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For the Love of October

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For as much as I love October, it’s been a rough month.  I’ve been going going going and feel like I just haven’t been able to catch my breath at all.  I know a big portion of this is temporary and that I just need to push through, but I can’t help but feel like I’m missing out on my month.

The trees have been gorgeous around this area and the holiday spirit is definitely in the air, so I’m going to do my best today and soak a couple of the last drops out of October.  Since there are only two days left, here are a few (easy) things you might catch me doing!  Or, if you’re in need of some very quick last minute holiday inspiration, take a cue from these lovely ladies.

*5 second pumpkin decorating

*What has GOT to be the most deliciously October-y thing on the web.

*A quick and easy game if you have a bunch of little ones coming over.

*A really cute last minute costume idea.

Enjoy these fun ideas and let’s finish this month out with a bang!


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Turn Dinner into an Event

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This time of year always brings unexpected pop-up parties and dinners – and it’s easy to be prepared! A few added touches can easily switch any regular dinner (regardless of what’s on the menu) into a party you’ll be happy to host.

Repeating any one accent automatically creates a great flow and holds the entire dinner together.  When I shop, I always shop for similar type serving pieces (all brass metallic, wood, or white) so that, regardless of what I pull out of my cabinets, it all goes together.

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Keep reading for my top tips to turn any dinner into an event!  Continue Reading…


Quick Tip for Shelf Styling

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Tips on shelf styling are one of the things that I get the most questions about.  In so many styling guides, I use books stacked horizontally  to give shelves some variation (like in the above photo).  Mixing up the look of books lined up regularly and books used in other ways is a great way to start, but if your collection of coffee table books isn’t extensive, here is a great solution!

Using a plate display stand, just prop up one of your favorite books (facing outward) to show off the gorgeous cover and take up lots of negative space with just one book. The best part about this strategy is that it’s so easy to inject color by doing this.  Look at the pop of green I get from facing out my Scandinavian Design book.

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This is one of my favorite little tips for you on this Monday!

Have a fabulous week!


Friday Faves 10.25

Friday Faves 10.25


ONE grey dotted ribbon would be cute for a fall birthday gift of to hang ornaments from the Christmas tree this year.  $4 for 5 yards from inkkit. TWO a pinecone pillow is seasonal without being kitschy.  $20 from Only Pencil.  THREE imagine a sheepskin thrown over this bamboo chair then imagine it in your home.  It’s lovely in light grey.  £135 from Idyll Home FOUR mirrored frames on mirrors can by fancy, but the antiqued finish and gold accents on this octagon mirror really are what draws me in and keeps it casual. $299 from One Kings Lane. FIVE I’m loving silver this fall/winter and this dipped Baggu tote from West Elm would be the perfect gift too, $45. SIX I post so many little trinket and jewelry dishes, but don’t have any (for whatever reason).  This one will soon make a home in my home.  $20 by The Object Enthusiast from Brika.

Do you notice how I mention Christmas a few times in the items descriptions?  It’s two months from today!  You’re either seizing up in fear right now or super excited.

I, however, am super excited.  I love love love the spirit in the air from Halloween straight through until early January and can’t wait for the holidays this year for a few reasons:

  • I am hosting a Holiday DIY with West Elm where we make an amazing holiday project together and I lead you though it!  I am literally bouncing off of my seat, I’m so excited. If you live in the greater Columbus area, you can RSVP for the event here, or if you live  in McLeanWestportBurlingtonTorontoGeorgetown, and King of Prussia your store will also be featuring a class to teach my DIY (which you then get to take home).
  • I am launching my home + decor product line, G R A N D I F L O R A next month.  Get ready to love every piece.
  • I am participating in so many giveaways, guest posts, and collaborative events with other bloggers through the season, you’ll just have wait for all the awesome to come rolling down the pipeline!

So, put on your party pants, because it’s going to be a festive fall around here!

Have a happy happy fall Friday!


Modern Classic

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Sometimes it’s refreshing amongst all of the highly styled, glammed up homes to see a great representation of classic cozy style with a bit of an updated touch.

There are some traditional shapes and pieces here tied together with a touch of nature and some fun pattern.  All in all, a pretty and livable home.

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sweedish inspiration

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I’m working hard in the office today, and hoping to dig myself out of a mountain of email tonight, so a little break to ooh and ahh at a pretty space definitely clears the mind.

p.s.  if you follow G R A N D I F L O R A on instagram (@shopgrandiflora) you would have seen some sneak peeks from our Holiday 2013 photoshoot yesterday!  Start following here and sign up for launch email updates here!


A Holiday DIY Partnership

holiday with west elm It’s finally the day that I get to reveal what I’ve been up to with West Elm!  We have been working hard behind the scenes putting together a wonderful holiday partnership which you guys are going to LOVE. First things first – I’m doing an in-store event with West Elm on November 14th to show you guys how to make an amazing, customizable wreath for the holidays.  You can sign up here!


And even more – I’ll be working with West Elm on a styling project for their blog, Front & Main, leading up to the in-store event, showcasing a really beautiful new way to style this wreath for the holiday (spoiler: it’s not on your door). So, be on the lookout for more holiday posts featuring my DIYs and West Elm’s beautiful products!  And DEFINITELY check out the event!  If you’re in the Columbus area, come to the West Elm store at Easton Town Center on Thursday, November 14th and spend the evening with me, a really fun DIY and the wonderful people from West Elm! Have a festive Wednesday!


No-Fail Recipe for Fall Decorating


Fall Palette

When fall rolls around each year, I’m so inspired by the change in seasons and the breathtaking colors it brings that I often want to go pretty over-the-top with my fall decorating.  Between the uptrending oxblood and fall’s ever popular orange, I just can’t get enough.  Although it’s pretty easy to get carried away by the autumnal palette and cozy textures, your home will look a lot more pulled together using a few easy tips for seasonal decorating.

Here are my top five tips:  Continue Reading…


Classy Halloween Party Plate DIY

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Under-the-radar spooky is my favorite way to go for Halloween.  I absolutely love the holiday and love to get into the spirit, but you won’t find any over-the-top party store decor at my house.  I love to do things that can easily be made from my everyday materials.  If I have to buy something that is very specific to one holiday and can’t be reused, it’s got to be really special.

I created this quick spooky spider plate with just that idea in mind.  They’re SO SO cute and get this – the ink can very easily be cleaned off, leaving you with plain glass plates to decorate for the next holiday or event.

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Spiders peeking out from under a white pumpkin are certainly spooky, but subtle enough to keep things classy.  If you’re having a dinner party this month, definitely give this easy two-step tutorial a try.  And bonus: if you mess up, there is an easy way to recover, so there are no excuses for not doing this one!  The full tutorial comes next!  Continue Reading…


Friday Faves 10.18

Friday Faves 10.18


ONE pandan woven bins with metallic detailing from Serena & Lily are perfect for the active but stylish home.  $24 when you buy two. TWO foil framed glasses art is nerdy chic at it’s best.  $16 from Honey & Bloom via Cyd’s board on Keep.com THREE one of the best new fall fragrances from Illume is Gilded Amberleaf… ummmm….. and with a beautiful gold and white geo tin, it’s the best smelling decor I can imagine. $18 for the large tin. FOUR these fall leaves linens from design.christonium are made from natural linen and have a seasonal, but not overwhelming print. I love how subtly sweet they are! $25.  FIVE a vintage look with current personalization is what drew me to these bautiful ceramic pieces from Van Ivey Ceramics.  This platter would make an amazing christmas gift for a new family!


I hope your week has been amazing!  For me it’s been full of ups and downs.  It’s been a pretty rough work week, but I was also SO happy to be featured on Style Me Pretty for a styled shoot I worked on this fall.  I was very lucky to get in a much needed dinner date with a good friend, and Grandiflora is making great progress!

This weekend, I have to kick it into super high gear.  I have my big project with West Elm that I’ll be working on (and Instagramming about!), I am doing a few fun and easy Halloween projects that I’ll post next week, and I’m preparing for the product photography session to shoot all of the Grandiflora merchandise for the site and lookbook!  In addition, I’m getting in a dinner tonight with the FABULOUS artist who did the invitation suite for the SMP shoot, and a breakfast date tomorrow with a friend who I haven’t seen in far far too long (even though she lives one mile from me).

I can’t wait for tall of the action.  I’ll be bustling about!  What are you doing this gorgeous fall weekend?


p.s.  I’m restoring some cane chairs that I found alongside the road!  I’m letting YOU GUYS pick the fabric, so vote!  I’ll reveal the winning pattern next Monday!


Copper Wedding Shoot for Style Me Pretty

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I’ve almost been bursting at the seams to share this with you guys. With all of the party style I share here on House of Earnest, this is the first published event that is mine! I’m dumbstruck. Several weeks ago, I instagrammed some sneak peeks of a photoshoot that I was working on with Benjamin Lowry and today, I finally get to share that Style Me Pretty has published our shoot and we are over-the-moon excited.

I had been dying to play with the textures and hues of copper in a wedding setting and had been eager to work with Ben on a wedding shoot as well.  I am blessed that not only did I end up with Ben (who does stunning work, no?), but I also got the opportunity to work with some of the absolute best event professionals in my area.  The flowers were put together by the amazingly sweet, Mary, from Rose Bredl Flowers + Garden.  She donated her time and creativity to our project and hit the nail on the head.  The breathtaking invitation suite was hand painted by Yao Cheng and were everything I’d hoped for – airy, earthy, and feminine.

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The dress was Romona Keveza from Big Rock Little Rooster and the amazingly gorgeous model donning the gown is Josie of Thank Yoga.  I was lucky enough that my favorite hair designer, Stephanie was available to do hair and Milla to donate her time for the makeup – both from Jolie Laide Salon.  We had QUITE the group of talent.

I love the soft, coppery colors that were captured mixed with blush and vibrant natural greens.  All against the ivory backdrop of lace, I don’t think it can get any better. More pictures to follow! Continue Reading…