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Streaming on Sofas

Did you know that “NetflixandChill” is a code phrase in the online dating world? Ah, the things we miss out on being all coupled up in 2016.

But, whether you are on Tinder or not, don’t we all love a good night in with a cuddle on the couch and some marathon TV, you know for the actual purposes of devouring your latest TV thrill?

Turns out, we at TEOT have a fascination with the darker side of the drama spectrum. To lighten things up a bit, we’ve paired our juiciest marathon obsessions with an equally intriguing sofa, for a combo worthy of its own meme.

When it’s time to binge watch, we whole-heartedly endorse these streaming and sofa combos.

 

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Making a MurdererRestoration Hardware’s Belgian Classic Slope Arm

You basically have a civic or really a human duty to watch the 10 episode documentary series on Netflix called Making a Murderer. It’s a documentary deep dive into a murder mystery the likes of our favorite podcast SERIAL. Has the justice system failed an innocent citizen? Is there a vast government conspiracy at work? Sink into the luxe depth of the Classic Slope Arm and try to keep up with the details.

 

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The FX series based on the Cohen Brothers film of the same name is Billy Bob with creepy bangs, its a classic Cohen, “take no prisoners,” split-screen delight with a great soundtrack. If you like dark comedy, you may agree that this series was the best thing on TV all year. We’ll take it stretched out on the midcentury lines of the Braxton of course.

 

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The Returned + The Willoughby

(the French version, you gotta watch the original French version available on Sundance & Amazon)
It’s a slow horror series with a look at humanity through the kind of dark lens that only the European can hold up. Encroaching waters threaten a small lakeside town, haunted with the supernatural return of formerly deceased loved ones and the leftover anguish from serial murderer. You need a deep, dark lived in velvet sofa with classic lines to envelop you and cradle you throught this rocking cerebreal horror. We think Anthropologie’s classic roll arm sofa in Forest Green will do.

 

 

 

 

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Through my Dad’s lens

My Dad is an inspiring person. He’s creative, musical, loving, sensitive, optimistic–sometimes to a fault, silly, good-hearted, strong willed and principled, always principled. I’m celebrating him today, not because it’s his birthday and obviously its not Father’s Day but because I can. Because simply…I love him.

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My Dad took up photography for a while about the same time he took up furniture building and not long after he’d given up trying to be a drummer in a rock and roll band. He was better at furniture and drumming but his short-lived hobby with the camera left him and the rest of us good visual memories.

He photographed some of his romps around North Carolina in the mid to late 1970s and his transition in to married life with my Mom shortly before 1980 rolls around. These are some of those images that my Dad took with his Minolta in the 1970s, mostly in rural North Carolina. We converted all of these from slides in to digital format and we found some real gems. To me, this is art, maybe you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.

Imagine some of these enlarged.

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dad tobacco field

 

 

dad friend quarry

 

vintage battleship

 

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Annual Old Time Fiddler’s Convention,

 

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I always make a top hat part of my festival wardrobe…

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harmonizing,

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Let’s camp here,

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quarry

 

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wedding

 

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my Mom and their new puppy…Rosie

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Notice the magazine on the couch,

Dad sofa

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Our Most Popular Pins

We are always so honored to see our work on your Pinterest boards. It gives us a thrill each and every time. So, we thought we’d take a little look into the most popular pins from TEOT projects that you guys have saved on Pinterest.

You can follow Sarah here and Betsy right here on Pinterest.

 

I love a nook, you love a nook and we all love it when you take an awkward and unused space in an old house and turn it in to something functional and cool like this cabinet in the May bath renovation.May nook

One of the things you love to pin the most is the right neutral paint colors, so we did this little roundup and you liked it, you really liked it…

Best Neutral Paint

 

I think you guys were in agreement with my color palette on the interior of the Indiana renovation!

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Continued interest in paint color choices takes us to the exterior of the Indiana renovation. You loved the bold blue and yellow combination. Funny story here…I painted that house three times to get it right.

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Additionally, we pondered, “what is the perfect light grey?” This is one of life’s great mysteries and it looks like you all are trying to answer it too

Master Bedroom Paint

These shaker style kitchen cabinets are our favorite and yours too. You guys pinned this cabinet closeup from the Indiana project.

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We’re always on the lookout for affordable and classic floor tile, and this floor from the May bath renovation is inspiring,

May bath tile

In my own previous house (the Connecticut house) I gave my hallway a quick spiff up with Ben Moore’s Wickham Gray paint and a new hurricane fixture from Shades of Light. Here it is.

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I am not much of a DIY-er but when I shared my DIY necklace rack it looks like you’re put it on your list of things to attempt too.

DIY necklace rack

 

Choosing the exterior paint colors for the Grout Cottage total renovation was a success and you’re storing it away for future reference,

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And lastly, my Mom’s “Desert Diamond” agave from Plants Delight in it’s second season is a huge hit,

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Renovation Trends: Hex Tile

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By now you’ve probably noticed hexagonal tile appearing in bathrooms and kitchens galore, here are 7 examples of  some of our favorite hexagon tile applications.

Marble hex lives happily ever after with a modern floating vanity,

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I love simple shower accent walls that look good for a lifetime. This can be pulled off with some hex, a white pencil and some 4×4 tiles.

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The snowflake hex tile and Benjamin Moore Stratton Blue vanity made for an interesting combo in Sarah’s Grout Cottage renovation,

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Hex with a classic border with a lime green wall sink for a twist.

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We can still tile kitchen floors just maybe not in 12×12 squares if we can avoid it. This European kitchen is tiled in large hex tiles.

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A classic bathroom clad in a greek key border and hexagonal floor tile.

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Small marble hexagonal tiles are great for recessed shower niches,

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For the bonus round and a slight change in shape, Sarah put affordable octagonal white tile paired with a light grey grout in the May bath renovation. Such a clean and timeless look!

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Weekend

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Here’s hoping that you’re taking a drive with your squeeze this summer weekend.

Betsy shall return soon from the UK and return to blogger town, home from rockstar town. We’ll be dropping the reveal on the Bennett kitchen renovation soon, which I’m fairly sure you’re gonna love. If you follow us on Instagram you saw a little teaser. Hasta Luego.

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Mi Favorito

Sometimes the style of spaces that I love is so varied and other times consistent. Do you often see trends in the interiors that inspire you? Do you try to identify them?

This is what I’m loving on now.

Josef Frank fabric

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I like purple and indigo together in my art

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I dream of putting l-shaped additions on to traditional ranches,

 

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cocktails with St. Germaine Elderflower

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I think about work spaces in the home that are both masculine and artful

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anytime someone wants to mix heavy wood with white and then toss in a Serge Mouille count me in

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