Dreamy Celestial Inspired Gift Ideas

Keep an eye out for the latest in must have personal expression… it’s all about your favorite constellation! 
 
Maiden-American-Studio-Celestial-Home-Decor-and-Personal-Fashion-by-Bregan-Marie-Ford
Our friend and fellow design lover Bregan at Maiden America Studio is right on trend with her celestial home decor and personal fashion items for the season!  Peep them on her website and consider gifting me with this Big Dipper Necklace this holiday!  (JK, I already gifted myself… but do get one for the other boho gypsies and dreamers in your life.)
Laurel-Wood-Gems-Constellation-on-Rustic-Wood
I’m pretty constantly inspired by the work that comes out of a recent Instagram follow @laurelwoodgems. She’s got an obsession with dip-dye, tassels and macrame – and her photography and presentation is killer. When she popped out this image, I knew I was destined to be a long time admirer. She’s speaking my love language with that rustic wood.
Visit: laurelwoodgems.com
stellamariabaer
Oh man, I can’t even imagine being able to view the world through the rose colored glasses that this fine artist must have. Her commitment to the dusty lavenders and oranges of a desert sunset, and how extra-terrestrial the landscape of the Southwest can feel is so obviously inspired her lunar & planetary watercolors. I’m totally into it.
UPDATE! The Big Dipper Necklace really pulled my twenties inspired party ensemble together for Heffe’s holiday party. I got tons of compliments. So, Bregan of Maiden America Studio has been super kind to extend an offer to TEOT readers for free shipping. Just enter TEOTship into the coupon section of her site. You can get the big dipper necklace here.
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From Our Phones

Surely it’s cooling off in North Carolina as Sarah and her family bundle up for Fall. This means early evening soccer practices and kicking freshly fallen leaves down the sidewalks on the walks home from the local school.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles we just got through another heat wave and Betsy and her new puppy are so grateful for their new life with an air conditioner.

Betsy’s new family puppy matches her new black windows!

Butterflies aloft

One of Sarah's rental properties gets a new life in a once drab breakfast nook

One of Sarah’s rental properties gets a new life in a once drab breakfast nook

Carolyn's Blue Room

An underwater bedroom theme, in the making

Laney got her first haircut

Laney got her first haircut

New Indigo

We are still dyin over all indigo mudcloth and shibori goodness in our shop

Sarah has this things with floors

Sarah had a thing with a floor

Sarah snagged a snap of some blue and white at Pearl River antiques fair

Pearl River Mart had some gems in classic blue and white

 

You can always follow along in real time via Instagram – our most favorite place to hang out when we aren’t here on the blog.

SARAH is @theestateofthings

BETSY is @betsymoyer

Also, we introduced a products only instagram account for the shop. Follow it here @shopteot

From our Phones

Summertime has taken over the Southlands, which means June Gloom in SoCal, and unbelievable three digit temps in the South.

Moving on to to the lighter moments in life, here’s what we have been inspired by via cellphone.

Little Girls and Pillows

Little Girls and Pillows

The Goddess of the Playroom

The Goddess of the Playroom at Sarah’s house

Kates Backyard Oasis

Kates Backyard Oasis in Brentwood, she snagged the succulent from a neighbor who had put her out for the trash. Lucky Find!

Southern California Sunshine

Southern California Sunshine in the Summertime

Laney Sleeping at Sarahs House

Laney Napping at Sarahs House

Enjoying the last month in the Heffe House by trying out the tie-dye rug

Enjoying the last month in the Heffe House by trying out the tie-dye rug

Sarah and her girls on the train tracks in their hometown, Southern Pines, NC

Sarah and her girls on the train tracks in their hometown, Southern Pines, NC

Betsy was inspired by brushstrokes in pottery class

Betsy was inspired by brushstrokes in pottery class

Sarah photographing the Rattan Settee for The Estate of Things Shop

Sarah photographing the Rattan Settee for The Estate of Things Shop

 

You can always follow along in real time via Instagram – our most favorite place to hang out when we aren’t here on the blog.

SARAH is @theestateofthings

BETSY is @betsymoyer

Who and What We’re Following on Instagram

We’ve always been attentive to the lovely details in our local lunch spot, or in the ephemery of sunlight on a building — but lately, more and more of us are framing these moments beautifully to share on Instagram.

I love it!

Isn’t it amazing how far we’ve come with cameras!? Can you even recall the deliberation required when we were limited to 24 snaps per roll on the incredible disposable camera you could pick up at a gas station? Imagine – no preview screen!

We’ve come along way to now, where I can auto-backup all of my cellphone snaps so that when I pull up my Google+ account, there are all 29 of the weirdies I snapped while trying to perfectly capture the magic of my bright pink poncho.

 

Besides creating and sharing my own images, I am recently obsessed with meandering through the design community’s fun hashtag collections! The images I find at these tags inspire me to think differently about the cellphone frame, about lighting, about arrangements and filters and backdrops and color.

Here are a few my favorites to post to, and to thumb through while I’m sitting at the soccer field on a Saturday!

#MyUnicornLife

Here you will find a bright collective of neons and primaries, this feed is all about color and styling. Here’s a little tip if you want to get on this train. Get yourself over to your local drug store or art supply shop and pick up a multi-pack of neon posterboard. It makes a great saturated backdrop and will provide you with loads of fun in the filter stage! This collection was started by friend and Instagram muse, Marissa of Bourbon & Goose.

#MyUnicornLife

The Brightest Pops of Color on Instagram

 

#ABMLifeisColorful

This breath of fresh air was created by the ladies behind A Beatuiful Mess.

#ABMLifeisBeautiful

By A Beautiful Mess

 

#LiveAuthentic

There is an Americana vibe here, full of crafters, makers, coffee drinkers and nature lovers. This tag was started by Folk Magazine and it’s pretty heavy on adventure and an aesthetic that harkens back to a simpler time. Follow this collection for travel ideas, getting crafty or finding inspiration in nature!

#LiveAuthentic

By FolkMagazine

 

#Flashes of Delight

On this feed, you’ll find another approach to styling, from foodie shots to outfits to motivational words. This particular feed was drummed up by the folks behind the Glitter Guide, and if you are lucky – they may even choose your photo to publish on their site!

#FlashesofDelight

From the Folks at the Glitter Guide

 

For more favs, here is my go to list of collections I enjoy! I’d love to hear about your favorites, and I’d love to keep my list fresh! Holler back with your tips!
#liveauthentic #thatsdarling #myunicornlife#ABMLifeIsColorful #flashesofdelight #lovehgtv #darlingweekend #ABMlittlethings #mytinyatlas #livethelittlethings #thehappynow #dshappy #dscolor #mydomaine #sodomino #ihavethisthingwithfloors

From our Phones

We just text and email back and forth in photos to talk out ideas and products and rooms and what we’re doing with our day in the way of home decor. It looks something like this lately.

I was really set on a pool blue for pocket door at Bennett kitchen but then I saw my coffee cup sitting on the counter

Sarah was really set on a pool blue for pocket door at Bennett kitchen but then she saw her coffee cup sitting on the counter

Here's some stuff I'm into lately

Here’s some stuff we’re into lately, if you aren’t in on that New Bohemians book yet, get it girl.

Lovely seashells spotted at the flea market

Lovely seashells spotted at the flea market. Sarah’s adding them to her wanty list, her wist…. She’s coveting.

In case you didn't know.... Heffe got Betsy this shirt to mock her.

In case you didn’t know…. Heffe got Betsy this shirt to mock her.

A lot of our friends seemed to dig this Dandelion paperweight the most!

A lot of our friends seemed to dig this Dandelion paperweight the most!

Sarah and Betsy discovered these chairs at Design Archives in Greensboro about 15 years ago. Sarah refurbed them and they still look great.

Sarah discovered these chairs at Design Archives in Greensboro about 15 years ago. She has since refurbed them and they still look great.

Betsy really went for it with the tie-dye sofa idea.

Betsy really went for it with the tie-dye sofa idea.

I spy a sweet vignette at Sarah's house

I spy a sweet vignette at Sarah’s house

DC has to be one of the luckiest little girls to have such a pretty bed in her room at Sarah's house.

DC has to be one of the luckiest little girls to have such a pretty bed in her room at Sarah’s house.

We fell for Studio Collective, the SoCal design trio behind SweetFin Poke, a yummy lunch spot in Santa Monica.

We fell for Studio Collective, the SoCal design trio behind SweetFin Poke, a yummy lunch spot in Santa Monica.

Sarah's Family stack up in the booth after dinner for maximum cutie time.

Sarah’s Family stack up in the booth after dinner for maximum cutie time.

Happy Thursday y’all.

Follow Sarah on Instagram here, and Betsy on Instagram here.

Thrift store dining table base at the #heffehouse

This is what is happening with that thrift store dining table base at the #heffehouse. Feel free to comment on the light fixture and see if you can convince dude that its not “so ugly it’s cool.” by betsymoyer

Grout Cottage: Bathroom Choices

Look what came in the mail, snowflake tile for the Grout Cottage.
I ordered this because I’m about to do this,
snowflake tile MG + BW
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams house in NC
snowflake tile
only in a bathroom sort of way with a painted vanity.
Right now I’ve got my eye on Benjamin Moore’s Stratton Blue or Brewster Gray. They look totally different in the actual bathroom of the Grout Cottage but you get the idea.
stratton blue
brewster gray
images via Pinterest

Vintage Office Chair Redo

Do you recall that $10 vintage office chair I bought last summer at my favorite local thrift store? Here it is, basically left outside with a future in dumpsters.

vintage-office-chair
I decided on a simple and affordable small black and white stripe from Premier Prints because my thrift chair needed a lot of work at the upholstery shop. And voila this is how it turned out,
office chair
office chair2

Babies and Birthdays

My sweet little Laney turned one over the weekend. We started the day off right,

Getting setup for the party, a year in review. Doubling as decoration and party favor, we let the guests take home any pictures they wanted.

Not too long ago we started with this,

and like most parents we feel like time has flown by and now we have a wonderful one year old with a great sense of humor that is oh so close to walking…any day now.

have you seen this cake on Pinterest? A local bakery, The Bakehouse recreated the cake for us.

Life is so much sweeter because of you.

Heffe House loves its Flokati

My Heffe House choices steer as far away from HOT PINK, CITRUS YELLOW, SONIC PLUM PURPLE as one could imagine. I know – travesty. Or perhaps I’m leaning more towards pull than pushin the Heffe House Push and Pull. It’s a necessity though, b/c as we’ve discussed before – color is at the crux of our difference when decorating with the dude.
But look how cozy that picture is. Don’t you wanna curl up right there in that sunny spot? Maggie does it all day long.
At any rate, I’m happy with my two new and quite safe rug choices. Where I might have previously been saving my duckets or plotting a DIY for a medallion/morroccan flat weave in the colorway aforementioned or if I lived alone, perhaps a bold floral from Anthropologie. I instead went practical and affordable with Flokati for the den, and a grass knot braid somethin or other in the living room. The living room is now patiently considering an additional layer. We’ll see how much I can waffle over that for the next few months.

There’s a lot more to share. Design blogging when you are NOT a designer, is hard on your confidence and schedule – but we’ve been at this since 2008 and can’t quit now.