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New in the Shop: Velvet Ikat Pillows

 

You know we’re always keeping our eyes peeled and ears to the ground on what’s what happening in the home decor scene, pulling in the best of what catches us for  SHOP TEOT. It’s this thrill of the hunt and the discovery process that has long fueled the dream of opening up our own retail spot.

Lately we’re loving Velvet Ikats from Uzbekistan and so we brought a few in to introduce to you.

The latest addition to the collection is in store now and we think you might recognize them due to their sister friend, the silk ikat. Silk ikat pillows have long been an eclectic favorite. The strong graphic patterns in vibrant colors appeal to pattern lovers and global textiles collector alike.

You may already know that many different cultures weave an ikat. The ancient process refers to the practice of weaving dyed threads into the pattern on the loom. The pattern can be created by dying the strings of the weft or the warp. Each has its prominence in various regions, and each requires a different of skills and precision. Making it a handicraft that has long been desired due to its craft.

If you are curious about the recent fascination with Uzbek textiles I’ll tell you what I learned recently myself. The country that is now Uzbekistan was once part of the Soviet Union and was home to the silk road, an ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean. There are three main cities in Uzbekistan that were once must-stops for anyone traveling and trading along the route. Those cities are Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. I did a little bit of reading about what it’s like to visit these cities today and it gave me a little case of the wanties.

But I don’t see me strapping my new baby onto my back and hitting a foreign country for a textiles dig anytime in the next little bit. I’ll leave that to the more adventurous of you hippiewanderlusties out there. I can dream from here, via the internet!

I can also dream about pretty interiors with ikat pillows. Come dream with me!

 

From Country Living UK

From House & Garden UK

Designed by Belén Ferrándiz

 

via DesignManifest

 

 

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SHOP TEOT: Berber Blankets on Pre-Order

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A Special TEOT Pre-Order Opportunity

It’s Spring Inventory buying season and with another Global Goods Event coming up in the next season, we are placing orders for more custom Berber blankets.

These pretties are hand-loomed and made to order by the good folks of the Berber Tribe in and around the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.

Maybe you have noticed them popping up as the styling must-have for your bedding refresh. They are hard at work in the California Eclectic scene, but we often spot them as the final layer in the more Radical of Traditional settings as well. You know we are fans of both ideas!

Last time we brought in a batch of these new Berber blankets, they flew off the shelves. So in order to prep you for this season’s order, we thought we’d give you a chance to speak up now and reserve yours early. That way you are guaranteed to get your hands on exactly what you want and need.

If you like to swap your heavy duvet for a light quilt in the Summer months, we think they are the perfect addition to the foot of the bed. They are just the right weight for a little added warmth on those cooler summer nights.

 

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New Tribal Persian Rugs in Shop

Winter is a good time to rethink your home because you’re generally spending more time in it.

With two snows here in the South in January, I’ve had extra time to do some looking around and I’m thinking it’s time for a change and I’m making plans.

One easy and quick change can be a new rug, and some new rugs just arrived at the shop. They are bold and beautiful.

Our newest selection of vintage wool rugs are mostly from the 1960s and the 1970s (my favorite decade right now.) Each is consistently a tribal Persian style with rich colors that will look so right in an entry, a bathroom, kitchen or bedroom. They are smart layered over a natural rug or on their own.

To help get your creative, home refresh juices flowing, here are some similar rugs in the wild.

Try it out in the bathroom with our Vintage Tribal Persian Rug | Georgia

 

Or the living room with Vintage Tribal Persian Rug | MAURA

 

What do you think about the double layer… Start out layer one with Vintage Tribal Persian Rug | KAREN

 

And, they are always good in a foyer, try out Vintage Tribal Persian Rug | ALAINA in yours.

 

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January Art Event at Shop TEOT


 Abstract Caroline Wright | Peacock Print | Jean Kalisch Landscape | Butterfly Print | Girl Print | Andrew Shunney Lithograph

Hello old friends,

I’m dropping in to talk a bit about adorning your walls with fun finds and lovely art.

I am an art lover. I was an art history major in college with plenty of museum experience and exposure that would make the task of collecting art for my home seem easier. Alas, it has not. In fact, I sometimes wonder if it has done the opposite.

See, I have this silly issue that you may or may not grapple with too.

Peek-a-boo print | Branches print | Gourd Vases | Beaker Vase

HOW DO YOU SELECT ART FOR THE PURPOSES OF DECOR?

Now that I’m a grown-up lady, in a more permanent homeplace, where I can really devote the time and attention to decorating for the long term lifestyle that I want to live, I am ready to loosen up a bit. My art endeavors need only to satisfy a few rules for me.

I like for my art to evoke a sentiment, tell a story or serve as a memento.

They don’t have to do all 3, just one of these is fine. Now, I don’t mean to overthink it. Evoking a sentiment can be as simple as stumbling upon a lovely canvas or print of a pretty thing and thinking “ooh, I really like the colors, or the subject matter.” Telling a story can be something like “Remember that time that we were at the Rose Bowl Flea Market? Can you believe I deliberated for 2 hours over whether or not I should pick up this midcentury abstract hanging here? And then when it came down to a basket of garlic fries or the painting, you talked me into the painting.” That’s fun! I love stories. And in the same vein, I also love to pick something up for the walls when I travel. I don’t always do it, but when I do, it helps me to keep a piece of those travels with me on my day to day. This is especially great for those of you that become struck with wanderlust or get antsy between adventures!

Color-wise, I also prefer that the art piece jive with the rest of the room?

This is merely responsible decorating. But its important to consider because sometimes your perusing the hand painted Mayan bark along the streets of Tulum and you’re so excited by the many options that you forget what your house looks like and you just want the memento. Well, in this case you should get it anyway, and find a spot that it works in, but if its not particularly special then I dunno, mind the colorwheel. I almost talked my self out of that one. I have an old canvas leftover from Oil Painting 101 at UNCG and the study was a still life in monochromatic colors. I chose a particularly sunshiney yellow known to painters as “Cadmium Yellow.”  At 36×48, this large dose of yellow on the walls can work wonders for a room. I think its okay to select a piece of art 100% b/c it will infuse your room with some color that you love.

Lastly, I constantly remind myself that there aren’t really any rules.

We say it all the time around here, but fill your home with the things that you love and you can never be wrong. Following that mantra, if you love it, go for it! You will find a place to work it in. This goes to stand for family photographs as well, though we do encourage you to think creatively when it comes to those. Injecting one or two among a framed memento, an inexpensive print, a leftover college art project, this can work swimmingly in a gallery wall. One of the many reasons why I believe the gallery wall is so ubiquitous, is because its an opportunity to group a lot of small and easy pieces for one big statement. This is a really great way to start.

Below, Sarah has gathered a few great examples of the gallery wall at play, plus a few TEOT pieces that we’ve collected along the way. We picked these up because they evoked an emotion in us, and we hope that they’ll do the same for you!

Bathroom Design by Angie Hranowsky
featuring Peacock print | Sugar Gum print

 

Our vintage 1970 lithograph by Andrew Shunney would like right at home in a colorful interior like Anna Spiro’s place.

 

In celebration of all this art talk, we’ve decided to mark all of our art pieces at the shop waaaay down so that we can move out the old and bring in some new exciting pieces for our shoppers.
SHOP THE SALE – 40% off all Art at TEOT.

Use coupon code BLANKSPACE

 

a collection of faces, Vanquish print

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Black Friday is here… and it’s only Wednesday

It might be only Wednesday y’all, but Black Friday is already everywhere. It’s all up in my Instagram Feed and its in every store window that I passed by today as I ran a few morning errands.

So, let’s let the shopping begin at shopteot.com too.

The skinny is really simple this year, and it’s HUGE! It’s just a solid 25% off of everything exclusing SALE items on the site. So, that’s big time discounts.

USE CODE HOLIDAY HAPS at checkout.

As I mentioned earlier, I can hardly think about Christmas before the Thanksgiving Turkey is cold, but I’m pretty excited this year since I have been seeing all the goodies coming into the shop and well, we have some cooooool stuff to stuff to stock your stockings with, to gift to a friend, or to help make home a little bit homier for the holidays.

So, keep an eye on the homepage at shopteot.com where I’ll soon be rolling out some gift guides where you can more purposefully dig through our 650 in stock inventory items. As usual, we’ll be outlining gifts by price, by personality type and by style. And of course there will be mine and Sarah’s personal picks!

Speaking of which, here’s a look at mine! GO SHOP FRIENDS and FAM!

 

 

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KHADI

 

Let us surely be among the first to introduce you to the Khadi textiles of India. Woven into jacquard like designs by hand from “old world cotton.”

 

Where they come from!

Khadi is a bit different from the more common plain loom cotton wovens from India. Spun by hand from cotton grown exclusively in India, Khadi is more than a practice, it is a representation of India’s independence from the industrial movements that threatened its economy in the early 20th century. Today, Khadi cotton textiles are still hand loomed and hand spun by rural villagers with cotton from rural farmers. The entire process requires zero energy, making it one of the most sustainable textiles in the world.

In fact Mahatma Gandhi used to spin cotton for Khadi and he started the movement as a relief effort for India’s poor masses.

Why we love ’em!

We fell in love with the abstract plaids and graphic florals of the khadi textiles in our collection. The slub of the handspun cotton provides that organic quality that we crave in our home linens and textiles of late, and has people asking us “where did you get that.” We love to reply “INDIA!”

How to decorate with it!

Here are a number of examples of this in practice.

by John Gessner

Khadi makes for an excellent tabletop addition. Perhaps you will gain ideas for your upcoming Thanksgiving table!

Here, Sarah mixes a Khadi pillow with some African Indigo and a new Indian Block Print, proving that the textile plays well with others in our collection!

Ah, more lovely table top. The organic slub that is indicative of handspun & handwoven textiles is a dear quality, and one that we crave. It brings texture and age into a setting, helping your home to feel more layered, collected and complex.

 

 

Tonight’s the night for a special event. We’ll be serving Strawberry Moscow Mules and chatting Global Textiles! Bring a Friend and you get 25% off.

 

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