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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?).

sun rooms

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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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Before & After: A Navy Blue Entryway

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Drumroll, please!  After much hard work, we’ve finally completed painting our entryway.  I know I just mentioned it to you guys last week when I revealed the cane chair, but I’ve had the paint since September, trying to slot in a weekend to get this done.  The reason it took so long is because I wanted to hire a professional, but after getting a couple quotes, I just thought I’d be happier with myself if I just did it myself (because doing it myself was free).   I used ‘Naval’ from Sherwin Williams (it’s part of their collaboration with Pottery Barn) and love the way it turned out.  I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner!  The Navy is just the perfect hue – not too royal, it has a very neutral undertone which goes well with both my black and brown accessories.

The color it was before is called ‘River Mud’.  I’d painted it back in 2007 when my husband (then boyfriend) and his male roommates lived in the house.  It worked well for a while, and was a warm, nice transition for the men to get used to a bit of my female touch.  Not that the men didn’t have style, but I thought I’d scare Matt away if I came in with my design guns blazing!  I liked the way the khaki walls went with everything (like a good trench coat), but just needed a bit of a funkier change.

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It was one of those changes that I kept walking by and thinking, “I really like this”.  Matt would walk through on my first coat and chime in how much he loved the change.  It makes the white woodwork really pop and even makes the dark walnut floors seem richer and more luxe.

After I painted, I was really excited to decorate the space.  The rug and center table stayed, but everything else was swapped out.  Keep reading for more photos and close ups of the accessories!

navy blue wall

I think gallery walls are easier when you include various different types of art.  I included a basket and a decorative tile tray in mine just to break it up.  I think I’ll keep adding to it and eventually work it up the stairs.  I didn’t want to force it, though, and wanted enough space to pick up some good art here and here.  I’d love to get a Hugo Guinness print one day, but they’re so pricey!

Navy entryway wall
Navy Entryway Walls deer antler vase

The navy travels all of the way up the stairs and into the second floor landing.  I love this little telephone table and deer vase that I perched on the halfway point of the landing.  Isn’t the vase just fabulous?  I just bought it in Steamboat last week and new it would make me smile every time I walk by it.

So… How do you like it?

 

p.s.  I didn’t use the longhorn head in the entry like I was originally thinking, but I DID keep it…. photos to come!

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In an Apres kind of mood

apres ski

Whether it be the longhorn skull I bought this weekend or the home I posted about last week, you can totally tell that I’m in a mountain sort of mood.  Especially after my recent decision on which new car I should pick (if you follow on twitter, you may have been part of that conversation!), I am really feeling the mountain vibe (I went with a Subaru).

There is just something about cozying up to a fire and a few drinks after braving the cold that is so festive and fun.  Even if the holidays are over, I don’t think we need to totally disregard the joy of snuggling up!

Here are a few of my more recent favorite ski-inspired decorations. Maybe a night in by the fire – regardless of where you live – is something to put on your short list?

The only ‘mountain fave’ that isn’t included in the above slide are the Mojave Coasters. You can find them at In Haus Press.

Have a fabulously cozy Tuesday everyone!

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