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the Coffee Bar

Have you noticed the addition of the coffee bar in a kitchen? I’ve recently been in to two renovated kitchens here in my little town of Southern Pines that both had a coffee station. A few years ago, I visited a local friend and during a tour of the house, saw a small coffee station upstairs in the hall just off the master, what a retreat.

Instead of just adding the coffee maker to the other countertop appliances and putting the mugs away in the cabinet with the rest of the glasses, it can have a dedicated space all it’s own. It’s a solid way to put an unused area in the kitchen to work. Maybe it’s trading the bar cart in for the coffee bar, maybe you have both.

 

I’m not sure about the Flavor Flav wall clock but I love that espresso machine and the warm wood of those cabinets.

A traditional coffee station with a pretty tiled backsplash, although there is a lot being stored here, there’s a good composition happening,

An iteration of the barn door, the sliding cabinet door would be a fantastic way to conceal your coffee bar or coffee supplies that maybe aren’t as good-looking as the mugs and shiny stainless espresso machine

My favorite example of the coffee bar is in Heather Bullard’s kitchen. It’s an area with open shelving to the right of that beautiful sub zero. BTW- Heather is a fantastic stylist and her site is chockfull of images that will make you go hmmmm.

Coffee bar elegance, velvety dove gray. The machinery takes center stage here.

Sleek and modern coffee station,

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Butler Constructs takes on two traditional styles in Downtown Southern Pines

Hi there friends far and near!

We have some more news of happenings in downtown Southern Pines, that we think is of interest to you all. Remember last week, when we had a look at a 1910 Farmhouse and a 2017 new construction take on the historic style?

Well, we are back today with another look at that new construction, PLUS we want to introduce you to its Colonial twin, located right next door.

After teaming up with Dandeneau Architecture our good friend Sean Butler of Butler Constructs has completed two of the most impressive homes to hit the downtown Southern Pines real estate market in some time. Here are a couple of photos side by side, from each of the two homes! Which do you prefer!?

The Colonial is nestled in between some old pine trees, typical of the region. It gives it a very private and special feeling. The Farmhouse meanwhile, is situated on the corner lot and stands tall and proud with lovely peaked gable. Each home has been professionally landscaped.

Both kitchens feature the same architectural design concept, but the difference in finish and material provide a real interesting opportunity to explore your personal preferences. The overhead beams were hewn from trees on the property! It’s always fun to have a storytelling moment like that.

Do you like the single door entry, or the double door?

In the area, and want to know more about these homes? View the full listing info and photo tour here on Sarah’s Featured Listings page: http://sarahefarrell.com/featured-properties/

CONTACT SARAH FOR A SHOWING

 

As you may have gleaned from last week’s look at the Modern Farmhouse – TEOT is staging the Farmhouse style home and we will have plenty of lovely wares for you to peruse at the open house! Stay tuned for more info about that open house, the pillow giveaway that we’ll be running for visitors and of course, the lovely photos that we will be taking on Thursday! Wish us luck as we are off, staging away.

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Tiffany’s Bedroom

Hello friends!

Today we’re gonna explore a pretty typical scenario that most people are dealing with.
And that is, how to develop a plan for your bedroom decor, to take it from something, meh…. to something that makes you feel peaceful, happy and organized.

Tiffany came to us and asked for help to find a rug similar in color and style to the GYPSY that we have for sale in the SHOP TEOT rug collection. She’s looking for something with that vibe in a 6×9 or an 8×10.

She shared this pic to see what we’re starting with.

Tiffany’s room came over with the preface that we all give when we offer up our intimate spaces (sorry bout the lighting and the mess, etc.). I’m here to grant you all asylum. We all know the feeling and have a similar scenario in our homes.

Her room is 15 feet wide on the bed wall, and 12 feet deep on the sliding door wall. She’d like to keep the lilac linen curtains, but the other shorties can go. The bedroom furniture will get an update eventually, but its not in the cards for at least a year. Understood! We’ll work with that cherry sleigh bed for now.

Also, she has a lovely piece of artwork with lots of green to focus on. It’s included in the design board below and I quickly let her know, that even though its her engagement photo, I’d be inclined to want to hang it in my bedroom as well. It’s a beautiful shot.

So, we need to find a rug to ground her space. And it needs to have some of the lilac tones in it and maybe some of that green and it needs to work well with Tiffany’s modern, feminine Midcentury sensibilities. I’m guessing that a more tribal Oushak design will suit them, but I’ll also be keeping my eye out for a special Persian.

Initially I pulled together some illustrations for what size rug works best with a Queen Bed. There are TONS of these diagrams on Pinterest and so let’s just find one of those.

 

While I was at work thinking of Tiffany’s room and her rug, an idea occurred to me for treating that long short window over her bed. We need to unify her window treatments and she likes the long lilac curtain, so why not mirror that in scale on the other side of the room, behind the bed.

I had a window like that in one of my Mar Vista apartments years ago and I employed this same tactic, it’s also a trick that I suggested to Kate in our shared Treehouse years back. It’s a solid solution for a bed wall, under a long horizontal window.

Here’s the inspiration image that best illustrates this move.

Once I had these ideas pulled together, and could focus on a solution for unifying the space with window treatments, it made it much easier to envision a final product for the rug. Tiffany will happily swap out the lamp in the corner for some plant life, and in time she’ll be thinking about the new look for the bed, side tables and lamps.

I did a quick mockup of Tiffany’s room in our space planning software based on her dimensions and window layout. Here’s a look at that.

This bird’s eye view includes a look at a 6×9 rug layered atop an 8×10 rug for comparison.

I believe her room really warrants an 8×10 to feel the most pulled together. She and I discussed the persian on top of sisal trick, but she’d rather not layer.

We’ll try our best to find the largest rug we can, no smaller than 6×9 and as close to 8×10 as we can get. As you know, the vintage rug scene is a hand-loomed one and so rugs are always varying in size and scale and more often than not, they are a bit longer than wide, different from our US standard sizing practices.

I love that MaisonEleven rug in the inspiration board above, but it’s not large enough for the space. Here are a few more that I’ve found, but truthfully just haven’t run across the most perfect solution yet.

 

 

Uh… we’ll keep looking. This is a real design challenge!

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Modern Farmhouse in Southern Pines, North Carolina

Hey y’all, It’s Betsy here. We love us a good home tour, especially when its a deep dive into what could be… Modern Farmhouse style.

I’ve just been getting settled back into the saddle of things here at home after a 10 day trip to North Carolina where I went to hang out with my Mom after a surgery. She’s doing great and we had a blast being friends while she was resting up and recovering. Love that lady.

While I was in NC on daughterly duty, I found a day to make the 3 hour drive down to the store in Southern Pines. And while I was in town I got such a great treat.

We haven’t come here to announce with any fanfare at all, but Sarah got her NC Real Estate license recently and she is now a practicing agent with Keller Williams, Pinehurst.

This is such an exciting development for her, her family and for The Estate of Things – as it is just a further level into her deepening professional experience around her love for all things home.

One couple that she is already representing as buyers’ agent are close friends of ours. I joined the 3 of them for a couple of home tours that were so perfectly fun to explore that I thought we should do so here on the blog with you too! At least on the exterior.

 

We started first with this home built sometime before 1910. You can cruise through the listing info here if you want further detail and more illustration through photographs.

This home was chopped up into a lot of tiny rooms. It had some interesting trim-work and lovely old floors, but the size of the bathroom upstairs was a deal breaker for the buyers that Sarah was showing the home to. It had a sweet little clawfoot tub that had to do double duty as the shower and you had to duck and suck in your gut to get in there and close the door.

 

Historic Home goes Modern Farmhouse

BUT… This home has massive end product potential for a renovation.

In order to gather some clues about what this home COULD be with a little de-construction and a re-imagining, Sarah took us all over a few blocks away to a New Construction project that will hit the market soon. Believe you me, we will learn more about this, since the builder tapped SHOP TEOT to stage this Modern Farmhouse property for the open house. Soon enough we’ll have that info to share with you.

In the meantime, just take a look at the exterior and fantasize with us about the possibilities for the historic home above.

It’s practically uncanny how similar they are on the exterior.

This home will hit the market with an asking price that is around $60,000 more than the 1910 option above.

New Construction goes Modern Farmhouse style

The new construction boasts only 200 more square feet than the 1910 home, but the way that the space was utilized makes a HUGE difference for how the home works. The entire first floor entry is one large open space featuring the kitchen, living and dining space all in one. Tall ceilings also help out a lot.

We will show you more of the interior of this home soon, but for now – we just wanted to share the thoughts behind these two options on the market.

For the price difference, what would you do? Would you rather take that $60k to get started doing what you could to the historic version? Is it worth it to you to pay up for the move-in ready quality of the new construction, with all of the choices of this talented builder.

We’ll know more once we can get a better look at the vision that has come to life for the inside of this Modern Farmhouse. Check back soon… in the next couple of weeks we should have a completed home, staged to perfection with TEOT’s Farmhouse Modern collection and ready to sell.

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Room with an Yves

I was an art history major. Mostly I forget that. But then sometimes I think about it and I am reminded that despite the rich story that has been woven throughout the history books, tales of masters, tales of philanthropy and patronage, tales of some kind of an academic evolution are but one way to appreciate art. At this point in my life, my personal appreciation is far more visceral, far more sentimental and personal.

Yves Klein falls in there somewhere. I’m moved by the use of color. I love the color. And I’m vaguely interested in the fact that his time was a time in the story of art that I particularly enjoy on that almost forgotten intellectual level.

My guy is an art appreciator as well. On our first date around 6 years ago, he hit a real high note with me because of it. He regaled me with stories of his trip to Marfa, TX where he toured the  formally private studio of one of my most favorites, Donald Judd. Yes, he knew Yves Klein, he knew Frank Stella, Mondrian, Pollock, de Kooning. He enjoyed abstract expressionism the most, but yes to minimalism, yes to Pop Art! We shared so many of the same favorites!

We often joke about our future life and we use the Yves Klein coffee table as our bar for measure. We’ll know we’ve made it when we have one of our own.

Interior design also has a love affair with that bright stroke of cobalt blue that is the signature of Yves Klein and really all these words I’m sharing are just an intro into the collection of images that I’ve gathered to share with you here today. So, here it is, a look at Yves Klein in interior design.

Miles Redd loves a lacquer. This is one he hooked up in the cobalt blue known as Yves Klein blue.

Want to get the look seen above.
Try a framed acrylic on paper called “Yves Klein Blue” by Francisco Franco.
You can have one today from 1stDibs for $4800.
Or frame a $600 vintage exhibition poster.
The right original Yves Klein could set you back as far as $36 million.

 

 

 

 

 

I love an Yves Klein rose alongside the blue. Here is a look at those two colors together. This is a color scheme that has played a heavy hand in my life of late.

It is confirmed that having two side by side is really the way to do it, so now I suppose Heffe and I can have a new goal to strive for in life.

Sarah loves her some Jeffrey Bilhuber, and apparently Bilhuber loves him some Yves Klein.

Meanwhile, I love me some Roy Lichtenstein and well, this “Room with and Yves Kliein” print is just adorable.

 

Want a splash of Yves Klein blue in your life? You can buy this print and pop into a gallery frame and you are in business. I used to be very much against the whole notion of framing a classic or iconic piece of art for your own home and Emily Hendo just confirmed last week that you shouldn’t frame the Mona Lisa above your bed… but she does make some exception for the iconic art print, and I think in this case, if Bilhuber can do it, so can we! It’s an abstract – so feel free to turn her sideways!

Happy art-ing.
Love,
Betsy

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Today Only

Happy President’s Day.

If you didn’t already know, our lineup of Farmhouse Stripes are all named after a past POTUS.

Use PRES17 for a 15% discount on any order. Meanwhile, scroll on down for a look at BAM, DUBYA, BUBBA, DUTCH & JACKO along with a few other friends from the white house.

SHOP THE FARMHOUSE MODERN COLLECTION AT THE ESTATE OF THINGS

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Natural Instinct

Nature Art Prints. Put a twist on Traditional.

Nature Art Prints a home decor idea by The Estate of Things

Y’all… today’s home decor idea is simple.

The idea is to inject some nature prints into your home.

Here is why.

Serenity. Proportion. God. Design. Perfection.

I know that might sound cliche at first, but trust me – I hate cliches.

The thing is, that injecting a nature print into your everyday, especially one that you are personally drawn to… perhaps for color, for composition, or because you have an affinity for that particular animal…. it is sure to elevate your space and make you happy.

What more could you ask for from a previously empty space on your wall?

 

Shop TEOT’s art collection here, and if you are specifically drawn to the butterfly print above, she is here

oh yeah and that Hicks pillow is timeless, and is available in two sizes here.

 

 

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The Bollare Office Update – California on the East Coast

When Alle Fister hit us up for around 10 pillows, we knew she was up to something special.

We quickly packaged up 2 moving boxes full of TEOT product and shipped it to NYC with bated breath.

This week, her office update hits media outlets starting first with MyDomaine and we are beyond thrilled to see our product helping to make the California PR firm shine in Tribeca, NY.

We love a little bi-coastal design influence and so this was right up our alley.

Below we’ve posted a few spaces that included TEOT pillows. For the whole tour, head over to MyDomaine!

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Top 5 Things I’ve Learned From MY FAVORITE MURDER

Here at TEOT, we listen to a good amount of podcasts. And now that I got these headphones  for Christmas I can be even more obnoxious about it.

One of our current favorites is My Favorite Murder.

Maybe not for everyone but MFM is actually a comedy podcast where two funny ladies, Georgia Hardstark (FOOD Network) and Karen Kilgariff (writer for Mr. Show among other things) sit down and talk about their obsession with true crime.

So hey podcast lovers and beautiful nerds, we cooked up something special for you.

The Top 5 Things We Learned from My Favorite Murder

1. I need to try Zankou Chicken immediately (next visit to LA)

2. The next best band will likely be named “Small Foreign Faction”

3. British procedurals are both relaxing and entertaining

4. One in 5 people are not schizophrenic.

5. Most people that I don’t know are potential murderers. 
Also important to note…
You should go camping with knives taped to your hands.
Serial killers are usually serial bed-wetters as children, and/or have suffered some sort of head trauma…
and/or they harm/kill small animals.
Are there any fellow “murderinos” out there? What are your favorite podcasts, we’re always looking for new ones.
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Turkish Oushaks For All

I’m thinking that maybe you’ve picked up on the signals that a Turkish oushak rug is suitable for almost every spot in your home. That’s what you’ve been seeing all over your Pinterest feed. Beautiful, versatile, colorful…good stuff. Before we get in to the visual evidence, let’s take a moment to BRIEFLY educate ourselves on how to identify an oushak.

So now’s the time when if you don’t care to identify a Turkish oushak carpet and you just think they’re pretty then skip on down to the images.

Usak, Ushak or Oushak, pronounced “u-shak” carpets are wool rugs woven in Turkey. Named after a region in Turkey that historically was known as the weaving center for this type of rug. They are heavy at times depending on their age but most of the oushaks from the 1930s through 1960s have a relatively short pile and are not exceptionally thick. They will stay put with little problem but we still recommend a rug pad. The wool can be silky and some rugs are more luminous than others.

 

 

 

Percy oushak paired with blue/green cabinets

 

 

 

 

 

 

beautiful and subtle Mathieu rug in the bath

 

 

Gypsy oushak, bathin’ babies + Turkish rugs

 

 

Claus oushak, love the contrasting navy and dusty rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lovin on H2 Design & Build

What if all I did here was whine about my personal crises? Boy wouldn’t that be a drag? There is probably a different blog niche for that, and I should get in on it.

My view on the exterior world is all messy right now though, and it makes it really hard to do much else besides nose-to-the-grindstone type work, but my creativity is defunct, and I keep getting distracted by terrible headlines. I’m in a rut.

But you know what doesn’t make me feel yucky?

Flipping through the website of the Design/Build firm that has an on point aesthetic! Get to know H2 Design & Build!

 

Sarah asked me to have a look after she met with our new friend, Lauren, of Copper & Walnut last week.

Lauren had casually mentioned them and her appreciation for their aesthetic. Sarah passed it along to me as she was happy to see some familiar images.

Those green cabinets in their office renovation were an inspiration for our own Green cabinets at Shop TEOT.

 

Digging into the entire portfolio was inspirational for both me and for Sarah.

It’s a nice blend of contemporary style with classic cottage roots.

 

 

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Melotragedy by Betsy

Do you ever feel like a different person from one day to the next?

Sometimes I feel like this blog isn’t even mine to post freely on. My own self-induced pressure to create magazine worthy roundups and layouts, editorial vibe photography, it-girl-dumb self indulgence or some universally relatable musings on politics, sensationalized polarized world views.

But there are other days when I feel like it’s whatever I want it to be and the more emboldened I become to share on it, the more that will encourage my partner to do the same, and the more free we will both feel, and the more valuable this labor of love will be.

I carry around a folder full of a business plan, some elevator speeches and a few images under the label “TEOT Identity.” I’ve been in digital marketing long enough to know that its best practice to latch onto a story that your readers and shoppers can identify with, and to run like the wind with it.

But sometimes that makes it all feel a bit paralyzing.

I told a friend over drinks on Friday that I just wanted so badly to be a blogger again. She reminded me that A. I’ve been saying that since she met me in 2009…. and B. that I often tell her that we should stop wishing we were something and just embrace what we are, indicating that — maybe I want to be, but I am NOT actually a blogger.

It’s always funny to have your own words turned on you.

But if I’m not a blogger then what the heck are these 1,554 blog posts all about? Haha!

I mean, Sarah wrote most of them, but there is so much content here and I’m so proud of our efforts over the years. And the community of people that we have met, and the beautiful photos that we have shared. And I just simply love blogging, still.

So, what is it that I want it to be?

I’m honestly not sure. But here I am, blogging about blogging and wanting to blog, because that is what I do.

That is what WE do. We come here to share, we come here to connect, we come here to brainstorm and to document and to experiment.

I hope you are having a nice Monday, figuring out who you are and what you are doing it all for!

Much love,
Betsy

 

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Kates Craftsman Inspiration

Today we are digging in for a bit of Kates Craftsman Inspiration.

Our dear friend has moved into a new spot in Long Beach. It’s an arts and crafts inspired multi-unit building from the early twentieth century, and its a whole new vibe for our dear Kate.

She’s a wild, passionate lady who wants a feminine space to luxuriate in, whether she is hanging with her fluffy snaggletooth pup and working from home, or entertaining special friends, indulging in her love language which is most definitely food service.

It’s a real treat to be this girl’s guest.

I like to hang with her and go over home decor choices, helping her suss out the differences between the integrity of this new Early Century Arts & Crafts dwelling versus her previous Midcentury shed style bungalow.

Kate is 100% fearless in her approach to trend. She knows she’s over her laser sharp chevron print dining chairs after just a short few years, but its NBD cause she can just reupholster them in a large print floral and move right along. This is the beauty of the transient bohemian, you let fate furnish your abode.

For example, she started out with a great deal on a Persian rug in blues, corals and greens. It literally lept out to her from the store window of one of the thrift shops on her puppy walking route, and the price was so right.

For today I’m gathering ideas from colors to recent trends, playing to the integrity of the architecture and thinking about Kate’s lifestyle, who she is and who she wants to be, in her own home.

Here is what I’ve collected. Let me know what you think about the girl that lives within this style.

I’m expecting to see a lot more of this color combo in 2017.
Kate said she really loved the pesto green color that Sarah selected for the SHOP TEOT Kitchen Renovation.
And it got me thinking some combo of these colors will work nicely between the formal sitting room and her own adjacent kitchen.

Kate’s spot is a rental, so re-tiling the entire shower stall in this mix of iridescent marbles in all my favorite hues will not be an option. But just vibe out on that for a moment. Isn’t it special? This is a nice palette inspiration for the bathroom – to mix in with the earthy greens and blushes throughout the kitchen and living room.
You know we love the blues.

This is the capelet that I will be wearing next time Kate invites me over for Charcuterie.

 

 

I’m pretty sure this settee would win Kate’s heart. It’s got the lines of luxury and oddly, it looks kind of like a hug. It’s also super practical for her crossover living room that needs to additionally function for dining. On one hand, you have the height for proper seating at a table, yet there is a lounge-y option too. I can easily picture myself sitting sideways with a glass of bordeaux and my feet up.

A spot of graphic fun will punch up the old built-ins in her front room.

Kate’s new digs have a running picture ledge throughout.This is a fun way to treat it.

 Rich navy blues, earthy greens and pale pinks are all looking so good together. I think its a wonderful palette for her to consider for thew new abode.

 

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Target’s New Collections

It’s been a minute since I’ve checked in on Target’s Home Decor happenings, but its a bit buzzy in my online world. Some of the designers and bloggers I love are partners or ambassadors for the brand, and while I thought I knew what was up, I didn’t realize what all was going on and how many of-the-moment trends they had to offer.

In particular, I have really been loving on this raw natural wood furniture pieces that I have been seeing pop up in more and more images online.

The bedside tables in the TEOT furniture collection are a perfect example of this beautiful raw natural wood look. So, when I saw our friend Jenny Komenda’s live Instagram of a Target shopping trip showing off a few of the vintage oak pieces they are now carrying, I ran to the site to have a better look for myself.

From there, I fell into the rabbit hole.

Let me tip you off to what I learned while perusing the site.

 

Digging the Raw Natural Wood Trend?
Shop Vintage Oak by Threshold.
I’d really like to seriously consider some of this new Threshold Vintage Oak stuff for my bedroom side tables, but all Target accent tables are tiny and will get swallowed up next to our King size bed.

Digging the African Mudcloth Trend?
Shop the Modern Global Home Decor collection.
Personally, I think you should buy the AUTHENTIC MUDCLOTH designs we sell, but hey – it’s the ‘get the look for less’ kinda thing that Target does so well, featuring the iconic tribal designs machine-printed on a linen-like material.

Diggin Scandinavian Inspired Minimalism? 
Shop the Modern by Dwell Magazine collection.
All of these pieces together come off a little too cold and hard and futuristic for me, but add one or two pieces of those bold lines into your mix and you might just be on to something smart!

Diggin Iconic MidCentury Lines?
Shop the prolific Midcentury collection.
It’s my personal opinion that every room, every single room of all rooms everywhere needs at least a little something that harkens the atomic era.

 

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