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Office De-Lite

A friend of mine has recently been hitting me up for a little advice on her home office because she spends 40 hours+ a week in that space. Most recently, she was quizzing me on desks.

So it got me thinking about home offices.

I like a touch of ambiance when I find myself say… sorting and organizing receipts for hours in my office.

My advice is this–light a candle, surround yourself with inspiring art or images or a giant pinboard, get a comfortable chair, get the right lighting–multiple levels if possible.

Maybe include a rug that is a work of art on it’s own.

Put some music on and work it.

 

RUG | LETTER ORGANIZER | BASKET | VINTAGE DESK | DESK CHAIR | VANQUISH PRINT | HUGO ARMCHAIR | POWERPUFF GIRLS | DO IT ANYWAY PRINT| TOBACCO CANDLE

 

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Start a Collection with Middle Kingdom

I have been meaning to put a list together of all the awesome ideas for collections that you could start, with a jumping off point via SHOP TEOT.

But now that we are knee deep in a YEAR END SALE, trying to get rid of so much stuff to make room for next year’s fresh collection – I realized that I need to tell you now!

The Middle Kingdom vase collection at the shop is 40% off, making most of these sweet petite items in bright pops of color just a little over $10 each.

They look sweet in a group of your 3 favorite colors and shapes clustered together. Even a single vessel, used as a bud vase by the bed is a great idea. They are a standout as a monochromatic grouping, perhaps in all white!?

Run on over and start your own collection of these petite Chinese porcelain pieces.

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YEAR END SALE

Hi friends.

We are hosting our first ever clearance sale at TEOT.

Sarah and I are both aiming to move a lot of the current collection out to make way for the next batch of goodies. We are ever thirsty for new designs, new vibes, new mixes, new TEOTy good stuff for 2017.

Our constant desire for newnew, is your opportunity to save!

Here is a quick rundown of what is going down.

Online – everything is 25% off. Use coupon code TREATYOURSELF at checkout.
In Store – everything is 25% off, unless otherwise marked with a further discount. For example Furniture floor models are a MUST-GO and are marked down to 40%.

If you do not live in the Southern Pines, NC area, but you are interested in a large furniture item, you should definitely holler at us and we’ll see what we can arrange. We’ve marked these items down on Chairish as well, which provides great White Glove delivery for large items at a very fair price. (aka, much cheaper than any that we can arrange since they do such high volume shipping.)

If you were the lucky recipient of a TEOT Gift Card, it applies.

Also, I will be posting a selection of sale items to the @shopteot Instagram page & The Estate of Things on Facebook – with special prices for our followers. So, get on that here!

Stay tuned for more and go get your shop on.

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Holiday Cupcake Crawl

 

We’re pretty stoked to be hosting this cupcake crawl in downtown Southern Pines tomorrow night.  You can swing by our spot for a taste of the Gingerbread cupcake with a white chocolate icing! Yum.

Thursday, December 15th 6-8pm

Join us along with our friendly retailers on West Pennsylvania Ave for extended holiday shopping hours. There will be loads of great deals for gifting and best of all, mini cupcakes! Hit up every spot. There will be one holiday flavor at each participating shop so come try them all.

 

Participants include

The Estate of Things
Stock up on stocking stuffers &
Enjoy massive markdowns on TEOT original designs
Gingerbread with White Chocolate Icing

R. Riveter
Owned by Military Spouses.
Providing portable careers to Military Spouses.
Producing quality handbags and purses, hand crafted by Military Spouses.
Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

MossHound Designs
Handmade Macrame and artful items by local makers
Chocolate Peppermint Cupakes


Wine & Design

These events sounds like a great holiday gift idea for your girl gang.
Stop in for special $20 class signups.
Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream and Candied Pecans

I MEAN….???
THAT’S GONNA BE GOOD

MUCHOS GRACIAS to C Cups CupCakery for the wonderful holiday flavors!

SHARE AND INVITE YOUR FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK!

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Gifts for the Coastal Collector

Holiday Gifts for the Coastal Collector

The Coastal Collector is a total Beach Bum.

Do you know a girl who loves the sea? She loves a good blue and white scheme and is drawn to anything connected to the sea.

You’ll find their relaxing space in blues and greens, with earthy accents like urchins or shells lined on the windowsill or on display in the perfect glass dish on the shelf.

Here are a few gift ideas that the Coastal Collector is sure to love! Shop the entire Coastal Collector collection on TEOT!

 

A set of Japanese rice bowls with this wave motif is sure to fit into the Coastal Collector’s home.

Pack up and head to this beach with this lovely (and very nicely priced) French basket. The tassels are darling!

A raffia planter is a great catchall for a set of rolled up turkish towels in the bathroom.

This blue leather bracelet from Africa is the perfect hue to remind you of your love for the sea!

TEOT lovers know that a collection is a great pursuit, and our sea urchins make for lovely accessories when grouped together in the windowsill or in a bowl.

A bohoey turkish towel in blue and white is a great splurge for the beach or the backyard!

The artwork of Samantha French captures the essence of the Coastal Collector personality type. Easy breezy and a bit mysterious!

An ombre tassel in earthy ocean hues will make such a great statement hanging on your bar cart or your bedside table.

Relax and recharge with a 100 hour hobnail candle in a beachy hue!

 

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Holiday Gifts for the Classic Prep

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Hey y’all.

Today’s gift list is inspired by the classic girl-next-door, style-maven in your life.

Ever fashionable and always put together, the classic prep gravitates toward the timeless. Textures and fine materials are important, but its tradition with a twist that reigns supreme in this selection. She loves a good trend, and she is known for her impeccable taste.

Find the perfect gift for the Classic Prep in your life from our collection at shopteot.

 

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A sweet set of matches is ideal to have handy for keeping a lovely scent going in your home. This particular jar features a lovely preppy green with vintage flair on the label.

This indigo splatter bowl will make a wonderful catchall for the everyday needs by the door in your entryway.

A sterling silver bamboo frame is a sure classic, never out of style.

Serving wine is a sweet little eclectic vessel is an old play. These are certain to fancy up your perfect bar cart still life.

Framed butterfly prints are a classic move.

This round raffia tote with leather handles is a French design. It’s got just enough quirk and class to add that twist to your favorite outfit.

Catch all your finery in this lovely gold gilded tray, it will look great on the bedside table.

A Japanese pottery collection is an excellent endeavor for those with a heart for timelessness.

This silver rimmed boned cup makes a wonderful pen holder or makeup brush holder.

A lovely desktop calendar really ramps up the prep style in a sweet floral. And the Garden Haus candle is the perfect scent to accompany.

 

 

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Holiday Gifts for the Global Wanderer

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Hi everybody!

We are moving right along. Today’s holiday gift ideas are for your friends with the wanderlust.

Ah, does she appreciate a good escape.

Whether it is through her latest adventures abroad, a good cultural read or her addiction to her textiles stash.

The global wanderer appreciates the quality of handiwork that is evident in her collections from around the world. She lives vicariously through the products she collects from the far reaches, whether she’s traveled there in person or not.

This is a little piece of what that looks like. Find all of these items and shop the entire Global Wanderer Gift collection on TEOT, here.

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A travel tin candle, to elevate your surroundings and make them more homey, even when you are on the road.

A pom-pom bag swag to make your luggage easier to spot when its coming down the claim belt.

Handwoven Rwandan earrings for a little global Holiday bling.

A hemp wristlet for easy access to your cellphone and your passport.

This insanely gorgeous Hmong Tribal embroidery on a pillow.

A lovely African basket to corral all of the trinkets that you’ve collected.

And a hand dyed Shibori Journal for the collected memories.

Lastly, this rich and luxurious example of an Uzbek Suzani to drape over your couch or your table, or add to your textiles stash, to remind you of the beauty of the handmade items from all over the globe.

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Sarah’s Christmas Wishlist

Hey there!

We are going to get into the gift guides for you and your friends, based on YOUR personality types soon. But Sarah and I are following our annual tradition, sharing with one another our own personal wishlists. Maybe something below will spark your interest as well!

Here is what is on Sarah’s Christmas Wishlist.

 

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Enamel Pendant Lamp  | Cocoon Dress  |  Kitchen Sideboard Overhaul  |  Abstract Art  |  Platform Sneakers |  New Hardware  |  Heretic Exotic Fragrance  |  Wrap Collar Coat  |  Splatter everything, but especially dishes

 

Sarah’s mix is a solid one and naturally includes a “Santa please” for a Kitchen Sideboard overhaul! She bought an Ethan Allen sideboard from the 80s maybe 3 yrs ago. It has nice clean lines and it is going to paint up nicely it just needs a little modification by a carpenter. She’ll need new hardware and a pretty enamel pendant in “White Please,” to pull her Kitchen makeover together.

The abstract art will finish the look too. She’s attracted to it and it’s affordable, so it’d be a great gift…. *elbow Dan.

As is her custom, she’s found a pretty camel coat for the cold season, and she’ll be dressing that down with some fancy sneakers with a lift. She loves coats. Especially those with wrap collars or military buttons.

How about that Indian handstitched cocoon dress? Is that in or out? She’s into it.  For her stocking, she’s into exotic fragrances, the whole Heretic line sounds interesting.  And lastly, splatters are good, but especially on dishes. The little blue splatter nesting bowl collection would create a perfect vignette on the bathroom counter, plus a lovely spot to corral jewelry.

 

 

We’ve got more gift ideas headed your way. Come on back and see us for more ideas tomorrow!

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Betsy’s Wishlist for Christmas

Hi friends,

So, before we bust out the gift guides for you and your friends, based on YOUR personality types, Sarah and I like to follow our annual tradition and share with one another our own personal wishlists. Maybe something below will spark your interest as well!

Here is what is on Betsy’s Christmas Wishlist.

 

Betsy's Christmas Wishlist

Traveling Back Pack  |  Anthropologie Necklaces  |  Cocktail Glasses  |  Over the Knee Boots  |  642 Things to Write About  |  Horse Art  |  Chunky Scarf  |  Vinyl Me Please

 

I’m leaning a bit poetic/traveler this year and I think it came out pretty Betsy-ish. A 1998 wish list might have looked somewhat similar to this, except trade the vinyl subscription service for a Colombia House or BMG CD club. Do you remember the one with a huge sheet of stamps that you would tear out!?

The most practical of all of the items above is that crazy backpack. My airline status has blown up with all of cross country travel I have been doing. It’s time to upgrade my carry on to something super practical. This backpack seems like it could be the answer.

This year, over the knee boots in a size 9, big chunky scarves and lariat necklaces are not a bad idea. I hope you can hear me Heffe! ;)

Everything else is a “would be nice” type indulgence. It’s easy to want things! Things to get me into the creative spirit, from inspiring art, books and music to art supplies and writing prompts. ;)

Tune in tomorrow for Sarah’s Christmas Wishlist, which is sure to be classic and on point, as always! Can’t wait.

 

 

 

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Black Friday at TEOT

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Hi there.

I just wanted to pop in with a bit of news about what we are doing for Retail’s favorite time of the year. BLACK FRIDAY.

  • We’ve created a special collection of BLACK FRIDAY SALE items just for the season.
    SHOP SALE ITEMS HERE.
  • Throughout the month of December, all online orders can enjoy FREE SHIPPING.
    Use the coupon code HOLIDAYS.
  • In store customers will enjoy 10% off for any mention of the holiday discount.
  • We have Holiday ornaments from Rwanda, and they are adorable.
    SHOP HOLIDAY ITEMS HERE.
  • Stay tuned to TEOT on Facebook & Instagram for more fun of the moment giveaways and flash sale items!
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Grateful

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Hi friends and family,

This is one of my most favorite holidays. It’s nice to be mindful for what is good in our lives, and it’s always a wonderful thing when you get to eat and indulge and laze around with loved ones in someone’s home.

We have so much to be thankful for this year! Our NC brick and mortar shop hasn’t been open too long but I’m still pinching myself. Thanks so much to you, for every click, comment, like, follow, purchase, review. To new relationships, online, in town and abroad. We are meeting so many wonderful people and learning so much and we are so grateful to every other home lover out there like us, that finds something meaningful in the little world that we are creating.

I’d also like to take this moment to say Thanks to Sarah! What a great friend and partner. I love working with you. You make me laugh, you inspire me to make my life at home more beautiful and thoughtful.

To all of you, I hope you have the best of days and that your hearts are full like mine!

 

 

 

 

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What to Wear: Holiday Shopping

What to wear this weekend, when you go out and score double rewards 2X points with your AMEX card on Shop Small Saturday.

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Madewell Army Jacket  |  Black Mid-Rise Pant  |  Floppy Hat  |  R. Riveter Crossbody Bag  |  TEOT Earth Bracelets  |  Fuzzy Sweater  |  Black Booties  |  TEOT Indigo Scarf

Loving the army green, black & blush color combo with organic textures in leather and African indigo! And you know that mid-rise is where it’s at. Especially after all the Turkey and stuffing we ate! 

We couldn’t be more stoked about this cross body bag by our friends at R. Riveter.

You may be familiar with the company. They were featured on Shark Tank and they have the coolest story.

Each bag is hand sewn by a “riveter,” one of the companies’ seamstresses. All Riveters are Military Wives that work from home.Life for the Military family is often uprooted from Station to Station and this is a wonderful job opportunity for the lifestyle. They can take their job along with them.

Southern Pines has a huge military culture with Fort Bragg nearby. Many of the military families choose to settle in SoPi for its quaint culture. To have such a cool company on the same shopping strip as TEOT is a joy and an honor. We’re so into what they are doing!

In other brief news:

Our Holiday Shopping Event starts now. Enter HOLIDAYS in the coupon code for FREE SHIPPING.

Southern Pines customers can note the HOLIDAYS discount in the shop for 10% off their entire order.

Tis the season, and we hope you’ll think of us while gifting.

 

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Spotted: Woven Dining Chairs Becki Owens

Just a tad cabernet fueled, I was getting real worked up about some chairs to Sarah and Amy a few weekends ago.

I needed to find the image to show them, but my normal screenshot catalog system hadn’t been applied and so the dining room I had seen was lost to me. I thought maybe it was Studio McGee, but Sarah knew without looking that it wasn’t. She studies the internet with an acute memory and doesn’t even have to reference her cellphone. She was not wrong. They were not in the Studio McGee feed, and I couldn’t rack my brain for where I had seen them. We just had to move along on my word — that somewhere out there, there were some special dining chairs.

Hallelujah, the image just popped back up into my Instagram feed again!

It was not a Studio McGee project, but rather a Becki Owens project.

And the woven dining chairs are rad!

Woven Dining Chairs Becki Owens

Ever since, these woven dining chairs have been playing through my mind. They are a wonderful mix of organic texture that would compliment the style in our home. Bringing the trend of macrame together with jute rope is an edgy take on beachy or nautical. I love the midcentury silhouette in a more rustic material.

That material plus the shape suit a SoCal casual vibe well, and in the Becki Owens’ project – the organic quality of these chairs along with the plank floor, the table, the centerpiece and the chandelier are all jiving together so nicely.

Here at TEOT, we love a good textural mix of organic elements in a similar color palette.

Where can you get ya some?

The best deal I have found is at WayFair, where you can get them a pair for $980.

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Kitchen Decor Ideas: Pot Rails in Kitchen

Here’s an idea! Install kitchen pot rails.

Hanging pots, baskets and using S-hooks for ladles and servers provides a lovely yet utilitarian aspect to your kitchen shelving. Kitchen pot rails are where it’s at!

I really want to hang white shelving with a curved white brackets in mine, but it will block the line of sight through the kitchen.

So… I think the alternative is to install some rails to hang pots and other things on.

This will free up drawer space, utilize the wall space in a small kitchen lacking in storage and get a little splash of that industrial kitchen look all for a minimal investment.

So, I started digging around and looking for some ideas.

Not surprising, hanging pots happens a lot in small spaces and apartment kitchens. Here are a few that I found.

Kitchen Pot Rails small kitchen

Ikea has options that are worth a look.

Kitchen Pot Rails rail galley kitchen

A nice addition to a narrow galley kitchen.

 

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The mix of metals is nice.

 

Kitchen Pot Rails schoolhousevia Schoolhouse Electric Brass Rail

We like it in brass.

Kitchen Pot Rails - nice faucet

Hey lady, way to choose a faucet!

Kitchen Pot Rails- mix brass

Kitchen Pot Rails - onions

Now this is a workable idea, produce in hanging wire baskets. I like the combination of a little basket, some cook ware, maybe an oven mit or a colander

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But then there’s the ultimate, lots o’ pots over the sink and in front of the window–which I love just as much

Kitchen Pot Rails - over sink

 

 

We stock some very serious brass S-hooks from one of our favorite vendors, SIR|MADAM. These hooks will help to achieve this utilitarian aspect in your kitchen with some beauty.

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