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The Southern Pines North Carolina Home Renovation scene is a booming one. Having seen steady population growth of over 18% since 2010, many newcomers and life-long residents alike look to the stunning architectural integrity of the early century homes built near the railroad tracks of the town’s center. This interest paves the way for successful renovation projects like The Indiana House, the Grout Cottage, Mt. Vernon House and more, all managed and designed by Sarah Farrell of The Estate of Things.

Sarah’s passion for architectural renovation and interior design has manifested through her work with Beaver Path Properties. She has shared the process of each of those projects with you guys here.

The projects that Sarah has brought to life here on The Estate of Things have captured the hearts of renovation junkies online. Sift through the chronicle of these projects below.

Renovating Bungalow 404: Before & After Exterior

Sarah is being way to modest I guess. I got down to her house for Memorial Day weekend and almost flipped when I saw the difference in Bungalow 404. Almost everything is in its place there and the house felt great. Last time I was down it barely had sheet rock on the walls.

We celebrated Dylan’s birthday, had a porch party with the dogs and made some music with Rob (Please check out the original RnB song that we created here). I also snapped a picture of the front of the house so you could have a quick view of the before and after exterior.

Meanwhile, be looking forward to more tales from Sarah’s renovation efforts. I’ll tell them myself if I have to, though I just don’t think I can do them the justice they deserve!!




Custom Pantry Doors

The laundry room (more like a pantry/closet) is off the kitchen. The doorway leading in to this room is an odd width.  I thought, until about a week ago, that I was going to have to settle for bi-fold doors from Lowe’s Home Improvement store. They would have to be cut to accomodate the odd size.  In the midst of my dissapointment over having to look at more standard bi-folds, I found this!

Image via Sunset


They looked fairly easy to build so I asked the carpenter and he said–no problem, I can do it. So the carpenter built the simple frames, sans little silver plugs and I’ll have the local glass company fit it with some glass panels.  I’ll have my version of the doors painted white to match the trim and other doors in the house. Voila!


Bungalow 404: Update

Exterior painting is slated for next week for Bungalow 404. Four paint samples have been up for about two weeks now, observed in different stages of the day and the family and carpenters have all voted and voiced their opinions-wanted or unwanted.

1- Sherwin Williams, Moody Blue

the estate of things chooses bungalow 404

2- Benjamin Moore, Mount Saint Anne

the estate of things chooses bungalow 404 remodel

3- Sherwin Williams, Studio Blue Green

the estate of things chooses bungalow 404 remodel

4- Benjamin Moore, Water’s Edge

the estate of things chooses benjamin moore paint

After much consideration I’ve settled on Studio Blue Green. Originally, I wanted the color to be more along the lines of blue/gray, think a Colorado Blue Spruce collides with a cloudy Seattle day. The decision narrowed to Mount Saint Anne and Studio Blue Green.  But after much deliberation and living with them for a bit I sided with the Studio Blue Green.

Also for your enjoyment I’ve posted the kitchen with cabinet install complete. I think the layout turned out great. I see the reward of putting those three windows in the dining room every time I visit, the light just beams in from the backyard unobstructed by gables or eaves, brightening the whole room.

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the estate of things chooses dining room windows

the estate of things chooses bungalow kitchen

Also a few pictures of the bathroom tile.

Hall bath, shower wall

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Floor tile in hall bath

the estate of things chooses hall bath floor

Shower in Master Bath

the estate of things chooses master bath shower

The projected finish date has been set for April 1st. Think we can make it?


Out on a Limb

I splurged on these fixtures from Circa Lighting. Two of these beauties, hardwired in over the built-in bookcases on either side of the fireplace in Bungalow 404. I try not to think about the price, it makes me feel a little ill. Timeless they are, economic they are not. But I think the $9 ceiling light I am getting at IKEA for DC’s room will balance things out.

Also worth noting, my mother read that Circa Lighting will occasionally have warehouse sales in the areas where their stores are. If you live near one, you may want to investigate this further.

the estate of things chooses circa lighting


Update for Cherry! Here is a snapshot of the lighting in place in Bungalow 404. See more of this bungalow renovation here.

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Renovating Bungalow 404: Kitchen Inspiration

After a long search in both print and on the internet, I think I have found the right source of inspiration for Bungalow 404’s kitchen. If you are fairly indecisive like me, then it’s a relief to finally settle on a look you want to pursue.

Found on pointclickhome

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This kitchen has many elements that I like, they are:

  • Chrome/Nickel bin pulls
  • Black countertops
  • Chrome/glass pendants
  • White cabinetry
  • Ebony, gloss hardwoods
  • Open to dining area

Oh and I think it’s important to tell you that I have decided to pack up my little family and move in to Bungalow 404…in case you hadn’t already surmised that. My favorite architectural style right now is Craftsman/Bungalow and I couldn’t pass up the chance to have my very own. And I am pretty sure Betsy is scouring the MLS searching for one that she can call her own because she’s jealous– but hey she gets to go to Europe this Spring.

Back to the kitchen…here are some purchases I have made to outfit 404’s kitchen.

At first I was sold for sure on the Phane pendant at Conran but just decided that it was out of my budget because I needed four and at $350 each, they got the boot.

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Instead I ended up with the Clemson pendant from Restoration Hardware which I purchased new on Ebay and saved $40.

the estate of things chooses restoration hardware

You’ll remember from a previous post that I chose white cabinets, some with glass fronts. I’ve also selected Absolute Black granite countertops and I’ve received one quote and am waiting for the cabinets to be installed on 2/9 before I receive the 2nd quote.  One of the stone companies I am working with advised me that Absolute Black granite tends to show scratches more than his Black Pearl and Black Galaxy stone. I had to just take that advise and move on because I couldn’t give up the consistency of the Absolute and I didn’t like the shiny stones or filler in the pearl and galaxy.

I purchased this lovely faucet for the kitchen sink after reading the reviews on Overstock and comparing prices.

the estate of things chooses overstock

Most of the original flooring on the main level is in fine shape and will be refinished. However, in the kitchen and new dining room, there was a mix between cheap laminate flooring and ugly and worn linoleum. New flooring will be installed Monday and it is a dark Hickory Spice by Somerset Flooring. The salesperson assured my Mom over the phone that it was an espresso-like finish.

the estate of things chooses somerset flooring

This is natural hickory which I think would’ve been nice for the basement but we got white oak instead.

the estate of things chooses somerset flooring

The contractor will continue the rest of the carpentry and trim work that needs to be done this coming week to prepare for the painters.  Painters have already started prepping, caulking, sanding and doing some priming.  The original trim work really needs to be sanded and smoothed to prepare it for paint. They plan to clean and pressure wash the exterior to prepare it for paint on Monday. The pressure is now on to select the rest of the interior and exterior paint colors this weekend.  I really want to get the outside color just right, I don’t want to pull in to the driveway everyday and it not be exactly what I wanted to see, it will bother the hell out of me so…I am going to probably paint a couple of samples on and observe those for at least 48 hours and make a decision from there.


Bungalow 404 Update

It’s been a while since there was an update on the renovation of Bungalow 404. 

Since my last post on the project, the screened porch has been torn off as well as the entire front porch floor.  During an attempt to repair a brick column on the front corner, the porch supports were observed to be deteriorated and compromised because of old termite damage. Good news, no active termites. Bad news, the whole porch floor has to be rebuilt and I am going to reconfigure the screen framing.

I realize not everyone enjoys looking at the early stages of renovation, it can be quite boring. But for those of you out there that want to see 404’s progress, here is a brief visual update.

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                                         the estate of things chooses bungalow 404

the estate of things chooses bungalow 404

Meanwhile, some design decisions have been made. A dining room fixture was selected and purchased from CB2.

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As far as my choices for the bathrooms, my decisions are still few but I’ve settled on white beadboard for the bathroom in the basement and haven’t made any tile selections there. In the hall bath (one with the difficult air return) I will deffinetly stick with the white subway tile chair rail there and I’d like to use a bigger 16×16 polished porcelain tile which mimics marble but is more durable. I found the polished porcelain at Lowes. I’d like to have the least grout lines possible because here’s the deal–it’s easy to get charmed by those small hexagonal or white round penny tiles but those equal a lot of grout and if you use a white tile then you are going to use a light grout.  Grout gets dirty over time and even with all of the specialty grout cleaners out there, it doesn’t quite come clean. Moral=reduce grout lines or reserve small tiles for bathrooms with the least traffic.