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Friday Faves 4.11

Friday Faves 4.11

ONE the perfect spotted pillow isn’t too wild, but is just the right bit for a subtle hint of glam.  $45 from Society Social.  TWO Crane flower candle from Voluspa mixes grapefruit, geranium, lavender, and nectar inspired by the bird of paradise flower… to me, it just spells like a heavenly vacation.  $38 from Anthropologie. THREE a nice little reminder from Sugar Paper to sit above your desk or display in your bedroom.  The gold foil print is 11 x 14 and is $50. FOUR handmade and so pretty, this gold border ring dish from The Object Enthusiast is lovely and makes a gorgeous gift at $34. FIVE how darling is this mini bow cord keeper? I want one for every charger in my arsenal, and at just $6 from Oh Hello Friend, I can afford to!

 

Happy Friday friends!  You know those weeks when you feel energized, optimistic, and on top of all your ‘to-do’s’? Well, it’s been one of those weeks for me.  I’ve been able to think ahead on some projects, get a couple fun dinners in, and overall just breathe a little.

How has your week been?

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Meet & Greet with Amanda from A Hammer & Heels

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I have SUCH a treat for you guys today!  For this month’s ‘Meet & Greet’ I want to introduce you to Amanda from A Hammer & Heels.  I have known Amanda in the blog world for several months, but just met her in person last weekend at Go Blog Social in Kansas City.

Amanda is possibly the most grounded, stylish person I’ve ever met.  She has an amazing knack for fashion and for creating her own original DIYs and does this all while still in college…. I can’t say I’ve ever seen a college apartment look this good.

Amanda even gave me a few style secrets while we hung out drinking wine and chatting about blogging.  I can’t wait to share my new purchase that she inspired! Until then, Let’s learn more about Amanda.

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Learn more about Amanda’s tree stamp pillows here and tie dye pillows here.

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Can you believe this apartment? Here is Amanda’s Sourcelist or head over to A Hammer & Heels to get mega inspired and meet this sweet girl for yourself!

 

photos by Justin Salem Meyer for The Everygirl

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Pushing Myself with Paint

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Ok, so was it killing you?  The wait to find out what in the world I painted red in my home that consists of no red whatsoever? No? Ok, well, I’ll show you anyway.

I confessed last week that I strongly strongly dislike (possibly bordering on hate) the color red. But I also challenged myself in my yearly goals to push myself a bit more outside of my typical grey, black, brown comfort zone. I like style that is earthy and relaxed with classic lines and a tid bit of glam.  I know it doesn’t all seem to go together, but I think my living room is a great example of the looks combined.

Red, in my opinion does not fit into this look. BUT I had a super ugly piece of furniture that needed a new life so I decided in honor of National Painting Week (SWPaintingweek.com) to offer myself up for something that made me a little uncomfortable.  I volunteered to paint it red.

side note: do you ever volunteer to do things that push yourself because you know that you’re held accountable for the end product? Like, volunteer to cook for a work function when you’re learning to cook or something? So you can see why I did this? 

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Watercolor Art without Paint

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This week marks my fourth wedding anniversary and although the traditional fourth year gift is flowers, I decided to make a little customized watercolor art.  We hardly ever buy each other real gifts but instead do a nice dinner together or go on a trip, so small little tidbits are more my style.

This watercolor quotation art doesn’t require any actual watercolors, which is why it’s so easy for anyone to do! It uses a bit of a trick that I borrowed from technology which makes it all the more foolproof!

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Get your iPhones and home printers geared up for this Tuesday tutorial!

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Practicing Graciousness

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Graciousness. Something we may not think about a lot these days.  A lot of other qualities have come to displace grace, and sometimes grace is even seen as submissive, or as an enemy of strength.

I’m here to tell you that graciousness is the epitome of strength.

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Friday Faves 4.4

Friday Faves 4.4

ONE just last week I shared Joy’s line for Target, then this week she surprises us with a line for Land of Nod.  Not only is the line gorgeous, but I’ve begun thinking that Joy is my newest business idol.  #isthereanythingshecan’tdo? This floral doodle art is so pretty, and at $20 who wouldn’t want this – kids or not!? TWO how am I just (this week) finding out about Block Chromatics? A mid-century german line that is colorful and too cute. This site has a set of six mugs for $75. THREE Have you seen Rebecca Atwood’s newest?  The Williamson collection is full of bright tangerine cushions, which I love starting at $150 (shown is $225). FOUR this simple black and brass sconce is high on my fave list… now just for someplace to put it! $110 from onefortythree.  FIVE is it possible to fall in love with a rug? That is clearly what’s happened to me.  This silver metallic border jute rug from Serena & Lily is my favorite thing I’ve seen all year. and maybe last year too.  Starting at just $48 for the 2×3, this will make an appearance in my home, and stat!

Wow!  Happy April, guys! Can you believe it?  I’m so so so so happy that spring is finally coming out to play.  This week I even drug out my patio furniture! Goodness knows, there are still cold days and rain in our future, but things are definitely looking up!

Today I’m in Kansas City at Go Blog Social speaking on DIY blogging!  Follow on Instagram for tons of glimpses of the event and if you’re in the area, hit me up!

Have a great weekend, y’all!

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Super Easy Herringbone Dish

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This easy DIY is a scenario where I saw these little white dishes at Target and thought, “blank slate!”.  I had no clue what I was going to end up using them for, but they were the perfect size, so I couldn’t pass them up.  They’re been sitting on my desk for a few weeks and since I’m a doodler, I whipped out my gold sharpie and started scribbling right on the plates.

There is tons of sharpie art out there on the inter webs, but I just loved how easy, but impressive this one ended up.  It actually makes me think of this little teapot at C. Wonder – which wasn’t my intention, but ended up being pretty comparable… and all for just $2!

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If you’re not good at free handing a design, keep on reading to see my easy way to get all those scribbles nicely placed.

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Stretching my Limits + A Teaser!

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photo source: Houzz

Earlier this year, I made myself a few goals to continue to challenge and push myself in the blog and in life.  One of my goals was to expand my horizons.  This could mean so many different things to different people, but one thing I’m NOT good at is adding color into my life and into my home.  I wear the same black, white, nude, and navy colors almost exclusively.  To look at my closet someone would be like, “wow, this girl has a type”.

The same goes for my home.  Everything is brown, black, grey, and (now!) navy.  I really stepped out with that navy, huh?

Well, this year, Sherwin-Williams asked me to participate in the Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week again.  Last year, I painted a bright and cheery yellow bar (which I still love!) and this year I chose the color red.

Red. 

I am not a red kind of person.  I don’t own one red piece of clothing. If I had to list my favorite colors, red would be the last one. But instead of sticking to a non-color color (which is totally my m.o.) I thought about taking this opportunity to to think outside my normal realm. I mean, I really love warm, neutral spaces, right?  The gorgeous Swedish home above with all red floors is amazing, right? So I can do this.

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photo source: West Elm

When I really got to thinking about it, I found a great balance.  This red accented dining room from West Elm has some great neutral elements, but it’s also got some pretty pops of red.  What makes is likable for me?  The red is a deep, spicy, warm color like the sunset instead of a cool, stark, modern red that I’ve been thinking of all these years.  I actually used the photo from West Elm as my guide to choosing a nice red since they teamed up with Sherwin-Williams on some pretty awesome colors.

I decided that Tanager -SW6601- is the essence of what I was looking for. Spicy, deep, brownish red – perfect for meshing with my neutral home.

Are you ready to see what I painted? You’ll find out one week from today back here!  In the meantime, check out all of the other bloggers participating in this year’s Sherwin Williams National Painting Week and keep up with the action using #SWpaintingweek. There are fifteen bloggers participating, so there will be TONS of reveals for you to see next week!

 

Disclosure: This is part of a two post series sponsored by Sherwin Williams.  Thank you for continuing to support the brands that keep us stretching our limits, learning new things, and providing awesome content! 

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Glamming up my Gallery Wall Giveaway!

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Giveaway sponsored by Legrand adorne

If I had to show off one wall in my home as exemplifying my personal style, it would be this one.  It’s classic with a little global, but mostly neutral. When I first put together my new navy blue entry way, I was seriously irritated at the white light switches and plates that interrupted the blue walls. I bought black ones, but they looked even worse. So then, the same exact week, Legrand contacted me to try out their new line of switches and plates called, adorne.  I was like, “what are the odds…” so I was excited to work with them on glam-ing up my entry way a bit more with their brushed gold plates.

So, it is possible to get a pretty switch!  And guess what?  YOU can enter to win $500 in adorne product for your house.  All you have to do is tweet or pin a photo of one wall in your house that shows off your personal style. You have to tag @legrandna and #adornemyhome to enter! Easy, huh?

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If you follow on Instagram, you’ll see that I installed them myself! I wanted to really see if it was as easy as they made it out to be.  Well, I ran into a few snafus.  All due to my house being terribly old and not wired amazingly.  I called their customer service line to ask a question about the fact that I had more wires than what the video said I should have.  Anyway, I got the help I needed and was on my way installing these beauties.

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I admit that doing the electrical work myself was a new experience, but it all worked out wonderfully.  Being my first time doing it, I am by no means fitted to give a DIY, but the line comes with online videos, and they’re so so helpful.

See that dimmer?  I did that!

So, go!  Enter the contest! Several other bloggers are participating as well, so head over to see their walls too!

 

Disclaimer: This giveaway and post are sponsored by Legrand.  Thank you for supporting the brands that support House of Earnest!

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Spring Floral Series: The Small Bunch

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Are you guys excited?  We’re ready for the second post in our spring floral design series and today, I’m going to show you guys how to make a gorgeous small arrangement.  This particular arrangement is made in a juice glass, so it’s a great example of how you can break down bunches of flowers to make gorgeous smaller designs to add a pop of spring color anywhere in your home.  Using your juice glasses instead of a larger vase means the flowers stretch a little farther, and you save moolah.

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I usually make one for my bedside, my kitchen, my office, and my bathroom.  If you need a quick refresher on caring for flowers when you bring them home, stem placement, and more, read last year’s series called, beginner blooms.

Let’s get started!

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