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Powder Room Pattern

Two fun little powder rooms, one big question.  Which do you prefer?

Have a PLAYFUL Thursday!

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Have & Make: Terracotta Cloche

On weeknight summer evenings, after a long day of work, sometimes my husband and I just sit outside with a glass of wine and some snacks instead of a full dinner.

I love dining al fresco, but hate spending the whole time shoo-ing away bugs from my food instead being in the moment.

I thought of using a washed terracotta pot as a cloche, not just because it’s functional, but also because it’s pretty. A simple piece of rope knotted through the bottom hole acts as a handle. And guess what?  Terracotta will retain the head of a hot dish, or keep a cool dip from warming up and drying out.  Double awesome.

This is really a project anyone can do, just be sure to wash your old pot really well and have fun with it! (bonus points for cool colored rope or a painted pot!)

Have a SPLENDID Wednesday!

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Trade & Made: Inside the Box

Last week, Laura and I shared the fun project that we’re doing with each other, for your double DIY benefit! The long and the short of it is that we sent each other a mystery box filled with various fun supplies.  We’re making a DIY out of at least four of the items.  This week, we’re each showing the items that we got in our boxes, and next week we’ll share a DIY that we conjured up with the supplies.

I received a plethora of amazing crafty goodness, don’t you agree?

As you look through the supplies, what jumps out at you?  Anything off the top of your head that you’d make?

I already have a pretty good idea of what I’ll make, I’ll just have to do a few trial runs this week to be sure that it actually works before trying to convince you guys to do it too!

Have a FUN Tuesday!

 

p.s. what did you do for the holiday weekend? Anything exciting?

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Happy (long weekend, holiday) Monday!

Hi Friends!  I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday!  I’m spending a nice relaxing long weekend catching up – both with some out-of-town friends and some work around the house! 

We’ll be back tomorrow with some more details on the DIY mystery swap, have a fun Have & Make for the week, and hopefully offer up a little inspiration in between!

Have a good one!

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Friday Faves 5.25

ONE butteryfly parasol is sweet and has an even sweeter price. $12 at Luna Bazaar; TWO a colorful trinket box to brighten any tabletop, pandora box $98 by Jonathan Adler; THREE the Clementine run from Serena and Lily gives a lot of wow-factor to your bare floors. $395 for 5×7. FOUR hello, love!  send your summer penpal some colorful love, $20 for a set of 5 notecards and envelopes from Sparrow Nest Script; FIVE This British colonial cabinet in orange would make the most perfect home bar, just in time for a sweet and colorful summer, $1199 at Wisteria; SIX as either a stool or a side table, this cumulus piece is pretty and practical. $279 at Wisteria.

Happy Friday guys!  It’s a long weekend, and I know you guys are excited! What do you do for Memorial Day?  Are there any ‘first of summer’ traditions that you have?  Please tell me!

Have a CHEERFUL and COLORFILLED looooong weekend!

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Bold Beauty

The absolutely beautiful home of stylist Andrea Duff definitely has some bold details, and photographer Prue Ruscoe captured it in just the right way.

The white wood backs everything in a calming serene canvas which not only grounds the entire home, but also helps the bold, bright colors to pop.

Isn’t it just full of beautiful, fabulous details?  It’s no wonder this home belongs to a stylist!

What is your favorite part?  I am loving the beautiful kidney shaped desk.

Have a BOLD Thursday!

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Details with // Erika of Small Shop Studio

I’m so excited to have Erika on House of Earnest today sharing her favorite home details.  Erika has such an eye for style, and her home certainly reflects that.  It’s been featured in Glitter Guide and although there are so many amazing design elements, these three details are what make Erika feel right at home. 

small shop details: royal hawaiian hotel vintage print

Aloha, it’s Erika from small shop! I’m so honored that Erin asked me to share three details in my home that make me smile. Because I grew up in Hawaii, it always makes me smile and will always hold a special place in my heart. And while my own aesthetic is not necessarily tropical, I have still found ways to incorporate little elements of my homeland into my home:

The first is an old photograph of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki — an icon from a classic era. I can almost hear the waves lap and the palm trees sway when I look at this!

small shop details: vintage hawaii coasters

I found these vintage coasters on Etsy.com. The black/gold combo could not be more perfect in my living room. And they’re just so fun.

small shop details: waikiki beach morning

We took this photo one morning on Waikiki Beach when our daughter was 18 months old. We were on California time and up early before the crowds. It was the most peaceful I’d ever seen Waikiki, and the perfect way to start our vacation.

Mahalo for having me today Erin! Hope you enjoyed these three little details. I’m off to listen to some slack key guitar now. ;o)

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Across the Country: Trade & Made

I’m so excited today to introduce you guys to a project that has been a little while in the making! Laura Parke from A Girl Who Makes and I are teaming up for a fun cross-country mail swap.  We’re sending each other a parcel with secret assorted supplies out of which we both must come up with a DIY to share with our readers.  It’s not a competition, but a fun way to stay on our creative toes and you guys get to benefit from two DIYs that might inspire your own at home projects!  So here goes!  The rules are simple:

Sound fun? We’re definitely excited about it! A week from today, we’ll be back to share the contents of our boxes then a week after that (two weeks from today) we’ll share what we made with the mystery items and a little step by step so that you can do the same.

I cannot wait to show you what we come up with.  If you’re not already familiar with Laura, her site, A Girl Who Makes, has so many really fresh and innovative DIY ideas, but she is also a pretty amazing stylist and event designer. In the meantime while we’re thinking up direction for the Trade & Made DIY swap – go check her out!

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Shipping Tag Save-The-Date

I finally got some down time this weekend to work on the ‘save-the-date’ for my husbands 30th birthday.  It might seem a little like overkill to do a save the date for a birthday party, but with all of our friends going through the same milestone birthday in one year, plus the date falling within wedding season, I thought it necessary.

I did all of the wording in photoshop and then just printed onto #5 sized manila shipping tags.  The awesome part about this is that the shipping tags can send out just as they are as postcards – no envelope required!  This helps to keep the concept casual, and saves me on envelope and shipping costs, something I like!

Aside from the little invites, I managed to finally get some landscaping done (matt doing 80% of the work) that I’ve been talking about for the past few weekends.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to show you guys some progress to the house exterior soon!

I hope your week has started out wonderfully and stays quick and productive!  Next weekend is a long one, so that is certainly something to celebrate!

Have an BLESSED Monday!

 

p.s. We have some awesome posts lined up for this week!  A mystery project I’ve been working on with another DIY blogger up tomorrow and then a really stunning ‘Details With’ for Wednesday!

 

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Friday Faves 5.18

ONE Patio furniture doesn’t have to be boring. Solid stripes armchair $228 from Terrain; TWO This vase would look amazing alone or with a big bunch of summer hydrangea. $248 from Terrain; THREE Light up your night with fun colored string lights from West Elmon sale!  for $39; FOUR fun and funky pattern pillow $90 from Sukan (and there are so many more gorg patterns for prices from $18-$180); FIVE Pure castile soap made from virgin olive oil and shea butter lathers into a perfect foam and has been made the same since 1861-  $10 from Caswell Massey. SIX Privet House chalkboard placards can distinguish anything from your party guests to your buffet food.  $9 for four at your local Target store.

I love so many of these faves today… The terrain vase is such a beauty that if I can’t purchase, I might attempt to DIY… which is your favorite?

This weekend I am really looking forward to spending some quality time at home.  Since we’ve been traveling all over the continent for the last couple months, I seriously need to clean my house and get things in order for Summer.  What is on your weekend agenda?

Have a SPLENDID Friday and weekend!!

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