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Friday Faves 6.29

ONE elegant and fun table number cards,$24 by tuck and bonte, TWO ‘no, I have no regrets’ $83 by sarah and bendrix, THREE come hither hook $30 by eco elements, FOUR metallic cork mousepad $17 from shop eyelet; FIVE handmade leather camera strap $89 from Lorayn Leather. SIX fontana sheet set $58-248 at anthropologie.

Whew, it’s been a busy few days, but I think everything is coming along well for the wedding flowers I’m doing tomorrow!  I’ll hope to snap a few photos on instagram, so make sure you’re following @houseofearnest!


Have a Wonderfully Summery weekend!


BBQ Bridal Shower with Free Printable Invitation

You noticed I like weddings, right? Well I pretty much jump at the chance to do anything wedding related, so it was no different when my mom told me about a shower she wanted to throw for my cousin, Cara.  Although things are pretty nuts around here with my many other weddings, and I’m heading off to India in just over a week, I wanted to help where I could.

I put together the invitation based on the barbecue theme, but still wanted to keep it light, bright, and fresh for a young couple.  I love the way the invite turned out and can’t wait to see them printed!

The good news for you, is that I have a separate version available as a free printable for your next summer gig. Click here to download!


Have a beautiful, summer Thursday!

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Hand Made: Fringy Festive String Lights

I love this little project for such a wonderful, seasonal time of year when being outdoors is almost mandatory.

These fringy, festive lights are so fun, and I just love the way the little pinata-esque fringes resemble fireworks.  They’re a good summer project, and I with a week until your fourth of July fete, you have plenty of time to make them.

String them up on your patio umbrella, outdoor buffet, porch, or just about anywhere.  I’ll tell you that the other evening I accidentally left them on, and when I arrived home from dinner after dark, I was so happy to see them glowing with fringe fluttering around.

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Style Splurge: Carrera Marble

To be honest, there aren’t even photos that can truly capture my affinity for carrera marble.  It’s just one of those things that I put on my dream list and hope that one day I have just the perfect use for it in my home.

As some of you know, my husband and I live in this crazy old farm house in hopes of one day building a dream home on the back of the property.  My dream home will consist of LOTS of carrera marble.  There is just no way around it.

…but the dream home isn’t a reality yet, and you won’t find me splurging on carrera countertops in the current house.  That doesn’t mean we can’t have a dose of it right now, however.

I’ve been eyeing this coffee table for the better part of a year, and think it could be the perfect little bit to satiate by carrera appetite.

What are your thoughts?  Do you have white marble anywhere in your home?  It gets a bad rap for functionality, but man, I just don’t care!

Have a fabulous Tuesday, guys!


Outdoor Buffet

My outdoor space is a little lacking, so I jumped on the opportunity to take a fun outdoor bar/buffet piece that my mother in law was giving away.  It’s make from teak and is bar height.  I think it will make a wonderful addition to our patio (or what patio exists).

It has room to house a few bottles, some wine glasses and any other extras for an outdoor gathering. I placed it right next to the grill to serve as a spot for a little extra workspace as well. I think it definitely adds some character to my otherwise bland outdoor entertaining area.

What did you all do this weekend? Any fun finds?

Have a fantastic Monday!



Friday Faves 6.22

ONE large colorblock utility basket $138 at terrain; TWO jonna saarinen printed breakfast trays $43 each from leif; THREE retro yellow vintage desk lamp with a neon orange cord $165 from Earth Sea Warrior; FOUR pretty maps by Aaron Straup Cope starting at $24 (this one is dc/baltimore). FIVE circles porcelain votive holders $8 ea from west elm; SIX lasalle bistro set – just $86 and comes in 5 colors (even a bright yellow!) from Target.

Pretty brights and neutrals are on my wish list this Friday (along with a few more hours in the day)!  I’ve mentioned it a few times, but I’m doing the floral and table designs for two upcoming weddings – the first is next Saturday and then the second is the following Saturday.  It’s going to be a busy few weeks getting vases cleaned and prepped, ribbons, candles, table numbers, and placesettings all ready.  I’m curious if you guys are interested in seeing any of the progress?  Or just the finished products?

Aside from all of my crazy – what are you doing this weekend?

Have a FAB Friday and Weekend!



Pretty Patterned Paper


Say that three times fast – Pretty Patterned Paper!  I came across this wedding on Green Wedding Shoes and was really lured in by the paper kites floating from a string with the guests names attached. Once you get past the name cards, however, it turned out that the amazing thing wasn’t just the pretty paper, but the many beautiful uses for it.  Giant paper alter flowers, pinwheels and kites all adorned the fabulous outdoor space.

One of the things I like about it, is that the paper pieces make a big impact, and their scale is perfect for an outdoor event.  Usually whether it’s a backyard barbecue, or birthday, sometimes handmade details get lost.  These certainly do not.

How do you feel about all of the fun uses and patterns? Do you like it? Chime in!

*all photos from Green Wedding Shoes, photography by Ashley Rose Photography


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Details With // Jeanne of Shop Sweet Things

ONE This is a chinoise bowl I just received from my husband for my mother’s day gift. I actually featured it in one of my “Sweet Things Under $20″ series and he surprised me with this gift. Now it’s sitting nicely on our kitchen buffet cabinet. TWO I have a thing for collecting knick-knacks, especially empty jars with nice labels. I like to display them on the top shelf in my kitchen along with some cooking books. THREE Since I don’t have an office space and my desk is placed behind my sofa, I don’t have a wall where I can pin pretty things or inspirations. So I use my refrigerator to serve as my inspiration board – gotta work everything you have when living in a small space!

I’m really happy to have Jeanne from Shop Sweet Things on House of Earnest to share with you some special details of her home.  I met Jeanne this past January at Alt and I was smitten with her at the first lunch!  She is fabulously stylish and insightful. She really blew me away with how she held herself – very calm and graceful; I began to wonder if she ever has an ‘off’ day!

Jeanne has been featured in Glitter Guide, Matchbook Magazine, Refinery 29 and much more. Her style and taste is totally enviable, and she serves up a dose of it daily on her blog, Shop Sweet Things.



Little Soldiers

I had asked you guys a week ago what your favorite part of summer was, and I’ve received so many amazing responses.  Everything from going to a family lakehouse to sipping something sweet to the festivities that surround the 4th of July.

I wanted to share with you my favorite part of summer, which is breakfast outdoors.  I don’t get to do this but every so often, and it may not be elaborate, but my ideal summer morning is drinking coffee and eating egg-soaked crusty bread outside.

The whole thing seems very European to me, so I put together a perfect scenario for my summer outdoor breakfast complete with a group of friends, and some fresh coffee.

photo 1/ collage 1/ecology pitcher and juicer 2/John Lewis oak egg holder 3/egg cup 4/dipped spreaders 5/egg top cutter 6/dundee marmalade 7/toast rack

Doesn’t it just seem like the perfect summer morning?

Ok, so I know I’m killing you guys here by dancing around the subject of who wins the West Elm give-a-way! Using a random number generator, fate has decided that it is Angela M who will win the splash of summer!

Congratulations, Angela! I’ll be emailing you shortly to work out the details.


I hope you all have a SWEET Tuesday!


A Beautiful Specimen

I’ve always loved the look of specimen type art within a curated collection, but a part of me thought it was also a little creepy to have framed dead things on my wall. Even if you’re not creeped out, artwork made with once-live butterflies can run you a few hundred dollars.

I compromised with myself the other day after seeing some faux butterflies in my local craft store and decided to make my own butterfly ‘specimen’ art.

With a gluegun and a steady hand, this pretty and nature inspired art can be customized in so many ways.  Keep reading for more details on the making of this piece.

and don’t forget – the West Elm GIVE-A-WAY ends tonight at midnight!

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