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Must Have: Vintage African Baskets as Wall Art

Vintage AFrican Baskets as Wall Art the estate of things

Hi friends! It’s Betsy.

If you follow me on Betsy Moyer on Instagram, you might already know that I recently stumbled my way into a bevy of Vintage African Baskets as Wall Art for SHOP TEOT.

They have been hanging in the corner of our living room since, as seen in the photo above. They are bringing me so much joy. I hope we keep a good collection stocked so that I can leave these hanging in my own home for a while yet.

Today, I want to show you why I was out there on the hunt for the perfect vintage African Basket for wall art.

Here is a look at a few AMAZING and inspiring interiors featuring the handwoven baskets, braided and tied from the tall grasses of the river lands in Africa.

 

a stack of african baskets

top trends in interior designThese absolute works of art make a lovely impact once hung on the wall. Pair a large 18″ round handwoven basket alongside its partner in 13″ for a 3 dimensional addition to your gallery wall, or hang one solo to make its own statement.

You could also maximize your art piece with a grouping of 6 or more! Look how many are grouped here. Amazing!

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colorful Wall of Baskets

African Baskets SHOP TEOT by the estate of things

We sold a mini collection of the vintage african baskets as wall art, as well as a BOLGA market basket, to Heffe’s mom.

I’m THRILLED that she supported TEOT with her purchase, but I also love to know that she has these lovely works of art in her home. Thanks Vivian!

eathiopian Wall of Baskets closeup

 

zimbabwe Wall of Baskets closeup

SHOP TEOT baskets are all handmade in Africa for Fair Wages.

The women of Zimbabwe have long taught the art of weaving palm leaves and reeds into the baskets as a rite of passage for the young girls. This craft has been passed down for generations on the sandy beach of Zimbabwe where the mountains meet the lake, in a simple village called Binga.

 

zimbabwe Wall of Baskets

Amazing!

You can get that look above by shopping with TEOT. If you are INSANELY COOL you could cover up the entire wall of your home like that photo above. Just hit me up on the side because I’ll need to increase my inventory numbers for you dramatically!

Here is a look at our African Basket Collection.

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How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren’t all that BOHO!

As you guys well know, we love a good home decor trend, and the boho home decor craze that is sweeping SoCal and seeping its way across the nation is one that we are definitely influenced by.

But do you know how to decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren’t all that Boho?

Of course, we like to take the nod from a recent trend and incorporate its influence into our signature mix of styles, from traditional craftsman & cottage, to farmhouse modern, to midcentury classic and the bungalows and ranches of Southern California.

Below are a handful of examples that we have seen, that incorporate the popular mudcloth influence without being over the top boho hippie!

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!from Emily Henderson’s recent eDesign Nursery client

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!
A SHOP TEOT pillow in a recent Laurel & Wolf Room Redo.

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!via Sarah Sherman Samuel

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!

 

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!

 

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!If your style leans New England Beachy Traditional…

 

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!

 

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!

 

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!If your style leans New Traditional…

 

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!If your style leans beachy…

 

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!

 

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!If your style leans SoCal Rustic…

 

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!

 

You can shop African Mudcloth on Shop TEOT.

 

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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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How to Decorate with Indigo Mudcloth Pillows

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How to Decorate with Indigo Mudcloth Pillows

AFRICAN INDIGO MUDCLOTH IS HOME DECOR’S HOTTEST TREND AMONG INTERIOR DESIGNERS.

The textile has become a must have here in the states, and thus an important export for West Africa. It is becoming more and more prevalent in America’s fashion and home decor scene.

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African mudcloth is also known as bogolan. It is handwoven into strips, sewn together to make one large piece and then often expertly dyed. Methods for dyeing include tribal patterns hand drawn and or stamped in mud, and also using a tie resist method and dyed using indigo.

The result is a design that the interior designers of today crave, but did you know that this is a centuries old practice with cultural significance?

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Each design is unique, featuring one of a kind patterns that often come out like dots, ladders, butterflies or a DNA helix.

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In the SHOPTEOT collection, we call this favorite pillow the TOTO, named after one of our favorite Yacht Rock Bands who wrote the smooth tune, God Bless the Rains! The song always springs to mind when we lay eyes on the lovely inky blues of this textile.

How to Decorate with Indigo Mudcloth Pillows

The rich hue mixes well in the TEOT collection that favors rich texture, earthy hue and a mix of pattern.
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We source our African Indigo from local dealers here in Los Angeles that we have met through the antiques market circuit.

Stacks of african indigo mudcloth

african indigo mudcloth

We feel that the inky blue hues of this hand dyed textile mix in nicely with the many indigos of other cultures, like the batik of the Hmong Hill Tribes, Chinese resist textiles, as well as the shibori tie-dye arts of Japan.

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Tossed into the mix along with some fine greenery and the organic textures of rattan and wicker, your vintage indigo mudcloth is right at home.

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Announcing new brick & mortar + blog series SHOP TALK

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I’ll kick off the new “SHOP TALK” blog series with the news that we hope is news, but it all remains to be seen. Eep!

THE NEXT BIG THING brick and mortar the estate of thingsWe are opening up SHOP TEOT as a real life storefront.
Our first ever brick and mortar shop is slated to open late Fall, in Southern Pines, NC.

 

Just typing it fills me with fear. Fear that I will jinx something for us.

 

Since last summer’s launch of ecomm via Etsy, Chairish, Amazon and Shopify, we’ve been keeping up with orders and fun product development ideas, brainstorming new collections for SHOPTEOT.com, and generally preparing ourselves for this next step in the evolution of The Estate of Things.

Today as I was bouncing back and forth between monthly budgets, marketing strategies and fresh blog post ideas it occurred to me that we should just go ahead and chronicle the journey of bringing this dream to life.

So that is our news!

Join us for SHOP TALK!

In this series, Sarah and I will jump into some small biz storytelling. Maybe the backend of business isn’t that glamorous, so we’ll do our best to keep you properly entertained while we shed some light on the secrets of the trade as we uncover them.

Right now we are taking a look at how we incorporated last Fall, what messes we are making trying to decipher mulit-state sales and use tax, how to keep on top of bookkeeping, how to set up inventory tracking, how to open trade accounts with wholesale vendors and which markets we will attend. Let us know if any of that intrigues you.

We also have a a couple of QnAs with other shopkeepers that we admire. We are so grateful that these ladies and gents have been kind enough to extend their stories to us to learn from along the way.

If you dream of opening your own shop up one day too, or if you just like our style and you want to keep up to date on our progress, send us your email address below for the occasional TEOT newsletter and status report.



 

 

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