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Guest Bedroom Three Year Refresh

guest bedroom design

This post is going to be such a blast from the past for some of you! It was three whole years ago that I laid out some design plans for my guest bedroom and it was three years ago that I touched one detail in that bedroom (aside from stuffing it with random craft supplies and castaway furniture). The room was also home to all of our linens, towels, and extra bathroom supplies. It was a hodgepodge mess and here is the proof… The Before Pictures (eek!)

I had a grand plan for cleaning out the room, but there were so many moving parts. To get the room cleaned out, I needed to clear out all of my work and craft supplies, but I needed to move them into the office. As many of you will recall, the office closet held my clothes. So, just this year after Matt and I created a master bedroom closet space, I was finally able to move my clothes out of the office and therefore move the supplies out of the guest room (were you able to keep all of that straight?)

Now, the room is cleared out and cleaned up which is a starting point for a bigger redesign which will come soon enough, but right now, I’m really enjoying what a huge difference the small changes made to the room all without spending one penny.  Before it was dark and was an odd combination of colors.  It had all of my old college furniture (and still does) but the reconfiguration makes it a much brighter and refreshing place for a guest to spend a weekend.

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Keep Reading for tons more photos and renovation plans!  Continue Reading…

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Friday Faves 7.25

Friday Faves 7.25

ONE These celestial chambray napkins from Leif have me seeing stars (and that’s a good thing!) $44 for a set of four. TWO this gold turtle acts as sculptural art exclusively until you find out that it’s also a little box. $65 from CB2. THREE I’m smitten with these hand painted wallets and clutches from My A La Mode. This style is just $36! FOUR I’ve loved this studio style desk lamp from Target for a while.  They’d be adorable bedside tables and at just $30 each, they’re a steal! FIVE I stumbled across this campaign style desk at Land of Nod which isn’t totally a new design idea, but the shocking $399 price tag is!  We should all jump on this! SIX some good aqua milk glass votives are perfect for cool beachy nights. $24 each from Terrain.

 

Am I happy it’s Friday or what?  It’s been a bit of a rough week over here (hence the radio silence yesterday).  I’ve been working a freelance job the majority of the week in addition to my regular plethora of work and then had loads of Grandiflora orders (because of a recent REAL SIMPLE feature, which I’m still kind of freaking out about), so there has been lots of late night packing, shipping, and blogging.

This weekend, we’re having a garage sale!  I’m excited to unload some old stuff and make a few bones in the process. What are you up to this wonderful July weekend?

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Handwoven Outdoor Lanterns

handwoven outdoor lantern diy

Adding ambient lighting to the outdoors has always been a bit difficult for me.  Without running cords into the yard, we need candle light, but multiples of outdoor lanterns can get real pricey and require a trip to the store.  Most of the DIYs I do at home come about because I can’t be bothered to search around for what I want.  When I’m at the crossroads between laziness and frugality, I make things. These lanterns are just one such thing. I have bundles and bundles of twine sitting around, and loads of candles, so why not mix the two into a festive outdoor lantern?

handmade outdoor lantern

It took me about 20 minutes to make all three of these and now I have a bit of candlelight that illuminates the pathway to the backyard. You can see how simple this project is… it really only uses two supplies and a few knots.  Let’s show you how it’s made, shall we?  Continue Reading…

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Chunky Greek Salsa

greek salad recipe

Our garden is in full swing.  We have cucumbers coming out of our ears and the tomatoes are right around the corner from being an all-out tomato brigade.  I am certainly enjoying the situation, however, as I get to make one of my top favorite summer dishes.

I call it a ‘Greek Salsa’ because that is how I eat it – like a sauce on top of or mixed into just about everything. On top of a salad, mixed with some cous cous, as a side dish with kabobs, or just plain with pita.  It’s super versatile and wonderfully healthy.  What’s not to love?

greek salsa recipe greek salad chopped greek salad

The best part of this ‘salsa’ is that it marinates in it’s own juices and gets better and better as it sits.  I usually make a big batch and eat on it for 3-4 days during the week, having it a different way each day.  It’s the perfect summer solution to lunch (and an overflowing garden).

 

Enjoy, friends!

 

 

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Summer Styling Series: Coffee Table Styling

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Styling little spaces around my home is my release.  If you come over to my house at any given point, chances are, things aren’t how you last saw them.  I have trouble leaving any surface alone and am constantly redesigning vignettes, swapping around furniture or changing out art.  This is something I most definitely learned from my mother who used to move around furniture all of the time while I was growing up.  While I can’t really move around the layout of my rooms (they’re tiny enough to where things really are where they are), I’ve taken to creating and styling surfaces and walls all around the house.

My styling process is a little hard to describe, but readers have asked enough times for me to share that I knew I’d have to show you my mindset and thought process while styling different areas of my house.  I started the series out my talking through the types and varieties of items I typically choose when styling.  Check out this post for full details! What’s more, I also made a video (my first with voice over, so be kind!) to outline a shorted version of how I arrived at my end result.

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Don’t be afraid to get together a whole slew of accessories and swap them in and out until you like what you’ve got!  I never end up where I started when styling a surface, so be kind to yourself and give yourself some time to feel your way through the process.  If something isn’t quite right, but you can’t put your finger on what, then leave it for a few days and you’ll find yourself figuring out what looks and feels best to you.

Our next styling post (and video!) will be how to style a bedside table!  Subscribe to the House of Earnest channel to get the latest videos!

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Friday Faves 7.18

Friday Faves 7.18

ONE hand stamped ceramic bowls straight from Portugal and for a surprisingly low cost.  A set of four of these black and white beauties are just $32 from West Elm. TWO the only thing more cute than these dachshund bookends will be how they look in your house! They’re just $29 from Z Gallerie. THREE a pretty painted floral tray will take you from summer into fall and beyond. $34 from World market. FOUR need a hand with that? the Viv brushed gold wall hooks are a beautiful statement while being fiercely functional. $38 from Grandiflora. FIVE wine just tastes better when topped with a beautiful stopper.  These golden brass gem stoppers are just the right bit of glam. SIX I’ve always loved these crosshatch baskets! two sizes to choose from and loads of ways to use them starting at $15.

 

Happy Friday guys!  This week has gone by so fast for me.  I was kept super busy shooting a video for Monday (stay tuned!) and with several client meetings, a concert, and a couple dinners with friends. Whew! I’ll be taking the weekend to relax and maybe do a bit of window shopping at the mall just to get out from behind the desk a bit and see what’s new out there.

What is on your agenda this weekend?  Are you relaxing, or getting after something great?

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Three Things to do with a shower curtain ring

3 things to do with a shower curtain ring

Years ago, when I changed out my old plastic shower curtain rings for nicer, metal ones, I kept the rings knowing they’d come in handy for something.  Over the years, I’ve grabbed one here and there for different uses around the house with my favorite uses being these three – The hair elastic corraller, the quickie napkin ring, and the makeshift carabiner.

Each of these three things makes life a little easier and is a great use of something that would normally be thrown out.  Next time you change out your rings (or if you see a pack at the dollar store) grab a few and put them to work!

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p.s.  I’m posting a few times each month over on the Bali Blinds Blog (say that three times fast!) Catch my first post here!

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Pinning Lately

house 1 house 2 Untitled-1 I’ve had a little thing for pinning gorgeous home exteriors lately.  It’s got me inspired to actually start thinking about the style of the house we plan to build one day and I think I have a very, very clear cut style! Modern Farmhouse anyone? More of these farmhouse revivals here!  Have a happy (and inspiring) Wednesday, everyone!   Sources: 1 | 2 | 3

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How To Keep Your Hydrangeas from Wilting

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Tell me this hasn’t happened to you… You buy some gorgeous fresh hydrangeas only to have them wilt just hours after you get them into your favorite vase. It’s so frustrating! There are tons of ideas out there about how to pep them back up, and I’ve tried them all.  I have found that only one trick works for me and keeps working through the life of the flower.

how to prevent hydrangeas from drooping

I actually have one hydrangea stem that is three weeks old (the one from yesterday’s post, actually).  There is one big thing that most people do wrong which causes the wilting. Ready for it?

Don’t use scissors!  That is the first step.  Scissors actually crush the cells, pinching the bottom of the stem so that they can’t take up as much water. Stop using scissors to cut flowers and they’ll live double the time.

Secondly, and specifically for hydrangeas, you have to slice the stem at a very very aggressive angle. The white pith on the inside of the stem is what helps wick the water up the stem and into all of those tiny blooms.  Expose as much of the interior pith to the water as you can to help it ‘drink’ more.

how to cut a hydrangea stem

How to keep hydrangeas from wilting hydrangeas

After a few days, if you see them start to look a little wimpy, give them fresh water and a fresh angled cut.  I go from a tall vase to a lower and lower one as the stems get shorter throughout the weeks.

If you don’t have a floral knife, you can buy one cheap this is the one I have.  If you have a pocket knife of another sort, feel free to use that as well.  Just ensure the knife isn’t serrated.

So go!  Run to the nearest store and try this new trick!  I know you’ll love it!

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Sunday Brunch with Sangria Bar

sunday sangria bar

Everyone loves a good Sunday Funday, right? For me, there is something about a sunny sunday that makes me want to lounge around with friends and indulge a little.  Indulging a bit means letting the food and drink be easy, but good with a little help from the store. I’m a big fan of using bought items to ease the stress of a get together, especially one of this sort.

To create an easy, but still stunning fete, create one (all you need is one) focal point that creates a memorable and interactive feeling. Here, I’ve created a little sangria bar to be the main attraction.  Since we’re keeping things easy here, I used store-bought Yellow Tail Sangria and posted a handwritten sign encouraging everyone to try the sangria a few different ways!  Juices, sparkling water, fresh herbs, and champagne are all wonderful elements to mix and match, enabling each person to find their favorite way to enjoy a custom sangria.

Since sangria isn’t too heavy in alcohol, it can be enjoyed throughout the afternoon without a full hearty meal, but instead with a few brunch favorites to nibble on.

sangria brunch

easy bruch menu

I’m a big believer in serving just a few things and serving them in large amounts to people feel like they can really dig in.  I think that unless you’re having a potluck, there shouldn’t be a gazillion choices. Too many items increases the work you have to do and creates the same anxiety for guests as being in a restaurant with too big of a menu.

One big, savory quiche was the only thing I made at home, but I made it a big one!  All of the other treats were purchased, but presented on pretty platters and in abundant quantities.  Fresh fruit, bakery pastries, and a full cheese plate are enough to create a big meal for anyone.

sangria bar brunch

sangria party

sunday bruch with sangria

You should enjoy your own gathering!  Planning a quick, easy, but still polished event can be done with a little planning, a narrow menu, and the help of a few purchased goodies.

Savor every element of your next brunch!

 

Disclosure: I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.

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