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.
Get ready to fall off your chair. This home in the greater London area is absolutely gorgeous. It’s got a lovely balance of light filled rooms and moody neutral nooks. The black detailing in the kitchen alone is enough to swoon over.
Rustic elements really work well with the modern clean lines of the home to make it feel fresh and natural.
Have you ever heard of this company – light locations – that scouts homes for the media or photographic industry? I can only imagine if I was a London blogger working with the company’s amazing homes (like this one) for shooting projects or posts. I have worked on a few campaigns for which we’ve needed to use a location and in our area its all about a friend of a friend or finding someone who will let us borrow their home… so this is a dream of an idea. See more photos of this gorgeous home below! Continue Reading…
I have SUCH a treat for you guys today! For this month’s ‘Meet & Greet’ I want to introduce you to Amanda from A Hammer & Heels. I have known Amanda in the blog world for several months, but just met her in person last weekend at Go Blog Social in Kansas City.
Amanda is possibly the most grounded, stylish person I’ve ever met. She has an amazing knack for fashion and for creating her own original DIYs and does this all while still in college…. I can’t say I’ve ever seen a college apartment look this good.
Amanda even gave me a few style secrets while we hung out drinking wine and chatting about blogging. I can’t wait to share my new purchase that she inspired! Until then, Let’s learn more about Amanda.
Learn more about Amanda’s tree stamp pillows here and tie dye pillows here.
Ok, so was it killing you? The wait to find out what in the world I painted red in my home that consists of no red whatsoever? No? Ok, well, I’ll show you anyway.
I confessed last week that I strongly strongly dislike (possibly bordering on hate) the color red. But I also challenged myself in my yearly goals to push myself a bit more outside of my typical grey, black, brown comfort zone. I like style that is earthy and relaxed with classic lines and a tid bit of glam. I know it doesn’t all seem to go together, but I think my living room is a great example of the looks combined.
Red, in my opinion does not fit into this look. BUT I had a super ugly piece of furniture that needed a new life so I decided in honor of National Painting Week (SWPaintingweek.com) to offer myself up for something that made me a little uncomfortable. I volunteered to paint it red.
side note: do you ever volunteer to do things that push yourself because you know that you’re held accountable for the end product? Like, volunteer to cook for a work function when you’re learning to cook or something? So you can see why I did this?
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?
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.
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!
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?