Today, I am bursting at the seams to share this DIY. I feel like I say this every time, but this project has been looming in my mind for a while now. Ok, so maybe just around 2 months, but still. I doubted whether I could do it with the resources I have in my town and searched online for fringes, trims, sequins, and whatnot. At the end of the day, I bought one hundred percent of the materials in this project from my local JoAnn’s. Go figure!
Moroccan wedding blankets have been on the design scene for a few years now and are just starting to go more mainstream with offerings at West Elm, Urban Outfitters, and Pottery Barn. They are all still pretty pricey, however, and the cream pillow from Pottery Barn is still close to $80. Not my version, though. This beauty came in at just $29 for all the fabrics and trims. It’s a tad pricier than most of my DIYs, but I definitely think it’s worth the cash, sweat, and tears.
Most of the fun of this project was placing the lines of alternating fringe, sequins and mohair where I wanted. Although this project is a snap with a sewing machine, you could do it all by hand if you don’t have one since it’s a whole 12 straight lines. I decided to take the help and use my machine this time even though on most projects I spend ample time trying to figure out how NOT to use the sewing machine. You guys know I hate to sew, right? So I did it anyway for this project because I just wanted to do it that badly. If you feel the same, keep on reading for the full instructions (and more photos)! Continue Reading…
I’m pretty open about the point that I am not huge on color, but I did add some navy into my decor this year and I’m loving the results. As I transition my home into the warmer months, I was looking for a way to add a summery feel while still sticking with my navy and neutral scheme.
Cane patterns just scream summer to me but, of course, finding something in my desired shade of navy wasn’t super easy. Like so many things, I just decided to go ahead and make something instead.
This navy cane patterned pillow was so downright easy, you’d be silly not to try it. It rolled in at under $10 too, which makes it all the more satisfying. A few strips of ScotchBlueTM Painter’s Tape Delicate Surfaces #2080EL and I was on my way. The materials needed are simple enough: Continue Reading…
If you’ve followed House of Earnest for a while, you’ll probably know that my love for my dog is probably rivaled by my love for pillows (don’t tell her that), but this project brings the best of both worlds. A simple stitch on an open weave pillow covering is easy to configure in any shape. I considered a quirky word, but I’m kind of over ‘word’ art in my house. I thought a nice big heart would be darling, or even a more abstract stitched pattern for the design included would be amazing.
I landed on the silhouette idea in an effort to mesh something classic with something current and glam (like the metallic finish on the pillow) for a bit of design contrast.
It was very easy, and anyone with a spare 30 minutes could do something similar. I stitched it up just last night while watching Downton Abbey. I felt a little like Martha Washington or someone – darning fireside – but it was over in a flash.
I found some giant (1″) rickrack in the fabric store the other day and knew I just had to use it for something. My mind immediately went toward showcasing the scalloped edge only, allowing it to take on a classic, sculptural element rather than a be too young or sweet.
I love that the black against white makes it feel like more of a luxe edging that pops.
It wasn’t too difficult, and you don’t need a sewing machine! If you like where this is going, KEEP READING for the full instructions!
It’s a little known fact, that you can buy transfer paper to feed through your printer. I used to make shirts and bags for every possible occasion in school, but this past weekend it just hit me to use it for a blank pillow that I was going to throw out because it was so boring.
Side note: Make sure your pillow insert can be removed before trying this quick project
If you have a blank boring pillow that needs a new lease on life, make something graphically inspired by whatever is out there (right now, triangles).
Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday, guys!
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I made it a point yesterday to get out of the house and ‘have the stink blown off of me’, as my mother would say. Really, it’s just another way to say that you’re getting some fresh air… Regardless, I was in one of my favorite stores, Collier West (where I always find things I lust after but cannot afford), and happened upon a printed antler pillow.
While in your mind you may conjure up ideas of camouflage gone wrong, may I convince you … these are amazing.
Above at Collier West where I love it with contrast piping on the couch cushions. It is a nice contrast between preppy traditional and modern rustic.
What does it work with?
The above mood board from Polyvore pairs this pillow with a slew of other items that give an overall edgy natural luxe feeling.
If the tromp l’oeil version of this trend isn’t for you, you might like a more direct graphic style.
ONE The Citizenry is a new-to-me shop which has lovely neutral pieces from around the world. This grey geo wool pillow is calling my name! $95. TWO It’s funny that I like dressers so much, because we don’t even have one in our house. I think this metal rimmed chest from World Market would make a great addition to a family room or dining room for additional storage, and I love that little shelf on the bottom! $549. THREE bees please! the cutest bee print dopp kit is just $24(ish) from Jenna Rose Handmade. FOUR I hate when super specific seasonal decor is expensive, so these pretty ‘dia de los muertos’ plates from Crate and Barrel had me sold at their $4 price tag. FIVE another one from the Citizenry! I love this simple black and white wool rug made by artisans in Argentina! It’s a bit pricey at $475 for a 3 x 5, but looks like it would be a wonderful quality piece to add style for years to come! SIX if anyone is as obsessed with the fall or with Harry Potter as I am, you’re gonna love a little butter beer! This recipe calls for Rum extract, which I will most definitely sub out for actual Rum. Wouldn’t this be so fun for a Harry Potter movie night?
Fall is totally in the air and I am ushering it in with open arms! We are in Chicago this weekend where it is forecasted to be around 60 the whole time – perfect in my mind. I can’t wait to really amp up the fall posts and get you all ready for the season of harvests, apples, pumpkins, leaves, and spice!
This week we have a $250 GIVEAWAY going on! Enter at the bottom of yesterday’s post!
ONE talk about obsessed. I saw these raised polka dot towels in my local West Elm and although they were out, I immediately ordered online. They’re $24 each (which is a bit pricey for towels) so I bought two and will use them as the display/hand drying towels in my bathroom. TWO holy sconce! The geo sconces are simple, gorgeous, and on sale from Wisteria! $174 for the set of four. THREE an antique dough bowl which is (surprise!) an upcoming Grandiflora item! Get emails with our new items by signing up here! FOUR I don’t know what I love more, the color or the scent of this ‘Woods’ scented candle from Sydney Hale, $30. FIVE it’s black and white which automatically draws my attention, but the buffalo check on this plaid blanket is totally on trend for fall and would be cute throughout the entire holiday season. It’s 100% wool, so it’s worth it’s $120 price tag. SIX put a ring on it… Moose head ring holder is a darling decor object for fall and would also be a wonderful holiday gift (let’s get ahead this year!). It’s just $8 from Z Gallerie.
It was a short week, but it sure didn’t feel like it to me! I did the flowers for a wedding this past weekend which is always a lot of work, but this one was amazing! I made 30 feet of eucalyptus garland for the altar area and for down the center of the head table! I’ll be sharing more photos soon, so stay tuned for those!
This weekend, I will be headed to an Ohio State football game tomorrow (I’m excited!) and will be cleaning up around the house a bit. A weekend in LA followed by a weekend doing wedding flowers means my house is a wreck.
What is on your agenda?
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I have a super exciting secret to share with you today! I’m preparing for a trip to LA! I leave bright and early tomorrow AM and will hit the ground running preparing for – get this – a pre-Emmy party. Grandiflora has been invited to attend the party and have the opportunity to add some of our product to the celebrity swag bags!
Have you fallen off your chair yet? I have had just a couple weeks for the news to sink in, but I’m still a little in awe of what I’m going to be doing there. I’ll be setting up a booth, much like the one I set up at a trade show in Atlanta, and rubbing elbows with celebs, their publicists, and the media who attends the event.
So, I mentioned swag bags, right? I will have a product to gift to the celebs who come through, so I’ve chosen to give a little set of our Malena Appetizer Utensils in a cute clear pillow box. I’ll include my business card and a beautiful giant postcard with details about our company as well.
I’m a little terrified about how I’ll manage to get a good representation of my line and brand all of the way to LA in just two suitcases, but I have a plan and hopefully it will work!
While out there, I’ll be instagramming up a storm, so be sure that you follow @shopgrandiflora to catch the Emmy-worthy details. I’m also keeping my options open in case I happen to get an invite to the actual Emmy’s. You know, if one of the celebs is like, “oh, hey you, come be my guest”. I’ll pack a ball gown just in case.
Last week was a big week for me. I shopped, sourced, and set up the entire Grandiflora fall 2014 line at our amazing photographer, Allie’s studio to shoot. We spent a full-on 8 hours styling and shooting and it was so fun and so exhausting! There was quite a lot of heavy lifting involved.
Before you get too excited, that little sofa isn’t in my fall line, but is just used as a prop to showcase some of our new pillows, our new side table, and a new coffee table. Isn’t it adorable, though?
Of course, you’ll recognize some of our classic items (the one’s that will stay in stock each season) along with the new stuff!
This is just a tiny peek at what I spent hours upon hours doing last week. I cannot wait to reveal the finished photos! It will be so soon!
Hi, I'm Erin!
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