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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.

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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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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

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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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Crazy or Cool?

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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?

 

 

 

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This Friday…

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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

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A Modular Concept

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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.

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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

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Recovered Cane Chair Reveal

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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.

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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?

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