African Textiles in Your House

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Mud Cloth & Indigo take stage

Are you hip to this must have home decor trend?

You may have noticed the bright blues of indigo and the tribal patterns of black and white mud cloth sneaking into all of your most recent fav home tours. These patterns are doing heavy duty in the Bohemian Home Decor scene right now.

We believe these african textiles are equally at home when at play in the modern farmhouse, early twentieth century cottage and even in your classic east coast traditional. So if you aren’t living in the land of Sunny Southern California with washed out white walls, don’t let it stop you from getting the look in your space!

Our vintage African textiles and pillows add a layer of global boho appeal and classic indigo in any atmosphere. They are soft, faded and familiar like you’ve had them for ages, bringing a depth to your room.

Not sure how to incorporate it in to your home, let us illustrate!


amber interiors blue stripe pillow

Mix our Dreamboat Annie pillow, a soft, indigo and denim blue stripe in with a vibrant kilim, like Amber of Amber Interior Design.

TEOT dreamboat annie stripe pillow


coastal living indigo pillowsvia Coastal Living

Our Mendel pillow is a variation of the accent pillows like these, perfectly at home in a coastal setting with traditional shiplap walls.

TEOT Mendel pillow


african indigo pillows sofa


Layer the indigo on as shown above with TEOT’s versatile solid indigo pillow,

TEOT solid indigo pillow

and while you’re mixing & layering, you’ve got to include everyone’s fave, one of our indigo throws.

TEOT solid indigo throw


furbish suzani & african throwvia I Suwannee

Proof of the mix, African indigo gets draped on the headboard for a quick style change & we agree with Jamie, it combines nicely with shibori and a suzani.

TEOT African throw

white mud cloth bed

Such a fantastic look and simple accent, white mudcloth lumbars on the bed.

TEOT white mudcloth pillow




Something Green

succulent planter the estate of things


This combo yields something like this,

succulents coffee table

Agave is Desert Diamond from the always amazing Plants Delight (order online) and the vintage planter is from our shop.


It’s time to start thinking about where everyone is going to sleep and turning the room where you’ve been opening the door and just throwing stuff in, in to a real place where people could sleep. Once at the accessory level, I’d suggest this little guy,

etsy carafe

Saturday at the Flea

Sometimes the flea market is overflowing with great things, sometimes its a bit scant– we all know this. Here are a few notable things from our trip to the flea market at the NC Fair Grounds in Raleigh.

I’ve been to Carol Patterson’s booth at the Raleigh flea twice and both times I’ve been tempted. Carol has an eclectic mix and I like that. Carol has four spaces at the Granddaddy’s Antiques Mall in Burlington, NC if you’re ever around. Granddaddy’s says they are the “Largest in the Carolinas”, two acres of treasure. These are Carol’s pieces at the flea,

Oh, this color blue would draw anyone in to the booth, there was actually a low dresser available to match this one,

flea blue dresser

The rug is from 1960s Vietnam. The colors were vivid and it looked perfect displayed over the blue dresser.

flea vietnam rug

The industrial look still rules and there were some good stools there but no mates in sight,


flea stool


flea red stool

The only interesting pair I saw at the flea,

flea sheepdog




A Chairish Chair Challenge

Decorating tips for accent chairs a chairish challenge by the estate of things

We love a lot of layer and texture in our homes. Adding a vintage piece as an accent chair is a great trick to achieve this. It creates warmth, depth and interest to an overall room scheme. If you are seeking a casual and eclectic aesthetic, one thing to keep in mind is the mix! This maximalist approach requires mastering a combination of complimentary colors, textures and styles from multiple eras. You don’t want to lean too mid-century by placing all large pieces from the same era into one room, but a vintage accent piece is a step in the right direction!

Practice mixing up eras and styles by selecting a traditional if not timeless anchor in your sofa, then layer on a more brilliant selection with your side chairs and accessories. Don’t forget to pull in some organic textures by selecting woods and grasses, and you don’t have to shy away from color either. If it feels overwhelming, just have a look at how we’ve done it here, as each of us were challenged to design around a Chairish accent chair.

Sarah says:

I don’t live in CA but I love a SoCal look that is modern, bohemian, eclectic and laid back. Achieving SoCal cool is my objective here.

Chairish Room

Sources: Jaxon Sofa I Chairish Accent Chair I Table Lamp I Flower photograph I Accent Table I Coffee Table I Mirror I Seagrass Cube
Block print pillow I Striped pillow I Mudcloth pillow I Rug I  Floor Lamp I Chair I Abstract Painting

Betsy says:

If taking advice from Billy Baldwin, which we all should, his suggestion is that your large pieces of furniture sit quietly permanent, while your floating chairs are free to be brilliant. With this design board, I took the nod, (well – assuming that a light pink sofa is “quietly permanent”) and I paired it with some candy colored accessories. The overall on-trend indigo theme keeps the looked pulled together, and all of that colorful garnish gives off an eclectic warmth. Using a disciplined color palette creates a cohesive design while mixing pieces and patterns that span time and culture.

The Estate of Things Chairish Chair Challenge pick by Betsy

Sources: Chairish Accent Chair  I  Embroidered Pouf  I  Kilim Cubes  I  Macrame Wall Hanging  I
Over-dyed Rug  I  Custom Sofa by Jaxon Home  I   Grass Rug  I  Safavieh Lamp  I  Selamat Coffee Table  I  Light Fixture  I  Indigo Pillows



At the flea

I went to the flea market in Raleigh this past weekend and thought I’d share,

This antique dresser makes an excellent bath vanity, marble already on top.

flea antique chest

Set of three mid century upholstered chairs, with chrome and teak arms. Made in High Point, NC

flea chrome chair

Cool rope daybed, how about topped with a french cushion in a living room, library, bedroom

flea daybed_opt

mod green swivel chairs,

flea modern green chairs

shoulda bought this, my immediate instinct was in a little boys room, I’m thinking a striped duvet and mount this striking scene on dark walls

flea mountain painting

I met this guy in my stroll around. His name is Titus and he is enormous, two year old Great Pyrenees/lab mix. His Mom & Dad rescued him in Missouri but we have a Great Pyrenees rescue right here in NC. You probably have one in your state too.

flea Titus dog

a sea of chairs,

flea sea of chairs

Again shoulda bought this little slice of folk art,

flea map_opt


flea map2_opt

vintage shave kit, very smart on display in a bath

flea shave kit


Creepin’ on Craigslist

Southern California continues to impress itself into my heart and as it is becoming more and more my home, it’s moments like these where I’m grateful we found one another.

It’s not a rare occasion that one might hop over to Craigslist and be totally bowled over with awesomeness.

My home is full to the brim and the dude and I just signed on for another two year lease, so we won’t be looking to fill any space soon. So, I have nothing else to do with my finds other than to share them with you, and plead that you please buy them and then tell me all about what it is like to live with the following.

Campaign Studio bedYou probably don’t need me to tell you this, but this is two pieces of a dream. I can picture this swathed in pillows of textiles from all over the globe, starting first with a big fat french mattress on top. It shall sit upon a grouping of layered kilim and bright leafy green plants will shower their vines above it while the warm California sun pours through the window onto perfectly white walls. Ugh, seriously. I’m tempted to get them even though I’m fresh out of space. I can use them as a platform bed under our king, just to store them away until we have the room. Lord knows, I could use the extra storage.


So, you may or may not think much of the Franco Albini ottoman for $195. It’s a pretty good price for this classic piece. Sarah hyped them to us them here. Alongside the chair for $35, I’ll take it!

Red Velvet sofaNow, there is also yellow version for the more practical of you, with deeper pockets – but I died over the pink. So, I just showed this couch to Heffe. Incredibly his response was that we need a bigger house. Then we went on to discuss the man-cave, and we talked about how I know that he’d never agree to live with this pink velvet fringe couch in the main living area no matter how much bigger of a house we get — and so if dudes get a man cave, where is the girl cave? That’s sexist. I protest. I want a girl cave… and I want to decorate it just like I Dream of Jeannie. I’ll start with that $400 investment.

English Roll armThis may not look like much due to the poor photography… but it’s a whole couch for $300 which I think is a steal for a sofa and the english roll arm is such a classic shape that is really having a moment right now. How could you go wrong? If I was just starting out in LA like the poor girl that I was both times that I just started out in LA, I’d snatch this thing up and toss some casters onto the feet. If it’s worth anything in its frame (and it sounds like it could go either way in the description), you can have it recovered once you get your LA legs!

chandelierThis dude is making these custom to your order for $300. I’m not sure I’d actually pull the trigger on it, but I coudn’t help myself when it comes to dreaming. In a parallel universe, I’d hit him up and hang this over the bed.

chrome credenzaOkay, lastly, and then I’ll quit torturing myself with unrequited love, this chrome credenza is a mere $115 and I promise you that it will make a statement in the right room. If you need to move with the trends then you might wish it was brass or, I hear copper is on the up and up. But perhaps some of you dudes out there are still stuck on that classic atomic aesthetic and chrome gets you excited. Me personally, I like to mix a lot of different eras together, and I think that a little piece like this could be warmed up with a little styling. It’d look good with a little bar action.

That’s it! Dreaming officially over!





A Comparison

My Mom bought this vintage mirror for $130 not long ago. It’s hanging in the guest room temporarily.



I urged her to buy it because I envisioned something like this,

mirror cut corners2

Turns out in addition to being good looking, it was also a good deal when compared to this one for $348-

mirrors cut corner

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