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DIY faux ceramic wine collar

Wine gets a bad rep for being boring as a hostess gift.  I, for one, will stand up for wine and say that I LOVE receiving it as a gift.  For those of your friends or family who really love wine and a unique bottle would make their day, go ahead with the wine, I say!

But… Make it special. Put a little thought into the presentation with the handmade faux ceramic ‘cheers’ tag for the bottle.  This one took about 5 minutes to make, then 30 minutes to bake (in an oven) so there is no excuse not to flourish the gift with a little trinket.

I know we all have plenty of parties headed our way over the next few weeks, so make a bunch of these in one sitting, then adorn away.

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Minted Holiday Jackpot (sneak preview)!

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my holiday cards since Christmas is right around the corner.  I loved my cards from last year that I made myself, but I needed something a lot less time-consuming for this go-around.

Enter minted. They’ve got fun, understated, modern designs and good quality, heavy weight paper.  I was looking around the holiday cards on their site and am totally smitten with a few different designs. The last design is really where I’m leaning (with the little photo message back and kraft envelope), but I’m still just a little on the fence… if there ever were a four way fence.

The jackpot part – the people over at minted wanted to collaborate with House of Earnest on our holiday cards, but we’re going to forward on the gift and give it to YOU.

That’s right.  One of you will get complimentary holiday cards from minted!!! Are you jumping out of your seat yet?

Here is the deal.  In two weeks from today, I’ll have a full WEEK’S worth of give-a-ways here on House of Earnest, with Friday, December 7th being the grand finale – the day of the minted give-a-way. Between now and then, I’d like you to hop on the minted website and design your own card. You can save your design and when Friday, December 7th gets here, we’ll have you share your design for the chance to win your holiday cards for free!

 

Do you like that surprise this Monday?  I thought you would!

 

cards shown above: Casual Chalkboard  |  Bundled Tight  |  Our Home to Yours  |  Merry Christmas Foliage

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Friday Faves 11.16

Today is a special day because I’m posting eight of my faves for holiday entertaining over on The Girls of Lincoln Park!  The remaining four picks as well as all pricing and sources are over there, so check it out!

 

Later today, I’m heading to Lexington, Kentucky to meet up with a couple of friends who are driving up from Nashville.  We decided a half-way meet up would make for a nice visit, and a cozy boutique inn (sourced by my dear friend, Lacey) will make for an all around perfect weekend! I’m taking my camera so I can share some of the highlights with you next week.  Be sure to follow on @houseofearnest on instagram or twitter for live pics!

Have a great weekend, ya’ll! (I’m channeling my inner southerner already)

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Marigold Shibori Tablecloth

I’ve been a fan of washed linen since who-knows-when, and the thought of a washed linen tablecloth sounds so casual, but luxe.  With all of the dip dye, tye dye, and shibori going around, I wanted to give a subtle color to my linens that would add dimension to my table without being distracting. I wanted to use a warm marigold color to give all my other moody browns a greens a little lift.

It was much much easier than I had built it up in my mind to be.  The longest part was washing the linen pre and post dyeing. Keep reading below if you’re interested in the step by step directions!

If you need more holiday dining room style in your life, today my Christmas dining room is being featured on Home Depot’s Style Challenge!  Go see it!

 

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Pick a Side

With the holiday’s approaching, there is no better time to evaluate your guest comfort situation, and one thing that I find is essential to create good flow is enough side tables.  It might seem silly, but go around your house and sit in each seat in a gathering area.  Is there somewhere to rest your glass? If there isn’t, it might be time to think about a little furniture rearrangement.

Make sure that everywhere you have a chair someone might be perched in for the afternoon, there is also a little ledge, at least.  There you go!  Now everyone’s comfortable!

 

Side tables row 1: black metal accent tableantique brass round, rustic storage table.  row 2: jewel mirrored table, oliver drum. row 3: spool accent, caldwell wood table, windham end table.

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Late Harvest Gathering

So I’ve been talking about my plans for this harvest dinner since way back in August.  My plans were a little displaced when I had to take a last minute business trip to China, but I think that was all for the better.  I took a warmer, slower approach to celebrating the beginning of the holiday season, rather than the end of summer.  I wanted it to be relaxed and communal, so I made the gathering on a Sunday afternoon to encourage football watching, lounging and certainly no hurrying.

The table was set with a handmade shibori dyed linen table cloth (DIY coming tomorrow!), and stacked with casual white plates mixed with acacia appetizer plates from Crate and Barrel.  I mixed and matched moody floral and gingham napkins wrapped in DIY faux bois napkin rings, and finished everything off with my little monogram favors.

We snacked on little maple leaf shaped butternut squash canapes topped with goat cheese and cranberry sauce along with a couple of varieties of cheeses and nuts.  For the main meal, I made a classic beef wellington served with a cold israeli cous cous salad and butternut squash soup served in hollowed out acorn squash.  Our friends washed it all down with a Pear and Sparkling Cider cocktail.  I wrapped the plain glasses in twine and topped off the drinks with birch paper straws from Garnish.

I told you last week that I was going to make something out of persimmon, so I landed on something cold to follow-up the chain of heartier dishes at dinner.  I made a gingersnap and caramel ice cream with chopped persimmons.  It was so easy too!  I’ll share the recipe on Thursday!

I was so pleased with how each detail turned out.  It was a great mixture of food, conversation, and relaxing.  I can’t wait to share some of the DIYs and Recipes with you guys in the days to come!

 

p.s. the DIY faux bois napkin holders are for a feature in Delighted Magazine for the winter issue.  I’ll let you know when it comes out so you can see how to make them!

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In Good Favor

As many of you know, we hosted a harvest dinner last night for a few friends and I’m here today to say that I think it was a success! II wanted to share the favors with you today, and I’ll continue to share more and more of the event and the DIYs for the party throughout the week.

Monogram votive candles provided by Illume served as both the placecards and the party favors for our guests.  I loved the idea of using something individualized for each friend to take home with them, and the Red Cedar scent was perfect for the late fall season.

I had the initials for all of the girls’ first names and all of the men’s last names.  It was fun to see how people choose seats based on their letters.  I had actually planned it with couples sitting together, but with the overlap in initials, it also happened to work out that all of the girls initials were on one side of the table while all of the men’s were on the other.  It definitely wasn’t something I thought about, but it was a more interactive way to have everyone take their seat.

So this was just one sweet detail from last night, but definitely one of mine (and my guests’) favorites.  Pop back over tomorrow for the full scoop and some of the other projects and food that made the afternoon fun and special!

Have a wonderful start to your week!

 

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Friday Faves 11.9

ONE Roll Weave Storage Basket from Crate and Barrel is a steal at just $79 and has received rave reviews;  TWO one of my favorite stores on Etsy doesn’t disappoint with an inspiring and stylish piece of art – Let’s Move to the Mountains print is just $15 from In Haus Press; THREE the shine draws me to these Metallic Diamond Napkins, but the neutral palette keeps me wanting them (and they’re on sale!) $25 for 4 at West Elm; FOUR the prettiest Desk Set I’ve ever seen.  Walnut and Porcelain Desk Set from Farrahsit is $65; FIVE I almost don’t have words.  As if marshmallows weren’t already wonderful enough, Whimsy and Spice goes one step further by adding maple… Maple Marshmallows are just $6.50 for a dozen. SIX Piglet Placeholder set is too cute for words.  Just don’t let him catch you with ham on your plate. $29 for a set of six from Shop Ruche.

 

I’m loving today’s faves, guys.  True to my roots, there is a lot of neutral color here, but I think that is what makes it so comforting. I am really dying over the maple marshmallows and cannot wait to give them a try.

I’m having my fall harvest party this weekend and I’m so excited to show you the full event next week which includes some darling favors from one of my favorite brands, some easy and beautiful DIY projects, and, of course, some food! Be back here next Monday for photos from the event and a line-up of the projects you can do!

Have a BEAUTIFUL weekend!

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In Season: Persimmons

To start off, I’m fairly unfamiliar with the Persimmon.  I didn’t even know how to spell it before researching for this post, but I know that it’s in season.  The local market where I do most of my grocery shopping only carries in season fruits and vegetables, which can be somewhat frustrating when you’re looking for bok choy in February, but is really nice when someone like me is trying to use and get to know new things.

I saw some very orangey-red plump persimmons at the store last weekend and contemplated purchasing, but stopped short. What on earth would I do with them?  I got home and hopped online to find out that they’re a very traditional holiday fruit. Breads, scones, pies, bundts, preserves, you name it. I was intrigued.

I scanned through a ton of recipes, and found a few that looked right up my alley.  I have another grocery trip in store for Saturday morning to prepare for my harvest supper on Sunday, so I’m going to pick a few up.  I think I’ll try the mini bundts, possibly.

Let me know – have you ever tried or made anything with persimmons?  Let me know!

 

photo credit: fresh persimmons | table | bundts | scones

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Global and Gathered

You know how I love a good neutral palette in a home, and combine that with global influences, but still a trace of the traditional and you’ve got me pegged. This home embodies the simplicity that I love most about Scandinavian design, but isn’t cold or sparse by any means.

You can see hints of all colors, but neutral browns, whites, and blacks are the primary focus in this Copenhagen home.  I love a lot of the little touches that I didn’t see the first time around, as well.  All around I think the home is warm and soothing, but looks like real life could take place there as well.

I hope you’re ready for today!  If you’re still up for a bit more eye candy (and maybe a hint of productivity) head over to Etsy to check out my Gifts Under $50 round up!  I’m sure you’ll find something you love for someone on your list!

Have a happy Wednesday!

 

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