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Friday Faves 3.1

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ONE white dipped baskets from Wisteria are no longer for sale, but I can’t stop thinking about them.  I think I’ll try my hand at this DIY (even though it’s been done pretty excessively) just because I love them. TWO Robins egg soaps will convince you and your guests that spring is right around the corner.  $24 from Terrain. THREE Nottingham tea cups from Anthropologie are pretty, but not too sweet for a lovely girly lunch – $14 each.  If you read my post yesterday, you’ll know that I’m itching to do something just like that. FOUR I love the simplicity and boldness of this bar cart from Restoration Hardware, $895. FIVE a year after my dip dye spoons, I still love the trend, but this ombre set from Anthropologie is a bit newer, $36.

 

We’re a little slow going around here this morning with Friday Faves, but better late than never, right?

This week, I’ve had serious spring fever, as you can tell from the last few days of posts, so thank goodness it’s March and spring weather is actually in sight.

Speaking of winter, I’ve been relaxing and skiing this week in Colorado with my husband and some friends and although I’m a little over the snow this year, with all of the bright sunshine out here, it’s been fantastic.  Skiing has come back to me even though I haven’t really been for a few years, and it’s been nice having some time off from work. We’re heading back tomorrow with enough time left over in the weekend to settle in and get ready for another work week.

Happy Friday to you all!  Any fun plans this weekend?

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Spring (Party) Fever

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I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve got a serious case of spring fever.  And what’s worse, I have spring party fever.  It might have been the patio planning, or it might be that I’m spending a week in a very snowy landscape, but I cannot stop thinking about spring.

When I was looking for patio inspiration, I found this styled shoot by Jen Huang for Green Wedding Shoes and just loved the natural, springy vibe. I haven’t had a good party in a few months with all of the traveling I’ve been doing and am getting an itch to throw a little shindig.  Waiting for the patio to be complete and having a nice little spring gathering has gone from being just an idea to being pretty high up on my to-do list.

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Aren’t all of the watercolor pastels mixed with spring brights just melting the snow around your cold winter heart?  They sure are mine!

I am pretty excited about the possibilities for upcoming spring events, especially if we can get this patio done asap!

 

Are you yearning for spring yet?  What makes most excited for the upcoming season?

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It’s a Sunny Day

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You guys might notice a little bit of the activity of sponsors that come and go in the side bar, but I wanted to call special attention to one that is a constant source of support and of vintage goodies as well.  Sunny Day Vintage, run by entrepreneur, Sunny, is filled with such sweet finds ranging anywhere from antique labels and glassware to vintage craft supplies like buttons, ribbon, bobbins, and more.

In my DIYs, I’m always talking about picking up a vintage this or antique that and Sunny Day Vintage is the type of store I’m describing.  I love to pick up little baubles and bits that are just plain pretty and these are the things that inspire me most of the time to make the projects that I share with you guys.

Sunny has been such a wonderful sponsor and support for House of Earnest and is active in our community, lending her thoughts on comments and sharing posts on social media.  I am beyond thrilled to have her and Sunny Day Vintage as a H of E sponsor.

To top it all off, through the end of April Sunny is offering 15% off any Sunny Day Vintage purchase for House of Earnest Readers! Enter in coupon code EARNEST at check out to take advantage!

Pop over and say hi to Sunny for me!

 

p.s.  I’m relaxing on vacation right now in sunny Colorado, but will be blogging all week and instagramming up the joint.  Follow @Houseofearnest on instagram to keep up!

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Hand Made: Coiled Rope Bowl

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A few weeks ago I saw a coiled rope bowl at some store with a price tag in the triple digits.  I was a little shocked to say the least and took it as a personal challenge to make a simple, sweet bowl of my own.

One trip to the home improvement store and $4.00 later, I had eight feet of rope to try my hand at this project.  All it took was a hot glue gun and a strong grip to complete and I saved over a hundred bucks (not that I wouldn’t have spent it).

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rope bowl workflow

ONE clamp one end of the rope in a tight fold.  TWO glue the fold and let it completely cool as this is the biggest stress point for the rope.  THREE  after establishing a round flat base for the bowl, begin to overlap the rope slightly to form the sides. FOUR for the last coil, flip the bowl around so that you can ensure all glue is hidden beneath the rim.

Rope Bowl Diptych

My version of this rope bowl is quite simple, but just think of the many variations you could make!  I’m actually thinking about buying another (longer) length of rope and making a large, flat bowl for a coffee table centerpiece.  Now that the initial idea is out of my brain, taking it into different directions is so much easier.

What do you guys think?

 

p.s. Don’t make fun of my fake apples!  I am going on vacation starting today and have no fresh food in my house!

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Transformation: Patio Plans

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So, I’m going to embarrass myself here for a post and show you my pretty terrible patio.  Dressed up with a nice table and chairs, a colorful umbrella, and some planters, it isn’t quite as noticeable how nondescript, plain, and concrete-y this outdoor space is. In reality, however, with colorful, seasonal accessories stripped off for winter, it’s pretty bad.

This year, that’s all going to change.

We went to a party last fall at a friend’s house who had recently built a new paver patio and I think that was the straw that broke our backs.  While something contemporary like pavers doesn’t quite work with our turn of the century farm house, I knew what would… flagstone.

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ONE Flagstones in french vanilla color from MS International, TWO Tarno folding cafe chair from Ikea, THREE rattan french cafe chair from TK Collections. FOUR inspiration patio from Green Wedding Shoes.

This photo really jumped out at me as a feeling we could capture. mostly because I love the idea of keeping a dining area organic, natural and consistent with the age of the house.  I would definitely put the flagstones closer together (wobbly chairs are my nemesis), but love the neutral grey/beige that almost looks like aged wood. Mostly folding cafe chairs with a couple soft rattan chairs are perfect to quickly move into the garage for the very regular midwest summer storms and look darling together.

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ONE Hampton Bay ‘Fenton’ seating set from the Home Depot TWO stone fire pit kit also from the Home Depot. THREE Inspiration photo from Dirt Simple

A separate seating area with a firepit is also planned to make an appearance.  In my head, this will also be flagstone (not gravel like in my inspiration picture), but will be a place for us to sit after work, have a glass of wine, and throw the ball for the dog.  We currently do this, we just sit in adirondack chairs placed in the middle of the yard!

The thing that pushed this whole idea forward wasn’t just a case of keeping up with the Jones’s, but the Home Depot has invited me back this spring to participate in another Style Challenge!  If you missed the Holiday Challenge, check it out here, but basically they give me an item to work with, then I have to plan my whole design around that item and submit a post revolving around my decor.

For this Style Challenge, they’re gifting me the Fenton set which I’ll then build my entire firepit area around.

I think it’s going to be a lot of fun and has certainly given me the kick in the buns I need to get going on my patio!  We’ll keep you up to date on how things go, so I hope you’ll join us for the adventure!

 

Have a BRIGHT Monday, guys (spring is right around the corner)!

 

p.s. Want to see more of my patio inspiration?  Check out my Patio board on Pinterest!

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Friday Faves 2.22

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ONE Raspberry glass pendant light is a perfect mix of feminine and vintage.  I think it would make the perfect addition to a small space entryway! $42 from BootsNGus. TWO This brass desk set by Futagami is calling my name!  I love that its shine is a little tarnished and it’s angles are reminiscent of a faceted gem. Cost starts at $50 for the small, so they’re not cheap! THREE I originally pinned the image of this Merchant & Mills sewing kit because I love the type and the  packaging, but now I’ve realized that it comes with amazing little treats like scissors, a needle threader and notions galore – not to mention would make a wonderful gift, $75.  FOUR Sweet and unique painted geo nesting bowls can scatter around the house holding everything from nuts to jewelry.  The set of three from Furbish is just $24.  FIVE what’s not to love about a faceted wooden side table? It’s sculptural  fun, and won’t break the bank. $298 from Urban Outfitters. SIX I’m not sure why arrows are cool, but I love that they are.  This simple embroidered pillow would look just as good in a living room or in a little boys bedroom.  $128 from Terrain.

 

I’m not sure if I am happier that it’s Friday, or happier to be back at home.  Either way, this weekend is going to include lots of relaxing, unpacking (and then repacking), and hanging out with some friends that I haven’t seen in a while.  I think I’m leaning toward loving some of the cleaner lines and angular shaped things above partially because my house is such a disaster and these things make me feel quite orderly. I’ve got two giant unpacked suitcases, a few vases of dead flowers, and piles of mail just waiting to be tended to… but maybe I’ll go for happy hour first!

Tell me, what is on your agenda this last week in February?

 

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Splurge and Save: Navy Velvet Sofas

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I love navy velvet sofas and have always wanted one, but I’m just so afraid they’ll go out of fashion (although that seems like a preposterous idea) so I’ve never wanted to purchase a real pricey one.  As absolutely stunning as the Mitchell and Gold sofa is, West Elm also has a style for about half the price.

What do you guys think?  Is this something you’d go all the way on, or save?

 

p.s. I like a little nailhead trip like I used here would be perfect on the West Elm sofa!

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Step into Spring with Illume

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I’m not gonna lie to you guys, after being in Delhi, I’m ready for bright colors and the spring weather to follow me back to Ohio.  I feel like I can’t get antsy just yet because I still have a vacation in snowy Telluride next week, but it’s definitely on my mind.

The wonderful people at Illume sent me a whole sampler let of their new spring items and it’s certainly not helping my spring fever. The colors are bright and vibrant, the patterns are reminiscent of summer and the scents are just what I need.  How cute are these little matchbooks?

After Christmas, I need fresh, clean smells wafting through my house (I’m not a food/sweet scent type person) and so I was so excited to try a different scent each day from the sampler to see which I liked most.

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The verdict?  Cactus Verde is the winner.  It’s clean, light and herbal smelling which makes my house feel just as ready for spring as I am!

Speaking of winners… We have TWO winners of the Birchseed giveaway and both winners will be contacted via email!

 

Have a FRESH Wednesday, you guys!

 

disclosure: Illume kindly provided the products seen here, but all opinions are my own.

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Gold Handmade Wall Art

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Unique art that doesn’t cost a ton isn’t hard to come by, but making your own could be even easier than searching for low cost perfection. Using just a gold leaf pen and a printout to trace, I transformed a frame that I already had into some really sweet art for my desk.

The trick is to just flip your desired design to be a mirror opposite so that you can trace onto the backside of the glass, which gives the gold leaf a little more of a sheen than it would have on its own.

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gilded frame workflow

ONE using this template, start tracing around the letters, then fill them in.  TWO using a scrap piece of paper, keep pressing down the tip of the gold pen periodically to ensure that ink flow is consistent.  THREE put your finished glass into the front of your original frame and run a bead of hot glue around the edge so that you don’t have to use the back of the frame.

Make sure to carefully wipe around the art to get rid of any fingerprints after the ink has dried and you’re finished.

There are so many designs you could make that would be beautiful as well.  A little geometric design would be cool as well as something little and quirky like a bicycle.  Whatever you want to do, just print out the picture and trace around it!  Perfection!

Have a great Tuesday, you guys!  I’m leaving India really late tonight and I’m excited to get back home to my own bed, my little monster dog, and my husband.

See you all on the other side!

 

p.s.  The Birchseed giveaway ENDS tonight at midnight, EST.  See full details and rules by clicking here!!

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His and Hers

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Last month I met a couple who had an interesting quirk in that they didn’t have designated sides of the bed.  Whoever went to sleep first, took whichever side and the partner who followed would take the other side. If they went to sleep at the same time, it was just kind of decided on the spot. I asked the couple if they had a side they preferred and they didn’t really seem to.  I asked if they always took the same side upon getting in bed first (like he who gets the window side first wins).  They didn’t.

I found this so interesting because we are such creatures of habit and I (for one) like to have something be mine.  Matt and I even have designated spots where we sit in the living room.  I’m always on the couch, and him on the leather chair (now, part of our situation is the layout of our living room.  You cannot adequately see the TV from one side of the couch, making it really a spot for just one). But the main thing here is that the idea of not having my side of the bed seemed so odd to me.

I am not quite sure why I find it so hard to comprehend, but I just do.  What’s mine is mine and what’s his is his, right?

Which got me thinking about marriage in general.  We share everything else, so why not our sides of the bed.  Is it really just habit?  Or is it a need to have some ownership in an otherwise all-sharing situation?  I thought maybe it was just preference.  Maybe I just liked sleeping on the right side, but that isn’t true when I travel, so it’s not preference.  Am I really just that possessive?

What do you guys think? Do you have things that are specifically designated?  Or do you, like the above mentioned couple, see no division?

I’m curious to know, so leave a comment below!

 

p.s.  We are hosting a GIVEAWAY which will have two winners!  Check it out here and some silk cushions could be headed your way!

 

photo credit:  Hers His

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