I promised you guys yesterday that I had an amazing salsa recipe today and boy, do I! Let me start out by saying that I could make chips & salsa my entire meal. When I go to a mexican restaurant, I really don’t need a meal, I’ll just have the chips & salsa and a sweet simple marg. And although I love some salty crunchy chips, I really could just eat this salsa on it’s own. I put in on eggs and mix it into rice for a little south of the border flare for every meal.
Most homemade salsa’s I try are a little lack-luster and very very acidic. For this reason, I haven’t made homemade salsa in quite some time because it was honestly just never as good as store-bought. But, this year we have an overabundance of tomatoes, so I need to do something with them and set out to create a better salsa. I’ve balanced this recipe out with one wonderful little addition that will have you singing the praises of the salsa gods. Continue Reading…
I’ve never been much of a housekeeper. Or a much of a lot of things actually. I don’t work out enough or drink enough water or wash my face nearly enough. I really fail when it comes to doing laundry and watering my flowers. Around the house, it’s quite evident that I don’t give 100% to lots of things. I run a blog, I run a shop and a consulting business and try to spend as much time as possible with my husband. But all of those other things, they all just ‘kind of’ get done. I try, I really do, but at the end of each day, there are things that never get crossed off the list.
The other night, I’m thinking about all of this while doing the dishes from the giant batch of homemade salsa that I’d made (more on that later), and I’m really dwelling on the point that I didn’t drink enough (any) water that day. It was one of the goals I’d literally made 10 hours earlier and I’d already botched it. Continue Reading…
ONE a gorgeous handmade porcelain mug with the most darling braided handle. From KinaCeramicDesign out of the UK and is a treat at $35, but would make a lavish gift in a set. TWO I definitely have a thing for campaign stools done well. This leather seated version from Serena & Lily would look amazing as extra seating in a living room. (think: opposite the sofa and coffee table). $795 each. THREE fall is coming and this cozy handwoven blanket looks like the perfect purchase for the season. It’s organic, undyed natural sheeps wool and looks beautiful unfolded too! $144 seems steep, but take it from me, pure sheep wool ages so so well and just gets softer with time. FOUR I’m always looking for a stylish laptop bag and this one is perfect. The slim profile means it can be carried with another bag, or just slip a card case inside and it’s all you need. I especially love the small little monogram hit! $175 from Mark & Graham. FIVE drop everything you’re doing and look at this flattened hexagon mirror. It’s the epitome of beautiful, clean, minimal and trend-right design and a great price at $160. Take a look at some of the other beautiful shapes offered by Silicate Studio as well. SIX this is the tufted sofa I used as a prop in my photoshoot last week and I wish I could have kept it! It was a wonderful size for a small space and had major style.
Guys, I smelled fall this morning. It’s coming and I think it’s coming soon. Me and my totally nerdy biology background informed Matt that the ‘fall smell’ was actually the smell of decaying plant matter, but he said (and I agreed) that we still love it. It’s a crisp and sunny 54 degrees here and I’m cozied up with Perry enjoying a hot coffee and just reveling in all of the fall that is to come. I spent this past Monday brainstorming and planning out the fall editorial calendar and I have to tell you that it’s going to be great! I literally can’t want to get started and I hope you guys are ready!
I know a ton of you had little ones headed off to school this week, so I’m sure it’s been stressful and wonderful all at once, I hope your weekend is fabulous and I’ll see you back here on Monday!
Personalized notecards may seem like such a ‘duh’ splurge, but I actually don’t currently have stationery! I went to write a note to someone the other day and though, “well, I suppose I should bite the bullet and finally indulge!” Although it’s something that seems obvious, how many of us have actually treated ourselves to such an indulgence? Some might argue that these aren’t frivolous at all, but completely necessary.
For mine, I wanted something that had a ton of personality, which is where the gold foil comes it. I think it suits me and isn’t too trendy to where I would be sick of them soon. Although I like these three the best, I am still keeping my options open… even tough I’m severely leaning toward the gold hexagon design.
Tell me, do you have personalized cards? Do you think it’s a justified ‘treat’?
I love making things that are lovelier than something I’d purchase. That is the whole point of DIY no? For me, it’s either got to be less expensive or more cute. If it isn’t either of those things, it really isn’t worth the effort. This agate lacquered box is both… prettier than what I would buy and way less expensive. Would you believe me if I told you that the how project cost less than $20? Believe it.
I will confess, I had this box two other colors before I landed on a light ivory/beige called Light Sand. I am really really trying to branch out from a color perspective. First I had it light lavender, but that felt a little stuffy, so I went to a radiant orchid (the color of the year, right?) but that just seemed a little out of control for me. You guys know me… I’m a black/brown/white/navy/gold kind of girl. So, I just thought I’d let you know that I tired really hard, but couldn’t do it. Light Sand it is. I am beginning to embrace my neutralness.
I’m in love with the way it turned out and cannot wait to show you all how to make your own! Although there are a few steps, they’re all totally easy and can be done by anyone. Shall we get on with the tutorial? Continue Reading…
Last week was a big week for me. I shopped, sourced, and set up the entire Grandiflora fall 2014 line at our amazing photographer, Allie’s studio to shoot. We spent a full-on 8 hours styling and shooting and it was so fun and so exhausting! There was quite a lot of heavy lifting involved.
Before you get too excited, that little sofa isn’t in my fall line, but is just used as a prop to showcase some of our new pillows, our new side table, and a new coffee table. Isn’t it adorable, though?
Of course, you’ll recognize some of our classic items (the one’s that will stay in stock each season) along with the new stuff!
This is just a tiny peek at what I spent hours upon hours doing last week. I cannot wait to reveal the finished photos! It will be so soon!
Happy Monday, guys! Today I’m working ordering flowers and planning details for an upcoming wedding and thought I’d give you all a little glimpse of the details. The bride is a wonderful friend who I used to work with for years in the retail world and she is a spirited, earthy designer who had wonderful taste and vision for her wedding.
She loves levels of berry with cool, dusty greens and I am so excited to work with her on this project. I just caught the first photo from Style Me Pretty in my pinterest feed today and loved how that little hint of apricot really made all of the other berry hues pop.
Here is my plan for Krista & Nick’s big day:
Do you see that little minty feather in the top? We’re going to use them in the boutonnieres and in the brides bouquet – won’t that be gorgeous? If you’re wondering where the gold comes in, my plan is to use these mercury glass gold vases, I think they’ll be the perfect gold accent without overpowering the natural whimsey of the floral arrangements.
The best part is that all of these colors and flowers will work their way into a trailing garland which will first adorn the altar area and then be transported to the reception and laid across the head table like so…
Isn’t it stunning?
I am so so excited to show you guys the ‘after’ once the wedding is here and the photos are done! Stay tuned!
ONEpomelo soap that smells like summer in the shower is just $6 from World Market. TWO look familiar? Darby Smart and I released a DIY box of my cane pillow! Shop the pillow for just $24 or see the original post. THREE end of summer is the best time to buy accessories like these modern slatted malibu lanterns from z gallerie going for between $10-$20! What a steal! FOUR I am so excited for some of the new Grandiflora pieces! We’re shooting the fall/winter photos today, but here is a sneak peek at the cutest boxwood topiary coming in just 3 short weeks (launches Sept 2nd). FIVE there is still a lot of summer left in me. This season’s sweet paul mag is still offering up loads of recipe, party, and overall gorgeous inspiration. Snag one before they’re gone!
Kiddos are headed back to school, but I still have a lot of summer left in me. I am going to do my absolute best to relish in it for the next few weeks. I’ve got a crazy hectic day ahead of me shooting our fall/winter collections for Grandiflora and I am SO excited, but of course a little nervous hoping everything goes smoothly! I’ll be back here on Monday to share photos from the shoot! In the meantime, have a FABULOUS weekend!
Getting emails from readers who are inspired by my DIYs is literally my favorite part of writing this blog. It makes me so so happy to know we’re interacting and you guys are soaking in some inspiration! A couple weeks ago I got an email from one of our readers, Jess who redid a bamboo chair inspired by my gold cane chair project! She even made pom fabric like I did!
I love love love the shape of her chair and how it turned out! Aren’t you guys impressed?
It’s a big day around here! The second House of Earnest styling video is live and I had so much fun creating this one. I love styling my bedside table and change it up regularly. Since it’s the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see at night, I know that if you enjoy the style, you’ll sleep (and awake) happy.
Of course, you can watch the video here on the site, BUT videos usually go live before I post here, so if you want to be on the up and up, go ahead and subscribe to my You Tube channel! You’ll get all the videos and you’ll love them. Promise.
Onto the bedside styling. Function is so important here because you really need certain things at an arms reach when you’re in bed. I usually find myself reaching for lotion (why do my hands get so dry at night?) and pens or markers. At night, I read in bed and I like to write in my books… on Sunday mornings I like to sit in bed with coffee and mark all over pages of magazines for either House of Earnest or Grandiflora inspiration, so that’s the reason for the needed writing utensils in bed. I don’t wear glasses or a retainer (although I should!), but I know a ton of people do, so my styling suggestions are totally catered to those of us who have a lot of bed-side needs.
Of course, these are just the high notes, but I think if you had one of each of these elements in your bedside design, you’d be quite happy with the outcome. It will look pulled together without being cluttered. That’s my kind of style.
I hope you learned something new and loved the video, you can tell that I was laughing a lot during the outtakes because sometimes I come on camera and I’m mid-laugh. Really since I’m here all alone making them, I’m just laughing at my own ridiculousness or something totally stupid that I said and cut out.
Most important, have fun with your styling and I cannot iterate it enough, but, play around! You’ll land on something that feels good and have a good style base that you can use over and over again.
Hi, I'm Erin!
House of Earnest is the place for Home Decor, Hand Made Projects and Party Style made easy. My style is simple, natural, rustic and slightly modern. Take a look around, leave a comment and have fun! That's the whole point, right?