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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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Friday Faves 1.24

Friday Faves 1.24

ONE cool, abstract chevron makes a cool pattern for this Addison duvet cover from Crane & Canopy, $99 for a Queen.  TWO I love  marble anyway, but mixed with wood, it sure makes a gorgeous cutting board!  $48 for the small cutting board and $78 for the large from Terrain. THREE the new Steven Alan for West Elm stuff is amazing!  This papier mache table tops my list, $299. FOUR the Viv wall hook won’t leave you hanging, a beautiful brushed gold geometric hook with ample space for everything from coats to handbags to umbrellas. $38 for a set of two from Grandiflora. FIVE I was miserably sick all week last week and this menthol bath soak looks like the perfect way to rehab.  Also, I can’t get over the art deco tin of the cough suppressant rub from J.R. Watkins and wish I’d found it a week sooner! $10 each. SIX bring some green into the winter months with this monogramed emerald green leather tote.  $199 from Mark and Graham. SEVEN cute grey geometric  letterpress coasters just make me smile! $15 for a set of 10 from Grey Line Letterpress.

Aren’t these grays and greens so soothing for the winter weather months?  I suppose if I can’t get my sunroom, I can just include some greens into my home until spring pops along.  Speaking of green, last night at Alt Summit, there was a giant party and the entire theme was green!  It’s one of my favorite colors, so I was happy to be surrounded by it. Check out my green dress choice and see other highlights from the conference on Instagram!

I’m heading out today for another full day of learning at Alt and then a series of mini parties tonight before I head home Saturday.

Have a wonderful weekend you all!

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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?).

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DIY Gold Rimmed Acrylic Jewelry Box

gold trim acrylic jewelry box

Happy Wednesday, guys!  I’ve got a really fun (and very glam) DIY for you today that I think you’ll love! It’s a gold trimmed acrylic jewelry box and it’s made from the same clear frames we used for our New Years Eve party trays!  It’s a brilliant use for a cheap find.

It’s easier than I thought to create a custom box with these clear plastic frames, I added a bit of gold into the inside corners of the frames just for a chic geometric type detail.   You could even add some pretty felt or patterned paper to the bottom of your creation for added customization.

Gold rimmed jewelry box gold frame acrylic jewelry box

Want to give this DIY a try?  Keep reading for step by step photos and instructions as well as links to purchase any of the materials!
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For Next Year

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Today is a big day for me and for House of Earnest.  It’s the anniversary of our THIRD year in blogging.  It’s strange that I always thought three years was so far off.  I actually always thought having a blog even remotely as successful as this has come to be as a really far off dream. Now, we’re not a huge blog, but when I started House of Earnest with one reader and not a clue in the world where it would lead, I never dreamed we’d end up here.  I never dreamed that we’d be working with national brands, making friends all over the world, and creating a business.  I never dreamed that this would fuel my idea for a new product line and eventually to working for myself.

It’s now, after achieving what I never knew was possible that I realize I should have dreamt bigger.  And so I will.  Year four is going to be full of hope, wonder, curiosity, and hard work.  I’m pushing my dreams to sky-high with the knowledge that where there is a will, there is a way.   I hope to move mountains this year and every year thereafter.  I want to reach more people, in more places, and I hope you’ll come along for the ride with me.

 

 

p.s.  The one reader we started out with was (and still is) my husband, Matt.  He reads this blog every single day and looks through your comments and clicks on my links, and tells me where I have bad typos (which always happens).  He is the best partner and supporter I could ever have.  Thanks, Matty!

graphic by Erupt Prints 

 

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Longhorn Living

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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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Friday Faves 1.17

Friday Faves 1.17

ONE it doesn’t have to be June to enjoy a little color from peonies.  This cute faux  flower arrangement with brighten up any room this winter, and the gold vase is right on trend. $20 from Target. TWO I’m excited to show you what I did with my white and gold longhorn skull, but if you’re wanting something for your walls, this resin gold deer head is a great idea! $85 from Faux Taxidermy Loft. THREE a tufted gold and cream stool is the epitome of feminine and is such a great price at just $99 from Threshold. FOUR cold, dry winter lips be gone!  This cute lip balm trio from Herbivore Botanical contains Rose, Mint, and Blood Orange all for just $28. FIVE Watercolor art from Evelyn Henson is the perfect pretty piece to make you smile.  This one says, “Happy Girls are the Prettiest Girls” and looks like a gorgeous perfume bottle and is just $19.  SIX a little book with tons of tips from interior designer India Mahdavi, Home Chic,  is on my wish list.

 

How fun and girly are the faves today?  I’m not usually a big pink person, but the mixture of blush and gold is just something that I can’t resist.

This weekend, I’m going to be preparing for Alt Design Summit which is next week. I’ll be doing a little shopping and thinking about a strategy for what brands and bloggers I want to connect with to ensure I don’t miss anyone!   I’m so excited to see some friends and get all dressed up… something that doesn’t happen too often when working from home!

What is on your weekend agenda?

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Ten Minutes Tops: Patterned Acrylic Coasters

cork and chevron coasters

Get ready for a new project series on House of Earnest called ‘Ten Minutes Tops”.  These will be very simple projects that even the DIY challenged can accomplish – I swear!

We’re starting out today with some cork and chevron acrylic coasters.  Like many of my projects, I’d drawn to the various different ways you can customize this project.  After I’d completed these, I actually thought about how fun it would be to use black and white photos or artwork inside! Anyway, let’s get started!

chevron and cork coasters

cork and chevron coasters - materials

Ten Minute Patterned Coasters Workflow

The key to the quickness here is getting the acrylic squares cut for you at your local hardware store.  The guys at Home Depot are always more than happy to cut any glass, acrylic, or wood for me.  They’re just the nicest and they cut way straighter and smoother than I do. You can find the acrylic (actually polycarbonate) sheets right by the glass cutting area.  Another ‘pre-made’ part of this is the adhesive backed cork.  I found it in the specialty paper wall at my Michaels store, right in there with the other paper.

ONE Remove the backing from a 4″ x 4″ square of your cork paper.  TWO lay down your chosen patterned paper, allowing 1/2″ of exposed sticky cork to adhere to the acrylic.  My paper is from Paper Source!  THREE top on your 4″ x 4″ square of acrylic that the nice hardware people cut for you.  *optional: if you feel that the acrylic has sharp edges, use a sanding block to soften them.

 

Can you believe that’s all? What would your spin on this easy project be?

 

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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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