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House of Earnest Out and About

It’s been quite a weekend! I tweeted a little hint last weekend about the photo shoot that we were doing for Houzz, and tweeting about a month ago for a style shoot I was working on for a (then) undisclosed project.  Today I’m here to show you whats been going on behind the scenes! Firstly, our ‘Houzz Tour’ went live yesterday and I’ve been flooded with wonderful questions and comments ever since (except one nasty comment, but that’s just how some people are). Shooting my own whole home in a day was a little hectic, but with my return from India, I was up against a deadline. It’s surprising the things you see in photos that you don’t even realize on an everyday basis (cords, namely) but it was a fun experience nonetheless.  Below, is a slideshow filled with the photos only, but you can click through to read the full interview!

The undisclosed project, is a style shoot I was working on to reflect my style, esthetic and work for a curated collection on Joss & Main, which goes live tomorrow!  The first photo and this last one are just a little peek of the lifestyle look book that we’ve put together to highlight the theme of the event (which, of course, revolves around entertaining) and I’m just indescribably excited about it.  I choose a full collection of products that really showcase the House of Earnest style and I hope you love them.  If you’re new to Joss & Main, it’s a flash sale site which features mini-sales full of common products.  You can join the site HERE so that you don’t have to wait on an invite!

Have a WONDERFUL Monday!

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Friday Faves 8.3

ONE studded edge bowl from Ankasa, $95; TWO Rae Dun cheese markers $35 at Nordstrom; THREE globetrotter calendar $20 at anthropologie; FOUR Thomas Paul ‘Moby’ Pillow $78 at Burke Decor; FIVE hand sculpted spoons $48 from Avesha Michael; SIX Thomas Paul bazaar side plates $34 from Burke Decor.

A splash of color and pattern for your Friday!  I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been trying hard to broaden my horizons when it comes to adding color into my home.  I used to be a very neutral, minimal kind of girl, but I’m realizing that adding those pops just intensifies the purity of the neutrals as well.  I hope you’re enjoying this journey for me!

This weekend, I plan to get SO much work done.  I have a lot of projects that are half started and were interrupted by a last minute trip to India, so I’m looking forward to picking them back up and finishing some things off.  Matty’s out of town and I am going to make myself a big bowl of this – a recipe my one of my favorite new bloggers.

What about you?  Any fun plans?

Have a HAPPY Friday guys!

 

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Spa Bathroom in Delhi

Does this view look familiar?  If you follow on Instagram (@houseofearnest) you would have seen this lovely view just a few weeks ago while I was in India.  I was expecting an intense week of hard work, an uneasy stomach, and lots of homeless children (cue scenes from Slumdog Millionaire).

What I got, was an amazingly beautiful, colorful, lush retreat to relax and recharge in between days with my suppliers.  This bathroom was the opulent icing on the cake.  As soon as I walked into the room (at 1am local time) I was immediately smitten and decided that a hot soak was in order.

I think my experience was much different than most.  I was certainly living in the lap of luxury at the Oberoi, but it got me to thinking about the elements I want to include in my own bathroom renovation.  Glass shower cubicles and enclosures? Yes.  Stunning bathroom mirrors with backlighting? Yes. Giant soaking tub with a view of a blue sky (maybe something a little more angular like this)? Yes.

Although my own bath wouldn’t be quite so glam (a little less opulent, and little more natural) there are a lot of cues I can take from this beautiful room.

What about you – what are absolute ‘musts’ in your dream bathroom?

Have a STUNNING Thursday!

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The Well-Rounded Entry

All my life, I’ve envied the grand entryways that have a large round table with a large vase of flowers.  You know the ones – welcoming guests and looking chic through the glass front door? I never thought I’d have the pleasure of having the type of ‘foyer’ that could accommodate this design feature, but I was wrong (as I am here and there!).

I’m always toying around with various rooms in my house and after a rug purchase in India for our entry, I got to thinking about the round table (complete with flowers) that I’ve always wanted to have in an entry.  The rug sat there for about a week before I starting moving tables in and out to play with the scale that would be appropriate.  I needed something tall and skinny.

I borrowed a side table from our living room and a marble table top that I’d found thrifting a few years back to combine them into something very simple, but grand enough (thanks to the marble) for the entry I was envisioning.

I piled it with two sturdy design books and a small (gotta keep that scale in mind) vase of flowers.  I know I’m clearly biased, but I love it.  And sometimes it’s just the little details that make you smile and feel wonderful in your home.

Have you done anything lately that you’re exceptionally proud of? Let me know!

 

Have a SUPERB Monday!

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Details With // Jenny from Hank and Hunt

Jenny Batt, who writes her own blog, Hank and Hunt as well as contributing for Oh Happy Day, The Sweetest Occasion, and Hellobee, is certainly one busy lady.  Not only is she the contributing DIY editor for some of my favorite blogs, but she’s also a mother to two little boys.  If anyone loves DIYs as much as I do, it’s Jenny.  I am so excited to have her showing three details from her home which keep her smiling.  Here are what these three photos mean to her, in her words:

ONE My newest trophy from the hunt this weekend. I’m crazy over it with my collection of mini plants.  TWO It’s a crazy cheap rug from Ikea that I just love. I have a thing for crazy mishmashes of color. The chair is from my husband’s job as a metal man after college and it’s green. I love green. THREE Faux malachite bowl in the most delicious shades of green.

 

Thanks Jenny!  For those of you who are newer to House of Earnest, every other Wednesday I share three photos from inside the home of influences from around the web in a column called Details With.  I love these little sneak peeks and hope you do you.  You can see past features here!

Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday!

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Friday Faves 7.20

ONE traditional block printing in India is still huge, especially with the resurgence of the trend in apparel and home goods here stateside.  I picked up a couple pretty carved blocks for my own projects, $2.  TWO water buffalo run ramped in that part of the world, and are highly revered.  Their horns are used, just as every part of the animal is used after it dies naturally. I picked up these salad servers for their beautiful striations and natural coloring, $3. THREE bottle dye and tye dye techniques are all the rage right now, and with the importance that India plays in the garment industry, they’re keeping up with trend, $1. FOUR inlaid precious stone in white marble is what part of the Taj Mahal facade is adorned with.  A little trinket box using the same technique is the perfect memento, $18. FIVE I really just love elephants, and had to pick up a unique one to go on my bedroom shelves.  This guy was just $8 from a beautiful new home store called The Wishing Chair www.wishingchair.in coming soon!

 

Well guys, I’m back in action.  I was able to work a full day yesterday and today I’m on the party planning train for my husbands big  Bavarian themed 30th birthday party tomorrow.  I’m so excited to show you guys pictures next week of all the festivities, and boy, will it be festive.  We have everything from a traditional biergarten tent to a polka band to pretzels and wursts.  We’ll all be singing ‘ein prosit’ and clinking beer mugs in no time!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend lined up!  See you next week!

 

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Reader Favorites: Our Kitchen – Before and After

I always get requests and emails about my kitchen, from where my farmhouse sink was purchased (Ikea) to what color my walls are (custom creation). I wanted to share the renovation again with some of you who are new to House of Earnest, so that when I show brief snippets, you’ll understand the whole a little better!

This house is a 110-120 year old farm house that was built by my husband’s great-great grandfather. It was a rental property for a long time before he moved here in 2006. It was my husband’s bachelor pad for a few years. Then in 2009, I moved in and my husband and I began renovating and remodeling what we could. Our goal was to bring the kitchen back from 80’s rental reno to an early 1900s inspired chic modern space.

Those of you who live in an old house would know; they are a blessing and a curse. Windows and doors aren’t level (shoot – floors and ceilings aren’t even level), they never look clean even when they’re spotless, things break everyday, and they are constantly a work in progress. But on the other hand, these houses feel like homes – with so much history and character.

*In the above ‘before’ photo, the cabinets were a light, honey oak, the floor was peel n stick linoleum tiles, countertops old formica, and appliances just plain old.

*In the above ‘after’ photo, cabinets are painted ‘cottage black’ from Behr, floors are Jacobean Walnut stained pine, walls are “green tea ice cream” (color was my creation, but mixed by the wonderful people at Home Depot).  Kitchen island was from target – similar island HERE

We did all of the work ourselves, refinished all the cabinets, installed the tile and apron front sink in the pantry (wet room) area, and refinished the floors to expose the original wood. 

I love my kitchen and cooking in it is what I do as a weeknight relaxation ritual.  Of course there are things that I would want in a newer home, but I just love where we landed on this kitchen!

Have a FAB Wednesday!

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Reader Favorites: Industrial Orbit Chandelier

You might have seen my orb chandelier in the office tour last week, or you might have been following House of Earnest since the chandelier made its debut last August.

Either way, this chandelier has definitely been in the top five viewed tutorials and posts for the past year.  It was a fun project to make, and costs way less than purchasing a similar one from any of the many retailers who are selling similar styles. I was pinning rooms with these chandeliers for a few months, and doing some general investigating before I decided that they were all just a little too ornate for me, and I’d be better off to take the plunge and just make one.

*above photos: first from Z Gallerie $499, forth from Currey&Company $1310, all other from Solaria $1035-$3355

Difficulty-wise, it’s about a six on a one to ten scale based on the fact that it uses a riveting tool, which isn’t so common in most households, but only costs around $19 in case you’re interested in one.  If you’re newer to House of Earnest, and are not familiar with this project, you can keep reading below for the full tutorial!  The entire project costs around $50 to make (which includes the cost of the rivet tool), but it turns out so wonderfully, it’s worth it!

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Reader Favorites: All White Office Renovation

Today’s reader favorite is my all-white office renovation that was completed last August.  The before is certainly different, although the overall changes were minimal.  I put up some decorative molding about six inches from the ceiling for a little architectural detail, painted all of the walls white, and replaced most of the furnishings.  Floor to ceiling white drapes soften the starkness of so much white and keep it breezy.

It’s my place that I go to feel inspired, efficient, and creative.  Coming off of the Etsy blog post I wrote about putting together a space to create, I definitely felt it was fitting to show you all my space!

I think there is just enough color and bold elements to offset the white walls, shelves, and chair!

Have a WONDERFUL Wednesday!

 

p.s. today is my first working day in Delhi!  I’m looking forward to seeing it in the daylight, trying the food, and being open for new experiences that come my way!

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Reader Favorites: Dipped in Gold Side Table

I originally posted this project last March (2011) after being inspired by this House & Home article regarding ‘dipped’ furniture.  We all know that I have an affinity for dipping things, especially after the spoon DIY I posted just this past March.

This project was a little different, however.  Firstly, it uses gold foil instead of paint, and secondly, it has an asymmetrical line that I felt kept a pretty traditional piece of furniture quite modern. 

The logistics are all the same, however. Paint an entire item, tape off your contrasting area and have at it with whatever medium you choose.

I still look back and think this was such a beautiful and fun project!  I sold the table on Etsy, but part of me wishes I’d have kept it.  I suppose if I keep everything I make, however, there would be no room for my husband… and I like him, so giveaway projects,  I must!

Have a GLITTERY Tuesday!

 p.s. I sit in Paris at Charles de Gaulle as I write this and am about to head to the little Laderree shop for some macarons.  Follow on instagram @houseofearnest for more travel updates!

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