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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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Oceanic Urchin DIY

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I posted last week about the uptrending ‘oceanic’ pieces that have been catching my eye lately , so I knew I wanted to do some sort of DIY surrounding the theme.  Not only is the gold urchin super on trend, but it’s crazy easy and clean up is so simple.

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ONE cut a 3″ foam sphere in half TWO snip wooden skewers into lengths ranging from 2″ to 4″ and everywhere in between. THREE stick your skewers into the domed portion of your foam.  Make sure that each skewer appears to be originating at the same central point.  FOUR spray your urchin outdoors on a few sheets of Bounty paper towels.

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Do you want to hear the best part of this post (not that the urchin isn’t awesome)? To help you get your DIY on, we’re giving away (drumroll please) some Bounty of your own and a $250 to the Home Depot!  Crazy awesome!

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The people at Proctor and Gamble (who sent me some Bounty to clean up my mess) and Home Depot want you to keep on creating, so we’ve teamed up on this amazing giveaway.  It’s easy to enter!

To enter, leave a comment below or share this giveaway on social media (the come back here to comment letting me know you did!).  Something like, “Enter this crazy awesome giveaway on @houseofearnest” would be phenomenal! There is a potential for two entries per reader.

Entries must be posted by next Tuesday, June 25st, at 11:59 p.m. EST, and one winner will be chosen at random*. This giveaway is closed and the winner has been notified,

*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 has been sponsored by Proctor & Gamble and the Home Depot.  All opinions and creations are my own.

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On My Radar: Lauren Alison

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Every so often an artist or shop comes along that really blows me over.  The art and design of Lauren Alison is one of those things.  I first discovered her shop on Etsy and soon feel in love with all of her amazing work.  Her drawings are beautiful renditions of nature done on bright, happy, color which make the napkins, pillows, and tea towels she creates simply one of a kind.

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Are you as impressed as I am?  If you haven’t already check out her shop, you should! I swear you’ll love every piece in her shop more than the last.

Have a colorful Wednesday, guys!

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Sorbet Squeeze – the color of summer cocktails

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Brights and the contrast they provide with this seasons smooth candy-like sorbet colors are everywhere in fashion and decor. This past Saturday, I set out to put together a pretty garden cocktail party using the same color scheme.  Big bunches of peonies (a total score at the market) and creamcicle colored linens and peach straws brought a soft edge to all of the beautiful color.

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While guests were invited to make their own cocktail concoction, I also provided a couple of easy recipes to give people a place to start.
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