The Estate of Things https://theestateofthings.com An Interior Design Blog Tue, 16 Jul 2019 13:40:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 34477010 The Aframe is Complete https://theestateofthings.com/2019/07/the-aframe-is-complete/ https://theestateofthings.com/2019/07/the-aframe-is-complete/#respond Tue, 16 Jul 2019 13:40:09 +0000 http://theestateofthings.com/?p=196942 After a seven month renovation, the Aframe is done! What does everyone love about renovations… before and afters so let’s compare. We replaced and added new windows and doors on the front to expand the view of Thagard Lake across...

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After a seven month renovation, the Aframe is done! What does everyone love about renovations… before and afters so let’s compare.

Before
After
After

We replaced and added new windows and doors on the front to expand the view of Thagard Lake across the street. We rebuilt the deck out of necessity and custom built the modern deck railing. We accented the “A” with a cedar board and topped the whole place off with a sleeker and more modern black metal roof.

The odd covered side entry before
Side entry after

We removed the odd covered entry on the side to reveal the brick chimney and the built-in grill and really to make things make more sense there architecturally. We added an awning to shield from the rain and weather when entering at the side.

Side of the house, Before
Dormer Addition

OK so it’s not exactly the same angle in the “before” but you can see that the dormer was not originally there. The addition of the dormer was the biggest change to both the interior and exterior. It added head space to the stairwell so that an adult could walk up the stairs and not hit their head on the ceiling. It added valuable floor space to the master bedroom. It created a space where more windows could be added and more light could filter through the house, views are expanded and dimension is added.

Kitchen/Dining Before
Kitchen/Dining after

We pushed the walls open a little more downstairs and eliminated the center column. We installed a load-bearing beam and poured additional concrete piers down below to carry all the load.

I never miss an opportunity for a built-in, especially when it’s triangular! We didn’t want to leave wall space in the dining area unused, so a built-in was installed.

We loved the custom oak shelving from our previous shop space and definitely wanted to order again.

Kitchen Shelf Details

 

Living Room After
Fireplace Before
Fireplace After

New sconces, plus a simple oak mantle and the removal of a dated fire screen and the look is new!

Another look at that, cause it looks so nice.

You may recall from a previous post that we installed our deck railing with a conduit pipe. We took that railing design inside as well. We love the warmth of the wood newel posts alongside the modern metal railing in this bright, clean space.

Lastly, we’ll have a look at the bathroom updates. 

We chose a Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray for a vanity refresh and added new hardware. New modern black faucets and a black farmhouse mirror and a new coat on the walls of Benjamin Moore White Dove and the master bath is looking good again.

We installed a charcoal grey hexagonal floor tile on the floor and tiled the shower surround with a classic white subway tile.

Fresh coat of paint on the wall, a new vanity, faucet and fixtures.

So, that’s a wrap on the Aframe renovation. Thanks to our friend and photographer, Rachel Garrison, for capturing the Aframe space in all it’s glory.

As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts!


 
 
 
 
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The Modern Planter at SHOP TEOT https://theestateofthings.com/2019/05/the-modern-planter-at-shop-teot/ Tue, 21 May 2019 10:00:46 +0000 https://theestateofthings.com/?p=403487 Oh boy, do we have a special announcement for our local friends in Southern Pines, and it’s something special for our National online audience as well! The Modern Planter is now a Pop-up vendor at SHOP TEOT and you can...

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Oh boy, do we have a special announcement for our local friends in Southern Pines, and it’s something special for our National online audience as well!

The Modern Planter is now a Pop-up vendor at SHOP TEOT and you can buy your plant babies online too!

If SHOP TEOT is all about helping you to round out the mix in your home, (which it is) then The Modern Planter is the perfect addition to our shelves…

because the houseplant craze is at its peak!

So many of our friends and follows are “plantlady” obsessed and we totally know why. The benefits of bringing plants into the home are countless.

They clean your air eliminating harmful toxins, they add sculptural interest, they are known to enhance your mood, they help you sleep better, and best of all they give you an excuse to buy pretty planters for display!

The Modern Planter is the love labor of our very own Courtney Eury, Sarah’s sister-in-law.

Sarah’s mother is a green-thumb from way back. Sarah spent her childhood growing up in the greenhouses that her mother tended. A plant wholesaler, her mom was her own boss babe for decades.

At The Estate of Things, Sarah and I have often talked ourselves down from the lofty fantasy of growing into a full blown garden shop, complete with greenhouse in a back alley. It has been a dreamy goal since day one.

Last Spring we finally dipped our toes in and brought a boatload of plants into the shop for sale, putting us on the map as a local resource for houseplants. It was a successful experiment and one that we wanted to build upon for the future!

So, this Spring, we are SO THRILLED to be bringing in an entire vendor display with Courtney’s new labor of love, The Modern Planter.

No doubt Courtney has been bitten by the same bug that Sarah and her mother have. Rattling off exotic tropical plant names as we zipped down neighborhood streets on a visit to LA from NC was one of my favorite days that I have ever spent with Sarah’s mom!

Courtney has been doing a fantastic job of collecting and propagating and sharing her passion for the#plantlife. Follow her on Instagram for a steady flow of plant care tips and take a look at the babies she’s raising that are likely to land on SHOP TEOT shelves soon. Find her at @the_modern_planter on Instagram.

Meanwhile, come see us at the shop, or at shopteot.com for a whole variety of plants that you can easily pair with a TEOT planter. You’ll walk away with a new friend with a care card so that you can keep them happy in your home!


 
 
 
 
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Take Note: Forsythia https://theestateofthings.com/2019/05/take-note-forsythia/ Fri, 17 May 2019 11:00:23 +0000 http://theestateofthings.com/?p=252951 I have been seeing a vessel full of dramatically vibrant yellow flowering branches here and there lately and let me tell you, it gives a whole new appreciation for the old straggly Forsythia bush. So very common in the South,...

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I have been seeing a vessel full of dramatically vibrant yellow flowering branches here and there lately and let me tell you, it gives a whole new appreciation for the old straggly Forsythia bush.

So very common in the South, almost all Spring homes boast a vibrant yellow bush of early bloomers in the side yard. An easy opportunity to pick and arrange this suddenly posh plant, just prune and put in a pot in your room.

Have a looksee below and let us know if you will be grabbing your garden shears and creeping into your Springtime yard to snag an armload.

Design by Kevin Dumais
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WOW! via David Stark for a Grammies party!
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A Bittersweet Mother’s Day https://theestateofthings.com/2019/05/a-bittersweet-mothers-day/ https://theestateofthings.com/2019/05/a-bittersweet-mothers-day/#comments Sun, 12 May 2019 17:37:23 +0000 http://theestateofthings.com/?p=402464 Hello… from the depths of my heart, hello. This is Betsy and today, Mother’s Day, I’m coming at you on this rarely attended Home Decor blog that Sarah and I started over a decade ago to air my own life’s...

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My mom and a baby Betsy, 1981.

Hello…

from the depths of my heart, hello.

This is Betsy and today, Mother’s Day, I’m coming at you on this rarely attended Home Decor blog that Sarah and I started over a decade ago to air my own life’s greatest grievance and celebrate my own life’s greatest achievement. All has occurred in this past year and on the topic of this sweet holiday.

My mom had an easy love for her 11 grandchildren. She looks at them all with such love and true joy.

It is my first mother’s day as a mom to my 9 month baby Julianna. It is my first mother’s days without my own mom. We lost her on March 22.

Sarah and I have always loved to pull together a nice little something for mother’s day for the blog and of course the shop. This past year I haven’t been particularly good at pulling together a nice little anything for anything, but especially this blog. So I realize I’m still prefacing, but its because its hard to jump into this well of emotion. It’s deep and frankly I haven’t truly faced it myself on my own. This stupid blog post might be my moment.

Julianna Joy, born on Sarah’s birthday July 16. Easy and not at all what I had prepared for.

On paper, to think this is my first mother’s day as a mom… is big. It’s huge on its own. My little JJ baby is weaning, she is growing, she is starting to stand and climb into everything and before I know it she will be walking without my hands holding her and it all goes so fast.

She pulled herself up onto her feet for the first time using the hospital bed that hospice brought into the living room of the home where I stood for the first time myself.

For a good while, nothing really mattered except this

Everyone stands for a first time. Everyone talks and walks and it’s really no big deal… except to your mom. It’s a HUGE DEAL TO YOUR MOM. In the biggest developmental months of my child’s first year, I experienced her many firsts apart from her sweet Daddy, and in the presence of my own Mom. She rolled over, each direction, she got up on all fours, she crawled, she took her first assisted steps and she pulled herself to standing, she did all of this to the joy of my dying mama.

My mom is gone now and all the rest of JJ’s firsts will be navigated without the helpful hand of my mom. This terrifies me and it’s so deeply sad that I don’t think I’ve actually swallowed it yet. It’s still in my mouth, and the taste is awful and I can’t commit to its truth.

My sweet mama looking over a brand new JJ in our mid-renovation Mountain House.

Only recently I was lamenting to my mother-in-law, my recent epiphany… a real breakthrough for me and one that has given my days wings…  that motherhood/parenthood is perhaps nothing but a series of challenges to face down, with worry and a hope, for a healthy outcome; but only to be followed by the next day, by the next challenge. It’s an Ouroboros. (I linked it but basically, it’s the paradox that all the ends, renews). Each day, it is JJ that teaches me that she has this and I’m just the one worrying that I’m gonna mess it up somehow. But she CAN TAKE A SIPPY CUP. She can grow independent of our physical attachment, she can eat, drink, sleep and sustain without my direct involvement. And most heartbreakingly exciting of all, she can do this all whether or not I’m fretting over it. She is nature, and I’m just a wannabe that is actually an over-analytical lady, listening to every podcast, reading every article or downloading every ebook that I can find to overcome this month’s latest developmental challenge.

What is a mom to do?

Her first sass.

Now Ouroboros. What do I do with the part of me that needs my mama?

I wanted to be ready here, by this holiday, to have it all figured out and to know. But I don’t yet.

I talked to my mom almost daily on the phone, she was my confidant. One of my few close friends and almost the only person in the world that I trusted to love me without condition and to whom I allowed myself to indulge my whole self in completely for that reason. I admit I feel a slight bit guilty for that now…. Wishing I had a chance to know her a bit longer since becoming a mother myself, so that I could more fully recognize alongside her how powerful the mother/daughter relationship is and so that I might give her a bit more room to be HER in our relationship, and not just my mother. Isn’t it funny how we feel we own our mothers.

The newly appointed Hospice nurse encouraged us to take a photo in the moments I learned that we were going home with finite purpose. Cancer was taking over, and my mom had declared bravely that she was ready to go home, and let it.

This year, I might feel resentment when I read your social media captions. Your photo of you and your aging mom, your mom holding hands with your tween daughter, your mom watching gracefully, blissfully on your children as the group of you gather a plateful of Sunday brunch… you are probably having a mimosa you lucky friend. You other mamas may have cried as you nursed your last baby for the last time, or maybe you don’t even remember it, or maybe you celebrated it and then your plateful of challenges moved on. You look back at the phase that I’m in with a wistful gratitude. We will miss our babies forever. Maybe you are still looking forward to your time as a mama, maybe you are struggling with the ifs and whens? Whatever your plot, we will always need our mom to look to, alive or not, to help us close the gap on this hugely incomprehensible circle of life.

I wanted to have a coherent message pulled together for this holiday. I wanted to have better understood the grieving process. I wanted to have a message to share. I don’t yet. I’m not done grieving and I still don’t even know what it looks like from a step back.

JJ has such a sweet Nama here in California to help her (and me) navigate in my mom’s absence.

I do have friends still to thank, for support, for love. I have torn thoughts to explore. I have mad thrashes of emotion to expel, to purge.

Yet, I have found peace in my day to day, in my contentedness with my life, my home, my family and my role as a MOM.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you, whatever your circumstances, whatever your challenges. My heart is with all women on this very special holiday.


 
 
 
 
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Earthy Green and Pastels Palette https://theestateofthings.com/2019/03/earthy-green-and-pastels-palette/ Sun, 24 Mar 2019 01:27:54 +0000 http://theestateofthings.com/?p=277334 I like to wear these colors and see them in interiors. Its the joining or separate use of an earthy or natural green and blush pastels. Are you noticing this too?      And now a quick word from our sponsors!...

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I like to wear these colors and see them in interiors. Its the joining or separate use of an earthy or natural green and blush pastels. Are you noticing this too?


 
 
 
 
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An Extended Pop Up With Kataphora Boutique https://theestateofthings.com/2019/02/an-extended-pop-up-with-kataphora-boutique/ Wed, 27 Feb 2019 13:00:41 +0000 http://theestateofthings.com/?p=277325 There’s going to be a little change around our Southern Pines shop in March. TEOT is teaming up with local fav, Kataphora Boutique to bring a blended shopping experience to our local shoppers. We have hosted brief events with Kataphora...

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Kataphora Winter collection shoot at The Estate of Things
📷 BY RACHEL GARRISON PHOTOGRAPHY

There’s going to be a little change around our Southern Pines shop in March. TEOT is teaming up with local fav, Kataphora Boutique to bring a blended shopping experience to our local shoppers.

We have hosted brief events with Kataphora before and we’re pretty stoked now about sharing our space for an extended pop-up with shop owner, Jorden and the rest of the Kataphora team. Inviting Jorden and co. over means that you now get to stop in and outfit your home and outfit yourself with Kataphora’s fine selection of women’s clothing.

Bringing a combination of women’s apparel and housewares together into one space is something that currently isn’t present in our little downtown area in Southern Pines. But we are all enthusiastic about blended shop spaces and collectives.

Kataphora Winter collection shoot at The Estate of Things
📷 BY RACHEL GARRISON PHOTOGRAPHY

Kataphora joins the ShopTEOT party on Friday March 1st. What better time to unveil new spring collections!

Join us Friday for a mimosa, something delicious from Southern Whey and experience TEOT and Kataphora together!

Kataphora Winter collection shoot at The Estate of Things
📷 BY RACHEL GARRISON PHOTOGRAPHY

 
 
 
 
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White & Wood Kitchen Cabinets https://theestateofthings.com/2019/01/white-wood-kitchen-cabinets/ Wed, 16 Jan 2019 02:39:19 +0000 http://theestateofthings.com/?p=233830 First, it was white upper cabinets and gray lower cabinets. Then it was black and white, which I call the tuxedo look which tends to be a little more buttoned up – naturally. Then we all started going navy with...

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First, it was white upper cabinets and gray lower cabinets. Then it was black and white, which I call the tuxedo look which tends to be a little more buttoned up – naturally. Then we all started going navy with the island or the lower cabinets. Now we’ve all been getting after the blue/gray island or lower cabinets and we always seem to go lighter up top.

Here’s what I think is going to have a moment or a year in 2019, white upper cabinets and natural wood lower cabinets. House Beautiful’s kitchen of the month in the January issue is, you guessed it, white + wood.

Home Front Build

It’s the warmth for the cool, classic white kitchen. The combo is also very versatile, it swings to modern and very quickly can swing back to traditional.

You don’t really want me to explain this to you when we have great visual aides to do all the heavy lifting here.


 
 
 
 
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Gifting with TEOT https://theestateofthings.com/2018/12/gifting-with-teot/ Tue, 18 Dec 2018 13:00:47 +0000 http://theestateofthings.com/?p=196952 FINAL CHANCE FOR GIFTING Shop today and we’ll get these great gift items shipped out to you before Christmas. Must buy today, Dec 18 | Basket | Chunky Knit Pillow | Block Print Scarf | Throw Blanket || Reed Diffuser | Tea Drops Sampler | Mudcloth Pouch | Watercolor Pencils || Moroccan Tray | Indigo Pillow | Basket Tote || Dipped Storage Baskets | Bone Inlay Photo...

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FINAL CHANCE FOR GIFTING

Shop today and we’ll get these great gift items shipped out to you before Christmas. 
Must buy today, Dec 18

Basket | Chunky Knit Pillow | Block Print Scarf | Throw Blanket |
Reed Diffuser | Tea Drops Sampler | Mudcloth Pouch | Watercolor Pencils |
Moroccan Tray | Indigo Pillow | Basket Tote |
Dipped Storage Baskets | Bone Inlay Photo Frame | Moroccan Bowl
Baule Ikat Pillow | Marble Hex Coasters | Oak Salad Utensils | Candle



GIFT CARD is always a Good Idea! 

Looking for more great gift ideas?

CandlesHandbags & Jewelry

Throw BlanketsPretty Bowls & Trays

Paper Products and Art Sets


 
 
 
 
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Cali Chalet: Exterior Musings https://theestateofthings.com/2018/12/cali-chalet-exterior-musings/ Mon, 17 Dec 2018 13:00:30 +0000 http://theestateofthings.com/?p=49270 For the Cali Chalet, the design lover in me, immediately gets to work on the challenge of updating a 90’s contemporary house to suit our family’s personal style. Today, I’m taking a moment to share my thoughts on the exterior...

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For the Cali Chalet, the design lover in me, immediately gets to work on the challenge of updating a 90’s contemporary house to suit our family’s personal style.

Today, I’m taking a moment to share my thoughts on the exterior and I’d love to know what you think!

Here is a real picture of the real house.  The original bull-nose gable feature is a call out to the 1960’s Swiss influence in the area, but we all know this house was built in 1990.

I wasn’t terribly into this home when we first spied the listing. My heart wanted a 60s cabin, something a little bit more Mountainy. None of the midcentury cabins were working out though, as the market moves super fast in that fixer upper range.

Plus, once we visited, it was hard to deny the lifestyle features of this big ole dog eared Crestline home. It boasts a lot of extra space for hobbies, guests and holiday gatherings.

We debated the pros and cons, and in classic “dreams are free” fashion, I took to the sketchpad, brainstorming ways to evolve the front face for a more mountainy vibe.

For funsies, I drew up a new face for the home! 

I’m no architectural illustrator, bear with me.

My drawing evolved to include some decorative gable accents, added to newly straightened gables.

It’s fantasy hour, so I thought we should rework the arched windows into a wider grid that harkens more to the 60s era cabins that pepper the hills around this little lake town.

Doesn’t that all sound reasonable?

Dreams are Free!
But a little cash will get you a 3D rendering of your ideas to help illustrate the point. I tapped a 3D artist to help us envision the desired changes. 

The illustration isn’t perfect at all, but it was fun to see ideas come to life in a 3D rendering. 

We could optimize our view of the Pines.

This inspiration image illustrates the power we could achieve with a floor to ceiling window situation! 

In reality a whole new face of windows for the front is not in the cards, but the roof legit needs to be replaced and in that project lies an opportunity to straighten out the current hipped gable accents.

My dude sees the hipped gables as an architectural feature that speaks to the Swiss influences seen throughout the town (not incorrect). But, I see it as an undesirable design idea that a builder made in the 1990s, perhaps with that intention.

Potato. Potahto.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on those gables and if you think I should leave well enough alone, or do you think it is worth it to straighten them out since we’re up there replacing the roof anyway? 


 
 
 
 
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Grassy https://theestateofthings.com/2018/12/grassy/ Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000 http://theestateofthings.com/?p=159176 Grasses are everywhere. Showing up in arrangements, installations, events and straight up grass bouquets. The feathery plumage of the pampas grass is the preferred variety. I love it because it evocative of a feather, and it’s dried… meaning it will...

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Grasses are everywhere.

Showing up in arrangements, installations, events and straight up grass bouquets.

The feathery plumage of the pampas grass is the preferred variety. I love it because it evocative of a feather, and it’s dried… meaning it will last and last!

Let’s dig in.

Amber Interiors Shoppe

Amber Interiors Shoppe

via Anthro

Aframes & Grasses? Our worlds collide.
via Lonny
Mandy Moore did it in pink. What do you think about that?

And yea, Pink Pampas grass is a real thing, Though Betsy bought some seeds via Amazon and they never made it through customs. This plant is invasive so be warned before you go making it happen in your yard.


 
 
 
 
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