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January Art Event at Shop TEOT

 Abstract Caroline Wright | Peacock Print | Jean Kalisch Landscape | Butterfly Print | Girl Print | Andrew Shunney Lithograph

Hello old friends,

I’m dropping in to talk a bit about adorning your walls with fun finds and lovely art.

I am an art lover. I was an art history major in college with plenty of museum experience and exposure that would make the task of collecting art for my home seem easier. Alas, it has not. In fact, I sometimes wonder if it has done the opposite.

See, I have this silly issue that you may or may not grapple with too.

Peek-a-boo print | Branches print | Gourd Vases | Beaker Vase


Now that I’m a grown-up lady, in a more permanent homeplace, where I can really devote the time and attention to decorating for the long term lifestyle that I want to live, I am ready to loosen up a bit. My art endeavors need only to satisfy a few rules for me.

I like for my art to evoke a sentiment, tell a story or serve as a memento.

They don’t have to do all 3, just one of these is fine. Now, I don’t mean to overthink it. Evoking a sentiment can be as simple as stumbling upon a lovely canvas or print of a pretty thing and thinking “ooh, I really like the colors, or the subject matter.” Telling a story can be something like “Remember that time that we were at the Rose Bowl Flea Market? Can you believe I deliberated for 2 hours over whether or not I should pick up this midcentury abstract hanging here? And then when it came down to a basket of garlic fries or the painting, you talked me into the painting.” That’s fun! I love stories. And in the same vein, I also love to pick something up for the walls when I travel. I don’t always do it, but when I do, it helps me to keep a piece of those travels with me on my day to day. This is especially great for those of you that become struck with wanderlust or get antsy between adventures!

Color-wise, I also prefer that the art piece jive with the rest of the room?

This is merely responsible decorating. But its important to consider because sometimes your perusing the hand painted Mayan bark along the streets of Tulum and you’re so excited by the many options that you forget what your house looks like and you just want the memento. Well, in this case you should get it anyway, and find a spot that it works in, but if its not particularly special then I dunno, mind the colorwheel. I almost talked my self out of that one. I have an old canvas leftover from Oil Painting 101 at UNCG and the study was a still life in monochromatic colors. I chose a particularly sunshiney yellow known to painters as “Cadmium Yellow.”  At 36×48, this large dose of yellow on the walls can work wonders for a room. I think its okay to select a piece of art 100% b/c it will infuse your room with some color that you love.

Lastly, I constantly remind myself that there aren’t really any rules.

We say it all the time around here, but fill your home with the things that you love and you can never be wrong. Following that mantra, if you love it, go for it! You will find a place to work it in. This goes to stand for family photographs as well, though we do encourage you to think creatively when it comes to those. Injecting one or two among a framed memento, an inexpensive print, a leftover college art project, this can work swimmingly in a gallery wall. One of the many reasons why I believe the gallery wall is so ubiquitous, is because its an opportunity to group a lot of small and easy pieces for one big statement. This is a really great way to start.

Below, Sarah has gathered a few great examples of the gallery wall at play, plus a few TEOT pieces that we’ve collected along the way. We picked these up because they evoked an emotion in us, and we hope that they’ll do the same for you!

Bathroom Design by Angie Hranowsky
featuring Peacock print | Sugar Gum print


Our vintage 1970 lithograph by Andrew Shunney would like right at home in a colorful interior like Anna Spiro’s place.


In celebration of all this art talk, we’ve decided to mark all of our art pieces at the shop waaaay down so that we can move out the old and bring in some new exciting pieces for our shoppers.
SHOP THE SALE – 40% off all Art at TEOT.

Use coupon code BLANKSPACE


a collection of faces, Vanquish print


Streaming on Sofas

Gotta pick the right sofa because everyone likes to #netflixandchill.


Better Things + Aelfie

I’ve always liked Pamela Adlon since the days of Marcy Runkle (of Californication,) but now I worship her. Based loosely on her own life and experiences, she plays Sam, a single parent to 3 girls, each amazing in their own rite. There are truly hilarious moments, raw moments, incredible longing and sad moments. There is unconditional love and samples of the sacrifice that parenthood brings, especially the difficulty of being a single parent. But then there are more hilarious moments that keep you battling through and rooting for Sam and her girls. Better Things is brilliant and we can’t help but wonder where does show creator and actress Pamela Adlon go from here… to the moon? Pile a lot of pillows on the suitably bold & fun Alfie sofa, grab a blanket and watch this magic. Bonus – Sam’s categorically LA Spanish casa is pretty great looking, especially the art.


Ozark + Kathy

Ooh, we love a crime drama. This one features Jason Bateman in a serious role as a family man/Accountant who has found himself desperately trapped in a life-or-death deal when his partner messes over a client who happens to be a latin gangster. The family runs off to rebuild in the foggy landscape on the banks of “Magic Dragon” Lake in the Ozarks, an idyllic vacation community where you’d least expect the kind of crime that led them there. It doesn’t take long for the family to find their foothold among the local flavor and before you know it, you’ve got a captivating series. Sink in to Moss Studio’s skirted Kathy sofa (one of my long time faves) and see if Bateman and family make it another day. Bonus here too – You are sure to love the architectural detail of the lakeside midcentury where they find residence!

Find OZARK on Netflix.

Big Mouth + Monroe

An animated series by Nick Kroll that is a hilarious and raunchy look at puberty and the changes we go through in early teen years from a male and female perspective. It’s a coming of age series, complete with hormone monsters and in our house, we’ve watched twice through already.

Find BIG MOUTH on Netflix.


Like the Streaming on Sofa Series, or looking for more great TV recommendations? We have more, here.




We’re Motor’n


Ever since staying at the Ace in Palm Springs a few years ago, which by the way was a super experience, I want to go back to another motor lodge turned boutique better version of itself. Here are some spots on my list.

The Saguaro, Palm Springs

The Drifter Motel and Swim Club, New Orleans

Casa Morada, Islamorada, Florida Keys

Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco

Thunderbird Hotel, Marfa
During Betsy’s honeymoon trek back across the USA, she ate at the restaurant here, Capri. It was a delicious dinner with creative mezcal cocktails and they brought out a huge lovely blue and white ceramic bowlful of water for the pups.





Good Design in 2017

As we’re adjusting to writing an “8” in the date, I want to take a quick glance in the rear view and think about some of the spaces that were on repeat on my Pinterest feed.

Without question the first room that comes to mind is Brian Paquette’s design. If you’re not familiar with Brian’s work, now you are and you’re welcome. From the Apparatus chandelier to that Wisteria chair that I’ve loved for so long to those handsome barstools.

We already wanted to remodel a ranch right? and now Jennifer at the Ranch Uncommon has made us mad for it after her sunny California ranch made the cover of Country Living. I’m ready to blow out the walls and coat it in Decorator’s White any minute now.


Vibrant green library, color blocked books, modern twist on tradition. North Carolina shooting star designer Charlotte Lucas, is serving tradition with a twist. P.S. now we like our Beni Ourain carpets with a tad bit of color.

Michelle Adams’ move out of NYC and in to a home of her own in Michigan tops my personal list of best spaces easily. The entire house is full of moments that make you say, I want my place to look like that. Michelle’s home is youthful yet sophisticated with a little edge.

You’re in the jungle baby, well technically the jungalow. Justina Blakeney’s cobalt blue shower and really the whole bathroom gave us a break from a white subway tiled world.

Former fashion editor Jessica de Ruiter’s modern rustic home shows up in my internet realm consistently. De Ruiter and her husband Jed, who is a designer at Commune,form a dream team of sorts that created a modern and sensibly stylish home in SoCal. If you want to see a lot of honey toned wood and white walls harmonize, this is a must see.

William McLure’s whole spot I think is noteworthy and maybe his intro to the (my) world was in 2016 but I don’t think we’ve covered him here yet and so its undoubtedly worth a mention. McLure said in a little designer interview, that you should always splurge on art and antiques for your home, he practices what he preaches.

Any kitchen swirling around in the blogosphere with blue cabinets. And we aren’t talking navy any more, it’s all about the varying grey/blue or pacific blue tones these days. This has been happening for a couple of years now but the trend is really picking up speed in 2017.




So that’s a little snippet, do you have anything to add here?


Mi Favorito

There are always so many images to love out there right?

I told Betsy today in the middle of text rant about a house that I wanted to buy here in this little town and remodel and live my Emily Henderson vintage modern #bestlife in. I didn’t win the mad dash to purchase it in this burgeoning real estate market and thus what results is yet another unimaginative renovation.

What I really want to talk to you about is my disdain for unimaginative renovations happening right here in this small quaint town of Southern Pines. I dream of spelling out for you the design failures of local renovators who have watched HGTV for a few months and said, yep I got this. They pat themselves on the back when they put the finishing touches on the reclaimed barn door and paint the kitchen island navy blue, they bill themselves as designers who can do that to your house too. But there’s too much pressure to maintain the positive voice, so you’re not going to get any specifics from me anytime soon, unless you corner me at a party and I’ve had at least two drinks and then you’ll probably get it out of me.

Let’s begin by rubbing salt in the modern #bestlife wound with this sunlit modern master bedroom, hey Coco take note on how large that bedroom is.



I’m enamored with built-in record storage,


Kristen Panitch you complete me

I often daydream about learning how to embroider and sew. Maybe 2018 is my year?


One of these days I’m going to hang a cluster of hats, I’ve known that this was the right course of action for sometime.





Sometimes it’s important to return to some classics like Carolina Irving’s apartment,

So I did this quick bedroom design at a holiday event at the Weymouth House and I needed more green so I finally got the memo and just cut some branches and put them in a vase and it worked like a charm.






Suzanis in Small Doses

We talk about textiles from around the world a lot and sometimes I feel like a broken record but we talk about them because they are prevalent, beautiful and they make for a collected and unique space. They are everywhere and you probably either have some in your home now, purposefully or not, or you have something in your space that has been influenced by or is a copy of a cultural pattern from the other side of the globe.

I was thinking about all of the different suzani applications because we got these beautiful suzani pillows in our shop and I quickly realized, like with anything you can overuse something until it becomes a theme or just kind of well…tacky.

So let’s talk about restraint in design and dosages,

From a home in Malibu, I bring you restraint. It’s a beautiful, hand-embroidered silk piece, let it command the attention it deserves.

Hopefully I don’t need to explain. There seems to have been a terrible accident here, a collision of textiles.


Aaaah nope.

Luckily, there are way more good examples than bad to help light your way.





The table drape,


Most of all though, framed in a modern acrylic frame



Jenna Lyons New SoHo Loft

Do you guys remember Jenna Lyons loft in Brooklyn from 2008?

We’ve referenced here on this blog ten if not a hundred times and from what I’m reading online today, it’s on the most pinned interiors in Pinterest history. It looked like this:

We loved it because of it’s Frech influence, and that bright yellow English Roll Arm is the English Roll Arm that launched a thousand ships. We have tried since to locate the perfect example of this British furniture staple and designer classic


Well, in new news…. her 2017 SoHo loft is every bit as Parisian and pinnable. I fully expect to see it copied en masse moving forward. Feast your eyes below and read all about it (and get more pics) at NYT. Keep your eye out for the same Zebra rug!


Pink Front Doors

Pink was not my favorite crayon and I really didn’t think much of pink until I was an adult. I’ve always been an aqua blue kind of girl. I appreciate the color a lot more now and I prefer the palest of pinks, I even chose that hue for my daughters room.

When pink front doors began popping up on my Pinterest feed, I took note..



how many times does one need to profess thine love for wide craftsman porches and then be still my heart, HGTV you painted it indigo and pink

good for modern applications,

I’m sure we must have some huge dutch door fans out there and pink no less. And that door mat really reminds me of these.

just a pure delight, you know there’s a house for yocal readers here in SoPi on Ashe Street that is that same khaki exterior. Hi homeowners on Ashe if you can here me, pink could be the thing for you.






Black Friday is here… and it’s only Wednesday

It might be only Wednesday y’all, but Black Friday is already everywhere. It’s all up in my Instagram Feed and its in every store window that I passed by today as I ran a few morning errands.

So, let’s let the shopping begin at too.

The skinny is really simple this year, and it’s HUGE! It’s just a solid 25% off of everything exclusing SALE items on the site. So, that’s big time discounts.


As I mentioned earlier, I can hardly think about Christmas before the Thanksgiving Turkey is cold, but I’m pretty excited this year since I have been seeing all the goodies coming into the shop and well, we have some cooooool stuff to stuff to stock your stockings with, to gift to a friend, or to help make home a little bit homier for the holidays.

So, keep an eye on the homepage at where I’ll soon be rolling out some gift guides where you can more purposefully dig through our 650 in stock inventory items. As usual, we’ll be outlining gifts by price, by personality type and by style. And of course there will be mine and Sarah’s personal picks!

Speaking of which, here’s a look at mine! GO SHOP FRIENDS and FAM!




Just for Funsies!

Sarah hosted a Global Goods Happy Hour on Friday, and I just wanted to thank y’all big time from way over here. It was a success and a good time was had by all. We offered 15% off all global textiles, 25% off if you brought a friend. We saw a lot of new faces and enjoyed a few cocktails together!

I don’t know about y’all, but when Fall comes around, it’s like its just one thing after the other. I couldn’t even think about Thanksgiving until Halloween handmade costumes were behind us, and likewise, Christmas will get no prep until after the last of the cold leftover Turkey has been consumed this weekend.

In retail, as far as inventory prep and marketing strategy, I’m not really afforded the luxury of putting the planning off, but I’ve been procrastinating as much as possible, believe me.

A little note about what to expect from the shop during the busiest shopping weekend of the year has been added to the home at and while it mostly includes event information for those of you that are local to Southern Pines, NC…. there will be some specials on Instagram and Facebook throughout the shopping weekend.

KK, enough shop talk. Let’s just look at some images of late that Sarah and I are taking inspiration from via Pinterest.

While we were swapping thoughts on rooms that showcase global textiles in action, Sarah reminded me of this Caroline Irving shoot from some time ago. Coincidentally, it then popped up in my face via this MyDomaine roundup about the forthcoming “Haute Bohemian” book. The article inquired/predicted that 2018 might see traditional decor stealing a little of the spotlight back from jugalow boho-ism and SoCal/Scandi minimalism. Sarah and I are over here getting a little whiplash from nodding our heads so hard in agreement. In our little tiny realm, we call this style rad trad and Sarah is especially all about it.


I have been scouring the internets for the perfect indian block print with an indigo base and red accents, and hey looky – Sarah had already found it and ordered it. So we will be seeing more of this soon. Love it.


I got something of a green light to rework the kitchen in our home that we have now lived in for over 2 years. And so I’m collecting inspiration and salivating over French ranges and waffling between various combinations of black, white and wood materials. It’s a long and narrow room so layout is really the foremost problem to consider. Fun times ahead, we’ll see if and when this project takes shape.


Okay, here is your idea for adding a little personalization to your traditional space. Go ahead and let your 5 year old have at the back of your chippendale cabriole with a set of Sharpies. We are into it!

Sarah has been eyeing this dresser since she spotted one at the local antiques store up in the Appalachian Mtns where her family vacations. She’s thinking she needs a project to add to her full plate.

The upholstered headboard game is strong here.

We replaced our street side fence at the beginning of this year and the front still needs some landscaping attention. These colorful drought tolerant options are a fun idea, though I think we need something a bit more narrow to save room for our daily pedestrian passersby.

Here is another kitchen that caught my attention. Loving that pantry door situation with its twin to another room.

Adorable. Add that to the very best front doors list.


Okay, the end. Hope you found some inspiration here today, if yes please head to Pinterest for more:

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Let us surely be among the first to introduce you to the Khadi textiles of India. Woven into jacquard like designs by hand from “old world cotton.”


Where they come from!

Khadi is a bit different from the more common plain loom cotton wovens from India. Spun by hand from cotton grown exclusively in India, Khadi is more than a practice, it is a representation of India’s independence from the industrial movements that threatened its economy in the early 20th century. Today, Khadi cotton textiles are still hand loomed and hand spun by rural villagers with cotton from rural farmers. The entire process requires zero energy, making it one of the most sustainable textiles in the world.

In fact Mahatma Gandhi used to spin cotton for Khadi and he started the movement as a relief effort for India’s poor masses.

Why we love ’em!

We fell in love with the abstract plaids and graphic florals of the khadi textiles in our collection. The slub of the handspun cotton provides that organic quality that we crave in our home linens and textiles of late, and has people asking us “where did you get that.” We love to reply “INDIA!”

How to decorate with it!

Here are a number of examples of this in practice.

by John Gessner

Khadi makes for an excellent tabletop addition. Perhaps you will gain ideas for your upcoming Thanksgiving table!

Here, Sarah mixes a Khadi pillow with some African Indigo and a new Indian Block Print, proving that the textile plays well with others in our collection!

Ah, more lovely table top. The organic slub that is indicative of handspun & handwoven textiles is a dear quality, and one that we crave. It brings texture and age into a setting, helping your home to feel more layered, collected and complex.



Tonight’s the night for a special event. We’ll be serving Strawberry Moscow Mules and chatting Global Textiles! Bring a Friend and you get 25% off.




The Kantha quilt has long held court in the homes of the eccentric with a love for travel. And more now than ever, the colorful textile is warming up our hearts and our interiors in the form of cozy throws and throw pillows. We selected a number in colorways and patterns that we found to be special, including quilts and some extra long lumbar pillows to dress up your bed situation. If you are pattern mixing like crazy, these are a wonderful addition to the mix, but it’s also interesting to give them center stage against a backdrop of neutrals, and let their beauty really stand out.


Where they come from!

Like many of our most favorite finds of late, the Kantha comes from India. It is hand pieced with reused silk and cotton Saris, the traditional clothing of the region. The term kantha refers to the quilting stitch type and results in a lovely texture.

Why we love ’em!

For quite some time we have been drawn to the colorful boho quality of the Kantha, but only recently have we fallen in love with the mix of colors against that neutral backdrop. It speaks to a more refined take on Boho, one that we are really digging at the moment.

How to decorate with it!

Here are a number of examples of this in practice.

via Veranda Mag
Paired with such a traditional bedscape, this Kantha is given center stage!

Boho Babe Fav Justina Blakeney used a Kantha to upholster this ottoman and I am super into that!

via Design Sponge
Sarah can get down with this cause its well edited.

Drape yours over your gigantic sofa arm like Lauren Conrad did!

or if you’re still into that super bohoey thing, this is maj inspo.

If you like your maximalism a bit more buttoned up / rad trad, then this one’s for you!
I don’t think that is technically a kantha as it looks more like a tapestry, but it might spark your creative juices nonetheless!

If you live inn the SOPI area, and you haven’t yet heard… (I’m on post 3 in a row of pimpin this fun event….)

Please join us this Friday for a special event. We’ll be serving Strawberry Moscow Mules and chatting Global Textiles! Bring a Friend and you get 25% off.




You know we love a good mix around these parts, and when it comes to mixing, that means layering. Our most fav layer du jour is likely to have some global flair. Morocco has been a hotbed for inspiration within the latest Boho craze, from Moroccan Wedding Blankets, Woven Berber Rugs/Pillows, and that inimitable Beni Ourain rug that has become a staple in just about any home of any style. You know the one, its a lovely shaggy wool with a black criss cross hatch design. I’m betting if you are a decor lover like we are, you have at least one of these design staples in your collection. Well, we’re thinking that if you don’t already have the berber blanket with pom poms, its time to get on it!

Where they come from!

Our berber pom pom blankets are lovingly crafted by Berber artisans of Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains. We personally selected colors and patterns for our collection and each one is made to our specifications. That being said, see something in our shop that you like, but you just wish you could tweak the color or size. Holler at us and let us work with our team to custom create the exact blanket of your dreams.

Why we love ’em!

A well made bed is one with a number of layers. We love the Moroccan Berber Blankets with tassels and pom noms as that final layer, the one at the foot of the bed that makes all the difference.

How to decorate with it!

Here are a number of examples of this in practice.

by Heidi Cailliers
Hey, we love that herringbone lumbar and the collection of framed prints over the bed too! 

by Amber Interiors

by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Oh looky, it’s my bed. I love seeing how other people have styled their CB2 Drommen Bed.  



In the SOPI area? Please join us this Friday for a special event. We’ll be serving Strawberry Moscow Mules and chatting Global Textiles! Bring a Friend and you get 25% off.


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