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House Hunting: Don’t Jinx It

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I’ve gone a little silent on the House Hunting front for a bit. I think that the dude wants me to keep quiet about it, in case something terrible happens, but WE ARE IN ESCROW. My fantasy home with the blue window panes is our home! Holy crap, I can’t believe it. I will be sure to do some storytelling as we get settled, but this is where we ended up! We’re pushing paper and giving the homeowners time to get packed up and moved out! It’s so close that I can taste it.

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Hanging Out and Taking Pics

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Sarah and I got to spend this past weekend together working on our new products and projects. It was a joyous celebration of friendship and porch chats where we shared the greatest and scariest of all our hopes and fears as life sweeps us along. It was also a deep think on the future for TEOT. We’re excited. We are at a time in our lives when little girls rule and getting things done is likely to take six times longer than it should for a million wonderful reasons. We wouldn’t have it any other way. We take the moments of peace along with the mayhem of barking dogs, hungry cats and playful young’uns with needs. And then we bust our tail ends with the satisfying feeling of energy and passion while we style and shoot and play house together as a team. I’m sure Courtney (the Bennett Kitchen homeowner) was thrilled at the whirlwind job we did,…

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Serge Mouille Lighting

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It’s that damn light fixture and I still want one. The Serge Mouille 3 Arm Ceiling Lamp which is probably the most recognizable of their offerings is what I have a yearning for. Serge Mouille began designing light fixtures in 1953 and is known for his black painted metal, discrete and sculptural designs that people loved then and still do today. Production of Mouille’s original fixtures stopped in 1961 but reproductions of the original designs are available. I’m guessing your first reaction is, oh that’s so modern and yeah it is. But maybe I’ll surprise you a little if you see it in some more traditional interiors for the ultimate mix up. It’s iconic, artful and can transform a space in a flash.     Serge, persian and french chairs,   light your art collection with more art,   minimalist and classic,           in a nursery? well hell yes,…

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Weekend

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Remember that post about Sarah’s backyard fence. Well, she has one now, and so it’s time to clean up the yard and try to get some grass growing this weekend. There’s a lot more dirt than grass which is heaven for little girls who like to dig, but it’s a drag for mothers that like a clean house, especially when the sprinklers and babies in baby suits come out. On the other side of the country, Betsy will be glued to her cellphone, chatting escrow and appraisal with lenders and pinning ideas for the new digs. Last weekend she hit the breweries of San Diego and started a whole new passion for the art of the craft beer review. Next week, we will get together for a little photo shoot for the final reveal of the Bennett Kitchen Renovation. Yay! Here’s some leisurely interneting for your weekend! Sarah’s got her hands on her favorite photographer, Sally Mann’s new memoir….

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My Tie-Dye Sofa!

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Do you folks recall a time that I was pondering the notion of a tie-dye sofa? I talked myself in and back out of the idea right there in that old post, knowing that a navy blue heirloom sofa is something that I’m interested in for the long term, but I have to admit y’all, I’m a sucker for a trend and since that post – I can’t get enough of anything that is vaguely reminiscent of acid wash, oxidized metal, rorschach, tie-day, the heavens… I even went so far as to inquire with you guys on sponge-painting. This is what that all looks like:      So, I did it. I had my couch tie-dyed. Well, mineral-washed to be exact. I wrestled my Ikea Karlstad slipcover off (this was not fun) and I took it down to my new best buddy, Kevin at Brother’s Dye House and he did the deed.   I…

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Pipe Down

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There are many trends that I am absolutely, whole heartedly in support of and I’m really carrying the torch for. This post is not about those, this is about my distaste for pipe furniture. I think I’ve had my fill of furniture built from pipes. There are other ways in which we can express our love of modern, industrial style. Those ways are not as obvious as metal piping and while I’m at it… factory cart wheels. Instead, let’s explore a mix of light fixtures, upholstery, furniture and accessories that embody the industrial age — without screaming it. Let’s avoid being Captain Obvious, in decorating, and in life. Some examples of pipe furniture that should take the long nap, take the final exit, buy the farm, push daisies, fall off the perch…  and some examples of the industrial vibe that we can dig! Round Iron Mirror with Leather Strap  |  Nautical mini-pendant  | Rustic Industrial Coffee Table…

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Neutral Living Room Rugs

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I’ve had a seagrass rug for about four+ years that I bought from Ballard Designs. Here it is in my previous house,   Seagrass is affordable, versatile and durable and I would absolutely recommend it to you. I have kids and pets and only one living area with high traffic. We’ve spilled a lot of different things on this rug including but not limited to; soda, juice, milk, cat vomit, beer etc. But recently seagrass stumbled and then fell because it met with a big dog with an upset stomach. The seagrass rug was banished to the front porch at 6:00 am one morning with a one way ticket to the trash heap. So we’re left with a very bare and not so cozy wood floor in the living room. We need a new living room rug. And much like Sheet Search, I’ve got some parameters; Ideally 100% wool— but to be…

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Trends: Leafy Greens

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Whether in high contrast photography, watercolor or flattened graphic illustration, the botanical prints I’ve been seeing around lately are exciting. It’s a welcoming way to bring some of that SoCal sunshine aesthetic into homes all across the nation, don’t ya think? A few weekend posts ago, I hollered at Sarah M Dorsey Designs for her DIY leafy greens print. Will you give it a shot yourself? I snapped one or two of my fiddle leaf fig, and shared via Instagram. The Aestate, a favorite in the design blog community, peddle their leafy wares on Society6. As a result we can reap the advantages of the extended product offering there, like this wall tapestry! (They also offer leggings, which I’m thinking about testing out.) Check out this luxe use of botanical prints on upholstery. Source unknown.   I’m enjoying the Peter Dunham Fig Leaf pattern more at this moment than I was when it first started popping…

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Who and What We’re Following on Instagram

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We’ve always been attentive to the lovely details in our local lunch spot, or in the ephemery of sunlight on a building — but lately, more and more of us are framing these moments beautifully to share on Instagram. I love it! Isn’t it amazing how far we’ve come with cameras!? Can you even recall the deliberation required when we were limited to 24 snaps per roll on the incredible disposable camera you could pick up at a gas station? Imagine – no preview screen! We’ve come along way to now, where I can auto-backup all of my cellphone snaps so that when I pull up my Google+ account, there are all 29 of the weirdies I snapped while trying to perfectly capture the magic of my bright pink poncho.   Besides creating and sharing my own images, I am recently obsessed with meandering through the design community’s fun hashtag collections! The images I find at…

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9 Perennials to Plant Now

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Now is the time to get yourself outside and get some plants in the ground to acclimate to moderate temperatures and take advantage of more abundant spring rains. Although moderate is quickly giving way to hot, hot heat in NC, we have already seen (and felt) 90–ugh. Whether you are adding to a bed or garden you already have or are starting from scratch, I’ve assembled a little collection of must-plant perennials that thrive in a range of zones around the country. These 9 have worked well for me time and again and I’m pretty sure they’ll do the same for you all. Plant them in raised beds, layered in with the shrubs, add to your flower garden or your edible garden. Figure out your zone and let’s dig. Baptisia- With beautiful, graceful foliage, plentiful blooms and a beautiful purple hue, it’s hard not to love Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis, zones…

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Our Etsy Picks

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  Ella Carty Abstract Painting/ Poppy Seed Living Arrow Dresser/ Brass Paper Towel Holder/ Jazzberry Blue Clockwork Orange print/ Masaya Trading Company Hammock Lounge Chair/ Pigeon Toe Ceramics Horn Jar

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Weekend

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Sarah is doing stuff with her fam. She is probably gonna plant some perennials if she gets a minute. Betsy is heading to San Diego for an overnight band thingy. She got her tix to England this week, so those shows are really happening! Here’s some interneting: We’ll admit, sometimes we feel a little silly pushing material items all around on the internet like its the only thing we care about, but reading through this  review of Rebecca Solnit’s essays on What Our Dream Homes Reveal about our Inner Lives – WHEW! It’s absolved us of all of our guilt. We now boldly and proudly pin our most fantastic of Fantasy Home Decor, guilt free and we suggest you do the same – it’s for the good of your own inner self. If that was a little too deep for you, here’s something else to do instead. It’s a freaking fun color matching game. My best score…

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A Style Evolution

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  Some of you out there, like me, are riding the wave of this recent swell in hippie home decor. Call it boho or bohemian if you prefer.  Either way, it has taken its place in my heart in a way that makes more sense to my soul. I dig it much more than some of the other styles out there. I’m looking at you guys SoCal Coastal Chic, Southern Traditional, and Industrial Loft. I have kept a “Fantasy Living” as well as a “My Style” board on Pinterest since I started using the service. These are each fantastic places to bookmark the images of interiors that I feel resonate on a personal level. I love to go back to these as time passes. Of course, style, in its essence, is constantly evolving. It’s so nice to have a reference point through which to analyze consistency versus influence over time. With this practice, you may learn that you are mostly influenced in your…

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