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Weekend

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  Happy Saturday! That’s right, it’s actually the weekend! Sarah will be workin’ on the weekend, running by the Bennett Kitchen to snap a few photos and get some final touches in order. We’re so excited to see this lovely kitchen renovation wrapping up. Betsy is mourning the loss of yet another real estate offer. (That’s now 6 and counting.) She and the dude are considering loosening the lines of the search parameters again before giving up. It’s time to get creative. Sarah is trying to push Betsy in to looking at this fixer, not entire sure Heffe would be in to it. We hope that you find a moment to enjoy a lazy me moment at some point this weekend to soak in a few of the discoveries that we’ve loved this past week. Sarah recently bought a casual pair of pillow covers she had been tracking for a while from Hokoda. She loves…

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Southern California Style: Exhibit A The Bungalow in Santa Monica

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I’ve been neck deep in a design project, trying to illustrate and educate just exactly what elements exemplify the SoCal cool vibes that I’ve grown to love while living here in Santa Monica. The Bungalow is a bar that by all intensive purposes is the most beautifully decorated collection of douchery one could ever conjure. But, if you get there early on a weekday, you can enjoy a nice glass of pink wine with your sunset before its patios and porches fill up too tight, brimming with a mix of uber important biz dudes and ladies in Forever21 sweaters with floppy felt hats that barely hide consuming glares of judgement below them! *I’m sorry that I’m getting old. Kate and I have this conversation every time we go. It’s me, it’s not the crowd. They are probably all beautiful people. I’m just growing cold in my heart as I near the part of my thirties…

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Here are some things that are happening and pinteresting right now. I’d like for image 1 and 2 to get together and make a house baby for me. That will happen one day I believe it will. I’m working for that a little everyday. Colorful pocket doors get along swimmingly with charcoal hex tile, You never thought you liked hairpin legs so much…I know I didn’t. I don’t think I will ever get enough of contemporary/modern landscapes, Freakin’ blue doors!

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Sheet Search (Not Totally Unlike Star Search)

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I rotate two sets of sheets on each bed in my house. Kudos to you if you’re rotating more than that but we’re working with two here and one of them got ripped and I needed a replacement. This time around I want great quality and style and that necessitates a search. A Sheet Search. You can read all sorts of articles and read reviews in which people are embroiled in serious debates about thread count vs. types of cotton. I found this article to be helpful and I read other articles like this one too. The new sheets should include these qualities: Egyptian cotton or Pima/Supima Cotton If “100% cotton” was listed as fabric I’d keep searching 300 thread count or above Simple embroidery preferred Under $200.00 Serena & Lily, Pine Cone Hill, Crate & Barrel, West Elm, and the list goes on…all of these fine sites had great designs but they were all 100% cotton,…

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House Hunting: It Goes On and On and On

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Remember that house I said we could flip… the one that I said I felt little emotion over. I could live there or not…  Well, we threw our hat into the ring with an offer. It’s not very much unlike the other home on the same street that we recently put an offer in on. It’s missing a few features, namely the larger corner lot – but it also has a few characteristics that we prefer. Interestingly, despite the similarities, this home scored pretty low on our scoresheet system. Transitioning from “meh” to brainstorm mode has been interesting. I went to view the home a second time and it was great to get a bit more time inside to wrap my head around the space. The homeowner has lived there since the home was built over 40 years ago. It’s in pristine shape but her touches from 90s are a little…

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Charlotte Project: Paint Color Selection

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I worked briefly with a family in Charlotte, NC who had just moved in to a new home. You might remember the inspiration for their family room design. They had moved a few times over the last few years because of careers and had found that they always moved from an unfinished house. They had ideas and aspirations about what they could do to the houses they’d lived in but never got anything accomplished. They wanted cohesiveness and something they could finally call finished. When they bought the house there were some pretty unattractive paint colors in play, electric blue ceilings and walls, teal and lots of drab tan. They hired a painter and it was time to select colors. The Charlotte family’s home is a traditional five bedroom, three and half bath home with a vaulted ceiling in the entry, formal living and dining rooms and a family room. The client decided…

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Weekend

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Sarah is on the hunt at the Liberty Antiques Festival this weekend. Hoping, always hoping to find treasure. Jealous of Betsy who strolled into a thrift store in LA this week, and scored a pair of mid century club chairs upholstered in mohair for $45/each. Follow along with Sarah to see if she strikes similar gold on TEOT’s Instagram. And while we’re talking about treasure hunts–let’s all join our voices in concert to tell Betsy to get her butt to the Santa Monica Airport Flea Market. It happens every first and fourth Sunday. No excuses! Not even band practice. Upcoming antique opportunities in NC- Cameron Antiques Festival May 2, 2015 Here’s some Interneting that we can recommend: Clad Home, the custom furniture collection & online home decor shop of LA based Interior Designer, Rosa Beltran opened up this week. Her brick and mortar shop will open early May. We’re excited to see this…

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Dear TEOT: Affordable Bedroom Curtains

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We recently got a note from a reader, Courtney, who is seeking affordable curtains for her and her boyfriend’s bedroom. Courtney already has woven shades on the window and her boyfriend is complaining that the shades filter the light but don’t block enough and a lot of morning sun is still pouring through. Her budget is ideally less than $60.00. The bed in the room is dressed with this quilt and furniture similar to this. After I sent her some suggestions she wrote back, I like them all!! Thanks for sending this over. I think the first and third are my favorite, just to break it up a bit. My boyfriend was a little worried about the light coming through (he is basically wanting Vegas blackout curtains). While I know these options will not provide that, I think it should still help a little. What do you think? Thanks again for sending these! Here’s…

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Trends: Busted

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Stately, abstract and a bit surprising, we think the bust is a fantastic accessory for the modernists to the new traditionalists. These figures are more than just art, they are creative and artful storage solutions. Now more than ever, with flash-sale sites like One Kings Lane and curated thrift retailers like Chairish, it shouldn’t be too tough to get your hands on the bust that suits your space, and if you need more inspiration, check out the bust love on my Pinterest board. Happy hunting. A tall and narrow bust makes a fantastic hat rack as well. This particular bust recalls the ’20s, but any vintage, carved wooden piece like this one will add fantastic texture and help your hats maintain their shape when it’s not derby season.     Jenny’s idea to have the demure statue “disappear” into the backdrop of the vanity is brilliant, and you can do the same by…

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House Hunting: Determining Priorities with a Scoresheet

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We hit the open house circuit this weekend. The home pictured above is the only interesting Palisades home in our budget range to hit the market since we learned we lost out on the last interesting home that hit the market. What a game this is! This open house was a busy one, there are far more buyers than there are homes at the moment. My approach has changed. I have just about zero emotional interest in this home, but if we live here, that will be fine too. I told the dude tonight as we were swapping our thoughts on its merits, “I’d MUCH rather flip this home than live in it.” If I were just flipping it, I’d know exactly what choices to make when swapping out the carpet and the awful 1997 kitchen cabinets. To live in it, I can’t identify what to do as easily. But we can…

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7 Go To Design Picks

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There are design elements and furnishings that I return to time and again. Chances are pretty good that you have one or more of these things in your house because some are standbys and others are part of a group of neo-classics and will work in a whole host of different interiors. Ceramic Gourd Lamps – If you’re looking for a table lamp, you’ve likely considered some iteration of a ceramic gourd lamp and for good reason, they’ll work virtually any where. You can find them at almost any price point. Seagrass Rug –Durable, natural, ready for layering and full of texture…what more do you want in a rug English Roll Arm Sofa – Unlike diamonds which aren’t actually forever, your English roll arm sofa is. Don’t ever get rid of it just keep getting reupholstered when it starts to look rough. Industrial Faucet -I love the bridge faucets as much as the next person but…

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Weekend

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  Sarah is putting some finishing touches on the Bennett kitchen. If you follow her on Instagram, you’ll know that she’s settled on Benjamin Moore Peacock Blue for the pocket door. This weekend, she has loads of quality time with the fam on tap. She thinks it might be time to introduce her girls to the dip-trip-flip-fantastic world of Mary Poppins. Betsy is heading down to San Diego for the weekend to rehearse with some music friends. They are preparing for a UK trip in July that includes a stage appearance. She’ll sing with The Luxembourg Signal on July 28th at the IndieTracks festival. Cue anxiety. As much as she loves her occasional music career, homegirl has ridiculous stage fright.   Here’s some interneting for the lazy moments in your weekend: We put together a playlist for the SoCal Seventies Gypsy inside of you. Put this on blast and get to work on your DIY…

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Estate Envy: Meg Draper’s Laurel Canyon Bungalow

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Oh Don Draper, you disappoint me so much with your screaming infidelities. Your unwavering confidence, your glib I could give a what attitude, your constant last minute bourbon and lucky strike fueled genius slogans are starting to bore me. I wish someone else would outshine you in the board room one good time. For once, I wish the lady wouldoth protest… For once, just do what we haven’t come to expect of you. Even your weirdo 1940s depression era secret past life is a snooze. More Megan Please! Especially the banging little bohungalow digs she’s propped herself in up in Laurel Canyon, am I right? Don’t be surprised if you see a gigantic DIY God’s Eye in my Instagram feed soon. Thanks for the inspo Meg. Good luck in LA. Images from Interior Design Magazine, see more Mad Men set design images here!

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9 Favorite IKEA Hacks

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Don’t you love finding IKEA hacks that are wildly functional and extremely good-looking! Kudos to this group of nine handy people changing things up. I hope I grow up to be just like you.   Smitten Studio’s tarva dresser The Pax free-standing wardrobe hacks are most excellent. I’ve seen them painted black with brass hardware and now Jenna Sue built those in to make a pantry in her custom kitchen reno. Makes you feel excited to put the dishes away. Jenna Sue Design Pax Pantry There’s something about painting metal mint green that makes it instantly fabulous. Style Me Pretty bar cart The Charming Nest blog is putting Hemnes to work in all kinds of situations. Some carpentry skills will take you and Hemnes a long way. I really, really want to make my own beefed up Hemnes sideboard. Get me some reproduction latches and sash pulls and some crown molding…

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Spring Garden Prep

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Do we have any serious gardening readers? I hope so, let’s talk plants. My Mom and I both enjoy gardening. We have a history with plants and flowers–my whole family does. My parents owned and operated a greenhouse business themselves for 20+ years. I grew up in a greenhouse and that’s a great story… for another day. We’ve got to get down to the bidness of talking about spring and plant shopping. We recently paid a visit to one of our favorite garden center spots to stock up for planting window boxes and spring containers at The Garden Supply Company. GSCO always has a great selection and some helpful people working there that can answer all sorts of questions about their inventory. Good trees, good perennials, good annuals, good shrubs, good everything. I snapped some cell phone shots of some of our favorite stuff at GSCO now. They’ve probably already added a…

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