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The Drafty Door Solution

front doors with curtains

I’ve had this idea lingering in my head for a while.  Now, don’t make fun of me, but I actually got the idea from the movie, Taken.  Have you guys seen it? I actually really like the movie, but anyway, there was a scene where the main character goes to the home of a former co-worker and the thing I remember most from the scene is that there were heavy, velvet drapes across the inside of the door. I thought it was just so luxe looking that it stuck with me.  Plus, this would really help with the draftiness of winter.

doors with curtains

So I’ve been sitting on this idea and scouring through sites that have tons of curtain styles, textures, and fabrics.  I think for my purposes they have to be solid – no patterns in my future, and maybe a raw silk or velvet with a bit of a break and puddle.

But please weigh in – do you like this look? Does it distract from the beauty of a foyer?  I’m all about keeping things simple and not fussy, so what do you think?  Fussy?  or Fabulous?

 

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P.S. We have TWO giveaways going on right now – one amazing prize for $250 to Drake General Store and another wonderful opportunity to win two 8″ x 10″ prints from Map My State – check them out and enter.

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Home for the Holidays + A giveaway!

map my state give away

When the holiday season rolls around, I start to think about what home means to me compared to what home may be for someone else.  My family has always lived in Ohio, and although I’ve had a bout of time in Tennessee and Colorado, Ohio will always be home.

For others, they may live far from home or consider their current town home even if it’s not where they grew up.

This week – before we all head around the country and world for the holiday season, I’d love to celebrate ‘HOME’ with you guys by having a giveaway from Map My State!

Ashley and Ben, the founders of Map My State, had lots of homes between the two of them, so they created custom art to represent each of their favorite spots and are giving away TWO 8″x10″ prints to the winner!

map my state - gift for travelers

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Go, enter now!

**This giveaway is limited to US addresses or APO addresses**

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My Holiday Door Wreath Alternative

wreath alternative for front door

We spoke last week about the trendy vs the traditional, and although I admitted that my holiday decorating scheme this year is fairly classic, something about this year made me feel like not using a wreath on our door at all.

It all started about three weeks ago when I saw these little wicker deer heads on the wall at my local craft store.  I thought it was still so classic and woodsy, but felt really updated and new as well.  With a crisp, white scarf around his neck, he isn’t quite specific to any holiday, but come this December, I’ll be tying a plaid scarf around him and then he’ll definitely have a cozy Christmas charm about him, no?  (spoiler alert, there will be lots of plaid in my holiday decor this year)

It’s clear that I’ve already determined he’s a male deer head, but he should probably have a name, too.  I’ll think on that one!

wreath alternative for holiday door

I’m not going to lie, you guys are the only people who even see my front door.  Since we live on a farm, nobody walks by, and our driveway leads visitors to the back door, but there is still something about decorating the front that I can’t give up!

I’ve you’re interested in your very own deer head, I cannot find it online anymore (check your local Joann’s!) but World Market has a pretty cute version too!

Do you like the change from a regular wreath?

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How I Transition my Holiday Decorations

thanksgiving decor

I have a process that I use for fall decorating that helps transition easily from holiday to holiday without completely tearing one down and setting another one up.  There are certain beautiful elements which are really relevant for more than one holiday, and luckily, they overlap right in the middle.

Pumpkins are perfect for both Halloween and Thanksgiving, red berries (and cranberries at that) work really well for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Using these things to your advantage, means that you won’t be spending you weekends hauling plastic tubs full of holiday decor up and down the stairs, and you’ll spend more time enjoying your handiwork.

Holiday Transition Decor

I am not really a knick-knack type person.  I don’t do Santa figurines, or turkey towels for the guest bathroom, so like to keep things simple and register the change in seasons with new colors, textures and pattern.  It works well for me and I think it can work for you two!  Here is how I break it down.  Continue Reading…

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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

christmas mantle decorating 2

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.

christmas fireplace

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.

grandiflora grand launch 3

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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