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Preppy Cane Pillow DIY

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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.

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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…

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Silhouette Stitched Pillow

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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.

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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.

Continue reading for the step by step!

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Hand Made: Scalloped Edge Pillowcases

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!

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Have & Make: Graphic Triangle Pillow

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!

p.s. Do you want to see my very own special plate from yesterday’s post?  Like House of Earnest on Facebook for additional photos and musings!

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Soapbox: Antler pillows

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.

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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.

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From HometoRoost at Etsy.com

Either way, I LOVE these antler pillows for the modern twist they can give to a space while keeping the overall feeling of warmth.  I hope you love them too!!

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Grandiflora is Emmy (party!) Bound

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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.

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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.

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Behind the Scenes: Grandiflora Fall 2014 Photoshoot

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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!

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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!

 

Enjoy your Tuesday!!

 

*all photos by Allie of The Wonder Jam 

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Friday Faves 8.8

Friday Faves 8.8

ONE pomelo soap that smells like summer in the shower is just $6 from World Market. TWO look familiar?  Darby Smart and I released a DIY box of my cane pillow!  Shop the pillow for just $24 or see the original post.  THREE end of summer is the best time to buy accessories like these modern slatted malibu lanterns from z gallerie going for between $10-$20!  What a steal! FOUR I am so excited for some of the new Grandiflora pieces!  We’re shooting the fall/winter photos today, but here is a sneak peek at the cutest boxwood topiary coming in just 3 short weeks (launches Sept 2nd). FIVE there is still a lot of summer left in me.  This season’s sweet paul mag is still offering up loads of recipe, party, and overall gorgeous inspiration.  Snag one before they’re gone!

 

Kiddos are headed back to school, but I still have a lot of summer left in me. I am going to do my absolute best to relish in it for the next few weeks.  I’ve got a crazy hectic day ahead of me shooting our fall/winter collections for Grandiflora and I am SO excited, but of course a little nervous hoping everything goes smoothly! I’ll be back here on Monday to share photos from the shoot!  In the meantime, have a FABULOUS weekend!

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Friday Faves 6.20

Friday Faves 6.21

ONE the prettiest blue wind chime would be right at home on our back porch. $69 from Dot & Bo. TWO I am so excited for the Poppytalk line for Target!  It launches this weekend and I’ll be there for it! THREE a modern rocking chair from CB2 that doesn’t look the least bit old fashioned and is on sale for $199. FOUR a little pot with clementine lip scrub inside looks almost as pretty as it probably smells! By Sara Happ for $24. FIVE I love that these gorgeous bamboo tumblers are biodegradable.  Don’t they look like ceramic? $24 for a set of four from Terrain. SIX the Joon pillow from Crate & Barrel looks like a mirror print, but is actually embroidery and all for only $17!

 

Happy Friday!  It’s been a wonderful week here for us.  Matt and I have been working in Hong Kong all week and after a day tomorrow to do some exploring, we’ll be heading back home on Sunday.

Although I’ve been overseas, we haven’t been short of inspiration over here on House of Earnest!  I am still obsessed with the luau party we hosted last week and shared on Wednesday and if you didn’t catch my 5 minute frozen yogurt, check it out too! I love the summery, relaxing vibe of today’s faves and they actually make me a bit homesick to get back to the Ohio summer. Do you ever get homesick while away?

We’ll see you back here on Monday with some peeks of our trip!  Until then, have a fabulous weekend!

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Genius Protection for Outdoor Fabrics

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It’s clear from the amount of parties and casual gatherings we host that we spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer.  Last year we created a flagstone patio and furnished it with a lounge set, and this is the first year where we will actually have the same patio furniture for more that two consecutive summers.  Why?

If you have an outdoor space, this scene will be all too familiar.  In previous years, we didn’t act quick enough when a pop up storm… well… popped up, so we ruined cushions, pillows, rugs, and furniture alike. Last year with the new patio, the same events played out. We were super pumped about taking care of the patio, so our rainy day efforts went to the other extreme.  Every time the sky was looking a little grey to the west, we dragged all of the cushions inside for fear of ruining yet another set. The cushions would stay inside and dragging them in and out meant we actually used the patio about half of the time we should.

Over the winter we got some amazing furniture covers (that I am obsessed with since kept out ALL of the snow from our tumultuous winter since we don’t have a garage to store the furniture), but early on I saw the same scene was playing out as impromptu hang-outs diverted inside.

You’ve seen so many photos on instagram of us on our patio (especially if you caught any of the luau photos I posted this weekend) so what’s changed?

Rust-Oleum® sent me a box of their NeverWet™ Outdoor Fabric Water Repelling Treatment…. that’s what changed.  I used up the entire box to cover the sofa, chairs, pillows, and poufs.  The treatment means that water beads off instead of being absorbed.  EVEN on the highly textured poufs I bought from Target a few weeks ago.

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I was very impressed and now I am no longer afraid of the pop up storm.  I still cover my furniture when I leave for an extended period of time, or if there are huge storms brewing, but if we’re caught without covers on during an afternoon rain, a quick wipe off is all that is needed to get rid of the moisture since it doesn’t absorb into the cushions.  No wet bums here!

oh, AND it repels mud and dirt, so the little monster who lives with us is more than welcome to hop up and cuddle.

Keep those cushions uncovered and open to the possibilities of guests, friends, and the pop-up gatherings – not pop-up storms!

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Rust-Oleum® via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Rust-Oleum®.

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