Do you follow us on Instagram? If so, then you already know that Sarah and her family came out to Los Angeles for a nice weeklong stay at our house. It was great fun, and we did lots of adventuring and exploring.
We started at the top of the week with a trip down south to the Long Beach Flea Market. It was so great to get out together and shop in real life, since usually we are working virtually, or going out sourcing on our own since we live on opposites sides of the southern nation.
Here are a few snapshots of the fun things we saw.
Someone’s prized John & Yoko scrapbook,
Seek the pastel kantha quilts,
Betsy didn’t listen to TEOT’s store mantra and these lilac lamps haunted her well in to the week,
Sarah has long had a soft spot for turquoise, and the ladies running this booth were some real American gypsies, made up of the stuff straight out Betsy’s wild heart.
We spotted some giant macrame hanging around, the original stuff from the 1970s,
Indian blocks to do your own printing,
Betsy is having a moment for multi-colored patterns and this struck her fancy.
Sarah carefully studied the suzani selection for the right vibes.
Next level air plants,
Next level tangled masses of air plants,
Betsy contemplated a couple of these for her bathroom, but didn’t want to carry them around. Ha!
This extra long lumbar haunted Sarah, but we’ll find it again and bring it to all of you
This tent below looks like something that Betsy wanted to erect in the desert back before the #vanlife article came out in the NY Times and shed some light on how cliche the whole notion of “running to and burning up in the sunset” has become. She’s still dreaming of launching her Seven Wanders venture though.
vintage South American toddler sandals,
Aww. We had a funny conversation with the neighbor to this little setup. He swore we didn’t have a camper like this one…. and Betsy was like “Uh, no. I have a camper EXACTLY like that one.”
We met some new rug dealers that had some promising things to say about possibilities for the TEOT Rug collection.
So, that was that. We highly recommend the Long Beach Antiques Market to anyone in the area. You know the Rose Bowl gets all the love online but Long Beach is every bit as good.
Love yall. Have a great weekend.
Well Sarah and I hung around last week talking about how to make a new house feel like a home–because that’s the kind of thing we do when we get together. (And also because Casper, the mattress started up a conversation and invited us to join in).
I thought of our first days in this house that we live in now. It was an exciting time. Seeing the previous owner’s items moved out, visualizing the minor renovation projects we had ahead of us, and camping out on, I kid you not, our own new Casper mattress that we had delivered before we moved anything else over. I sat and problem solved for weeks before we moved in, I stared at paint samples and I thought about what life would feel like in our new space!
Those are the fantasies that fuel home lovers like us.
And Sarah, as you loyal readers well know, has moved her family something like 5 times in the past 10 years. They love them a good blank slate. So she’s a PROFESSIONAL when it comes to getting inside a new house and looking around thinking about it becoming home.
So, after some real though we came up with an earnest list of our top 3 essentials for a new move-in, and here is what we came up with.
ESSENTIALS FOR MAKING YOUR NEW HOUSE FEEL LIKE HOME
- A solid timeless sofa.
We believe in investing in an heirloom quality sofa with timeless lines, a piece that can travel with you from home to home, and grow with your family. Update it with new upholstery when you need to change your look. It’s nice to have comforting arms to catch you when you fall down with exhaustion between unpacking boxes.
- Personal Mementos.
A new home can feel foreign at first. Make sure to start out early by setting up a piece that means a lot to you. This could be hanging a piece of art that you and your spouse have collected along the way, or unpacking your grandmother’s hand-me-down china set and stocking the cabinet first. Whatever your go-to sentimental pieces are, pull them out early and find a spot in your new house, so that you can feel at home.
- SUPER NICE linens.
It’s important to get that nice fresh comfy feeling in the bed after your long first day in your new home. We are big fans of the linen splurge. You spend a good chunk of your life in your bed, and the kind of rest you get there has a profound affect on your lifestlye, so do it up right. We love an long thread Egyptian cotton sheet, but whatever your preference is, make sure that your best linens are packed on top of the stack so you can make your bed nice and comfy for your first night in your new space.
We have an idea for you. You are going to love this one, probably as much as your loved our ideas to turn your standard midcentury Ranch into something fresh.
This time the architectural style that has our attention is the 1950’s Post-War Brick & Block box. Much like the ranch style rambler, these homes became prevalent across the nation as soldiers filed back into their hometowns after the war with a GI Bill to promote welfare. Ultimately this led to a building boom, and suburban America was born. I’m sure you are familiar with the styles from the era. Maybe you drive through neighborhoods full of them, but don’t think too much about them.
Or maybe you are like us, and you drive through neighborhoods of them, and you wonder to yourself, how you might buy up the entire block of them, convert them all into one adorably rejuvenated pocket community with all the necessities and a local coffee maker, as great as BuggyTown.
Cause fantasies are fun!
Here’s a look at how we got carried away dreaming:
Get the full scoop on this project and many more by the Falls Church VA Architecture firm we have long admired, Moore Architects.
I got myself down to IKEA Carson to check out the JASSA Collection. Here are my thoughts.
I told Sarah on the phone, either my fav bloggers were really hyped, or the IKEA PR department did an amazing job and pinning down all the bohoey blogs for a mention of this collection.
Here’s what the collections looked like on all those blogs, as styled by IKEA. Get ready for some very literal Moroccan interior design with tons of pattern mashups.
This chair is cute, but not quite dining chair height. It would look great in a corner, or maybe under your covered patio in a group. The seat is wide which is nice, but its the sculptural fan back that makes it one of the more striking pieces of the collection.
This chaise is the foremost piece that I wanted for my own home. I had this vision of using one in the the living room to break up my long narrow space but it was a bit disappointing. The scale is tiny. It read like a child’s chair. I thought it would make a fun piece for our living area which is constantly morphing between a family cuddle puddle and a wide open doggie play zone – but it just got swallowed up by the room and looked awkward. Also, I’m accidentally amassing an assortment of rattans and I don’t need to get carried away in that room. It’s out on the patio now thinking about where it wants to live.
I didn’t get to see these in person, but they are interesting. They may feel like kid’s chairs too, but they are a cool casual look in bamboo and could be really great to have around outside.
Along with the Jassa collection of furniture, there is a whole slew of baskets and fabrics and pillow covers that I didn’t include. But, I had to share this pic because Sarah and I have both been into some blue and white splatter paint & brushstrokey pottery vibes for sometime. Its always fun to see a trend interpreted for a big box store. This is a very accessible option if you like the look but haven’t wanted to spring for the more artisanal pieces.
I picked up a couple of these too, in the more horizontal design. I had them in mind as an simple solution to hang on either side of our bed, but man – when I got this stuff home its like my pimp balloon had deflated. Do you know what I mean? High expectations on this stuff, but really it’s better in concept than it is execution.
Again, I remind myself that they were like $30 bucks, and I am cheap.
Of all the pieces, this settee is actually the clear winner. It wins in both scale and overall practicality. If I get my act together for another long trip South, I’ll take the chaise back and swap for a second settee. I’ll admit that it’s not the sturdiest of the pieces that I have ever brought home, but for $129 I don’t know what more I could expect. We’ll see how long she holds us, especially since I’ve already set this pretty lady out on my back patio in the mild SoCal elements.
The series is limited, so chances are if you are wicked into any one piece over another, it might be a beast to find. Personally I checked in on the site for a few weeks before it finally arrived in Carson. It’s in San Diego & Costa Mesa too, but not Burbank. But IKEA also shares inventory count and where there were 48 chaise lounges last Monday, and by the time I arrived last Thursday, there were only 12 left.
Cruise the whole Jassa ordeal online here: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/collections/34665/
Have you noticed the addition of the coffee bar in a kitchen? I’ve recently been in to two renovated kitchens here in my little town of Southern Pines that both had a coffee station. A few years ago, I visited a local friend and during a tour of the house, saw a small coffee station upstairs in the hall just off the master, what a retreat.
Instead of just adding the coffee maker to the other countertop appliances and putting the mugs away in the cabinet with the rest of the glasses, it can have a dedicated space all it’s own. It’s a solid way to put an unused area in the kitchen to work. Maybe it’s trading the bar cart in for the coffee bar, maybe you have both.
I’m not sure about the Flavor Flav wall clock but I love that espresso machine and the warm wood of those cabinets.
A traditional coffee station with a pretty tiled backsplash, although there is a lot being stored here, there’s a good composition happening,
An iteration of the barn door, the sliding cabinet door would be a fantastic way to conceal your coffee bar or coffee supplies that maybe aren’t as good-looking as the mugs and shiny stainless espresso machine
My favorite example of the coffee bar is in Heather Bullard’s kitchen. It’s an area with open shelving to the right of that beautiful sub zero. BTW- Heather is a fantastic stylist and her site is chockfull of images that will make you go hmmmm.
Coffee bar elegance, velvety dove gray. The machinery takes center stage here.
Sleek and modern coffee station,
Hi there friends far and near!
We have some more news of happenings in downtown Southern Pines, that we think is of interest to you all. Remember last week, when we had a look at a 1910 Farmhouse and a 2017 new construction take on the historic style?
Well, we are back today with another look at that new construction, PLUS we want to introduce you to its Colonial twin, located right next door.
After teaming up with Dandeneau Architecture our good friend Sean Butler of Butler Constructs has completed two of the most impressive homes to hit the downtown Southern Pines real estate market in some time. Here are a couple of photos side by side, from each of the two homes! Which do you prefer!?
The Colonial is nestled in between some old pine trees, typical of the region. It gives it a very private and special feeling. The Farmhouse meanwhile, is situated on the corner lot and stands tall and proud with lovely peaked gable. Each home has been professionally landscaped.
Both kitchens feature the same architectural design concept, but the difference in finish and material provide a real interesting opportunity to explore your personal preferences. The overhead beams were hewn from trees on the property! It’s always fun to have a storytelling moment like that.
Do you like the single door entry, or the double door?
In the area, and want to know more about these homes? View the full listing info and photo tour here on Sarah’s Featured Listings page: http://sarahefarrell.com/featured-properties/
As you may have gleaned from last week’s look at the Modern Farmhouse – TEOT is staging the Farmhouse style home and we will have plenty of lovely wares for you to peruse at the open house! Stay tuned for more info about that open house, the pillow giveaway that we’ll be running for visitors and of course, the lovely photos that we will be taking on Thursday! Wish us luck as we are off, staging away.
Today we’re gonna explore a pretty typical scenario that most people are dealing with.
And that is, how to develop a plan for your bedroom decor, to take it from something, meh…. to something that makes you feel peaceful, happy and organized.
Tiffany came to us and asked for help to find a rug similar in color and style to the GYPSY that we have for sale in the SHOP TEOT rug collection. She’s looking for something with that vibe in a 6×9 or an 8×10.
She shared this pic to see what we’re starting with.
Tiffany’s room came over with the preface that we all give when we offer up our intimate spaces (sorry bout the lighting and the mess, etc.). I’m here to grant you all asylum. We all know the feeling and have a similar scenario in our homes.
Her room is 15 feet wide on the bed wall, and 12 feet deep on the sliding door wall. She’d like to keep the lilac linen curtains, but the other shorties can go. The bedroom furniture will get an update eventually, but its not in the cards for at least a year. Understood! We’ll work with that cherry sleigh bed for now.
Also, she has a lovely piece of artwork with lots of green to focus on. It’s included in the design board below and I quickly let her know, that even though its her engagement photo, I’d be inclined to want to hang it in my bedroom as well. It’s a beautiful shot.
So, we need to find a rug to ground her space. And it needs to have some of the lilac tones in it and maybe some of that green and it needs to work well with Tiffany’s modern, feminine Midcentury sensibilities. I’m guessing that a more tribal Oushak design will suit them, but I’ll also be keeping my eye out for a special Persian.
Initially I pulled together some illustrations for what size rug works best with a Queen Bed. There are TONS of these diagrams on Pinterest and so let’s just find one of those.
While I was at work thinking of Tiffany’s room and her rug, an idea occurred to me for treating that long short window over her bed. We need to unify her window treatments and she likes the long lilac curtain, so why not mirror that in scale on the other side of the room, behind the bed.
I had a window like that in one of my Mar Vista apartments years ago and I employed this same tactic, it’s also a trick that I suggested to Kate in our shared Treehouse years back. It’s a solid solution for a bed wall, under a long horizontal window.
Here’s the inspiration image that best illustrates this move.
Once I had these ideas pulled together, and could focus on a solution for unifying the space with window treatments, it made it much easier to envision a final product for the rug. Tiffany will happily swap out the lamp in the corner for some plant life, and in time she’ll be thinking about the new look for the bed, side tables and lamps.
I did a quick mockup of Tiffany’s room in our space planning software based on her dimensions and window layout. Here’s a look at that.
This bird’s eye view includes a look at a 6×9 rug layered atop an 8×10 rug for comparison.
I believe her room really warrants an 8×10 to feel the most pulled together. She and I discussed the persian on top of sisal trick, but she’d rather not layer.
We’ll try our best to find the largest rug we can, no smaller than 6×9 and as close to 8×10 as we can get. As you know, the vintage rug scene is a hand-loomed one and so rugs are always varying in size and scale and more often than not, they are a bit longer than wide, different from our US standard sizing practices.
I love that MaisonEleven rug in the inspiration board above, but it’s not large enough for the space. Here are a few more that I’ve found, but truthfully just haven’t run across the most perfect solution yet.
Uh… we’ll keep looking. This is a real design challenge!
Hey y’all, It’s Betsy here. We love us a good home tour, especially when its a deep dive into what could be… Modern Farmhouse style.
I’ve just been getting settled back into the saddle of things here at home after a 10 day trip to North Carolina where I went to hang out with my Mom after a surgery. She’s doing great and we had a blast being friends while she was resting up and recovering. Love that lady.
While I was in NC on daughterly duty, I found a day to make the 3 hour drive down to the store in Southern Pines. And while I was in town I got such a great treat.
We haven’t come here to announce with any fanfare at all, but Sarah got her NC Real Estate license recently and she is now a practicing agent with Keller Williams, Pinehurst.
This is such an exciting development for her, her family and for The Estate of Things – as it is just a further level into her deepening professional experience around her love for all things home.
One couple that she is already representing as buyers’ agent are close friends of ours. I joined the 3 of them for a couple of home tours that were so perfectly fun to explore that I thought we should do so here on the blog with you too! At least on the exterior.
We started first with this home built sometime before 1910. You can cruise through the listing info here if you want further detail and more illustration through photographs.
This home was chopped up into a lot of tiny rooms. It had some interesting trim-work and lovely old floors, but the size of the bathroom upstairs was a deal breaker for the buyers that Sarah was showing the home to. It had a sweet little clawfoot tub that had to do double duty as the shower and you had to duck and suck in your gut to get in there and close the door.
BUT… This home has massive end product potential for a renovation.
In order to gather some clues about what this home COULD be with a little de-construction and a re-imagining, Sarah took us all over a few blocks away to a New Construction project that will hit the market soon. Believe you me, we will learn more about this, since the builder tapped SHOP TEOT to stage this Modern Farmhouse property for the open house. Soon enough we’ll have that info to share with you.
In the meantime, just take a look at the exterior and fantasize with us about the possibilities for the historic home above.
It’s practically uncanny how similar they are on the exterior.
This home will hit the market with an asking price that is around $60,000 more than the 1910 option above.
The new construction boasts only 200 more square feet than the 1910 home, but the way that the space was utilized makes a HUGE difference for how the home works. The entire first floor entry is one large open space featuring the kitchen, living and dining space all in one. Tall ceilings also help out a lot.
We will show you more of the interior of this home soon, but for now – we just wanted to share the thoughts behind these two options on the market.
For the price difference, what would you do? Would you rather take that $60k to get started doing what you could to the historic version? Is it worth it to you to pay up for the move-in ready quality of the new construction, with all of the choices of this talented builder.
We’ll know more once we can get a better look at the vision that has come to life for the inside of this Modern Farmhouse. Check back soon… in the next couple of weeks we should have a completed home, staged to perfection with TEOT’s Farmhouse Modern collection and ready to sell.
I was an art history major. Mostly I forget that. But then sometimes I think about it and I am reminded that despite the rich story that has been woven throughout the history books, tales of masters, tales of philanthropy and patronage, tales of some kind of an academic evolution are but one way to appreciate art. At this point in my life, my personal appreciation is far more visceral, far more sentimental and personal.
Yves Klein falls in there somewhere. I’m moved by the use of color. I love the color. And I’m vaguely interested in the fact that his time was a time in the story of art that I particularly enjoy on that almost forgotten intellectual level.
My guy is an art appreciator as well. On our first date around 6 years ago, he hit a real high note with me because of it. He regaled me with stories of his trip to Marfa, TX where he toured the formally private studio of one of my most favorites, Donald Judd. Yes, he knew Yves Klein, he knew Frank Stella, Mondrian, Pollock, de Kooning. He enjoyed abstract expressionism the most, but yes to minimalism, yes to Pop Art! We shared so many of the same favorites!
We often joke about our future life and we use the Yves Klein coffee table as our bar for measure. We’ll know we’ve made it when we have one of our own.
Interior design also has a love affair with that bright stroke of cobalt blue that is the signature of Yves Klein and really all these words I’m sharing are just an intro into the collection of images that I’ve gathered to share with you here today. So, here it is, a look at Yves Klein in interior design.
Miles Redd loves a lacquer. This is one he hooked up in the cobalt blue known as Yves Klein blue.
Want to get the look seen above.
Try a framed acrylic on paper called “Yves Klein Blue” by Francisco Franco.
You can have one today from 1stDibs for $4800.
Or frame a $600 vintage exhibition poster.
The right original Yves Klein could set you back as far as $36 million.
I love an Yves Klein rose alongside the blue. Here is a look at those two colors together. This is a color scheme that has played a heavy hand in my life of late.
It is confirmed that having two side by side is really the way to do it, so now I suppose Heffe and I can have a new goal to strive for in life.
Sarah loves her some Jeffrey Bilhuber, and apparently Bilhuber loves him some Yves Klein.
Meanwhile, I love me some Roy Lichtenstein and well, this “Room with and Yves Kliein” print is just adorable.
Want a splash of Yves Klein blue in your life? You can buy this print and pop into a gallery frame and you are in business. I used to be very much against the whole notion of framing a classic or iconic piece of art for your own home and Emily Hendo just confirmed last week that you shouldn’t frame the Mona Lisa above your bed… but she does make some exception for the iconic art print, and I think in this case, if Bilhuber can do it, so can we! It’s an abstract – so feel free to turn her sideways!
Happy President’s Day.
If you didn’t already know, our lineup of Farmhouse Stripes are all named after a past POTUS.
Use PRES17 for a 15% discount on any order. Meanwhile, scroll on down for a look at BAM, DUBYA, BUBBA, DUTCH & JACKO along with a few other friends from the white house.
SHOP THE FARMHOUSE MODERN COLLECTION AT THE ESTATE OF THINGS
Nature Art Prints. Put a twist on Traditional.
Y’all… today’s home decor idea is simple.
The idea is to inject some nature prints into your home.
Here is why.
Serenity. Proportion. God. Design. Perfection.
I know that might sound cliche at first, but trust me – I hate cliches.
The thing is, that injecting a nature print into your everyday, especially one that you are personally drawn to… perhaps for color, for composition, or because you have an affinity for that particular animal…. it is sure to elevate your space and make you happy.
What more could you ask for from a previously empty space on your wall?
oh yeah and that Hicks pillow is timeless, and is available in two sizes here.
When Alle Fister hit us up for around 10 pillows, we knew she was up to something special.
We quickly packaged up 2 moving boxes full of TEOT product and shipped it to NYC with bated breath.
This week, her office update hits media outlets starting first with MyDomaine and we are beyond thrilled to see our product helping to make the California PR firm shine in Tribeca, NY.
We love a little bi-coastal design influence and so this was right up our alley.
Below we’ve posted a few spaces that included TEOT pillows. For the whole tour, head over to MyDomaine!
Here at TEOT, we listen to a good amount of podcasts. And now that I got these headphones for Christmas I can be even more obnoxious about it.
One of our current favorites is My Favorite Murder.
Maybe not for everyone but MFM is actually a comedy podcast where two funny ladies, Georgia Hardstark (FOOD Network) and Karen Kilgariff (writer for Mr. Show among other things) sit down and talk about their obsession with true crime.
So hey podcast lovers and beautiful nerds, we cooked up something special for you.
The Top 5 Things We Learned from My Favorite Murder
2. The next best band will likely be named “Small Foreign Faction”
3. British procedurals are both relaxing and entertaining
4. One in 5 people are not schizophrenic.
5. Most people that I don’t know are potential murderers.
Serial killers are usually serial bed-wetters as children, and/or have suffered some sort of head trauma…
and/or they harm/kill small animals.
I have been both lauded and laughed at for my abilities to dream beyond my means. But nothing can stop me from fantasizing.
Here are some dreams for today.