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Light, Bright, and Airy Dining Room Update

With the new dining room chairs and the art update, I wanted to show you guys the progress of the dining room as a whole. Another major change I made was swapping out the darker, patterned curtains for something airy and white. Although they pool onto the floor, the gauzy texture and tab top design keeps them from looking too formal.

There are still a few things I’d like to do – mainly some additional art and accessories, but I really love the direction that it is moving.

Light, springy, and serene!

I hope your Monday’s bright!

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Friday Faves 3.23

ONE a little note from tokketok is sure to brighten anyone’s day $12; TWO I am infatuated with this bowl.  Too bad I can’t purchase online.  Roadtrip to Ikea anyone? $24 from IkeaTHREE beautiful, sculptural, brass, and just a touch out of my price range $319 from Crate and Barrel; FOUR these little guys have a big impact $68 from Rablabs; FIVE how can you resist these drawer pulls?  $12 ea. at Anthropologie; SIX moraccan berber rugs are one of a kind (no, really… each one is different!) $1499 sourced from Morocco by West Elm.

Although I’m in sunny Mexico, I didn’t want to rub it in so my favorite things this week are reminiscent of a naturally glam spring! Enjoy!

I hope you all have an amazing Friday and weekend! What are you plans?

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Local Color: Stone

LOCAL: Chichen Itza  COLOR: Stone – Dwell Studio Pyramid Mirror

Waking up this morning in Mexico was just splendid.  After a hearty breakfast, we’re heading off to Chichen Itza where allegedly the spring solstice is the best time to view the ancient ruins.  If Mayan ceremonial sites aren’t your thing, you can still marvel at the beautiful Pyramid Mirror from Dwell Studios.

Well, I’m off!  See you guys back here tomorrow for Friday Faves!

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Dining Room Art


During my house tour I listed new art in the dining room as one of the things I was hoping to update. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I wrote about art as a style splurge and about how much I wanted to buy a piece for my dining room.

With everything going on in the household right now, I couldn’t justify the splurge, so I decided to DIY a piece of abstract art until I could buy something that really caught my eye. I used a cheapo print that I had purchased at Home Goods for around $30.  It was cheaper than buying an actual canvas, and it came with a gold frame that I really liked!

I wanted to incorporate bright, happy, and fun colors to lift the spirits in my dining room.

Don’t get me wrong, I still would love to buy one of these puppies, but it will just have to wait.  In the meantime, I’m quite enjoying my little creation.

Have a BRIGHT and CHEERY Wednesday!

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Home Away From Home

A COZY THROW  White and Warren, CASH STASH Rebecca Minkoff, KEEP IT TOGETHER sewing kit from flight 001, IN ONE PLACE overnigher from flight 001, SWEET SCENTS Paddywax, OVER HEAD Kate Spade, SEE HOW CUTE Henri Bendel.

I’ll be packing up tonight and getting on a plane tomorrow morning (6am!!) in search of brighter times and some strong cocktails.

With the amount that I travel for work, not only do I have packing down to a science, but I really love doing it.

Here are some of my essentials that travel with me (as well as an outlet adapter, but that just wasn’t cute enough to make the cut).  With what comforts of home do you always travel? I’d love to know!

Have a FABULOUS Tuesday out there!

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Handmade Nailhead Upholstered Headboard

The final layer of my master bedroom project is complete!  I finished my headboard this weekend, and I am so excited about how it turned out.  After the initial planning, measuring, and cutting of the base wood, the upholstery went really fast.  And if you’re curious about using nailhead trim, use it.  I’ve done traditional nailheads on a project before, and it was painfully tedious.  Nailhead trim, however, was actually really fun to apply.

 

Whenever I have a vision like the layering of shelf, headboard, side table in my mind, I’m always just a little worried that I’ll work really hard on one of the pieces of the puzzle and then not like the way it fits in.  The entire time I’m covering and hammering there was about 5% of me that was worried it just wouldn’t look right in the room.

I’m happy to say that not only do I love the finished product itself, but I love it in the room as well.  To see more of the actual headboard creation process, keep reading!

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Friday Faves 3.16

ONE drink to a lucky year with these cute glasses from Kate Spade $45 for a set of four. TWO cute, graphic, and reminds me of my nephew, Terrence.  By Hugo Guiness at John Derian $275.  THREE these coasters by Jonathan Adler have me channeling my inner Palm Springs sun goddess… now who can bring me a drink? $68 from Jonathan Adler. FOUR Modern Moraccan decor has me dreaming of a vacation. FIVE I can think of about a bazillion ways to use this black and white striped stool.  Why don’t we start with my house? Janson stool from Made Goods.

I have some beans to spill – I’m going on vacation next week.  Can you tell by my daydreaming of bright colors and poolside drinks? Yep – it’s about time for a little relaxation and I am just beside-myself-excited.  I’ll be spending my weekend prepping some awesome posts and, of course, packing my bathing suits.

What do you have planned this weekend?

Have a DREAMY sort of Friday and weekend!

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A Restful Place


*photo credit Decor Pad via My Design Chic

I saw this office last week and really just couldn’t get it out of my mind.  I love so many things about it, but mostly that it seems like an indulgent, restful place to me.  The daybed, piles of books, and fresh flowers all make it somewhere I could potentially spend the day without a care in the world.  Don’t even mention the Hermes blanket… wait – I just did.

On one hand, this room brings me to a totally restful place, but on the other hand it give me slight anxiety about the antique daybed/settee that is in my office and I have yet to fully complete.  I actually just had the thought that it might be pure madness that my ‘restful’ place is a place others might associate with work – my office.  If only there was a place to lie down…

Don’t you just love it?  Where has your restful place been lately?

Have a WONDERFUL Thursday!

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Have & Make: Graphic Triangle Pillow

It’s a little known fact, that you can buy transfer paper to feed through your printer.   I used to make shirts and bags for every possible occasion in school, but this past weekend it just hit me to use it for a blank pillow that I was going to throw out because it was so boring.

Side note: Make sure your pillow insert can be removed before trying this quick project

If you have a blank boring pillow that needs a new lease on life, make something graphically inspired by whatever is out there (right now, triangles).

Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday, guys!

p.s. Do you want to see my very own special plate from yesterday’s post?  Like House of Earnest on Facebook for additional photos and musings!

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Family Traditions: The Special Plate

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about family traditions. As I grow older and watch my siblings have children and teach them the things we learned while growing up, it brings to mind all of the fun things we used to do as kids, and how fun it is to teach the next generation the same traditions.

We used to have ‘special plates’ growing up, which I’m pretty sure is something my mom just made up, but it was great.  There were two plates in the cupboard that were vastly different from the rest which were to be placed at the seat of someone who had a special day, or maybe a really difficult day.  Whoever set the table that night for dinner would inevitably choose who got the special plate that day, if anyone deserved it at all.

I went to one of those ‘paint your own pottery places’ and made one from my sister when she got married almost six years ago, and when I got married just two years ago, she made me one.  With just Matt and I right now, and my sister with very young children, the special plates don’t get too much use, but I’m sure one day they’ll be making their way onto our dinner tables.

I love these plates in the photo because they’re different from the norm – whether that be because they’re very personal as the silhouette plate or just uniquely different.

Do you think this is a tradition you could see yourself starting?  Do you have any special traditions that you’re passing down?

Have a THOUGHTFUL Tuesday out there!

 

Plates from top left: 1 | 3  | 4

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