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Hand Made: Compound Butter

Even if you’re not a cook or a baker, making something impressive from the wonderful, fresh produce available this time of year isn’t out of the question. Compound butter is so so easy and , belive me, your friends will be impressed.  There are so many iterations possible, I am totally sure that you’ll find one that suits you.

Yesterday, I was excited to use some of the herbs I’d brought home from the local farmers’ market, and thought that making compound butter would be a great way to get multiple uses out of the fresh bundles with little effort.  This project uses store-bought butter, brought to room temperature, and couldn’t get easier.

Keep Reading for the step-by-step and some fun combinations!

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What’s Your Vice?

This is a question that I ask because we all have them. For some they’re more apparent than others, some are quirks, and some just downright bad habits.

I’m always real good at noticing them in others (my husband, namely), but slow to point out my own.  I thought (especially since mine is very home related) to open up today and admit that I, Erin, leave half consumed cups of coffee everywhere.

My desk on Friday will be topped with five mugs, filled with varying degrees of dried up sludge.  My bedside table might have one or two, and to find one also lingering in the bathroom wouldn’t be unusual. It’s one of those things that I know I do, but I still do it.  Matt jokes about the absence of mugs in the cupboards, or asks how my science experiments are going.  I’m glad he’s kind about it, because I know it’s gross. It’s strange because I’m so particular about certain spots in the house – finding the white sink with food stuck to the side will stop me in my tracks for immediate cleaning, but I don’t blink an eye at my coffee cups.

Tell me, do you have a dirty little habit?  Something you know you do but, for whatever reason, continue?


Have a GREAT Monday out there, guys!

P.S. Lenox has partnered with House of Earnest to giveaway two full 5 pc place settings of their new quatrefoil pattern!  See the full post here for details on how to enter!  It closes tomorrow at midnight, so hurry!


*photo by Celine Steen on Flickr


Friday Faves 8.10

ONE organic hand stamped cushion covers $65 each from {me}longing; TWO the iphone case I’m contemplating $35 from Society6; THREE bamboo picnic utensils with food-safe, water based paints $36 for a set of 12 from AHAlife; FOUR fog linen round tray $23.50 from Dunlin; Serena and Lily fauceted hurricanes $25 for the small and $35 for the large.

It’s a rainy, cool Friday here in Ohio and it’s got me longing for slow, quiet late summer evenings.  I’m hoping a weekend filled with some farmers markets, cooking at home, and spending time with Matty.

What’s on your agenda?


Have a SPLENDID Friday and Weekend!


Around House of Earnest this week:

Don’t forget to enter for the Lenox Giveaway! We’re giving away two full 5 piece place settings of their new quatrefoil pattern!

Our curator’s event is still live through the end of the day on Joss and Main

Joss and Main’s magazine, Plume, has done an interview with me, and I’m sharing my DIY tips and tricks!



Hand Made: Scalloped Edge Pillowcases

I found some giant (1″) rickrack in the fabric store the other day and knew I just had to use it for something.  My mind immediately went toward showcasing the scalloped edge only, allowing it to take on a classic, sculptural element rather than a be too young or sweet.

I love that the black against white makes it feel like more of a luxe edging that pops.

It wasn’t too difficult, and you don’t need a sewing machine!  If you like where this is going, KEEP READING for the full instructions!

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Crazy for Quatrefoil: A Lenox Give-a-way

Are you as excited as I am?  August is ‘New Pattern Month’ over at Lenox and when they offered to collaborate on this style shoot and give-a-way with some of their new Quatrefoil china, I was thrilled.  Not only because I got a chance to show both them and you how I would style it (which is super fun) but because one of my beloved readers gets two full 5 piece place settings of their very own! Awesome, right?

I love the modern new pattern, that is somehow still so timeless.  I used it here for a pretty casual late weekend lunch paired with a lot of natural elements and cool blue hues.

When I got married, I really resisted registering for formal china.  I thought that I’d never use it.  I went a head a registered for it (my mother-in-law all but insisted) and I use it a lot now.  Even if just a couple of girls are coming over for coffee or, like above, using the tea-cup for the ice cream dessert, there isn’t a reason why you couldn’t use it regularly.   Guests love eating off of the ‘good stuff’ and I love breaking it out.

Enough about me, one of you gets to win some Lenox Quatrefoil Dinnerware!

Mandatory entry:

  • Leave me a comment below telling me why you’d love this Lenox dinnerware, or how you would use/style it!

For extra entries:


  • This giveaway is for two (2) five piece place settings of the Lenox Quatrefoil Dinnerware valued at $316.
  • It begins Tuesday, August 7th at midnight EDT and closes Tuesday, August 14th at midnight EDT
  • Max number of entries is five (5)
  • Open to US residents only
  • Be sure to leave an email address when leaving a comment!
  • Winner will be chosen from their order in the comment field via random.org
Best of Luck!!
Have a WONDERFUL Wednesday!
P.S. Don’t forget!  House and Earnest curators collection is on sale now on Joss and Main!
Click here if you need an invitation!





Details with // Mandy from Fabric Paper Glue

Our regular bi-monthy ‘Details with’ column was moved to Tuesday this week to allow for a very exciting give-a-way tomorrow (of which I instagrammed a sneak peek this weekend)!

I’m excited to be showing you a few special glimpses from the home of Fabric Paper Glue creator and writer, Mandy.  If you aren’t familiar with Fabric Paper Glue, Mandy has the most ingenious ideas for everything from cocktails to crafts.  She is an avid sewer and makes beautiful clutches for her Etsy shop (like this gem, who’s cream twin I bought earlier this year and have instagrammed a few times).  I always look to Fabric Paper Glue for some colorful inspiration and the courage to add it to my home (you know I love my neutrals).  Keep Reading for more special details from her home!

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House of Earnest Out and About

It’s been quite a weekend! I tweeted a little hint last weekend about the photo shoot that we were doing for Houzz, and tweeting about a month ago for a style shoot I was working on for a (then) undisclosed project.  Today I’m here to show you whats been going on behind the scenes! Firstly, our ‘Houzz Tour’ went live yesterday and I’ve been flooded with wonderful questions and comments ever since (except one nasty comment, but that’s just how some people are). Shooting my own whole home in a day was a little hectic, but with my return from India, I was up against a deadline. It’s surprising the things you see in photos that you don’t even realize on an everyday basis (cords, namely) but it was a fun experience nonetheless.  Below, is a slideshow filled with the photos only, but you can click through to read the full interview!

The undisclosed project, is a style shoot I was working on to reflect my style, esthetic and work for a curated collection on Joss & Main, which goes live tomorrow!  The first photo and this last one are just a little peek of the lifestyle look book that we’ve put together to highlight the theme of the event (which, of course, revolves around entertaining) and I’m just indescribably excited about it.  I choose a full collection of products that really showcase the House of Earnest style and I hope you love them.  If you’re new to Joss & Main, it’s a flash sale site which features mini-sales full of common products.  You can join the site HERE so that you don’t have to wait on an invite!

Have a WONDERFUL Monday!


Friday Faves 8.3

ONE studded edge bowl from Ankasa, $95; TWO Rae Dun cheese markers $35 at Nordstrom; THREE globetrotter calendar $20 at anthropologie; FOUR Thomas Paul ‘Moby’ Pillow $78 at Burke Decor; FIVE hand sculpted spoons $48 from Avesha Michael; SIX Thomas Paul bazaar side plates $34 from Burke Decor.

A splash of color and pattern for your Friday!  I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been trying hard to broaden my horizons when it comes to adding color into my home.  I used to be a very neutral, minimal kind of girl, but I’m realizing that adding those pops just intensifies the purity of the neutrals as well.  I hope you’re enjoying this journey for me!

This weekend, I plan to get SO much work done.  I have a lot of projects that are half started and were interrupted by a last minute trip to India, so I’m looking forward to picking them back up and finishing some things off.  Matty’s out of town and I am going to make myself a big bowl of this – a recipe my one of my favorite new bloggers.

What about you?  Any fun plans?

Have a HAPPY Friday guys!



Spa Bathroom in Delhi

Does this view look familiar?  If you follow on Instagram (@houseofearnest) you would have seen this lovely view just a few weeks ago while I was in India.  I was expecting an intense week of hard work, an uneasy stomach, and lots of homeless children (cue scenes from Slumdog Millionaire).

What I got, was an amazingly beautiful, colorful, lush retreat to relax and recharge in between days with my suppliers.  This bathroom was the opulent icing on the cake.  As soon as I walked into the room (at 1am local time) I was immediately smitten and decided that a hot soak was in order.

I think my experience was much different than most.  I was certainly living in the lap of luxury at the Oberoi, but it got me to thinking about the elements I want to include in my own bathroom renovation.  Glass shower cubicles and enclosures? Yes.  Stunning bathroom mirrors with backlighting? Yes. Giant soaking tub with a view of a blue sky (maybe something a little more angular like this)? Yes.

Although my own bath wouldn’t be quite so glam (a little less opulent, and little more natural) there are a lot of cues I can take from this beautiful room.

What about you – what are absolute ‘musts’ in your dream bathroom?

Have a STUNNING Thursday!


Sun-Kissed Ombre Stripes

Sun kissed dye effects are everywhere right now - from tie dye to dip dye and ombre.  On my trip to India last month (yes, it’s August already) I saw so much of this trend being done in the factories and I know it’s as emerging in home accessories as it is in clothes.  I tackled the trend here in a way that is subtle and doesn’t look to home-done and have a very simple strategy that I think you’ll love!

Instead of using dyes, which can be hard to control the saturation, I decided to use bleach to remove color and give me a more sun-faded light look for inside my home.  I love the way it turned out and have literally been bursting at the seams to show you guys this week!  KEEP READING for the full instructions!

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