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 doesn’t this darling crux pillow from Blu Dot look like this table runner I made a while back? I do love the lofty 3D texture of this one, though! $79. TWO the wooden Kai table lamp is modern and natural, just the way I like things. $88 from Joss & Main. THREEscript wire messages for your wall are whimsical and unique! I might have to try a DIY on this one, though! $48 from Anthropologie. FOUR a color blocked enamel casserole dish is probably the most trendy casserole dish (can I call I casserole dish trendy?) I’ve ever seen. $68 from Brooke Farm General Store. FIVE did you guys see Mandy’s house tour on Design*Sponge? It’s gorgeous and a must-read! SIX I love a good bar cart and this one from Anthropologie is the perfect mixture of rustic/natural and pretty, $498.
It’s been a great week, hasn’t it? It wasn’t frigid out, we got a lot done around the house, and I prepared a ton for my upcoming Grandiflora trade show in Atlanta. Today I’m headed to Ikea with my mom for some display shelving for the show, we’re doing some bedroom renovations (coming in a post on Monday!), and having dinner today with some good friends… so basically doing all of my favorite things in one weekend.
ONE hand lettered gold XO print would be a perfect gift for her, $28 from Rach Illustrates. TWO carved wood shape salt and pepper shakers are interesting, but classy from Crate & Barrel for $25. THREE I’ve always wanted a moroccan wedding blanket, and I like the darker colors woven through this one from Urban Outfitters, but it’s still a little pricey at $799. FOUR If you’re having a hard time adding a textured tribal look to your home, this striped hemp pillow is a nice place to start. $65 from Nomadic Trading Company. FIVEbrass votives from Furbish are the kind of thing you can use or your table or move to your bookshelves or style in a hallway vignette. They’re totally versatile and quite pretty. $26.50 each. SIX I love this gold triangle wrapping paper. It’s a great option to have on hand for that ‘pop-up’ party you need to attend. $7 for two sheets.
It’s really been a great week here in our corner of the world. I got my husband back after his man-cation, I had a wonderful dinner with a friend who had moved away, and I’ve been doing some really fun styling work for a local company’s website (I’ll share soon!).
I have a few meetings this weekend and then I’ll be working on my master bedroom closet (details to come)! My sister is coming up from Nashville, so I’m excited to see her in between my work.
What’s on your agenda this weekend?
p.s. I sincerely apologize for the confusion with my post yesterday. I put up a giveaway, but then had some issues with it, so I had to pull it back down to revamp. It will come back soon!
ONE ‘fortune favors the brave’ print is just the perfect reminder to take that next step. Three sizes available starting from $18 from FieldTrip. TWOI love natural vachetta leather and this little clutch looks so luxe, but minimal. It gets more and more beautiful with age and wear (think LV handles!). The maker, Minimaliste has lots of great shapes, this one is $150. THREEvintage Eames rocker sit’s at the top of my wish list and one day I’ll make the splurge. $465 from Cast & Crew. FOUR vintage kilim Turkish rug is so vibrant and would add a gorgeous splash of color to an otherwise neutral room. This one is a large 6.5′ x 10′, but the shop have several sizes available. FIVEnavy blue mini triangle pillow would be the perfect addition to my sofa in an effort to bring some navy into the living room. $48 from ShapesColors. SIXmy skin is freaking out over here. I need to buy some serious lotion to stave off the winter dryness! This chamomile and grapefruit body butter from Beridan Naturals is all natural, super thick, and calling my name, $32.
Well, I’m back from Utah and getting back into the swing of things over here. It’s been super cold all week, so we’ve been hunkering down, catching up on our DVR, cooking dinner at home, and drinking lots of wine. I just started watching ‘Girls’ and can’t decide if I like it or hate it… any watchers? Of course, the highlight of my Sunday nights is Downton Abbey. I just love it.
Matty is going away for a boys ski trip this weekend, so I’ll be catching up on some of the work I missed while at Alt, watching girly movies, and possibly treating myself to a manicure.
What are your plans this weekend?
p.s. Big news – I’ll be having a virtual garage sale next week starting on MONDAY! Follow @erinsclosetcleanout on instagram for all the details! I’ll be auctioning everything from bags, shoes, accessories, and clothes to some furniture and home accessories! I’ll be sharing complete rules on Facebook, so be sure to follow there too!
It really is no secret that I’m in love with clean, neutrals in my house. Light gray, brown, black, cream, and gold are definitely my thing. When I introduced navy into my foyer last week, I LOVED the look and what the added color (even though navy is still pretty neutral) did to my color scheme. I decided to add a little of the blue hue into my living room to help with the continuity of the color in the house. Ceiling height navy silk drapes did the trick quite nicely. It’s the only change I made, but it was dramatic and certainly allowed the navy to travel around the house and not be a stark change.
I used to have dark brown curtains in the space, then white… so I had a tiny bit of doubt if I’d like the darker color at all (wouldn’t it make the whole room look really dark?). I can honestly say that I was pleasantly surprised with how the (new) whitewashed coffee table and the light levels of color throughout the rest of the room are better balanced because of the addition of navy.
What’s more, the navy drapes did the same thing for the living room that the navy walls did for the entry. My sofa, pillows, and the Danish rush chair in my corner all pop off their new saturated background, adding quite a bit more dimension than I’d previously had in the room.
Do you try to link colors throughout your home? Tell me about how you do it!
ONE a modern hexagon tray is simple, but stunning. $64 from Waiting on Martha. TWO cheers to good luck in the new year! Gold horseshoe wine stopper from Furbish Studio for $22. THREE escape the ordinary with the cutest ever candle from Kate Spade. It’s $40, but how darling would the cup be for pencils after the candle is gone? FOUR I definitely need this pillow cover. There are loads of other gorgeous gold cushions from Caitlin Wilson as well. They start at $65. FIVE up your organization this year with gorgeous geo boxes from Kate Spade Saturday. $45 for the set of three.
Well guys, it’s been a wonderful last week of 2013 and first week of 2014. I didn’t take any time off during the holidays, so Matty and I are taking the week next week to head out to Colorado for a bit of relaxation and skiing. We’ll be out there with a few friends and I am so excited to get some good outdoors time and ski my little heart out. I think if I can ski at least once a year, I’ll keep some sort of skill up. Are any of you guys big skiers? Side story, Matt and I used to live in Vail, Colorado where I learned to ski at age 23. When we moved out there I’d never skied before and he all but told me that if I didn’t try, he didn’t know about a future with me. A guy serious about what he wants in a girl, huh? He was kind of joking, but I guess I figured I should learn. Luckily, I fell in love with skiing and ever since then, I really can’t go a winter without some fun in the powder.
Even though I’ll be traveling next week, blogging is really so therapeutic for me, I’ll be spending some quiet time each day sharing posts with you guys. I have my 2014 resolutions to share on Monday followed by a bedroom refresh, and (finally!) the reveal of my cane chair. Of course there are a few other things squeezed in there too, but I can’t wait to start the year off with a bang.
As always, I’ll be sharing photos of my travels, keep up on Instagram!
ONE a quirky black and white print is the perfect addition to any gallery wall. ‘Bear of a few words’ print from Bodie and Fou is just $24.30. TWO a wall art sculpture with silver antlers is on my wish list, and at just $14 from Target, it might be making it’s way to my home soon. THREE a great mix of warmth and rustic, this pouf top stool in cream faux mongolian fur from Furbish studio is $250. FOURwool pillow from Leif is a fun, graphic punch of geo, $68. If you struggle adding pattern to your home, adding it all in B&W is a great start! FIVE a funky vase in all cream is a modern classic (and you won’t be able to see crazy stems if you’re new to arranging). $100 from Kate Spade. SIX Matt got me the book ‘Artisan Cheese Making at Home‘ for Christmas and I can’t wait to dig in and learn about how to create my own curds.
What a holiday week it’s been! We’ve had parties, gone to parties, played lots of games, and eaten tons of great food. It’s so evident, especially around the holidays, how blessed we are. I am so happy to spend the rest of the weekend laying low and hanging around with Matt. We’ve got a full week next week then head off to Colorado for a week of skiing. I’m pretty excited to get into the fresh mountain air with loads of snow!
We still have a few fun ideas for your New Years party coming up next week, so come back by and get some last minute inspiration!
Hi, I'm Erin!
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