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Reader DIY: The Gold Cane Chair

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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?

Thanks, Jess for sharing!!

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Summer Styling Series: The Bedside Table

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.

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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.

Have a wonderful hump-day you guys!

 

Sources: Black wall Sconce | Gold Lamp | Herringbone Jewelry Dish | ‘fate loves the fearless’ art

Sharing: We’re also linked up today at The Turquoise Home!

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DIY Subway Tile Mirror

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I think I’m speaking for all of us when I say that I love subway tile.  I honestly considered just covering every wall in my bathroom with it.  To hell with paint, I’m going full on tile. Needless to say that hasn’t happened yet, but don’t think the idea isn’t crawling around in the back of my mind.

The downside of subway tile is (there’s a downside?!?!), well, you have to tile something to use it. If you live in a rental or aren’t undergoing a renovation, it might not be in the cards for you… until now.

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The best news is that I made this tile border mirror for less than $30. It’s the truth.  Having your very own chunk of subway tile decor isn’t out of reach or out of budget.  What’s more (wait, there’s more?) it took me all of 30 minutes to make. I’ll show you the 4 easy steps if you’d like to have your own gorgeous mirror.  Continue Reading…

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Words from the Weekend

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Happy Monday guys! Are you pumped up for another week? This weekend I got to thinking about dreams, goals, jobs, and the future.  I think about these things, how they all work together, and on what sort of timeline they’re working together all.of.the.time. Quite honestly, the result of this type of thinking lands me in a little pit of worry and I begin to doubt my path.  Then I saw this quotation circulating pinterest. Of all of the inspirational, whimsical, dreamy posts that I see out there this one is different because it’s just so clear and direct.  “If you’re not doing what you love, you’re wasting your time.” Geeze, how’s that for a wake-up call?

When I meet with young hopefuls who want to get started in the online world, often the very first question they ask is “how to did get to the point where you could quit your day job?”   Continue Reading…

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Friday Faves 8.1

Friday Faves 7.31

ONE the most adorable brass door knockers in the letter of your choice are just $30 each from Anthropologie. TWO back to school time is my favorite and although I’m not headed to the classroom, I might still splurge on this canvas and leather backpack for travel or just around town. $78 from Bag Do Ri. THREE this rattan side table looks like it would be so versatile! I like how boho it looks with fave #6. The bonus is that it’s on sale for $179 down from $299! FOUR I’ve been eyeing this British Tan clutch by Claire Vivier for a while and now with fall looming, I’m considering it’s $220 price tag more and more.  The navy, camel, and cream are such a classic fall combo… I feel like it would go with everything! FIVE a set of 18K gold eclectic geo bangles are just so darn cool. $85 for a set of 3 from theForma. SIX This diamond stripe rug is seriously inspiring me right now.  I love how simple it is while still exuding some serious style.  And it’s just $24 from Urban Outfitters!

 

Is it August already? Where in the world did July go? I feel like that every month. I always tend to veer toward warmer colors towards the end of the summer and early fall, like a combo between summer sun and harvest. I am going to try basking in that aforementioned summer sun for a while this weekend and finish up my most recent book… What’s on your weekend agenda?

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Lately Loving: Chinoiserie

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It doesn’t make total sense, but there is something about summer that makes me yearn for a little chinoiserie in my life. Maybe it’s the serene white and blue ceramics (like in this gorgeous patio) or possibly the presence of bamboo and other seemingly ‘exotic’ textures and materials. I think one of the big reasons I pine for chinoiserie is partially because I have absolutely zero of it in my current home design.  After today, however, I might have to change that.  I have picked out a few decor examples of how to get a hint of chinoiserie in your home without going totally overboard!  I have an example of Chinoiserie in a classic home, a mod home, a coastal home, and a whimsical home!  Let’s go!

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Blue and white ceramics are synonymous with chinoiserie style and are very classic pieces.  If your style is traditional, get a piece of this look with a little garden stool, ginger jar, or vase.  We have Three more styles to cover!

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Bedside Sconce DIY

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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

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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.

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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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