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.
Matt kind of laughed at me when I told him that I was creating a video about how to make the bed, but I feel that a few of my tips make having a beautifully made bed much easier and quicker than most people are used to. I wouldn’t call myself lazy, but sometimes I develop processes based off of a desire to shorten a task that I think takes too long. Making the bed is one of them. I actually pride myself in the ability to continue with traditional housekeeping tasks in a modern, quick way.
When we got our new mattress from Tuft & Needle (which we love and I’ll discuss that more below for those of you who have been asking about it!), I felt that getting everything straight was a lot more difficult since the size of a king was so much bigger than a queen. I used to just pull the sheet toward me and it came, but now it just caught up in the giant wasteland that is the center of the mattress.
I developed this ‘half & half’ technique to minimize the amount of time I spent running from one side of the bed to the other. This works best when your sheets are on nice and straight as well, so if you aren’t familiar with a the ‘hospital corner method’ of tucking your sheets, familiarize yourself. Re-adjust your sheets each weekend (ideally when you wash the sheets) so that maintaining the nicely tucked sheets throughout the week is simple. I actually am working on a really short little video blurp showing my two favorite methods for getting sheets on the bed nicely. One of my methods I’ve creatively dubbed, “Fist in Corner” method. Just you wait for the video for that guy.
I hope you enjoy the video and my revolutionary (haha) half & half method as well as the trick to making your sheets look really smooth and flat!
Now, for the mattress. We got the Tuft & Needle mattress at the end of last year and talked about it here. Tons of you emailed and commented about how you loved the idea of Tuft & Needle, since they’re much lower priced than traditional mattresses and they come all rolled up in a box that actually fit up my stairs (we never thought a king would fit!). At that point, I’d only had the mattress for about a second, so I didn’t feel that I could fully let you guys know how I felt about it. At first, I was totally worried because it was very firm. I’d moved from a memory foam (which is a totally different beast) and getting used to a different style of mattress was a learning curve. Both Matt and I have terrible backs, so we do require a firm mattress, and knew that if we could get used to the new mattress, it would be good for us.
I can happily tell you that three months later, I love the Tuft & Needle mattress. It softened up a lot in the two weeks after, but still has a firmness to it that makes my back feel good in the am. It is so much cooler than our old memory foam (hello night sweats), and enabled us to upgrade to a king without spending a fortune. If you’re in the market and like firmer beds, I highly recommend it. If you’re a feathery pillow-top kind of person, it might be too firm for you!
When it comes to decorating for the holidays, I always try to incorporate the color palette that I’m using on my tree and trimmings into the rest of my house. This also give me an opportunity to branch out of my very regular neutral palette.
This year, I worked with Loom Decor to curate look inspired my the House of Earnest style. You guys know my living room is mostly neutral, so I went to work pouring through the 400+ fabrics and patterns offered by Loom Decor. The look I designed to go with my year-round decor, but also to reflect the cozy, rich colors of Christmas.
Houndstooth pattern, glimmering metallic linen, and a gorgeous nature inspired print all support my current palette of gold, navy, and cream while adding in a bit of interest for the holiday season – not to mention additional seating for all the guests who stop by! I always love adding in throw pillows for seasonal shifts, but this year, adding in some big floor poufs is also high on my list. For people like us to host often you’ll love what floor poufs do for your space and you can tuck them under the coffee table when not in use.
What’s best is that I can store away the red and the rest of the collection goes phenomenally in a neutral space year-round.
My very favorite Pantheon fabric above (the leaves/animals) is usually only available to the trade, but with Loom Decor you make products with designer-only fabrics, so that is a bonus for us non-designers. Make your own styles with loads of designer fabric options, price points, allowing anyone to decorate like a pro.
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I’m ecstatic today to finally share with you my completed headboard and transition to the king bed! As we spoke about last week, Matty and I got a new mattress from Tuft & Needle, and were able to upgrade to a king! Previously we wouldn’t have been able to fit a King sized mattress up our bending staircase, but the mattress from Tuft & Needle came in a 12″ x 12″ x 60″ box, so it fit up the stairs just fine.
With my previous queen bed, I’d made a linen headboard with a nailhead border. The past design took just an hour or so to complete and was under $60. I wanted to up the ante a little bit this time and create a headboard that was inspired by the restoration hardware chesterfield style that I loved. After we got the mattress in the room, however, I realized that a rectangular headboard would cut off way too much of the built-in bookcases, so I decided instead to create a scrolling design which allowed more of the bookcases to be visible.
For this design, there was more work involved due to the tufting and creating covered buttons. The majority of the cost of the entire project was actually wrapped up in the 2″ foam that I used to creating deep tufts (whereas on the last headboard, I just used batting). None of the steps taken were very difficult, but I can certainly say that covering over 40 buttons was certainly time consuming. All in, the total cost was $318. I used lots of JoAnn’s coupons (60% off this weekend!). Definitely make sure to get those coupons out of the mail (or just use their app) before buying the materials, as I saved about $250 using them.
Aside from the actual headboard, I dressed the bed in the dotted West Elm sheets, a while West Elm duvet cover, and various throw pillows. I still want to explore a few more pillow options to be closer to my original vision (and add it a little more brown and navy)! Are you interested in seeing the step by step headboard tutorial? Keep on reading for the full material list, photos of our process, and PDF with plans and measurements. Continue Reading…
ONE I’ve heard great things about Martha’s new One Pot Cookbook! I might treat myself to it this weekend since it’s just $16 on Amazon! TWO these gilded stemless wine glasses from World Market would be perfect for entertaining from Thanksgiving straight through until Christmas and at just $19 for a set of four, they’d make a great gift too. THREE If you want a great live wreath that will bridge the holidays, try one made of Bay laurel. It smells awesome, but is totally appropriate for before Christmas. This one from McFadden Farms is just $34 which is a steal for a live wreath. FOUR isn’t this rust colored arrow rug gorgeous? Would you ever believe it was just $149 from Urban outfitters? I might have to snag it! FIVE I’m still on the lookout for pretty B&W patterned pillows for my bedroom makeover. These from Chanee Vijay Textiles are printed on greige hemp which makes them look more rustic and natural than start black and white can be. SIX if you’re looking for a good beverage bucket for entertaining this year, look no further than this planter from Ikea. It’s just $19, which is such a deal.
Happy Friday guys! Have you ever actually had a week where Friday gets here too soon and you’re left with a long to-do list still? I know its a little crazy, but I kind of wish I had just one more weekday to get some things done which would allow me to enjoy my weekend a little more.
This weekend, I have friends coming in from out of town and we’re going to do all of my favorite columbus things and eat at my favorite columbus restaurants. We’re starting this morning with a trip to Pistacia Vera, doing a little Short North Shopping during the day, eating tonight at 3rd & Hollywood. Tomorrow we’re heading out east to Wyandotte Winery then doing dinner at Basi Italia. Of course there’ll be a trip to Jeni’s thrown in there as well. Any suggestions to show my guests?
Hi, I'm Erin!
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