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My New Favorite Subtle Gray

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Like me, you may be struggling to find that perfect shade of super subtle gray. I know how very difficult this search can be. But search no more because I’ve sampled and identified two most excellent choices during planning of the Bennett kitchen project. I know how truly relieved you must feel now.  

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House Hunting: Onward and Up the Hill

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After driving through Topanga on the way home from Soccer the other weekend, Heffe and I played a little game of guess how far from the PCH our most recent house interest is. I was sure it would take ten to fifteen minutes to cruise up the hill, but he was right. It took no more than five. And what we found up there was an incredible little neighborhood, and a promising home for sale. The neighborhood, known as Marquez Knolls, features a slew of perfectly pristine midcentury ranch homes of varying affect. The ocean and horizon tilt and turn with the curvy roads and rock outcroppings jut out of a hill lined with the pinot vines of a hilltop winery. It all makes me feel real excited about puppy walks and nearby trailheads. I made my way over to the agent’s open house on Tuesday to test our assumptions, and found it to be pretty…

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Out Riding Fences

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On a beautiful 60 degree day not that long ago when winter decided to take a break, I was sitting in my neighbor’s back yard and she asked “so what have y’all got going on over there at the house“. What she means is–have we got any improvement projects or renovations planned? I wish my answer was yes. I wish my answer was, “actually yeah, we’re gonna rip the second story off next week and go to town on a master suite, kitchen addition and we won’t stop until we’ve dormered the hell out of that second story. It will be absolutely dreamy.” My real answer was “Nah, not really, I think we’re going to put up a fence.” Dan and I have been round tabling some fence plans. One reason being, we fancy another dog. And then when we acquire the new dog we need to wrangle the dogs and the…

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Blue House Revolution

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What happens when you zero in on a great exterior color combination and end up with a great transformation like the Indiana house renovation?   You ignite a blue house revolution in your small NC town of Southern Pines and blue houses start popping up everywhere. #belikemike #darkbluehouse             And for a couple of bonus points, John & Sherry painted their show house dark blue too.  

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Weekend

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Y’all gonna have you some fun? This is what we’re gonna be up to. Betsy and Heffe zeroed in on a house, so they’ll spend the weekend pulling together tax info and all of the boring paperwork stuff that is required. We’ll share photos next week, for now, no one wants to jinx the deal. Sarah will be sitting around dreaming and scheming about commercial and residential properties in her hometown. She is also going to be snapping photos of some area homes that have taken a nod from one of the very projects that we’ve introduced here! Here’s a little interneting for ya! HOLY CRAP Sociopath Junkies! Bob Durst did not disappoint when he *SPOILER ALERT ‘confessed’ in a psycho-maniacal rant in the bathroom with a hot mic on. Burn me once shame on you, burn me twice, shame on the psycho killer who is just trying to get caught. That entire…

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Bennett Kitchen: Plan & Progress

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The Bennett kitchen renovation is in it’s 4th week. We should check in because things are really starting to move along now. What the crew has already completed: demo removed old hazardous electrical wiring underneath house installed new plumbing pipes and water lines replaced 3 exterior spigots, all leaking electrical rough-in replaced subfloor framed pocket door & new door opening drywall, mud & sanding trim out What I’ve scheduled for this week: floor tile install tankless water heater install painting Here’s one of the most exciting parts of the plan, the stove wall- We’ve got some sconce and reclaimed floating shelf action on tap which I’m particularly excited about as are you I’m sure. I think I’ve found some old timbers in our barn that I think will work but I haven’t ran those by Joseph yet, Joseph is the lead carpenter on the crew. This is my overall plan…

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Pretty Pantry Doors

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The door to the laundry room at the Bennett kitchen renovation is a newly installed pocket door. I’m thinking about painting it an accent color and I’m considering a bright, pacific blue like this fabric, Aqua is a big fan favorite as an accent color but I don’t think that’s right for this project. I want a more saturated, stand out color. Here’s the path that others have taken,   I really like this one,           This makes me want to go lime green,      

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House Hunting: Peeved in the Palisades

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Dear God, will we ever find our home? I’m a little frustrated with this one y’all. It hit the market out of nowhere (inventory is still super slim) and we were stoked to have such a classic specimen of Midcentury Modern architecture perched atop Temescal Canyon. You might recall my earlier fascination with this neighborhood. It’s got that magic feeling that makes us want to live there. Excitedly, I went to the agent’s open house on Tuesday. Upon initial visit, I wasn’t so sure it would work for us. It represented some of the same challenges as Silver Spring – with only 3 bedrooms and no den. But I talked with the dude about it over the next two days and realized in talking with him, that what we had on our hands with this home and it’s price point (freaking $550K less than Silver Spring), is the opportunity to renovate and one day…

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A Historic Renovation Introduction: The Mount Vernon House

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Everybody, meet the Mount Vernon house… Years ago when the real estate market didn’t have a monster face (remember those days?) and I had already cut my remodeling teeth on my own home, an old boarding house went up for sale. The Mount Vernon house is an imposing structure, built in the Queen Anne style at the turn of the century. It was originally a boarding house which actually served as a sanitarium called Pineshire Sanitorium. I’ve been told that the residents staying at the Pineshire would go up into the cupola where they had a clear view of the railroad station and could see when their friends and family arrived into town on the train.  Its unclear how long Mount Vernon was a boarding house but I understand that it was separated in to apartments sometime in the 1930s. The Mount Vernon house changed ownership a few times in 105 years and sometime in 2004…

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Weekend

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We’ll be tuning in for Sunday’s finale of The Jinx. If you too are into sociopaths and modern culture, you may enjoy this read from Grantland about Robert Durst and our fascination with the villain. The part that really hit the nail on the head for me was identifying a “charisma that comes from being freed from the bondage of empathy.” Betsy will be out in the wild on a soccer safari with Heffe and his kids, enjoying the scenery and observing the wildlife that are soccermoms, as they compete with one another in the wide desert. Beyond that adventure she’s hoping for a moment to go check out Teot’s soul sister store, Lost & Found. Or, the dude should take her out for oysters and bloody marys at the Hungry Cat. Some parts of the country are waking up from winter’s slumber and that means garden time, check out this serious gardener’s list of March garden chores, she…

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House Hunting: A New Traditional Near Palisades Village

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The home on Hampden falls right into The Estate of Things’ wheelhouse, right!?. It’s recent renovation opened up the floor plan and played well to traditional leanings with admirable millwork throughout. During my tour, I instagrammed a snap of the den with it’s excellent indoor/outdoor flow, and got a few questions about why we aren’t preparing our offer! I’ll chalk it up to it being at the tippy top of our budget while missing a few crucial lifestyle needs (mostly project space via garage). I could definitely nerd out on you, and share the scoring system that Heffe and I have devised via spreadsheet — but I’ll spare you the minutia. Meanwhile, Hampden only scored a 34 out of 100. We don’t require an A+, but we are holding out for a passing grade. The Hampden home is an off market listing. I got the feeling that the agent didn’t find the home to be very photogenic. But, I also…

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Our Etsy Picks

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This round up from Etsy is making us all wanty.     Riven Studio Maple Serving Board/Moroccan Tribal Moroccan Cotton throw blanket/ Yao Cheng Tea Towel/ Blue Moon Lights industrial sconce/  Bazaarbayar multi-color rug/ Knot and Bow jumbo confetti balloon/ Emily Jeffords print “Sundown”/  

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HeffeHouse: Yellow Kitchen Update

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The entirety of my life here at the HeffeHouse, I’ve assumed the 50s yellow kitchen with its 90s glass tile backsplash update was a lost cause. But then suddenly, some effort appeared out of nowhere. I count Sarah’s insights into kitchen updates, open shelving, must have accessories and the *hopefully impending move among my inspirations for this sudden bout of energy to make the unbearable, somewhat cute.      

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Spring Hill: Choosing Banquette Pillows

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I gave my Spring Hill client a little roundup of some different fabrics I wanted her to choose from for pillows at the banquette. In keeping with a farmhouse industrial vibe, I chose these five combinations. Let’s think about grain sacks and a modern farmhouse and when block prints and burlap collide. With those kinds of vibes rippling through our minds, which set would you pick? How about if…once you tell me your pick in the comments, I’ll tell you which one the client chose OR if you care to guess I’m cool with that too.    

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