downtown design district” La Paperie is snuggled in with most of the other stores in Domino’s Guide. La paperie offers lines by Kate Spade, Snow & Graham, WhoMi, Vera Wang and William Arthur just to name a few.  All of their holiday stock is 50-75% off. If you need a paper fix, La Paperie is your place.  I purchased their last Snow & Graham 2009 letterpress calendar. The image below is from their website.

the estate of things chooses la paperie

@home Vintage General(Not in the Guide)

the estate of things chooses @home

@home was also a visual treat that was impeccably merchandised.  I am a sucker for all things modern country and this was the place for me. Beautiful, thoughtful new and vintage inventory.

Liz Demos, the owner, has this to say about her amazing shop,

For those that love weathered furnishings, @home is a great place to find stylish yet affordable items for your lifestyle. Known as a “vintage general store,” the shop is filled with one-of-a-kind finds as well as vintage-inspired new items. @home is a mixture of modern country and cottage styles. Creatively matching old and new is the forte of our unique shop. The store is stocked with hard to find goods and gifts in the following categories: antiques, textiles, fine ribbons, stationery and gift wrap, bed and bath products, jewelry, garden accessories, kitchen items, furniture, children’s items, lighting, architectural, industrial and old school artifacts.

Liz’s blog, alternative country and industrial country.

Images are courtesy of @Home’s blog.

the estate of things chooses @home

the estate of things chooses @home

Some other stores we visited that were not home related:

Red Clover, 53 Montgomery Street

James Gunn, awesome sales right now!

Satchel

Urban Outfitters

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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.

 

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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 [email protected]

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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.

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