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Friday Faves 7.19

friday faves 7.19

 

ONE this pretty mint soap dish from Ross Labs brought a smile to my face, $32. TWO a cottony and cool summer blanket from Terrain is just perfect for warm evenings or picnics, and the pattern is pretty awesome too! $68. THREE octagon cutting board is the right bit of whimsey for a minimal kitchen.  $65 from Douglas + Bec. FOUR colorful, but not too crazy, floral mugs from Idyll Home are ideal at £6.50. FIVE I’ve been eyeing this brushed gold sconce forever now, I might just need to get it for something.  What that something is, I don’t know yet! $149 from Crate & Barrel. SIX back and white napkins will go with everything and the cool design will amp up dinnertime. $20 for the set of four from CB2.

This weekend, I’m headed off to Chicago on my first ever trip for the big adventure.  I’m excited and nervous and cannot wait to tell you guys about it all so soon!  I’m hoping to squeeze in a bit of fun and maybe some shopping as well.

Have a phenomenal weekend and let me know what fun you have planned!

 

p.s.  You can shop all of these faves in one place and take a look at the other things I’ve been ‘keeping’ at Keep.com!

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Simple Happiness

the simple things

Each day, I come here and I post about projects, tutorials, inspiring homes, and beautiful products.  In the work I do for the blog, both in planning for the posts and in planning projects for my own home, I look at the big picture a lot.  I’m a big picture kind of girl.  I can see happiness in my future with my husband and our goals, but I don’t always see happiness in the present. I’d say this is my biggest downfall. I’m always looking forward, but not always right in front of me.

Last week, my husband, Matt, shared an amazing article with me Continue Reading…

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Mats Make The Difference

mattes make the difference

For years I couldn’t quite put my finger on what made my framed photos and gallery walls look, well, bad. I thought that blowing up the photos themselves to be bigger was the answer, but that just resulted in some poor resolution photos and they still looked so cheap hanging on the wall or in a focal place like on the mantle.

It was recently, I’ll admit, that I bought some frames with BIG mats and realized this was the solution.  Even a very small photo, like the two 4 x 6’s above, look great surrounded by clean white mats. And the size of the frames take up more wall real-estate!

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mats for gallery look

It’s easy to see after the fact, but I struggled for a long time with how to make family photos not look so dinky.  I got a few of these gallery frames on the cheap from Target, and they make all of the difference in the world.  Even with handmade art or children’s art, they upgrade the look from tchotchke to gallery ready.

Do you have some photos in need of an upgrade?

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Simple Party Pattern

quick party vase idea

Sometimes, all it takes is a split second to take a regular dinner and make it into a party.  Maybe more people popped by than what you’d planned, or maybe there is just a festive feeling in the air.  Either way, you can take an everyday moment and make it party perfect in the blink of an eye with this little trick.

Just sandwich some fabric, a napkin, paper, or anything between a drinking class and a vase to give your centerpieces some patterned gusto.

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Custom vase party DIY

ONE fold your fabric to the proper height and circumference of the exterior vase. TWO roll up a drinking glass which easily fits inside the vase with room to spare. THREE insert the glass into the vase.

You now have a vessel to fill with water for your perfect arrangement and a clean look from the exterior.

Perfect, huh?

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Turning Mangled into Mangia

pizza grilled

The last time we tried to grill pizza it was a disaster.  Actually, disaster doesn’t cover it – it was inedible.  So last weekend in Nashville when our cousins, Charlie and Abby, told us they were going to grill up some pizzas for dinner one night, I was all ears to learn how turn mangled into mangia for my own pizza night.

grilled pizzas

They divulged early on that there was a trade secret to getting the crust just right.   This secret was exactly the key I’d been missing before – and the thing I used last night to make this beauty. Continue Reading…

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Friday Faves 7.12

Friday Faves 7.12

ONE light up your night with this pretty globe and rope lantern from Dwell Studios.  It sure is pretty, but at $390, maybe it’s a DIY idea.  TWO ‘hooked’ bottle opener would be a cute hostess gift for a summer weekend at your friend’s lake house. $16 from Terrain. THREE lovely painterly dinnerware from Anthro is all between $12-$18.  Pretty nice! FOUR who says outdoor pillows have to be in crazy color?  This beautiful neutral embroidered outdoor pillow is perfect, comes in different designs, and is on sale ($39) at West Elm! FIVE a mixture of sand-repellant cotton and terry make the perfect beach towel. This is one of those things that would be my favorite year after year. $83 from Nine Space. SIX pop of pink caddy for anything from utensils to paint brushes.  $22 from The Land of Nod.

I had a partial work week this week after a three day ‘stay-cation’ and it’s been just fabulous.  I got so much done around the house and was able to really unplug my brain from the office and let go a little.  Still, I’m happy that a Friday was right around the corner and I get to spend some more time doing my Erin things and hanging out with Matty.

This weekend, I’ve got a few big projects up my sleeve (soon to be shared!) and hope to get some work done on them!  What is on your agenda?

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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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interior inspiration - skona hem

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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

DIY lucite bookends

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

diy acrylic bookend

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

how to open champagne

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.

opening champagne

champagne how to

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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