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A Holiday DIY Partnership

holiday with west elm It’s finally the day that I get to reveal what I’ve been up to with West Elm!  We have been working hard behind the scenes putting together a wonderful holiday partnership which you guys are going to LOVE. First things first – I’m doing an in-store event with West Elm on November 14th to show you guys how to make an amazing, customizable wreath for the holidays.  You can sign up here!


And even more – I’ll be working with West Elm on a styling project for their blog, Front & Main, leading up to the in-store event, showcasing a really beautiful new way to style this wreath for the holiday (spoiler: it’s not on your door). So, be on the lookout for more holiday posts featuring my DIYs and West Elm’s beautiful products!  And DEFINITELY check out the event!  If you’re in the Columbus area, come to the West Elm store at Easton Town Center on Thursday, November 14th and spend the evening with me, a really fun DIY and the wonderful people from West Elm! Have a festive Wednesday!


No-Fail Recipe for Fall Decorating


Fall Palette

When fall rolls around each year, I’m so inspired by the change in seasons and the breathtaking colors it brings that I often want to go pretty over-the-top with my fall decorating.  Between the uptrending oxblood and fall’s ever popular orange, I just can’t get enough.  Although it’s pretty easy to get carried away by the autumnal palette and cozy textures, your home will look a lot more pulled together using a few easy tips for seasonal decorating.

Here are my top five tips:  Continue Reading…


Classy Halloween Party Plate DIY

stamped glass spider plates

Under-the-radar spooky is my favorite way to go for Halloween.  I absolutely love the holiday and love to get into the spirit, but you won’t find any over-the-top party store decor at my house.  I love to do things that can easily be made from my everyday materials.  If I have to buy something that is very specific to one holiday and can’t be reused, it’s got to be really special.

I created this quick spooky spider plate with just that idea in mind.  They’re SO SO cute and get this – the ink can very easily be cleaned off, leaving you with plain glass plates to decorate for the next holiday or event.

spider stamped plates 1 spooky spider plate DIY

Spiders peeking out from under a white pumpkin are certainly spooky, but subtle enough to keep things classy.  If you’re having a dinner party this month, definitely give this easy two-step tutorial a try.  And bonus: if you mess up, there is an easy way to recover, so there are no excuses for not doing this one!  The full tutorial comes next!  Continue Reading…


Friday Faves 10.18

Friday Faves 10.18


ONE pandan woven bins with metallic detailing from Serena & Lily are perfect for the active but stylish home.  $24 when you buy two. TWO foil framed glasses art is nerdy chic at it’s best.  $16 from Honey & Bloom via Cyd’s board on Keep.com THREE one of the best new fall fragrances from Illume is Gilded Amberleaf… ummmm….. and with a beautiful gold and white geo tin, it’s the best smelling decor I can imagine. $18 for the large tin. FOUR these fall leaves linens from design.christonium are made from natural linen and have a seasonal, but not overwhelming print. I love how subtly sweet they are! $25.  FIVE a vintage look with current personalization is what drew me to these bautiful ceramic pieces from Van Ivey Ceramics.  This platter would make an amazing christmas gift for a new family!


I hope your week has been amazing!  For me it’s been full of ups and downs.  It’s been a pretty rough work week, but I was also SO happy to be featured on Style Me Pretty for a styled shoot I worked on this fall.  I was very lucky to get in a much needed dinner date with a good friend, and Grandiflora is making great progress!

This weekend, I have to kick it into super high gear.  I have my big project with West Elm that I’ll be working on (and Instagramming about!), I am doing a few fun and easy Halloween projects that I’ll post next week, and I’m preparing for the product photography session to shoot all of the Grandiflora merchandise for the site and lookbook!  In addition, I’m getting in a dinner tonight with the FABULOUS artist who did the invitation suite for the SMP shoot, and a breakfast date tomorrow with a friend who I haven’t seen in far far too long (even though she lives one mile from me).

I can’t wait for tall of the action.  I’ll be bustling about!  What are you doing this gorgeous fall weekend?


p.s.  I’m restoring some cane chairs that I found alongside the road!  I’m letting YOU GUYS pick the fabric, so vote!  I’ll reveal the winning pattern next Monday!


Copper Wedding Shoot for Style Me Pretty

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I’ve almost been bursting at the seams to share this with you guys. With all of the party style I share here on House of Earnest, this is the first published event that is mine! I’m dumbstruck. Several weeks ago, I instagrammed some sneak peeks of a photoshoot that I was working on with Benjamin Lowry and today, I finally get to share that Style Me Pretty has published our shoot and we are over-the-moon excited.

I had been dying to play with the textures and hues of copper in a wedding setting and had been eager to work with Ben on a wedding shoot as well.  I am blessed that not only did I end up with Ben (who does stunning work, no?), but I also got the opportunity to work with some of the absolute best event professionals in my area.  The flowers were put together by the amazingly sweet, Mary, from Rose Bredl Flowers + Garden.  She donated her time and creativity to our project and hit the nail on the head.  The breathtaking invitation suite was hand painted by Yao Cheng and were everything I’d hoped for – airy, earthy, and feminine.

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copper wedding shoot 12

The dress was Romona Keveza from Big Rock Little Rooster and the amazingly gorgeous model donning the gown is Josie of Thank Yoga.  I was lucky enough that my favorite hair designer, Stephanie was available to do hair and Milla to donate her time for the makeup – both from Jolie Laide Salon.  We had QUITE the group of talent.

I love the soft, coppery colors that were captured mixed with blush and vibrant natural greens.  All against the ivory backdrop of lace, I don’t think it can get any better. More pictures to follow! Continue Reading…


On My Radar: Map Walls


Vintage maps aren’t new on the decor scene, but recently, I’ve been seeing them used as full statement walls, which I LOVE.    I’ve seen my fair share of brightly colored walls and designer wallpapers, and although I am quite fond of a lot of those, they may not be for everyone.

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Vintage maps do lend a more casual, rustic vibe than a lot of statement walls that I see and in all of my scouring, Wallpapered has the best selection of maps that I’ve seen out there on the interwebs. I think that this is an awesome solution for the biggest home decor question I get from people. Continue Reading…


Twinkling Sequin Jack-O-Lantern

halloween sparkle jack-o-lantern

There is something so classic about a jack-o-lantern in the fall.  I love seeing a toothy pumpkin grin sitting on a porch all lit up.

With all of the new takes on decorating pumpkins, it’s easy to get carried away, but with some sequin fabric and some cross stitch mesh, it’s easy to get an old-fashioned jack-o-lantern with a little sparkle.  The candlelight glistening through the sequins is so pretty and you don’t see all of the soot on the inside.

sequins jack-o-lantern

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, I am a minimalist at heart.  I like to see the simple beauty of things and just give them a bit of character (and shine!).

This sequin jack-o-lantern lets the light shine through and lets the facets of the sequins glimmer in the moonlight – just my kind of Halloween.  I’ve got a full tutorial lined up for you too!  Continue Reading…


Cane Chair Revival

pair of cane chairs
I don’t know if you guys have ever snatched something off the side of the road, but this was a first for me.  A few weeks ago, I was driving home from work and saw a set of four chippendale cane chairs sitting out with someone’s trash.  At first I drove by, processing what I’d seen, but then, about 2 miles later, I decided I wanted them.  I’d been inspired by the gold cane chair that Carmel had painted, and the image of that entry popped right into my head.

When I pulled into the driveway of the house that had thrown away such beauties, the woman of the house was outside.  I walked up and asked her if she’d mind if I took a pair of the set of chairs out of her trash. She seemed so happy that I wanted them.  She had kept them for years, hoping to revive them herself, but just didn’t do it.

Well, I’m here to give these girls a new life.

Now, restoring furniture isn’t my favorite thing to do.  I enjoy it more than say, sewing, but it takes a lot of patience, and patience is something that I’m working on.  Looks like these chairs are just the beauties to give me a little practice.

I know I want to paint the frames gold.  Similar to my inspiration, I know the gold will pop right off the navy walls I’m planning in my entry. The seats are a different story.  They’re currently (broken) cane, but I have thought about switching them to upholstery to get a little pattern into my life. The whole scheme of my entry will be navy, white, black, and brown (not your average combo, but you’ll see…), so something in a simple black and white is what I’m after – if the gold came doesn’t win out…

cane chair options

There are several different styles in here, I know.  Classic, quirky, sweet, and tribal… but I really like all of these fabrics and can image them on a golden frame of cane!  I’m leaning heavily toward two (plus the gold cane) so three… but I’m putting this up for a vote.

I will finish this chair in whatever you guys pick out. I repeat – I will go with a reader’s choice on this one! Keep reading to vote for your favorite, Continue Reading…


Friday Faves 10.11

Friday Faves 10.11


ONE the large ash bowl from Crate and Barrel is the perfect mixture of natural and modern. $40.  TWO West Elm salad plates designed by Shanna Murray are one of my favorite things ever.  $8 each. THREE rose gold is like regular gold for autumn and these salad servers would look be perfect for your Thanksgiving table. $49 from West Elm. FOUR MacAusland throws are made from 100% virgin wool on Prince Edward Island.  $95 from Drake General Store.  FIVE this white mosaic mirror has been on my love list for a while.  $595 is a little out of budget, but it’s a beauty, no? SIX I love this little blown glass lantern!  Several of these on a mantle mixed with some pumpkins would be perfect this fall, from hushhush.com.


It’s been an amazing week.  This was the first week in over a month that I’ve been at home for five consecutive days. Every night after work, I did absolutely nothing aside from cooking dinner at home each night and catching up on blog work, Grandiflora work, and watching TV (Homeland, anyone?!).   It feels so good to stand still for a while.

A couple of things going on around here:

- I discovered the Drake General Store this week and have been chatting back and forth with the owners, Carlo and Joyce.  They’re awesome enough to offer a discount code for House of Earnest readers!  Just enter HOUSEOFEARNEST at check out for 20% off your purchase!

- Tonight I’m headed out for drinks with Ali, who recently moved to Ohio! I’m excited!

- This weekend, I’m getting elbow deep in a VERY exciting project that I’m working on with West Elm and I cannot wait to share it! Look for sneak peeks on Instagram!

Have a fabulous Friday and weekend, everyone!


Fashion or Forever

fashion or forever

When sorting through a CB2 catalogue the other night, I spotted a pink couch for just under a grand that was just darling.  It quickly got me to thinking about the idea of ‘fashion furniture’ and why we separate it so starkly from fashion clothing.

I see tons of women with shoes and bags – all of which won’t be worn for more than a year or two – that ring in at well over a grand.  This season’s booties or ‘it’ bag can quickly make a home in our closets.  But why is it that furniture seems to be something we are fixated on needing to use forever.

I love the idea of a pop colored sofa or a really quirky chair, but when it comes to actually putting cash to counter, purchasing a piece that I love right now, I stop short.  I ask myself, Continue Reading…