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Crazy or Cool?


My foyer is done being painted and I’m in the process of decorating it for the big reveal!  A little secret, I’m actually rushing to get it done because a local magazine is doing a spread on our house and I am trying to get everything ready before they come!

One question for you guys, though.  I bought this quite large (14″ x 18″) cast iron longhorn skull for $80 at Home Goods and it was originally over $200 by Broyhill.  I kind of love it, but don’t know if it’s bordering on crazy.

What do you guys think?  Is it crazy?  or is it cool?





This Friday…

happy birthday to me

I’m taking a little break today to celebrate my birthday!  We’re getting about ten inches of fresh powder here in Colorado, so I’m spending the morning on the mountain and then having a dinner out tonight with friends.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I’ll see you on Monday with my new entry!


source: Boheme


A Modular Concept


There have been a lot of ‘mountain home’ discussions this week between Matt and I as we’re vacationing here in Colorado.  We actually used to live here back after we graduated from college, but moved back to Ohio for our careers, so we didn’t get an opportunity to really live the mountain life.




I’ve been creeping around at homes all week dreaming about the day we’ll be able to have a home here and this home concept really jumped out at me.  It’s unique because the three different modular buildings are all part of a main home.  One building houses the living room, kitchen, and dining room.  Connected by a breezeway to the main building is a master bedroom and bath, and a separate building houses two bedrooms and a bathroom.  I kind of love the idea of this layout (if you live in a warmer climate) due to the privacy and the kind of ‘community’ like atmosphere.

The decor is so pretty – simple, breezy, and natural.  I love it.


How do you feel about this type of home?



Source: Mountain Living


Recovered Cane Chair Reveal

covered cane chairs

pair of cane chairs before

This project has been a long time coming.  You guys remember when I found this pair of cane chairs in the trash of a neighbor? Right? I’m not usually the trash picking sort (this was a first for me) but I really couldn’t resist.  I drove by them once, drove all of the way home, then couldn’t stop thinking about them, so I turned around and picked them up!  The cane wrap was unraveling at the joints, the seats were blown out, and they’re original finish was mostly chipped off. But boy, did they clean up nicely!

There were so many potential options for these guys.  Maybe they could be french country? Or maybe with some red lacquer they could be asian inspired kitchy? I wanted the chairs to be chic and modern, but still fun.  I had decided on  painting the frames of the chairs gold, and wanted a simple black and white fabric to mesh well with the navy blue entryway.  I used Design Master Brilliant Gold Spray Paint
to paint the frame and it turned out just as good as I’d hoped.  To prevent chipping when using spray paint, I always use a spray paint primer as well.

I was trying to pick a fabric to cover the chairs with, but when the fabrics chosen weren’t in stock, I had to hand make the fabric myself, and posted a step by step of the fabric in this post.

pom pom fabric

Pom fabric tutorial

pom fabric


upholstered cane chair

It’s a pretty simple project at it’s core – paint a chair and recover it – but so much more went into this project.  I wanted the chair to convey a certain cross between formal and fun.  I think I accomplished just that!

Of course it’s hard to ignore the navy blue walls… but more to come on that soon!  In the meantime, what do you guys think of the finished chair?  A good creation out of a dumpster dive?


Pattern Mixed Bedding Refresh

fresh, neutral bedroom

I am totally guilty of getting bored with my bedding easily.  I just switched over to all-white bedding this past fall, and LOVED the light airy look it gave to my room, but had a little incident with the bedding.  I thought ahead about how I would bleach the white bedding when it got dirty, but didn’t anticipate what my 20 year old dryer would do to an all-white set… which was to get rust spots all over the duvet without hope for getting it out.  So, I did every trick I found online for getting rust out of dryers, but nothing worked.  After getting rust on my clothes, towels, and of course the bedding, I finally gave up and just got a new washer and dryer set. (To my defense, the washer was also leaking, so we just thought it was time to throw in the towel.)

Anyway, back to the issue at hand, I needed to both replace my duvet and for the new year, I wanted a little style refresh for the new year.  I love cruising around on Crane & Canopy and I like that they’re beautiful, soft colors would work well with my dark gray walls and colorfully styled bookshelves.  I ended up going with the Valencia Dove Gray pin tuck cover to go with some patterned sheets I’d bought from Target a while back, but hadn’t broken out yet until the dryer situation was fixed.

bedroom refresh pattern mixed bed patterned sheets

I actually think that I might go with a darker grey (almost black?) in my room this year also, so the lighter grey will work out really well with that change also.

I just love the difference new, fresh bedding makes don’t you?  Climbing into a freshly made bed with new linens makes me so happy.  It’s the little things, I guess!

Do you all have any plans for bedroom refreshes this year? If so, tell us about it!


New Year, New Me

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What goals are on your list for this fresh new start?


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Friday Faves 1.3

Friday Faves 1.2

ONE a modern hexagon tray is simple, but stunning.  $64 from Waiting on Martha. TWO cheers to good luck in the new year!  Gold horseshoe wine stopper from Furbish Studio for $22. THREE escape the ordinary with the cutest ever candle from Kate Spade.  It’s $40, but how darling would the cup be for pencils after the candle is gone? FOUR I definitely need this pillow cover.  There are loads of other gorgeous gold cushions from Caitlin Wilson as well.  They start at $65. FIVE up your organization this year with gorgeous geo boxes from Kate Spade Saturday. $45 for the set of three.


Well guys, it’s been a wonderful last week of 2013 and first week of 2014.  I didn’t take any time off during the holidays, so Matty and I are taking the week next week to head out to Colorado for a bit of relaxation and skiing.  We’ll be out there with a few friends and I am so excited to get some good outdoors time and ski my little heart out.  I think if I can ski at least once a year, I’ll keep some sort of skill up.  Are any of you guys big skiers?  Side story, Matt and I used to live in Vail, Colorado where I learned to ski at age 23.  When we moved out there I’d never skied before and he all but told me that if I didn’t try, he didn’t know about a future with me. A guy serious about what he wants in a girl, huh?  He was kind of joking, but I guess I figured I should learn.  Luckily, I fell in love with skiing and ever since then, I really can’t go a winter without some fun in the powder.

Even though I’ll be traveling next week, blogging is really so therapeutic for me, I’ll be spending some quiet time each day sharing posts with you guys.  I have my 2014 resolutions to share on Monday followed by a bedroom refresh, and (finally!) the reveal of my cane chair.  Of course there are a few other things squeezed in there too, but I can’t wait to start the year off with a bang.

As always, I’ll be sharing photos of my travels, keep up on Instagram!



Countryside Farmhouse in Sussex

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Cool comfort is something that I’m consistently looking for in homes.  A minimal, fresh, creative space that still looks like you could really live in it.  This home in Sussex, UK totally fits the bill.  Large, oversized comfy couches, a neutral color scheme, and wide wooden floor boards all contribute to this simple, agrarian style.

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There is almost something primitive, or puritan about the style, isn’t there?

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My favorite is definitely this dark grayish blue wall with the white trim and dark floor. It looks ALOT like something I’ve got in the works over here (hint hint).

Do you love it?  What is your favorite part?


souce: Beach Studios


Cheers to Life

drinks and dreams

2014 has been a big, scary, exciting, overwhelming year for me and I’m just starting to fully grasp the breadth of my business and what I need to be doing continuously to make it succeed.  I wanted to take a moment and give you all the credit you deserve for being a big part of this success.  You all were there for me lending endless encouragement and support as I, not only grew House of Earnest, but also quit my day job to launch my own product line and online boutique, Grandiflora.

It was a surreal few weeks after the launch and I was fueled by excitement of the unknown. As purchases were being made, I began seeing some of your lovely names in the shipping information and realized how vital this House of Earnest community is to my business. Without all of you, could have never have achieved this dream, I couldn’t have gotten the word out, I couldn’t have reached as many like-minded consumers, I couldn’t have had the confidence to dive in.  I am forever thankful to you guys, and not just the readers who have bought their own Grandiflora goodies, but to all of you guys for sharing what I’m doing here, encouraging, and cheering me on!  Without an office full of co-workers anymore, it’s you guys who inspire me and encourage me to keep going at full speed.

So, thank you for helping me achieve my biggest goal to-date in 2013.  Cheers to you and may the new year bring wonderful things for you all.


Photo:  Style Me Pretty w/ my wording on top.


Using Technology for an Easy Open Bar

intel open bar

New Years Eve is right around the corner and I’m still a little on the fence about what I’m doing.  I know I’ll be wearing this DIY from my post this morning, but as far as the rest, I’m bordering on just having another party at our house, but was a little stumped after my Christmas Eve soiree about what else to pull out of my hat.

I’m not a huge mixed drink person.  I love a good champagne cocktail, but stick mostly with red wine.  When we have guests and someone wants to know what is in a ‘Bay Breeze’, I wouldn’t be able to help them out.  I had my Samsung Tab sitting near the bar last week during Christmas, however, and got a brilliant idea to just use it for an ‘open bar’ concept.  For tips on creating a fun, interactive bar with your tablet, I have just a few thoughts.  Continue Reading…