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 perfect spotted pillow isn’t too wild, but is just the right bit for a subtle hint of glam. $45 from Society Social. TWOCrane flower candle from Voluspa mixes grapefruit, geranium, lavender, and nectar inspired by the bird of paradise flower… to me, it just spells like a heavenly vacation. $38 from Anthropologie. THREE a nice little reminder from Sugar Paper to sit above your desk or display in your bedroom. The gold foil print is 11 x 14 and is $50. FOUR handmade and so pretty, this gold border ring dish from The Object Enthusiast is lovely and makes a gorgeous gift at $34. FIVE how darling is this mini bow cord keeper? I want one for every charger in my arsenal, and at just $6 from Oh Hello Friend, I can afford to!
Happy Friday friends! You know those weeks when you feel energized, optimistic, and on top of all your ‘to-do’s'? Well, it’s been one of those weeks for me. I’ve been able to think ahead on some projects, get a couple fun dinners in, and overall just breathe a little.
I have SUCH a treat for you guys today! For this month’s ‘Meet & Greet’ I want to introduce you to Amanda from A Hammer & Heels. I have known Amanda in the blog world for several months, but just met her in person last weekend at Go Blog Social in Kansas City.
Amanda is possibly the most grounded, stylish person I’ve ever met. She has an amazing knack for fashion and for creating her own original DIYs and does this all while still in college…. I can’t say I’ve ever seen a college apartment look this good.
Amanda even gave me a few style secrets while we hung out drinking wine and chatting about blogging. I can’t wait to share my new purchase that she inspired! Until then, Let’s learn more about Amanda.
Learn more about Amanda’s tree stamp pillows here and tie dye pillows here.
ONE I am obsessed with the ‘cut corners’ mirror from Terrain. It’s a decent price at $198 for a good mirror and want it for my vanity, but it’s a little too big for the space! TWO pretty levels of blush are perfect for spring and I love how neutral the nightfall votives from bhldn are. $48 for a set of eight. THREE new arrival in the shop! Les Pointelles Prints are now available from Grandiflora and are just $28/print. FOUR how adorable are these luminous dot pillows from Anthropologie? I love the foil print in a slightly ikat dot. They’re $58 each. FIVE I’m not huge on mid-century style, but I love this nook console from West Elm for it’s understated glamour and lots of places to stick things, $499. SIX I can’t even imagine the handwork that goes into creating these porcelain twig spoons from Michiko Shimada. They’re $48 for the set of two.
Happy Pi Day Friday! I used to love Pi day in school. I can only remember 9 digits out, but I think that’s good after 20ish years of those memory competitions. It’s been a good week over here, I’ve done a little shopping to replace some of my stolen items. Some new sneakers will come in handy for what is supposed to be a warm and sunny weekend. I ended up with these. I also re-bought my hairdryer and curling iron this week, so I won’t be rocking the ponytail this weekend when I go out.
I had the opportunity to chat for over an hour last night with one of my very favorite blog friends, Clara! It’s just so wonderful to reconnect with people who are as uplifting and encouraging as she is.
I’m excited for my first weekend at home in a few weeks and plan on finishing my master bedroom closet! I’m really looking forward to it. Is there anything on your weekend agenda you’ve been looking forward to all week?
Wow, it’s been a whirlwind of a weekend. Firstly, thank you guys for all of your support and kindness about this post last week. I’m still trying to get things back to normal over here and hopefully will have a computer and be totally back to my normal blogging by the end of this week. Secondly, my apologies about the super late post today. We drove back from Atlanta yesterday after the show ended and got back in the middle of the night.
In the meantime, I’ve had some wonderful things happening! This past weekend I went to the Atlanta Home + Gift Fair to showcase my Grandiflora line. I was so so so nervous before I went about setting up the booth and ensuring that the ‘retail space’ I was building really reflected the line and the feeling I was trying to convey with it. After a 10 hour drive with a car packed to the gills, I made it into Atlanta and got to work on my teeny tiny little 9′ x 10′ booth. If any of you have been to these fairs as buyers or exhibitors, you’ll know how small these little spaces really are. Although I’d mapped it out in my house beforehand, I was still almost dumbstruck when I got there and saw the space. Keep reading for the ugly before shot and what I did about it. Continue Reading…
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!
Hi, I'm Erin!
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