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Etsy Four: Rustic Winter

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 I hope you all had an amazing holiday!  We’re back in action to bring you the best in home decor and DIY over here at House of Earnest.  Some amazing tips, tricks, DIYs, eye candy, and party style are all coming your way!

Today, I’ve picked four of the things I’m lusting over from Etsy, so if you’ve received any Christmas Cash, these sweet shops might just be the place to spend it. 


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First (and Second), one of my absolutely favorite shops is One Haus Press.  Both the pretty hand pressed art above stating ‘When My Ship Comes In’ and the monogram card below are from IHP.  There is always something classically unique in this shop and all in mostly neutral hues (which you know is my favorite).

Third is a shop I’ve featured before, but I still just love to oogle at.  Sydney Hale Co has the most beautiful typography on their labels, but it’s the combination of scents – warm and earthy – that keep my lingering through the store. 

Lastly, there is something about the foot of snow we have on the ground here in Ohio that has me itching decorate my house like a ski lodge.  I’ll hold off for now, but I’m still loving the aged wood in these vintage childrens skis from Mojomerchantile.

Have a lovely Wednesday out there, friends!


p.s.  If you’re just getting back into the real-life swing of things, there are a few things you might have missed around here!  We’re doing a giveaway with Sierra Mist, gave thoughts on resolutions, and had a party DIY featured on Style Me Pretty’s new ‘at home’ blog!


More Than a Resolution

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When it comes to resolutions, I’ve found that a year is entirely too long to make a blanket statement.  Resolutions that I’ve made in the past have become obsolete before the snow melts and I’ve completely moved on from whatever grabbed my attention at that stroke of midnight.

This year, I’m not thinking about just today or tomorrow.  I’m thinking about the entire year, all that is possible, and the joy in knowing that I have no clue where I’ll be come the end of 2013.  There is a kind of freedom in the thought that I have a whole year ahead of me, it holds boundless and unknown possibilities, and I can do anything with it I choose.

What are your thoughts?  Any big plans for 2013?  or will you just see where the year takes you?

Have a Happy Happy Day dear friends!

photo credit: Bike Magazine


Easy, Quick New Years DIY


If you’re looking for a little last minute pizzazz for tonight’s festivities, make your own confetti following my easy DIY posted over on Style Me Pretty! There is little excuse not to make some as all it takes is a hole punch (or just some scissors for square pieces) and some ribbon.  You probably have both left over from Christmas, so let’s get going!


What’s more, Style Me Pretty has a whole new little adventure with the SMP Home which is going to be getting even more awesome soon – Check it out here!

Have a SPARKLY evening, all!


A Sparkling New Years Eve with Sierra Mist

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This December has been a wild ride, so why not end on a high note?  We started out with a full week of giveaways to get into the holiday spirit, then hosted a ton of festive Christmas home decor ideas, participated in the 24 Merry Days of giveaways (some of which are still active!), and now we’re teaming up with the people over at Pepsi to host a Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash giveaway.

I wait each year for the Sierra Mist Cranberry splash to come out, since it’s a seasonal release, and this year was no different.  So when the people at Pepsi asked me to participate in the giveaway and share some of my receipes for the soda, I jumped at the chance.

I put together two of my favorite cocktails and both have a little sparkle, which would be perfect for your New Years Eve!  Try one, or both, and let me know if you’ll start making Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash a household holiday staple like we do.

We’ll even get you started with a Cranberry Splash gift pack giveaway – perfect for whipping up either one of these bubbly brews.

 The Gift Pack Includes:

  • Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash
  • Two Glass Tumblers
  • Stainless Steel Jigger and Strainer
  • Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker
  • Coupons and Recipes

 How to Enter:

  • Leave a comment below (mandatory)
  • Like Sierra Mist on Facebook
  • Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment below telling me that you did (something like: I just entered the @SierraMist giveaway on @HouseofEarnest.  You can enter here: http://www.houseofearnest.com/a-sparkling-new-years-eve-with-sierra-mist/ )

No purchase is necessary, void where prohibited. This giveaway ends at midnight on Monday, January 7th and is open to US residents only. A winner will be chosen at random using random.org.  Disclosure: I participated in this sponsored campaign for One2One Network. I received product to facilitate my post and monetary compensation, but all opinions stated are my own.


Merry Christmas!

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I hope your Christmas was wonderful!  I’m taking a few days off to relax and hang out with friends and family, so I’ll see you back here on Monday with some easy and quick cocktail recipes for New Years Eve and another fun giveaway (why so many giveaways?  Because it’s Christmastime and we like giving!).

Speaking of give-a-ways, we had TWO winners from last week’s 24 Merry Days of give aways for Ferm Living and Son of a Sailor!  Our winners are Veronica and Bianca!  Congratulations to you both, and I’ll be emailing you shortly with the details!  Just because this giveaway in closed, however, doesn’t mean you can’t participate!  There are still 6 more going on:

Have a great rest of your holiday week out there and I’ll see you on Monday!


A Very Traditional Merry Christmas!

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This December, I asked the question, “What is your favorite holiday tradition?” and you guys answered!  I enjoyed reading your feedback and thinking about all of the families and traditions that are going on as we speak.  Some are unique, some are the same across the country, but whatever your tradition is this holiday season, revel in the joy it brings you and your family.

To all of my wonderful, dear readers – Merry Christmas!


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p.s. Interested in January’s question? Follow on Facebook to read and respond to my question of the month!


Simple Seasonal: Cocktail Party Prep

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It’s the eve of Christmas! Like in previous years, Matt and I host a cocktail party on Christmas eve for both sides of our family to be able to get together and come over for a little bit of food, wine, and festive socializing.

We’ve had lots of stuff going on this weekend, and I am in the office working today, so my preparations yesterday were important.  I made a quick list (I live by lists) and got to preparing for the party.  One of the biggest time savers is to set up all of the serving areas prior to cooking anything.  This will naturally help to establish a plan for what goes where, what needs cooked, what doesn’t, and so on.

Like so many of my projects this season, I focus on simple elements with a cohesive theme to make a big impact.  This year, since my theme was a neutral palette grounded mostly in white, I’ve used the same scheme for my table. Mixing colors and textures all within the color scheme gives interest, but keeps the look tight as well.

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On the menu is simple, easy to prepare foods that have a lot of flavor and texture.

  • Beef tenderloin mini sliders with assorted mustards and horseradish sauce
  • Spinach & Artichoke dip with veggies and chips
  • Sliced pear wrapped in bleu cheese and prosciutto
  • Roasted butternut squash topped with goat cheese and cranberry sauce
  • Drunken fruit tart
  • Assorted Cheeses, Olives, and nuts
  • Coffee and Cookies
  • Beer, Wine, and a signature bubbly cocktail

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Now, when I get home from work (let’s hope it’s an early day), I can just get started cooking and lay everything out in it’s designated spot as it is ready.

The whole party is a bit more manageable when broken down and labeled, so use this method during your next soiree and I know you’ll see what a difference it makes!

Have a FABULOUS Christmas Eve out there, guys!


p.s.  The Ferm Living and Son of a Sailor giveaways close tonight at midnight!  Hop on over to enter if you haven’t already!

p.p.s.  the last day in the 24 Merry Days (24 days of giveaways) is today over at Oh,Hello Friend!  Check it out!



Friday Faves 12.21

Friday Faves 12.21

ONE beexwax candles are natural, burn without drips or smoke… just perfect for a long night of candlelit caroling.  $32 for a large pillar from Terrain. TWO a little decal with room to write is perfect for labeling foods at your holiday spread. $24 from Terrain; THREE alphabet mugs are sure to be the perfect gift for the hardest person on your list.  Whimsical for the artsy type, or old english for the man in your life. $10 from Pottery Barn FOUR simple but sweet, this silent night poster would even be cute for a nursery during the rest of the year. $20 from Winterland California. FIVE felted nesting bowls for all of your cozy storage needs! $79 from blackbird design house. SIX does all of this gift wrapping make you thinking about stocking up for the rest of the year?  Minimal cute gift tags will carry you though all 364 days of the rest of the year. $9 from Inkyco.


It’s the Friday before Christmas!  There is so much going on and so much to do, but I am going to do my utmost this weekend to spend some slow, quiet time relaxing and snuggling with Matty and Perry.  We have a few parties, some prep for our own annual Christmas Eve cocktail party, and a few more gifts to procure, but mostly it’s going to be a festive, enjoyable weekend.

What are you planning for the few days leading up to the main event?

Have a FESTIVE Friday and weekend all!


Brown Paper Packages

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If you haven’t yet noticed, my whole decor scheme this Christmas is all about very simple, easy execution, focusing on layers of color and texture.  There aren’t too many complex projects, but that doesn’t mean that details aren’t important.  Sticking with my color scheme has lent my entire house to a very cohesive holiday feeling, without causing too much work.

My Christmas wrapping follows the exact same strategy.  Solid papers in white, brown, and kraft are tied up with black, white, and gold bows to reflect a clean, simple, but luxe look.  Since my tree has a ton of shine, going really basic with the gifts is a nice complement.

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I splurged a little more on the satin ribbon and saved money on the paper, but what I also love about using the satin ribbon (aside from the luxury it conveys) is that it won’t smush in the car!

Do you have a specific gift wrap strategy?

Have a PRETTY Thursday!


p.s.  if you want to take a look at my handmade giftwrap from last year, it was so so fun and you still have time!


Holiday 2012: Our Exterior

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I promised I’d show the outside of my house and how my holiday decor theme stretched its way to the exterior.  The winter whites, gold, and brown continue outside through the use of pinecones, ribbon, burlap and a couple of trusty bronze planters.

It is easy to switch out color schemes from the previous year by purchasing plain greenery and updating the ribbons and sprig wreath accents.  Those little picks from the craft store are just about a dollar a piece and will be a lot more versatile than a buying specifically colored wreaths and greens.

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Adding burlap to the mix is a bit more rustic than I went indoors, but the burlap isn’t going to disintegrate as much in the winter weather.  I kept the pretty metallic bows in just two small hits atop my mini Christmas trees which flank the door.

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