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Bacon Jalapeño Shrimp


If you’re looking for an amazing summer (and perfect into fall) appetizer, look no further.  My mother-in-law taught me this recipe just two weeks ago and I’ve served it three times since then – every time resulting in rave reviews.  It’s simple enough, requiring only shrimp, jalapeño, and bacon, but the flavors that come together and the perfect bite-size portability make this a crowd favorite.


jalapeno shrimp

ONE Slice a jalapeño length-wise into thin strips. TWO unpeel jumbo sized de-veined shrimp and make a slice down the back.  THREE insert the jalapeño strip into the back of the shrimp and wrap the entire thing in a half-slice of bacon.  FOUR secure the bacon with a toothpick. FIVE grill these guys at high heat (about 400°) for 4 minutes per side.

Everyone will love these.  Don’t be scared off by the jalapeño, when they’re grilled, the heat subsides and they just have an amazing flavor.  Give them a try and let me know how you like them!



My DIY Laundry Room Reno

laundry reno - before

I let you guys know that just last week, I began the transformation of my laundry room.  I wanted it to go from downright disgusting and cramped to a place where I didn’t have to rewash if a wet sock fell onto the floor (before I would have immediately placed anything that touched that floor back into the washer).

I shared my inspiration, but what I didn’t share is that this post comes complete with the opportunity for you guys to win a $500 Home Depot giftcard exclusive to House of Earnest readers AND the chance to enter to win a $5000 laundry room giveaway from the people at Tide, Maytag, and The Home Depot.  Amazing, right?   For the $5000 laundry room reno sweepstakes and for a sneak peak at Jenny Komenda’s tips for a successful laundry room redesign, click here!  For the House of Earnest exclusive $500 giveaway, there are entry details at the bottom of the post!

laundry room renovation DIY quick easy

laundry room renovation

Ta-da!  I am in love.  I took my inspiration pretty verbatim.  I wanted something clean and soothing with a little bit of drama, and everything from floor to ceiling needed replaced.  I mean everything.

I choose a dark color for the walls which is balanced out by so much white trim and the beadboard. Very straight-forward shelving which holds way more than you’d ever expect, and new light fixture and flooring rounded out the reno.  We busted out this bad boy in just 7 hours and $300.  Can you believe it?  Keep on reading for more photos, complete breakdown, and giveaway details.

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Pop Up Summer Storms

patio rain covers

It might seem funny that here I am, covering up my patio furniture and the sun is beaming down, sunnies on in the warm August weather, but in Ohio, you never know what the weather will bring. This is one of the reasons why it took me so long to renovate my patio. I’ve had so many issues with broken, bent, and lawn-strewn patio furniture and umbrellas that keeping it covered up when not in use and when on vacation has become necessary to maintain the quality of this beautiful set.

So now, considering how much I love my new patio, I got these amazing covers by Ravenna for both the loveseat and the two chairs and it was the best thing that could have happened to my patio set.

patio furniture covers

These are 10x easier than the alternative, which is me running outside in the pouring rain and dragging cushions into my dining room.  With these covers, everything stays outside and due to the tight snaps that wrap around the legs, nothing underneath gets wet.  They’re pretty amazing, something I had to see to believe and now, couldn’t be happier about it.  Since I just found out that I’ll be heading to China in just a week, I’ll be covering these bad boys and keeping them under wraps until I return.

What are your tricks to pop-up storms? An outdoor chest? Cushion-less sets? I’ve told you my trick, now tell us yours!


*Classic Accessories provided me with these covers for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I honestly couldn’t live without them  now. 


Friday Faves 8.2

Friday Faves 8.2


ONE lines rug from Idyll Home, £85. TWO The cutest poof I’ve ever seen.  It looks to be sold out at Nordstrom, but I’m on a mission to source it from somewhere.  I’ll keep you guys in the loop. THREE I love this strut desk from bludot that Victoria just ordered and I’m thinking about this Navy version for my office.  I need a big desk for two, so even at $699, this might have to work! FOUR if you struggle with arranging flowers, you can follow my tutorial, or buy this vase from Kate Spade Saturday with a helpful grid for $70. FIVE I hope you didn’t miss the Trade&Made reveal this week, but if you need you must check it out. I LOVE this keychain by Damask Love. SIX If you’re looking to amp up you photos, this tutorial from Lark & Linen is just perfect.

It’s Friday, but there isn’t much relaxing in my future.  I have so much work to do this weekend, but I’m not complaining, I am pretty excited to work on the projects that I’ve got lined up and can’t wait to show you guys!

I might work a little beer tasting or some reading in – any good books you’d recommend?


Skinny Up Summer

summer drink, cocktail, mixed drink, low calorie, low cal


Firstly, how is it August? I feel like my life is flashing before my eyes.  It’s giving me anxiety!

Now that that’s out of the way, I always feel like I dive head first into summer during the months of June and July, indulging in each treat that the warm months have to offer – like I can’t get those things other times of the year (ice cream anyone?).  So now that August has popped up (and I’m heading to the lake with friends in 23 days), I get to feeling like I should rein it in and get back on track with a healthier lifestyle that will help me glide into the rest of summer with a lot of energy and not a lot of extra summer poundage.  I’m devoting August to a slimming down and getting into a workout routine (which I’ll admit I’ve never really had before).  So cheers to that!

I realized on a recent trip to Chicago how good some of these lower cal cocktails can be and decided to share a couple of my favorite recipes with you today!  Continue Reading…


Trade & Made Reveal: Color Blocked Hooks

color blocked hooks

A week ago, Laura and I challenged a group of uber talented bloggers to create something unique from a box of mystery supplies from a load of fabulous sponsors.  You’ll get 13 total awesome tutorials including this creation for a pair of color blocked coat hooks.

I used 5 of the materials in my box: two colors of paint from Deco Art as well as dowels, beads, plaques, and embroidery thread from Michaels.  I didn’t use the containers from Specialty Bottle, die cut shapes from Clear & Simple Stamps, or gems from For the Makers, but I wanted to so bad!  All of the items were beautiful and I had so many ideas that utilized more of them, this was just my favorite idea.

colorful coat hook

colorful colorblocked coat hooks

The paint colors in the box inspired me and the trend of thread wrapped (just about) anything gave the project the extra umph that it needed.  As you can imagine, the full project wasn’t too difficult (because that’s not my style)  Continue Reading…


Peak Summer Style

white style for summer, white home style,


High summer means soaring temps and sizzling nights. The best color to keep you cool during the day, but maintain amazing summer style is white… everywhere.  I love a flood of white can be serene and peaceful, but sexy and bold when done with a hint of shimmer. What’s your favorite peak summer style?


white handmade art West Elm $199, side table/stool Serena & Lily $375, stitched pillow West Elm $30, gold botanical card Biscuit Home $4, fin vase West Elm $59, toulouse white platter Crate & Barrel $25, alvo stool Shop Horne $375, elephant bowl and cover Biscuit Home $40, matte white and gold desk lamp Shop Horne $575.

Shop this entire ‘White Hot’ collection at Keep.com!


Laundry Room Reno Plans


I have something to admit to you guys.  I’ve been totally holding out on you.  I’ve posted so many updates to my house, including a full house tour, but I’ve never shown you the most terrible, embarrassing room to exist – my laundry room.

Now, this room is just a little half-flight of steps off the kitchen, basically under our stairs that lead to the second floor. With the age of the house, a space to retrofit laundry is a total afterthought and it’s evident with how tiny and ill-fitted this room is.  It’s seriously terrible, and we’ve been living like this for 6 years.  The floors are 30 year old (yellowing) linoleum, the paint is builder grade beige, and the light is an exposed bulb.  That’s it.  No good storage, no shelves, no hanging or folding space.

I’m finished ignoring this space.  I’d like to have a laundry room that isn’t terrible to be in and isn’t crazy embarrassing when I open the door to grab something from the pantry.

I’ll admit, I was mostly inspired by the recent laundry room reno done by Jenny of Little Green Notebook, so I’m making quick plans to make the most of this forlorn space.

laundry room before

laundry room reno


Here is the plan:


Now, everything in an ancient house is much harder than it should be, so although my plans are pretty simple, I’m hoping to get started asap to give myself enough time.  I’ve been challenged by the same brands behind Jenny’s reno (Maytag and Tide) to do my own renovation story and have already committed to a complete date of August 6th.  Scary, right? We’ll see!

I hope you see you back here on the 6th for the big reveal!


p.s.  We have something else (big) going on this week! 12 other bloggers and I are engaged in a craft challenge that we will be showing off this Wednesday.  I cannot wait to show you what I’m making!


Friday Faves 7.26

Friday faves 7.26


ONE Raza lace plate and zig zag platter are the perfect hint of cool blue for a summer night dinner, $13 and  $25 from Crate & Barrel. TWO named for clouds, the cumulus and stratus double old fashion glasses would be just as beautiful in Christmas as in summer. $6.95 each from CB2. THREE I love this more natural update to the starburst – a woven mirror would look great along with some wall baskets from yesterday’s post! $148 each from Serena & Lily.  FOUR black and white blocked stripe napkins look just like a rug I used to have and still love.  Maybe these napkins from A Sunny Afternoon Co. will be a good temporary replacement at $26 compared to the cost of a new rug. FIVE I’ve been eyeing these monogram boxes from C. Wonder for a few months now.  I might have to break down this weekend and spend the $78. SIX this iphone case reminds me of mexican hand painted tile and I think I need that in my life.  $18 from CocoLake.


It’s finally Friday!  With the 4th of July holiday, my personal vacation, and the Chicago trip last weekend, this was my first full week in the office for July and it’s felt like it. I’m ready to finally have a weekend at home to get caught up.  I’ll be making my Trade & Made creation this weekend to share with you all next Wednesday and I’m SO excited to see what the 12 other bloggers create as well.

What is on your weekend plan list?


Buy or DIY: Basket Case

wall basket 3

I saved this photo of a little breakfast nook a while ago and keep looking back at it and what I focus on every time are those baskets.  I love how simple they are and how they add just enough pattern to a serene space in simple black and white.  There have been a lot of photos lately in both catalog and magazines featuring this trend, and I’m totally on board.  Maybe up the stairwell?

You can buy some really awesome african baskets and do a similar thing, but I have a few plain baskets sitting around and have been thinking about painting them.  So it’s here that I ask you – would you buy? or DIY?

basket buy or diy

To buy three baskets will run you around $100 total, but the DIY is under $20 (probably cheaper if you can find some baskets at thrift shops). This is a simple one for me, I think I’ll do a little of both!  Some of my creations mixed in with some African originals.  What would you do?  Do you even like the trend as much as I do?

Please share!

*See the ‘BUY’ baskets on my Keep board, black and white, purchase the ‘DIY’ supplies: Basket, tapepaint.