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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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Outdoor Buffet

My outdoor space is a little lacking, so I jumped on the opportunity to take a fun outdoor bar/buffet piece that my mother in law was giving away.  It’s make from teak and is bar height.  I think it will make a wonderful addition to our patio (or what patio exists).

It has room to house a few bottles, some wine glasses and any other extras for an outdoor gathering. I placed it right next to the grill to serve as a spot for a little extra workspace as well. I think it definitely adds some character to my otherwise bland outdoor entertaining area.

What did you all do this weekend? Any fun finds?

Have a fantastic Monday!

 

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Friday Faves 6.22

ONE large colorblock utility basket $138 at terrain; TWO jonna saarinen printed breakfast trays $43 each from leif; THREE retro yellow vintage desk lamp with a neon orange cord $165 from Earth Sea Warrior; FOUR pretty maps by Aaron Straup Cope starting at $24 (this one is dc/baltimore). FIVE circles porcelain votive holders $8 ea from west elm; SIX lasalle bistro set – just $86 and comes in 5 colors (even a bright yellow!) from Target.

Pretty brights and neutrals are on my wish list this Friday (along with a few more hours in the day)!  I’ve mentioned it a few times, but I’m doing the floral and table designs for two upcoming weddings – the first is next Saturday and then the second is the following Saturday.  It’s going to be a busy few weeks getting vases cleaned and prepped, ribbons, candles, table numbers, and placesettings all ready.  I’m curious if you guys are interested in seeing any of the progress?  Or just the finished products?

Aside from all of my crazy – what are you doing this weekend?

Have a FAB Friday and Weekend!

 

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Details With // Jeanne of Shop Sweet Things

ONE This is a chinoise bowl I just received from my husband for my mother’s day gift. I actually featured it in one of my “Sweet Things Under $20″ series and he surprised me with this gift. Now it’s sitting nicely on our kitchen buffet cabinet. TWO I have a thing for collecting knick-knacks, especially empty jars with nice labels. I like to display them on the top shelf in my kitchen along with some cooking books. THREE Since I don’t have an office space and my desk is placed behind my sofa, I don’t have a wall where I can pin pretty things or inspirations. So I use my refrigerator to serve as my inspiration board – gotta work everything you have when living in a small space!

I’m really happy to have Jeanne from Shop Sweet Things on House of Earnest to share with you some special details of her home.  I met Jeanne this past January at Alt and I was smitten with her at the first lunch!  She is fabulously stylish and insightful. She really blew me away with how she held herself – very calm and graceful; I began to wonder if she ever has an ‘off’ day!

Jeanne has been featured in Glitter Guide, Matchbook Magazine, Refinery 29 and much more. Her style and taste is totally enviable, and she serves up a dose of it daily on her blog, Shop Sweet Things.

 

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