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Valentines Day Party for Emma Magazine


About a month ago, I worked on a Valentines day party shoot for Emma Magazine and I was just dying to share the outcome of the shoot with you!  The full issue went live last Friday and I loved seeing my concept come to life!  It was really the first styled type shoot I had done and although I learned a ton of do’s and don’ts, I am happy with how it turned out.

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These are just a few snapshots from the shoot, but there are tons more and printable invitations by graphic designer, Sarah all over at EmmaMag.com! Please go check it out and let me know what you think!


Amazing photography by Benjamin Lowry, Ice cream provided courtesy of Jeni’s Ice Creams.


Bee Mine Valentine

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I’m not usually a Valentine’s Day kind of person, but instead of thinking of it as a day to tell people I very obviously love (my husband) that I do (duh), I started to think of it as a way to tell people who I appreciate that I do.  You don’t have to shout ‘I love you’ from the mountains, but there is probably a characteristic that you love about most people who you interact with closely on a daily basis.  Your colleague?  You love that she is so passionate about your joint project.  Your neighbor?  You love that he is so kind to bring your newspaper up to your porch.

Whatever the reason, I really like this not-too-romantic way to share appreciate for those who are close. Tie the little note to something bee related like a jar of honey with a mini honey dipper and let those around know how you feel about them.

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What’s more is that I have these precious ‘Bee Mine’ cards already cued up for printing.  Just print directly onto a set of perforated business card paper from your local office supply store and you’ve got it covered!  Click here for the Printable valentine (front) and printable valentine – back.  Enjoy!

Have a SWEET Tuesday!


Alt Summit 2013 – The Recap

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I wasn’t going to post a recap of Alt… Why?  Because I strive to reach out to a readership that doesn’t just consist of other bloggers.  Not that I don’t love all of my blogger friends (I do!), but if we’re all just writing for each other, then what’s the point?  I love the idea that I have the potential to reach out to a wide range of people based on my content – and I sure hope that I do.

So although I won’t go into the details of the panels (which were awesome), I felt that, like I had mentioned two weeks ago, you guys might just want a little behind the scenes glimpse at what goes on here on House of Earnest.

I met some amazing new people, reconnected with some wonderful girls I met last year, and feel that the panel I spoke on went well.  It’s so hard to articulate everything I learned, but at the heart of it all, I came away a little more intent to just focus on creating things that I love and to share with you all. End of story. Among the clamor to meet sponsors, pass out as many business cards as humanly possible, and wow some of the big brands into partnerships, I just wasn’t totally convinced that those things would make me a better blogger – or even reach a bigger success in the blog industry.  I learned tips and tricks here and there that will help my day-to-day run smoother and maybe help me to interact with you guys better, but my goal here is to get the best, newest, freshest ideas out to you with my own spin – and that isn’t necessarily something you can be taught.

I assume that is why you guys are here too, so I’m glad we have the same goals! Don’t worry – we’re back to our regular programming tomorrow.  I have two really easy and beautiful projects to share, one very exciting (Valentines Day) magazine feature to share, and more.


p.s. If you still haven’t taken my annual survey – please hop over and let me know some of your thoughts!  I’m eager to hear what you think!

p.p.s  If you are another blogger who is interested in detailed accounts of the panels, Lisa from Elembee has amazing recaps for each panel she attended.  Check them out here!



The lovely ladies in the photos above are: Megan from The Fresh Exchange, Amy from Parker Etc, Jen from A Blog Named Scout, Mandy from Fabric Paper Glue, Audrey from This Little Street, Katie from Modern Eve, Meg from MegBiram.com, Kelly from Design Crush, Allison from Engaged and Inspired, Natalie from Bing.


Friday Faves 2.1

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ONE birch cylinder pots still relay a tinge of winter warmth, but let you start to eek your way into spring.  $14 from Terrain; TWO for pretty gift tags or brunch name cards, these floral sketch chalkboard tags are pretty and reusable. $16 for six; THREE a striking geometric gold mirror can really liven up an entire room.  This vintage midcentury piece is a standout.  $2500 at 1st Dibs FOUR Peach Dip Dot Pillow is sweet and graphic at Anthropologie $88 FIVE diamond cut nesting bowls are so pretty with  their gilded exterior, $99 from Dwell Studio. SIX remind yourself why you’re chopping all of those veggies.  Made With Love cheese and chopping board is $38 from C Wonder.

It’s Friday!  And the first day in February!  For those of us in cold weather areas, we can start counting down to spring (just over a month). When I’m getting a little wintered out, I like to start sprucing up my home with little peaks of brights to reflect the warmer weather that I am yearning for.

I hope you all are planning for a wonderful weekend!  I have a ton on my agenda to prepare for another business trip to India in a week, so I’ll be DIYing and crafting all weekend!  What about you?


p.s.  If you like Friday Faves, I have started curating all sorts of pretty products on the new ecommerce site Keep.com.  Check it out, my profile is HouseofEarnest.


Breathtaking in Brooklyn


My goal is never to just pick photos out of other websites and plaster them here, but I will say that these photos truly moved me.  I was originally drawn into The Brooklyn Home Company when researching stone walls (as I wrote about last week), and was blown away by all of the loveliness was around ever single corner throughout the rest of the portfolio for the Brooklyn-based home builders.

I talk a lot about my goals for when Matt and I build on our land, and I was really impressed by how this company builds homes by gutting skeletons of buildings in an area where fresh land to build on isn’t really an option. I spent about an hour pouring through each project, each page and reading up on how each project began.









Impeccable taste, no?  You can certainly tell that even through differences in homeowners, each home reflects a certain eye for design and taste level that are consistent throughout.  I really couldn’t narrow down the photos I wanted to show you any more than this, but there is TONS more inspiration on their site.

Are you as blown away as I am?


p.s. If you’re curious about Alt – I’ll have a recap up next Monday!  I wasn’t original going to post about it since I like to write to people (and not geared specifically toward other bloggers), but enough of you wrote to me curious about the conference and some insight, so I’ll post a little recap that will be both fun for bloggers and non-bloggers alike.  Get Ready!

p.p.s. Like the eye candy in today’s post?  Follow me on Pinterest for more filed away goodness of homes, parties, and products that I love. Go ahead, Snoop around!


Hand Made: Accordion Hearts


I love a fun gift topper, and these little accordion hearts are both fun to receive and fun to make (believe me, I made about ten of them)! I think the three dimensional aspect of it is what makes it stand out – literally.

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 It’s early enough to make a few for Valentines day (or any day) and stash them away for when you’re wrapping gifts.  The heart toppers only use one half of a piece of construction paper so get out your scissors and get going! (PDF template to print included!)

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Style Splurge – Murano Glass

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I’ve been to Italy a couple times and each time I could not get over the Murano glass chandeliers in most of the (very classic) Venitian shops, hotels, restaurants, and so on.

Although I loved them from a sheer beauty standpoint, I certainly did not think they belonged in my house. My house is simple, clean (from a lines standpoint, not an orderly standpoint), and certainly not capable of housing such a striking element in classical design. That is, until I did a little more research. I found three really great examples of authentic Murano glass Chandeliers in homes that are far less fancy than where I’m used to seeing them..

We did a little tour when we were in Italy and learned that authentic Murano glass comes only from the island of Murano off the shore of Venice (similar to how Champagne is just from the Champagne region in France). This makes the real stuff more sought after and the history of the pieces richer.

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They really are a splurge, but you don’t have to go hog wild right to the ornate lighting fixtures. There are tons of other beautiful Murano pieces that can make a statement without costing an arm and a leg. YourMurano.com has tons of beautiful pieces and gives a little bit of information on making sure the origin of the piece is authentic. I just love that all of the glass is hand made in on the beautiful island of Murano, Italy and that is definitely part of the appeal (and the splurge!)

Do you like Murano? Convinced it could be done in an unfussy way? Tell me what you think!


p.s. this isn’t a fashion blog, but I have a few murano cocktail rings which are really awesome. If you love the look but aren’t in for the splurge right now, you should check them out!


Hand Made: Eucalyptus Bath Sachets

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I got home from Alt Summit yesterday afternoon after spending 4 days schmoozing, socializing, meeting with sponsors, and speaking to the (huge) crowd.  I promptly decided that I needed some serious relaxation before the week begins.

In the January issue of Martha Stewart’s Living, they had a quick little idea to put a eucalyptus sprig in tea paper for a quick bath sachet.  I liked the idea, but didn’t love it.  Firstly, who has tea paper? Not me. Secondly, why not perk up the ingredients a tad?

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I decided that there was a much easier and all-over better way to go about this using coffee filters and a few additional ingredients – lemon and mint.  There are a few other combinations that I think would be awesome as well.

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Friday Faves 1.25

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ONE New Mercado baskets from Serena and Lily’s new line exclusively for kids are too chic not to be for us adults too. $48 for the set of two; TWO This funky sconce would make a really fun addition to your bedside. $49 from Urban Outfitters; THREE watercolor is amazing… watercolor chevron art is even better.  $14 from KellyBermudez; FOUR It’s easy to add some heart to every meal with the darling heart bowls from RossLab $28 each or $110 for a set of four; FIVE I cannot get enough of this recycled glass diamond! $45 from MegaMyers.


I’m having a FABULOUS time at Alt Summit in Salt Lake City this week and if you follow along on Instagram or Twitter, you’re seeing most of the action. I’m speaking on my panel today, so I’m going to probably not be able to relax until it’s over, but then it’s party time!

I’m hoping to get out tomorrow a bit and explore Salt Lake – any suggestions?

Have a PERFECT weekend!


Stone Cold Awesome

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Have I ever told you that Matty and I used to live in Colorado?  Just for a little under a year, but we stayed out there for a full ski season and I learned to ski, he honed his pretty amazing skills and we both just soaked in the lifestyle that living out west could offer.  It seems silly, but one of the things that sticks with me the most was the natural materials used in the ski homes and how warm and luxe it all felt.  Every time I come back out west (particularly to a ski town) I can’t help but ogle over the possibilities in my home (out east).

I really want to incorporate some stone into our house, but a full-scale stone makeover is not quite feasible in our current home – unless you go the veneer route.  I discovered that you can do some pretty awesome natural stone veneers on existing drywall in your home and get a similar look, and guess what?  It’s a pretty easy DIY (about as easy as tile).

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Now, I’ve gone a bit overboard with my inspiration photos, but the stone veneer panels I’m thinking could be a great solution to a smaller space – maybe a fireplace or mantle?  I think I’m going to have to give it a try, at least in a small way.

There are just a couple big brands out there who do this type of veneer, but the Ivory color at Norstone is calling my name, and looks like it would be pretty easy for Matt to install (wink!).


What are your thoughts on stone accents?  Love it?  Stone Cold Awesome?

p.s. I was laughing out loud when crafting the title to this post.  I just kept thinking about boys in middle school who used to wear stone cold steve austin shirts.  I don’t even know who that guy is, but it cracks me up.


photo credit from top: 1 – The Brooklyn Home Company | 2 – Vik Hotels | 3 – Alemanys 5