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ADD THIS! Vintage African White Mudcloth

White Mudcloth

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!

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Shop Talk: TEOT Mini Kitchen Reveal

Hi friends,

Thanks for stopping in.

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.

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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.

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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!

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Many thanks to Rachel Garrison for the photography!

SOURCES:

Black Sconces  |  Shaker Style Cabinetry  |  Pesto Paint Color  |  Reclaimed Shelves  |  Apron Front Sink  | White Subway Tile

 

 

Shop the TEOT Kitchen Collection

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TEOT SOPI – We’re Open for Biz!

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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.

Come see us, or shop online at shopteot.com.

The Estate of Things
134 W. Pennsylvania Avenue
Southern Pines, NC  28387

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SHOPTALK…. It’s almost time

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 The Grand Opening of TEOT SOPI

Hi friends. It’s Betsy.

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

 

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TEOT SHOP TALK: The Store Upfit

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Hi, it’s Betsy.

Today we are going to talk about some exciting stuff. We’re getting a move on with the store upfit in Southern Pines, counting the days toward our September opening.

Below is a floor plan of the shop that we’re using for planning.

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The layout is similar to that of an apartment, which is appealing to us when we think of merchandising for home goods and furnishings. Sarah and I both loved the idea of organizing in a way that feels similar to perusing through a home where everything is so delightful, and you can take it away with you should you so wish.

 

The initial photographs that we have of the space are a bit dark, but they have been serving me well from 3000 miles away, remember I have only seen the space from the outside, craning to see in, smashing my face against the windows and dreaming! Thankfully for FACETIME virtual tours, I have a good idea of what we’re working toward!

So, these images will be trickling out here on the blog as we get into the minor renovations and repairs needed. Some construction began just this week.

What are we up to?

We opened up the wall into the bedroom. We matched a casing with transom that leads into the kitchen on the far wall. This will improve flow between the rooms and share some much needed light from the bedroom into the main floor.

RETAIL SHOP RENOVATIONMain Area looking over toward shared bedroom wall, pre-construction.

RETAIL SHOP RENOVATION BEFOREMain Area looking over toward shared kitchen wall, with existing cased opening and transom. Flanked by recessed shelving.

You can already see what a great improvement this was.

PROGRES REPORT the new transom opening

 

More to come! Stay tuned, as we are rocking and rolling with our renovation of the shop.

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SHOP TALK: Our Unique Value Proposition

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Holy WOW, we have keys… in hand.

This is moving along at lightning pace and it’s an exciting time!

It’s also a bit scary, as I just watched our biz bank account take a hit for that first bout of rent + deposits, etc. This is no joke. Buckle up Sarah!

Shop Talk is the new series where Sarah and I document our journey toward opening up our first brick and mortar shop in Southern Pines, NC.

Okay, so for today’s Shop Talk, let’s jump into a business best practice that Sarah and I have been thinking about since day one, and that is identifying our unique value proposition.

Successful entrepreneurs, internet wide, always have some version of this to say:

BE YOU. BE UNIQUE. KNOW YOUR VALUE. COME TO THE TABLE WITH SOMETHING TO ADD.

It’s no small wonder there are about 5 jillion motivational posters on Pinterest hand penned by ladies like us, reminding ourselves that the dream is free but the hustle is sold separately.

Whether one seeks to be Refinery29’s next big Ladyboss or just a humble shopkeeper selling wares to a small community in North Carolina… it’s a valuable business practice to identify a mission and a unique value proposition at the outset.

So, we are looking to define our true north.

 

Follow our journey on Instagram, via #TeotShopTalk

In order to keep ideas in check and values in place, we intend to look to a statement of values, a commitment to our future and to our partnership. We promise to consult our mission for guidance along the way. Through growth and through hardship! Forever and ever Amen. You may now kiss the bride.

Yeah yeah,but it’s not feeling done just yet. I’m not publishing it because it’s perfect, I’m sure it is terrible… but we’re in this together at this point, so I’m trying to put my finger on the language.

So yeah, the following is a work in progress:

 

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The Estate of Things was founded in 2007. We are a growing online interior design and home decor brand, presenting a strategic plan for expansion into an eCommerce Home Goods Sales with a flagship Brick & Mortar store in Southern Pines, NC.

 

Product/Service

The Estate of Things, since 2008, curates and publishes original content to entertain, inform and delight fellow home decor and real estate enthusiasts.

Additionally, The Estate of Things produces/provides the following products/services:

  • Architectural Renovation & Consultation 
  • Interior Design & Home Decor Consultation 
  • Custom Furniture & Home Decor Product Development 
  • Space Planning 
  • A curated selection of home decor accessories and “eclectibles” for sale in our shop, online and in our physical retail location(s).

 

Plans for Expansion or Growth

The Estate of Things seeks a commercial space for a brick and mortar home decor retail shop in Moore County, NC as well as the launch of self-hosted and self-supported Ecommerce website with select vendors and a curated collection of goods.

 

How is TEOT different?

  • Proven successful presence in the interior design community online for over 8 years. 
  • Bevy of biz skills, the principles cover an impressive number of traits required for launching and maintaining a business. 
  • Exposure online
    • via 30k pageviews a month for our current publishing platform 
    • a combined reach of over 8k fans and followers across multiple social media platforms. 
    • a growing email subscriber list 
    • contacts in the press and media world 
  • We compel shoppers to experience our collection of products and our services through a high touch editorial lens.
    • First we meticulously identify our product offering 
    • then daily we present products and ideas in an editorial light, inspiring delight and driving desire through the curator’s lens, a presentation that design lovers throughout the nation have come to love, expect, even demand online. 
  • Through our Makers Collective program, we collaborate with makers and manufacturers on exclusive custom products available only to the TEOT 
  • On select goods, The Estate of Things works directly with manufacturers and makers to ensure your custom home goods meet the highest standards. We compete with other eCommerce retailers by passing on the benefit of our manufacturing relationships directly onto the customer, while we take care of the design decisions on their behalf.

 

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