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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!

Continue Reading…


Friday Faves 6.15

ONE dipped spice cellar set $45 from Leif; TWO tray and tray stand $240 from Svenskt Tenn; THREE turned wood coatrack $56 from Baxton Studio for Kmart; FOUR Tibetan embroidered quilt $147 for a queen size at abc home; FIVE set of three potted succulent candles $20 from Leif; SIX canvas pencil roll (perfect for a sunny afternoon in the park!) $10 from Anthropologie. SEVEN black and white handmade cotton pillow covers $65 each from Fine Little Day.

It’s finally Friday!  I’m excited to get my hands dirty with a couple of projects I have on my to-do list and try to get my house and self in order before a busy next couple of weeks.  Anything fun for your weekend plans?



**DON’T FORGET** You have until next Monday to enter the West Elm Summer GIVE-A-WAY!  Find entry details here!

Also, in case you missed it, this week I was over on Vmac+Cheese sharing a very fashionable Have & Make, and I was participating in a Design Duel with Rebecca from A Daily Something over on Hello, Splendor.


Wake Up on the Right Side

When I heard Gretchen Rubin, the author of The Happiness Project, speak in January at Alt Summit, a few things stuck with me, but the major idea was to make my bed.  It seems silly, but she firmly believes that ‘outer order contributes to inner calm’.

I think about this all of the time when I’m making my own bed and how it quite truly makes me happy.  It actually does leave me with an inner feeling of calm.  My house automatically feels cleaner, and I leave for the day feeling accomplished at 7am (which is a great day already).

BUT while I was researching for this post, I found an article published by BBC News quoting a Kingston University study that suggests making your bed may not be such a good idea.  The study claims that making your bed can trap moisture and warmth – an idea environment for dustmites and bedbugs to thrive, while an unmade bed helps the pests to die.

So this has me thinking (this beautiful Thursday morning)… Which route do you take? Are you a bed maker or do you leave it unkempt? Do you think you might take the other route now?

Let me know!

Have a TERRIFIC Thursday out there!


Photo via Style Conscious


**DON’T FORGET** House of Earnest is sponsoring a West Elm Summer Give-a-way! Click here for entry rules and details!


Have & Make: Summer Cooler Bowl

This ‘Have & Make’ has no DIY involved – but is just a quick entertaining idea for summer.

If you have a globe vase sitting around, fill it with ice and snuggle in a bowl that is similar in size to the vase opening.  Fill it with whatever summer dish needs to be kept chilled (shrimp cocktail anyone?) and you’re ready to go!

Alfresco dining is probably my favorite part of the summer, but dried up food is not.  I use the trick all year long for parties, but for summers, it comes in particularly handy!

Enjoy this quick tip and have a COOL Wednesday!


Summer West Elm Give-a-way

Did you like my little living room makeover from yesterday?  If so, you yourself can enter to win FIVE of the West Elm products that I used in my own home. 

House of Earnest is sponsoring a West Elm Give-a-way!  Exciting, right?? The Crewel pillow cover in yellow, Oasis silk pillow cover, Yellow West Elm favorite throw, Shane Powers opal vase, and green glass candle holder can all be yours!


Have a HAPPY Tuesday!


Our Home: Sprucing Up a Summer Living Room

I love sprucing up a room to make it feel seasonally appropriate.  My previous living room textiles, although not too specific to winter, were a few years old and I felt like the room needed a little pick-me-up.  A little trip to West Elm yesterday was all my living room needed! I went with light and bright shades of yellow, chartreuse, and green for an airy, summer feel.  The green-yellow cushion cover in my little nook has a really pretty embroidered chevron detail.

I also wanted to bring some of the green from outside into the house, and a pair of succulents in a pretty planter along with a larger plant in a woven basket do just the trick. I also added a smaller votive holder in a bright grassy green.

On the couch I added some new cushion covers in a hand embroidered grey and a brightly colored silk.  A greenish-yellow fuzzy blanket gives the perfect pop and will come in handy for cool summer nights.

The new additions are definitely brightening up my Monday!  What do you think?  Do you like the color direction?

NOT TO BE MISSED… I have a secret surprise for you (that relates to this revamp) coming up tomorrow at 8am.  Be sure to stop back by!


Friday Faves 6.8

ONE Abeego food storage is an all natural and reusable way to pack and store food (think press ‘n seal wrap but waaay better), starting at $11; TWO Stretched dot stoneware serving tray $158 from Terrain; THREE Solid wood turned leg nightstand is a cute pop of color for the bedroom, $249 from West Elm; FOUR Futura house numbers give a sleek first impression, $35 each from Design Within Reach (hey, that rhymed!); FIVE Heath Ceramics salt and pepper shakers, $44 for the set; SIX a cute little Vitriini glass box with oak base, $80 for the large, $40 for the small from Fjorn Scandinavian.

The weekend is finally here!  It’s been a busy week, and I have a feeling that the next couple weeks are going to get even busier for me with doing flowers for two weddings and a whole lot of other opportunities on the horizon.  This weekend, I’m headed to Nashville, Tennessee for my niece, Adelaide’s first birthday party.  I’m excited to spend some time with my family before the summer crazies kick in.

What’s on your agenda?  Anything exciting, or possibly some relaxing?

Have a FAB Friday and weekend!


Minimal Rustic Glam

You thought it couldn’t be done, right? This apartment is such a balanced mix of glam with raw/rustic elements.  I think it’s a beautiful combo, don’t you think?

I can see a stylish, creative single lady living here, but there are other elements I can take as inspiration in my own home.

Furs mixed with pastels? Yes! Giant mirrors propped up against a large empty wall? Yes!

What piece of this apartment could you see yourself incorporating into your home?

Have a GLAMOROUS Thursday!

*photos via Bolaget, more photos here