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Handmade: Gold Foil Tumblers

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It’s no secret that I love gold, and you know I could use a good cocktail on a Wednesday. I made these little gold confetti tumblers after seeing so many similar versions in the market. These aren’t too intense, but are pretty easy and are oh-so-cute!

Fill them up with a little pomegranate juice, some Zonin prosecco, and basil and you’ve got yourself a perfect mid-week treat.

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confetti cups workflow

ONE tape off the bottom of a glass with blue painters tape and stick some dots onto the bottom, more concentrated at the top and less concentrated toward the bottom. TWO cover the top of the glass with a sandwich bag and tape it down on the same tapeline as before. THREE spray paint the bottom of the glass with a bright gold spray paint. FOUR using a gold leaf pen, carry the dot motif up onto the top of the glass.  More concentrated at the bottom and sparse toward the top.

I think they’re so fun and sure do look festive for spring, right?  Grab just a few ingredients, have a cocktail and happy hump day!


**Update!  For those of you who asked, I am now selling these glasses in my shop!  They are a little different, but they’re made to withstand washing (top rack)!!**

So, as a disclaimer, I am using spray paint on food and beverage item which isn’t recommended for food contact.  I felt like being on the outside of the glass I was comfortable with that, but if you’re not, please use your discretion. 


Splurge & Save: Boho Chic

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Unveiling the new concept for a column that’s been a reader favorite, but I felt could use a new twist.  Instead of featuring the same type item on the Splurge & Save, I want to feature a collection that all works together.  Similar to how you would in an outfit with a handbag, you can have one statement piece that is a bit of a splurge while saving on the supporting items.

Today, I’d totally splurge on this emerald settee with clean lines and tufted sides from Anthropologie while saving on some still fabulous pieces like this colorful, but leaning toward classic, rug from World Market, a sleek iron and glass coffee table from Ikea which would look awesome with some stacked books underneath, and lastly a bronze pharmacy lamp from Target.

Do you like the assortment?  How about the revamp of the column?



Easter Eggs: Dipping, Marbling, and Speckling

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If variety is the spice of life, we’ve got plenty over here today to give Easter just a bit more flavor this year.  I’ve got three ways to decorate your eggs at three different difficulty levels.

First, the marbled eggs follow the same exact set up as my marbled paper, which is pretty easy, but the difficulty comes in for the dip.  You’ve got to delicately graze the shell over the paint and do your best not to dip at all.  You want to pick the paint up off of the starch, so don’t dunk.  Carefully grazing your egg while holding onto the ends is a bit time consuming, but they look beautiful. For the speckled eggs, you just use the store-bought blue dye and fling a little gold paint onto the shell with a wooden skewer. And third, if you’ve got some colorful washi tape sitting around, just wrap up your little eggs for the easiest route to awesome.

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Friday Faves 3.8

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ONE what’s cuter than some bugs? Insect art is just $15 from Winged World. TWO serve up a beautiful brunch this spring with these ditsy floral servers from bhldn, $58. THREE this gold textured vase is perfect for a branch arrangement like we discussed earlier in the week!  Mignon vase from Zara Home is $49. FOUR large scale floral pattern is very trend-right and in a toss pillow, it’s the perfect spring update for your home. Primavera pillow covers, $36 from Zara Home. FIVE the silhouette might be a little mid-century, but in a pretty pale mint, this bench is classic and feminine. $1495 from Jonathan Adler.


It’s been a pretty long week, and I’m in the mood for something pretty to take my mind off of it.  I cannot wait to spend my first weekend at home in over a month relaxing and getting my patio ready for spring.  It’s supposed to get warm tomorrow, so lets home I can get outside a bit!

I’ll (hopefully) be digging in some dirt this weekend and getting some awesome DIY posts ready for you to see next week!

What will you be up to?


Design Idea: Tassels


You guys have seen it in fashion – tassels on shoes, jewelry, bags and belts, but how about home decor?  I love the chic detail that tassels add to home style. They are pretty and feminine, but definitely have a very global influence.


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I suppose you could ask what in the world you’d need tassels for, but there are examples all over of ways to adorn your home accessories and furniture with the fringey addition. Hanging from a dresser pull, draped across a doorway or used in a more functional way like for your keys, tassels are darling and fun.

How about a fringe DIY?  Sounds like a good idea to me!

Tell me, what would you use some tassels for?



Beginner Blooms: Lesson One

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I’m so glad that you’re joining us today for Beginner Blooms!  We are starting at the very beginning (a very good place to start) with something simple to get your feet wet – flowering branches.  Not only was this designed to start easy, but also flowering branches will be the first to bloom this spring, offering you the ability to use your skills right off the bat.

Let’s dig in!

One of the most important things to consider when arranging any type of floral is the vessel.  I learned that the wrong vase can make an otherwise great assortment of flowers look terrible, so make sure you get just a few good vases that will be good for lots of uses. We’ll go through the types I prefer during the series.  For flowering branches, you’ll need a vase that is wide at the bottom and narrow at the top.  This ensures that the branches don’t all stick straight up with no flow or personality, but also don’t droop out at the sides. We’re looking for a nice in-between.

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flowering branch workflow

ONE cut off the bottoms of the branches as well as any small twigs or leaves that would fall below the top of the vase, this will result in a cleaner looking arrangement. TWO measure your stems.  They should be roughly 1.5 to 2 times the height of the vessel.  My white pitcher is too tall to use with these branches, so I’ll opt for the decanter as a vase. THREE arrange in an ‘X’ formation ensuring that a few of the branches criss cross, while one sticks right up from the middle. FOUR fill your vase using a watering can so that you don’t disturb the arrangement.

That’s it!  You can see the attention paid to the type of vase, size of vase, and preparing the steps for the vase.  All of these things are foundational for helping keep your blooms look clean and polished – but this is just the beginning!  Stick with us as we take the next steps through the spring season to get you arranging beautiful bunches in no time!

Have a LOVELY Wednesday!



Sugar and Spice

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I’m into simple, if you haven’t noticed, and I love simple things that still have some wow factor for gifting or for everyday use.

Infused spirits and drinks have been all the rage this past year, but I’m bringing the trend back to a simpler, giftable item that will impress even the toughest critic.  Infused salts and sugars are so easy, give a ton of room for creative freedom, and look darling in little jars with handwritten labels.

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It really is just as easy and putting your favorite herbs or flavorings into some sea salt or sugar, closing it tight, and letting it sit for about a week prior to gifting or using.  You can always choose to pluck the flavoring agent back out, but I think they look so pretty nestled in the jars.  I was also thinking about how wonderful some lavender sugar would be (sprinkled on scones?) and some hot chili salt would be so fun as well!  Have a great time coming up with ideas and let me know what you try!

Any flavors that pop in your mind?


Newness is Springing

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It’s my first day back in action after spending a week in beautiful Telluride on a ski vacation, and I had an amazing time.  If you follow on Instagram  (@houseofearnest) you saw some peeks of the action and can probably understand why I’m so stoked for spring after all of that snow.

Are you guys ready?  This March, I’m so excited for a few of the changes I have coming up this spring on House of Earnest.  Aside from continuing my regular weekly DIYs, Friday Faves, and home style & party tips, I am planning to integrates some new content.  Between a new take on ‘Splurge & Save’, a ‘Beginner Blooms’ column, and some more styling and decor posts, we have a ton going on and I’m so excited you guys are here to join me for it all!

Now, I know some of you are probably thinking that I’ve lost my marbles because in the midwest, March really doesn’t mean that winter is over, but I’m here to get a jump start on the brights, the blooms, the sweet smells, and everything else that comes along with springtime for our homes and parties – and I sure hope you’re ready to jump in with me!


Have a BEAUTIFUL Monday!


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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?


Spring (Party) Fever


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.



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?