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Spool of Love

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I’ve shared a few other Valentine’s day ideas with you guys – A non-romantic, but darling, Bee idea with printable as well as a geometric addition to wrapped gifts. In both posts, I expressed how Valentine’s days really isn’t my thing, but I wanted to share one sweet bit which could be used all year round to show your honey that you’re thinking about them.

Since I’m in India for the romantic holiday, I thought it would be nice to leave a few little lovely tidbits around the house for Matt to find. I wound up some pretty patterned paper into spools, each with a little message, to remind my husband in lots of little ways how much I adore him.

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ONE use a bit of tape to adhere your message to a vintage spool.  Or you can buy wooden spools in the wood tidbits area at your craft store. TWO roll away your message. THREE tie it up tight with a pretty bit of string.

Of course, you can do this without the spools and just leave cute little notes scattered around, but how perfect is the idea of unrolling a tiny little message?  It reminds me of a message in a bottle of sorts!

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If you’re anything like me, you’ll forget most hiding spots and find them throughout the year, but it’s a cute little reminder anytime, right?

I hope you’re having a lovely Tuesday!  I’m off to dinner already and will see you guys back here tomorrow with an eastern inspired GIVEAWAY!


Stylish Travel

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It’s no secret that I travel a ton, and there are points in my life where I’m just moving stuff from one suitcase to another.  I just got back from Alt Summit in Salt Lake City where I was doing blog work, I’m heading off again today for New Delhi for business, and will be home from India for just two days before jetting off again for Telluride (this time for a legit vacation!).

If I wasn’t super organized, my whole life would probably fall apart with the frequency of my travel.  One of my favorite things to help organize my life is a travel jewelry box.  It’s certainly a bit chunkier than other travel rolls, but it holds a ton and is a a little better for living out of at home and on the road.

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Want to hear a funny secret?  I’ve carried this case as a clutch before to dinner when I didn’t have anything else packed to match an outfit. Regardless, there is no doubt this little jewelry box from RedEnvelope is a darling way to keep strands of baubles in check while traveling, but if you live in a small space, it might be a great way to organize your gems at home too!

So while I’m in the air, I’ve got my trusty case with me – keeping at least one facet of my life in order!

What organizing tools do you use for travel?  Anything I should know about?


p.s. don’t think I’m trying to show off by flashing those Rupees at you, one hundred rupees is less than two US dollars!

p.p.s.  If you love jewelry (and who doesn’t), I’m posting over on Etsy’s blog later today with my top jewelry picks for a range of prices.  It’s a bit of a ‘Treat yo’self” post for Valentines day!


Friday Faves 2.8

Friday Faves 2.8

ONE gold rimmed agate coasters from Heritage1956 are on preorder, but they’re so perfect, you’ll definitely want to consider the wait. $80; TWO twig wall hooks are modern with a rustic twist. $25 each from StudioLiscious. THREE fun and funky silver beaded Love and Lust pillowcovers are perfect for the quirky home dweller who loves things neutral (me, me!). $198 each from Jonathan Adler. FOUR Adra vase is perfectly chunky and graphic.  Fill with some of this springs blooming twigs for the perfect combo. FIVE I love this silver woven daybed from Calypso St. Barth, but for $1400 I might have to make one myself.

Each winter I tend to feel the need to glam things up a bit (all of the holiday metallics go to my head) and each spring I revert back to my more rustic, natural tendencies. I feel like this combination of both looks is absolutely perfect for where my head’s at right now and could make a room feel stylish and down to earth at the same time. I really do love the woven type daybeds and with departure this weekend to India, I feel like it wouldn’t be something hard to find, but probably pretty hard to ship back home.

So, that’s another thing.  I’m headed to India this weekend for work and I’ll be there a little over a week.  Follow on Instagram and twitter for all sorts of inspiration from the trip (I might have to snag some pretty textiles for summer projects!)

Have a fabulous weekend and check out some of the other things I’ve been up to this week:

A modern/rustic trivet made with just two materials

My photo shoot for Emma Magazine went live

A very sweet (and free printable) Valentine idea


Hot on Wooden Beads

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This project came up last weekend totally by accident.  I had a bunch of wooden bead packets sitting in my dining room for another project and was also in the process of making some tea.

I realized at that point that I didn’t own one trivet.  In the past, I used towels or cutting boards for hot items and never really thought twice about it.  In that moment, I wanted to bring my teapot into the dining room where I was working, so I just decided to string twelve of these beads quickly together to form a resting place for my pot.

Not only did it work out wonderfully, but I thought it was really simple and pretty and thus, should be shared with you guys.

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So it was as easy as that!  The bad news is that my aforementioned project which started the whole need for tea went south really fast and was a pretty big failure. I suppose I got the trivet out of the whole process, and for that, I’m thankful!

Have you ever quickly put something together out of necessity and it become one of your favorite things? If so, share in the comments below!

Have a MARVELOUS Thursday, you guys!


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

Friday Faves 2.1


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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