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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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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Sarah executed an Elvis’ “Blue Christmas” theme, as each room’s design was inspired by a holiday tune.
While the traditional bones of this old literary manor are hard not to succumb too, the peach and blue color combo are reading rad trad, and rad trad is how ladies like to do things in the South.
If you are a SoPi local, enjoy this peek and we hope you can make it over to the Weymouth Christmas Open House. Be sure to scope the gift shop scene and see if you can spy the Shop TEOT goodies on hand!
Feels good to be in the holiday spirit right y’all?