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Splurge & Save: Boho Chic

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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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Friday Faves 2.22

nesting bowls, pendant light, sewing kit, desk set, trays, arrow pillow, wood side table, occasional table, faceted wood table

 

ONE Raspberry glass pendant light is a perfect mix of feminine and vintage.  I think it would make the perfect addition to a small space entryway! $42 from BootsNGus. TWO This brass desk set by Futagami is calling my name!  I love that its shine is a little tarnished and it’s angles are reminiscent of a faceted gem. Cost starts at $50 for the small, so they’re not cheap! THREE I originally pinned the image of this Merchant & Mills sewing kit because I love the type and the  packaging, but now I’ve realized that it comes with amazing little treats like scissors, a needle threader and notions galore – not to mention would make a wonderful gift, $75.  FOUR Sweet and unique painted geo nesting bowls can scatter around the house holding everything from nuts to jewelry.  The set of three from Furbish is just $24.  FIVE what’s not to love about a faceted wooden side table? It’s sculptural  fun, and won’t break the bank. $298 from Urban Outfitters. SIX I’m not sure why arrows are cool, but I love that they are.  This simple embroidered pillow would look just as good in a living room or in a little boys bedroom.  $128 from Terrain.

 

I’m not sure if I am happier that it’s Friday, or happier to be back at home.  Either way, this weekend is going to include lots of relaxing, unpacking (and then repacking), and hanging out with some friends that I haven’t seen in a while.  I think I’m leaning toward loving some of the cleaner lines and angular shaped things above partially because my house is such a disaster and these things make me feel quite orderly. I’ve got two giant unpacked suitcases, a few vases of dead flowers, and piles of mail just waiting to be tended to… but maybe I’ll go for happy hour first!

Tell me, what is on your agenda this last week in February?

 

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Splurge and Save: Navy Velvet Sofas

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I love navy velvet sofas and have always wanted one, but I’m just so afraid they’ll go out of fashion (although that seems like a preposterous idea) so I’ve never wanted to purchase a real pricey one.  As absolutely stunning as the Mitchell and Gold sofa is, West Elm also has a style for about half the price.

What do you guys think?  Is this something you’d go all the way on, or save?

 

p.s. I like a little nailhead trip like I used here would be perfect on the West Elm sofa!

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Step into Spring with Illume

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I’m not gonna lie to you guys, after being in Delhi, I’m ready for bright colors and the spring weather to follow me back to Ohio.  I feel like I can’t get antsy just yet because I still have a vacation in snowy Telluride next week, but it’s definitely on my mind.

The wonderful people at Illume sent me a whole sampler let of their new spring items and it’s certainly not helping my spring fever. The colors are bright and vibrant, the patterns are reminiscent of summer and the scents are just what I need.  How cute are these little matchbooks?

After Christmas, I need fresh, clean smells wafting through my house (I’m not a food/sweet scent type person) and so I was so excited to try a different scent each day from the sampler to see which I liked most.

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The verdict?  Cactus Verde is the winner.  It’s clean, light and herbal smelling which makes my house feel just as ready for spring as I am!

Speaking of winners… We have TWO winners of the Birchseed giveaway and both winners will be contacted via email!

 

Have a FRESH Wednesday, you guys!

 

disclosure: Illume kindly provided the products seen here, but all opinions are my own.

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Hand Made: Lacquered Animal Bookends

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I was bursting at the seams to share this project and today is the day!  I love lacquered anything, but this cute little animals in a lovely deep blue are such a welcome addition to my office.  They were so so simple to make and the options of animal, object, and color are endless.  I think I might even make a few for gifts!

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I simply used Gorilla Super Glue to adhere a plastic toy to a brick, painted with a high gloss paint and finished it off with a high gloss lacquer top coat. Easy, huh?

I had so much fun playing around with styling them and thought the monkey’s faces were humorous.  I really wanted to find horses or a lion, but truth be told, finding the toy to use was the hardest part of this project.  I ended up using dog toys, but I think a trip to a large toy store probably would have yielded good results as well.

So what do you think?  Silly? Fun? Can I say chic?

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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Birchseed Giveaway – CLOSED

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We are giving away TWO pairs of down-filled art inspired pillows today!  First, I’m so excited to share a relatively new company with a passion for putting emerging artists in front of the proper audience.  Birchseed‘s goal is to provide exposure for new artists to the general public through building each artist’s name and reputation.  They focus on giving these young artists a chance to develop their artistry in a finacially supportive way which I just think is phenomenal.

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Birchseed not only carries the original art by these new talents,  but also helps them to get their names out into a world of consumers by making the art accessible through their line of art inspired textiles.  The pillow covers are such a wonderful idea for regular joes like you and I who may not want to splurge on some original art, but may really want to integrate the look into our homes and support new artists as well.

To gain even more exposure for these artists and their craft, House of Earnest is teaming up with Birchseed to do a give-a-way with not just one, but TWO possible winners.  Each winner will get a PAIR of beautiful art inspired pillows made from high quality materials and they come with the down feather inserts (how many pillows do you buy now-a-days that come with the insert?).

So here is how to enter – THIS GIVEAWAY CLOSED AT MIDNIGHT ON 2/19/13 AND WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED.

1. Pop over to Birchseed.com and have a look around.  Come back here and comment below, telling me which item is your favorite.   We will choose one random winner for each one of these comments.

2. SHARE the love!  If you share Birchseed or one of their products via Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest, (and come back here to leave a comment letting me know that you did so) You’ll be entered to win the second set of pillows.  (make sure to include Birchseed’s site link in your share!)

Official Rules: Open to all U.S. residents, no purchase is necessary.  This giveaway begins at 5am EST on 2/13/2013 and closes at midnight EST on 2/19/2013.

Good Luck!!

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