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How to: Turn an Unscented Candle into a Holiday Scented One

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I love a good holiday scent – specifically anything Christmas Tree related – spruce, fir, whathaveyou. I find, however, that with the bajillion of candles that I have in this house, there is just no need to add more.  So I’ve developed a little trick to turn the plain votives that I use so much into scented candles.

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Years ago, I bought a Balsam & Cedar home fragrance oil for about $5, but realized that burning it straight was a little overwhelming, so that is when I developed this little trick.  I simply add the oil to drugstore epsom salt and surround a plain glass votive with the salt. Then, when the plain candle burns, it warms the salt, giving off a much more subtle scent than just the straight oil in an oil burner.

Not only do you use less oil, but then you don’t have to buy a burner!  I’ve told you guys how many of my DIYs stem from being super cheap! See the step by step photo directions below.  Continue Reading…

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Christmas Mantle Styling Video

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Guys!  I haven’t done a video in so long!  I have been wanting to do so many, and each time I’m shooting a DIY, think about how great it would be as a video, but to be quite honest, they’re so much work and take days of shooting and editing.  Since my team consists of just me and one four legged furry friend, the amount of time they take just aren’t worth the effort, even though I really love doing them.  So, I shot this mantle styling video and I thought that even if it were a bit more raw, maybe you guys would still like it.  Since I spent less time on editing, there is actually much more random commenting and more of my thought process involved, which might me nice as well.

I’ve used our Magnolia Garland in the video and have been adhering to our very own House of Earnest take on a Colonial holiday theme!

Enjoy the video and definitely give me your thoughts on if you’d like to see more videos (even if they aren’t super cutesy and edited) or if you prefer the photo step-by-steps!

Happy Friday, all!  Have a great holiday weekend!

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Decorate for the Holidays + A giveaway with Loom Decor!

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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.

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House of Earnest Curated Collection:  Red Houndstooth Pillow  |  Gold Lumbar Pillow  |  Gold and Navy Colorblock Pillow  |  Navy Houndstooth Pillow  |  Pantheon Pouf  |  Houndstooth Pouf

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.

Why do I tell you all of this?  Because YOU have an opportunity to jazz up your holiday (or non-holiday) space with some textiles as well.  Loom Decor is generously offering $200 to one House of Earnest reader!  Pretty nice, right?

Enter your email address below to be entered! A winner will be chosen next Thursday!  Or you can click HERE to access the giveaway.


Want more giveaways?  We are also running a CUSTOM CHRISTMAS CARD GIVEAWAY with Art of Michelle!  Click HERE for entry info!

 

Disclosure:  This giveaway is sponsored by Loom Decor.  We are so grateful for their generous giveaway and hope you are too!

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Fresh Colonial Christmas: The Entryway

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Welcome to the second stop in our holiday home.  On Monday, we showcased our porch, complete with some primitive, rustic touches that were inspired by a recent trip to Colonial Williamsburg and the theme continues as you enter the house.  The entryway is really the most decorated place in our home (besides the tree) because it’s visible from the kitchen, the bar, the living room, and the stairs.

The open white bannister offers the perfect place to really go wild and that’s exactly what I did.

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I begun the entire transformation with loads of greenery.  This was important because our stairwell doesn’t have an electricity source, so usually my garlands aren’t lit, but this year they are!  The Martha Stewart LED garland (available at the Home Depot) is battery operated!  I really lucked out finding it.  It’s a bit pricey, but if you (like me) had been wanting to light up a certain spot in you house, you’re gonna love it!

Deep, generous swags on the garlands makes the whole stairway look lush and plentiful.  Magnolia leaves, dried whole oranges, faux apples, and real pomegranates punctuate the peaks of the greenery.  A cinnamon and dried orange garland swags between the greens and adds a wonderful smell!

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A few changes to my regular gallery wall – adding in winter photos and draping a sheepskin over my usually polka dotted chair add a touch of coziness.

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The monogram wreath was one of my favorite (and easiest!) projects I did in the entryway.  The full tutorial will be up next week!  Keep reading for tons (literally, there are 16) more photos that show all of the detail and feelings I was trying to evoke in this room.   Continue Reading…

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Fresh Colonial Christmas Porch

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Happy December!  I’m so excited to finally be sharing the start of our holiday decorating.  Last month, I revealed the Colonial style theme that was inspiring my decor this year due to a recent trip to Williamsburg.  I was intrigued by the dried fruits, natural berries, and loads of greenery used to decorate the historical town.  I shared an interview with Liza, a wonderfully knowledgable woman who inspired my decor decision.

It was really important to me to make damn sure that although I’d be channeling a throwback, historical style, my decor would have no similarities to that ‘country’ style you see at Christmas craft shows.  In order to keep the historical visions from getting too country, I made sure to keep the decorations as natural as humanly possible and interjected touches of classic Christmas style.  To get this all done, it made perfect sense for me to partner with the one person I feel exudes country style in a very upscale way – Martha Stewart. I worked with her team to find just the right garlands and greens that matched up with my colonial theme.

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I started with a foundation of lots of lush greenery using Martha Stewart Alaskan Spruce greenery (available at The Home Depot) because it looks the most ‘real’ with a lighter green/gray color. It already had the pinecones included, so that was one less thing that made the list of embellishments needed.  I’ve spoke about this before, but it’s really important to me not to start from scratch each year and to utilize what I have at home to get the perfect look.  Starting out with good greenery means that I can change up my embellishments year after year without spending a ton of money every Decemeber.  Getting just the right balance of natural and festive decor for my greens was easy with a few key elements.  Keep reading for all of the steps, sources, and tons more photos! Also, we have a HUGE announcement as well at the way at the bottom of the post!   Continue Reading…

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Two Step Back Porch Revamp

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For whatever reason, I always decorate the front of my house, but never the back door.  The reason this is odd to me is that the back door is the one people use.  I know the only person who steps foot on my front porch is the UPS guy.  Even the FedEx guy knows to come to the back!

With holiday guests coming into town this week, I wanted to jazz up the back just a bit to make it feel welcoming and autumnal, but I didn’t have much time to work with.  I wanted to start with my old lanterns which were galvanized (silver), so against a grey house, they just disappeared.  I’d been eyeing some beautiful copper lanterns from Terrain and thought that I could stave off the inner desire to spend over $300 on new lanterns by painting my old ones.

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Although I realize that they don’t quite look identical, I did manage to save some money and get an almost instantaneous change by just using some ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and hammered copper spray paint.  A few flowers and some colorful leaves that I stole from the neighbors yard, and we were visitor ready. See the ugly ‘before’ and then what a difference 30 minutes made next!

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Holiday 2014 Theme: A Colonial Christmas

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It’s that time!  I know we still haven’t had Thanksgiving and I’m usually very very strict about posting Christmas ideas until after Turkey day, but I just can’t resist this year.  Partially because I’m so excited about my theme and partially because I may have already decorated some (guilty!) and am just too excited to wait.

You all know that I have a somewhat historic home.  It’s historic in the sense that it was built forever ago, but with all of the generations of updates and upgrades, it can hardly be considered in historic shape.  I’ve always had a bit of a struggle to decorate the nineteenth century home in a way that doesn’t feel, well, old.  For this reason, I’ve always stuck with a neutral and sparkly decor palette.  There is something about the neutral palette at Christmas, however, that can seem underwhelming.  When ‘Good King Wenceslas’ or ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ wafts over the speakers, I wish my home was decked with everything decedent and richly colored with bountiful cakes and sugared fruits adorning my table and mulled wine drunk from pewter.  Isn’t it funny how just a song can put you in a certain frame of mind?

So, this year, I’ve decided to succumb to the deep rooted desire of my home to be dressed in old world holiday cheer.  And where else would I look for inspiration that to Colonial Williamsburg.  You know how I absolutely loved my trip there this fall and I was so intrigued by their holiday traditions, that I wanted to use the colonial decor as my framework.

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I had a general idea for how I wanted to take the decorations, but I wanted more information on the how and why behind style, so I reached out to Liza Gusler, the licensing manger for Colonial Williamsburg’s product line, who was so welcoming and informative during our trip in October. I am using her guidance and advice as the basis for our decor, and I was shocked by some of her insights!  We asked her some of the burning questions we had about the history of the holiday in Colonial times and loved hearing her insights!  It’s a long-ish interview, but it will definitely frame how we decorate and give a little insight into some of our current traditions!   Continue Reading…

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Storefront Dreaming & Scheming

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Before we all get carried away, please know that (so far) the store front is just a mere idea.  I first told you all about it last week so I’ve had about 7 days to let my mind expand upon the thought.  Although I did schedule two meetings next week with a couple of friends who own shops, my personal steps toward brick and mortar space is only evident on my Pinterest board. Yes, I started a shop pinterest board.

So, if you want to travel the path of this dream (any possible future reality?) with me, let’s start here.

Firstly, we all know that I currently design a collection online called Grandiflora Home + Decor.  I’ve focused on simple, minimal, natural elements that are sophisticated, but certainly not stuffy.  I sell my designs online and also in a handful of other shops around the country (three to be exact!).  I’m proud of how far we’ve come in a year to selling two separate collections to selling in three stockists, but I’d like to see if I can expand business by having a retail location.

Secondly, aside from running Grandiflora, I write this blog, and I do wedding flowers.  I see opportunity to expand both of those businesses if I had another space.  For the blog, I’d love to do workshops, DIYs, and events.  For the flowers, having a space would he helpful, especially when meeting with brides and showcasing designs and style.  Plus, doing high volume flowers from home is messy and difficult, but I still love it, so I take a few weddings each year.

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You can see that, aside from my business concept, I have some very specific design concepts!  The store would ideally be a ‘Home + Garden’ type vibe – mixing home decor and botanical. Finishes would be a clean black and white palette, but with some raw, worn details and materials. I love how the first photo still has a classic traditional vibe and isn’t TOO rustic.

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It aligns pretty tightly with my basic blog esthetic too.  I don’t think these inspirational images are surprising anyone!

How do you guys feel about the concept?  What are your thoughts on blog workshops? I’d love to hear your feedback!

 

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p.s.  I also contribute to the Bali blog!  I have shared an all natural DIY window cleaner today – perfect for letting that fall sunshine in!  Check it out here!

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Neutral Cool Master Bedroom Re-Design

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I told you guys last week in my ‘things that are making me nervous’ post about how I need to revamp my master bedroom – and quickly!  We ordered a new king mattress from Tuft & Needle (upgrade from our current queen!) and although it was a bit of a quick decision at the time, I then got to thinking about all of the things that must be updated along with the mattress.

Our current bed has a grey, white, and lemony yellow theme and I really like it, but am a little excited about the opportunity to change things up a bit and get closer to my overall design vision for the home.  I want to add more rustic indie feeling with the worn, aged neutrals and a very neutral theme.  The photo above from Decor Pad really stood out at me as a great representation of what I’d like to achieve. So here is my plan:

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BED  Our current bed is a headboard with a metal frame.  The headboard was a fun and easy DIY, so I know that I can take a stab at making another one.  This time, however, I’m going to tuft it and also try to upholster a whole bed so that a bedskirt isn’t needed. I am going to cover the bed in a natural linen that really stands out from our dark gray bedroom walls.

DUVET I’ve talked before about my love for all white bedding and although I’ve loved the Crane & Canopy Dove Gray pintuck that I’ve had for the past year, I’m going with all white this time around.

SHEETS  I love pairing patterned sheets with a solid duvet.  Mostly because I don’t like big patterns and think the solid duvet calms pattern so that it doesn’t overwhelm my small bedroom.  I love these reverse dot sheets from West Elm in a camel color that will tie back to the headboard and add a warm level to the otherwise black and white design.

SHAMS adding in a different pattern or color through shams is always a good idea.  I love these block print border euro shams from Dwell Studio because they are a classic border design, but still have an Indian flair with the block print design.

RUG I’ve been wanting a place to use my Asta Rug in our home!  I think this will be a great opportunity since the floor will be cleared out.  Plus, the easy black and white pattern enforces the global theme without being too much pattern.

THROW PILLOWS the throw pillows are really going to be the thing that ties the whole look together.  Varying neutrals in global, but minimal patterns bring together the essence of the look. I’m mixing brown, navy, black, and cream in various textures.  I am leaning toward a grey/brown sheepskin, a stark black and white geo, a grey/brown basket weave, and a turkish kilim pillow in blue and black.

How do you guys like it?  It’s definitely a change from my current bedroom, but still holds a lot of the design elements that I use throughout the rest of the house! I’m excited to get started on the tufted bed this weekend!

 

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Custom, Handmade, & Natural Fall touches

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Fall decor inspiration can strike anywhere and it’s not just about pumpkins and spice and everything nice (although, those are all things I love).  Earthy, natural elements made me automatically think of natural crisp fall days.

A small change in your home decor can make a significant change to the feeling inside your home for holidays.  You don’t just need to think seasonal decor – think more everyday! The natural elements in this bathroom in the Cote d’Azure would lend itself well to this teak mirror as well.  The mirror and more home decor are from this source.

I love the look of antique maps and something about the aged, faded look of them reminded me of the aging and fading of this time of year.  This giant map in a worn, rustic entry has been on my inspiration board for so long! I was so excited to find the look of an old map in a customized pillow.  Check out more customized gifts here.

Lastly, I can’t get enough of the recycled glass look, but vases can get old, so I am particularly leaning toward the lamps shown in this living room and these recycled stemless wine glasses. (These and more handmade pieces here)

I just love pairing a room look I love with a piece that exemplifies the feeling of the room.

What feelings are you going for this fall – I’m Earthy, Casual, and Custom.  What would your three adjectives be?

 

Disclosure:  This post was done in partnership with Uncommon Goods.  I enjoyed the opportunity to dig into their offering and hope you did too.  Post topic and ideas are all my own.  Thank you for continuing to support the brands that allow us to bring fresh new content to you five days a week!

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