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The Art of Collecting

Collections

Did you collect things as a child?  I can remember really wanting to start a serious collection (of anything) but never quite being passionate enough to stick with it.  It was such a normal idea though.  Now, I feel that the idea has kind of slipped away as a very antiquated hobby.

Lisa Congdon was an avid collector and even posted a picture each day for a year of her collections.  I got to thinking about the fact that subconsciously, I actually have been a collector all of these years.  I have a very extensive collection of glassware (almost rivaling another Erin) and am seriously on my way to a (bordering on crazy) vase and vessel collection – which maybe still falls in the glassware category.

All of this to say that maybe the difference between hoarding and being a collector is our treatment of the pieces.  Lisa carefully arranged and photographed hers.  I keep my glassware lined up and styled on my bar – bringing it out for many a photography session.  Our respect and admiration for the pieces is the key here.

Which brings me to ask – Do you collect anything? Do you display it? or have it carefully tucked away?

 

photo credit: glassware | pillows | porcelain | books

 

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Lighting up the Bedroom

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It’s been awhile since I talked about our bedroom renovations after we were nearly finished last spring, but I had a few loose ends that I’ve still been waiting to tie up – mainly our bedside lighting.

The before featured two bedside lamps that were glass, small, very bright, and just weren’t quite liked by Matty. I had really wanted some brass, swing arm sconces that I’d talked about here, but I just had trouble finding some that I liked with a mount that worked on our wall.  Since the wall above our bed is brick covered in drywall (with no studs) something heavy just wouldn’t work.  I decided that a very light fixture capable of being hung by command hooks (or something of the like) was in order and went to Ikea to find it.

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This is a totally unauthorized use of Command strips, but instead of fixing the sconce brackets to the wall with screws, I used command strips because the wall behind our bed is actually the chimney from the fireplace downstairs.  Screwing into the chimney just doesn’t sound like an awesome idea to me, so I figured that using these super sticky strips would do the trick.

I really love the way it looks and best of all, I didn’t have to drill crazy holes into our wall.  This would be a great project for those who rent or (like us) those who can’t really drill into the walls because your house is a billion years old!

I love how classic the sconces look above our bed and love that as I sit in bed typing this, these lights are gleaming overhead!

Do you like them?  How do you feel about my original plan versus this one?

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Fashion (Forward) Florals

house of earnest - fashion florals for home

 

Mid-scale, multi-color floral prints are everywhere this spring and while you may be embracing them fully in your outfits, outfitting your home with fashion forward florals is easy, chic, and so beautiful. How would you integrate them into your home life?

ONE springtime rug from Lulu & Georgia TWO Mathilde Chair from Anthopologie THREE wrapping paper from Rifle Paper Co. FOUR paper straws FIVE floral quilt from Gypsya SIX storage boxes from Zara Home SEVEN felt bouquets by Muncle Fred Art EIGHT dishtowel by lisa rupp design NINE iphone case by Jagger Edge

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Holiday vs. Everyday

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I can never bring myself to buy something that doesn’t have more than one use.  I’m not sure if it’s a space thing (old homes have no storage) or just an efficiency thing.  Some of my best ideas have come from brainstorming more ways to use something than the intended, or obvious way, and it’s the same when it comes to holiday decor.

I loved these tiny birds nests which were styled up on an Easter table setting at one of my local shops.  I am not a huge fan of decorating for Easter, so I initially wrote them off, but then as I strolled through the store, I got to thinking about other ways to use the little guys.  I took them home and immediately thought that it was a really pretty and spring-esque object to put under my (usually empty) cloches.

How would you style them for Easter or for everyday?

 

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Friday Faves 3.15

Friday Faves 3.15

 

ONE letterpress cards from Bears Eat Berries are as cute as they come.  They’re cool, minimal, and right down my alley. $15 for a set of six thank you cards. TWO These accordion sconces from West Elm are just what I need above my headboard. $179 each. THREE make cereal in the morning a tad more stylish with these geo patterned bowls from Urban Nester, $30 for the set of four. FOUR start your garden growing this year with an indoor herb kit that is a pretty as they come, $45 from The Growers Exchange (and for other gardening picks, see my March column on Houzz). FIVE as if you didn’t love shopping before… these shopping list notebooks from ARMINHO are so fun and a great price at $10 for the set of three. SIX Add some stunning greek beauty to your home with the Athena side table from Society Social, $395.

 

Happy Friday, everyone!  I am happy that it’s the end of the week and I can have some downtime to play a little bit.  My social calendar is booked with dinners and drinks, we’re breaking ground on our flagstone patio, I’ve got some housekeeping to do, and I’m excited for it all!

Are you all celebrating this weekend?  Whether it’s for St. Patricks day, the onslaught of spring, or just because it’s the weekend and you survived?

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Splurge & Save: Boho Chic

green sofa, gooseneck lamp, pharmacy lamp, colorful rug, glass coffee table iron coffee table

Unveiling the new concept for a column that’s been a reader favorite, but I felt could use a new twist.  Instead of featuring the same type item on the Splurge & Save, I want to feature a collection that all works together.  Similar to how you would in an outfit with a handbag, you can have one statement piece that is a bit of a splurge while saving on the supporting items.

Today, I’d totally splurge on this emerald settee with clean lines and tufted sides from Anthropologie while saving on some still fabulous pieces like this colorful, but leaning toward classic, rug from World Market, a sleek iron and glass coffee table from Ikea which would look awesome with some stacked books underneath, and lastly a bronze pharmacy lamp from Target.

Do you like the assortment?  How about the revamp of the column?

 

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Friday Faves 3.8

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ONE what’s cuter than some bugs? Insect art is just $15 from Winged World. TWO serve up a beautiful brunch this spring with these ditsy floral servers from bhldn, $58. THREE this gold textured vase is perfect for a branch arrangement like we discussed earlier in the week!  Mignon vase from Zara Home is $49. FOUR large scale floral pattern is very trend-right and in a toss pillow, it’s the perfect spring update for your home. Primavera pillow covers, $36 from Zara Home. FIVE the silhouette might be a little mid-century, but in a pretty pale mint, this bench is classic and feminine. $1495 from Jonathan Adler.

 

It’s been a pretty long week, and I’m in the mood for something pretty to take my mind off of it.  I cannot wait to spend my first weekend at home in over a month relaxing and getting my patio ready for spring.  It’s supposed to get warm tomorrow, so lets home I can get outside a bit!

I’ll (hopefully) be digging in some dirt this weekend and getting some awesome DIY posts ready for you to see next week!

What will you be up to?

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Design Idea: Tassels

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You guys have seen it in fashion – tassels on shoes, jewelry, bags and belts, but how about home decor?  I love the chic detail that tassels add to home style. They are pretty and feminine, but definitely have a very global influence.

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I suppose you could ask what in the world you’d need tassels for, but there are examples all over of ways to adorn your home accessories and furniture with the fringey addition. Hanging from a dresser pull, draped across a doorway or used in a more functional way like for your keys, tassels are darling and fun.

How about a fringe DIY?  Sounds like a good idea to me!

Tell me, what would you use some tassels for?

 

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Friday Faves 3.1

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ONE white dipped baskets from Wisteria are no longer for sale, but I can’t stop thinking about them.  I think I’ll try my hand at this DIY (even though it’s been done pretty excessively) just because I love them. TWO Robins egg soaps will convince you and your guests that spring is right around the corner.  $24 from Terrain. THREE Nottingham tea cups from Anthropologie are pretty, but not too sweet for a lovely girly lunch – $14 each.  If you read my post yesterday, you’ll know that I’m itching to do something just like that. FOUR I love the simplicity and boldness of this bar cart from Restoration Hardware, $895. FIVE a year after my dip dye spoons, I still love the trend, but this ombre set from Anthropologie is a bit newer, $36.

 

We’re a little slow going around here this morning with Friday Faves, but better late than never, right?

This week, I’ve had serious spring fever, as you can tell from the last few days of posts, so thank goodness it’s March and spring weather is actually in sight.

Speaking of winter, I’ve been relaxing and skiing this week in Colorado with my husband and some friends and although I’m a little over the snow this year, with all of the bright sunshine out here, it’s been fantastic.  Skiing has come back to me even though I haven’t really been for a few years, and it’s been nice having some time off from work. We’re heading back tomorrow with enough time left over in the weekend to settle in and get ready for another work week.

Happy Friday to you all!  Any fun plans this weekend?

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It’s a Sunny Day

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You guys might notice a little bit of the activity of sponsors that come and go in the side bar, but I wanted to call special attention to one that is a constant source of support and of vintage goodies as well.  Sunny Day Vintage, run by entrepreneur, Sunny, is filled with such sweet finds ranging anywhere from antique labels and glassware to vintage craft supplies like buttons, ribbon, bobbins, and more.

In my DIYs, I’m always talking about picking up a vintage this or antique that and Sunny Day Vintage is the type of store I’m describing.  I love to pick up little baubles and bits that are just plain pretty and these are the things that inspire me most of the time to make the projects that I share with you guys.

Sunny has been such a wonderful sponsor and support for House of Earnest and is active in our community, lending her thoughts on comments and sharing posts on social media.  I am beyond thrilled to have her and Sunny Day Vintage as a H of E sponsor.

To top it all off, through the end of April Sunny is offering 15% off any Sunny Day Vintage purchase for House of Earnest Readers! Enter in coupon code EARNEST at check out to take advantage!

Pop over and say hi to Sunny for me!

 

p.s.  I’m relaxing on vacation right now in sunny Colorado, but will be blogging all week and instagramming up the joint.  Follow @Houseofearnest on instagram to keep up!

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