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White and Relaxing

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I love finding a good home that mixes comfort and style.  The super tight color palette in this Swedish home helps it to be visually easy on the eyes and seem super relaxing.  That pool certainly doesn’t hurt either.

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I saved the bedroom for last because it really struck a chord in me.  The blue and white color scheme with hints of black, the very relaxed feel, and the bedside sconces gave me a newly calibrated vision for my bedroom.

What are you feelings on this home?  Do you love it as much as I do?

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Lucite Bookend DIY

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You all know by now my difficulty to adopt too much color into my life and my house.  I made these amazing bookends earlier this year and although I love them, they won’t do in every room in my home.  I needed something sleeker, neutral.  I dreamt up these acrylic and gold bookends and after making them, I like them more that I ever anticipated.

These bookends totaled out at around $9 for the whole thing and boy are they cute!

DIY acrylic bookends

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They’re minimal and chic, let the books show off their colors, and are so easy to make.  Here’s the full tutorial and material list.  Continue Reading…

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Entertaining Basics: Opening Champagne

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I’m not going to lie… it was just about two years ago that I learned how to properly open champagne.  Previously, I always went through the first two steps and then passed it off to my husband and pulled an, “oh honey, could you please get this for me, because I just can’t be bothered”.

It’s surprisingly liberating to not only pull this off solo, but to do it gracefully without losing any bubbles out the top.

There are two big secrets to opening up your bottle.  First, always make sure the bottle is chilled.  The lower temps will keep the carbonation in check and prevent you from having a ton of the good stuff spilling all over.  Just a 30 minute chill in an ice bucket should suffice.  Second is to never, ever use a corkscrew.  letting air into the bottle via a hole in the cork will cause the cork to pop out along with your corkscrew creating a metal and cork missile.

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ONE remove the paper from the bottle’s top. TWO untwist the metal cage and remove completely, again, we don’t want flying corks with metal on them.  THREE drape a hand towel over the top of the bottle and firmly grasp the cork and the bottle.  Twist the bottle and the cork in opposite directions, holding the cork firmly, until you hear the soft pop of the cork releasing.

See, now wasn’t that easier than you expected!  TO finish it all off nicely, know that you should pour just about and inch of champagne into the bottle of your glass first, let the bubbles subside, then continue pouring the glass.  This prevents overflow!

Now go wow your friends with your new skill.

 

Want more easy basics of entertaining?  Shoot me a question at erin@houseofearnest.com if you have one and I’ll answer it on this new series!

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Holiday Weekend in Nashville

Holiday Weekend
I may not have told you before, but I went to college in Nashville, Tennessee and learned firsthand what an absolutely fabulous town it is.  Both my husband and I have family there now and I love returning to the city to be a tourist in the town that shaped a part of me.

I hadn’t taken time from work in several months, so I was very happy to kick back and relax a little.  We spent some time poolside, stayed up late chatting with friends and family and I also learned some really cool new things in the outdoor cooking arena that I’ll be sharing with you all this week. I hope you’re as excited as I am!

In the meantime, I’m getting back into the swing of things today in Ohio and wish you a lovely week!

 

p.s. we have been partners with Home Depot all summer and have another giveaway going on NOW!  Entry details here!

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Friday Faves 7.5

Friday Faves 7.5

 

ONE custom monograms nicely embroidered by hand. $12 each from Shop Hoopla. TWO this summer, try a coastal entry to the home with this nautical knot doormat. $65 from interiors online.  THREE pretty boxes for function storage, to look pretty, or to give as a gift.  £33 from Idyll Home. FOUR I’d be curious to find out what the ‘farm haus’ candle from Haus smells like.  I don’t think the ‘musty damp’ smell is that sell-able, so they probably went the herby, earthy route.  $32 from Haus Interior. FIVE these cascading baskets would be perfect in a kitchen, office, kids room, or bathroom.  Just $59 from Urban Outfitters. SIX soft aqua off linen in this pillow from Lulu & Georgia is a beautiful summery combination, $78.

Getting revved up for high summer involves lots of brights, but I also love the soft, mellow, cozy side of the season.  This holiday weekend, Matt and I are spending time with family in a very cozy, communal atmosphere playing games, drinking, eating and relishing in summer.

I hope you had a great holiday as well!  Don’t forget, we have a giveaway going on to win another Home Depot gift card!  If you didn’t win the first two drawings, this might be one of your last chances!  Entry instructions are here!!

 

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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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firework tablecloth workflow

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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