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Turkish Oushaks For All

I’m thinking that maybe you’ve picked up on the signals that a Turkish oushak rug is suitable for almost every spot in your home. That’s what you’ve been seeing all over your Pinterest feed. Beautiful, versatile, colorful…good stuff. Before we get in to the visual evidence, let’s take a moment to BRIEFLY educate ourselves on how to identify an oushak.

So now’s the time when if you don’t care to identify a Turkish oushak carpet and you just think they’re pretty then skip on down to the images.

Usak, Ushak or Oushak, pronounced “u-shak” carpets are wool rugs woven in Turkey. Named after a region in Turkey that historically was known as the weaving center for this type of rug. They are heavy at times depending on their age but most of the oushaks from the 1930s through 1960s have a relatively short pile and are not exceptionally thick. They will stay put with little problem but we still recommend a rug pad. The wool can be silky and some rugs are more luminous than others.

 

 

 

Percy oushak paired with blue/green cabinets

 

 

 

 

 

 

beautiful and subtle Mathieu rug in the bath

 

 

Gypsy oushak, bathin’ babies + Turkish rugs

 

 

Claus oushak, love the contrasting navy and dusty rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lovin on H2 Design & Build

What if all I did here was whine about my personal crises? Boy wouldn’t that be a drag? There is probably a different blog niche for that, and I should get in on it.

My view on the exterior world is all messy right now though, and it makes it really hard to do much else besides nose-to-the-grindstone type work, but my creativity is defunct, and I keep getting distracted by terrible headlines. I’m in a rut.

But you know what doesn’t make me feel yucky?

Flipping through the website of the Design/Build firm that has an on point aesthetic! Get to know H2 Design & Build!

 

Sarah asked me to have a look after she met with our new friend, Lauren, of Copper & Walnut last week.

Lauren had casually mentioned them and her appreciation for their aesthetic. Sarah passed it along to me as she was happy to see some familiar images.

Those green cabinets in their office renovation were an inspiration for our own Green cabinets at Shop TEOT.

 

Digging into the entire portfolio was inspirational for both me and for Sarah.

It’s a nice blend of contemporary style with classic cottage roots.

 

 

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Melotragedy by Betsy

Do you ever feel like a different person from one day to the next?

Sometimes I feel like this blog isn’t even mine to post freely on. My own self-induced pressure to create magazine worthy roundups and layouts, editorial vibe photography, it-girl-dumb self indulgence or some universally relatable musings on politics, sensationalized polarized world views.

But there are other days when I feel like it’s whatever I want it to be and the more emboldened I become to share on it, the more that will encourage my partner to do the same, and the more free we will both feel, and the more valuable this labor of love will be.

I carry around a folder full of a business plan, some elevator speeches and a few images under the label “TEOT Identity.” I’ve been in digital marketing long enough to know that its best practice to latch onto a story that your readers and shoppers can identify with, and to run like the wind with it.

But sometimes that makes it all feel a bit paralyzing.

I told a friend over drinks on Friday that I just wanted so badly to be a blogger again. She reminded me that A. I’ve been saying that since she met me in 2009…. and B. that I often tell her that we should stop wishing we were something and just embrace what we are, indicating that — maybe I want to be, but I am NOT actually a blogger.

It’s always funny to have your own words turned on you.

But if I’m not a blogger then what the heck are these 1,554 blog posts all about? Haha!

I mean, Sarah wrote most of them, but there is so much content here and I’m so proud of our efforts over the years. And the community of people that we have met, and the beautiful photos that we have shared. And I just simply love blogging, still.

So, what is it that I want it to be?

I’m honestly not sure. But here I am, blogging about blogging and wanting to blog, because that is what I do.

That is what WE do. We come here to share, we come here to connect, we come here to brainstorm and to document and to experiment.

I hope you are having a nice Monday, figuring out who you are and what you are doing it all for!

Much love,
Betsy

 

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Kates Craftsman Inspiration

Today we are digging in for a bit of Kates Craftsman Inspiration.

Our dear friend has moved into a new spot in Long Beach. It’s an arts and crafts inspired multi-unit building from the early twentieth century, and its a whole new vibe for our dear Kate.

She’s a wild, passionate lady who wants a feminine space to luxuriate in, whether she is hanging with her fluffy snaggletooth pup and working from home, or entertaining special friends, indulging in her love language which is most definitely food service.

It’s a real treat to be this girl’s guest.

I like to hang with her and go over home decor choices, helping her suss out the differences between the integrity of this new Early Century Arts & Crafts dwelling versus her previous Midcentury shed style bungalow.

Kate is 100% fearless in her approach to trend. She knows she’s over her laser sharp chevron print dining chairs after just a short few years, but its NBD cause she can just reupholster them in a large print floral and move right along. This is the beauty of the transient bohemian, you let fate furnish your abode.

For example, she started out with a great deal on a Persian rug in blues, corals and greens. It literally lept out to her from the store window of one of the thrift shops on her puppy walking route, and the price was so right.

For today I’m gathering ideas from colors to recent trends, playing to the integrity of the architecture and thinking about Kate’s lifestyle, who she is and who she wants to be, in her own home.

Here is what I’ve collected. Let me know what you think about the girl that lives within this style.

I’m expecting to see a lot more of this color combo in 2017.
Kate said she really loved the pesto green color that Sarah selected for the SHOP TEOT Kitchen Renovation.
And it got me thinking some combo of these colors will work nicely between the formal sitting room and her own adjacent kitchen.

Kate’s spot is a rental, so re-tiling the entire shower stall in this mix of iridescent marbles in all my favorite hues will not be an option. But just vibe out on that for a moment. Isn’t it special? This is a nice palette inspiration for the bathroom – to mix in with the earthy greens and blushes throughout the kitchen and living room.
You know we love the blues.

This is the capelet that I will be wearing next time Kate invites me over for Charcuterie.

 

 

I’m pretty sure this settee would win Kate’s heart. It’s got the lines of luxury and oddly, it looks kind of like a hug. It’s also super practical for her crossover living room that needs to additionally function for dining. On one hand, you have the height for proper seating at a table, yet there is a lounge-y option too. I can easily picture myself sitting sideways with a glass of bordeaux and my feet up.

A spot of graphic fun will punch up the old built-ins in her front room.

Kate’s new digs have a running picture ledge throughout.This is a fun way to treat it.

 Rich navy blues, earthy greens and pale pinks are all looking so good together. I think its a wonderful palette for her to consider for thew new abode.

 

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Target’s New Collections

It’s been a minute since I’ve checked in on Target’s Home Decor happenings, but its a bit buzzy in my online world. Some of the designers and bloggers I love are partners or ambassadors for the brand, and while I thought I knew what was up, I didn’t realize what all was going on and how many of-the-moment trends they had to offer.

In particular, I have really been loving on this raw natural wood furniture pieces that I have been seeing pop up in more and more images online.

The bedside tables in the TEOT furniture collection are a perfect example of this beautiful raw natural wood look. So, when I saw our friend Jenny Komenda’s live Instagram of a Target shopping trip showing off a few of the vintage oak pieces they are now carrying, I ran to the site to have a better look for myself.

From there, I fell into the rabbit hole.

Let me tip you off to what I learned while perusing the site.

 

Digging the Raw Natural Wood Trend?
Shop Vintage Oak by Threshold.
I’d really like to seriously consider some of this new Threshold Vintage Oak stuff for my bedroom side tables, but all Target accent tables are tiny and will get swallowed up next to our King size bed.

Digging the African Mudcloth Trend?
Shop the Modern Global Home Decor collection.
Personally, I think you should buy the AUTHENTIC MUDCLOTH designs we sell, but hey – it’s the ‘get the look for less’ kinda thing that Target does so well, featuring the iconic tribal designs machine-printed on a linen-like material.

Diggin Scandinavian Inspired Minimalism? 
Shop the Modern by Dwell Magazine collection.
All of these pieces together come off a little too cold and hard and futuristic for me, but add one or two pieces of those bold lines into your mix and you might just be on to something smart!

Diggin Iconic MidCentury Lines?
Shop the prolific Midcentury collection.
It’s my personal opinion that every room, every single room of all rooms everywhere needs at least a little something that harkens the atomic era.

 

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COLOR WATCH: Pool Blue

You know we love us some blue around here, but lately POOL BLUE has been capturing our hearts in an unexpected way.

Now this isn’t your average baby boy blue, or Carolina blue. It’s not a rich royal primary blue but it doesn’t lean green or purple.  We are talking about a soft hue with a hint of age, maybe a dusty grey got mixed in, or even a touch of brown, something to give it a bit more complexity… more than a pastel hue, but a blue that has been around and holds more in its knowing layers than the soft candy hue that might come to mind when one thinks of the average light blue.

Have a look at some of the inspirations below that we have been pinning and hopefully you will see what we mean.

pool blue better homes and gardens

 

pool blue from elle decor se

 

Anthropologie Maryn Sofa in Pool BlueYou can get a dose of pool blue from Anthropologie’s Linen Maryn Sofa.

Pool blue tile backsplashes are yummy. This tile is Walker Zanger but this alternative is so close.

change things up in the mudroom and instead of white wainscoting and built-ins, consider a bold blue

the little dresser you picked up at the tag sale with new brass hardware and blue paint, also notice the deets a little tassel accouterment, like this one

snuggling up with this headboard every night, not half bad

blue bottom cabinets contrasting brilliantly with the checkerboard floor

pool blue makes a big appearance, charming cottage style

a bold color on the door in a neutral room

fun color on a cottage or bungalow that you don’t see everyday, black frame windows give it a little sophisticated edge so we don’t just say “aaaah that’s cute”instead we say “ah look at that house, that’s a cool color”

This is Ben Moore’s Gray Owl (eyerbody’s fav) paired up with Ben Moore’s Blue Jean, the pocket door at the Bennett Kitchen remodel was so close to being Blue Jean

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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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