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Thanksgiving Potluck with Friends

thanksgiving table

This week’s holiday came a bit early for us yesterday as we shared what we lovingly refer to as “Friendsgiving”, a Thanksgiving celebration with our closest friends.  I’m moving a bit slow this morning after hours spent cheers-ing, playing games, and carrying on over loads of food.  I stuck to a ‘gilded nature’ look by mixing lots of gold with natural elements.  I spray painted some leaves and branches in my favorite gold, I mixed sparkly gold mini-pencils with DIY kraft notebooks for the name cards and the favors (which I’ll be sharing here tomorrow!) and layered together wood serving dishes with gold and white ones.

It worked well with each person contributing a side dish or dessert, because I was able to spend time putting decorative touches on things and less time in the kitchen.  We did make the roasted turkey while our friend, Eric, fried one. We had a bar set up with two signature cocktails – both from Snippet and Ink – the  Pear Rum Blush and The Ginger Bourbon Fizz.  They were so good!

Thanksgiving name cards

thanksgiving place card

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Friday Faves 11.22

 

Friday Faves 11.22

ONE wow every single person at your holiday parties this year with amazing hot chocolate on a stick from Ticket Chocolate.  This gingerbread variety is in my pantry and ready for our Friendsgiving on Sunday.  They’re $25 for 5, and you’ll be savoring every drop.  TWO it’s gold, which means I love it, and it’s limited edition from Anthropologie, which means I have to have it.  I’m thinking gold letter mugs would make really cute christmas gifts and at just $10, you can still afford to fill them with some goodies (like the aforementioned hot chocolate!).  Now how’s that for a decedent gift for under $15? THREE a feather banner would look so right paired with a thanksgiving bunting (like this one).  FOUR after my first week of self employment, I’ve never felt more blessed, but think that motivational art like this gold and navy piece from The Everygirl would be perfect for my home office. $30. FIVE I was immediately drawn to these organic sheets with a crochet edge from Zen Bedrooms – they’re perfectly delicate, dainty, and natural.  $148 for a set. SIX cheese markers are my weakness!  I love that this set from Nelle Design isn’t too formal, but still gives people a clue what they’re eating! SEVEN all of the linens at Ten & Co are so cute, but this ski tea towel really hits home for me this time of year when I miss living in Colorado.

See ALL of these things, plus other lovely pieces I’m loving on my Keep page!  (my Christmas list is also on there, hint, hint :)

 

I am loving all of the pre-holiday spirit in the air, aren’t you?  It’s been an amazing week for me… I pushed out a ton of Grandiflora orders (if you haven’t made yours yet, do it soon because things are selling out quickly!), and I helped out a really wonderful team at the Bath and Body Works headquarters with some of their upcoming blog content – what an absolutely fabulous opportunity and equally amazing group of ladies.  I had so much fun.

I’m preparing hardcore for Friendsgiving which we’re hosting on Sunday.  Matt and I are making the Turkey and providing alcohol – all of the other items are coming potluck.  I am so excited to see what people bring and get a taste of what our best friends grew up enjoying at their family Thanksgivings.

I’ll see you all on Monday with photos from the event and some tips on preparing for a potluck meal. Have a great Friday!

 

 

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The Drafty Door Solution

front doors with curtains

I’ve had this idea lingering in my head for a while.  Now, don’t make fun of me, but I actually got the idea from the movie, Taken.  Have you guys seen it? I actually really like the movie, but anyway, there was a scene where the main character goes to the home of a former co-worker and the thing I remember most from the scene is that there were heavy, velvet drapes across the inside of the door. I thought it was just so luxe looking that it stuck with me.  Plus, this would really help with the draftiness of winter.

doors with curtains

So I’ve been sitting on this idea and scouring through sites that have tons of curtain styles, textures, and fabrics.  I think for my purposes they have to be solid – no patterns in my future, and maybe a raw silk or velvet with a bit of a break and puddle.

But please weigh in – do you like this look? Does it distract from the beauty of a foyer?  I’m all about keeping things simple and not fussy, so what do you think?  Fussy?  or Fabulous?

 

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P.S. We have TWO giveaways going on right now – one amazing prize for $250 to Drake General Store and another wonderful opportunity to win two 8″ x 10″ prints from Map My State – check them out and enter.

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Home for the Holidays + A giveaway!

map my state give away

When the holiday season rolls around, I start to think about what home means to me compared to what home may be for someone else.  My family has always lived in Ohio, and although I’ve had a bout of time in Tennessee and Colorado, Ohio will always be home.

For others, they may live far from home or consider their current town home even if it’s not where they grew up.

This week – before we all head around the country and world for the holiday season, I’d love to celebrate ‘HOME’ with you guys by having a giveaway from Map My State!

Ashley and Ben, the founders of Map My State, had lots of homes between the two of them, so they created custom art to represent each of their favorite spots and are giving away TWO 8″x10″ prints to the winner!

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Go, enter now!

**This giveaway is limited to US addresses or APO addresses**

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My Holiday Door Wreath Alternative

wreath alternative for front door

We spoke last week about the trendy vs the traditional, and although I admitted that my holiday decorating scheme this year is fairly classic, something about this year made me feel like not using a wreath on our door at all.

It all started about three weeks ago when I saw these little wicker deer heads on the wall at my local craft store.  I thought it was still so classic and woodsy, but felt really updated and new as well.  With a crisp, white scarf around his neck, he isn’t quite specific to any holiday, but come this December, I’ll be tying a plaid scarf around him and then he’ll definitely have a cozy Christmas charm about him, no?  (spoiler alert, there will be lots of plaid in my holiday decor this year)

It’s clear that I’ve already determined he’s a male deer head, but he should probably have a name, too.  I’ll think on that one!

wreath alternative for holiday door

I’m not going to lie, you guys are the only people who even see my front door.  Since we live on a farm, nobody walks by, and our driveway leads visitors to the back door, but there is still something about decorating the front that I can’t give up!

I’ve you’re interested in your very own deer head, I cannot find it online anymore (check your local Joann’s!) but World Market has a pretty cute version too!

Do you like the change from a regular wreath?

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How I Transition my Holiday Decorations

thanksgiving decor

I have a process that I use for fall decorating that helps transition easily from holiday to holiday without completely tearing one down and setting another one up.  There are certain beautiful elements which are really relevant for more than one holiday, and luckily, they overlap right in the middle.

Pumpkins are perfect for both Halloween and Thanksgiving, red berries (and cranberries at that) work really well for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Using these things to your advantage, means that you won’t be spending you weekends hauling plastic tubs full of holiday decor up and down the stairs, and you’ll spend more time enjoying your handiwork.

Holiday Transition Decor

I am not really a knick-knack type person.  I don’t do Santa figurines, or turkey towels for the guest bathroom, so like to keep things simple and register the change in seasons with new colors, textures and pattern.  It works well for me and I think it can work for you two!  Here is how I break it down.  Continue Reading…

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Friday Faves 11.15

cute office accessories

 

ONE ‘but first, champagne’ print $16 from chloevaux. TWO confetti tumblers – for any type of celebrating, $58 from Grandiflora. THREE wish list notebook (today is a BIG check off my wish list) $10 from Schoolhouse Electric. FOUR simple, pretty calculator from Muji, $28. FIVE a comfy desk chair which doesn’t look half bad either! $499 from Pottery Barn.  SIX cute file folders by Nate Berkus at Target.

 

I am trying to communicate with you through images today.  Do you know what the above (all put together) says?  I’ll tell you.  It says, “I QUIT MY DAY JOB so I’ll spend my whole weekend drinking champagne before I get down to business on Monday morning running Grandiflora and House of Earnest with everything I’ve got”.

That’s what it says.

In all seriousness, though, I am so so so so happy this morning to tell you guys (finally) that I’ve left my job to pursue my dreams of running my own brand full time. Although my dream is to create a furnishings empire of my own (hey, why not?), I’ll also be so thankful to be able to spend more time here on House of Earnest as well.

I am so thankful for all of the amazing support you all have offered this week with the launch of the line and cannot be more grateful for the amazing group of people who come here everyday seeking home and entertaining inspiration. For that, thank you thank you thank you! 

Now, onto the champagne drinking!

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A Heritage Holiday with West Elm

christmas mantle decorating 2

Haul out the holly!  I wasn’t kidding on Tuesday when I said that I was starting my Christmas decorating, but today is a little different type of project. I’m getting lots of help from the fabulous people at West Elm to not only get into the spirit myself, but to help you all do the same.

christmas fireplace

Today I’ll be hauling out the holly with West Elm at my local store for a full on holiday DIY event tonight!  I am so so excited!  We’ve got treats, hot chocolate, loads of greenery, and all of the supplies for everyone coming to craft themselves a wreath just like mine here. If you don’t live in Columbus, you’re store might also be hosting my DIY tonight – stores in McLeanWestportBurlingtonTorontoGeorgetown, andKing of Prussia will also have the workshop.

Keep reading for loads more pictures and my thought process behind the mantel styling.  Continue Reading…

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Winter Win: A $250 Giveaway to Drake General Store

Drake General Store Giveaway

 

We are kicking off this holiday give-giving season with a bang!  We’ve teamed up with a store that has a little something for everyone, even the crazies on your list (but we all love our crazies, don’t we?).

Drake General Store and House of Earnest are proud to team up to offer one of our lovely readers with a $250 giftcard.  That should be more than enough to either:

a) get your gift list taken care of (no last minute scrambling!)

or

b) buy yourself something nice (because after a long, hard year, you deserve it!)

Whichever route you choose, entering is very simple.  Fill out this form and we’ll take care of the rest.

 

Pictured above: Abbesses Bowl, Tinware Creamer and Tinware Mug,  Ginger Syrup, Oval Oak Bed Tray, ‘Where Chefs Eat’ book, HBC Throw.

*no purchase is necessary, entrants must fill out above form to enter.  Sweepstakes ends on 11/27/2013 at midnight EST. Void where prohibited.

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Holiday Decor Style: Trend or Tradition?

trend or tradition

 

You may be thinking, “whoa, Erin… too early”.  But I sit here with over an inch of snow on the ground this morning, and cannot help but get into the holiday spirit – big time.  Also, I’m a big advocate of thinking of my decorating plans early, implementing half of the look for Thanksgiving, then adding on the extra Christmasy touches for the month of December.  This makes the decorating go a little smoother and helps my ‘look’ stay consistent.

Speaking of my ‘look’, each year I have an internal struggle about my Christmas decor.  Early in the season (like now) I think I want to do something really fun and new, but then once the carolers start caroling and sugarplums start dancing, I always yearn for a super traditional look.

I think this year, I’m going to strike a balance.  I’ve got some schemes brewing in my mind already and I can’t wait to show you my direction, but do tell… When it comes to the holiday season, where does your decor lean?  Trendy?  Or traditional?

 

p.s.  If you want to strike a trend vs traditional balance with me – then you should come to my West Elm DIY event this thursday where we’ll all make wreaths together!

 modern tinsel wreath from West Elm  |  Traditional canella berry wreath from LLBean

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