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Friday Faves 11.15

cute office accessories

 

ONE ‘but first, champagne’ print $16 from chloevaux. TWO confetti tumblers – for any type of celebrating, $58 from Grandiflora. THREE wish list notebook (today is a BIG check off my wish list) $10 from Schoolhouse Electric. FOUR simple, pretty calculator from Muji, $28. FIVE a comfy desk chair which doesn’t look half bad either! $499 from Pottery Barn.  SIX cute file folders by Nate Berkus at Target.

 

I am trying to communicate with you through images today.  Do you know what the above (all put together) says?  I’ll tell you.  It says, “I QUIT MY DAY JOB so I’ll spend my whole weekend drinking champagne before I get down to business on Monday morning running Grandiflora and House of Earnest with everything I’ve got”.

That’s what it says.

In all seriousness, though, I am so so so so happy this morning to tell you guys (finally) that I’ve left my job to pursue my dreams of running my own brand full time. Although my dream is to create a furnishings empire of my own (hey, why not?), I’ll also be so thankful to be able to spend more time here on House of Earnest as well.

I am so thankful for all of the amazing support you all have offered this week with the launch of the line and cannot be more grateful for the amazing group of people who come here everyday seeking home and entertaining inspiration. For that, thank you thank you thank you! 

Now, onto the champagne drinking!

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A Heritage Holiday with West Elm

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Haul out the holly!  I wasn’t kidding on Tuesday when I said that I was starting my Christmas decorating, but today is a little different type of project. I’m getting lots of help from the fabulous people at West Elm to not only get into the spirit myself, but to help you all do the same.

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Today I’ll be hauling out the holly with West Elm at my local store for a full on holiday DIY event tonight!  I am so so excited!  We’ve got treats, hot chocolate, loads of greenery, and all of the supplies for everyone coming to craft themselves a wreath just like mine here. If you don’t live in Columbus, you’re store might also be hosting my DIY tonight - stores in McLeanWestportBurlingtonTorontoGeorgetown, andKing of Prussia will also have the workshop.

Keep reading for loads more pictures and my thought process behind the mantel styling.  Continue Reading…

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Winter Win: A $250 Giveaway to Drake General Store

Drake General Store Giveaway

 

We are kicking off this holiday give-giving season with a bang!  We’ve teamed up with a store that has a little something for everyone, even the crazies on your list (but we all love our crazies, don’t we?).

Drake General Store and House of Earnest are proud to team up to offer one of our lovely readers with a $250 giftcard.  That should be more than enough to either:

a) get your gift list taken care of (no last minute scrambling!)

or

b) buy yourself something nice (because after a long, hard year, you deserve it!)

Whichever route you choose, entering is very simple.  Fill out this form and we’ll take care of the rest.

 

Pictured above: Abbesses Bowl, Tinware Creamer and Tinware Mug,  Ginger Syrup, Oval Oak Bed Tray, ‘Where Chefs Eat’ book, HBC Throw.

*no purchase is necessary, entrants must fill out above form to enter.  Sweepstakes ends on 11/27/2013 at midnight EST. Void where prohibited.

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Holiday Decor Style: Trend or Tradition?

trend or tradition

 

You may be thinking, “whoa, Erin… too early”.  But I sit here with over an inch of snow on the ground this morning, and cannot help but get into the holiday spirit – big time.  Also, I’m a big advocate of thinking of my decorating plans early, implementing half of the look for Thanksgiving, then adding on the extra Christmasy touches for the month of December.  This makes the decorating go a little smoother and helps my ‘look’ stay consistent.

Speaking of my ‘look’, each year I have an internal struggle about my Christmas decor.  Early in the season (like now) I think I want to do something really fun and new, but then once the carolers start caroling and sugarplums start dancing, I always yearn for a super traditional look.

I think this year, I’m going to strike a balance.  I’ve got some schemes brewing in my mind already and I can’t wait to show you my direction, but do tell… When it comes to the holiday season, where does your decor lean?  Trendy?  Or traditional?

 

p.s.  If you want to strike a trend vs traditional balance with me – then you should come to my West Elm DIY event this thursday where we’ll all make wreaths together!

 modern tinsel wreath from West Elm  |  Traditional canella berry wreath from LLBean

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The Grandiflora Grand Launch

grandiflora grand launch

 

Guys… it’s here.  The day I’ve been waiting for since early this year.  We’ve finally launched our home + decor product line, Grandiflora.  The Grandiflora Exclusive pieces are all designed by me, produced in factories both near and far, and are, really, the essence of both my and Matt’s work and creative experience in life.

A little more info about us…  Matt’s background is a combined exposure to programming and web development, inventory management, and logistics. He’s calculated, logical, and so so smart.  I always talk about how he’s 10x smarter than me.  He’s ten steps ahead and basically a genius.

Oppositely, I am a little more fluid.  I don’t necessarily know what my next move is, but I’ll figure it out. The key word I’d use to describe myself is ‘resourceful’.  I’ll make something of anything I have on hand.  I share projects that I create when in a time of need.  Materials are always easy to access and simple.

It’s these characteristics from our lives that Matt and I have meshed together to formulate our business. We’ve worked so hard, had many long nights, weekends, months, preparing for this day.  We believe in the power of the brand, the life’s experiences that have led us here, and we are proud to stand behind it.

It wasn’t only our hard work, however, that has led to this day.  Our graphic designer, Erika Brechtel, stunned me with her immediate understanding of the brand.  She is a phenomenal asset to the world of brand styling and I value her insight and ability to read clients.  She’s just so good. Just as amazing, Allie Lehman has been absolutely  invaluable to this brand.  Her photos grace the pages of the site, the lookbook, and this post.  She immediately captured my vision for a natural, comfortable, luxe, and warm brand image.  I remember looking through her lens and knowing she was going to be absolutely necessary for the brand.

I hope you’ll take some time to scour the site.  We’ve built in many cool features (check out the look book), and know you’ll enjoy the experience.

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more photos to follow! Continue Reading…

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It’s Coming…

I’ll be hunkering down for the next 4 days readying Grandiflora for it’s launch on Monday.  Get ready!

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Gold Wishbone Napkin Rings

wishbone napkin rings

I’ve been all about the wishbone accessories that have been everywhere recently.  From the giant wishbone that I style in so many of my photos to the jewelry, ornaments, art, and so on.  I wanted to do a really really simple project that utilized the festive and hopeful nature of the wishbone and this couldn’t come at a better time.

I’m in full swing Thanksgiving planning with my mom and my sister.  We’re planning to make everything together which I think will be really fun.  I love decorating the table (obviously) so I made enough wishbone napkin rings for everyone in the fam.  How pretty do these look with the falling leaves napkins from Christonium

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They’re super easy, took about 30 minutes to complete and would be really fun for the kids to help out with.  Using only one main supply and a couple of household items, you can be wrapping your wishes around napkins in no time.  Continue Reading…

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Building an Entertaining Collection with Waxed Wood

expand your serveware collection with wood

It’s no secret that I love a party.  Shoot, entertaining has become part of my DNA.  When I wander through the store on my bi-weekly grocery shopping trips, it’s pretty common that I pick up a cheese just with the thought that it would be perfect for a get-together (even when I have no parties in sight)! I usually scheme up some reason to have people over shortly thereafter.

Regardless of my crazy cheese shopping, there are a few things in my life that make these gatherings great, and one is the presentation (followed by great company and wine, of course).

When it comes to presentation, I must use wood.  If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ll see that I use wood in just about every dinner party, cocktail party, or throw-together party that I have.  The main reason is that wood pieces are so casual!  Either raw or waxed, wood platters and servers add a bit of nature, warmth, and character to any other pieces that you have.  It calms down the fancy, it dresses up the everyday.  It’s just so versatile.

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If you’re ready for a side story, here is one for you.  Last year, Target had this amazing wooden tiered server that I was in love with.  Under no circumstance did I need another 3 tiered server, but I put it on my Christmas list nonetheless.  Christmas came and went and no wooden 3 tiered server.  My birthday (which directly follows Christmas) came and went. Still, there was no 3 tiered server.  By this point in time, not only did Target no longer have the piece I wanted, but in the running around of the holidays, I’d lost my other 3 tiered server at someone’s house.  I deducted that I wasn’t meant to own a 3 tiered server (maybe I wasn’t responsible enough) and I surely didn’t deserve the wooden server and I’d have to move on with my life. Well, I thought about that silly server all. year. long. This fall, when they released another variety, I bought it in an instant.

That’s the long version of the story.

Now onto entertaining – the reason I’m so passionate about wood pieces is the depth and texture variety that if offers to a table, buffet, or bar.  It’s like adding instant interest. The little get-together I had this past weekend was so so simple.  It just included sliced cheese and fruit with some nuts and various wines, but it was just enough.

So, I’ve clearly talked way too much about my favorite type of serveware. Tell me, what’s yours?

 

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“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.”

 

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Silver & Gold for the Cane Chair

Cane Chair Fabric

So, guys, I have some good news and some bad news.  The good news is, I finally tallied the results of your votes for which fabric I should use on the pair of cane chairs I found along the side of the road.  The image above is clearly a give-a-way that the winner was the black and silver tribal pattern.

The bad news is, in person, the fabric is totally blue cast.  I thought that the ground color was white (or cream) in the online photo, but it’s a very muddy powdery silver-blue.  Still, in the photo I took above, it’s hard to see it, but it’s there…. lurking beneath the darker grey and black pattern.  Don’t fret, however… I have a plan.  Continue Reading…

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Friday Faves 11.1

Friday Faves 11.1

ONE leaf gift tags, place cards, or anything cards.  They’re 12 for 21 tags in a little wooden box from Rowen & Wren. TWO I can’t explain why I love these mini hand-painted wooden houses…I just do.  $30 for the set of three from anamarko. THREE I’ve been eyeing this black and blue geo basket for a while, but it’s not in my local Target store, so I’ll have to buy online, $30.  FOUR I always joke about how I’m going to get some goats and start making cheese on our farm, so this mini cheese kit might be the perfect intro for any budding cheesemaker.  And it’s just $10 from Urban Cheesecraft. FIVE you guys know I love little trinket bowls.  This organic shaped dish combined with a classic monogram is one of my faves (clearly). $12 from Umba.  SIX for the discerning cook and hostess, pure linen textiles with prints by Celina Mancurti are amazing.  I have a few and love them!

If you want to shop all of my favorite finds in one place, you can HERE on Keep!

 

 

It’s Friday!  And it’s November! I know this month will be full of new experiences for me with the opening of Grandiflora, my in-store event at West Elm (won’t you come?), and a ton of blog collaborations that you are going to love.

What kind of month will it be for you?

 

 

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