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Bedside Sconce DIY

bedside table lighting DIY

Wow, has it only been two days?  I told you on Monday that I had a lamp re-work in the cards and now it’s done!  If you’ll notice from Monday’s post, both of my bedside lamps were two different colors. I had contemplated painting them both white, then swung back to painting them chrome, knowing that if I tried to make one look like the other, it just never really would.

I love the Tom Dixon pendants with black shell and shiny gold lining, so I thought the bed way to have both lamps look the same was to paint them completely different colors then the original…matte black.

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I could have painted the interior gold with paint, but I wanted them to have the luminescent glow that only foil can achieve. Now, I hate working with gold foil.  Foil is a pain in the ass, I will avoid it at all cost.  But here, for whatever reason, I felt like it was completely necessary. I’m happy I ended up going for it even though I was cursing it the entire time. Just look how it glows!

If you’ve worked with foil before, you’ll know how you get crazy cracks and empty spaces, so I have a solution for that! I’ll show you how I completed this project and my little gold foil trick after the jump!  Continue Reading…

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Behind the Design

Grandiflora Home and Decor

Happy Tuesday guys!  It’s going to be a busy week over here, and I wanted to share with you guys exactly why! As many of you know, I have my own shop called Grandiflora Home + Decor and the newest collection is launching so so soon! Over the last 8 months, I’ve been designing the new collection, working back and forth with my factories, and tweaking, narrowing, and perfecting each product. Most of the product is ready to ship to my warehouse, and as I’m working really hard on getting some loose ends tied up, I wanted to give you some ‘behind the scenes’ of this part in the process! Aaaannd, here a few glimpses of the product (exciting!!!)

With the Fall 2014 collection launching on Tuesday, Sept 2nd (SO SOON) we’re about a month out which means we’re busy working on the photo shoot!  I love working on photo shoots, and it’s even more rewarding when it’s my product.  I work with an amazing photographer, Allie, which makes it even more fun.

Before I can meet with the photographer, however, I have to plan my shots. This is one of my favorite things to do, so I took a few pics of the process to share.  I drag out samples of all of my product and sit it in front of me.  Then I flip through catalogs, web inspiration, and style magazines to find shots I love that I could emulate using my own product.  If I really want to highlight a bench, then I’ll tear bench photos and get a good idea of how to best showcase it.  The same goes with tabletop and wall decor.  I try to find photo inspiration that incorporates as many of the types of products that I have in my line.

Then, I draw my shot vision.  Now, I’m a terrible sketcher, but I think it’s really one of the only ways to communicate what I want to the photographer, so I draw… no matter how terrible.

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Grandiflora Home + Decor Fall 2014

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Guest Bedroom Three Year Refresh

guest bedroom design

This post is going to be such a blast from the past for some of you! It was three whole years ago that I laid out some design plans for my guest bedroom and it was three years ago that I touched one detail in that bedroom (aside from stuffing it with random craft supplies and castaway furniture). The room was also home to all of our linens, towels, and extra bathroom supplies. It was a hodgepodge mess and here is the proof… The Before Pictures (eek!)

I had a grand plan for cleaning out the room, but there were so many moving parts. To get the room cleaned out, I needed to clear out all of my work and craft supplies, but I needed to move them into the office. As many of you will recall, the office closet held my clothes. So, just this year after Matt and I created a master bedroom closet space, I was finally able to move my clothes out of the office and therefore move the supplies out of the guest room (were you able to keep all of that straight?)

Now, the room is cleared out and cleaned up which is a starting point for a bigger redesign which will come soon enough, but right now, I’m really enjoying what a huge difference the small changes made to the room all without spending one penny.  Before it was dark and was an odd combination of colors.  It had all of my old college furniture (and still does) but the reconfiguration makes it a much brighter and refreshing place for a guest to spend a weekend.

spare bedroom design

Keep Reading for tons more photos and renovation plans!  Continue Reading…

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Friday Faves 7.25

Friday Faves 7.25

ONE These celestial chambray napkins from Leif have me seeing stars (and that’s a good thing!) $44 for a set of four. TWO this gold turtle acts as sculptural art exclusively until you find out that it’s also a little box. $65 from CB2. THREE I’m smitten with these hand painted wallets and clutches from My A La Mode. This style is just $36! FOUR I’ve loved this studio style desk lamp from Target for a while.  They’d be adorable bedside tables and at just $30 each, they’re a steal! FIVE I stumbled across this campaign style desk at Land of Nod which isn’t totally a new design idea, but the shocking $399 price tag is!  We should all jump on this! SIX some good aqua milk glass votives are perfect for cool beachy nights. $24 each from Terrain.

 

Am I happy it’s Friday or what?  It’s been a bit of a rough week over here (hence the radio silence yesterday).  I’ve been working a freelance job the majority of the week in addition to my regular plethora of work and then had loads of Grandiflora orders (because of a recent REAL SIMPLE feature, which I’m still kind of freaking out about), so there has been lots of late night packing, shipping, and blogging.

This weekend, we’re having a garage sale!  I’m excited to unload some old stuff and make a few bones in the process. What are you up to this wonderful July weekend?

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Handwoven Outdoor Lanterns

handwoven outdoor lantern diy

Adding ambient lighting to the outdoors has always been a bit difficult for me.  Without running cords into the yard, we need candle light, but multiples of outdoor lanterns can get real pricey and require a trip to the store.  Most of the DIYs I do at home come about because I can’t be bothered to search around for what I want.  When I’m at the crossroads between laziness and frugality, I make things. These lanterns are just one such thing. I have bundles and bundles of twine sitting around, and loads of candles, so why not mix the two into a festive outdoor lantern?

handmade outdoor lantern

It took me about 20 minutes to make all three of these and now I have a bit of candlelight that illuminates the pathway to the backyard. You can see how simple this project is… it really only uses two supplies and a few knots.  Let’s show you how it’s made, shall we?  Continue Reading…

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Chunky Greek Salsa

greek salad recipe

Our garden is in full swing.  We have cucumbers coming out of our ears and the tomatoes are right around the corner from being an all-out tomato brigade.  I am certainly enjoying the situation, however, as I get to make one of my top favorite summer dishes.

I call it a ‘Greek Salsa’ because that is how I eat it – like a sauce on top of or mixed into just about everything. On top of a salad, mixed with some cous cous, as a side dish with kabobs, or just plain with pita.  It’s super versatile and wonderfully healthy.  What’s not to love?

greek salsa recipe greek salad chopped greek salad

The best part of this ‘salsa’ is that it marinates in it’s own juices and gets better and better as it sits.  I usually make a big batch and eat on it for 3-4 days during the week, having it a different way each day.  It’s the perfect summer solution to lunch (and an overflowing garden).

 

Enjoy, friends!

 

 

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Summer Styling Series: Coffee Table Styling

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Styling little spaces around my home is my release.  If you come over to my house at any given point, chances are, things aren’t how you last saw them.  I have trouble leaving any surface alone and am constantly redesigning vignettes, swapping around furniture or changing out art.  This is something I most definitely learned from my mother who used to move around furniture all of the time while I was growing up.  While I can’t really move around the layout of my rooms (they’re tiny enough to where things really are where they are), I’ve taken to creating and styling surfaces and walls all around the house.

My styling process is a little hard to describe, but readers have asked enough times for me to share that I knew I’d have to show you my mindset and thought process while styling different areas of my house.  I started the series out my talking through the types and varieties of items I typically choose when styling.  Check out this post for full details! What’s more, I also made a video (my first with voice over, so be kind!) to outline a shorted version of how I arrived at my end result.

styling product breakdown

Don’t be afraid to get together a whole slew of accessories and swap them in and out until you like what you’ve got!  I never end up where I started when styling a surface, so be kind to yourself and give yourself some time to feel your way through the process.  If something isn’t quite right, but you can’t put your finger on what, then leave it for a few days and you’ll find yourself figuring out what looks and feels best to you.

Our next styling post (and video!) will be how to style a bedside table!  Subscribe to the House of Earnest channel to get the latest videos!

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Friday Faves 7.18

Friday Faves 7.18

ONE hand stamped ceramic bowls straight from Portugal and for a surprisingly low cost.  A set of four of these black and white beauties are just $32 from West Elm. TWO the only thing more cute than these dachshund bookends will be how they look in your house! They’re just $29 from Z Gallerie. THREE a pretty painted floral tray will take you from summer into fall and beyond. $34 from World market. FOUR need a hand with that? the Viv brushed gold wall hooks are a beautiful statement while being fiercely functional. $38 from Grandiflora. FIVE wine just tastes better when topped with a beautiful stopper.  These golden brass gem stoppers are just the right bit of glam. SIX I’ve always loved these crosshatch baskets! two sizes to choose from and loads of ways to use them starting at $15.

 

Happy Friday guys!  This week has gone by so fast for me.  I was kept super busy shooting a video for Monday (stay tuned!) and with several client meetings, a concert, and a couple dinners with friends. Whew! I’ll be taking the weekend to relax and maybe do a bit of window shopping at the mall just to get out from behind the desk a bit and see what’s new out there.

What is on your agenda this weekend?  Are you relaxing, or getting after something great?

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Three Things to do with a shower curtain ring

3 things to do with a shower curtain ring

Years ago, when I changed out my old plastic shower curtain rings for nicer, metal ones, I kept the rings knowing they’d come in handy for something.  Over the years, I’ve grabbed one here and there for different uses around the house with my favorite uses being these three – The hair elastic corraller, the quickie napkin ring, and the makeshift carabiner.

Each of these three things makes life a little easier and is a great use of something that would normally be thrown out.  Next time you change out your rings (or if you see a pack at the dollar store) grab a few and put them to work!

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p.s.  I’m posting a few times each month over on the Bali Blinds Blog (say that three times fast!) Catch my first post here!

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Pinning Lately

house 1 house 2 Untitled-1 I’ve had a little thing for pinning gorgeous home exteriors lately.  It’s got me inspired to actually start thinking about the style of the house we plan to build one day and I think I have a very, very clear cut style! Modern Farmhouse anyone? More of these farmhouse revivals here!  Have a happy (and inspiring) Wednesday, everyone!   Sources: 1 | 2 | 3

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