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Creepy Crawly Chic

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Something you may not know about me is that I was a science major in college. I spent the early years in all sorts of fun classes where we got to examine, breed, and learn about some creepy creatures. Although these days, 0% of what I do is related to that field, I still hold a vested interested in the beauty of nature.

Insects have become a major trend as of late, their likenesses appearing on upholstery fabric, in art, jewelry, and clothing.  I wrote an entire round up and rundown of the trend (and how to implement into your life)  in my bi-monthly posts that I write for Etsy, but I chose a few favorites to share with you today!

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Creeped out yet?  If not, definitely check out the full post on Etsy today!

Have a great Tuesday, guys!

 

In this post: lacewing art | tea plate | pillow | notecards

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DIY X-Stool

making an x-stool from a director's chair

X-stools come in all shapes and sizes, but you don’t have to stress about finding the right one for your space – just make it!  I used the base of a directors chair that I had sitting in a closet to create this little perch in my entryway and love it!  I had a table runner on hand that I bought just because I liked the metallic natural weave, but had only used probably once, which made for the perfect seat and was quite easy to put together.  The best part is, you could use any fabric you want as long as it’s upholstery weight.  Since mine was already at a 16 inch width, I didn’t have to hem any edges, but that wouldn’t be to difficult either.

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Xstool Tutorial

ONE unscrew the arms from the base of the directors chair and discard.  TWO unscrew the brace that stabilizes the top of the legs and put aside – you’ll reattach this piece later. THREE measure the open width of the base going all of the way around the underside of the horizontal supports. FOUR cut your fabric to width (or just a touch shorter) and wrap it very tightly around the sidebars, cutting a little notch out for the diagonal legs.

Xstool how-to

Xstool process

Staple one side of the fabric to the underneath of the side bars.  Move to the other side and repeat, cutting the notches for the legs and pulling very tightly before stapling.  The, re-attach the braces that you removed in step two.

X stool from a Directors chair

Presto!  You’ve got a brand new stool that folds right up and tucks away when not in use.  I’d make a pair of these and bring them out to flank my coffee table when guests come over!

Will you give it a try?  If you don’t have an old director’s chair sitting around, I’m sure it wouldn’t be a hard thing to find at an end-of-summer garage sale!

If you have a tall director’s chair, try this fun DIY that I did in April!

 

Have a FABULOUS Tuesday, guys!

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Take Two: Bedside

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Two basic bedsides, two very different looks.  Both mix the mid century mod with a bit of traditional, so why are they so so different?  Colors play a big role in this one – if you can image all of the pieces in the second picture being neutral, suddenly it doesn’t feel super different from the first.

Whic bedside do you prefer?  Natural and neutral?  Or mod colorful?

 

source: Left by Bess Friday Photography | Right from My Home Ideas

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DIY Herringbone Textured Walls

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So, I definitely painted the walls in my bar to emulate this wallpaper that I’d been adoring.  I had shown you all my plans last week and I was surprised by the responses.  After all of your feedback, I decided to tackle the paint.  I thought, I could always wallpaper over the paint if I botch it.  I will say that I love the way it turned out, although it was really difficult and a huge pain.  Unless you’re doing plain walls with no trim, doorways, angles, or curves I have to honestly say that I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it.

Do I love how it looks?  Sure.  Do I think it looks as good as if I were to attempt wallpaper in the same space? Probably. Did it almost induce tears? Yes.

The project as a whole wasn’t terribly difficult, it just took a lot of patience.   I really got up-close and personal with some ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and my Sherwin Williams paint in Uncertain Grey during the process, but I find all of that taping kind of cathartic.  It took a lot of little chunks of time, waiting for drying, repeated painting, etc. Aside from the tedious details and the waiting, the biggest issue was the uneven walls and the difficulty to get a regular pattern on an irregular surface.

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painted herringbone walls

The effect is textural and subtle.  I used a grey instead of the beige of the original wallpaper because I plan to paint my entryway navy blue and wanted a nice bridge between navy and the green tea color in our kitchen.  You can continue reading for the step by step on how I executed this feat!

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Space for Two

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I have eluded to the fact that I’ve got an office re-do coming up soon,which is needed to suit both Matt and my working habits to the fullest.  It’s certainly necessary (seeing as how I currently do most of my work in the dining room) and is designed to be perfect for two users.

My current office is awesome, but a small desk isn’t suitable for laying out larger projects or shooting DIY tutorials (hence why I post up on the dining room table).  There isn’t enough surface space for both Matt and my computers, so it’s definitely under-utilized.

I intend to bring in a table like this navy Strut desk from Blu Dot to be a flexible work surface, with the ability to be utilized from both sides of the piece.  I can envision me on one end taking styled workflow photographs for the blog whereas on the opposite side, Matt with crunch numbers and advise logistical type support for our big adventure (to be announced this month, I swear!).  Gold shelves (a future DIY), some simple gold stools for magazine stacking or added seating as well as a user-friendly rug (that I already own) will add all of the right details to the space.  Task Lighting will be the added touch to accompany some of the long work nights we’ve been pulling.

How do you feel about the initial design?  My goal is to have adequate storage and work surface, while remaining chic and stylish.

Do you work in an office?  Or, like me, do you work out of a common area of your home?

 

 

P.S. Today is the last day to enter the $500 Home Depot gift card giveaway! Enter here!

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Wallpaper Wonderings

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A while back, my good friend, Lacey, showed me this gorgeous wallpaper that she’d spotted on West Elm’s blog, Front & Main.  She’d contemplated putting it in several spaces and (being the supportive friend that I am) I wanted her to also put it in several spaces.  To be quite honest, I wanted to use it in my house from top to bottom, but it was definitely her thing, and wallpaper is so damn expensive that I thought I’d live vicariously through her.

That was literally two years ago and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.  When I showed off my new home bar, I told you guys that I wanted to use it in there, Finally honing down the need to use it on every square inch of my walls.

So I decided to just go for it.  I hopped online to order and after doing some quick math, realized that it would take me six rolls (and $200) to do my tiny little 8 x 3 room.  And that didn’t even count the adhesive, the tools, and the labor to get it up.  I backed off of the ‘checkout’ button and gave this some thought.

Could I do a similar effect with paint? Would that be crazy hard? I would get to choose my own colors if we went that route. It would also save me over $175.  Could I really pull this off?  Do I even want the words faux finish looming in my house?

So here I am on a Thursday.  Weighing my options, racking my brain, wondering if I’m crazy for not just going for the real deal.

Tell me… Am I nuts to consider painting this effect?  Or should I give it a go?

 

P.S. If you love home projects as much as I do, you’ll die over the fact that we’re doing our last summer renovation giveaway with Home Depot and we’ve teamed up to give away a $500 gift card to the Home Depot!  GO ENTER NOW!

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My DIY Laundry Room Reno

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I let you guys know that just last week, I began the transformation of my laundry room.  I wanted it to go from downright disgusting and cramped to a place where I didn’t have to rewash if a wet sock fell onto the floor (before I would have immediately placed anything that touched that floor back into the washer).

I shared my inspiration, but what I didn’t share is that this post comes complete with the opportunity for you guys to win a $500 Home Depot giftcard exclusive to House of Earnest readers AND the chance to enter to win a $5000 laundry room giveaway from the people at Tide, Maytag, and The Home Depot.  Amazing, right?   For the $5000 laundry room reno sweepstakes and for a sneak peak at Jenny Komenda’s tips for a successful laundry room redesign, click here!  For the House of Earnest exclusive $500 giveaway, there are entry details at the bottom of the post!

laundry room renovation DIY quick easy

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Ta-da!  I am in love.  I took my inspiration pretty verbatim.  I wanted something clean and soothing with a little bit of drama, and everything from floor to ceiling needed replaced.  I mean everything.

I choose a dark color for the walls which is balanced out by so much white trim and the beadboard. Very straight-forward shelving which holds way more than you’d ever expect, and new light fixture and flooring rounded out the reno.  We busted out this bad boy in just 7 hours and $300.  Can you believe it?  Keep on reading for more photos, complete breakdown, and giveaway details.

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Peak Summer Style

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High summer means soaring temps and sizzling nights. The best color to keep you cool during the day, but maintain amazing summer style is white… everywhere.  I love a flood of white can be serene and peaceful, but sexy and bold when done with a hint of shimmer. What’s your favorite peak summer style?

 

white handmade art West Elm $199, side table/stool Serena & Lily $375, stitched pillow West Elm $30, gold botanical card Biscuit Home $4, fin vase West Elm $59, toulouse white platter Crate & Barrel $25, alvo stool Shop Horne $375, elephant bowl and cover Biscuit Home $40, matte white and gold desk lamp Shop Horne $575.

Shop this entire ‘White Hot’ collection at Keep.com!

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Laundry Room Reno Plans

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I have something to admit to you guys.  I’ve been totally holding out on you.  I’ve posted so many updates to my house, including a full house tour, but I’ve never shown you the most terrible, embarrassing room to exist – my laundry room.

Now, this room is just a little half-flight of steps off the kitchen, basically under our stairs that lead to the second floor. With the age of the house, a space to retrofit laundry is a total afterthought and it’s evident with how tiny and ill-fitted this room is.  It’s seriously terrible, and we’ve been living like this for 6 years.  The floors are 30 year old (yellowing) linoleum, the paint is builder grade beige, and the light is an exposed bulb.  That’s it.  No good storage, no shelves, no hanging or folding space.

I’m finished ignoring this space.  I’d like to have a laundry room that isn’t terrible to be in and isn’t crazy embarrassing when I open the door to grab something from the pantry.

I’ll admit, I was mostly inspired by the recent laundry room reno done by Jenny of Little Green Notebook, so I’m making quick plans to make the most of this forlorn space.

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laundry room reno

 

Here is the plan:

 

Now, everything in an ancient house is much harder than it should be, so although my plans are pretty simple, I’m hoping to get started asap to give myself enough time.  I’ve been challenged by the same brands behind Jenny’s reno (Maytag and Tide) to do my own renovation story and have already committed to a complete date of August 6th.  Scary, right? We’ll see!

I hope you see you back here on the 6th for the big reveal!

 

p.s.  We have something else (big) going on this week! 12 other bloggers and I are engaged in a craft challenge that we will be showing off this Wednesday.  I cannot wait to show you what I’m making!

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Buy or DIY: Basket Case

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I saved this photo of a little breakfast nook a while ago and keep looking back at it and what I focus on every time are those baskets.  I love how simple they are and how they add just enough pattern to a serene space in simple black and white.  There have been a lot of photos lately in both catalog and magazines featuring this trend, and I’m totally on board.  Maybe up the stairwell?

You can buy some really awesome african baskets and do a similar thing, but I have a few plain baskets sitting around and have been thinking about painting them.  So it’s here that I ask you – would you buy? or DIY?

basket buy or diy

To buy three baskets will run you around $100 total, but the DIY is under $20 (probably cheaper if you can find some baskets at thrift shops). This is a simple one for me, I think I’ll do a little of both!  Some of my creations mixed in with some African originals.  What would you do?  Do you even like the trend as much as I do?

Please share!

*See the ‘BUY’ baskets on my Keep board, black and white, purchase the ‘DIY’ supplies: Basket, tapepaint.

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