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Style Splurge and Save: Mod Lamp

gold lamp splurge and save

This one is a little more difficult for me than our last Splurge/Save.  I really love the Dwell Studios lamp with its deep arch and marble base, but the price of the Land of Nod lamp is just so compelling – and with a shiny finish, it’s just as striking.

They definitely both have pros and cons, but which would you choose?  Would you register the trend and save your pocketbook?  Or Splurge for the sake of design?

Let me know!

 

Have a WONDERFUL Thursday (we’re almost there, guys!)

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A Sweet Bite of Autumn

I always get the itch to start baking once fall rolls around and I’m always into something that can be done quickly, easily, and come off as fancy.

Palmiers get a bad rep – maybe it’s the french name – but they couldn’t be simpler to make.  They fall into the category of looking far more complex than they actually are.  I found some maple sugar at Trader Joes during my last trip and thought it would be an ideal opportunity to make one of my long-time favorite pastries.

They’re flaky, sweet (but not too rich), and oh-so-simple.  If you’re interested in a little autumn treat (I took a batch into work this week),  then keep on reading for a step-by-step and the printable recipe.   Continue Reading…

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Halloween Creepy Branch DIY

I’m not quite sure that this would actually classify as a DIY considering there is one – maybe two steps.  I’m sure you can tell how easy it is, but it’s the idea that I really love.  A simple branch that I cut from my yard (what? don’t trees need pruning this time of year?) is spray painted a flat black and draped with web-like spanish moss.

You could do this with a really big branch for the center of your dining room table with pumpkins and candles interspersed, which would look amazing!  And is probably what I would have done had my log candelabra not looked just so at home there.

I cannot get enough of this idea just for the sheer simplicity. If you’re not a DIY person, you’ll have no trouble with this. Even if you are a DIY person, you’ll love that you can achieve such an impact with little time or effort.  And it still falls into my decor theme “classy, creepy, natural” !

 

Will you give it a try?  You have plenty of time to get it done and enjoy it this month!

 

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The Month of Erin

fall wreath

No, it’s not my birthday month, the Month of Erin is a silly tradition that I started in College to celebrate the peak of fall.  I would (on the exact date of October 1st) get out my boots and put away my flip flops.  I’d switch over the decor in my home and the wreath on my door, and I’d begin my preparations for Halloween.

It may have started because my actual birth month was always during the Christmas holiday and I never got to celebrate with friends from school, so I wanted something to celebrate that was mine.  So, I choose October… the whole month.  I love the foliage, that there is a coolness in the air, but still sunshine in the sky, and that things start to slow down.  People begin to settle into school years and, of course, it’s football season.

This year, I’m kind of bummed out that I will miss half of the month, as I’ll be on a business trip to China for two weeks.  I have to soak in every moment of October this week before I head off.

Do you have any silly seasonal traditions?  What month would you choose for ‘your month’?

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Friday Faves 9.28

ONE pretty leather card cases from Fabric Paper Glue, $30; TWO totally cute vintage tea set $32 from Soviet Vintage THREE celebrate apple picking season all year ’round with this vintage brass apple dish, just $24 from AM Radio; FOUR if you don’t ahve time to curate perfectly colored books for your decor, you can buy them in sets of five for $30 at Vintage Scholar; FIVE I love an old map and Dejavu Print Store has a bunch at around $10; SIX if you got the new iphone, you’ll need a fabulous case, and if you didn’t, then you can still get one of these for your iphone 4, $30 from Pencil Shavings Studio; SEVEN don’t think I’m going to let a round up pass by without some nod to fall.  Totally pumpkin soap looks totally awesome.  $6.50 from Rocky Top Soap Shop.

 

I can’t tell you how happy I am that it’s Friday.  I’ll be celebrating a little bit of the holidays this weekend, and hanging out with family who is in town for a wedding.  All around, it will be fun and relaxing.

What’s on your agenda?

 

Happy Friday and Weekend!

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Christmas Comes Early

I know I just posted about Halloween yesterday, but this weekend, it’s going to be an early Christmas at House of Earnest.  When I arrived home from work on Monday, there were four giant packages on my porch from Home Depot filled to the brim with Christmas decor products to prepare for their Holiday Style Challenge. Starting bright and early Saturday morning the H of E team is going to start transforming our home for the challenge and a little holiday shoot.  The Home Depot’s Apron Blog did a similar challenge earlier this year for outdoor spaces, but for this season, it’s all Christmas.

In addition to that, I’ll be working on some gift guides for Etsy over the next couple weeks, so if you have any favorite shops, let me know!

Although it’s totally off calendar, I’ll be getting in the Christmas spirit this weekend and am so excited to (in a couple of months) share the holiday DIYs, gift guides, and decor schemes that will fill my home this holiday season.

Follow on Twitter and Instagram for tweets from the set-up and shoot!

Have a MERRY Thursday!

photo credit: IKEA

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Log Candelabra DIY

Matt laughed when I coined my ‘look’ this year for Halloween as “classy, creepy, natural”.  But I’m serious over here.

While I’m not a huge fan of spending too much time putting up holiday decor (because that equates to just as much time taking them down), I’m still very serious about decorating for the holidays.  I try to choose things that will span through the season, while not being specific to just one day.

I love this little log DIY because it will look pretty on my table from early fall through Christmas.  Come November 1st, I’ll remove the skull and creepy bird, but leave the pumpkins.  Then after Thanksgiving, I’ll swap out the pumpkins for holly or pine sprigs.  It works!

It was so super simple, I bet you can guess the steps. But nonetheless, I’ve outlined them for those of you who want to try your hand at this pretty project.  Keep reading for the step-by-step! Continue Reading…

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Simple or Styled?

dining room design www.houseofearnest.com

As a type A person, I’d drawn toward organized, ‘buttoned-up’ spaces, but sometimes when I’m decorating my home, I need to relax a bit.

Both of these rooms are beautiful, but each offers something different.  It all comes down to how you use your room.  Do you want it to be used for kids’ homework, or entertaining? or both?

If you would have flashed these by me five years ago, I probably would have picked the ‘styled’ - with all of its rustic elements mixed with glam and traditional. But ask me now, and I find myself leaning toward the simple – which can be equally difficult to do right.

It all comes down to personal preference, but what would you say you are?  Simple? Or Styled?

 

 

p.s. if you follow me on instagram, and saw my dinner last night, you probably would have known that I’d classify myself as simple… I ate beans with tomatoes and loved every second of it!

photo credit styled | simple

 

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Fall Front Porch in Shades of Green

I always love sprucing up my front porch for fall.  Partly because I can’t keep plants alive long enough to have the same ones from summer and partly because I just love to register the change in seasons and some of my favorite fall colors.

Last year, I went a the traditional route with my color scheme, so this year, I wanted to keep it soft, calming and minimal.  I still love the idea of using kale, chrysanthemums, and various gourds and pumpkins, however!

A little trick I use to keep the flowers interesting is to nestle pumpkins and gourds right into the flower pot.  It gives you some variation in texture and color, and can be easily moved around (just in case you need them for a fall centerpiece for an afternoon)!

I was originally going to stay with just white and green, but I threw just a little pop of light orange in there to give just one for layer of color, although I can’t say I won’t just swap it out for more green if the perfect pumpkins were to come my way! I just love what white and green do together to create a serene color scheme.

Did you get into any fall activities this weekend?

p.s. Aside from decorating my front porch, I made beef short ribs for the first time yesterday following this slowcooker recipe and Matty and I had a proper Sunday dinner together after all of our work in the yard.  It was pretty wonderful!

 

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Friday Faves 9.21

ONE gold geometric lamp from Land of Nod, $69; TWO It’s no secret that I like things ‘dipped’.  Modernist dipped chair £395 from Folklore; THREE a beautiful embroidered pillow captures the colors of this fall, and mixes browns and blacks, just like I talked about last week. $110 from Dwell Studio; FOUR a sculptural and elegant decanter is definitely an must for a classic home bar, $155 from Empiric Studio; FIVE if you either don’t have the time or the strength to schlep a bunch of fall gourds home for your decor, Terrain will deliver you a crate of 7-9 assorted pumpkins for $68. SIX clean, modern lines and a naturally rustic finish are what makes this serving bowl from Julia Paul Pottery so special, $105.

 

Today is the first day of Autumn and I’m celebrating with a very fall feeling round up of my favorite things from the week.  I really just love the crated pumpkin idea, and goodness knows all of these colors are right down my alley for my own home decor.

This weekend, I’m excited to jump right into some of my own fall decorating (scheduled to share next Monday) and spend some time with Matty.  What’s on your agenda?

 

Have a FABULOUS fall Friday and Weekend!

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