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Archive - July, 2011

Friday Faves 7.29

*no. 1 woodland animal series tiles $28 ea, red tile studio; no. 2 dustin dodecthedron lamp by ralph lauren home $378, circa lighting; no. 3 design*sponge at home by grace bonney $17.50, amazon; no. 4 tufted ottoman coffee table $795, Restoration Hardware; no. 5 premium prints annie blend in yellow/kelp $12/yd, fabrics.com

I’m off to work for the morning then interviewing a new housekeeper today (which I know sounds frivolous, but my husband and I made a deal that as long as Zeus lives in our house, I get a housekeeper).  Then going to hit up Lowes for some fun weekend projects!

Have a SPLENDID Friday and EVEN BETTER weekend!


Bedroom Bliss: French Vintage Chic

*home of cynthia davis as seen in cottage living magazine April 2007

There is something about this bedroom that really attracts  me.  It could be the light, bright airiness of the space, or the natural washed linen duvet and curtains.  My eye is also roped in by the worn wicker and grasscloth accents and hints of greenery.

simultaneously there is something I am not quite sure about. Possibly the headboard, but the headboard is what moves the room from generally traditional into slightly eclectic and feminine – which I also like.

I’m going to mull over this one today.  I find that looking at inspiring pictures and pinpointing the elements I like, don’t like, and the overall feel I get are essential to figuring out my direction – which needs constant re-figuring!

What are your thoughts?   Do you love it?   Dislike it?   What elements jump out at you?

It is Thursday already!  Have an AMAZING one!


Try This at Home: A Fabulous Terrarium

I love, love, love terrariums and have been wanting one in my dining room as the centerpiece for a while now.  I bought all of the materials, and they’ve been sitting idle on my patio table for about two months.  Last week while I was in NYC, my friend Justin shared with me a photo of the terrarium he had made for his fabulous apartment and I knew I had to get myself into action with my own.

One of my favorite sites for terrarium supplies is Terrain.  They have beautifully shaped glass vessels and all of the tools to keep your terrarium looking amazing!

You can access the HOW-TO by clicking HERE or you can visit the HOW-TO page for all of my projects!

Have an INCREDIBLE Wednesday!


Black and White Stripes Done Right

*design by schappacher white

I don’t think it is any secret that I love clean, bright spaces grounded in white.  Black and white stripes have the potential to go real bad, real fast, but this room is simply amazing. The wide stripes gives this room a modern graphic element. Mixing worn, vintage or antique items with the black and white stripes helps to tone down the contrast and gives the room a warmer look.  Is this something you’ve been wanting to try?

Here are some suggestions to get this look at home.  Mix in your own, loved items for a natural eclectic look!


1. Ralph Lauren Stripe Pillow Covers, icraft $29; 2.  Artificial Plants, Topiary Trees and Silk Plants | HomeDecorators.com, $69; 3. Ikea Ikea Stockholm Rand, $199; 4. Willow Sofa | Crate&Barrel, $1,699; 5. Kenroy Home Steppe 2 Pack 30 in. Black Table Lamp Set – 20136BL at The…, $142; 6. The Drum Stool, yliving.com $400

Have a WONDERFUL Tuesday!



Vintage Hotdog Roast {Part Two}

This weekend, we had a vintage style hot dog roast to celebrate my husband’s birthday.  I had shared my plans last Thursday, and I am happy to say that most things went as according to plan.

The weather did not cooperate, and extreme temperatures prevented us from actually roasting any of the hotdogs over an open fire.  Really, that would have fallen under the ‘torturing house guests’ category – which I do not condone on this blog.

Aside from grilling hotdogs on a gas grill, all else went wonderfully.

The hot dog ‘bar’ was quite fun, we included printed suggestions on what toppings would make good combinations, such as the Chicago Dog, Philly Dog, BBQ Dog, and the Pretty Lady.  Most people I saw were chowing down on something fun and original.

Along with the hotdogs, I included crudites in little paper cups with parmesan ranch, southwestern pasta salad in the same little cups with disposable bamboo sporks.  I displayed and served the chips, popcorn, and pretzels out of apothecary jars to keep them from the insects and humidity.


We finished up with some funfetti cupcakes, served in little boxes tied up with baking twine for the perfect take-home snack (although very few of them made it out of the house uneaten).

Overall, it was a success!  The only thing I would have done differently was to start earlier in the day – maybe next time!

Do you have any parties planned soon?  Please tell me about them!

Have a SWEET Monday!

*All products that I used came from The Container Store, Party City, or Trader Joe’s

*All photos by Erin of House of Earnest, except this one.




Friday Faves 7.22

*from top left: no. 1 Matryoshkas Measuring Cups $15 – Mod Cloth, no. 2 Porcelain Lace Cup $38 – Hidemi NY, no. 3 2012 Letterpress Calendar $28 – Impressed Design, no. 4 Gervasoni oak treated armchairs $3200 for a pair – jarlath mellett, no. 5 sugar baby cookbook $30 – Mod Cloth

I’m off to work and then home to prep for the Birthday Party tonight! It is going to be super hot… so I am hoping that between now and 5pm we get a huge thunderstorm accompanied by a cold-front (hey a girl can dream, right?).

Enjoy this FABULOUS Friday!

P.S. This is my 100th post and 6 month mark for the blog!  Lots of great numbers to start a weekend!


Vintage Hotdog Roast {Part One}

It’s been a crazy week, and I have a lot going on, but I cannot overlook the fact that this weekend is my husband’s birthday! He doesn’t like a lot of attention surrounding his birthday, but I like to throw parties, so I do it anyway!

During my crazy 6 hour flight delay in New York on Tuesday, I had plenty of time to brainstorm about the party.  I knew that it was going to be an outdoor, wiener roast with a vintage flair and I had already sent out the invites.


After designing and sending the invites, my framework for the rest of the party began to take shape. It is a ‘wiener’ theme and we are having a full wiener bar complete with regular hotdogs, 4 other varieties of flavored sausages, and all the toppings! I am going to make little signs with suggested combinations for hot dog toppings as well… to be designed… but I am thinking about options like the chicago dog, the pretty lady (nacho cheese and crunched up potato chips) along with others – Any suggestions?

Toppings with be designated with cute wooden spoons stamped with rubber stamps.

Red and White would be the main colors with accents of green and natural brown papers and woods.  The details include some small paper party cups, swirly white and red cupcake liners (for my husbands favorite funfetti cupcakes), disposable bamboo cutlery, red disposable cotton napkins, and some fun washi tape for dressing up all sorts of things.

About those funfetti cupcakes – I wanted to give friends an option to take theirs home, since everyone loves cupcakes, but sometimes you’re just too full for dessert.  Little cupcake boxes are just $0.40, and tied up with some bakery twine and a disposable spork, these little treats will be so appealing, they probably won’t make it home before being devoured.

Throw in some vintage beer and soda with a ton of friends and a big bonfire, and I think we’ll have a party!


*all photos by erin of House of Earnest except for the first mood board from the slightly obsessive bride, and the last pic from boylan bottling co.

I am super excited!  It might be a bit of a fuss for my super laid back husband, but he deserves something fun and I think it is going to be wonderful!

Any thoughts on the hotdog topping combinations? Do you have a favorite you would like to share?

Have an AWESOME Thursday – stop by next week for the “Part Two” and to see actual photos from the party!


A Minted Space

*photo from sophisticate interiors

Mint green has been a popular color is both fashion and in interiors this year, and I can totally see why. This bedroom is both feminine and clean, yet a really fun dose of color, I am a pretty big fan.

It is pretty plush and a tad fancy, but still beautiful. It is very green, girly, and classic.

When I look at this room, my eye immediately goes toward the amazing wall moulding and the iron, vintage-esque bed. The wall color and chest are amazing, all else is a bit formal.

Although I LOVE the color, I think I prefer my mint green in a smaller way. Maybe just the walls with accents of gold…


Or maybe in just a touch of detail like below?  Some beautiful antique jadite and minty cafe chair give this airy room the perfect pop.  And how about these amazing eggs, huh? not dyed at all, they are from an araucana chicken which naturally lays blue-green eggs – FABULOUS (I’ve got to get one of those chickens)

*photos from rikshaw design,  dreamy whites and One Vanilla Bean


Could you see mint green making a presence in your house? If so, a little or a lot?


And now is the time to announce the WINNER of the first ever House of Earnest GIVE-A-WAY! Drumroll please… The winner is Jen, who wrote that her favorite print was “Let the sun shine through your heart”.

Congratulations, Jen! I will contact you via email regarding your win!

Have a WONDERFUL Wednesday!


Spotted: Maskros Pendant Lamp


I’ve been seeing a lot of the Maskros Pendant Lamp recently from Ikea ($50), and thought we should talk about it.



*photos via restyled home and a good chick to know

At first, I thought it was absolutely nuts- not only is it super huge, but it looks like some sort of explosion.  Honestly, however, as I see it more and more, my thoughts begin to change.


Above in the house of Jessica and Ash Betteny via Design*Sponge

What used to look like an ocean anenome, now brings interest and life to a room. The floral-esque globe suddenly seems fit to be the perfect finisher in a variety of decor schemes.

*photo wendyj via houzz

I think I love it the most here on Young House Love. What are your thoughts?


Love it or Leave it?

Have a SPLENDID Tuesday!

Don’t forget to enter to win a print from Raw Art Letterpress by following the instructions HERE!!


Weekend Yardsale-ing and My $25 Surprise

I certainly did not set out to be undertaking a major project this weekend.  I leave at the crack of dawn tomorrow morning for a business trip to New York for a few days, I am mid-birthday party planning for my husband’s birthday this weekend, and I have a few other projects that are in the home stretch.

Unfortunately or fortunately, sometimes things don’t go as planned.

This seemingly dilapidated pile of purple velvet with wood trim had a $25 sticker on it. After going home and still thinking about the sofa, we went back for it.  I had plans to paint the wood white and upholster the body with a fun, modern print like this ikat from Madeline Weinrib.

 Or maybe one of these fun fabrics from my local fabric store:

We got home and I set out to do a quicky renovation (not restoration) but when I started pulling it apart, I found the insides were stuffed to the brim with horse hair, the joints were hand carved dowel construction, and there wasn’t one screw or bolt in the entire thing.

This sofa is a true antique, not a reproduction.   But then I was torn, I can’t paint a legit antique white, ruining it’s potential as a collectable piece.

Should I even use a trendy fabric on something that could be a collector’s item?

After mulling these questions over, and talking with my grandmother-in-law (who named the people who’d be rolling in their graves at my white paint idea), I decided to keep the sofa as true to it’s origins as possible.  I’m keeping the wood it’s original cherry finish. So I’m told, just a little denatured alcohol and some lemon oil will clean it right up.

 I’ve decided to do a white fabric since I won’t be painting the frame white.  A matelasse will be perfect.  It will look period appropriate, but I can still get a fresh pattern to liven it up.  I’m thinking one of these… but of the three I have TWO clear favorites.  Can you tell which ones?


What do you guys think?  Is it a good idea to keep it close to original?  Or do you think a paint job would have been better?  Let me know!


I’m off to NYC now,  have a FANTASTIC Monday to get this week off to a great start!

P.S. DO NOT FORGET!! Enter the H of E give-a-way by this Wednesday!  One Lucky Reader will have the chance to win the print of their choice from Raw Art Letterpress – They’re amazing (as you can tell below!) CLICK HERE for instructions on how to enter!

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