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A-Frame Project: Kitchen Inspiration

My main inspiration for the A-frame kitchen design is the next three images of the same kitchen taken at different distances or angles. Like this kitchen, we need a lot of open shelving.

We need open shelving especially in the A-frame kitchen because it is a smaller kitchen space and we want to maintain an open and modern feel in the space. So we’re going with no upper cabinets and just floating shelving.

A close up of shelves turning the corner with square tiles installed in a brick pattern. The plan (this week, subject to change) in the a-frame kitchen is to have the shelves wrap the corner to the sink window.

I liked this island style a lot. Its a bit different from usual kitchen island fare and it has storage and a place for a couple of stools. We need both of those things in this space. Also, I particularly like the decision to make the shelving out of stained wood. A lot of these painted wood surfaces can get scratched up sometimes especially in the kitchen where you might be sliding bowls or fruit baskets or whatever around, the stained wood has a durable finish.

I’m really liking this subtle off white but still modern subway tile on the backsplash, our main kitchen inspiration also had an off-white tile that has an alabaster quality, it makes things less stark. The focus of this image for me, is the tall cabinet that may or may not be next to our refrigerator. Trying to figure out if there is a cabinet next to the fridge or if we’re just building in the fridge with panels.

We’re so close to finalizing the kitchen plan. It’s time now to do the leg work on finding the right person to fabricate the shelves and I’m really leaning toward ordering from the same company that built the shelves at TEOT’s former shop space. I know how much people loved them because I heard at least once a day.

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Mi Favorito

Every so often I just wanna share images that are inspiring or just good looking. As always feel absolutely free to tell me what you’re into and not so into.

This is how to properly handle the Creeping Jenny you randomly bought from the garden center when you had big container garden dreams in May.

Consistency is good, it can bring calm to the pursuit of using many colors

The Le Barn Hotel in the french countryside is just bonky, I’m certain that’s how they would like this exquisitely simple place to be described- bonky

Headboards and banquette back rests that are leather or an upholstered pad that is mounted on a wooden dowel is everywhere and I’m 100% behind it

sometimes we don’t want the holes, so instead of patching, maybe this?

Pilea peperomioides

Smink Things, concrete and ceramic tile is exciting. You should have a look-see. If you read the word Smink and thought oh is that British, you were totally right.

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A-Frame Project: Week 4

We spent a good week or so planning and ordering the windows for the front of the house, new windows for the living/kitchen and windows for the dormer.

Without making the whole entire front glass, we wanted to expand the view of the lake from the living, dining and kitchen areas so we needed to add windows. We expanded the existing french doors with a new, nicer pair of doors with full view windows on each side.

For the top, we had two different design ideas in mind to enlarge the windows. The first concept was something like the image below, where the two end windows each had clipped corners to accommodate the a-frame.

The second design was a larger set of windows that followed the triangular line of the roof with the tallest window being in the center of three, similar to this,

I was a strong proponent of design #1 for some time but after discussion I saw the merits of design #2 because it was a melding of modern and a little lake cottage so… we went with design #2.

We added two new windows, one square window in the living area and a larger square kitchen window over the sink to replace this one,

For the stairwell portion of the new dormer we settled on a window design like this scaled down to fit our space. For this project we did choose black frames on the exterior with white frames on the interior.

To the right of this window on the same dormer is the master bedroom.

Because the bed would be placed in this dormer, we wanted to add a modern, short rectangular window for the bed to slide right underneath. We used some of these images as inspiration to help us work out size and shape.

With our wrapping rectangular window we hope to bring in more light and have a pretty green forest view from the master.

Once the windows were ordered it was time to start preparing for the new roof. Roofing material choice is black metal.

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A Subway Tile Alternative

Pinterest knows that I’m working on a kitchen, a modern and relatively simple kitchen because of algorithms and such.

So what begins to get threaded through is a lot of those types of kitchens, what a little helper. And I started seeing this tile,

Granted it’s a little forced because of the algorithms but I also began taking notice on Instagram too and before you know it, I’m thinking are we inching away ever so slowly from subway or do we just need a break now and then.

If you’re looking for a break from subway, maybe folding those corners down or giving a slight exotic twist still holds you to the timelessness of the subway rectangle while still creating a little modern edge.

What other solid color shapes are you thinking about lately for your kitchen backsplash?

Walker Zanger
picket tile, Fireclay
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TEOT at Home

What do I do with that beautiful textile that I bought at The Estate of Things other than just drape it over a sofa arm?

I love it but how will it work in my space? We’re answering those kinds of questions and offering light suggestion with these images below…

Dash lumbar and square pillows

Rattan Table Lamp

Beni Ourain Pongo Rug

Pesce pillow and Bishop pillow

Perdita pillow and Chevie pillow

DePalma basket and Neon Sunrise

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Big Art

In some cases, size does matter and the context in which I’m thinking about size is art, specifically large scale art or as we sometimes like to call it big art.

I was recently lamenting over not pulling the trigger on a piece of abstract art I saw at the High Point Furniture Market two years ago. I ran across a reminder of this piece in my camera roll as I was trying to free up some space on my phone by getting rid of screenshots from too long ago and blurry images of little girls at ballet recitals.

I came across it on the roll and instantly realized that it would’ve been the answer to my question of – do I move the gallery wall from the living room to the dining room and put shelves in the living room or do I leave the gallery wall where it is and get a new larger piece for the dining room…on and on and on and on

And this is where I land us all on big art.

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A Frame Project: Week 2 and 3

When we first started on this project in late spring we encountered some routine rain fall that sent the crew home for almost an entire week but after the rain stopped we got back to it.

Here’s what happened in week two…not much. Well actually, the dog house entry over the red door is gone!

That’s why we combined weeks two and three, so you could see some action.

We started and framed the dormer that will expand the head room for our stairwell and create a much larger space to put a bed in the master bedroom. We decided on one large dormer to achieve both objectives instead of framing two separate dormers.

You can see the beginnings of what the dormer might add to the interior. You can also see our brainstorming scribbles of a built-in bookshelf on the staircase wall.

This view shows how the dormer relates to the existing shed roof of the laundry room. The dormer lands right above that existing roof.

It’s time to take a deep dive in to window design and configuration next week so be ready to pour over images of the windows of modern homes.

 

 

 

 

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New Additions at Betsy’s House – Update

There has not been a ton of activity here on the architectural department side of the New Additions at my house. It’s a waiting game at this point on both the baby and the garage additions!

The baby nursery is coming together though, slowly. So I’ll share some progress images for both projects, starting with this little quiet corner.

The stuffie is a Newfoundland like our big Dodge and was a gift from some dear friends. The watercolor disco ball by Shana Frase was a graphic player in our wedding invitations and that little lampshade is something that I recently slapped together with some leftover Baule Ikat from West Africa. I love the look with this rattan chair, but it will be swapped out for a linen rocker soon. That turkish hemp pillow and the suzani are both ShopTEOT inspired finds.

For the actual addition to the house, we recently had a crew come out to dig around in our yard to see how far down the bedrock was. This was an eager moment for us because if the bedrock was so deep that the new garage required 30 foot tall caissons then we may have had to scrap the whole idea. Luckily our findings were favorable and we can build on our hill without having to dig too deep for support.

This is a finalized floor plan sketch if you are into this sort of thing. I love a floorplan!

With the final floor plan in place, we had a visit with the contractor to go over it and discuss some costs. A new front door/entryway enclosure is a big maybe. It’s not seen drawn on the sketches above.  But, I’m pulling hard for it as 5 people arriving to go in opposite directions while being greeted by a 160 lb kisser dog and a 30 lb jumper dog is mayhem in the current tiny foyer area.

It’s going to be up to the city though. Apparently It puts us something like 5 sq feet over the allotted area and since the entry would not meet current code (40 feet from the street) we aren’t technically supposed to enclose it at this point… However, we’re gonna try to get this by the city anyway cause its kind of silly not to let us do this. It’s minimal. I can get into this more if its going to happen. I still don’t have any drawings of it which keeps the idea abstract. A photograph of our current entryway exterior is below the proposed exterior illustration.

Can you imagine our current porch enclosed with a new face and front door?

Moving back inside to the master bedroom nursery situation. I pulled the trigger on the art rug from Chairish and I’m pleased that I did. I also took the hardware off of the IVAR drawers. It’s better this way.

So, its any day now until baby is here. Getting ready has been fairly relaxed, but as I near the end I begin to understand why so many mamas want to chug castor oil to speed the process along. (DON’T DO IT, I’M KIDDING.) Feeling patient can be hard when your body is sliding toward its primal caretaker role.

I sent out a bunch of postcards to friends and family asking for participation on a website that I put together for the baby, to create a bedtime story book out of. The response that I have gotten has been so much fun to read through and I’m a glutton for more. I chose this postcard/baby book project in lieu of a big girl baby shower since my tightest of girl posse is spread out all across the country.

 

Heffe assembled our crib and I watched while feeling in love.

Perhaps a full nursery photo shoot will come together one day, but I’ll await the few final pieces and the little baby girl!

 

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A Frame Project: Week 1

We kicked off the A-frame renovation in Week 1. We had our own #demoday and we removed the tan vinyl siding and vinyl trim from the house and uncovered a strange little add-on cavity underneath the vinyl at the end of the “A” on the left front side. It was a strange and unnecessary design flaw that we promptly removed. After removing that we found that the leg of the “A” on the left side was then shorter than the right. So we’ll fix that soon enough.

Just for fun, here’s a refresher of what she looked like when we purchased.

There is a lot of discussion about changing the window and door configuration on the front of the house and we’ve all agreed that would be best to expand the view and improve the design. We’re adding windows up top and there will now be four doors with two of them being fixed.

We uncovered T-111 heavy textured siding that was popular in the 70s and 80s. I can’t say that I’m a fan. It was an affordable siding option back then, a material that kind of mimicked board and batten and barn wood at the same time.

In week 1, we also started the processing of pruning and trimming and clearing built up yard debris. It’s a process that will continue.

This awkward design that is the covered entry on the side will disappear next week. We’re looking forward to exposing the chimney and making it more of a standout as an architectural element.

After some demo, it was an obvious and simple task to rebuild the deck. The existing deck was compromised structurally and long past it’s prime.

Not a bad start at all! Check back soon for more progress at the A-Frame Renovation.

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A-Frame Project: Inspiration

In case you missed the intro, this is the A-frame project. Click here, to go back and read the beginning post.

We’ve been scouring the web, looking for images of the right dormer examples for the A-frame and I think we collected some good ones. Here are some other images that are providing inspiration for our A-frame renovation.

 

We know we want cable railing or a metal element in our railing on the front deck. But we’re on the fence as to whether or not we use metal conduit, or galvanized pipe or spring for a Feeney cable railing system.

 

this exterior is a huge source of inspiration and we’ve ordered black windows

 

we thought about using a “dog-eared” window on the front like below but we ultimately decided we didn’t like the corners,

 

 

there’s a lot of angled storage opportunities in an a-frame

Color picks for the exterior will be on the darker side. This Benjamin Moore color, Brewster Grey is an interesting color. I recommended this for a master vanity color and it worked fabulously!

I like this combination a lot, interested in the way they chose to trim the windows in white. I also really like that rich teal color. Our doors and windows are black.

You can check out the rest of what I’m pinning for the A-frame project here.

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The Cali Chalet: An Introduction

Hey Friends & Fam,

What a week! It’s been a long time in the making, but TEOT has a couple of really great irons in the fire, with Sarah’s new A-Frame by the Lake, the new shop location and now this intro, to the Cali Chalet!

The Cali Chalet is a new weekend getaway home for my family. Located in the San Bernardino Mountains, its an easy hour and forty minute drive from our home in the Palisades, and almost 5,000 feet above the sea we live by.

It’s so exciting to explore the California version of Mountain Living… Growing up in the foothills of North Carolina with frequent trips to the Appalachians, the mountains are a part of me and they call to me, just like all the Wanderlusty posters say they should.

The home that we scored is a sprawling 90s Contemporary. We are perched up on the hill a mile above the lake with tree top views. There are huge pines all around us, a beautiful Maple in the front yard and an Elm out back, which I just can’t wait to watch change through the seasons! My NC heart is so very content up here! My crew has been joking around that the baby and I are gonna come live full time and the dude will have to visit us on the weekends.

That bright green Maple makes me so happy!

After watching a number of cute little cabins get snatched up pretty quickly, we stumbled into this gigantic 90s contemporary home with so many nooks and crannies and lifestyle features that we just had to go for it. It’s large enough to host multiple families along with our own growing one, much more than we imagined when we started. Holidays are going to be so much fun!

Aside from the 3 bedrooms and large media room that we will turn into a kid’s play room with bunkbeds, there is also room for our vintage Shasta Camper project (which was criteria number one in the search.) Bonus, it comes in the form of a 3 car garage which means plenty of room to spread out tools and get rid of our storage unit in town. There is also a studio space in that garage in which we hope to add a pottery wheel and a kiln for my old college hobby (and the grandparents’ more recent delve).

Underneath the house, there is a pimped out wood workshop with a dust collection system, which won the heart of my woodworkin dude. None of this was pictured in the real estate listing, so you can imagine our surprise as we uncovered each bonus space.

For our crew of inveterate dabblers, tool collectors and hobbyists, there is an incredible amount of tinkering space. There is even a whole room dedicated to hot tub club, one of my favorite past times! I can’t wait to show you what that hilarious room looks like! It looks like a dream come true. Here, let me just go ahead and show you how the sellers had it styled when we visited the home for the first time.

I hope the cheetah comes with!
(it didn’t)

 

In fact here is a tour of the home as we were introduced to it, through the real estate pics.

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So that’s it. The fun new project where we have been spending our weekends.

I’m sure you are wondering how we are going to approach the decor in this dated 90s home, and on most days I’m wondering that to. But a plan is coming together and we are getting started and I don’t think anyone will be too disappointed. More to come soon!

 

 

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A-Frame Project: Introduction

We’ve got some projects on the burner right now and we want to introduce you to the first one, the A-frame project.

The A-frame architectural style is popping these days as a second home and a family dwelling and we wanted to get in on the fun. This house is in a lake community called Whispering Pines and is across the street from Lake Thagard with a lake view from the front of the house.

Here is what the house looked like in the beginning,

 

 

 

 

The Plan

A person of regular height does not have enough head room to get up the stairs to the master bedroom without some serious ducking. Clearly, not okay for daily living. Also, you cannot get furniture up the current stairwell to the master bedroom or to the loft sitting area. So we’ve got to build a dormer on to the side to alleviate both of these issues. While we’re at it, we’re going to carry this dormer all the way up to the master bedroom to create a nook that a bed can fit in perfectly. In this dormer, we’ll add more windows which equals more light in to the master and the stairwell. The dormer will have the same siding as the front and back of the A-frame.

The exterior requires new siding, a new deck and the removal of that strange little dog house structure on the right front side that serves as a covered entry for the side entrance. The demo of this little section will expose the chimney and make it more of a stand out architectural feature.

A change in the window configuration on the front has been planned. We want to increase natural light and expand our view of the lake across the street. So those windows will be widened. We wanted to go all glass on the front but for budgetary reasons we need to compromise.

I’m into green cabinets but not grass green so they’ll be going and the kitchen will be re-designed with open shelving, cement quartz countertops, new appliances and new lighting.

We’ll install new flooring throughout the main living area and update light fixtures. So yeah, I’m ready to get started.

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SHOP TALK: We Are Moving on Up

 

Hi friends and fam!

If you are on our newsletter list you received our big news already! But we’re excited to share that WE ARE MOVING!

We opened up shop in the Belvedere Courtyard a little over a year and a half ago, in September 2016. The courtyard was a great incubator space that we stumbled upon on a downtown discovery stroll one day earlier that year. After calling on the spot to inquire about the lease terms, we pulled it together and made a long time dream a reality.

Here’s a look around. Mind you these photos (by our beloved Rachel Garrison) came after a quick 1.5 month long mini-renovation. Sarah flexed her design muscle with new materials for a better bathroom and mini-kitchen. Plus we added a custom pillow wall shelving unit and cut out a new doorway into what we styled as the bedroom, making for a better retail flow. The shop was set up like an apartment, which suited us well for displaying our new bath, bed, living and kitchen collections.

Since opening, Sarah and I have learned a lot, namely that the retail adage “location is everything” is super real. We have certainly built plenty of wonderful friendships within the SOPI community back in the courtyard, but we can’t wait to get up on the main drag and see more of that foot traffic that we missed by being tucked away, out of sight. Sarah and team asked almost every guest that walked through the door how they came by us and more often than not, the answer was something along the lines of “just wondering around town and found my way back here.”

Wait! You mean it wasn’t because of all our hard work posting pretty pics on Instagram, our buckets of duckets on local magazine and newspaper ads or a Word-of-Mouth referral? I’m sure those efforts paid off as well, but the foot traffic opportunities on Broad will surely enhance our bottom line! Don’t you think?

Even our neon dream sign couldn’t attract all the attention we crave! (But we love all the great compliments we received.)

Feedback on the shop, the mini-kitchen and the updates that we performed to get this former salon in shape for our collection has been super encouraging. We’ve ended landed a few design and staging gigs from it, as we hoped.

We are looking forward to bringing our vision to another space in downtown Southern Pines, but we do admit that dropping bonus cash dollars on a Moroccan cement tile, shipped from LA was a splurge that maybe didn’t translate in the courtyard. So, we’ll perform the upfit a little bit more conservatively on the next space. We’ll add a TEOT kitchenette in due time, but in the interest of getting back into the game sooner than later, we’re cooking up a plan to open on Broad street asap with the essentials.

Some design brainstorming needs to be done, lickety splitly. We should have access soon to get measurements and start pulling quotes for the basics like painting and electrical.

So where are we moving? It’s literally right around the corner, not even a full half mile away. We’ll be setting up shop at 168 Broad Street, right by the Ice Cream Parlor… which should make Sarah’s little girls REAL happy, since now shop days will mean Ice Cream Days too.

So, if you are local, please join us at the shop in the courtyard on Friday evening from 5-7pm for a fond farewell with cocktails and sales. And we’ll keep you posted on the progress at the new spot!

PS. If you aren’t local… use the coupon code MOVINONUP at checkout for 20% off your entire order, all the things – even SALE items.
 

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Betsy’s House: The Kitchen

It’s not time yet.

So I’m still doing that thing where you collect inspirations and bank ideas and make wishlists for features and stare at what you have and wonder what it could be.

Currently, this is what I stare at and wonder about.

At move-in, we removed all the uppers on the right side of the kitchen to make it feel more open.

It’s not the worst kitchen to live with at all, which is precisely what enabled us to get this darling home that we got back in the house hunt. Workable, but also prime for a renovation someday! It’s very 90s Italian Cucina inspired with its large square tiles in teal and fiore trim.

It’s a bit more open now than when we first purchased the home. We removed some uppers and I have some Rejuvenation brackets here for floating shelves… I bought them about 2 years ago, but I have yet to convince the dude to hang them for me in real time. Funny how time passes and projects just don’t get done.

That’s the previous owner’s setup. We haven’t missed the fax machine station.

We have been happily making due with what we have. And I like to continue to dream about what could be.

So, let’s explore the collection of images that I have stored for various ideas! I have collected most of these to help express ideas to Heffe and to get his opinions on finishes.

 

We both love this beverage bar situation for the obvious reasons, but we’re also a fan of the materials mix. The white oak with black + white theme is still going strong.

I’m really digging these cabinets.
They look like old wooden barrister bookshelves on the countertop. Also, display storage like this seems more practical than say open shelving.

 

Prepare yourself for a bunch of Amber & Lauren Liess as they continuously pump out my fav kitchens.
This one is of note for the marble countertop + backsplash, and the simple modern range hood.
Plus, its an argument for a La Cornue gas range.

 

I believe I saved this in the argument for keeping our current layout with peninsula and simply resurfacing. Peninsula’s aren’t all bad, but I just rarely see them in new kitchen makeovers.
It’s all about the island.

 

And speaking of islands, boy do I love a huge eat-in. This is more rustic than I can pull off in my home, but that black countertop with wood is a nice mix. Love you Lauren Liess.

 

Same as above, but this time wood countertop and black bottoms. Oh and copper cookware is of note.
That’s gonna happen in the next kitchen. I’m looking at you Mauviel.

 

This is wicked clean and I really love that statement sink.

 

Sticking with the clean, crisp look another Amber in all white with marble. I do really love a waterfall island. Can I have something like that?

 

We have some tall storage along the back wall of our current kitchen and I’m always wishing it were something beautiful.

 

Another argument for the peninsula (with waterfall). This is an easy look to achieve.

 

I got pretty into wood shakers for a minute, but I think I need the contrast from our white oak flooring.

 

A mix of black and white cabinets with some wood fits here. And again, really lovin the french range + modern range hood combo.

 

More of the same idea. Are those concrete countertops?

Lauren Liess Greatest Hits. I’m pretty sure that I could pick this up and put it in my kitchen and it would work perfectly. The age on that island is an unexpectedly rustic element that I think we could support. It’s just the right amount for our beachy rancher.

Lauren also knows how to work some practical family gathering. I wish that I could line up my 5 children around my sink!

 

I think we’ll skip cabinets in a blue or green hue at our house, but its tempting.

 

Ooh, another Amber kitchen. The whites are getting warmer y’all.

Lastly, I pinned this for the creative range hood, and the composition of those two doors is just so good. It’s dreamy.
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