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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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Friday Faves 7.6

It’s just a friday faves sneak peek today at the curated collection I’m sharing on Etsy! There are too many great things to miss, so head on over and check out my article, “A Space to Create” !

I hope you enjoy it!  I’m going to continue trucking on with these wedding flowers and I’m making some pretty fun topiaries today, so I’m excited to get started!

 

Have a WONDERFUL Friday and weekend!  I’ll be back next Monday to share photos of the wedding flowers from this weekend.  Also, in other big news, I’m headed to India on Monday, but not to worry, I’ll have my ‘best of’ reader favorite projects on repeat each day so that if you’re new to House of Earnest, you’ll be able to get a dose of some of my best projects without trolling through the archives!

 

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Powder Room Play – Silver or Gold?

I’m totally a sucker for a pretty powder room, any anything that has an aged metallic look is high in my book.

I have been so into gold lately that I kind of forgot about my love for silver until I saw this stunning bathroom.  It got me thinking, what do I prefer? Gold of Silver?

What about you?  If you did have to choose, which would it be in your home?

 

This Thursday, there is a ton going on.  Firstly, I’m on Etsy later today sharing they way to create an inspiring home workspace!  I’m beyond excited to be contributing to Etsy, as it is my go-to site when I’m looking for unique pieces for my home and parties!

Second, I have another round of wedding flowers this weekend, with a much different esthetic than last weekend!  Follow along on instagram (@houseofearnest) for behind the scenes photos of my process! It all starts today with the rehearsal dinner for which I’m making up some all-white floral arrangements, then continues on to a very vibrant hot pink motif on Saturday! I’m excited to show you all how it goes right here next Monday!

 

Have a MARVELOUS Thursday with whatever is on your list!

 

Bathroom photos 1 | 2

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Friday Faves 6.29

ONE elegant and fun table number cards,$24 by tuck and bonte, TWO ‘no, I have no regrets’ $83 by sarah and bendrix, THREE come hither hook $30 by eco elements, FOUR metallic cork mousepad $17 from shop eyelet; FIVE handmade leather camera strap $89 from Lorayn Leather. SIX fontana sheet set $58-248 at anthropologie.

Whew, it’s been a busy few days, but I think everything is coming along well for the wedding flowers I’m doing tomorrow!  I’ll hope to snap a few photos on instagram, so make sure you’re following @houseofearnest!

 

Have a Wonderfully Summery weekend!

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Style Splurge: Carrera Marble

To be honest, there aren’t even photos that can truly capture my affinity for carrera marble.  It’s just one of those things that I put on my dream list and hope that one day I have just the perfect use for it in my home.

As some of you know, my husband and I live in this crazy old farm house in hopes of one day building a dream home on the back of the property.  My dream home will consist of LOTS of carrera marble.  There is just no way around it.

…but the dream home isn’t a reality yet, and you won’t find me splurging on carrera countertops in the current house.  That doesn’t mean we can’t have a dose of it right now, however.

I’ve been eyeing this coffee table for the better part of a year, and think it could be the perfect little bit to satiate by carrera appetite.

What are your thoughts?  Do you have white marble anywhere in your home?  It gets a bad rap for functionality, but man, I just don’t care!

Have a fabulous Tuesday, guys!

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