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Grandiflora Fall 14 Collection is live!

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It’s here, it’s here!!  Finally, after so much waiting and anticipation (at least from my end), the Fall 2014 Grandiflora collection is live! Of course you all have seen the ‘behind’ the scenes photos of me preparing the product for this day since I showed you my photoshoot prep, the photoshoot in action, and some peeks from the shoot just last week.

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We have TWENTY new products which are all so special to me in their own ways. We have one more which is just late to the game and will be debuting later this week (there is always a straggler, right?).

Aside from the new styles, there are a couple of other new things this season (you’ll love these):  Continue Reading…

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A different kind of Beautiful

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I’m not gonna lie, I don’t consider myself a California girl.  Of the handful of times I’ve been here, I just haven’t felt like I really mesh with the culture.  I’m going to have to retract that now.  Yesterday I went to lunch at A-Frame with some friends, Kelly and Danni and we spent a few hours chatting and catching up.  After lunch, they guided me toward a couple of neighborhoods where I could wander and relax and I was in absolute heaven.

It wasn’t just the shopping and eating however (even though both were amazing). I actually wandered around in the residential streets and just house gawked. Since I’d spent all day (like 14 hours) on Saturday setting up and participating in the Pre-Emmy party (more on that later) I needed to get outside and breathe some non-club air and think about something other than the Emmy party for the first time in weeks.

I headed to the Venice area and wandered down Abbot Kinney.  Everything in the area was so close, I could wander aimlessly and not feel like I was getting lost.  As I was walking around, getting the cobwebs out of my brain I started to actually think, “I could live here!”

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Here is the thing… I have a penchant for white farmhouses and open fields, and while every region in our country has it’s own normal, I wasn’t super sold on the LA life until yesterday.  The little bungalows were so charming, their fences and gates only added to the whimsey.  There was such a beauty to the life I was wandering through that I couldn’t help but smile.  It reminded me of a very upscale hippy lifestyle which, if you know me in person, you’ll know that’s pretty much my dream.  This feeling only only compounded when I popped out of an alley in front of a natural foods store and popped in to get some milk to use in my hotel coffee this morning.

I just have to say that looking at those beautiful houses was just so lovely and calming.  It’s not the big barns and white fences that I’m used to, but it was just as gorgeous… just in a totally different way.

 

 

p.s. Ok, so the show.  I will detail the day on a later post!  I hired a photographer to capture all of the moments since I was busy rubbing elbows with Hollywood folk, I haven’t gotten my photos yet, but I’ll be sharing photos soon here and even sooner on Insta throughout the week as they’re given to me!

 

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Summer Styling Series: The Bedside Table

It’s a big day around here!  The second House of Earnest styling video is live and I had so much fun creating this one.  I love styling my bedside table and change it up regularly.  Since it’s the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see at night, I know that if you enjoy the style, you’ll sleep (and awake) happy.

Of course, you can watch the video here on the site, BUT videos usually go live before I post here, so if you want to be on the up and up, go ahead and subscribe to my You Tube channel!  You’ll get all the videos and you’ll love them.  Promise.

Onto the bedside styling.  Function is so important here because you really need certain things at an arms reach when you’re in bed.  I usually find myself reaching for lotion (why do my hands get so dry at night?) and pens or markers.  At night, I read in bed and I like to write in my books… on Sunday mornings I like to sit in bed with coffee and mark all over pages of magazines for either House of Earnest or Grandiflora inspiration, so that’s the reason for the needed writing utensils in bed.  I don’t wear glasses or a retainer (although I should!), but I know a ton of people do, so my styling suggestions are totally catered to those of us who have a lot of bed-side needs.

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Of course, these are just the high notes, but I think if you had one of each of these elements in your bedside design, you’d be quite happy with the outcome. It will look pulled together without being cluttered.  That’s my kind of style.

I hope you learned something new and loved the video, you can tell that I was laughing a lot during the outtakes because sometimes I come on camera and I’m mid-laugh.  Really since I’m here all alone making them, I’m just laughing at my own ridiculousness or something totally stupid that I said and cut out.

Most important, have fun with your styling and I cannot iterate it enough, but, play around!  You’ll land on something that feels good and have a good style base that you can use over and over again.

Have a wonderful hump-day you guys!

 

Sources: Black wall Sconce | Gold Lamp | Herringbone Jewelry Dish | ‘fate loves the fearless’ art

Sharing: We’re also linked up today at The Turquoise Home!

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Lately Loving: Chinoiserie

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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!

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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!

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Bedside Sconce DIY

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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.

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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…

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Guest Bedroom Three Year Refresh

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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.

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Keep Reading for tons more photos and renovation plans!  Continue Reading…

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Summer Styling Series: Coffee Table Styling

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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.

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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!

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Pinning Lately

house 1 house 2 Untitled-1 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

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Home Inspiration from an Antique Dairy Farm

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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.

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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?

 

 

Have a happy happy Thursday, guys!

 

Photos: AJF Design

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Classic and Cool LA Home Tour

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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?

 

Photos from Burnham Design

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