There have been a lot of ‘mountain home’ discussions this week between Matt and I as we’re vacationing here in Colorado. We actually used to live here back after we graduated from college, but moved back to Ohio for our careers, so we didn’t get an opportunity to really live the mountain life.
I’ve been creeping around at homes all week dreaming about the day we’ll be able to have a home here and this home concept really jumped out at me. It’s unique because the three different modular buildings are all part of a main home. One building houses the living room, kitchen, and dining room. Connected by a breezeway to the main building is a master bedroom and bath, and a separate building houses two bedrooms and a bathroom. I kind of love the idea of this layout (if you live in a warmer climate) due to the privacy and the kind of ‘community’ like atmosphere.
The decor is so pretty – simple, breezy, and natural. I love it.
This project has been a long time coming. You guys remember when I found this pair of cane chairs in the trash of a neighbor? Right? I’m not usually the trash picking sort (this was a first for me) but I really couldn’t resist. I drove by them once, drove all of the way home, then couldn’t stop thinking about them, so I turned around and picked them up! The cane wrap was unraveling at the joints, the seats were blown out, and they’re original finish was mostly chipped off. But boy, did they clean up nicely!
There were so many potential options for these guys. Maybe they could be french country? Or maybe with some red lacquer they could be asian inspired kitchy? I wanted the chairs to be chic and modern, but still fun. I had decided on painting the frames of the chairs gold, and wanted a simple black and white fabric to mesh well with the navy blue entryway. I used Design Master Brilliant Gold Spray Paint to paint the frame and it turned out just as good as I’d hoped. To prevent chipping when using spray paint, I always use a spray paint primer as well.
I was trying to pick a fabric to cover the chairs with, but when the fabrics chosen weren’t in stock, I had to hand make the fabric myself, and posted a step by step of the fabric in this post.
It’s a pretty simple project at it’s core – paint a chair and recover it – but so much more went into this project. I wanted the chair to convey a certain cross between formal and fun. I think I accomplished just that!
Of course it’s hard to ignore the navy blue walls… but more to come on that soon! In the meantime, what do you guys think of the finished chair? A good creation out of a dumpster dive?
I am totally guilty of getting bored with my bedding easily. I just switched over to all-white bedding this past fall, and LOVED the light airy look it gave to my room, but had a little incident with the bedding. I thought ahead about how I would bleach the white bedding when it got dirty, but didn’t anticipate what my 20 year old dryer would do to an all-white set… which was to get rust spots all over the duvet without hope for getting it out. So, I did every trick I found online for getting rust out of dryers, but nothing worked. After getting rust on my clothes, towels, and of course the bedding, I finally gave up and just got a new washer and dryer set. (To my defense, the washer was also leaking, so we just thought it was time to throw in the towel.)
Anyway, back to the issue at hand, I needed to both replace my duvet and for the new year, I wanted a little style refresh for the new year. I love cruising around on Crane & Canopy and I like that they’re beautiful, soft colors would work well with my dark gray walls and colorfully styled bookshelves. I ended up going with the Valencia Dove Gray pin tuck cover to go with some patterned sheets I’d bought from Target a while back, but hadn’t broken out yet until the dryer situation was fixed.
I actually think that I might go with a darker grey (almost black?) in my room this year also, so the lighter grey will work out really well with that change also.
I just love the difference new, fresh bedding makes don’t you? Climbing into a freshly made bed with new linens makes me so happy. It’s the little things, I guess!
Do you all have any plans for bedroom refreshes this year? If so, tell us about it!
Cool comfort is something that I’m consistently looking for in homes. A minimal, fresh, creative space that still looks like you could really live in it. This home in Sussex, UK totally fits the bill. Large, oversized comfy couches, a neutral color scheme, and wide wooden floor boards all contribute to this simple, agrarian style.
There is almost something primitive, or puritan about the style, isn’t there?
My favorite is definitely this dark grayish blue wall with the white trim and dark floor. It looks ALOT like something I’ve got in the works over here (hint hint).
We spent the evening trimming our tree last night, although it didn’t take too much time with the decorations I chose to use this year. Since we were going on vacation and didn’t have too much time with the tree, I didn’t want to go to in great depths with it. I chose to have a simple, rustic type theme this year with no tree ornaments, and just a few minimal, but festive, touches to bring it all together.
My main switch-up this year was to use big colorful bauble lights on the tree instead of my usually white lights with glittery accents. I used a plaid blanket to wrap the bulb of our tree and keep things looking like a rustic woodsy cabin. Very simple accessories like a snow studded wooden star and brass stocking hangers rounded out the simplicity of the look.
I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving for Hawaii without preparing my holiday decorations. Now don’t get me wrong, I did not have time to get everything set up, but I did buy the tree and any new decorations and brought others out of storage so that as soon as I touch down in one week, I can hit the ground running.
I always put together a little decor scheme to help me narrow my focus for the holidays. This year, since I’ll be traveling, I wanted to keep the decor simple, but still very festive. While I don’t usually decorate with red (or wear red, it’s a personal thing), this year I can get a lot of ‘bang for my buck’ by adding in the bright, merry hue without having to overhaul the house.
My tree is going to *gasp* have no ornaments. None. My plan is to wrap the bulb in a plaid blanket and put lights on it. It’s going to be a very we-just-brought-this-tree-in-from-the-forest look. The rest of the decorations will follow the same esthetic – warm, simple, and merry.
It all started with these little red village candle holders from Target and spun off from there. Since I felt like the look could easily turn very ‘country’, I kept the rest of the decorations very very minimal and somewhat masculine (hence the no tree ornaments).
It’s not very conventional of me, I usually lean toward the silver and gold sparkle, but I really was trying to get outside my usual this year and try something fun and new. What do you think?
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I’ve had this idea lingering in my head for a while. Now, don’t make fun of me, but I actually got the idea from the movie, Taken. Have you guys seen it? I actually really like the movie, but anyway, there was a scene where the main character goes to the home of a former co-worker and the thing I remember most from the scene is that there were heavy, velvet drapes across the inside of the door. I thought it was just so luxe looking that it stuck with me. Plus, this would really help with the draftiness of winter.
So I’ve been sitting on this idea and scouring through sites that have tons of curtain styles, textures, and fabrics. I think for my purposes they have to be solid – no patterns in my future, and maybe a raw silk or velvet with a bit of a break and puddle.
But please weigh in – do you like this look? Does it distract from the beauty of a foyer? I’m all about keeping things simple and not fussy, so what do you think? Fussy? or Fabulous?
I have a process that I use for fall decorating that helps transition easily from holiday to holiday without completely tearing one down and setting another one up. There are certain beautiful elements which are really relevant for more than one holiday, and luckily, they overlap right in the middle.
Pumpkins are perfect for both Halloween and Thanksgiving, red berries (and cranberries at that) work really well for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Using these things to your advantage, means that you won’t be spending you weekends hauling plastic tubs full of holiday decor up and down the stairs, and you’ll spend more time enjoying your handiwork.
I am not really a knick-knack type person. I don’t do Santa figurines, or turkey towels for the guest bathroom, so like to keep things simple and register the change in seasons with new colors, textures and pattern. It works well for me and I think it can work for you two! Here is how I break it down. Continue Reading…
Guys… it’s here. The day I’ve been waiting for since early this year. We’ve finally launched our home + decor product line, Grandiflora. The Grandiflora Exclusive pieces are all designed by me, produced in factories both near and far, and are, really, the essence of both my and Matt’s work and creative experience in life.
A little more info about us… Matt’s background is a combined exposure to programming and web development, inventory management, and logistics. He’s calculated, logical, and so so smart. I always talk about how he’s 10x smarter than me. He’s ten steps ahead and basically a genius.
Oppositely, I am a little more fluid. I don’t necessarily know what my next move is, but I’ll figure it out. The key word I’d use to describe myself is ‘resourceful’. I’ll make something of anything I have on hand. I share projects that I create when in a time of need. Materials are always easy to access and simple.
It’s these characteristics from our lives that Matt and I have meshed together to formulate our business. We’ve worked so hard, had many long nights, weekends, months, preparing for this day. We believe in the power of the brand, the life’s experiences that have led us here, and we are proud to stand behind it.
It wasn’t only our hard work, however, that has led to this day. Our graphic designer, Erika Brechtel, stunned me with her immediate understanding of the brand. She is a phenomenal asset to the world of brand styling and I value her insight and ability to read clients. She’s just so good. Just as amazing, Allie Lehman has been absolutely invaluable to this brand. Her photos grace the pages of the site, the lookbook, and this post. She immediately captured my vision for a natural, comfortable, luxe, and warm brand image. I remember looking through her lens and knowing she was going to be absolutely necessary for the brand.
I hope you’ll take some time to scour the site. We’ve built in many cool features (check out the look book), and know you’ll enjoy the experience.
Hi, I'm Erin!
House of Earnest is the place for Home Decor, Hand Made Projects and Party Style made easy. My style is simple, natural, rustic and slightly modern. Take a look around, leave a comment and have fun! That's the whole point, right?