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The American Dream

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For us who have lived in the states our whole lives (me), freedom is an odd thing to wrap our heads around sometimes.  Most of my life, I’ve thought about freedom as something our country has from other countries – our freedom as a whole.  It’s only been very recently that I’ve thought of freedom more on a personal level.  I am free to be whatever I want to be.  I am free to create a life for myself that I want to live, work the job I want to work, contribute to society the way I want to contribute.

Realizing the power of the American Dream has been top of mind for me lately.  I am still in the midst of working behind the scenes on my little adventure (VERY soon to be announced) and I realize that the world is at our fingertips.  Opportunities abound and are ours for the creating, taking, molding, whatever.

There are so many beautiful, wonderful countries in the world where people live happy and fulfilled lives, but there is just something about the entrepreneurial spirit of America, isn’t there?  Believing that we can do anything we set our minds to?

Here’s to the boundless opportunity and the power of dreaming the American Dream.  Happy 4th of July!

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Our Style Stories Launch

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A very exciting new site launches this week, Our Style Stories is run by Hilary Walker, an interior designer out of Dallas, Texas, and is compiled of snippets of peoples’ lives that show the connection between their style and the story behind it.

Here is a fun sneak peek that has yet to go live on Our Style Stories.  This feature of Nashville creative, Carina Pearson will go live on Our Style Stories this Thursday with an audio interview of this graduate student living the creative life on Friday.

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I love having insight into the lives of other creatives, Continue Reading…

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Fun with Fireworks + a giveaway

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firework table cover

Ok, some might call this tie dye, but I’m calling it fireworks. This washed down blue tablecloth is perfect for covering any folding table, getting your group ready for the 4th of July celebrations this week. It’s MUCH cheaper than buying one and would be a fun project for the kiddos (outside, of course).

The ‘cloth’ part of the tablecloth is actually canvas dropcloth from The Home Depot. It is so much less expensive than buying yardage from the store (shoot, it’s cheaper than a flat sheet) and it comes in squares, rectangles, and ‘runner’ sized (for hallways) but I like to think that size is actually for a banquet 6ft table! A little ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and some fabric dye (I used RIT navy blue) and that’s all it took.

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ONE pinch up a few inches of canvas and form it into a cone. TWO tape the cone together tightly with the painters tape and ensure the bottom of the tape strand is secure. THREE do this all over your cloth. FOUR dunk it into your dye bath and agitate for 15 minutes.

Materials:

  • 6′ x 9′ canvas dropcloth from The Home Depot
  • 1 bottle of liquid RIT dye (you can find this at a craft store or at walmart) mixed with 6 gallons HOT water
  • 1 roll of ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape
  • 1 big plastic storage tub (I used an 18 gallon)

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I love that the end result is a little less traditional and kind of whimsical. I did a very casual beer and BBQ style dinner to go with the laid back nature of the ‘firework’ tablecloth.

This project is sponsored by ScotchBlue Painters tape and if you guys aren’t inspired to create, maybe a plethora of ideas in the Ready, Set, Paint Blog Hop will help!  A group of bloggers from around the web all got together to show off their stuff and what they could create with ScotchBlue.  What would help you get creative?  Another Home Depot GIFTCARD GIVEAWAY you say?  Well, let’s do it!

We will giveaway $75 to The Home Depot to one lucky reader.
To enter this giveaway, please leave a link to your favorite summer DIY or painting project in the comments below for a chance to win a $75 Home Depot gift card!

Entries must be posted by next Monday, July 8th, at 11:59 p.m. EST, and one winner will be chosen at random.

*Limited to readers in the U.S. only. Entries for this giveaway are made on the House of Earnest comment page and by sharing this giveaway via social media. Winner will be contacted by email once entries close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after. Total retail value is $255. This post was brought to you in partnership with The Home Depot and ScotchBlue Painters Tape. All opinions and creations are my own.

Other projects on the blog hop are here!!!

Centsational Girl – Textured Panel Dresser Makeover
Thrifty and Chic Framed Stencil Wall
The Design Confidential DIY Concrete Color Block Painted Tables
Sand & Sisal Faux Etched Glass
The Girl Creative Summer Chalkboard
PB & J Stories Dipped Effect Outdoor Bench and Front Patio Makeover
In My Own Style How to Paint Outdoor Furniture
Making this Home Embellish with a Paint Border
Rustic Bench Gets Modern Moroccan-Inspired Makeover
DIY Game Table

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High Low

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When I revealed my new home bar last week, I listed new art as one of my needed updates to the space. I had bought three letterpress prints from Acorn & Whale a while back and was just waiting for the right opportunity to use it.  I plan to do a fun patterned wallpaper in this room eventually, so using the typographic art here, would make a nice contrast one the paper goes up.

I spread the art out above and below the center shelf to form a vertical like, counteracting the horizontal molding.

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It is a bit wordy at the moment, but I think that it will be perfect with more color and pattern gracing the walls of the room.

I love the update and think it modernizes a classic bar.

Have a happy Monday!

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Friday Faves 6.28

Friday Faves 6.28

 

ONE pinstripe pentagram dish from one of my new favorite shops on Etsy, $35 from Bluemics. TWO I’m looking for some fun euro shams for my all white bed.  These bright tassel shams from Anthropologie might fit the bill at $58 each. THREE I’ve recently started loving bocce ball and what’s better than a really fun and colorful set to get our own backyard game going? They’re a little pricey at $298, but so darn cute. FOUR this little mexican stool is vintage and would make a perfect little perch for an entry or make a wonderful side table topped with some books.  At only $68, it’s on my short list. FIVE elegant and casual, these subtle print napkins say, “I’ve got class, but can also have fun” $68 for a set of four from Serena and Lily. SIX you know I love a good tray, and the leather monogram version from Mark and Graham catches my eye for the office (or for a guys gift!).

 

You can tell summer is in full swing around here as I am gravitating toward fiesta party type goodies on the Faves!  I can’t lie, however, it’s been a rough week around here.  A few 8am meetings, 12 hour days, a pipe incident in the kitchen, and lots of rain have been just a little draining.  I don’t have the usual pep in my step, but I’m trying to get it back this weekend with some bright, happy faves! I’m going to do my best to keep the energy up until I leave for vacation (yay!) next week.  How has your week gone?

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Colorful in Texas

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One of my favorite parts of summer is all of the beautiful weddings. I’m getting to the age where I don’t go to as many as I did in my 20′s, but with the wedding flower work I do, I still stay pretty connected to the beautiful events out there.

This week on 100 Layer Cake, I saw this fabulously colorful wedding in Texas and it really caught my eye. I love flowers and I feel that the blooms really were the showstopper – except for the bride, of course!

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And this is just a peek at the gorgeous event.  Click on over to 100 Layer Cake for the stunning details.

Have a beautiful Thursday!

 

p.s.  The winner of the $250 Home Depot and Bounty giveaway is MOLLY from Flour & Whisk! Congrats, Molly! I’ll contact you via email to get you your giftcard and rolls of Bounty!

p.p.s. For those of you who were disappointed you didn’t win, there might be another opportunity very soon (wink!).

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Patriotic (ice cream) Pops!

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This fourth of July, I’ll be soaking in the sun during a couple of days away from the ol’ job and, of course, enjoying some of the quintessential aspects of summer.  One of those things, is a cool, icy summer treat like ice cream… and why shouldn’t ice cream be patriotic?

I made this super easy ice cream by just by layering flavors with a naturally red, white, and blue hue. lining a loaf pan with freezer paper makes them easy to remove and some craft sticks make them easy to enjoy.

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patriotic ice cream bar

It was one of those creations of my mind that I thought, ‘oh, this probably won’t work’… but then it did.  For the full instructions and step by step photos continue on! Continue Reading…

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Splurge or Save: Cabana Style

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I have a love/hate relationship with outdoor umbrellas.  On one hand, they’re so darn expensive that I feel like if I’m going to shell out some cash, I’m going to get something great.  On the other hand, we lose about two umbrellas each year to the elements (which I oddly forget each spring).

We’ve already lost one this year, so as I consider my next purchase, I am still on the fence.  Buy low and don’t be upset when the wind takes it into the neighbor’s yard and bends it into a trillion pieces, or buy what looks good (which is inevitably always more).

What’s your take on the patio umbrella?  Buy high like this fabulous cabana style from Frontgate? Or low like this fun and funky chevron style from World Market?

I hope your Tuesday is sunny enough for an umbrella!

 

Don’t forget!!  We have a giveaway going on right now!  You could win $250 in gift cards to the Home Depot! Pop over to the original post and comment to enter.

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Home (Bar) Improvement

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I’m always switching things up here and there in my house, changing colors, or swapping out pieces that are old (mostly from my post college apartment). I liked having a classic console table as a bar in my home, but the drawers were starting to break and it didn’t have nearly enough storage for my (ever growing) glassware collection.  I had my eye on a bar from West Elm, still a very class dark walnut wood color, but with a more modern shape and loads of space. It’s $599 online but in the store it was on sale for $479 – score!

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Although I did love the bar as-is, I felt that a little feminine flair was in order.  I added these starburst pulls from Pulp Home for the perfect little touch.  I also changed up the lamp with a light white sculptural one to contrast the darkness of the little hall.

I’m very happy with the swap.  I still have two more things on my list for this room, one being to update the art and the second being to change the wall color.  I’d LOVE to use this wallpaper, but might try to do a paint technique that looks like the paper instead.

Do you like the change? Any changes around your house lately?

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Friday Faves 6.21

Friday Faves 6.21

 

ONE white stool crafted by hand from reclaimed wood, €40 from Malin Workshop. TWO lulu knobs from Anthropologie are a really fun and edgy dose of color for summer – why not switch out some knobs? $8 each. THREE neon dot rug by genevieve gorder is the perfect little splash of brightness topped onto a neutral.  $257 for 3 x 7 at Colom and Brit. FOUR I don’t usually post bags, but I don’t usually love something as much as this clean white, perfect-for-summer, leather tote from Cuyana for $150.  FIVE this butterfly chair from Serena and Lily is final sale, but how could you not love it!  $395.  SIX ‘Roam if you want to’, but if you can’t roam too far, just get this art for your wall instead.  $17 from Jump off the Page.

It’s been a long week over here with a ton of work and a little play.  I am excited to unwind a little this weekend with some yardwork, some projects for next week, and a wedding (that is being set up as we speak in our yard, but I have no part in the set up, so I’m just going to enjoy it).

Do not forget!  We have a $250 Home Depot giftcard GIVEAWAY going on right now!  Click here for entry directions!

Have a FABULOUS weekend, guys!

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