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.
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!
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.
Sarah and I took one day to drive up to High Point for the furniture market last week.
It’s really not fair to say that this post does the market any justice. With over 180 separate buildings and something like 2000 vendors, we knew we’d never see it all, even if we DID go every day.
Prior to my first furniture market experience in Vegas a few months back, I really thought that this was a magical event hidden behind a large curtain that I was unable to peek behind. But the veil was lifted, and it was a bit Wizard of Oz. I believe that Sarah might agree – it was a little underwhelming. Certainly not all, but most of the vendors that we met with were not our style. I was hoping for this wildly stylish world to open up before us. It’s not the case.
But, we take that as our mission, to wade through what the world has to offer and select only the best of the best, for you to choose from, in our lovely and carefully selected environment.
That being said, we skipped the riffraff, and below we are sharing only the beautiful things that we saw.
We started out by attending a panel. Sarah and I are both big fans of Lauren Liess, so it was great to be in the audience while she, along with fellow designer Meg Braff and the editorial folks at Southern Living & Coastal Living talked about the IDEA HOUSES for their respective magazines. Sarah and I both walked away wishing they had gotten a bit more into the weeds.
We relegated ourselves to the Design & Antiques section and we visited with many of the smaller, global vendors that were stationed in the same building at Market Square. Here is where I found a 100 year old gymnastics bench from Germany. I sat and stared at it for some time, trying to contemplate how to get it back to California. Sarah felt like it was maybe a little TOO “California vibez” for what is happening in our SoPi shop. So, I will instead catalog this idea and begin a new search out here on this side of the country. That butter soft leather though….
I wish I had gotten a better picture to do this pottery justice, but Middle Kingdom had a new matte glaze that we were really into. They were style spotted by Anne Sage, so we had a few laughs over that because we have a TON of mini vases and bowls from Middle Kingdom at shop TEOT. They make really great collector pieces. I enjoyed visiting with this company and I’m glad Sarah chose to carry them.
Look, we are really into hampers and catchall baskets. If you don’t know by now, large totes and stylish baskets around the house can make ALL the difference in the world where it comes to clutter. Have you ever had one of those moments where you get a call, and your mother-in-law is stopping by in ten minutes. Now you are running maniacally through the house trying to hide all your family’s mess. These are the answer. You just put your mess in there! :)
Blue and white forever, y’all already know. This vendor had great mix of vintage and new reproductions. Sarah and I have debated over a few different options for carrying these classic pieces in the shop. I like the shapes and the price point here.
Fantastic dog beds, and some were even big enough for my 130 pound puppy.
Nothing haunts you like the things you didn’t buy. This will be one of those things. The colors and the pattern were special.
We loved the green backing on this rug.
Color blocked baskets are making their way to us sooner rather than later.
We hung with Hassan, in the Moroccan booth for awhile. He had some interesting things to say about Sabra silk and he also said he manages tours to Morocco where he can arrange on site visits with some of his vendors that he works directly with. It sounded like a great way to take the trip.
Lovely lines on a vintage Italian sofa, that was marked sold.
I’d love to have visited Interhall, as my understanding that this is the juried exhibition space for emerging talent. It would be full of more up and coming vendors with something exciting going on. I also thought we might pop in to touch the arms of all of the Lee Industries sofas, but since our aspirations are a bit larger to our current reality and there are plenty of markets to attend in the future, we skipped large soft upholstery and furniture vendors for this trip.
Sarah is doing some more wheeling and dealing here in the Jaipur booth, where we oohed and aahed over the textiles.
Handpainted tiles from Turkey.
A large collection of old bread boards caught our eye. This vendor deals in Raleigh, NC and they had some great stuff.
Sarah and I stood in the Zoe Bios booth for quite some time, chatting through which pieces we’d like to take home for ourselves. The colors here are perfect!
So that’s it. Shopping the market is really one of the fantasy perks of this job, so it was awesome to get out there and experience the vendors in person, and while we are together. I look forward to plenty more buying trips in the future.
Yeah Girl! I mean, the black ceiling was already impressive, but that jute rug that she affixed to the ceiling kicked it up another notch. I stared at this for a while until it struck me. Normally I’m not sure I’d feel too comfortable about a dark and stormy heavy oil on canvas hanging out on a top shelf in the kitchen like that. But with the heavy ceiling, the black appliances and the shadow on the kitchen island – it looks so awesome. A perfect perch. This is a wonderful moody take on the kitchen. I think moody is where we should all be looking for what’s next in interiors.
Sarah Benson’s home has a black ceiling in the dining room. via Dwell
Hey, that might be navy, but it provides the same affect and we dig it.
Actually scratch that one before this, I like this bathroom below better. Similar elements, but overall, a more sophisticated execution. I have to ask myself between the two, despite their similar black ceilings, white subway tile, fun tile selections, they even both painted the respective vintage cast bowls with a black base. (though one is a sink, the other a clawfoot tub)… anyway. I ask myself about which one is going to hold up long over time. I think the statement in this bottom photo is less trend-driven, while still perfectly of this moment. It’s a fun balance, and it’s one that I’m trying to strike in my own home. But I have to fight myself hard because look at that cement tile in that bathroom up there. I love a graphic statement.
Sarah and I wondered if this concept would work in my bedroom ceilings. A quick look at what that looks like here. But we wondered if it was maybe a bit too dome like. Though as I stare at that image above, I wonder if it might just be improved a bit for my personally, if the black was a bit warmer and more matte in its finish.
I saw a rug at the High Point Market that this room above would love. It’s just the right mood. It was a Turkish style kilim with pops of color in its sparse, tribal imagery. I told the dealer that I needed it for my fantasy alter ego. This room looks like my other self’s home. Y’all know I love a gypsy, so I have added this blog to my reader in the boho category.
I check local real estate listings on a daily basis because its my job and who knows when you might need to pick up and move to the house next door or the house across town? Truly, I check them because I love houses and real estate and something might come along that I can’t resist, my dream house listing might pop up any day. Although at this point I’m 99% convinced that doesn’t exist–not for me.
I was driving through town and I started to think back about all of the houses that we’ve toured in this county and it’s a lot. Crazy houses that were falling in or that were rambling and had no end, that had vegetation growing through the windows, some that were time capsules and some that just needed a new coat of paint.
I’m often asked what I see on the local MLS that is exciting. So here’s what I think is hot in the local Southern Pines, Pinehurst and beyond real estate market.
Why I like it – I like the neighborhood, the large wooded lot, ample circular driveway and THE PRICE. The price gives us flexibility to renovate and the wooded lot gives us a green view when we look out of our big modern windows.
What I don’t like – All of the work that it needs, it really needs a new kitchen, new bathrooms and the addition of a third bedroom.
Potential? – Yes, quite a bit. Close in the carport to enlarge the footprint because it’s only a two bedroom and take care of that unfortunate 1970s living room window/fireplace situation. Add more windows where there are long, blank runs of siding. Do the kitchen for now, a paint update on your bathrooms and then do those later. Re-think the deck, maybe drop it down to a big patio with a fire pit.
630 South Valley is a close match to Michelle Steinback’s house featured in the September issue of Martha Stewart Living, tell me you see it!
I loved it so much a couple of years ago when it was on the market. I was in my “I want a colonial” phase.
Why I like it – It’s in the heart of our charming downtown Southern Pines, walk to eyerthang in SoPi. On a half acre lot and bonus round — a detached guest cottage! Mom can move down and take care of the kids or you can rent it out to supplement the mortgage. It has a layout, despite it’s age, that would suit our way of living now. The deck addition on the back is good as well.
What I don’t like – Although the kitchen has been renovated it appears to be a 100% IKEA kitchen, I could be wrong and I’ll be happy to correct this if I find out I am. I’ve got zero problem with IKEA kitchens but I don’t like to see 100% use of their products in a room. The kitchen gets too contemporary and the house needed a little something different.
Potential? – Of course, really almost every house has it. Without going inside, I’m thinking there’s some kind of reconfiguration of the connection between the dining room and the sunroom and maybe the kitchen too, maybe opening up. There also may be an opportunity with some shifting around that the office or sunroom could have different uses, perhaps as a 4th bedroom. The kitchen needs to be addressed again but there’s freedom to make that change down the road. The exterior of the guest cottage could use some fixing and we really don’t know what we’re dealing with in the bathrooms.
My third property in SoPi is 215 Daffodil and I’m a little surprised it has been on the market for as long as it has, I’m sure I’d understand more if I could go inside.
Why I like it? – Large lot 1.34 acres in an established neighborhood called Knollwood Heights, traditional architecture and another detached guest cottage–I’m a fan because they are really useful.
What I don’t like – I’m a little concerned with how the single story addition with the bay window adjoins to the two story portion (I’m pretty sure I can forgive)
Potential? – It’s traditional, straight forward layout could make for a simple update. The kitchen is ready for a renovation and a more open floor plan could be achieved.
Let’s head over to neighboring Pinehurst, I think I’ll surprise you with some picks here.
485 Lake Dornoch is an interesting property located in an exclusive neighborhood that is meticulously maintained and is gated.
There are typically a lot of wonderful 1960s houses that haven’t been altered in this neighborhood and I think you’ll see once you spin through the images why I like it.
Why I like it? – High, open ceilings with exposed beams and they go a long way in this house. The square footage and number of bedrooms is great, plenty of space for everyone. Does the vintage pool table convey?
What I don’t like – To some the exclusivity of this neighborhood is great, there are perks, the club and golf memberships that all cost additional money– but I don’t need that stuff. The exterior is pretty modest, there aren’t any interesting architectural angles and it doesn’t share the same cool, modern appeal as the interior.
Potential? – Absolutely, open up the living space to the kitchen which is closed off and a little tight compared to the living area. Get some fresh white on the walls and some other modern hues, update the bathrooms, remove all the carpet and you’re in business.
175 Linden is a rare and incredible opportunity that someone is really going to enjoy!
If we drive in to Old Town Pinehurst or the Village as some call it, we find this grand but neglected estate at 175 Linden, built in 1935 on what is considered today to be an enormous lot, more than 3 acres. A rarity for sure.
Why I like It? The sheer presence and size. The unusually large lot size that is park-like, the kitchen both Part I & II, the fact that you can walk in to the front door in to a wide hall and walk clear to the back and right out on to the back patio area, party ready! The history.
What I don’t like – That there is no HVAC system in the house and there are miles and miles of unsexy work that must be done before it gets fun.
Potential? Of course there is. Someone commented on TEOT Instagram that it would be a great B&B and I agree but the best fantasy is a single residence.
If you are planning a move to the Southern Pines/Pinehurst area, Sarah can help you find a fixer or a house that’s ready to decorate because she’s a licensed real estate agent, hit her up for house hunting and selling here.
If you aren’t yet hip to the Vintage African textiles trend, get up on it y’all.
Mudcloth, in it’s exciting tribal patterns as well as the many indigos and ikats that we are seeing, are all the rage.
Today, we celebrate the wonderful addition that a white mudcloth pillow brings to any pillow grouping, regardless of your style. We love the boho maximal goodness that is everywhere we turn, but we also really appreciate a more subtle, if not sophisticated application of these nubby, textured and soft textiles.
The black and white pattern plays nicely with other colors and patterns and will likely pair well with your current decor. It’s an easy addition for a new flair.
Cruise on over to shop TEOT and see what we have in stock in white mudcloth. We think your home will sing with the addition of one of these global goodies!
I wanted to give you guys a look at the final design of the mini-kitchen in our new brick and mortar shop.
For a quick refresher, SHOP TEOT is laid out very much like an apartment. We took that idea and ran with it.
Before we came along, the space was a salon. The back room that we turned into our kitchen had some really ugly exposed PVC piping and bit of a mess of some cabinetry. With the help of our crew, we pulled it all out, capped it off and started afresh with a miniature kitchen build.
This is where we were when we signed the lease.
Having a mini kitchen built into the retail space serves a number of functions.
It’s wonderful for presentation and merchandising of our newly expanded kitchen and housewares collection. A sink is always a good idea, from washing dirty DIY hands to late nights with a bit of sour beer to get you through the tagging and pricing process. Of course, the whole setup plays host nicely for catered parties as well.
Sarah knew pretty immediately that she wanted to put in some pesto green kitchen cabinets and an apron front sink. She zeroed in on a paint color called Artichoke, by Sherwin Williams.
You might have guessed it, but a quick look at the history of our kitchen trends will find that our blog pretty much nails the final product. We have our sconces, our open shelving, our favorite cabinet hue, brass pulls, mixed metals, and white subway tile!
It all comes together for a modern take on classic design! Here’s the final look. We hope you love the result as much as we do!
Many thanks to Rachel Garrison for the photography!
Have we discussed House of Hackney before? the leading boutique interior design firm in the UK?
I’m sure we have. If not, let’s have another look and then you can let me know what you think about this vibe.
The company was started by a high fashion husband wife duo that set out to merge historical pattern with modern treatment. To great affect, they have captured the hearts of a new generation. This is wild pattern on wild pattern and in contrast to the past few years of all white walls and stark neutral and organic application, I have to say it feels refreshing and exciting!
I’m inspired to say the very least. But, it takes all kinds! So you tell me,
Is this something that you don’t need in your life? Is it something to be admired, but not emulated? Or do you want your next decor experience to be about injecting pile upon pile of this British haute interior trend… full of luxurious drama, bordering on romance?
I’m thinking, for now, that I’ll just admire from afar… but boy does it get me excited to give it a look.
Here in Los Angeles of course, it’s still a bunch of hot degrees, but the nights are growing cooler and soon we will buckle in for the season change.
All of you on the East Coast seem to be bundling up for Friday Night Football games and long afternoons in the park where the leaves will soon be changing colors.
My nephew, the freshman kicker on his HS Varsity team, just kicked a winning field goal and the after photos made me long for a cozy cable knit sweater and some new ankle boots to love.
While you are getting ready to get cozied up for the new season, we have an idea for you!
Fall is a wonderful time to update to your bedding for a fresh take on the season. I recently added a cool white linen duvet to my bedding scenario and it gave me a whole new outlook on my quality of life. It’s silly how much of a difference a change like that can make. Of course I also moved my bed to the opposite side of the room for its 3rd spot since we moved in. I’m trying desperately to find a configuration I can commit to, so we can call that room complete.
So, back to the task at hand. Our signature serene blues and whites from the TEOT bedding line are fantastic for a transition into cooler nights.
We selected a number of designs by the inimitable John Robshaw. If you aren’t familiar, trust us when we say that the extra long staple cottons (aka Egyptian Cottons) used in his lovely block print motifs are the most luxurious that the market has to offer. Sarah and her mom are HUGE fans of this bedding line and we are proud to offer them exclusively at TEOT in downtown Southern Pines.
So, in preparation for this, the coziest time of year – we suggest you lively up yourself with a major bedding upgrade! Here’s a peek from a recent tear out in Sarah’s inspiration file.
Have ya heard? We’re a legit brick and mortar shop!
It’s been a really long time in the making. We have arrived. We’re open in Southern Pines, NC.
Neither of us have ever done anything quite like this before. I’m just so proud of how the shop opening came together, proud to be a small business co-owner, proud of Sarah, and excited to see where this crazy train leads us next!
If you know anyone in the Sandhills region of North Carolina, we would appreciate it if you gave them a heads up.
And if you are here from the Southern Pines Business Association, drop us a note in the comments to say Hello! We’re happy to be new members.
This week Betsy and I took a little time off from the store and met with our one and only local Southern Pines real estate agent Sarah O’Brien and viewed a gem.
Modern round stones lead to this dreamboat.
Designed by FAIA Architect Thomas T. Hayes Jr. for his family in 1958. Minimalist on the exterior and painted a deep pine green, the house folds in to the landscape of longleaf pines.
The main floor plan is fantastic and open in the way that we want to live today. The first highlight of the tour comes rounding the corner in to the living room.
The living room has a wall with full glass and a pretty view on to the best part of the lot, which is 1.14 acres. Sitting or standing in the living room you get the sensation that you are floating over the grass and you can’t deny that is pretty special.
The end wall in the living area is occupied by built-ins to house media, toys– they can handle whatever it is that you need to stow with ease. The interior wall in the living area is occupied by a large brick fireplace with a floating stone hearth and a modern slab mantle that is installed in 85% of home renovations today.
Sliding closure of bottom part of built-ins,
The living area is open to the dining area which grabs part of the glass view from the wall of windows.
Shimmy around the free-standing dining room wall and you find what can be described as a bar and entertaining area where you can mix up a pitcher of martini’s, store dinnerware and serving pieces. I saw Betty Draper standing there pouring cocktails.
You could eliminate the wall between this bar area and the dining area and make a more expansive dining room and sitting area space. The bar area itself is still large enough to put a small table. Are we having fun yet? Clearly I am.
From the bar we head in to a butler’s pantry with a large and original wall oven and paneled sub zero fridge with more storage space.
And then the second highlight of the tour is a very special kitchen that fell right from the pages of Dwell magazine. There are no upper cabinets in here, a very happening trend and it’s almost entirely glass from counter level up. The appliances are original except for maybe the dishwasher added in the 1980s and the sub zero likely replaced an even older fridge. You have a down draft slide in range with a small oven for daily casseroles, laminate countertops, original cabinets and wood flooring and the potential is seemingly infinite.
There’s a breakfast nook and a screened porch that adjoins the master bedroom and kitchen that was added in the 1980s.
So we’re drooling now walking out of the kitchen and we go to the bedrooms. There are three on the main level, a master suite and two smaller bedrooms.
The master has a wall dedicated to built-in storage and it’s good size and it gives you a good starting point. Remove the carpet, update the lighting, paint the walls, replace doors leading on to screened porch and spruce up the built-ins a bit.
The master bathroom is fun from a novelty perspective but it needs to be re-worked. Larger vanity, new tile, shower expansion, lighting, paint and elimination of the hotel sink. Somewhere in between the master bathroom and the tiny kitchen pantry there’s a laundry space in there.
Two smaller bedrooms need carpet removal, paint, lighting and a spruce up in the closets but they are perfect for kids or guests. They each have a triple set of casement windows.
The hall bath that the two kids/guest rooms use needs some updating but doesn’t need a plumbing move, meaning the layout can stay which saves some money.
Here’s something worth mentioning there are two sets of hall closets amping the storage even more. There is major storage in this house.
Let’s head downstairs to the basement which is partially finished and is a walkout. I think we were a little surprised that the basement wasn’t more finished than it was. The basement has a large living area with another fireplace and french doors on to a patio that desperately wants to be a beautiful zen garden with some sort of water happening there.
The floors are concrete down here and there is one additional bedroom and tiny bathroom down here. They feel a bit dank and slightly raw so you would need to invest some money down here, allowing more light in and putting some different flooring down and changing the finishes and of course beautifying that little patio which by the way, the guest bedroom has its own little view of that patio as well.
The mechanicals are down here as well as the laundry which I think needs to be relocated upstairs.
Walk the grounds and realize that the house is cantilevered over the foundation on large beams, that its private and quiet, in a great neighborhood and that a little trimming and some landscape addition and this place could be absolutely amazing! I know you see a lot of brown and dark corridors but fresh white paint goes a long way and some finish upgrades, we’re in business.
Love this house but have no idea where to start? Call or write to us we’d love to consult, learn more about our Design Services.
Modern is not cold and it’s not the Jetsons I can assure you of that. It’s eclectic, functional and collected. Here’s a bit of inspiration of what the Hayes home could be-
Note floating stone bench at hearth,
One of my favorite bits of inspiration was this LA ranch feature from the June issue of Martha Stewart Living.
As my fellow bloggers may relate – I feel mad guilty when I let the posts slip on down to the bottom of the growing To Do List. But, it’s been happening.
We’ll get back to sharing inspirations when we have our heads above water. In this era of supreme busy-ness, I’m trying not let myself or Sarah get too precious about what we can reasonably get done. This is a dream project and we have a lot riding on it. Its easy to get super stressed out.
But we have both been in stressful jobs before… and this isn’t that. This is what we make it and we really want it to be good so that people like it and support it! I know that business owners are all telling the same story, about long days and sleepless nights, and missing your spouse and all that. I hope that when we look back on this time it feels like the hard work was well worth it.
Until we are back in the blogging saddle that brought us here…. we are doing our best to save all of our creative juices and put them into carefully selecting the best collection of home goods, vintage furnishings and tons of great global gifts and eclectic collectibles for your home!
We open in less than 2 weeks. SEPTEMBER 8th.
It’s VERY exciting to see it all come together. We have NEON, we have barcodes, and we have achey bodies from all the fun, hard work.
If you are in the Southern Pines vicinity and you want to make it out for our opening party, send me a note and we’ll make sure you have the details. betsy at theestateofthings.com.
Love to all of you and thanks for being here with us through thick and thin bloggy times to shop times! <3
If you follow me on Betsy Moyer on Instagram, you might already know that I recently stumbled my way into a bevy of Vintage African Baskets as Wall Art for SHOP TEOT.
They have been hanging in the corner of our living room since, as seen in the photo above. They are bringing me so much joy. I hope we keep a good collection stocked so that I can leave these hanging in my own home for a while yet.
Today, I want to show you why I was out there on the hunt for the perfect vintage African Basket for wall art.
Here is a look at a few AMAZING and inspiring interiors featuring the handwoven baskets, braided and tied from the tall grasses of the river lands in Africa.
You could also maximize your art piece with a grouping of 6 or more! Look how many are grouped here. Amazing!
We sold a mini collection of the vintage african baskets as wall art, as well as a BOLGA market basket, to Heffe’s mom.
I’m THRILLED that she supported TEOT with her purchase, but I also love to know that she has these lovely works of art in her home. Thanks Vivian!
SHOP TEOT baskets are all handmade in Africa for Fair Wages.
The women of Zimbabwe have long taught the art of weaving palm leaves and reeds into the baskets as a rite of passage for the young girls. This craft has been passed down for generations on the sandy beach of Zimbabwe where the mountains meet the lake, in a simple village called Binga.
You can get that look above by shopping with TEOT. If you are INSANELY COOL you could cover up the entire wall of your home like that photo above. Just hit me up on the side because I’ll need to increase my inventory numbers for you dramatically!
You know what I noticed in a lot of these images, that pool blue color seems to be following me around a bit. You can see it above in the pendants. It’s fun paired with a bunch of different colors but there’s something about pairing it with cherry red.
Walls in the nursery painted black sweetens the softer accent hues even more.
I almost fainted upon the discovery of this floor tile.
Reusing Diptyque candle jars as pencil cups, chic and green.
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