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Classic and Cool LA Home Tour

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I’m not gonna lie, I’m not an L.A. kind of person. I’ve tried several times and each time I leave with a ‘this isn’t real life’ kind of feeling. I know plenty of ‘real’ and wonderful people who live there, so it’s making me think that maybe I’m just not in the right places when I go.

Regardless, it’s not often that I find a house that really hits me on all levels.  If you’ve noticed in my own home decor, I really love classic and clean design with a touch of rustic and global influences.  Usually homes are strikingly classic or strikingly rustic, but getting a really wonderfully classy mix is the unicorn I chase. This house, totally does it for me.

It’s so classic on one hand, but really cool and relevant on the other.  A woman who lives here would wear the most basic oxford shirt in the most minimal designer chic way… you know?

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To some, this might just look straight up formal or classic, but I urge you to look a bit further.  Look at the casual, natural fabrics mixed with textured cane, kilim rugs, found objects, and interesting light fixtures.  These are the elements that add personality and depth to a home. Do you love it?  It’s totally clear that I’m obsessed.

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The thing that really got me was the vibrant rugs mixed with the dark flora and white woodwork.  I am in love with this mixture.

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The bathroom is very glam, but isn’t that wonderful quality in a bathroom?  If it were my house, I might throw some penny tile or pieced marble hex tile in there instead of all the solid marble, but I wouldn’t ever want to come across as not loving all of this carrera!

Give me your thoughts?  What is your favorite part?

 

Photos from Burnham Design

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Summer Styling Series: The Basics

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I am so excited today to bring you guys a series that has been a long time in the works.  In the years that I’ve been blogging, one consistent request I get is to do some styling tutorials.  Styling comes so easy to some, but if you’re not one of those people there is good news.  I believe that good styling habits can be learned.  I’ve been styling rooms and vignettes as long as I can remember.  It started with the multitudes of times I would rearrange my room as a child, once even tricking my sister into switching rooms with me while my parents were gone (I wound up with the much better deal). I would stay up so late until every desktop, dresser surface, and bedside table were just perfectly styled – displaying everything from vintage clocks and jewelry boxes to my assortment of porcelain ‘growing up girls’ (did you have those??) My love for styling obviously transcended into adulthood and has been the driving force for my creative career. I am so eager to teach you all the few tricks I employ and easy ways to boost your styling skills.

We’re starting out today with some basic things that I think about when I’m working with a blank slate.  These tips are things that will recur through all of the various styling scenarios I have planned – Bedside Tables, Mantles, Coffee Tables, Bookshelves, and Bars.  First, there are several types of items I like to look for when I’m beginning a styling project.  Usually, I’ll wander around my house finding things that don’t have a good home or that I’m not thrilled with in their current placement.  Or, if you’re anything like me, you might have a ‘junk’ closet or room filled with random things that you don’t know what to do with (hoarder, much?).

I always looks for cool, artsy objects, books, candles, trays, and boxes or jars.  Additional items could be clocks, vases, photo frames, calendars, mini bowls, or baskets.

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When I’m gathering all of these things, I try to grab things of varying heights, colors, finishes (shine vs matte vs metallic), and textures.  Starting with a nice mixture will help your styling go much smoother.  For instance, don’t grab a cube glass vase with a square mirror photo frame with a mercury glass box.  All of those things are about the same size, square, and glass – not the variation we’re looking for!  Think also about using items that aren’t too different in size.  For instance, I wouldn’t grab a mini bowl and tall lamp unless I had a few other items to bridge the size gap.

 

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The ‘rule of three’ is just a good starting point for people who struggle with styling and not necessarily a rule.  It’s actually just easier to style in odd numbers because items automatically look less contrived and ‘placed’.  If you have just two of something, be sure they’re different sizes and place them in different planes (at an angle) then place a little something else between them, creating a triangle.  If you have four of something you’d like to display, consider splitting the items between two sides of your surface with three objects on one end and a singular object opposite.

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Similar to the idea of grabbing various sizes and shapes, always try to introduce various textures and finishes.  Since my style is mostly neutral, jazzing up a styled space with a mixture of metallics, natural textures, glossy finishes, and textiles is how I add visual interest.

Now that we’re aware of how to best choose items, how to start out in groupings of three, and how to mix texture, we’re off to a great start.  Why don’t you give just these few tips a try and see how they work out for you! Then come back here, let me know how you do!  If you have an area of your house that you struggle with styling, let me know what it is and I’ll add it into the series!

I look forward to hearing from you and working your problem areas into stylish masterpieces!

 

objects: horn sculpture  |  wishbone  |  calcite geode  |  The Spirit of Capri  |  Victoria Hagan: Interior Portraits  |  voluspa blanc  |  mercury glass candle holder  |  raffia trays  |  glass canister  |  gold trinket box  | initial jewelry box

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Acrylic Gem Cuff DIY

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Let’s get a little crafty today!  I’ve been excited to do this jeweled cuff tutorial and have been looking forward to getting back from my trip just so that I could do it.  I know that sounds silly, but I was literally sitting on the plane thinking about the colors, shapes, and gems I’d use in this project.

I have a few jeweled up cuffs, but I have a really hard time with cuffs in general because they always just fall off my wrist. This issue is especially true for the acrylic ones on the market since they’re not usually too bendable.

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While at my local art store, I was searching for foam core board, but stumbled upon this PVC sheet and thought, “BINGO”!  I wanted to do a cool, totally unique bracelet with a snap closure to fit my petite wrists and I got exactly that.  You know when a project is finished and it’s better than you thought it would be?  That’s happened to be with this cuff.  Here is how I did it! Continue Reading…

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Beachy Weekend in Hong Kong

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What a whirlwind week!  I didn’t end up instagramming nearly as much as I’d hoped.  Since Matt traveled with me this time, we met the wireless device maximum with just our computers, so my phone stayed off!

I’m afraid it wouldn’t have been super interesting, however.  We worked a lot and went from work to dinner to sleep each day.  On Saturday, however, we stepped out of the city center and our usual champagne brunches to relax and get some sunshine. We boarded a double decker bus and headed to Stanley Market which is a little touristy beach town on the south side of Hong Kong island.  The bus careened down narrow, winding streets, hitting tree branches and tilting slightly around the tight cliff corners.

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After lots of back to back meetings and fancy dinners, it was a wonderful departure from the hustle and bustle. A little walk down the boardwalk and a couple of beers at a sidewalk pub were exactly what we needed.  We talked about the meetings we’d had throughout the week and schemed up ideas for future endeavors (what we do best when drinking beers on a beach).

Today, we’ll be back in Ohio to hit the ground running on some of our projects that stemmed from the trip. I haven’t been super specific about what business has been taking me out east, but I have plans to share soon and ways it might help you in your future endeavors as well! Stay tuned!

Have a fabulous start to your week!

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Friday Faves 6.20

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ONE the prettiest blue wind chime would be right at home on our back porch. $69 from Dot & Bo. TWO I am so excited for the Poppytalk line for Target!  It launches this weekend and I’ll be there for it! THREE a modern rocking chair from CB2 that doesn’t look the least bit old fashioned and is on sale for $199. FOUR a little pot with clementine lip scrub inside looks almost as pretty as it probably smells! By Sara Happ for $24. FIVE I love that these gorgeous bamboo tumblers are biodegradable.  Don’t they look like ceramic? $24 for a set of four from Terrain. SIX the Joon pillow from Crate & Barrel looks like a mirror print, but is actually embroidery and all for only $17!

 

Happy Friday!  It’s been a wonderful week here for us.  Matt and I have been working in Hong Kong all week and after a day tomorrow to do some exploring, we’ll be heading back home on Sunday.

Although I’ve been overseas, we haven’t been short of inspiration over here on House of Earnest!  I am still obsessed with the luau party we hosted last week and shared on Wednesday and if you didn’t catch my 5 minute frozen yogurt, check it out too! I love the summery, relaxing vibe of today’s faves and they actually make me a bit homesick to get back to the Ohio summer. Do you ever get homesick while away?

We’ll see you back here on Monday with some peeks of our trip!  Until then, have a fabulous weekend!

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Five Minute Homemade Frozen Yogurt

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I have such a treat to share with you today (literally)!  I have been challenged for the last few weeks because I’ve been trying out a very high protein, low sugar diet which is clearly not conducive to summer sweets like ice cream.  Since the diet focuses a lot on greek yogurt, I decided to try a little trick and see if I could make some homemade frozen yogurt to act as a sweet substitute for cool summer treats.

Good news, it worked.  Better news, it was delicious. Best news?  It’s fat free and only about 100 calories per serving.  So how did I do it?

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I focused on the way ice cream is made by getting it super cold and agitating it so small crystals form instead of a a big block of ice. Not only is it wonderful, but it makes the perfect single serving.

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You’ll need:

  • Single Serving Greek Yogurt (I use Chobani 100 in lemon flavor)
  • 2 cups ice
  • 4 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 gallon freezer bag
  • 1 quart freezer bag

Mix together the salt and ice in the gallon freezer bag.  Empty the yogurt into the quart freezer bag, seal tightly and place inside of the gallon freezer bag.  Wrap the bags in a kitchen towel and shake, squeezing gently for about 5 minutes. The yogurt will freeze up to the exact consistency of ice cream and then you can scoop it right out of the bag.

This trick works wonders.  Give it a try and indulge your sweet tooth!

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Authentic Summer Luau Party

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I have been bursting at the seams to share the outcome of our luau with you!  I’m sure you saw the sneak peeks on Instagram over the weekend, but today I have so many photos all taken by the amazingly talented Allie Lehman who was able to capture us having time best time.

I shared with you guys a month ago what my vision was for the party.  I am obsessed with all things Hawaii, so I wanted to bring the things that I love most about the islands to my friends and family in Ohio.  We teamed up with Pier 1 Imports on the project, sourced some perfect accessories, and were able to create exactly the look I was hoping to achieve – a very classy, non-cheesy, traditional style hawaiian luau.

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When I told people I was having a luau, reactions ranged from people thinking it was the cheesiest theme-y idea ever to people asking if I was wearing a grass skirt (neither happened).  I pulled inspiration from the island feeling that I have when I travel to Hawaii with an aim to create a sunny, relaxed, natural, and rustic atmosphere.  I pulled colors and textures from that of nature rather than that of a party store.  Bright hues came from the tropical flowers and fruits that we decorated with.  I loved Jenn’s idea of using a pineapple as a vase, which is an obvious tie-in to the tropical table.

Mai Tai’s (my absolutely favorite tropical drink) were adorned with fringy umbrellas and a giant wedge of pineapple.  Fresh orchid leis certainly put everyone in the aloha spirit.  There are so so so many photos of all the many details.  Keep on reading for tons more details!

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Outdoor Rope Chandelier DIY

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I just love bringing indoor luxuries and comforts outdoors during the summer months.  I have had the idea in my head for a while to create an outdoor chandelier from globe lights and created this super simple DIY using just a few things that you could get at your local shops.  Just a string of globe lights, a hula hoop, and some rope is all you need to get a gorgeous chandelier out onto your patio.

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Where ever you have an extension cord, you could place this light fixture, the sky is (literally) the limit. Here is how I made it…  Continue Reading…

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Genius Protection for Outdoor Fabrics

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It’s clear from the amount of parties and casual gatherings we host that we spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer.  Last year we created a flagstone patio and furnished it with a lounge set, and this is the first year where we will actually have the same patio furniture for more that two consecutive summers.  Why?

If you have an outdoor space, this scene will be all too familiar.  In previous years, we didn’t act quick enough when a pop up storm… well… popped up, so we ruined cushions, pillows, rugs, and furniture alike. Last year with the new patio, the same events played out. We were super pumped about taking care of the patio, so our rainy day efforts went to the other extreme.  Every time the sky was looking a little grey to the west, we dragged all of the cushions inside for fear of ruining yet another set. The cushions would stay inside and dragging them in and out meant we actually used the patio about half of the time we should.

Over the winter we got some amazing furniture covers (that I am obsessed with since kept out ALL of the snow from our tumultuous winter since we don’t have a garage to store the furniture), but early on I saw the same scene was playing out as impromptu hang-outs diverted inside.

You’ve seen so many photos on instagram of us on our patio (especially if you caught any of the luau photos I posted this weekend) so what’s changed?

Rust-Oleum® sent me a box of their NeverWet™ Outdoor Fabric Water Repelling Treatment…. that’s what changed.  I used up the entire box to cover the sofa, chairs, pillows, and poufs.  The treatment means that water beads off instead of being absorbed.  EVEN on the highly textured poufs I bought from Target a few weeks ago.

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I was very impressed and now I am no longer afraid of the pop up storm.  I still cover my furniture when I leave for an extended period of time, or if there are huge storms brewing, but if we’re caught without covers on during an afternoon rain, a quick wipe off is all that is needed to get rid of the moisture since it doesn’t absorb into the cushions.  No wet bums here!

oh, AND it repels mud and dirt, so the little monster who lives with us is more than welcome to hop up and cuddle.

Keep those cushions uncovered and open to the possibilities of guests, friends, and the pop-up gatherings – not pop-up storms!

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Rust-Oleum® via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Rust-Oleum®.

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Friday Faves 6.13

Friday Faves 6.13

ONE I love this little ‘Oui Oui’ bar necklace from Honey & Bloom.  It’s gold plated brass and just $90! TWO isn’t this the coolest ‘magic carpet’ yoga mat?  I think it would make me want to do yoga more just to show it off! $98 from Anthropologie. THREE You just can’t have enough poms in your life and this pompom blanket from West Elms would be perfectly styled on your patio or in your home. And it’s on sale for $19! FOUR If you feel like you need a bit of personality on your patio this summer, look no further.  This embroidered pouf will rescue any bland room for £95. FIVE this gold leaf console is just gorgeous.  It’s a little mid-century glam but is minimal enough that it won’t overtake any other decor. SIX think optimistic thoughts!  Art from satsuma shibuya will help you get there.

 

It’s Friday the 13th! Are you superstitious at all? I’m not, I’m just hoping the crazies don’t get in the way of all of the hoards of things I have to do this weekend!

I’m gearing up for my event tomorrow morning at West Elm (If you’re in the Columbus area be sure to stop by) and then I’ll be headed home to have the big LUAU party!  If you missed it, I posted first with a mood board for the party, then shared some of the tidbits I bought as well.  I cannot wait to put all of the ideas together and host a big old shindig before I head out of town on Sunday to Hong Kong again.  I will be posting the full party details next week from abroad so keep your eyes peeled!

Although I’m not doing another outfit challenge, I’ll still be instagramming and posting from my travels, so be sure to follow along.

 

See you on Monday from across the world!

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