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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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White Out

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So often, I think bloggers write about this or that crazy expensive product that we’ll never actually buy, loving a new thing over here, dying over that nugget over there. While there is definitely some fun in dreaming of beautiful pieces to surround ourselves with, I am trying to focus on taking action to the things I talk about here. When I wrote last week about the beauty of going with the flow, I was serious about my desire to implement all-white bedding into our master bedroom. This weekend, I went out and got a duvet cover I’d been eyeing for some time.  It’s a seersucker striped number from Target which has enough texture to be anything but boring.

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It’s currently paired with some dusty grey-blue euro shams and an embroidered lemon yellow pillow.  I plan to get some fun poppy color to replace the dusty blue, but in the meantime, it will work.  It’s bright, airy, and I absolutely love it.

I am also committing to coming back in the next few months and keeping you guys up to date on how the upkeep of all of these layers of white go!

Have a happy Monday out there!

 

p.s.  in the same vain as ‘white out’ bedding, I’ve painted my nails white this weekend (as documented on Instagram) and I like it way more than I thought I would! It’s very summery and neutral… and you know how much I love neutrals.

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Friday Faves 6.14

Friday Faves 6.14

 

ONE for the (pretty good) price of $234 I could have this dreamy cream bicycle to ride around town.  See it, buy it at Keep.com TWO a leather envelope to carry my important documents is much better than the cram-in-my-day-planner method I currently employ. This one is handmade with lots of love – $150 from ODSY workshop. THREE pretty scalloped basket from jenny rose handmade $43. FOUR gradient blue nesting plates come in a set of five from ceramics shop design lump $207  FIVE this is what I tell myself when I don’t want to wake up early to GSD.  Dreams art print from Note to Self: The Print Shop comes framed at just $33. SIX I love the hexagon pattern of this indigo shibori pillow.  Considering the time intensive handwork that goes into shibori dying, you could understand the $99 price tag. See this and others at Pieffer Studio.

Summer is here in the Souder house (even if it isn’t technically summer yet)!  Is it present for you yet?  Some years I just don’t feel the summery vibe until after the 4th has come and gone, but this year it came early with the sunshine and warm days.

This weekend I am seriously getting a bike.  I’ve been wanting one for a few years now and I am going to bike the bullet! Maybe you’ll see me driving around town!

What’s on your weekend agenda?

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