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Salty Caramel Iced Latte

 

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I’m usually somewhat of a minimalist when it comes to my coffee.  I don’t like all sorts of jazzed up frappacinos with everything and the kitchen sink on top, but stick with a very very predictable skinny vanilla latte or plain iced coffee.  I recently, however, got my hands on a Nespresso VertuoLine and have loved experimenting with new drinks since I’ve had the ability to make espresso right at my fingertips.

Matt and I have been coffee making nuts ever since getting this machine.  I’ve tried all sorts of recipes, and thought I’d share with you my absolute favorite so far – The Salty Carmel Iced Latte! It’s actually fairly low-calorie and makes a really tasty afternoon treat.

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Read on for the recipe and one brilliant iced coffee trick!

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Firework Fringe Party Garland

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We’re almost in full party mode over here!  Just one more day of work then it’s off to Nashville for some quality summer vacation time.  We’re heading to Matt’s aunts house for the holiday and I plan to bring with me a little decor for the festivities.

This red, white, and blue party garland turned out even better than I had imagined in my head.  It’s full and fluffy fringe makes it look impressive and although it takes a few steps, they’re all super easy.  You’ve got a few days to prepare, so let’s get to it!

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The dye effect on the tissue is easily achieved with a common household item, so after a quick $2 trip to get some tissue, you’ll be well on your way to creating this awesome Forth of July party garland!

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Three Things: Summatime

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Regardless of how warm it is outside, it’s hard for me to really believe that it’s summer until after the official solstice.  This week, however, summer sure did show up. The weather has been awesome, the hydrangeas are in full bloom (as evidenced above) and our garden is out of control.  I decided to really kick off summer by finally hanging our hammock and spending a little bit of Erin time in it.

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ONE fresh cut hydrangeas and a nautical rope vase adorning my coffee table. TWO the first ‘harvest’ from our garden which is growing scarily fast. We were able to make a big salad with peppers and tomatoes. THREE a moment in the hammock on a warm friday.

It was a wonderful, fun summer weekend and although we ran around a bit to a few parties, we also got have a few moments at home. I thought I’d share a few glimpses of how we spent it with you guys today!

This week I have some really fabulous ideas lined up to share with you – tomorrow it’s a sweet summer treat that you’ll love me for (I swear), then Wednesday I have a really darling decor DIY for your 4th of July holiday.  Later in the week I’m sharing a shopping confession with you guys, then we’ll be taking a break on Friday to celebrate the 4th with our family in Nashville. I can’t wait to share all of the fun this week!  I hope you’re ready!

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Friday Faves 6.27

Friday Faves 6.27

ONE we’re offering FREE SHIPPING all day on goodies from Grandiflora and we’re running low on lots of styles!  Snatch something up before the next season launches (like the Marit Mirror – this is our last one! $228). TWO what a cheerful little bunch of juice glasses!  They’re just $22 from Papersource. THREE nothing says summer like a pink bistro table.  It’s just $88, folds up flat, and has available matching chairs! Think Pink at Terrain! FOUR cantaloupe and sun tea sorbet is new at Jeni’s and doesn’t it sound delish? I’m planning a little trip today to try it out.  You can order online if you don’t have a Jeni’s near you! FIVE one of the super classic things I love in life is the mixture of natural vegetable tanned leather with brass.  This dog lead is about as classic as it gets and looks like it could stand up to lots! $68 from Yield. SIX a summery and nautical espadrille print is new in the Note to Self print shop!  $18 for the mini size.

 

It sure feels summery around here this Friday!  I had an alfresco cocktail hour last night with two friends, then went to a local pub to hear my cousin’s band play.  Tonight we’re heading out for happy hour with friends (a bit of a Friday tradition around here lately) then we’re waking up bright and early tomorrow to drive to Michigan for a big party.  Sunday we’ll be heading back to celebrate my mother’s birthday, so it’s a weekend full of partying!

In the meantime, I’m hoping to get my tomatoes re-staked because they’re outgrowing their current situation and maybe read a little of my book.  Have you read it?  It’s certainly not new, but I am working my way down the list!

What is on your weekend agenda?

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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?

 

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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.

Five Minute Frozen Yogurt

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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