The Estate of Things

Life is Looking Like…

by Betsy Moyer on January 24, 2014, 2 comments

I need to purge some rando files from my desktop — and step away. Starting with these self portraits. I was vogueing in the den all by myself. I wanted a clean and crisp portrait for my social profiles and I’m learning my new camera. The dude walked in at one point and I tried to pretend that I wasn’t indulging in my own image. Does anyone else have a complicated relationship with the selfie?


This popped up for FREE on Craigslist. My friend Patrick hit me up to ask me about my experience with re-upholstery. I got so excited for him to own this piece of furniture. He said he’d found it within one hour of it’s post time stamp, but someone else got it. Dang. I was hoping it’d be the before shot for a really fun project!

Patricks Craig Score Before and After

I grabbed some coordinating blue and white fabric to match my existing pillow efforts. This could be our future. I forgot to add the vintage indigo batik hmong pillow that I recently sewed up, but it fits nicely.

Blue and White Pillows

This coordinating pillow effort was also a result of the fact that Sarah wants me to chill out with all the color I have going on and establish some order. She’s not wrong, but you know it’s hard for me as a color lover… I’ve always loved a haphazard mess of happy jewel tones. I don’t hear anyone calling me the master of the mix though — so I’m hanging it up and seeking professional help.

Get To Know HomePolish

It’s for realdo. I sought the sage advice of a professional that gets PAID for interior design. More to come, once I can catch my breath and really think about how my in home consultation went! I definitely LOVED my designer dude Matt Merrell, and I’m afraid I didn’t let him talk enough, so now I need to bone up some mo’ cash for more of his time.

Additionally, I’ve mentioned that I’ve been doing some work with Jaxon Home, and it’s been realllly fun. Some days it looks something like this… That is Patterson literally combing the fabric for it’s pristine product shot. Intrigued!? I’m slinging sofas now. GO SHOP!  Behind the Scenes at Jaxon Home





by Sarah on June 21, 2011, 2 comments

My husband and I agreed that we would focus on one room and work there until we felt like it was as complete as possible. The living room won the prize.

So a couple of weeks ago, Dan was sitting on the couch and he said “you realize that everything in this room is some shade of brown or white” The answer was yes, I was well aware of that and I had yet to really begin the decorating process in there.

Because I’m sort of overstimulated everyday on the internet when it comes to pattern and fabric I find it hard to settle on throw pillows for my own space. I decided to buckle down and start searching and considering what I really loved in what I saw each day around the web and tucked away in my inspiration file.

I had been admiring vintage embroidered suzanis on Etsy and Ebay for a while and finally decided that I wanted to incorporate one of those on the sofa. Something like these,

vintage suzani pillow cover sukan

vintage suzani pillow cover 2 sukan


I always feel like I’m attracted to a simple stripe, so I’d probably put two striped pillows on the sofa along with the vintage suzani pillow,

essex linen stripe Buy Fabrics

Buy Fabrics

naturals woven fabric stripe LS Fabrics

Lewis & Sheron

cadbury stripe fabric LS Fabrics

essential stripe LS Fabrics

and then I’d like to put these pillows already whipped up in a Robert Kime suzani fabric in each of the linen club chairs,

robert kime suzani pillow ebay

robert kime suzani pillow ebay2 

pillows here

I plan to acquire some vintage (rattan) arm chairs to sit at the pedestal table which kind of serves as a game/conversation table.  I envision these chairs to have upholstered seat cushions. Like this,

mary mcdonald red living room

I would most likely use a fabric with a small scale pattern like,

sister parish fabric via Designer's Attic

Sister Parish via The Designer’s Attic 

Peter Dunham fabric Cruz

Peter Dunham, Cruz



Good Turn Out

by Sarah on October 7, 2010, 4 comments

It has been over a year now since I took a sewing class. I made three throw pillows and hemmed a pair of pants. The last thing I did before the class ended was cut a piece of Schumacher’s Chenonceau (Fawn) in preparation to make a long rectangular pillow. I successfully cut it but thats where that project ended and the fabric has been stowed in my closet since then.

Schumacher Chenonceau fabric

As I was cleaning out my closet a few weeks ago I came across the fabric and decided that it was time to do something. So I took it to Renee’s Fabrics. They have tons of suzani and ikat prints coming in soon and they have the linen bird fabric that keeps popping everywhere like on Jamie’s ottoman.

Surprisingly Renee’s whipped up my pillow in one day. I think it looks great on the sofa!

Schumacher Chenonceau pillow

Oh and excuse the Petrie my dog ruined the upholstery, so much for that noise Crate & Barrel is making about stain resistance. I plan to have it covered in dark brown velvet one of these days.

This task was No. 32 on the Punch List.



by Sarah on June 15, 2010, 3 comments

A few weeks ago I went to a local furniture store called Plan B.  I spotted some pillows in the window and made a point to return the following day to purchase them.

The person watching the shop for the owner told me that the pillows were not for sale, they were to be sold with a settee. I was pretty frustrated but not defeated.

Flash forward–my Mom and I go back in to Plan B last week to check out the Astrid chairs they have in store for her bathroom, remember the chair in the bath post, if not you can read it here.

The pillows were still there. The owner was in. We ended up chatting with the owner for a bit about being design junkies and then he sold me the pillows…with a little convincing.

My Mom bought the Astrid chair for her bathroom and I put the pillows in my bedroom for now.

Caitlin Creer snapped a picture of my pillows at HD Buttercup in LA. Betsy used to live a bike ride away from that place, a must see for anyone into design!

the estate of things chooses caitlin creer interiors

Windsor Smith used a similar pattern in a different colorway in her fabulous LA home.  The pattern is part of Smith’s line, Riad.

the estate of things chooses windsor smith living room

the estate of things chooses riad fabric

The fabric alone retails for $63.20, I bought both of the pillows for $125.00.  I’ll definitely be visiting Plan B more in the future and I’ll be sure to take photos.

For now the pillows will call our bed home.

new pillows II

new pillows