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Archive - April, 2012

Spring into Action

When it comes to having an old farmhouse, some things need much more maintenance than others.

I was planning on kicking off this past weekend with a little landscaping and hanging some big boston ferns on the porch, but when I walked around to the front of our home, I realized that I should probably get a lot more serious about the exterior than just some pretty plants.

Our porch is in poor shape.  The lattice is broken and falling off, there are floorboards that need repair, and the whole thing needs a good scrub and new paint.

Last fall, I posted about the exterior as a whole, and painting and fixing the porch was a big chunk of that to-do list.  We did get a new roof and I updated our house numbers and porch light, which made me feel accomplished, but with summer looming, I can’t ignore the porch anymore.  I need to get myself in gear!

Four years ago we painted the porch ourselves, but this time I am really thinking about outsourcing the work and leaving it to the professionals.  Have you guys ever had your exterior painted?  Did you hire out, or DIY?

I hope your Monday is off to a great start!

P.S. how about my little hostas poking out of the ground?! I’m pretty excited about them.

 

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Friday Faves 4.27

ONE Florence Broadhurst for Kate Spade playing cards $14; TWO Honeycomb glass pendant shade $68 Urban Outfitters; THREE Kate Spade Sandpiper app tray $60; FOUR turkey claw placecard holder set $28 for 4 from Leif; FIVE bonjour! frenchie print from Sycamore Street Press $35; SIX Inkwell organic shams $24 at CB2.

 

Happy weekend!  I’m so excited to spend some extra time home relaxing with Matty.  He was away last weekend, and the previous one we were in Vegas, so it will be nice to slow things down a bit. I plan get some landscaping and yardwork done and maybe get started on some plans I have for the house exterior.  Maybe I’ll throw a pedicure in there!

Have a good one, guys!

 

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Calling the Young and the Talented

I don’t dip into fashion much here on House of Earnest, but by day, I do work in the fashion industry and I really got my feet wet in DIY with making my own clothing creations (you should ask my college roommate about the crazy stuff I used to make and wear!)  Although I may not share many outfit or clothing trends (except for on instagram!), I certainly love exploring creative new designs. I know there are so many of you who create and design out there, and Zuuz Style wants to see your style!

I was selected as one in a panel of judges to review and judge the last of three rounds of voting in Zuuz Styles’ The Young and the Talented fashion design competition. The good news is, you have the opportunity to enter! There are five categories for designs, and the winner from each category wins $500, so Hurry, because you must have all entries in by April 30th. More information here!

I’m super excited to see all of the entires, so if you’re a designer (jewelry and accessories too), go enter! I’ll wait right here for you.

 

Have a BEAUTIFUL Thursday!

 

P.S. Since I’m on the topic of fashion, next time you see me, ask me about the custom design I imposed upon the strap of my newest LV bag… the guy at the store almost DIED when he saw it.

 

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Details with // Vmac+Cheese

Victoria from Vmac+Cheese shares with us her three favorite little home details:

ONE A fluted and footed milk glass bowl, right now hanging out next to some cheery orange ranunculus. I got this little bowl from High Street Market several years ago. Kelly always finds the best stuff, seriously. TWO Pretty napkins that Elizabeth sent me from her store, Stone Textile. I love how neutral they are, but will pair so well with bright place settings! THREE A salad plate I use to add some extra depth and interest to a Capri Blue candle from Anthro. Lately I’ve been keeping this candle and plate on our entry table. It makes the house smell so good and makes me smile every time I walk in the door.

A special thanks to Victoria for being our inagural guest on ‘Details With’!

Have a BEAUTIFUL Wednesday, guys!

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Mint Infused Bourbon with Free Printables

When spring rolls around, I start thinking a lot about weddings, and this year is especially prone to these thoughts because we have several good friends tying the knot.

I’ve noticed, however, that there are a severe lack of manly favors and goodies out there.  So whether you’re bachelor party bound, or just getting in the Derby spirit, here is a fun little flavor infused bourbon for your spring.

With bottles supplied by Specialty Bottle (at just two bucks a piece), I bottled my own Mint infused bourbon, and for kicks threw in some homemade simple syrup.  Together they make a great Mint Julip with minimal headache – everything is already included, so all the recipient had to do is pour over crushed ice.

First, bruise and crush about seven sprigs of mint into a vessel which can tightly close.  Completely submerge the mint with a liter of bourbon.  Let the mixture sit for a week to two weeks allowing the flavors to incorporate.  Pour the flavored concoction into your vessel and cap!  If you also want to make the simple syrup, it’s just one part water to one part sugar.  Heat in a small saucepan on medium heat until the sugar is full melted.  Let the syrup cool before bottling.  How easy was that?

You can download the Mint Bourbon and Simple Syrup Printable for your own private use.  They fit perfectly for the size of the Boston Glass 8.5 oz bottle from Specialty Bottle that I mentioned above.

Do you think you’ll try this out?  The only special skill you need is a bit of patience, which I understand it’s kind of a lot to ask with minty flavor bourbon taunting you.

Have an INCREDIBLE Tuesday!

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Friday Faves 4.20

ONE Platinum lined ceramic bowls $27 from canvas; TWO punchy patterned cocktail linens $8 ea from Anthropologie; THREE ceramic pig planter $29 from Fruit Fly Pie; FOUR Aran printed floor mat $19 West Elm; FIVE drink me!  wooden stirrers from BHLDN $18; SIX wood nested stool from House Doctor spring collection.

 

It’s Friday!  We made it and I want to hear your plans for the weekend?  Is there anything going on that you’re excited about?

Matty is out of town, so I’ll be spending the weekend doing all of the things I’ve been neglecting around the house and blog.  Laundry, cleaning, resizing a gazillion photos in preparation for my new site launch, you know, the norm! I have a fun business meeting planned with a potential collaborator, a dinner with my sister-in-law and mother in law, and a lot of old fashioned relaxing.  I’ll see you guys back around here Monday with our new look!

Have a FANTASTIC Weekend!

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Have & Make: Gilded Water Bottle Centerpiece


Repetition and shine are two things that always makes an impact.  Simple plastic water bottles de-labeled, cleaned, and painted with gold make a stunning centerpiece.  Painting the bottom gold actually has a purpose too.  The paint works to hide the tell-tale water bottle shape of the bottom.  Doing them in multiples takes the focus off of the detail (that it’s a water bottle) and puts emphasis on the whole picture.

You know I’ll dip, paint, or gild pretty much anything so my eyes turned to my recycling bin last weekend.  Create a cheap, easy, and plentiful arrangement for dinner, or scatter around the house in threes.  This project sure has a lot of bang for your buck.

*quick House of Earnest tip: for cleaning the label glue off the bottles, use Goo Gone or an other citrus oil cleaner and then run through the dishwasher on the top rack.  And, If you use cold water instead of warm like I did, your vases shouldn’t steam :)

 Have a PLENTIFUL Thursday!

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A New Look for House of Earnest

There are changes brewing around House of Earnest and I’m so excited to give you guys the much awaited update!

The House of Earnest site redesign is just about finished, and after some loose ends are tied up this weekend, we’re planning to launch early next week!  I am beyond excited about all of the choices and changes and really cannot wait to share.

I’ve given you guys just a small glimpse of the direction from the little rhyme above and hope you love it as much as I do.  I’ve been working with Amanda from Amanda Genther Design and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.  Since I work in product development for a living, I can be a tad picky and she has been so patient with me and just fabulous to work with.  I cannot wait for you guys to see the completely finished product!

I hope your Wednesday is just delightful and you enjoy every single moment!

photos from the top: Remodelista | Etsy | House of Earnest

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Just a Splash: Emerald


I came across this beautiful sunroom design by Emily Henderson and loved the way two bold chairs and fun punchy pattern in emerald green made the entire room come alive.  White walls,  white flowy curtains, and bright open windows certainly keep the emerald from overtaking. It is fresh, pretty, and makes a statement.

How do you feel about the splash of emerald?  Is it something you’ll willing to try this spring?

Have a BRIGHT Tuesday!

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