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.
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!
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.
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!)
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.
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!
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?
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.
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 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).
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.
So, I had a completely different post planned for today with a really fun and easy project that I love and am excited to share, but it just didn’t feel right to post about it when my mind is so far from home right now. I’m currently on a plane (in air wi-fi is the best) headed to Salt Lake City for the Alt Design Summit which is the yearly blog conference of blog conferences for people like me.
I’m packed up with stripes, sparkle, shoes, handbags (not the ones above, although that would be awesome), and a ton of business cards. What does this have to do with you? Well, two things…
Firstly, I am nervous as all-get-out. I don’t feel like I should be posting about homemade bath sachets when I’ve got a lump the size of Texas in my chest. Why do you ask? Well, last year when I went, I was so new to this blog and all of you were new to me. I didn’t have much to lose, but a ton to gain. This year I still have a ton to gain, but way more to lose. I wouldn’t want to make a change to House of Earnest that would lose any of you, or wrongly represent what I’ve set out to share, but I also want to shake things up and offer some newness to this place. OH yeah, and I’m speaking… double yikes.
Secondly, I’m so excited to share with you that I’m meeting with people from Better Homes and Gardens, Sherman Williams, Keep.com, and Bing to better this blog, explore next steps for how to get my creative ideas out there into the world and overall keep this blog thing energized, organized, and chalk full of newness for you, my dear readers.
So, That is what’s going on inside my head this morning. I know it’s not necessarily home decor based, but if you guys are up for hearing more behind-the-scenes of life in the blogworld type posts, definitely let me know.
IF you’re still reading and you also really like parties, fashion, and clothes, then follow on Instagram - I’ll be sharing lots of photos of the parties I’m attending all week (tonight it’s dinner with Better Homes and Gardens!), the outfits I’ll be wearing, and the tips, treats, and drinks that will be flying around.
Tomorrow I’ll be sharing one of my favorite things about being out west and I suppose the diy project will have to wait until next week! Have a fab Wednesday out there guys!
Whenever I go to the store, I pick up flowers for a two week stint in my home. My goal is always to have several different arrangements to go in every room in the house and cheer things up. All white tulips in the winter are just the right bit of greenery while still being serene and reminiscent of the frosty outdoors.
Breaking the market bundle into one large, a couple smaller groupings, and two bud vases means that I have enough to go around. A bud vase for the bathroom and the bedside, a smaller arrangement for the kitchen and office, and the largest one for the entry.
This tactic works well with any type of flower and is a good method if you’re not awesome at arrangements. Beware of your vessel too – something with a small opening like a stemless wine glass works awesome, but if you’ve got a more difficult shape, like a cube, tie up your flowers into a nice little bundle and lean them to one side – tres chic!
I hope you’re having a lovely and beautiful Tuesday!
Well, It’s a pretty big day here on House of Earnest – We’re turning TWO! It’s been a whole two years of tips, tricks, decor, DIY, parties, entertaining, flowers, and festivities.
I honestly cannot believe that we’ve had so many successes in just two short years – if you’re new to House of Earnest, or love a blast from the past, here are twelve of my top projects from the past year – snoop around, enjoy, but keep scrolling down for my goals from the past year, how I did on them and what my goals are for year three.
My goals for this past year were as follows:
Improve my photography (and consequently my photographic documentation that I post)
Start a couple of regular column-style posts (one is coming tomorrow!)
Learn photoshop (got it for my birthday last week, so now I’m ready to learn!)
Post more fun DIYs (and get one in print!)
Post more original ideas and content that you won’t see splashed across every other part of the internet
Get more reader interaction going on
Tweak and refine my branding, graphics, and site design.
Collaborate with some other bloggers to increase the variety and voice of the blog
Secure some amazing sponsors!
I can honestly say that I’ve accomplished every single one of these goals – and here are some examples!
ONEI got photoshop one year ago and my photos drastically improved, here is a before and after. TWOHave and Make was one of the more popular columns, but Style Splurge and Details With were also fun, regular columns we did in 2012. THREEI spent close to 4 hours making each of the little photos above flash words when you hover over them with your mouse. I’ve taught myself a ton of things on photoshop, but being that I cam completely self-taught, I’m taking a class this Saturday as well! I’m pretty excited for it! FOUR If these top twelve DIYs from last year aren’t proof enough, I don’t know what is. And I’ve had four of my projects in printed magazines! Woohoo! FIVE I’ve really tried super hard at this goal. I hate the idea of reblogging a photo that you’ve probably seen ten times on Pinterest, so I make it a huge priority to post mostly (90%) my own photos and my own content. No scans of magazines here, new, fresh ideas that are carried out by me. SIX I would love to still improve on the goal to increase reader interaction. I’d love for the comments on each post to increase and for more discussion to get going. SEVEN I completely revamped my site and my branding. If you don’t remember what the old site looked like, I’m not going to remind you! EIGHTI would like to collaborate a bit more with others, but my Details With column, the Trade & Made post series, and the 24 Merry Bloggers posts all count toward that goal. NINE I’ve currently got some amazing sponsors! Benjamin Lowry Photography, Betty Means Business, and a host of other non advertising sponsors help me get you the best content each day – A huge thanks to them!
All of this just means that I’ve got to make some even bigger goals for year three, and boy are they big. Here are some of the ones that top the list:
Team up with some national brands for collaborative tutorials or DIYs
Foray my way into some video or TV opportunities
Improve my photo styling
Meet Martha Stewart (I’m not sure where or how, but I’m confident an opportunity will arise!)
Find a good balance between inspiration, tutorials, and real life projects
Bring you more ideas, tricks, and tutorials you won’t see anywhere else
Super secret goal #1
Super secret goal #2 (cheating isn’t it?)
While my two last goals are some of the biggest, unfortunately, they’re not totally honed and ready to be unveiled. As soon as I do unveil them, however, I’ll add them to the list.
So if you’re still reading by this point, I just want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for another year. For coming here, reading my ideas, and trying them too. Nothing makes me happier than to see that you guys benefit from the time I spend putting together this site and hearing your feedback and comments. So, to round out my longest post of 2012, I’d like to as you to please take a quick little survey (just 8 questions) to help me continue and improve House of Earnest.
Hi, I'm Erin!
House of Earnest is the place for Home Decor, Hand Made Projects and Party Style made easy. My style is simple, natural, rustic and slightly modern. Take a look around, leave a comment and have fun! That's the whole point, right?