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Stretching my Limits + A Teaser!

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photo source: Houzz

Earlier this year, I made myself a few goals to continue to challenge and push myself in the blog and in life.  One of my goals was to expand my horizons.  This could mean so many different things to different people, but one thing I’m NOT good at is adding color into my life and into my home.  I wear the same black, white, nude, and navy colors almost exclusively.  To look at my closet someone would be like, “wow, this girl has a type”.

The same goes for my home.  Everything is brown, black, grey, and (now!) navy.  I really stepped out with that navy, huh?

Well, this year, Sherwin-Williams asked me to participate in the Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week again.  Last year, I painted a bright and cheery yellow bar (which I still love!) and this year I chose the color red.

Red. 

I am not a red kind of person.  I don’t own one red piece of clothing. If I had to list my favorite colors, red would be the last one. But instead of sticking to a non-color color (which is totally my m.o.) I thought about taking this opportunity to to think outside my normal realm. I mean, I really love warm, neutral spaces, right?  The gorgeous Swedish home above with all red floors is amazing, right? So I can do this.

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photo source: West Elm

When I really got to thinking about it, I found a great balance.  This red accented dining room from West Elm has some great neutral elements, but it’s also got some pretty pops of red.  What makes is likable for me?  The red is a deep, spicy, warm color like the sunset instead of a cool, stark, modern red that I’ve been thinking of all these years.  I actually used the photo from West Elm as my guide to choosing a nice red since they teamed up with Sherwin-Williams on some pretty awesome colors.

I decided that Tanager -SW6601- is the essence of what I was looking for. Spicy, deep, brownish red – perfect for meshing with my neutral home.

Are you ready to see what I painted? You’ll find out one week from today back here!  In the meantime, check out all of the other bloggers participating in this year’s Sherwin Williams National Painting Week and keep up with the action using #SWpaintingweek. There are fifteen bloggers participating, so there will be TONS of reveals for you to see next week!

 

Disclosure: This is part of a two post series sponsored by Sherwin Williams.  Thank you for continuing to support the brands that keep us stretching our limits, learning new things, and providing awesome content! 

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Glamming up my Gallery Wall Giveaway!

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Giveaway sponsored by Legrand adorne

If I had to show off one wall in my home as exemplifying my personal style, it would be this one.  It’s classic with a little global, but mostly neutral. When I first put together my new navy blue entry way, I was seriously irritated at the white light switches and plates that interrupted the blue walls. I bought black ones, but they looked even worse. So then, the same exact week, Legrand contacted me to try out their new line of switches and plates called, adorne.  I was like, “what are the odds…” so I was excited to work with them on glam-ing up my entry way a bit more with their brushed gold plates.

So, it is possible to get a pretty switch!  And guess what?  YOU can enter to win $500 in adorne product for your house.  All you have to do is tweet or pin a photo of one wall in your house that shows off your personal style. You have to tag @legrandna and #adornemyhome to enter! Easy, huh?

gallery wall with lightswitch

If you follow on Instagram, you’ll see that I installed them myself! I wanted to really see if it was as easy as they made it out to be.  Well, I ran into a few snafus.  All due to my house being terribly old and not wired amazingly.  I called their customer service line to ask a question about the fact that I had more wires than what the video said I should have.  Anyway, I got the help I needed and was on my way installing these beauties.

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I admit that doing the electrical work myself was a new experience, but it all worked out wonderfully.  Being my first time doing it, I am by no means fitted to give a DIY, but the line comes with online videos, and they’re so so helpful.

See that dimmer?  I did that!

So, go!  Enter the contest! Several other bloggers are participating as well, so head over to see their walls too!

 

Disclaimer: This giveaway and post are sponsored by Legrand.  Thank you for supporting the brands that support House of Earnest!

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Dressing Room Details

Dressing Room Details 

I’m moving right along on my combination dressing room, walk-in closet, and vanity renovation.  If you’re new here, we’re basically taking a small bedroom that connects to our master and turning it into a walk in closet.  We’ve completed the big changes, like knocking out the previous closet, painting the room, and installing a closet organization system.  There are still a couple of curve balls to share, but we’re still working those out. In the meantime, I’m thinking about how to bring this room up to par with our adjacent bedroom.

fresh, neutral bedroom

When the construction’s done, the paints up, and the big pieces are moved in, it’s easy to hurry the rest. I’m a firm believer, however, that this detail work is really what makes or breaks a room’s design. I want the feeling of our bedroom to flow into the closet and feel like one continuous room, so I’ve brought in the same dark gray walls, and choose white for the closet organization since it matches back to the custom built-in’s in the bedroom.

To really keep the room looking like more of a designed dressing room than just a closet, I’m also bringing in a few different textiles.  I plan to use pattern in the drapes (using the same blue and cream ticking stripe as the bedroom), and on a vanity stool.  Do you recognize the ikat fabric? I bought it to use on my cane chairs, but I’m SO happy I held onto it for something else, because I think it will really help to bring everything together in this dressing room.  I also plan to include a light grey ottoman of some sort to hold a suitcase when we’re packing to head somewhere or just be a perch for Matt when he’s tying his shoes.

The vanity will get a rustic farmhouse mirror which I’m going to create out of this chalkboard from World Market because the one I really wanted was too big.  To keep the whole room from getting too girly and soft, I’ll add in some matte black spotlights for the vanity which also help to incorporate some of the black from the ikat fabric. The whole room will be topped off with a heather gray drum shade as an overhead light.

I’ll show you guys some of these individual projects (like the tufted ottoman which I intend to make) as well as the finished room soon!  Oh yeah, and that curve ball I told you about, you’re going to love it.

What did you get into this weekend?

 

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A place for everything – walk-in closet reno

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We are about halfway through a moderate project in our house – a master bedroom closet renovation.  Originally, the master bedroom had no closet, but instead a little nursery-type room off to the side.  In the 80′s my father-in-law renovated the home and put in a standard wall closet with bifold doors.  Until last week, the little wall closet still existed and I just kept my clothes in the office closet.  I finally got sick of going into my office to get my clothes, but more so, having my stuff in the office displaced the business supplies into the guestroom.  We finally decided to take action and last week we shared in this post how we tore down the wall closet and decided to make the whole adjacent room into a walk in closet with a vanity.  I’m in heaven.

walk in closet renovation

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master closet renovation copy

master closet renovation

Over the past week we’ve ripped out the wall that made the 80′s wall closet, we’ve repaired drywall and we’ve installed a closet organization system from The Container Store. I’m not going to lie, I’m the kind of person who enjoyed every single second of putting together the organization system.  It was sheer bliss.  I got myself a glass of red wine in the evenings and just organized my little heart out. There is space for everything!  My clutches no longer get piled in a set of plastic drawers, my shoes are no longer in a boxes in my office shelving, and I’ll have a place to do my hair and make up without taking up residence in our single bathroom.

So, now our walls are repaired, we’ve painted everything a nice deep grey/brown – Martha Stewart’s Zinc from The Home Depot – and we’ve put our clothing in.  It seems like the end, but it’s not at all.  I’m just getting into the fun stuff.  I still plan to make a light fixture for overhead, create a vanity space, add some art, put up some window treatments, include a little seating space, and replace the 80′s carpet both in there and in our master bedroom.  So we’re only about half done.

We’re to the point where it’s user friendly, but could really use some decor.  I’m proud of what we’re accomplished so far and I’m even more excited to just keep going in the direction of my dreams.

What do you think so far?

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50′s Desert Glam: Mid Century Cali

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I am in the midst of getting myself ready for a long weekend in Palm Springs with a few other bloggers and some of my favorite people from Bing to spend some time being creative together and exploring the town.  Bing is going to be showing us all some new things they’ve got brewing and I’ll be sure to take careful notes to come back and share with you all!

I’ve never been to Palm Springs before, but I am so looking forward to it.  Partly because its been a tundra in the midwest all winter and I am ready to not be cold for the first time since last fall, and partly because I’m excited to be trying out somewhere new with a bunch of creative and amazing bloggers. It’s such an inspiring place to talk about design and learn new things.

Speaking of new things, when I think about Palm Springs, I always think of it as almost the exact opposite of my ‘comfort zone’ for design.  I’m mostly neutral, minimal, industrial and a little glam.  While Palm Springs is known for being over-the-top colorful and embraces everything mid-century. It has a 50′s desert glamour that is hard to describe. I would say the only thing about the style that aligns with mine is the desert part – it goes with my natural inclinations.

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When I look at photos of the Ace hotel in Palm Springs above, I begin to wonder if our styles aren’t such a big departure after all.  Natural textures are everywhere.  There are lots of warm neutrals – amber, rust, marigold, wood grain.  While the overall thought of Palm Springs isn’t necessarily minimal, the lines of mid-century designs sure are.  The Eames chairs, the clean stucco facades of buildings.

Now, the style of the town and the design that will surround me has me curious.  What inspiration will I find that will make it’s way back here to House of Earnest? Maybe a bunch, or maybe just a few little ideas.  I still don’t think I’d deck my house out in the Palm Springs style, but that’s why vacationing in it and being open to new design ideas will be so fun.

Tell me, is there a place you’ve been that’s opened your mind to a distinct style? Where was it?

 

 

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Late Winter Design Inspiration

white airy living room geometric neutral rug brass and wood shelving bright and airy early spring inspiration Inspiration-2_05 living room with light plants wood gallery wall bright, natural workspace office homemade bread light, bright, rustic dining room

This time of year, I’m always looking forward to seeing hints of green starting to sprout up and more sunshine to start pouring through my windows.  I’m surrounding myself with natural elements, in bright, light colors to transition a bit into a springier frame of mind even though spring is still a little ways off.

Click on each individual picture to see the full article and enjoy this little design round up!

 

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Black & White Abstract Art

black and white abstract paintings

Whenever Matt goes out of town, I usually paint something.  That something is typically a room, and typically I’m slightly unsure he’ll agree with my color choice hence the call to action while he’s gone!

This weekend, I did a different sort of painting.  I wanted to relax a bit and had some movies I’d been wanting to see (Blue Jasmine & Life of Pi, both excellent), but I cannot do anything where my hands aren’t busy.  If I’m watching TV, I’m also crafting something or sketching or maybe folding clothes… something else so that I don’t feel like I’m rotting my brain glued to the tube.

Anyway, back to the painting.  I was inspired by some of the recent sharpie projects I’d seen on the interwebs.  Both Brittany and Caitlin went at recreating the classic Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches fabric, which is an abstract snow leopard-type print.  I loved what these girls did, but wanted a little more variation and customization in my designs.  I used the fabric as a jumping off point for inspiration, but varied mine quite a bit.  The outcome is a little bit natural (animal print) and a bit abstract.

les touches inspired paintings

abstract black and white art

I hung the two paintings (which I’ve dubbed spotted I and spotted II) in my living room above a corner accent chair.  I am slowly trying to balance some of the simple, rustic, scandinavian touches in my home with the right bit of modern.  I think these paintings definitely help!

What are your thoughts on the paintings?  Different enough from the original?

ALSO, I am going to post a step be step tutorial later this week, so come back if you love them!

 

p.s.  My closet clean-out is going on over on the instagram account @erinsclosetcleanout – follow and bid on designer pieces that I’m (sadly) parting with after hoarding without use!

 

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Navy Blue Details + Continuity

navy details living room

It really is no secret that I’m in love with clean, neutrals in my house.  Light gray, brown, black, cream, and gold are definitely my thing.  When I introduced navy into my foyer last week, I LOVED the look and what the added color (even though navy is still pretty neutral) did to my color scheme.  I decided to add a little of the blue hue into my living room to help with the continuity of the color in the house.  Ceiling height navy silk drapes did the trick quite nicely. It’s the only change I made, but it was dramatic and certainly allowed the navy to travel around the house and not be a stark change.

navy living room details

navy blue family room

I used to have dark brown curtains in the space, then white… so I had a tiny bit of doubt if I’d like the darker color at all (wouldn’t it make the whole room look really dark?).  I can honestly say that I was pleasantly surprised with how the (new) whitewashed coffee table and the light levels of color throughout the rest of the room are better balanced because of the addition of navy.

What’s more, the navy drapes did the same thing for the living room that the navy walls did for the entry.  My sofa, pillows, and the Danish rush chair in my corner all pop off their new saturated background, adding quite a bit more dimension than I’d previously had in the room.

Do you try to link colors throughout your home? Tell me about how you do it!

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Outside In

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I know it’s not a popular outlook, but I just love winter.  I’m a fan of the snow, wearing boots, bundling up, the skiing, and if we’re very lucky, the bright clear winter sunshine.  Now, seeing the sun isn’t so common here in Ohio during the winter months, but when it comes out, it makes all the difference in the world.  And what’s more, if the sun comes out while there is a blanket of snow covering the ground, it almost illuminates the house. It’s gorgeous.

Anyway, as I was milking this thought, I came across this gorgeous sunroom surrounded in a winter snow. It’s not the image that pops to mind when most of us think of sunrooms (the kind of sunrooms that has terrible indoor/outdoor carpet and are boarded up during the winter months) but a more permanent, all season room which gets light from every angle. I got to thinking about how a sunroom would look perfect as an addition onto our house (who’s going to help me sell that one to Matt?).

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Longhorn Living

longhorn horns decor

Last week, I’d decided that the cast iron longhorn skull I purchased would definitely make a cool addition to my home – and clearly you all felt the same.  Originally, I’d picked up the decorative piece for the new navy blue entryway, but then felt that the entry already had a few cool pieces, and there could be another place in my home that was in need of a bit more ‘cool factor’.

That place, is my dining room.  My dining room is always a bit of a blank slate.  I posted about it in the house tour a while back, then it’s gone through chair updates, DIY art updates, and now, this funky longhorn.

longhorn skull in dining room

I think the piece adds a lot of personality, but is still neutral and will work with me through the rest of the decorations in the room (oh, and I also bought this fiddle leaf fig, to add a bit of color during the winter months).

How do you like the addition?

 

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