It doesn’t make total sense, but there is something about summer that makes me yearn for a little chinoiserie in my life. Maybe it’s the serene white and blue ceramics (like in this gorgeous patio) or possibly the presence of bamboo and other seemingly ‘exotic’ textures and materials. I think one of the big reasons I pine for chinoiserie is partially because I have absolutely zero of it in my current home design. After today, however, I might have to change that. I have picked out a few decor examples of how to get a hint of chinoiserie in your home without going totally overboard! I have an example of Chinoiserie in a classic home, a mod home, a coastal home, and a whimsical home! Let’s go!
Blue and white ceramics are synonymous with chinoiserie style and are very classic pieces. If your style is traditional, get a piece of this look with a little garden stool, ginger jar, or vase. We have Three more styles to cover!
Wow, has it only been two days? I told you on Monday that I had a lamp re-work in the cards and now it’s done! If you’ll notice from Monday’s post, both of my bedside lamps were two different colors. I had contemplated painting them both white, then swung back to painting them chrome, knowing that if I tried to make one look like the other, it just never really would.
I love the Tom Dixon pendants with black shell and shiny gold lining, so I thought the bed way to have both lamps look the same was to paint them completely different colors then the original…matte black.
I could have painted the interior gold with paint, but I wanted them to have the luminescent glow that only foil can achieve. Now, I hate working with gold foil. Foil is a pain in the ass, I will avoid it at all cost. But here, for whatever reason, I felt like it was completely necessary. I’m happy I ended up going for it even though I was cursing it the entire time. Just look how it glows!
If you’ve worked with foil before, you’ll know how you get crazy cracks and empty spaces, so I have a solution for that! I’ll show you how I completed this project and my little gold foil trick after the jump! Continue Reading…
This post is going to be such a blast from the past for some of you! It was three whole years ago that I laid out some design plans for my guest bedroom and it was three years ago that I touched one detail in that bedroom (aside from stuffing it with random craft supplies and castaway furniture). The room was also home to all of our linens, towels, and extra bathroom supplies. It was a hodgepodge mess and here is the proof… The Before Pictures (eek!)
I had a grand plan for cleaning out the room, but there were so many moving parts. To get the room cleaned out, I needed to clear out all of my work and craft supplies, but I needed to move them into the office. As many of you will recall, the office closet held my clothes. So, just this year after Matt and I created a master bedroom closet space, I was finally able to move my clothes out of the office and therefore move the supplies out of the guest room (were you able to keep all of that straight?)
Now, the room is cleared out and cleaned up which is a starting point for a bigger redesign which will come soon enough, but right now, I’m really enjoying what a huge difference the small changes made to the room all without spending one penny. Before it was dark and was an odd combination of colors. It had all of my old college furniture (and still does) but the reconfiguration makes it a much brighter and refreshing place for a guest to spend a weekend.
Styling little spaces around my home is my release. If you come over to my house at any given point, chances are, things aren’t how you last saw them. I have trouble leaving any surface alone and am constantly redesigning vignettes, swapping around furniture or changing out art. This is something I most definitely learned from my mother who used to move around furniture all of the time while I was growing up. While I can’t really move around the layout of my rooms (they’re tiny enough to where things really are where they are), I’ve taken to creating and styling surfaces and walls all around the house.
My styling process is a little hard to describe, but readers have asked enough times for me to share that I knew I’d have to show you my mindset and thought process while styling different areas of my house. I started the series out my talking through the types and varieties of items I typically choose when styling. Check out this post for full details! What’s more, I also made a video (my first with voice over, so be kind!) to outline a shorted version of how I arrived at my end result.
Don’t be afraid to get together a whole slew of accessories and swap them in and out until you like what you’ve got! I never end up where I started when styling a surface, so be kind to yourself and give yourself some time to feel your way through the process. If something isn’t quite right, but you can’t put your finger on what, then leave it for a few days and you’ll find yourself figuring out what looks and feels best to you.
Our next styling post (and video!) will be how to style a bedside table! Subscribe to the House of Earnest channel to get the latest videos!
I’ve had a little thing for pinning gorgeous home exteriors lately. It’s got me inspired to actually start thinking about the style of the house we plan to build one day and I think I have a very, very clear cut style! Modern Farmhouse anyone? More of these farmhouse revivals here! Have a happy (and inspiring) Wednesday, everyone! Sources: 1 | 2 | 3
I love looking at houses. I know that’s a pretty obvious statement coming from a home & decor blogger, but it’s not always the inside that I love peeking into.
Last week while in Nashville, we spent a little bit of time just driving around the countryside, looking at homes. I always start to dream about if I had all of the power (and money) to build exactly what I loved, what would that home look like? It’s easy to look at a photo or drive by a house and simply ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ certain aspects of a design. But I always think about how hard it must be to just start from scratch.
Many of you know that Matt and my long-term plan is to build a new home on our property. For years, I’ve envisioned what the house might look like and what design style I might adopt. It’s houses like this one by AJF design and Tendenze Design that start filling up my idea bank. I was enamored by this gorgeous home. It’s the property of Andrea Filippone who is a landscape designer in New Jersey. The property actually started out as 4 different barns and outbuildings, then Filippone worked to string them together into a gorgeous home. I was struck by how many beautiful details just one residence can have. It seems that around every corner, there is something to take note of or to jot down in my memory.
I love how sprawling and continuous this home is, all while using pretty clean lines and classic farmhouse design. The landscape plays such a huge part in the whimsey of the property, but strip that away and there is clapboard, cedar, and stone. Loads of gridded windows in every shape and size are really the wow factor for me. Is there anything that stands out to you?
I’m not gonna lie, I’m not an L.A. kind of person. I’ve tried several times and each time I leave with a ‘this isn’t real life’ kind of feeling. I know plenty of ‘real’ and wonderful people who live there, so it’s making me think that maybe I’m just not in the right places when I go.
Regardless, it’s not often that I find a house that really hits me on all levels. If you’ve noticed in my own home decor, I really love classic and clean design with a touch of rustic and global influences. Usually homes are strikingly classic or strikingly rustic, but getting a really wonderfully classy mix is the unicorn I chase. This house, totally does it for me.
It’s so classic on one hand, but really cool and relevant on the other. A woman who lives here would wear the most basic oxford shirt in the most minimal designer chic way… you know?
To some, this might just look straight up formal or classic, but I urge you to look a bit further. Look at the casual, natural fabrics mixed with textured cane, kilim rugs, found objects, and interesting light fixtures. These are the elements that add personality and depth to a home. Do you love it? It’s totally clear that I’m obsessed.
The thing that really got me was the vibrant rugs mixed with the dark flora and white woodwork. I am in love with this mixture.
The bathroom is very glam, but isn’t that wonderful quality in a bathroom? If it were my house, I might throw some penny tile or pieced marble hex tile in there instead of all the solid marble, but I wouldn’t ever want to come across as not loving all of this carrera!
Give me your thoughts? What is your favorite part?
I am so excited today to bring you guys a series that has been a long time in the works. In the years that I’ve been blogging, one consistent request I get is to do some styling tutorials. Styling comes so easy to some, but if you’re not one of those people there is good news. I believe that good styling habits can be learned. I’ve been styling rooms and vignettes as long as I can remember. It started with the multitudes of times I would rearrange my room as a child, once even tricking my sister into switching rooms with me while my parents were gone (I wound up with the much better deal). I would stay up so late until every desktop, dresser surface, and bedside table were just perfectly styled – displaying everything from vintage clocks and jewelry boxes to my assortment of porcelain ‘growing up girls’ (did you have those??) My love for styling obviously transcended into adulthood and has been the driving force for my creative career. I am so eager to teach you all the few tricks I employ and easy ways to boost your styling skills.
We’re starting out today with some basic things that I think about when I’m working with a blank slate. These tips are things that will recur through all of the various styling scenarios I have planned – Bedside Tables, Mantles, Coffee Tables, Bookshelves, and Bars. First, there are several types of items I like to look for when I’m beginning a styling project. Usually, I’ll wander around my house finding things that don’t have a good home or that I’m not thrilled with in their current placement. Or, if you’re anything like me, you might have a ‘junk’ closet or room filled with random things that you don’t know what to do with (hoarder, much?).
I always looks for cool, artsy objects, books, candles, trays, and boxes or jars. Additional items could be clocks, vases, photo frames, calendars, mini bowls, or baskets.
When I’m gathering all of these things, I try to grab things of varying heights, colors, finishes (shine vs matte vs metallic), and textures. Starting with a nice mixture will help your styling go much smoother. For instance, don’t grab a cube glass vase with a square mirror photo frame with a mercury glass box. All of those things are about the same size, square, and glass – not the variation we’re looking for! Think also about using items that aren’t too different in size. For instance, I wouldn’t grab a mini bowl and tall lamp unless I had a few other items to bridge the size gap.
The ‘rule of three’ is just a good starting point for people who struggle with styling and not necessarily a rule. It’s actually just easier to style in odd numbers because items automatically look less contrived and ‘placed’. If you have just two of something, be sure they’re different sizes and place them in different planes (at an angle) then place a little something else between them, creating a triangle. If you have four of something you’d like to display, consider splitting the items between two sides of your surface with three objects on one end and a singular object opposite.
Similar to the idea of grabbing various sizes and shapes, always try to introduce various textures and finishes. Since my style is mostly neutral, jazzing up a styled space with a mixture of metallics, natural textures, glossy finishes, and textiles is how I add visual interest.
Now that we’re aware of how to best choose items, how to start out in groupings of three, and how to mix texture, we’re off to a great start. Why don’t you give just these few tips a try and see how they work out for you! Then come back here, let me know how you do! If you have an area of your house that you struggle with styling, let me know what it is and I’ll add it into the series!
I look forward to hearing from you and working your problem areas into stylish masterpieces!
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Rust-Oleum® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Rust-Oleum®.
Let’s get this Monday kicked off with a little Before & After action! This project has been a long time coming. I bought a round marble tabletop at a flea market almost four years ago knowing there would be a perfect opportunity to use it, an opportunity which didn’t come until this weekend.
I was at Matt’s mother’s house looking through her collection of entertaining gear for cutlery to use at our luau (more on that Wednesday) and this beige and gold stone faux finish table base caught my eye. Sure, the finish was a little dated (hence why it was in her basement) but I loved the shape. If you squint your eye and look at just the shape, you can tell it would make a great candidate for a paint project.
I had initially wanted to do a fun pop color in a high lacquer finish, but after closely investigating the texture on the table, I thought the stone texture in a bright color would look odd, so I went the total opposite way. Plus, you guys know how I am with color…
While at the hardware store, I found this soft, slightly metallic iron finish by Rust-Oleum® Universal® . I’ve used Rust-Oleum® Universal® Gloss & Flat Enamel Sprays on pretty much every spray paint project that I’ve ever done since the inception of this blog. The metal paints have a wonderful realistic look and they have primer in them.
Funny story – I started buying the Rust-Oleum® Universal® paints way back when firstly because of the trigger nozzle, then the preference for the paint stuck.
After it dried and I got my marble top on it, I knew the color and finish were the right decision. It looks like something you’d get at Restoration Hardware! I was so happy with the result and all for just the price of a bit of spray paint. The whole thing took under 15 minutes. How’s that for instant gratification?
How do you like the outcome? I have the table in my stairway landing, the perfect sunny spot for my orchid plant and now it has the perfect table to sit on.
I’ve been feverishly working behind the scenes on an amazing new line for Grandiflora Fall 2014, but in the meantime, I have a couple of fun updates coming along here and there for a little summer flair. I am just obsessed with this marigold color mixed with levels of hot pint. While hot pink normally isn’t my thing, I like what the yellow does to it – making it look like a perfect summer sunset.
While I was traveling last month, I had just the smallest quantity of these gorgeous summer rugs made for you guys. These are handwoven in 100% cotton and small in size (2′ x 3′), perfect for bathrooms, in front of the kitchen sink, or anywhere your little heart desires.
Hi, I'm Erin!
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