ONE a pastel cake stand would not only go wonderfully with this week’s DIY, but it’s perfect for spring and summer! £49 from Idyll Home. TWO I saw this pop color chair in person last week and it’s a much more orangey, coral red than it looks here. It’s a gorgeous piece and I might be a color convert… maybe. At just $59 from Ikea, who wouldn’t be? THREE it’s not a home item, but it certainly makes my faves list this week. I might have to buy myself a little something! Bien Fait scarf is just so darling and is on sale at $14.50 from Madewell. FOUR a table runner… with confetti printed on it. I think this is the perfect thing to take you from early spring through summer, so for $55 you can decorate for half the year. done. FIVE I just love baskets, and if they’re dipped, dyed, or have have sort of weave interest, I’m game. The set starts at $38 from Hard to Find.
So, we made it. No doubt it’s been a rough week for me. Aside from what’s been going on with the break-in, I had to turn around after just a day at home and head down to Atlanta for the Spring Home + Gift fair where I’m exhibiting my Grandiflora line for the first time. I am SO SO excited to show you guys on Monday what I did with my booth. You really won’t believe the transformation from convention center curtained booth to a ‘retail’ space designed with Grandiflora in mind. Aside from the show, I’ve never been to Atlanta, so I’m enjoying some free evenings to explore. If you’ve been to Atlanta (or live here) let me know your suggestions!
Are you guys up to anything fun this (march!) weekend?
If you follow on social media, you’ll know that I spent last weekend in Palm Springs with some amazing bloggers in a 3 day get together sponsored both by Bing and some incredible other brands (see friday’s faves!) and the weekend was hosted by the amazingly talented Chelsea, Kelly, and Brittni. We had a cabinet stuffed to the gills with craft supplies, party goodies, fresh flowers, and tools. We had a refrigerator crammed full of sweets, drinks, and anything a girls heart could desire. These girls really pulled off an amazing fete.
I have to tell you, though, before my trip to Palm Springs, I was feeling a little bad for myself. I just wasn’t feeling my usual spunk and I felt drained and without inspiration. So as we’re spending time together in a hot, tropical valley, I got to thinking about growth. I set out to explore, to learn, and to grow with these other talented women. So that is what I set to do, get out of my funk. Unfortunately, things sometimes get worse before they get better, but I learned that mountainous growth most evident when you’re in a valley…theoretically (and literally in this case).
Settle in for this (novel of a post) and let me explain. Aside from generally feeling stagnant, my trip didn’t start out stellar. The airline cancelled my flight, they didn’t reschedule me. I had a gate attendant in Columbus literally tell me to ‘figure it out’ in Chicago as she ushered me onto an outbound plane without a connecting flight. The wonderful people in Chicago patched something together and got me to Palm Springs just a few hours later than my original time. The downside? They couldn’t recover my luggage, but I could deal with that. I had my valuables in my carry-on and the rest of my stuff would follow the next day. Sure, I’m going to a tropical destination without so much as a bottle of spf or a swimsuit, but I’ll make do. I spent the day traveling in a grey dress, spent the evening dinner in said dress, slept in the dress, and woke up the next morning to wear the same grey dress.
When my luggage arrived the next day, I was elated. I showered, changed, and was a new Erin. The whole thing was a small valley. A really small valley. I say that because a bigger one came. Later that night while we were enjoying an amazing taco dinner at the Ace Hotel, our vacation house was robbed…. and they cleaned. me. out. Every single thing in my room was gone. All I had were the clothes I was wearing… again. When I walked into my room, I did a double-take. I couldn’t believe someone would be so thorough (for lack of better words). My computer? Of course, I expected they’d take that. My Louis Vuitton weekender? Again, yes, I assumed that would be on the list of things to burgle. A pair of Louboutin sandals? Some stylish bandits.
There were things that I didn’t expect they’d want, but were just within proximity, so off they went – from memory cards full of photos and notebooks full of sketches to all of my makeup, hairdryer, and jewelry. This was a new low. It may just seem like stuff, but it was my stuff. It was stuff that I used to make a living, stuff that I bought overseas, stuff that was given to me for Christmases and Birthdays. I expected feeling upset at the loss of my things, but what I didn’t expect was the feeling of being completely violated; the knowledge that a stranger was going through the things that I hold near and dear with complete disrespect. This valley was a pretty big one.
I was in a fog through the rest of the night and the discussions with police officers and a trip to Walmart to get something to wear the rest of my time in Palm Springs seemed to pass by in a blur.
But wouldn’t you know it? It’s in the valleys that we grow. It was following this moment that I felt the highest high of the trip. We took the change of location (and the absence of a craft supply bonanza) to really just get to know each other. During a time when I felt so disconnected from normalcy, I experienced the most comfort. I was surrounded by my peers – those girls in my industry who I interact with online everyday – yet this time in person. I learned of the proverbial valleys that others were in, the struggles we feel in both our home and blog lives. Everything from blogging to when to have kids to buying homes and sometimes none of that going our way. We were sharing trade secrets and dishing about blog blunders and triumphs. I could feel myself regrowing with each funny anecdote or outburst of laughter. We stayed up late and drank wine out of dixie cups and played games. We talked about our lives and our pet peeves, and our dreams. It was both in that valley in California and that valley in my life that I felt such sharp acknowledgement of the peaks, and knew I was definitely on the way up.
p.s. I really struggled with whether or not to tell you guys about this. I wanted to come back and tell you about all of the beautiful, wonderful, colorful things we did, but doing that without sharing what my heart really went through felt like a lie. I’ll be back next week to discuss all of the AWESOME things that happened and some new projects, series, and products that you’re sure to love!
I’m still a sucker for dipped things even after years of dipping and dying anything that stands still. I’ve had the idea for some smokey semi-opaque glasses for a while now, and did a few trials this week to figure out the best way to get the look I was after. The finished result is a not-too-thick pastel color that is perfect for spring. I can’t wait to make myself some lemonade in one of these or to see one full of flowers by my bedside! It will be just what I was after.
Plain paint would be way too thick and thinning it down with water makes the finish dull (like seaglass). I got the idea to mix the paint with clear sealer to tone down the opacity and to keep the color glossy and bright. Although acrylic paints are not meant to come in contact with food, they are non-toxic, so I like to limit their use to at least an inch below the rim of the glass so that you don’t actually drink from the paint part. If you’re still not sure, use these pretty glasses for votives on your spring table or for flowers. It’s up to you!
For the full tutorial and material list
ONE mix 3/4 bottle of paint and 3/4 bottle of clear gloss with one ounce water in a disposable cup. TWO dip the glass into the disposable cup until the paint comes just about 3/4 of the way up the cup. I made mine a bit lopsided for fun, but you can do it either way. THREE let the cups sit to dry on a making sheet overnight. FOUR flip the cups over and fill in any blank spots from the baking rack. Then, move all glasses to a baking sheet (upside down) and put them into the oven. Turn the oven onto 350 and time for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn the oven off and let the glassware cool as the oven cools. Make sure to put the glasses into a cool oven so that they heat up gradually.
After curing in the oven, the glasses should be dishwasher safe on the top rack. I wouldn’t soak them, however!
Even if you choose some bright colors, they really tone down with the clear gloss, so they look perfectly pastel. Enjoy your pretty new glasses!
Remember this blast from the (not so distant) past? We’ll I’ve got some exciting news and I need your help! I’ve been selected to participate in the Better Homes and Gardens Makeover Madness challenge and the chairs from this post were entered into the first round of the contest! Today is the only day you can vote for me, so please hop over and vote if you can! If I make it to the final four, I get to participate in a craft challenge at the BHG headquarters and if I win that, my project will end up in the magazine! I’d love love love to represent the House of Earnest community, so help me out!
A billion thanks for your help!
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.
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?
ONE fun and funky flavors of jam from m. greenwood take a cheese platter to the next level! Pair balsamic strawberry with brie and grapefruit with bleu cheese. TWO painterly stroke towels from fateyedesign are almost too pretty to use. I might turn them into something like this. THREE cut end coasters $12 from Aloe Designs are just a cool $18 and are definitely darling. FOUR tiny little herb snippers are perfect fun gifts for crafty ladies or gardeners alike. FIVE little bamboo utensils are painted in the perfect shade of sunset coral. $22 from Mr & Mrs P. SIX Rose scented salts for soaking in the bath from Oh So Pretty, they smell absolutely divine!
All of these gorgeous items were in our swag bag here in Palm Springs! I’m so happy to get to know these brands and their creators through their fabulous products. I’ve having an AMAZING time in Palm Springs and it couldn’t be a better time for me to get out of the winter weather. It’s so refreshing to have the sun and warmth so plentiful. I’m crafting up a storm today on some projects and new ideas that I’m sure you guys will love!
Have an amazing weekend!
I like to call this the filthy fire martini. I thought it was hilarious, but that shows you my sense of humor. This all started because I thought I should start drinking more mature drinks. When I head to a nice restaurant for cocktails, I always want to order something classy, you know?
This martini recipe is perfect for those of you who love savory cocktails. I spiced up this martini a little bit with some Habanero vodka – don’t worry though! It’s not so so spicy even though it has Habanero pepper. I am only a medium salsa kind of girl and I love it, so I’m sure you will too.
Since there are only two Habanero for a whole 750ml of vodka and it only sits for a few days, it isn’t unbearably spicy. If you do like super spicy stuff, just let it sit a little longer… maybe 2 weeks or so!
Definitely give this one a try. The creamy tang from the blue cheese gives a nice contrast to the spicy flavors.
Do you like the spicy drinks?
I’ve had this idea to make a quick stamp out of cardboard for a while now, and I’m happy to report that it works awesome. This project took me about 20 minutes total and turned out super cute. I bought a whole slew of colorful linen napkins from Crate and Barrel the other day and now I’ve got a honeycomb pattern that is cool, unique and ready just in time for spring drinks (we can hope, right?).
Like I said, this is a quick project using cardboard as a stamp! I know you’ll love it! If you’d like the full tutorial and materials list
ONE using a ruler, bend your cardboard piece at inch intervals until you’ve bent it six times. TWO cut on the last (sixth) bend. THREE tape the cardboard piece into a circle (a hexagon circle!).
FOUR dip your hexagon into the paint. FIVE stamp your napkin. SIX repeat in whatever design you’d like!
Such a cute turnout, right? It looks like something you could buy at West Elm, but when your friends come for drinks, you’ll get much more satisfaction saying, “I made them” when they ask where you got the impossibly cute napkins. I know that we could buy half of the stuff we make around here, but to me, it’s all about the satisfaction of knowing that I created something beautiful, you know?
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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If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that it’s been a little over two years that I’ve been talking about renovating our master bedroom “closet”. I would use air quotes on the word closet to display the sarcasm involved in the word, but we’re online here, so real quotes will do.
Old houses come with their character and other perks, but I won’t be surprising anyone when I say that ‘loads of storage’ isn’t on the list of things we love about our home. Even if your house isn’t over a century old, it’s not too often that I hear people say, “I just have too much storage space”… and that universal need for better storage is exactly why this project has been such a long time coming. Keep on reading for some ugly before photos, the crazy configuration we have going on, and what we are doing about it.
The overarching issue is that our space is at such a premium that we really need to be using it better than what we are. Currently, our clothes are split. Matt’s clothes are in the master bedroom closet, which is a small wall closet (shown below). My clothes are in the office closet – which is a bit smaller than the master.
Since my clothes are in the office, where does that leave our office supplies and craft materials? In the guest room. The guest room also houses our linens and bathroom storage (e.g. toilet paper, extra shampoo, and cosmetic overflow). Everything is just in the wrong spot.
For years, years, I’ve tried to pinpoint what our biggest issue is, and I really have come to the conclusion that it’s a domino effect. Since my clothes aren’t in the master bedroom, it displaced everything.
My original plan was to keep the closet hidden behind that grey wall, just enlarging the opening to account for my things, but that still leaves an entire awkward room off our master that has no purpose. So, we went BIG. I’m talking big.
As I mentioned in this post, We are turning the entire room into a walk-in closet. That’s right. A giant walk-in closet, vanity, and dressing room. This will help two things. First, my clothes will come into the master, freeing up the office closet for office supplies. Second, the dressing room plans will have a vanity, which will move some of my make-up and hair out of the (only) bathroom and free up some of the bathroom space for toilet paper and people who have to shower.
Now, bathroom supplies will be in the bathroom, office supplies will go into the office, and the guest room can actually house normal things (or maybe it can house baby things when that time comes). But back to the renovation. We’re taking down the wall that used to surround the old closet to create more space.
After this wall comes down, we’ll patch up the drywall, give the whole room (including the bedroom) a nice new coat of dark gray paint, then line the walls with a closet system from The Container Store, mixed in with some more unique decor touches. I’m planning on some pretty upholstered pieces, DIY light fixtures, and a simple, but feminine vanity.
I just started installing the clothes organization system last night and it’s looking good, but still far from done. I’m excited to show you guys our new his & hers closet with a vanity.
I can’t wait to reveal more next Monday!